Monday, February 11, 2019

"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.


William Daniels as Dr. Mark Craig
Norman Lloyd as Dr. Daniel Auschlander
Ronny Cox as Dr. John Gideon

Also Starring (in alphabetical order)
Bonnie Bartlett as Ellen Craig
Ed Begley, Jr. as Dr. Victor Ehrlich
Stephen Furst as Dr. Elliott Axelrod
Bruce Greenwood as Dr. Seth Griffin
Eric Laneuville as Luther Hawkins
Sagan Lewis as Dr. Jacqueline Wade
Howie Mandel as Dr. Wayne Fiscus
David Morse as Dr. Jack Morrison
France Nuyen as Dr. Paulette Kiem
Cindy Pickett as Dr. Carol Novino
Christina Pickles as Nurse Helen Rosenthal
Jennifer Savidge as Nurse Lucy Papandrao
Denzel Washington as Dr. Philip Chandler

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  1. During a surgery scene, Dr. Kiem calls Dr. Auschlander what sounds like "Daniel Westphall," but (Hulu?) subtitles interpreted as "Dr. Westphall." In any case, jarring! I wonder why this wasn't corrected? No dubbing budget?

  2. There's no error in the dialogue. The patient goes into cardiac arrest and Ehrlich says defibrillation is required. The surgical team cannot touch the defibrillator without then having to re-scrub before continuing, so Kiem turns to Auschlander (who has been called in to consult on the patient's liver damage) and says "Daniel, we're sterile, you'll have to defibrillate."

  3. In order to accommodate characters walking and talking at the same time, they often take somewhat illogical and inefficient routes around the corridors. This episode has a fine example in the scene where Jack Morrison takes Chaplain McCabe to visit one of his patients. They begin their conversation as they walk past the nurses' station; they continue down the main corridor, turn right at the end, then right again, and finally right again - ending up at the men's ward which is directly opposite the nurses' station where they started!


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