Season 3 Episode 1

Dr. Carter, I Presume

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 1996 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • The name of the ER softball team is The Scrubs.

    • There is no explanation given about why Carol is working in the ER again in spite of having quit in the previous episode (the Season 2 finale, "John Carter, M.D."). However, when Carol complains about being stuck with a double shift, Haleh makes a reference to Carol's action, quipping "You could always quit again."

    • Goof: Before leaving for the softball game Carol tells the nurses that she is playing right field. However, she is shown in the game playing left field.

    • Goof: In the episode "Summer Run" it is established that Shep hates country music, but in this episode we find out he has a Best of Conway Twitty tape.

  • Quotes

    • Lydia: Carter, have a nice night?
      Connie: Oh, yeah.
      Haleh: The boy will fetch, heel, roll over and play dead if you ask him to.

    • (about Doug's new girlfriend)
      Carol: Another stewardess?
      Doug: No.
      Susan: Cocktail waitress?
      Mark: Hatcheck girl?
      Doug: You all think you know me so well.
      Mark: Yes, that's because we do.
      Doug: Gretchen's a mergers and acquisitions specialist at First National. She went to Smith and Yale Law. She's a Rhodes scholar.
      Carol: Smith, wow! Most of the women you date can't even spell "Smith."

    • Gant: What's wrong with this guy?
      Carter: Known alcoholic, GI bleed... history of cirrhosis, possible subdural hematoma. Had to cardiovert.
      Gant: You're kidding.
      Carter: Zapped him twice. Got him back. He went apneic, and I had to tube him.
      Gant: On your first night?
      Carter: I haven't even told you about the guy who desatted up in the SICU.

    • (while watching the fireworks))
      Jerry: If we're all here, who's at work?
      Mark: I don't know.
      Susan: I don't care.

    • Lydia: Carter's getting a little uppity.
      Haleh: Really.
      Lydia: He may need a little potty training.
      Haleh: I'd be delighted.

    • Benton: Look, check on the rest of your patients and then come back here and disimpact this one.
      Carter: Isn't that a nurse's job?
      Benton: Not today, it isn't.

    • (to Carter, about his surgical internship under Benton)
      Susan: Don't worry. It's only a year. You'll make it.

    • Weaver: (about the nurses) They can make your life easier or they can make it miserable. Whatever you did, I suggest you apologize immediately.
      Carter: I didn't do anything.
      Weaver: Apologize anyway.

    • Carter: PHEW! What's THAT smell?
      Carol: Code brown in the shorts and lots of blood too.

    • Greene: Don't you want to talk to somebody before sex?
      Ross: No, not really...

    • Gant: Benton? He can't be that bad, can he?

    • Dr. Melvoin: You are wedges. The wedge is the most primative tool known to man. That is you. You think you know what you're doing? Believe me, you don't. Breakfast with your senior surgical resident, Dr. Benton, begins in 15 minutes. Dr. Benton is an intern's worst nightmare. He's smarter than you, he never eats, never sleeps, and he reads every medical journal no matter how obscure. He is the Antichrist, Beelzebub, Lucifer, a devourer of wedges. You'll go to sleep at night wishing plague and pestilence on his unborn children, and you will wake up every morning praying for his approval. You won't get it. Welcome to hell, ladies and gentlemen.

    • Carol: Dopamine? Do you want Dopamine
      Carter: I don't know. I don't know! Somebody call a doctor!
      Carol: You are the doctor.

    • (Regarding Weaver's board codes.)
      Mark: B.E. Barium enema?
      Kerry: Blunt extremity trauma.
      Carol: Some guy with a nasty bruise is going to get a radioactive colon cleansing.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Title: "Dr. Carter, I Presume"
      The title of this episode is a spoof on a famous quote uttered by journalist Henry Morton Stanley. In 1871, he traveled to the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, in present-day Tanzania, in search of Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, who had not been heard from in several years. When he found him, he greeted him with the words, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume."

    • Shep asks Carol if she still has his Best of Conway Twitty tape. Conway Twitty was a country music singer whose career spanned nearly 50 years.