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ER Season 4 Episodes

22 Episodes 1997 - 1998

Season four of ER delivers the same tension, excitement, romance and honesty that has made it a perennial favorite for audiences around the world. With a new baby, an emotional return home and a catastrophic disaster that will render one of the most experienced doctors a patient and force one of the youngest to find the courage, strength and ability to take command, ER continues to set the benchmark in television drama.

Episode 1


60 mins

A film crew shooting a documentary on a "typical" day in the ER follows Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards), who's still dealing with the aftereffects of a violent attack. Ross: George Clooney. Carter: Noah Wyle. Hathaway: Julianna Margulies.

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Episode 2

Something New

Thu, Oct 2, 1997 60 mins

Benton breaks in a new surgical resident, Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston), from England; Carter and Del Amico (Maria Bello) start training two new med students; Greene is surprised when he is served a subpoena; and Benton and Carla name their baby boy.

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Episode 3

Friendly Fire

Thu, Oct 9, 1997 60 mins

Weaver (Laura Innes), the new acting chief of emergency services, makes some controversial policy changes; Al is injured in a construction accident; and Benton and Carla disagree over whether to circumcise their son. Cynthia: Mariska Hargitay. Al: Michael Beach.

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Episode 4

When the Bough Breaks

Thu, Oct 16, 1997 60 mins

A police car crashes into a school bus filled with junior-high students, flooding the E.R. with victims; a drug-crazed woman (Tracy Vilar) makes a damning accusation against Hathaway; and Jeanie is reprimanded by Weaver after performing a controversial procedure.

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Episode 5

Good Touch, Bad Touch

Thu, Oct 30, 1997 60 mins

Hathaway approaches Weaver with the idea of starting a free clinic in the ER; Del Amico runs into an embarrassing situation when she examines a male marathoner (Coby Bell); and Greene confronts Chris Law about his beating while giving a deposition. Chris: Joe Torry.

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Episode 6

Ground Zero

Thu, Nov 6, 1997 60 mins

Hathaway meets with Carter's grandmother (Frances Sternhagen) to try to obtain funds for an E.R. free clinic; Weaver is faced with laying off staffers to reduce the budget; Carter tries to hide his family's wealth from Del Amico; and Al considers moving to Atlanta to find work.

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Episode 7

Fathers and Sons

Thu, Nov 13, 1997 60 mins

Ross (George Clooney) and Greene (Anthony Edwards) travel to a near-deserted stretch of California to investigate circumstances surrounding a death in Doug's family. While there, they make an impromptu side trip to San Diego to visit Greene's parents (John Cullum, Bonnie Bartlett).

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Episode 8

Freak Show

Thu, Nov 20, 1997 60 mins

Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) is caught off guard when a crowd shows up for the opening of the E.R.'s free clinic---a week before she intended for it to open; Benton operates on a 12-year-old hit-and-run victim; Jeanie (Gloria Reuben) confronts Weaver over her termination.

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Episode 9

Obstruction of Justice

Thu, Dec 11, 1997 60 mins

Jeanie and Weaver clash when Jeanie reports back to work. Meanwhile, Greene's eccentric attorney (Dan Hedaya) arrives to play doctor for a day in exchange for his legal help; and Carter is confronted by a belligerent cop when he disposes of evidence in a domestic case.

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Episode 10

Do You See What I See?

Thu, Dec 18, 1997 60 mins

Benton (Eriq La Salle) is hailed a miracle worker by a blind, homeless man when Peter touches the hit-and-run victim's neck and he can suddenly see again. Meanwhile, Greene finds himself deeply moved by the plight of a 67-year-old woman who was beaten and raped.

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Episode 11

Think Warm Thoughts

Thu, Jan 8, 1998 60 mins

Anspaugh's 12-year-old son, a former cancer patient, arrives in the ER complaining of abdominal pains; Dr. Swift (Michael Ironside) returns to the hospital as a Synergix attending physician; Hathaway makes a disturbing discovery about an elderly patient.

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Episode 12

Sharp Relief

Thu, Jan 15, 1998 60 mins

Ross plans to surprise Hathaway with a quickie wedding, but she has a surprise of her own; Weaver (Laura Innes) uncovers some disturbing facts about Synergix that makes her question her relationship with Ellis; Carter's cousin, Chase, tries to kick his heroin habit. Ellis: Clancy Brown. Chase: Jonathan Scarfe.

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Episode 13

Carter's Choice

Thu, Jan 29, 1998 60 mins

A blizzard strands the E.R.'s new blood supply at the airport, and Carter must decide whether to give the remaining units to a rapist or save them for a more respectable patient. Meanwhile, Corday makes advances toward Benton. Del Amico: Maria Bello.

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Episode 14

Family Practice

Thu, Feb 5, 1998 60 mins

Greene flies to San Diego when his mother (Bonnie Bartlett) falls and is hospitalized. His concern increases when he finds her acting "completely loony and out of control." To make matters worse, he butts heads with his dad (John Cullum) over her care. Cynthia: Mariska Hargitay. Greene: Anthony Edwards.

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Episode 15


Thu, Feb 26, 1998 60 mins

Corday (Alex Kingston) crawls through a collapsed building to rescue a man whose right arm is trapped under the rubble; a toxic chemical spill turns the ER into a hazardous zone and has Carter (Noah Wyle) and staffers scrambling to evacuate patients. Dewey: Chuck Martinez.

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Episode 16

My Brother's Keeper

Wed, Mar 25, 1998 60 mins

Ross prepares to present a paper on pediatrics, and he treats a 6-year-old boy who may have been poisoned by a family member. Meanwhile, Carter is shocked to discover a familiar face when some overdosed heroin users are brought in. Millicent: Frances Sternhagen.

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Episode 17

A Bloody Mess

Thu, Apr 9, 1998 60 mins

Jeanie fears Scott Anspaugh's cancer may have returned; Hathaway learns a disturbing secret about a 16-year-old girl; a pregnant patient (Kimberly Russell) fears she'll miscarry; Morgenstern (William H. Macy) returns to work, but perhaps too soon after his heart attack.

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Episode 18

Gut Reaction

Thu, Apr 16, 1998 60 mins

Carter finally works up enough nerve to ask Del Amico (Maria Bello) out; Jeanie tries to help Scotty (Trevor Morgan) decide whether to undergo an experimental treatment; and Benton takes unexpected action during an operation with Morgenstern. Carter: Noah Wyle. Jeanie: Gloria Reuben.

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Episode 19

Shades of Gray

Thu, Apr 23, 1998 60 mins

Del Amico, Ross and Corday confront disturbing situations after the bombing of a women's clinic; Benton (Eriq La Salle) comes under review for controversial actions in the OR; Jeanie endures one of the most difficult days of her life as she says goodbye to a friend. Del Amico: Maria Bello.

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Episode 20

Of Past Regret and Future Fear

Thu, Apr 30, 1998 60 mins

A 31-year-old security guard is brought in suffering from severe chemical burns, and a 21-year-old man is wheeled in after falling 75 feet into a river. Meanwhile, Benton is upset that Carla's boyfriend is part of Reese's baptism. Michael Rapaport, Keith Bogart, Janet Rotblatt, Stefan Gierasch.

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Episode 21

Suffer the Little Children

Thu, May 7, 1998 60 mins

Ross treats a 6-month-old recovering from methadone withdrawal; a televangelist and his wife (Swoosie Kurtz), who's suffering from an infection, plan a broadcast from the ER; Del Amico's old boyfriend (James Le Gros) arrives; and Jeanie fears her health is rapidly declining.

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Episode 22

A Hole in the Heart

Thu, May 14, 1998 60 mins

Ross and Hathaway's jobs are in jeopardy after their unauthorized treatment of a drug-addicted 7-month-old boy is discovered; Corday (Alex Kingston) loses her sponsorship; Carter suspects Del Amico's boyfriend (James Le Gros) when drugs are stolen. Ross: George Clooney.

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