Family Ties – Hooten and Buck find themselves facing off in court against attorney Mitch Tompkins after a grieving son refuses to comply with his mother’s final wishes. Sydney’s outrage over the health of a morbidly obese 16-year-old boy further strains her relationship with Lieberman. And a seemingly harmless patient puts one of Chelsea General’s own in grave danger.
Wheels Within Wheels – Ty and Hooten suspect that a Supreme Court aspirant has a brain tumor, but surgery reveals something more shocking. Meanwhile, a difficult case tests Michelle; Sung and Tina clash over how to treat a writer suffering from epilepsy.
Truth or Consequences – The surgeons are left conflicted when Monday’s conference features a guest doctor detailing how a careless mistake killed a young patient. Elsewhere, Sydney and Villanueva treat a young man who attempted suicide; and Mark Ridgeway returns to avenge Ty and Tina’s adultery.
One Fine Day – A corpsman calls Ty and Tina from Afghanistan, hoping they can help a fellow marine with a severe head injury. Elsewhere, an infant’s unnatural laughter may be caused by a neurological problem; a legal entanglement upends Sung and Hooten when they try to reconcile a brain-dead patient’s significant others.
Communion – Villanueva’s son is a stabbing victim and is rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, Sung and Ty treat a concert violinist, and Buck receives a bizarre request from a kidney-transplant donor.
The Legend and the Fall – The cognitive abilities of Hooten’s mentor are questioned after he arrives at the wrong procedure on the wrong day. Elsewhere, a swimmer suffers a seizure in the emergency room; Tina performs a risky procedure; Sydney casts doubt on Lieberman’s talents.
Forks Over Knives – The surgeons are at odds when Tina wants to use an unorthodox procedure to treat a man’s obsessive-compulsive disorder. Elsewhere, a patient refuses care because of her religious beliefs; and a former patient sues Sung.
Who’s Sorry Now? – Sung is forced into a risk-management meeting after refusing to apologize to a deceased patient’s wife. Meanwhile, Ty and Michelle struggle with a moral quandary involving a possibly schizophrenic homeless man; Buck must face his insensitive nature upon being named in a lawsuit.
Deus Ex Machina – Sung, Hooten and Villanueva join forces to convince Trisha Miller, a 13-year-old girl with an advanced brain stem glioma, to try surgery one last time before giving up. Shaken from losing a patient, Ty turns to Dr. Tina Ridgeway for support. Meanwhile, Dr. Buck Tierney tries to bully resident Michelle Robideux into pronouncing a potential organ donor brain dead. And Sydney enlists Villanueva’s help diagnosing a patient under the care of internist Dr. John Lieberman.
Pilot – The professional and personal lives of doctors at a Portland, Ore., hospital are traced in this medical drama executive produced by David E. Kelley and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. In the premiere, Jorge Villanueva (Ving Rhames) treats a car-crash victim and Dr. Ty Wilson helps an 11-year-old with a soccer injury.