The first show starts out with a group of young interns getting some of the finer points of what's in store for them from Dr. Goodwin (Peppard). A young idealistic intern (Christian Raines), challenged a highly-reputed veteran of the operating room, Dr. Wilson, when he loses a patient through ineptness. The story seems to stick to the formula as Wilson's report is accepted in the hospital's Morbidity-Mortality Conference and the intern's residency is cancelled.
However, the chief of neurosurgery and star of the show (George Peppard as Dr. Jake Goodwin) persists in his investigations of the incident.
A sub-plot about a child who has mysteriously suffered an apparent stroke turns out to be a warning for parents rather than simply an overblown device to gain our sympathy and to give an intern self-confidence..
Nurse Marks (Elizabeth Hartman) injects herself with a deadly virus because she believes in what Dr. Stone's (Larry Hagman) experiments with a serum will prove. You see, she loves him. An old plot but in new hands may come off.
A young black surgeon on Dr. Jake Goodwin's staff is under pressure. Dr. Jake Goodwin's problems today once again involve a long-established doctor who is suffering from overwork and won't accept the fact. Then there's a new black doctor at the hospital. He made an improper diagnosis which almost cost a patient his life, and now the doctor believes he's being discriminated against.
An improvement over previous episodes, perhaps because both the doctors and their cases seem more believable than they have so far. Nora Heflin (niece of the late actor Van Heflin) plays a lonely, unloved college student, daughter of divorced parents, who tries to commit suicide and winds up at the hospital where George Peppard's Dr. Jack Goodwin gives her more attention than anyone has shown her in years. How he finally demands that she face up to her slavish self-pity makes the hour a toughtful affair. An overweight and unpopular coed falls in love with Dr. Goodwin, the only person who seems to care about her.
Robert Loggia guest-stars as Jackson Taggert, a motion picture executive wno tries to take charge of the staff when he is hospitalized on this episode. When he learns his illness is fatal, only a homosexual orderly (guest star Cliff DeYoung) is able to help him Virginia Kiser plays Mrs. Taggert. Robert Loggia as the
doomed movie mogul, becomes cold and withdrawn until Cliff DeYoung, playing an attentive and caring hospital orderly, snaps him into a real emotional response. There's also an interesting, if too hastily thrown in, subplot about a nurse on the verge of hysteria.
Dr. Jake Goodwin's (George Peppard) frustration with his inability to prevent little Stevie from
returning to his parents' rich, brutal weekend drunks is instructive; and so are his successful pleas to return another battered child to his once ill, but now recovered mother.
Dr. Jake Goodwin backs a young resident who wants to run tests on a patient that a more experienced physician says could prove fatal.
Dr. Norah Purcell questions whether her career in neurosurgery will allow her to fulfill herself as a woman.
Barbara Feldon guest-stars as an intern who is suspect when a terminally ill patient dies too abruptly.
Four years after the deaths of his wife and daughter, a highly skilled neurosurgeon is still
wallowing in his grief and withdrawing from medicine.
Attempting to alleviale the severe pain resulting from a leg injury, a top fashion model inadvertently becomes a drug addict and turns to prostitution and thievery to support her habit.
A policewoman with a brain tumor refuses to believe that she needs surgery until a dedicated
neurosurgeon shows his personal concern for her.