Regarding Bob Newhart’s character:
[spoiler]I forget his name, but he is an architect (I think?) who is gradually losing his eyesight to a degenerative disorder. Newhart’s character is despondent over the prospect of losing his sight, and is admitted to the ER after a suicide attempt – he overdosed on some of his prescription medicine. Dr. Lewis is caring for him in the ER, but leaves Newhart’s character in his bed to care for an injured baby and that baby’s suicidal mother (who, with lighter fluid, torches herself in her car parked near the hospital).
Anyway, as Dr. Lewis’ encounters trials and tribulations with the baby and suicidal mother, Newhart’s character decides to leave the ER. He feels fien, he says to himself, and Dr. Lewis told him to wait 3 hours and it’s been 4 1/2 hours – so why not up and leave. Newhart’s character goes home and chills for a while. When Lewis discovers him missing, she wrangles up some EMTs to bring her over to Newhart’s house in an effort to stop another potential suicide attempt. Lewis and the EMTs somehow bust in to Newhart’s house, only to find that Newhart is just working on some hobby or another (model ships?). IIRC, after some hand-holding, Newhart eventually agrees to return to the ER for treatment.[/spoiler]
[spoiler]He’s showing himself to be the most battle-ready of the interns. Coop suffers a nasty burn to his forehead while saving the suicidal mother (see above) from her self-inflicted torching. He works through his shift anyway, despite the burn.
Coop’s role gained another layer of complexity when it’s shown that he’s been hand-holding a fellow intern (can’t recall the name … red-headed guy) throughout med school. “Red” has a bad day at the ER, capped off by vomiting at a patient’s bedside in front of everyone. Red eventually loses it and walks out of the ER in disgust, with Coop in hot pursuit. Red says medicine is not for him, and he’s quitting, while Coop tries to talk Red into sticking it out. Pratt observes this scene, then walks up and tells Red something like “keep walking and don’t come back” (I think?). Coop is astonished that Pratt was so harsh, but seems to understand where Pratt was coming from.[/spoiler]