ER: Season 1, Episode 18

Sleepless in Chicago (23 Feb. 1995)

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Carol Hathaway goes ahead with her plans to adopt Tatiana, but her past history makes her ineligible. Benton continues to trade shifts so he can spend time with his mother but it all ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lili Flanders ...
Ms. Brown
John Koch


Carol Hathaway goes ahead with her plans to adopt Tatiana, but her past history makes her ineligible. Benton continues to trade shifts so he can spend time with his mother but it all catches up with him and he has a run-in with Dr. Hicks. Doug Ross treats an abused child. Green, Benton and Carter take extraordinary measures to save a man they later learned had signed a DNR. A consultant arrives to study procedures in the ER, but all is not quite what it seems. Mark Green's wife Jen has an important announcement. Benton's mother has a serious accident when he falls asleep on the couch. Written by garykmcd

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In this episode there's a rarely appearance of Sanford Meisner. He's one of the most important acting teachers of the 20th century. There's an acting technique with his name - the Meisner technique. Meisner worked with, and taught, students who became well known, such as James Caan, Steve McQueen, Robert Duvall and Gregory Peck. Just like his character in this ep, Mr Meisner also was underwent a laryngectomy. It was one of the last appearances of him, including the short Requiem - directed by Elizabeth Sung, one of his students. Meisner died two years later. Noah Wyle, who worked with him in this ep, said that it was the highlight of his career. See more »


When Carter is in the room with Mr. Klein and he's writing down his son's name on the notepad, Carter's hands on the notepad change positions in between shots. See more »


References Sleepless in Seattle (1993) See more »

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Sleepless in Chicago (#1.18)
22 November 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Now there comes more development into the conflicts of our doctors. I like the twist they put into the Carol adopting Tatiana story. It was not my favorite but now her not being able to have Tatiana because of her suicide attempt makes it more interesting. Also it connects to the story of the woman that burned the kid and losing her. Not that Carol hurt Tatiana in any way, but she is unable to have the child because of being "damaged".

I also liked the small story about Carter taking care off the dying man who had no family. A very sad and yet beautiful story that also makes one like his character a lot. A great scene where he was reading to the man.

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