Doogie Howser, M.D.

Whose Mid-Life Crisis Is It Anyway?

Season 1, Ep 21, Aired 3/14/90
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  • Episode Description
  • Feeling beaten to the punch when someone else publishes work similar to his own research of six years, David thinks it may be time to retire, leaving Doogie and Katherine to figure out how to get him to reconsider.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Neil Patrick Harris

    Douglas "Doogie" Howser

  • Lawrence Pressman

    Dr. Benjamin Canfield

  • Belinda Montgomery

    Katherine O'Brien Howser

  • James B. Sikking

    Dr. David Howser

  • Kathryn Layng

    Nurse Curly Spaulding

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Mrs. Howser (smiling forcedly): This is not happening. Doogie, answer this for me, has he flipped? Doogie: Well I... I still think he's in a mood. It's gotten more intense, but I believe it's temporary. Mrs. Howser: Can you imagine him around this house everyday, sawing and banging away? Doogie: That thought is frightening.

    • Dr. Howser (grunting in pain): Was the human body meant to do this? Dr. Canfield: Yes, but our bodies haven't been human for twenty-thirty years. (Dr. Howser laughs) Dr. Canfield: The exercise bikes are pretty safe. Dr. Howser: Good idea.

    • Vinnie: What you doin'? Doogie: Oh, I'm throwing all these old medical journals out. Vinnie: Why? Doogie: Well, I've memorized most of them. Vinnie: I got my favorite educational journal memorized too. Doogie: Which one? Vinnie: Playboy. It's like weird. I've all kinds of trouble in history class but I can tell you that Miss July 1987's favorite pastimes are snow skiing, riding horses and baking. Is there some kind of medical term for what I got? Doogie: I think you'd be diagnosed as a horndog.

    • Doogie's Journal Entry: March 10, 1990... Tonight my dad heard people say things about him you usually don't hear until you're dead. He couldn't ask for a better reason to go on living.

    Notes (1)

    • The German episode title is "Was heißt hier Krise?", meaning "What's this Crisis Here?"

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode title: "Whose Mid-Life Crisis Is It Anyway?" Based on the title of Whose Life Is It Anyway? A 1972 TV movie later turned into a stage play and finally a 1981 motion picture.

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