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ER Season 5 Episodes

22 Episodes 1998 - 1999

ER returns for a fifth gripping season, bringing new faces in and saying goodbye to old favorites. Opening with the arrival of third year medical student Lucy Knight, season 5 brings upheaval for Kerry Weaver, new hope for Mark Greene, an altered perspective for Benton, reflections for John Carter and a life changing decision for Doug Ross. Welcome back to the County General.

Episode 1

Day for Knight

Thu, Sep 24, 1998 60 mins

Lucy Knight (Kellie Martin), a 23-year-old medical student, gets off to an inauspicious start as she endures the first day of her ER rotation. Before the day is over, she offends Carter, stumbles on a private romance and is speechless in front of a widow-to-be.

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Episode 2

Split Second

Thu, Oct 1, 1998 60 mins

Greene considers taking a part-time position as an EMS medical director; Corday is asked by her father (Paul Freeman) to join his practice in England; Benton grows concerned that Reese may have a hearing problem; Carter finds his resident advisor's position is taking up too much time.

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Episode 3

They Treat Horses, Don't They?

Thu, Oct 8, 1998 60 mins

Greene (Anthony Edwards) must tend to a wounded gunman who was shot by police after wiring dynamite to his body and taking hostages; Weaver is upset by Ross's surprising news; Carter becomes involved with a patient.

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Episode 4

Vanishing Act

Thu, Oct 15, 1998 60 mins

Hathaway tries to prevent a wounded gang member (Jermaine Montell) bent on retaliation from leaving the hospital; Weaver interviews for the chief of emergency-medicine job; Corday becomes painfully aware that her position as an intern isn't just a formality; Lucy misplaces a corpse she was transporting to the morgue.

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Episode 5


Thu, Oct 29, 1998 60 mins

Greene aids a schizophrenic woman who claims she is pregnant, and he receives some surprising news from his daughter, Rachel (Yvonne Zima); Lucy attends a Halloween dorm party that gets out of control and gets Carter in trouble. Lucy: Kellie Martin. Greene: Anthony Edwards.

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Episode 6

Stuck on You

Thu, Nov 5, 1998 60 mins

A gay teen (Chad E. Donella) is severely beaten and left for dead in the street, and Greene risks his life to reach the boy amid gunfire; Carter finds a new place to live; Corday suggests that she become Benton's intern; brothers become stuck together with carpet cement. Greene: Anthony Edwards.

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Episode 7

Hazed and Confused

Thu, Nov 12, 1998 60 mins

Greene reacts strangely when the paramedics he supervises try to initiate him into their group by hazing him; Anspaugh interviews a sharp candidate (Mare Winningham) for E.R. chief; Hathaway's upset to discover she isn't pregnant. Greene: Anthony Edwards.

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Episode 8

The Good Fight

Thu, Nov 19, 1998 60 mins

A 7-year-old girl (Nicolette Little) with a rare blood type is in desperate need of a transfusion, but her father---the only perfect match---has mysteriously disappeared. Nelson: John Thaddeus. Carter: Noah Wyle. Lucy: Kellie Martin.

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Episode 9

Good Luck, Ruth Johnson

Thu, Dec 10, 1998 60 mins

Carter serves as a reluctant tour guide to Ruth Johnson (Anne Pitoniak), who was born in the hospital 100 years ago; Hathaway cares for an 8-year-old boy who may have been stalked in a park by an unidentified man suspected of murdering the boy's best friend. Carter: Noah Wyle.

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Episode 10

The Miracle Worker

Thu, Dec 17, 1998 60 mins

Carter valiantly tries to revive a young man whose heart has stopped due to a brain hemorrhage; a pregnant 13-year-old (Julia Whelan) must decide whether to keep her baby or terminate her pregnancy; Romano intentionally interrupts Benton's holiday plans.

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Episode 11

Nobody Doesn't Like Amanda Lee

Thu, Jan 7, 1999 60 mins

Amanda Lee's obsession with Greene leads to a surprising revelation. Meanwhile, Carter discovers he may have contracted tuberculosis from a former patient. Lee: Mare Winningham. Greene: Anthony Edwards. Carter: Noah Wyle. Hathaway: Julianna Margulies.

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Episode 12

Double Blind

Thu, Jan 21, 1999 60 mins

Ross breaks protocol---and the law---when he gives pain medication to a kid who was targeted for a federally funded research project; Greene considers taking a position with NASA.Meanwhile, Benton treats an elderly man who claims he's 140 years oldand cannot die; Romano claims he's trying to get Corday's fellowship reinstated; and Hathaway confronts Evansabout obtaining a grant from the clinic without her consent.Evans: Penny Johnson.Ross: George Clooney.

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Episode 13

Choosing Joi

Thu, Feb 4, 1999 60 mins

Greene approaches Ross with a proposal that will keep the latter's illegal drug prescribing quiet; Joi (Valerie Mahaffey) brings Ricky to the hospital in critical condition; Romano threatens to get Corday in trouble if she continues to assist in the sexual-harassment case against him. Ross: George Clooney.

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Episode 14

The Storm

Thu, Feb 11, 1999 60 mins

Part 1 of 2. Doug's maverick ways catch up with him when the case involving ALD patient Ricky (Kyle Chambers) takes an unexpected and devastating twist. It creates a crisis that threatens to engulf not only Ross, but Greene, Weaver and Hathaway as well. Meanwhile, Carter and Lucy begin flirting with each other; Benton meets with a tutor (Marlee Matlin) to learn sign language; and Mobalage (Djimon Hounsou) allows Greene to tell his wife what is really wrong with him.

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Episode 15

The Storm

Thu, Feb 18, 1999 60 mins

Conclusion. The fallout from Ross' controversial treatment of a dying ALD patient leaves virtually no one unscathed, including Hathaway, who helped Doug treat the boy. Ross: George Clooney. Hathaway: Julianna Margulies. Jeanie: Gloria Reuben. Greene: Anthony Edwards.

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Episode 16

Middle of Nowhere

Thu, Feb 25, 1999 60 mins

Benton takes a temporary assignment at a rural Mississippi clinic to earn extra money for his son's health care and is confronted with inadequate facilities, hostility and racism. Back in Chicago, Jeanie struggles with being HIV positive.

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Episode 17

Sticks and Stones

Thu, Mar 25, 1999 60 mins

A professional wrestler (Nils Allen Stewart), who twisted his knee during a match, comes in for treatment; Carter takes matters into his own hands when a riot occurs outside of a run-down apartment building where disgruntled tenants attacked their landlord.

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Episode 18

Point of Origin

Thu, Apr 8, 1999 60 mins

Weaver encounters an elderly, dying woman (Connie Sawyer) she believes to be her mother; Hathaway decides whether to keep her baby; Carter takes over for Greene for a day; Greene tries to help Mobalage remember the painful details of what happened to him in Nigeria.

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Episode 19

Rites of Spring

Thu, Apr 29, 1999 60 mins

Carter plays mentor to a high-school student (Corey Parker Robinson) on a study program; Hathaway encourages a schizophrenic (Sheila Kelley) who's been allowed to care for her baby; Jeanie administers to a minister (Roscoe Lee Browne); Corday prepares for a conference.

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Episode 20


Thu, May 6, 1999 60 mins

Periodic power failures wreak havoc in the hospital, where a rapist is on the loose. A neighbor (Jean Sincere) brings in the couple (Ford Rainey, Anne Bellamy) next door after the wife has suffered an accident. Wright: Ellen Crawford. Haleh: Yvette Freeman.

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Episode 21

Responsible Parties

Thu, May 13, 1999 60 mins

Teens on their way to a prom are victims of a fiery crash; an AIDS patient (Moira Walley) and her young son are brought in by helicopter after a fishing-boat accident; a stripper arrives under a cloak of secrecy; a decision is made on the recipient of the trauma fellowship.

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Episode 22

Getting to Know You

Thu, May 20, 1999 60 mins

A patient (Teri Garr) claims to be able to see what's happening inside others; Corday tries to talk to Greene about their relationship; Weaver finds a little boy on the street; word spreads about Hathaway's pregnancy; Benton receives disturbing personal news.

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