One in this medical drama series set in St. Eligius hospital in Boston. In this episode, during a late-night card game, Samuels' colleagues tease him about his obvious interest in Paxton, though she informs him that he's still too "irresponsible" for her to consider restarting their relationship. Beale chats with patient Ralph Sellover, who explains that he feels aimless and alone now that he has opted to abandon his bird identity, and Morrison and Paxton tend to their spinal meningitis patient, Mickey Wong, concluding that he will soon die from the aggressive infection. When his parents arrive, they ask permission via interpreter to try some alternative Chinese treatments involving candles, chants and symbolic rocks, and Morrison, thinking that it will at least give the grieving parents some comfort, agrees. Fiscus and Samuels rush to save a young John Doe, suffering from a serious gunshot wound to the chest, and Danny Christiano, the cabbie who brought him in, tries to overcome his shock as he describes seeing an "older guy" committing the crime.

Morrison watches uncertainly as the Wongs perform their traditional procedures on their son, and Ralph tells his pal Luther that he's "retiring" from the bird life. Ehrlich fights off fatigue as he operates on John Doe, though Samuels seems invigorated by the challenge, and when Morrison joins the others' card game, he is floored when Mickey wanders in, seemingly in perfect health and asking for food. Ralph, growing increasingly hopeful about his new "human" life, happily greets cafeteria worker Earl, and when Mickey's tests prove his complete return to health, an awestruck Morrison tells Paxton that they've clearly witnessed a miracle, though she urges him to protect his medical reputation and simply record that the patient was cured by penicillin.

Beale finds Ralph admiring the view of daybreak in Boston from the roof, and Ralph admits that he has nothing left now that he and wife Jane won't reach their "final roost" together. Despite Beale's compassionate attempts to help in, Ralph suddenly leaps from the roof to his death, and Luther is devastated by the news. Paxton and Samuels reunite and ponder the true meaning of miracles, and she finally decides that he has truly changed for the better and returns to his embrace. Commercials deleted.


  • DATE: January 18, 1983 10:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:48:39
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: B:66244
  • GENRE: Drama, medical
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1982-1988


  • Bruce Paltrow … Executive Producer
  • Mark Tinker … Producer, Developed by
  • John Masius … Producer, Developed by, Writer
  • Joshua Brand … Producer, Created by, Writer
  • John Falsey … Producer, Created by, Writer
  • Beth Hillshafer … Associate Producer
  • Victor Lobl … Director
  • Tom Fontana … Writer
  • J.A.C. Redford … Music by
  • David Grusin … Theme Music by
  • Ed Flanders … Cast, Dr. Donald Westphall
  • David Birney … Cast, Dr. Ben Samuels
  • G.W. Bailey … Cast, Dr. Hugh Beale
  • Ed Begley … Cast, Dr. Victor Ehrlich
  • Terence Knox … Cast, Dr. Peter White
  • Howie Mandel … Cast, Dr. Wayne Fiscus
  • David Morse … Cast, Dr. Jack Morrison
  • Christina Pickles … Cast, Nurse Helen Rosenthal
  • Kavi Raz … Cast, Dr. Vijay Kochar
  • Cynthia Sikes … Cast, Dr. Annie Cavanero
  • Denzel Washington … Cast, Dr. Philip Chandler
  • William Daniels … Cast, Dr. Mark Craig
  • Dorothy Fielding … Cast, Dr. Nancy Paxton
  • Richard Marcus … Cast, Ralph Sellover
  • Jane Kaczmarek … Cast, Sandy Burns
  • Thomas Hulce (see also: Tom Hulce) … Cast, John Doe #12
  • James Hong … Cast, Mr. Wong
  • Marc Hayashi … Cast, Chinese Doctor
  • Julius Harris … Cast, Earl
  • Robert Pastorelli … Cast, Danny Christiano
  • Eric G. Laneuville … Cast, Luther Hawkins
  • Rummel Mor … Cast, Mickey Wong
  • Drew Katzman … Cast, Dr. Lyle Stephens
  • Gillian Eaton … Cast, Dr. Fanning
  • Mark W. Burke … Cast, Blood Bank Technician
  • Wendy Wessberg … Cast, Scrub Nurse
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