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I'll Be Home for Christmas 

Peter Benton's court battle enters its final stage and his lawyer advises him that if he wants to retain custody of Reese, he needs to re-evaluate his priorities. As a result, he puts his ... See full summary »



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Peter Benton's court battle enters its final stage and his lawyer advises him that if he wants to retain custody of Reese, he needs to re-evaluate his priorities. As a result, he puts his career on the line and presents Dr. Romano with an ultimatum. Kerry Weaver goes out on a date with a paramedic. With his grandmother still recovering, Carter is pleased that his father will be spending Christmas with them. He's not too pleased when he learns why his mother won't be joining them. Abby learns that Nicole may not have been lying to Luka after all. Green treats a young boy who was accidentally shot by his mother. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance




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13 December 2001 (USA)  »

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Television debut of Anne Dudek (Paula) who guest stars as a mother who accidentally shot her son. Dudek would also appear in three other television dramas based on doctors: Private Practice (2012) as Lori in the episode Drifting Back, Grey's Anatomy (2014) as Elise Castor in the episode Do You Know?, and House M.D. (2007-2012) as Dr. Amber Volakis in 19 episodes. See more »


When Benton tells Elizabeth that he quit as they're getting coffee outside the hospital, the amount of fake snow in Elizabeth's hair changes in between shots. See more »


Dr. John Carter: Hey, Peter. I'm a good doctor because of you.
Dr. Peter Benton: No, you're not. But keep trying.
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References The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Comedy Hour (1985) See more »

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I'll Be Home for Christmas (#8.10)
5 April 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This went so stupid! There was absolutely nothing that was in favor of Peter to get custody. Nothing! In real life Roger would get it without a question as he was as much of a father biologically but was the one really raising Reese. I am just happy Roger got visitation rights and Peter even let him see him on Christmas.

Another thing that is sad is that just watching this episode I got the purpose of the storyline. I was hoping for interesting things to come after but it was just to write Peter off! Guess they didn't want to kill him off and saw his son and work time issues as the best way to get him out. I am both sad to see Peter leave as he is one of my favorite characters but also got him out in such a lame way as he was always a very reasonable character.

But at least the ending of the episode, they gave the character justice. He also had a miracle surgery saving a life of some kid, as we know him as a great surgeon. And we got to see him with Carter, I will miss the chemistry of the two, always loved them together.

I am sad to see that Eriq La Salle hasn't had a more successful character in his career after. But I would love to see more of him. He is a great actor and his character was a big success. I am not sure how well it will go without him now. This is probably when the shows starts getting worse.

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