Though continuing to ruffle administrative feathers, Patch finds his niche in the childrens ward, where his funny, outrageous style helps break through youngsters fears.
Fighting conventional wisdom, allowing himself to be vulnerable, and embracing the idea that service of others is the best way to combat your own problems, Patch Adams begins to reach people. Though alienating some and astounding many, he ultimately gains a valuable ally and convert in Mitch, who sees the effectiveness of Patchs style when he reaches the end of his own rope.
"Mitch is a control freak, and it gets the best of him. Hes dealing with a woman whos dying and wont eat, and he cant alleviate the situation," says Hoffman. "All the stuff hes learned in medical school, all the facts and figures, all the procedures -- it doesnt work when it comes down to just trying to get someone to put a spoonful of food in her mouth. Thats when he loses it and realizes he cant possibly become the best doctor in the world if he cant even convince someone to eat. He breaks down and goes to Patch and says, Listen, youre right, Im wrong."