Season 8 Episode 1

Four Corners

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Sep 27, 2001 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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

    • 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."