Emergency!: Season 1, Episode 2

Botulism (29 Jan. 1972)

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After being the center of practical jokes, John conspires his revenge. Dixie is worried about a student nurse, whose performances are above Dr. Brackett's personality, who also shows a lot ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Parker (as Calvin Bartlett)
Anne Whitfield ...
Pam Parker
Myron Gilmore
Virginia Vincent ...
Martha Gilmore
Tim Donnelly ...
Marco López ...
Fireman Marco Lopez (as Marco Lopez)
Mike Stoker ...
Dick Hammer ...
Captain Hammer
William Stevens ...
Wilma Jacobs


After being the center of practical jokes, John conspires his revenge. Dixie is worried about a student nurse, whose performances are above Dr. Brackett's personality, who also shows a lot of displeasure. A man breaks his back falling off a tower. A woman fakes an illness. Dr. Early's stethoscope becomes lodged in his ear. A man brought into the hospital from a movie set is the first indication of an outbreak of botulism. A boy is trapped in a condemned building. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (brothergaryii@gmail.com)

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Dr. Brackett, touted for his expertise and reputation, orders the paramedics to start an IV of "DW5" for a patient at her home. The correct term is "D5W", which stands for 'Dextrose 5% in Water'. No medical professional would ever call it DW5. Even a first year student nurse knows that it is called D5W. See more »


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Paramedic Roy DeSoto: Man, you sure are dedicated.
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Poor Johnny!
11 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode we watch our brave men rescue a man hanging from a tower, rescue two people with botulism, and rescue a little boy trapped in an old, abandoned building. Dr. Bracket leads his team in discovering the source to the food poisoning, fighting off the press and racing against time to contact the person he believes is responsible. Meanwhile, Johnny tries to solve the mystery of who the practical joker is - his practical joker! He comes up with a good plan, but...Poor Johnny!

There's just something special about these episodes. I just love how everyone is so accepted by each other and respected. The writers put just enough humor in the mix to give each episode a little more punch. Everybody has their own character, and they do a good job staying in this character. I also love the essence of the medical alertness. For instance, when the man with the injured back asks for pain, Roy wastes no time and declares, "Let me give it to you straight..." there is no need to add unbelievable drama content to this. The men are such great actors that even though Roy is talking harshly to the man, we know he is deeply sympathetic for the man's pain.

Even with the various story lines, we are able to keep up with what's going on the whole time! Emergency is something special - the best medical show ever made!!!

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