ER: Season 5, Episode 8

The Good Fight (19 Nov. 1998)

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A man arrives at the ER with his daughter who is gravely injured, then leaves the ER leaving his daughter in a critical situation because her father is the only one who is a match for her ... See full summary »


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A man arrives at the ER with his daughter who is gravely injured, then leaves the ER leaving his daughter in a critical situation because her father is the only one who is a match for her blood type. Carter and Lucy alternately bicker and work well together as they try to track down the father, and put their problems behind them at the end of the day. Meanwhile, snafus involving the blood supply lead Benton to perform an unprecedented operation to save the little girl. Written by Heather

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This episode's original title was "A Perfect Match". See more »


[last lines]
Dr. John Carter: [at the hospital's rooftop] Hi.
Lucy Knight: Thought you went home.
Dr. John Carter: No - we're on in an hour. It's better not to sleep unless you can get at least three.
Lucy Knight: I wouldn't sleep anyway.
Dr. John Carter: The crit's up three points, but the renal failure may be permanent. That's if she wakes up.
Lucy Knight: [Upset] I thought we were saving her.
Dr. John Carter: No... we were giving her her only chance...
Lucy Knight: That's not good enough!
Dr. John Carter: It has to be.
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The Good Fight (#5.8)
20 February 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In this episode a father leaves a girl in the hospital as he doesn't want to get in trouble for kidnapping her and thinks that he is saving her this way. but her only chance is his blood. So Carter and Lucy go on a search to save her.

I think the episode is really good. It is such a great idea to resolve the conflict between Carter and Lucy, I really didn't think they will be that creative with it. And the action in the episode is also very exciting, one keeps on wondering, what is next.

What I really liked was also the ending. How they made it clear that giving someone their best chance does not always mean saving them.

John Thaddeus was great in the role of a father. I looked at his work and noticed that while he has been in television industry a lot in many different tasks, as an actor he has been on many major shows yet never in the main character on a TV series, somebody should give him that well deserved role already.

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