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L. A. Doctors

Season 1 1998 - 1999

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  • 1998-09-21T04:00:00Z on CBS
  • 45 mins
  • 18 hours, 0 mins (24 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama
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Welcome to the L.A. Doctors guide at TV Tome.
L.A. Doctors is a professional, well-made medical drama about a trio of successful Los Angeles physicians, Roger Cattan, Tim Lonner and Evan Newman. They all care for their patients and want to help them as best as possible. But in order to do so, they have to turn their back on the HMO's corporate red tape and practice the kind of medicine where the patients - not the money - matter more. Together, they put their careers on the line and open their own practice to save patients and give them the treatment they deserve. The three friends join forces with beatiful gynaecologist Sarah Church and they often bend both law and order in their quest to cure both sickness and soul.
The series focuses on these four doctors as well as their families and patients. All the leading actors deliver solid performances: Ken Olin as Roger Cattan, Matt Craven as Tim Lonner, Rick Roberts as Evan Newman and Sheryl Lee as Sarah Church. The recurring ch

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24 episodes

1x01 Pilot

  • Series Premiere

    1998-09-21T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

1x02 Under the Radar

  • 1998-09-28T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Tim's old friend Billy Andrews is dying from AIDS and asks Tim to get him marihuana as it helps with the pain. Knowing that Suzanne went to Woodstock, Tim asks her but Suzanne is concerned the partners will wrongfully suspect she uses drugs and decides to keep her mouth shut. A nervous woman, Alice Springs, comes to Evan for a physical to give to her boss as she is to start working full-time. Roger takes Tim to a dealer to get marihuana but they are busted by the cops and arrested. Late at night, Sarah catches Alice going through the archives, looking for her patient's file. Evan learns through Alice's test results that she has lupus. Alice tells Evan that if her boss finds out, she'll never get the full-time job she so desperately needs. Kelly worries the divorce is affecting Nick and asks Evan to talk to him. The media-happy Roger and his equal-minded attorney, Warren Spillman, go out to the media and make a speech on how important it is to get marihuana to sick people. Tim and Evan

1x03 A Prayer for the Lying

  • 1998-10-05T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

After much fuss, Roger convinces the other partners they should buy a patient list from Dr. Daniel Dalsky, who's about to retire. Roger pays a great deal for the list but figures it'll be lucrative anyway as there are lots of celebrities on the list. Sarah examines her patient, Rosalind, who's finally pregnant after trying for seven years. Sarah discovers Rosalind has a serious infection that needs surgery but this may jeopardize the baby's life. Evan is called to the home of Robert and Carol Edwards to check on their daughter, Tiana. Tiana, a former wild rebel, almost died in an accident some time back and has since become a strict religious. Now she's sick but she believes that only God can save her and gets Evan to promise not to take her to the hospital. Roger celebrates the new patient list at a fancy restaurant with his date Alyssa, Tim and Julie, Evan, and Sarah and her unsympathetic husband Steven. An awkward situation arises as Kelly comes into the same restaurant with a date.

1x04 Fear of Flying

  • 1998-10-12T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Evan has a bizarre sexual fantasy about Kelly. Roger thinks it has to do with the fact that Evan hasn't had sex since the divorce. Kelly brings Tim bad news: the twins' alcoholic mother has cleaned up her act and may get the parental right back. Tim is frustrated but Kelly reminds him he knew this could happen when he agreed to be foster parent. Roger's stepmother Mildred is hospitalized with some gall bladder problem. However, Roger soon clashes with the obnoxious second year resident that treats her as he finds evidence that Mildred's real problem is a cardiac infarction. Roger has never really gotten along with his stepmother, and his dad, Vincent, is no man of emotions and dislikes it when Roger announces that Mildred needs surgery. A depressed Tim loses it when Nina tells him the insurance company SteadyCare refuses to cover the medical bills for one of their patients so they must send the patient a bill. Despite submitting a claim form several times, it has been declined each tim

1x05 Whither Thou Goest

  • 1998-10-19T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Kelly goes to Roger with her fear of cancer, which is common in her family. Just as Roger is examining her breasts, Evan walks in for what becomes a very awkward moment. Kelly wants Roger to perform a test, which will show how big her chances are of getting cancer. Evan is angry that she has gone to Roger with this instead of him and thinks the test is a bad idea. Tim's patient, Mark, is hospitalized and put under the care of Dr. Meyer. Tim notices a big, alarming bruise on Mark and calls for a duplex scan. But Dr. Meyer won't hear of it; she refuses to waste any money on a needless scan. Sarah prescribes some anti-depressive drugs for her ex-boyfriend John, but perhaps Sarah could need some of those herself as her domestic situation is deteriorating. Steven finally gets a job writing a screenplay for a movie but even though he hasn't worked in ages, he turns it down. Sarah is greatly frustrated. In order to scan Mark, Tim bribes a hospital technician named Jared. It turns out that Mar

1x06 Classic Evan

  • 1998-10-26T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Tim is frustrated that the twins' mother, Rosie, seems to be cleaning up her act and starts visiting the twin girls. He and Julie argue about it. Tim also faces another problem: his patient Ruth is very ill but just as she is about to go into surgery, she gets hysterical and puts up a violent struggle. Why is she so scared of operations? Evan punches popular radio host Jay Johnson right in the face after he provokes him greatly during a hockey game. As Evan later examines him, they make friends and Jay persuades Evan to appear on his radio show. Roger is auctioned away to a woman at a charity auction. One of Roger's celebrity patients, Reggie Miller, has also been auctioned away - for $10.000 - and Roger keeps his mouth shut about the fact that he himself went for $1.500. Jay, who has an obvious drug problem, embarrasses Evan during the radio show and later steals his prescription pad and uses it to get drugs for himself. Tim wonders if some sort of childhood trauma could be the root t

1x07 Maybe It's You

  • 1998-11-02T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Evan is stunned when he accidentally sees Steven kissing another woman. He wonders if he should tell Sarah but Roger doesn't think it's a good idea. Sarah's patient, Phoebe Mosely, is frustrated: she hasn't had sex with her husband in months. Things just haven't been the same since they got married. Meanwhile, Evan treats Phoebe's husband, Pete, who reveals he has problems getting a proper erection. Evan gives him Viagra. Patrick is frustrated to find Suzanne, Nina and Felicity drooling over a bunch of fireman that come to consult Tim. Their fellow fireman, Bob Wyczenzki, snores so terribly that none of them are able to sleep. Roger is concerned when he discovers big bruises on his patient, Sandy Rowlands. He fears she's being beaten by her husband, Ron, and goes by their house to confront Ron. But it turns out Roger was wrong: Ron didn't give Sandy those bruises - it was their autistic teenage son Denny. Evan doesn't tell Sarah anything about Steven. However, Sarah is worried none the

1x08 The Code

  • 1998-11-09T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Roger's patient Rebecca Williams has agreed to undergo a fat suction. Dr. Keith Burke, the chief of plastic surgery and also an old colleague and friend of Roger, performs the surgery on Rebecca and everything seems to go smooth. But shortly after, complications arrive and Rebecca almost dies. Her worried father, Corbin, asks Roger to find out if Keith screwed up? Rosie keeps spending time with the twin girls but she's unable to stay clear of the drugs and nearly ODs. Tim saves her life and later, Rosie asks him if he can get her into one of those detoxication programs. Tim agrees to help but only if she waves her parental rights. Rosie is devastated but has to accept the deal. Suzanne goes through an old issue of 'Playgirl' and is suddenly alarmed: one of the impressively ""equipped"" models bears an uncanny resemblance to Patrick. Suzanne bets with Nina and Felicity and reluctantly they ask Evan if he can settle the bet by peeking at Patrick in the lavatory. Evan absolutely refuses and

1x09 What About Bob?

  • 1998-11-16T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Roger is very happy with his sexy date Autumn but out of the blue she tells him she's getting married! An elderly black man named Bob arrives at the practice. He doesn't sign in; just sits there. Nina starts asking him question and Bob tells her there's nothing wrong with him. He's just come there to die! Don Claybourne arrives at the practice for treatment but his hateful attitude and racist remarks towards Nina make him an unpopular guy. In fact, Tim is so provoked by Don's racist attitude that he has troubles treating him at all. Bob is spreading his words of wisdom to Roger and the others. It turns out that Bob used to live in this very building when he was a kid back when it was an apartment building. Now he's come back to die. Sarah is filling in for another doctor and has to deal with a couple of childbirths. One of her patients, the very young Courtney Wilkes, is about to give birth and she is not very cooperative. However, Sarah is worried about Courtney and orders some tests.

1x10 Nate Expectations

  • 1998-11-30T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Tim is sad to inform his long-term patient and friend, Nate Bergold, that he is dying from cancer. Frustrated that there's nothing he can do for Nate, Tim suggests alternative treatment and they agree on a clinic in Mexico. However, Nates' wife Phyllis and their daughter Melanie dislike the idea and think the clinic is bogus. Nick is living with Evan while Kelly is out of town with Winnie. Evan is busy right now with many patients and Nick is getting bored. He announces that he certainly doesn't want to become a doctor, and Evan feels like a lousy dad. However, Nick reassures him he's a good father. Sarah's 42-year-old patient, Louise Gorman, has four sons and is desperately trying to get a girl. She and her husband are sort of disappointed to learn that Louise is carrying a boy. Roger agrees to temporarily take over for a ""hotel doctor"" at a fancy hotel where several models hang out. Despite objections from Phyllis and Melanie, Nate and Tim go to Mexico, and Nate seems better than eve

1x11 Leap of Faith

  • 1998-12-07T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Roger is having an affair with Jill, one of the doctors on his rounds. Jill is very talented but Roger is still being kind of hard on her. Evan asks Kelly out on a date to see what happens and she agrees. Tim and Julie are crushed when they have to send the twin girls with Rosie for two weeks. Rosie has really cleaned up her act and Tim is convinced she'll soon have the girls back for good. Sarah is thrilled to discover that she is pregnant and shares the happy new with everyone at the clinic. Tim is approached by Robert Brooks, whose mother Mrs. Brooks keeps talking to her dead husband. She is aware that he is dead but she is still convinced that she can see him and talk to him. Mrs. Brooks also suffers headaches and Tim takes some tests. All of a sudden, Sarah suffers from stomach cramps and she is rushed to the hospital, where she is put under the care of Dr. Weiss. Sarah receives bad news; the fetus isn't in the uterus, it's in the tube and has to removed right away. Roger asks Jil

1x12 Endless Bummer

  • 1998-12-14T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Tim suddenly starts shaking while examining a patient and can hardly hold on to his balance. Suzanne and Evan are worried about him but Tim just brushes it off. Roger is surprised when he bumps into and old acquaintance at the hospital; Eleanor Riggs, who is an old college girlfriend that he once loved passionately. Roger is excited about seeing her again but then he finds out from Eleanor's former doctor that she suffers from a terminal, inoperable tumor. Trying to compensate as he's probably losing the twin girls, Tim goes to donate his bone marrow to a very sick young boy. However, the kid's doctor, Dr. Grant, refuses to let him go through with it because Tim's blood pressure is way too high. Roger confronts Eleanor about not telling him of her illness. He insists on trying to help her but Eleanor has come to terms with the fact the's going to die and just wants to spend time with Roger instead. Meanwhile, Tom Arnold drops by the clinic and Felicity scares him with her depressing Y2

1x14 Just Duet

  • 1999-01-18T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Sarah's patient Patricia Kingsley is close to dying from cancer when Sarah discovers she has a husband, Hugo. Sarah locates Hugo to convince him to be at his wife's deathbed and soon discovers why he has stayed away; Hugo is horribly disfigured (looking a lot like the Elephant Man). Roger is happily surprised when Eleanor unexpectedly reappears. She is getting sicker, though, and Tom Florin says she needs to have the tumor removed right away. To Roger's great relief, Eleanor agrees to the operation; she wants to live so she can be with him. Evan finds Patrick's behavior towards a patient, opera singer Francesca Lucchesi, inappropriate. Francesca has problems with her voice, and Patrick (who seems to have a crush on her) suggests to Evan that she may have tuberculosis like the character she is to play in the LA Opera. Evan gets her to take a test to find out, and Francesca worries. Everyone looks strangely at Hugo but he gets to be with his wife as she dies. Afterwards, he collapses due

1x15 True Believers

  • 1999-01-25T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Roger is forced to hurriedly perform an operation in order to save the life of a young boy, Kevin. But in order to same Kevin, Roger must amputate the boy's leg, something which greatly upsets both the Kevin and his father. Meanwhile, Evan must take care of his insane patient Charlie, who believes aliens are going to come to his aid.

1x16 Baby It's Cold Outside

  • 1999-02-08T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

With Kelly and Winnie out of town, Evan drops Nick off at school a bit early. Nick's school friend Krista Lawrence is also around, and Evan also meets Nick's sexy science teacher, Donna Basher. Suddenly, without warning, someone starts shooting! There's a mad gunman loose! Back at the clinic, the others are completely unaware of what has happened. They wonder where Evan is and struggle to take care of all the patients. Sarah helps to deliver a baby for Mr. and Mrs. Simms, a black couple. However, their child turns out to be white and despite Sarah's theory that it may the result of latent genes from old family generations, Mr. Simms suspects his wife of cheating and orders a paternity test. Meanwhile, Evan, Donna and Louis, the janitor, struggle to reach the police. From his secret hiding place, the madman shoots Donna. The police arrive but can't find the shooter anywhere. They suspect he's inside the building but don't dare to enter yet. Time is running out and Evan has to use some v

1x17 Immaculate Deception

  • 1999-02-15T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Eleanor is feeling dizzy and nauseous, so Roger takes her to see Dr. Florin. It turns out there's nothing wrong - the tumor is completely gone. In fact, Eleanor is pregnant! Roger and Eleanor are both surprised (she's 42 after all) but Eleanor is depressed because she think Roger doesn't want a baby. However, she is wrong as Roger is in fact extremely happy. Another surprise pregnancy is one the way too, as Sarah informs her patients Kate and Andy Markin that they're expecting. The couple is ecstatic as they thought they couldn't have children. Roger is impressed by the efforts of talented and dedicated intern Dennis DiMayo. Dennis wants a surgery performed on patient Maria Sandoval but she turns out to be an illegal immigrant and the hospital is eager to release her. Roger gives Maria's chart and tells him to hide it so she can't be discharged. Eleanor asks Sarah for advice. She's wondering whether or not to stop taking her medicine as she fears it could hurt the fetus. Dennis tells R

1x18 Denial

  • 1999-03-01T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Tim brings in three-year-old Zach Field to the hospital. Zach is slowly dying form Canavans and thanks to bureaucracy, the parents have been waiting for him to get treatment for over 1 1/2 years. Suzanne worries when Felicity's behavior shows signs of a compulsive disorder. She goes to Roger with her worries. Zach's only hope for survival is gene therapy but this is still in a trying phase and the board won't go ahead with it. Tim finds out that Roger has a friend on the gene therapy board, Dr. Megan Todd. Tim convinces Megan to give the OK for Zach to get treatment but the board votes her down. Tim the alienates Megan by calling her a coward. Roger snaps at Tim as the hospital has now lost a valuable asset in Megan. Kelly is upset after the shooting at Nick's school. She wants to move far away but Evan doesn't want to leave the practice. Kelly announces she'll take the children and go anyway. Evan promises to fight her on this. Roger confronts Felicity with having a compulsive disorde

1x19 Where the Rubber Hits the Road

  • 1999-03-08T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Roger is arrested for battery after he amputated Kevin Raives' leg (ep #15). Kevin's father sues Roger for all he's got. Ronny Wilcox, one of Evan's old patients, is dying from ALS. He wants to die with dignity and asks Evan to get him in contact with someone who can help him commit suicide. Evan is very reluctant but after Ronny nearly shoots himself, Evan takes the gun and agrees to help. Dr. Doug Carter, who performed the amputation on Kevin, testifies against Roger - saying the situation was not life threatening and the amputation wasn't necessary. The case looks dark and Roger is too concerned to share Eleanor's enthusiasm with the baby. Meanwhile, Sarah and the other try to help with the practice as best as possible. Roger feels guilty that Evan and Tim may also lose all thanks to his mistake with Kevin. Evan gets hold of a doctor called Howard to assist Ronny with his suicide. Roger's attorney does his best to prove that the only reason Kevin is suing is because his greedy fathe

1x20 The Life Lost in Living

  • 1999-03-22T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Roger must treat his old patient Vince Duralde, who is soon to be executed for murdering his pregnant wife as he though someone else was the baby's father. But now Vince has changed drastically: he has trouble speaking, suffers from blackouts and doesn't remember killing his wife. Tests reveal he has changed due to a brain tumor and he's no longer mentally competent. Therefore he can't be executed unless the tumor is surgically removed. Martial arts star Sammo Hung comes by the practice and melts Felicity's heart. Sammo has problems performing his demanding stunts but Tim discovers he's injured his wrists after answering too much fan mail. Less typing and he'll be fine. Nick injures his leg rollerblading and needs surgery. Evan asks Sarah if she can get her renowned surgeon father, Dr. Edmund Church, to do the operation. However, Edmund's hand starts shaking during the operation and a nervous Evan commands him out of the OR. Edmund is furious. Sarah is also outraged when Evan accuses h

1x21 O Captain, My Captain

  • 1999-04-19T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

The arrival of a new female doctor, the controversial Leanne Barrows, causes reactions from Evan, who immediately dislikes her and questions her morals. A young girl is found beaten into a coma and no one has a clue who she is. But after a male nurse recognizes the girls from a porno movie, Tim sets out to find out who she is.
(Sorry! A more fulfilling summary will come soon!)

1x22 Que Sera, Sarah

  • 1999-04-26T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Evan is developing strong feelings for Sarah. But then Sarah suddenly meets Phillip Gant, an old friend, and his patient Dennis Rodman. Sarah is thrilled to see Phillip again; Evan on the other hand is jealous. Roger drives Eleanor to her ultrasound when another car drives by them. Roger is annoyed and starts competing until the other car pulls up right in front of him. Eleanor hits her head quite hard and then Dave, the angry, muscular man from the other car, assaults their car. However, Dave suddenly falls to the ground in pain. Tim is approached by Carol Weller about her grown up daughter Stephanie - a long term patient of Tim's. Stephanie is retarded but she and her new boyfriend Mark (also retarded) desperately want a baby. Carol knows they can't take care of baby and fears she'll be stuck with it. Frustrated, she considers going to Mexico to get Stephanie sterilized. Roger is very concerned as Eleanor suffers from headaches after hitting her head. He forces her to take an MRI to

1x23 Every Picture Tells a Story

  • 1999-05-03T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Roger and Eleanor are visiting Roger's old childhood friend Charlie Dorland, a famed painter, and his wife Nicole. Suddenly, Charlie suffers a seizure and is rushed to the hospital. Suzanne is in seventh heaven with her new boyfriend Jason Brody. Another couple is also very much in love: Evan and Sarah. They make love at the practice in nearly all the offices, but later they are unable to retrieve some of their personal items. Oh uh! What if anyone finds out? Sarah and Evan try to act very casual but they try a bit too hard. Besides, the others find it weird that they keep searching through all the furniture. Suzanne introduces Jason to Leanne. Later, Jason approaches Leanne after learning she often uses untraditional ways to cure patients. He wonders if she can help him cure Hepatitis C. Leanne is surprised to learn of Jason's condition and appalled when Jason says that Suzanne doesn't know. Roger tells Charlie that they've found much Cadmium in his blood. Charlie uses Cadmium in his

1x24 Forty-Eight Minutes

  • 1999-05-10T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Roger, Tim, Evan and Sarah are on their way to a medical conference in Palm Springs when they are suddenly involved in a serious road accident on a bridge. An ambulance, an empty bus and some other cars are also involved. Everyone seems to be alright but Sarah, who was driving, is stuck behind the wheel. While Evan attends to her, Roger and Tim look after the other injured victims. Vinny, a guy from the ambulance, is getting much worse. Roger tries to get one of the less injured crash victims, Burt, to help out but Burt is not the helpful type. Instead he lights a cigarette - causing the ambulance to go up in the air in a giant explosion. Vinny suffers cardiac arrest and thanks to traffic jam, it's impossible to get him to a hospital. Roger rushes to pharmacy to get some adrenalin but gets into major problems when he is unable to pay. Meanwhile, Sarah starts to get weaker. She can't feel her legs and she has internal bleedings. Roger finally manages to get the supplies he need and retu

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