Season 8 Episode 10

I'll Be Home for Christmas

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Dec 13, 2001 on NBC

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  • So Long Doctor Benton!

    In Eriq La Salle's last full time episode, he makes a cameo in two other episodes. His character of Peter Benton is sort of in the same situation Julianna Marguiles was a few years back, he is in the crossroads of his life, Cleo is gone to Schaumburg and well he is in serious jeopardy of losing his son Reese to his ex-wife's husband Roger. Things are certainly turning bad for Doctor Benton. Eventually the Court rules that Benton works to much and has to quit his hours to take care of his son. So Benton tries to talk it out with Romano, who being the selfish jerk doesn't give Benton what he needs. So Peter quits the ER, and while working on his last surgery with Corday he pulls off an amazing miraculous save on a gunshot victim before signing out for the last time and staring at Romano without saying a word. Eventually Benton moves to Schaumburg and settles down with Cleo and his son Reese, and in the final scene an ode to the first 3 seasons, Benton encounters Carter who gives him a subway token as they hug and Carter tells Benton, "Peter because of you I'm a good Doctor." to which Benton replies, "No, You're Not. Keep Trying." Good episode, Eriq La Salle was an underrated and great force in ER. See Ya Doctor Benton.