A young college student who has become a paraplegic from spinal meningitis alternates between confidence and despair until she falls in love with a fellow rehab patient who used to be a truck driver in Colorado.
Ever since a car accident killed his wife and crippled his son, Dr. Val Peterson's life has centered on his work and surgeries to get his son walking again. His engagement to Marilyn Hoffman is not for love and the question becomes why.
Marcus takes on the case of a real estate salesman who has a stroke on an airplane just before it lands in Southern California. Feeling the man needs family support in addition to the care and therapy he's getting in the hospital, Marcus tries to get his estranged wife and daughter to visit him.
Dr. Justin Garvey has been appointed Chief of Surgery at Lang Memorial partially on Welby's recommendation but he refuses to acknowledge his increasing infirmities which would probably lead to his retirement.
Welby accompanies a flying physician to a reserve 200 miles east of LA when a young man slips into a diabetic coma. Bad weather forces the plane to make a crash landing on the way home and the group waits for rescue without radio contact.
Growing up, Arthur Kolinski was ashamed that his father made a living as an auto mechanic. He grew up to become a wealthy industrialist and changed his name to Cole. Now he's upset that his son wants to emulate his grandfather.
Richie Manning, a teen-aged gymnast champion, falls off the rings in gym class, the tip-off that he has a serious drinking problem. Welby and Kiley refer Richie to the Comeback House to help him come to terms with his alcoholism. Compounding matters is the fact that Richie's parents - dry-cleaning store owners who are still grieving the death of their older son - are in denial over the whole thing.
A housewife's involvement with a political campaign quickly turns personal when she catches the eye of the charming young candidate. The woman's contractor husband quickly becomes fraught with worry about his marriage and develops a dependence of tranquilizers.