Sunday, February 10, 2019

"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.


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
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. Retcon alert: Chandler and Fiscus both say they are 30 years old. In Season 6, Fiscus turns 30.

  2. And so we say goodbye to Dr. Annie Cavanero in what is probably the most ignominious departure from "St. Elsewhere": She gets a cold much like Dr. Ben Samuels had gotten in his final appearance two years previous.

    I know some of the back story of Cynthia Sikes' departure from the series, but I wish much more had been done with her character. The last major storyline in which she was involved concerned a rumor that she was a lesbian. Those episodes reveal a lot about Cavanero's upbringing: She saw homosexuality as unnatural. She resented the rumors about her relationship with another female doctor. I wish those story threads had been developed further and that she had been given an exit comparable to Nurse Shirley Daniels' (which, I content, is one of the most memorable exits on the series).

    But we have what we have. For a character who was so prominent during St. E's first three seasons, her final appearance is little more than a footnote.


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