This critically-acclaimed show takes an off-kilter look at the dysfunctional staffers who must deal with myriad professional and personal hurdles at the female-geriatric wing of a beleaguered California hospital.
At the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of Mt. Palms Hospital in Long Beach, Cal., the staff attends to the needs of female patients who are often 'getting on' in years, while dealing with the challenges of a health-care bureaucracy in need of an overhaul.
S1 E1: Born On The Fourth Of July
It's July 4th at the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit, and nurse DiDi Ortley is starting a new job. Events on her first day include the staff trying to decipher the identity of a mystery Asian woman, and a debate about what to do with a deceased patient's birthday cake.
S1 E2: If You're Going To San Francisco
In the wake of Nurse Raymes departure, Patsy De La Serda, a new supervising nurse, joins the Billy Barnes staff. Meanwhile, Donna, a more docile patient, wins DiDi's affections and displays impressive karaoke skills.
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S1 E3: Make Someone Happy
DiDi ends up in "conflict resolution" after Patsy files a grievance against her for inappropriate remarks. Meanwhile, Dr James and Patsy go head-to-head when she decides to skip the "Make Someone Happy" orientation to present her stool research at a medical convention.
S1 E4: Dumped
Dr James decides to implement a geriatric exercise programme in the ward, upsetting Patsy whose "Make Someone Happy" initiative now includes a live pianist and a fountain. Meanwhile, a homeless woman, and her accompanying stench, is suspiciously dumped in the ward.
S1 E5: Nightshift
DiDi's serene evening shift is turned upside down by the arrival of a new Swedish-speaking patient and several unwelcome inebriated visitors.
S1 E6: The Concert
Phyllis gets the run-around as her mother's condition worsens, improves and worsens again. Meanwhile, after falling out, the staff make up and come together to perform their weekly "Caregiver Concert" for everyone in the ward