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In an episode originally aired live, a crew making a
documentary video invades Chicago's County General Hospital to obtain footage of
the e.r. staff at work. Dr. Mark Greene hosts the
group. The recent victim of a violent beating at the hospital, Greene has not
recovered emotionally from the ordeal. He gets upset when the videographers ask
him to discuss his trauma on camera. After initially protesting, Dr. Anna Del
Amico consents to being taped.
Meanwhile, head nurse Carol Hathaway and
pediatric emergency fellow Dr. Douglas Ross' renewed love affair remains secret.
Attending physician Dr. Kerry Weaver informs Dr. John Carter that, even though he completed a year as a
surgical intern, he must repeat his intern year because he switched his
specialty to emergency medicine. Dr. Elizabeth Corday, a visiting surgical lecturer from Great Britain, relieves Dr. Peter
Benton, who is working longer hours to make up for
Carter's absence from the surgical program.
On camera, e.r. physician assistant Jeanie Boulet,
who is HIV positive, administers first aid to a bleeding AIDS-infected man
(guest star JESSE BORREGO). Dr. David Morgenstern
(recurring guest star WILLIAM H. MACY), the chief of emergency
services, suffers a heart attack, which is captured on tape. And Greene, who
angrily accuses Carter on camera of not following proper procedure in another
life-threatening situation, agrees to be interviewed about his beating--if the
documentary crew scraps the footage of him and Carter.
Written by Lydia Woodward
Directed by Christopher Chulack
Suffering emotionally from his beating, Greene cannot behave compassionately
towards patients, and he misdiagnoses them. Hathaway must correct him when he
determines that a bulimic, Laura Quentin (recurring guest star DANIELLE HARRIS),
has influenza. Ross also misdiagnoses a pediatric case due to a language
problem, and Del Amico corrects him.
Hathaway and Ross continue their secret love affair. Hathaway appeases Ross by
giving him one of her dresser drawers for some of his belongings when he spends
the night at her house.
Hathaway and Greene interview unacceptable candidates for a new desk clerk
position. Then Greene hires one of them, Cynthia Cooper (recurring guest star
MARISKA HARGITAY), without consulting
While Morgenstern recovers from his recent heart attack, he appoints Weaver as
the acting chief of emergency services. And due to Carter's transfer to
emergency medicine, Doyle has seniority over Carter. Both Carter and Del Amico
must report to Doyle, much to Carter's chagrin. Carter and Del Amico meet their
new medical students. Carter's student, George Henry (recurring guest star CHAD
LOWE), is a researcher with no interest in his emergency
rotation, but Del Amico's student, Chasity Lee (recurring guest star MEREDITH
ZINNER), is enthusiastic.
The baby of Benton and his girlfriend, Carla (recurring guest star LISA NICOLE
CARSON), improves enough to be removed from the
medical equipment. The superstitious father finally realizes that it is now safe
to give their son a name: Reese Benton. Benton gives Dr. Elizabeth Corday a tour
of the emergency room.
Also, Dr. Greene is served with a subpoena because Kenny Law's family initiates
malpractice proceedings against him for Kenny's death. Kenny was an innocent
bystander shot in a drug deal gone awry at a diner. His brother later threatened
Written by Walon Green
Directed by Felix Enriquez Alcala
Carter accuses Dr. Maggie Doyle (recurring guest star JORJA FOX), a lesbian, of
being interested in Del Amico and, therefore, giving the best cases to her. He
also can never locate his medical student.
A job-related injury forces Jeanie's ex-husband, Al Boulet (recurring guest star
MICHAEL BEACH), to admit his HIV status to one of his coworkers,
Bill (recurring guest star MICHAEL JACE).
After consulting with Greene, Carter informs the husband of a comatose patient
that she will never recover. Seconds later, the patient awakens but needs
emergency surgery. Bulimic patient Laura Quentin returns to the emergency room
as a result of Greene's negligence on her previous visit. Greene cannot perform
sexually after a romantic dinner date with a water-polo player.
Since Hathaway and Ross' love affair remains a secret, newcomer Corday asks Ross
to escort her around the city. Hathaway reacts with jealousy, despite Ross'
reassurances to her.
Chief of staff Dr. Donald Anspaugh (recurring guest star JOHN AYLWARD)
officially appoints Weaver as Morgenstern's temporary replacement. Weaver enacts
unpopular cost-saving measures and warns Ross that his fellowship, paid by the
e.r., may be in jeopardy.
A married couple--who are arms merchants--check into the e.r. due to a
weapons-related accident. Unit services coordinator Jerry Markovic guards their weapons and accidentally discharges
one, starting a fire in the ambulance loading bay. As a result, Weaver advises
Jerry to use some of his vacation time while the hospital evaluates his
Against Benton's wishes, Carla asks Del Amico to circumcise baby Reese. And
Carter and Del Amico have a first date at the Laundromat.
When The Bough Breaks
Written by Jack Orman
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Greene's ex-wife, Jenifer (recurring guest star CHRISTINE HARNOS), is upset by
Greene's paranoid behavior. She tells him that she won't allow their young
daughter to visit him until he returns to normal.
Carter and Del Amico greet another pair of new medical students. Carter hopes
for a better student this time but is disappointed. Del Amico is angered by what
she considers Ross' patronizing attitude towards her although she calms down
Weaver obtains a copy of the proposal for Ross' fellowship, which is funded
through the e.r. She tells Ross that he must find some research grants to cover
his salary or join a private practice.
Benton and Carla prepare for their baby's homecoming. Benton equips Carla's home
with an array of medical machinery and trains Carla as if she were one of his
Dismissed from a job site, Al believes it is due to his HIV status. Meanwhile,
Weaver becomes angry when Jeanie risks infecting a man with her HIV virus in
order to save his life.
Outside, Carter accuses Benton of mistreating him in the e.r. He ends up hitting
Benton, who knocks Carter down. Benton claims that he's angry that Carter ended
his surgical residency under Benton after Benton expended a lot of time teaching
Even though she doesn't know she's pregnant, a crack-addicted woman delivers a
stillborn baby. Hathaway discovers that Greene never ordered a pregnancy test
during the patient's previous hospital visits for stomach pains.
Good Touch, Bad Touch
Written by David Mills
Directed by Jonathan Kaplan
Hathaway proposes the idea of opening a clinic for women and children in the
e.r. that would provide follow-up services. Weaver likes the concept but needs
funding. She presents Hathaway with a stack of grant application manuals to
investigate. Carter suggests that Hathaway speak to his grandmother, who is in
charge of the Carter Family Foundation.
Anspaugh orders Benton to leave a surgery in progress because Benton isn't
properly prepared. Corday replaces him. Since Benton stays up late at night with
his baby, he isn't able to finish his reading and work assignments.
Del Amico diagnoses a 20-year-old male track star, Brett (COBY BELL), with
testicular cancer. An embarrassing situation occurs when Del Amico examines him
and Brett gets an erection.
Greene gives his deposition for the Kenny Law malpractice lawsuit. He accuses
Kenny's brother, Chris (recurring guest star JOE TORRY), of beating
him in the hospital men's room because of Kenny's death. While Cynthia and
Greene share smoking breaks, Greene's demeanor noticeably improves.
Carter's medical student gets sick every time he encounters a trauma. Meanwhile,
Carter begins to question leaving his surgical career when he observes surgeon
Dale Edson (recurring guest star MATTHEW GLAVE) being praised for saving a
patient that Carter initially diagnosed.
Since Al can't find work in Chicago, he suggests to Jeanie
that they move to Atlanta where a friend has offered him a job. Anspaugh tries
to persuade Benton to join the surgical team of Dr. "Rocket" Romano, a high-tech surgeon who uses
robotics. Corday is already a member of the team.
The hospital settles the Kenny Law malpractice suit, but the Law family is still
suing Greene for violation of civil rights. Ross refers Greene to a good lawyer,
but Greene angrily refuses his help. As the pressure increases, Greene can no
longer cope with all the demands placed on him. He walks out of the e.r. with
Cynthia following. Greene confides in Cynthia, and they share a passionate kiss.
Hathaway and Del Amico visit the Carter estate. Del Amico is angry at Carter for
hiding that he comes from a very wealthy family. Hathaway privately meets with
Carter's grandmother, Millicent (FRANCES STERNHAGEN), who supports
Hathaway's idea for a clinic and writes a generous check.
Anspaugh orders Weaver to attend a conference hosted by the Synergix Physician's
Group, an organization that streamlines management to reduce costs. After the
seminar, Weaver privately meets with symposium speaker Dr. Ellis West (recurring
guest star Clancy Brown - "Starship Troopers"), who flirts with her. Weaver
returns to County General and terminates Jeanie as part of the new cost-saving
Ross' father is killed in a car accident in California. When Ross visits Greene
at home to tell him, Cynthia answers the door --wearing Greene's robe. Ross must
travel to California to claim the body. Greene will accompany him. Later at
Hathaway's house, Ross professes his love to Hathaway before he leaves.
Ross and Greene travel down a desert highway in California.
Ross must make funeral arrangements for his dad, who was killed in an auto
accident. They stop at a Highway Patrol office. The officer who investigated the
accident informs Ross that his father, Ray Ross, drove past a stop sign at over
120 miles per hour with a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal
limit. A woman riding with Ray was also killed in the crash, along with the
driver of the truck Ray's car ran into.
Allman Brothers Band - Pony Boy
Ross and Greene attend the funeral of the truck driver. They also find the motel
in Barstow where Ray and his wife were staying--Ross didn't know his father had
remarried. As they examine the couple's belongings, Ross and Greene find
receipts from a pawnshop and pick up the articles, which include a Rolex watch
and a movie projector. Afterwards, the two men go back to the motel and watch
Ross admits to Greene that he and Hathaway are reunited. When Greene confides
that his parents live in San Diego, Ross and Greene drive down for a visit.
Greene's relationship with his mother (BONNIE BARTLETT) is
good, but his father (JOHN CULLUM), a retired naval
officer, remains aloof from Greene. To add to the unpleasantness of the visit,
Greene discovers that his father has emphysema from smoking cigarettes.
After returning to Barstow from their San Diego trip, Ross and Greene are
surprised to find Hathaway outside their motel.
Gregg Allman - Queen of Hearts
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
Etta James - At Last
Jeanie meets with activists from the Gay and Lesbian
Defense Fund on what is supposed to be her first day of unemployment. Due to
their advice, she reports to work. Their tactics succeed, and Jeanie is
reinstated by Anspaugh after his encounter with representatives from the fund.
Al gets a job in Atlanta, but Jeanie chooses to remain in Chicago.
Dr. Ellis West from Synergix Physician's Group moves boxes and computers into
the e.r. A busy Greene asks Cynthia to take Rachel to the dentist. When they
return, Greene and his ex-wife see that Cynthia has allowed Rachel (recurring
guest star YVONNE ZIMA) to get a radical new haircut.
A patient, Dwayne Jackson (HILL HARPER), insists that he's having a sickle-cell
crisis, but Weaver believes he's faking in order to get drugs. She refuses to
give him the Demerol he requests and releases him. However, when he returns,
Ross treats him with the necessary pain-killers that his affliction requires.
Corday questions her own motives when a 21-year-old female accident victim,
Allison Beaumont (recurring guest star MICHELE MORGAN), goes into a coma after
Corday elects to operate on her. The four-hour surgery was done to repair the
victim's leg, which could have been amputated.
Herb Spivak, Greene's civil rights attorney, enters the e.r. ready for his day
of experiencing life as a doctor. During his shift with Greene, Herb actually
saves a life. He also manages to get the lawsuit against Greene dropped.
Carter's wealthy cousin, Chase (recurring guest star JONATHAN SCARFE), stops by
for a quick visit. Soon afterwards, a drunk, beaten and handcuffed woman,
Darlene Newman (MEGAN CAVANAGH), is brought to the
e.r. by a cop, Bill Docherty (JOHN P. CONNOLLY). Carter believes the woman is a
victim of spousal abuse and refuses to cooperate with the officer. Docherty
arrests Carter, hauling him off to jail. Later, Del Amico posts Carter's bail.
Gladys Knight & the Pips - Do You Hear What I Hear
Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Frank Sinatra - That's Life
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - Heat Wave
A blizzard descends on Chicago. A heroic security guard,
shot when he interrupted a rape, cannot be saved. Paramedic Powell brings the
rape victim to the e.r. Police capture the critically injured serial rapist.
Carter and the staff reluctantly save him. Del Amico is angered by Carter's
treatment of the rapist.
Smash Mouth - Walkin' on the Sun
To Weaver's chagrin, the hospital board votes to negotiate with Synergix for an
emergency department management contract. Weaver accuses Ellis of dating her to
help get the contract. But she is mistaken. He withdraws the proposal. After the
weapons incident, Weaver finally allows Jerry to return to the day shift.
Cynthia informs Greene that her landlord wants her to sign a six-month lease.
She hints that she'd like to move in with Greene and becomes very upset when he
prefers helping with her rent. Meanwhile, Carla wants to return to work and
place Reese in the hospital day care. But Benton is opposed to any outside care
for their son. He meets Carla's new boyfriend, Roger McGrath (VICTOR WILLIAMS).
And Corday suggests a liaison with Benton. He agrees to a game of darts--but
Ross sees Hathaway comfort Powell and believes she is publicly humiliating him.
Hathaway reminds him of all his past indiscretions and confesses she needs a
little time. Eventually Ross tells her that he'll give her all the time she
A mentally challenged pregnant clinic patient, Mary (LILY KNIGHT), and her
husband, Robert (DAVID PAUL SOMMER), walk into the e.r. She's in labor. After
the delivery, her sister tells Hathaway to contact a social worker and have the
baby taken away from Mary and Robert because they are incapable of raising a
newborn. Hathaway disagrees but contacts the social worker, who concurs with
Hathaway. The baby stays with its parents.
Carter examines an elderly scientist, Dr. George Bikel
(MICKEY ROONEY), for glaucoma. Meanwhile, during a
paramedic ride-along, Corday risks her life for an accountant, Leo Leipziger
(JOEY PERILLO), trapped under rubble from an explosion at a chemical warehouse
fire. Although she saves Leo, his arm must be amputated at the hospital.
Three other workers, injured in the fire, enter the e.r. with dangerous
chemicals dripping from their clothes. Exposed to the toxins while assisting
them, Weaver faints and experiences a seizure. Carter takes control of the
disaster. The e.r. is quarantined: The contaminated patients and staff are taken
outside to the ambulance bay, and the clean patients and staff are moved to the
cafeteria. The hazardous materials team reports to the hospital to clean the
toxic areas and affected people.
Hathaway and Ross administer to an 8-year-old girl, Sophie (KELSEY MULROONEY),
who is in acute renal failure. Due to the chemical disaster, they rush to
transfer her from the e.r. Undergoing kidney dialysis, Sophie is removed from
the machine to take the elevator upstairs to the intensive care unit. When the
elevator shuts down between floors, Ross and Hathaway work fervently to get the
child off the elevator before her oxygen runs out.
Greene finally locates Cynthia, who quit her job in the
e.r. and moved. He returns her lost luggage from the San Diego trip, apologizing
for his behavior and admitting that he doesn't want their relationship to end.
But Cynthia realizes Greene thinks he loves her only because she loves him and
refuses to reconcile with him. A cigarette-smoking end-stage lung cancer victim
who commits suicide in the e.r. motivates Greene to quit smoking.
Ross presents his PCA research paper to the pediatric staff. Weaver finds a flaw
in the study, and a furious Ross must redo part of it. When an 8-year-old boy
poisons his younger brother, Ross believes the older boy is a victim of child
abuse by his stepfather. But the boy's mother, Mary Jo (TRICIA CAST), disagrees, and the authorities commit the unrepentant
brother. Jeanie assists Scott Anspaugh during his last round of chemotherapy.
Scott becomes upset when he realizes that Jeanie's job is finished as his
Meanwhile, Romano gives Corday an unfavorable and unjust six-month review. He
complains that she appears distracted and unfocused and suggests that she help
him on a new study. Benton takes Corday to the Museum of Natural History where
they encounter his sister, Jackie (recurring guest star KHANDI ALEXANDER).
An unidentified motorcycle accident victim is transferred from another hospital
despite his life-threatening condition. After the man is identified and found to
have excellent insurance, the physician who originally transferred him to County
General (he also has surgical privileges at County General) decides to perform
expensive surgery on the man.
Six patients who took heroin together are rushed to the e.r. Carter revives one
of them: his cousin Chase. Carter doesn't know if Chase will live in a
vegetative state or recover. His grandmother and grandfather (GEORGE PLIMPTON)
are furious at Carter for hiding Chase's addiction.
After recovering from a heart attack, Morgenstern returns
to work and has difficulty adjusting to the demands of his job. Consequently,
Corday finishes a procedure Morgenstern can't.
Tori Amos - Crucify
Meanwhile, Jeanie rushes an agonized Scott to the hospital. Ross performs a
painful bone-marrow biopsy that reveals the return of Scott's cancer. Hathaway
opens her clinic and solicits the staff to be tested as possible bone-marrow
donors for Scott.
With Corday and Reese as his passengers, Benton drives Corday's car and
accidentally backs it into a pedestrian, Sally Ingram (SHERRI LUBOV-RIPPS), who
suffers minor injuries. After Corday confronts him, Benton admits he has an
issue about dating a white woman.
A panicked husband, Dave (TROY RUPTASH), ushers his pregnant wife, Karen
(KIMBERLY RUSSELL), into the e.r. Her risky pregnancy threatens her life. Del
Amico suggests drug treatment to alleviate Karen's severe nausea and vomiting,
but Karen flatly refuses to try it and put the baby at risk. Dave accuses Del
Amico of placing the baby's life ahead of his wife's.
Corday brings her study of artificial blood to the e.r. with Greene as her
faculty advisor--much to the chagrin of Romano. Ross decides not to renew his
pediatric emergency room fellowship because he's applying for an attending
At the clinic, Hathaway administers birth control medication to 16-year-old
Natile (MORGAN NAGLER). Later, the girl returns to the clinic with her irritated
mother, and Natile confesses to Hathaway that she is having sex with her
40-year-old married teacher. Hathaway reports the teacher to the authorities.
Carter visits Chase at the neurology center where Chase remains unable to speak.
Dean Martin - That's Amore
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
The hospital suspends Benton after he admits he pushed
Morgenstern out of the way during the surgery that led to Dr. Swanson's death.
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
The e.r. treats victims from the bombing of a family planning, prenatal care and
abortion clinic. One of them, Brianna Thomas (RENEE FAIA), 18 weeks pregnant,
was undergoing an abortion when the bombing occurred. Weaver takes over for Del
Amico, who refuses to continue the abortion. Another victim, Zoe Kearney (SALLY
LIVINGSTONE), a pregnant 17-year-old, becomes comatose due to her injuries.
Zoe's parents decide to keep her alive until the baby is viable.
Allison Beaumont returns to the e.r. as a patient. While rescuing victims from
the explosion, she became trapped under the rubble. When Allison goes into
cardiac arrest, Corday performs CPR for over 30 minutes. Allison survives, and
Benton comforts a tearful Corday.
Morgenstern shows the tape of the botched laparoscopy to Weaver--a tape he had
been hiding--and resigns. The tape reveals that Dr. Swanson died due to
Morgenstern's error. Benton, who is reinstated, shares a passionate kiss with
Carter examines a disoriented geriatric patient, Mr. Newton (MARC LAWRENCE), brought in by his son (JOHN HOSTETTER), covered with feces and
bedsores. An elder abuse representative contacted by Carter determines that the
old man needs to go to a facility. But Mr. Newton regains his lucidity and
pleads to return to his home.
Meanwhile, after the death of his son, Dr. Anspaugh requests that Jeanie sing a
song at Scott's funeral.
Aretha Franklin - Night Life
A self-conscious Benton wakes up at Corday's apartment
after spending the night with her. Later, he attends Reese's baptism, but he
feels uncomfortable due to Carla's new boyfriend, Roger. Meanwhile, Romano asks
Corday for a date, but she refuses.
Paramedics rush Paul Canterna (MICHAEL RAPAPORT), a security guard
covered with chemical burns, to the e.r. Greene realizes that Canterna has less
than 12 hours to live. Hathaway does not let Canterna die alone.
Weaver informs a 68-year-old woman, Lauretta Wienbach (JANET ROTBLATT), that she
contracted AIDS from her 70-year-old fianci. Jeanie loses patience with a young
college student, Stiles (KEITH BOGART), who broke an ankle in a death-defying
act on a bridge. A young father (KIERAN MULRONEY) accidentally runs his car over
his 5-year-old son. Benton treats the child and surgically removes his spleen.
The boy will recover.
At Carter's insistence, Millicent Carter eventually agrees to leave Chase in the
neurology institute. She offers to reinstate Carter's trust fund, but Carter
declines because he wants to be self-sufficient. Since Chase will never fully
recover and take over the Carter business, Millicent pleads with Carter to give
up medicine and help the family. He refuses.
Ross treats a 6-month-old baby, Josh, who is experiencing methadone withdrawal.
His mother, a heroin addict, keeps the baby addicted so she can use his drugs.
Jeanie fears she might be getting ill, but tests prove
she's fine. Benton and Corday believe that Romano saw them kissing in the locker
room. Romano implies to Corday that he will not sponsor her next year. Benton
confronts Romano about Benton's relationship with Corday, something Romano was
not aware of.
Dr. Max Rosher (JAMES LeGROS) performs a
feasibility study on setting up a pediatric unit in the e.r. Formerly addicted
to pain-killers, Rosher is Del Amico's ex-attending physician from Philadelphia.
He's also rekindled his romance with her and is staying at Del Amico's home.
Ross hopes that Rosher will recommend creating a pediatric attending position
for Ross. However, Rosher also appears interested in the job.
Tina Marie Chambliss (SWOOSIE KURTZ), a televangelist from the
Christian Cable Network, enters the e.r. with complications due to a recent
face-lift. The tests Del Amico performs indicate the diabetic Tina Marie has a
kidney problem. Tina Marie and her husband/business partner use the bad news to
telecast a live broadcast so that their fans can pray for Tina Marie and, more
importantly, send money for her recovery.
Meanwhile, the 6-month-old methadone-addicted Josh will be returned to his
mother, who steals his drugs. An angry Ross tells the child services employee
that Josh must stay in the hospital because he might have pneumonia, which is
not true. Ross begins an experimental, ultrarapid detox that will take 12 to 18
hours. He can't admit Josh because he does not have the mother's consent so
Ross, with Hathaway's assistance, performs the procedure surreptitiously. Greene
sees them working on the unregistered patient. A furious Weaver and Greene
chastise Ross for disobeying hospital rules. Ross and Hathaway could be
terminated from their jobs.
Ross follows Weaver as she rushes baby Josh up to the
pediatric intensive care unit. They encounter Dr. Babcock (DAVID BRISBIN), a
pediatric anesthesiologist, who continues Ross' rapid detox procedure on the
baby--much to Weaver's surprise. Later, the treatment proves successful. But
even though Ross saved the little boy, he may be terminated from his job.
Romano informs Corday--via letter--that he won't sponsor her next year. Reese's
day-care worker thinks Reese might have a hearing problem. Carter suspects
Rosher stole a missing vial containing a pain killer. Rosher tells Del Amico
that if he recommends an e.r. pediatric department, he might like to stay and
Weaver asks Anspaugh to appoint her as permanent chief of emergency medicine,
and he informs her that there will be a national search for the best candidate,
per county policy. An insurance company refuses to allow a 50-year-old man, Mr.
Wass (ROGER ROBINSON), to get the anticoagulation medicine Weaver prescribes. A
furious Weaver vocally resigns as acting chief.
A wife (CARRIE SNODGRESS) must decide whether to
keep her terminally ill husband in a coma or order surgery that will wake him up
but not save his life. To Hathaway's chagrin, a psychiatric resident interviews
and releases Victor Nable (MICHAEL RISPOLI - "While You Were Sleeping"), a
40-year-old man brought to the e.r. with superficial lacerations on his wrist.
Later, when a bloodied Nable returns to the e.r., Hathaway discovers Nable's
wife and two children shot but all still alive. The entire e.r. crew works
feverishly to save the family.