Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital

Season 1 Episode 4

West Side of Midnight

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 24, 2004 on ABC
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West Side of Midnight
Dr. Traff's ex-wife Emma dies from a heart attack while under his care, while his son Elmer has a dream involving the anteater Antubis. Lenny passes onto the other side, and tries to help Druse find out more about Mary. After a night of anger and harassment, Stegman goes off the deep end and starts trying to find out who defaced his car. Finally, while Druse finds out through Lenny that Rickman knows what's going on in the hospital, Paul starts to use Pedersen to make sure Druse doesn't find out.moreless

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  • Another bizarre episode. Am still trying to work out where the whole thing is going.

    So we have the head of neurosurgery more concerned with his defaced car than the patients; a dead wife; a dead man giving messages from the other side; a presumed-crazy-but-obviously-not psychic (played with superb intensity by Diane Ladd), trying to work out which patient is in touch with the little girl, a slightly demented dead boy, that annoying anteate, a sleep disorder test and an unrequited love story.

    I still don't know what to make of this series, but I have to give it a high score,because it's compulsive viewing.Unfortunately its bizarreness and odd humour are still getting in the way of anything foreboding and I think this needs sorting, to stop it being Scrubs with added ghosts.

    There are some touching scenes in this one though as well. The acting remains excellent, when it could be very hammy indeed. I just want few more scares!moreless
  • Dr. Traff's wife is brought to the Kingdom, Mrs. Druse sits with a dying patient and Dr. Stegman begins his search for the ones responsible for vandalizing his car.

    The show begins by showing most of the Kingdom Hospital staff sleeping during the late shift. Mary's bell, which she carries around, is hanging from a moving elevator. I am unsure of the meaning of this. Emma Warburton, Dr. Traff's exwife and Elmer's mother, is brought into the ER, by Ollie and Danny, after being frightened into a heart attack by her at home patient Mr. Sugarly. She thought he was dead, but he uncovered himself and sat up while she was walking away. While working on her, Dr. Traff gives us a hint by showing much determination in trying to save her. He refuses to give up. According to Liz Hinton, Emma got hooked on painkillers after being burned in a fire and Louis Traff divorced her after she a drug scandal. Meanwhile, Mrs. Druse has the dying Lenny Stilmach help her find out the identity of the ghost girl. While both Emma and Lenny are dying, Mary rings her bell and calls for them. Maybe she is somehow involved in helping the dying to cross over. We can tell from their conversation that they once shared a brief romance with each other. After finding out that Peter is involved, she warns Dr. Hook that Peter is in danger. Elmer has a dream where he finds Mary's doll and has a run-in with Antubis. When he learns that his mother died, he and his father share a nice father-son moment.moreless
Abraham Jedidiah

Abraham Jedidiah

Mr. Sugarly

Guest Star

Christine Willes

Christine Willes

Emma Warburton

Guest Star

Lenore Zann

Lenore Zann


Guest Star

Beverley Elliott

Beverley Elliott

Brick Bannerman

Recurring Role

Ty Olsson

Ty Olsson


Recurring Role

Benjamin Ratner

Benjamin Ratner


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Otto: How's your mama? She find her ghost yet?
      Bobby: Not yet. I'm starting to wonder, though.
      Otto: What?
      Bobby: Maybe there isn't something in it.

    • Lenny: Sally. You were so beautiful.
      Druse: Thank you. I'm not gonna argue with you at a time like this.

    • Lenny: I'm dying, aren't I?
      Druse: Yes, Lenny. Are you afraid?
      Lenny: A little.
      Druse: Don't be. You're just passing over, to be with those crazy ghosts and so many wonderful friends waiting for you.

    • Elmer: (with German accent) So tell me, Frau doctor, am I having ze sexual problem?
      Massingale: Yeah. A deviant interest in older women.

    • Mrs. Druse: Would you like to get some sleep?
      Lenny: No. I wanna be 25.

    • Traff: Why didn't you die on someone else's shift?

    • (after earthquake)
      Otto: What do you think?
      Bobby: Just an aftershock. It's over.
      Otto: You sure?
      Bobby: No.

    • Stegman: I used to hate myself. I like myself now.

    • Hook: If Dr. Stegman gets wind of this, even the keepers of the Kingdom might not be able to save my job.
      Druse: You're not afraid of Dr. Stegman. I know you're not.
      Hook: Maybe not. But I am afraid of what Nat Rickman might think if she found out that I let Kingdom Hospital's most notorious psychic-hypochondriac use her neurologically impaired husband as a ouija board.
      Druse: Well excuse me, I am not a hypochondriac.

    • Massingale: Elmer, we agreed to a platonic relationship.
      Elmer: You agreed...I disagreed.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Although credited, Ed Begley Jr, Lena Georgas, and Allison Hossack don´t appear.

    • In Hook's room, there is a small graveyard of names. In the book "The Kingdom," each plot represents a specific doctor at Kingdom Hospital, and the crosses represent the patients who have been injured or killed due to medical malpractice. You can see Stegman's name with Mona K. next to it. Its a reference to the little girl from "Goodbye Kiss."

    • The license plate "RN4U" is a common term used by most hospitals or aid services. It stands for "Registered Nurse For You."

    • Mr. Sugarly lives near Castle Rock, as we hear when the ambulance is called. Castle Rock is the Maine town where many of King's stories take place.

    • "Warburton" is a Maine family name that King uses in several of his works, including Needful Things and the short story My Pretty Pony.