ER

Season 4 Episode 21

Suffer the Little Children

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM May 07, 1998 on NBC
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A televangelist broadcasts from inside the ER. Doug, with Carol's help, attempts a rapid detox of Josh McNeal, the methadone addicted infant, instead of returning him to his mother. Dr. Max Rosher, Del Amico's old boyfriend, is at County conducting a feasibility study for a pediatric ward in the ER. Jeanie begins exhibiting pneumonia-like symptoms. Romano realizes Benton and Corday are together.moreless

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  • Doug tries to help.. but it does not end up so well

    9.3
    Doug is trying to help to detox a baby who is addictive to heroine and mother uses him to get the medicine. So, Doug tries to help the baby and get over his addiction but has to do it in secret. Carol is helping and in the end they are discovered and Weaver is very mad. But Doug believes what he does. Does it help or make his position better?



    Jeanie is feeling not well and she is worrying. Weaver is trying to support her. I started to worry about Jeanie too. She has been trough rough time lately.



    Those little children... all episode is fill with coming child patiences. Some quite bad...



    A wonderful intrigue to solve in season's finale.moreless
  • In a seemingly busy day in the ER, Doug Ross performs a rapid detox on a young baby named Josh McNeal only to feel the wrath of his supervisors. Great episode!moreless

    9.8
    This is pretty much a typical ER episode but the part that really stands out in the episode is Doug Ross and the little baby Josh McNeal. Now this baby is a heroin addicted baby because the mother is a heroin addict. So Ross tries to take matters into his own hands and take the baby and do an Ultra-rapid detox on the baby. Now Family Services doesn't approve on what Ross is doing but he manages to hide the baby away long enough to perform an procedure taking nearly an entire day. With Carol Hathaway's help he prepares the procedure until Dr. Greene discovers what's going on and pretty much yells at Doug and tell Weaver about the procedure. Overall this is a good episode, because it's interesting to see how different the styles of Ross and Greene are and how Ross is a maverick willing to break the rules while Greene is an almost by the rules Doctor. The ending is pretty good to and should have been the Season Finale instead of the previous episode. If anything it pretty much marks the beginning of the end of Dr. Doug Ross. Good episodemoreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Dr. Mark Greene

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

Gary Grubbs

Gary Grubbs

Emmit Chambliss

Guest Star

Taylor Nichols

Taylor Nichols

Unknown

Guest Star

Kenneth Tigar

Kenneth Tigar

Dr. Keinholz

Guest Star

Ellen Crawford

Ellen Crawford

Lydia

Recurring Role

Erica Gimpel

Erica Gimpel

Adele Newman

Recurring Role

Sam Vlahos

Sam Vlahos

Pablo

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Benton: (to Elizabeth) You know, I've never met anybody that makes me laugh or blush, or whatever, the way you do. I-- I'm trying to work through this. You gotta trust me, all right? (she nods)

    • Carter: (about Max) You want me to like him?
      Anna: I just don't want you to judge him from things I've said in the past.
      Carter: Sounds like you guys are already back together.
      Anna: I don't know about that. Honestly, I don't.
      Carter: Where is he now?
      Anna: My place.

    • Greene: You lied to me, Doug. You looked me right in the eye and lied to me.

  • NOTES (2)

    • 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.

    • Swoosie Kurtz (Tina Marie Chambliss) received an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Actress category for her work in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Title: "Suffer the Little Children"
      The title of this episode comes from a passage in the Bible: "And they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them: and His disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:13–14)

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