Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Finale

    Aired 7/15/04

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Shoulda' Stood in Bed

    Aired 7/8/04

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Seizure Day

    Aired 7/1/04

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    On the Third Day

    Aired 6/24/04

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Butterfingers

    Aired 4/29/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ed Begley Jr.

    Dr. Jesse James

  • Bruce Davison

    Dr. Stegman

  • Diane Ladd

    Sally Druse

  • Meagen Fay

    Brenda Abelson

  • Andrew McCarthy

    Dr. Hook

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  • Using the Danish miniseries "Riget" (a.k.a. "The Kingdom") as a point of inspiration, master of horror Stephen King gives Kingdom Hospital a unique and menacing American touch. Kingdom is a hospital whose bizarre population includes a brilliant surgeon who lives in the basement, a nearly blind security guard and a nurse who regularly faints at the sight of blood. But when patients and staff hear the voice of a girl crying through the halls and a patient destined for life as a paraplegic miraculously recovers, they are dismissive of any suggestion of mysticism or unseen powers at their own peril. Andrew McCarthy (plays Dr. Hook, a surgeon who lives in the hospital basement. Oscar nominee Diane Ladd (Alice) is Mrs. Druse, a hypochondriac whose psychic abilities lead her to the hospital. Fellow Oscar nominee Bruce Davison (The Practice & X-Men) will play Dr. Stegman, an arrogant, but inept physician. The series is set up to play out like a book. The episode you watch picks up right where the last episode left off. Not in the sense of 24 that goes hour by hour, but more to the form of chapter by chapter. King himself was quoted as saying "Remember that Kingdom Hospital is a "novelization for television". Like a novel, it will pay back dividends but you will have to give it a little bit of time." King himself describes the show as a mix of ER and The Shining. Main Theme "Worry About You" by Ivy Bye, Bye, Baby Don't Be Long I Worry About You While You're Gone I think of you in my dreams You never know, just what you mean, to me To me Doo ba badda Doo ba badda I think of you night and day I never know just what you meant, to say To say Doo ba badda Doo ba badda ABC Broadcast History: March 3, 2004 - March 31, 2004 --- Wednesday 10:00 PM April 8, 2004 - July 15, 2004 --- Thursday 9:00 PMmoreless

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  • Quotes (117)

    • James: Dr. Hook to ICU stat. Extension 99. Otto: What's 99? Blondi: (thinking) How the hell should I know? I'm just the dog.

    • Peter: (thinking) Antubis. Antubis. Guardian of the Gate. Am I going to die?

    • Peter: (thinking) I'm not actually talking, am I? This is bad.

    • (about Peter) Carrie: I would've said that he was totally gorked. Hook: Oh, he was. Carrie: What happened here? Hook: Medical terms? A miracle.

    • Draper: I admitted Eleanor Druse yesterday. Liz: Good Time Sally's back in town. Draper: She's presenting with numbness of the right arm and possible neurological insults. Elmer: What is this? Her tenth admission? That's just since I've been here. Hook: Well, sooner or later, the little girl who cries wolf is telling the truth, Elmer.

    • Mrs. Druse: The world is full of mysteries.

    • Natalie: Okay, well then, what are...what are the chances of it being a compression rather than a fracture? Hook: Not good. Natalie: How not good? Hook: I don't wanna discourage you with statistics, Mrs. Rickman. Statistics are for groups. Your husband i-is one talented driven man. His chances are one hundred percent...or zero. I'm sorry. Natalie: You're sorry? You're sorry? You're so sorry? Why do you keep saying that? Hook: Because there's nothing else. The chances that your husband will wake up and be the same old Peter are small, Mrs. Rickman. The chances that he will walk again or paint are also small. Although, of course, we're hopeful. The chances that he will be his old self, and walk, infintesimal. I am still so sorry to tell you these things.

    • Hook: Okay. There it is, Elmer. I always pause here and imagine that I am the first neurosurgeon. The first to boldly journey into the workings of a human mind. Elmer: Cool. Hook: Yes, it is. Inside this skull is another universe; the biggest, scariest haunted house of them all. Liz: Elmer, will you hurry up and tell Dr. Hook how profound he is so we can get inside this poor man's noggin and reduce the cranial pressure. Hook: Anyway, after I've paused to reflect on the gravity of what it is I'm about to do, and only after I've done that, do I proceed with my mission. Elmer: Yes, doctor.

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    Notes (66)

    • Filming Location: Workers' Compensation Board building, Richmond, British Columbia

    • Fryeburg is the name of the the hometown of the guy who hit Stephen King himself when he was out jogging. This is confirmed by King himself on the DVD commentary to the episode.

    • Ed Begley Jr. is listed as "Special Appearance By."

    • Backing this up, if you replay and slightly slow down the voices surrounding the arrival of Antibus in the hospital, you can distinctly hear "Behold the anteater, guardian of the gate" - a Dark Tower reference.

    • Fryeburg Fair was also mentioned in Bag of Bones, The Mist, Needful Things, and The Tommyknockers, as well as the short story Mrs. Todd's Shortcut (Skeleton Crew).

    • The name "Lenny Stillmach" is from the novel Bet Your Life by Richard Dooling - Dooling is a Producer for the series. Stephen King wrote a highly-favorable blurb for the novel and is a big fan of Dooling's.

    • Other Stephen King in-jokes: Rickman is wearing a "Little Tall" t-shirt - Little Tall is the island town that features in Dolores Claiborne and Storm of the Century.

    • The EMTs at the accident pass a Nozz-O-La truck (a brand of soda mentioned in The Dark Tower IV and VII). Dr. Hook can also be seen drinking a can of Nozz-a-la in the meeting with Stegman.

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    Trivia (32)

    • Kingdom Hospital is a slightly altered world and from the mind of Stephen King, but it is supposed to be a real, functioning hospital. Given the potential litigation, no hospital would put a sick woman on a stretcher into an elevator on her own. An orderly would have to accompany her in case of a malfunction, or if she became sicker.

    • When the paramedic is examining Peter on the side of the road, he states to the hospital on his radio the Peter's right eye is "fixed and dilated", however, on several close-up shots that follow, you can clearly see his pupil is not dilated.

    • Trivia: The reason Johnny B. Goode is not present in this episode is because of a burst water pipe in the new underground parking garage that is under construction.

    • Trivia: According to maintenance man Rudy Jenkins, Jobnny B. Goode is out because of his wisdom teeth. He is probably having them removed at the dentist.

    • Trivia: The older ambulance that follows the criminal back to the hospital is from the 1960s period. It is the same one that pulls up to the Emergency Drop-Off in Episode 1.

    • Trivia: According to Hawk, the maintenance man reading at Johnny B. Goode's desk, Johnny is out because of his teeth. He is most likely recovering from having his wisdom teeth removed in the previous episode.

    • For some reason, not a single prison security guard accompanies spree killer Rolf to the hospital - that is not standard practice!

    • Trivia: A third name on the computer is "Christina Mendelson." This must be Christa's whole name. We find out in later episodes that she, Abel, and Elmer are all "Sandman" positive.

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    Allusions (23)

    • Title: As well as using the word 'Kingdom' from the episode's title, the title itself is a direct quotation from The Lord's Prayer, known to Christians and others the world over. It is taken from the Bible, which includes two versions, one in Matthew 6: 9-13 and one in Luke 11: 2-4. It is taken from the beginning of the prayer (though translations differ slightly). The prayer goes 'Our Father which art in heaven/hallowed be thy name/thy kingdom come/thy will be done/in earth as it is in heaven.'

    • Dr. Hook: (singing) Come listen to a story about a man named Jed, Poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed.
      Part of the theme song of the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies.

    • Rickman: Watch your hand, Dr. Kildare. Referencing the long-running series (1961-66) starring Richard Chamberlain as Dr. James Kildare, a specialist in internal medicine.

    • Name Tag On Mona Klingerman's room label, Stegman's name is crossed out and the name Clooney is written next to "Attending Physician." This could be a reference to George Clooney, who played Dr. Doug Ross on the medical drama series ER.

    • Bobby: Elvis... has left the building. This statement was made by Horace Lee Logan after Elvis made his last performance for the show Hayride, on December 15, 1956.

    • "Physician Heal Thyself" According to the The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition, this phrase means that people should work on improving themselves and not just point out the faults of others.

    • Staff: Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye
      The episode has a minor focus on the 1970's classic "Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, (Kiss Him) Goodbye" by Steam. It's being sung by all the staff while Jim Shield is laying on the table.

    • Flights of angels sing me to my rest. Though a common line, these words come from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • kingdom come..

    By daenahb, May 30, 2009

  • US version of Lars von Trier's "Riget"

    By irkzim, May 04, 2009

  • This is nearly funny and predictable yet,just enough low level appeal to hold your attention. It is so comercial and the acting- well, confusing.

    By TenFeet2Hands, Jul 09, 2008

  • This is probably one of the best Stephen King shows ever made.

    By farscapefanuk, Mar 26, 2007

  • This was One Weird and Freaky Show! But that's Stephen King for ya.

    By StarbucksAddict, Jan 18, 2007

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