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Emergency!: Nurses Wild

During a demo of the equipment in the squad, dispatch sends Roy and Johnny to a liquor store, where they must help the owner (heart attack) and the holdup man (gunshot in the stomach). The owner asks Roy to help "the boy" instead; he's sorry he had to shoot the young man. Joe Early treats a man with delirium tremens. Paramedics fend off an aggressive dog to help a woman who collapsed; Bracket discovers she has been abusing diuretics. A hippie brings his unconscious friend in, and Morton diagnosis a overdose despite the friend's protests that they don't use. Bracket eventually discovers the real problem - a spider bite. A crane accident leaves a worker pinned between a beam and several pipes, in a room slick with flammable butyl acetate. Johnny tries to chat up a new nurse, but is ultimately disappointed.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: 34405
Airdate: Saturday March 04th, 1972



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Guest Stars
Royal DanoRoyal Dano
As Hallucinanting Man
Recurring
Ron PinkardRon Pinkard
As Mike Morton
Recurring
Kip NivenKip Niven
As Clive Jonas
Recurring
Christine DixonChristine Dixon
As Bitsey Jonas

Co-Guest Stars
Victor IzayVictor Izay
As Arthur Grey
Recurring
Chris ForbesChris Forbes
As Ellen Bart
Recurring
Patricia MickeyPatricia Mickey
As Sharon
Recurring
Sarah FankbonerSarah Fankboner
As Grace Corbett
Recurring
Vince HowardVince Howard
As 2nd Deputy
Recurring
Dick HammerDick Hammer
As Captain Hammer
Recurring
Tim DonnellyTim Donnelly
As Chet Kelly
Recurring
Marco LópezMarco López
As Fireman Lopez
Recurring
Mike StokerMike Stoker
As Fireman Stoker
Recurring
Colby ChesterColby Chester
As 1st Deputy
Recurring

Uncredited
Angelo De MeoAngelo De Meo
As Ambulance Attendant
Recurring
Art GilmoreArt Gilmore
As Battalion Chief
Recurring
Ray BallardRay Ballard
As Encyclopedia Salesman
Recurring
Scott GourlayScott Gourlay
As Ambulance Attendant
Recurring
Henry OlekHenry Olek
As Hippie
Episode Goofs
One ambulance attendant disappears between arriving at the scene and then riding to the hospital, where he is seen once they arrive at Rampart.

Johnny and Roy give a display of their equipment from an older version of their rig, yet drive out on a run in a newer vehicle.

Early's comment to the alcoholic implies that his condition, delirium tremens is a consequence of drinking some kind of rotgut, presumably moonshine (Early suggests he stick to bottles that have labels). Delirium tremens is actually a withdrawal disorder usually caused by stopping ingestion of alcohol after drinking a lot of it, and it rarely appears except in those suffering from alcoholism for years. Any alcoholic drinking can bring on the DTs (when it ends) in an advanced alcoholic.



Analysis
The writer chose to have Dr. Morton jump to a conclusion about the unconscious hippie (that he used drugs and overdosed). When Morton later apologizes (after Dr. Brackett finds the spider bite), the hippie's friend forgives him, explaining that "we all have our prejudices." Having Morton (who is black) make this mistake serves the series (helping to establish his nature as a young and inexperienced doctor) and his temprament (a bit of a hot head), and at the same time makes a comment about prejudice. A nice bit of writing.



Warning: Emergency! season 1 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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