Season 6 Episode 10

Family Matters

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 06, 2000 on NBC
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Greene flies to San Diego when his father runs away from his retirement home. Former med student Deb Chen, now known as Jing-Mei Chen and also a full-fledged doctor, returns to the ER. On her first day, she and Carter help a young Jane Doe brought in for panhandling. Corday tries to coerce Dean Rollins into revealing the location of another body. He asks her to end his suffering. Kovac tries to help two brothers, one of whom is mentally challenged. Finch treats a young teenager who may have too much on her plate. Dr. Dave tries to fix Weaver's car, and has to break bad news to a young kid.moreless

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  • They do not lie about their patient medical conditions.

    A beautiful episode. Maybe the end of the storyline of that bad man - as Cordey is taking quite drastic methods after he fools her as she brought his victims sister to meet him as he promise to told where the body is. Cordey promise him to change his life (what he is tired now) for the position of body. The episode ends with cliffhanger.

    But Cordey is not the only one having hard decisions. Luca is dealing with two boys and tries to hold social worker away but Carry brings her in and it ends with parting the family. And Kovac takes it hard, only to learn out that he has had very hard past by himself.moreless
  • Jing-Mei Chen enters the ER as a resident, a position bought for her by her father. Luka gets involved with a family case and is frustrated when social services get involved.moreless

    A new resident joins half way through the year. Carter knows her from med student days as Deb, she now wants to be known as Jing-Mei, or Dr Chen; her father has bought her place in County. She is clearly very full of herself!

    Elizabeth is still dealing with her murderer patient, trying to find the whereabouts of another body. He is messing with her mind, but she appears to be coping well.

    Mark has to go to San Diego again to sort out his father; he asks him to come and live with him in Chicago.

    Luka treats a young man and his brother. Kerry involves social work and the brother is taken into care. Luka is frustrated, as he and Lucy had arranged for a job interview and a chance for the boys to turn it around.

    Malucci has to tell a young boy that he has cancer around his heart and that he is not going to make it. He can show great compassion in these situations that seem at odds with his jokey persona, but it works. He also repairs Kerry’s car. Maybe he is more versatile than we imagine.

  • Welcome back, Deb Chen.

    This episode brings back former med student Deb Chen, now known as Dr. Jing-Mei Chen. With Greene off to find his runaway father in San Diego, Carter is asked to show her the ropes. During a few episodes in Season One, Deb Chen was once, like Carter, a med student under Dr. Benton. When they were not fighting for procedures, they worked together really well. Deb dropped out of medicine after almost killing a patient while trying to do a central line unsupervised. In this episode, she is able to start a residency at County after her New York program fell through. While working together, Carter and Deb help a girl who ran away from a treatment center for gender identity. Deb still shows up Carter a little bit, but Carter still has a good relationship with his former fellow med student, even though they were never involved romantically. Also, there is a balance now: Deb is the only doctor who calls Carter "John," and Carter is the only one who calls Chen "Deb." Some things never change.moreless
Brian Hooks

Brian Hooks


Guest Star

Leo Rossi

Leo Rossi

Det. Cruson

Guest Star

Andre Fogenay Wilson

Andre Fogenay Wilson


Guest Star

Ellen Crawford

Ellen Crawford


Recurring Role

Yvette Freeman

Yvette Freeman


Recurring Role

Mike Genovese

Mike Genovese

Off. Al Grabarsky

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Kovac tells Weaver that his family was taken, and then killed, in the war. This is the first time he admits that his wife and two children are dead. The war he is referring to is the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995).

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Weaver: Luka, I heard about what happened. I'm sorry.
      Kovac: No, don't, don't apologize.
      Weaver: It might not always make sense to us, but when there's a difficult family situation, we call DCFS because they have expertise in this area. We have to defer to their judgment.
      Kovac: You don't break up families.
      Weaver: Sometimes we do. It's complicated.
      Kovac: No! My wife and kids were taken.
      Weaver: In the war?
      Kovac: Yeah. And then killed. You don't break up families.

    • Chen: Feels good to be back.

    • Chen: I'm surprised to see you down here. Thought you'd get a surgical residency for sure.
      Carter: I did. I gave it up.
      Chen: Oh.
      Greene: Deb Chen? You're the new resident?
      Chen: Oh, that's right, Dr. Greene. Oh, but it's Jing-Mei now.
      (Carter snorts)
      Chen: Actually, it always was.
      (Chen hits Carter lightly on the arm with notebook)
      Greene: Sorry. Carter, listen, I might have to fly to San Diego this morning. So if you could show uh, Deb...
      Chen and Greene: Jing-Mei
      Greene: ...the ropes. Okay?
      Carter: Sure. Hey, is everything okay?
      Greene: Well, my father's barricaded himself in our old house. There's no heat, there's no electricity. He's running around in his underwear so actually everything isn't okay, but thanks for asking. (Greene walks off)
      Carter: Yeah. (to Chen) Yeah, I'm actually pretty surprised to see you around here. I, uh, thought you dropped out of medicine after...
      Chen: I almost killed that patient by leaving a guidewire in his chest?
      Carter: I'm sorry, I didn't mean to bring that up.
      Chen: Oh yes you did, John. But that's okay. And let's face it, it was kind of a low point. But it did force me to face the truth. I was being way too aggressive. Way too much of an overachiever. Always trying to show people up.
      Carter: Well...
      Chen: And way too successful at it. I'd left the patient out of the picture.

    • Romano: Lizzie, you and I are both aware that I am capable of a low blow. However, I rarely use it to such purity of purpose!

    • Malucci: So, uh, Carter... did you know this new resident, Jing something-or-other?
      Carter: That's good - screw up her name. That'll impress her.

  • NOTES (3)

    • 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.

    • Ming-Na, who portrays Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen, becomes a series regular with this episode. Towards the end of Season 1 she was a recurring guest star, portraying Deb Chen as a medical student.

    • Although in the opening credits, Julianna Margulies does not appear in this episode.