Tuesday, February 12, 2019

New Page: Classic Promos for St. Elsewhere

Tune in to enjoy some dying patients.
Thanks to the efforts of nostalgic TV viewers on YouTube, you can watch old promos for upcoming episodes of St. Elsewhere. I have compiled them into a new page added to the main menu bar, "Promos".

Most of them are from NBC broadcasts, and include promos for other classic shows. I am particularly amused by the presence of the short-lived Geena Davis-Bronson Pinchot sitcom, Sara.

Here's a promo for the series finale to get you started on your trip down memory lane:

New Site Feature: Episode Pages

If you've clicked on this website over the past two days, you may have noticed that I've been making posts that are titled with episode titles and contain a description of the episode.

The purpose of this is to populate the Episode Guide with individual pages for each episode. I've added a link to each of these posts in the Episode Guide page, and this enables those who are watching the series on Hulu to post comments on an episode-by-episode basis. If and when I have time, I can go back through these pages and add trivia and comments myself.

Monday, February 11, 2019

"E.R."

Description: The residents worry over who will be asked to return for third year. The Craigs miss the "Doctor of the Year" award dinner. Fiscus obsesses over a locked door. Martin drops by for a visit. Auschlander fears death as Halley's Comet blazes overhead. A mugging victim named Boston Massachusetts waits for treatment in the E.R.

Originally aired May 7, 1986.

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"The Last One"

Description: A plane crashes into the hospital. The Craigs' reconciliation faces a major test when Ellen is offered a job in Cleveland. Auschlander and Gideon work together to save St. Eligius when Weigert decides to pull out. Novino pushes Morrison to decide between her and Joanne. Griffin places his future in God's hands. Ehrlich returns from his odyssey. Fiscus's last ER patient is an opera singer with laryngitis. The hospital is revealed to be a figment of Tommy Westphall's imagination.

Originally aired May 25, 1988.

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"The Abby Singer Show"

Description: An ebullient Novino pursues Morrison. Fiscus tries to revitalize his mother's life. Rosenthal returns to duty. Wade tries to help a dying child deal with her bitterly divided parents. Turner returns and helps Chandler make a decision about his future. The Oseranskys return to take Lucy, worried about her missing husband, to the 'Doctor of the Year' dinner, which gets interrupted by a fire.

Originally aired May 18, 1988.

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"Split Decision"

Description: Brett Johnston's parents visit. Rosenthal waits for her release while her roommate runs away. Luther proposes to Penny. Craig returns to work and plans an ambitious and risky multiple organ transplant.

Originally aired May 11, 1988.

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"Requiem For a Heavyweight"

Description: Ehrlich stands up to Craig's verbal missiles. Griffin fails in an attempt to lend spiritual support. Axelrod collapses and faces emergency heart surgery. Rosenthal finds it hard to face her children during family therapy. Luther uses Penny's video equipment to snoop on Gideon.

Originally aired May 4, 1988.

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"The Naked Civil Surgeon"

Description: Wade and Kiley lose their inhibitions during a study of OR infection vectors. Auschlander meets the son he never knew. Morrison and Novino grow closer as they work in the ICU. Rosenthal adjusts to life in the chemical dependency unit.

Originally aired April 27, 1988.

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"Their Town"

Description: Mark, Ellen, Lizzie and Novino drive to Peterborough, New Hampshire to visit Westphall on his birthday. Ellen tries to deal with the changes to her hometown. Novino stirs up conflict between a female contractor and her co-workers. Lizzie finally expresses her resentment. Craig almost destroys his friendship with Westphall when Donald makes a house call.

Originally aired April 20, 1988.

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"Down and Out On Beacon Hill"

Description: Fiscus can't understand a nihilistic cystic fibrosis patient and her punk friends. Gideon suspends Craig over the Spooner malpractice suit. Ehrlich and Lucy are unable to console each other when she miscarries. Rosenthal admits herself to the chemical dependency unit.

Originally aired February 17, 1988.

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"Fairtytale Theater"

Description: Phil returns from a training coures at the Weigert home office. Someone takes a shot at Dr. Gideon. Craig loses Flash to a botched rescue attempt by animal activists. The new security cameras upset Rosenthal, who continues to lose control. Novino tries to correct a misdiagnosis made 60 years ago.

Originally aired February 10, 1988.

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"Curtains"

Description: Morrison counsels a family about genetic testing and Huntington's disease. Rosenthal's drug abuse has fatal consequences. Alex Corey creates a shocking piece of performance art. The Craigs proceed with their divorce. Ecumena gets a new name.

Originally aired February 3, 1988.

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"Heaven's Skate"

Description: Judge Farnham checks into the hospital with inoperable cancer (and asks for Floyd the Barber). Rosenthal is upset by the news of Bobby Caldwell's death. Craig searches for a date for a skating rink benefit. Kiem is caught in the middle when she saves the life of a black youth shot by a Vietnamese gang member. Griffin befriends the new chaplain, a descendant of Father McCabe.

Originally aired January 13, 1988.

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"Final Cut"

Description: Mr. Bevine returns for a foreskin reconstruction. Auschlander seeks an alternative for a fellow cancer patient. Novino frets over Pee-Wee. Lucy has trouble telling Victor her big news. Fiscus returns to work, but has trouble putting his father's death behind him. Morrison's false confidence as 'Dr. Adam Logan' meets its match when Pete is rejected by an exclusive private school.

Originally aired January 6, 1988.

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"A Coupla White Dummies Sitting Around Talking"

Description: A man claiming to be the true inventor of the Craig 9000 kidnaps Ehrlich. Brett Johnston's rib injuries have led to pneumonia, and he is determined to break with his partner. Kiem helps Amy Jeffries, a lonely St. Eligius neighbor. Griffin treats a driven young broker determined to make a million dollars before he dies. Lucy worries she might be pregnant. Helen returns to work. Ecumena gets sued for copyright infringement. Mrs. Spooner ends her husband's suffering.

Originally aired December 16, 1987.

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"No Chemo, Sabe?"

Description: Axelrod's cousin Pee-Wee checks in and checks out Novino. Fiscus tries to help his father deal with his stroke. Mr. Spooner takes his first post-surgery steps with the media in attendance. Auschlander considers his future medical treatment.

Originally aired December 9, 1987.

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"Weigh In, Way Out"

Description: Fiscus pulls one last prank on Gideon before turning thirty. Morrison and Novino compete to deliver the 100,000th baby at St. Eligius. Craig puts on his boxing gloves again. Lucy walks the Freedom Trail with a dying man.

Originally aired December 2, 1987.

Trivia:
  • Mark Tinker won the 1988 Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for this episode.
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"Heart On"

Description: Craig proceeds with his artificial heart implant despite some questions about his choice of candidates. Morrison tries to deal with Joanne's departure. Craig becomes suspicious about the relationship between Ellen and Gideon. AIDS patient Brett Johnson and his partner are victims of a gay bash, leading to Brett's readmission to the hospital.

Originally aired November 18, 1987.

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"Handoff"

Description: Novino, Ehrlich and Chandler screen artificial heart candidates for Craig, who will have to make the ultimate choice of life and death. Luther reflects on his dreary round of work and home life. Ellen and Gideon get together over cafeteria food.

Originally aired November 11, 1987.

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"The He-Man Woman Hater's Club"

Description: Craig and Ehrlich attend a meeting of the Cushing Society, an all male medical society. Wade gets herself into more surgery than she bargained for. Novino takes a special interest in two lonely children. Gideon offers Ellen a new career. Chandler is appointed new chief resident.

Originally aired November 4, 1987.

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"Night of the Living Bed"

Description: As Halloween approaches, Chandler tries to diagnose an old friend of Gideon's as part of his campaign to be named Chief Resident. Craig, Wade and Ehrlich try to corral the next artificial heart recipient. Ellen meets Gideon. Griffin's impatience with his AIDS patient has tragic results. The room where Mrs. Hufnagel died seems to be haunted.

Originally aired October 28, 1987.

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"Ewe Can't Go Home Again"

Description: Wade suffers from the quarrels of her temporary lodgers. The orderlies ask Auschlander to help them reach Gideon about their grievances. Rosenthal learns one of her nursing students is an epileptic. Craig warns Ehrlich about the pitfalls of marriage as they begin the artificial heart program with a sheep.

Originally aired October 21, 1987.

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"A Moon for the Misbegotten"

Description: The AIDS clinic becomes a showdown between Westphall and Gideon. Griffin tries to avoid his AIDS patient's homosexual partner. Fiscus's mother drops by for a visit. Luther tries to help a man who insists he's pregnant and about to deliver.

Originally aired September 30, 1987.

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"The Idiot and the Odyssey"

Description: Joanne blames Morrison when her former husband takes their children back to Seattle. Westphall clashes with Gideon over an AIDS clinic for St. Eligius. Kiem uses hypnosis as anesthesia for an obese patient. Ehrlich wanders around Boston on the day before his wedding pursuing an elusive redhead.

Originally aired September 23, 1987.

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"Resurrection"

Description: One month after the shutdown, St. Eligius reopens under the health corporation Ecumena and CEO Dr. John Gideon. As everyone returns, Ehrlich and Papandrao have a passionate reunion. Fiscus finds a baby with AIDS. Westphall experiences many misgivings. Craig is offered a chance to head an artificial heart program.

Originally aired September 16, 1987.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

"Last Dance at the Wrecker's Ball"

Description: Things are chaotic as patients are transferred and the staff all scramble to find new positions. Morrison and Nick Moats have a final tragic encounter. Ellen Craig reaches her final limits with her husband at a staff party. Auschlander collapses in the hospital as the demolition of St. Eligius looms.

Originally aired May 27, 1987.

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"Slip Sliding Away"

Description: Luther turns sleuth to find out who is responsible for the mercy killings. Turner takes a chance doing experimental fetal heart surgery. Axelrod gets back at Novino and Griffin. Morrison buys a gun to protect his family. Yvonne Galecki Craig arrives to claim her daughter. Ehrlich and Papandrao have second thoughts about marriage when the new owners fire everyone in the hospital.

Originally aired May 20, 1987.

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"Good Vibrations"

Description: The representative of a foreign medical group interested in the hospital visits to absorb the psychic aura of the place (via flashbacks) but collapses from a heart attack before he can recommend the sale.

Originally aired May 13, 1987.

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"Women Unchained"

Description: Shirley Daniels returns to the hospital as a patient but receives a frosty reception. Chandler and Novino compete to see who can correctly diagnose a difficult patient. Westphall reunites with an old friend. Ehrlich and Papandrao face wedding rumors when they return from Mexico.

Originally aired March 4, 1987.

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"Rites of Passage"

Description: Fiscus waits for a woman artificially inseminated with his sperm to give birth. Three young men explore life and the hospital to relieve the boredom of their stay. Westphall relives part of his past when a childhood friend reminds him of an old pact. Craig and Auschlander continue to search for hospital financing.

Originally aired February 25, 1987.

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"You Again?"

Description: Morrison testifies at Nick Moats's parole hearing. Kiem buries herself in work when she learns her son is missing from home. Fiscus diagnoses multiple sclerosis in an old college friend. Rumors fly that St. Eligius is about to become a billing center for Boston General.

Originally aired February 18, 1987.

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"Schwarzwald"

Description: Rosenthal tries to help her newly obese daughter cope with her problems. Axelrod's father brings a dog to the hospital for chemotherapy. Turner reluctantly reveals ultrasound results to a couple looking for the perfect baby. Westphall continues to try to keep the hospital open.

Originally aired February 11, 1987.

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"Jose, Can You See"

Description: Novino tangles with Chandler about admitting a blind street person to give him shelter. Auschlander's old flame returns, and lets slip that he had a son he never knew about. The Craigs face their grief all over again when Ellen offers Griffin a place to stay. Wade fears for her future when she learns she needs glasses.

Originally aired February 4, 1987.

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"Getting Ahead"

Description: Novino uncovers a pathologist selling body parts after one of her patients dies, and must replace a missing part for the funeral. Westphall learns that Lizzie is pregnant. Chandler and a visiting private practitioner learn something from each other. Craig sends a gift to his mother-in-law. John Doe #6 surfaces again, with Craig's novel.

Originally aired January 28, 1987.

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"Visiting Daze"

Description: Axelrod allows Novino and Griffin to override his judgment. Kiem worries about her long distance marriage as she tries to help an inseperable couple make a final farewell. Luther tries to help Polly make it through a day without her medication. Ehrlich goes to great lengths to confirm the Oseransky's story.

Originally aired January 21, 1987.

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"Russian Roulette"

Description: Craig becomes jealous when Dr. Peltrovich is finally allowed to pursue his work with lasers. Fiscus experiences an emotional roller coaster as he returns to work with a critical leukemia patient. Ehrlich hits highs and lows as he accepts his "Orphan of the Year" award.

Originally aired January 14, 1987.

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"Cold War"

Description: Turner finds her confidence shaken when she learns her new patient, about to undergo a risky transfusion procedure, has a malpractice suit pending at another hospital. Dr. Peltrovich arrives but has trouble getting licensed to practice medicine. Morrison loses his temper during a paintball game.

Originally aired January 7, 1987.

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"Lost Weekend"

Description: Westphall tries to help an alcoholic poet he once admired. Craig puts his usual worst foot forward as he tries to persuade the Soviets to release Masha's husband. Rosenthal confronts McPhail about her drug problem. Ehrlich makes friends with Papandrao's narcoleptic boyfriend.

Originally aired December 10, 1986.

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"Once Upon a Mattress"

Description: Fiscus awakens but is deeply depressed, despite a visit from his father. Craig returns to work and his office, disregarding Kiem's feelings. Westphall decides to stop seeing Novino. Mr. Bevine returns for a penile implant.

Originally aired December 3, 1986.

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"After Life"

Description: Fiscus is shot in the ER and experiences heaven, hell and purgatory as his colleagues work to keep him alive.

Originally aired November 26, 1986.

Trivia:
  • This episode appears in the VHS 4-tape boxed set The Very Best of St. Elsewhere.
  • Wayne meets former patients Rockin' Ralph from season one, Eve Leighton from season two, and Murray Robin from season three, as well as the late Dr. Peter White.
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"Nothing Up My Sleeve"

Description: Mandatory drug testing causes a deep division of opinion. Morrison is haunted by his day at the prison. Axelrod is assigned to guide a 14-year-old medical student through life as a doctor. Griffin gets a warning from Westphall about hurting his daughter. Craig tries to perform magic tricks for some young patients and his housekeeper.

Originally aired November 19, 1986.

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"Up and Down"

Description: Lizzie gets involved with Griffin. A man falls while trying to scale the hospital. Luther befriends a bag lady with Tourette's Syndrome. John Doe #6 disappears with Craig's book.

Originally aired November 12, 1986.

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"Not My Type"

Description: Turner faces a dilemma as she performs surgery on a Jehovan's Witness, who has forbidden any blood transfusions. Griffin takes positive steps to blame Birch for the patient's death. Ehrlich announces his night with Papandrao. Craig's new typist encourages him to use his imagination.

Originally aired November 5, 1986.

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"You Beta Your Life"

Description: Westphall helps a terminally ill teenager reach his parents. Griffin plays Birch and Novino against each other to escape blame in a patient's death. Morrison and Chandler disagree over the diagnosis of a baby with intestinal problems.

Originally aired October 29, 1986.

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"Brand New Bag"

Description: The Craigs try out yet another new maid. Fellow employees stab Luther in the back. Axelrod is embarrassed and rude about a patient's colostomy. Fiscus helps Mr. Ewell's daughter take him home to die.

Originally aired October 15, 1986.

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"A Room With a View"

Description: Craig behaves boorishly to his replacement, Dr. Paulette Kiem. Birch treats a radioactive patient. Papandrao invites Ehrlich as her date to a family birthday party. An elderly friend of Fiscus's is admitted with a major stroke. A hospital neighbor becomes upset when she observes Craig's imminent departure.

Originally aired October 8, 1986.

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"When You Wish Upon a Scar"

Description: Wade tries to get a grip on her martial problems. Fiscus throws an engagement party for Morrison. Rosenthal figures out the self-serving Griffin. John Doe #6 returns.

Originally aired October 1, 1986.

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"Where There's Hope, There's Crosby"

Description: A depressed Father McCabe returns to St. Eligius, suffering from ALS. Morrison receives a visitor from Seattle. Craig seeks help for his injured hand from an old classmate. One of Axelrod's patients awakens in the morgue. Luther plays musical air conditioners.

Originally aired September 24, 1986.

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"The Equalizer"

Description: The residents worry about who will be asked to return for third year. The Craigs miss the "Doctor of the Year" award dinner. Fiscus obsesses over a locked door. Martin drops by for a visit. Auschlander fears death as Halley's Comet blazes overhead. A mugging victim names Boston Massachusetts waits for treatment in the ER.

Originally aired May 7, 1986.

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"Black's Magic"

Description: Turner returns to St. Eligius in time to deliver the baby of an old patient, while she and Chandler keep missing their chance for a reunion. Auschlander gets trapped in a crack house that has been bequeathed to the hospital. Barbara is returned to the Galeckis.

Originally aired March 19, 1986.

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"Cheek to Cheek"

Description: Novino treats a famous cartoonist whose hands are being crippled by arthritis. Ehrlich ends his OB-GYN stint by examining Mrs. Craig. Morrison's outreach work at a state prison reunites him with a familiar face, but ends tragically with a riot.

Originally aired March 12, 1986.

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"Come Home, Oh Sapien"

Description: Chandler does his outreach work at a crisis hotline, where he draws a suicide on his first night. Ehrlich earns Craig's approval after he performs well during an emergency. Novino renews her friendship with Westphall and his family. Ellen kicks Mark out of their home.

Originally aired March 5, 1986.

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"Out On a Limb"

Description: A former nurse returns to St. Eligius as a medical student. An athlete desperate to prolong his mediocre career learns steroids are killing him. Morrison has difficulty telling a young boy he will lose an arm to cancer. Fiscus and Axelrod see southern California through different eyes during a medical conference. Ellen feels the pressure of caring for Barbara and her continuing grief over Steven's death.

Originally aired February 26, 1986.

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"Time Heals (Part 2)"

Description: St. Eligius's 50th anniversary spurs memories, including Donald Westphall's challenging younger years, the arrival of young Daniel Auschlander and his first meeting with Katharine, the end of Father McCabe's tenure, and the residency of Mark Craig under Dr. David Domedion. The O'Casey's long family history with St. Eligius leads Morrison to a diagnosis. Pete is returned.

Originally aired February 20, 1986.

Trivia:
  • "Time Heals" is St. Elsewhere's most decorated episode. It won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, Outstanding Art Direction for a Series, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Achievement in Costuming for a Series. It also picked up nominations for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for Edward Herrmann.

"Time Heals (Part 1)"

Description: St. Eligius's 50th anniversary spurs memories, including its opening in 1935 under the leadership of Father Joseph McCabe, the arrival of recently emigrated Helen Rosenthal, Craig's return as Chief of Surgery after being passed over at Boston General, Craig's first bypass surgery on Patrick O'Casey, and the death of Maureen Westphall. Morrison struggles to diagnose a patient experiencing temporary paralysis. A kidnapper walks off with Pete.

Originally aired February 19, 1986.

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"Family Affair"

Description: The Endicotts try to adjust to losing a family member but gain good news about another. Caldwell's diagnosis of AIDS causes concern for his friends and a cooling in Fiscus and Clancy's relationship. Ehrlich's outreach assignement leads him to try to the help the normal-sized son of dwarf parents.

Originally aired February 12, 1986.

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"Family Feud"

Description: The Endicotts learn that their family's medical problems are hereditary. Caldwell prepares for surgery to eliminate his facial scar, but learns he carries a more permanent reminder of his carelessness. As Morrison celebrates his birthday, he and Fiscus play romantic games with Clancy and Mona.

Originally aired January 29, 1986.

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"Family Ties"

Description: Auschlander resents the wealth and influence of the matriarch of an old Massachusetts family admitted for tests. Morrison fears his impending knee surgery. Axelrod tries to get to know an animal researcher. The Valeres make a decision about surrogacy. Fiscus meets the woman who will unknowingly bear his child, and regrets his impulsive proposal to Mona when he discovers their divergent ideas about married life.

Originally aired January 22, 1986.

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"To Tell the Truth"

Description: Fiscus reluctantly does his community outreach work with a couple of feisty old people. Chandler finds himself near yet another explosion. John Doe #6 is claimed by a couple who seem as wacky as he is. Rosenthal and Papandrao settle out of court. The Valeres consider adoption and divorce as they come to the medical end of the line for their fertility problems.

Originally aired January 15, 1986.

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"The Boom Boom Womb"

Description: An anti-abortionist targets the hospital with bomb threats. Chandler volunteers at the Boston Women's Clinic. Rosenthal must decide what to do about her poorly-behaved youngest son. Luther loses his favorite racing pigeon, whom he left in Axelrod's care. Morrison tries to explain abortion to Pru. Westphall's housekeeper has her INS hearing. Mona and Wayne quarrel.

Originally aired January 8, 1986.

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"Santa Claus Is Dead"

Description: Axelrod tried to keep Santa Claus alive after he collapses at a children's party. Ehrlich tries to brighten the holiday for his only obstetrical patient. Lizzie's boyfriend finds the Westphall's Christmas depressing. Craig overindulges at his Christmas party.

Originally aired December 18, 1985.

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"Loss of Power"

Description: Life goes on as the generator fails during the city-wide blackout. Caldwell takes leave to visit a dying friend. Westphall shares a stuck elevator with a volatile nihilist. Craig and Wade perform emergency surgery. Pru returns to the hospital, as do the Valeres. Rosenthal is subpoenaed. Fiscus uses the blackout as an opportunity to get romantic with Mona. A man who believes he's a vampire appeals to Morrison and Axelrod for help.

Originally aired December 11, 1985.

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"Sanctuary"

Description: Westphall learns that his new housekeeper is an illegal immigrant who was tortured by the death squads in El Salvador. A nervous Ehrlich tries to get out of his OB-GYN rotation, but he can't escape his duty. Crackdowns on the homeless unearth a sarcophagus and an old acquaintance of Fiscus's. Caldwell is chastised for making inappropriate comments to Papandrao in front of a patient.

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"Watch the Skies"

Description: Mr. Galecki brings Barbara back to the Craigs. Turner leaves unexpectedly for her sleepy hometown in Mississippi. Rosenthal slaps Papandrao. Morrison takes his remedial exam. Colonel Cochrane reconciles himself with God.

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"Close Encounters"

Description: Craig arranges to take Yvonne home to her parents. Ehrlich advises a plastic surgery patient behind Caldwell's back. Captain Gloria Neal arrives to evaluate the astronaut's condition and supervise his transfer to Walter Reed, despite Westphall and Morrison's objections. Chandler and Turner plan a vacation together. John Doe #6 decides he's Mary Richards and plans a part to celebrate.

Trivia:
  • In my analysis, this episode proves that the Tommy Westphall Universe hypothesis doesn't work. John Doe #6 and Mr. Carlin are watching television in the psych ward when The White Shadow comes on, about which Carlin opines, "whoever came up with that one was a real smoothie", a reference to Executive Producer Bruce Paltrow. However, The White Shadow has already crossed over with St. Elsewhere at this point, as Warren Coolidge has begun working at the hospital. TWS can't be a fictional TV show within the St. Eligius snow globe while its fictional world is also a "real" part of the St. Eligius snow globe "universe" in the form of Warren Coolidge. The same contradiction happens to a lesser degree when Dr. Auschlander tells Dr. Weiss that if he could be any TV character, he'd be Trapper John of Trapper John, M.D. It's already been established that Mark Craig was war buddies with B.J. Hunnicutt, presumably of the M*A*S*H fictional universe. While it's fun to trace all the shows that crossed over with St. Elsewhere over the years, the logic doesn't really pan out.
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"Lost and Found in Space"

Description: An astronaut lecturing in Boston collapses and is brought to St. Eligius. Papandrao and Rosenthal continue to clash. Axelrod loses both Marcy and his battle with the bulge. Craig impatiently assumes the responsibility for explaining the facts of life to a mentally challenged young woman. Wesphall hears some difficult truths from his sister-in-law.

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"Slice O' Life"

Description: Westphall drives himself too hard and is hospitalized. Yvonne's parents arrive to see their daughter and claim their grandchild. Terri undergoes in-vitro fertilization. Fiscus makes a donation. Caldwell picks up the wrong woman. Rosenthal goes back to work on the floor. Westphall's insightful moving man checks into the hospital.

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"The Naked and the Dead"

Description: Westphall tries to deal with his critical sister-in-law and a reluctant hospital board. Luther becomes Axlerod's personal trainer. Roxanne asks Chandler to her recital. Rosenthal worries about threats to an assaulted teenager. Caldwell's questionable behavior continues at the hospital. Craig proves to be of little help to his grieving wife.

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"Haunted"

The Craigs face a tremendous loss as their first grandchild is born. A newly inspired Westphall returns to work full of ideas. Fiscus invites himself up to Caldwell's Cape Cod retreat, where he sees a different side to the surgeon. Elliott and Marcy discover a common interest in food.

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"Fathers and Sons"

Description: The Craigs meet their pregnant daughter-in-law, Yvonne Galecki. The Valeres continue to explore their reproductive options. Westphall's new policies irritate the residents and Auschlander. Luther rides with a paramedic team preoccupied with their personal grievances.

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"Remembrance of Things Past"

Description: The hospital review board acquires a new member from the psychiatric floor. Chandler experiences long-suppressed resentments when he treats a Vietnamese patient. Turner counsels an upwardly mobile couple who can't conceive a child.

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"Cheers"

Description: Katherine Auschlander faces major heart surgery. Craig is disturbed to see the ravages of time on his mentor, Dr. David Domedion. Ehrlich searches for a religion. The messiah shows up for a Celtics game. Westphall announces his resignation while having drinks with Auschlander and Craig at a bar near the common called Cheers.

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"Bang the Eardrum Slowly"

Luther loses his hearing in an explosion. Morrison finds and explanation for his substandard performance. Axelrod learns he is the beneficiary in Mrs. Hufnagel's will and meets her son.

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"Tears of a Clown"

Description: A young woman's multiple sclerosis worsens, threatening her life as a circus clown. Craig helps Westphall look for a condo. Morrison feels the pressures of his responsibilities as a doctor and father.

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"Murder, She Rote"

Description: Axelrod asks Rosenthal's eldest daughter Marcy for a date. Andrea is reluctant to face the world with her new appearance. Daniels is declared able to return to work. Mrs. Hufnagel's stay at St. Eligius finally ends.

Trivia:
  • William Daniels won the 1985 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in this episode.

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"Amazing Face"

Description: Westphall decides to sell his house. Andrea Fordham sees her face for the first time. Daniels returns to the morgue where she shot Peter White. Rosenthal believes she's pregnant again. Mrs. Hufnagel faces surgery.

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"Red, White, Black and Blue"

Description: Westphall's old friend, Captain Gloria Neal, arrives to prepare the hospital during the First Lady's visit to the area. Ehrlich creates anguish for a mother and child when he casually reports suspected child abuse. Richard must face Rosenthal's children when he asks to move in. Daniels is released on bail while she awaits trial and returns to St. Eligius.

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"Any Portrait in a Storm"

Description: A violent storm brings down a news helicopter. Dean takes off for Florida, leaving Maddy alone to face the future. Myra gives birth to a son, Peter. Hufnagel haggles over her medical bills. Rosenthal struggles with her new position in the ER. Phone installer Tony Clifton is electrocuted. Auschlander, angry about his portrait, cancels the dedication ceremony. Martin returns to medical practice.

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"Give the Boy a Hand"

Description: Dr. Woodley tries to help Maddy decide what to do after her baby is born. Dean sets up a disastrous drug deal. Ehrlich offends a disabled cafeteria worker with his Health Spot segment. Lizzie returns home unexpectedly, hoping to escape the pressures of college life.

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"Saving Face"

Description: Westphall places a new doctor in charge of the ER. Axelrod's visit to Mrs. Hufnagel's apartment lands her back in the hospital. Rosenthal and Richard reconcile. Craig celebrates his 30th wedding anniversary with a party and a visit from his estranged brother. Caldwell begins treatment of a disfigured girl suffering from facial fibromatosis. A junkie admits his very pregnant 14-year-old girlfriend.

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"Bye, George"

Description: Dr. Wyler puts Auschlander onto a new way of life. Halloran interviews Morrison's co-workers in an effort to build a case for him. Ehrlich takes the Craigs out for a disastrous dinner. Mrs. Hufnagel loses a chance at a new life.

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"Whistle, Wylie Works"

Description: A donor is found for Tshalla but Ehrlich misses out on the operation. Morrison faces a personal problem when Luther is recruited by a Caribbean medical school with doubtful credentials.

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"Dr. Wyler, I Presume"

Description: An old friend of Auschlander's who won a Nobel Peace Prize in Africa returns to locate a kidney donor for a young African. Ehrlich is advised to make his TV spots more entertaining. Helen doesn't feel like celebrating her 45th birthday. The bomb squad is called in as Craig must remove a potentially explosive bullet from a shooting victim. Mrs. Hufnagel returns to the hospital.

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"The Children's Hour"

Description: Fiscus pressures Martin into stepping out of the psychiatric ward. Judge Farhham questions Auschlander about the ethics of Mr. Wegener's role in his daughter's treatment while Mrs. Wegener decides to take her child back to Chicago. Tommy's school asks Westphall to withdraw him. An angry Mitzi confronts Rosenthal about the affair. Ehrlich tries to help the nymphomaniac wife of a patient.

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"Homecoming"

Description: Mrs. Wegener arrives to find both her ex-husband and daughter near death. Clancy moves in with Morrison after a burglary. Martin gives Fiscus a letter about Daniels. Lizzie returns from Vassar with a boyfriend.

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"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"

Description: Auschlander suggests a controversial liver dialysis procedure for Andy Wegener's daughter, using her father's liver. Cavanero is stung by the same rumor she started about Dr. Holtz. Chandler reports an old voodoo woman for practicing medicine without a license. Craig is called before the fees commission. Rosenthal meets Richard's wife.

Trivia:
  • The producers slipped some nudity past the censors in this episode. In two scenes (Craig talking with Halloran in the hallway; Holtz hearing the Niagara Falls story), a young blonde patient can be seen in the background with her gown wide open and her backside exposed.
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"Up On The Roof"

Description: A bone-marrow specialist arrives to perform a transplant between two feuding brothers and stays with Cavanero. The last firefighter gives Caldwell a parting gift. Morrison's next-door neighbor experiences a tragedy while babysitting Pete. Rosenthal overcomes her fears and begins an affair with Richard. White's killer is cornered on the hospital roof.

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"Sweet Dreams"

Description: Westphall suffers sleepless nights. A young man from the Phillippines is apparently frightened to death by his dreams. Luther dreams of sweet revenge, ZZ Top-style. Morrison suffers from nightmares of Peter White when he and some other residents take part in a dream research project. Fiscus treats a patient with a severe sleep disorder. Cavanero diagnoses a patient with sleep apnea.

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"Fade to White"

Description: Police presence in the hospital is stepped up following the Peter White shooting. Daniels nervously awaits word of Peter's condition. Morrison finds a psychological cause for a boy's asthma attacks. Several residents interview for a TV job. The city honors the surviving firefighters. Auschlander considers retirement.

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"My Aim Is True"

Description: Caldwell performs plastic surgery on Manny while Jerry fights off cabin fever. A gun is stolen from the ER. White reunites with his family. Auschlander hires Joan Halloran as his new assistant. Axelrod becomes a hypochondriac. Rosenthal begins an affair with Richard. A distrubed Daniels decides to do something about White.

Trivia:
  • This episode appears in the VHS 4-tape boxed set, The Very Best of St. Elsewhere.
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"Breathless"

Description: A psychiatric patient confesses to the latest series of rapes. Michael Duffy suffers complications from his unprescribed drug use. A long-time hospital employee learns he is suffering from asbestosis. Rosenthal agrees to a friendly dinner with Richard. Ehrlich receives his divorce papers just as his glands kick in again.

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"Strikeout"

Description: Luther and Warren do some plumbing for Craig during their temporary layoff. Papandrao leaves the picket line to help Ehrlich in an emergency operation. Caldwell tries to find new ways for the firefighters deal with their continuing pain. Martin finds herself confronting the rapist again.

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"Two Balls and a Strike"

Description: The rapist returns to St. Eligius. Daniels stays on the job while Rosenthal leads most of the other nurses out on strike. Ellen Craig persuades Mark to see a therapist about their marital problems. Luther learns one of the firefighters is fighting his pain in his own way. Lizzie Westphall leaves for college.

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"Playing God (Part 2)"

Description: Westphall bans Sister Domenica from the hospital. The firefighters try to adjust to their injuries. Fiscus meets a fairy godmother. White returns to work. Clancy takes the matter of her pregnancy into her own hands. A federal mediator joins the stalled contract talks. Ehrlich teaches a sex education class to bypass patients.

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"Playing God (Part 1)"

Description: Fiscus takes the new residents on a tour of the hospital. Morrison and Clancy argue over what to do about her unexpected pregnancy. Rosenthal and Auschlander fail to agree about anything as a nurses' strike looms. The ER receives three seriously burned firefighters. Westphall clashes with a strong minded Mother Superior over life support for a critically ill nun.

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"Hello, Goodbye"

Description: The residents scatter as vacation begins. Morrison meets a charming young woman. The ER faces major structural repairs, requiring Halloran to go to bat for the hospital to secure funding. Steven Craig returns home after beating his drug problem, but his father is less than forgiving. Luther tries to find a Cheshire cat for a skeptical little girl. Auschlander collapses in an elevator. Axelord interviews for a position as a resident.

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"Rough Cut"

Description: Fiscus poses in provocative attire for a newspaper feature. Caldwell and Halloran try to take a spontaneous trip to Paris, but a snag puts the kibosh on their plans. Mounting pressures become too much for Armstrong to bear. Everyone waits to hear who will be dropped from the residency program for second year as Westphall, Auschlander and Craig make the cuts.

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"Cramming"

Description: Ehrlich deals with his visiting Aunt Charise and her romantic designs on Westphall while he and the other residents cram for the National Boards. A stressed-out Armstrong makes a tragic misdiagnosis. White chooses to take a polygraph test before his trial begins.

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"The Women"

Description: Three women sharing a room become close despite their differences: an old woman facing the loss of her independence, a mother trying to deal with violent surges of erratic behavior, and a woman searching for 'character' through a nose job.

Trivia:
  • This episode won the 1984 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.
  • Guest star Blythe Danner was married to Executive Producer Bruce Paltrow.
  • This was the final screen appearance for Eva Le Gallienne.
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"Equinox"

Description: White returns to work to face a hostile staff. Cavanero tells a college student he has testicular cancer. Chandler questions himself about why Amanda remains distant from him, and is upset when she enjoys Luther's company. Martin comes forward to confront her rapist. Axelrod loses Fiscus's beloved Red Sox cap.

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"Vanity"

Description: Dr. Craig tries to stop the TV documentary. Mr. Entertainment finds his true calling. Morrison visits White in jail. Armstrong continues to feel traumatized after her attack. Rosenthal finally has her breast reconstruction surgery.

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"After Dark"

Description: Morrison learns a lesson from another doctor who diagnoses Mr. Keuhnelian. Craig prepares to accept his anticipated 'Doctor of the Year' award. Caldwell and Ehrlich both make decisions about their romantic futures. The rapist strikes again.

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"Attack"

Description: Another rape occurs, this time inside the hospital. An old love of Dr. Auschlander's checks in. Roberta unwittingly broadcasts her marital problems to the whole hospital after returning from her honeymoon with Ehrlich. Morrison tries to treat a high-rise construction worker with dizziness who won't give a complete medical history.

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"Drama Center"

Description: A woman is raped in the hospital parking lot. White has trouble adjusting to his restricted status. Autistic Tommy Westphall reacts to the loss of his caretaker. Cavanero's new man in her life has difficulties with her career. An invasive documentary TV crew follows Craig going about his work.

Trivia:
  • This episode appears in the VHS 4-tape boxed set, The Very Best of St. Elsewhere.
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"In Sickness and in Health"

Description: Halloran's father is admitted to the hospital unexpectedly. The Craigs host Ehrlich's wedding to Roberta, where the bride develops cold feet, the catering causes trouble for everyone, Ehrlich's alcoholic aunt Charise begins celebrating early, and Mrs. Craig's mother arrives. Chandler's Boston Marathon practice run is less than inspirational.

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"Hearing"

Description: Auschlander asks Fiscus and Luther to help him get Marijuana for his chemotherapy symptoms. White and Daniels face the medical board hearing. Westphall defends a deaf employee against his impatient supervisor. Ehrlich meets Roberta's snobbish parents.

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"Blizzard"

Description: A blizzard causes havoc for everyone. Craig's mission to drive to the hospital fails. Ehrlich decides to pop the question to Roberta. The roof caves in on Cavanero. Kochar takes up shelter in a local pub. Luther keeps his father's old friend company when he is admitted with an illness. A computer hacker's game interferes with patient care.

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"A Pig Too Far"

Description: The staff and Halloran fight back when a large private hospital dumps an indigent, unstable emergency patient on the ER. Ehrlich seeks advice about his relationship with Roberta. Daniels gets tied to the drug charges against White. Ridley and Morrison try to figure out a woman's violent mood swings and personality changes. A patient with computer expertise uses software to diagnose patients and demonstrates how easily one could hack the hospital's file system.

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"Aids and Comfort"

Description: White diagnoses AIDS for a Boston city councilor. Ridely tries to help a tennis prodigy deal with pressure from her ambitious father. Daniels and Ehrlich try to organize a blood drive amidst a blizzard and rumors of an AIDS patient.

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"All About Eve"

Description: Caldwell is assaulted for treating Eddie Carson. Halloran reveals a secret in the ER. Ehrlich meets a brand-new Roberta, newly employed at St. Eligius. Westphall must find a new caretaker for his autistic son when his housekeeper informs him of her departure. Eve Leighton takes a turn for the worse.

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"Entrapment"

Description: Eve Leighton's students visit her. Martin decides she's in love with Dr. Craig. White comes to regret helping an exhausted mother pleading for sedatives in the ER when it turns out to have been a sting. Morrison learns more about Eddie Carson and "The Troubles" as the violence escalates.

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"Under Pressure"

Description: Rosenthal gets arrested just before her scheduled breast reconstruction. Mr. Entertainment sets up shop in an elevator and meets Dr. Ridley, the new psychiatrist. The Catholic-Protestant "Troubles" come to St. Eligius when Morrison treats an Irish youth who suffered a near-fatal beating.

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"A Wing and a Prayer"

Description: Craig and Ehrlich each prepare turkeys for the staff who have to work Thanksgiving. A depressed Auschlander takes a special interest in an ailing 11-year-old.

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"Qui Transtulit Sustinet"

Description: Craig performs the heart transplant surgery amid a barrage of media attention. Morrison tries to adjust to his loss. Fiscus and Luther invest in silver futures. Rosenthal counsels a group on breast cancer.

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"Newheart"

Description: The men attend a rather staid bachelor part for Kochar, who is revealed to be a virgin. White learns about the dangers of nuclear medicine. Fran Singleton refuses to see her husband. Everyone opposes Joan's idea to participate in a government nuclear disaster contingency plan. Martin gives Kochar a unique wedding present. Westphall gives Morrison tragic news. The transplant team springs into action.

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"Lust Et Veritas"

Description: The hospital welcomes a new plastic surgeon, Dr. Bobby Caldwell, and medical student Elliott Axelrod. Eve Leighton's sister expresses reservations about the heart transplant. A resident dropped from the program tries to convince Cavanero to re-evaluate him. Craig enlists Caldwell's help to oppose Halloran's plan to close an outpatient surgery clinic. Jerry Singleton's attempts at rehab for his paralyzed wife go too far.

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"The Ties That Bind"

Description: A pushy, abrasive man drives his car into the ER to help his wife, who has had a stroke. Ehrlich meets an unusual young woman at the launrdromat. Craig clashes with Joan Halloran, the new city budget advisor, over his proposed heart transplant for schoolteacher Eve Leighton. Fiscus continues to see both Martin and Daniels. Luther gets attacked in the medication closet.

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"Addiction"

Description: Morrison tries to focus on his work while his wife goes into labor. The drug-addicted White is suspected of pilfering prescription medication. Auschlander and his friend reminisce about the past and get into a fight with a reckless driver.  Dr. Craig's son Steven, a med student, visits the hospital, and Ehrlich is conflicted when he discovers Steven's drug habit. Martin casts her spell over Fiscus again.

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"Baron von Münchausen"

Description: Morrison and Ehrlich disagree over how to treat a patient who, unbeknownst to them, is actually a case of Münchausen Syndrome. Daniels is assaulted by an unbalanced bag lady. Martin tries to arrange a double date with Fiscus and Daniels. White attends a drug rehabilitation program. Craig bluntly addresses a group of inner-city youths up for medical scholarships.

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"Craig In Love"

Description: Craig's disposition is uncharacteristically upbeat as he's further drawn to Dr. Anya. Morrison tries to get through to White, whose increasingly reckless behavior lands him in jail. A sick Samuels is comforted by Cavanero. Chandler is upset over the causal attitude everyone seems to be taking to his malpractice suit.

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"Working"

Description: Morrison treats a man determined to drink himself to death. Chandler faces a malpractice suit after a patient suffers a fatal coronary. Craig welcomes Dr. Anya, a heart surgeon visiting from Hungary. White's life continues to spiral downward.

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"Dog Day Hospital"

Description: Ehrlich's first solo surgery gets interesting when a gun-toting woman takes the O.R. hostage, demanding to see the doctor who botched her husband's vasectomy. Helen returns to work following her mastectomy. Fiscus and Daniels visit his Aunt Sirca.

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"Brothers"

Description: A man's request that his brother be allowed to die with dignity is denied by hospital administrators. Rosenthal's stress mounts when she faces a mastectomy after discovering she has breast cancer, while the hospital's computer system suffers glitches. Sparks fly when Fiscus substitutes for Ehrlich on a date with Shirley Daniels. Peter celebrates his birthday.

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"The Count"

Description: An adult film star seeking to leave his trade enlists the doctors' help to evade a slovenly process server. Armstrong airs her suspicions to Craig that a senior surgeon is receiving kickbacks for unnecessarily implanting pacemakers in patients. Ehrlich and Fiscus nearly come to blows over their living arrangements. Dr. Craig considers putting his home on the market.

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"Monday, Tuesday, Sven's Day"

Description: Further racial violence in resonse to a recent beating has the ER flooded with fighting patients. A prostitute in for an appendectomy has a steady stream of well-wishers. Craig throws a party for a visiting surgeon, forcing Ehrlich to scramble for a date. White's wife wants money for an abortion. Morrison discovers the truth about the beating that sparked the violence.

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"Remission"

Description: Auschlander faces the prospect of more chemotherapy for his liver cancer. A female flasher makes the rounds. The fastidious Ehrlich has a nightmare of a roommate when the free-wheeling Fiscus moves in temporarily. Cavanero faces a difficult choice about a fellowship. Chandler and Morrison treat a patient beaten in a racially-motivated gang fight.

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"Family History"

Description: Armstrong investigates a man's medical and family history to diagnose his chronic nosebleeds. Chandler's amnesiac patient doesn't recognize his visiting parents. Craig struggles to accept his old roommate's impending sex change. White tries to reconcile with his wife.

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"Release"

Description: Craig is shocked to learn that his college roommate has checked in for a sex-change opearation. White takes an emotional beating when he must convince a grieving family to sign an autopsy consent form. Samuels and Paxton, having renewed their romantic relationship, clash over how to treat an alcoholic patient. Chandler treats a gunshot victim with amnesia.

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"Graveyard"

Description: Unable to save a dying boy, a frustrated Morrison lets the boy's parents perform a Chinese folk ritual. Samuels breaks up a late-night poker game to perform emergency surgery on a gunshot victim. Paxton rejects Samuels's advances. Ralph's manic stage reaches a crescendo.

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"Hearts"

Description: A 'Dr. Bullfinch' impersonates a doctor and makes the rounds. A woman who didn't know she was pregnant finds herself in surprise labor, and is ambivalent about the prospect of motherhood. Ehrlich passes out during surgery. White moves in with the Morrisons when he and his wife separate. Dr. Paxton, Samuels' ex, begins work at St. Eligius.

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"Rain"

Description: Morrison regrets making an unheard-of house call when the caller guilts him into repeat visits. White's relationship with his wife is strained when their daughter is admitted to ER after swallowing mothballs. Fiscus has an encounter with another gang member in the ER. Ralph starts eating garbage. Aspiring surgeon Ehrlich lands in trouble with Craig after injuring a finger playing handball.

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"Tweety and Ralph"

Description: Beale must decide if Ralph, the "Birdman of St. Eligius", is fit to be released along with his mate Tweety. The search for the source of Legionnaires' continues. Fiscus, traumatized by his recent assault, starts carrying a handgun in the ER. Cavanero befriends a young woman facing a hysterectomy. Ellen Craig deals with the elusive Dr. Barnum.

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"Legionnaires (Part 2)"

Description: Westphall orders the closure of a ward due to a Legionnaires outbreak, leaving the hospital vulnerable to a loss of funding. Beale discovers that a psychiatric patient was impregnated during her hospital stay. Fiscus gets mugged in the ER. Cavanero dates the fisherman who helped her deliver the baby by phone. Samuels pretends to be a buyer interested in Mark's classic car.

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"Legionnaires (Part 1)"

Description: After a series of deaths, Westphall and administrator Cummings clash over the decision to close a ward that could be home to an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease. White finds himself in dire financial straits when he loses his beeper. Martin breaks up with Fiscus when he starts to get too serious. Cavanero clashes with a hostile nurse.

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"Samuels and the Kid"

Description: Samuels operates on a precocious and likable boy admitted for surgery, and is reminded of his painful past. When his patient dies suddenly, Chandler tries to get Nurse Skilling fired for incompetence. Fiscus surprises Martin with a romantic dinner for their one-month anniversary. Cavanero, while vacationing for a weekend, delivers a baby by telephone. Craig receives the Cushing Left Anterior Descending Artery Award for Surgeon of the Year.

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"Cora and Arnie"

Description: A homeless couple face separation when the woman's impending amputation means show won't be able to care for her mentally challenged husband. A vacationing middle-class couple get a crash course in medical costs after a series of routine tests for an unexplained fainting. Beale tells Rhinehardt that he is fit for trial, and will be sent to prison. Fiscus treats a parolee whose back pains turn out to be a gunshot wound. Kochar feels homesick. Katherine McAllister dies, and her husband's grief turns deadly.

Trivia:
  • Doris Roberts and James Coco won the 1983 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for this episode. After Alfre Woodard won for Supporting Actress the following year for a guest appearance on Hill Street Blues, the Television Academy created awards for Outstanding Guest Actor and Outstanding Guest Actress.
  • A production mistake was made when the Rogers couple learns the amount of their hospital bill--the number read aloud does not match what was on their bill.
  • A commentary track for this episode with Mark Tinker and Doris Roberts appears on the season one DVD release.
  • This episode appears on the VHS four-tape set, The Very Best of St. Elsewhere.
  • We find out what becomes of Mr. McAllister in the season four episode, "Cheek to Cheek", when Morrison does community service doing medical exams in a local prison.
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"Down's Syndrome"

Description: A couple learns their baby will be born with Down's Syndrome, and the husband pushes for an abortion. Beale assesses the bomber to determine his fitness for trial. Westphall shows members of the board around the hospital. Fiscus and Martin get trapped in an elevator; Fiscus worries that their relationship is only physical. White, fending off persistent phone calls from his wife in the E.R., nearly kills a patient. Morrison learns his wife is pregnant.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

R.I.P. John Falsey, St. Elsewhere Co-Creator

The Co-Creator of St. Elsewhere and other shows has passed away at age 67.

Just came across this bit of news from a few weeks ago... John Falsey, who created St. Elsewhere with writing partner Joshua Brand, died at the age of 67 on January 3. According to Variety he died of complications of a head injury resulting from a fall in his home.

The Variety profile provides a summary of his career. He met Brand as a writer on Bruce Paltrow's MTM series, The White Shadow, and was recruited by Brand to work on his hospital drama idea which became St. Elsewhere, which was based on Brand's experience at the Cleveland Clinic. Brand and Falsey served as show-runners on season one of St. Elsewhere, but were dismissed before the season concluded. They had earned the nicknames, "Dr. Death and Mr. Depression".

Brand and Falsey went on to create more series and win Emmys, including A Year In The Life, Northern Exposure, and I'll Fly Away. Falsey was set to serve as Executive Producer on a reboot of Northern Exposure, which was announced in November.

Variety: John Falsey, 'St. Elsewhere' and 'Northern Exposure' Co-Creator, Dies at 67