ER: Season 8, Episode 20

The Letter (2 May 2002)

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Dr. Carter reads a letter from terminally ill Dr. Green to the ER staff. Dr. Weaver lashes out at a mentally challenged patient. A terminal, homeless man continues asking for Dr. Green.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Mark Greene (credit only)
Dr. Elizabeth Corday (credit only)
Dr. Jing-Mei Chen (as Ming-Na)
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Dr. Carter reads a letter from terminally ill Dr. Green to the ER staff. Dr. Weaver lashes out at a mentally challenged patient. A terminal, homeless man continues asking for Dr. Green.

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The speech that Carter gives to Gallant in this episode is the same as the one that Dr. Greene gave to him in the Pilot. See more »


In addition to Greene's locker opening the opposite way, it is also missing the pump bottle of Mentadent from the top left of the shelf that Greene left in there when he left. See more »


Dr. John Carter: You know, there are two kinds of doctors: the kind that get rid of their feelings, and the kind that hold on to them. If you're going to hold on to your feelings, you're going to get sick every once in a while. That's part of it. Helping people is more important than how we feel. Hell, I've been doing this eight years, and I still get sick.
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The Letter (#8.20)
6 April 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

And so Mark is dead. This is a very emotional episode as everyone is dealing with him dying. The letter read in the beginning episode was great, and a wonderful scene.

I liked how it was shown how everyone was feeling bad about him dying. This including Romano reading the letter. Weaver being very devastated and going to the drinks they had for Mark as well as not being able to clean up his locker. And of course Susan crying for her friend.

I also liked how this old dying homeless guy wanted Greene. And at the end he thought Carter was Mark and Carter stayed with him in the final moments. This is kind of symbolic as Carter is now taking Mark's place. This was also shown as he talked to Gallant who was getting sick. Reminds me of the times when he was thee young doctor and Mark (as well as Peter) encouraged him with their wisdom.

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