The BEST Episodes of Chicago Hope

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 22, 2020

Network: CBS

Television medical drama in soap-opera style. Surgeons Jeffrey Geiger and Aaron Shutte battle valiantly for their patients, often coming into conflict with the hospital administration, run by Dr. Phillip Watters. Their cases are usually ethically complex, highly sensationalistic, and very melodramatic. Meanwhile, Jeffrey and Aaron, who are best friends, commiserate about the shambles their tumultuous personal lives have become....

The Son Also Rises

#1 - The Son Also Rises

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 17, 1997

Aaron discovers that his late father wasn't his biological parent when he meets the eccentric sculptor who is; Phillip learns something about his estranged son when an emergency arises; Kate treats an 11 year-old genius who hungers for contact with his overwhelmed father.

star 9.33
9 votes
Directors: James Bagdonas
Writers: Tim Kring
Leave of Absence

#2 - Leave of Absence

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 1995

Geiger's bravado is put to the test when hospital counsel Alan Birch is shot by street thugs. Meanwhile, Grad agonizes over not being able to help Alan and Watters regrets his recent harsh words with the lawyer.

star 9.00
6 votes
Directors: Jeremy Kagan
Writers: David E. Kelley
The Parent Rap

#3 - The Parent Rap

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 29, 1996

Kate loses her control and her compassion when her father is admitted with an operable surgical condition but refuses it on religious grounds. Geiger turns up again at the hospital, this time as part of a clown troop there to entertain the patients. Sutton delivers a baby with ambigous genitalia whose parents are equally ambigious about they feel about their offspring.

star 9.00
5 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: Jennifer Levin, Kevin Arkadie, Sara B. Charno
Mother, May I?

#4 - Mother, May I?

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 17, 1997

Kate flies to Washington with Tommy to speak to Congress about health care. Back in Chicago, her friend Marina makes a decision about adoption. McNeil's patint Harriett Owens is hospitalized again.

star 9.00
9 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: Marcelle Clements
Adventures in Babysitting

#5 - Adventures in Babysitting

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 13, 1999

Aaron struggles with the loss of a patient; Billy is attracted to Emily's babysitter; a couple asks Bobby and Dennis for help in creating a baby with a genius I.Q.; Joe tries to decide who should go into the hospital's fallout shelter in an emergency.

star 9.00
6 votes
Directors: James C. Hart
Writers: Ian Biederman
Cabin Fever

#6 - Cabin Fever

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 26, 1997

McNeil offers his cabin to Drs. Austin, Catera, and Grad, whom each want to get away from the city for a while. While at the cabin they receive a visit from an unexpected and deadly visitor.

star 8.88
8 votes
Writers: Barbara Hall
The Breast and the Brightest

#7 - The Breast and the Brightest

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 21, 1998

Grad accuses a mother are starving her infant to death. Shutt and Catera disagree over a neurological patient. Austin announces her plans with NASA, and Watters taked away her status as Chief of Surgery. Yeats uses his ""sixth sense"" to diagnose a patient.

star 8.88
8 votes
Directors: Martha Mitchell
Writers: Barbara Hall
Home is Where the Heartache Is

#8 - Home is Where the Heartache Is

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 17, 1999

Jack returns after his brother's death; fearing the impact of HMOs on his practice, Joe begins to sell doorway products; Billy's friend comes to the hospital for a heart transplant, and ends up getting an experimental procedure after the hospital receives the wrong organ.

star 8.88
8 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Josh Reims
Last One Out, Get the Lights

#9 - Last One Out, Get the Lights

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 20, 1996

Tommy places a bid to buy out the hospital with the intention of firing Kate as soon as the deal goes through; as Valerie continues her affair with Danny, Jack lets Danny know that he's aware of their relationship; Elizabeth is readmitted after Andy beats her again, and Andy takes his revenge when Dennis attempts to help his sister escape the cycle of spousal abuse; a mysterious biohazard accompanies a patient admitted to the E.R., and immediately begins to fell the staff; after Kate pleads the hospital's case, Jack agrees to counter Tommy's offer, but only if Phillip fires Danny; Kate and Tommy threaten to expose each other's secrets; after Diane's work for the last two years is called into question and her grant money is suspended, she decides to go to Africa to do research with a colleague; Tommy courts Aaron's support; feeling under-appreciated and ill-respected, Camille resigns; realizing that Tommy will stop at nothing to destroy her, a desperate Kate flees with their daughter an

star 8.86
7 votes
Writers: John Tinker
Tantric Turkey

#10 - Tantric Turkey

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 25, 1998

Billy's mother shows up at the hospital and announces she is about to give birth. The star of the road company version on ""Jesus Christ Superstar"" comes to the hospital when the star is ill. Yeats former teacher comes to the hospital with chest pains.

star 8.86
7 votes
Directors: John Heath
Writers: David Yorkin
McNeil and Pray

#11 - McNeil and Pray

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 16, 1998

A member of Jack's basketball team sustains a near-fatal injury during a game; Bobby disagrees about the need for his patient to have heart surgery.

star 8.86
7 votes
Directors: James Bagdonas
Writers: Stephen Beck
Stand

#12 - Stand

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 20, 1995

Shutt finds himself revitalized by a frustrated MS patient who refuses to quietly accept that Aaron can't help him. Dr. Sutton comes up with a way to exorcise Geiger's spirit from the hospital. Watters finds solace with a special visitor.

star 8.83
6 votes
Directors: Mel Damski
Writers: Kevin Arkadie
White Rabbit

#13 - White Rabbit

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 11, 1999

The hospital is quarantined after a deadly virus is discovered; a child is missing in the hospital.

star 8.83
6 votes
Directors: Michael Schultz
Writers: Mark Richard
Life Support

#14 - Life Support

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 13, 1995

When the gun belonging to a critically wounded police officer drops out of his holster in the E.R., the distraught brother of a man waiting for a donor heart picks up the weapon and threatens the staff unless his brother receives an immediate transplant; as Aaron and Danny operate on the wounded officer, one of the exploding bullets with which he was shot goes off and severs two of Danny's fingers; Geri performs a successful reattachment, but Danny may be facing the end of his career as a surgeon.

star 8.78
9 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley, John Tinker
Playing Through

#15 - Playing Through

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 3, 1999

During surgery to resolve an HIV-positive woman's post-partum complications, Diane accidentally cuts herself and is exposed to the virus; problems arise between Jack and Lisa when he discovers that she's been seeing Robert; a homeless man takes shelter in the hospital's main entrance; an unidentified man is hit by a train after trying to save a child; Jack takes up golf in the hospital.

star 8.75
8 votes
Writers: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin
A Day in the Life

#16 - A Day in the Life

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 1996

Austin's cystic-fibrosis patient is just one of four patients needing transplants who have to wait in fear and hope when a potential donor appears but is prematurely pronounces dead and entered into the donor system by the inexperienced Eggert.

star 8.70
10 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: Sara B. Charno
Growth Pains

#17 - Growth Pains

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 27, 1995

After Aaron successfully removes a steel rod driven into a man's head in a workplace explosion, the patient miraculously suffers no motor or cognitive problems, but begins to exhibit severe personality changes that greatly upset his family and employees; when a patient in danger of dying from an intestinal obstruction caused by his habit of eating the hair he compulsively pulls from his head refuses the surgery that will save his life, Ray's unorthodox approach to treating the patient's underlying psychological disorder -- by getting Camille to assume the persona of Dorothy Gale from ""The Wizard of Oz"" and role play with the patient -- gets him fired, even though the treatment is ultimately successful; Alan's worst fears come to light when Alicia suffers heart failure, and he lashes out at Jeffrey in his anguish.

star 8.67
9 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: David E. Kelley
Austin, We Have a Problem

#18 - Austin, We Have a Problem

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 11, 1998

Gordan teaches Kate how to fly. Hancock accuses a police officer of shooting a homeless African-American.

star 8.67
6 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: Remi Aubuchon
Simon Sez

#19 - Simon Sez

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 24, 2000

A mentally challenged couple enters the hospital. The husband needs open heart surgery. The wife discovers that she can't become pregnant after she was sterilized without her consent.

star 8.67
6 votes
Directors: Jay Tobias
Writers: Susan Corscuna
Karmic Relief

#20 - Karmic Relief

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 20, 1999

Kate discovers that she has developed an ovarian cyst which could destroy her plans with NASA. After Kate hears this news she agrees to go to a retreat... that Yeats is leading.

star 8.63
8 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Barbara Hall
Ex Marks the Spot

#21 - Ex Marks the Spot

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 13, 1996

Sutton's mind rells as wives two and three ask him for a very great personal and professional favor and wife one chacks in for a serious medical problem. Kate anxiously awaits news of who will be appointed as the new head of surgery. Dr. Shutt performs delicate surgery on a wealthy quadriplegic who cannot be anesthetized, and whose beautiful fiance attracts Nyland's attention.

star 8.60
5 votes
Writers: Kevin Arkadie, Patricia Green
Viagra-Vated Assault

#22 - Viagra-Vated Assault

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 4, 1998

Kate discovers that a patient is using Viagra to cheat on his wife; Jack gives a blood transfusion even though it's against the patient's Jehovah's Witness religion; a musician fears his creativity may be stifled by the medicine Aaron prescribes for his bipolar disorder; Joe's son drives the staff crazy as he roams the hospital behaving exactly like his father.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Rob Corn
Writers: Josh Reims
The Ethics of Hope

#23 - The Ethics of Hope

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 27, 1995

Kate is stricken when she realizes that her negligence due to exhaustion caused the death of a young woman during surgery, and considers assuaging her guilt by informing the woman's parents of her error; Billy and Danny decide to help a teenager running a unlicensed clinic for indigent patients; Judge Aldrich retires from the bench and comes to work at the hospital as Alan's replacement; Camille's drug seeking behaviors continue; Diane has second thoughts about her research project when she realizes that she's become attached to the orangutan that she's successfully infected with AIDS.

star 8.57
7 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley
On Golden Pons

#24 - On Golden Pons

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 17, 1997

After a little too much holiday cheer Wilkes is charged with a DUI and must serve a community service in Dr. Hancock's clinic. Watters discovers that his accountant has left the country with Watters money. Shutt turns over a patient to Catera, and the two clash over whether she should perform a dangerous surgery on the patient. Dr. McNeil is elected to play Santa and is a huge hit in the childrens ward. Grad receives her Christmas present a little early.

star 8.55
11 votes
Directors: James Bagdonas
Writers: Ian Biederman
Deliverance

#25 - Deliverance

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 1, 1998

Diane goes into labor unexpectedly and when no one can find Billy she reluctantly asks Kate to be her coach. Wilkes must get a family to safety from an abusive husband/father. McNeil and Catera take dance lessons (with special guest star Kenny Ortega, who choreographed ""Brain Salad Surgery."" Billy arrives at the hospital and discovers that Diane is having a c-section after her and the baby have gone into distress during the labor.

star 8.55
11 votes
Directors: Rob Corn
Writers: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin