ER: Season 2, Episode 13

It's Not Easy Being Greene (1 Feb. 1996)

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It's his day off, but Mark shows up for work anyway. After a patient dies and Morgenstern wants to speak to him, Mark soon regrets coming in after all.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Josette DiCarlo ...
Mrs. D'Angelo
Jonah Rooney ...
Lisa Waltz ...
Mrs. Wimbur


It's his day off, but that doesn't stop Mark from showing up at work. He gets a patient with heart problems who dies and an insecure Mark thinks it might be his fault. Later on, Morgenstern and a lawyer want to talk to Mark about the O'Brien case of the year before. Harper finds a patient for Vucelich's study and tells Carter but he omits to tell Vucelich and Benton it was Harper who found the patient instead of him. After Vucelich tells Benton the patient wasn't suited for the study, Benton starts to doubt Vucelich's study. Carol takes care of a lady who has with her a bucket of worms while Doug has a kid who's medically fine, but does have some other problems that need to be talked about. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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"It's not easy being green", the phrase which this episode's title derives from, is actually a sing written by Joe Raposo and was originally performed by Kermit the Frog for Sesame Street (1969). The phrase appears in pop culture as an expression of melancholy. See more »


Nurse Carol Hathaway: Hey, what happened to those worms in radiology?
Dr. Susan Lewis: They're doing a consult.
Nurse Carol Hathaway: No, no those earthworms. I put a bucket of earthworms in there and they're gone.
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It's Not Easy Being Greene (#2.13)
5 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Mark is going through some tough times. He doesn't want to agree to the settlement and admit that he made a mistake at the death of the woman. This just makes him look over other cases that ended badly. An awesome continuation of this plot line. Anthony Edwards does such a great work with Mark's struggle. The scene when he goes down to see the analysis of the dead body is also great, pretty morbid.

Carter and Harper are being great together as well. Love the two of them and their stories, even as small and simple as this one.

I think one of the main highlights was the earthworms story. Making Carol act around them the way she would with patients was just absolutely hilarious. As well as the speech she gave to the woman on how they tried it all but they didn't survive (which they luckily did).

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