List of Marcus Welby, M.D. episodes

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This is a list of episodes for the television series Marcus Welby, M.D.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes First aired Last aired
Pilot March 26, 1969 (1969-03-26)
1 26 September 23, 1969 (1969-09-23) April 14, 1970 (1970-04-14)
2 24 September 22, 1970 (1970-09-22) March 30, 1971 (1971-03-30)
3 24 September 14, 1971 (1971-09-14) March 14, 1972 (1972-03-14)
4 24 September 12, 1972 (1972-09-12) March 6, 1973 (1973-03-06)
5 24 September 11, 1973 (1973-09-11) March 12, 1974 (1974-03-12)
6 24 September 10, 1974 (1974-09-10) March 11, 1975 (1975-03-11)
7 24 September 9, 1975 (1975-09-09) May 4, 1976 (1976-05-04)
TV films 2 May 16, 1984 (1984-05-16) December 19, 1988 (1988-12-19)


Pilot (1969)[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"A Matter of Humanities" David Lowell Rich Story by : David Victor
Teleplay by : Don Mankiewicz
March 26, 1969 (1969-03-26)
Marcus Welby hires brash young Doctor Kiley to assist in his bustling general practice. Among Welby's most pressing cases is a young man suffering from aphasia whose wife is seeking to have him committed to an institution.

Season 1 (1969–70)[edit]

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1 1 "Hello, Goodbye, Hello" Mark Daniels Jerry De Bono September 23, 1969 (1969-09-23)
Miss Ruth Adams (Susan Clark) is a wonderful teacher, very engaged with and loved by her children. So when she slaps one of them in a fit of rage, her principal sends her to see Dr. Welby for a psychiatric reference. But her problem isn't psychiatric; it's a gliosarcoma, inoperable — a death sentence for a young teacher just beginning her life and career. Dr. Kiley must break the news to her, and then finds himself increasingly drawn into the woman's final days.
2 2 "The Foal" Daniel Petrie Teleplay by: Robert Collins & Joe Gerrald & Jane Mackenzie
Story by: Joe Gerrald & Jane Mackenzie
September 30, 1969 (1969-09-30)
Welby fights bureaucratic pressure from a young couple (Lynn Carlin and Steve Ihnat) and an unfeeling psychologist (Robert Ellenstein) as he tries to help the couple's 7-year-old autistic, severely withdrawn son learn how to communicate.
3 3 "Don't Ignore the Miracles" Leo Penn Ted Aspin October 7, 1969 (1969-10-07)
Claire (Julie Adams) visits Dr. Welby certain she has begun to enter menopause, only to discover that at age 42 she has finally become pregnant. Her husband Paul (William Sylvester) was about to leave her for Maggie, a younger woman he has been seeing. A baby seems to be the last thing they want, and Clair considers and almost has an abortion. Delivery is likely to be difficult and Dr. Welby even mentions the possibility of a "defective baby." This episode tells the story of how the older couple learns to cope, and hopefully will learn to love their new child.
4 4 "Silken Threads and Silver Hooks" John Erman John H. Bloch October 14, 1969 (1969-10-14)
A husband starts filming a documentary on his actress-wife's recovery from a stroke, despite warnings from Dr. Welby.
5 5 "All Flags Flying" Don McDougall Ken Trevey October 21, 1969 (1969-10-21)
Captain Rick Ballinger, retired Naval hero, has finally finished building his boat, and now plans to sail it back to the places he visited during his military service, bringing with him his son Sailor. But his shortness of breath, cough, and numbness of the hands suggest that may not be a good idea. Dr. Welby discovers from a blood examination that he suffers from pernicious anemia — a treatable disease if he's willing to follow a doctor's advice. Unfortunately, his pride goads him into making poor decisions that might cost him and his son their lives.
6 6 "Echo of a Baby's Laugh" John Erman Max Hodge October 28, 1969 (1969-10-28)
Dr. Welby helps a young, pregnant woman come to terms with her past — namely, a past relationship she had concealed from her husband. Her previous pregnancy was ended by abortion, after she developed complications late in her third trimester. When Welby tells the husband about his wife's past (she was just a teenager when she was pregnant before), the man is furious and wants to leave his wife, but Welby sets him straight.
7 7 "The White Cane" Leo Penn Jerome Ross November 4, 1969 (1969-11-04)
When an operation restores Paul Hannan's sight, his love cools for his blind fiancee, Laura Jelliffe. Laura, employed at the Center for the Blind, seeks to forestall the ordeal of the engagement being called off by asking for a transfer to another city.
8 8 "The Vrahnas Demon" Richard Benedict John Vlahos November 11, 1969 (1969-11-11)
Nick Eugenides is an aging but lusty Greek American fisherman who refuses to change his lifestyle when Dr .Welby informs him he has emphysema. Eugenedes insists on entering an annual deep diving competition, an event he has won for many years.
9 9 "Madonna with Knapsack and Flute" TBA TBA November 18, 1969 (1969-11-18)
Myra Sherwood, with whom Dr. Welby is in love, takes a pregnant, unmarried "flower child," Tracy Clifford, into her home. Dr. Welby, who is treating Tracy for mononucleosis, warns Myra against deep emotional involvement with the girl. Myra, however, whose own daughter would have been Tracy's age had she lived, makes plans to maintain Tracy has her own child — when it is born — indefinitely.
10 10 "Homecoming" Daniel Petrie Robert Collins & David Victor November 25, 1969 (1969-11-25)
A young man named Scott Behrman, who has recently quit using LSD, bursts into Welby's clinic in a stupor. An after-effect of his withdrawal of the drug (which he started using to deal with family pressures and the death of his mother), Behrman will suffer several more of these "acid flashes," the tipoff to Welby that the young man may need more serious intervention to help completely heal him. However, Welby has to deal with Behrman's stubborn father who believes that, given a job with the family's warehousing business and a little love, the attacks will go away.
11 11 "Let Ernest Come Over" TBA TBA December 9, 1969 (1969-12-09)
Ernest Jackson — up for promotion to police lieutenant — feels that disclosure of his physical problem would ruin his chance for advancement. Welby, learning of Jackson's occupation, says he cannot allow the truth to be hidden since his condition may lead to the officer's inability to carry out his duty at a crucial moment.
12 12 "The Chemistry of Hope" Richard Benedict Jerry McNeely December 16, 1969 (1969-12-16)
Pacho McGuerney's parents refuse to allow Dr. Welby to tell their teen-aged son that he has leukemia.
13 13 "Neither Punch nor Judy" TBA TBA December 23, 1969 (1969-12-23)
Dr. Welby's friend, Father Hugh Riorden, suffers severe asthmatic attacks because he feels inadequate in dealing with the personal problems of his parishioners. The priest's feelings reach a climax when he is unable to restore the will to live in a young man injured in an accident, but Dr. Welby's able to do so. Father Hugh announces to Dr. Welby that he is going to quit the priesthood.
14 14 "Diagnosis: Fear" Chris Christenberry Margaret Arman December 30, 1969 (1969-12-30)
A basketball player, told by Dr. Welby that he must have knee surgery, goes to a psychic healer instead.
15 15 "The Soft Phrase of Peace" Russ Mayberry Teleplay by: Sandy Stern
Story by: Robert Collins
January 6, 1970 (1970-01-06)
Welby treats a black leader's college-student son, injured by police during a demonstration.
16 16 "Fun and Games and Michael Ambrose" TBA TBA January 13, 1970 (1970-01-13)
Michael Ambrose, a diabetic, tries to end his life to get even with his father. Michael resents his father, best-selling novelist John Ambrose, blaming him for the unhappiness his mother suffered before her death, and taunts him by threatening to give up taking his insulin shots. When John Ambrose goes back East for a television appearance, Michael carries out his threat.
17 17 "The Legacy" TBA TBA January 27, 1970 (1970-01-27)
When patrician Señora Carlotta, mother of Dr. Welby's nurse Consuelo Lopez, is told by the doctor that her life-or-death decision will also involve others, she decides immediately what course she must take. Her philosophy affects Mrs. Faris, the cynical woman whose room she shares and who rejects the present while dreading the future. Guest star Dolores del Río.
18 18 "Dance to No Music" TBA TBA February 3, 1970 (1970-02-03)
A newly married man asks Dr. Welby to perform a vasectomy. The man believes he has Huntington's Chorea and fears passing the disease down to his children. Welby and Kiley calm the heartbroken wife while attempting to confirm the diagnosis.
19 19 "Go Get 'Em, Tiger" TBA TBA February 10, 1970 (1970-02-10)
While visiting a drug rehab clinic, Dr. Kiley is shocked to see that one of its patients is Mr. Chambers, who used to own an auto repair shop and gave Kiley his first job in order to save money to go to college. Chambers' life fell apart after his daughter was killed in a car accident; he lost his business, became addicted to heroin, turned to crime to support his habit and served a stretch in prison. Kiley is determined to help Chambers get is life back on track, but he runs into unexpected difficulties.
20 20 "Nobody Wants a Fat Jockey" John Erman Ken Trevey February 17, 1970 (1970-02-17)
Dinty Gallagher, a professional jockey, refuses to give up his regimen of diet pills and steam baths, even after having fainting spells. Gallagher's desperate attempts to make the weight for the most important race of his life result in physical collapse and he is hospitalized. There he overhears Doctors Welby and Kiley tell his manager that tests indicate he is still growing, at 21, and that it will be impossible for him to continue his career as a jockey.
21 21 "The Other Side of the Chart" Herbert Kenwith Teleplay by: Ken Trevey
Story by: Alvin Saplinsley
February 24, 1970 (1970-02-24)
Kiley undergoes a bout with chicken pox, and the young physician deals with an oil field worker who worries over the prospect of having bladder cancer.
22 22 "The Merely Syndrome" TBA TBA March 3, 1970 (1970-03-03)
A young girl who has undergone successful heart surgery continues to have severe heart seizures.
23 23 "Sea of Security" Chris Christenberry Ben Masselink March 10, 1970 (1970-03-10)
An oceanographer diagnosed with caisson disease (a.k.a. "the bends") insists on one last dive, despite Dr. Welby's warnings that just one dive might kill him.
24 24 "The Daredevil Gesture" Steven Spielberg TBA March 17, 1970 (1970-03-17)
A hemophiliac teenager risks his life to rescue a companion who has fallen down a ravine.
25 25 "Enid" TBA TBA March 24, 1970 (1970-03-24)
An orphanage counselor, addicted to pills, causes an automobile accident in which one of her charges is injured.
26 26 "The Rebel Doctor" TBA TBA April 14, 1970 (1970-04-14)
Dr. Welby tries to help a very young doctor fighting to keep a clinic operating in a poor neighborhood.

Season 2 (1970–71)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
27 1 "A Very Special Sailfish" Leo Penn Jerry McNeely September 22, 1970 (1970-09-22)
Cathy Cullen, a pretty high school senior, comes out of her shell after a successful diet. Shedding her former wallflower self, Cathy quickly becomes popular with boys... too popular, as she soon contracts a venereal disease. Welby presses for answers as Cathy continually resists treatment and refuses to reveal from where she may have contracted VD.
28 2 "The Worth of a Man" Leo Penn Don Ingalls September 29, 1970 (1970-09-29)
A brilliant trial attorney named Corday — an old Navy friend of Welby's — refuses to interrupt a landmark case for treatment of cancerous lymph nodes. Corday's stubbornness rubs off on his junior partner, who also has health issues of his own... and it may cost them much more than a judgment in their favor.
29 3 "Warn the World About Mike" Herschel Daugherty Jerry McNeely October 6, 1970 (1970-10-06)
Dr. Kiley's brother believes he is dying and refuses to seek help.
30 4 "Epidemic" Daniel Petrie Jerome Ross October 13, 1970 (1970-10-13)
The efforts of Welby and Kiley to battle a flu epidemic are complicated by a rich hypochondriac.
31 5 "To Get Through the Night" Marc Daniels Charles McDaniel October 20, 1970 (1970-10-20)
A psychiatrist discovers he has a fatal form of sclerosis.
32 6 "Daisy in the Shadows" Marc Daniels Paul Schneider & Margaret Schneider October 27, 1970 (1970-10-27)
The mother of an intellectually disabled child is forced to realize that she must allow the child to live with foster parents.
33 7 "The Labyrinth" Joseph Lejtes Paul Schneider & Margaret Schneider November 10, 1970 (1970-11-10)
Scientist Rick Rivera suffers from the physical and psychological after-effects of ingesting hallucinogenic drugs during a trip to Mexico. It is up to Welby to help Rivera cope and force him off the drugs.
34 8 "The Girl from Rainbow Beach" Marc Daniels Edward DeBlasio November 17, 1970 (1970-11-17)
Just before her marriage, a young woman discovers she has a form of leprosy.
35 9 "Aura to a New Tomorrow" TBA TBA November 24, 1970 (1970-11-24)
A young epileptic's effort to hide his illness endangers his life.
36 10 "Sounding Brass" TBA TBA December 1, 1970 (1970-12-01)
A proud young father refuses to bring his supposedly intellectually disabled son to a free clinic for treatment.
37 11 "To Carry the Sun in a Golden Cup" TBA TBA December 8, 1970 (1970-12-08)
Dr. Welby suspects a young nurse has a hereditary muscular disease.
38 12 "All the Golden Dandelions Are Gone" TBA TBA December 15, 1970 (1970-12-15)
A father with mononucleosis endangers his life by not following Welby's advice. Richard Thomas guest stars as Dennis Graham, Belinda Montgomery, as Mary Ann Graham, and Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., as Jose Chavez.
39 13 "Brave on a Mountain Top" TBA TBA December 22, 1970 (1970-12-22)
Dr. Welby urges a young American Indian with emphysema to return to the clean air of the reservation.
40 14 "Another Buckle for Wesley Hill" TBA TBA January 5, 1971 (1971-01-05)
A man who prided himself on his physical condition and active life must come to terms with the fact that his illness will eventually mean the complete loss of his independence.
41 15 "False Spring" TBA TBA January 19, 1971 (1971-01-19)
Kiley falls for a married woman who has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, after realizing that the woman's husband is emotionally distant with her. Getting the man to come to terms with his wife's condition and realize the seriousness of it uncovers some deep-seated secrets of his past.
42 16 "A Passing of Torches" Jeannot Szwarc Teleplay by: Ken Trevey
Story by: Ken Trevey & Martin Donaldson
January 26, 1971 (1971-01-26)
A dying former teacher and a confused medical student complicate efforts to honor the educator.
43 17 "A Woman's Place" TBA TBA February 2, 1971 (1971-02-02)
Dr. Welby tries to help an alcoholic orthopedic surgeon.
44 18 "A Spanish Saying I Made Up" TBA TBA February 16, 1971 (1971-02-16)
Dr. Welby's nurse falls in love with a rich man with old-fashioned principles.
45 19 "Cynthia" TBA TBA February 23, 1971 (1971-02-23)
Despite repeated warnings by Kiley and Welby, a young woman insists on surgery to cure her paralysis. When the doctors stand firm, she sues them for malpractice, hoping to proceed with the surgery. Instead, secrets about her strained relationship with her estranged father rise to the surface. Guest star Randolph Mantooth.
46 20 "Don't Kid a Kidder" TBA TBA March 2, 1971 (1971-03-02)
Problems occur after Dr. Welby helps a blind woman arrange plastic surgery for her big-eared son.
47 21 "Elegy for a Mad Dog" TBA TBA March 9, 1971 (1971-03-09)
Dr. Welby is bitten by a rabid dog which belongs to an intellectually disabled patient of his.
48 22 "The Contract" TBA TBA March 16, 1971 (1971-03-16)
Dr. Welby becomes involved in a strained marriage when he assists the wife of a musician who becomes ill on a flight to Los Angeles.
49 23 "The Windfall" TBA TBA March 23, 1971 (1971-03-23)
A young girl develops an ulcer because she feels her rich parents don't love her.
50 24 "The House of Alquist" TBA TBA March 30, 1971 (1971-03-30)
Dr. Welby urges a young woman to break with her despotic father and marry the man she loves.

Season 3 (1971–72)[edit]

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Title Original air date
51 1 "The Tender Comrade" September 14, 1971 (1971-09-14)
The marriage plans of a beautiful widow are threatened when she undergoes a mastectomy.
52 2 "A Portrait of Debbie" September 21, 1971 (1971-09-21)
Dr. Welby faces a puzzling diagnostic problem with a young girl who is newly adopted.
53 3 "In My Father's House" September 28, 1971 (1971-09-28)
When his father suffers a stroke, Dr. Kiley faces a life-or-death decision.
54 4 "I Can Hardly Tell You Apart" October 5, 1971 (1971-10-05)
Sally Field plays June and Jan Wilkins, between whom exists a very strong sibling rivalry. Jan's feelings are put to a test when June's burns require a skin graft.
55 5 "This Is Max" October 12, 1971 (1971-10-12)
Dr. Welby helps a Japanese-American boy achieve a change in attitude toward his father.
56 6 "Men Who Care: Part 1"[1] October 19, 1971 (1971-10-19)
The father of one of Dr. Welby's patients is charged with murdering his daughter's boyfriend, so Welby asks lawyer Owen Marshall to defend the man.
57 7 "Ask Me Again Tomorrow" October 26, 1971 (1971-10-26)
A neurosurgeon jeopardizes his career when he pushes himself beyond his endurance.
58 8 "Don't Phase Me Out" November 2, 1971 (1971-11-02)
A heart attack makes a work-oriented executive reexamine his values.
59 9 "Echo from Another World" November 9, 1971 (1971-11-09)
The life of a patient is endangered by a young neurologist's diagnostic error.
60 10 "The Best Is Yet to Be" November 16, 1971 (1971-11-16)
Romance blossoms between two elderly residents of a plush retirement home.
61 11 "A Yellow Bird" November 23, 1971 (1971-11-23)
Dr. Welby's nurse wants to compensate for her lonely life by adopting a child.
62 12 "They Grow Up" November 30, 1971 (1971-11-30)
Dr. Welby helps a young instructor face the unconscious guilt he feels about his mentally challenged sister.
63 13 "Of Magic Shadow Shapes" December 7, 1971 (1971-12-07)
A once-renowned film director endangers his life when given a chance to regain his fame.
64 14 "Cross-Match" December 14, 1971 (1971-12-14)
A bitter young black man gets a new idea of life when he gives his blood to save a white boy.
65 15 "The Basic Moment: Part 1" January 4, 1972 (1972-01-04)
Dr. Welby's daughter returns from South America wishing for an abortion because of exposure to rubella.
66 16 "The Basic Moment: Part 2" January 11, 1972 (1972-01-11)
Complications which arise following the birth of Dr. Welby's grandson threaten the mother's life.
67 17 "All the Pretty People" January 25, 1972 (1972-01-25)
Rick, whose tennis prowess has brought him fame, money, and a beautiful wife, is hospitalized by Dr. Kiley following a collapse. Faced with the fact that his tennis playing days are over, Rick thinks his life is over as well until a suggestion for a new career comes from a teammate.
68 18 "I'm Really Trying" February 1, 1972 (1972-02-01)
The problems of a boy with minimal brain dysfunction are aggravated by his father's refusal to accept the diagnosis.
69 19 "Is It So Soon That I Am Done for – I Wonder What I Was Begun For?" February 8, 1972 (1972-02-08)
After their infant son dies, the grief-stricken parents take in a foster child.
70 20 "Just a Little Courage" February 15, 1972 (1972-02-15)
Dr. Welby helps a college instructor realize that he must return to his first love of writing.
71 21 "Don't Talk About Darkness" February 22, 1972 (1972-02-22)
A man needing eye surgery postpones it so that he may see his first child.
72 22 "Once There Was a Bantu Prince" February 29, 1972 (1972-02-29)
A social worker with sickle cell anemia wants to adopt a child suffering from the same disease.
73 23 "A Taste of Salt" March 7, 1972 (1972-03-07)
The long-time marriage of a couple is threatened when their newborn son develops cystic fibrosis.
74 24 "Solomon's Choice" March 14, 1972 (1972-03-14)
Teenaged Carol Lockett, three months pregnant and hospitalized by an infection, chooses to risk going full term rather than having a therapeutic abortion. Another complication is deciding whether to marry the baby's father or to put the child up for adoption. Guest star Randolph Mantooth.

Season 4 (1972–73)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
75 1 "A Fragile Possession" TBA TBA September 12, 1972 (1972-09-12)
The physical and emotional dangers of abortion surface when a domineering mother forces her daughter to undergo the operation.
76 2 "Love Is When They Say They Need You" TBA TBA September 19, 1972 (1972-09-19)
A mentally challenged man faces the problem of being a transplant donor to his brother.
77 3 "We'll Walk Out of Here Together" TBA TBA September 26, 1972 (1972-09-26)
An active young girl must adjust to a lifetime in a wheelchair following a serious illness.
78 4 "In Sickness and in Health" TBA TBA October 3, 1972 (1972-10-03)
A newly separated wife contracts a venereal disease when she has an affair.
79 5 "House of Mirrors" TBA TBA October 10, 1972 (1972-10-10)
Just as he plans to remarry, a pathologist is told he faces serious surgery.
80 6 "He Could Sell Iceboxes to Eskimos" TBA TBA October 17, 1972 (1972-10-17)
Marcus takes on the case of a real estate salesman who has a stroke on an airplane just before it lands in Southern California. Feeling the man needs family support in addition to the care and therapy he's getting in the hospital, Marcus tries to get his estranged wife and daughter to visit him.
81 7 "The Wednesday Game" TBA TBA October 24, 1972 (1972-10-24)
A lonely girl and her brother strike up a friendship with a cancer-stricken athlete.
82 8 "Don and Denise" TBA TBA October 31, 1972 (1972-10-31)
A young pianist-composer and his wife face an uncertain future after she is stricken with multiple sclerosis.
83 9 "Please Don't Send Flowers" TBA TBA November 14, 1972 (1972-11-14)
A young housewife and mother of two falls into a deep depression after learning she has uterine cancer.
84 10 "With a Shout, Not a Whimper" TBA TBA November 21, 1972 (1972-11-21)
Even though he thinks so, an aging surgeon soon discovers that his life is not over even though he can no longer practice.
85 11 "Jason Be Nimble, Jason Be Quick" TBA TBA November 28, 1972 (1972-11-28)
A father learns he has a responsibility to his young son who is stricken with rheumatoid arthritis.
86 12 "Unto the Next Generation" TBA TBA December 5, 1972 (1972-12-05)
Young parents are afraid to have another child after losing their first to a rare disease.
87 13 "Heartbeat for Yesterday" TBA TBA December 12, 1972 (1972-12-12)
Dr. Welby — called by flying physician Jerome Billings, an orthopedic surgeon, for help — finds young Carlos in a diabetic coma. Carlos' grandfather, Charlie, convinced his grandson will die, objects to Welby's treating him but accompanies Carlos when Welby insists on flying the ailing youth to a hospital. Weather forces the plane into an emergency landing in which Charlie is injured, giving Welby two emergencies to handle.
88 14 "Dinner of Herbs" TBA TBA December 19, 1972 (1972-12-19)
A problem-plagued overweight wife goes on a crash diet to save her marriage.
89 15 "A More Exciting Case" TBA TBA January 2, 1973 (1973-01-02)
Following a hysterectomy, a nurse returns to work and becomes over-involved with a patient.
90 16 "A Necessary End" TBA TBA January 9, 1973 (1973-01-09)
When Julie Langley Kirk's illness is diagnosed by Dr. Welby as serious heart damage, she refuses to accept it at first. Convinced finally by Dr. Welby that she must continue her work, she works on, with the help of her assistant Greta, finishing a moving photographic essay on the end of life.
91 17 "Who Are You Arthur Kolinski?" TBA TBA January 16, 1973 (1973-01-16)
A grandfather, his son, and his grandson learn to respect each other when illness draws them together.
92 18 "Gemini Descending" TBA TBA January 23, 1973 (1973-01-23)
An aggressive salesman undergoes a personality change caused by a rare disease.
93 19 "The Problem with Charlie" TBA TBA January 30, 1973 (1973-01-30)
An aspiring student attorney stricken with a stress-related ulcer resists efforts by Welby, Kiley, and his wife to help him.
94 20 "Catch a Ring That Isn't There" TBA TBA February 6, 1973 (1973-02-06)
Richie Manning, a teen-aged gymnast champion, falls off the rings in gym class, the tip-off that he has a serious drinking problem. Welby and Kiley refer Richie to the Comeback House to help him come to terms with his alcoholism. Compounding matters is the fact that Richie's parents — dry-cleaning store owners who are still grieving the death of their older son — are in denial over the whole thing.
95 21 "The Working Heart" TBA TBA February 13, 1973 (1973-02-13)
Laura Daniels develops a serious heart problem as the result of rheumatic fever. Although she accepts Dr. Welby's order to give up her TV interview show, she is convinced that her husband Paul loves her only as a successful career woman. She returns to work, getting pills from her assistant Jan, and these, combined with liquor, cause her to collapse, making heart surgery mandatory.
96 22 "The Other Martin Loring" Allen Reisner Dick Nelson February 20, 1973 (1973-02-20)

The emotional strain of an impending divorce sends a man into a diabetic coma.

Note: This episode generated a lot of controversy for equating homosexuality with illness.
97 23 "The Day After Forever" TBA TBA February 27, 1973 (1973-02-27)
A housewife's involvement with a political campaign quickly turns personal when she catches the eye of the charming young candidate. The woman's contractor husband quickly becomes fraught with worry about his marriage and develops a dependence on tranquilizers.
98 24 "The Tortoise Dance" TBA TBA March 6, 1973 (1973-03-06)
A secretly depressed high-school boy becomes suicidal after the senseless death of his friend.

Season 5 (1973–74)[edit]

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Title Original air date
99 1 "The Panic Path" September 11, 1973 (1973-09-11)
An impotent husband tries to find an extramarital relationship.
100 2 "A Joyful Song" September 18, 1973 (1973-09-18)
A young woman dying of leukemia takes a special interest in a blind boy who wants to be an artist.
101 3 "For Services Rendered" September 25, 1973 (1973-09-25)
A coronary bypass may be the only thing that can save the life of dry-cleaning store operator Fred Pulaski. But Pulaski, determined to retire with his wife to a ranch in Southern California, is determined not to have the surgery — he doesn't have health insurance or savings to fund both the surgery and the ranch — and instead keeps his health a secret.
102 4 "Blood Kin" October 2, 1973 (1973-10-02)
Rico and Louisa Renati, aware their frail but lively daughter Maria has the rare Cooley's Anemia (peculiar to Italians), refuse Dr. Welby's suggestion on the operation. Dr. Jed Hartnet, a leading specialist in this type of disease who is ready to quit the profession, becomes intrigued with Maria and decides to fight her parents' decision.
103 5 "The Light at the Threshold" October 9, 1973 (1973-10-09)
Tracey Robbins has been plagued with diabetes for years and the disease has caused her to slowly lose her sight due to blood vessel malfunction. When her father fails to take her on a promised trip to Europe and her infatuation with Dr. Kiley undergoes a rude awakeing, the girl becomes withdrawn and refuses the operation.
104 6 "A Question of Fault" October 16, 1973 (1973-10-16)
When a little boy develops gangrene, his condition is blamed on incompetent medical care.
105 7 "Friends in High Places" October 23, 1973 (1973-10-23)
An actor's lie about a starring role to cheer up his dying father backfires.
106 8 "The Endless Moment" October 30, 1973 (1973-10-30)
Fearing that his bride-to-be, Kelly Green, will cancel their marriage plans, Dr. Kiley does not tell her the seriousness of the rheumatic disease she has contracted. Dr. Welby disagrees with his associate and, as her doctor, tells her the eventualities of such an illness when she insists on knowing. Guest: Stefanie Powers
107 9 "The Tall Tree" November 6, 1973 (1973-11-06)
A psychiatric therapist learns he has a serious illnes which will complicate his ability to work.
108 10 "The Circles of Shame" November 20, 1973 (1973-11-20)
Welby is puzzled when a young woman and bride-to-be being treated for an ulcer tries to give herself an abortion, unaware that she is trying to conceal the fact that a co-worker had raped her.
109 11 "Nguyen" November 27, 1973 (1973-11-27)
An ex-Marine adopts a Vietnamese orphan who becomes ill.
110 12 "A Cry in the Night" December 11, 1973 (1973-12-11)
A marine biologist refuses to admit she is seriously ill, until she blacks out during an underwater dive.
111 13 "Death Is Only a Side Effect" December 18, 1973 (1973-12-18)
Patricia Lowry — despondent over her chronic kidney ailment and fear that her husband, Duke, is having romantic affairs on his business trips — takes a tranquilizer that puts her in a coma.
112 14 "The Comeback" January 1, 1974 (1974-01-01)
Dr. Welby forces a former alcoholic to fight for reinstatement as a surgeon.
113 15 "A Full Life" January 8, 1974 (1974-01-08)
A scientist is stricken with malaria and then learns that his grandson has not chosen to follow in his footsteps.
114 16 "No Charity for the MacAllisters" January 15, 1974 (1974-01-15)
While treating a boy for a snake bite, Dr. Kiley discovers the child has a hereditary blood disease.
115 17 "Each Day a Miracle" January 22, 1974 (1974-01-22)
A girl, whose remission from leukemia is the longest on the record books, enrolls in college against her father's wishes.
116 18 "The Fear of Silence" January 29, 1974 (1974-01-29)
An air traffic controller is plunged into moments of hopelessness when it's discovered there are lesions on his larynx.
117 19 "Angela's Nightmare" February 5, 1974 (1974-02-05)
A 15-year-old girl runs away after being raped by the same man who wants to adopt her.
118 20 "The Mugging" February 12, 1974 (1974-02-12)
A husband, in the fear that his wife may be mugged again, shoots a neighbor.
119 21 "The Latch-Key Child" February 19, 1974 (1974-02-19)
A 4-year-old boy, left in the care of his 9-year-old sister, suffers from recurrent blackouts.
120 22 "Out of Control" February 26, 1974 (1974-02-26)
A racing driver, preparing his car for his last big chance, suffers from major brain damage.
121 23 "I've Promised You a Father: Part 1"[1] March 5, 1974 (1974-03-05)
A young nurse, suffering from a rare genetic disease that can cause delusions, names Dr. Kiley as the father of her small son in a paternity suit, so Owen Marshall is hired to defend him.
122 24 "Designs" March 12, 1974 (1974-03-12)
A fashion designer, suffering from nervous fatigue, becomes emotionally involved with Dr. Welby.

Season 6 (1974–75)[edit]

No. in
Title Original air date
123 1 "The Brittle Warrior" September 10, 1974 (1974-09-10)
A veteran police sergeant (and new grandfather) tries to hide the debilitating effects of arthritis from his superior officers... in particular, his son-in-law.
124 2 "The Faith of Childish Things" September 17, 1974 (1974-09-17)
A diabetic expectant mother flies cross-country and falls into a coma.
125 3 "Last Flight to Babylon" September 24, 1974 (1974-09-24)
Len Dalton is unable to secure a position as a pilot; fearful of losing the affections of his girlfriend and suffering from post-operation depression, he contemplates suicide. After visiting Dr. Welby for a checkup, Dalton tries to persuade Consuelo to give him some sleeping pills. When his pleading fails, he obtains the drug from another source and tries to end his mental anguish forever.
126 4 "To Father a Child" October 1, 1974 (1974-10-01)
Dr. Welby counsels a couple on the problems of impotency.
127 5 "The Outrage" October 8, 1974 (1974-10-08)
Welby tries to get a high school student, who was raped by his pedophile teacher, to reveal his assailant.
128 6 "The Fatal Challenge" October 15, 1974 (1974-10-15)
A patient almost dies because a doctor neglects his obligations.
129 7 "A Fevered Angel" October 22, 1974 (1974-10-22)
Dr. Welby and Kiley fight to save the life of a three-year-old boy, whose mother will not allow the child to be given proper medical treatment because of her fanatical beliefs.
130 8 "Feedback" October 29, 1974 (1974-10-29)
Life outside the ring — permanently — is not easy for Danny Williams, a promising young fighter who shields the fact that he is epileptic from his wife. Williams struggles with having to adjust to a new life, despite the best efforts of Welby, Kiley, and Danny's wife Laurie.
131 9 "No Gods in Sight" November 12, 1974 (1974-11-12)
A brilliant researcher has trouble adjusting to doctor-patient relationships.
132 10 "Hell Is Upstairs" November 19, 1974 (1974-11-19)
Dr. Welby has to win the trust of a child who must undergo surgery while staying conscious.
133 11 "The Last Rip-Off" November 26, 1974 (1974-11-26)
Dr. Welby exposes an unscrupulous funeral director who preys on the relatives of the deceased.
134 12 "Child of Silence" December 3, 1974 (1974-12-03)
A mother refuses surgery to cure her child's deafness, and the child almost loses her life.
135 13 "The 266 Days" December 10, 1974 (1974-12-10)
A career woman, delighted to be pregnant at last, joins Consuelo's medical care group for pregnant women.
136 14 "The Resident" December 17, 1974 (1974-12-17)
An unfeeling doctor learns a valuable lesson when he is hospitalized following an accident.
137 15 "Dark Fury: Part 1" January 7, 1975 (1975-01-07)
Dr. Kiley takes Susan Davis out to dinner to celebrate the first anniversary of her medical procedure. When Kiley takes her home, he leaves, but then he hears her scream. At length he succeeds in battering down her door, and finds that she has been sexually violated by her ex-boyfriend, Wayne Trent. Kiley takes Susan to the hospital. Later, he goes after Trent who, in attempting to flee, is seriously injured when his car crashes into a concrete pillar.
138 16 "Dark Fury: Part 2" January 14, 1975 (1975-01-14)
After Susan Davis has been molested by her ex-boyfriend, who has constantly harassed her, Kiley tries to find him. After an accident occurs in which the attacker almost dies, Kiley is subsequently charged with malpractice.
139 17 "Public Secrets" January 21, 1975 (1975-01-21)
A man's extramarital affair costs him a job and causes his wife to have a heart attack.
140 18 "The Time Bomb" January 28, 1975 (1975-01-28)
Dr. Welby has serious self-doubts when a young woman develops a cancerous condition and blames him because of treatments he had recommended when she was a child.
141 19 "Four-Plus Hot" February 4, 1975 (1975-02-04)
The reunion of two former high-school football teammates is marred by death. The bitter controversy over American involvement in Vietnam is illustrated here between two old friends. One is a conscientious objector who has contracted a terminal illness. The other is a Vietnam war veteran.
142 20 "Jake's Okay" February 11, 1975 (1975-02-11)
A teenage boy with undetected minimal brain damage does poorly in school and in his relationships with others.
143 21 "Save the Last Dance for Me" February 18, 1975 (1975-02-18)
Two women who suspect they have breast cancer react in contrasting ways.
144 22 "The Unindicted Wife" February 25, 1975 (1975-02-25)
Kate Gannard is admitted into the hospital by Dr. Welby for an appendectomy. Although she suffers from high blood pressure, it is not a problem at the time. However, when she comes home to recuperate, she finds out that her husband Martin has been accused of having accepted money in connection with the awarding of a building contract. The notoriety has a devastating effect on her, causing her blood pressure to soar so high that it may kill her. She is rushed to the hospital where Dr. Welby fights to save her life.
145 23 "Dark Corridors" March 4, 1975 (1975-03-04)
Shaken by the death of a friend, Dr. Welby becomes emotionally involved with an ailing teenager.
146 24 "Loser in a Dead Heat" March 11, 1975 (1975-03-11)
Constant arguments between her parents because of her father's compulsive gambling cause a girl to suffer from hyperventilation, a condition in which the subject's intake of oxygen is excessive.

Season 7 (1975–76)[edit]

No. in
Title Original air date
147 1 "Tomorrow May Never Come" September 9, 1975 (1975-09-09)
Dr. Kiley begins to have romantic feelings for Janet Blake, the newest hospital director. However, tragedy soon strikes when Janet is thrown off her horse and is paralyzed.
148 2 "The Fruitfulness of Mrs. Steffie Rhodes" September 16, 1975 (1975-09-16)
Janet finds it difficult to cope after finding out she must help when quintuplets are set to be delivered at the hospital.
149 3 "The Lie" September 23, 1975 (1975-09-23)
Janet Blake's former boyfriend lies to Dr. Welby about the stroke he recently had.
150 4 "The Covenant" September 30, 1975 (1975-09-30)
Janet feels responsible after Dr. Welby is named in a malpractice lawsuit.
151 5 "The Double-Edged Razor" October 7, 1975 (1975-10-07)
After his sister has to have an operation, a young man fears he may have to quit law school to help her afford it.
152 6 "To Live Another Day" October 14, 1975 (1975-10-14)
A Jewish boy named Simon, who is suffering from a series of illnesses, longs to recover in time for his Bar Mitzvah. But his parents quarrel over whether he should go through with the ceremony, complicating his recovery.
153 7 "An End and a Beginning" October 21, 1975 (1975-10-21)
Kiley and Janet ruin her mother's wedding plans she had made, when the two get married sooner than she had expected.
154 8 "The Tidal Wave" October 28, 1975 (1975-10-28)
The Kileys' seemingly amicable plumber suffers from a series of uncontrolled violent outbursts, and it's up to Kiley and Welby to find out why and prescribe treatment... before the man kills someone.
155 9 "The Strange Behavior of Paul Kelland" November 4, 1975 (1975-11-04)
Dr. Welby cannot figure out why a husband refuses to have his ill wife hospitalized.
156 10 "Calculated Risk" November 11, 1975 (1975-11-11)
After his return from South America, Dr. Welby's son-in-law soon begins showing signs of heart disease.
157 11 "Killer of Dreams" November 18, 1975 (1975-11-18)
A young couple's dream of the perfect wedding is shattered by a recurring illness.
158 12 "The Medea Factor" December 2, 1975 (1975-12-02)
After being placed with foster parents, a young boy now refuses to speak and Welby and Kiley seek to find out the true reason.
159 13 "The One Face in the World" December 9, 1975 (1975-12-09)
After her father is diagnosed with leukemia, a young doctor tries to convince Welby that she needs to be involved in his medical care.
160 14 "Go Ahead and Cry" December 16, 1975 (1975-12-16)
Consuelo has to undergo major surgery and must also consider a recent marriage proposal.
161 15 "Strike Two!" January 6, 1976 (1976-01-06)
Scott, a former rookie-of-the-year baseball player who became an alcoholic, finally gets another chance at life when he and his wife, Norma, become the physical education directors at the center. When a hepatitis epidemic breaks out, the cases are traced to Scott. The people at the center reject Scott and he returns to the bottle, feeling that his world has collapsed.
162 16 "How Do You Know What Hurts Me?" January 13, 1976 (1976-01-13)
A young showgirl collapses after a performance from an infection and doesn't reveal that she recently has had silicone injections.
163 17 "Prisoner of the Island Cell: Part 1" January 20, 1976 (1976-01-20)
Even though there is evidence to prove it, Dr. Welby is convinced that a young doctor he works with is not guilty of the rape he is charged with.
164 18 "Prisoner of the Island Cell: Part 2" January 27, 1976 (1976-01-27)
After being accused of rape, one of Dr. Welby's colleagues is asked to quit practicing.
165/166 19/20 "The Highest Mountain" February 17, 1976 (1976-02-17)
Dr. Kiley is studying to be a brain surgeon and fills in while Dr. Welby is on vacation visiting Sandy and Phil. Dr. Kiley suffers a stroke which leaves him paralyzed. This causes Dr. Welby to change his mind about how he must treat the stroke.
167 21 "To Trump an Ace" February 24, 1976 (1976-02-24)
A fast-liver postpones tests to determine if he has asthma because he fears losing his pilot's license.
168 22 "All Passions Spent" March 2, 1976 (1976-03-02)
Kiley is accused of making advances to the wife of his old college roommate, who is now a heart attack victim.
169 23 "Vanity Case: Part 1" April 27, 1976 (1976-04-27)
Sandy gets engaged to Paul; Hedy Moran (Paul's ex-wife) undergoes tests find out what is wrong with her vision.
170 24 "Vanity Case: Part 2" May 4, 1976 (1976-05-04)
Just as Welby is accepting Paul's engagement to Sandy, the former Mrs. Moran returns and is suffering from a loss of vision.

TV films[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D." Alexander Singer Screenplay: John McGreevey
Story: Michael Braverman and John McGreevey
May 16, 1984 (1984-05-16)
Marcus Welby is back, and he has a few problems. First, he is trying to bridge the gap between an old friend of his who gave up practicing medicine in favor of being the hospital administrator, and his son who is now a doctor and who is currently treating a woman who has kidney problems. Second, the hospital that he has served faithfully for years is considering letting some of their elderly staff members go, and Mark is at the top of the list.
2 "Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair" Steve Gethers Steve Gethers December 19, 1988 (1988-12-19)
Marcus Welby takes a holiday in Europe where he finds romance with a rich divorced woman who's also being pursued by her ex-husband.


  1. ^ a b Part 2 aired on Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law.

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