Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital

Season 1 Episode 2

Death's Kingdom

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 10, 2004 on ABC
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Death's Kingdom
Mrs. Druse holds a séance to put the little girl's ghost to rest. However, Dr. Stegman interrupt when he orders Dr. Hook to discharge her. Meanwhile, the man who put Peter in the hospital is brought in by the paramedics and has problems of his own as the same spirits target him. Elmer pursues Dr. Massingale romantically.moreless

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  • The man who hit Peter Rickman is brought to the Kingdom.

    Peter Rickman has awakened from his coma, but falls in and out of consciousness. David Hooman, the man who hit Peter and left him, falls off his roof onto his van while, most likely, under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both. He goes through similar circumstances that Peter went through on his way to the hospital. This is maybe seen as retribution for his past actions. Mrs. Druse begins a seance with the terminal patients to try and put the little girl, Mary, to rest. Dr. Stegman, however, after seeing her MRI results, interrupts the seance and orders Dr. Hook to discharge her. I find it very disturbing that Dr. Abelson is able to watch Stegman bawl out Mrs. Druse with a smile on her face. It's pretty funny how Mrs. Druse is the one to tell Dr. Hook that his "fly" is unzipped. The scene where Nat Rickman is distracted but dosen't tell him is quite humorous. She must obviously have a huge crush on Stegman. Ironically, Hooman ends up in the same room as Peter. Then, for some reason, Antubis kills Hooman. I'm not sure why. Finally, Dr. Hook sees Mary on top of the elevator. At least he dosen't dismiss it like others would.moreless
Jimmy Herman

Jimmy Herman


Guest Star

Ryan Robbins

Ryan Robbins

Dave Hooman, Charlie (Voice)

Guest Star

Alan Scarfe

Alan Scarfe

Dr. Henry Havens

Guest Star

Beverley Elliott

Beverley Elliott

Brick Bannerman

Recurring Role

Bill Meilen

Bill Meilen

Narrator/Dr. Gottreich

Recurring Role

Ty Olsson

Ty Olsson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: According to maintenance man Rudy Jenkins, Jobnny B. Goode is out because of his wisdom teeth. He is probably having them removed at the dentist.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Elmer: To the Traffs, who never give up.
      Lona: To the Massingales, who never give in.

    • Sally: There is something wrong here.
      Hook: There are many things wrong here.
      Sally: There is a little child not at rest, and we may hear her going down in that elevator.
      Hook: Pediatrics.
      Sally: Pediatrics? This child's not from Pediatrics. Ha. Dr. Hook, this is a child that is not even alive. And I think you may find out because you're not as closed off as some, and it's not just the child. Things have changed here at Kingdom Hospital since the last time that I was here, and something has awakened, something evil.

    • Stegman: Look, do you know how many times Mrs. Druse has been admitted? Fourteen times in the last two years, and that's just in this hospital.
      James: It's terrible to be so ill.

    • (about earthquakes)
      James: But the geologist the Keepers of the Kingdom have brought up from Boston assures us that they'll stop soon. But you know geologists. To them "soon" can mean five centuries.

    • (about Sally Druse)
      Bobby: It's another one of her damn seances. Those terminals.
      Otto: Ah, leave her alone. They're all circling the drain. Maybe your ma helps them get used to the idea.

    • James: You know what my son would say?
      Stegman: No, what?
      James: Illness sucks. Unfortunately, patients come here, don't they? Problem with the hospital is we're surrounded by them. More coming every day.

    • (after Dave falls off the roof)
      Dave's Dog: Way to go, Slick - who's going to feed me now?

    • (after seeing Hook's fly open)
      Rickman: Your fly's unzipped. Who give you a license to sell hot dogs, Sunny Jim?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Henry Havens' last name appears to be a reference to King's own story The Tommyknockers, which is set in Haven, ME.

    • Androscoggin County (from the newspaper headline) is in Maine - Lewiston, ME, the setting of King's Riding the Bullet, is found there.

    • The man who struck Peter appears to have drug problems and later dies (of fright) when admitted to Kingdom Hospital--similar to Bryan Smith, the man who nearly killed King with his van in 1999, who was found dead of an overdose in his apartment a couple of years later. Also, on the DVD commentary to the series (actually to the first episode) King notes that the man who nearly killed him was wearing a large number of transdermal patches when he was found dead--exactly like the loser who hit Peter, when he falls off his roof.

    • More King story references: as Dave (man who hit Peter) wanders down the hall in his dream, he hears an old blind man reciting a couple of lines from "The Emperor of Ice Cream" and, a moment later, a man descends on him, baring long fangs. Both refer to King's 1975 vampire novel salem's Lot.


    • Rickman: Watch your hand, Dr. Kildare.
      Referencing the long-running series (1961-66) starring Richard Chamberlain as Dr. James Kildare, a specialist in internal medicine.

    • Name Tag
      On Mona Klingerman's room label, Stegman's name is crossed out and the name Clooney is written next to "Attending Physician." This could be a reference to George Clooney, who played Dr. Doug Ross on the medical drama series ER.