ER: Season 4, Episode 5

Good Touch, Bad Touch (30 Oct. 1997)

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Carol would like to have a women's and children's health care clinic within the ER. Benton has trouble combining work and fatherhood.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:


Carol Hathaway would like to start a clinic within the ER that would specialize in women's and children's health issues, but Kerry Weaver tells her she'll have to find funding for the project. Carter may have a solution for her however. Peter Benton is getting used to fatherhood, but is falling behind in his work. Mark Greene has to give a deposition in the malpractice suit against him and is stressed. He also takes inappropriate action to quiet an unruly patient. Dr. Robert "Rocket" Romano returns to County General. Written by garykmcd

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First appearance in the series of Paul McCrane as Dr Robert Romano. He would become a regular cast member from Season 6 on. See more »


[Cynthia is eating Ding Dongs]
Cynthia Hooper: These are my all-time favorites. When I was in Virginia, they didn't call them "Ding Dongs", they called them "King Don's", I mean, on the package, and I'm saying, "Why weren't they called 'Ding Dongs' in Virginia? I mean, like, what law does that violate, right?
Dr. Mark Greene: What I can't figure out, maybe you can help me with this. Ding Dongs, Ho Hos. Same food, just different shape. How do they get away with that?
Cynthia Hooper: That's right!
Dr. Mark Greene: Why are they pretending that they're two ...
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References Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996) See more »

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Good Touch, Bad Touch (#4.5)
28 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode has a lot of angry emotions in it and those are performed wonderfully by the actors. First of all there is Mark who has to deal with a law suit again. His is boiling with frustration through the whole episode, and he really lets it out during the meeting with the lawyers. Hope it won't get him too much trouble.

The ending is also powerful when Al beats up that ex colleague of his for calling him faggot. Can't say that I feel bad at all in this case, I was really rooting for Al.

Besides this we get some moments in between where Anna deals with a patient who may lose a testicle because of cancer and Carter struggling with the surgeons. But Peter ends up giving him some great appraisal that fits very well into the timing.

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