ER

Season 8 Episode 1

Four Corners

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Sep 27, 2001 on NBC
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Season Premiere: Three weeks after the death of Derek Fossen, Greene faces interrogation at an M&M conference. However, Corday is the only one to suspect something wrong. Meanwhile, Carter's parents return to town for his grandfather's funeral, which Abby briefly attends. Abby has decisions to make; Luka wants her to move in with him. Weaver returns from an impromptu vacation, worried that Romano has outed her to the staff. Chen is the new chief resident. Benton deals with Cleo's meds and Jackie's problems adjusting to life after Jesse's death. The ER is filled with patients after a brawl at a talk show taping.moreless

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Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Anthony Edwards (I)

Anthony Edwards (I)

Dr. Mark Greene

Erik Palladino

Erik Palladino

Dr. Dave Malucci

Eriq La Salle

Eriq La Salle

Dr. Peter Benton

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Jerome Butler

Jerome Butler

Talk Show Host

Guest Star

Conchata Ferrell

Conchata Ferrell

Mrs. Jenkins

Guest Star

Tamala Jones

Tamala Jones

Joanie

Guest Star

Montae Russell

Montae Russell

Zadro

Recurring Role

Conni Marie Brazelton

Conni Marie Brazelton

Conni

Recurring Role

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón

Chuny

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Carter opens a bottle of champagne in the car, the contents splatters on the window. However, in the next scene, the window appears clean.

    • This season premiere episode was originally scheduled to air on September 20, but was delayed one week in the aftermath of 9/11.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Talking about her deceased son...)
      Jackie: He's still my baby, Peter. I'm supposed to take care of him. I feel like somewhere, some time, he's going to be sad or cold or scared. Who's taking care of him? Who's being his mother?

    • (Abby and Carter are at Carter's grandfather's funeral, and she notices that the birdbath is broken)
      Abby: You're going to have some dirty birds.
      Carter: Grandpa liked to drive the power lawn mower around.
      Abby: Into the birdbath?
      Carter: Not on purpose. He was having a fatal MI at the time.
      Abby: (laughs) I'm sorry.
      Carter: Gotta die somehow. Not a bad way to go. Sunny day, out on the mower (they both start to laugh) Don't, don't laugh.
      Abby: Then stop it!

    • Abby: Nice suit! Who died?
      Carter: My grandfather.
      Abby: Sorry..., I didn't know.

    • Greene: [He was]...eaten by dogs.
      Corday: Eaten by dogs? In Chicago?
      Greene: It happens, alot! A cop told me.

    • Romano: (to Weaver) You might want to try Papua New Guinea for your next big adventure. I hear they put gourds on their penises.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode marks the first of a series of guest appearances by Mary McDonnell. In 2002 she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her Season 8 portrayal of Eleanor Carter.
      Coincidentally, McDonnell starred alongside former ER star George Clooney in the short-lived 1980s medical comedy E/R. In addition, she and Noah Wyle previously worked together in the 2001 film Donnie Darko.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • In this episode, the events of a single day are presented through the eyes of four characters: Weaver, Benton, Carter and Greene. This format is a homage to Rashomon, a 1950 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa in which a terrible crime experienced by four different individuals is later described in four mutually contradictory ways. The film's concept of how subjectivity of perception affects recollection and thus different observers of an event may have differing plausible descriptions of what happened has come to be known as "the Rashomon effect."

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