Dr. Mark Sloan has a knack for getting into trouble, negotiating the twists and turns of mysteries and solving crimes with the help of his son, Steve, a homicide detective.
Dr. Mark Sloan is a doctor at Community General Hospital, and he is a consultant for the police department. His son Steve Sloan is a detective for the department. He and his father, along with emergency room resident Dr. Jesse Travis and Dr. Amanda Bentley, who is the pathologist at the hospital help to solve some very strange murder cases in Diagnosis Murder.
29 Oct 1993Description ▼
When a man says in confessional he knows Father Morrissey has 'sinned', the priest takes a gun from a hollowed Bible, drives his car over him but finds the envelop he looks for gone, stolen seconds earlier by a girl. Father Morrissey even fakes stomach pain to be admitted in the same L.A. hospital, Community General, so he can administer a fatal injection, surprised only by bag lady Alice, who was just admitted for amnesia, however possibly still somewhat treatable. The physician in charge, Dr. Mark Sloane, smells a rat after Morrissey discharges himself and goes talk to Father Morrissey, coincidentally the parish priest of hospital administrator Norman Briggs. Sloane's son, LAPD Detective Steve Sloane, still only worries about his hair perhaps falling out, but the autopsy by Amanda Bentley-Livingston allows her witnessing friend, senior resident Dr. Jack Stewart, to trace a dragon tattoo to the Cobras, a gang of convicts a cousin of his belongs to...
05 Nov 1993Description ▼
Mark was eager take some vacation -Steve wasn't holding his breath to go fishing together as promised since long, and has a hellish time alone- for a change when Norman made an awful fuzz about security for mob-threatened senate transport committee chairman Basset, who is getting an operation in Community General, but a woman in league with another assassin stages getting major amnesia including her identity after a provoked car hit he stops for, brings her in and stays. When nurse Sue Marlowe recognizes 'Jane Doe', she gives the nurse a fatal push down a staircase and stages finding Sue's corps. Amanda was already suspicious, Mark finds the car hit probably was staged, while Jack is rather charmed. The Briggs-FBI security system proves cumbersome, but not for Jane's accomplice who smuggles in a detachable gun inside crutches; Mark notices he's not really limping but he gets away after passing the armed crutch. Mark looks into Jane Doe's identity and nurse Marlowe's suspicious fall, gets to the mob link but is recognized and captured, while Jack realizes Jane only kissed him to get his security badge...
3Murder at the Telethon
12 Nov 1993Description ▼
Since the hospital board decided that the ER is to shut down unless $100,000 is raised, Norman decides to mount a telethon guaranteeing the full sum, soon leaves a while for a seminar and meanwhile puts Mark in charge, who is relieved Jack kind of enjoys being the stage manager. Main star Buddy Blake, a faded TV comedy legend, comes with his son Michael Blake, who gave up medical studies (with Mark) to be his assistant and is final true with the ingrate's abuse, even in public. While Mark is presenting the show, Buddy stumbles on scene with a fatal knife his back; to the Sloans' horror Michael is arrested as prime suspect, bloody hands and last person seen in dad's dressing room. While Steve nearly dies as MC with stage-freight during the sleepless 24 hours show, Mark and Jack are determined to find the real killer, plausibly Buddy's wife Marcy, who would have divorced him earlier but couldn't part with his money yet, so Jack tails her to a hotel, without neglecting three colleagues on the telethon, all with mortal grudges...
4Inheritance of Death
19 Nov 1993Description ▼
Retired wine tycoon patient Jonathan Nash, Mark's second cousin and 93 year-old, pledges his entire estate (about $15 million) to Community General hospital, then calls Mark his three adult children are trying to kill him. Mark arrives only to be hit by his electric wheelchair crashing down the mansion's staircase, and lands in back spasm-traction himself, but tells Steve Jonathan looked dead already. Mark thinks of remote control and hopes to sleuth by remote Jack after briefing him about the family's closet full of 'skeletons' giving each kid a motive, while neither has a solid alibi: Dr. Julian Nash lost his medical license and was denied a private clinic, inventor J. Edison Nash claims his invention made the family fortune but didn't get ample research funds, Judith Nash is still wearing her wedding cloths for Italian lover Giancarlo who left her at the altar bought off by Jonathan, her alibi is hunky Italian hairdresser Dante Reynaldo, but not just that...
5The 13 Million Dollar Man
03 Dec 1993Description ▼
Longtime patient and friend Dale Harlan stumbles into ER and tells Mark to get something from his left shoe- it's a lottery ticket he gives Mark 'to do some good with it' before he dies from his shot-wound. Amanda finds out it won $13,000,000 but fails to keep it a secret. Hospital administrator Norman Briggs, who just gave Mark hell for using surgical gloves to relax child patients, desperately needs $6,200,000 for a new hospital wing he promised to name after Mr. Wainwright, the chairman of the board. The LAPD charges Jimmy Stevens with the murder, being found with Harlan's wallet and the murder weapon, but Jack knows the teenager as a harmless small thief, so he and Mark believe his claim to have found Harlan, and soon drawn in suspects. At Harlan's funeral, Dale's widow Monica and his gambling mentor Dr. Larry Wright -a dentist, Amanda infiltrates as his temporary secretary- both claim the lottery ticket to settle debts and promises, but Mark stands firm on the deceased's charity dying wish. Crime boss Alex Ridlin claims $496,000 to settle Harlan's mundane debts, Jack infiltrates his nightclub as croupier. While his office is swamped in weird gifts and requests, mainly cons, Mark resists son Steve's suggestion to keep a bit and preferably by a boat, ties the knots and comes up with a plan, taking part in Ridlin's big poker night...
6Vanishing Act: Part 1
10 Dec 1993Description ▼
When Detective Steve Sloan reports to Internal Affairs agent Lloyd Schroeder his well-founded suspicions against LAPD 15th precinct colleagues Detectives Bob Cole, Eugene Vickers, Jim Michaels and Rick Hughes to be in cahoots with the fence who handled several burglaries they actually committed themselves, Schroeder checks out their excessive expenses and sets up his own pension plan: an equal share for his silence. Next someone from the criminal quartet sets up Steve for Schroeder's murder and plants stolen money in his locker, so he's suspended although his boss Lt. Ed Greenwood believes in his innocence. The Sloanes and Dr. Jack Stewart, whose mob expertise comes in handy as they find a link to 'family man' Tommy Rafonte, are determined to save the most honest cop in California, digging up the four traitors' past, personal motives to kill Schroeder and whereabouts. Meanwhile Dolores organizes nursing staff resistance against economies Norman Briggs has to carry out to prevent whole hospital activities being shut down by the board, Mark tries to mediate...
7Vanishing Act: Part 2
17 Dec 1993Description ▼
Mark Sloane was scared out of his wits when Tommy Rafonte and an armed goon took him without asking to an old patient, semi-retired mob boss Gus Benedict, but that went fine; he does get knocked down accidentally by Dolores' picketing board. Jack Stewart's investigations in the Italian quarter, including his ex Josie Swanson who is now Tommy's girl but knows nothing, and Steve's remaining police contacts allow them and Mark to work out the four bad cops are in cahoots with Tommy to plan a new crime- the ransom kidnapping of Gus. They work out their own ingenious plan...
07 Jan 1994Description ▼
Rock vamp with prima donna-complex Shanda faints on stage when she receives a cut-up picture of herself in a box of roses. Her manager brings her, almost identically looking back-up singer Claire and drummer Cinnamon to Community General for a check-up, but no harm is found. Shanda tells Dr. Mark Sloan she has a stalker since months, the police can't do anything without any physical threat; a truck tries to run them over the next minute, her fan Dr. Jack Stewart finds no actual fractures. Steve is incredulous, given Shanda's publicity stunt record, but Mark takes her in his home; Steve goes in her hospital bed, where 'nurse' Dolores practices her torturous injection technique on the healthy hunk's behind. Mark concentrates on the dynamics of the musical staff, Jack regrets sorely taking Amanda along looking into roadie Parick, who gets murdered...
9The Restless Remains
14 Jan 1994Description ▼
Mark tries rollerskating, even to work now his car doesn't start again. Then he tries a traditional Indian purification rite on Ogala Sioux patient Clarke to take over his sinusitis, in front of his med class. After a root canal, Mark gets a call and visit at home from TV investment guru Robin Westlin, who believes to be poisoned and dies right there, but when the paramedics arrive both his car and corps have disappeared, even Steve thinks it's laughing gas hallucinations, but Mark finds Robin's dropped his pocket diary. Both his chief deputy Tim Rutland and secretary and dumped girlfriend, as well as his wife Meg, claim Robin is alive, but he's nowhere to be found, so the Sloans, Jack as 'psychiatric outpatient Mark's shrink' and 'reporter' Amanda snoop on at the Westlin Institute...
10Murder with Mirrors
21 Jan 1994Description ▼
Eddie Clark brings Mark Soan tickets for his last show in the Magic Mansion with his traitorous partner Paul Madison, who intends to go solo and take all their tricks, leaving Clark stranded. Mark, Jack, Amanda and Dolores witness their last duo show, but instead of escaping Madison drowns, and the key to the cuffs Eddie handed him didn't fit. Mark, a gifted amateur illusionist himself, believes his former neighbor-boy Eddie's declaration of innocence, so he and Jack -'helped' by Amanda- investigate the other magicians performing in the mansion and possible business or amorous motives and alibi's. Alas any contact with them and their props can have unforeseen consequences, even for Steve's undercover drug investigation. Mark looks into the tricks' timing too and works out a showy finale...
11Flashdance with Death
28 Jan 1994Description ▼
Shortly after he had a shouting match when his partner Sammy Garrett, who lacked the money to buy him out now he decided to sell and buy a ranch in Montana, Dimension dance studio partner Roland Spear dies when a short circuit in the lighting prop cane gives a light discharge, which arrests his pacemaker fatally. Dr. Mark Sloan had taken Sammy's place as Roland's tap dance partner in the annual benefit the fatal cane act was being rehearsed for, and snoops in the studio. Steve has no choice but arrest Sammy, his basketball partner, who hurt his ankle at the game. While Mark snoops in the studio circles and some suspects' private lives, Jack examines the repair shop where Sammy picked up the cane, as Mark things the tampering was done there. So various persons' motives and opportunities are examined till he knows enough to set a trap...
12Reunion with Murder
04 Feb 1994Description ▼
Amanda and several of her wealthy, professionally successful college friends are invited to a dorm reunion by Nancy Barlow, then the odd one out they all frowned upon and humiliated drunk in her underwear, which cost Nancy her scholarship; she's now an author and announces to Amanda, the only one to show up, she's about to publish a book on their college days, revealing embarrassing secrets. That evening Nancy calls Amanda in panic: her apartment was ransacked, probably for the manuscript, and she's killed at Amanda's. LAPD Detective Haggard is officially in charge, while Amanda is suspended on board's orders as prime murder suspect. The Sloanes and Jack investigate the motives and alibis of the threatened women: politician Susan Levin, TV journalist Bobbie Burton and socialite Mrs. Heather Winslow who runs a charity foundation. Jack finds Amanda knocked over by a masked burglar, probably after the manuscript again and guards her...
04 Mar 1994Description ▼
In Community General Dr. Jack Stewart runs into Sandy Hoyle, who knows from high-school, and sends her for examination to Dr. Mark Sloan; her bruises testify to repeated beatings. When Jack follows her, he finds out she's a call-girl and plans to 'retire' thanks to a tape she can blackmail prominent clients with, the details of which are also kept 'in Lily's head'. After she does so, Mark who came to check up on her is found bend over her corps by Steve's LAPD colleague Detective Andy Ruggio; although no arrest is made, the headline is enough for the hospital board to 'recommend' him taking a vacation. Snooping in her house with Jack turns up the burned tape and black book, cigar traces and the identity of presumed blackmail victims from her late phone-calls, hot motives, so Mark goes check them out. First is new age guru brother Charles Simmons, next contractor Michael Davis whose company is about to go public, then rancher politician Joseph Talbot. Trough Sandy's ex-colleague Connie Stockwell, whose over-protective husband Max throws Jack in the pool just for talking to her, he and Amanda find out about 'madam' Elaine in whose brothel Bambi tells Mark about Sandy's mother Lily, or is she not the right trail after all?
01 Apr 1994Description ▼
When LA mayor George Ridgeway's wife Lauren recognizes Benjamin Strand in the audience at a fund raiser attended by Mark and Norman, she fakes a migraine that night to sneak out, makes an appointment with him and shoots her husband at close range. Benjamin Strand is arrested by Steve as suspect based on previous crackpot death threats he made to the mayor, and possession of a gun the killer's caliber. Mark notices Lauren's pretended migraine is fake, while she gets a real one when already on treatment. When Jack and Amanda go look for tramp patient Lomax's bag, they find one with a small fortune in a dumpster in an alley behind the murder site, and traces of breaking in trough a broken window, close to the Ridgeway home. The mayor's anemic step-daughter Melissa Ridgeway is hospitalized, possibly anorexic, Lauren refuses that theory even being tested. Jack tails Lauren to Dr. John Harris's hotel room. Marc finds Lauren has a cut fitting the window break-in. Strand confesses, but suddenly Mark realizes the whole vile truth after studying Strand's police file...
08 Apr 1994Description ▼
Chet Brooks, a born charmer, is bright, attractive, witty, and works at the Nirvana spa and has a girl on every finger, including colleague Sunshine, whose burly boyfriend is a masseur there. Chet looks up Jack, his med classmate until he dropped out without academic reason. He borrows his bright new sports car, and has a deadly accident driving it to an important appointment with Lori, another former girlfriend, who it seems turns out to be connected with a Detroit mobster's bookie racket. While Amanda gets furious when nobody takes her word, least of all Norman Briggs, who checks up on doctors covering for absent colleagues. She remembers two goons were looking for 'a friend' a day earlier after the thugs roughed up poor Jack, who gets several more utterly undeserved beatings in the valiant course of the investigation, which Mark starts at Nirvana and proves there was more to Chet then pleasingly met the eye.
15 Apr 1994Description ▼
When young prison doctor Dr. Tom Harvey gets his former mentor, Dr. Mark Sloan, to treat convict Paul Dunbar in Community General for a serious conduction, the criminal manages to grab a guard's gun and keeps the doctors hostage, demanding to speak to TV reporter Jordan Sanders, claiming he wants to clear his name to his kid son Nicky about the murder conviction for a security guard he claims got killed accidentally. Detective Sergeant Steve Sloan slips in too as sound man, only to see Sanders shot, Dunbar dies apparently after a suicide, saying something like 'doctor colecar' and Tom knocked unconscious; he feels guilty, as suggests nasty LAPD colleague Lt. Rick Valdez, who is investigating officially. Norman Briggs, who was briefly among the hostages, has a bad case of post-traumatic stress back in the hospital. Mark, Jack and Amanda gradually discover all about blackmail at Sanders' studio, dodgy P.I. Zimmer and the jewels which were never recovered...
29 Apr 1994Description ▼
A relatively severe earthquake causes a mess, including in Community General, many people crash given the state of their homes. Mark finds the crushing by a massive armoire of Martin Garfield -who earlier mistrusted his much younger bride Ruth's fiancÃ©- was staged after the quake, given the dust on his corps. Mark finds Ruth with her studly 'jeweller' Henry in boxer-shorts, not aware of her prenuptial. At her advice he checks out Garfield's antiques business partner Stuart Westlake, who would be embezzling. He again points to Garfield's son-in-law, sculptor Rick Bennett, who is in gambling debt with a loan-shark and has a broken finger. Jack and Amanda tail a man who was snooping in Garfield's home, who goes sell to dodgy Bobby Rebetta a lumpy gold bar, the reshaped murder weapon...
06 May 1994Description ▼
While staking mob hitman Bruno Crespi in his hotel room, Steve observes he has medical symptoms for which Bruno orders a refill from Spengler's pharmacy, which dad Mark diagnoses trough the telescope as asthma, and receives epinephrine which he injects himself, not uncommon with patients who have a standard prescription. Shortly after he collapses, Steve gets Mark who orders a quarantine there and in the hospital to make sure nobody is contaminated: the crook has bubonic plague. CDC doctor Niven cares only for press conferences which spread panic on the theory he must have been infected trough rats on a freighter he arrived on from South east Asia, ignoring the Sloanes' observations the epinephrine vial was full, so replaced by the maid, which wasn't actually on hotel staff: murder by plague injection. Steve and Jack know about the crime families which include three women with a plausible motive to kill Bruno, so the snooping can start. Bruno's wife Charlene Baylor can now collect his life-insurance, his stepmother Regina Baylor got control of the mob family business and his sister Jennifer 'Jenny' hated him for 'cheating' her (however legally) out of a fair share of their father's inheritance, and even pharmacist Spengler has mob connections as Jack finds- again at unnecessary peril thanks to 'helpful' Amanda. Then Mark and Jack find Spengler shot dead and the source of the plague injection, but the wrong cure and they're not alone on account of his contraband trade...
19Sister Michael Wants You
13 May 1994Description ▼
Greg Wilson, a professional cameraman who accepted to work pro bono for Saint Clair's nunnery's school, where he himself was actually expelled, calls to meet and hand a videotape to the young superior, sister Michael, but is shot dead and the tape isn't found. When the convent's gardener, non-violent ex-con Vic Chandler, is arrested, sister Michael, who is legendary late cop Charlie Donahue's daughter Maggie, gets LAPD Detective Steve Sloan to double the police investigation. Dr. Mark Sloan, himself a cop's kid (and Steve's dad), accepts to enter the convent, posing as missionary father McGuiness, temporarily assigned as chaplain, to snoop for the tape and check -helped by Jack and Amanda, who tail a fake exterminator to a country club- on suspicious persons looking for it, including the Strega crime family and rude sister Regina from the diocese...
1Many Happy Returns
16 Sep 1994Description ▼
D. Sloan is terribly nervous about an IRS audit, sees 'sloppiness' everywhere, and leaves a 'death threat' on his accountant Ernie Pitt's answering machine, desperate for help. When Mark sneaks out from Agent Gretchen McCord's first interview for a 'medical emergency' he thus ends up bent over Pitt's corpse, stabbed to death. LAPD Detective Claire Van Sickle grants him no favors as colleague Steve stood her up a while ago. The two harpies team up to 'coordinate their attack' on Mark. While investigating -with Jack and Amanda in pretense characters- Pitt's heiress and the other threatening clients, martial arts master Nick Cove and Attorney Avery Decker, who specializes in setting up insurance fraud with false diagnoses, he is attacked by the real killer together with McCord...
2A Very Fatal Funeral
23 Sep 1994Description ▼
Chairman Elton Malone drops dead from the fast poison on an envelope he licks claiming it contains proof which other board member embezzled $300,000 from his charitable foundation, but it was a literally empty threat. Besides Community General administrator Norman Briggs, who seats on account of its free clinic funding, the board members -now murder suspects- are Mort Slater, Christine Shaw whose husband Charles is running for Congress and dodgy art investment broker Alexander Damon. The Sloanes look into Damon's faltering business, but he drops dead at Malone's funeral from a curare air-gun dart shot, and wasn't the thief. Amanda joins the Shaw election campaign and finds her financing fishy, but she drops dead at Damon's funeral and Charles redraws his candidature. Norman, whose job is now very precarious, believes Slater must be the killer, as his brewery is rumored in trouble; Jack knows Mort and goes snooping just when Steve does, and finds out he planned a torch job. Mark also ...
30 Sep 1994Description ▼
Dr. Mark Sloane gets suspicious when his patient Robert Stanton, a businessman, doesn't show up for an urgent X-ray follow-up examination to determine if he actually has TBC, after witnessing how unfaithful Robert was affronted on a party by his mistress Marilyn Kramer, a fashion model, and wife Irene Stanton, whose capital is vital for his firm's Japanese deal negotiation. Indeed the two women have conspired to kill him and hide the body. So he sends Jack and Amanda snooping in the fashion scene. Meanwhile Steve has fallen head over heals, undercover, for a socialite and begs everyone for loans for treats he can't afford and Jack and Amanda for slick dating tips...
4The Busy Body
07 Oct 1994Description ▼
After a birthday dinner with the boys - even Norman, who rushes off early to greet a hospital accreditation inspection trio- for Mark Sloan, he gets stuck in handcuffs used for a surprise stripper; alas Jack forgot to ask for the keys from Community General's old security agent McCreedy, who just got fired, replaced by Norman's new, show-piece security force, and lost the keys years ago anyway. Yet Mark has worse to hide from the inspectors: a murder victim which mysteriously appears without ID in the hospital pharmacy and disappears with the presumed murder weapon before Steve arrives. Luckily he's identified as lawyer Lorenzo P. Kotch by footage on TV; he was mixed up in motive-providing matters like a nasty divorce and a culinary business war, even the inspection chairwoman hates him. His corpse appears and disappears again and Mark thinks of another twist...
5My Four Husbands
14 Oct 1994Description ▼
Pamela Dorn, the 'Queen of the Jungle' TV series star who desperately wanted to follow in her mother's footsteps as movie star, is in Community General for a nip and tuck, with an undercover TV reporter pretending to need an appendectomy bugging her as a career move, when one of Pam's four ex-husbands, who had casting approval of the one movie she hoped to make her career but accepted Julia Roberts instead, is murdered. The condo manager and another ex saw Pam there, yet Mark, who knew her as a little girl, insists she's being framed by one of her surviving ex husbands. Despite a guilt trip on Jack -who hates Pam after she made him get her ice-cream after midnight- and even extremely amateur help from Norman and Delores, they only turn up more incriminating evidence against Pam, Steve had alibi's for all ex's, but Mark persists one alibi must be fake, and comes up with an ingeniously complex murder plot...
6Murder Most Vial
21 Oct 1994Description ▼
Corporate multimillionaire William P. Bissell slaps Community General with a frightening lawsuit for malpractice for an operation on both knees which got him in a wheelchair because he ignored all doctor's orders, but Norman Briggs gets him to accept more treatment and reconsider if cured. An accident puts Mark in bed, but while taunting him 'on the other side' Bissel dies from an O.D. of his regular medicine, which must have been administered during visiting hours. Motives are obvious for Bill's CFO and heir apparent Thomas Taylor, whom he had just demoted to division head in Europe, and now succeeds as CEO, widow Emily Bissell, loving mistress Jenny Morley, and his sued orthopedic surgeon Karen Fielder, who has a hidden past. Meanwhile Steve is sleepy because he has started a night course in law, and Mark is determined to do something about the lousy monotonous hospital food even if it takes blackmailing Norman.
7You Can Call Me Johnson
28 Oct 1994Description ▼
Jack asks Mark as a favor to operate on his godfather, mob don Alfredo Bartolo aka Alfred 'Al' Bartell, who checked into hospital as Mr. Johnson with his entourage. Alas 'Al' dies in the recovery room, apparently from an improbable switch of clearly differently colored suture types. Al's son and heir Vinnie Bartell blames and implicitly threatens Mark; according to Steve's FBI contact agent Gayle Wheeler, Vinnie was looking to take over the 'family business', while Jack believes family is sacred even for that murderous scum and finds out a suspicious cleaning lady in OR was fake. Mark's rental car (after an ordinary accident) is blown up by a bomb...
8Georgia on My Mind
04 Nov 1994Description ▼
P.I. Charlie Hawkins was shot and dies in Community General, his last words make little sense: tell Georgia 'Jerry Mathers'? Georgia is his secretary, whose female charms make Jack dump his long-awaited Hawaiian holiday to rival in helpfulness with Steve while they check out Charlie's last case. It was about an ice cream company called after the late founder Harry Litvaks' boys 'Walter and Harry', while the promotion is done by two actors under these co-heirs names. Envelopes of money point to the sons, or after re-examination to their third sibling, Samantha Litvak, but then she's poisoned with cyanide which is also an ice cream byproduct, and was also found in Charlie's corpse. It could have killed him before he was shot, also lethal, so there may well be two independent murderers. Meanwhile Norman has a prospective fiancée who must be reassured about his fertility. . .
9The Last Laugh: Part 1
11 Nov 1994Description ▼
Norman insists Mark should ask rich plastic surgeon colleague Dr. Elliott Valin, when he's named "Doctor of the Year" at a medical convention, to bring some 'high profile clientele' to Community General, a suggestion Valin rudely dismisses. When Valin dies from an overdose of laughing gas, Mark investigates. Valin's son Roger Valin found out his father was also fooling around with his girlfriend and needed money to prevent his holistic medicine practice from going belly up. Yet the victim's much younger widow Bonnie, who has a hunky lover is accused, convinces Mark to find proof of her innocence which gets her declared innocent, most embarrassing for Steve, before Mark realizes she set them up with her hunky boyfriend Dave McDonnell perjured testimony...
10The Last Laugh: Part 2
18 Nov 1994Description ▼
Bonnie Valin confesses to Mark she arranged for him to get her off for the greedy laughing gas murder on her husband plastic surgeon Elliot, trusting the double jeopardy rule renders her immune to prosecution. Steve is nearly demoted, and forced to prosecute the innocent son and true heir, Roger Valin. Meanwhile Jack is determined to get Amanda's embezzled trust fund back by posing as the seller and later buyer of the missing can of Campbell soup painting, for which he knows a perfect forger. Mark scares Bonnie, sees the life insurance refuses to pay and Roger contests probate which should take years and scares her hunky boyfriend and accomplice Dave McDonnell with a perjury prosecution- the answer is an attempt on Mark's own life, after which he believes missing Dave is murdered by Bonnie with rat poison, yet...
11Death by Extermination
02 Dec 1994Description ▼
As soon as she arrives in L.A., Mark remembers why he was happy not to see his sister Dora for years: she bosses him and everybody around like dogs and commandeers his bed while she stays in the beach-house till her new villa is fumigated against termites. Steve needed no reminder to keep clear, but that becomes impossible when her Realtor Harvey Wardell's corpse falls out of the closet, poisoned even before he inhaled a lethal dose. While Dora 'appoints' Genevieve Ducasse Harvey's successor, Steve locks them out of the murder-site and learns Harvey's secretary Lena Prosser is a gold-digger who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him, with exclusive access to his coffee, perfect to poison him, but anyone could have poisoned the spill-free mug in his convertible. Looking for Harvey's appointment book, Steve learns his young widow Constance Wardell isn't grieving for her philandering husband, but is already enjoying her freedom with a hunky personal trainer. Even Dora's nitpicking...
12Standing Eight Count
09 Dec 1994Description ▼
Jack's boxing hero Mercury 'The Heat' Jones is held in observation at Community General with serious injuries, after a KO title loss instead of the 50th victory he'd hoped to retire after - his wife Brianna wants him to stop anyway. Worse, his adversary Tommy Brackett is diagnosed with an irregular heart beat, (no more fighting ever), so he refuses a furious Jones a rematch. Brackett is found dead - smothered the next morning next to Mercury's hospital ID bracelet. Jack learns from neighborhood friend Marco (who lost big betting on the fight) and joins as "Animal" - (an unwilling sparring partner at Tommy's ex-trainer Butch Reilly's gym) to search Brackett's locker and office, confirming it was already deep in debt and facing bankruptcy, as Steve already knew, but also a check indicating promoter Wayne Topping bought the fight. Then a witness turns up who saw Brianna entering Tommy's room, and a rented doctor's jacket. Yet the hospital sleuths still have to find another suspect.
13The Bela Lugosi Blues
06 Jan 1995Description ▼
Dr. Jack Stewart has been forced by Norman's duty roster blackmail to 'represent the field of medicine' - to the hospital female staff''s amusement - on Empire magazine's shortlist of L.A.'s Most Eligibe Bachelors, ranked by editor Moriah Thomas, to be presented to the press at the publisher's mansion. After band lead singer Vic Danton, another one of the bachelor finalists is murdered by having all of his blood drained from his body. This makes the second murder carried out in this fashion and both bodies have a pair of punctures on their necks, Mark fears she may believe to be and kill like a vampire, so he's most worried when Jack happily accepts to have dinner with her and hopes to be her desert.
14The New Healers
13 Jan 1995Description ▼
A television show is being filmed at the hospital and Mark keeps interrupting the filming due to their inaccuracies. When the lead actor is murdered, Mark investigates everyone as the actor was unpopular among the cast. |
15Call Me Incontestable
20 Jan 1995Description ▼
Mark is startled that his friend Alex Forman doesn't turn up for the dinner he promised Alex for passing his bar exam, then finds him, an apparent suicide by hanging. Steve would believe the suicide note, but Mark insists that he investigate why Alan joined the dating service Perfect Couple, especially when it turns out to have had more suicides among its members. So eminently eligible Dr. Jack Stewart joins, with a 'biography' written by Amanda and Dolores for the perfect man, which causes female members and staff to swarm and hound him. Indeed his beautiful first date Gloria Kinley, a terribly spoiled shrew, has dated three suicided men, and talks about 'fixing' them, while her ex Clete Kinley proves rather obsessive, and gives Jack a black eye. Relatives denying suicide may be a matter of life insurance terms. Gloria allows only Mark to 'guard' her and proves the more aggressive party. The Sloans set a trap and change their minds. . .
16A Blast from the Past
03 Feb 1995Description ▼
Steve gets a 'friendly' visit from Eddie Gault, a wife-killer he put away, who just finished his prison term, now on parole, and hints he's after vengeance on Steve and his family. So Steve moves back into his memories-riddled old room with dad, who is having a hard time with a new alarm system, making the Sloan home a regular 'false alarm' destination for the security firm. Smooth talker Eddie, a skilled electrician, takes an easy, low-paying job as an orderly at Community General, making a good first impression on everyone; even when told about his record, Norman can find no valid excuse to fire him. Gault taunts and provokes Steve into threatening him, and gets a restraining order served on him. Steve warns Eddie's fiancee, (met through a prison pen-pal service), but she's already been beaten into submission by Eddie and won't press charges. Gault proves he can get past the Sloans' alarm and the neighbour's Labrador Retriever; warning him off only gets Steve suspended for 30 days. ...
17Playing for Keeps
10 Feb 1995Description ▼
Norman takes pride in a Community General sponsorship contract with his second cousin's women's volleyball team, the Malibu Rockets. Alas the players do more fighting then teaming, and allegedly an unidentified deranged man is attacking star player Rita Jansen, not a first. The sponsorship includes free physicals, which Norman insist to be done by unwilling 'mature' Mark, not 'young horny' volunteer Jack. Rita is murdered just after a player tampered with the team's blood sample labels, which is found out; Jack will take new ones, chaperoned by Amanda, but finds sparring as painful as taking a beating. Steve goes in undercover as trainer-masseur. Soon potential motives abound, alibis lack, but a jock suit wearer knocks over Amanda and gets away. Meanwhile Jack distrusts Amanda's boy-friend and a rare case of genetic immunity is discovered...
18Sea No Evil
24 Feb 1995Description ▼
A woman is swimming in the ocean. Two lifeguards are on duty, but one is sleeping. When the woman is found dead by drowning, the sleeping lifeguard is accused. His aunt, IRS Agent Gretchen McCord, helps Mark with the investigation. |
19How to Murder Your Lawyer
24 Feb 1995Description ▼
Arnold Baskin, Steve's timid evening law course professor, is suddenly the target of a hit and run. It's prevented by his law firm assistant and most zealous student Agnes Benedetto. At the firm, the commercially vital Orinsky case file Baskin is working on repeatedly disappears and reemerges, making senior partners Wallace Carstairs and Jeffrey T. Canfield warn him that his job is on the line. Steve assures Arnold's protection and investigates, helped by Jack, who once more has painful run-ins, landing him in the emergency room, and ultimately coached to the solution by Mark.
31 Mar 1995Description ▼
Amanda surprised the gang plus Norman by hosting a dinner party, when her high-pregnant friend Angela Pearson arrives and gives birth to healthy quadruplets - two boys and two girls, while insisting (apparently deliriously) not to let the babies be stolen. This apparently has something to do with her friend Carol at Shady Glen, a well-reputed home Amanda recommended herself. The hospital colleagues are literally left holding the babies, a task soon ceasing to be cute. Angela goes missing next morning, so the quadruplets, claimed as publicity boon for Comunity General by Norman, stay at Mark's beach-house to avoid social services placing them in impersonal protective custody as abandoned. Jack, who gets stuck with them the most, hires student Ty Bradford as part-time nanny (despite being a man and the common prejudice against male nannies, Ty's skills are actually superior and he is admirably organized). Meanwhile Amanda checks in at Shady Glen, pretending to be a mother-to-be willing ...
21Death in the Daytime
28 Apr 1995Description ▼
In a raffle, Amanda won a 'walk-on' guest appearance on the soap The Young and the Restless. Everybody is eager to join, only Norman fears it's bad publicity for the hospital. On the set, several accidents and the almost usual threats among the fan-mail clearly add up to a murderer on the lose. Mark becomes a regular, like Steve who does the official investigation, especially after a death, and the Sloans have plenty of suspects to eliminate, both there and outside. It also turns out Amanda looks like an actress on the same show, which is probably why she got attacked too....
22My Baby Is Out of This World
05 May 1995Description ▼
Psychiatrist Max Frye asks Mark's help convincing his patient, Tara Sampson, that she isn't pregnant from an 'overwhelming alien', if at all. Her husband, rock star Noble Samson, is both unfaithful and abusive, his latest conquest being his band guitarist Willy's gullible wife. During a concert attended by Mark's gang, Noble collapses while entering on stage, with a fatal kitchen-knife is his back. Groupie Christie Rowan was seen leaving Noble's dressing-room. Steve is convinced the case is simple as the Sampsons's maid Anita Henry heard Tara threaten to kill Noble for telling her not to keep the baby, she claims an alien did it to protect the human baby but passes the polygraph test. Jack learns about Willy's wife, Christie being his lover and he's the new band leader. Dr. Freye tells Mark that Tara found Noble 'did' their maid Anita, who turns out to be his main heir by testament. Steve follows Tara to the home of young minor band musician Johnny 'M' Meslofski, whom she kisses like ...
1An Innocent Murder
08 Dec 1995Description ▼
Teenager Ashley York murders her sick father Arthur by fixing his Deprosine pills to an overdose. Mark doesn't believe it's suicide, there's no note, absolutely no fingerprints and he set the coffee machine timer for after his death; Jesse concurs his intake of other medicines makes no sense for a suicide. Amanda shows Jesse a postcard: his predecessor Jack Stewart has set up a fancy private practice after his residency in Community General. Then Ashley, who overheard the Sloans, 'finds' a note, but computer-printed, and as Mark soon proves posthumously, murder. Ashley's mother, Dr. Elaine York, intends to keep the purse strings of her $7,000,000 trust-fund till she turns 25. Jesse finds out via a financial friend that Elaine, as a doctor certainly capable of the murderous plan, paid Arthur $2,000,000 at their divorce and kept paying the expensive beach-house, while his entire estate goes to Ashly. While a heart-attack puts Elaine in the hospital, Mark and Jesse, who proves his good ...
2Witness to Murder
15 Dec 1995Description ▼
A forest ranger finds little Blair at night in a home-trailer on protected, rarely patrolled land, holding the gun that killed her father Daryl Worrell. She's in traumatic shock, probably abused, but was she just witness or killer? Mark takes her home to spoil her and win her confidence in safety. When Jesse and Amanda check out the Worrell home-trailer, a dashing-off car nearly runs them over, licensed to Daryl's regular visitor McPherson. X-rays confirm Blair was abused and a confidence-building one of teddy reveals he holds the key to a storage place, full of equipment for falsifying credit cards, staked-out by Steve's team, McPherson gets killed resisting arrest. Blair draws a childish picture of the killer with three stars, a battered Jane Doe may be her mother. Norman identifies on robot-portrait the same young man who nearly ran over equally well details-memorizing Jesse has repeatedly been snooping in Community General, his 'landlord' knows him as Ben...
3All American Murder
22 Dec 1995Description ▼
While his blind beach-house neighbor Leo Pepper sees Vicki Fox just as a foxy jogger, Mark notices she seems to feel unsafe. Shortly after, Vicki makes an appointment to talk to Mark, but never shows up. The next morning she's found dead on the beach, Jesse -who has trouble storing his own surfboard without Norman reprimanding him- remarks the water was too flat for her head wound to be from a surfing accident. Eventually the autopsy confirms she didn't drown at all and that a flat rock was the murder weapon. But the autopsy also reveals that Vicki was hiding a bombshell of a secret, which could have provided a motive for murder for one of the Marines located at a nearby base...
4Murder in the Courthouse
29 Dec 1995Description ▼
While Mark is on jury duty -slacking according to Norman, as doctors can excuse themselves-, defending reasonable doubt in the murder case against mobster Yuri Andropovich after crucial evidence was declared inadmissible, which causes his third acquittal, D.A. Patricia Purcell smuggles a bomb into the courthouse's subterranean parking via vacant judge's chambers past bailiff Billy Randolph and hides it in a car, staging a break-in; the explosion kills Yuri as he leaves. Steve looks for the bomb-builder in Koreatown; although forbidden to, Jessie takes Amanda there. Old Qwan Lok's crook hand can't do such work, his grandson Eddy Lok, who runs their grocery store and has a record, talks cocky but denies any part. Mark questions Purcell's procedure faults and unusual non-tenacity while sleuthing the bombing with eager Jessie, ties the threads and sets a trap...
5Murder on the Run: Part 1
05 Jan 1996Description ▼
George Edward Karn is arrested, having been seen looking over the banister of the 10 story gym roof his wife Margie (they'd been separated, but not considering divorce at the time of her death) was pushed off by a masked man. He's wrongly convicted, and sentenced to 30 years in maximum security. During a bad car accident on the way to prison, George is brought to the Community General ER, and manages to steal a gun, escaping with Mark as his hostage. George is in bad shape, cracked ribs and possible internal bleeding. Jessie tails them in his VW, and ends up doing more harm than good. Angry police lieutenant Mike Delaney, who originally arrested Karn, argues with (worried son) Steve on his manhunt detail. Mark comes to believe George is only (desperately) trying to prove his innocence, and decides to help find the real killer. They both suspect video producer King Bridger, and search Margie's journal for clues, then escape on a bus, then a train, but when the police finally catches up...
6Murder on the Run: Part 2
12 Jan 1996Description ▼
Steve rescues Mark and tells Delaney that George Karn jumped out miles back, then shows Jessie the car he hid the runaway in and brings him home to the beach house, practically under Steve's nose, but he has to sneak him incognito back into the hospital and later to Jesse's flat. Now the sleuths examine George's theory his wife Margie was possibly murdered because of her lawsuit against the nasty dealings of video producer King Bridger. Jessie joins to investigate the murder scene gym club, where Bridger enlisted Wendy Sawyer to make an alternative video to Margie's. Lt. Mike Delaney threatens Mark if he finds him helping the fugitive. Amanda pretends to be a client to test Bridger's lawyer. Mark sees the club's new owner, checks out the roof, finds himself a target, and is arrested after Delaney found Karn's bloody shirt in his trash, but he makes bail and soon unties the twisted knots after a last chore for eager Jessie and another crime put him on more tracks...
7Love Is Murder
19 Jan 1996Description ▼
Steve's new girl-friend, traveling reporter Lynn Conklin, shoots another lover, uniformed LAPD officer Tom Ames, trough the head, stages it as suicide but he was still wet after a shower. Mark suspects a connection with a similar recent cop suicide and undisguised cop killings in their own homes; indeed autopsies confirm three didn't fire the fatal guns, all had sex with a blond woman just before. Steve gets the case and similarities start piling up, such as her perfume or a bar they all attended. That all fits Lynn, who is already preparing to 'deal with' Steve, who realizes she fits the psycho - and forensic profiles too well, even her professional itinerary corresponds. She attacks Steve, who gets blinded, and her car explodes...
26 Jan 1996Description ▼
Tycoon Gregory King is admitted to Community General by Mark's fellow army veteran Dr. Ed Quiller. Jessie, who is seriously overworked, sees goons besides a man in major cardiac arrest running away when he arrives, dashes for a crash-cart himself but when he returns he finds it's another patient than the man Quiller identifies as his patient King. Norman's top priority is Paige Tanner, the sexy young widow who must be convinced to continue her husband's generous annual donations or the hospital's budget is toast. She knows how to appreciate his accounting, being an investment manager herself, and while they enjoy good wine together she makes a proposal he may not be able to refuse. Jesse refuses to catch up with sleep until the mystery corpse is found, and realizes cardiac symptoms can be mimicked, with an asthma inhaler like he saw used by one of the goons, who threatens him to leave the patient alone. Jesse overhears them talking with Quiller and the patient about too much exposure ...
9The Pressure to Murder
09 Feb 1996Description ▼
After watching him play rugby, Amanda sees intern Troy Sommers crash to his death with his motorbike from a cliff after a few head-nods- it was hypoglycemic shock from a dozens Triptezine tablets in his healthy sports drink. Norman and hospital staff in general worry because Community General has a computer virus. A painful rugby undercover teaches Jesse that Troy had eager rivals among interns, not just in rugby and for a girl but for a really hard to get heart surgery resident-ship at St. Victor's hospital, including ball-bully Billy Marco: its famous chief Dr. Nathan Harding's academically less gifted son Kyle, Troy's roommate, whom Jesse catches at a potentially fatal medical error; his dad won't even listen to Mark about it. A note 'ABADCAD' in Kyle and Troy's room is solved by Mark to unmask a surprising motive with a dangerous complication...
10Living on the Streets Can Be Murder
16 Feb 1996Description ▼
A homeless woman's corpse is found in the streets, but her liver was removed while she was still alive, as required for safe organ transplants. Her unusually well balanced diet allows tracing her to a shelter where homeless Walter Mason identifies her as his widowed friend Patsy. After another fatal 'organ-donation', Mark plays the part of a healthy homeless man. The sleuths find that the free clinic which examines the homeless in that area, run by Cheryl Dante and Tom Winston, is linked to Howard Mitchell's foundation's Beverly Hills private practice, where organs could be sold for a fabulous fortune. Steve finds Tom has a dirty record, Mark suggests a trap...
23 Feb 1996Description ▼
At a party where he gave his younger wife Jennifer a black Viper sports car, Bill Stratton is called away to the office; someone else is there, waiting with to kill him. At Bill's cremation, Steve remarks that street thug Stan Macky, who had 'moved up' to sweat-shops with illegal immigrants, is there along with Lenore, the angrily estranged daughter from Bill's first marriage. Shady Alan Helms, in debt and a nasty divorce, said he was only one of many business friends who were cut off by Bill after his marriage to Jennifer, who claims Helms recently came ask for another loan. Norman asks for Mark's piano-accompaniment to rehearse for the modern major-general's part in a community theater production of The Pirates of Penzance, but shows neither talent nor memory anywhere near the Gilbert and Sullivan requirements and no patience at all. Widow Jennifer recently bought a gun which she 'now notices is gone' and says Stan was a client of Bill; she inherits everything, Lenore nothing, due ...
12Murder in the Dark
08 Mar 1996Description ▼
Dr. Claire Hartman is extremely hostile towards a friend of Mark's, specialist Dr. John Foster, whom her rich patient Baker had flown over to personally perform the abdominal aortic surgery he invented. Alas Mark finds John's bad divorce got him drinking excessively, compromising his surgical reliability, so Claire throws him out of the OR, he threatens her in vain, witnessed by other residents. She's found murdered the next morning, Steve arrests John who claims innocence and a black-out. His lawyer Richard Baylor makes John sign up for the Community General's substance abuse program as only alternative to jail, Mark promises to find out the truth; John commits a failed suicide attempt. Her building manager Mr. Nolan tells Mark and Jesse what a one-night-stand man-eater Claire was; her pick-up bar leads Jesse to her wife-beating conquest Eddie Romero, who is apparently involved with a crime gang, but Mark wonders about a dead-bolt...
1335 Millimeter Murder
29 Mar 1996Description ▼
Mark's fishing-trip photos have been mixed-up at the developer's with Vic Slovak's paparazzo pics. The photos include a crucial shot of a girl kidnapped via limo at gunpoint by a known ex-cop. Vic proves hard to shake, but he's both crafty and helpful, as his knowledge of digital-enhancement help Mark discover he whereabouts via her medical bracelet. They find her just in time to save her from assassination, which they trace to mobster Eddie Alcala, however Alcala is killed during his arrest. More digital-enhancement, and a secret file Steve pulled explain why. Meanwhile, Amanda's pregnancy hormones turn her into an exasperated harpy, but her husband, Colin...a US Navy pilot...is still on his way, so the delivery falls into the hands of a flustered Jesse.
14The Murder Trade
05 Apr 1996Description ▼
Community General is at odds as money-minded Marsha McArthur threatens to cut costs by cutting short the careers of older MD's, starting with Dr. Sloane. When she ends up dead, Dr. Sloane is the prime suspect. |
15Mind Over Murder
12 Apr 1996Description ▼
Attractive Kristie Lofton wounds her head falling on a video recorder and tells Jesse in ER she had a psychic vision of the murder of investment broker Nick Holloway, who planned a take-over of her boss Craig Wohlman's TV infomercials program, Psychic Buddies. For a dinner Jesse promises her Steve will investigate, but Nick just left on a two weeks Yellowstone camping trip in good health and spirit. Kristie has another vision about another show guest and an umbrella, Mark who told Jesse she may be honest helps them find the site outside the studio; there she has a vision with his car number plate and camping equipment, a dumpster accidentally (?) nearly hits her. Steve finds she has a drugs and cons charges record in 16 states, yet no convictions. Norman is a gold card Buddies-member, but clearly has no real psychic gift. Mark finds the firm has various other shows and associated product lines, Wolhlman claims Nick was only offering the studio a loan he no longer needed, but staff ...
16Murder by the Book
19 Apr 1996Description ▼
At a L.A. book signing for "Munchies, Snacks and Spreads", which Mark mistakes for a cookbook, but is actually a spicy true sex-for-money story which names real people, someone writes a death threat in the copy Mark picks up to have signed by former neighborhood kid Melissa Farnes, one of the three co-authors with call girls Shauna Teague and Carrie. Their pushy agent Janet Block refuses to call off the 21 city book signing tour, as the extra publicity makes the book a bestseller. Melissa asks to talk to Mark; Jesse, who knew what he wanted signed (none of the 86 stories are alike, that interests even Norman and Amanda), is not allowed to join the beach house lunch. Then Shauna doesn't turn up for a radio show, but is heard on the phone in a crazed kidnapper's power, who shoots; she remains missing, her car is found in Santa Monica. Carrie is tricked in her hotel room by the killer with a fake police idea and made to ask Melissa to come there alone. A maid finds Melissa next to ...
26 Apr 1996Description ▼
While Mark is the cooking guest that week in her daily healthy housekeeping show, TV host Kitti Lynn Hastings uses a 26 minutes break for commercials and music to sabotage the wiring in in-your-face radio presenter Carl Burke's bathroom, so he electrocutes himself stepping out of his shower. Mark soon guesses she did it, but has a hard time figuring out how precisely and why exactly, as she had accepted to appear -as target- in his show. Meanwhile Jesse's rotation at plastic surgery makes him suggest to Norman to solve his midlife looks-depression under Jesse's scalpel, but the cutting-edge surgery he shows only gets the potential patient scared.
03 May 1996Description ▼
Just when Jesse takes a now unamused girlfriend sailing, the harbor master brings in a shark that swallowed an arm of rich stock broker Preston Michaels, presumably having fallen overboard, plausibly drunk; but the autopsy soon finds he was fatally poisoned with digitalis, which also killed the shark with a heart attack from the poisoned arm. Curious Mark condoles respectable widow Bea and learns from lawyer Raymond Bergman that he is named executor of the estate. Preston on a posthumous video admits he was a bigamist, having two younger wives in other states, fitness freak Heather (Florida), and Terri (Colorado) who was told he wanted a divorce. All of the wives deny knowing about the others but lack alibis, while Preston's personal assistant, Susan Stimpson, says she managed his triple life. Raymond Bergman calls Mark to tell him whom he suspects is the murderer but just then is killed by his pool. The firm's VP Evan Houston, now acting CEO, also was in the house and asks Mark for ...
1Murder by Friendly Fire
19 Sep 1996Description ▼
During a SWAT bust, Steve's LAPD friend Douglas Quinten 'Doug' Vogel gets killed by a bullet from his own commander, Max Jupe, who is two years from retirement. City Attorney Andrew Chivers forbids Max any contact with the widow Janine, who quickly accepts the 20% profit-sharing legal services of slick attorney Daniel Brent. Actually. Max and Janine were secret lovers who planned Doug's death. Mark quickly catches on when Max is diagnosed with chickenpox, a recent problem in Janine's daycare center, although the lovers claim not to have met in three months. A 'shooting demonstration' by cocky Max proves that he doesn't need glasses and he is a superb marksman. Janine takes another lover-her lawyer Brent, who is suing Max and the city for $10 million. Brent accidentally finds out about her murderous deal with Max, which starts a new round of greed and deceit...
2Murder Can Be Contagious
26 Sep 1996Description ▼
While surfing, Jesse finds a dying man on the beach. Mark knows the symptoms from Guatemala, 1953, as smallpox: fatal, highly contagious and successfully eradicated. The beach house is quarantined and the beach cleared. An autopsy on the victim Eddy, a thief, shows it's a man-made mutation with an 8 hours incubation period. In his backpack Jesse finds only jewelry, including B.A.L. initialed cuff links belonging to robbed neighbor Brandon Lyndstrom, found murdered at his home, who was the CEO of biological research company Lyndscience. There VP Gayle Wentworth claims the virus could never have left the facility and invokes national security, but indeed all samples are missing from the safe. Jesse tells Mark, whose immunization is outdated, he admires how close he and Steve are, Jesse's dad is barely a rare postcard. Mark calls the FBI, which puts Special Agent Dunleavy on the case with Steve and 'informally' contacts the likely virus fence, Sebastian Dupré, who claims he 'must inquire...
3Murder on Thin Ice
03 Oct 1996Description ▼
Figure skating athlete Julie Miller is able to avoid serious injuries when she is attacked with a knife by a masked man, whom Steve, who's accompanying avid fan Amanda, manages to catch and arrest. It's Sean Farlow, the former manager of competitor Debbie Monroe; their duel is delayed, at least pending full recovery. Amanda notices that Julie uses apparently unnecessary crutches. Once on bail, accomplice Sean looks Julie up, increasing his demand to $1,000,000 from her future endorsement earnings, to which Julie panics, kills him with a skate and frames Debbie, who has no alibi. Mark believes Debbie and starts looking closer, and soon realizes Julie has a long-term medical problem and finds inconspicuous anomalies.
4X Marks the Murder: Part 1
10 Oct 1996Description ▼
A string of murders occurs with the same killer signature. One of the victims supposedly called Mark, but it is after she was known to be dead. The case becomes personal when the killer starts calling Mark. |
5X Marks the Murder: Part 2
10 Oct 1996Description ▼
Mark gets involved in the string of murders when the killer starts calling Mark. It gets more personal when the killer attacks Amanda. She manages to escape. Mark and Steve get closer to finding the killer. |
6A Model Murder
17 Oct 1996Description ▼
P.I. Ray Donovan is murdered at his desk by a disguised woman. Best man Jessie's frat buddy Rick 'Slick' Brooks, hung over after a killer bachelor party, got a mysterious phone call from Donovan asking him to come by - he 'doesn't want to scare the boy' - but Steve is there already. Rick can't identify the corpse, but Ray's cases include one concerning insurance and Rick's fiancée Wendy Windsor, the daughter of bossy showbiz photographer Catherine Windsor. The autopsy reveals tiny traces of film and Mercedes transmission fluid, both fitting Catherine, and Jessie finds out the same car type terminally hit at least one of Wendy's two previous fiancés, the other was also killed. However the sleuths find other suspicious traces linking to X-rays, which proves quite dangerous to investigate, even twice. . .
7Murder Can Be Murder
24 Oct 1996Description ▼
A surgeon kills a man on the operating table for insurance money. Foul play is expected as the identity of the man becomes questionable. Mark reluctantly helps Steve with the investigation since the surgeon is a good friend of his. |
8An Explosive Murder
31 Oct 1996Description ▼
Just when Mark goes to post his tax return, a nearby milk truck explodes; luckily he has no serious injuries. Jesse keeps Mark under observation; he'll do none of the sleuthing this time, he'll just be a murder target because he saw the bomber running away. LAPD rookie detective Amy convinces Steve, after her umpteenth undercover small-fry bust, to get her a 'real' job, infiltrating a terrorist bombing gang, where things are even more traitorous then the cops suspect.
9Murder by the Busload
07 Nov 1996Description ▼
Steve had bought expensive Laker floor tickets for him and dad Mark that evening, but a traffic accident swamps Community General with a bus-load of ER patients. Patient Melora Jackson promises to pull strings to get the Sloans two new tickets from the coach. Mark notices fatal passenger Fred Talisker, an insurance adjuster, has an atypical head wound; autopsy shows it was inflicted shortly before the crash -which was an accident- and fatal: murder, the killer must be among the patients, so Steve is pulled from the Lakers game to avoid anyone catching on while they are kept in observation and screened, even the two paramedics who brought them in, by the sleuths, who soon discover Fred was a serial rapist. Then another passenger-patient is murdered...
10A Candidate for Murder
14 Nov 1996Description ▼
U.S. Senator Terrence Bell's daughter Melanie Bell collapses after being thrown out an electoral dinner where she threw a scene. Her boy-friend Ryan Breedlove rushes her to Mark's ER, it's just a drug dose. Melanie is taken away by the senator's men, including a private physician, and accidentally falls to her apparent death on a coffee-table while arguing with dad, who is up for reelection in mere months, blaming him for her ma's suicide. Political aid Peter Trent stops the Senator from calling the police and sees to it that the girl's corpse is found OD'd in Ryan's apartment. The sleuths soon find Melanie died from a blow, not drugs, and investigate everyone and everywhere...
11The ABC's of Murder
21 Nov 1996Description ▼
While Amanda and her friend visit an ethnically widely mixed school, a driving-by car fires at a class room and kills generally liked maths teacher Pete Delvecchio, principal Wallace Morrison was in the room but unhurt. Assistant D.A. Susan Turner, in charge of juvenile crime and well-reputed, having lost her husband at a kid's hands, investigates with the Sloans but starts on the premise it must be a teenager. The car is identified as belonging to Korean pupil Tommy Parks, who has a mild record but a good home and character, even an alibi, yet Turner arrests him, tenaciously even after Mark shows the ballistics suggest another fatal shooter and bails the boy out, she listens only when LAPD forensics confirm he's right. Pretending to be looking for mechanics, Jesse finds out about nastier, black boys in auto-shop then and against Tommy. Steve finds Delvecchio lied on his resume. When Inspector Michaels takes over the car shooter's investigation on Washington's authority, the Sloans ...
12Murder in the Family
12 Dec 1996Description ▼
Mark is pleasantly surprised by a Christmas time visit from his daughter Carol Sloan Hilton after eight years but immediately notices bruises. She tells him she was hit but just wants out of her marriage with truck driver Bruce Hilton, whom Mark never liked, and is taken home where once so protective brother Steve isn't happy with the reunion. Just when Carol leaves, Steve calls Mark Bruce was just found shot dead, his fat wallet wasn't robbed while the killer(s) clearly ransacked his motel room looking for something, as Carol's home is soon after. LAPD Detective Emma Lopez is officially put on the case in his place, but Steve sleuths on and gets knocked into hospital. Toxic traces suggest the trucking firm, where soon another poison death occurs, is involved in illegal waste dumping and Bruce was a blackmailer...
13In Defense of Murder
09 Jan 1997Description ▼
Spoilers: Former nurse Mary Capshaw is the director, in fact fund raising soul, of Community General's children health project. A paparazzo overhears her talking to 'Malibu madam' Kirsten Foxx, once a fellow prostitute, who announces she's going to publish a book about that embarrassing past, with their real names. Just before her publisher's messenger would pick up the manuscript, a man she knows kills Foxx and steals it. That same Darren Worthy, an expensive attorney, offers his legal services to suspect Capshaw, who just resigned from the project, pro bono, so he can mess up her defense, next plants incriminating evidence in her home and at the murder site. Fortunately for Mary, the Sloans soon suspect Worthy's defense options; Mark sleuths on and realizes only he had he opportunity to plant evidence Mark knows for sure wasn't there. Steve discovers Worthy defended lowlifes before he got a celebrity clientèle, including madam Foxx, and may well have been her 'client' too. Meanwhile...
14A History of Murder
16 Jan 1997Description ▼
When Norman ceremonially knocks down a piece of wall at the inauguration of a Community General expansion named after rich hospital alumnus and benefactor Dr. Raymond Huxley, a completely bleached skeleton falls out. From his ring Mark identifies him as the late, brilliant cardiac surgeon Dr. Greg Nordoff, who disappeared on the day of the Dallas Kennedy assassination, while the hospital was in an even worse state, due to ongoing construction. Only a hearing aid remains intact, but turns out not to be his. Nordoff was assumed at the time to have embezzled a lot from the hospital's surgical research fund, so that previous crime, also decades ago, may be the key; Mark was too shell-shocked at the time to investigate, but is determined now -visited by flash-backs- to clear it all up, especially after nurse Jane Ellington, also on staff and Nordoff's lover in the Sixties, is murdered in the garage, after the fatal heart-attack of Dr. Huxley. Even finding records proves hard and physically...
15Murder Two: Part 1
30 Jan 1997Description ▼
Stuntwoman Paula McCarthy was found beaten to death in an L.A. hotel room. Her husband Barry McCarthy was arrested there. Dr. Eric Spindler tries to stop Jesse from operating on a car accident victim without waiting for an MRI, then convinces the family to sue the E.R. for malpractice and acts as a star witness. Spindler's girlfriend nurse Jeri Murdico cheated him at birth-control and refuses an abortion, he thinks she just wants to marry him for his money. Jesse begs Mark to ask his friend Ben Matlock (star of the eponymous murder lawyer series) to defend him, which requires good pay and fringe benefits. Alas, Ben's boisterous court room style gets him jailed for contempt of court. Jeri goes over to Eric's place and during an argument knocks him down with a lamp and he's dead. Ben takes her case at Mark's insistence, but she's not charged because Spindler was already fatally poisoned. Steve is taken off the case because Jesse becomes the prime suspect, given his motive and his ...
16Murder Two: Part 2
06 Feb 1997Description ▼
While poor innocent Jessie still shivers in jail, Ben and Mark sleuth on. They assume Debbie's now arrested husband Jack Gardner, who is on the stolen Paula McCarthy arrest video in his truck, can link both murders. Barry McCarthy tells them in jail his murdered wife flirted habitually, the fatal night with Nick Cravits, Barry has a drunk black-out how bad it got that night with Spindler but believes he's innocent. Mark realizes Spindler had opportunity during an operation to steal some of the hair -suspiciously cut and torn- and blood to frame Barry, as there is no other proof for his presence, but why? Ben shows Debbie a Community General surveillance picture proving Jack was there the day of Barry's operation, and guesses he and Spindler conspired to frame Barry. Jessie's trial starts, Ben has Debbie tell the framing theory and indicates she was in the plot too, in order to inherit her sister's fortune and set up Jack to attack Ben; she invokes a New Mexico alibi, yet this actually...
13 Feb 1997Description ▼
P.I. Joe Mannix (star of a eponymous TV detective series) is brought to friend Mark with a mild flesh wound after a shooting outside the Hall of Records, while re-investigating the Lou Reynolds murder (Mannix episode "Little Girl Lost", 1973), about incriminating tapes from 25 years ago. Unfortunately, Joe's X-rays show a life-threatening cardiac risk, so Mark decides to 'help' his investigation. His client, Lou's daughter, TV reporter Tina Reynolds, is determined to solve this case now that she has moved back to L.A. from Florida, but the killer, who wears a police academy ring, proves quite deadly, fatal for witness Stella, who sold Lou the tapes, but possibly kept some back for blackmail, which would explain her apparent affluence without matching income.
18Murder, Country Style
20 Feb 1997Description ▼
At the All-stars Country Awards in L.A., Mark is grateful singing patient Dusty's guest, with Amanda and true fan Jesse who meets awards and records producer Betty Manning's daughter, songwriter Laura Manning, Mark and Dusty find singer Mickey McShane murdered in his trailer, whacked on the head with a lamp. Betty has an alibi but female blond hair and air freshener filters indicate he was actually killed in Betty's trailer, the two were identical and the plates switches. Betty confesses after seeing Steve suspects secret fiancée Laura, who wrote McShane's hit songs and knew he systematically cheated, for one with a groupie who claims to be his true lover, but Mark disproves her story...
19Delusions of Murder
27 Feb 1997Description ▼
A psychiatrist hypnotizes his female patients in order to rape them without their knowledge. His wife finds out of what he's doing; he then uses hypnosis to get a patient to murder his wife. |
20A Passion for Murder
03 Apr 1997Description ▼
When her separated lover and predecessor as local rep, David 'Dave' Chambers, who just got promoted to regional sales director for Benchmark Pharmaceuticals, intends to announce their engagement, Stephanie Hitcher pushes him in front of a car. He is successfully operated by Jessie. Stephanie quickly seduces Community General's man in charge of purchases, married Dr. Tod Grimes, and turns to getting rid of Dave in the firm and Tod's wife Kim although he doesn't want a divorce. When Kim is shot dead, Tod tells the Sloan sleuths that Stephanie must have killed her rival, when suspended loses his patience, resigns, attacks the shrew and is fired and arrested. Dave's odd lab results get Mark thinking, but meanwhile...
21Blood Brothers Murder
10 Apr 1997Description ▼
A gang member does not want his sister to date Shane and a fight breaks out. Shane and his brother Terry are friends with Mark. When the gang member is found dead, Terry and Shane turn to Mark to prove their innocence. |
22Physician, Murder Thyself
24 Apr 1997Description ▼
When top surgeon Dr. Ken Morrisay, who doesn't bother, is the victim of similar morbid 'pranks' as in Boston while in Community General to operate his former teacher Dr. Jeff Everden, assisted by rival ex-pupil Dr. Clayton Andrews (a source of pride for Norman), Boston anesthesiologist Dr. Les Franklin, Dr. Sally Crawfield, Mark and Jesse, who gets hit by blood aimed from a riding car at Morrissay, Steve investigates. During the operation, Morrisay gets a fatal heart attack, Andrews saves Everden by stepping in. The car is traced to animal rights activist Claire McKenna. Then Mark notices Morrissay's death was cleverly triggered by toxic levels of organic phosphates, which kicks in too fast to be administered before the operation. Dr. Sally Crawfield turns out to be a closet Animal Crusade member, and has a history with Morrisay, who used lab test animals. Andrews is to get a top post now Morrissay is out of the way, while Franklin's pathologically philandering but filthy rich wife ...
23Murder in the Air
24 Apr 1997Description ▼
The airplane Mark and Amanda are taking for a medical conference in Zurich (Switzerland) is delayed to wait for alternative co-pilot Ron Manners, a reputed womanizer. Mark observes the staff have their own problems on top of work, a troublemaker, a female jeweler who ignores the smoking ban. Then Mark finds Ron's corpse in the toilet, neck broken, and starts looking for the murderer among over 100 passengers plus staff after contacting Steve, airplanes being extraterritorial. Then several crew members are found unconscious, cause unknown, leaving no pilot, just passenger Martin Donner Kingston, who has US Air Force experience. Steve finds the originally scheduled co-pilot, knocked down but alive; while Jesse treats his seizure Mark figures out it's a binary poison triggered by aspirin, possibly administered at the hotel all staff except local Deb slept in, the lab confirms: it's a spy toxin. Steve has terrible news after checking the passengers' records...
24The Merry Widow Murder
01 May 1997Description ▼
Claire Whitfield makes sure Mark notices the bruise on her cheek, supposedly from her wealthy, hot-tempered husband Elliott, whose alleged sleep-apnea symptoms she supposedly reports to the doctor, actually it's deliberately given by her studly lover Max Halleck, even stages Elliot to shake her at a party and gets her lover to 'snore' heavily enough on a 'bedroom tape' before murdering Elliot, staging fatal apnea. Mark, who worries age is physically catching up with himself, notices deep scratches on Elliot's hand, which don't fit with her bruises, and finds milky residue in broken glass, enough to recommend an autopsy; Amanda finds traces of the prescription sedative Deterol on the broken glass, but the body is already cremated. Elliot's secretary Dorothy tells she knows from business trips he didn't snore, but refuses to testify. Mark tries about every trick in the trade to outsmart the merry murdering widow. Now the murderers show Steve pictures and tapes which Max, supposedly ...
25Comedy Is Murder
08 May 1997Description ▼
Tim Conrad, the clumsy half of a once legendary TV comedy duo, fails to kill his ex-partner Harvey Huckaby, still affluent and the second husband of Tim's ex Susan Huckaby, who cleverly bought Tim's half of the TV rights just before a movie was going to be made about them, first because Tim drops his sniper gun and secondly because Susan put the glasses on a trey after he poisoned one -drank it himself, but is saved in Community General- and gets noticed as fake pool-boy -using a trademark disguise- trying to rig Harvey's pool-cover, and gets the shock of his life: Harvey lives, the pool-cover has killed Susan because of a timer Tim ignored. Mark believes Tim is innocent of the only assassination that happened despite his murderous intentions, but has a hard time proving the bumbler's innocence and finding the real and sneaky killer...
26The Murder of Mark Sloan
08 May 1997Description ▼
The Sloans fear for Mark's life after the escape of Sam Rosser, who vowed revenge since Mark got him convicted for a brutal postal bombing murder. Norman also has a fight to the death against a hospital take-over by Vaughn Medical Services, which appeals to most of the board but would be detrimental to patient care. Mark gets one day delay to receive a frightening report about a San Diego hospital Vaughn took over. Kurt Vaughn hisses he won't be stopped. Med student Dr. Brian Haywood asked Jessie to intercede with Mark about his residency, but screws up once too often by resuscitating a DNR-patient without reading her chart. Brian refuses Jesse's help to get off amphetamines. Mark is too late to get to Norman who accepted a package delivered for Mark by Rosser. Norman barely survives the explosion. Sam tries again at the parking lot where construction is underway and Amanda is hurt saving Mark from scaffolding falling as a result of the explosion. Finally a makeshift bomb blows up ...
18 Sep 1997Description ▼
Steven and fellow LAPD Detectives Halloran and Stang, who are partners, find Councilman Watson, whom they wanted to question about corruption, passed out at home on tranquilizers Mark prescribed, in the next room is his separated wife Janet's corpse, shot, her blood is all over the house. Police Chief Masters, a political rival for the mayoral campaign, refuses to comment. Mark decides to look into Watson's claim to be framed, together with Captain Cynthia Pike, even though it can make Steve look bad but he is happy to collaborate. Amanda hopes to work trough her an 'amical' divorce from baby CJ's dad by becoming a medical examiner in the coroner's office but finds nothing- enough for Mark to prove there was a frame, and Stang had motive and opportunity- he shoots himself, his gun was used for Janet's murder. Now Mark sleuths on, Stang could be framed himself of Masters is in the plot. Stang's partner Halloran, now also disgraced, tells Steve Stang was Janet's lover. Jesse treats Pike...
2Open and Shut
25 Sep 1997Description ▼
When David McReynolds realizes that Allison Porter wants to go public with their illicit love affair, he strangles her in the bath on her 18th birthday, just before his father Peter McReynolds proudly swears him in as fellow Justice on the California Supreme Court. New assistant medical examiner Amanda confirms the lack of bruises suggests no struggle: Allison knew her killer. Mark finds her stolen jewelry on an OD'd junkie named Otis, but believes he didn't kill her and soon catches David in a lie. The Sloans discover his under-age affair and that Allison's parents had also found out about it from her diary. Steven finds David murdered at his dinner table, with Allison's mother's gun, but she admits having been David's lover herself and claims she was unable to shoot him. David's medicine for a pancreatic disorder opens another trail, but without proof, yet Mark finds another way...
02 Oct 1997Description ▼
When a forest fire rages near Malibu, the Community General mobile team and voluntary firefighter Steve soon find not only the flames and shifting wind endanger them and other lives, but also a number of personal motives for murder among locals centering around the only general store-owner, his daughter and a recently released investment fraudster who nearly ruined many locals.
09 Oct 1997Description ▼
Former cop turned bodyguard Frank Waldeck arranges a murder attempt on his filthy rich employer Victoria Larkin and himself for which he frames a mentally instable fan of hers who he has 'commit suicide'. When she's committed to Community General, reason for an impractically strict security regime, Dr. Sloane soon smells a rat and suspects him, especially when the richest stock criminal is also brought in, but who is the intended next victim and how can it be saved?
5Slam Dunk Dead
16 Oct 1997Description ▼
Jesse proudly serves as the LA Mustangs basketball team doctor during filming for a commercial, but starts worrying when the vials from a routine drug test he took are smashed in his new car. It's time to panic when the star player dies from the binary poison formed by the combination of anti-allergen (Jesse prescribed) and the antibiotic - the star's chart didn't mention when he quickly read it, but now does. The sleuths find out it was mixed in with his sponsor's pills, while the star had an endorsement rival with a drug problem. Mark also looks into the team staff's personal interests, from manager David Clarke to towel boy Dwayne. Only during Jesse's hospital board -likely to fire him- he pieces the puzzle together.
6Looks Can Kill
23 Oct 1997Description ▼
When Jesse's young patient in fine condition dies just after jogging, her supplier, a certain Marco with a criminal record, is hunted down and arrested but Amanda's autopsy proves his supplements were safe, a hospital infection killed her - after another plastic surgery in an amazing long series, all the more surprising for a girl of natural beauty. Now the popular but profit-driven Dr. Elaine Denell's specialized clinic is the target of an examination, which finds it was so badly managed that it is closed down, but Mark and Steve feel it's too easy, especially when the victim's former best friend is nearly killed by a car before Jesse's eyes, so they dig in the past of less obvious suspects...
7Fatal Impact: Part 1
30 Oct 1997Description ▼
Mark and Amanda participate in the emergency plan at its grimmest: examining with the National Transportation Safety Board a plane-crash without a single survivor, just victims to identify. FBI liaison agent Ron Wagner claims charge over NTSB and LAPD as Victor Pawel, linked with the Russian mafia, was on board in handcuffs with another FBI-agent. They discover two passengers are missing, there was a hijack and all bodies are radioactive...
8Fatal Impact: Part 2
30 Oct 1997Description ▼
Amanda's boyfriend Special Agent Ron Wagner declares he's taking over the investigation of the plane-crash and its hijack and smuggled Russian nuclear fuel rods for the FBI, but soon realizes he couldn't make anything like the necessary progress without the ingenious doctors trio and Steve. They team up for the investigation which becomes desperately urgent as there are indications that the nuclear material is used for bomb likely to be used to cause an LA Apocalypse by surprising, personally vindictive suspect Diane, the spokesperson of the bereaved.
9Must Kill TV
06 Nov 1997Description ▼
When one of Dr. Sloan's patients, a major network's VP of program development, ignores his warnings by rushing back to stress-ridden pilot season after a heart-attack, he's not surprised to hear the next kills her, until Amanda's autopsy shows her nitro-pills were substituted with placebo sugar. As Jesse is desperate not to have to spend his first (fishing) vacation in years with his father, who was never there for him, he successfully applies for a job in the studio's mail-room and thus gathers an insiders perspective which confirms the length of the list of suspects, which largely remains after he finds successor hung in her office, as the job mass-produces enemies: jealous and ambitious rivals, actors, producers and even loony fans for who her approval of a pilot or decision to scrap a show is vital. Yet after it turns out the first victim died from seeing a specially doctored vile version of a pilot she had already pre-approved, Mark figures out a less obvious culprit and the way ...
13 Nov 1997Description ▼
Jesse's dad Dane Travis fights off an assaulter with amazing ease, then turns up in Jesse's flat unannounced, and thanks to Mark's good word is granted quality time, fishing together in Baja. Steve examines a certain Kim, found at LAX with a broken neck. Dane bails out on the fishing, Jesse has to content himself with dinner in Del Florio at 8. Jesse gets another surprise visit from his tall step-brother Bruce Travis from Toronto, whose mother may divorce Dane, Jesse invites him along to the restaurant; when Dane hears, he gets jumpy and strangles Bruce in the lavatory before Jesse's eyes, explaining it's an assassin, not his son: Dane is a CIA analyst without a family and forcibly takes unwilling Jesse for his own safety to a company facility, where he confers with colleague Cinnamon Carter on spy matters and tells both he fears to be targeted by Jim Kesler, the son of a former colleague whom Dane had to kill before he switched to a desk job after the Cold War. Jesse decides to stick...
11A Mime Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
20 Nov 1997Description ▼
Shortly after Mark and Steve meet their neighbor Randy Wolfe, an attractive woman who never finishes a course and drops jobs bored in a matter of days, she runs to them screaming about a dead mime on her bed, but the corpse is gone when they get there. Realizing that a number 6 of her house number was lopsided and looked like a 9, she barges in on that beach-house's owner and finds nothing. But when the dead mime washes up the shore the next morning, the start is given for her surprisingly enterprising and effective part in the permanent sleuths' investigation which apparently has a link to car part thieves.
12Down and Dirty Dead
11 Dec 1997Description ▼
Mark and Jesse are both impressed but a bit worried when joining Steve whose young friend Jake Hallman presents them to the set in the desert where Kyle Lewis professionally produces crazy stunt motor bike videos in the dunes but loses riders to Casey, a girl who is just out for profit. Then they witness Kyle's top rider and friend Spleen dying in a crash and find both bike and helmet were sabotaged. Jake is eager to grab his chance taking Spleen place, which makes him a suspect, and his hacksaw fits the traces on the doctored bike. When Amanda finds amphetamine traces in Spleen, Kyle points out that fits Casey's dealing past. Then Steve fails to arrest a masked burglar on a motor bike who just knocked out Sheila, who has a lover jealousy motive. A generous contract in favor of Spleen and a video recorder inspire Mark to set a trap...
13Retribution: Part 1
08 Jan 1998Description ▼
While Steve and his partner are celebrating the success of a six-month undercover investigation of the Valley's mob baron Gordon Gonza, he's critically injured by a shot in the stomach. Dr. Mark Sloan must trust his son's medical care to Jessie, but publicly threatens Gonza, proclaiming he'll pay with everything he's got. Steve's informant, porn actress Spring Dano, contacts Mark, and soon after, both Gordon and Spring are found killed: Gonza by binary poison and Spring by a knife. Mark is found bending over her corpse, is arrested, and put on trial for their murders while planted clues pile up.
14Retribution: Part 2
15 Jan 1998Description ▼
Mark, framed for the murders of mob king Gonza and a police informer from his entourage, is on death-row next to Malcolm Trainor, who masterminded to get his death sentence reverted now Mark, whose testimony decided it, is utterly discredited. Steve -and his partner- must find the real murderer fast; their best bet is Gonza's mob heir Ross Canin, whom he finds threatening his accountant, Malcolm's brother, but chief Masters orders them to stop investigating him, as it turns out with good reason, but maybe the key is where Gonza's missing fortune went?
15Drill for Death
22 Jan 1998Description ▼
As if General Hospital weren't stressed enough by an official emergency drill observed by state emergencies director Doug Hanson and five ambulances on the way after a real tunnel collapse, ruthlessly ambitious bed-hopper nursing administrator Karin Hatcher is bloodily beaten to death and left in the morgue, but the splatters pass unnoticed among all the fake blood for the drill. She already got the hospital job head nurse Maggie Dennings wanted, but aimed at Hanson's. Jesse and his frisky girl-friend nurse Susan Hilliard still hope to get away on romantic trip to Carmel. Next schizophrenic chemo-patient painter Art Amador is killed, possibly as an inconvenient witness, but Steve finds his identity is stolen twelve years ago by more famous Martin Beckman, his death drastically changes the value of each's works. A prominent patient, hospital board member Peyton Cartwright, one of Karin's lays, also owns a Beckman collection...
16Rain of Terror
29 Jan 1998Description ▼
When Mark and Amanda arrive drenched at a private dinner party in a canyon, they soon notice their hostess Vivien Sanderson and her daughter act suspicious, and indeed Amy has just knocked in her fiancé Pierce Maxwell's skull with a frying pan. When the other guests arrive, the body has disappeared, and soon a second murder is committed, now overtly but unwitnessed, on uncle David Coopersmith, who managed Amy's trust-fund very tightly. Mark calls Steve, but the connection was to bad to hear he's coming and brings Jesse - but what about the killer meanwhile?
05 Feb 1998Description ▼
Mark gets a call from Amanda that her child birthing class -not pathologist's field of expertise- just got the surprise visit of a man named Bob Bare threatening to blow them all up, claiming that one of the women carries his baby because Community General's expert Dr. Adam Embry used his non-donated sperm for in-vitro fertilization of others. Dr. Embry swears it's a lie invented by his former nurse and lover Patricia Callender, who claims it was all part of various unauthorized, even experimental procedures, and at Jesse's insistence produces records. Then Embry dies because his car's brakes were doctored by someone. With the crooked doctor now dead, Sloan has to get to the truth and try to save the pregnant women, any one of whom may go into labor at any moment.
18Talked to Death
26 Feb 1998Description ▼
When Darrin Tate is brought into Community General after his co-host Mary Montgomery decked him in their TV talk-show, they both insist it's staged between good friends during the weeks when crucial ratings are measured. In the next show he shoots her, and claims to be shocked finding someone switched the blanks she loaded herself with fatal live ammo. The doctors and Steve unravel motive and opportunity in the brutally competitive and deceptive studio circles for that murder and Mary's personal assistants which is masked as a fatal car accident.
19An Education in Murder
15 Mar 1998Description ▼
Noelle Andrew enjoys sadistically manipulating her fellow Norrington Hall private school students so they turn on each-other. After her deceptive promises and blackmail cause two deaths, ethics guest lecturer Mark Sloane gets wind and finds out her fiendish foster past through Steve. Mark is determined to prevent further victims, she to make him her next. Meanwhile Jesse wrestles with his girl-friend nurse's inability to keep emotional distance after her transfer to ICU.
20Murder at the Finish Line
26 Mar 1998Description ▼
When former racer Steve presents lay fan Jesse to his favorite team Eagin, star driver Matt Thomas has a nasty accident and accuses the crew team of sabotage. When the whole gang attends the race, he has a crash in the sabotaged car and dies- but from deliberate medication abuse. The sleuths dig into team rivalries and financial problems, to come up with several relevant plots.
21First Do No Harm
16 Apr 1998Description ▼
Unlike most episodes, this one has no deliberate killing. Instead, doctors Mark Sloan and Jesse Travis refuse to accept the grave medical consequences -such as medically irresponsible delays and refusal of necessary therapy- for non-affluent patients of the virtually exclusive medical circuits (ambulance, treatment facilities etc.) imposed by so-called HMOs, a type of medical insurance, which puts medical staff in an impossible position between budget-orientated rules, malpractice claims and Hippocratic conscience. A few fatal cases lead to law-suits and an arbitration procedure with serious financial stakes.
22Promises to Keep
23 Apr 1998Description ▼
When Steve has a murder victim identified, Ryan Matthews is relieved it's 'only' the room mate of his ex-wife Kate; however they find fingerprints of criminal mastermind Gavin Cutler, whom she worked for, but escaped justice probably by Ryan abusing his position as cop, after which he left the force. Mark decides to invite him to his home being worried about his daughter Tess. When Ryan and Tess discover that mother Kate is alive, she insists someone has already stolen the fortune their latest investment scam brought, but Cutler threatens all three with their lives unless he gets it back, so Ryan decides to scam it off of Community General, to the tune of a years acquisitions budget, posing as a new firm offering cutting-edge surgery equipment of a type he learned at Mark's - a dangerous choice of victim, as he and Jesse are on the committee. . .
30 Apr 1998Description ▼
It still seemed funny when the first victims just had food all over them after a grill exploded, but when the next attempt is salmonella poisoning with a (possibly accidental) fatality, the systematic attempts to ruin the competing top-caterers in Hollywood (that is those who trained with he recently retired top-dog, Gaylord) becomes a true nightmare- especially for Jesse, who is in charge this year of the hospital's benefactors ball and thus enlists his friends to help him choose a caterer, while the sleuths wrestle with an abundance of suspects with motives, several of which turn out to have committed party sabotages and keep accusing each-other...
24Obsession: Part 1
07 May 1998Description ▼
Just after the execution of Louis Sweeney, the serial Sunnyview bomber who got arrested thanks to Mark Sloan but whose motive remained unknown, a new bombing by his method happens - his son, popular investigative radio-presenter Carter Sweeney, manages to make two rivaling prosecution officials and the public believe it's not a copycat's work but proof Louis was an innocent victim of Sloane's prejudiced manipulation. Soon every member of the sleuth team sees his of her career in grave jeopardy as the bombings continue...
25Obsession: Part 2
14 May 1998Description ▼
Now that he and his friends are discredited and professionally hurt, Mark figures out how the geographical pattern of the bombings fits the Sweeney family's grudge against the city, just in time to save all but one victim on the thus predicted next bomb site. For once Amanda's boyfriend, FBI Agent Ron Wagner, sees something clearer then our overstressed sleuths: if Carter just planned to clear his father, he should have done it in time to prevent the execution. Finding proof that Carter is the lover of ambitious ADA Sharon Ellison gets Steve reinstated. Even once she's found out and taken care of, Mark is convinced that's not the whole plot, and even after he gets to the next twist, there's a surprise cliffhanger to the next season.
1Resurrection: Part 1
24 Sep 1998Description ▼
Carter Sweeney's vengeance against Dr. Sloan has taken the form of Carter's sister Caitlin bombing Community General, with Jessie trapped in the rubble with wounded Steve, Mark, and Amanda, who needs an emergency operation. Four months later, Caitlin robs a bank with her lover, the young leader of armed rebellion movement called ROAR, and Carter convinces the DA to grant him a transfer to a country club jail in exchange for information to help find her.
2Resurrection: Part 2
24 Sep 1998Description ▼
When their favorite barbecue restaurant is about to go to out of business, Steve and Jesse are convinced it's a golden opportunity to revive it, so they prod Mark for a loan. But before either partner can attend to "BBQ Bob", the Sweenies kidnap Mark at his home. Carter blackmails him with more innocent bomb victims to think up a quick way to steal $100,000,000, allegedly to fund ROAR, the revolutionary movement against the "UN shadow government". Caitlin's naive lover Aaron Ving may kill Mark at anytime and the sleuth's only hope is to find a way to tip off Steve as where to find them.
3Till Death Do Us Part
01 Oct 1998Description ▼
Gold digger Philip Cobler and his bride Cindy Garrett were confident their carefully planned murder by poison on her father and his boss Wayde, for which his present wife Denise Garrett gets framed so they can inherit everything, was virtually foolproof even though it included Mark Sloan on the guest-list, and without him they probably could have winged everything that goes wrong at the last minute, but now Steve's investigation is destined to end with a last surprise for them.
08 Oct 1998Description ▼
Instead of the parents, Mark receives a mistaken telephone call at home about the ransom instructions for kidnapped 6-year old Joey; when he turns up at the park chosen as the exchange scene, the desperate dad Ted gets shot, which makes Mark feel guilty. At the elaborately staged second attempt to pay up, Steve is sent through half of L.A., but as Mark suspects they discover the suitcase isn't filled with the ransom money, just newspapers. This leads Mark to think the the switch was made at the house, by whom and why...
5Blood Will Out
15 Oct 1998Description ▼
When Amanda prepares for an autopsy on another of the victims of a mass shooting with a bullet in his head, the unidentified "corpse" suddenly rises from the slab, knocks her out and disappears, but stays in the hospital and steals all he needs to operate on himself. After he violently deals with other people in his way, including kidnapping Jesse's girlfriend Susan, the NSA walks in, claiming he's an international terrorist, but Mark doesn't buy that story and guesses, once a major bacteriological infection is found in his blood, the even graver truth...
29 Oct 1998Description ▼
Dr. Jesse Travis is exhausted after combining his full-time ER job with two medical studies. When Steve has set him up in a cabin near a lonely lake, he has a strange experience and is only found five days later in Utah after Steve was picked up, grilled and thrown out when looking for Jesse in a nearby top-secret 'non-existant' R&D-base. Jesse begins to believe he may have been abducted and it takes Mark a long time to understand the how and why of his young friend's frightening paranoia.
7Write, She Murdered
05 Nov 1998Description ▼
When murder novelist Kay Ludlow has writer's block she stabs her agent to death just after his tirade to respect the Friday deadline no matter how and sets up several utterly false clues. Yet she didn't act on the spur of the moment nor had a motive for his death, she just wants to get inspiration from reality and thus provides herself with an alibi by having 'him' phone Mark Sloane in Community General, hoping to follow the investigation as Amanda is her regular technical adviser. She's delighted to see one of her dead-end suspects murdered in a copycat-like way, until it appears that she committed the second murder: she'll hang if neither murder is solved and if both are...
8Rear Windows 98
12 Nov 1998Description ▼
Late at night Amanda witnesses on-line on 'Joannecam' the star stab-murder by a masked man who looks straight into the web-cam. Soon she finds herself the victim of such computer-engineered incidents as cancellation of her credit card for fictitious arrears and doctored traffic lights making her cause a car-crash. Jesse's cyber-cafÃ©-friends track his computer down, but the 'stalker' anticipated that: it's the site of another stab-murder which he's showing on the web, as it turns out his sixth yet but not his last. Catching him will take superior sleuthing and hacking...
9The Last Resort
19 Nov 1998Description ▼
The LAPD teams up Steve with his former training officer Det. Reggie Ackroyd, who keeps blaming a murderer he put away for the 'abduction' of his wife who actually left him taking his daughter. Rough suspect interrogation and the accidental shooting of a rapist during a stake-out cause Captain Walter Newman to force both of them, under threat of prosecution, to enroll in the 'last resort', a psychiatric program for cops in Community General, where Steve backs up his delusions, even to the point of estrangement from Mark, who's called in during therapy. Yet all this helps catching a murderer...
10Murder x 4
03 Dec 1998Description ▼
After catching several murderers without apparent motive nor either criminal or psycho profile, Steve feels something is wrong; after another such man messes up his gun-murder by accidentally shooting a cop, Steve trades himself and saves everybody's lives. Now the sleuths figure out what the killers actually had in common as patients in therapy at Community General, who is behind setting it all up and why they must finish their investigation against the clock as another murder is scheduled.
11Dead in the Water
17 Dec 1998Description ▼
Jesse and his fiancée finally make the romantic weekend trip to Carmel she dreamed about for months. However in a fishery town on the road Susan gets even more upset then before on account of her diet, when she recognizes Greg Hutchens, her former scuba instructor and fiancé who she believed to have died since five years, in a car accident with her steering, and turns out to be happily engaged to a waitress, which happens to be sheriff Kelso's daughter. Even worse, in order to preserve some dark secret they are arrested, jailed and illegally 'jury-trialed'.
12Trapped in Paradise
06 Jan 1999Description ▼
After a third murder without apparent motive in a strictly guarded housing community, Steve moves in undercover as a Community General physician, pretending to be the brother of victim Paul Foster. As soon as he arrives he finds Shelby Turner, an investigative reporter on a rag obsessed with aliens he loathes, has unexpectedly set herself up as his wife. After throwing a party gets them fingerprints which only match to dead people, Mark figures out what the three victims had in common with each-other and a crime family.
21 Jan 1999Description ▼
Sally Jenkins is found in a dumpster, strangled. Steve suspects her violence-prone ex Ed. LAPD detective Harry Trumble, whose retirement closes down after 15 years the task force which never caught the Clown Killer whose elaborate MO included painting a clown's face on the victim, claims it's his work, only he got interrupted. When Steve discards that, Harry falsifies a claim letter from the murderer and authenticates it on TV, causing a panic and high-profile resurrection of the task force, under Harry, who gets a call from the murderer, who already killed again. Now Harry shows Mark his theory the killer never stopped but worked in various oil-producing countries, painting clown-type faces according to local traditions, but Steve nails Sally Jenkins's killer, which compromises Harry's theory, yet captain Walter Newman won't even take him off the task force. Despite Harry resenting his only fiancée marrying Mark instead, they follow up on the travel theory. Oil company executive ...
14Murder, My Suite
28 Jan 1999Description ▼
When Mark and Jesse accompany Amanda to her award in forensic pathology, Alex Vander crashes on their table- he's infected by injection with the highly contagious legionnaires disease, by Ariel, who made him believe to be his lover so he would steal it for her. The doctors have the LAPD (lead by Steve) enforce a strict quarantine while they run an improvised emergency ward, helped by Dr. Herb Downey, a specialist in infectious disease. During the hard work to save lives they must find out all about the sinister plot, which is a very deadly 'decoy' for another crime...
15Murder on the Hour
04 Feb 1999Description ▼
When several patients and the unpopular ER resident Dr. Mason, who acted erratic since a grave accident, are murdered in Community Hospital, the sleuths figure out the killer seems to be striking every hour, so every minute counts to save the next victim. Steve was already inside after bringing in a man who got shot by mistake with two uniformed cops who witnessed it. Several people had opportunity, but nobody seems to benefit from the deaths. After a suspect's alibi checks out, Mark finds an eery point in common: they all survived a near-death experience.
11 Feb 1999Description ▼
When Chloe Marsden has a nearly fatal car accident, which she blames on her ex Richard Locke, Jesse saves her, fixes her up and even puts her up for the night at his home, which is embarrassing when his girl friend Susan turns up unannounced in the morning. It gets worse after having told her off, when her ex barges in and falls to his death, knocked on the head by Chloe, on a sword Jesse just picked up when running to the rescue at her place- and is arrested for 'jealous murder'. Steve and Mark have a hard time proving she makes a habit out of falling in love with men who 'rescue' her and then has the next one rid her of them permanently...
17Down Among the Dead Men
18 Feb 1999Description ▼
When Mark and Amanda twist Steve -who receives the first of several letters quoting the penal code on crimes he's about to witness- and Jesse's arms to host a musical benefit at BBQ Bob's, a customer is hit by a stray bullet from the jewelry shop across the street being robbed by well-prepared men. After Steve shoots robber Nestor in the leg, the leader kills him and taunts Steve about the lousy LAPD equipment compared to his, and even dares Steve to kill him. The next day his next announced crime is robbing Steve's car to dump it in the river. Mark wonders if the robber's twitch is caused by the terminal disease Huntingdon's, and if it is somehow connected to his motive.
18Never Say Die
25 Feb 1999Description ▼
When Tommy Anders, a juvenile delinquent who only escaped residential punishment because Steve vouched for him, allows someone to provoke him to violence in BBQ Bob's, Steve enrolls him for a self-control program as factotum in the rehabilitation-trough-boxing club run by Brendan Kelly, who lives with cripple legs without any pain medication. When people start to behave most erratic there, in one case even commit suicide in front of Tommy, the Sloanes investigate if the reason could be chemical, and if so who is behind it.
19Trash TV: Part 1
29 Apr 1999Description ▼
An unusual patient in Community general is the "Masked Magician", who reveals magic tricks in highly rated specials on Pox TV, but got wounded by a real arrow because of sabotage. Meanwhile rival channel GBC prepares a series "Doctor Danger", supposedly based on Mark Sloane, but when shown the pilot he refuses to have anything to do with this mockery; Jesse however accepts to write scripts for it. Shortly after, both the masked magician -who unveiled himself to become irreplaceable- and Mark's character 'Dr. Danger' are murdered on the set. Mark tricks the first killer, but accepts that motive doesn't hold true for the first, so a second murderer must still be out...
20Trash TV: Part 2
29 Apr 1999Description ▼
While Kent Beudine presents a cynical show on the horror gripping Hollywood after two TV celebrity murders, Marc is convinced Jesse is on the right track for motive by remarking it all upsets the program line-ups of rivaling networks in terms of the almighty ratings. Producer Jackson Burley is ignored even by his former protégés, and minutes after star Jerry Lane turns down an offer to transfer to West Coast VP Garth Zand's network GBS, the winner on Thursday after the previous crimes, he is run over by a fake parking valet. After Zand invites Marc for a scary gourmet dinner, featuring the potentially fatal Japanse blowfish, his luck changes: he finds himself in Community General and all GBS executives refuse his calls, after Lane exposes him he literally fears for a killer and switches his patient file with his roommate's...
06 May 1999Description ▼
Pimp Milton Wilder is shot in an alley by women. An embezzled businessman who finds his partner also cheated him with his wife fails to kill him, follows the paramedics to Community General and fails again in Jesse's OR because of a crazily daring intervention from Steve's LAPD colleague detective Taylor Lucas, the new partner of more orthodox rising vice squad star Amy Devlin, detailed to assist Steve in the Wilder case, but first they must arrest bail-jumper Laurette Stipe in a biker bar, which leads to a gun-fight killing Stipe with a bullet matching the Wilder murder, as it was planted by Lucas who was among his killers. Their investigation and deception go on, till they come too close to Mark, who works out the medical link between the victims and its relevance, while the killers...
22Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of My Life
13 May 1999Description ▼
In this atypical episode there is no sleuthing, but Dr. Mark Sloane wrestles with medical ethics when after turning away presumably terminal patients who asked him to help end their lives, he finds the new resident, Dr. Kate Delieb, systematically does give them what they want, by setting up a suicide-device in their hospital room or even, in case one isn't even able to trigger when any more, administer a fatal injection. He confronts her, swearing he'll do everything in his power to stop her as he believes the Hippocratic oaths primary rule never to cause harm forbids killing absolutely, but after reflecting on his own action as a resident when his grand mother died in agony and his refusal as an established surgeon to do the same for Steve's terminal mother, he ends up pleading at a grand jury-hearing against her that she may nevertheless be more honest and courageous then the morally correct inaction he observes himself.
23 Sep 1999Description ▼
The day Dr. Mark Sloane is to be 'honor' as Man of the Year at the Roast, where comedians makes merciless fun of him in the Jokers Club, which despite its fun-loving name is also a cesspit of envy and blame, Andy Baxter, a sideman who made a surprise appearance grossly insulting the speaker, Lou Summers, and dropping trou he's killed during a very short power break by a knife in the back. While Steve is conducting first interrogations, the killer knocks out Jesse and stabs Lou to death. The crowd provide multiple clues and suspicions, but Mark figures it all out by elimination on accounts of motive and opportunity.
30 Sep 1999Description ▼
When a businessman runs trough the streets to shoot an apparent nobody in clear daylight, Steve is puzzled. Mark is even more surprised when his annoying brother Stacy Sloan appears after a drive all the way from Arkansas for free medical consult with a bad back; worse, he is found to relapse in dangerous sleepwalking landing him twice at the site of a fatal accident or murder on a patient. Meanwhile Dr. Madison Wesley, the new dean of medical schooling, is brutally harsh on young Dr. Daniel Richards, despite Mark's pleading to cut the talented kid some slack after an honest mix-up of patients and charts. How does all this fit together?
3Bringing Up Barbie
07 Oct 1999Description ▼
Now Susan his run off to Oregon with a chiropractor, Jesse suffers babysitting Amanda's rascal CJ. Mark is delighted to meet in BBQ Bob's Chuck Greer, who once saved Steve's life in Vietnam, and accepts minding for a while his daughter Barbara, who also proves a handful. Steve discovers he has been assuming the identity of the wealthy Ralph Eastman, as he ran from a clothes shop chased -both in their underwear- by an unknown man who recognized him. Both Sloanes are surprised to hear she knew her dad wanted her off his hands for several days, not knowing he's offering mobster Tommy Toussaint to repay a fortune he embezzled two years earlier- they find out when the crook kidnaps Mark and Barbie...
4Murder at Midterm
14 Oct 1999Description ▼
When bright med student Quinn Montgomery, whose formerly rich family from Miami was ruined, learns during midterms that his penniless lover Holly Harris is pregnant, which would ruin his wedding plans with heiress Jennifer Warner, he arranges her death with poisoned Chinese takeaway and sets up a stooge. Once Amanda points out the supposed suicide or accident is fake since there's no gelatin in her stomach, so her food had to be spiked, Mark Sloane starts investigating every single detail till he knows enough to set a trap...
21 Oct 1999Description ▼
While Jesse is jogging he sees smoke coming out of a garage, breaks the door but is too late to save Frank Baumgart, the apparent suicide victim. Amanda finds he was on Prozac but also was hit hard on the head. Steve finds a wrench and the finger prints of Frank's ex-boss John Parkinson, who has a violence record and was being sued by him for $2,000,000 he didn't even have, on the suicide note; Johns wife Livia turns to Mark, her old friend. Then John produces proof she was too close again with Frank, but denies hiring the PI to the Sloanes. Livia now tells Mark she lied to give John an alibi. Betsy, a blonde jogger in the neighborhood, dates both Jesse and Steve, who worries once having busted her brother. More details and minor witnesses further complicate the picture, but Mark figures it all out...
6The Killer Within
28 Oct 1999Description ▼
Dr. Madison Wesley asks Mark to help Lisa, her great love's daughter, whom she found OD'd, into a prime rehab. After five days she steals admittedly at least one syringe of Demerol from an open medicine cabinet, and finds Tommy Santini ODd from three more, although he was afraid of needles, so she's arrested. Shortly after a session with Dr. Carla Meyer, the MD in charge, another patient, Kiki, is found dead with a suicide note, which Mark proves absurd; then he sets a trap...
7Gangland: Part 1
04 Nov 1999Description ▼
Gangster 'Mr. G', a perfect Mark Sloane lookalike, is released from jail; his gang has moved business to California, and rented a Malibu beach-house. His daughter, who took care of the 'firm' for years, is furious to be shoved aside again from the new project, the 'Gangland' casino for which she got the governor to sign a private bill granting the state's first-ever license by bribing politicians, but can't go trough with having him killed by a sniper, and decides on kidnapping her old man- but gets Mark instead, while the real Mr. G is mistaken for Mark even by Jesse, who needs him to testify a customer who made a bad fall in BBQ Bob's was simply drunk... Steve investigates the murder by sniper of Chester Chumley, the old man about to retire and close Ponyland, an old-fashioned children's ride, who was prepared to donate the Malibu land to Community General for a supervised patients care 'wellness center'; Chester's nephew and heir Lucas is more likely to sell the valuable beach property, which would fit into the casino plan...
8Gangland: Part 2
04 Nov 1999Description ▼
Mark is brought in shot, Jesse saves him -while student Alex Smith does his rounds- by removing the bullet, but he has temporary amnesia; no, that's lookalike mobster John 'Mr. G' Gotti: the real doc walks in with Steve, but soon Mr. G knocks him down and takes his place; his daughter finds Mark locked into the closet, but the mobster walks into a trap at his girlfriend's. Steve is just in time to prevent a sniper casing a fatal accident in Ponyland, discovers the daughter is working as administrator on the wellness center project and helps Mark set a trap...
9The Mouth That Roared
11 Nov 1999Description ▼
Mouthy star-radio presenter Denise Steiner declared on a TV show 'in jest' she would have to kill her birth mother if she were found but refused any contact. While Mark is her radio guest, she gets a call in the long-lasting search for her mom; she doesn't take it serious, but after the show an assistant shows that Joanne Lombardi knew about her secret birthmark. Jesse warns everybody his visiting mama is a terror by being too nice- she surprises even him by offering a full partnership in her private practice in Minneapolis. Denise goes looking for Joanna, finds her dead and is arrested. Mark fills in as radio host, for once proves a slow learner but snoops at the station. Denise's assistant Mando Arriga plants the murder weapon in her flats aquarium, but its obvious place convinces Mark it's a frame: then is appears Joanne was not a mother but turned in the Arriaga family with Immigration, but how can he trap the obvious suspect?
10Seven Deadly Sins
18 Nov 1999Description ▼
The Sloane sleuths are joined by female Scotland Yard inspector Churchill when a murder is committed by Grant Connors, an expert art thief and seducer she follows everywhere. Yet she has a deal with him to reunite a set of diamonds last owned by the last Romanov czar. When Mark confronts her being a phony, she tells to be one of his victims, Vanessa Sellars, whose husband died from heart-failure when surprising them. Meanwhile Jesse decides to donate to the same auction, for the benefit of the hospital, a possibly priceless violin his father gave him. The auction proves eventful...
16 Dec 1999Description ▼
Claude Campbell, the hospital's janitor, is looking forward to play Santa Clause again, but Mark diagnoses him with terminal cancer. The preparations for Christmas festivities are difficult- Jesse bitches about the commercial side and social pressure, even more after someone breaks his car window and steals all his presents, but finally volunteers BBQ Bob's for a homeless dinner; Mark can't find any good voices for a barber shop quartet. Trying to get Claude eligible for assistance, Steve discovers his identity is false, he's actually Andrew Basevich, an escaped Missouri convict condemned for murdering his wife Sharon; he admits but claims he was innocent, which hypnotic regression seems to confirm. When a sheriff's deputy turns up for his extradition, Mark emotionally blackmails Steve to go investigate in St. Louis, decades late but against the clock. Even when he finds proof, the legal proceedings seem unstoppable until after Claudes six months prognosis expires...
06 Jan 2000Description ▼
Mark accepts a friend's invitation for a 'free' cruise splitting the medical duties with Jesse and Amanda. Barely aboard they must save multimillionaire Robert Brantigan who got a triple dose ampule of insulin. Jesse and Amanda drawn in patients, especially after Mark is talked into filling in for the injured activities director. Steve learns Roberts daughter from his first marriage Tracy deals in pharmaceuticals. His wife Clare manages to drug Robert and knock him overboard unseen; she tells Mark he was suicidal and drunk before the corps is found, then accuses his daughter Amy, who confides in Steve his bitchy behavior was because of a brain tumor he told nobody else. Amanda's autopsy proves murder, and the LAPD identifies Clare as the widow of rich Carl Donahue who died on another cruise, but she says not to be in the will- however his sister tells Steve she was paid a fat insurance. The fatal bottle and the insulin vile are found hidden in Amy's cabin. How will the Sloanes catch the killer?
13 Jan 2000Description ▼
The whole gang, plus Alex Smith and Amanda's rascals, is invited to observe the shooting of an episode of "Frontier dad", a family series about Wild West hero Dash, starring Carl Simpson who gets a bit old but still does some stunts himself. His stuntman Jimmy falls to his death after multiple sabotage, including the radio instructions. Steve investigates high-profile undercover as the new stuntman, while Jesse temporarily replaces the fired medic, and diagnoses Steve hurt bad enough to see Mark in hospital. They learn Carls ratings are down while his teenage sidekicks are eager to take over center stage, while the producer feels pushed by Carl, someone else fears for her part. Jesse also gets a small part and enjoys snooping, helped by a cute secretary. Then a locked door nearly kills Steve and Carl in a take of an explosion, and the one man who had opportunity for that once was injured because of Carl. Mark discovers on tapes a trampoline sabotage proving Jimmy as the intended victim of the fatal fall. Yet another actress's medical diagnosis leads to other suspects...
14Too Many Cooks
20 Jan 2000Description ▼
The three doctor sleuths are celebrity guests in cooking shows on the Cuisine Chanel; Amanda even has a passionate relation with a star chef, RenÃ© Fontineau. They soon learn the business is not relaxed but highly competitive. After a fire on the set and anaphylactic shock strike and kill RenÃ©, Steve starts a murder investigation in what turns out to be a cesspit of grudges, greed and other personal or financial potential motives for the channel's sole owner, Keith Dunn, who once started as partner in a Cajun restaurant with RenÃ©, the surviving star cooks and even Rene's nephew and personal assistant Josh, all of whom are found to tell lies which Mark must sift trough and figure out the part of fate.
03 Feb 2000Description ▼
When Jake Caldwell brings in his wife to the hospital, Mark learns it's Caroline, another woman then the spouse Gloria he knows, and Jake is in fact a bigamist. Just after Gloria finds out, she gets wounded and two day later Jake is killed, but by one or two shooters? It also comes out that Casanova Jake had a mistress on top of his wives, both of them invested their own money in his sinking business -he leaves them only debt- and his secretary's loyalty to the point of doctoring papers smells of another lover. Meanwhile Steve finds his own girlfriend Maeve Michaels is married.
16Murder by Remote
10 Feb 2000Description ▼
Now noisy construction work drives Steve crazy at Mark's beach-house, he decides to move out, making his dad nostalgic. When Jesse's girl friend Lana dies in the pool of a fully computer-controlled house after disregarding a warning to keep out, Steve considers domotics both for his criminal and residential searches. Bruce Locatelli, the creator-CEO of the model which killed, suggests but refuses to say formally that his competitor Donald Purdy deliberately sabotaged his system by reprogramming it via the 'backdoor'. Mark finds out about Locatelli's past, but then he dies in an accident involving his own system at home; however it appears he may have planned to be saved by his maid who was held up by an exceptional traffic queue. Then the other doctors learn Locatalli may still be killing by pre-programming, and could have done so in Steve's new home, where Mark is indeed locked inside...
17 Feb 2000Description ▼
Mark and Steve go fishing; when they return they find med student Mickey Hoving, who was house-sitting, murdered, according to his wife Jill who is sitting next to him but unharmed by armed robbers. All physical evidence contradicts her story, and indeed she has a lover's row at the hospital with Dr. Donald Ward, which Jesse knew about, but she convinces him not to speak up. The only stolen effects are found dumped in the ocean; Dr. Ward tells Mark about their affair without accusing Jill. When Mark finds a contact lens, he realizes Ward is a suspect too, or probably the pair of them did it together- at her trial, they seem to be playing an elaborate game, but how can the Sloanes disprove it or is it too late already?
18The Unluckiest Bachelor in L.A.
24 Feb 2000Description ▼
Despite his clumsy and willful appearance, his honesty gets Steve picked in a TV dating program by candidate Lily Wilson. On their first date, in a park with cameras lurking around, he gets shot, but not seriously wounded; on their second, a car runs her over fatally. It turns out she was the -never before mentioned- sister of Community General doctor Frederick Wilson. After her roomy and friend Jean points Steve to P.I. Lou Tyler, he and Mark find out about Dr. Wilson's dark past...
19A Resting Place
06 Apr 2000Description ▼
Steve's retired colleague Dave 'Hawk' Hawkins is murdered undercover in resting home Sunny Meadows while waiting for Steve to perform an arrest: a vase was smashed on his skull, expertly staged as a bath-drowning. Director Miss Winkle is most uncooperative, but Steve works out Hawk was working on a robbery case, retiree Bart Ellison was recently released from jail and still had $2,000,000 loot, but he dies from an OD. The sleuths' theory being the motive was his hefty inheritance, Mark has himself signed in as retired banker Brinkley by Jesse, who helps Steve look what Bart spend. Friendly nurse Julie Crane is left a painting as memento; administrator Zanuck steals a valuable timepiece, valued a good replica, then finds a rat attributed to the garbage strike, Steve researches Zanuck's father was in the robbery. Amanda gets herself hired as Charlene Reynolds. Mark has to blow his cover to perform an emergency trichotomy...
20Murder at BBQ Bobs
20 Apr 2000Description ▼
While US Marines Captain Paul Davis, Lieutenant Richard Martinelli -an MP- and Lt. Col. Sally MacPherson are eating at BBQ Bob's during Jesse's shift, a fourth, Captain Hank Thomas, bursts in saying "You'll all be sorry" and shoots himself in the head. Steven has barely started his investigation when female NIS agent Warrant Officer Hannah Bernstein bursts in and claims the case for the military, unlawfully, yet he gentlemanly accepts to collaborate; even after they know he used the wrong hand base commander Colonel Lucien Chandler orders her to close the case as suicide, but she continues helping Steve 'on her own time'. They discover some suspicious things, such as an affair between one Davis, the colonels adjutant, and his wife Susan Chandler, and Mark figures out how everything fits together...
21Two Birds with One Sloan
27 Apr 2000Description ▼
Wheel chair user Saul Singer has a car accident but Mark gets him by ambulance to TV presenter Drew McIntyre's trivia quiz "Trough the Roof" where he is breaking the earnings records- because he blackmails him to hand over the answers in advance. Steve hears Saul's car breaks were subtly sabotaged. The next show day, Saul has a fatal asthma crisis on air; Amanda finds his vital inhaler was empty. Drew's assistant, who was impressed by his memory, recruits Mark for an audition as contestant, which he aces and thus can snoop on the set. Meanwhile Steve finds Saul had Drew's secret cell phone number and investigates, helped by Jesse, how a car accident while bird-watching got Saul into his wheelchair and ties to Drew...
04 May 2000Description ▼
Self-accompanying singer Danielle Marsh has her own grand piano flown over from New York claiming it's the only thing that calms her grave nerves, and moves in with the Sloanes till her concert. Jesse hesitates to help med student Ellie Rose meet her idol and present her own creations in her style. When Ellie comes over for a medical when Mark isn't in, she walks out most insulting to Jesse; she's equally impossible at the theater and claims to be chased in a red car by a man who hassled her earlier in New York. Just when symptoms of memory loss have convinced Mark it was all in her head, someone shoots at her and him...
23Out of the Past: Part 1
11 May 2000Description ▼
When a girl cop is brought in wounded, Jesse patches her up and dates her, but as Amanda finds and brings out she sets him up for a staged scary ride. Alex recognizes her roommate Amy Saroyan as a youth friend, runaway from home. She also was the roommate of the late call-girl Oaks, the godmother of her daughter Shannon; Oaks had a 'tame cop', Steve's ruthlessly ambitious colleague detective Robert Cardinal, who walks into a trap they set so he'll shoot the fake Amy. Meanwhile hospital official Dr. Madison Wesley dates slick Brett Hayward and plays along in his seemingly harmless scam... Amy still won't stay but invites Alex along to live on the 'value' of Clarissa's address book and Shannon proves to be a fictitious character, so Steve arrests her as extortionist...
24Getting Mad, Getting Even
11 May 2000Description ▼
Two weeks later, Brett Hayward murders Dr. Hjortsberg, the plastic surgeon who created his present identity, knowing him as patient Eddie Dagabosian, and as such harbors a grudge against Madison, with whom he moves in, but Steve's LAPD team finds the drugs the killer 'stole' in a nearby dumpster. Meanwhile a 'Dr. anonymous' publishes a sleaze bestseller book version of the Community General sleuths, entitled Big City Hospital, for which half the staff mistakes Jesse, even Amanda. Although everything goes wrong now in Madison's life, she resents Mark for running a check on Brett, which finds little, even suspiciously so. Steve questions in vain the real, clueless Eddie, a fence in prison. Brett cleverly arranges Madison to seem gone mad, but the Sloanes get back to Eddie and work out his past connection with Madison and ...
1Death by Design
12 Oct 2000Description ▼
Kendra Masterson commits -we see so- elaborately planned crimes, using her lover Jake Myers as muscle, which she afterward kills and ships to Egypt in a sarcophagus crate, and framing her other lover, millionaire Roger Andrews, for the killing of his wife, Lana, but before his arrest quickly scams half a million out of him 'for her insane brother' who doesn't exist. The Sloanes must figure out all this and her staged fatal car accident as she really switched identity with psychiatric patient Beverly Scott.
2Blind Man's Bluff
19 Oct 2000Description ▼
When Dave Caine tells Laura he wants a divorce after her job paid for seven years of his medical training, she causes a car crash after which she gets declared blind, possibly forever. He agrees to stay to care for her, at least till the final diagnosis. David's thus cut-off lover Julie Warren is desperate to get him to marry her. Shortly after Laura gets a very efficient new aid, Mark finds David shot dead in the bathroom. Julie declares her gun was stolen without her realizing it and Steve books her as the only suspect. However Jesse, her friend, convinces Mark to prove Laura could have killed him, which leaves one problem: how to prove she did it, even after she 'miraculously' regains her sight just before a test she couldn't fake.
26 Oct 2000Description ▼
Mark is having a hard time preparing for a magic show for the child patients. He first misplaces the key to the chest he locked Steve in, then he learns janitor Jim Briggs, an amateur magician himself, was killed surfing; his estranged married twin brother Jeff turns up just then. Mark soon suspects from various details it might just be that Jim killed his brother to take his place, which sister-in-law Dina laughs away and suggests to Steve to take fingerprints, and then tells Jim she knew since the first day and was glad to be rid of Jeff. According to Jeff's will it would spare her from losing two thirds of the estate to his sons from his first marriage. The Sloanes push on, helped by Jeff's secretary and mistress Teri Deegan.
4By Reason of Insanity
02 Nov 2000Description ▼
A bum is brought into Community General. Mark recognizes him as his former student George Lawson, once a brilliant medical mind, now a mental mess, who raves on about what sounds like Father Seton, but his whole speech is riddled in some gibberish. Lawson is found again on the beach near the site of the murder on Richard Fielding and is arrested, but even his degree of schizophrenic paranoia and dysfunctional state do not constitute legal insanity. Jesse has a go at Lawson's slang-type associations. Ethan Foster, the widow Cynthia Fielding's lover, is told by his wife Sophie that she knows he is Richard's murderer, but she will spare their teenage son Elliot the shame of his father's trial if he signs over all his wealth and full custody in a divorce. When a prisoner starts choking while in George's cell, George correctly diagnoses the problem and instructs Steve on how to save him. Jesse figures out what George's gibberish really means, and his computer finds who fits Father Seton, ...
5The Patient Detective
09 Nov 2000Description ▼
Steve is rushed to hospital; Jesse saves him, but while still partly under anesthesia he believes he sees a murder by a doctor with a knife, or rather injecting him with a lethal syringe. One patient deceased around that time, Edgar Wellers, had quarreled with his wife Ashley, who inherits his fortune and is a retired nurse with a hospital pass and has him cremated too soon for a thorough second autopsy. Jesse has invested 'a truckload' in the pharmaceutical company which develops the promising cancer drug Lexomite, on the advice of a company saleswoman he dates, but didn't realize till Mark talks to him he may be suspected of insider trading, especially as his friend Dr. Heart informs him on the trials preceding the vital FDA approval. When the company's stock takes a dive, as the trials have run out of statistically sufficient numbers of living patients, the Sloanes suspect the killer could be connected to the program- this track has more surprises in store...
6The Cradle Will Rock
16 Nov 2000Description ▼
Derek Bradshaw, husband of Community General's ER nurse (Stacy), is fatally shot while hunting, but it was no accident. Ray Santucci, a problem teenager doing community service at the hospital, is then arrested. Mark and Steve believe Ray and Stacy are lying about not knowing each other, and soon figure out they are lovers. Ray is too protective to divulge her story about being physical abuse, inciting him to commit the murder. How can they get the truth out before the diabolically misled kid is jailed for life while the murderous wife goes free? Jesse discovers she actually has an adult lover in the hospital too.
30 Nov 2000Description ▼
A "Survivor"-type reality show on which one of Dr. Sloan's med students (Alex Smith) hopes to win $35,000 to pay for student loans. When an obnoxious contestant named Larry dies of an overdose of antidepressant, it is assumed to be a accident or suicide. Steve doesn't accept that, and Dr. Sloan becomes a replacement contestant. Hidden diamonds found in the heel of Larry's shoe and a draft of air observed on a tape of that night provide Dr. Sloan with an insight. He carries out a reenactment, leaving freckles on the murderer's face, demonstrating how an unobserved/untaped murder had been engineered.
8All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Die
07 Dec 2000Description ▼
Where else would two fashion designers hold their wedding but on their catwalk? The groom (Stanley Bomgarden), partner at Mirage Fashions with his bride Tammy, crushes what turns out to be a bomb in a silk bag at the end of their Jewish wedding. Model Nadja Rose is brought to the same hospital, from an overdose of Ecstasy which Stanley had provided, but is saved by Jesse; her father is the reputed Russian druglord "Mike the Mechanic" Rodzinski. Stanley dies, and Steve sees Mike with an explosives expert who is then blown up on his own boat. After two confessions, Dr. Sloan uses his knowledge of psychology to discover the real killer, but must prove it!
04 Jan 2001Description ▼
Father Dominic, the only priest on duty one night at the monastery where Amanda is on retreat, is first approached by a woman and then by Leonard Wilson, the grounds-keeper, who insists on having his confession heard immediately--a murder that night! Steve finds Father Dominic bending over the corpse of Matthew Scarborough, but he cannot reveal what he heard under the seal of confession. Monsignor D'Amico, a longtime friend of the Sloans, asks Dr. Mark to find the real killer. He goes to the monastery as a handyman and learns Father Dominic was a childhood friend of the victim, until they both dated Matthew's widow, and that Leonard is one of Father Dominic's protégés: ex-cons he gave a first job after release. Though convinced Leonard must be the killer, how can the Sloans prove it?
11 Jan 2001Description ▼
No whodunit here. We see Hunter Kaskov, a genius med student, playing a dangerous game with friends: "flat-lining," testing how long one can be clinically dead before revival becomes impossible. To his girlfriend Jenny Slater's horror, he decides to 'seize their only chance to see how taking a life feels' by not reviving workaholic colleague Max Ketterson, slipping the blood-drained corpse into the pathology lab. That's not enough for Hunter; he plants false clues for the police, just for the kick of nearly getting caught--or will he be fatally outwitted by Mark?
11Less Than Zero
18 Jan 2001Description ▼
When anorexic actress Thalia Roselawn (who wears a size "less than zero") faints on the TV set of "Med Squad," Amanda admits her, but Dr. Sloan is unable to save her life. Her nutritionist Hank Sheldrake's diet is blamed at first, but a Chinese herb in her teabag is found to be the cause. Steve begins to date a 'pleasingly plump' food reviewer who has recently come to accept her body type. Dr. Sheldrake is arrested, but Jesse is convinced it could be Sheldrake's wife or Thalia's younger sister. The Sloans' investigation must catch the correct culprit.
12Sins of the Father: Part 1
02 Feb 2001Description ▼
A sniper kills Julie Langford Adams during her consultation with Mark Sloane, but wasn't he more likely the target? Her sister Carrie identifies her; Mark knew their grandparents, Joseph and Catherine Langford: putting Joseph on death row for the murder of his wife was Marks dad Det. James 'Jimmy' Sloan's last case, after which he left for New York when Mark was ten and was never heard off again. The sniper Richard Akins is rushed into hospital, diagnosed by Jesse with terminal meningitis and recognized by a nurse as he burst trough the lab on his way to the roof from where he shot, knocking over a bottle; photos in his room indicate Julie was the target; he dies and had a squeaky clean record. Julie was a copywriter and left a journal; Carrie says she was obsessed with her fathers murder case. Mark digs up his dads LAPD notes. Steve follows the GPS memory of Aikins' rental car to an appointment left on his hotel answering machine; the counter-party gets away, throwing money on the street- its car was registered with Premium Security, which was founded by James Sloan's former LAPD partner Danny McNamara, who seems to have neglected to check Josephs alibi, an extramarital appointment with a woman, properly. Carrie says to Steve Jule and her didn't know Dannys son Johhny McNamara nor frequented Ted Barkley, the owner of the paper Catherine worked for, and accepts having dinner. Carrie got an anonymous death treat. Barkley asks Mark, who knows him for year, for a major function in Paris with the Barkley charity foundation. Danny McNamara, still alive, tells Mark about some tragical error he's supposed to be putting right finally. Steve is beaten up bad enough to come on Jesses operation table...
13Sins of the Father: Part 2
09 Feb 2001Description ▼
Surviving sister Carrie Langford Adams helps nurse beaten-up Steve at Marks place. Mark believes Joseph was framed by bribing his female alibi Sally Perry. Carrie knows Julie had a strange appointment at a tennis club, although she couldn't play; there Mark sees hospital board member Ted Barkley and his son Elliot, who are club members; a valet remembers she wasn't admitted but had a loud row with Elliott Barkley, who claims she was disguised unrecognizable and is unknown to him. Steves LAPD partner Detective Cheryl Brooks arrests a cop after finding his shield where Steve was beaten up. After years, suddenly Johnny McNamara agrees to sell Premium Security to Ted Barkley, but is arrested after his employee Carl Agajanian confessed to be paid for the beating; Marks tells him to believe his father Danny McNamara, an Alzheimer patient, practically confessed -taking Mark for his pa- the murder of Sally Perry and suggests to confess or it gets worse for both murderers. Now the Sloanes believe Julie was murdered because she was about to prove her DNA was Barkley. The Sloanes dig on to find who knew too much when...
14You Bet Your Life
16 Feb 2001Description ▼
Cardiologist Dr. Simon Hodiak is addicted to gambling and out of friends to borrow from; when his loan-shark-bookie threatens with major violence he sells his sports car, gets Alex to invite him to big stakes poker, wins $70,000 but stabs his bookie Bennie Borashewesky to death instead of paying up. Steve investigates the poker players. Shortly after Hodiak is found dead, apparently suicide by bullet, but Mark doesn't buy that, and Alex is getting roughed up next after a smaller gambling loss. Mark has Alex introduce him to the players, using police seed money...
23 Feb 2001Description ▼
Grace Boyd is approached by two sinister men who threaten her and her baby Casey unless she helps them get money from her sister Maureen. She pushes Casey in Jessies arms, claiming it's his child and she needs him to take care of it for a while; he's sure it isn't his, but still takes care of it at the Sloans's place. Now Maureen Boyd confesses she stole $160,000 from drug-dealers, and sends Grace to deliver it- they aren't pleased as she actually stole $450,000 and come for it, accidentally killing Maureen; Grace and her baby are threatened again to get them the rest. Steve finds one of the drug goons killed. Jesses paternal instinct falls for Casey. Threatened short-run by the other goon Grace considers sacrificing her $500,000 inheritance savings, and stays with Jesse; Jesse follows her and calls Steve to stop the exchange which would probably allow them to kill her and Casey; she now denies he's the father. The baby is stolen from under the police and staff's noses in hospital. A new exchange is arranged at steam trains in a park, but things are not what they seemed...
16Being of Sound Mind
02 Mar 2001Description ▼
The eccentric misanthrope Mr. Oscar Hemmings, who died very old in Community General without friends, left his sizable fortune to six people, including Jesse and Amanda, in the form of a 'tontine' legacy which is only inherited by the last survivor, as a deliberate recipe for murder. After a parade of loony applicants, Mark hires at Steves enthusiastic insistence college-graduate Ingrid Thurston as new secretary. An explosion in the bio-lab kills med student Jerry Royce, a tontine member. Jesses dinner date dies from a Bordeaux from his locker, injected with an anti-depression drug which contact with red wine renders poisonous. After Dr. Phillip Zachary is killed by a halter in the gym, and Mr. Leonard Drexel, whose wife Mary needed an expensive operation, dies next, there must be a mysterious seventh person with a motive- now Mark learns the tontine could become invalid after murder charges, thus benefiting a surviving distant relative of Hemmings, notably Priscilla alias Ingrid. Now Jesse has a grave car accident- fortunately faked...
17Dance of Danger
30 Mar 2001Description ▼
While small time actor Phil Gwen dances with his unidentified blond girl he's stabbed in the back - she runs after the perpetrator. At Community General he mumbles something like Chylendra, then dies. LAPD Captain Woodruff wants Steve to take the wacky 'National Scoop' Magazine's anonymous 'first hand witness account' blaming the Earthonomy sect seriously. He brings in conspiracy theorist, Ellen Sharp, who claims to be too scared to talk and is released by the captain after retracting her claim to have seen the murder. Steve correctly suspects Gwen tipped her about the sect. When he goes see her there's a fake/dirty cop hanging around, so he agrees to protect her at the Sloan beach-house. He kills one of the attacking armed men in masks and with night-vision goggles, chases the rest. Mark, whom Steve told to stay away, went to the movies and discovers Shylandra is the Hindu character played in his latest movie by Hollywood star and Earthonomy 'celebrity spokesman' Gene Trent. However,...
18The Red's Shoes
20 Apr 2001Description ▼
When Amanda visits the studio where she learned ballet before med school, an extremely talented Chinese dancer drops dead on the dance floor; he was poisoned by acupuncture needles tampered with blowfish toxin, possibly meant for his colleague Changteh who was about to defect. Company leader Martin Peterson asks Amanda to join to investigate undercover. Steve hears from the acupuncturist each dancer has his own box of needles, kept by the party-appointed 'translator' Lee Moy. At the rehearsal for a benefit in the hospital, an exploding prop chest functions as distraction for the disappearance of Changteh and Amanda, who hide in her office- he says the killed dancer planned to defect with him, but they didn't know who overheard them; Mark discovers them and suggests a better hiding place. The Sloanes find an almost empty vial of blowfish toxin in Lee Muiys room; about to be returned to China under diplomatic immunity, he confesses to Steve, according to Mark only to avoid a worse fate ...
19No Good Deed
27 Apr 2001Description ▼
Successful black defense attorney Roger Calender is brought in ER stabbed badly, and confesses having killed a man. After confirming a dog bit him badly days ago, he says it was just the drugs and perhaps a Vietnam memory. Rogers wife tells Mark he wanted a divorce without an affair, but suggests neither will find out what he wants to keep hidden for them; to him she tells she knows who he killed but will shut up is he calls off the divorce, which also allows her not to testify against him. After speaking with the physician who treated Rogers dog bite and finding snow traces on his car indicate he was in Big Bear, Steve and Mark even find a dangerous suspect dog Wolfie. Right there the body is found of Wolfie's owner, Rogers's acquitted former client Scott Wilkins, and Caleb McKay who was arrested for the attempt on Roger and still suspected Wilkins of killing his sister was seen there and is accused of the murder. Once informed, Roger signs himself out against doctors advice...
04 May 2001Description ▼
The Sloane's are none too happy to hear the DA had to cut a deal (life instead of the death penalty), with a female murderer to ensure conviction for Frederick Wilson (she's now the prime witness against him in exchange for the deal). She's murdered on her way into the Courthouse by a female shooter in a wheelchair, who hid the gun in the arm of the chair, and then fled the scene. Meanwhile, Steve - who's convinced he's been seeing Lily, the woman who died in is arms on their second date (S.7 Ep.18), ends up meeting and dating her doppelganger Abby; it turns out she's Lilys' twin sister, separated by adoption in childhood (or is she?). The pace revs up when the "tangled web" (metaphorically and literally - the stamp on Fredericks' heroin is a spider) between the Sloanes', Steve's partner Detective Banks, Joan (the wheelchair assassin), Frederick and Abby collide. With some helpful information from Fredericks' former cell-block mate 'Tick Tock' Rice, and the insurance agent that has ...
21On the Beach
04 May 2001Description ▼
[This episode is actually titled "On the Beach"] Another ride on his mini-scooter in the hospital gets Mark- in hospital, as patient with a broken leg, but after suffering some of the boundless incompetence of nurse Sudie there, who is fired after she even completely deleted his record, he quickly moves out to his beach-house. To his horror she turns up uninvited, and Steve tells he had to hire her as private nurse to spare the hospital a lawsuit for 'agist' dismissal. She forces him to go vent his complaints about the excessively loud new neighbors; in-living girlfriend Geraldine Baxter was ready to turn the stereo volume down, but exercise video presenter Calvin Laird won't have a bar of neighborliness and starts a fight with her; at night Mark witnesses him with a boat, apparently dumping a body-bag in the ocean- Geraldine and the noise are now apparently gone. Steve's unofficial talk to Calvin -he is just re-painting himself, noting like him- and a fake interior design interview ...
22The Blair Nurse Project
11 May 2001Description ▼
A group of film school students convince med student Alex Smith, a friend of director Craig Wilson, to give them access to Community General's old basement for a movie about a local ghost story in time for its 25th anniversary, the disappearance of nurse Blair Lawson, who had left a child behind. To their own surprise, the psychotronic 'ghost detector' and the Luminol they brought for a self-planted blood splat find an apparently real one. When they return there another day, they experience something unexpected, and one of them gets a mild electrical shock. When Dr. Don Matthews hears about it, he insists Mark put an end to the unauthorized filming. A weird seance medium suggests Blair got a fatal blow on the head. Craig subsequently gets knocked down on the head from behind, and remembers an unusual smell there. After the film team bails on Craig, he tells Mark his real connection with Blair, the reason why he is trying to solve her alleged murder, inspiring Mark to come up with an ...
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