St. Elsewhere: Season 5

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 24
1986

Where There's Hope, There's Crosby

A depressed Father Joseph McCabe returns to St. Eligius; Morrison receives a visitor from Seattle; Dr. Craig seeks help for his injured hand from an old classmate; one of Axelr…

2 Oct 01
1986

When You Wish Upon a Scar

Wade tries to get a grip on her marital problems; Fiscus throws an engagement party for Morrison; Rosenthal figures out the self-serving Griffin; and John Doe #6 returns.

3 Oct 08
1986

A Room With a View

Dr. Craig behaves boorishly to his replacement, Dr. Paulette Kiem; Birch finds a radioactive patient; Papandrao claims Ehrlich as an escort to a family birthday party; a friend…

4 Oct 15
1986

Brand New Bag

The Craigs try out yet another new maid; fellow employees stab Luther in the back; Axelrod is embarrassed and rude about a patient’s colostomy; and Fiscus helps Mr. Ewell…

5 Oct 29
1986

You Beta Your Life

Dr. Westphall helps a terminally ill teenager reach his parents; Griffin plays Birch and Novino off against each other to escape blame in a patient’s death; Morrison call…

6 Nov 05
1986

Not My Type

Dr. Turner faces a dilemma as she performs surgery on a Jehovah’s Witness, who has forbidden any blood transfusions; Griffin takes positive steps to blame Birch for the p…

7 Nov 12
1986

Up and Down

Lizzie gets involved with Griffin; a man falls while trying to scale the hospital; Luther befriends a bag lady with Tourette’s Syndrome; and John Doe #6 disappears with D…

8 Nov 19
1986

Nothing Up My Sleeve

Mandatory drug testing causes a deep division of opinion; Morrison is haunted by his day at the prison; Axelrod is assigned to guide a 14-year-old medical student around; Griff…

9 Nov 26
1986

After Life

Dr. Fiscus is shot. Afterwards, he experiences the afterlife and meets some old friends. Such people include old patients who died in the hospital, a few in limbo and a couple…

10 Dec 03
1986

Once Upon a Mattress

Fiscus awakens but is deeply depressed, despite a visit from his father; Dr. Craig returns to work and his office, disregarding Dr. Kiem’s feelings; Dr. Westphall decides…

11 Dec 10
1986

Lost Weekend

Dr. Westphall tries to help an alcoholic poet he once admired; Dr. Craig puts his usual worst foot forward as he tries to persuade the Soviets to release Masha’s husband;…

12 Jan 07
1987

Cold War

Dr. Turner finds her confidence shaken when she learns her new patient, about to undergo a risky transfusion procedure, has a malpractice suit pending at another hospital; Dr.…

13 Jan 14
1987

Russian Roulette

Dr. Craig becomes jealous when Dr. Peltrovich is finally allowed to pursue his work with lasers; Fiscus experiences an emotional rollercoaster as he returns to work with a crit…

14 Jan 21
1987

Visiting Daze

Axelrod allows Novino and Griffin to override his judgement; Dr. Kiem worries about her long distance marriage as she tries to help an inseparable couple make a final farewell;…

15 Jan 28
1987

Getting Ahead

Novino uncovers a pathologist selling body parts when one of her patients dies; Dr. Westphall learns that Lizzie is pregnant; Chandler and a visiting private practitioner learn…

16 Feb 04
1987

Jose, Can You See?

Novino tangles again with Chandler about admitting a blind street person who’s not really sick; Dr. Auschlander learns he has a son he never knew; the Craigs face their g…

17 Feb 11
1987

Schwarzwald

Rosenthal tries to help her obese daughter cope with her problems; Axelrod’s father brings a dog to the hospital for chemotherapy; Dr. Turner reluctantly reveals the ultr…

18 Feb 18
1987

You Again?

Morrison testifies at Nick Moat’s parole hearing; Dr. Kiem buries herself in work when she learns her son has taken off from home and is missing; Fiscus diagnoses multipl…

19 Feb 25
1987

Rites of Passage

Fiscus waits for a woman artificially inseminated with his sperm to give birth; three young men explore life and the hospital to relieve the boredom of their stay; Dr. Westphal…

20 Mar 04
1987

Women Unchained

Shirley Daniels returns to the hospital as a patient; Mrs. Craig offers Griffin a place to stay; Chandler and Novino compete to see who can correctly diagnose a difficult patie…

21 May 13
1987

Good Vibrations

The representative of a foreign medical group interested in the hospital visits to absorb the psychic `aura’ of the place (via flashbacks) but collapses from a heart atta…

22 May 20
1987

Slip Sliding Away

Luther turns sleuth to find out who is responsible for the mercy-killings; Dr. Turner takes a chance doing experimental fetal heart surgery; Axelrod gets back at Novino and Gri…

23 May 27
1987

Last Dance at the Wrecker's Ball

Auschlander tries to stop the demolition of St. Eligius.

About St. Elsewhere

St. Eligius Hospital in South Boston was not exactly the world’s best health care center. Despite its flaws, it featured some of the most caring doctors and nurses you could ever meet. Led by Dr. Donald Westphall (and later by Dr. Benjamin Gideon), St. Eligius became a sanctuary for the underdog and the downtrodden. “St. Elsewhere” ran on NBC for six seasons. Originally a ratings flop, NBC picked it up for a second season for the sole purpose of grabbing some additional Emmy nominations. It eventually became a minor hit for The Peacock, until burnout by the writers resulted in its 1988 cancellation. The series was nominated for 63 Emmy Awards and won 13.

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