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Chicago Hope - S01 E06

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Aaron, the staff, and the patients are caught in the crossfire when Antoine Metcalf, a gangbanger and career criminal, follows his latest victim into the E.R. to finish off the job he started, and sprays a room with automatic gunfire before hospital security shoots him down; Karen joins the staff, and successfully teams with Paula to remove hematomas that are preventing Marcus Lavelle from walking, but the trauma of witnessing his mother's being injured in the E.R. shooting leaves the little boy afflicted with hysterical paralysis and still unable to move although the surgery has left him physically fine; reluctantly operating on the shooter, Aaron jokes about how easy and perhaps appropriate it might be to cause Metcalf's death through a surgical hiccup, a remark which comes back to haunt him later when Metcalf dies soon after surgery and his family sues Aaron and the hospital for failure to provide adequate care; Arthur engages in a little ex parte communication to put in a good word

Episode Title: Shutt Down
Airs: 1994-10-20 at
  • Ann Hodges

    This season's best series. ... It's extremely well-written, and the operating scenes are so realistic that you may cover your eyes. It's life-and-death drama but leavened with a little dark humor. And it works. [17 Sep 1994]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • John Engstrom

    An engrossing, emotional drama full of intriguing characters. [15 Sep 1994]

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Marvin Kitman

    The characters in "Hope" are slightly more interesting [than those in "ER"]. Even though they are working in a high-powered hospital and have God-like powers, you can see what's going on behind their masks beyond their eyes. [18 Sep 1994]

    Newsday Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Intelligent, fleet, emotionally complex and lightly dusted with Kelley's celebrated sense of the absurd, this is the best hospital show since St. Elsewhere.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    In its pilot episode, Chicago Hope looked smart but trite — Trapper John, M.D. with book-learnin'. ... [But David E.] Kelley's writing in [the second] episode is worth any number of Picket Fences.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert P. Laurence

    By telling one or two stories well, from beginning to end, "Chicago Hope" gets a tighter grip on the viewer's emotions [than "ER"]. [22 Sep 1994]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    It is exciting and involving; its leads are charismatic; and most of all, it feels fresh. [18 Sep 1994]

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Like St. Elsewhere grafted onto L.A. Law, this is in the slick but endangered tradition of ensemble dramas showing heroes on the cutting edge of their vocation while personal lives entangle and unravel. [16 Sep 1994]

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lon Grahnke

    Attains often-sublime lucidity by its second episode. [16 Sep 1994]

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    With Chicago Hope, Kelley demonstrates again that he can create memorable characters quickly and plunge them into arresting situations. [17 Sep 1994]

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Chicago Hope is an affecting, involving series solidly anchored by Mr. Patinkin. [18 Sep 1994]

    Dallas Morning News Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    Elevate[s] the state of TV drama with fine writing, convincing acting and compelling stories. [16 Sep 1994]

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Ron Miller

    Bristling with promise. [17 Sep 1994]

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Ken Parish Perkins

    Those who have seen "Picket Fences" should have a good idea about what "Hope" offers: moral crisis and guilt trips. [18 Sep 1994]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Kelley has a great gift for establishing his plots quickly, and for bringing them to powerful conclusions. Like '[L.A.] Law' and '[Picket] Fences,' however, 'Hope' is an oddly self-contained universe -- despite the show's reliance on social issues, it's hard to imagine any of these people actually functioning in the real world. [17 Sep 1994]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Alan Rich

    Down deep, however, this is the old, highly workable stuff, tidily refurbished. [12 Sep 1994]

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    The doctors of Chicago Hope Hospital, a gleaming surgical palace with all the cutting- edge gizmos, tend to pontificate. [18 Sep 1994]

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    Very slick and very shiny, full of impassioned confrontations and noble utterances. [17 Sep 1994]

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Richard Zoglin

    It's a self-important but frequently entertaining mix of Ben Casey melodrama and St. Elsewhere-style modernism.

    Time Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    Glimmers of good acting peep through this maze of melodrama. Yet "St. Elsewhere" practiced more interesting medicine, and Kelley's Emmy-laden "Picket Fences" is bolder and more likable. More significant, so is "ER."

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    Somber and uncompromising. ... Despite its high-powered actors (Adam Arkin and Hector Elizondo also work at this hospital) and highfalutin executive producer, David E. Kelley (Picket Fences, L.A. Law), the show's a storehouse of cliches. [15 Sep 1994]

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review