I'll Be Home for Christmas

Season 8, Ep 10, Aired 12/13/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Benton commits perjury on the witness stand in order to gain custody of Reese. When Romano refuses to give him a more flexible schedule, Peter resigns and seeks a job at the clinic where Cleo is newly employed. Benton is granted custody of Reese and he and Cleo decide to move to the suburbs together. Carter's father visits for Christmas with the news that he's getting divorced. Weaver and Sandy Lopez finally go on a date. Abby catches Nicole in the maternity ward, recovering from an abortion.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dee Johnson

  • Meredith Stiehm

  • Castulo Guerra

    Judge Alter

  • Roma Maffia

    Janice Prager

  • Lea Salonga

    Ben's Mom

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Good Bye, Peter Benton...

    By Parricida, Jan 08, 2008

  • So Long Doctor Benton!

    By DaVulture, Jun 11, 2007

  • A Christmas gift for all ER fans

    By DanLC03, Nov 03, 2005

  • Benton leaving and it\'s christmas time. Although Carter isn\'t as happy as he hoped he would...

    By Shiny-Star, Aug 10, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • (Romano and Benton discussing a written agreement for reduction in Benton's work schedule) Romano: To Whom It May Concern: No friggin' way!

    • Abby: There's only so much you can do. Luka: Yeah, I guess. I just, uh... Abby: Miss your kids? Luka: Yeah. Abby: (takes his hand) I'm sorry. Luka: (pause) It's sort of worse at Christmas. (breathes in, then let's go of her hand)

    • Carter: Hey, Peter, I'm a good doctor because of you. Benton: No, you're not. But keep trying.

    • Abby: When is she [Weaver] going on Christmas vacation? Chuny: Scrooge? Never!

    • Romano: It's like sex, isn't it Peter? Benton: What? Romano: Vascular surgery. Messy, fun, and when done right you leave satisfied.

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    Notes (4)

    • Guest star Lea Salonga played Lien Hughes on the daytime soap As the World Turns, a character originally portrayed a decade earlier by ER regular Ming-Na.

    • Music: "A Long Way from Home," Joe Sample

    • This episode marks both Eriq LaSalle and Michael Michele's final appearance as series regulars. La Salle would later return in the Season 8 episodes "It's All in Your Head" and "On The Beach," and in the Season 15 episodes "Old Times" and "And In the End...". Michele would return in the Season 8 episode "On The Beach."

    • Although in the opening credits, Ming-Na does not appear in this episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • When Carter calls Dr. Benton "Peter" just after they have said their goodbyes, it's the first time Carter has done so in all 8 seasons, despite their being friends for almost all of that time.

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