ER: Season 4, Episode 1

Ambush (25 Sep. 1997)

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While a film crew is filming in the ER, it's Elizabeth Corday's first day.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Aggie Orton
Peter Birkenhead ...
Bite Victim's Father
Jessie Nelson ...
Bite Victim's Mother


The ER staff finds itself under the lights when a camera crew films them for a PBS documentary. Most are self-conscious with cameras following them around and some are unaware or forget that there are fixed cameras and that they are miked leading to interesting exchanges. The documentary focuses primarily on Mark Greene, who is still recovering from the beating he suffered in the hospital washroom, but he doesn't want to be depicted as a poor soul deserving of public sympathy. An accident victim's family causes a near riot in the ER. Dr. David Morgenstern has a heart attack. Elizabeth Corday arrives for her first shift at County General. Written by garykmcd

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To give this episode a more 'documentary-like' style, it breaks with the normal style of the series. For example, the episode uses handheld cameras only (and lacks the steadicam which can be seen as a trademark of the series). Also this is the only episode of the entire series which was filmed in the 4:3 aspect ratio. See more »


The live episode was performed twice, and each contained a few minor mistakes, which we report for interest's sake (though ordinarily they would probably not be allowed as goofs). For example, in one performance the actor playing an HIV+ patient accidentally loses his weapon; in another scene, Dr. Benton stumbles, dropping a pen on the floor. See more »


Carol Hathaway: Actually, it's a myth about doctors and nurses dating so much. I know more nurses who date cops, fireman, paramedics...
[Doug comes from behind and cracks his neck and everyone laughs]
Dr. Doug Ross: I'm sorry, I need a nurse in three.
Carol Hathaway: What
Carol Hathaway: ?
Dr. Doug Ross: Lucy, you got some 'splaining to do.
[With a Ricky Ricardo accent]
Dr. Doug Ross: What's all this about cops and firemen?
Carol Hathaway: Huh, jealous?
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Ambush (#4.1)
27 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode is filmed from a bit different perspective. It is a documentary being filmed in the ER. I can't say I liked it too much, was hard to get into the stories and they were trying to show it from the perspective of those who don't know the ER and doctors yet, felt too distant, but I guess one such episode is not a bad idea.

It had some good moments. Mainly when Doug sees that the kid was bitten by "an immature homo sapiens" and not an animal. As well as Dr. Morgenstein having some obvious camera issues. We also have some emotional moments like the one with Carter during the patient loss and Mark talking about his assault. And we had a quick glimpse into the work life of a guy who cleans up all the gore. Looks like there is also a new doctor, Elizabeth Corday.

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