Thackery and Bertie test a new operating-room procedure; Cornelia is second-guessing her impending nuptials; and Thackery considers a salesman's intriguing pitch. Meanwhile, Everett contemplates how to help Eleanor overcome her grief; and Barrow wheels and deals over some used merchandise.moreless
Barrow can alleviate a debt if he treats one of Collier's wounded men and also urges Capt. Robertson to buy one of Thomas Edison's new inventions. Meanwhile, Algernon tries a new approach to hernia surgery; the health of Everett and Eleanor's baby worsens; and Sister Harriet and Cleary head to Chinatown.moreless
During surgery, Thackery's hand is forced by Algernon, which angers Eleanor; a recovering Abigail regrets her involvement with Thackery; and Sister Harriet and Cleary make a couple of deals. Meanwhile, Bertie receives a scolding from his physician father who is unhappy with his son's career path; and Lucy becomes privy to Thackery's secrets.moreless
As Thackery directs Gallinger and Chickering to conduct experiments on pigs, he ponders whether to operate on a former flame. Barrow goes to great lengths to repay an obligation and get back a missing tooth. Edwards takes out his frustrations at a local bar. Robertson's request for administering treatment to a typhoid fever patient are considered at long last.moreless
Incensed over the problems with the hospital's new electrical system, Thackery instructs hospital superintendent Barrow to get him more cadavers to enable his team to investigate new surgical procedures. As the rate of patient deaths increase, Edwards proffers a technique he learned in France. A typhoid fever epidemic is tackled by Robertson while Thackery confides in Elkins. Edwards figures out another way to carry out his job.moreless
With the death of Dr. J.M. Christiansen, Dr. Thackery ascends to the role of chief surgeon. Cornelia Robertson, daughter of the hospital's benefactor, insists that Thackery hire a black assistant chief, Dr. Algernon Edwards. The addition of Dr. Edwards stirs up the hospital staff where he encounters enmity and resentment. His addition the question as to whether the other doctors will accept an African American doctor and if patients will allow him to operate on them, but in the end, the concern is setting breakthroughs in the world of surgery.moreless
The Princess of Andorra visits and wants Skip to be her escort, Becca and DB prepare to be parents, and Emily hangs out with some friends.
President Gilchrist and Emily's marriage ends up in the spotlight. Meanwhile, Becca and DB receive surprising news.
Skip only needs to complete one more assignment to earn his college diploma, so Emily encourages him. Meanwhile, Becca tries to get her voice heard, and Marshall tries to get some alone time.moreless
Dale and Emily try to spice up their love life, which leaves Skip to watch the kids.
Emily tries to make sure Skip and Stacey's date goes well, Becca and DB paint a mural, and Dale and Xander play Risk.
The Gilchrists head to a ranch so Dale can clear his head. Skip and Becca struggle over relationships while Marigold and Xander struggle over the loss of technology.
President Gilchrist's brother Doug visits, and Emily must be a peacemaker between the two. Also, Becca prepares for an interveiw and Skip, after whitnessing a White House tour, decides to lead his own tour.moreless
Skip cannot decide on who to agree with when he goes out to talk to protestors. Also, Emily helps Xander run for student body president, and Becca has a hard time coping with her future.moreless
President Gilchrist locates the father of Becca's baby and Skip tries to get Becca and him together. Meanwhile, the Austrian Chancellor visits.
President Gilchrist holds a ball for a very unlikable senator. Skip meanwhile asks a mailroom clerk to the ball.
President Dale Gilchrist must deal with his son Skip who keeps messing things up, while a South American leader visits. Meanwhile, First Lady Emily tries to earn the appreciation of her stepdaughter Becca, who, meanwhile, has important news she needs to tell her father.moreless
Sara tries to get into relationship mode with Evan. Ben tries to keep things casual with a girl he just met. Fitz takes Aaron out to celebrate.
Sara asks Aaron to bid on her at a bachelorette auction. Ben unintentionally sexually harasses a coworker. Fitz spends a night partying before getting serious with his girlfriend.