Red Band Society – 2014/2015

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TV-14 | 45 min (approx.) | Comedy, Drama | 2014 – 2015 (USA)
A group of teenagers live together as patients at a hospital’s pediatric ward and learn how to deal with their illnesses, the experiences that they have, and the people that they meet.

Episode List

Season 1

S1 E01 “Pilot” (aired 17 September 2014)
S1 E02 “Sole Searching” (aired 24 September 2014)
S1 E03 “Liar, Liar Pants on Fire” (aired 1 October 2014)
S1 E04 “There’s No Place Like Homecoming” (aired 8 October 2014)
S1 E05 “So Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want” (aired 15 October 2014)
S1 E06 “Ergo Ego” (aired 5 November 2014)
S1 E07 “Know Thyself” (aired 12 November 2014)
S1 E08 “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” (aired 19 November 2014)
S1 E09 “How Did We Get Here?” (aired 26 November 2014)
S1 E10 “What I Did for Love” (aired 3 December 2014)
S1 E11 “The Guilted Age” (aired 31 January 2015)
S1 E12 “We’ll Always Have Paris” (aired 7 February 2015)
S1 E13 “Waiting for Superman” (aired 7 February 2015)


Rated: TV-14
Genre(s) Comedy, Drama
Role: Leo Roth
Co-Stars: Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Astro, Ciara Bravo, Griffin Gluck, Zoe Levin (+ more)
Creator(s): Albert Espinosa (original Catalan series)
Director: Various (see episodes)
Producer(s): Various (see episodes)
Writer(s): Various (see episodes)
Release Dates: 17 September 2014 – 7 February 2015 (USA) – other countries
Production Company(ies): ABC Studios, Amblin Television, Filmax
Distributor(s): Disney – ABC Domestic Television
Channel: Fox
Filming Location(s): Atlanta, Georgia, USA

About the Episodes:

Click to Read About S1 E01 'Pilot'

Queen bee Kara collapses during cheerleading practice and is admitted to Ocean Park Hospital, where she meets and clashes with some of the other residents of the pediatric ward: Charlie, Emma, Leo, and Dash. Jordi, who believes that he has osteosarcoma, has run away from home to be treated by Dr. Adam McAndrew, and after some hesitation, he is admitted. He is scheduled to have his leg removed the next day and bonds with Leo, who has also lost his leg to cancer.
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Producer(s): Jim Kleverweis, Sergio Aguero, Justin Falvey
Writer(s): Margaret Nagle
Release Dates: 17 September 2014 (USA) – other countries

Click to Read About S1 E02 'Sole Searching'

During Jordi’s operation, Dr. McAndrew finds that the cancer had spread and is a more serious type than originally thought. Upon finding out that Jordi gets to keep his leg, Leo becomes jealous and blows off physical therapy to attend a frat party. Kara’s mother arrives at the hospital with her partner, whom Kara despises, and they brainstorm ways to move Kara up on the organ donor list. Emma tries to get Kara and her mother’s partner to make amends.
Director: Jason Ensler
Producer(s): Bill Krebs, Natalie Krinsky, John B. Moranville
Writer(s): Margaret Nagle
Release Dates: 24 September 2014 (USA) – other countries

Click to Read About S1 E03 'Liar, Liar Pants on Fire'

Everyone is confused when Jordi’s mother, Eva, shows up at the hospital after he told them all that she had died. She also turns out to be the woman whom Dr. McAndrew had encountered at a bar the night before. Eva is shown to have been an absentee mother who left Jordi with his grandmother at a young age, and Jordi is skeptical of her sudden interest in parenting. Dr. McAndrew tries to reconcile the two in light of Jordi’s cancer diagnosis. Meanwhile, Leo tries to make things right with Emma after he picks up on how close Emma and Jordi are becoming. Also, Nurse Jackson keeps a close eye on Kara to make sure she stays drug-free before her drug test.
Director: Tricia Brock
Producer(s): Bill Krebs
Writer(s): David Zabel, Alison McDonald, Robert Sudduth
Release Dates: 1 October 2014 (USA) – other countries

Click to Read About S1 E04 'There's No Place Like Homecoming'

Kara is excited to return to school and attend homecoming under the supervision of Nurse Brittany, who also invites introvert Emma. Leo is revealed to have received an athletic scholarship to Stanford before he lost a leg to cancer. Wanting to get him back to his sport as soon as possible, Nurse Jackson arranges for some special training. At the dance, Kara is furious when she realizes that everyone now pities her. Leo also shows up to the dance to keep Emma company. Emma meets two girls who praise her skinny figure, which does nothing to help her anorexia. Meanwhile, Jordi starts to enjoy having his mother around, although Nurse Jackson feels very differently. After seeing the realities of Jordi’s condition, Eva slips away from the hospital at night while Jordi watches from his window, realizing that his mother has not changed.
Director: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum
Producer(s): Bill Krebs
Writer(s): Bill Krebs, Natalie Krinsky
Release Dates: 8 October 2014 (USA) – other countries

Click to Read About S1 E05 'So Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want'

Charlie’s backstory is explained, and the storyline flashes back to the night when he got into a car accident while his father, Nick, was driving. Nick had unbuckled Charlie’s seatbeat so he could lie down right before a truck struck them. Nurse Jackson was with him the night he went into the operating room and promised him that she would be there when he woke up. However, Charlie had extensive injuries and never woke up from surgery, instead going into a comatose state. His parents have been estranged ever since. Two lawyers show up to assess Charlie’s situation and conclude that he most likely won’t ever wake up. Nurse Jackson refuses to accept this, while his parents slowly come to terms with it. Jordi starts the emancipation process, and a love triangle heats up between him, Leo, and Emma. Kara agrees to help Dash if he gives her inside information about the organ donor list.
Director: Dan Lerner
Producer(s): Bill Krebs
Writer(s): Anna Fricke
Release Dates: 15 October 2014 (USA) – other countries

Click to Read About S1 E06 'Ergo Ego'

Kara experiences more heart complications. She meets Hunter, a mysterious patient who seems to be the only one who can leave her speechless. Nurse Jackson continues to seek alternative treatments for Charlie. Dr. McAndrew’s ex-fiancée, Dr. Erin Grace, returns to Ocean Park, sparking jealousy in Brittany, who has a crush on Dr. McAndrew. Things become heated between Leo and Jordi as they wait for Emma to decide who she wants to pursue. She chooses Leo, and they get back together. Jordi sees them and is furious. He runs to the rooftop, where Dash tries to calm him down, but Jordi takes his red band off and throws it across the roof, leaving Dash speechless. Dr. McAndrew agrees to let a foreign doctor treat Charlie, much to Nurse Jackson’s delight. However, he lets her know that switching Charlie’s blood samples would cause her to get suspended from the hospital.
Director: Jason Ensler
Producer(s): Bill Krebs
Writer(s): Jeannine Renshaw
Release Dates: 5 November 2014 (USA) – other countries

Click to Read About S1 E07 'Know Thyself'

Dash and Leo want to get the entire group together to figure out a way to get Nurse Jackson back into Ocean Park Hospital. However, Leo has also planned for two of his older friends to come visit him. He and Emma leave shortly after Leo receives a text that his friends are five minutes away. Hunter comes to bring the others on a little adventure. Using a stolen pass, they enter places restricted to staff, but they get caught. Meanwhile, Emma and Leo go to lunch with Leo’s friends. Emma, being anorexic, says she is not hungry. Leo’s friends seem surprised. When they return to the hospital, things become shaky between Leo and Emma. Leo tries to fix things and eventually succeeds, with the two eating chocolate-covered marshmallows. He returns to his ward only to see Dr. McAndrew talking to the others. Dash looks out of breath; no one knew that he had missed two of his oxygen treatments. Dash talks back to Dr. McAndrew and starts to cough blood. Upon receiving the news, Nurse Jackson rushes back to the hospital and meets Dr. McAndrew. Dr. McAndrew informs her that he has lifted her suspension. She goes to see Charlie and finds that his eyes have opened.
Director: Griffin Dunne
Producer(s): Bill Krebs
Writer(s): Rachel Shukert
Release Dates: 12 November 2014 (USA) – other countries

Click to Read About S1 E08 'Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car'

Dr. Naday comes to Ocean Park Hospital, although his approach to treatment has Dr. McAndrew questioning that decision. Meanwhile, Emma, Dash, Leo, and Jordi search for the perfect gift, and Kara learns the truth about Hunter from his sister.
Director: Mark Piznarski
Producer(s): Bill Krebs
Writer(s): Bill Krebs
Release Dates: 19 November 2014 (USA) – other countries

Click to Read About S1 E09 'How Did We Get Here?'

Emma and Leo find themselves on the verge of being released from Ocean Park. Leo is ahead of schedule with his physical therapy, and Emma convincingly lies to her therapist about her progress with anorexia. Meanwhile, pop star Delaney Shaw checks into the hospital for exhaustion, and Dash and Jordi see this as an opportunity to go after some life goals. Nurse Jackson warns Kara against getting further involved with Hunter. Also, Dr. McAndrew wants Dr. Grace back but ends up sleeping with Brittany, who is left hurt when he tells her that it was nothing but a one-night stand. In the end, while Leo is ordered to stay for another few weeks, Emma is released. Her frustrations with everyone, especially Leo, with regards to her eating disorder finally come out. Leo begs her to stay to get better, but she leaves her red band behind and says goodbye.
Director: Tricia Brock
Producer(s): Bill Krebs
Writer(s): Gina Fattore
Release Dates: 26 November 2014 (USA) – other countries

Click to Read About S1 E10 'What I Did for Love'

Leo is depressed over Emma’s departure, and Kara overhears Hunter opting to check out of the hospital while he waits for a liver transplant. Delaney’s friend visits Jordi in hopes of obtaining painkillers, and while he initially objects, he later finds out that he needs to come up with the money for emancipation quicker than he thought. Meanwhile, Emma’s reunion with her family is rocky. She resents her mother for visiting her infrequently while she was in the hospital, and she sees how her disorder has affected her younger sister. Her father reveals to her that her grandmother also had an eating disorder, and this sends her into a tailspin. Leo and Kara venture out of the hospital and ponder their futures when they leave Ocean Park. That night, the two hook up in Kara’s car. Just as Hunter is about to walk out of the hospital, he is notified that the doctors found him a liver, and he has his surgery. Meanwhile, Dr. Naday has made some progress with Charlie, who is now able to communicate through a computer via eye recognition. He also shows some romantic interest in Nurse Jackson, who wants to avoid an in-office relationship. Brittany is still reeling from her fling with Dr. McAndrew. After Emma’s family forces her to have dinner, she locks herself in the bathroom to purge, and a little while later, her father finds her passed out on the bathroom floor.
Director: Todd Holland
Producer(s): Bill Krebs
Writer(s): Rina Mimoun
Release Dates: 3 December 2014 (USA) – other countries

Click to Read About S1 E11 'The Guilted Age'

Leo and Kara try to forget that their hookup ever happened, but they feel guilty when they find out that Emma has been readmitted and that Hunter is facing complications from his transplant surgery. Kara finds out that the note Hunter left her is an official document stating that he will donate his heart to her in the event that he doesn’t survive the surgery. Dr. Grace wants to appeal, thinking that Kara is undeserving, which (among other things) creates more tension between her and Dr. McAndrew. Emma finds out that her eating disorder might have caused permanent damage to her body and seeks comfort in Leo. Dash suggests that Leo cut ties with Emma so that she will learn to take of herself first and foremost. He confesses about Kara, and Emma kicks him out of her room. Meanwhile, Jordi attends a court hearing for his emancipation case, but he is preoccupied with his drug-dealing situation and freezes up. Nurse Jackson speaks on his behalf, but the judge still denies his emancipation. Upon his return to the hospital, he gets a surprise visit from his grandmother. Kara is conflicted about whether to accept Hunter’s heart, though Ashley tells her not to deny him his dying wish. Kara also shares a moment with Emma. Later, Kara sneaks into Hunter’s room to say that she loves him. He opens his eyes, but then the machines go off as his heart rate starts to plummet. Hunter is taken into the operating room, but ultimately cannot be saved. An inconsolable Ashley breaks down in Kara’s arms. While preparing Leo to be discharged, Dr. McAndrew notices that the cancer has returned.
Director: Dan Lerner
Producer(s): Bill Krebs
Writer(s): Robert Sudduth
Release Dates: 31 January 2015 (USA) – other countries

Click to Read About S1 E12 'We'll Always Have Paris'

As Kara is undergoing a heart transplant in real life, she finds herself in the in-between world with Hunter. Hunter explains that he has some time left before “going into the light” and suggests that they go on a little trip. They start off watching Kara’s body in the operating room, but when Hunter asks about a happy time in Kara’s life, they transport to Paris. After their time together, Kara doesn’t want to leave Hunter, but he gives her a speech on the importance of life, after which she wakes up from surgery. A temporary patient named Mae shows up at the hospital, putting Dash on alert. They had started an online relationship on a cystic fibrosis forum, but he avoids her because their conditions don’t allow them to be together. Charlie is regaining his motor skills, and Dr. Naday has him playing video games. He also tries to make progress with Nurse Jackson, who is still preoccupied with what happened to Hunter. Meanwhile, Jordi’s grandmother Alma has taken a disliking to Dr. McAndrew, who is trying to get her to sign off on his surgery. However, Jordi later tells Dr. McAndrew that he doesn’t want it anymore, no longer believing that he can get better because of the recent developments with Hunter and Leo. Alma then expresses her disappointment in Jordi for losing his faith, which causes him to reconsider. At the end, Jordi decides to give Leo, who has been depressed and silent since he got the news about his cancer, a pep talk. He is finally able to get through to Leo about continuing to fight.
Director: Robert Duncan McNeill
Producer(s): Bill Krebs
Writer(s): Alison McDonald, Gina Fattore, Anna Fricke
Release Dates: 7 February 2015 (USA) – other countries

Click to Read About S1 E13 'Waiting for Superman'

Dash and Mae sneak off to be together, but they are caught by Kenji and Brittany, who end up employing security guards to keep them apart. Emma’s parents are visiting for a family therapy session, but Emma’s continued resentment toward her mother for dismissing her anorexia gets in the way. After a failed trust fall exercise and an argument with Emma in the bathroom, Emma’s mother almost leaves the hospital, but then Brittany has a talk with her in the elevator. It is only when her mother returns that Emma is able to have a deep conversation with her. Kara is also having problems with her mother, who tells her that she needs to learn to change for the better. Kara takes it to heart. Charlie is now able to move about in a wheelchair, and Nurse Jackson thanks Dr. Naday for everything before he jets off to meet with his next patient. Meanwhile, Leo is pessimistic about beating cancer for a second time and being the one to hold everyone up, until Mae tells him that he doesn’t always have to be invincible like Superman. After they escape their rooms to see each other, Dash reluctantly ends it with Mae for their own safety. The “red band society”, including Charlie, reunites on the roof one last time and starts singing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, which results in Charlie speaking for the first time since his coma. Later that night, he is discharged from Ocean Park. The series ends with Dr. McAndrew and Nurse Jackson acknowledging that the hardest part of their job is knowing that everyone eventually leaves, though they themselves will always stay.
Director: Jason Ensler
Producer(s): Bill Krebs
Writer(s): Jeannine Renshaw
Release Dates: 7 February 2015 (USA) – other countries

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