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Trapper John, M.D.

Medical television drama, spin-off of the film MASH, about a lovable doctor who becomes a mentor and father figure, running a teaching hospital in San Francisco. The series ran on CBS from September 1979 through September 1986.

(Episode number and Title)


95. FAT CHANCE

Against his better judgment, Trapper agrees to staple the stomach of an obese woman. Gonzo goes to unusual lengths to save Andrea's dog.

Director: Susan Oliver
Writer: Barry Howard Pollack
Guest Stars: Shirley Hemphill, Michael Tucci, Sandy Helberg, Anne Francis

108. IT'S ABOUT TIME

When his office ends up as a temporary storage dump for medical equipment from the WWI era, Trapper imagines how routine cases would have been treated at that time, and decides that SFM isn't quite a dinosaur after all.

Director: Leo Penn
Writer: Barry Howard Pollack
Guest Stars: Stoney Jackson, Silvana Gallardo, Kario Salem, Jonathan Goldsmith, Alan Oppenheimer, Victor Arnold

111. A CHANGE OF HEART

The heart of a brain-dead hockey player could save a twelve-year-old boy who needs a transplant, but the lawyer for the man who injured the player in a game gets an injunction saying that Gonzo cannot pronounce him legally dead.

Director: Michael Caffey
Writer: Barry H. Pollack
Guest Stars: Jason Presson, Hunter von Leer, Jack Andreozzi, Lincoln Kilpatrick

126. BAD BREAKS

A young child brought to the hospital with a broken leg turns out to have had several previous fractures, causing the doctors to suspect that he has been abused. Stanley tries to withdraw his deposit to a sperm bank after he finds out that E.J. is opposed to them.

Director: Walter Grauman
Teleplay: Barry H. Pollack, John Whelpley
Story: Barry H. Pollack
Guest Stars: Lance Kerwin, Lynnette Mettey, Freddye Chapman, Stuart Pankin, Karlene Crockett, Marcia Rodd

129. IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER

The parents of a boy who died after a car crash sue the hospital. The story of what happened when the boy was brought in is then told from the point of view of the father, Trapper, J.T. and another patient.

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Writer: Barry H. Pollack
Guest Stars: Richard Alfieri, Joanna Barnes, Marta Kristen, Allan Rich, William Wintersole

137. JUST AROUND THE CORONER

J.T. is working in pathology for a month, and comes across a case that looks like a surgical error. The surgeon was Trapper, who puts himself on suspension pending a review by the board then breaks his own rules when a woman requires emergency surgery.

Director: Leo Penn
Writer: Barry Howard Pollack
Guest Stars: Barbara Rhoades, Devon Ericson, Jonathan Goldsmith, Billy Drago, Dennis Burkley

151. STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

Stanley is impressed that Jesus has gotten a job as an orderly, and seems to be "going straight". But when the teen is admitted for stomach pains, it turns out that the cause is the drug-filled balloons he swallowed. J.T. is elected the intern representative to the hospital board, and discovers that there is more involved than free doughnuts.

Director: Charles Siebert
Writer: Barry H. Pollack
Guest Stars: Roxie Roker, Jesse D. Goins, Stewart Wilson-Turner, Israel Juarbe

Hotel

Prime time drama series which aired on ABC from September 1983 to May 1988. Based on Arthur Hailey's 1965 novel of the same name. Produced by Aaron Spelling and set in the elegant and ficticious S. Gregory Hotel in San Francisco. Episodes followed the activities of passing guests as well as the staff.

Writer, story - 2 episodes