The Best Episodes of Hawthorne

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2018

Hawthorne takes place at Richmond Trinity Hospital in Richmond, VA, where the strong-but-caring director of nursing, Christina Hawthorne (Pinkett Smith), continuously fights battles she often knows she won't win. Whether treating the homeless woman in front of the hospital like a human being or trying to talk a suicidal cancer patient off the ledge, Christina must challenge hospital administrators, heartless doctors, apathetic colleagues and a system that sometimes forgets it's there to serve the sick. Recently widowed and the mother of a smart, willful teenager, Christina juggles her career with her equally important role as a single parent. Between the two, she barely has time for herself and has difficulty keeping things together. But she knows she has to and can't give up on anyone. That's what her passion requires; it's what it takes to be a hero.

Yielding

#1 - Yielding

Season 1 - Episode 3

Christina creates a makeshift ICU bed for a woman whose son isn't ready to let her go; Bobbie helps Kelly with a case involving an infant swallowing rubbing alcohol; Ray tries to spend time with Candy.

star 7.87
29 votes
Directors: Jeff Bleckner
Writers: John Masius, Sarah Thorp
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No Guts, No Glory

#2 - No Guts, No Glory

Season 1 - Episode 8

Christina treats a female patient who appears to have been abused by her boyfriend; Bobbie helps a patient with abdominal pains; Ray helps a young man facing the possibility of being paralyzed; Camille gets a driving lesson from Kelly.

star 7.82
17 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Laurie Arent
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All the Wrong Places

#3 - All the Wrong Places

Season 1 - Episode 4

Christina tries to save a Korean woman and her little boy after a car accident; Bobbie helps a young woman on the verge of losing her arm because of gangrene.

star 7.76
21 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Glen Mazzara
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Trust Me

#4 - Trust Me

Season 1 - Episode 6

Christina and the crew are hit with an onrush of new patients when another Richmond emergency room shuts down. One patient is recognized by Camille as an old friend from school who appears to have a drug problem. And a reporter wants to use Ray as an inside source for a revealing article she wants to write concerning the ER.

star 7.74
20 votes
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Road Narrows

#5 - Road Narrows

Season 2 - Episode 3

When he sustains critical injuries in a car crash, Tom fears that he may never be able to perform surgery again. Meanwhile, Candy returns from her tour of duty in Afghanistan. And a child must disclose a hard truth about his grandmother to save her life.

star 7.72
18 votes
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Night Moves

#6 - Night Moves

Season 1 - Episode 7

Christina gets trapped into working an overnight shift and finds herself in the middle of a potential custody battle.

star 7.71
17 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: John Masius
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For Better or Worse

#7 - For Better or Worse

Season 3 - Episode 1

Christina and Tom's wedding doesn't go as planned, Nick investigates the cause of an attack at the hospital. Candy finally goes into labor after almost losing her life.

star 7.70
13 votes
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The Starting Line

#8 - The Starting Line

Season 2 - Episode 2

Christina pays a visit to the ethics committee when she opposes the hospital's refusal to treat a heroin-addicted patient. Elsewhere, a mother reveals a game-changing secret to her adopted son; and Camille forges a bond with hospital worker Marcus.

star 7.66
20 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: John Masius, Erica Shelton
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A Mother Knows

#9 - A Mother Knows

Season 2 - Episode 8

Isabel, concerned for the safety of her son in foster care, kidnaps him and disappears. And it’s up to Christina and Detective Nick Renata (special guest star Marc Anthony) to find her. Tom gets back into surgery, while Bobbie and Steve try to help the family of the woman who injured him. Ray finds out the truth about Candy, and Kelly has a run-in with Malia and Judy. Sara Gilbert guest-stars.

star 7.65
15 votes
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The Sense of Belonging

#10 - The Sense of Belonging

Season 1 - Episode 5

Christina squares off with an arrogant surgeon who is working on the case of a young heart patient she is caring for. Elsewhere, Ray works as Christina's mother-in-law's personal nurse, who, unknown by Christina, has been hospitalized. Kelly tends to a man with a worried wife.

star 7.64
22 votes
Directors: Mike Robe
Writers: Anna C. Miller
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Healing Time

#11 - Healing Time

Season 1 - Episode 2

A patient with dementia believes Christina is his wife.

star 7.58
33 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: John Masius
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Final Curtain

#12 - Final Curtain

Season 2 - Episode 6

A language barrier hinders the treatment of a pregnant woman from Afghanistan who has taken a fall potentially injuring her baby. Tom prepares to undergo surgery. And Christina catches Camille in a compromising position.

star 7.57
18 votes
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Pilot

#13 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Richmond Trinity Hospital's chief nursing officer Christina Hawthorne tries to stop an end-stage cancer patient's attempt at suicide.

star 7.50
42 votes
Directors: Mikael Salomon
Writers: John Masius
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Hidden Truths

#14 - Hidden Truths

Season 2 - Episode 7

An old friend resurfaces, and Christina is determined to help her despite the insurance company’s refusal to cover her treatment. Tom’s growing relationship with Erin rubs Christina the wrong way, just as tension and silence build at home between Christina and Camille.

star 7.46
17 votes
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The Match

#15 - The Match

Season 2 - Episode 5

Christina tries to prepare one mother for a total loss of her daughter at any time. Her daughter is in desperate need of a kidney transplant and has trouble finding matches because she is of mixed race. A little boy hoping for a meeting from his hero thanks to the make a wish foundation gets disappointed when a celebrity he is not familiar with decides to do a favor for his hero and she felt that the hospital and try to give the little boy a happy moment.

star 7.15
15 votes
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No Exit

#16 - No Exit

Season 2 - Episode 10

A construction accident threatens the hospital's commission inspection; Dr. Marshall gives Ray a hard time over his feelings regarding Candy; Bobbie and Steve reveal their pasts to each other.

star 7.13
15 votes
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Afterglow

#17 - Afterglow

Season 2 - Episode 4

Christina has difficulty getting the only doctor at James River hospital to perform the surgery on a prisoner who killed a pastor. The doctor doesn't want do the surgery because of his religious beliefs. Tom hopes to get some good about his elbow soon.

star 7.11
17 votes
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Picture Perfect

#18 - Picture Perfect

Season 2 - Episode 9

A volatile situation with Camille prompts Christine to seek help from Det. Nick Renata (special guest star Marc Anthony). Erin clashes with Christina over Tom’s career path. Kelly tries to track down a grieving mother’s camera. And a figure from Steve’s past comes back to haunt him. Sara Gilbert guest-stars.

star 7.06
16 votes
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No Excuses

#19 - No Excuses

Season 2 - Episode 1

Richmond Trinity is shut down and Christina along with Bobby Jackson, Kelly Epson, Ray Stein, and Tom Wakefield transfer to a new hospital on the verge of being closed itself. Christina is named director of nursing and clashes with the old director. Christina and Tom's feelings begin to develop. A woman dies due to lack of medical attention.

star 7.01
20 votes
Directors: Jeff Bleckner
Writers: Glen Mazzara
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Just Between Friends

#20 - Just Between Friends

Season 3 - Episode 6

Christina and Nick through his mom a party. Camille discovers something about Miles that could change their relationship drastically. Bobby holds a fundraiser for the James River cancer and research lab; also problems become a problem for the CEO of James River Hospital

star 6.86
14 votes
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Shot in the Dark

#21 - Shot in the Dark

Season 3 - Episode 10

Christina returns to James River; Tom must perform surgery on a friend; Kelly has a career-changing moment; Bobbie and Steve consider a move; Camille contemplates leaving for college.

star 6.82
11 votes
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Let Freedom Sing

#22 - Let Freedom Sing

Season 3 - Episode 5

Christina and Tom spend the day with Miles’ kids who are in town visiting. Bobbie is photographed for an article about James River. Kelly and Dr. Marshall learn more about each other. And investigator Jimmy Dupree returns to question Detective Renata.

star 6.74
12 votes
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Fight or Flight

#23 - Fight or Flight

Season 3 - Episode 2

Tom and Christina deal with the explosion at the hospital and her pregnancy differently. Camille may have found a new love interest. Bobby and Christina argue over hospital duties. Also a little girl is left at the front of the hospital for no apparent reason.

star 6.62
13 votes
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To Tell the Truth

#24 - To Tell the Truth

Season 3 - Episode 7

Christina is given an opportunity after losing her job at the hospital. Camille and Miles have to make a decision about their relationship after learning something about Miles. Bobbie makes a mistake that could cost her the job that Christina once held. Tom's dislike of Nick only increases.

star 6.60
12 votes
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Mother's Day

#25 - Mother's Day

Season 1 - Episode 9

Christina battles Morrissey after he asks her to lay off nurses due to budget cuts. Therefore, Kelly's job is on the line and she also encounters some problems with a doctor. This episode also features a terrible tragedy inside the ER.

star 6.53
17 votes
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