Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989–1993)


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Planning to surprise Wanda in Chicago, things take a turn for Doogie when his car breaks down in the desert leading to an unexpected encounter that puts his situation into perspective.


Brad Silberling


David E. Kelley (created by), Steven Bochco (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode credited cast:
Neil Patrick Harris ... Dr. Doogie Howser
Max Casella ... Vinnie Delpino
Belinda Montgomery ... Katherine Howser (credit only)
Lawrence Pressman ... Dr. Benjamin Canfield (credit only)
Kathryn Layng ... Nurse Curly Spaulding (credit only)
Lucy Boryer ... Janine Stewart (credit only)
Markus Redmond ... Raymond Alexander (credit only)
James Sikking ... Dr. David Howser (as James B. Sikking) (credit only)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Polly Blanchard Polly Blanchard ... Tiffany
John Durbin ... Death
David Graf ... Sam, desert mechanic
Todd Harrington Todd Harrington ... Cutest waiter
Denise Richards ... Alissa
Pamela Small Pamela Small ... Nina
Suzanne Tara Suzanne Tara ... Dayna


Doogie decides to drive to Chicago to see Wanda; Vinnie tags along. But when they reach the desert, the car breaks down. While waiting for it to be fixed, he literally bumps into a woman who gives him a pause to think about what he is doing. And the mechanic shows Vinnie his artistic side. Written by

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Comedy | Drama | Family







Release Date:

20 November 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Doogie and Vinnie initially decide to try to get to Chicago by 8 am the next day, it is already bright outside in Los Angeles. Even allowing for the very unlikely possibility that is only about 6 am, that gives them 24 hours to reach Chicago 2000 miles away (since Chicago is two time zones ahead of Los Angeles). This would require them to maintain an average speed of more than 80 mph for 24 hours straight - an extremely unfeasible goal, even disregarding the problems along the way. See more »


Shannon: Isn't it amazing? There didn't have to be a universe at all. And even if there did have to be a universe, it didn't have to be so beautiful. But it is. So beautiful.
Douglas 'Doogie' Howser: [Doogie turns his head toward Shannon]
Shannon: And here. In all of outer space, with all the places that the Sun and the Earth and the Moon could be. They're right here. In perfect alignment. Isn't it a miracle?
Shannon: [Shannon turns her head toward Doogie]
Douglas 'Doogie' HowserShannon: [Shannon and Doogie lean forward and kiss]
Douglas 'Doogie' Howser: But it can't last. Just tonight.
Shannon: Yeah. But maybe ...
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References Moonstruck (1987) See more »


How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
Performed by Michael Bolton
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