ER

Season 11 Episode 4

Fear

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 21, 2004 on NBC
8.7
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A woman who threw her children out a third-floor window to escape their abusive father is discovered to have done it while going through Valium withdrawal. Susan becomes Chief of Emergency Medicine and learns what it's like to be in management. Plagued by his OCD, Howard abruptly quits his internship, leaving a slot open. Susan can't find anybody to fill it, then discovers Neela working across the street at the Jumbo Mart. Corday is in trouble after her illegal organ donation procedure, facing dismissal and the loss of her license to practice medicine. Weaver offers her a non-tenured position as a clinical instructor, and Corday must decide whether to accept the demotion.moreless

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  • BEST EPISODE OF THE SEASON

    10
    One of the best episodes of season 11. The only downfall is the exit of Elizabeth Corday. She was my favourite character out of the whole series and if there was anything I was disappointed during the 15 years of ER, it was the demise of this wonderful character. The writers had nowhere left to go with Corday and we found ourselves watching her slowly drift into the background. BIG MISTAKE.



    There was loads of potential storylines for Corday... Like going back to ER basics and watching Corday teach Abby Lockhart (Documentary style) the stress of working in a demanding theatre and being the person in charge. We could have seen her struggles and fears brought about in season 10, but the writers didn't seem interested and for that, I was hugely devastated by the demise of her character. And I also think it was part of the demise of the show not being as good in later seasons. But at least they brought her back for a few episodes in the final season.moreless
  • Not good good-byes...

    9.2
    This was very emotional, shocking and moving episode. First the main case with the family. It was so clear story at the first but how the real story starts to make a sense and truth come out. And it was so shocking - they tried all to help those kids but no - nothing helped. And when the story was shown again, like it really happened - it was terrible.



    And the storyline with Elizabeth. Somehow I understand her writing her out as she had not had many point after Mark but.. it was still somehow sad and the last words with Carter . it was beautiful.moreless
  • Good bye, Dr. Corday

    8.5
    This episode have more importance to the mother who threw her kids out of the window instead of Dr. Corday.



    It was the last episode she was gone to be and instead, i don't know give more importance to here, they just pull her aside yo try to save the girls, and at the end one die was very useless.



    Don't like Susan new heard cut she look more heavy and round maybe a little bit more long and she would look alright. I was thinking in what Dr. Weaver would say when she found out that Susan hire back to Neela, i tought nothing can be done because she wasn't doing the thing that she have to do in Chicago or where ever.moreless
  • Very powerful episode!

    10
    The best I have seen! This episode was by far the best I have seen in a long while. I personally know the actress who played the mother (Deidrie Henry). She is my sister in laws best friend, so we already knew that this episode was going to be a good one. At the end of the show when the mother revealed that she was hallucinating, it was a total shocker. I had no idea that was coming! This episode was in true ER form. I, of course, cried like a baby watching it. It definitely scores a 10/10.



    Also, with Corday leaving, that was also powerful in itself. Elizabeth was never one to make a big deal over anything, so her farewell seemed to suit her fine. I hated it that no one was able to tell her bye, but the more that I thought about it, the way her ‘send-off’ was written, was exactly how Elizabeth would have wanted it. Great episode!



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  • One of the first episodes in a long time to have a shocking twist with a patient, its after the last episode for Alex Kingston after playing Dr. Corday for 7 years.moreless

    9.0
    Atleast since season 9, there have been few episodes that were so powerful, shocking, and dramatic. The only episode before this that I can remember that was powerful, was season's 10 episode, "Where There's Smoke," when Sandy dies and Weaver gets her baby taken away by Sandy's family.



    In this episode, Dr. Corday has a huge problem on her hands, she did an organ transplant of an HIV infected patient to another HIV infected patient. Apparently, thats against the law (After this episode aired, I asked some of my friends, who parents were doctors, and they said that they were told that no doctor in their right mind would ever do that... that they would lose their license). Well, Elizabeth Corday broke the law. She is not only endagered of getting fired but also losing her license. To be honest, the only problem that I found with this episode, actually the episode before, is why she did it. Its true, no doctor in their right mind would do something like that and risk getting their license taken away (Dr. Dubenko even said that), I think the writers wanted to find a quick way to get rid of Elizabeth and didnt do so well, but I think I can ignore that.



    By the end of the episode, Corday ends up leaving because she doesnt want to accept a lower position. The only person that she really says goodbye to is Carter, and looking back, it makes sense. Her husband, Mark Greene, was a doctor there, but he died, Carol is gone, Doug is gone, Peter is gone, Romano died, all the people she was friends with already moved on, and she really didnt have anything left at County General. So I guess it was really time to see her go.



    In the other story line for this episode, to sum things up; a woman had 3 kids, two little girls and a young boy, she was taking anti-depressants since her abusive husband died, but she ran out of money, and had to stop taking the anti-depressants (now, to just all of a sudden stop taking anti-depressants can have a serious affect on someone). Since she stopped taking the medicine, she hallucinated that her dead ex husband was trying to kill her and her children. So to escape him, she wanted to save her children, and the only way out she saw was her window, so she made her two little girls jump out of the 3rd story of an apartment building. Both of them died.



    In the beginning of the episode, it tried to make it seem like it was the father who did it, but after the mother talks to Carter and the social worker, the truth comes out.



    This episode was great, I guess my only complaint would be that I wish we would have seen more Corday in the episode of if they gave her one more episode to properly say goodbye to everyone.

    But all in all, this episode deserves a 9/10, it probably being in atleast the top 15 best episodes of the entire series (which is good considering there have been over 230 episodes)



    Note: Dr. Chen (Ming Na) would leave the ER 4 episodes later, and Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) would exit in the season finale, making this season have the most characters to exit the show since season 8, when Dr. Malucci, Dr. Greene, Dr. Finch, and Dr. Benton all exited.moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Dr. Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Deidrie Henry

Deidrie Henry

Nichelle Richardson

Guest Star

Andy Powers

Andy Powers

Dr. Howard Ritzke

Guest Star

James Carraway

James Carraway

Hayslip

Guest Star

Mädchen Amick

Mädchen Amick

Wendall Meade

Recurring Role

Leland Orser

Leland Orser

Dr. Dubenko

Recurring Role

John Aylward

John Aylward

Dr. Donald Anspaugh

Recurring Role

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    • Lewis: Is the universe punishing me for being a bad mom? There are charts here that haven't been picked up in six hours.
      Jerry: Good help is hard to find. Like if you order a no-foam latte, there should be no foam on it.
      Lewis: Yeah, Neela burned my bagel earlier.

    • Abby: You want to go get a drink or get something to eat or...?
      Neela: I still have another hour yet. I work longer days than I did when I was an intern. Though I did learn something new today: how to clean the hot dog machine. Now there's a skill I can take wherever I go.
      (Lewis walks in)
      Lewis: One large coffee and a first-year resident, please.
      Neela: Sorry?
      Abby: Howard quit.
      Neela: He did?
      Lewis: Yeah, are you interested?
      Abby: Well, Neela's going through this delayed adolescent rebellion slash premature midlife crisis thing right now.
      Lewis: Look, I've called the NRMP, I have scraped the bottom of the barrel, I have seen or spoken with more freaks that Dr. Phil. I am desperate, no offense, for anyone even remotely competend and/or sane.
      Neela: I don't know, I mean, I'm-I'm working now so...
      Lewis: Yeah, you're right. You just keep ringing up those pork rinds and making Icees.

    • Luka: Hey Tamira, do you like the Wiggles? Which one is your favorite? Anthony?
      Tamira: Maurie. He plays guitar.
      Ray: Good answer.
      Luka: I like Jeff because he's always sleeping.
      Corday: How on earth do you know about the Wiggles?
      Luka: I try to keep up with kids TV. It gives you something to talk about.
      Ray: You're kidding me, right?
      Corday: I hate the bloody Wiggles.

    • Susan: I'm here because I want the ER chief job.
      Weaver: (surprised) But you turned it down once already.
      Susan: That was pre-baby. Turns out I like kids better when they're not sucking the life force out of me.

    • Carter: Do you want me to tell them anything?
      Corday: Tell them, uh, it's been lovely.

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