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Season 2 Episode 14

The Right Thing

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 08, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Benton decides to blow the whistle on Vucelich's unethical study methods, causing Vucelich to drop him from the study. Susan treats a street couple, one of whom has passed HIV to the other. Doug receives a visit from his estranged father. Carter spreads rumors about an affair between Mark and Susan. Mark buys a motorcycle. Mark tells Loretta that she has cervical cancer. Carter shows up at Ruby's late wife's funeral. Ruby was not impressed.moreless

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  • A true reflection...

    It's easy to speak of others, attitudes criticize, judge, have a false idea of someone. But when the situation is ours, we must resolve, the thing changes the picture. Not everybody can do the right thing. It really is very hard to do. Without doubt, an excellent episode. Brings a very interesting discussion.

    In addition to decisions and do the right thing, this episode also shows some of the difficulties and human weaknesses, such as a poorly placed phrase can turn rumor. Will a new pair will emerge? I hope things start to heat up. One memorable episode. No more.moreless
  • Trying to fix the previous mistakes

    I would not say that it was the best episode or way moving - it was quite average from the tempo and the stories but why it stood out - all those "average" things were just so well served and so nicely presented.

    We all want to do the right things, aren't we? I think the same thoughts were on Benton's and Carter's mind.

    I enjoyed the Benton's struggle for the truth. He proved himself as a man who cares more about the right thing than about his personal profit. And those few persons - they are worth all the admiration we can offer.

    And Carter.. I think it was not easy for him to come there and say those words, but it was the right thing and I am sure.. oneday that man will also understand it. It is hard in grief to see the intentions of other person, but I am sure - it was benefiting for both of them. Maybe just for understanding it is time to let it go.moreless
  • This episode was a definitive one.

    This is a great episode. This is one of the many great episodes by an excellent TV show. When I first saw this episode I was stunned. It was very touching. The way that the show ends with the conversation between Benton and his brother in law was a good touch. It tied in perfectly with the title and was not corny like a lot of others shows. The acting all around was once again great. Even from the supporting characters. The directing was top notch and the script was well written. It was just another example of why I love this show. If you've never watched ER before, you will after this episode.moreless
  • Would you do the right thing?

    Up to this point, I think that Dr Vucelich has been a real jerk and acted unethically. Having seen the next few episodes, I know that this will change. I think it's clear that Dr Vucelich's study was unethical and it really looks like he's trying to cover it up. Dr Benton is faced with a difficult decision about how to handle it and it's another great example of a dilemma on ER. Should Peter report Dr Vucelich or not? The birthday storyline is also fascinating, it appears to be 10 years ahead of it's time in ER with Doug and his dad. The boy with the llama bite is another case of a patient that hits very close to home for a doctor, because Doug see's that they have similar relationships with their dads.moreless
Dean Cameron

Dean Cameron


Guest Star

Micole Mercurio

Micole Mercurio

Marguerite Janeway

Guest Star

Mark Pellegrino

Mark Pellegrino


Guest Star

Red Buttons

Red Buttons

Mr. Rubadoux

Recurring Role

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi


Recurring Role

Mary Mara

Mary Mara

Loretta Sweet

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Benton and Vucelich are talking in the lounge, they stand in front of a locker with the name "L Gentile" on it, honoring Dr. Lance Gentile, a writer, director, technical advisor, and producer of ER.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Susan: My car's in the shop. I drop Susie off at my parents. Meet up with you to go Tequila shopping and all of a sudden we're having a torrid affair.
      Mark: Who said it was torrid?
      Susan: No one. I'm just assuming it would be. (Marks looks at her) That's not what I meant.
      Mark: That's okay. I know what you meant. I'm sure it would be, too. Why wouldn't it be?
      Susan: No reason at all. (long stare)

    • (after Mrs. Rubadoux's funeral ceremony
      Carter: Mr. Rubadoux, I'm very sorry about your wife. I made a mistake. Not in the way I treated her, but in the way I treated you. I wasn't honest, wasn't fair. I was wrong and I am very, very sorry.
      Ruby: This day isn't about you, Mr. Carter.

    • Susan: Boy, when they made you stupid, they made you really stupid.
      Angel: Ha. That's the only funny thing I've heard all day.

    • Lewis: (to Carter) You know, when you first got here, we were a little concerned about you. You seemed to care too much. We're not worried about that anymore. What happened to you, Carter?

    • Ross: You know, you're my first llama bite in my entire pediatric career.

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