L. A. Doctors

Season 1 Episode 20

The Life Lost in Living

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 22, 1999 on CBS
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Roger must treat his old patient Vince Duralde, who is soon to be executed for murdering his pregnant wife as he though someone else was the baby's father. But now Vince has changed drastically: he has trouble speaking, suffers from blackouts and doesn't remember killing his wife. Tests reveal he has changed due to a brain tumor and he's no longer mentally competent. Therefore he can't be executed unless the tumor is surgically removed. Martial arts star Sammo Hung comes by the practice and melts Felicity's heart. Sammo has problems performing his demanding stunts but Tim discovers he's injured his wrists after answering too much fan mail. Less typing and he'll be fine. Nick injures his leg rollerblading and needs surgery. Evan asks Sarah if she can get her renowned surgeon father, Dr. Edmund Church, to do the operation. However, Edmund's hand starts shaking during the operation and a nervous Evan commands him out of the OR. Edmund is furious. Sarah is also outraged when Evan accuses her father of having a problem, but then she accidentally finds out that Edmund has Parkinsons. Roger tells Vince he may keep on living if the tumor doesn't progress. He advises him to not operate. This gains a lot of media attention and Roger is assaulted by several death penalty devotees. Tim gives Roger doubts as he claims Vince has used him to avoid his execution. Later, the parents of Vince's dead wife confront Roger and give him photos of their dead daughter. Roger gives these photos to Vince and when he sees what he's done, he agrees to the operation. Vince wakes up from the surgery, remembering how he killed his wife. He can now be executed. Sarah confronts Edmund but he denies he has Parkinsons. But when he start shaking in the OR while Sarah watches, he must agree to stop doing surgery. Sarah promises to be there for him.moreless

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Esai Morales

Esai Morales

Vince Duralde

Guest Star

John Spencer

John Spencer

Dr. Edmund Church

Guest Star

Sammo Hung

Sammo Hung

Himself

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Melora Walters

Melora Walters

Felicity

Recurring Role

Joseph Ashton

Joseph Ashton

Nick Newman

Recurring Role

Jeff Allin

Jeff Allin

Dr. Tom Florin

Recurring Role

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