ER: Season 5, Episode 18

Point of Origin (8 Apr. 1999)

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Greene uses a past trauma to help Mobalage save himself from deportation. Carter applies for chief resident and spends the day in charge of the ER, where he misunderstands a case involving ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanie Boulet (credit only)
Ekabo's Lawyer
Peter Carlin
Matthew Faison ...
Dr. Weinstein, cardiothoracic surgeon


Greene uses a past trauma to help Mobalage save himself from deportation. Carter applies for chief resident and spends the day in charge of the ER, where he misunderstands a case involving the many broken bones of a baby, while Lucy begins her first psych rotation. Weaver may have found her biological mother, but defies a DNR order to find out for sure. Benton and Corday clash over a surgical fellowship. Written by Heather

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When Dr. Weaver is examining her supposed biological mother in the trauma room, she borrows a stethoscope from a female nurse. She then places it on Malik's neck. A second later, she has the stethoscope again. See more »


Dr. Robert Romano: Go home. See your munchkin.
Dr. Peter Benton: His name is Reese.
Dr. Robert Romano: Oh, like Reese's Pieces. Cute.
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Point of Origin (#5.18)
23 February 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A pretty awesome episode. I really like the story they made about Mobalage. And in this episode it was having some amazing development. Also those were some very powerful scenes. Especially him remembering his torture when Mark leads him to it. Djimon Hounsou was great in it, it is not surprising he ended up having a great career, even with Oscar nominations and winning many awards.

Dr. Weaver's story was also keeping me on track. So emotional and well done. The scene on the deathbed when Weaver pretends to be the ladies' diseased daughter was beautiful.

And one thing that makes me happy is that Carol is keeping the baby! I am not into babies, and usually root for characters just to abort but Carol having a baby with Doug just seems right.

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