ER

Season 4 Episode 1

Ambush

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Sep 25, 1997 on NBC
8.7
out of 10
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Season Premiere: The ER is under the bright lights when a television documentary is filmed depicting a typical day in the ER. British trauma specialist Elizabeth Corday joins the staff. Carter restarts his residency, this time in the ER. A man is paralyzed while breaking up a gang fight. Morgenstern suffers a heart attack. Mark's stress level continues to build.moreless

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  • about the episode

    10
    It got great technical direction
  • ER Live. Watch through the eyes of a documentary crew that films the hectic lives of doctors and nurses.

    8.7
    This was the only episode of ER to be aired live. Throughout the episode, Dr. Greene and other staff members are followed around by a documentary crew. We see events unfold through the camera. Dr. Greene is still coping with the trauma of his attack months ago. When the camera crew find out about it, they ask about it, but Greene refuses. Carter is now an Emergency Medicine intern and a little sore about having to be an intern again. Ross and Hathaway are dating again, but keep it a secret from the rest of the staff. David Morgenstern, Chief of Emergency Medicine, suffers a heart attack. The way the staff responds to this shows how much he is cared for and respected. Also, British surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Corday makes her debut. For a change, we get to see how the characters in the ER would respond if they were really behind the camera.moreless
  • Outstanding and very different camera work but it seems to be it.

    7.7
    I cannot say that I expected something else - it was good episode, it has very unique camera work, story and everything was unique. The way it started, so many other things. But that constant moving, jumping, no deep peak into the story - it seems like clip here, clip there. I did not felt the depth of the cases, depth in actors. I cannot deny that there was moving case - the main case. A man tried so save another's life and he ended up paralyzed, the boy lived and the people who did it - they did not even know the boy they beated very well. The way Greene acted on that case, to call the husband - moving. The old good cases. (I think somehow that the end of last season was somehow week on the cases matter). But they just couldn't seem to get the balance - case good, no good plot between chars. It was quite disturbing to look how everyone was pushed aside by this or that. And boor Carter - his decision seems to be not so pleasant.



    Anyway, hopes are high and next episode ready to watch.moreless
  • Not one of my favorite episodes

    6.8
    I love the fast pace in which ER is shot but this was not one of my favorite episodes.

    I didn't like the way the camera moved around so much and I found it very hard to watch.

    I sort of liked the storyline of the characters but the camera movement was just too distracting for me.
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Dr. Mark Greene

Eriq La Salle

Eriq La Salle

Dr. Peter Benton

George Clooney

George Clooney

Dr. Doug Ross

Gloria Reuben

Gloria Reuben

P.A. Jeanie Boulet

Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies

Nurse Carol Hathaway

Tracy Vilar

Tracy Vilar

Doris

Guest Star

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Aggie Orton

Guest Star

Brent Jennings

Brent Jennings

Nat

Guest Star

Ellen Crawford

Ellen Crawford

Lydia

Recurring Role

Conni Marie Brazelton

Conni Marie Brazelton

Conni

Recurring Role

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón

Chuny

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Additional actors were ready to improvise if something went wrong (forgotten dialogue or technical problems). Fortunately, they was never used.

    • Goof: Towards the end of the East Coast version of this episode, you can see Kerry Weaver walking without her crutch.

    • When the title is shown at the beginning of the episode, it reads "ambush," without the first letter being capitalized.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Aggie: When did you decide to become a surgeon?
      Elizabeth: Well, that gets into pleasing my father, rattling my mother... and all sorts of boring family secrets. The short answer is, my father is a surgeon, as was his father. And my father had no sons.

    • Carol: (to the reporters) Actually, it's a myth about doctors and nurses dating so much. I mean, more nurses date cops, firemen, paramedics. Now, that cliché is true.
      Connie: Especially cops.
      Chuny: Especially young cops.

    • Corday: Dr. Benton?
      Benton: Yeah?
      Corday: Elizabeth Corday. Visiting surgical lecturer and your saviour.
      Benton: Ah, excuse me?
      Corday: Well, I hear you've been on call forever. You're free to go. I'm on now.

    • Greene: Probably the best part of my job is that sometimes, working here, you can repair some of the violence. Some of the bad things that happen to people. Not always. We couldn't do much for that guy who was paralyzed. Probably on a vent for the rest of his life. I guess we did save the kid that he was trying to help. So his sacrifice wasn't for nothing. And yes, I was attacked myself right here in this very hospital. They haven't been able to catch the guy who did it, or at least, they haven't been able to charge anyone. The worst thing about it isn't what it did to me. The worst thing is that it meant that some of the world's violence has leaked into our own ER. This is meant to be a safe place for fixing people. Now it's vulnerable. And as an ER doctor, that's hard to accept.
      Aggie: It sounds frightening. Are you scared?
      Greene: Sure. Of, uh, losing control.
      Aggie: Control of what's outside?
      Greene: And what's in me. (long pause) Is that enough?
      Aggie: Yeah.
      Greene: Then turn it off!

    • Corday: They said there was an adolescent who decompensated.
      Hathaway: Oh, Dr. Benton took him up.
      Corday: Ah, Dr. Benton. You call your surgeons "doctor." Well, I suppose "Miss Corday" won't get me very far around here.
      Hathaway: Well, just to the waiting room.

    • Ross: What is all this about cops and firemen?
      Hathaway: (gasps) Jealous?
      Ross: Jealous. I just wanna know what you're doin for them that you're not doin for me.
      Hathaway: Uh, I'll tell you later if you bring the cuffs.
      Ross: Yeah, I thought I was gonna get some sleep tonight.
      Hathaway: Oh, don't count on that.

    • Ross: Buddy, you look like a star out there.
      Greene: Well, I'm enjoying the attention.
      Ross: Well, don't get too used to everybody taking orders from you.
      Greene: Yeah, I was hoping for a sequel.

    • Chuny: I don't know. But, the best one was the guy with the transistor radio. Remember?
      Conni: Right. He said he was getting out of the shower and he slipped and he sat down on it.
      Chuny: Ouch!
      Carol: While it was still playing?
      Malik: Whoop. There it is.
      Chuny: So I asked Mark - Dr. Greene if he was going to extract the foreign body and he said, "No. But I think I'll tune it to the ball game."

    • Stuart: Dr. Carter, our mic will pick you up at normal volume. You can relax and speak naturally.
      Carter: Okay.
      Greene: Carter wasn't acting. He's really like that.

    • Carter: (to Justin Chang) If you vomit in the OR, you could aspirate your stomach contents into your lungs, develop pneumonia.
      Greene: That's probably more than Mr. Chang needed to hear.

    • Carter: Good evening.
      Greene: Dr. Carter, you're early.
      Carter: Open fracture?
      Ross: Yep.
      Carter: You need me?
      Ross: Uh, yes, actually. I'm sick of assisting Dr. Welby here.
      Carter: Who?

    • (Greene and Ross are treating Justin Chang's broken leg)
      Justin: So, I really broke it, huh?
      Ross: Well, you're not going to be playing varsity this fall.
      Justin: Varsity? I'm 24 years old.
      Ross: You're 24?
      Greene: Guess I don't need a pediatrician.
      Ross:(to Justin) You are gonna be carded until you're 40.

  • NOTES (8)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Doug: (to Carol) Lucy, you got some 'splaining to do...
      Doug is making a reference to one of the signature lines used by Desi Arnaz's character, Ricky Ricardo, in the 1950s comedy series I Love Lucy.

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