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Adelle Coffin 

Sean and Christian prepare for their upcoming recertification test, but Sean is distracted by recent news.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Sean McNamara
... Dr. Christian Troy
... Matt McNamara (credit only)
... Grace Santiago (credit only)
... Julia McNamara
... Sumner Charles
... Dr. Hiroshi
... Adelle Coffin
... Dr. Merril Bobolit
... Megan O'Hara
... Hedda Grubman
Steven Anderson ... Doctor
... Jim O'Hara
... Guard
... Dr. Liz Cruz


Sean is shocked Christian, who operates a patient with hospital phobia whose fingers got severed, switched middle- and index finger and didn't even admit it when Liz pointed the error out; Christian now completely loses his professional self-respect. Megan's doctor warns her the benefits of treatments no longer outweigh the contras; tired of fighting she decides after throwing up in a fancy restaurant she wants euthanasia. Sumner Charles asks a scrotum lift, his fiancée Mrs. Grubman a vaginal rejuvenation, and demands both under her free deal but Sean must do her. Both surgeons and Merril Bobolit must take an official 10-yearly test, on cadaver heads; Troy fears he'll fail because his, an old lady, is too small, so Sean suggests he practices- hearing about a similar woman's recent accident, he goes to the morgue for the Jane Doe- the night clerk allows it in exchange for a chin job. Sean imagines his cadaver head starts talking to him about Megan and Julia, which convinces him to help... Written by KGF Vissers

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30 September 2003 (USA)  »

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In the morgue scene when Christian is about to practice on the corpse's (Jane Doe) head, you can clearly see the actress swallow as well as her pulse beating in her neck. See more »


Sean McNamara: [Sean and Christian are talking about how their recertification cadavar bodies died] How did your head die?
Christian Troy: Heart attack. Yours?
Sean McNamara: Suicide. Do you believe in that?
Christian Troy: [pauses] I think that if a person is in a great deal of pain, physical or spiritual, and they've exhausted all their options, I wouldn't judge them for it. I'd say a silent prayer and hope death brought them the piece of mind live never could give them.
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Best of Season 1
29 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

This episode, 'Adelle Coffin', is truly the most powerful, moving, and saddening episode of Season 1. Sean's affair with Megan escalates to a heartbreaking end to their relationship, and it begins to greatly affect his work. Mrs. Grubman continues to be an ongoing annoyance. Both Christian and Sean must take the normal test for plastic surgeons that involves operating on heads, and Sean gets so depressed that he begins to imagine the head is talking to him.

'Adelle Coffin' is the best episode of Season 1, although the finale does come close. With all of the emotional drama finally reaching its peak, there couldn't have been anything better.

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