ER

Season 15 Episode 7

Heal Thyself

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Nov 13, 2008 on NBC
9.3
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While out for a mind-clearing run, Banfield encounters a desperate situation and finds herself trying to rescue a very young girl from drowning in a nearby lake. Painful memories of her son in mortal danger and Dr. Greene's heroic attempts to save him are triggered during the experience. Meanwhile, Gates attempts to pull some strings to help out a homeless war veteran, and the interns continue to struggle in the ER.moreless

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  • ER Heal Thyself

    10
    Definely awesome episode It was definely a tearjerker to see all the old charters again especailly Anthony Edwards reprise his role as Dr. Mark Greene.It was favorite part of the episode.
  • One of my favorite ER episodes of all time, mostly because you get to see the great Anthony Edwards return after a 6 year absence as Dr. Mark Greene, the brilliant Angela Bassett as Cate Banfield, along with great acting, writing and directing. A classic.moreless

    10
    Like I was saying earlier this is definitely one of my favorite episodes. The episode mainly focuses on Dr. Banfield dealing with a little girl who almost drown in a Lake, as she remembers how her own son suffered a seizure and was forced to County General hospital where he was treated by the best ER character ever Mark Greene, a few months before his death. The episode focuses on Greene trying to heal Banfield's kid as well as Banfield trying to help a drowning victim. The episode is a nice way to show Anthony Edwards once again without making it cheesy like Dallas with everything being nothing more then a dream sequence. Angela Bassett does a great performance as well showing the sides of a mother suffering the loss of her son, and how she uses that information to try and help the drowning girl. I also liked seeing some old veterans including Paul McCrane return as Dr. Romano and Laura Innes return as Dr. Weaver (Yep she's back with the cane), Jerry return as well, and a couple of other secondary characters including the mysterious Mullet man return once again. Overall a great episode and Anthony Edwards doesn't miss a beat, and definitely deserves an Emmy Nod or something. The writing was amazing, the directing was great, and the scene with Dr. Greene comforting Banfield, it's as great as anything ever in ER's long history. The ending in Chicago is pretty special as well. A really good episode.moreless
  • Excellent, excellent, excellent. Very well written. We saw a lot, we learned a lot. Now, we know Dr. Cate Banfield. Although she was already a doctor, she couldn't save her son. She has so many repressed feelings...moreless

    10
    That's why she work the hell to save that little girl. And the edition of this episode was great. That's constantly change between Banfield's flashback with the beloved Dr. Mark Greene trying to save her son and her present patient (the little girl), how much she learned from Dr. Greene and use that knowledge to help that girl and confort her parents, was simply marvelous. The writers care very well about the details. You saw a Dr. Greene in the time when he was just sick with cancer, when he was about to die, but also you saw the same caring and very well bed-side-manner doctor that he was. It was very refreshing to see Dr. Greene again. And to see Dr. Romano with his characteristic way of talking, and Dr. Kerry Weaver was a pleasant surprise. I was very emotional with this episode, was very tearjerker to me.



    I hope they give us again episode like this in this last season. I enjoy it a lot. That's why a gave it a 10.moreless
  • Pure Perfection

    10
    I only registered on this forum to comment on this episodue. I have been watching the show from the very beginning. It was fantastic but after the death of Greene it declined and was rather uninspired in the last seasons. Jumping the shark by some obscurely construced deaths of the cast members etc. Not the ER I fell in love with 14 years ago. The more I was surprised by this episodue. It was simply incredible, I would rate it 100 stars if possible. It was exactly the reason why I loved the show for such a long time. There cannot be more drama and emotion in 40 minutes. When Greene opened the door of the ambulance car I literally felt the goose bumps. Crichton died before the airing, the flashbacks with the old crew, no explosions or helicopter crashes. Just pure drama that does not need any "Hollywood special effects".



    Together with "Loves Labour Lost" of season 1 this is the one episodue that I will never forget.moreless
  • It was a very touching episode

    10
    I'm so happy the writers decided to bring back Dr. Greene in the final season of ER. ER has not been the same since all the beginning characters left the show. At the final season, it was great to see some of the old faces back in the ER. This episode was very touching where you see Dr. Greene help a child. It reminded me of all the episode Dr. Greene was in where is was a leader in his profession. It brought out character and strength and sincerity and general kindness. I was very touch to see Anthony Edwards back for this episode. Tears came down my face throughout this episode because it reminded me that Dr. Greene eventually dies and how sad that was. It brought back alot of memories of the old ER episodes. Thank you to all the writers for this episode since it will be an episode I will never forget.moreless
Parminder Nagra

Parminder Nagra

Dr. Neela Rasgotra

John Stamos

John Stamos

Dr. Tony Gates

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

David Lyons

David Lyons

Dr. Simon Brenner

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

Dr. Cate Banfield

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Guest Star

Paul McCrane

Paul McCrane

Dr. Robert Romano

Guest Star

Monique Gabriela Curnen

Monique Gabriela Curnen

Nurse Blanca Alvarado

Guest Star

Leland Orser

Leland Orser

Dr. Lucien Dubenko

Recurring Role

Troy Evans

Troy Evans

Frank Martin

Recurring Role

Julian Morris

Julian Morris

Dr. Andrew Wade

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (Andrew is rattling off Bertha's many conditions and complaints)
      Neela: Let's just stick to the thyroid, Dr. Wade. That's what we're here for.
      Bertha: I'm with you, Bollywood!

    • Gates: Dr. Banfield, I get this whole tough boss thing, and it works for you. It really does. But cut me some slack. I need your help. (she looks at him for a long moment, then signs the MRI order)

    • (Andrew is deeply shaken after Bertha bleeds out)
      Banfield: There's no way to be ready for something like this, but in the end it'll make you a better doctor. You can't be a great doctor until you've killed a patient.
      Andrew: I've heard that before, and it's a cold rationalization.

    • Greene: Listen! I need you to be the mom now, okay? And I'll be the doctor. It works best that way.
      Russell Banfield: He's right.
      Cate Banfield: Where's the Chief? Who's running the floor?
      Greene: I am, and I've been doing this job for a while. So you need to trust me.

    • Russell Banfield: You said this was a fever. You said he didn't need anything!
      Cate Banfield: Ninety-nine out of a hundred times...
      Russell Banfield: (interrupting) Stop talking like a doctor. That's our son, dammit!

    • Greene: I know, uhm, nothing I can say will probably mean much to you right now, but I've seen enough grief in my life to (pause) know how devastating it can be (long pause) how hard it can be to find the resilience...

    • (in the doctor's lounge)
      Morris Those are the ones you never forget. (walks over to the couch with a beer in his hand) I keep a secret stash in the back of the fridge, crack one open when something really amazing happens. (he opens the beer) In five years here, this is, like, the third one I've drunk.
      Banfield: One beer every twenty months I can overlook.

    • Morris: So, forgive me for asking, but what happened in there? Something changed.
      Banfield: The situation evolved.
      Morris: (after a long pause) It was a kid, right? We all have one; some case you blew, patient you should have saved. Yours was a kid.
      Banfield: Yeah.
      Morris: How old?
      Banfield: He was five years old.
      Morris: Those are the worst.
      Banfield: He was my son. He died here, (there's a look of shock on Morris' face) in Trauma 1.
      Morris: (astonished) Your son died in this ER (pauses) and you're working here?
      Banfield: (awkwardly) I'm not sure why I've done anything I've done since that day. Why'd I not leave my apartment for almost two years? Then I see the news about the tsunami, and I fly to a place ten thousand miles away. Why'd I do that? (genuinely perplexed) Why'd I come back? (pause, then with bitterness) Why did my son have leukemia? I never understood any of it.

    • Cate: I used to think every day that, if God told me I could die and go to heaven and be with Daryl, I would do it. (pause) I wondered if that made me an awful person (another pause) that I'd give up my life with you, give up everything we could still have in the future. (long pause) I never really (hwsitates) got away from the feeling like I need to be with him, dreaming of him. Never got away from the idea, that somehow I'd be able to hold him again. (she pictures him, outside on a beautiful, sunny day, running towards her, into her arms, and they are both smiling, laughing, joyful) I've, I've been so afraid for so long. I don't want to be... afraid... anymore. (she breaks down and cries softly, Russell gently comforting her)

    • Banfield: When your parents are gone, you're an orphan. Spouse dies, you're a widow or widower. But when you lose your baby (long, painful pause; and then almost whispered) there's no word for that.

    • Greene: (to Banfield) Welcome to County General. I'm Dr. Greene. Are you the mom?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Not only do former ER cast members reprise their roles in this episode, the old opening title-card is used after having been abandoned at the beginning of Season 13. However, the opening sequence used after the title card appears is the current one.

    • At the end of the episode there is a dedication that reads "Sheldon Zabel, in loving memory." Sheldon A. Zabel, a leading environmental lawyer who lived and worked in Chicago, Illinois, passed away on October 17, 2008. He was the uncle of David Zabel, an executive producer of the series who has also written and directed many ER episodes, including this one.

    • Anthony Edwards reprises his role of Dr. Mark Greene more than six years after his last appearance on the series, in the Season 8 episode "On The Beach." He is listed first in the main cast credits, rather than being credited as making a special appearance, or as a special or regular guest star.

    • Although listed in the opening credits, David Lyons does not appear in this episode.

    • After the old ER title card is shown, Eriq La Salle appears to speak about the death of Michael Crichton. After introducing himself, he says: "This past week we lost the creator of our show, Michael Crichton. He was a true gentleman, gracious and witty, a brilliant writer, intelligent and unfailingly kind. Most of all, Michael was a good friend. We'll miss him."

    • Laura Innes (Dr. Kerry Weaver), Paul McCrane (Dr. Robert Romano) and Abraham Benrubi (Jerry) reprise their previous roles in this episode. Each is credited as making a "Special Appearance."

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Bertha: (to Neela) I'm with you, Bollywood!
      Bollywood, a blend of the words Bombay and Hollywood, refers to the Indian film industry located in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay).

    • Title: "Heal Thyself"
      The title of this episode is a reference to a proverb found in Luke 4:23. It appeared on the screen just before the title: "Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country."

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