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Season 5 Episode 21

Responsible Parties

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM May 13, 1999 on NBC
8.8
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The ER docs tend to three teenagers who were in an accident on the way to their senior prom. Lucy comes into the ER to work but is extremely tired. Greene and Carter treat the most severely injured, a boy suffering from third degree burns over 80% of his body. Benton receives the ER trauma fellowship. Carter becomes slightly suspicous when Lucy picks up randomly. Carol finally tells Doug about her pregnancy; Kerry also figures it out. Mark and Elizabeth draw closer. Carter later overhears Randi telling Lucy that her prescription is ready, he questions her and accuses her of been on speed, Lucy confesses she has taken Ritalin for ADHD since the 5th grade. Carter objects and recommends that she stops immediately as she is 24 and shouldn't be taking medicine for hyperactive children. Lucy tells Carter she will think about it but he shouldn't interfere in her business. "FBI agents" bring in a shot stripper. Carter removes a live cockroach from a patient's ear and freaks-out.moreless

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  • Mark and Elizabeth get chummy.Lucy comes in very tired to work.One of the nurses is flirting hot and heavy with Carter.Romano warns Kerry to not poach any more of his surgeons.G-men with shot hooker.Alcohol+teens+prom+driving=disaster!moreless

    8.7
    G-men are a little overdone but then they kinda are in real life and in the cinema too. The badly-burnt teen scene was gut -wrenching. i knew he was going to die when they brought him in even though he didn't seem that bad but he went downhill fast. The prognosis is grim when you have full-thickness burns (3rd degree) over 20% of the body and he had them over 80% of his body. The scene where he talks to his parents on the phone for the last time before he's iontubated is what made this a tear-jerker.This show does do a pretty good job on most of the medical stuff in the 15 or so episodes that I've watched thus far. Mark and Elizabeth's relationship is deepening. Will go from friends/colleagues to romance probably pretty soon. They are both pretty cool characters on this show especially Mark. Carter getting freaked out and then squashing the cockroach that was in theat lady's ear was pretty cool. She gave him this look like ..."My hero!"...as he walks out of the room with the guts squishing on his loafers. Benton gets the trauma fellowship, which sucks. His character is one of the few that I am not really into so far. he's kind of arrogant and somewhat one-dimensional. Only the interaction with his son seems to somewhat humanize his otherwise flat character. I thought Chuny was hot for Carter but I guess she was just trying to fix up one of her friends. I was little puzzled by Carter's reaction to Lucy being on the ritalin. She probably is abusing it but it is routinely prescribed to adults. Maybe it shouldn't be but it's not unusual. Romano is really insulted by Benson thaking that fellowship. Elizabeth makes a play for it. Mark comforts Carol after her phone call to tell Doug about her pregnancy,. Good scene.moreless
  • Most beautiful telephone call ever made on ER...

    9.5
    This was beautiful.. almost making me cry. The bitter aftermath of Carol's and Doug's romance. She is taking all her courage to make that call and tell him and on the last scenes we see how it turned out. But she is just so strong and comes out everything. The way she acts - I really admire her strength.



    The other main storyline focus on four (three, to be honest, as we did not find out what happened to Melissa) car accident victims. Teenagers going to prom. One of them is brave and saves his friend from burning car but he is so badly burned and there is almost no hope to survive. Reminds me somehow the guy from season 2 - the friend of Carol's boyfriend who was also badly burned. The burn victim's sister is also on the car and she has some problems with movement. They operate her but it does not get better - only worser. This episode had the excitement, emotional side, tears and was moving. They really have the season ending up and doing it a way worth to remember.moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Dr. Mark Greene

Eriq La Salle

Eriq La Salle

Dr. Peter Benton

Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies

Nurse Carol Hathaway

Kellie Martin

Kellie Martin

Lucy Knight

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Moira Walley

Moira Walley

Andrea Brodoff

Guest Star

Vaughn Armstrong

Vaughn Armstrong

Unknown

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Stephanie Dunnam

Stephanie Dunnam

Dr. McLucas

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Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi

Jerry

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Ellen Crawford

Ellen Crawford

Lydia

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Yvette Freeman

Yvette Freeman

Haleh

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