ER: Season 1, Episode 17

The Birthday Party (16 Feb. 1995)

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It's a day of birthdays. Peter Benton's mother is celebrating a birthday and he tries desperately to find someone to cover his shift. He makes a choice however when Dr. Hicks suggests that ... See full summary »

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It's a day of birthdays. Peter Benton's mother is celebrating a birthday and he tries desperately to find someone to cover his shift. He makes a choice however when Dr. Hicks suggests that he's been absent too often and may wish to consider a leave of absence until his mother's situation is resolved. Carter thinks it's Benton birthday and has a surprise for him. Mark Greene's daughter is also having a birthday but he misses that due to an emergency at the hospital. An elderly, solitary man in the final stages of cancer arrives in the ER on his birthday. Carol Hathaway suggests to her fiancé that they adopt little Tatiana, the AIDS patient abandoned in the ER. Ross has to deal with a young child who was kicked out of a window. Written by garykmcd

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The Birthday Party (#1.17)
22 November 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode has in common all the different birthday parties with their conflicts as well as getting us closer to the difficult decisions our main characters will soon have to make. One of the toughest ones seems to be Peter and the fact that he can' take care of his mother while being a resident. Him deciding to put her into the nursing home is the one part I dread the most. A very good and emotional story very well acted.

So is the story of Greenes who soon will have to separate. I like how they made it that it is impossible to dislike either one of them, they both seem to be right. Just two people whose goals in life just seem not to work well together.


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