Austin struggles over whether to transplant the heart of a suicide victim into a teenage girl. Dr. Hancock is trapped in a vicious nerve gas attack in a bank. Wilkes and Kronk respond to the scene. Dr. Shutt tries to find a happy medium between psychiatry and neurosurgery. With McNeil's help, Aaron is scheduled to perform his first surgery since the aneurysm. With Diane returning to work, Billy and Diane leave their child with a babysitter, prompting Billy to consider staying home during the day.b: 30 Sep 98 pc: 5ABM01 w: Dawn Prestwich & Nicole Yorkin d: Bill D'Elia
rc: Dr. Rose Weber, Sara, Cacaci
Dr. Austin oversees a physical exam on Gordon Mays, an astronaut with a bad heart. Kate begins thinking about becoming an astronaut herself when it becomes apparent Mays isn't fit to go into space. Dr. Corcoran (Dr. Death) is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Corcoran invites all her friends, and Dr. Grad, to a party where she plans to take her own life. Aaron treats a young Hasidic man with OCD, trying to find a way to tell his father he's gay. Meanwhile, Cacaci extols the virtues of his 'Y2K' or year 2000 plan.b: 7 Oct 98 pc: 5ABM02 w: Jan Oxenberg d: Stephen Cragg
Standard Fare. Dennis manipulates the system by bringing an uninsured pregnant mother into the hospital to give birth, thereby insuring her sick infant will be treated. Aaron fights an HMO to get a patient medication. Lisa is the focus of a newsmagazine story, resulting in an offer to head the neurosurgery dept. McNeil is roped into coaching a women's basketball team. This episode contains no lectures on the evils of firearms.b: 14 Oct 98 pc: 5ABM03 w: Ian Biederman d: James C. Hart
rc: Cacaci, Rose
Diane, already guilty about leaving little Emily home with Billy, overreacts when a malnourished child dies in the ER, accusing the parents of starving the infant. Aaron gets an opportunity to exercise his psychiatric skills when a patient is brought in complaining of frequent waking blackouts. New doctor Robert Yeats aids Wilkes in the ER, earning first Wilkes' derision with his very unorthodox theories, and then in textbook fashion, his praise.b: 21 Oct 98 pc: 5ABM04 w: Barbara Hall d: Martha Mitchell
rc: Jeffrey Geiger, Danny Nyland, Camille, Alan Birch, Cacaci
Old friends visit Chicago Hope for the hospital's anniversary banquet. Phillip, in a fever-induced dream state, sees and converses with the late Alan Birch. Alan tries to teach Phillip the creator's great plan of happiness. Danny Nyland visits Phillip's bedside. Aaron and Camille rekindle their romance. Jeffrey returns again. Meanwhile, new father Billy and Yeats clash over Yeats treatment of an infant.b: 28 Oct 98 pc: 5ABM06 w: Barbara Hall & John Tinker d: Michael Pressman NOTE: Dedicated in loving memory to E.G. Marshall who passed away earlier in the year.
rc: Rose, Cacaci
Aaron treats a manic-depressive 'Brill Building'-era songwriter who's trying to stay off lithium to write one last hit. Dr. McNeil violates ethics when he gives a Jehovah's Witness a blood transfusion after the patient specifically refused one. Cacaci's young son visits the ER, offering opinions and enlightening staffers on exactly what Cacaci thinks of them.b: 4 Nov 98 pc: 5ABM05 w: Josh Reims d: Rob Corn
The shooting of a homeless man outside Hancock's clinic propels Dennis into the spotlight, and leaves him seriously considering running for city Alderman. Dr. Austin takes flying lessons from Gordon Mays. Yeats proposes a surgical alternative to a professional wrestler, earning McNeil's displeasure. Wilkes brings his son into the hospital after Raymond starts suffering from mysterious asthma attacks, which Diane believes is related to the schoolyard shooting incident.b: 11 Nov 98 pc: 5ABM07 w: Remi Aubuchon d: Lou Antonio
The death of the star of a Touched by an Angel type television program due to a leaking gluteal implant brings hordes of reporters to Chicago Hope. Fans of the actor vilify McNeil for his candid take on the actor's death.b: 18 Nov 98 pc: 5ABM08 w: Ellen Herman d: Bill D'Elia NOTE: This episode was the first broadcast of a network series in HDTV. The episode was presented as an Entertainment Tonight special. Like most gimmick episodes, this one didn't work. Songwriter David Crosby, baseball player Eric Karros, and CBS executive Les Moonves appeared as themselves.
rc: Sara, Cacaci
Dr. Yeats treats a young boy who's the reincarnation of a Tibetan holy man. The cast of a Jesus Christ Superstar traveling show invades the hospital when its star falls ill. Kronk and Grad's Thanksgiving feast is interrupted by Billy's very pregnant mother.b: 25 Nov 98 pc: 5ABM09 w: David Yorkin d: John Heath
rc: Gina Wilkes, Rose, Cacaci
Wilkes is stunned when he learns his son's playmate was shot by his son, Raymond, using Keith's weapon. A NASA scientist interviews staff members for a perspective of Austin's personality. Aaron discovers an attraction for Rose Weber.b: 9 Dec 98 pc: 5ABM10 w: Linda Loiselle Guzik d: Sandy Smolan NOTE: Has there ever been a storyline more predictable than this one? As soon as Wilkes purchased a gun, it was obvious that something like this would happen. I suppose Chicago Hope producers needed a forum to broadcast their views on gun control.
rc: Gina Wilkes, Rose
While coaching his basketball team, Jack makes a crucial mistake when he allows an injured player to continue playing. Aaron sees Ray Wilkes professionally. Austin and Yeats clash over protocol when Yeats goes behind Kate's back and convinces a patient to decline surgery.b: 16 Dec 98 pc: 5ABM11 w: Stephen Beck d: James Bagdonas
rc: Cacaci, Rose
Billy risks his marriage when the babysitter impulsively kisses him. Dr. Shutt deals with his grief following the suicide of his patient, Artie Lomax. Yeats has qualms when an upper-class couple tries to secure the best sperm and egg donors possible to create a prodigy. Dr. Cacaci scours the hospital for the 25 personnel most likely to be useful in the event of a catastrophe.b: 13 Jan 99 pc: 5ABM12 w: Ian Biederman d: James C. Hart NOTE: In a hospital scene in the 3 Jan 99 episode of The X-Files, "Terms of Endearment" written by former Chicago Hope scribe David Amann, one can hear Dr. Nyland being paged over a loudspeaker. In an earlier 1998 episode of Homicide: Life on the Street, written by former Hope writer Sara B. Charno, one of the detectives made a glib comment about the inanity of doctor television programs, or something to that effect.
Austin worries that NASA will reject her when she learns she has an ovarian cyst. Yeats invites her to a yoga retreat in the hopes of clearing her mind. Sara, staying with Jack, stays outside all night worrying about her mother's safety in the spacecraft. Jack finds Sara unconscious outside, suffering from hypothermia.b: 20 Jan 99 pc: 5ABM13 w: Barbara Hall d: Adam Arkin
Jack embarks on a golfing trip around the hospital after he walks in on Lisa and Yeats in each other's arms. Diane assists Dennis in a C-section on Vicki Slater (#86) an HIV-positive woman and inadvertently slices open her finger, exposing herself to HIV. Yeats is harassed by a homeless woman living in front of his building. Billy operates for hours to save the life of a man who saved a child from an El train only to be hit himself.b: 3 Feb 99 pc: 5ABM14 w: Nicole Yorkin & Dawn Prestwich s: Beth Glazer McLaughlin d: Kenny Ortega
rc: Sara, Cacaci
A disfigured accident victim fights for her right to have her brain-dead mother's arm transplanted onto herself. A childhood friend of Phillip's asks for a liver. Austin receives the news she's been accepted into the space program.b: 10 Feb 99 pc: 5ABM15 w: Jan Oxenberg d: Rob Corn NOTE: A reporter mentions an ER doctor from County General has also been accepted into the space program, referring to ER character Mark Greene. Unfortunately, Greene opted out of the space program several weeks back.
Jack faces his childhood demons when he returns home to be with his overbearing father when Jack's brother Sean is killed in a prison fracas. Billy puts his friend's life in Kate's hands when she performs a radical heart operation, removing the patient's heart, cutting out a tumor and replacing the heart. Phillip strips Cacaci of his Chief of Surgery title after Joe peddles his 'Doorway' home-care products to staff and patients.b: 17 Feb 99 pc: 5ABM16 w: Josh Reims d: Oz Scott
Billy finds it hard to put his ailing dog to sleep. Lisa fights for a cancer patient's inclusion in a test study, remembering her own experience watching her mother die from cancer.b: 10 Mar 99 pc: 5ABM17 w: Remi Aubuchon d: Richard Gershman NOTE: This episode was originally scheduled to air on 3 Mar 99, but was pushed back a week so that CBS could air stronger competition (Touched by an Angel repeat) to ABC's Monica Lewinsky interview.
Kate's malicious former mentor, Dr. Rockwell, visits the hospital to showcase a new technique. As has been done dozens of times in medical dramas, the elderly Rockwell's physical skills deteriorate, forcing Kate to take action. Diane is nervous about her six week HIV test. Wilkes treats a malnourished overweight man.b: 24 Mar 99 pc: 5ABM18 w: Ian Biederman d: John Heath
Aaron feigns homicidal impulses to gain admittance to a mental hospital for a research project. Soon after Aaron is admitted, the only person to whom Aaron confided his plan, Dr. Blackmon, suffers a heart attack. No one believes Aaron's story. A sleep-deprived Shutt acts increasingly psychotic, even convincing Phillip that Aaron bears him ill will. Meanwhile, a couple who've just lost their only child try to have him cloned. Jack treats an Alzheimer's patient who mistakes him for a long-lost boyfriend.b: 31 Mar 99 pc: 5ABM19 w: Ellen Herman d: Michael Shultz
Grad and Hancock puzzle over a mother's infant twins, one black and one white. Catera interacts with a 12-year-old genius that wants her to help him before he suffers a mental collapse. Kate is the talk of the hospital when she comments on a patient's physical shortcomings.b: 14 Apr 99 pc: 5ABM20 w: Miriam Kazdin d: Mark Harmon
Dennis oversees the birth of octuplets. Kate assists when the smallest, "Beanie", is dangerously small. Yeats treats a gorilla with an ulcer. Shutt's dog, Bullseye, suffers from separation anxiety. Cacaci exacts revenge on Watters by reporting Phillip's affair with a patient.b: 21 Apr 99 pc: 5ABM21 w: David T. Levinson d: Martha Mitchell NOTE: Reports continue to persist that Chicago Hope will return for another year thanks to creator David E. Kelley's willingness to take a larger role in the program next season. Reportedly Kelley will write this year's season ender and next year's opening. It was also mentioned in the same release that Chicago Hope will undergo numerous cast changes with Lahti, Brook, Curtis-Hall & Edwards leaving the program and Berg (who it had been reported was leaving Hope in February but didn't) and Stoltz mulling the possibility. The only actors remaining would be Arkin, Elizondo, Carroll and Harmon.
rc: Stu, Cacaci
Kate's lunchtime rendezvous with her first husband turns sour when he suffers a massive coronary. Phillip's private life is under scrutiny when the hospital board investigates claims of unethical conduct with a patient.b: 28 Apr 99 pc: 5ABM22 w: Ellen Herman d: James Bagdonas
rc: Stu, Sara, Cacaci
Kate and Sara are involved in a traffic accident with a drunk driver, ending Austin's hopes of participating in the NASA mission. Philip is cleared of any ethical wrongdoing associated with Cacaci's allegations of improriety. Watters quits his job because he feels betrayed by his colleagues.b: 17 May 99 pc: 5ABM23 w: Jan Oxenberg s: Jan Oxenberg and Jim Proser d: Stephen Cragg
rc: Jeffrey Geiger, Judge Aldrich, Cacaci
Newly appointed hospital chairman Jeffrey Geiger returns to Chicago Hope to fire half the senior doctors and to convince Watters to return as chief of staff. The deposed (led by Austin) hire Jonathan Saunders to get their jobs back. Aaron teams with outside neurologist Gina Simon to operate on an infant with a brain tumor.b: 19 May 99 pc: 5ABM24 w: David E. Kelley d: Bill D'Elia NOTE: In a bizarre twist, Judge Aldrich has apparently not only returned from the dead but is also hearing arguments in the Illinois courts. Could it be an evil twin?... Also, actors Gugino, Natasha Gregson Wagner as well as Lauren Holly are reported to be joining the Chicago Hope cast next season.
Category Winner Nominee Lead Actress N Christine Lahti Cinematography N "Home is Where the Heartache Is"
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