ER: Season 4, Episode 6

Ground Zero (6 Nov. 1997)

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Al wants to move to Atlanta where he got a job offer. Jeanie however isn't keen on moving. Carol talks to Carter's grandmother about the clinic.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Matthew Lindermulder
Allergic Woman
Vinnie La Fontaine


Al Boulet wants to move to Atlanta when an old friend offers him a job, but Jeanie isn't keen on relocating. Carol Hathaway applies to the Carter family foundation for a grant to finance her clinic. Anna Del Amico is furious when she learns how rich Carter's family is and feels that he has just been slumming. Jeanie is reluctant to treat a patient who has a prominent Ku Klux Klan tattoo on his chest. Although the hospital settles the malpractice suit against Mark Greene, he finds that the family in question is now suing him personally. At Dr. Anspaugh's insistence, Kerry Weaver attends a presentation from a private company that specializes in running ERs. She decides to fire Jeanie Boulet to meet budget cuts. Elizabeth Corday gets into trouble when Peter Benton fails to warn her she is about to break hospital policy. Doug Ross gets bad news and he and Mark set off for California. Written by garykmcd

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First appearance of Clancy Brown playing Dr. Ellis West. See more »


In the season 1 episode in which we first learn that Carter comes from a wealthy family, Carter's horse is described as a white Icelandic pony named Marigold. In this episode, at the Carter home, there is a portrait of Carter on a dark horse, described by the butler as "Marigold . . . his thoroughbred." See more »


Nurse Carol Hathaway: Hey, how many patients do you think we see in the hospital every year?
Dr. Doug Ross: Too many.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Ground Zero (#4.6)
28 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In this episode we get to see how rich Carter is. Just a few episode I was wondering how he can do his job without being paid. I remember that his family was rich, but I thought he was moving out and trying to make it on his own when he was a student. Probably forgot what happened there. I still find it weird that Anna is so against him because of this, well people are not reasonable sometimes. Frances Sternhagen was a great choice for his grandma! She is such a wonderful actress, I loved her in this as much as I did in Cheers or Sex and the City!.

Mark's struggle really is sad. I hope he will make it alright, him with the old lady was a very powerful scene in the episode.

And I guess Jeanie will be gone soon. They came up with a very easy way to write her off. Al needs to go to Atlanta and she is laid off. Good timing, but it is in a way believable.

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