Where have they all gone?
Many characters seem to have fallen off the face of the planet
where Chicago Hope resides. Here's a list of them, and what they
were last doing, before their tragic disapperance.
Dr. Thurmond (E.G. Marshall)
- When last seen, Dr. Thurmond was being sued by the green
nurse for sexual harassment, and had a heart attack while being
quarantined (in the episode entitled, strangely enough, "Quarantine").
What happened to the character is a mystery (vague references by Dr.
Watters, but that's all), but the actor, E.G. Marshall apparently
moved to Conneticut to be with his family, so his character was dropped
from the show. David Kelley said he hopes that E.G. Marshall will be
back for one or two more episodes this season, so we may not have seen
the very end of Dr. Thurmond.
Angela Giandamenicio (Roma Maffia)
- When last seen, Angela had just embezzled a lot of money from
Aaron to pay for some insurance (the actual details are sketchy,
anyone else remember?). Aaron, justly angry, felt he couldn't
trust Angela again, and told her that she could continue to be
Geiger's secretary, but not his. After this, she falls into the
the pit of no return, although there are faint rumors of some
Detective Stacey Halmora (Jamie Rose)
- This was Alan's love interest. She told Alan that he wasn't
an eel or a snake, but an adorable man. She originally met Alan
by busting Geiger for solicitation. But, since Alan has had
the adoption story line, we've neither seen, nor heard from
Stacey again! Peter MacNicol (Alan Birch) says that she was
axed, so it's unlikely we'll see her again.
Nurse Sarah Jane Petty (Teri Polo) aka the green nurse
- Since she was tied to Dr. Thurmond's last known story-line,
apparently she too had to be banished. I'm sort of disappointed
because I wanted to see that story-line resolved -- but, no E.G. Marshall,
no Teri Polo. Latest news is the actress has moved to Northern
Dr. Ray Kadalski (Allen Garfield)
- Since being fired from the hospital (mostly because he brings a
bad reputation to psychiatrists as "quacks"), Dr. Kadalski
(aka the High Hopes guy) has not been seen. Perhaps he'll be seen again soon,
but the way things have gone for past characters, there may be no
Laurie Geiger (Kim Greist)
- With Geiger firmly implanted into a relationship with Dr.
Infante, Laurie appears headed for the sunset. (Although hopefully
not, because she is really great in this role!).
Dr. Antonovich (Margaret Colin)
- Well, Dr. Antonovich didn't really disappear, but rather died.
But everyone seems to want to know where she is! Margaret Colin had
another television show (which I think is off the air now) titled
"The Wright Verdicts," and apparently had to leave Chicago Hope.
Dr. Nadine Winslow (Victoria Dillard)
- Geiger's temporary girlfriend, whom he dumped after he realized that
he actually might be able to get serious with her. Since then, nothing.
Dr. Geri Infante (Diane Venora)
- With Mandy Patinkin leaving the show, it appears as if Dr. Infante
will also never return. When we last saw her (in the Season 1 season
finale), she had testified against Geiger in a state license board hearing.
Geiger tells her he hopes that one day they can be together, but for
now, they will be apart.
R.I.P. Alan Birch (Peter MacNicol)
- Alan was shot while with Diane Grad, and subsequently died. The offscreen
reason for his departure is that with David Kelley no longer writing the bulk
of the episodes, Peter MacNicol felt that his character would suffer, and
rather than allow that to happen, he left. As evidenced by the first few
shows, it was probably a wise decision, since the new writers didn't seem
to have the expertise to write good legal drama (and David Kelley used to
be a lawyer).
Dr. Jeffrey Geiger (Mandy Patinkin)
- After Alan's death, Geiger assumed responsibility for Alicia, taking a
leave of absence. He will return for future episodes (possibly the 12th
and 13th of this season). Offscreen, Mandy wanted to spend more time with
his family in New York, rather than commuting from L.A. constantly.
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