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Season 4 Episode 20

Of Past Regret and Future Fear

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 30, 1998 on NBC
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It's another busy day in the ER, as case after case comes through the doors. Hathaway comforts a burn victim in his dying hours. Carter and Anna struggle to understand a man afflicted with cerebral palsy. Dr. Ross deals with an infant's heroin addiction and its drug-addicted mother. Weaver cares for an elderly couple who may have AIDS. Peter and Elizabeth decide to keep their relationship a secret. Anna's old boyfriend comes to town. Romano asks Corday for a date.moreless

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  • Busy day but nothing too special

    6.8
    A exciting episode, full of action and interesting, diverse cases. The most moving one is definitely Carol's - she is staying with a man of chemical accident and he is dieing. He wants to see her daughter but the mother refuses. That brings back old memories to Carol.



    Elizabeth has to make hard decision and lies when Romano makes a move towards her but she is now involved with Benton. He is not taking that without complications too as his family seems to have problem with color.



    Ok.. Carter has a quite interesting case what shows well that communication can be take different way. And he makes up with her grandmother too. Even if she wants him not to be a doctor. Some more about Carter past too.



    Much action, little depth..moreless
  • underappreciated

    8.8
    For some reason this episode never gets the credit it deserves, it should be considered one of the best ever. It is very sad to see Mr Canterna dying and realizing that he has made mistakes with his life. I wonder what would have happened if his ex-wife would have brought in his daughter in to see him. Maybe it was better for her that she didn\'t see her dad. It was very tough for Carol because of her experience with her dad. I love the way that storyline was done, it was very sad. The rest of the episod was good also with the guy with cerebral palsy hit by a car and the introduction to the baby addicted to heroin.moreless
Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Dr. Mark Greene

Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

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

Stefan Gierasch

Stefan Gierasch

Daniel

Guest Star

Keith Bogart

Keith Bogart

Fall Victim

Guest Star

Tara Chocol

Tara Chocol

Vicki McNeal

Guest Star

Jorja Fox

Jorja Fox

Dr. Maggie Doyle

Recurring Role

Lisa Nicole Carson

Lisa Nicole Carson

Carla Reese

Recurring Role

Jonathan Scarfe

Jonathan Scarfe

Chase Carter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Carol takes the paramedic's call, she states that Mr. Canterna is 29, but when the paramedics bring him in, they say that he's 31.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Carol: After my father was gone, my mom used to go on and on about how you can never depend on men. Now she's head over heels and I'm the one holding back. How messed up is that?
      Doug: It keeps me on my toes.
      Carol: I say I want time but the truth is I'm scared to death of losing you.
      Doug: Well, don't be.
      Carol: I'm so sorry, Doug.
      Doug: Don't be.
      Carol: I love you.
      Doug: I love you, too.

    • Benton: (talking about Carla's boyfriend) He gets to spend all his time with Reece. How do I compete with that?
      Corday: You're his father, Peter. You don't have to compete.
      Benton: Then I thought I'd come and see you, but you had that lunch thing.
      Corday: Are you jealous? (he smiles) Well, you know, your instincts were right. Romano propositioned me.
      Benton: Are you serious? What did you say?
      Corday: I lied. I said I don't date colleagues. It's cowardly of me, I know.
      Benton: That's okay. I lied today, too.
      Corday: What, about me? (he nods) So much for a relationship without complications.

    • Romano: What kind of salad dressings do you have.
      Waitress: Cesar, ranch, Italian, low cal italian, blue cheese, honey mustard, oil and vinegar and poppy seed vinaigrette.
      Romano: I'll have the soup.

    • Doug: I told you, deep down, your mother likes me.
      Carol: Keep dreaming.

    • Carol: (reading from Mr. Canterna's letter) Dear Molly. You don't know me. I'm your father. I suppose I shouldn't even call myself that. You're the best thing I've done with my life. Leaving you was the worst. God knows I haven't done much for you while I was alive, but if there's a place called Heaven and they let me in, I promise to always look over you. Please forgive me. I'm sorry I never got to know you.

    • Chuny: Anna, are you the one who had the voodoo patient last week?
      Anny: Yeah. Is she back?
      Chuny: Yeah, exam 3. Chief complaint, "voodoo man has taken over my body."
      Anna: Wait a minute. This isn't the same one. My voodoo patient was 60-something.
      Carter: I had a voodoo patient last week.
      Chuny: Oh, no! Voodoo epidemic!

  • NOTES (2)

    • A real disabled actor with dystonia but called cp was used , Neil Marcus, who was picked by Anthony Edwards, who premiered as a director in this episode.

    • 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.

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