Season 4 Episode 15


Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 26, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The ER must be evacuated when several workers from a chemical plant track benzene all over the floors. After Weaver is felled by the poison, Carter takes over, directing the evacuation. Dr. Corday does a ride-along with EMTs and rescues a man trapped under a building. Doug and Carol are trapped in the elevator with a sick child.moreless

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  • An explosion at a chemical plant! Corday on her paramedic ride-along! Contaminated patients turn up at the ER and spread Benzene over the admit area! Weaver has a seizure, Green in San Diego! There is only one person to lead...Dr John Carter.moreless

    Well in my opinion this is one of the best episodes of ER! This highlights Carter's leadership quality and sets him up to take over as lead role in 4 seasons time! When tragedy strikes all senior staff seem unable to co-ordinate with each other putting patient care at risk! No matter how many times I watch this episode I still get goosebumps at the moment where Carter steps in! Noah Wyle is amazing in this episode and creates a role-defining performance! Another aspect of this episode highlights the significance of support staff as Jerry states the ER was severely impaired as the day-shift clerks (Jerry had been on nights after the events of "Friendly Fire" and his destruction of the ambulance bay)! this shows that an ER is not just doctors and nurses! In my opinion an excellent episode well written and superbly performed!moreless
  • This episode is all about leadership theory. TOP 5 of the entire series.

    This episode shines in its details. When the benzene first contaminates the ER, Carter is the quickest to react. This is no accident: he had heard from the elderly patient about benzene being toxic and so he had ONE bit of information more than anybody else. That enabled him to react faster.

    Also, when the ER is being evacuated, Carter takes control even though he's not entitled to give orders. Look at Benton: he shushes everybody else so they can listen. That's the most important scene of the episode. In such a case, what matters is that SOMEONE takes charge and organizes the work. It's a basic principle of leadership theory, and Benton acts accordingly. Sure enough, Benton is himself leadership-oriented, as shown in how he handles things in the cafeteria. Only a leader knows when he has to lead and when he has to follow. Benton shares quite a bit of the merit with Carter.

    Finally, notice the many more small important details throughout the episode. Weaver's commitment to irrelevant details; Doug's poor communication skills with the child's mother causing the mother to become hostile; and the emergency coordinator lady who gives Carter the radio and who criticizes his previous decisions. The latter stresses that Carter didn't do what he was supposed to be doing--but he did SOMETHING, and once again what matters is to do something and organize things in some way, even if it's not technically the best way.

    This episode has great drama and character development and it's perfectly filmed, but its true strengths lie in the writers' careful analysis of leadership theory. It's the best script I've seen on ER and one of the top 5 episodes in the series.moreless
  • The ER have to be evacuated because of benzene is spread all over the floors. Corday help out in a dramatic rescue, when a man is trapped under a building! Doug and Carol are trapped in the elevator with a sick little girl.moreless

    Oh, what a fantastic episode!! Lots of drama from beginning to end!

    The idea was great, it was so dramatic when the ER had to be evacuated!!

    We can see how the chemical workers comes into the ER and spread benzene all over the floors.. You can feel the panic when they undestand whats about to happen, and the drama have just began!!

    Weaver is felled by the poisen, and now Carter have a change to show what he is good for when he have to take over and direct the evacuation!!

    I really like Carter in this episode. How he takes control over the situation, and at the end when he smiles, more consern about getting everybody inside again and happy it’s over, instead of listening to Weaver!!

    Have to say this was a really fantastic episode, full of love, drama and frustration, but where there is all about helping others!!

    I had to take a break after this episode to breath and relax a little!! So much emotions!moreless
  • Oh, THIS IS ER!!!

    Oh boy, what a episode, huh?

    Carter...ops...Noah Wyle is just great, wonderful!

    One of the best actors of Hollywood!

    We can compare to George Clooney, our dear Dr. Doug Ross...

    The episode was very well writing, the whole cast was in a great performance.

    Really a classic!!!

    Episodes as this could win a Academy Award! (just kidding..)

    I would like to see episodes as that nowadays...

    I would also like ER was again as before, as in that fantastic episode...

    Please Carter...Come back and "renew" ER!

    The benzine idea was fantastic...


    Of course, one of the best episode of the best season forever and ever in whole world!

    That's ER! That's THE serie!moreless
  • Carter's moment to shine It might start like quite usual but the way the story gets turns - unbelievable and the emotion this episode gives - super. The pearl of this season.moreless

    It might start like quite usual but the way the story gets turns - unbelievable and the emotion this episode gives - super. The pearl of this season.

    First Cordey is out driving with paramedics, end up in big scene where burning and collapsed building hides a patience. She manages to get to him and does not give up to risk her and other paramedic life to get the man behind the ruins. She wants to do everything to save his life and arm. He will survive but his arm most be removed.

    It seemed to be enough for this episode to be good. It does have excitement, extraordinary but if you think it will stop there, you are wrong.

    Two workers of chemical plant is brought in and it makes the ER polluted. They have to evacuate and the same time try to help the patience. It is quite a big mess and panic around. Everyone yelling. And the way Carter is brought in. He is so calm, out of all the action in first clips we see him . on that eye doctor cabinet (?). Then when he goes to the lobby and that patience mentions that smell - the way he tries to do something.. and when they just yell and he makes them all silence and starts to organize.. that is amazing part as he shows - he has the confidence, fast thinking, ability to control things...

    All the action then.. all those events.. gorgeous episode.. one of the best!moreless
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

Christine Healy

Christine Healy

Harriet Spooner

Guest Star

Michael Kagan

Michael Kagan

Chuck Arteburn

Guest Star

Chuck Martinez

Chuck Martinez


Guest Star

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi


Recurring Role

Ed Lauter

Ed Lauter

Fire Capt. Dannaker

Recurring Role

Bellina Logan

Bellina Logan


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Anna: (after Weaver made her smell her wrist) Lilac.
      Kerry: It's called "Spring Rain."
      Anna: It's nice.
      Kerry: Really? You don't think it's too young for me?
      Anna: No way. My mom wears something just like that.

    • Romano: Ah, here's our little action hero.
      Corday: How does it look?
      Romano: Like ground beef. No, actually, more like chopped liver.
      Corday: Yeah, but do you think we have a chance for limb salvage?
      Romano: You want my honest opinion? No, I don't think you do.
      Corday: Well, I'd like to give it our best shot.
      Romano: You got it, Lizzie. No holds barred. One hundred and ten percent.

    • Carter: We are going to evacuate the entire ER. Check every room. All contaminated patients and staff go to the ambulance bay right now.
      Malik: Wait a minute. How do we know who's contaminated?
      Carter: If you got a spot on your skin, if you got a spot on your gurney, if you got a spot on your clothes, go outside right now.

    • Weaver: Hey, is that Mr. Arteburn's chart?
      Jerry: Yeah, yeah. Actually, check this out. Blue Cross. Not the HMO, not the PPO. Traditional indemnity plan gold.
      Weaver: Jerry, we treat everyone the same.
      Jerry: I'm just thinking about the budget deficit.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Though spelled correctly when he is listed as the series creator in the opening credits, Michael Crichton's last name is incorrectly spelled "Chrichton" when he is listed with the other executive producers in the end credits of this episode. This mistake was repeated in most of the Season 4 episodes and in all of the Season 6 episodes.

    • This episode won an Emmy Award for Sound Editing. It was also nominated for Sound Mixing and for Single Camera Picture Editing.