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Doctor Carter, I Presume 

It's the first day of Carter's internship. He has a 36 hour shift and overnight he has to cover the ER, the ICU as well as the surgical patients.


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It's Dr. Carter's first day as a surgical intern and he learns just how challenging his year is going to be. Not only must he put in a 36 hour shift he learns that for his first day, he will be going back to his old haunts covering the ER. On top of that, he will be alone overnight covering not only the ER, but also the intensive care unit and all surgical patients. A new student, Dennis Gant, comes in to help him out. He realizes that he has much to learn, but will survives it all. Nurse Hathaway meets her old boyfriend Shep - and his new girlfriend - at the July 4th picnic. Jeanie Boulet goes to the hospital's HIV clinic for treatment but is warned off by a former medical worker who lost his job when he told his employers about his condition. Dr. Benton receives the result of his own HIV test. Written by garykmcd

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26 September 1996 (USA)  »

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The title is a parody on the expression "Dr. Livingston I presume," when reporter H.M. Stanley found the lost physician in darkest Africa. See more »


When Carol is talking to Shep at the softball game, Shep's hands change positions on the fence in between shots. See more »


Carol Hathaway: Dopamine? Do you want Dopamine?
Dr. John Carter: I don't know. I don't know. Somebody call a doctor!
Carol Hathaway: You are the doctor.
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Doctor Carter, I Presume (#3.1)
8 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It is Carter's first shift that ends up being incredibly long and incredibly hard. I like how they made it, he is both dealing with getting a bit too full of himself and yet too insecure about taking all the responsibility. Love how they managed to combine it and how he acted it all out.

And we have the big bad news that Jeanie is HIV positive. Peter is luckily negative. We find it out a bit later in the episode. Interesting idea to make her worry about telling it to the others and wanting to keep it quiet. I am not sure it will go for too long though, Peter usually doesn't stay quiet.

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