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No Brain, No Gain 

Encouraged by Carol, Mark finally asks Susan out. Benton tries to save a boy, despite the fact Doug thinks he's brain dead.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doug Ross
Susan Lewis
John Carter
Jeanie Boulet (credit only)
Kerry Weaver (credit only)
Peter Benton
Jerry Markovic
Dr. Maggie Doyle (as Jorjan Fox)
Dr. Donald Anspaugh
Dr. David Herlihy
Cecil Hoffman ...
Gail Herlihy (as Cecil Hoffmann)
Nurse Rhonda Sterling
Mr. Percy


Mark Greene finally works up the courage to ask Susan Lewis out on a date. She turns him down and he soon comes to the conclusion that she is seeing Dr. Morgenstern. The truth however is even more shocking. With little Megan still in intensive care, Dr. Benton fears making other errors so he goes to extraordinary lengths to save a young man who is very likely brain dead. Nurse Rhonda Sterling is again rotated to the ER and reveals to a skeptical Nurse Hathaway just why hospital administration is assigning her to jobs for which she is not qualified. Dr. Carter doesn't believe that a patient awaiting surgery, Mr. Percy, is mentally competent but he doesn't have the gumption to tell Dr. Anspaugh. Drs. Carter and Keaton take an interest in one another. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance




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14 November 1996 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Dr. Breedlove remarks that Vicryl sutures are the closest thing to catgut sutures, which he says are not used anymore. However, Dr. Benton asked for more chromic sutures which are, indeed, a type of catgut sutures. See more »


Dr. Mark Greene: [Susan] and Morgenstern are going out. I can handle that. What bothers me is that she didn't tell me.
Carol Hathaway: If I were going out with Morgenstern, I wouldn't tell anybody.
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No Brain, No Gain (#3.7)
21 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode has some fun moments, not too many but it stands out. Pretty much the observations of the bird woman who compares bird mating rituals with those of humans. Watching Mark compare it to Susan was pretty funny. Just hope she won't leave.

Carol was annoying today even though I didn't like the other nurse, but this is obviously a very interesting storyline and now the older nurse is easier to understand and even gets my sympathy. Hope there will be a bit more on this story.

Also some action with the issues of Benton ad Carter. Lots happening and again makes one wonder about the right thing to do.

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