ER: Season 5, Episode 16

Middle of Nowhere (25 Feb. 1999)

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Benton travels to a Mississippi clinic during his vacation time to earn money for his son's therapy, and becomes a local hero when he uses his medical knowledge to help several residents.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Mark Greene (credit only)
Dr. John Carter (credit only)
Nurse Carol Hathaway (credit only)
Lucy Knight (credit only)
John Dee Smith ...
Whitman Mayo ...
Jesse Morgan
Eli Ebee
Barbara Roberts ...
Adelina's Grandmother
Nurse Practitioner / Sister Maureen Chapman
Porscha Palmer ...
Adelina Young


Benton travels to a Mississippi clinic during his vacation time to earn money for his son's therapy, and becomes a local hero when he uses his medical knowledge to help several residents.

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A Peter Benton-centric episode. See more »


(as well as numerous others), reference is made to Peter Benton being a vegetarian, yet in the picnic scene following Jesse's funeral, he places a piece of fried chicken on his plate. Many people call themselves vegetarian but eat chicken and/or fish. See more »


[Jeanie's nose is bleeding. Peter reaches out with a tissue]
Jeanie Boulet: Peter, don't touch me, for God's sake! I'm poison.
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Middle of Nowhere (#5.16)
23 February 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode is dedicated to Peter Benton. He is going to work in a clinic in Mississippi during his two vacation weeks. The clinic is pretty small and without many possibilities.

I really liked what they did there. the beautiful atmosphere of the South and well combined for this episode dealing with racism and with the poverty of the hospital that Dr. Benton of course does perfectly.

We again get a few different cases with a small story that is interesting and as well different from what are used to in the usual scenery of ER. I really liked how it was changing for Benton with time. You can see him not being comfortable there and then starting bonding to people and starting to get positive responses from them as well.

Was also nice to see Whitman Mayo as Jesse Morgan as well as Celia Weston as a nurse. Took me a while to understand what they and other people there were saying.

Good ending as well, I was pretty much hoping there will be another episode in the middle of nowhere.

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