Friday, November 8, 2019

Happy 105th birthday, Norman Lloyd!

Norman Lloyd in 2007.
The St. Elsewhere Experience extends birthday greetings to legendary actor, producer, and director Norman Lloyd, who turns 105 on November 8, 2019. Lloyd played Dr. Daniel Auschlander on St. Elsewhere for six seasons.

Here are some fun Norman Lloyd-related links to enjoy:

Here's a 2016 article from Vanity Fair written by Trainwreck director, Judd Apatow. Trainwreck featured Lloyd's last film appearance, at age 101.

Here's Norman Lloyd's appearance on Maltin on Movies, with film critic Leonard Maltin and his daughter Jessie. This was recorded in September of 2018, when he was "only" 103.

Here's a profile from March 2019, on the Vintage News website.

Here's Norman's full three-hour interview with the Television Academy Foundation, from September 2000.

Here's a Forbes.com article, published this morning, celebrating Norman Lloyd's 105th birthday.

Norman Lloyd in 1937.

Update, November 30:
Here are two videos from KTLA 5 News, commemorating the event, from November 11 and 12.



Thursday, November 7, 2019

Cast Page: New Images

Just a quick site update, in case anyone is paying attention... The Cast page, linked from the main menu, has finally been completed. Added images for all the supporting characters, and updated the main cast photos with original publicity stills from Getty Images.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

"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.

"Family History" is the 13th episode of season 1 of St. Elsewhere.
Originally aired February 8, 1983.
Teleplay by Andrew Laskos
Story by Joshua Brand, John Falsey
Directed by Kevin Hooks

Saturday, November 2, 2019

"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.

"Release" is the 12th episode of season 1 of St. Elsewhere.
Originally aired February 1, 1983.
Teleplay by Tom Fontana, David Assael
Story by Joshua Brand, John Falsey
Directed by Victor Lobl

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

"Graveyard"

Description: Unable to save a dying boy, a frustrated Morrison lets the boy's parents perform a Chinese folk ritual. Samuels leaves 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.

"Graveyard" is the 11th episode of season 1 of St. Elsewhere.
Originally aired January 18, 1983.
Teleplay by Joshua Brand, John Falsey, John Masius, Tom Fontana
Story by Joshua Brand, John Falsey
Directed by Victor Lobl

Monday, October 28, 2019

"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.

"Hearts" is the 10th episode of season 1 of St. Elsewhere.
Originally aired January 11, 1983.
Teleplay by John Masius
Story by Joshua Brand & John Falsey and John Masius
Directed by Mark Tinker

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Website update, October 26, 2019

I don't know if there are any people left who check back in on this website who aren't just here to leave fake SEO blog comments (or robots, as the analytics indicates), but if anyone is wondering...

I've re-started doing episode recaps. I did the first two episode recaps back in 2012, the year I created this website. Now, I'm giving the series a good, thorough re-watch, and my intention is to finally document all the good stuff that St. Elsewhere's writers/producers did to make this series something special in the first place. You should be able to access these posts from the links in the Episode Guide page.

It's going to take a while. If I'm on my game, I can do one recap per day. There are 137 episodes. This should keep me busy for a while, but I'd like to get all of this down as a matter of personal aspiration. This is what I intended, back in 2012, and I'd like to finish what I started. I'll also be looking to complete capturing photos for the cast page.

In addition to recounting what happens in each episode, I'll be including screen shots, trivia and commentary, cast lists, and video clips. In particular, I'd like to tease out the inside jokes, cultural references (particularly the references to other TV shows), character development, and the recurring elements that rewarded sharp-eyed viewers.

As far as recurring elements go, I'm looking at (so far):
  • "You're a pig, Ehrlich" -- Someone out there did a YouTube video of this, but they just included the punchlines. I want to do clips of the full scenes, so you can appreciate this side of Victor Ehrlich's personality.
  • Ehrlich & Caldwell -- There was a running gag of Victor saying insensitive things that offended Bobby Caldwell in particular.
  • B.J. Hunnicutt -- Several times, Mark Craig makes comments about his Korean War buddy, B.J. Hunnicutt, presumably the same character from M*A*S*H.
  • The Gerbode Mitral Valvulatone -- Craig's first surgical instrument, which he claims was a gift from his mentor, Dr. David Domedion.
  • Dr. David Domedion -- I'll be compiling all the mentions of Craig's mentor, including the episodes where we actually see him. They did a bit of retconning with the character, and then they referenced the retconning.
  • The Cushing Left Anterior Descending Artery Award -- There's a running joke where this award statue is mentioned and also multiple instances where it is broken and replaced.
  • "I have the valve. You got the murmur?" Jack tells this story in "Legionnaires (Part 1)", and it gets repeated at least three more times during the series.
  • Dr. Oliver Lunden -- This character, a surgeon at the hospital, is mostly unseen, but frequently referenced.
If anything else comes up, I'll be sure to mention it.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

"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.

"Rain" is the 9th episode of season 1 of St. Elsewhere.
Originally aired January 4, 1983.
Teleplay by Tom Fontana
Story by Joshua Brand & John Falsey and Tom Fontana
Directed by Victor Hsu

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

"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.

"Tweety and Ralph" is the 8th episode of season 1 of St. Elsewhere.
Originally aired December 21, 1982.
Teleplay by Elizabeth Diggs
Story by Joshua Brand & John Falsey and Elizabeth Diggs
Directed by Mark Tinker

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

"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.

"Legionnaires (Part 2)" is the 7th episode of season 1 of St. Elsewhere.
Originally aired December 14, 1982.
Teleplay by Charles Rosin
Story by Joshua Brand & John Falsey and Charles Rosin
Directed by Mark Tinker

Monday, October 21, 2019

"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.

"Legionnaires (Part 1)" is the 6th episode of season 1 of St. Elsewhere.
Originally aired December 7, 1982.
Teleplay by Joel Surnow
Story by Joshua Brand & John Falsey and Joel Surnow
Directed by Thomas Carter

Sunday, October 20, 2019

"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.

"Samuels and the Kid" is the 5th episode of season 1 of St. Elsewhere.
Originally aired November 30, 1982.
Teleplay by John Masius
Story by Joshua Brand & John Falsey and John Masius
Directed by Thomas Carter

Saturday, October 19, 2019

"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.

"Cora and Arnie" is the 4th episode of season 1 of St. Elsewhere.
Originally aired November 23, 1982.
Teleplay by Neil Cuthbert
Story by Joshua Brand & John Falsey and Neil Cuthbert
Directed by Mark Tinker 

Friday, October 18, 2019

"Down's Syndrome"

Summary: 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.

"Down's Syndrome" is the 3rd episode of season 1 of St. Elsewhere.
Originally aired November 16, 1982.
Teleplay by Tom Fontana
Story by Joshua Brand & John Falsey and Tom Fontana
Directed by Mark Tinker

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Interview with Kim Miyori

An interview with Kim Miyori, who played Dr. Wendy Armstrong on seasons one and two of St. Elsewhere.

Kim Miyori on People Now with Bill Tush in 1983.
I found this clip on YouTube the other day. It's an interview with Kim Miyori from a talk show called People Now, hosted by former TBS and CNN entertainment reporter Bill Tush. The interview took place in between seasons one and two, after the show had been saved from cancellation. Miyori also discusses her guest appearance with Tom Selleck on an episode of Magnum P.I.

The YouTube clip, from a VHS tape, fast forwards through the clip from "Family History", which was the first episode that featured Wendy. I presume it was because clips from season one aren't allowed on YouTube due to copyright restrictions.

Some interesting tidbits from the interview:
  • The producers thought Kim Miyori was "too pretty" for the part, so she attended her final reading without makeup and wearing glasses.
  • Miyori aspired to become a doctor, but pursued acting instead.
  • Wendy's story in "Family History" involved her diagnosing a patient with Gaucher's Disease, a rare genetic disorder mostly found among Ashkenazi Jews. This led to a viewer discovering the cause of her grandson's undiagnosed bleeding disorder.

Here's the clip:

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

St. Elsewhere on CHCH-TV

Attention, residents of Ontario, Canada: Hamilton's CHCH-TV, available on most cable systems in Southern Ontario, is now running episodes of St. Elsewhere weekdays at 2 pm, starting with the pilot episode on Tuesday, September 24.

A few years back, CHCH changed its daytime programming format to "Retro TV"--i.e. showing reruns of old shows, like most local TV stations used to do. St. Elsewhere replaces Starsky and Hutch in the 2 o'clock time slot.

And if you're a fan of other classic MTM shows, CHCH will be running Hill Street Blues in the 4 pm time slot, starting September 30.


Link to the CHCH promo page:
https://www.chch.com/st-elsewhere/

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Interviews with St. Elsewhere Creator Joshua Brand

From TelevisionAcademy.com's interview on YouTube, here are two clips of Creator Joshua Brand discussing St. Elsewhere.

Though they didn't remain with the series very long, St. Elsewhere was created by the writing team of Joshua Brand and John Falsey, who would later go on to success with the quirky comedy-drama, Northern Exposure. Before the end of season one, the duo had been saddled with the nicknames, "Dr. Death and Mr. Depression," and were no longer involved with the show's production.

In the first clip below, Joshua Brand tells the story of how St. Elsewhere came to be. In the second clip, he explains why his involvement in the show was short-lived.

Joshua Brand on Creating "St. Elsewhere":



Joshua Brand on Why He Left "St. Elsewhere":



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

"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.



Cast

Starring
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

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

"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.



Cast

Starring
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

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

"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.



Cast

Starring
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

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

"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.



Cast

Starring
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

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

"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.



Cast

Starring
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

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

"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.



Cast

Starring
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

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

"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.



Cast

Starring
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

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

"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.



Cast

Starring
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

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

"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.



Cast

Starring
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

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

"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.



Cast

Starring
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

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

"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.



Cast

Starring
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

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

"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.



Cast

Starring
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

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

"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.



Cast

Starring
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

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

"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.


Cast

Starring
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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"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.



Cast

Starring
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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"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.



Cast

Starring
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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"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.



Cast

Starring
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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"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.



Cast

Starring
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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"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.



Cast

Starring
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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"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.



Cast

Starring
Ed Flanders as Dr. Donald Westphall
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

and Starring
William Daniels as Dr. Mark Craig

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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.



Cast

Starring
Ed Flanders as Dr. Donald Westphall
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

and Starring
William Daniels as Dr. Mark Craig

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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.



Cast

Starring
Ed Flanders as Dr. Donald Westphall
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

and Starring
William Daniels as Dr. Mark Craig

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"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.



Cast

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

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
Howie Mandel as Dr. Wayne Fiscus
David Morse as Dr. Jack Morrison
Cindy Pickett as Dr. Carol Novino
Christina Pickles as Nurse Helen Rosenthal
Denzel Washington as Dr. Philip Chandler

and Starring
William Daniels as Dr. Mark Craig

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