Chicago Hope

Season 4 Episode 14

Psychodrama

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 21, 1998 on CBS
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Psychodrama
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Watters is on crutches after a basketball injury and thinks he has witnessed a murder. Austin receives a bird from Danny, the electrician she's been dating, which causes havoc in the hospital. Diane believes she has found her birthmother. McNeil is unpleasantly surprised by a visit from his brother.moreless

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  • Hope does Hitchcock

    9.1
    When Chicago Hope hit the airwaves, I thought it was infinitely superior to ER, mainly due to the presence of Mandy Patinkin as Dr. Jeffrey Geiger. When Patinkin left the show, I no longer watched as regularly.



    However, this episode shows that the writers and producers still had their touch. The episode is a great deal of fun, with allusions and references to "The Birds," "North By Northwest," "Psycho," and "Rear Window." It is done with an obvious reverence for the work of Hitchcock, as well as a great deal of humor.



    While Patinkin's presence would have made the episode even better, this one is definitely worth catching -- even if you're not a big fan of the series.moreless
Jayne Brook

Jayne Brook

Dr. Diane Grad (Episodes 23-119, recurring otherwise)

Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

Dr. Keith Wilkes (Episodes 46-141)

Adam Arkin

Adam Arkin

Dr. Aaron Shutt

Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Dr. Jack McNeil (Episodes 47-141)

Hector Elizondo

Hector Elizondo

Dr. Phillip Watters

Christine Lahti (I)

Christine Lahti (I)

Dr. Kate Austin (Episodes 31-119, recurring otherwise)

Tippi Hedren

Tippi Hedren

Alfreda Perkins

Guest Star

Todd Allen

Todd Allen

Sean McNeil

Guest Star

Kelly Connell

Kelly Connell

Dr. Roger Thorn

Guest Star

Venessia Valentino

Venessia Valentino

Tracey Doyle

Recurring Role

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    • This episode was an homage to Alfred Hitchcock:
      - shot entirely in black and white;
      - title references "Psycho";
      - Phillip's experience looking through the telescope references "Rear Window";
      - Kate's gift references "The Birds";
      - Tippi Hedren (who played Alfreda Perkins) was discovered by Hitchcock, who cast her as the lead in "The Birds" and "Marnie";
      - Alfreda Perkins' yearbook is shown from Bates High School 1954, which is the name of the motel in "Psycho";
      - An x-ray showing the famous silhoutte of Alfred Hitchcock is seen on the light box next to Phillip's ankle.

      Character Names
      Alfreda Perkins - Anthony Perkins starred in "Psycho"
      Mason Vandam - James Mason played Phillip Vandamm in "North by Northwest"
      Roger Thorn - Cary Grant played Roger O. Thornhill in "North by Northwest"
      Rod Brenner - Rod Taylor played Mitch Brenner in "The Birds"

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