Season 1 Episode 1

Rafferty (Pilot)

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 05, 1977 on CBS
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Rafferty (Pilot)
Dr. Rafferty feeds pigeons and then gets on a city buss. A Sleeping drunk gets his wallet lifted, but awakes and gets knifed by the theif who then flees the bus. Dr. Rafferty performs emergency aid and orders the bus driver to the hospital, saves him (but later his wife, worried about the bill, starts to sue, before realizing Syd Rafferty has no malpractice insurance. We learn (and see) Dr. Rafferty has a lot of the rough crankyness later seen in the title character of a show called House decades later. Rafferty spends some time diagnosing a girl w paralysis w no apparent cause, and has to slow down/fight off other doctors wanting to do surgery even though no known area needs to be fixed. Raffety insists on meeting the mother and learns she'd recently spent time out of the country, which leads Rafferty on the path to curing her.moreless

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