Do No Harm (TV series)

Do No Harm
Genre Drama
Created by David Schulner
Composer(s) James S. Levine
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Philadelphia
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release January 31 – September 7, 2013 (2013-09-07)
External links
Official website
Production website

Do No Harm is an American drama that aired from January 31 through September 7, 2013, on NBC.[1] The network placed a series order in May 2012.[2] On November 12, 2012, NBC reduced its episode order for the series from 13 to 12 episodes, due to scheduling conflicts.[3]

On February 8, 2013, it was announced that NBC had canceled the series after airing two episodes, due to low ratings.[4][5][6] On April 26, 2013, NBC announced that the remaining episodes would be burned off, beginning June 29, 2013.[7]


The series focuses on Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale), a successful neurosurgeon with a secret. Every night at 8:25 p.m., and lasting exactly 12 hours, Cole is switched into an alternate, evil personality named Ian Price. Cole has been able to suppress Price by injecting a strong pharmaceutical mixture that sedates their shared body, rendering it impossible for the evil alter-ego to function. But one night Cole discovers that their body has grown immune to the drug and Price has emerged in a rage. Angry at having been suppressed, Cole's alternate personality is focused on wreaking havoc on Cole's life, creating problems which could cost him his romance, career, and even his life.

The series is a modern take on the classic Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story.[8][9][10]

Cast and characters

Main cast

Recurring cast


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Michael MayerDavid SchulnerJanuary 31, 2013 (2013-01-31)3.12[17]
Dr. Jason Cole, a highly-regarded neurosurgeon, discovers that his long-suppressed alternate personality, Ian Price, has returned with a vengeance, threatening his career and relationships.
2"Don't Answer the Phone"Jeffrey ReinerLisa ZwerlingFebruary 7, 2013 (2013-02-07)2.21[18]
After Jason cuts off Ian's cash flow, he wakes to find himself at the wheel of a yellow Ferrari he doesn't remember buying. It turns out the car belongs to a drug dealer whom Ian had sold drugs for, but he hadn't delivered the money. Dr. Kenneth Jordan becomes increasingly more suspicious of Jason's behaviour.
3"Morning, Sunshine"Jeffrey ReinerDavid SchulnerJune 29, 2013 (2013-06-29)1.80[19]
Jason sets ground rules for Ian, which he continually refuses to follow. Ian's decisions begin having more and more marked effects on Jason's world. At the hospital, Jason has a new patient, a man Ian had thrown from a balcony at a club. The man now poses the threat of exposing his double-life, leaving Jason to decide whether he wants to save the man's life or leave him to die in order to protect his secret.
4"Me Likey"John BehringEric Charmelo & Nicole SnyderJuly 6, 2013 (2013-07-06)1.60[20]
Jason awakens to discover Ian has uploaded nude pictures of himself to Jason's Facebook page. Later, Jason attempts to outwit Ian with help from a sympathetic tattoo artist.
5"A Stand-In"John BehringLauren Schmidt HissrichJuly 20, 2013 (2013-07-20)1.63[21]
Jason tricks Ian into attending a meeting with others from his support group. At the meeting Ian meets a woman who he takes back to his apartment. In the morning Jason awakes to find blood all over the apartment, and the girl Ian had brought home from the meeting lying in the bathtub. This turns out to be a prank. Jason suspects the girl might have a life-threatening condition, but helping her might result in ending her relationship with Ian. He has to decide whether to save her life or keep Ian happy. Jason is suspected of chart tampering and Lena decides she wants to move on, with another colleague.
6"I Can't Keep Your Secret"Michael WaxmanDiana SonJuly 27, 2013 (2013-07-27)1.56[22]
Jason awakes to a phone call from Will Hayes informing him that Ian had set ablaze the church in which they held their support group meetings. At the hospital Jason gets into an argument with Ruben over the drug which he'd been using to keep Ian in check for the last few years. Ruben wants to make his fortune selling the drug, but Jason knows this would expose his secret. A new patient arrives, a young woman who's had an accident while mountain biking with her fiancé. Shortly after her arrival Jason gets the mysterious text, "I can't keep your secret any more", from a blocked number. Dr. Young requests Jason take a drug test, so he asks Ruben for his help, so Ruben switches the sample. Jason discovers it was Olivia who sent the text, because she was considering telling Ian about Jason's plans to kill him.
7"Six Feet Deep"Kate WoodsTracy BellomoAugust 3, 2013 (2013-08-03)1.68[23]
Maxim Cozar, the victim of a car crash dies on Jason's watch as his father watches how Jason attends to both his son and Phil Watts, the other victim. Later that evening, as he is leaving a casino, Ian gets abducted and taken to see Maxim's father, a Russian crime boss, and his life threatened. Jason awakes in an alley, a video from Ian on his phone telling him that he will help this one time, but Jason will owe him. At the hospital the father comes by to remind Jason of their deal, he learns that Ian has traded his life for the life of Phil Watts. He turns to Ruben for help with a plan to fake Phil's death. After his shift Jason calls Cozar asking for a return favour. Olivia's son begins asking questions, so she tells him about his dad, comparing him to The Hulk. She later tells him they are returning home so that he can see his daddy. Dr. Jordan tries to get more time off to spend time with his blind son, telling Dr. Young that he is considering leaving the hospital. Lena's new patient and her husband are reluctant to allow Jason to operate on their unborn son, since it poses some risk of them losing the baby. Lena asks Dr. Jordan for his help talking to the parents. They agree to allow Dr. Jordan to perform the operation. Complications arise when the mother is on the table, but Dr. Jordan manages to regain control of the situation. Jason takes over the procedure allowing Dr. Jordan to see his son's school piano recital. Turns out the favour was helping getting some of Ian's spinal fluid.
8"The Cookie Jar"Jeffrey ReinerDeirdre ManganAugust 10, 2013 (2013-08-10)1.57[24]
A problem causes delay in a lengthy surgery forcing Jason to try an untested version of Ruben's kill drug, leading to unforeseen side effects. Lena's plan for a weekend getaway is cut short.
9"Circadian Rhythms"Colin BuckseyTracy Scott WilsonAugust 17, 2013 (2013-08-17)1.89[25]
Jason continues taking more of Ruben's untested new drug and experiences unpredictable results. He and Ruben are left desperately trying to restore the normal cycle, with Ian now surfacing at random times. Upon discovering their plan to kill him, Ian escapes and begins seeking revenge, risking the life of a patient in surgery, forcing Jason into finding a final solution.
10"Mine"Aaron LipstadtAaron Ginsburg & Wade McIntyreAugust 24, 2013 (2013-08-24)2.33[26]
As his life begins to unravel, and now even more desperate to prevent his secret from being exposed, Ian is forced to turn to Jason's most trusted ally, Dr. Marcado.
11"But I'm Allergic to Cats"Omar MadhaZev BorowAugust 31, 2013 (2013-08-31)1.71[27]
With work continuing on optimising the kill drug, Dr. Marcado has to decide who it should be used to eliminate, Ian or Jason?
12"You Made Me Do This"Nick GomezDavid FosterAugust 31, 2013 (2013-08-31)1.88[27]
Ian Price discovers Jason knows that Cole is his son, so he kidnaps Cole. After recovering a repressed memory, Jason learns that Ian Price was actually his brother.
13"This Is How It Ends"John BehringTeleplay by: David Foster & David Schulner
Story by: Zev Borow & Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
September 7, 2013 (2013-09-07)1.54[28]
Jason learns the truth about Ian. By choosing to undergo a complex surgical procedure, he attempts to eliminate him once and for all, but Ian isn't prepared to give up without a fight.


The series has received a 38 out of 100 on Metacritic.[29] It also had the lowest-rated in-season scripted premiere ever on the four major broadcast networks.[30]

Entertainment Weekly wrote that "the Jekyll-and-Hyde medical drama...set a record as the lowest-rated in-season drama debut in modern history...and was axed after two episodes,"[31] the show being one of many that harmed NBC's winter line-up.


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