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Season 7 Episode 9

The Greatest of Gifts

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Dec 14, 2000 on NBC
8.7
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During labor Chen has second thoughts about giving her baby up for adoption, a decision complicated by the adoptive parents' presence at the hospital. With an enormous lack of sleep, Carter is called back to County to act as Chen's coach, and is later tempted to use Vicodin to take the edge off. Finch and Benton encounter trouble trying to keep Kynesha hidden from a gang. Benton comforts a little girl who is feeling used by her parents. Legaspi plants a kiss on Weaver. Greene and Corday spend the day in New York seeking help for his brain tumor. Weaver has the hiccups throughout the entire episode, trying several suggestions to stop them.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Look for hope...

    8.6
    Cordey and Greene are on New York for second opinion on Mark's cancer and despite Mark negative thoughts and the conversation Cordey over hears, there will be operation and they promised extra time for Mark.



    On the same time, they are not the only one looking for hope. Benton finds a little girl whose parents are using her to help her sister who has leukemia. After conversation with girl's mother who has no troubles telling that they might have get her earlier than they planned as they needed donor for the other kid. And there is nothing he can do.



    Chen is on labor and then has second thoughts about giving up the baby.moreless
  • Greene and Corday look for hope in Nyc, Chen gives birth and hands the baby over to his adoptive parents whilst Carter relapses.

    8.9
    Mark and Elizabeth visited New York in the hope of a miracle whilst talking about their future. TV is such a bummer at times all the good characters get disasters hitting them it sucks , Greene just has that kind of funny sarcastic charm that makes him such an in-depth character. Glad to see someone has some compassion in that place they went to, it was starting to annoy me that most of them seemed interested in learning something from his case rather then helping. Refreshing to see Burke give a different spin on things.

    Chen gave birth and found it difficult to first acknowledge the fact she had a son then found it difficult to give him to his adoptive parents. In then end I think she realised Michael had a better chance with adoptive parents rather then her on her own. Carter relapsed on the whole drug problem by taking vicodin but then took control by reneging. A moment of weakness I guess but without Abby there to help I wonder what he would have done; coaxed himself into more depression resulting in further drug abuse I guess we’ll never know…



    Awesome as usual..!moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Anthony Edwards (I)

Anthony Edwards (I)

Dr. Mark Greene

Erik Palladino

Erik Palladino

Dr. Dave Malucci

Eriq La Salle

Eriq La Salle

Dr. Peter Benton

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Nurse Abby Lockhart

Dwayne Adway

Dwayne Adway

James Reed

Guest Star

Kari Coleman

Kari Coleman

Unknown

Guest Star

Toy Connor

Toy Connor

Kynesha

Guest Star

Amy Aquino

Amy Aquino

Dr. Janet Coburn

Recurring Role

Yvette Freeman

Yvette Freeman

Haleh

Recurring Role

Lily Mariye

Lily Mariye

Lily

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Mark and Elizabeth are in New York, they visit a skating rink that Mark reminisces was where his dad taught him to skate backwards. However, in the Season 2 episode "It's Not Easy Being Greene," Mark tells Susan that he doesn't know how to skate.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Kim: I don't need any more friends.
      Kerry: Oh. Okay, okay, I understand.
      Kim: Do you?
      Kerry: No. I like you and I respect you, and I thought we were really hitting it off.
      Kim: Well, that's the problem. You're straight and I'm not. And I've done this before and it didn't work out and I am not going to do it again.
      Kerry: Yeah, but I am not asking for that from you. I mean, we're comfortable together, we have a lot in common, we have fun together. (Kim suddenly kisses Kerry, who pulls away)
      Kim: That's why I can't be your friend, Kerry.

    • Mark: You didn't sign up for this though.
      Elizabeth: It's called marriage, Mark.
      Mark: We're not married yet.
      Elizabeth: You really believe that? (long pause as they look at each other) Didn't think so.

    • Chen: I'm being selfish. I have the money to raise him. There's no reason why I can't.
      Carter: There's a couple out there who desperately want to raise a child and you're giving them a great gift.
      Chen: What happens, eighteen years from now, when he shows up looking for an explanation?
      Carter: Tell him the truth. You know, tell him that you wanted to provide the best home possible for him.
      Chen: Do I tell him I was a coward? That my bigoted parents were more important to me than he was?
      Carter: Well, I think that you've got to take your family out of this. Now, if you want to keep the baby, keep the baby. But if you don't, or you can't, then you want to make sure that he goes to somebody that's going to love him, who's going to want him, and know that you're not abandoning your baby--you're creating a family.

    • Greene: Elizabeth?
      Elizabeth: Mmm...
      Greene: You'll have the baby either way?
      Elizabeth: What?
      Greene: If that man comes out of that room and he tells me he can't do anything... That there's, eh, no way I can beat it... Will you still have the baby?
      Elizabeth: Yes.

    • Mark: I can't believe they call it a tumor board.
      Elizabeth: Why? They discuss tumors.
      Mark: No, but you'd think they could come up with something a little more aesthetic.
      Elizabeth: Like what?
      Mark: I don't know. Er, "You're Completely Boned" board.
      Elizabeth: I heard they used to call it the "Poor Bastard" board ,but too many people were showing up.
      Mark: Someone told me that they tried the "Take Me Out Back and Shoot Me Now" board for a while.
      Elizabeth: What, didn't stick?
      Mark: No, surprisingly.
      Elizabeth: Why not?
      Mark: Too many letters, I guess.
      Elizabeth: Mmm, pity.

    • Nurse 1: We keep all post pardum mothers for 24 hours.
      Chen: Well, I'm not a mother.
      Nurse 2: I suggested she see the baby.
      Chen: John, can we leave, please?
      Carter: I think they observe you for a reason, Deb. I think you should sit down and relax.
      Chen: Well, I'll come back for a blood test.
      Nurse: Don't run away from this Jing-Mei. It's better for the adoptive parents, better for you, if you meet your son, hold him, say goodbye.
      Chen: I don't think I can.
      Nurse 2: Can what?
      Chen: Say goodbye.

    • Coburn: It's a boy, nice and healthy. Do you want to hold him?
      Chen: No.
      Coburn: You sure?
      Chen: Yes.

    • Adoptive Mother: Is she changing her mind...about, about giving the baby up for adoption?
      Carter: No, I think she's a little embarrassed. She just wants a little privacy.
      Adoptive Father: Look, we really wanted to be there for the birth of our son.
      Carter: I'll bring him right out to you, I promise.

    • (To Mark)
      Elizabeth: You've seen enough patients in your time overcome illnesses they shouldn't have to understand the importance of a positive outlook. Now you have to believe it's possible!

    • Greene: The kid with the red hat...
      Elizabeth: What about him?
      Mark: I saw another kid wearing that exact hat three weeks ago. I was buying groceries for Thanksgiving dinner, now I'm in New York waiting for a miracle.
      Elizabeth: Maybe it's a sign.
      Mark: Either that or the Grim Reaper wears a red hat.

    • (About to give birth)
      Jing-Mei: You know I thought I could do this myself, but I can't, I can't!
      Carter: Hey, it's okay, you don't have to.

    • Weaver: I'm desperate, now I'm listening to Randi!

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