Time of Death
Medicine could be a lucrative business if it weren't for all those sick people. So goes the motto of the mega-sized, mega-frugal HMO that runs Mission General Hospital in San Francisco, where two renegade doctors bend the rules and find the loopholes in a constant quest to treat their patients. Together, they practice medicine with a take-no-prisoners attitude and don't-take-no-for-an-answer tactics.
In the opener, Kellerman and Dalgety rope intern Maggie Yang into helping them treat an uninsured patient. Meanwhile, Mission's new administrator gets off to a rough start; and a heart patient refuses to undergo surgery that could save his life.
When Pangborn allows an ER-set TV show to film at Mission, Kellerman gets in on the act to snag some much-needed medical equipment being used as props. Meanwhile, Quinn and Maggie square off over the treatment of a stroke patient; and Dalgety's fling with a staffer lands him in hot water after it begins to look like a case of sexual harassment.
A car crashes into a group of people at a bus stop outside Mission General. Kellerman has problems with his superstitions while doing open-heart surgery on a Buddhist dignitary. Gina places a sacred charm in the hands of a patient recently pulled off life support.
Kellerman and Dalgety are flown to Vegas by Dr. (Wiseguy) Wiseman in hazardous weather as they try to get a heart to a transplant recipient before the heart 'expires'. Maggie Yang faces the consequenses when she rejects the advances of Dr. Posner. Donge reveals amorous feelings for Nurse Poole.
Dalgety and Maggie Yang try to sabotage Donge's latest moneymaking scheme which involves a ""virtual doctor"" who prescribes treatments for patients via email only. And two transplant candidates -- a death row prisoner and a private citizen -- both need the same heart to survive
Reportedly a Hallowen episode. Date tentative
Maggie Yang treats a female blues singer for a condition that could end her career; a patient with ""wings"" seems to have the power to heal other patients by his touch; and a beloved hospital volunteer is in critical condition after being shot by burglars. Meanwhile, when a patient is caught smoking a marijuana cigarette, Nurse Poole is determined to find the source; the hospital brass search for an escaped monkey; and Dalgety performs an unauthorized surgery on an illegal alien who could be deported if caught.
A man who refuses surgery because he thinks he is a space alien sorely tries Dalgety's patience. Meanwhile, Donge plots to become the new chief hospital administrator -- but collapes from a weak heart -- a wife seems strangely indifferent to her husband's life-threatening surgery, and Kellerman is angry when he finds out his ex-wife is pregnant.
When a Christmastime baby is found abandoned in the hospital parking lot, Dr. Joyner quickly grows attached; Dalgety tries to save a homeless man who was stabbed in the hospital waiting room; authorities bring dozens of homeless people to Mission General to ""clean up the parks;"" and Kellerman assists in surgery with a seductive female physician who was once his lover.