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  • Season 1 24 Hours

  • Goof: Mark Greene's wife is studying for a bar exam at the end of the month (March), but the Illinois bar exam is only offered in February and July.

  • When Carol is brought in to the ER after her overdose, she is treated aggressively but does not respond well, remaining in critical condition. Dr. Morgenstern and Dr. Greene discuss whether or not to continue treating her, and how the situation is affecting the staff. Greene wants to continue treatment, and Morgenstern responds with "you set the tone," meaning that no matter what Greene decides, he should proceed with confidence, and that his leadership will get the staff through this ordeal. This phrase would later be said by Greene to Carter in the Season 8 episode "Orion in the Sky," when Greene leaves the ER for the final time. It is then said by Carter to Morris in the Season 11 episode "The Show Must Go On," when Carter leaves the ER to be with Kem in Africa. Carter also says it to Morris when Carter returns to the ER in the Season 15 episode "The Beginning of the End."

  • Upon exiting the OR after initiating an unsupervised surgery but being complimented by Morgenstern, Benton gives the memorable fist thrust that was repeated in the opening credits for many years. That gesture was not in the original script; it was improvised by Eriq La Salle.

  • This episode, as well as "Day One" and "Hit and Run," all begin the same way, with one of the main cast members being awakened in Exam 8 at the end of the hallway. In this case, Mark Greene is woken up by Lydia. (In an apparent homage to the pilot, Lydia wakes Archie Morris in the in the exact same way in the very last episode of the series, Season 15's "And In the End...".) This episode also ends similarly to how it begins, with another scene showing Lydia waking up Mark in Exam 8.

  • Season 1 Episode 1: Day One

  • This episode occurs two months after the pilot; its mentioned in relation to how long Nurse Hathaway has been recovering from her suicide attempt.

  • Notice in this episode the beginning of one marriage and the ending of another; look to the right of the screen in the scene where the old husband and wife are crying about her impending death, and you can see the newlyweds sitting on one of the beds.

  • Helicopter N365UC, seen in this and subsequent episodes, is registered to and operated by University of Chicago Helicopters.

  • This episode, as well as "24 Hours" and "Hit and Run," all begin the same way, with one of the main cast members being awakened in Exam 8 at the end of the hallway. In this case, Susan Lewis is woken up by Wendy.

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Going Home

  • This episode has an early scene that is similar to how "24 Hours," "Day One," and "Hit and Run" begin, with one of the main cast members being awakened in Exam 8 at the end of the hallway. In this episode, Peter Benton is woken up by "Madame X," portrayed by Rosemary Clooney.

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Hit and Run

  • Goof: The schizophrenic woman bites Cvertic's hand on the outside edge, under the pinkie, but when Doug takes a look at it and Cvetic wipes the blood off, the wound is mostly on the palm of the hand, between the thumb and index finger.

  • This episode takes place on August 25. We know this because a thankful patient gives Mark a dozen frozen T-bone steaks for saving his life exactly a year ago, and proclaims that every August 25 is Dr. Greene Day.

  • Goof: After Carter helps deliver the baby in the station wagon, he placed her on the mother's chest and Haleh covers it with a blue blanket. The blanket is visible in the shot from behind the mother's head, but in the next shot, facing the mom, the baby is uncovered and there is no blanket in sight.

  • This episode, as well as "24 Hours" and "Day One," all begin the same way, with one of the main cast members being awakened in Exam 8 at the end of the hallway. In this case, Carter is woken up by Benton.

  • Season 1 Episode 4: Into That Good Night

  • From a cryptic exchange between Doug and Susan we learn Doug's age. He mentions that it is the same as that of former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg upon Sandberg's retirement, and Mozart's at the time of the composer's death; Doug is 35 years old.

  • Season 1 Episode 5: Chicago Heat

  • Goof: After Nurse Carol Hathaway burns her hand on a hot pan, she reaches into the freezer to help with the burn. You don't put ice on a bare hand as the ice can cause frostbite and make the burn worse.

  • In this episode Doug tells the father of his patient that he has a son. The son is mentioned again a few episodes later in "Luck of the Draw," when Doug tells student nurse Wendy that he has a son he has never met.

  • Season 1 Episode 9: Blizzard

  • Goof: When Bob is performing unauthorized surgery on a patient, Lydia is performing CPR. In some shots, Malik is standing behind her, in others, he is not. At a certain point, when he is not shown in the frame, you can hear him say "Oh my God" as if he were there.

  • Goof: When Susan Lewis is examining an elderly male patient, his wife is being escorted off by Lydia, which pushes Susan almost completely out of theframe.In that same moment you can clearly hear Susan talking to the man, but in the far left of the screen she is not talking at all, she is smiling with a closed mouth as if she is reacting to something the patient says, while her voice is heard on audio.

  • Goof: At one point, when Greene and Malik go through a doorway, to the upper right there is a visible reflection of the boom-mic.

  • One of Carol's lines in this episode, "Hurry up, Carter, you've got a million things to do!" can be heard again in the Season 11 finale, "The Show Must Go On," when Carter is remembering his early days in the hospital as he leaves the ER for the very last time.

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Medical, hospital backdrop, high stake situations, fight for survival, long running show