Doogie Howser, M.D.: Season 4


# Air Date Title
1 Sep 23

There's a Riot Going On

The 1992 L.A. riots find trauma surgeon Doogie overwhelmed.

2 Sep 30

Look Ma, No Pants

Katherine can’t stop playing mother to Doogie even after he dates her boss, whom he brings to the house for skinny-dipping.

3 Oct 07

Doogie Got a Gun

After the family is robbed, Doogie considers buying a gun, but he’s haunted by memories of shooting victims he’s treated.

4 Oct 14

Doogie Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Doogie hunts for new digs—a Venice Beach loft; and Vinnie must also find a new home when his parents divorce.

5 Oct 21

The Patient in Spite of Himself

A med-school project has Doogie and a fellow doctor posing as patients, being poked, prodded and probed to learn how to empathize with patients.

6 Oct 28

To Err is Human, to Give up Isn't a Bad Idea

Doogie faces his first solo surgery fearing he’s not perfect; and Vinnie faces his first time voting.

7 Nov 11

Doogie, Can You Hear Me?

A hearing-impaired patient charms Doogie, who speaks her language by signing but may not be listening. She also offers creative inspiration for Vinnie’s Chaplinesque film…

8 Nov 11

Nothing Compares 2 U

Doogie’s ego takes a beating when a winsome nurse chooses Vinnie over him. Raymond also comes up short when comparing himself to other technicians.

9 Nov 18

Do the Right Thing ... If You Can Figure out What It Is

Doogie’s heart tells him to do one thing, his head another in choosing the best candidate for a heart transplant; and Vinnie’s dilemma involves a vulnerable Janine.…

10 Nov 25

The Big Sleep ... Not!

Doogie holes up at the hospital on Thanksgiving Eve for some R&R, as does a new mother who feigns illness to get away from her family.

11 Dec 09

Will the Real Dr. Howser Please Stand Up

Doogie spots evidence of child abuse when his dad’s friend brings in his injured son for care.

12 Dec 16

The Mother of All Fishing Trips

Doogie’s mom makes a poor substitute as Doogie’s fishing partner when Dr. Howser throws his back out and is at home being cared for by Vinnie.

13 Dec 30

Roommate with a View

Doogie learns a lesson about trusting the unknown from a free-spirited model sharing his loft, as does a kidney-transplant candidate.

14 Jan 06

Spell It M-A-N

A nurse Doogie’s dating retaliates against his braggadocio by spreading rumors about him; Vinnie gets a new film-school dormmate.

15 Jan 13

It's a Tough Job ... But Why Does My Father Have to Do It?

Vinnie can’t adjust to the masseuse his father is dating; Doogie’s dad is asked to replace a doctor who expired while on duty.

16 Jan 20

The Adventures of Sherlock Howser

Doogie as Sherlock Holmes and Vinnie as Dr. Watson play out Doogie’s confusion over Michele.

17 Jan 27

Love Means Constantly Having to Say You're Sorry

Laura makes Vinnie feel he’s ““become a man,”“ but he reacts with adolescent jealousy to men around her. Meanwhile, a traveler’s illness puz…

18 Feb 03

You've Come a Long Way, Baby-Sitter

Some things are better left unexplored, like Doogie’s crush on his old baby sitter or Vinnie’s dream of having a star read his script.

19 Feb 24

Love Makes the World go 'Round ... or is It Money?

A deposit error dumping $16,000 in Vinnie’s account tests his integrity; and Doogie must prove his integrity to a girl with a crush on him.

20 Mar 10

Dorky Housecall, M.D.

Doogie bemoans his friendship-only status with Michele but finds inspiration on how to deal with it from an acerbic cartoonist patient.

21 Mar 17

Eleven Angry People ... and Vinnie

Jury member Vinnie tries to look beyond the letter of the law, as does Doogie, who uncovers a bogus doctor at Eastman.

22 Mar 24

What Makes Doogie Run

Doogie sees his gift of genius as more of a curse than a blessing as he seeks inspiration outside the world of medicine.

About Doogie Howser, M.D.

Doogie Howser showed the coming of age of a teenage genius who was a board-certified surgeon by the time he was 16.

At that tender age, Doogie (a childhood nickname for “Douglas”) has to balance life with his parents and contemporaries and the demands of a career that’s stressful even for adults. He has help and support from understanding parents Katherine and David Howser, the latter also a doctor, co-workers at the hospital who respect him despite his age, best friend Vinnie, and girlfriend Wanda.