Budget shortages threaten to close the hospital for good. Grad and Kronk fight to save a baby’s life in the African wilderness. Wilmette has Austin arrested for kidnapping their daughter.
Wilkes faces criminal charges after he helps a badly injured drug dealer escape prosecution. Austin comforts her dying father. Watters asks an old friend, Dr. Jack McNeil, to head the Orthopedics Department. Grad returns from Africa.
A groom is rushed to the emergency room when his parachute stunt turns tragic. Grad begins making rounds - only to encounter a difficult patient who makes her life miserable. A bag containing the cremated remains of Austin’s father is stolen by a thief.
Watters uses a risky technique to freeze a patient’s cancerous tumor. A young female cyclist’s athletic career is jeopardized after she is diagnosed with arthritis.
Shutt takes sole credit for inventing an important new medical device despite Carr’s invaluable input. Austin performs a delicate heart transplant operation on a newborn. A film crew encroaches on the surgeons’ space during the shooting of a commercial.
Kronk returns from Africa—only to be threatened by a gang member whose brother was critically injured in a shooting. A couple decide to carry their baby to term despite the child’s terminal condition.
Shutt grapples with an ethical dilemma when a Death Row inmate requests that his life be terminated during an upcoming operation. Watters unwittingly befriends an amnesiac. Romance blossoms between McNeil and an old girlfriend.
Doctors attempt to determine whether an organ donor who was apparently killed in a fall is brain dead; a young woman clings to life as she awaits a lung transplant.
Kronk suspects his longtime friend may have shot a police officer. Hancock asks Wilkes to volunteer his time at a free clinic. Wilder exacts revenge on McNeil. A resident resigns from the hospital.
Austin is torn by an ethical dilemma when a woman from an Old World Japanese family is diagnosed with terminal cancer. A jockey asks McNeil to perform a risky operation to save his career.
McNeil attempts to graft an accident victim’s left hand onto his right arm. Armed guards deliver a mummy to the hospital. A woman finds herself attracted to her brutish ex-husband after he suffers memory loss.
Wilkes proposes a radical surgical procedure to save the life of a suicidal man stricken with cancer. McNeil befriends a young patient whose father apparently has little time for his family.
A woman faces losing both her children after her automobile is involved in a hit-and-run collision. A couple decides to see their baby to term despite the health risk it poses to the mother. Hancock’s shooter is brought to trial.
White supremacists seize a group of hostages inside a grocery market. Kronk and Austin put themselves in harm’s way to save the life of a supremacist’s son. Nyland, McNeil, Wilkes and Shutt operate on a policeman injured during a shoot-out.
Shutt’s old friend, a practical jokester, claims he is dying of cancer; Wilkes’ wife has a miscarriage; Shutt encounters Geiger in a hotel lobby; and a patient dies after Nyland and Wilkes clash over a diagnosis.
Austin’s friend undergoes fertility treatments. Shutt opts for experimental gene therapy when Stockton’s health deteriorates. A cancer patient requests marijuana to ease her pain.
Austin and Wilmette travel to Washington where they attend a Senate Sub-committee conference on the nation’s health care crisis. The opportunity arises for Marina to adopt a baby from a pregnant teenager.
Watters and Shutt’s proposal for operating Chicago Hope angers many doctors. A whiny, rotund patient with dubious symptoms tests Wilkes’ patience. Kronk fibs on an insurance report.
Shutt meets his real father. Watters and his estranged son aid a wounded gangbanger. Austin befriends a dying eleven-year-old genius.
Nyland is seriously injured in a car accident. Austin fights to save the life of a Pulitzer Prize-winning author in need of a heart transplant. McNeil loses the last of his savings in a poker game.
A woman who tested positive for a breast cancer gene requests a double mastectomy. Nyland empathizes with an unconscious Jane Doe. Austin pressures her daughter to apply to a private all-girl school.
A newspaper reporter authors a profile on Austin. McNeil’s gambling addiction influences his decision to operate on a dying infant. Kronk and Grad have second thoughts about their engagement.
Sara’s friend is fatally injured during a baseball game. Watters’ former commanding officer in Vietnam refuses treatment for severe arthritis. Shutt guest-hosts a television talk show. Wilkes catches Ricky taking medical supplies from the hospital.
An Assistant State’s Attorney launches an investigation after the mother of a mortally-wounded gangbanger accuses the hospital of letting her son die.
Nyland is charged with murder. Grad tells Kronk that she and Shutt kissed. A loopy teenager thinks McNeil is his father. Emma asks Watters if he will move with her to Paris.
Geiger and Austin perform a highly experimental heart operation. Kronk asks Grad to help him end his ailing father’s life. A woman claims to have experienced a holy vision in the hospital lobby.