L. A. Doctors

Season 1 Episode 24

Forty-Eight Minutes

Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 10, 1999 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Forty-Eight Minutes
Roger, Tim, Evan and Sarah are on their way to a medical conference in Palm Springs when they are suddenly involved in a serious road accident on a bridge. An ambulance, an empty bus and some other cars are also involved. Everyone seems to be alright but Sarah, who was driving, is stuck behind the wheel. While Evan attends to her, Roger and Tim look after the other injured victims. Vinny, a guy from the ambulance, is getting much worse. Roger tries to get one of the less injured crash victims, Burt, to help out but Burt is not the helpful type. Instead he lights a cigarette - causing the ambulance to go up in the air in a giant explosion. Vinny suffers cardiac arrest and thanks to traffic jam, it's impossible to get him to a hospital. Roger rushes to pharmacy to get some adrenalin but gets into major problems when he is unable to pay. Meanwhile, Sarah starts to get weaker. She can't feel her legs and she has internal bleedings. Roger finally manages to get the supplies he need and returns just in time to save Vinny. A desperate Evan confesses to Tim and Roger that he loves Sarah. But what can they do to help her? They manage to cut her free from the car but still there's nothing they can do. Her only chance is a helicopter, which never seems to arrive. Evan and Sarah express their love for each other but her life cannot be saved. Sarah dies quietly on the bridge - surrounded by those who love her. Moments later, the helicopter arrives.moreless

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  • Tearjerker indeed.

    The series finale was my first time watching the show and it certainly caused a strong inpact on my life. It's been a while, but the images of Sarah (brilliantly played by Sheryl Lee) fighting for her live while Evan is desperately trying to save her can't seem to fade away. Those images combined turned out to be one of the best scenes I have ever seen on television since I can remember.

    I remember just standing there, watching the credits, tears running down my cheek and crying for two hours straight. My mom and I were truly moved by the emotional storyline and powerful acting. Simply brilliant.

    I honestly don't know if the show was ever as good as this series finale, but this episode is certainly one you can not miss, specially if you were a fan of the series.moreless

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    • Sheryl Lee's character, Sarah, dies at the end of this episode. Presumably, Vanessa Williams (who had been introduced in the role of Dr. Leanne Barrows at the end of the season) would have replaced Lee on the show had it been renewed for a second season. But this of course never happened since the show was cancelled.