From creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, the series follows the daily lives of nurses and doctors as they struggle with the darkly comic realities of caring for the elderly in an overwhelmed healthcare system, skewering the petty bureaucracies of modern medical practice in America.
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Reduced to Eating Boiled Magazines and Book Paste 03x06
As the staff attempts to stave off the closure of Billy Barnes, DiDi takes to the picket lines in a last-ditch effort. Jenna tries to weasel her way out of a hastily made offer. Patsy is intrigued by Margueritte's revelation during a secret-sharing session. After a ruse is exposed, Dawn inadvertently sets in motion a chaotic chain of events that seals the fate of the ward.
Please Partake of a Memorial Orange 03x05
The ward's fate is in doubt, so DiDi tries to think of a way to save it, but is distracted by pressure from Dawn to be her health advocate. Meanwhile, the obstreperous Varla returns and clashes with her estranged daughter; Dr. James confesses her sins to her husband; and a memorial service has no shortage of drama.
Am I Still Me? 03x04
On the day of her "Sympoosium," Dr. James is plagued by unexpected complications. Patsy embraces his truth, and DiDi finds herself caught between work and family. Dawn and Dr. James see uncanny visions of themselves in two British visitors, Dr. Pippa Moore and Sister Den Flixter.
No, I Don't Want a F***ing Smiley Face 03x03
While preparing for a conference, Dr. James is caught off-guard by workplace politics. A felon (Rhea Perlman) with cancer, and a history of daring escapes, arrives at the ward. When his mother (Ivone Coll) pays a visit, Patsy asks Dawn to pose as someone she's not. DiDi's mother-in-law (Gloria Leroy) comes to Billy Barnes for treatment, sparking a family feud.
Don't Let It Get in You or on You 03x02
The staff faces an infectious disease crisis. DiDi's family drama spills into work, in the person of Yvette, her sister-in-law. Dr. James reaches out to a pharmaceutical company and finds herself affected by a patient with a complicated past (Joyce Geronimus). A worn-out Dawn is revived by Patsy's unpredictable advances.
This Is About Vomit, People 03x01
As Dr. Jenna James looks to move past her hospice scandal, she finds her job threatened by a handsome new doctor (Grant Bowler) and takes immediate action. DiDi is inspired to fight for her union rights, while cutbacks force Patsy to return to floor duty. Dawn questions her marriage and later gets distressing news.
Doctor Death 02x06
Whistleblower brings disturbing news about the hospice program to light, putting the entire staff's future in question. Dawn takes a big romantic step, but unexpectedly finds herself caught between two suitors. DiDi takes her salary issues to Jenna, who tries to hold everything together.
The Revolving Admit Door 02x05
DiDi struggles to deal with her younger sister Sherrie, who's filling in at Billy Barnes and cozying up to Dawn. Jenna gets a new look and encounters resistance to her research methods. Patsy lets an award go to his head. The staff tries to balance patient flow and has issues discharging a patient they'd hoped never to see again.
The 7th Annual Christmas Card Competition 02x04
The staff finds itself in an awkward situation when one of Jenna's "adult" study photos mistakenly makes its way into the Christmas card competition. DiDi is tempted by Parker Owens, a visiting doctor. Denya, a patient with terminal cancer, proposes a "final solution" to a startled Jenna. Patsy and Dawn's relationship comes to a head.
Turnips...north Day...yes, Yes. 02x03
Server crash forces the staff to go "old school" - with disastrous results. DiDi steps on Dr. Stickley's toes when making a decision about Arlene's mother-in-law, while Dr. James has issues getting through to a deaf patient. Dawn buys a cello, and learns that her life-changing news may not be what it seems.