29 October 1993
When a man says in confessional he knows Father Morrissey has 'sinned', the priest takes a gun from a hollowed Bible, drives his car over him but finds the envelop he looks for gone, stolen seconds earlier by a girl. Father Morrissey even fakes stomach pain to be admitted in the same L.A. hospital, Community General, so he can administer a fatal injection, surprised only by bag lady Alice, who was just admitted for amnesia, however possibly still somewhat treatable. The physician in charge, Dr. Mark Sloane, smells a rat after Morrissey discharges himself and goes talk to Father Morrissey, coincidentally the parish priest of hospital administrator Norman Briggs. Sloane's son, LAPD Detective Steve Sloane, still only worries about his hair perhaps falling out, but the autopsy by Amanda Bentley-Livingston allows her witnessing friend, senior resident Dr. Jack Stewart, to trace a dragon tattoo to the Cobras, a gang of convicts a cousin of his belongs to...
Season 1, Episode 2: Amnesia5 November 1993
Mark is eager take some vacation; his son, Steve, isn't holding his breath to go fishing together as promised long since, sets off by himself and has a hellish time alone. For a change, Norman makes an awful fuss about security for mob-threatened senate transport committee, Chairman Basset, who is getting an operation in Community General. However, a woman in league with another assassin gets past the security by staging getting major amnesia and forgetting her identity after being hit by a car. When nurse Sue Marlowe recognizes 'Jane Doe,' she is given a fatal push down a staircase by 'Jane Doe' who then pretends to have found Sue's corpse. Amanda is suspicious of 'Jane Doe,' Mark finds the car hit probably was staged, while Jack is rather charmed. The Briggs-FBI security system proves cumbersome, but not for Jane's accomplice who smuggles in a detachable gun inside crutches. Mark sees the accomplice coming through security and notices he is not really limping but the accomplice escapes, returning later to pass the armed crutch to Jane. Mark looks into Jane Doe's identity and Nurse Marlowe's suspicious fall, gets to the mob link but is recognized and captured, while Jack realizes Jane only kissed him to get his security badge...
12 November 1993
Since the hospital board decided that the ER is to shut down unless $100,000 is raised, Norman decides to mount a telethon guaranteeing the full sum, soon leaves a while for a seminar and meanwhile puts Mark in charge, who is relieved Jack kind of enjoys being the stage manager. Main star Buddy Blake, a faded TV comedy legend, comes with his son Michael Blake, who gave up medical studies (with Mark) to be his assistant and is final true with the ingrate's abuse, even in public. While Mark is presenting the show, Buddy stumbles on scene with a fatal knife his back; to the Sloans' horror Michael is arrested as prime suspect, bloody hands and last person seen in dad's dressing room. While Steve nearly dies as MC with stage-freight during the sleepless 24 hours show, Mark and Jack are determined to find the real killer, plausibly Buddy's wife Marcy, who would have divorced him earlier but couldn't part with his money yet, so Jack tails her to a hotel, without neglecting three colleagues on the telethon, all with mortal grudges...
19 November 1993
Retired wine tycoon patient Jonathan Nash, Mark's 93-year-old second cousin, pledges his entire estate (about $15 million) to Community General Hospital. He then calls to tell Mark that his three adult children are trying to kill him. Mark arrives only to be hit by his electric wheelchair crashing down the mansion's staircase, and lands in back spasm-traction himself. However, he tells Steve that Jonathan looked dead already. Mark thinks of remote control and hopes to sleuth by remote Jack after briefing him about the family's closet full of 'skeletons' giving each kid a motive, while neither has a solid alibi: Dr. Julian Nash lost his medical license and was denied a private clinic, inventor J. Edison Nash claims his invention made the family fortune but didn't get ample research funds, Judith Nash is still wearing her wedding cloths for Italian lover Giancarlo who left her at the altar bought off by Jonathan, her alibi is hunky Italian hairdresser Dante Reynaldo, but not just that.
3 December 1993
Longtime patient and friend Dale Harlan stumbles into ER and tells Mark to get something from his left shoe- it's a lottery ticket he gives Mark 'to do some good with it' before he dies from his shot-wound. Amanda finds out it won $13,000,000 but fails to keep it a secret. Hospital administrator Norman Briggs, who just gave Mark hell for using surgical gloves to relax child patients, desperately needs $6,200,000 for a new hospital wing he promised to name after Mr. Wainwright, the chairman of the board. The LAPD charges Jimmy Stevens with the murder, being found with Harlan's wallet and the murder weapon, but Jack knows the teenager as a harmless small thief, so he and Mark believe his claim to have found Harlan, and soon drawn in suspects. At Harlan's funeral, Dale's widow Monica and his gambling mentor Dr. Larry Wright -a dentist, Amanda infiltrates as his temporary secretary- both claim the lottery ticket to settle debts and promises, but Mark stands firm on the deceased's charity dying wish. Crime boss Alex Ridlin claims $496,000 to settle Harlan's mundane debts, Jack infiltrates his nightclub as croupier. While his office is swamped in weird gifts and requests, mainly cons, Mark resists son Steve's suggestion to keep a bit and preferably by a boat, ties the knots and comes up with a plan, taking part in Ridlin's big poker night...
10 December 1993
When Detective Steve Sloan reports to Internal Affairs agent Lloyd Schroeder his well-founded suspicions against LAPD 15th precinct colleagues Detectives Bob Cole, Eugene Vickers, Jim Michaels and Rick Hughes to be in cahoots with the fence who handled several burglaries they actually committed themselves, Schroeder checks out their excessive expenses and sets up his own pension plan: an equal share for his silence. Next someone from the criminal quartet sets up Steve for Schroeder's murder and plants stolen money in his locker, so he's suspended although his boss Lt. Ed Greenwood believes in his innocence. The Sloanes and Dr. Jack Stewart, whose mob expertise comes in handy as they find a link to 'family man' Tommy Rafonte, are determined to save the most honest cop in California, digging up the four traitors' past, personal motives to kill Schroeder and whereabouts. Meanwhile Dolores organizes nursing staff resistance against economies Norman Briggs has to carry out to prevent whole hospital activities being shut down by the board, Mark tries to mediate...
17 December 1993
Mark Sloane was scared out of his wits when Tommy Rafonte and an armed goon took him without asking to an old patient, semi-retired mob boss Gus Benedict, but that went fine; he does get knocked down accidentally by Dolores' picketing board. Jack Stewart's investigations in the Italian quarter, including his ex Josie Swanson who is now Tommy's girl but knows nothing, and Steve's remaining police contacts allow them and Mark to work out the four bad cops are in cahoots with Tommy to plan a new crime- the ransom kidnapping of Gus. They work out their own ingenious plan...
7 January 1994
Rock vamp with prima donna-complex Shanda faints on stage when she receives a cut-up picture of herself in a box of roses. Her manager brings her, almost identically looking back-up singer Claire and drummer Cinnamon to Community General for a check-up, but no harm is found. Shanda tells Dr. Mark Sloan she has a stalker since months, the police can't do anything without any physical threat; a truck tries to run them over the next minute, her fan Dr. Jack Stewart finds no actual fractures. Steve is incredulous, given Shanda's publicity stunt record, but Mark takes her in his home; Steve goes in her hospital bed, where 'nurse' Dolores practices her torturous injection technique on the healthy hunk's behind. Mark concentrates on the dynamics of the musical staff, Jack regrets sorely taking Amanda along looking into roadie Parick, who gets murdered...
14 January 1994
Dr. Sloan witnesses the suspicious death of a financial con man. However, the body disappears, with nothing but a personal diary remaining. Mark must prove that he is dead, while his wife and associates claim that he is absent on business.
21 January 1994
Eddie Clark brings Mark Soan tickets for his last show in the Magic Mansion with his traitorous partner Paul Madison, who intends to go solo and take all their tricks, leaving Clark stranded. Mark, Jack, Amanda and Dolores witness their last duo show, but instead of escaping Madison drowns, and the key to the cuffs Eddie handed him didn't fit. Mark, a gifted amateur illusionist himself, believes his former neighbor-boy Eddie's declaration of innocence, so he and Jack -'helped' by Amanda- investigate the other magicians performing in the mansion and possible business or amorous motives and alibi's. Alas any contact with them and their props can have unforeseen consequences, even for Steve's undercover drug investigation. Mark looks into the tricks' timing too and works out a showy finale...
28 January 1994
Shortly after he had a shouting match when his partner Sammy Garrett, who lacked the money to buy him out now he decided to sell and buy a ranch in Montana, Dimension dance studio partner Roland Spear dies when a short circuit in the lighting prop cane gives a light discharge, which arrests his pacemaker fatally. Dr. Mark Sloan had taken Sammy's place as Roland's tap dance partner in the annual benefit the fatal cane act was being rehearsed for, and snoops in the studio. Steve has no choice but arrest Sammy, his basketball partner, who hurt his ankle at the game. While Mark snoops in the studio circles and some suspects' private lives, Jack examines the repair shop where Sammy picked up the cane, as Mark things the tampering was done there. So various persons' motives and opportunities are examined till he knows enough to set a trap...
4 February 1994
Amanda and several of her wealthy, professionally successful college friends are invited to a reunion by Nancy Barlow, then the odd one out that they all frowned upon and humiliated when she was drunk in her underwear, which cost Nancy her scholarship; she's now an author and announces to Amanda, the only one to show up, she's about to publish a book on their college days, revealing embarrassing secrets. That evening Nancy calls Amanda in panic :after her apartment was ransacked, probably for the manuscript, and she's later killed in Amanda's home. LAPD Detective Haggard is officially in charge, while Amanda is suspended on board's orders as the prime murder suspect. The Sloanes and Jack investigate the motives and alibis of the threatened women: politician Susan Levin, TV journalist Bobbie Burton and socialite Mrs. Heather Winslow who runs a charity foundation. Jack finds Amanda knocked over by a masked burglar, probably after the manuscript again and guards her...
Season 1, Episode 13: Lily4 March 1994
Jack's old friend, Sandy, is a high priced call girl. Sandy intends to retire by blackmailing three wealthy clients, and she left evidence with Lily. When Sandy is found murdered, Mark and Jack race to find Lily before the murderer.
1 April 1994
The mayor's wife leaves an extravaganza with a fake migraine, engineering a scheme to kill her husband and frame a crackpot. The next day Mark questions her story after he treats a bum who was injured in a hit-and-run near the incident.
Season 1, Episode 15: Nirvana8 April 1994
Con man Chet Brooks borrows Jack's car and dies in a suspicious accident. Mark spends a weekend at the Nirvana spa where Chet last worked to determine who might have wanted to kill him, while Jack investigates Chet's seedy past.
15 April 1994
Convict Paul Dunbar takes a hostage and demands to talk to anchorman Jordan Sanders. Before the interview can take place, Sanders is assassinated and Dunbar killed. Mark uses Dunbar's last words to investigate who might have killed them.
Season 1, Episode 17: Shaker29 April 1994
A relatively severe earthquake causes a mess, including in Community General, many people crash given the state of their homes. Mark finds the crushing by a massive armoire of Martin Garfield -who earlier mistrusted his much younger bride Ruth's fiancé- was staged after the quake, given the dust on his corps. Mark finds Ruth with her studly 'jeweller' Henry in boxer-shorts, not aware of her prenuptial. At her advice he checks out Garfield's antiques business partner Stuart Westlake, who would be embezzling. He again points to Garfield's son-in-law, sculptor Rick Bennett, who is in gambling debt with a loan-shark and has a broken finger. Jack and Amanda tail a man who was snooping in Garfield's home, who goes sell to dodgy Bobby Rebetta a lumpy gold bar, the reshaped murder weapon...
Season 1, Episode 18: The Plague6 May 1994
While staking mob hitman Bruno Crespi in his hotel room, Steve observes he has medical symptoms for which Bruno orders a refill from Spengler's pharmacy, which dad Mark diagnoses trough the telescope as asthma, and receives epinephrine which he injects himself, not uncommon with patients who have a standard prescription. Shortly after he collapses, Steve gets Mark who orders a quarantine there and in the hospital to make sure nobody is contaminated: the crook has bubonic plague. CDC doctor Niven cares only for press conferences which spread panic on the theory he must have been infected trough rats on a freighter he arrived on from South east Asia, ignoring the Sloanes' observations the epinephrine vial was full, so replaced by the maid, which wasn't actually on hotel staff: murder by plague injection. Steve and Jack know about the crime families which include three women with a plausible motive to kill Bruno, so the snooping can start. Bruno's wife Charlene Baylor can now collect his life-insurance, his stepmother Regina Baylor got control of the mob family business and his sister Jennifer 'Jenny' hated him for 'cheating' her (however legally) out of a fair share of their father's inheritance, and even pharmacist Spengler has mob connections as Jack finds- again at unnecessary peril thanks to 'helpful' Amanda. Then Mark and Jack find Spengler shot dead and the source of the plague injection, but the wrong cure and they're not alone on account of his contraband trade...
13 May 1994
Greg Wilson, a professional cameraman who accepted to work pro bono for Saint Clair's nunnery's school, where he himself was actually expelled, calls to meet and hand a videotape to the young superior, sister Michael, but is shot dead and the tape isn't found. When the convent's gardener, non-violent ex-con Vic Chandler, is arrested, sister Michael, who is legendary late cop Charlie Donahue's daughter Maggie, gets LAPD Detective Steve Sloan to double the police investigation. Dr. Mark Sloan, himself a cop's kid (and Steve's dad), accepts to enter the convent, posing as missionary father McGuiness, temporarily assigned as chaplain, to snoop for the tape and check -helped by Jack and Amanda, who tail a fake exterminator to a country club- on suspicious persons looking for it, including the Strega crime family and rude sister Regina from the diocese...
16 September 1994
D. Sloan is terribly nervous about an IRS audit, sees 'sloppiness' everywhere, and leaves a 'death threat' on his accountant Ernie Pitt's answering machine, desperate for help. When Mark sneaks out from Agent Gretchen McCord's first interview for a 'medical emergency' he thus ends up bent over Pitt's corpse, stabbed to death. LAPD Detective Claire Van Sickle grants him no favors as colleague Steve stood her up a while ago. The two harpies team up to 'coordinate their attack' on Mark. While investigating -with Jack and Amanda in pretense characters- Pitt's heiress and the other threatening clients, martial arts master Nick Cove and Attorney Avery Decker, who specializes in setting up insurance fraud with false diagnoses, he is attacked by the real killer together with McCord...
23 September 1994
Chairman Elton Malone drops dead from the fast poison on an envelope he licks claiming it contains proof which other board member embezzled $300,000 from his charitable foundation, but it was a literally empty threat. Besides Community General administrator Norman Briggs, who seats on account of its free clinic funding, the board members -now murder suspects- are Mort Slater, Christine Shaw whose husband Charles is running for Congress and dodgy art investment broker Alexander Damon. The Sloanes look into Damon's faltering business, but he drops dead at Malone's funeral from a curare air-gun dart shot, and wasn't the thief. Amanda joins the Shaw election campaign and finds her financing fishy, but she drops dead at Damon's funeral and Charles redraws his candidature. Norman, whose job is now very precarious, believes Slater must be the killer, as his brewery is rumored in trouble; Jack knows Mort and goes snooping just when Steve does, and finds out he planned a torch job. Mark also turns his attention to the Malone foundation minutes secretary Jennifer Sweeney who attended all funerals and fainted at Damon's. Slater did embezzle to pay the arsonist, but dies from curare at the Shaw funeral...
30 September 1994
Dr. Mark Sloane gets suspicious when his patient Robert Stanton, a businessman, doesn't show up for an urgent X-ray follow-up examination to determine if he actually has TBC, after witnessing how unfaithful Robert was affronted on a party by his mistress Marilyn Kramer, a fashion model, and wife Irene Stanton, whose capital is vital for his firm's Japanese deal negotiation. Indeed the two women have conspired to kill him and hide the body. So he sends Jack and Amanda snooping in the fashion scene. Meanwhile Steve has fallen head over heals, undercover, for a socialite and begs everyone for loans for treats he can't afford and Jack and Amanda for slick dating tips...
7 October 1994
After a birthday dinner with the boys - even Norman, who rushes off early to greet a hospital accreditation inspection trio- for Mark Sloan, he gets stuck in handcuffs used for a surprise stripper; alas Jack forgot to ask for the keys from Community General's old security agent McCreedy, who just got fired, replaced by Norman's new, show-piece security force, and lost the keys years ago anyway. Yet Mark has worse to hide from the inspectors: a murder victim which mysteriously appears without ID in the hospital pharmacy and disappears with the presumed murder weapon before Steve arrives. Luckily he's identified as lawyer Lorenzo P. Kotch by footage on TV; he was mixed up in motive-providing matters like a nasty divorce and a culinary business war, even the inspection chairwoman hates him. His corpse appears and disappears again and Mark thinks of another twist...
14 October 1994
Pamela Dorn, the 'Queen of the Jungle' TV series star who desperately wanted to follow in her mother's footsteps as movie star, is in Community General for a nip and tuck, with an undercover TV reporter pretending to need an appendectomy bugging her as a career move, when one of Pam's four ex-husbands, who had casting approval of the one movie she hoped to make her career but accepted Julia Roberts instead, is murdered. The condo manager and another ex saw Pam there, yet Mark, who knew her as a little girl, insists she's being framed by one of her surviving ex husbands. Despite a guilt trip on Jack -who hates Pam after she made him get her ice-cream after midnight- and even extremely amateur help from Norman and Delores, they only turn up more incriminating evidence against Pam, Steve had alibi's for all ex's, but Mark persists one alibi must be fake, and comes up with an ingeniously complex murder plot...
21 October 1994
Corporate multimillionaire William P. Bissell slaps Community General with a frightening lawsuit for malpractice for an operation on both knees which got him in a wheelchair because he ignored all doctor's orders, but Norman Briggs gets him to accept more treatment and reconsider if cured. An accident puts Mark in bed, but while taunting him 'on the other side' Bissel dies from an O.D. of his regular medicine, which must have been administered during visiting hours. Motives are obvious for Bill's CFO and heir apparent Thomas Taylor, whom he had just demoted to division head in Europe, and now succeeds as CEO, widow Emily Bissell, loving mistress Jenny Morley, and his sued orthopedic surgeon Karen Fielder, who has a hidden past. Meanwhile Steve is sleepy because he has started a night course in law, and Mark is determined to do something about the lousy monotonous hospital food even if it takes blackmailing Norman.
28 October 1994
Jack asks Mark as a favor to operate on his godfather, mob don Alfredo Bartolo aka Alfred 'Al' Bartell, who checked into hospital as Mr. Johnson with his entourage. Alas 'Al' dies in the recovery room, apparently from an improbable switch of clearly differently colored suture types. Al's son and heir Vinnie Bartell blames and implicitly threatens Mark; according to Steve's FBI contact agent Gayle Wheeler, Vinnie was looking to take over the 'family business', while Jack believes family is sacred even for that murderous scum and finds out a suspicious cleaning lady in OR was fake. Mark's rental car (after an ordinary accident) is blown up by a bomb...
4 November 1994
P.I. Charlie Hawkins was shot and dies in Community General, his last words make little sense: tell Georgia 'Jerry Mathers'? Georgia is his secretary, whose female charms make Jack dump his long-awaited Hawaiian holiday to rival in helpfulness with Steve while they check out Charlie's last case, about an ice cream company called after the late founder Hary Litvaks' boys 'Walter & Harry' while the promotion is done by two actors under these co-heirs names. Envelopes of money point to the sons, or after re-examination to their third sibling, Samantha Litvak, but then she's poisoned with cyanide which is also an ice cream byproduct, as was also found in Charlie's corps, it could have killed him before he was shot, also lethal, so there may well be two independent murderers. Meanwhile Norman has a prospective fiancée who must be reassured about his fertility...
11 November 1994
Norman insists Mark should ask rich plastic surgeon colleague Dr. Elliott Valin, when he's named "Doctor of the Year" at a medical convention, to bring some 'high profile clientele' to Community General, a suggestion Valin rudely dismisses. When Valin dies from an overdose of laughing gas, Mark investigates. Valin's son Roger Valin found out his father was also fooling around with his girlfriend and needed money to prevent his holistic medicine practice from going belly up. Yet the victim's much younger widow Bonnie, who has a hunky lover is accused, convinces Mark to find proof of her innocence which gets her declared innocent, most embarrassing for Steve, before Mark realizes she set them up with her hunky boyfriend Dave McDonnell perjured testimony...
18 November 1994
Bonnie Valin confesses to Mark she arranged for him to get her off for the greedy laughing gas murder on her husband plastic surgeon Elliot, trusting the double jeopardy rule renders her immune to prosecution. Steve is nearly demoted, and forced to prosecute the innocent son and true heir, Roger Valin. Meanwhile Jack is determined to get Amanda's embezzled trust fund back by posing as the seller and later buyer of the missing can of Campbell soup painting, for which he knows a perfect forger. Mark scares Bonnie, sees the life insurance refuses to pay and Roger contests probate which should take years and scares her hunky boyfriend and accomplice Dave McDonnell with a perjury prosecution- the answer is an attempt on Mark's own life, after which he believes missing Dave is murdered by Bonnie with rat poison, yet...
2 December 1994
As soon as she arrives in L.A., Mark remembers why he was happy not to see his sister Dora for years: she bosses him and everybody around like dogs and commandeers his bed while she stays in the beach-house till her new villa is fumigated against termites. Steve needed no reminder to keep clear, but that becomes impossible when her Realtor Harvey Wardell's corpse falls out of the closet, poisoned even before he inhaled a lethal dose. While Dora 'appoints' Genevieve Ducasse Harvey's successor, Mark locks them out of the murder-site and learns Harvey's secretary Lena Prosser is a gold-digger who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him, with exclusive access to his coffee, perfect to poison him, but anyone could have poisoned the spill-free mug in his convertible. Looking for Harvey's appointment book, Steve learns his young widow Constance Wardell isn't grieving for her philandering husband, but is already enjoying her freedom with a hunky personal trainer. Even Dora's nitpicking proves useful. Pharmacist Larry Macklin and wife bought a house from Wendell, on ground which collapsed and destroyed their new home, and a pharmacist would have access to the lethal drug...
9 December 1994
Jack's boxing hero Mercury 'The Heat' Jones is held in observation at Community General with serious injuries after a KO title loss instead of the 50th victory he hopes to retire after, his wife Brianna wants him to stop anyway. Worse, his adversary Tommy Brackett is diagnosed with an irregular heart beat, no more fighting ever, so he refuses furious Jones a rematch. Brackett is found dead smothered the next morning, next to Mercury's hospital ID bracelet. Jack learns from neighborhood friend Marco who lost big betting and joins as 'Animal' -unwilling sparing partner- Tommy's ex-trainer Butch Reilly's gym to search Bracket's locker and office, confirming it was already deep in debt facing bankruptcy, as Steve already knew, but also a check indicating promoter Wayne Topping bought the fight. Then a witness turns up who saw Brianne entering Tommy's room, and a rented doctor's jacket. Yet the hospital sleuths still have to find out another suspect...
6 January 1995
Dr. Jack Stewart has been forced by Norman's duty roster blackmail to 'represent the field of medicine' - to the hospital female staff''s amusement - on Empire magazine's shortlist of L.A.'s Most Eligibe Bachelors, ranked by editor Moriah Thomas, to be presented to the press at the publisher's mansion. After band lead singer Vic Danton, another one of the bachelor finalists is murdered by having all of his blood drained from his body. This makes the second murder carried out in this fashion and both bodies have a pair of punctures on their necks, Mark fears she may believe to be and kill like a vampire, so he's most worried when Jack happily accepts to have dinner with her and hopes to be her desert.
13 January 1995
A television show is being filmed at the hospital and Mark keeps interrupting the filming due to their inaccuracies. When the lead actor is murdered, Mark investigates everyone as the actor was unpopular among the cast.
20 January 1995
Mark is startled his friend Alex Forman doesn't turn up for the dinner he promised Alex for passing his bar exam, then finds him, apparently suicide by hanging. Steve would believe the suicide note, Mark insists to investigate why Alan join the dating service Perfect Couple, especially when it turns out to have had more suicides among its members. So eminently eligible Dr. Jack Stewart joins, with a 'biography' written by Amanda and Dolores for the perfect man, which causes female members and staff to swarm and hound the poor darling. Indeed his beautiful first date Gloria Kinley, a terribly spoiled shrew, has dated three suicided men, and talks about 'fixing' them, while her ex Clete Kinley proves rather obsessive, and hits Jack a black eye. Relatives denying suicide may be a matter of life insurance terms. Gloria allows only Mark to 'guard' her and proves the more aggressive party. The Sloans set a trap and change their minds...
3 February 1995
Steve gets a 'friendly' visit from Eddie Gault, a wife-killer he put away, who just finished his prison term, now on parole, and hints he's after vengeance on Steve and his family. So Steve moves back into his memories-riddled old room with dad, who has a hard time with a new alarm system, making the Sloan beach-house a regular false alarm destination for the security firm. Smooth talker Eddie, a skilled electrician, takes an easy but low-paid job as orderly in Community General, making a good first impression on everyone; even when told about his record, Norman can find no valid excuse to fire him. Gault even gets a restraining order served to Steve, who warned Eddie's new wife, met trough correspondence in prison and already beaten. Gault proves he can get past the Sloans' alarm and a Labrador retriever guard dog; warning him off only gets Steve suspended. Gault picks on other targets too...
10 February 1995
Norman takes pride in a Community General sponsorship contract with his second cousin's women's volleyball team, the Malibu Rockets. Alas the players do more fighting then teaming, and allegedly an unidentified deranged man is attacking star player Rita Jansen, not a first. The sponsorship includes free physicals, which Norman insist to be done by unwilling 'mature' Mark, not 'young horny' volunteer Jack. Rita is murdered just after a player tampered with the team's blood sample labels, which is found out; Jack will take new ones, chaperoned by Amanda, but finds sparring as painful as taking a beating. Steve goes in undercover as trainer-masseur. Soon potential motives abound, alibis lack, but a jock suit wearer knocks over Amanda and gets away. Meanwhile Jack distrusts Amanda's boy-friend and a rare case of genetic immunity is discovered...
24 February 1995
A woman is swimming in the ocean. Two lifeguards are on duty, but one is sleeping. When the woman is found dead by drowning, the sleeping lifeguard is accused. His aunt, IRS Agent Gretchen McCord, helps Mark with the investigation.
24 February 1995
Arnold Baskin, Steve's timid evening law course professor, is suddenly the target of a hit and run. It's prevented by his law firm assistant and most zealous student Agnes Benedetto. At the firm, the commercially vital Orinsky case file Baskin is working on repeatedly disappears and reemerges, making senior partners Wallace Carstairs and Jeffrey T. Canfield warn him that his job is on the line. Steve assures Arnold's protection and investigates, helped by Jack, who once more has painful run-ins, landing him in the emergency room, and ultimately coached to the solution by Mark.
31 March 1995
Amanda surprised the gang plus Norman by hosting a dinner party, when her high-pregnant friend Angela Pearson arrives and gives birth to healthy quadruplets - two boys and two girls, while insisting (apparently deliriously) not to let the babies be stolen. This apparently has something to do with her friend Carol at Shady Glen, a well-reputed home Amanda recommended herself. The hospital colleagues are literally left holding the babies, a task soon ceasing to be cute. Angela goes missing next morning, so the quadruplets, claimed as publicity boon for Comunity General by Norman, stay at Mark's beach-house to avoid social services placing them in impersonal protective custody as abandoned. Jack, who gets stuck with them the most, hires student Ty Bradford as part-time nanny (despite being a man and the common prejudice against male nannies, Ty's skills are actually superior and he is admirably organized). Meanwhile Amanda checks in at Shady Glen, pretending to be a mother-to-be willing to have her baby adopted, and Mark and Steve play their own part snooping. They recognize suspended medical fraudster Dr. Henry Wexler, who is in league with nursing staff there, who are willing to kill for babies to sell or to protect that illegal secret.
28 April 1995
In a raffle, Amanda won a 'walk-on' guest appearance on the soap The Young and the Restless. Everybody is eager to join, only Norman fears it's bad publicity for the hospital. On the set, several accidents and the almost usual threats among the fan-mail clearly add up to a murderer on the lose. Mark becomes a regular, like Steve who does the official investigation, especially after a death, and the Sloans have plenty of suspects to eliminate, both there and outside. It also turns out Amanda looks like an actress on the same show, which is probably why she got attacked too....
5 May 1995
Psychiatrist Max Frye asks Mark's help convincing his patient, Tara Sampson, that she isn't pregnant from an 'overwhelming alien', if at all. Her husband, rock star Noble Samson, is both unfaithful and abusive, his latest conquest being his band guitarist Willy's gullible wife. During a concert attended by Mark's gang, Noble collapses while entering on stage, with a fatal kitchen-knife is his back. Groupie Christie Rowan was seen leaving Noble's dressing-room. Steve is convinced the case is simple as the Sampsons's maid Anita Henry heard Tara threaten to kill Noble for telling her not to keep the baby, she claims an alien did it to protect the human baby but passes the polygraph test. Jack learns about Willy's wife, Christie being his lover and he's the new band leader. Dr. Freye tells Mark that Tara found Noble 'did' their maid Anita, who turns out to be his main heir by testament. Steve follows Tara to the home of young minor band musician Johnny 'M' Meslofski, whom she kisses like a lover; he had a grudge against Noble for scoring big with some of his songs and makes a phony confession which Tara undoes as he ignores the backstage passes color that night. Frye has Tara declared incompetent to be committed to a sanatorium...
8 December 1995
Teenager Ashley York murders her sick father Arthur by fixing his Deprosine pills to an overdose. Mark doesn't believe it's suicide, there's no note, absolutely no fingerprints and he set the coffee machine timer for after his death; Jesse concurs his intake of other medicines makes no sense for a suicide. Amanda shows Jesse a postcard: his predecessor Jack Stewart has set up a fancy private practice after his residency in Community General. Then Ashley, who overheard the Sloans, 'finds' a note, but computer-printed, and as Mark soon proves posthumously, murder. Ashley's mother, Dr. Elaine York, intends to keep the purse strings of her $7,000,000 trust-fund till she turns 25. Jesse finds out via a financial friend that Elaine, as a doctor certainly capable of the murderous plan, paid Arthur $2,000,000 at their divorce and kept paying the expensive beach-house, while his entire estate goes to Ashly. While a heart-attack puts Elaine in the hospital, Mark and Jesse, who proves his good but wandering eye for detail while tailing her, focus on Ashley who leans on her school diving coach Caldwell and the disabled alarm, and even threatens Mark, who knows he now needs irrefutable evidence and sets a trap...
15 December 1995
A forest ranger finds little Blair at night in a home-trailer on protected, rarely patrolled land, holding the gun that killed her father Daryl Worrell. She's in traumatic shock, probably abused, but was she just witness or killer? Mark takes her home to spoil her and win her confidence in safety. When Jesse and Amanda check out the Worrell home-trailer, a dashing-off car nearly runs them over, licensed to Daryl's regular visitor McPherson. X-rays confirm Blair was abused and a confidence-building one of teddy reveals he holds the key to a storage place, full of equipment for falsifying credit cards, staked-out by Steve's team, McPherson gets killed resisting arrest. Blair draws a childish picture of the killer with three stars, a battered Jane Doe may be her mother. Norman identifies on robot-portrait the same young man who nearly ran over equally well details-memorizing Jesse has repeatedly been snooping in Community General, his 'landlord' knows him as Ben...
22 December 1995
While his blind beach-house neighbor Leo Pepper sees Vicki Fox just as a foxy jogger, Mark notices she seems to feel unsafe. Shortly after, Vicki makes an appointment to talk to Mark, but never shows up. The next morning she's found dead on the beach, Jesse -who has trouble storing his own surfboard without Norman reprimanding him- remarks the water was too flat for her head wound to be from a surfing accident. Eventually the autopsy confirms she didn't drown at all and that a flat rock was the murder weapon. But the autopsy also reveals that Vicki was hiding a bombshell of a secret, which could have provided a motive for murder for one of the Marines located at a nearby base...
29 December 1995
While Mark is on jury duty -slacking according to Norman, as doctors can excuse themselves-, defending reasonable doubt in the murder case against mobster Yuri Andropovich after crucial evidence was declared inadmissible, which causes his third acquittal, D.A. Patricia Purcell smuggles a bomb into the courthouse's subterranean parking via vacant judge's chambers past bailiff Billy Randolph and hides it in a car, staging a break-in; the explosion kills Yuri as he leaves. Steve looks for the bomb-builder in Koreatown; although forbidden to, Jessie takes Amanda there. Old Qwan Lok's crook hand can't do such work, his grandson Eddy Lok, who runs their grocery store and has a record, talks cocky but denies any part. Mark questions Purcell's procedure faults and unusual non-tenacity while sleuthing the bombing with eager Jessie, ties the threads and sets a trap...
5 January 1996
George Edward Karn is arrested, having been seen looking over the banister of the high-tower gym roof his wife Margery -they were separated, not divorcing- was pushed over to her death by a masked man, and innocently convicted to 30 years maximum security. With broken ribs, among the victims brought into Community General after a bad accident during prison transport thereto, George manages to steal a gun, escapes with Mark as his hostage and accepts to leave Amanda just locked up, she reports he's likely to collapse soon. Jessie saw and tails them in his own beetle, without radio or phone access, and manages to sabotage their sports-car. Grumpy police lieutenant Mike Delaney, who originally arrested Karn, barely tolerates deadly-worried son Steve on his manhunt detail. Mark soon believes intelligent George only desperately tries to prove his innocence and decides to help find the real killer. They suspect video producer King Bridger and find Margery's hidden journal, then escape on a train, Jesse gets on and knocks George down, Mark wants him to jump off again, the police finally catches up...
12 January 1996
Steve rescues Mark and tells Delaney that George Karn jumped out miles back, then shows Jessie the car he hid the runaway in and brings him home to the beach house, practically under Steve's nose, but he has to sneak him incognito back into the hospital and later to Jesse's flat. Now the sleuths examine George's theory his wife Margie was possibly murdered because of her lawsuit against the nasty dealings of video producer King Bridger. Jessie joins to investigate the murder scene gym club, where Bridger enlisted Wendy Sawyer to make an alternative video to Margie's. Lt. Mike Delaney threatens Mark if he finds him helping the fugitive. Amanda pretends to be a client to test Bridger's lawyer. Mark sees the club's new owner, checks out the roof, finds himself a target, and is arrested after Delaney found Karn's bloody shirt in his trash, but he makes bail and soon unties the twisted knots after a last chore for eager Jessie and another crime put him on more tracks...
19 January 1996
While Norman tries to strong-arm Mark and Jessie into attending a fund raiser, Steve deals with his new girlfriend, who just might be responsible for a series of cop killings.
26 January 1996
Jesse encounters a man in the parking garage who's in cardiac arrest. After he runs off for help, he returns to find a different man, and no one will believe Jesse's story. Meanwhile, Norman has to work with an attractive donor.
9 February 1996
After watching him play rugby, Amanda sees intern Troy Sommers crash to his death with his motorbike from a cliff after a few head-nods- it was hypoglycemic shock from a dozens Triptezine tablets in his healthy sports drink. Norman and hospital staff in general worry because Community General has a computer virus. A painful rugby undercover teaches Jesse that Troy had eager rivals among interns, not just in rugby and for a girl but for a really hard to get heart surgery resident-ship at St. Victor's hospital, including ball-bully Billy Marco: its famous chief Dr. Nathan Harding's academically less gifted son Kyle, Troy's roommate, whom Jesse catches at a potentially fatal medical error; his dad won't even listen to Mark about it. A note 'ABADCAD' in Kyle and Troy's room is solved by Mark to unmask a surprising motive with a dangerous complication...
16 February 1996
A homeless woman's corpse is found in the streets, but her liver was removed while she was still alive, as required for safe organ transplants. Her unusually well balanced diet allows tracing her to a shelter where homeless Walter Mason identifies her as his widowed friend Patsy. After another fatal 'organ-donation', Mark plays the part of a healthy homeless man. The sleuths find that the free clinic which examines the homeless in that area, run by Cheryl Dante and Tom Winston, is linked to Howard Mitchell's foundation's Beverly Hills private practice, where organs could be sold for a fabulous fortune. Steve finds Tom has a dirty record, Mark suggests a trap...
23 February 1996
At a party where he gave his younger wife Jennifer a black Viper sports car, Bill Stratton is called away to the office; someone else is there, waiting with to kill him. At Bill's cremation, Steve remarks that street thug Stan Macky, who had 'moved up' to sweat-shops with illegal immigrants, is there along with Lenore, the angrily estranged daughter from Bill's first marriage. Shady Alan Helms, in debt and a nasty divorce, said he was only one of many business friends who were cut off by Bill after his marriage to Jennifer, who claims Helms recently came ask for another loan. Norman asks for Mark's piano-accompaniment to rehearse for the modern major-general's part in a community theater production of The Pirates of Penzance, but shows neither talent nor memory anywhere near the Gilbert and Sullivan requirements and no patience at all. Widow Jennifer recently bought a gun which she 'now notices is gone' and says Stan was a client of Bill; she inherits everything, Lenore nothing, due to a will change only a month ago. Jennifer's alibi is her identical twin sister Joan, but Chinese delivery man Al Cho saw the Viper, either could have killed Bill. Jennifer's fingerprints are on both dumped murder gun and last will. Steve and Jesse find Jennifer's corpse in the fatally Viper-fumed closed garage with a hand-written suicide note and confession. The autopsy doesn't fit, but the list of suspects with motive and opportunity shortens fast, except for Jennifer's heir, or maybe not quite as it appears...
8 March 1996
Dr. Claire Hartman is extremely hostile towards a friend of Mark's, specialist Dr. John Foster, whom her rich patient Baker had flown over to personally perform the abdominal aortic surgery he invented. Alas Mark finds John's bad divorce got him drinking excessively, compromising his surgical reliability, so Claire throws him out of the OR, he threatens her in vain, witnessed by other residents. She's found murdered the next morning, Steve arrests John who claims innocence and a black-out. His lawyer Richard Baylor makes John sign up for the Community General's substance abuse program as only alternative to jail, Mark promises to find out the truth; John commits a failed suicide attempt. Her building manager Mr. Nolan tells Mark and Jesse what a one-night-stand man-eater Claire was; her pick-up bar leads Jesse to her wife-beating conquest Eddie Romero, who is apparently involved with a crime gang, but Mark wonders about a dead-bolt...
29 March 1996
While high-pregnant Amanda's hormones turn her into the most unreasonable spoiled bitch, father Colin -a USNavy pilot- still being on his way, so the term delivery applies more to poor kind, far too obliging Jesse then to mother-to-be and baby, Mark's fishing photos got mixed-up at the developer's with Vic Slovak's film. Trying to switch, Mark finds Vic, a paparazzo, tied up locked in his closet by goons after the film, about a party and the crucial shot, of a girl kidnapped into a limo at gunpoint by ex-cop Don Blaine, who is however found shot dead in his own home. Vic proves hard to shake, dodgy but crafty and on crucial occasions helpful, for starters to use the hospital's digital enhancement equipment to identify the kidnappee from a Medwatch tag as Darlene Mix, an escort girl from Wisconsin. They find her just in time to save her from goons, which they trace to mobster Eddie Alcala, who threw the party where Darlene saw a man bloodily kill another escort girl, Barbara Lake. However Alcala is also killed during his arrest, more digital enhancement and a secret file Steve pulled explain why...
5 April 1996
Community General is at odds as money-minded Marsha McArthur threatens to cut costs by cutting short the careers of older MD's, starting with Dr. Sloane. When she ends up dead, Dr. Sloane is the prime suspect.
12 April 1996
Attractive Kristie Lofton wounds her head falling on a video recorder and tells Jesse in ER she had a psychic vision of the murder of investment broker Nick Holloway, who planned a take-over of her boss Craig Wohlman's TV infomercials program, Psychic Buddies. For a dinner Jesse promises her Steve will investigate, but Nick just left on a two weeks Yellowstone camping trip in good health and spirit. Kristie has another vision about another show guest and an umbrella, Mark who told Jesse she may be honest helps them find the site outside the studio; there she has a vision with his car number plate and camping equipment, a dumpster accidentally (?) nearly hits her. Steve finds she has a drugs and cons charges record in 16 states, yet no convictions. Norman is a gold card Buddies-member, but clearly has no real psychic gift. Mark finds the firm has various other shows and associated product lines, Wolhlman claims Nick was only offering the studio a loan he no longer needed, but staff believed in and feared a take-over by Holloway. Kristie tells Jesse her parents were the traveling minor league hustlers, and from another vision correctly predicts Holloway's car and corps in the booth are in Lake Hollywood. Steve treats her and two other Psychic Buddies (mediums) as suspects. Kristie tells Jesse a new vision about another real murder, fellow medium Sylvana Kent being run over by her own car, for which Kristie and Craig have an alibi studio recording time, the third Buddy is blind. Mark keeps snooping in the studio and realizes how the murderer operated... Meanwhile Amanda is a dragon-mother when her baby has a colic or such, blackmailing Jesse and Mark into babysitting for any help.
19 April 1996
At a L.A. book signing for "Munchies, Snacks and Spreads", which Mark mistakes for a cookbook, but is actually a spicy true sex-for-money story which names real people, someone writes a death threat in the copy Mark picks up to have signed by former neighborhood kid Melissa Farnes, one of the three co-authors with call girls Shauna Teague and Carrie. Their pushy agent Janet Block refuses to call off the 21 city book signing tour, as the extra publicity makes the book a bestseller. Melissa asks to talk to Mark; Jesse, who knew what he wanted signed (none of the 86 stories are alike, that interests even Norman and Amanda), is not allowed to join the beach house lunch. Then Shauna doesn't turn up for a radio show, but is heard on the phone in a crazed kidnapper's power, who shoots; she remains missing, her car is found in Santa Monica. Carrie is tricked in her hotel room by the killer with a fake police idea and made to ask Melissa to come there alone. A maid finds Melissa next to Carrie's corpse, and the killer, leaving in a hurry left prints that prove it's ex-con Thomas L. Pitt. Community General's laryngologist Dr. Bannerman proves his skill by electronically analyzing the radio station's tape as made in a cab, calling in his L.A. position, which was stolen. Pitt is found in it, also shot dead. The co-authors had a survival-clause for all rights showing who gets the royalties in the event of their death. Meanwhile Amanda desperately tries to repeat her marriage vows to USN fighter pilot Colin, now on mission in Bosnia, as their wedding may not have been illegal.
Season 3, Episode 17: FMurder26 April 1996
While Mark is the cooking guest that week in her daily healthy housekeeping show, TV host Kitti Lynn Hastings uses a 26 minutes break for commercials and music to sabotage the wiring in in-your-face radio presenter Carl Burke's bathroom, so he electrocutes himself stepping out of his shower. Mark soon guesses she did it, but has a hard time figuring out how precisely and why exactly, as she had accepted to appear -as target- in his show. Meanwhile Jesse's rotation at plastic surgery makes him suggest to Norman to solve his midlife looks-depression under Jesse's scalpel, but the cutting-edge surgery he shows only gets the potential patient scared.
3 May 1996
Just when Jesse takes a now unamused girlfriend sailing, the harbor master brings in a shark that swallowed an arm of rich stock broker Preston Michaels, presumably having fallen overboard, plausibly drunk; but the autopsy soon finds he was fatally poisoned with digitalis, which also killed the shark with a heart attack from the poisoned arm. Curious Mark condoles respectable widow Bea and learns from lawyer Raymond Bergman that he is named executor of the estate. Preston on a posthumous video admits he was a bigamist, having two younger wives in other states, fitness freak Heather (Florida), and Terri (Colorado) who was told he wanted a divorce. All of the wives deny knowing about the others but lack alibis, while Preston's personal assistant, Susan Stimpson, says she managed his triple life. Raymond Bergman calls Mark to tell him whom he suspects is the murderer but just then is killed by his pool. The firm's VP Evan Houston, now acting CEO, also was in the house and asks Mark for $50,000 of Preston's capital for firm expenses. Steve finds Stimpson fully packed, with a one-way ticket for Bermuda and a fortune in cash, from blackmailing Preston. Mark keeps snooping...
19 September 1996
During a SWAT bust, Steve's LAPD friend Douglas Quinten 'Doug' Vogel gets killed by a bullet from his own commander, Max Jupe, who is two years from retirement. City Attorney Andrew Chivers forbids Max any contact with the widow Janine, who quickly accepts the 20% profit-sharing legal services of slick attorney Daniel Brent. Actually. Max and Janine were secret lovers who planned Doug's death. Mark quickly catches on when Max is diagnosed with chickenpox, a recent problem in Janine's daycare center, although the lovers claim not to have met in three months. A 'shooting demonstration' by cocky Max proves that he doesn't need glasses and he is a superb marksman. Janine takes another lover-her lawyer Brent, who is suing Max and the city for $10 million. Brent accidentally finds out about her murderous deal with Max, which starts a new round of greed and deceit...
26 September 1996
While surfing, Jesse finds a dying man on the beach. Mark knows the symptoms from Guatemala, 1953, as smallpox: fatal, highly contagious and successfully eradicated. The beach house is quarantined and the beach cleared. An autopsy on the victim Eddy, a thief, shows it's a man-made mutation with an 8 hours incubation period. In his backpack Jesse finds only jewelry, including B.A.L. initialed cuff links belonging to robbed neighbor Brandon Lyndstrom, found murdered at his home, who was the CEO of biological research company Lyndscience. There VP Gayle Wentworth claims the virus could never have left the facility and invokes national security, but indeed all samples are missing from the safe. Jesse tells Mark, whose immunization is outdated, he admires how close he and Steve are, Jesse's dad is barely a rare postcard. Mark calls the FBI, which puts Special Agent Dunleavy on the case with Steve and 'informally' contacts the likely virus fence, Sebastian Dupré, who claims he 'must inquire'. A frantic Steve pressures Dupré the hard way, finds the thief Ray Dinino but he hasn't got the antidote. Jesse soon gets symptoms - making the antidote would probably take longer then the youngster has left, so Mark decides to inject himself with blood, hoping his immunity will be reactivated: even if it fails, he only loses a few hours. Then Jesse has an idea about the real owner of the expensive backpack.
3 October 1996
Figure skating athlete Julie Miller is able to avoid serious injuries when she is attacked with a knife by a masked man, whom Steve, who's accompanying avid fan Amanda, manages to catch and arrest. It's Sean Farlow, the former manager of competitor Debbie Monroe; their duel is delayed, at least pending full recovery. Amanda notices that Julie uses apparently unnecessary crutches. Once on bail, accomplice Sean looks Julie up, increasing his demand to $1,000,000 from her future endorsement earnings, to which Julie panics, kills him with a skate and frames Debbie, who has no alibi. Mark believes Debbie and starts looking closer, and soon realizes Julie has a long-term medical problem and finds inconspicuous anomalies.
10 October 1996
A string of murders occurs with the same killer signature. One of the victims supposedly called Mark, but it is after she was known to be dead. The case becomes personal when the killer starts calling Mark.
10 October 1996
Mark gets involved in the string of murders when the killer starts calling Mark. It gets more personal when the killer attacks Amanda. She manages to escape. Mark and Steve get closer to finding the killer.
17 October 1996
P.I. Ray Donovan is murdered at his desk by a disguised woman. Best man Jessie's frat buddy Rick 'Slick' Brooks, hung over after a killer bachelor party, got a mysterious phone call from Donovan asking him to come by - he 'doesn't want to scare the boy' - but Steve is there already. Rick can't identify the corpse, but Ray's cases include one concerning insurance and Rick's fiancée Wendy Windsor, the daughter of bossy showbiz photographer Catherine Windsor. The autopsy reveals tiny traces of film and Mercedes transmission fluid, both fitting Catherine, and Jessie finds out the same car type terminally hit at least one of Wendy's two previous fiancés, the other was also killed. However the sleuths find other suspicious traces linking to X-rays, which proves quite dangerous to investigate, even twice. . .
24 October 1996
A surgeon kills a man on the operating table for insurance money. Foul play is expected as the identity of the man becomes questionable. Mark reluctantly helps Steve with the investigation since the surgeon is a good friend of his.
31 October 1996
Just when Mark goes to post his tax return, a nearby milk truck explodes; luckily he has no serious injuries. Jesse keeps Mark under observation; he'll do none of the sleuthing this time, he'll just be a murder target because he saw the bomber running away. LAPD rookie detective Amy convinces Steve, after her umpteenth undercover small-fry bust, to get her a 'real' job, infiltrating a terrorist bombing gang, where things are even more traitorous then the cops suspect.
7 November 1996
Steve had bought expensive Laker floor tickets for him and dad Mark that evening, but a traffic accident swamps Community General with a bus-load of ER patients. Patient Melora Jackson promises to pull strings to get the Sloans two new tickets from the coach. Mark notices fatal passenger Fred Talisker, an insurance adjuster, has an atypical head wound; autopsy shows it was inflicted shortly before the crash -which was an accident- and fatal: murder, the killer must be among the patients, so Steve is pulled from the Lakers game to avoid anyone catching on while they are kept in observation and screened, even the two paramedics who brought them in, by the sleuths, who soon discover Fred was a serial rapist. Then another passenger-patient is murdered...
14 November 1996
U.S. Senator Terrence Bell's daughter Melanie Bell collapses after being thrown out an electoral dinner where she threw a scene. Her boy-friend Ryan Breedlove rushes her to Mark's ER, it's just a drug dose. Melanie is taken away by the senator's men, including a private physician, and accidentally falls to her apparent death on a coffee-table while arguing with dad, who is up for reelection in mere months, blaming him for her ma's suicide. Political aid Peter Trent stops the Senator from calling the police and sees to it that the girl's corps is found OD's in Ryan's apartment. The sleuths soon find Melanie died from a blow, not drugs, and investigate everyone and everywhere...
21 November 1996
While Amanda and her friend visit an ethnically widely mixed school, a driving-by car fires at a class room and kills generally liked maths teacher Pete Delvecchio, principal Wallace Morrison was in the room but unhurt. Assistant D.A. Susan Turner, in charge of juvenile crime and well-reputed, having lost her husband at a kid's hands, investigates with the Sloans but starts on the premise it must be a teenager. The car is identified as belonging to Korean pupil Tommy Parks, who has a mild record but a good home and character, even an alibi, yet Turner arrests him, tenaciously even after Mark shows the ballistics suggest another fatal shooter and bails the boy out, she listens only when LAPD forensics confirm he's right. Pretending to be looking for mechanics, Jesse finds out about nastier, black boys in auto-shop then and against Tommy. Steve finds Delvecchio lied on his resume. When Inspector Michaels takes over the car shooter's investigation on Washington's authority, the Sloans and Susan decide to continue working officially only on the other avenue; her connections find Delvecchio's identity before he entered the witness protection program, then the knots get tied as a complex web...
12 December 1996
Mark is pleasantly surprised by a Christmas time visit from his daughter Carol Sloan Hilton after eight years but immediately notices bruises. She tells him she was hit but just wants out of her marriage with truck driver Bruce Hilton, whom Mark never liked, and is taken home where once so protective brother Steve isn't happy with the reunion. Just when Carol leaves, Steve calls Mark Bruce was just found shot dead, his fat wallet wasn't robbed while the killer(s) clearly ransacked his motel room looking for something, as Carol's home is soon after. LAPD Detective Emma Lopez is officially put on the case in his place, but Steve sleuths on and gets knocked into hospital. Toxic traces suggest the trucking firm, where soon another poison death occurs, is involved in illegal waste dumping and Bruce was a blackmailer...
9 January 1997
Spoilers: Former nurse Mary Capshaw is the director, in fact fund raising soul, of Community General's children health project. A paparazzo overhears her talking to 'Malibu madam' Kirsten Foxx, once a fellow prostitute, who announces she's going to publish a book about that embarrassing past, with their real names. Just before her publisher's messenger would pick up the manuscript, a man she knows kills Foxx and steals it. That same Darren Worthy, an expensive attorney, offers his legal services to suspect Capshaw, who just resigned from the project, pro bono, so he can mess up her defense, next plants incriminating evidence in her home and at the murder site. Fortunately for Mary, the Sloans soon suspect Worthy's defense options; Mark sleuths on and realizes only he had he opportunity to plant evidence Mark knows for sure wasn't there. Steve discovers Worthy defended lowlifes before he got a celebrity clientèle, including madam Foxx, and may well have been her 'client' too. Meanwhile Worthy uses the names from the manuscript as 'leverage' in high places to boost his career and to have Mary committed as mentally incompetent to stand trial, with another fatal result...
16 January 1997
When Norman ceremonially knocks down a piece of wall at the inauguration of a Community General expansion named after rich hospital alumnus and benefactor Dr. Raymond Huxley, a completely bleached skeleton falls out. From his ring Mark identifies him as the late, brilliant cardiac surgeon Dr. Greg Nordoff, who disappeared on the day of the Dallas Kennedy assassination, while the hospital was in an even worse state, due to ongoing construction. Only a hearing aid remains intact, but turns out not to be his. Nordoff was assumed at the time to have embezzled a lot from the hospital's surgical research fund, so that previous crime, also decades ago, may be the key; Mark was too shell-shocked at the time to investigate, but is determined now -visited by flash-backs- to clear it all up, especially after nurse Jane Ellington, also on staff and Nordoff's lover in the Sixties, is murdered in the garage, after the fatal heart-attack of Dr. Huxley. Even finding records proves hard and physically dangerous for Jessie. There turns out to exist a crucial miniature pacemaker prototype...
30 January 1997
Stuntwoman Paula McCarthy was found beaten to death in an L.A. hotel room. Her husband Barry McCarthy was arrested there. Dr. Eric Spindler tries to stop Jesse from operating on a car accident victim without waiting for an MRI, then convinces the family to sue the E.R. for malpractice and acts as a star witness. Spindler's girlfriend nurse Jeri Murdico cheated him at birth-control and refuses an abortion, he thinks she just wants to marry him for his money. Jesse begs Mark to ask his friend Ben Matlock (star of the eponymous murder lawyer series) to defend him, which requires good pay and fringe benefits. Alas, Ben's boisterous court room style gets him jailed for contempt of court. Jeri goes over to Eric's place and during an argument knocks him down with a lamp and he's dead. Ben takes her case at Mark's insistence, but she's not charged because Spindler was already fatally poisoned. Steve is taken off the case because Jesse becomes the prime suspect, given his motive and his fingerprints on a bottle containing the rare poison which was also found in his bathroom: Ben now has an angelic murder charge defendant as client, bail denied. Steve is too late to stop a man stealing something from the murder-scene. Spindler's car was packed for a Santa Barbara hotel, where he repeatedly called stunt double Debbie Gardner, Paula McCarthy's sister and successor. She drives her now absent husband Jack Gardner's black truck, which was used to steal from the Spindler house, and denies having called back but her phone was billed for 12 minutes. Ben finds in the truck a video tape and more stuff on the McCarthy murder. A masked man tries to drown Ben, Debbie saves him, and is horrified when she finds out who the assailant is. . .
6 February 1997
While poor innocent Jessie still shivers in jail, Ben and Mark sleuth on. They assume Debbie's now arrested husband Jack Gardner, who is on the stolen Paula McCarthy arrest video in his truck, can link both murders. Barry McCarthy tells them in jail his murdered wife flirted habitually, the fatal night with Nick Cravits, Barry has a drunk black-out how bad it got that night with Spindler but believes he's innocent. Mark realizes Spindler had opportunity during an operation to steal some of the hair -suspiciously cut and torn- and blood to frame Barry, as there is no other proof for his presence, but why? Ben shows Debbie a Community General surveillance picture proving Jack was there the day of Barry's operation, and guesses he and Spindler conspired to frame Barry. Jessie's trial starts, Ben has Debbie tell the framing theory and indicates she was in the plot too, in order to inherit her sister's fortune and set up Jack to attack Ben; she invokes a New Mexico alibi, yet this actually puts the sleuths back on another trail, which allows Ben a new defense by counter-attack...
13 February 1997
P.I. Joe Mannix (star of a eponymous TV detective series) is brought to friend Mark with a mild flesh wound after a shooting outside the Hall of Records, while re-investigating the Lou Reynolds murder (Mannix episode "Little Girl Lost", 1973), about incriminating tapes from 25 years ago. Unfortunately, Joe's X-rays show a life-threatening cardiac risk, so Mark decides to 'help' his investigation. His client, Lou's daughter, TV reporter Tina Reynolds, is determined to solve this case now that she has moved back to L.A. from Florida, but the killer, who wears a police academy ring, proves quite deadly, fatal for witness Stella, who sold Lou the tapes, but possibly kept some back for blackmail, which would explain her apparent affluence without matching income.
20 February 1997
At the All-stars Country Awards in L.A., Mark is grateful singing patient Dusty's guest, with Amanda and true fan Jesse who meets awards and records producer Betty Manning's daughter, songwriter Laura Manning, Mark and Dusty find singer Mickey McShane murdered in his trailer, whacked on the head with a lamp. Betty has an alibi but female blond hair and air freshener filters indicate he was actually killed in Betty's trailer, the two were identical and the plates switches. Betty confesses after seeing Steve suspects secret fiancée Laura, who wrote McShane's hit songs and knew he systematically cheated, for one with a groupie who claims to be his true lover, but Mark disproves her story...
27 February 1997
A psychiatrist hypnotizes his female patients in order to rape them without their knowledge. His wife finds out of what he's doing; he then uses hypnosis to get a patient to murder his wife.
3 April 1997
When her separated lover and predecessor as local rep, David 'Dave' Chambers, who just got promoted to regional sales director for Benchmark Pharmaceuticals, intends to announce their engagement, Stephanie Hitcher pushes him in front of a car. He is successfully operated by Jessie. Stephanie quickly seduces Community General's man in charge of purchases, married Dr. Tod Grimes, and turns to getting rid of Dave in the firm and Tod's wife Kim although he doesn't want a divorce. When Kim is shot dead, Tod tells the Sloan sleuths that Stephanie must have killed her rival, when suspended loses his patience, resigns, attacks the shrew and is fired and arrested. Dave's odd lab results get Mark thinking, but meanwhile...
10 April 1997
A gang member does not want his sister to date Shane and a fight breaks out. Shane and his brother Terry are friends with Mark. When the gang member is found dead, Terry and Shane turn to Mark to prove their innocence.
24 April 1997
When top surgeon Dr. Ken Morrisay, who doesn't bother, is the victim of similar morbid 'pranks' as in Boston while in Community General to operate his former teacher Dr. Jeff Everden, assisted by rival ex-pupil Dr. Clayton Andrews (a source of pride for Norman), Boston anesthesiologist Dr. Les Franklin, Dr. Sally Crawfield, Mark and Jesse, who gets hit by blood aimed from a riding car at Morrissay, Steve investigates. During the operation, Morrisay gets a fatal heart attack, Andrews saves Everden by stepping in. The car is traced to animal rights activist Claire McKenna. Then Mark notices Morrissay's death was cleverly triggered by toxic levels of organic phosphates, which kicks in too fast to be administered before the operation. Dr. Sally Crawfield turns out to be a closet Animal Crusade member, and has a history with Morrisay, who used lab test animals. Andrews is to get a top post now Morrissay is out of the way, while Franklin's pathologically philandering but filthy rich wife Nancy had an affair with Morrissay, but he spills more dirt on Crawfield. Mark works out how the poison was used and plans a trap...
24 April 1997
The airplane Mark and Amanda are taking for a medical conference in Zurich (Switzerland) is delayed to wait for alternative co-pilot Ron Manners, a reputed womanizer. Mark observes the staff have their own problems on top of work, a troublemaker, a female jeweler who ignores the smoking ban. Then Mark finds Ron's corpse in the toilet, neck broken, and starts looking for the murderer among over 100 passengers plus staff after contacting Steve, airplanes being extraterritorial. Then several crew members are found unconscious, cause unknown, leaving no pilot, just passenger Martin Donner Kingston, who has US Air Force experience. Steve finds the originally scheduled co-pilot, knocked down but alive; while Jesse treats his seizure Mark figures out it's a binary poison triggered by aspirin, possibly administered at the hotel all staff except local Deb slept in, the lab confirms: it's a spy toxin. Steve has terrible news after checking the passengers' records...
1 May 1997
Claire Whitfield makes sure Mark notices the bruise on her cheek, supposedly from her wealthy, hot-tempered husband Elliott, whose alleged sleep-apnea symptoms she supposedly reports to the doctor, actually it's deliberately given by her studly lover Max Halleck, even stages Elliot to shake her at a party and gets her lover to 'snore' heavily enough on a 'bedroom tape' before murdering Elliot, staging fatal apnea. Mark, who worries age is physically catching up with himself, notices deep scratches on Elliot's hand, which don't fit with her bruises, and finds milky residue in broken glass, enough to recommend an autopsy; Amanda finds traces of the prescription sedative Deterol on the broken glass, but the body is already cremated. Elliot's secretary Dorothy tells she knows from business trips he didn't snore, but refuses to testify. Mark tries about every trick in the trade to outsmart the merry murdering widow. Now the murderers show Steve pictures and tapes which Max, supposedly hired by Elliot, cleverly made and edited to suggest an affair between Mark and Claire, so as to discredit his snooping, but mess with the wrong guy, while Elliot actually had hired another detective who photographed Max. The Sloans set a trap...
8 May 1997
Tim Conrad, the clumsy half of a once legendary TV comedy duo, fails to kill his ex-partner Harvey Huckaby, still affluent and the second husband of Tim's ex Susan Huckaby, who cleverly bought Tim's half of the TV rights just before a movie was going to be made about them, first because Tim drops his sniper gun and secondly because Susan put the glasses on a trey after he poisoned one -drank it himself, but is saved in Community General- and gets noticed as fake pool-boy -using a trademark disguise- trying to rig Harvey's pool-cover, and gets the shock of his life: Harvey lives, the pool-cover has killed Susan because of a timer Tim ignored. Mark believes Tim is innocent of the only assassination that happened despite his murderous intentions, but has a hard time proving the bumbler's innocence and finding the real and sneaky killer...
8 May 1997
The Sloans fear for Mark's life after the escape of Sam Rosser, who vowed revenge since Mark got him convicted for a brutal postal bombing murder. Norman also has a fight to the death against a hospital take-over by Vaughn Medical Services, which appeals to most of the board but would be detrimental to patient care. Mark gets one day delay to receive a frightening report about a San Diego hospital Vaughn took over. Kurt Vaughn hisses he won't be stopped. Med student Dr. Brian Haywood asked Jessie to intercede with Mark about his residency, but screws up once too often by resuscitating a DNR-patient without reading her chart. Brian refuses Jesse's help to get off amphetamines. Mark is too late to get to Norman who accepted a package delivered for Mark by Rosser. Norman barely survives the explosion. Sam tries again at the parking lot where construction is underway and Amanda is hurt saving Mark from scaffolding falling as a result of the explosion. Finally a makeshift bomb blows up Mark's car, apparently killing him. Kurt Vaughn gets a positive hospital sale vote, even before Norman is back, challenged in vain by Amanda, and then announces the hospital has already been resold with an additional $2,000,000 profit to be shared by stockholders. Steve is part of Rosser's arrest but Rosser proves he had no part in the car bomb since he was videotaped committing a bank robbery at that time. Then a routine autopsy provides another suspect, who is in for a surprise...
18 September 1997
Steven and fellow LAPD Detectives Halloran and Stang, who are partners, find Councilman Watson, whom they wanted to question about corruption, passed out at home on tranquilizers Mark prescribed, in the next room is his separated wife Janet's corpse, shot, her blood is all over the house. Police Chief Masters, a political rival for the mayoral campaign, refuses to comment. Mark decides to look into Watson's claim to be framed, together with Captain Cynthia Pike, even though it can make Steve look bad but he is happy to collaborate. Amanda hopes to work trough her an 'amical' divorce from baby CJ's dad by becoming a medical examiner in the coroner's office but finds nothing- enough for Mark to prove there was a frame, and Stang had motive and opportunity- he shoots himself, his gun was used for Janet's murder. Now Mark sleuths on, Stang could be framed himself of Masters is in the plot. Stang's partner Halloran, now also disgraced, tells Steve Stang was Janet's lover. Jesse treats Pike for a strange, bad tetanus poisoning, which leads Mark to an even scarier plot...
25 September 1997
When David McReynolds realizes that Allison Porter wants to go public with their illicit love affair, he strangles her in the bath on her 18th birthday, just before his father Peter McReynolds proudly swears him in as fellow Justice on the California Supreme Court. New assistant medical examiner Amanda confirms the lack of bruises suggests no struggle: Allison knew her killer. Mark finds her stolen jewelry on an OD'd junkie named Otis, but believes he didn't kill her and soon catches David in a lie. The Sloans discover his under-age affair and that Allison's parents had also found out about it from her diary. Steven finds David murdered at his dinner table, with Allison's mother's gun, but she admits having been David's lover herself and claims she was unable to shoot him. David's medicine for a pancreatic disorder opens another trail, but without proof, yet Mark finds another way...
2 October 1997
When a forest fire rages near Malibu, the Community General mobile team and voluntary firefighter Steve soon find not only the flames and shifting wind endanger them and other lives, but also a number of personal motives for murder among locals centering around the only general store-owner, his daughter and a recently released investment fraudster who nearly ruined many locals.
9 October 1997
Former cop turned bodyguard Frank Waldeck arranges a murder attempt on his filthy rich employer Victoria Larkin and himself for which he frames a mentally instable fan of hers who he has 'commit suicide'. When she's committed to Community General, reason for an impractically strict security regime, Dr. Sloane soon smells a rat and suspects him, especially when the richest stock criminal is also brought in, but who is the intended next victim and how can it be saved?
16 October 1997
Jesse proudly serves as the LA Mustangs basketball team doctor during filming for a commercial, but starts worrying when the vials from a routine drug test he took are smashed in his new car. It's time to panic when the star player dies from the binary poison formed by the combination of anti-allergen (Jesse prescribed) and the antibiotic - the star's chart didn't mention when he quickly read it, but now does. The sleuths find out it was mixed in with his sponsor's pills, while the star had an endorsement rival with a drug problem. Mark also looks into the team staff's personal interests, from manager David Clarke to towel boy Dwayne. Only during Jesse's hospital board -likely to fire him- he pieces the puzzle together.
23 October 1997
When Jesse's young patient in fine condition dies just after jogging, her supplier, a certain Marco with a criminal record, is hunted down and arrested but Amanda's autopsy proves his supplements were safe, a hospital infection killed her - after another plastic surgery in an amazing long series, all the more surprising for a girl of natural beauty. Now the popular but profit-driven Dr. Elaine Denell's specialized clinic is the target of an examination, which finds it was so badly managed that it is closed down, but Mark and Steve feel it's too easy, especially when the victim's former best friend is nearly killed by a car before Jesse's eyes, so they dig in the past of less obvious suspects...
30 October 1997
Mark and Amanda participate in the emergency plan at its grimmest: examining with the National Transportation Safety Board a plane-crash without a single survivor, just victims to identify. FBI liaison agent Ron Wagner claims charge over NTSB and LAPD as Victor Pawel, linked with the Russian mafia, was on board in handcuffs with another FBI-agent. They discover two passengers are missing, there was a hijack and all bodies are radioactive...
30 October 1997
Amanda's boyfriend Special Agent Ron Wagner declares he's taking over the investigation of the plane-crash and its hijack and smuggled Russian nuclear fuel rods for the FBI, but soon realizes he couldn't make anything like the necessary progress without the ingenious doctors trio and Steve. They team up for the investigation which becomes desperately urgent as there are indications that the nuclear material is used for bomb likely to be used to cause an LA Apocalypse by surprising, personally vindictive suspect Diane, the spokesperson of the bereaved.
6 November 1997
When one of Dr. Sloan's patients, a major network's VP of program development, ignores his warnings by rushing back to stress-ridden pilot season after a heart-attack, he's not surprised to hear the next kills her, until Amanda's autopsy shows her nitro-pills were substituted with placebo sugar. As Jesse is desperate not to have to spend his first (fishing) vacation in years with his father, who was never there for him, he successfully applies for a job in the studio's mail-room and thus gathers an insiders perspective which confirms the length of the list of suspects, which largely remains after he finds successor hung in her office, as the job mass-produces enemies: jealous and ambitious rivals, actors, producers and even loony fans for who her approval of a pilot or decision to scrap a show is vital. Yet after it turns out the first victim died from seeing a specially doctored vile version of a pilot she had already pre-approved, Mark figures out a less obvious culprit and the way to ferret him out...
Season 5, Episode 10: Discards13 November 1997
Jesse's dad Dane Travis fights off an assaulter with amazing ease, then turns up in Jesse's flat unannounced, and thanks to Mark's good word is granted quality time, fishing together in Baja. Steve examines a certain Kim, found at LAX with a broken neck. Dane bails out on the fishing, Jesse has to content himself with dinner in Del Florio at 8. Jesse gets another surprise visit from his tall step-brother Bruce Travis from Toronto, whose mother may divorce Dane, Jesse invites him along to the restaurant; when Dane hears, he gets jumpy and strangles Bruce in the lavatory before Jesse's eyes, explaining it's an assassin, not his son: Dane is a CIA analyst without a family and forcibly takes unwilling Jesse for his own safety to a company facility, where he confers with colleague Cinnamon Carter on spy matters and tells both he fears to be targeted by Jim Kesler, the son of a former colleague whom Dane had to kill before he switched to a desk job after the Cold War. Jesse decides to stick with his dad; they contact another master at the game, John Garrison. Steve and Mark's only clues on the Kim and Bruce murders lead to Alexander Drake's 'bug business', where Jim is the number two. Drake is shot while with the Travis men, who persevere.
20 November 1997
Shortly after Mark and Steve meet their neighbor Randy Wolfe, an attractive woman who never finishes a course and drops jobs bored in a matter of days, she runs to them screaming about a dead mime on her bed, but the corpse is gone when they get there. Realizing that a number 6 of her house number was lopsided and looked like a 9, she barges in on that beach-house's owner and finds nothing. But when the dead mime washes up the shore the next morning, the start is given for her surprisingly enterprising and effective part in the permanent sleuths' investigation which apparently has a link to car part thieves.
11 December 1997
Mark and Jesse are both impressed but a bit worried when joining Steve whose young friend Jake Hallman presents them to the set in the desert where Kyle Lewis professionally produces crazy stunt motor bike videos in the dunes but loses riders to Casey, a girl who is just out for profit. Then they witness Kyle's top rider and friend Spleen dying in a crash and find both bike and helmet were sabotaged. Jake is eager to grab his chance taking Spleen place, which makes him a suspect, and his hacksaw fits the traces on the doctored bike. When Amanda finds amphetamine traces in Spleen, Kyle points out that fits Casey's dealing past. Then Steve fails to arrest a masked burglar on a motor bike who just knocked out Sheila, who has a lover jealousy motive. A generous contract in favor of Spleen and a video recorder inspire Mark to set a trap...
8 January 1998
While Steve and his partner are celebrating the success of a six-month undercover investigation of the Valley's mob baron Gordon Gonza, he's critically injured by a shot in the stomach. Dr. Mark Sloan must trust his son's medical care to Jessie, but publicly threatens Gonza, proclaiming he'll pay with everything he's got. Steve's informant, porn actress Spring Dano, contacts Mark, and soon after, both Gordon and Spring are found killed: Gonza by binary poison and Spring by a knife. Mark is found bending over her corpse, is arrested, and put on trial for their murders while planted clues pile up.
15 January 1998
Mark, framed for the murders of mob king Gonza and a police informer from his entourage, is on death-row next to Malcolm Trainor, who masterminded to get his death sentence reverted now Mark, whose testimony decided it, is utterly discredited. Steve -and his partner- must find the real murderer fast; their best bet is Gonza's mob heir Ross Canin, whom he finds threatening his accountant, Malcolm's brother, but chief Masters orders them to stop investigating him, as it turns out with good reason, but maybe the key is where Gonza's missing fortune went?
22 January 1998
As if General Hospital weren't stressed enough by an official emergency drill observed by state emergencies director Doug Hanson and five ambulances on the way after a real tunnel collapse, ruthlessly ambitious bed-hopper nursing administrator Karin Hatcher is bloodily beaten to death and left in the morgue, but the splatters pass unnoticed among all the fake blood for the drill. She already got the hospital job head nurse Maggie Dennings wanted, but aimed at Hanson's. Jesse and his frisky girl-friend nurse Susan Hilliard still hope to get away on romantic trip to Carmel. Next schizophrenic chemo-patient painter Art Amador is killed, possibly as an inconvenient witness, but Steve finds his identity is stolen twelve years ago by more famous Martin Beckman, his death drastically changes the value of each's works. A prominent patient, hospital board member Peyton Cartwright, one of Karin's lays, also owns a Beckman collection...
29 January 1998
When Mark and Amanda arrive drenched at a private dinner party in a canyon, they soon notice their hostess Vivien Sanderson and her daughter act suspicious, and indeed Amy has just knocked in her fiancé Pierce Maxwell's skull with a frying pan. When the other guests arrive, the body has disappeared, and soon a second murder is committed, now overtly but unwitnessed, on uncle David Coopersmith, who managed Amy's trust-fund very tightly. Mark calls Steve, but the connection was to bad to hear he's coming and brings Jesse - but what about the killer meanwhile?
Season 5, Episode 17: Baby Boom5 February 1998
Mark gets a call from Amanda that her child birthing class -not pathologist's field of expertise- just got the surprise visit of a man named Bob Bare threatening to blow them all up, claiming that one of the women carries his baby because Community General's expert Dr. Adam Embry used his non-donated sperm for in-vitro fertilization of others. Dr. Embry swears it's a lie invented by his former nurse and lover Patricia Callender, who claims it was all part of various unauthorized, even experimental procedures, and at Jesse's insistence produces records. Then Embry dies because his car's brakes were doctored by someone. With the crooked doctor now dead, Sloan has to get to the truth and try to save the pregnant women, any one of whom may go into labor at any moment.
26 February 1998
When Darrin Tate is brought into Community General after his co-host Mary Montgomery decked him in their TV talk-show, they both insist it's staged between good friends during the weeks when crucial ratings are measured. In the next show he shoots her, and claims to be shocked finding someone switched the blanks she loaded herself with fatal live ammo. The doctors and Steve unravel motive and opportunity in the brutally competitive and deceptive studio circles for that murder and Mary's personal assistants which is masked as a fatal car accident.
15 March 1998
Noelle Andrew enjoys sadistically manipulating her fellow Norrington Hall private school students so they turn on each-other. After her deceptive promises and blackmail cause two deaths, ethics guest lecturer Mark Sloane gets wind and finds out her fiendish foster past through Steve. Mark is determined to prevent further victims, she to make him her next. Meanwhile Jesse wrestles with his girl-friend nurse's inability to keep emotional distance after her transfer to ICU.
26 March 1998
When former racer Steve presents lay fan Jesse to his favorite team Eagin, star driver Matt Thomas has a nasty accident and accuses the crew team of sabotage. When the whole gang attends the race, he has a crash in the sabotaged car and dies- but from deliberate medication abuse. The sleuths dig into team rivalries and financial problems, to come up with several relevant plots.
16 April 1998
Unlike most episodes, this one has no deliberate killing. Instead, doctors Mark Sloan and Jesse Travis refuse to accept the grave medical consequences -such as medically irresponsible delays and refusal of necessary therapy- for non-affluent patients of the virtually exclusive medical circuits (ambulance, treatment facilities etc.) imposed by so-called HMOs, a type of medical insurance, which puts medical staff in an impossible position between budget-orientated rules, malpractice claims and Hippocratic conscience. A few fatal cases lead to law-suits and an arbitration procedure with serious financial stakes.
23 April 1998
When Steve has a murder victim identified, Ryan Matthews is relieved it's 'only' the room mate of his ex Kate; however they find fingerprints of criminal mastermind Gavin Cutler whom she worked for, but escaped justice probably by Ryan abusing his position as cop, after which he left the force. Mark decides to invite him at his home being worried about daughter Tess. When Ryan and Tess find mother Kate alive she insists someone already stole the fortune their latest investment scam brought but Cutler threatens all three their lives unless he gets it back, so Ryan decides to scam it of Community General, to the tune of a years acquisitions budget, posing as a new firm offering cutting-edge surgery equipment of a type he learned at Mark's - a dangerous choice of victim, as he and Jesse are on the committee...
Season 5, Episode 23: Food Fight30 April 1998
It still seemed funny when the first victims just had food all over them after a grill exploded, but when the next attempt is salmonella poisoning with a (possibly accidental) fatality, the systematic attempts to ruin the competing top-caterers in Hollywood (that is those who trained with he recently retired top-dog, Gaylord) becomes a true nightmare- especially for Jesse, who is in charge this year of the hospital's benefactors ball and thus enlists his friends to help him choose a caterer, while the sleuths wrestle with an abundance of suspects with motives, several of which turn out to have committed party sabotages and keep accusing each-other...
7 May 1998
Just after the execution of Louis Sweeney, the serial Sunnyview bomber who got arrested thanks to Mark Sloan but whose motive remained unknown, a new bombing by his method happens - his son, popular investigative radio-presenter Carter Sweeney, manages to make two rivaling prosecution officials and the public believe it's not a copycat's work but proof Louis was an innocent victim of Sloane's prejudiced manipulation. Soon every member of the sleuth team sees his of her career in grave jeopardy as the bombings continue...
14 May 1998
Now that he and his friends are discredited and professionally hurt, Mark figures out how the geographical pattern of the bombings fits the Sweeney family's grudge against the city, just in time to save all but one victim on the thus predicted next bomb site. For once Amanda's boyfriend, FBI Agent Ron Wagner, sees something clearer then our overstressed sleuths: if Carter just planned to clear his father, he should have done it in time to prevent the execution. Finding proof that Carter is the lover of ambitious ADA Sharon Ellison gets Steve reinstated. Even once she's found out and taken care of, Mark is convinced that's not the whole plot, and even after he gets to the next twist, there's a surprise cliffhanger to the next season.
24 September 1998
Carter Sweeney's vengeance against Dr. Sloan has taken the form of Carter's sister Caitlin bombing Community General, with Jessie trapped in the rubble with wounded Steve, Mark, and Amanda, who needs an emergency operation. Four months later, Caitlin robs a bank with her lover, the young leader of armed rebellion movement called ROAR, and Carter convinces the DA to grant him a transfer to a country club jail in exchange for information to help find her.
24 September 1998
When their favorite barbecue restaurant is about to go to out of business, Steve and Jesse are convinced it's a golden opportunity to revive it, so they prod Mark for a loan. But before either partner can attend to "BBQ Bob", the Sweenies kidnap Mark at his home. Carter blackmails him with more innocent bomb victims to think up a quick way to steal $100,000,000, allegedly to fund ROAR, the revolutionary movement against the "US shadow government". Caitlin's naive lover Aaron Ving may kill Mark at anytime and the sleuth's only hope is to find a way to tip off Steve as where to find them.
1 October 1998
Gold digger Philip Cobler and his bride Cindy Garrett were confident their carefully planned murder by poison on her father and his boss Wayde, for which his present wife Denise Garrett gets framed so they can inherit everything, was virtually foolproof even though it included Mark Sloan on the guest-list, and without him they probably could have winged everything that goes wrong at the last minute, but now Steve's investigation is destined to end with a last surprise for them.
8 October 1998
Instead of the parents, Mark receives a mistaken telephone call at home about the ransom instructions for kidnapped 6-year old Joey; when he turns up at the park chosen as the exchange scene, the desperate dad Ted gets shot, which makes Mark feel guilty. At the elaborately staged second attempt to pay up, Steve is sent through half of L.A., but as Mark suspects they discover the suitcase isn't filled with the ransom money, just newspapers. This leads Mark to think the the switch was made at the house, by whom and why...
15 October 1998
When Amanda prepares for an autopsy on another of the victims of a mass shooting with a bullet in his head, the unidentified "corpse" suddenly rises from the slab, knocks her out and disappears, but stays in the hospital and steals all he needs to operate on himself. After he violently deals with other people in his way, including kidnapping Jesse's girlfriend Susan, the NSA walks in, claiming he's an international terrorist, but Mark doesn't buy that story and guesses, once a major bacteriological infection is found in his blood, the even graver truth...
Season 6, Episode 6: Alienated29 October 1998
Dr. Jesse Travis is exhausted from his full-time ER job along with two medical drug trials. When Steve arranges for him a stay in a cabin near a lonely lake, he has a strange experience and is only found five days later in Utah. Steve himself gets picked up, grilled and thrown out by some mysterious government agents when he's looking for Jesse near a top-secret "nonexistent" military base. Jesse begins to believe he may have been abducted by aliens and it takes Mark a long time to understand the how and why of his young friend's frightening paranoia.
5 November 1998
When murder novelist Kay Ludlow has writer's block she stabs her agent to death just after his tirade to respect the Friday deadline no matter how and sets up several utterly false clues. Yet she didn't act on the spur of the moment nor had a motive for his death, she just wants to get inspiration from reality and thus provides herself with an alibi by having 'him' phone Mark Sloane in Community General, hoping to follow the investigation as Amanda is her regular technical adviser. She's delighted to see one of her dead-end suspects murdered in a copycat-like way, until it appears that she committed the second murder: she'll hang if neither murder is solved and if both are...
12 November 1998
Late at night Amanda witnesses on-line on 'Joannecam' the star stab-murder by a masked man who looks straight into the web-cam. Soon she finds herself the victim of such computer-engineered incidents as cancellation of her credit card for fictitious arrears and doctored traffic lights making her cause a car-crash. Jesse's cyber-café-friends track his computer down, but the 'stalker' anticipated that: it's the site of another stab-murder which he's showing on the web, as it turns out his sixth yet but not his last. Catching him will take superior sleuthing and hacking...