Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital

Season 1 Episode 9


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 29, 2004 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When a retired major league baseball player attempts to take his own life and is admitted to Kingdom Hospital, he begins a chain reaction that opens up some horrific old wounds and changes history for those--living and dead--who inhabit the hospital.

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    Carmen Aguirre

    Carmen Aguirre


    Guest Star

    John Dadey

    John Dadey


    Guest Star

    Michael Daingerfield

    Michael Daingerfield


    Guest Star

    Beverley Elliott

    Beverley Elliott

    Brick Bannerman

    Recurring Role

    Andy Geller

    Andy Geller

    Recap Announcer

    Recurring Role

    Christopher Heyerdahl

    Christopher Heyerdahl

    Reverend Jimmy Criss

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Trivia: Todd, another maintenance man, says that Johnny B. Goode was in the hospital earlier but doesn't know where he went.

      • While Peter and Mary are listening to everyone talk about Earl Candleton, Peter only has a cap-like bandage on. But when they go into the "Old Hospital", Peter has a full head bandage on.

      • The catcher is named Baxter by the announcer, but his uniform shows a last name that starts with a "W" on it.

      • The man on first who slides back in is called Phillips by the announcer. But freeze framing shows his jersey says "Masters" on the back.

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Sonny: Oh, Dr. Stegman. Uh, this is maybe the most famous, or infamous, ballplayer in New England. He shot himself, and he's right here in our operating room.
        Stegman: Well, I don't care if he's Saddam Hussein. I can't open his nut if he's not prepped.

      • Christa: Will it stay fair?
        Abel: It will stay fair. Fair is foul.

      • Lona: Why don't you be a nice boy and help us out?
        Elmer: If I'm a nice boy, will you be a naughty girl.
        Lona: Maybe.
        Peter: (as a ghost) I'm not sure you should be seeing this.
        Mary: Don't be silly.

      • Stegman: Dr. Hook--I see the incompetency curve is still rising.

      • Mrs. Druse: She has a friend named Antubis.
        Natalie: Anubis?
        Mrs. Druse: Well I'm hearing Antubis, but what does it matter?

      • Abel: Baseball isn't always a fair game.
        Christa: No?
        Abel: No. Sometimes the good guys win.
        Christa: Hooray for the good guys!

      • Sonny: "Error" Candleton, right here in front of us. This... this is unreal. You know, Otto claims he was in here once before.
        Hook: Maybe you haven't made errors of your own yet, but you will. And when you do, you'll want mercy.
        Sonny: Ehh, it's just what everybody calls him.
        Hook: Not in front of me.

      • Otto: There you are. You want me to lose my job? You want to lose your life?
        Blondie: What I want is a T-bone, rare, hold the portobello.

      • Abel: Baseball is a sad game.
        Christa: Is it?
        Abel: Yes. A sad game played by sad men. One of them lives near here. He'll be here soon.

      • (After Candleton shoots himself in the head)
        Abel: The ballplayer is lost.
        Christa: Lost?
        Abel: Lost between. Someone dropped the ball.

    • NOTES (6)

      • Ed Begley Jr. is credited but doesn't appear.

      • An attending physician present during Candleton's MRI utters the odd phrase "For the love of Elmer!" in annoyance. This was Jake Chambers' father's name (The Gunslinger) and George Denbrough's middle name (It).

      • Candleton is the name of the poisoned town in King's book Wizard And Glass.

      • The pitcher for the Robins is named King, after Stephen King. The man on first is named Phillips, after Producer Robert F. Phillips. The third baseman is named Sparks after Allison Sparks in the book the show is based on. The catcher is named Baxter, after a park near King's house.

      • The announcer mentions, "in a repeat of a a Stephen King-like horror story..." - another blatant King reference.

      • "Todd" is another often-recurring name in King's works: Todd Bowden (Apt Pupil), Mrs. Todd (Mrs. Todd's Shortcut), and Alan Pangborn's son (The Dark Half/Needful Things).

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Stegmen: Say it ain't so, Joe!
        A quick line from the baseball film Eight Men Out. The line has its origins in the Black Sox scandal involving "Shoeless Joe" Jackson. Shoeless Joe claimed his innocence against claims of throwing the World Series and was acquitted in a (possibly fixed) trial. He was banned from the majors and his life was later chronicled in Say It Ain't So, Joe!: The True Story of Shoeless Joe Jackson by Donald Gropman.