ER: Season 2, Episode 17

The Match Game (28 Mar. 1996)

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Carter is very nervous because he's about to get his residency match. Mark changes his look.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Bowman
David Packer ...
Mr. Ledbetter


Mark has changed his look and image: he comes to work on a motor, has a goatee and wears contact lenses. Carter is very nervous because he's about to get his residency match. Shep has a new partner, rookie Reilly and Carol and Jeanie constantly rag each other, which indirectly leads to the suffering of a patient. Benton finds out Doug missed something in the diagnosis of a boy Doug treated four months ago. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Dr. Susan Lewis: Wait a minute. I thought your eyes were brown.
Dr. Mark Greene: For an extra 15 bucks, they can be blue.
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The Match Game (#2.17)
6 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a bit of a slower episode that develops situations so that in a few episodes we get lots of happenings until the finale. Dr. Benton still struggles with the ethics and worry about his career so he lets it out on Doug. Susan is in trouble because Chloe wants to be a mother again. I seriously have trouble imagining how Susan will be able to beat her in this case since Chloe is biological mother and is clean now, but I am still rooting for Susan. Carter might have gotten himself in too much trouble for celebrating his match.

I didn't really like the story about the old bum. The way he was treated and how they didn't even try to hide their disgust was a bit appalling. Its a hospital, they see really gross things everyday, so a poor dirty man should not cause such a reaction. Sure, they did it for comedy but I saw nothing that was funny about it.

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