ER: Season 4, Episode 19

Shades of Gray (23 Apr. 1998)

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Following the incident in the OR, Dr. Morgenstern and Dr. Benton present the case to their colleagues. As a result, Peter Benton finds himself suspended for insubordination pending a full ... See full summary »



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Mike Lembreaux
Miles Kearney
Mr. Newton


Following the incident in the OR, Dr. Morgenstern and Dr. Benton present the case to their colleagues. As a result, Peter Benton finds himself suspended for insubordination pending a full inquiry. Jeanie attends Scott Anspaugh's funeral and has some information to share with the boy's father. Anna Del Amico finds herself ethically unable to perform an abortion and is taken to task by Dr. Weaver. John Carter gets the hospital to take legal guardianship of a patient he feels has been subjected to elder abuse, but subsequently doubts that he made the right decision. Written by garykmcd

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Final appearance in the series of William H. Macy as a series regular in the role of Dr Morgenstern. He would make a guest appearance in the show's final season. See more »


Dr. John Carter: When was the last time anyone bathed this guy?
Nurse Chuny Marquez: From the looks of these bedsores, about the same time they turned him.
Dr. John Carter: So much for "honor thy father."
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Shades of Gray (#4.19)
13 February 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In this episode we continue with Peter Benton's story. Dr. Morgenstern doesn't want to reveal the truth and Peter gets suspended, but this is changed as he has to perform an operation before leaving and it leads Morgenstern to rethink his actions and make the right choice. I loved how they did it. One could see the emotional struggle of Dr. Morgenstern and his interaction with Dr. Benton was wonderfully done. As well as the final words Peter says about the incident to Liza.

Now that Scott dies we have the final moments of Jeanie and Dr. Anspaugh dealing with his death and sharing the memories and what he has said. Good ending for the great storyline with wonderful scenes.

Ad we have the great story dealing with the cause of abortion. They have brought small stories into the topic dealing with different aspects of it. There is Anna having ethical struggle with performing abortion, Dr. Weaver reacting strongly to it because of the experience she had in the past, a protester from the abortion clinic, a patient that dr Weaver doesn't see as responsible as she doesn't use much birth control and a dying woman whose family has to decide how to deliver her baby with the young father they have bad feelings against. They really did well with different angles here.

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