The BEST Episodes of Saving Hope

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 22, 2020

Network: Ion Television

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.

Hope Never Dies

#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.

star 8.17
304 votes
Broken Hearts

#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.

star 8.01
293 votes
Writers: Morwyn Brebner
All the Pretty Horses

#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.

star 7.82
211 votes
Heartsick

#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.

star 7.80
388 votes
Writers: Adam Pettle, Morwyn Brebner
Let Me Go (2)

#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.

star 7.80
201 votes
Days of Heaven

#6 - 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.

star 7.78
222 votes
The Other Side of Midnight

#7 - 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.

star 7.78
229 votes
Emotional Rescue (2)

#8 - 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.

star 7.77
253 votes
Can't You Hear Me Knocking?

#9 - 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.

star 7.76
208 votes
Kiss Me Goodbye

#10 - 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.

star 7.75
269 votes
Remains of the Day

#11 - 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.

star 7.74
157 votes
All Our Yesterdays

#12 - 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.

star 7.73
307 votes
Change of Heart

#13 - 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.

star 7.72
308 votes
Bed One

#14 - 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.

star 7.72
415 votes
Writers: Noelle Carbone
Pink Clouds

#15 - 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.

star 7.71
336 votes
Writers: Morwyn Brebner
The Heartbreak Kid

#16 - 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.

star 7.70
274 votes
Heaven Can Wait

#17 - 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.

star 7.68
339 votes
Ride Hard or Go Home

#18 - 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.

star 7.68
435 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Adam Pettle
Defriender

#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.

star 7.64
288 votes
Directors: Jason Priestley
Writers: Maggie Gilmour, Morwyn Brebner
Joel 2:31

#20 - 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

star 7.64
303 votes
Blindness

#21 - 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.

star 7.63
460 votes
Directors: John Fawcett
Writers: Adam Pettle
The Law of Contagion

#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.

star 7.61
345 votes
Directors: T.W. Peacocke
Writers: Greg Nelson
Anybody Seen My Baby (1)

#23 - 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.

star 7.61
264 votes
Why Waste Time

#24 - Why Waste Time

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 9, 2013

Alex is trying to get her life back to normal with Charlie and at Hope Zion Hosital – but with Charlie’s head in the clouds and the pressure to find her medical niche – she’s struggling. Inspiration comes in the form of an immigrant doctor who needs Alex to save his wife’s life, and in return, helps her find her calling.

star 7.60
389 votes
Directors: John Fawcett
Writers: Waneta Storms
All Things Must Pass

#25 - All Things Must Pass

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 30, 2013

After a young, healthy and hunky fireman dies suddenly at Hope Zion Hospital, Alex must take the stand at Hope Zion’s Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Rounds to find out what went wrong and who is to blame. Meanwhile, Charlie deals with a nervous aspiring Nun, and Joel has to decide if he can be the man that comes through for Sonja.

star 7.60
353 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: John Callaghan