Season 4 Episode 1

Episode 70

Aired Unknown Nov 12, 1980 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • How many times does one person changes a coma victim's nightgowns? Jessica had on at least two or three costume changes while she was in the coma.

    • Although this episode picks up where we left off in Season Three (at Jessica's deathbed as she flatlines) Benson has disappeared from the room.

  • Quotes

    • Jessica: Chester did you hear that? They are naming a horrible disease after me!

    • Chuck: Come on Bob.
      Bob: How come you always say "come on Bob?" Where would I go?

    • Mallu: The Red Sea wasn't parted by a pool pump.

    • (Mary awakes after delivering her baby)
      Mary: What color is it?
      Bob: Well, is there something you'd like to tell us? That's not usually the first question. That's not usually the TWELFTH question.

    • (Mary after looking at her baby)
      Mary: Thank God it's white!
      Nurse:Excuse me?
      Jodie:She means "thank God it's not silver."
      Nurse: Is that so?...Who's the father? R2-D2?

    • (Dr. Hill revives Jessica but knocks Chester unconscious)
      Dr. Hill: Mrs. Tate is breathing!
      Dr. Posner: Mr. Tate, however, is not.
      Dr. Hill: You win some, you lose some. Be a good fella and start his heart.
      Dr. Posner: I wouldn't start his car, much less his heart.

    • Jessica: How's Saunders?
      Billy: Leslie shot him in the temple.
      Jessica: I didn't know he was Jewish.

  • Notes

    • The end credits for the entire fourth season were shown statically, instead of scrolling like the previous three seasons.

    • This episode starts with a teaser recapping the previous episode: after this installment, the program begins with the titles and then goes directly into the story.

    • This was originally an hour long episode that was divided into two episodes for syndication.

    • A week before this episode aired, ABC ran a ninety-minute third-season "Soap" retrospective, which guest-starred Beatrice Arthur (Maude, The Golden Girls) as an angel Jessica meets in Heaven. This episode does not turn up in reruns but is available for purchase on VHS.

  • Allusions

    • Danny: Wow, Norman Lear really did change television!

      Norman Lear is the creator of well known and appreciated shows, such as All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude, and Archie Bunker's Place.