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Doogie's advice that Vinnie accept his shortness and Wanda be open to her father's girlfriend goes over like a lead balloon.
A Palm Springs vacation sees Doogie considering accepting a trauma surgery fellowship and Vinnie being jealous of Janine.
It is April 29, 1992 and the next several days will test Doogie and the Eastman staff like never before in wake of he Rodney King verdict, which causes race riots.
When Janine seems to be distancing herself from Vinnie, he struggles with his desire for a classmate.
A cartoonist staying at the hospital helps Doogie deal with being 'just friends' with Michele.
Vinnie's sure that even working in a busy ER can't prepare Doogie for work in a burger joint.
Janine's choice of a fashion career over college angers her parents.
Doogie ponders what his medical specialty should be and finds out his father's practice has offered someone else a job there.
A spat with Vinnie allows Doogie to learn about the power of laughter when he runs into a patient with serious kidney disease and a boss who works for stooges.
Doogie gets the opportunity to see what it means to be a grown man, when he discovers his girl friend has a four-year old son and Dr. Ron Welch asks him to be his best man. Doogie starts to realize being a genius doesn't have to mean doing everything before people normally do it. He can do stuff in his own time, whether that be early, on-time, or even later than others.moreless
When Doogie thinks about buying a gun after his family is robbed, he's given pause when he thinks of all the gunshot victims he's had to treat.
Katherine keeps treating Doogie like a child—even though he's seeing her boss and skinny dips with her at the house.
The Eastman staff is on edge for fear the examination of a mummy will bring about a curse. Meanwhile, Doogie ponders on how much modern medicine still can't accomplish.
Doogie is shadowed by a self-centered actor looking to give more realism to his performance on a TV show.
Doogie's date with Wanda quickly turns into an emergency, when she needs an appendectomy, and he's forced to participate in the surgery. But the surgery's success also earns Doogie some ills of his own: a dressing-down from Dr. Canfield for not following procedures and Wanda being upset for seeing her undressed.moreless
Vinnie's integrity is tested when a bank error gives him $16,000. Meanwhile, Doogie has to show a girl who's smitten with him that he's got integrity, too.
Doogie takes a still-grieving Wanda to the prom, then introduces her to a young heart patient to rekindle her spirit for living.
Doogie and Vinnie come face to face with old dreams: Doogie's long-held crush on a former babysitter; Vinnie's desire for a real star to read one of his scripts.
Katherine and David want Doogie to start paying for his room and board, but at the same time continue to treat him like a "pre-adult." Meanwhile, Curly doesn't understand why her father is resistant to getting a pacemaker.
Doogie and Vinnie have a series of negative events leading them both to view aspects of their lives to be over. With Wanda's birthday the next day, Vinnie suggests a 2,000 mile road trip to Chicago. The leads Doogie and Vinnie to their own adventures and epiphanies after their car breaks down. Doogie meets a girl who like him is a genesis. Meanwhile Vinnie meets a man whose views on careers brings out the artistic side of Vinnie.moreless
Doogie tries to help an elderlypatient whose memory is failing him. Meanwhile, Vinnie has an introspective video experience.
Though Laura has Vinnie finally feeling like a real man, he acts immaturely when other men are around her. Meanwhile, Doogie struggles to diagnose a traveler's ailment.
Vinnie says Doogie is a bigger pig than him after Doogie talks up a girl but won't ask her out to a New Year Eve Concert. Doogie gets to evaluate Vinnie's opinion first hand after the girl decides to get plastic surgery and Doogie see the end results in advance of the surgery. Meanwhile, Ray's youth councilor turns out to have two major secrets that can cost him his life different ways.moreless
The sixteenth birthday of a certified genesis arrives and we start to meet Doctor Douglas "Doogie" Howser, M.D. We see him in the many facets of his life both professional and personal. While many child prodigies have a difficult time adjusting we see how Doogie maintains a balance on life beyond his years and unrecognized by those around him, such as his protective Mother and a Father not yet ready to let his Son go into manhood. At work, Doogie has to deal with a very sick child and we learn why he became a doctor.moreless
Vinnie and Doogie both have father issues in this episode. Vinnie's father is dating again and chooses to bring a masseuse to a party at Doogie's new home. Meanwhile Douglas Howser M.D. gets a job offer to work at the hospital, which causes Doogie and his mother to consider (and hesitate at the thought of) another Howser working at Eastman.moreless
Doogie questions if medicine truly is the path he wants to take for the rest of his life.
Doogie and his father visit an operating theater in Honduras, where Doogie finds a surgeon's professionalism to be lacking.
Katherine and Ray have their pasts come back as a temptation, which creates problems for Doogie in how to deal with his Mother's first love and Ray's old gang. A high intelligence doesn't always have the solution, especially for emotional issues; sometimes someone only needs the maturity that comes from experience.moreless
Wanda returns to L.A. when a piece of hers is chosen for a gallery show, but Doogie's taken aback by how much she's changed in so short a time.
When Doogie lies about having bedded a nurse, he quickly regrets it when she finds out. Meanwhile, Vinnie's new film school roomate is a homosexual.
Doogie and Vinnie's place is raucous and fun-filled, but Doogie really just needs someone to talk to.
An outing for Curly's 30th birthday leads to Doogie seeing her in a completely different light.
While home sick, Doogie finds remaining friends with Wanda is more difficult than he imagined when she calls for relationship advice.
A kiss between Doogie and Janine becomes problematic. Raymond's estranged father shows up in the ER.
Vinnie struggles with his interpretation of the law when on a jury, while Doogie wrestles with what to do when he discovers an Eastman physician really isn't one at all.
A deaf girl inspires Vinnie during his latest film and gives Doogie a lesson in how to really listen to a person.
Doogie struggles making a decision on how to care for a young patient.
Doogie and Vinnie work on a screenplay, where Doogie is a Civil War doctor. Meanwhile Doogie learns an important lesson at the hospital that the old pedestrian ways has advantages over a new Top Gun method.
Doogie and a patient with renal failure get a lesson in trust from a friendly model.
A Sherlock Holmes fantasyinvestigates Doogies confusion with his feelings for Michele. Meanwhile, Curly announces her engagement to Dr. Whitman.
Doogie's mother fills in for his father on their annual fishing trip. Meanwhile, Vinnie tries to take care of the recovering Dr. Howser.
The parents of a disabled child stymie Doogie, when they choose their religion and community beliefs over allowing him to walk through an operation. Meanwhile Janine comes up with a solution to her father's rejection of Vinnie; they're going to follow the example of Doogie's parents. She proposes they elope to Vinnie.moreless
Doggie worries he won't be able to handle his first solo surgery, and Vinnie votes for the first time.
Doogie and a classmate go undercover as patients as part of a lesson in empathizing with patients.
Doogie wants a premature baby to have a chance to live. Meanwhile, Vinnie awaits word of whether he's accepted to film school.