Air Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#204) "Episode 4"
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In the fourth hour of Hopkins, a seemingly healthy toddler is rushed to Hopkins where his parents learn he may have a fatal heart ailment, while an unorthodox surgeon interrogates his residents about their romantic lives, as he himself approaches marriage for the third time. The series continues to capture astounding scenes of medical crisis, with young doctors forced to make life and death decisions on the fly. The result is a stunningly intimate portrait of the men and women who call this hospital home. "Hopkins" airs THURSDAY, JULY 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Peyton Penrod is a healthy toddler who is suddenly rushed to the Hopkins PICU, one of the country's top ICUs for children. His heart presents his doctors and his parents with two bleak options: a risky heart transplant or death. Viewers see his parents face an emotional journey while doctors are doing everything they can to save Peyton.

By his own admission, vascular surgeon Tom Reifsnyder is not cut in the Hopkins mold. Irreverent, chatty and candid about his marital travails, Reifsnyder's surgeries tend to be comic relief sessions during which he interrogates his residents on everything from their romantic lives to the kind of cars they drive.

Ann Czarnik returns in this episode and takes viewers on the road to visit her tiny hometown in the hills of West Virginia and get a feel for how she escapes the daily drill of Hopkins.

"Hopkins" offers a rare look at the impact that this demanding and high pressure profession can have on doctors' personal lives. For four months, ABC News' high definition cameras had unparalleled access to this legendary hospital. Over one hundred caregivers and patients gave their consent to be filmed. Culled from nearly 1500 hours of footage, "Hopkins" contains scenes that are remarkably raw and private, examining the interplay between the public and private worlds of the men and women who wear the white coats. There are no narrators in "Hopkins"; the voices belong to the patients and doctors. Interwoven storylines unfold in sequences of cin�ma v�rit�.

Terence Wrong is producer and executive producer. Brad Hebert and Alex Piper are supervising producers. Rudy Bednar is senior executive producer.

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