Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Dr. Becker decides to operate on his severely burned patient Charles Shannon, but he still resists reconciling with his long-suffering wife. Conclusion of four-part story.
Kildare and Gillespie are increasingly concerned about the three trainees as well as Kildare's teaching assistant. Hartwood is making too many mistakes, and is dealing with an unsupportive wife. Warren is underconfident, and having a hard time dealing with sexism from patients and doctors. And Devereaux and teaching assistant Helvick are displaying bad attitudes.
Kildare finds that the spouses of five patients who are candidates for the new kidney dialysis treatment are having a more difficult time than the patients themselves. As is Nurse Fain, whose husband is also suffering from kidney disease but is too old for consideration.
Kildare learns that Morrison's wife has become an alcoholic, a fact he may have to report to the committee deciding who gets the treatment. Anna tells her husband she knows the truth about her condition.
A young woman is injured in a car accident in which her boyfriend is killed. Upon examination it is discovered that she is pregnant and terminally ill. The girl doesn't want her mother to know about the pregnancy, and the mother does not want her daughter to know about her prognosis. First of two parts.
Conclusion. Rachel tells Kildare that she wants to stop her treatments, even though that will mean the death of her baby as well as herself, because she thinks the baby will have no hope of a good life.
Flying all the way from Nigeria, stubborn anthropologist and author Felix Holman is admitted to Blair suffering from an undetermined pulmonary infection which is proving strangely difficult to treat. First of four parts.
Due to Holman's still delicate condition and their tendency to argue, his devoted missionary assistant is asked to not visit him until he recovers further. Meanwhile Kildare becomes concerned when he learns that a teenage hospital assistant is dating a much older doctor.
Justin Post plans to leave the hospital to appear on Reverend Webb's television show and testify to his conversion, despite the danger to his health. Kildare plans to stop him, even by declaring him mentally damaged, until he talks to another patient who has had his faith restored by Post.
Kildare tells Dr. Lou Rush that a possible epidemic may be spreading in his neighborhood; Rush's sister wants her brother to quit his neighborhood practice and take a residency at Blair so they can move to a better area.
Kildare and Dr. Rush discover the source of the poisoning. They also look for Jerry, who has run from them fearing they will turn him over to the police, which is also what Jerry's gang fears he will do to them.
Kildare thinks he's come up with a solution to the problems of a couple who are expecting their first child, and, at the same time, to Gillespie's plan to resign; Zoe and Damon West both come to realize the truth about each other and their feelings.
Conclusion. Richard Ross is determined to show his father his new car, despite Kildare's insistence that the dying old man cannot leave his bed; Zoe wants to leave Blair, but Kildare and Gillespie are determined to talk her out of it.