ER: Season 4, Episode 14

Family Practice (5 Feb. 1998)

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Mark rushes out to San Diego when his mother has a serious fall and is hospitalized. When he gets there, he finds her suffering from mild dementia and questions the care she is receiving. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Doug Ross (credit only)
Dr. John Carter (credit only)
Nurse Carol Hathaway (credit only)
Jeanie Boulet (credit only)
Dr. Kerry Weaver (credit only)
Dr. Anna Del Amico (credit only)
Dr. Elizabeth Corday (credit only)
Dr. Peter Benton (credit only)
Dr. Sayers
ER Doc
EVAC Pilot
Robert Symonds ...
Admiral Jay Jackson
Dr. Hemmings


Mark rushes out to San Diego when his mother has a serious fall and is hospitalized. When he gets there, he finds her suffering from mild dementia and questions the care she is receiving. To his surprise, Cynthia Hooper follows him unannounced and uninvited, leading for them to come a conclusion about their relationship. Mark also learns a lot about his parents' relationship and while he continues to struggle with his difficult relationship with his father, he also learns of some of the sacrifices the man made for his family. Written by garykmcd

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This is the second episode in this fourth season to take place entirely away from the ER at County General. In this case, it involves Mark Greene visiting his parents in San Diego after his mother suffers a series of strokes. See more »


Ruth Greene: Dr. Black says that you and your father are responsible for your own feelings. But I know I started. I blamed him. I blamed you. I didn't want a baby. It was too soon. We'd only dated a couple of times. Of course, when I saw you, I loved you. And I tried to make up for it. But I'd already spoiled everything between you and your father. And it just kept going wrong, no matter how much I loved you both.
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Family Practice (#4.14)
10 February 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is another episode that takes place outside of the hospital, this time it is all about Mark and his parents.

I usually like these episodes as they explore the character more and makes us understand more about his life and private emotions, and this one doesn't disappoint.

Anthony Edwards is great in this episode and so are Bonnie Bartlett and John Cullum who play his parents. Great acting on all sides to show so many emotions in their relationships.

We have one struggle of Greene both as a doctor and a son to accept his mother's dementia. And outside of this there are the moments where he and his father get to understand and appreciate each other more in some pretty powerful scenes where we see the realizations as well as the great conversation they had at the end.

In addition to it all Cynthia shows up as well and it leads to a break up. I just said in the last episode that I hope it happens but they also managed to do it in a very good and interesting way.

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