Season 2 Episode 3

Do One, Teach One, Kill One

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 05, 1995 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Carter gets his first patient, and loses him. Susan's feud with Weaver intensifies when she demands all of Susan's procedures be cleared with her. Chloe abandons Little Susie again for a lucrative career in the flea market business. Carol finishes her paramedic recertification by picking up a very overweight, lethargic man, after which Shep hits on her. Jeanie ends her relationship with Benton. Wendy conducts interviews with various ER staffers for an article on Mark. Doug cares for a four-year-old Asian boy with AIDS.moreless

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  • All this in one episode?!

    The liver in the bar...fat rabbit man...guy on an ambulance...Shep hitting on Carol...Carter showing off...Chloe taking off....

    Turns out this episode contains many of the scenes and exchanges I remember most vividly from ER\'s early days on TV. I\'d have to rank this one among the best I\'ve seen so far in terms of everything: Writing (the little quips and jibes are priceless); Acting (just watch Carol\'s face when she peeks under the stall door); Character development (Carter learns a great lesson, Benton forcing his hand, Kerry pushing the line, Mark torn in every direction, Susan saddled with little Susie for good, it would seem, Carol moving forward in romance...that oughta cover it).

    Every ER fan should see this episode to really get a feel of what this strong, enduring show was like at its early best; it\'s episodes like this one that helped \"set the tone\" for the show\'s long success.moreless
  • I enjoyed this one

    I always liked this episode because it had some many great things happening. It has both serious and humorous storylines blended seamlessly into one episode. I have to admit that after I watched this episode I had that song that Mitchell sings in my head for a long time. That along with Carol's patient who stands on the ambulance provide plenty of comic relief to the episode, even though Mitchell dies. This is in contrast to Carter's serious storyline with his patient Ed. You can almost feel Carter's frustration at losing his first patient and then his relieve that he isn't going to lose his career as a result.moreless
Joe Costanza

Joe Costanza

Ed Menke

Guest Star

John Finnegan

John Finnegan


Guest Star

David Spielberg

David Spielberg

Dr. Neil Bernstein

Guest Star

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi


Recurring Role

Yvette Freeman

Yvette Freeman


Recurring Role

Vanessa Marquez

Vanessa Marquez


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Susan Lewis notices a new board on the wall, with pictures of ER doctors, which was implemented by new ER Chief Kerry Weaver. Among the known ER doctors are pictures of producers Joe Sachs, John Wells, and Wendy Spence Rosato, all wearing lab coats and carrying stethoscopes.

    • A TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) procedure involves putting a wire stent from the hepatic vein through the liver to the portal vein.

    • AZT (azidothymidine), one of Chia-Chia's medications, is credited as being the first approved antiviral drug for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Malik: Hey, big guy, love the tie.
      Jerry: Thank you, Malik. Thank you very much.
      Chuny: What's the occasion?
      Jerry: Well, since you asked... I've been promoted.
      Mark: To what?
      Jerry: Supervising emergency service coordinator.
      Malik: More money, huh?
      Jerry: Unfortunately, no.
      Chuny: Better benefits?
      Jerry: No.
      Mark: More responsibility?
      Jerry: No.
      Mark: Well, congratulations.

    • Greene: An exciting case? Here's one: Guy comes in, hypovolemic shock. Defibrillated ten, fifteen times. We maxed out on lidocaine, added bretylium, finally shocked him back to sinus, goes bradycardic. So I float a transvenous pacemaker, get capture, he stops breathing. I had to climb on, intubate him cowboy-style right there on the table.
      Wendy: Wow!
      Greene: Man.
      Wendy: What happened?
      Greene: He died.

    • Ross: What can I say about Mark Greene that hasn't already been said? I think everybody knows how he overcame adversity as a child of Quakers, his years in exile, his political writings and limericks, his mod period with the turtlenecks, his blue period, and of course, his ruthless march to power and the silencing of his rivals.

    • Haleh: I've known Mark Greene since he was a wet-behind-the-ears med student. He had the most beautiful curly blond hair, and so polite. All I'd do was ask and he would be cleaning the bedpans and changing the sheets. He was the best scut-puppy I ever had.
      Wendy: So would you say that, back then, he was sort of "green"?
      Haleh: No, Wendy, I would never say that.

    • Shep: You know what your problem is, Hathaway? You've been going out with too many doctors.

    • Jerry: Dr. Lewis, can you do an employee physical?
      Lewis: On who?
      Jerry: Randi.
      Lewis: Breathe in... Breathe out... She's fine. Where's the form?

    • Bartender: What's that?
      Carter: A liver.
      Bartender: What'll it be?
      Harper: Whatever's on tap.
      Carter: Cruel. Very Cruel.

    • Carol: What is this, Crazy Fat Guy Day?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Title: "Do One, Teach One, Kill One"
      The title of this episode is a twist on the saying "See one, do one, teach one," a traditional format for acquiring medical skills. It is based on a 3-step process: visualize, perform, regurgitate.