Season 1 Episode 4

Into That Good Night

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 13, 1994 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A business supplies salesman in dire need of a heart transplant gathers his family around him in the ER as he prepares for the end. Doug helps an asthmatic teenage girl obtain needed medication when her mother is unable to afford it. Carter worries that he may have contracted an STD. Susan treats a teenager with alcohol poisoning. Jenn prepares to move to Milwaukee and start her new job.moreless

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  • A heart moving story of man who needs heart..

    It was so beautiful episode - the way the story was so many layered, complex but still catching and able to sympathize. The way it affected Mark. It was just so beautiful. The beauty of this episode was the complex story and how we from time to time learn more about that man. How he first is just another patient but comes more and more close to the staff and us as a viewer when story develops. The last scenes - the good bye with his family and that little girl asking Mark why he cannot fix him. I cried. Oh, how long have I waited for something that would make me cry - move me so much. This episode really did it. It was just beautiful.. so beautiful..moreless
  • A man named Sam Gasner comes into the ER, in desperate need of a heart.

    This episode is one of the saddest in all of ER.

    A man named Sam Gasner comes in, in need of a heart transplant immediately. He will not make it through the night without the transplant. Fearing the worst "Do I look like I'm stupid, doc? You versus God. We know who wins." he calls his wife and daughter in Cleveland, because he was in Chicago for a convention.

    The saddest part by far was when Sam talked to his daughter. His daughter then asked Dr. Greene "Why can't you fix him?" in what may be the saddest child-crying scene in the history of television.

    Ross helps a young girl with her asthma by buying her medications while the mom attempts to get on Medicaid. It was nice to see how devoted Dr. Ross was to his patients.

    Susan treats a college student who has drank too much. It was nice to see this case, and see Susan teach the kid a lesson!moreless
  • Why Can't you Fix Him?

    "Why can't you fix him?" A quote from patient Sam's daughter, to Mark. I think that sums it all up. If you like to cry during a drama, this is a good episode for you.

    The girl who played this part, delivered that line better than anybody possibly could. She says it with such sadness and anger. I'm sure Mark wanted to find a hole to crawl into at that point. Any story line that involves a person dying at a young age it a tough one. The reaction from the family, especially a child: All I can say is Wow.

    Doug spends his own money and his own time to buy asthma medicine for a girl, whose mom cannot afford it. We start to see who Doug really is. He cares for his patients a lot, and will give of himself to see them get better. Especially the children, which is why he probably became a pediatrician.

    This was a great overall episode for both Mark and Doug.moreless
Alan Rosenberg

Alan Rosenberg

Sam Gasner

Guest Star

Kimberly Scott

Kimberly Scott

Sandy's Mother

Guest Star

Cathy Lind Hayes

Cathy Lind Hayes

Elaine Gasner

Guest Star

Christine Harnos

Christine Harnos

Jenn Greene

Recurring Role

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi


Recurring Role

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Dr. Jack Kayson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • From a cryptic exchange between Doug and Susan we learn Doug's age. He mentions that it is the same as that of former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg upon Sandberg's retirement, and Mozart's at the time of the composer's death; Doug is 35 years old.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Doug: Seven inches taller, I would have been a contender.

    • Sam Gasner: You feel crummy waiting around for a kid to smash up his car so you can get his heart.

    • (Mark is on the phone with his wife; Susan, Doug and Carol are standing next to him)
      Mark: Jenn, I can't get out. I've got two residents on double shifts. I'll be home before Rachel goes to bed.
      Susan: (to Doug and Carol) Tell Mark to go see his wife.
      Doug: Go see your wife.
      Mark: (still on the phone) Why can't you tell me over the phone?
      Doug: Hey, hang on. (he takes the phone from Mark) Jenn? Hi, it's Doug. Can you hang on a second? (he puts the phone down and turns to Mark) We can survive without you. (he gives the phone back to him)
      Mark: (to Jenn) I'll meet you there, alright? Bye. Thank you. I know you can survive without me.

    • (Benton is listening to something on his Walkman)
      Carter: What are you listening to?
      Benton: (with seriousness) Snoop Doggy Dogg.
      Susan: "Trends in Cardiac Surgery, Volume II."

    • Doug: Good morning, Susan.
      Susan: It's afternoon.
      Doug: I knew that.
      Susan: Your brain's rotted.

    • Doug: Where's Benton?
      Haleh: Am I his travel agent?

    • Carol: Doug, they called from Neonatal if you want to take a look at the Niemeyer preemie. He's going to be okay.
      Ross: God smiled on him.
      Carol: Since when do you believe in God?
      Ross: Well, I've been contemplating my insignificance in the universe.
      Carol: I thought you were the center of the universe.
      Ross: Not always.

    • Ivan Gregor: In Russia, it's crazy. You need case of vodka to get good doctor. God bless America.

    • Jerry: Will you look at this board?
      Carol: Don't worry. It'll get quieter later.
      Jerry: Uh, don't say the "q" word. You'll start a stampede.

    • Sam Gasner: How's your heart?
      Mark: Pretty good shape.
      Sam Gasner: Want to lend it to me for the weekend? Nah, you got better things to do with it. Do 'em all. You never know when you'll get the chance.

    • Carter: (about Benton) What's he doing?
      Susan: Practicing one-handed knots. He'd do it with his teeth if he could.
      Benton: No, I wouldn't. You can't wear a glove on your teeth.

    • (paramedics have just brought in Sam Gasner)
      Greene: I thought this guy was in full arrest.
      Gasner: I was, until they fried my chest hairs.

    • Doug: (to Carter) Read books of diseases, you start thinking you have them.

    • Sarah: My mom says my dad's gonna die.
      Greene: Yes, he is.
      Sarah: Why can't you fix him?
      Greene: We can't fix everything.

    • Doug: Old company saying, Carter--don't dip your pen in the company ink.

    • Susan: At your age, Ryne Sandberg was retired.
      Doug: At my age, Mozart was dead.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Susan: At your age, Ryne Sandberg was retired.
      Doug: At my age, Mozart was dead.
      Ryne Sandberg, a former second baseman for the Chicago Cubs, retired from Major League Baseball in 1994 at the age of thirty-five. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a tremendously prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, died in 1791 at the age of thirty-five.

    • Title: "Into That Good Night"
      The episode title comes from the Dylan Thomas poem "Do not go gentle into that good night."