ER: Season 3, Episode 11

Night Shift (16 Jan. 1997)

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Carol has to fire two of the nurses. Meanwhile, Gant feels Benton is too hard on him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Kenner
Shelly Dunleavy


It's a quiet night shift in the ER. Carol Hathaway is told she has to fire two of her nurses because of a budget shortfall. Her creative solution doesn't sit well with the staff however. Dr. Weaver needs another volunteer for her sleep deprivation study. After getting negative feedback from Dr. Benton, Dennis Gant decides it's all too much and takes drastic action. Dr. Greene has to deal with a patient who is refusing treatment and neither legal nor psych services will allow him treat her against her wishes. Doug Ross has to treat Charlie the street kid, who has been beaten up by a pimp. Benton catches Abby Keaton and Carter canoodling in her office. Written by garykmcd

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Dr. Mark Greene: They're writing me up for not cosigning charts.
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Dr. Mark Greene: Won't help.
Nurse Chuny Marquez: Competition pretty stiff?
Dr. Mark Greene: About 5'4", red hair, with a limp.
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Night Shift (#3.11)
23 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Wow, the ending of this episode was horrifying. Dennis Gant is a pretty good character and I feel horrible for him. Also if he does die I am not sure how they will make possible for us not to be mad at Benton and Carter. I hope he survives.

When it comes to the story about the street kid played by Kirsten Dunst, there is something about her that makes it hard to sympathize with the character she plays. She has some sort of "resting bitch face", I don't care what happens to her. I remember I couldn't stand her when she was a much younger kid on Interview with a Vampire.

The story about the nurses having to be cut or lose some of the pay was a pretty good one as it was a bit unexpected. Now we get to see how it will be resolved.

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