ER

Season 1 Episode 12

Luck of the Draw

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 12, 1995 on NBC
8.6
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Carter trains Benton's new med student, Deb Chen, while Carol has her hands full with an emotionally challenged patient who's obsessed with colors. A sociologist provokes people so he can measure their reaction times for a study. Kayson brings charges against Susan in the Vennerbeck death, leading Morgenstern to question her assertiveness. Benton and Walt hunt for Peter's missing mother.moreless

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  • how many things can happen?

    8.0
    This was somehow vice versa episode. On one point it was very sad and the way Susan was treated - like she is noone and cannot do anything. And even Mark. I have not seen that she had troubles with Bentont but.. It's not good for her. And the way she is cutting herself out of others - no good can come put of it.



    And also the storyline with father who has given everything from him for two years and cannot take it anymore. It was moving.



    But on the other hand - all the fun in the end, the sociologist and Deb.. poor Carter.. it was like totally different kind. More laughter, little humor..moreless
  • The ER gets a new med student, a bodypacker is brought in, Greene is in the doghouse with Lewis. A great episode to add to the ER list.

    9.0
    This episode introduces Deb Chen, a Chinese med student assigned to Dr. Benton. Benton, who is busy with the OR, has Carter break in Deb. I find it neat that Deb is the only person in the ER who calls Carter by his first name: "John." When she says she doesn't know how to start an IV, Carter says the exact same thing Benton said to him in the pilot episode. This shows the development of Carter's education from Benton. While learning, Deb goes through a couple of humorous mishaps. She gets her hand stuck while performing a rectal, and she accidentally shocks Carter with a defibrillator. But we see, in later episodes, that Deb is very competent after learning the small stuff. Next, Greene examines a body packer from Bolivia carrying over one hundred condoms of cocaine in his belly. Meanwhile, Lewis, still in trouble after the wrongful of a patient, gets angry when Greene tells her that Morgenstern has him cosigning her charts. After work, we see many of the staff at Doc Magoo's hanging out. Hathaway announces her wedding date and everybody discusses the recent lottery.moreless
John Marshall Jones

John Marshall Jones

Mr. Gaither

Guest Star

Neil Giuntoli

Neil Giuntoli

Alan

Guest Star

John Doolittle

John Doolittle

Unknown

Guest Star

Glenn Plummer

Glenn Plummer

Timmy

Recurring Role

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Dr. Jack Kayson

Recurring Role

Ving Rhames

Ving Rhames

Walt

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, we learn more about Doug Ross's mysterious son. He is 8 years old, and Doug only knows that he exists: he doesn't know his name and has never seen what he looks like.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Susan: (talking about Morgenstern) What'd you say?
      Mark: I told him that Kayson gives you a hard time.
      Susan: And?
      Mark: And the way he rides you, it's no wonder this happened.
      Susan: And?
      Mark: And when you go head-to head with strong guys like Benton and Kayson... you tend to back down.
      Susan: Son of a bitch!

    • (Chen is conducting her first a rectal examination)
      Carter: How's it going in there, Deb?
      Chen: I'm stuck.
      Carter: Deb?
      Chen: Yes?
      Carter: Did you use a lubricant?
      Chen: Was I supposed to?

    • (Carter is "breaking in" Benton's new med student, Deb Chen)
      Carter: We work Benton's hours. Sleep when he sleeps, which is practically never. We've been on call since yesterday morning and he hasn't even sat down yet. This is one of four IV carts. Most patients get an IV the second they come through the door. Angiocath, 16-needle. Large bore if they're bleeding. You know how to start an IV, right?
      Chen: Yeah. Oh, actually, no.
      Carter: I thought you were third year?
      Greene: Carter.
      Carter: Yeah?
      Greene: We got a body packer in Four. Work him up: KUB, drug screen, urinalysis...
      Carter: (to Chen) You ever do a urinalysis?
      Chen: (shakes head) Uh-uh.
      Greene: Carter.
      Carter: Yeah?
      Greene: Do a rectal.
      Carter: (to Chen) This is your lucky day.

  • NOTES (1)

    • In this episode Ming-Na makes her first appearance as Deb Chen. She would be a recurring guest star for the remainder of the season. Later on, in the Season 6 episode "Family Matters," she would join the main cast and remain on the series for four years, making her final appearance as a series regular in the Season 11 episode "Twas the Night."

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