The BEST Episodes of St. Elsewhere

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2019

Network: NBC

St. Eligius Hospital in South Boston was not exactly the world's best health care center. Despite its flaws, it featured some of the most caring doctors and nurses you could ever meet. Led by Dr. Donald Westphall (and later by Dr. John Gideon), the hospital nicknamed "St. Elsewhere" became a sanctuary for the underdog and the downtrodden. Originally a ratings flop, NBC picked it up for a second season for the sole purpose of grabbing some additional Emmy nominations. It eventually became a minor hit for the Peacock, running six seasons until burnout by the writers resulted in its 1988 cancellation. The series was nominated for 63 Emmy Awards and won 13. Its unusual ending, coming during a disruptive television writers' strike, became a watershed moment in television and years later sparked an internet meme: the Tommy Westphall Universe.

Time Heals (1)

#1 - Time Heals (1)

Season 4 - Episode 17

St. Eligius' 50th anniversary spurs memories, including: it's opening in 1935 under the leadership of Father Joseph McCabe, the arrival of recently emigrated Helen Rosenthal and Mark's return as chief of surgery, Mark's bypass on Patrick O'Casey and the death of Maureen Westphall. Morrison struggles to diagnose a difficult patient and cope with the loss of Pete to a kidnapper.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, John Tinker, John Masius
Samuels and the Kid

#2 - Samuels and the Kid

Season 1 - Episode 5

Dr. Samuels becomes attached to a boy in for leg surgery; Fiscus surprises Martin with a romantic gesture; Chandler challenges a veteran nurse's competency; Dr. Craig receives his coveted `Surgeon of the Year' award; and Cavanero's weekend away is interrupted by a patient delivering her baby at home with just a teenage boy to help.

star 8.42
12 votes
Writers: John Masius
Cheers

#3 - Cheers

Season 3 - Episode 24

Mrs. Auschlander faces major heart surgery; Dr. Craig is disturbed to see the ravages of time on his mentor, Dr. David Domedion; Ehrlich searches for a religion; the messiah shows up for a Celtics game; and Dr. Westphall announces his resignation at a friendly little bar called Cheers.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Bruce Paltrow
Writers: John Masius, Tom Fontana, John Tinker
Dog Day Hospital

#4 - Dog Day Hospital

Season 1 - Episode 18

Helen returns to work following her mastectomy; Fiscus and Daniels visit his aunt Sirca; a pregnant woman invades the OR and holds Ehrlich and Dr. Craig hostage while demanding to see the doctor who performed her husband's vasectomy.

star 8.25
4 votes
Writers: John Ford Noonan
Sweet Dreams

#5 - Sweet Dreams

Season 3 - Episode 8

Dr. Westphall suffers sleepless nights; a young man from the Philippines is apparently frightened to death by his dreams; Luther dreams of sweet revenge with the help of some `ZZ Top' impersonators; Ehrlich dreams of being washed up on an island of Amazon women; and Morrison suffers from nightmares of Peter White when he and some other residents take part in a dream research project.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: John Masius, Tom Fontana
The Last One

#6 - The Last One

Season 6 - Episode 22

The Craigs' reconciliation faces its first test; Drs. Auschlander and Gideon struggle together to save St. Eligius when Weigert decides to get out; Novino pushes Morrison to decide between her and Joanne; Griffin places his future in God's hands; Ehrlich returns from his odyssey; and Fiscus' last E.R. patient is a lady from the opera... But is it really over? The jaw-dropping climax culminates in a blue-collared dad placing his young autistic son Tommy Westphall's miniature St. Eligius snow globe on the living room TV set, having summoned him to dinner. ""St. Elsewhere's"" entire six-year saga had all been a figment of little Tommy's imagination!

star 8.20
5 votes
Writers: Mark Tinker, Bruce Paltrow
Hearing

#7 - Hearing

Season 2 - Episode 12

Dr. Auschlander asks Fiscus and Luther to help him get some marijuana to relieve his pain; White and Daniels face the medical board hearing; Dr. Westphall defends a deaf employee against his impatient supervisor; and Ehrlich meets Roberta's snobbish parents.

star 8.17
6 votes
Writers: Steve Bello
Breathless

#8 - Breathless

Season 3 - Episode 5

Dr. Caldwell performs plastic surgery on Manny while Jerry fights off cabin fever; Dr. Auschlander hires Joan Halloran as his new assistant; Axelrod becomes a hypochondriac; White reunites with his family; and a disturbed Daniels decides to do something about White.

star 8.00
3 votes
Writers: Joel Surnow
Murder, She Rote

#9 - Murder, She Rote

Season 3 - Episode 21

Craig questions Mrs. Hufnagel's death; rejoining the staff, Daniels plays sick jokes; Caldwell coddles his patient.

star 8.00
5 votes
Tears of a Clown

#10 - Tears of a Clown

Season 3 - Episode 22

A young woman's multiple sclerosis worsens, threatening her life as a circus clown; Dr. Craig helps Dr. Westphall look for a condo; and Morrison feels the pressures of his responsibilities as a doctor and father.

star 8.00
5 votes
Time Heals (2)

#11 - Time Heals (2)

Season 4 - Episode 18

St. Eligius' 50th anniversary spurs memories, including: the growing up of Donald Westphall, the arrival of young Daniel Auschlander and his first meeting with Katharine, a drunken and embittered Father McCabe's departure, and the residency of Mark Craig under Dr. David Domedion. The O'Casey family's long history with St. Eligius leads Morrison to a diagnosis. Pete is returned.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, John Tinker, John Masius
Weigh In, Way Out

#12 - Weigh In, Way Out

Season 6 - Episode 9

Fiscus pulls one last prank on Gideon before turning thirty; Morrison and Novino compete to deliver the 100,000th baby at St. Eligius; Dr. Craig puts on the boxing gloves again; and Lucy walks the Freedom Trail with a dying man.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Tom Fontana, John Tinker, Channing Gibson
Down and Out On Beacon Hill

#13 - Down and Out On Beacon Hill

Season 6 - Episode 16

Fiscus can't understand his nihilistic cystic fibrosis patient or her punk friends; Dr. Gideon suspends Dr. Craig because of the Spooner malpractice suit; Ehrlich and Lucy are unable to console each other when she miscarries; and Rosenthal admits herself to the chemical dependency unit.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: John Tinker, Channing Gibson
Bye, George

#14 - Bye, George

Season 3 - Episode 15

Dr. Wyler puts Dr. Auschlander onto a new way of life; Halloran interviews Morrison's co-workers in an effort to build a case for him; Ehrlich takes the Craigs out for a disastrous dinner; and Mrs. Hufnagle loses a chance at a new life.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: John Masius, Tom Fontana
Saving Face

#15 - Saving Face

Season 3 - Episode 16

Westphall places a new doctor in charge of the E.R., and she immediately clashes with Fiscus; Axelrod's visit to Mrs. Hufnagel's apartment sends her back to the hospital; Rosenthal and Richard reconcile; Dr. Craig celebrates his 30th wedding anniversary with a visit from his estranged brother; Dr. Caldwell begins treatment of a disfigured girl suffering from a massive facial fibromatosis; and a junkie admits his very pregnant, 14-year-old girl friend.

star 8.00
4 votes
Writers: Jorge Zamacona, Norma Safford Vela
Cora and Arnie

#16 - Cora and Arnie

Season 1 - Episode 4

Morrison tries to help a bag woman and her retarded husband; Fiscus admits a relatively healthy woman who had fainted for some very expensive tests; V.J. feels homesick; and the bomber and his victim both leave the hospital.

star 7.94
16 votes
Writers: Neil Cuthbert
Remission

#17 - Remission

Season 1 - Episode 14

A lady flasher enlivens the halls and rooms of St. Eligius; Fiscus moves in with Ehrlich; Cavanero faces a difficult choice about a fellowship; Dr. Auschlander's cancer remission appears to be ending; Morrison and Chandler try to help a young man injured in a street beating whose brother is determined to get revenge.

star 7.89
9 votes
Writers: Lee Curran
Addiction

#18 - Addiction

Season 1 - Episode 22

Morrison's wife goes into labor; White loses a girlfriend and gains a wife, while falling under suspicion when drugs are stolen; Dr. Craig's son Steven arrives for a period of observation and cause problems for Ehrlich; Martin casts her spell over Fiscus again; and Dr. Auschlander and an old friend get into a fist fight as they reminisce about the past.

star 7.80
5 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: John Masius, Tom Fontana
Hello, Goodbye

#19 - Hello, Goodbye

Season 2 - Episode 22

The residents scatter as vacation begins; Morrison meets a charming young woman; the E.R. faces major structural repairs; Steven Craig returns home after licking his drug problem; and Luther tries to find a Cheshire cat for a skeptical little girl. Dr. Auschlander collapses in an elevator. Elliot Axelrod has an interview for a position as a resident.

star 7.80
5 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: John Masius, Tom Fontana
Playing God (1)

#20 - Playing God (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1

Morrison and Clancy argue over what to do about her unexpected pregnancy; Rosenthal and Dr. Auschlander fail to agree about anything as a nurses' strike looms; the emergency room receives three seriously burned firefighters; and Dr. Westphall collides with a strong-minded Mother Superior over life support for a critically ill nun.

star 7.80
5 votes
Directors: Bruce Paltrow
Writers: John Masius, Tom Fontana
Two Balls and a Strike

#21 - Two Balls and a Strike

Season 3 - Episode 3

The rapist returns to St. Eligius; Daniels stays on the job as Rosenthal leads most of the other nurses out on strike; Ellen persuades Dr. Craig to go to a therapist about their marital problems; Luther learns one of the firefighters is fighting his pain in his own way; and Lizzie Westphall leaves for college.

star 7.80
5 votes
Writers: John Tinker
Give the Boy a Hand

#22 - Give the Boy a Hand

Season 3 - Episode 17

Dr. Woodley tries to help Maddy decide what to do after her baby is born while Dean sets up a disastrous drug deal; Ehrlich offends a disabled cafeteria worker with his `Health Spot' segment; and Lizzie runs away from pressures at college and tries to reunite her family.

star 7.80
5 votes
Writers: Mitchell Fink, Marcus Ross
A Moon For the Misbegotten

#23 - A Moon For the Misbegotten

Season 6 - Episode 3

The AIDS clinic becomes a showdown between Dr. Westphall and Dr. Gideon; Griffin tries to avoid his AIDS patient's homosexual lover; Fiscus' mother drops by for a visit; and Luther tries to help a man who insists he's pregnant and about to deliver.

star 7.80
5 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers:
The He-Man Woman Hater's Club

#24 - The He-Man Woman Hater's Club

Season 6 - Episode 6

Dr. Craig and Ehrlich attend a meeting of the Cushing Society, an all male medical society; Wade gets herself into more surgery than she bargained for; Novino takes a special interest in two lonely children; Dr. Gideon offers Ellen a new career; and Chandler is made new chief resident.

star 7.80
5 votes
Writers: Emily Potter
Handoff

#25 - Handoff

Season 6 - Episode 7

Dr. Craig and Ehrlich attend a meeting of the Cushing Society, an all male medical society; Wade gets herself into more surgery than she bargained for; Novino takes a special interest in two lonely children; Dr. Gideon offers Ellen a new career; and Chandler is made new chief resident.

star 7.80
5 votes
Writers: John Tinker