Series / Chicago Hope

Chicago Hope is an American Medical Drama created by David E. Kelley that ran from 1994 to 2000. The cast included Mandy Patinkin, Maya Rudolph, and Hector Elizondo.

This series provides examples of:

  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The first season has "In Silence" as the theme song for the Japanese version and "Winter Fall for the second season.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Dr. Jeffrey Geiger. Briliant cardiac surgeoon, loyal friend, but unhinged because his mentally ill wife had drowned their infant son. Among his many eccentricities was a habit of locking himself in his office so that he could think procedures through — without his slacks(he considered the 'swishing' sound of his pant legs touching as he paced distracting).
  • Code Silver: A patient's brother demands a donor heart at gunpoint. The doctors manage to talk him down, but in desperation, he kills himself so that his brother can have his heart.
  • Crossover: With Early Edition (characters from Chicago Hope appearing in an episode of Early Edition) and Picket Fences (in both directions).
  • Happily Married: Billy and Diane.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Geiger and Shutt.
  • The Mad Hatter: Dr. Geiger, justifying his own God-complex to a review board, explains that because he thinks he's God, he never gets distracted by self-doubt.
    "Who's kiddin' who? Personally, I'm a mess. Should you let your sister marry me? Not a chance. But if her heart stops, you want her on my table."
  • Medical Drama
  • Musical Episode: In the fourth-season episode "Brain Salad Surgery", Dr. Aaron Shutt suffered a brain aneurysm that caused him to hallucinate the rest of the hospital staff singing and dancing.
  • Orphaned Punchline:
    (elevator doors open)
    Dr. Shutt: There is no getting through to you! It's like that joke about the Pope, the penguin and the agnostic! (steps out of the elevator)
    Tom Wilmette: Um, I'm not familiar.
    Dr. Shutt: (looks at his watch, then gets back on the elevator) I'll tell it fast. Phone rings at the Vatican, pope picks it up...
    (elevator doors close)
  • Parody Episode: When the doctors of Chicago Hope get blamed for the death of a famous actor, the episode is shown as an Entertainnment Tonight exclusive.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: Danny Nyland gets demoted from ER chief to ER underling for sleeping with a patient's fiancee. (The patient is very rich.) He then spends a season in open warfare with his replacement, alienating most of the staff. Finally he gets charged with murder and taken away in handcuffs when a gangbanger dies on his table. A later episode does show that he remained a free man and became a priest.
  • Replaced the Theme Tune: The series' original trumpet-led theme was replaced by a more urgent one in the vein of ER, which was its competitor.
  • Shout-Out: Dr. Kathryn Austin was a recipient of the Cushing Left Anterior Descending Artery Award, previously featured in St. Elsewhere.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Played with. A woman suffers a miscarriage and her husband dies of a heart attack on the same day. She convinces the doctors to artificially inseminate her with her husband's sperm before they too die off and she successfully becomes pregnant. That this is medically impossible(since once a miscarriage occurs, a woman's menstrual cycle starts again) is ignored.
  • Take That!:
    • The handful of zingers taken at the show ER and its cast—when asked what he thinks of George Clooney, a character confusedly replies, "I don't know who that is."
    • Ironic considering that ER thoroughly trounced Chicago Hope in the ratings (and ran for more than twice as long), despite critics initially claiming the former show had no chance against the latter.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal : Doctor Billy Kronk, a very manly hockey player, starts dating Mia Sara. When she informs that she has something to tell him, he says that he already knows... that she has fake boobs and he's fine with it, she informs him that she actually used to be his best friend and hockey teammate in high school.