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.
Welby gets dragged into a difficult situation after a friend confides he has lost sexual attraction to his wife. To cover the problem the friend tells his wife he is being treated by Welby, while all the time evidence mounts he is actually having an affair.
A young nun is brought into the hospital and faces a life threatening illness in leukemia. She struggles to come to terms with the situation and her faith, while continuing to try to inspire those around her to be positive.
A coronary bypass may be the only thing that can save the life of dry-cleaning store operator Fred Pulaski. But Pulaski, determined to retire with his wife to a ranch in Southern California, is determined not to have the surgery - he doesn't have health insurance or savings to fund both the surgery and the ranch - and instead keeps his health a secret.
An Italian family become concerned when their daughter is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. The secret to treating the girl is found in her parents blood, but they have a fear of doctors and hospitals in general.
A young boy looses his arm due to poor treatment. The boys father struggles to deal with his perception the boy wont grow up to be a man. To complicate matters the ugly notion of a malpractice is raised.
A man dying of cancer is frustrated that his youngest son continues to pursue an acting career despite a lack of success and resents the fact that he has returned to LA for acting opportunities and not just to see him.
A former girlfriend comes back into Kiley's life and they quickly decide to get married but when she is diagnosed with lupus, Steve's natural reticence to impart bad news makes it difficult to let her know she will become an invalid.
A young woman with chronic kidney disease lapses into a coma from complete renal failure and her husband blames Kiley for improperly prescribing the drug she was taking while Welby and Kiley race against time to find the actual cause.