Strong Medicine

Lifetime (ended 2006)
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  • Their worlds couldn't be more different but their commitment and passion brings them together. Strong Medicine is a sometimes intense, sometimes hilarious medical drama that takes us inside the world of street level medicine. Dr. Dana Stowe, a Harvard graduate who devotes her life to finding a cure for cancer, and Dr. Lu Delgado, a single mother whose disdain for "the system" has her battling bureaucracy and the budget-concerned chief of staff Dr. Robert Jackson, come together to start The Rittenhouse Women's Health Clinic in Philadelphia. Saucy receptionist Lana Hawkins, attractive Nurse Peter Riggs, and ER Doctor Nick Biancavilla also work in the clinic. Dr. Stowe leaves the clinic to care for her adopted children in season 3 and is replaced by former Army Colonel Dr. Andy Campbell who immediately begins a duel with Lu but after working together for a while, they become close friends. After season four, Nick is transferred to another hospital and Andy takes on Intern Kayla Thorton. Then, in the shocking end to season five, Andy is appointed Surgeon General of the United States and leaves the hospital. Now, Doctor Dylan West has taken Doctor Campbell's place. Strong Medicine is both tough and tender, pulling your heart-strings one moment, making you laugh the next, and even making you hold your breath during each episode. The theme song is sung by Jenifer Lewis and a friend. Show Info: Premiere Date: July 20, 2000 Genre: Medical Drama Parental Guidance Rating: TV-PG or TV-14 Show Times Weekdays Monday-Friday at 4P.M. Eastern/Pacific (3P.M. Central/Mountain) Seasons 1-4 Repeats Weekends Sundays at 9P.M. Eastern/Pacific (8P.M. Central/Mountain) New Episodes Saturdays at 11P.M. Easter/Pacific (10P.M. Central/Mountain) Season 5 Repeats Lifetime Broadcast History July 2000-March 2002---Sunday 9P.M. March 2002-May 2004------Sunday 10P.M. June 2004+--------------------Sunday 9P.M. Strong Medicine fan mail (send separate letters for separate cast members-use the below address for Rosa Blasi): Strong Medicine 5933 W. Slauson Ave Culver City, CA 90230 Rosa Blasi c/o P.O.Box 3277 Santa Monica,CA 90408-3277 Be sure to go to, Register, and vote for Strong Medicine to be released on full season DVDs. Also, sign this petition to bring Strong Medicine out on DVD (it has nearly 1000 signatures)! Upcoming Sunday 9/10P.M. (8/9c) Repeat Episodesmoreless

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 22

    Special Delivery

    Aired 2/5/06

  • S 6 : Ep 21

    Dr. Thorton Hears A Who

    Aired 1/29/06

  • S 6 : Ep 20

    Baby Boom!

    Aired 1/22/06

  • S 6 : Ep 19

    Unorthodox Treatment

    Aired 1/15/06

  • S 6 : Ep 18

    My Sister, My Doctor, Myself

    Aired 1/8/06

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jenifer Lewis

    Lana Hawkins

  • Rick Schroder

    Dr. Dylan West (Season 6)

  • Philip Casnoff

    Dr. Jakson (Season 5)

  • Janine Turner

    Dr. Dana Stowe (Episodes 1-50)

  • Rosa Blasi

    Dr. Luisa "Lu" Delgado

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (77)

    • Dana: A man can't go through menapause. Peter: I think theres a state of mind,where if you believe hard enough,you can be anything you want, even if a man thought he was a woman. Dana: So,if a women can in her acting like a dog, you would give her a flee collar? Peter: If she had flees.

    • Dana: Im not the one for you. Bob: How do you know that. Dana: Im not.

    • Serena to Dr. Stowe: "I have a good tumor!"

    • Dr. Jackson to Peter Riggs: "You can imagine my surprise when I walked in and saw all those naked people."

    • Lu to little boy patient: "One jellybean in each nostril I understand... but SIX? A piece?! Young Marc: "Cool!"

    • Lu: I tried to make one of her chocolate volcano cakes for Marc's birthday - it looked more like a chocolate avalanche.

    • Peter: Lana are you trying to win the immunity challenge?

    • Marc: I'm done with the filing, what's next? Lana: I'm sure there are bed pans that have to be cleaned. Marc: I'm gonna go see where Peter is.

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    Notes (88)

    • Debbi Morgan would do "For The People" for Lifetime Television. The series lasted one season.

    • Debbi Morgan also plays Chloe's twin sister.

    • Whoopi Goldberg is credited as a "special guest star" in the main title sequence.

    • Paul Robert Langdon only played Dr. Delgado's son, Marc, in this (pilot) episode. Christopher Marquette took over that role in episode 1.03 (Marc did not appear in 1.02). He was credited as Paul Robert Santiago in this episode.

    • The woman who carried the baby is the surrogate, not the biological mother. The couple that decided they didn't want the child were the biological parents.

    • In this episode we learn that Lu got pregnant with Marc at 17 and was originally planning to give him up for adoption

    • In this episode we also learn that Lu is about 28-30 years old since she is 17 and Marc is about 11-13 years old. We also learn that Marc must be in sixth or seventh grade as he gets beat up by "some eighth graders". He grows up pretty fast because he enters high school in early season three.

    • This is the first episode in which Dr. Stowe's embryo implantation is mentioned. It plays a significant role in many other episodes.

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    Trivia (22)

    • This is Lisa Darr's first appearance as Susan Jackson (Dr. Jackson's wife). Her MS is mentioned in many later episodes in all four seasons. Taraji Henson would become a star on The Division, which lasted four seasons. She played Raina Washington in the show's final three seasons. Whoopi Goldberg makes her second appearance and is credited as a "special guest star" in the main title sequence.

    • This is Whoopi Goldberg's third "special guest starring" appearance as Dr. Lydia Emerson. She is the only guest star in the history of the show to appear in the main title sequence.

    • Whoopi Goldberg makes her fourth and final appearance as Dr. Lydia Emerson. She has very few lines in the first three episodes she appears in and only appears in one scene is this episode!!!

    • Kyla Pratt is the voice of Penny Proud on Disney Channel's "The Proud Family".

    • Guest star James Avery played Phillip Banks on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". Jenifer Lewis (Lana Hawkins) had a recurring role as Vivian's sister Helen.

    • Debbi Morgan's character is referred to as Chloe Simonson but in the pilot her character was referred to as Chloe Simons.

    • Halle is called Mrs. Ellis but her children are listed in the end credits with the last name of Hamilton. And one of them, Lexie, had her first name changed to Maxie.

    • Hasidic not Hadasic. They are actually credited as "Hasidic Women Singers" (so each individual is a "Hasidic Woman Singer")

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    Allusions (8)

    • Lu: If you didnt do anything wrong than why are detectives Sipowicz and Sorenson here? Detective Andy Sipowicz and Danny Sorenson are charecters on the TV show NYBD Blue.

    • Mr. Nabokov The teacher accused of abusing his student is named Nabokov, the same as the Author of Lolita a novel about a man who falls in love with a thirteen-year-old girl.

    • Dana Stowe: kick it up a notch. Who am I dating, Emril? Emeril Lagasse is a tv cheff who's catch phrases are Bam and Kick it up a notch.

    • Andy: We went to West Point together The United States Military Academy, also known as West Point, or simply USMA (or Army, for NCAA purposes), is a United States Army fort and military academy. Established in 1802, it is the oldest military academy in the United States.

    • Dr. JacksonAre you crying? There's no crying in payroll! In A League of Their Own (1992) coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), yells at Evelyn Gardner (Bitty Schram) for crying while he disciplines her.

    • On the television series The Love Boat, the crew consisted of a captain, doctor, purser, bartender, and cruise director. The crew Nick treats hold the same positions.

    • The Vitamin B1 defficiency in the baby formula used in this episode. The exact case happened in Israel around 2002, a baby formula called Remedia had a Vitamin B1 defficiency that affected dozens (that are known) babies.

    • Dr. Luisa "Lu" Delgado: He thinks he's God's gift to women, medicine and the American way. In the Superman comics, and cartoons, the part of Superman's catch phrase is ". . .fighting a never ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.

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  • Fan Reviews (55)

    By ladegen, Jun 24, 2013

  • One of the best medical shows-and I only have 3 drama-medical shows that I've ever liked!

    By methadvocate, Mar 19, 2013

  • The best show for families to watch together, young and old. Very informative & addictive. Powerful stories of true situations happening in our world today. It brings laughter & tears! Best Reality Show Ever Made! Brillant!

    By heavencentgifts, Jul 22, 2007


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  • Luvin it!

    By PUREXAMPLE, Jun 27, 2007