Chicago Hope

The BEST episodes of Chicago Hope

Every episode of Chicago Hope ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Chicago Hope!

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....

Last Updated: 8/21/2022Network: CBS
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The Son Also Rises
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9.33
9 votes

#1 - The Son Also Rises

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/17/1997

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.

Directors: James Bagdonas
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Leave of Absence
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9.00
7 votes

#2 - Leave of Absence

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/13/1995

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.

Directors: Jeremy Kagan
The Parent Rap
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9.00
5 votes

#3 - The Parent Rap

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/29/1996

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.

Directors: Arvin Brown
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Mother, May I?
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9.00
9 votes

#4 - Mother, May I?

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/17/1997

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.

Directors: Bill D'Elia
Adventures in Babysitting
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9.00
6 votes

#5 - Adventures in Babysitting

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/13/1999

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.

Directors: James C. Hart
Cabin Fever
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8.88
8 votes

#6 - Cabin Fever

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/26/1997

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.

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The Breast and the Brightest
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8.88
8 votes

#7 - The Breast and the Brightest

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/21/1998

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.

Directors: Martha Mitchell
Home is Where the Heartache Is
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8.88
8 votes

#8 - Home is Where the Heartache Is

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/17/1999

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.

Directors: Oz Scott
McNeil and Pray
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8.86
7 votes

#9 - McNeil and Pray

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/16/1998

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.

Directors: James Bagdonas
Stand
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8.83
6 votes

#10 - Stand

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/20/1995

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.

Directors: Mel Damski
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White Rabbit
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8.83
6 votes

#11 - White Rabbit

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/11/1999

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

Directors: Michael Schultz
A Day in the Life
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8.70
10 votes

#12 - A Day in the Life

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/11/1996

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.

Directors: Bill D'Elia
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Growth Pains
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8.67
9 votes

#13 - Growth Pains

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/27/1995

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.

Directors: Thomas Schlamme
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Tantric Turkey
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8.63
8 votes

#14 - Tantric Turkey

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/25/1998

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.

Directors: John Heath
Ex Marks the Spot
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8.60
5 votes

#15 - Ex Marks the Spot

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/13/1996

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.

Austin, We Have a Problem
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8.57
7 votes

#16 - Austin, We Have a Problem

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/11/1998

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

Directors: Lou Antonio
Playing Through
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8.56
9 votes

#17 - Playing Through

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/3/1999

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.

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On Golden Pons
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8.55
11 votes

#18 - On Golden Pons

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/17/1997

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.

Directors: James Bagdonas
Deliverance
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8.55
11 votes

#19 - Deliverance

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/1/1998

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.

Directors: Rob Corn
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Three Men and a Lady
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8.50
6 votes

#20 - Three Men and a Lady

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/15/1996

Judge Aldrich's tenure as Alan's replacement is cut short by illness; Amy, an old friend of Danny's from medical school, joins the nursing staff and clashes with Camille over the care of a terminally ill patient; Kate and Billy hook up, but decide that they won't repeat the experience after they clash professionally during experimental laser surgery on an elderly cardiac patient; Amy rebuffs Danny's advances.

Directors: Thomas Schlamme
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Last One Out, Get the Lights
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8.50
8 votes

#21 - Last One Out, Get the Lights

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/20/1996

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

The Day of the Rope
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8.50
10 votes

#22 - The Day of the Rope

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/20/1997

White supremacists on the run following a failed assassanation attempt against the President hole up in a grocery store with an injured member and demand a doctor from Chicago Hope to treat him.

Directors: Stephen Cragg
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Growing Pains
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8.50
10 votes

#23 - Growing Pains

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/10/1997

Aaron and Phillip announce that they are buying the hospital from Wilmette, although their plans for keping the solvent do not please any of their colleagues. An HMO lawyer obsessed with ""patient responsibilty"" holds the reins on some lucrative coronary-bypass business. A patient with private insurance receives test after test for all of his petty complaints.

Directors: Jim Charleston
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Broken Hearts
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8.50
12 votes

#24 - Broken Hearts

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/7/1998

Austin operates on a pregnant patient with a damaged heart and learns that she had taken the controversial diet pill Phen-phen. An accident reunites Watters and an old flame, the woman he had an affair with. Shutt has his first breakthrough. McNeil and Catera grow closer.

Directors: Sandy Smolan
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The Things We Do For Love
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8.50
12 votes

#25 - The Things We Do For Love

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/4/1998

Catera and McNeil cross roads when her facination with his brother becomes personal. Billy begins to feel ""in over his head"" with the impending birth of his child, so at a desperate attempt at freedom he becomes involved in a bar fight. Austin introduces Danny to her daughter. Watters moonlights as a stand-up comic.

Directors: Christine Lahti
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