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St Elsewhere
St Elsewhere
Star(s)
Ed Flanders, William Daniels, David Birney, Ed Begley Jr, Denzel Washington
Creator(s)
Joshua Brand, John Falsey
Country of origin
US
Original channel
NBC
Genre(s)
Medical drama, comedy-drama
Years on air
1982-1988
No. of seasons
6
No. of episodes
137

St Elsewhere was an American medical drama series created by Joshua Brand and John Falsey for NBC. It ran for six seasons. It originated the character of Tommy Westphall, upon whom this entire site is based.

Series summaryEdit

This blackly humorous drama was set in St Eligius' Hospital, Boston; an institution so looked down upon by the medical establishment that it had been given the derisive nickname of 'St Elsewhere'. Characters included kindly Dr Donald Westphall (Ed Flanders), irascible Dr Mark Craig (William Daniels) and the roguish Dr Ben Samuels (David Birney).

The final episode of the series revealed that the entire series had existed entirely in the imagination of Tommy, the autistic son of Dr Westphall. As the series had crossed over with so many shows - including Homicide: Life on the Street, which was itself connected to many TV series - it could thus be construed that all the connected series exist inside Tommy Westphall's mind. Hence this website!

Westphall connections in St ElsewhereEdit

  • In "Cheers", doctors Westphall, Craig and Auschlander pop into the bar from Cheers for a drink, meeting Carla (Rhea Perlman), Norm (George Wendt) and Cliff (John Ratzenberger) in the process.
  • Several episodes feature a psych ward patient named Elliot Carlin, played by Jack Riley. Carlin - played by Riley - originally appeared in The Bob Newhart Show, where he was treated by Newhart's chracter, Dr Hartley.
  • Dr Mark Craig is an old associate of Doctor BJ Hunnicut, a character from M*A*S*H.
  • The character of Warren Coolidge (Byron Stewart) from The White Shadow became a porter at St Eligius' Hospital; a small piece of dialogue in one episode suggested that he'd given up on his basketball career after sustaining an injury.
  • Dr Morton Chegley from Julia appeared in a first-season episode of St Elsewhere to teach the doctors at St Eligius'.

Westphall connections to St ElsewhereEdit

  • In "Mercy", an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street, St Elsewhere's Dr Roxanne Turner (Alfre Woodard) is investigated by detectives after possibly performing a mercy killing. In a later season, detective Tim Bayliss receives medical attention for his bad back (offscreen) from Elsewhere's Dr Ehrlich.
  • Chicago Hope's Dr Kathryn Austin won the Cushing Left Anterior Descending Artery Award, which had been won in previous years by St Elsewhere's Dr Mark Craig. Additionally, she mentions in another episode that she was mentored by Dr David Domedion; Domedion mentored Dr Craig, and was played by two actors in the show: Dean Jagger and (in flashback) Jackie Cooper.
  • Oswald State Correctional Facility, the prison in Oz, was ultimately taken over by Weigert (formerly Ecumena), the company that owned St Eligius' Hospital in St Elsewhere.
  • After Dr Elliot Axelrod (Stephen Furst) died, another Axelrod (Wayne Knight) turned up in Tattingers complaining about how his cousin had died over in Boston.
  • Boston Public's Billy Deegan says that his mother receives a pension from St Eligius' Hospital.
  • An episode of Crossing Jordan featured a priest from the chapel at St Eligius'.
  • St Elsewhere's Warren Coolidge appeared in an episode of Method & Red.
  • On the series finale of Providence, Dr Sydney Hansen was told that he could apply for a job at St Eligius'.
  • In "Nothing to Fear" and "Sealed with a Kiss", episodes from Degrassi Junior High, Elsewhere's Dr Donald Westphall is paged over a hospital intercom (not St Eligius' though).

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