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ER

Season 4 Episode 18

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 16, 1998 on NBC
8.7
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Dr. Ross wants to become an ER pediatrics attending. Scott Anspaugh decides to stop fighting his cancer when faced with the prospect of a new experimental chemotherapy treatment. Jerry and Mark take charge of the annual ER banquet, with results not quite as planned. Benton must take over an operation by force when Morgenstern is unable to continue. Carol worries when Millicent Carter stops payment on a donation check to the clinic. Anna donates bone marrow.moreless

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  • Scott makes a decision to stop fighting and Morganstern has another decision to make.

    8.2
    Benton makes a move in operation when it feels like that Morganstern is not able to make it. That makes big problem and ends up Benton being restricted. Benton's word against his and the decision is not on Benton's favor.



    The other major storyline concentrates on Scott who is getting worse and the only possibility the see for him is extreme experimental chemotherapy treatment. But first he tries to take it but not for himself. For Jeanie. Carter is little mad about her grandmother as she draws back her founding on the free clinic because she is mad about Carter and that is nothing to do with Carol.



    Interesting and exciting and moving, on Jeanie part.moreless
  • Awwww.John and Ana

    10
    This episode rocks!I can see Johns point about not wanting to ruin Ana and his friendship!But,they are so cute together!And I like how it ended...when Peter and Lizzie kissed!!That was so....CUTE!!!I think that Peter should just give up and tell Lizzie he loves her!ThEy are just like John and Ana!!They can not hide the fact that they care for one another!!!!And Doug and Carol looked so cute at the party1They are the best couple on that show!!Now if Ana and John got together,Doug and Carol would deffinaly would have some competition!!But all in all this episode was one of the best episodes EVER!!moreless
  • Annual ER banquet ... PARTY!

    9.3
    Well even though it didn't go to plan the annual ER banquet still looked losts of fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

    It is good they made it into a fun event and looked on the bright side.



    I admire Anna for giving Bone Marrow but thought it a bit stupid going to the annual ER banquet the same day. She would have been in loads of pain!



    Scott decided to stop treatment and it would have been so hard for him. Not wanting to disappoint anyone (mainly Jeanie because of his BIG crush on her) but there is a time when enough is enough. I would have like to see him a bit closer with his dad before the end though.moreless
  • moving episode

    9.2
    This is a rare episode that keeps three riviting storylines going for an entire episode, and they are all good. The first storyline is the struggle to prepare for the ER banquet, and Mark and Jerry struggling to set it up. It starts out as a disaster, but in the end, everyone has a good time. The second storyline is the continuing saga of Dr Anspaugh's son's battle with cancer. He finds out that his only chance is to have an experimental chemotherepy treatment. He originally decides to do it because of Jeanie, but after a near death experience, he changes his mind. I loved that scene, it was so sad to see a 12 year-old losing a battle with cancer, and it was shown in the best way it could have been. The final storyline is a dispute in surgery between Drs Benton and Morganstern. I personally believe that Dr Benton handled it wrong, but that Dr Morganstern should not have covered himself the way he did. I always like the storylines that raise ethical questions like this one does. All in all, three great storylines combine to make a classic episode.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

Robert Ellenstein

Robert Ellenstein

Unknown

Guest Star

Davenia McFadden

Davenia McFadden

Mrs. Bevins

Guest Star

John Walcutt

John Walcutt

Cancer Specialist

Guest Star

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi

Jerry

Recurring Role

Ellen Crawford

Ellen Crawford

Lydia

Recurring Role

Trevor Morgan

Trevor Morgan

Scott Anspaugh

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Kerry: The food was terrible. The music stinks. The drinks are watered down. But you sure know how to throw a great party.
      Mark: Thank you.
      Kerry: You're welcome.

    • Mark: Each day we work together as a family. Because we're a family, it's no secret that it's been a rough year for me. So I want to thank each of you for helping me through some hard times. You stuck by me when I needed you. And you've given your best to make our ER a place that we can all be proud of. So thanks for being my family. I couldn't have made it without you.

    • Kerry: Carol, are your meatballs frozen?
      Carol: I think they're just a little cold.
      Doug: (looking at his plate) What is this?
      Carter: Jerry says it's called pyttipanna.
      Anna: What's that?
      Carter: I have no idea.

    • Lydia: What are you wearing tonight?
      Connie: My velvet dress.
      Lydia: The one you wore last year?
      Connie: I didn't pass out and rip mine in the parking lot like someone I know.

    • Doug: Alright. (whispers in Carol's ear) Now be honest with me. Think I have what it takes to be an attending?
      Carol: Of course you do.
      (Carol hands Doug a slice of orange)
      Doug: Thank you! Think of me as diplomatic?
      Carol: What does that have to do with that?
      Doug: Answer the question.
      Carol: Well, it's not the first word that springs to mind, no.
      Doug: What would the first word be that would spring to mind.
      Carol: Um... (Carol pauses to think) Stubborn... (Doug chuckles) opinionated... (Doug chuckles) insouciant... (Doug chuckles; Carol kisses Doug)
      Doug: Insouciant?!?!
      Carol: Look it up.
      (Carol walks away; Doug continues to chuckle)

      NOTE: insouciant means "free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant."

    • Romano: Hey, Greene! I guess you've got some stones after all. You're the boss.

    • Carter: (about Dr. Del Amico) I wouldn't want to ruin a good friendship.
      Carol: That's lame, Carter. Ask her out.

    • Benton: (To Corday) Let me tell you something about Morgenstern. He's taught me more than all the other attendings combined.

  • 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.

    • Music: Green Day, "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)"; Buster Poindexter, "Hot Hot Hot"; Dean Martin, "That's Amore"

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