During his second stint, Westphall became noticeably more demanding on the residents and the hospital board.He pushed for residents to complete community service and asked for funds to open up a new hospital ward that would feed the hungry.Portrayed by David Birney (1982–1983) Handsome and suave, though something of a heartbreaker, Samuels was a surgeon who seemed to spend as much time pursuing his female colleagues as treating patients.
After their divorce, Cynthia had bought a gun, and 9-year old Billy accidentally killed himself with it.
Toward the end of season one, his former lover (Dorothy Fielding) arrives at St. Bailey (1982–1983) Hugh Beale was a psychiatrist during season one.
Westphall would make recurring appearances during that 6th and final season, including the series finale in which he was asked to take charge of St.
Eligius again; he also appears in that episode's famous final scene, which suggested that the entire world of St.
Eligius, some of whom he cannot even remember.) He is, however, conscientious and caring about his patients (particularly 11-year-old Robby Durant (Jeremy Licht), who later dies after a routine surgery).
After Robby dies, Ben goes to a bar, gets drunk, and tells a girl (a young Ally Sheedy) at a bar about his ex-wife Cynthia and his late son, Billy.Portrayed by Ed Flanders (regular cast member, 1982–1987; recurring appearances, 1987–1988) Kindly Dr. He was the one other characters went to for a kindly word and a pat on the back. Westphall started his association with the hospital as a troubled youth under the influence of hospital founder Fr. Raising two children alone after the death of his wife Maureen from an auto accident, which occurred seven years before the series began (a death recounted in flashback in the 2-part season 4 episode "Time Heals"), Westphall struggled to keep up with the demands his colleagues, staff and residents placed on him, while still trying to be a good father. Elsewhere's setting, and was regarded as its heart, who was one of the two principal characters of the series.He often served as a confidant and mentor to Westphall as well as, occasionally, to Craig.In a flashback episode, it was revealed that during his early years at the hospital, he had faced serious prejudice for being Jewish.Portrayed by Norman Lloyd (recurring 1982–1983; main cast 1983–1988); James Stephens as young Daniel in "Time Heals" episode, 1985 Dr. Eligius, and had ties to the hospital from its very beginning. He had been diagnosed with metastatic liver cancer shortly before the series began, and his long-term survival was not expected.