The BEST Episodes of Saving Hope
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021
When charismatic Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris at Toronto's Hope-Zion Hospital ends up in a coma, he leaves the hospital in chaos - and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid, in a state of shock. Along with newly-arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran, Alex races to save Harris' life. As the action unfolds, comatose Dr. Harris explores the hospital halls in "spirit" form, not sure if he's a ghost or a figment of his own imagination. Reid, along with her fellow doctors, press on to save his life and those of their other patients, as they deal with the complicated and courageous decisions that are made in their daily struggle to keep hope alive.
#1 - Hope Never Dies
Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 3, 2017
Following a mass casualty accident involving a bus full of teenagers, Alex & Charlie rush to the scene to try and save the kids while waiting for backup to arrive. The Hope Zion Hospital family must band together to overcome the tragedy and move on to the next chapter of their lives.
#2 - Broken Hearts
Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 27, 2014
After Dawn diagnoses her with an irregular heartbeat, Alex is supposed to be resting up – but before she gets the chance, The Great Randall returns to Hope Zion Hospital after an experimental cancer treatment gone wrong. Meanwhile, Charlie struggles with the implications of his fight with Joel, who is trying to treat a troubled mathematician.
#3 - All the Pretty Horses
Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 18, 2015
A devastating accident requires the help of Hope Zion Hospital’s doctors at an offsite army base, and Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) and Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies) flip a coin to decide who will take the call. When Joel wins the toss, he and Dr. Zach Miller (Ben Ayres) depart for a heart-pounding day as they attempt to save the life of a soldier in dire circumstances. Meanwhile, Charlie and Dr. Dawn Bell (Michelle Nolden) work to save a victim of hypothermia, and it’s do or die time for Hope Zion Hospital’s surgeons-in-training when Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance), Dr. Maggie Lin (Julia Taylor Ross), and Dr. Rian Larouche (Danso Gordon) finally face the future and their Surgical Boards. But for Alex, the biggest day in her career is also about to become the biggest day of her life.
#4 - Heartsick
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 26, 2012
With Charlie's life hanging in the balance, Alex and Dawn go head-to-head over who gets to be his legal decision maker – but are forced to put personal matters aside when they scrub into a heart transplant surgery together. Charlie, meanwhile, is in no mood to talk to the heart donor – a deceased prisoner.
#5 - Let Me Go (2)
Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 14, 2016
Second half of a 2-hour season finale. Charlie's condition proves more dangerous than initially thought, as Alex and Shahir struggle to save his life.
#6 - Emotional Rescue (2)
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 3, 2015
Alex is distraught that she unknowingly helped the bomber at the expense of a friend.
#7 - Days of Heaven
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 17, 2014
Celebrated neurosurgeon Thor MacLeod gives Alex an offer; Charlie deals with a fatigued spirit.
#8 - The Other Side of Midnight
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 10, 2014
Alex and Joel are challenged with a marathon surgery. Charlie has a day off that's full of surprises. Dana, Zach and James are tested.
#9 - Kiss Me Goodbye
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 25, 2014
Alex Reid (Erica Durance) is still in a coma, and her impatient spirit wants her to wake up. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) encourages spirit Alex to let her body recover and enjoy the time they have together in the ‘spirit-world.’ Charlie and Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies) come face-to-face for the first time after their fight, and Alex feels for Joel, who still very much blames himself for her accident. Joel welcomes a distraction when he is called to treat the necrotic leg of an animated drug addict. Still searching for redemption, he makes a pact with the patient to see him through this ordeal, and when an unexpected obstacle arises, he finds himself deeper into his downward spiral. Meanwhile, Maggie Lin (Julia Taylor Ross) and her new boss, the militaristic and pragmatic Dr. Sydney Katz (Stacey Farber), treat a five-month pregnant woman who suffers an aneurysm in the hospital, which renders her brain-dead. The woman’s spirit pleads with Charlie to convince her husband to fight for the life of their son inside of her. After witnessing the couple’s parental love, Alex discovers she wants to become a mother.
#10 - Can't You Hear Me Knocking?
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 2015
Alex tries to convince Shahir to use an aggressive treatment on a brain tumor patient. Dana gets disheartening news, while she's trying to help the burn victim. Charlie meets someone who possibly helps spirits cross over too.
#11 - Change of Heart
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired May 27, 2017
Alex tries to distract herself from her grief; Charlie and Shahir try to track down Alex's brother.
#12 - Bed One
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 6, 2013
When a heat wave hits the city, Alex is appointed Trauma Team Leader as the hospital is faced with an influx of patients during a blackout. With no back-up power available, Dawn and Charlie must figure out a way to continue their surgery as Joel and Maggie attempt to keep a patient alive while stuck in an elevator.
#13 - All Our Yesterdays
Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired May 7, 2017
The doctors rally together to try to save an unknown man who was struck by a subway train; Charlie realizes who the John Doe is.
#14 - Pink Clouds
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 13, 2012
After a major turn of events, Alex is faced with a monumental question: is her life now changed forever? Meanwhile, Joel is in a race against time to save a young patient from rapidly advancing flesh-eating disease.
#15 - Remains of the Day
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 28, 2015
Alex asks for help in diagnosing a teacher with a mysterious illness; Charlie must explain his actions; Dawn must make a big decision.
#16 - Heaven Can Wait
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 2014
Charlie (Michael Shanks) tries to comfort spirit Alex (Erica Durance) in the OR as they watch Dawn (Michelle Nolden), Maggie (Julia Taylor Ross), and Reycraft (K.C Collins) struggle to repair her heart. Before spirit Alex can fully comprehend that she’s dying on the operating table and that Charlie really can see ghosts – she pops – waking up in a “dream” that takes her back to her childhood home in St. Catharines, Ont. A chance encounter with a lost loved one puts Alex face-to-face with a repressed memory that holds the key to her past, present and future. Meanwhile, Dawn (Michelle Nolden) manages to stitch the hole in Alex’s heart, only to be convinced by a passionate Charlie that something may still be wrong with Alex – leading the team to discover a deadly mistake that Dawn has only minutes to rectify. Joel (Daniel Gillies) is pulled to the ER to treat Alex’s assailant – and when his patient pleads to let him die – Joel’s morals as a man are tested against his ethics as a doctor.
#17 - Ride Hard or Go Home
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 6, 2012
Alex and Shahir bring Charlie to the O.R. for a last resort procedure, but Charlie must first face his past before he can wake up. Meanwhile, Joel performs a risky surgery on a female jockey and Gavin crosses the line when he meets an Alzheimer's patient.
#18 - The Heartbreak Kid
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 3, 2014
Alex and Charlie perform a double surgery on a teenage girl; Joel works at the clinic; Maggie must pull through when she is reunited with the Zarb family.
#19 - Defriender
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 13, 2013
When Alex and Joel end up stranded in the middle of nowhere with a severely injured couple, they’re forced to use only what’s around them to stabilize the pair until paramedics arrive. Meanwhile, back at Hope Zion Hospital, Charlie must try to save the wounded leg of his former college roommate as Gavin attempts to help Shahir improve his bedside manner.
#20 - Blindness
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 21, 2012
After Charlie’s hand moved in the last episode, Alex has high hopes for his recovery, while she treats a patient who already has multiple surgeries under his belt. Meanwhile, Charlie coaches a young man killed in a roofing accident who has unfinished business with his severely injured brother.
#21 - Joel 2:31
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 23, 2014
Alex, Maggie and Joel face a mystery; Charlie meets a patient with an usual link; an unexpected visitor has Zach questioning his abilities as a dad
#22 - The Law of Contagion
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 30, 2012
When a plane is forced to land due to a sick passenger, the patient is taken to Hope Zion where Alex performs emergency surgery and discovers that this passenger may have brought a deadly and contagious virus into the hospital.
#23 - First and Last
Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 27, 2017
Alex and Charlie put their wedding plans aside; Zach takes a special interest in a case; a coma patient who wakes up with no memory.
#24 - Anybody Seen My Baby (1)
Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 14, 2016
First part of a 2-hour season finale. Charlie's condition proves more dangerous than initially thought, as Alex and Shahir struggle to save his life.
#25 - Wishbones
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 2, 2014
When Alex’s brother Luke is admitted to Hope Zion Hospital in critical condition, Joel and Charlie must work together to keep him alive while keeping his admittance a secret from Alex. Meanwhile, Alex figures out a way to remove a tumour from a patient pregnant with twins, while Maggie is thrown off her game by the patient’s gorgeous OB/GYN.