Here’s a few episodes from the last season of St Elsewhere. In Requiem for a Heavyweight Axelrod (Stephen Furst) has a heart attack.
Dr Griffin (Bruce Greenwood) who has found Jesus, tells a man dying of Aids that he should renounce his homosexuality. And amazingly he isn’t sanctioned. Or reprimanded. Or anything at all. It’s especially inappropriate because Griffin is worried he might also have contracted Aids because he pricked himself with a needle while drawing blood from the same patient, so there’s all kinds of wrong there.
Dr Gideon (Ronny Cox) has a robot with a scalpel but it’s not a great idea, and he gets stabbed. After his experience in Robocop you’d think he’d know better.
Dr Craig has been away, being sued for malpractice, and so being ousted from his position as head of surgery, but he returns to pick up stuff and generally mope and look unwanted.
Nurse Rosenthal is coming to the end of her treatment for addiction to prescription drugs. She’s doing family therapy, where everyone has to say what they don’t like about the other person. It’s a bit brutal.
Her fellow addict is played by Beatrice Straight off of Poltergeist.
And after his heart surgery goes well, Axelrod wakes up in the night, confused, pulls out his lines, and dies.
After this, an odd short film in the Four Minutes series – Dogplant
Then, another St Elsewhere – Split Decision. Dr Craig is back after the malpractice suit was dropped. He wants to perform three transplants from a single donor, and some of the other doctors think he might be overcompensating for having been away.
Luther, now a physician’s assistant, meets Penny, who works on the hospital’s AV systems, and they suddenly decide to get married.
The last episode here is St Elsewhere – The Abby Singer Show. Dr Chandler (Denzel Washington) is reunited with Dr Roxanne Turner (Alfre Woodard), who’s been travelling the world.
Dr Erlich (Ed Begley) is missing, and his parents, who are spies, apparently, think he’s been kidnapped. His father is played by Steve Allen.
William Sadler plays a parent of a young girl.
At the Doctor of the Year awards, the ceremony is interrupted by a fire on a lower floor.
Dr Chandler decides to quit medicine.
Dr Griffin gets the results of his antibody test, and he has Aids.
After this, there’s a segment from The Late Show with a profile of Robbie Coltrane, with contributions from John Byrne, writer of Tutti Frutti.
BBC Genome (guessing): BBC Two – 19th February 1990 – 23:15