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Season 3 Episode 18

You Bet Your Life

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 17, 1997 on NBC
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Carter goes behind Anspaugh's back to get a gambler admitted for surgery, earning Anspaugh and Hicks's wrath and jeopardizing his residency. Carol clashes with Doyle, angered that a 25-year-old intern is able to order her around. Benton illegally obtains Carla's ultrasound to look for abnormalities. Doug treats an ill teenager who doesn't want to miss her prom. Mark deals with a patient who feigns symptoms because she likes having surgeries. Jeanie faces her feelings towards Al when she cares for a remorseful AIDS patient who infected her child. Jerry hits on a way to make money from a sperm bank: pass himself off as "Dr. Markovic." Rachel tells her classmates at school that she has leukemia.moreless

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  • Better than last episode but there have been better times.

    8.4
    At least, in this episode, there are some really moving and interesting cases.



    Mark is trying to find an interesting case to write and article but has to chose between doing his work and filling ambitions and Rachel, as she is having hard times. He makes a right decision but can he work it out? This is a thing to think and worry about.



    Carter is trying his best, again, by saving a patience life by going against Anspaugh's decision, if Hicks take the patience in. It comes out and Carter finds himself in really bad position as both of them are really mad about him and the decision what becomes of him is theirs to make. This was really a case that moved me - the way he wants the best, saves his life and the way the other doctors take it. But it shows one thing - the boy has good heart.



    A funny case was the one were two teenagers going to prom end up in ER and she still wants so badly to go, despite she needs a surgery. And they go and come back and everything is ok for them. It is lovely to see there is positive energy, some good cases.



    And the most moving case of this episode, what, I think, will be most influential, is the one Jeanie is treating - a woman who tried to take her like. She has AIDS, she had lost her baby because she gave the AIDS for the child. She thinks she is not worthy living and takes lot of bills. ER only manages to keep her alive a little, for her husband to arrive, but he is not caring about her - he is mad and happy that she is in pain and dieing. This drives Jeanie out of herself and when the patience is dieing, reaching out for Dr. Fisher, think of his as her husband and Jeanie tells him to say he forgives, he somehow freezes and does not it and so she dies. This just makes Jeanie more and more thinking that she cannot gamble with Fisher's life and in the end of this episode - she is trying to fix things with her ex as with him - there is no gambling.. and they do have good things from past..moreless
  • Overall great episode.

    9.0
    carter defies Doctor Anspaugh, and goes through Doctor Hicks to get a man into surgery.

    He is caught in the middle of surgery by Doctor Anspaugh, and Dr. Hicks asks him to leaver the OR.

    They decide to suspend him.



    Carol has a problem with taking orders from Dr. Doyle because of their age difference. She worries that she got too many questions wrong on the med school entry exams.



    Mark needs to find an interesting case study to publish, before Carrie publishes another one.



    Jeanie deals with an Aids patient who tried to commit suicide after the death of the daughter she gave Aids to.

    After the woman dies Jeanie goes to see Al, and tells him she misses him.



    Jerry and Carrie battle it out to see who has the highest I.Q.moreless
  • That's what they call solid

    8.5
    After the dreadful previous "Tribes", this episode proves again how effective ER can be when it simply does what it does best. Nothing fancy happened, no major events occured, but still the episode worked perfectly fine.



    I loved the major plot line about Carter, because he is the most likable when he tries to do the right thing and here, by basically sacrificing his career for one patient, he does all one can possibly do. It was stupid, sure, but it worked and his deed was admirable, to say the least.



    Jeanie's conflict also was very effective, since it reminded us that her disease is a constant conflict in her mind, which never really seems to be solved. That she was the one treating the AIDS patient maybe was a wide stretch, but it worked fine. The crucial scene with her and Greg was simply great, because it showed in a very clever way why those two won't work together. The final scene with her and Al was heartbreaking, even though Al still is a character that is hard to like, simply because he's so helpless.



    Mark's journey downhill is never nice to see, but at least it was harmless compared to what will come up in future episodes. His competition with Kerry was fun and flirting with Jami Gertz never hurts.



    Doug and Carol were great too, Doug because right now he is the best he can be, laid-back, cool and funny and Carol because she is so ambitious which fits to Doyle's hard-edge overambition.



    The only thing not so great was Peter's attempts to find out about his son without doing it the right way. He's lucky to get away with it, but it still's isn't nice to see because he has such an awkward way of dealing with his feelings.



    And I simply loved the little fight between Kerry and Jerry, especially her look when he wants her to believe he's smarter than her.



    All in all this was a solid, good episode that delivers all you can expect from an ER episode.moreless
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

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Gia Carides

Gia Carides

Suzanne Alner

Guest Star

Lois Foraker

Lois Foraker

Ida Blinder

Guest Star

Joseph Culp

Joseph Culp

Roger Alner

Guest Star

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi

Jerry

Recurring Role

Jorja Fox

Jorja Fox

Dr. Maggie Doyle

Recurring Role

Harry J. Lennix

Harry J. Lennix

Dr. Greg Fischer

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Jeanie is taking care of the body at the end, and the camera is panning out, you can see the "dead patient" blink her eyes slightly....

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Carter: We removed most of your small intestine. I'm afraid you're not going to be able to eat solid food again.
      Mr. Bartok: Can I drink?
      Carter: Yeah, actually.
      Mr. Bartok: Smoke?
      Carter: If you must.
      Mr. Bartok: I'll be fine.

    • Carol: I can't even get through the door [of medical school].
      Ross: You can get through my door.
      Carol: Anybody with a bra can get through your door.
      Ross: Nah, nah, nah. I've reformed. Ask anyone.

    • Doyle: (to Carol) I may be younger than you, but I am the doctor, and you are the nurse. Keep that straight.

    • Weaver: (to Jerry) Ahhh, your IQ's not 150. Mine's only 145...
      Jerry: What am I supposed to do? Apologize because I'm smarter than you?

    • Mr. Bartok: So you're just gonna send me off someplace to die, like some animal?!

    • Anspaugh: Now, between us, you are the best candidate. Kerry's intellect is superior, but she doesn't have your people skills.
      Greene: (after a slight pause) Thanks.

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