ER: Season 8, Episode 21

On the Beach (9 May 2002)

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Dr. Greene's final days are spent in Hawaii with Rachel, teaching her to drive and surf. When he suffers a seizure, Elizabeth is called. Mark refuses to go home. He manages to make amends with his daughter before his eventual death.

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Dr. Greene's final days are spent in Hawaii with Rachel, teaching her to drive and surf. When he suffers a seizure, Elizabeth is called. Mark refuses to go home. He manages to make amends with his daughter before his eventual death.

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Alex Kingston's daughter Salome plays Ella in this episode. See more »

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(at around 24 mins) When Dr. Corday and Ella arrive to meet Dr. Greene the reflection of a crew member can be seen on the front of the car as she steps out of it. See more »

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Dr. Mark Greene: Don't cry for me.
Rachel: I won't.
Dr. Mark Greene: Be generous... always.
Rachel: I will. Daddy... I remember the lullaby. I remember you used to sing it to me every night. I remember.
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References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »

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This is the most bittersweet episode
25 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this when i was 21, my father had been diagnosed with prostate cancer (certainly not the type Dr Greene had) but I had buried the feelings I had about it. When I saw this particular episode, it allowed me to get in contact with those emotions. I watched this episode today and one particular scene hit me really hard. You see when my father died of cancer he had a stroke, so when Greene starts telling his daughter about the one thing he feels he needs to impart to his daughter is generosity, to be generous of time and love, and he is slurring his words it really hit home. This is one of the few episodes of television dealing with death that really hits the nail on the head. That really depicts the sadness and the reality of death, especially by cancer. Some body really did their homework, and they really treated it all with incredible dignity.


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