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In a previous episode, Kronk's father was in a nursing home because he had "stroked out", not because he has Alzheimer's, as is stated in this episode.
We learn that Phillip Waters was an Army lieutenant in Vietnam.
Keith has Ricky arrested for practicing medicine without a license. He says he doesn't want to, but it's the law. However, previously Keith got rid of drugs that a "mule" was carrying in his body to save his patient from the cops. At that time, he was saying that it was none of his business to help the police.
Fran Bennett plays Dr. Porter in this episode, but becomes Wilkes's aunt in a future episode.
Alan Arkin, who plays Dr. Shutt's father, is Adam Arkin's father.
Goof: Phillip tells Kate that Jack McNeil now has her old office. That isn't true. McNeil has the office directly next door from Aaron Shutt's. When McNeil arrives at the hospital, he throws a baseball against the common office wall which startles Shutt. He investigates because the office had been "vacant for quite awhile". That's because the previous occupant was Jeffery Geiger, who left Chicago Hope. Kate came on staff prior to Geiger leaving and had a different office.
A doctor who has performed a surgery is in charge of the patient's post operative care. Dr. Schapira would not have been brought in if Austin operated. Even if the parents requested him, it would be professional courtesy to have declined.
It was never explained why Barney was in the hospital in the first place when he fell and broke his hip. No other doctor consulted on his case, so he wasn't being treated by anyone else; and there was no reference to anyone else he might have been visiting. Certainly, no one else in the hospital visited him, as you'd might expect if he was there to see someone.
In a previous episode, when Kate is running for chief of surgery, Dr. Schapira (her competition) is described as a urologist with some disdain. Apparently, he also does heart transplants as of this episode.
Keith is uncharacteristically charitable toward a drug "mule" in this episode, removing and ditching his stash and not turning it over to the police. In most of the later episodes, Wilkes is portrayed as a "law and order" type, following the rules and living conservatively.
We learn that Dr. John Sutton had moved to Seattle and remarried his first wife.