Sunday, February 10, 2019

"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.


Ed Flanders as Dr. Donald Westphall
Norman Lloyd as Dr. Daniel Auschlander

Also Starring (in alphabetical order)
Ed Begley, Jr. as Dr. Victor Ehrlich
Ellen Bry as Nurse Shirley Daniels
Stephen Furst as Dr. Elliott Axelrod
Mark Harmon as Dr. Bobby Caldwell
Terence Knox as Dr. Peter White
Eric Laneuville as Luther Hawkins
Howie Mandel as Dr. Wayne Fiscus
David Morse as Dr. Jack Morrison
Christina Pickles as Nurse Helen Rosenthal
Cynthia Sikes as Dr. Annie Cavanero
Denzel Washington as Dr. Philip Chandler

and Starring
William Daniels as Dr. Mark Craig

Watching St. Elsewhere on Hulu or elsewhere? Feel free to comment on this episode below.


  1. The music in Dr. Morrison's dream sequence is clearly a sound-a-like of the middle portion of 'Heartbreaker' by Led Zeppelin and was recorded very much in this decade, not the 1980s. The question is, what music played when it aired?

    1. I saw it and here in oz they used HEARTBREAKER 99% sure the LZ2 version. I once tried to learn this solo.

  2. Also, it's often reported ZZ Top make an appearance in this episode. Not true. It is Howie Mandell, Erlich and Stephen Faust dressed as ZZ Top.

  3. I have been watching St. Elsewhere on IMDB. The prints are murky-looking and the episodes are desecrated, edited to bits with whole scenes gone. I wonder if the quality any better on HULU.

    1. No, the versions on Hulu are no better. Probably the same ones, actually. I think these were used for syndication, as I recall a few scenes missing or edited from episodes that I clearly remember being shown when it first aired (for instance, the scene where a major character's face is slashed in the 4th season was much more graphic when in its first run. It has clearly been edited in the versions used for streaming.)

    2. Re: the music. Almost all songs on the shows soundtrack used in the streaming versions have been replaced by soundalikes or by very generic music. Including "Heartbreaker" in this episode, although it's actually a fairly decent rendition.

      I don't know for certain, but I'm pretty sure that when it originally aired the show used the "real" versions of these songs.

      I know music rights are very expensive to obtain, which is supposedly one of the reasons that St. Elsewhere has never been released in its entirety on DVD. Sad, because between that and the poor quality of some of the video as noted above, the show really deserves much better treatment.

      If anybody who counts is reading this, I'd still buy a DVD or Blu-ray set of the show!!!!!!

  4. Not true. It was actually ZZ TOP that appeared.


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