Sunday, February 10, 2019

"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.


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

Also Starring (in alphabetical order)
Ed Begley, Jr. as Dr. Victor Ehrlich
Stephen Furst as Dr. Elliott Axelrod
Eric Laneuville as Luther Hawkins
Howie Mandel as Dr. Wayne Fiscus
David Morse as Dr. Jack Morrison
Christina Pickles as Nurse Helen Rosenthal
Denzel Washington as Dr. Philip Chandler

and Starring
William Daniels as Dr. Mark Craig

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  1. The original broadcast of this episode featured the song, "Rock n Roll High School" by The Ramones. This explains Lizzy's remark, "You should see the movie." , in the scene where Lizzy and Novino dance in the kitchen.

  2. This is one of the most chilling episodes--and one in which Denzel Washington really comes in to his own as an actor. Phil hasn't been emphasized on the series much before this. He survived two bombings in a single day, but little was done with this. But here he does his community service at a crisis hotline and tries to talk a teenage girl out of blowing her brains out. You can really see how Phil's believes he's made a difference. But he can't control what "Amy" does. He can't see more than a glimpse into her life (we, the viewers, can see just a little more). Yet he comes to care about this person he's never met. He believes he's helped her, and then . . . the ending is one of the most abrupt and shocking I've ever seen.


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