ER: Season 6, Episode 6

The Peace of Wild Things (11 Nov. 1999)

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Benton struggles with the idea of taking a DNA test to determine whether or not Reese is actually his son. As the signs continue to pile up, Kerry and Mark use a fake patient to convince Dr... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Luka Kovac (credit only)
Dr. Renee Spielman


Benton struggles with the idea of taking a DNA test to determine whether or not Reese is actually his son. As the signs continue to pile up, Kerry and Mark use a fake patient to convince Dr. Lawrence of his Alzheimer's. Carter has trouble persuading a woman from a nursing home fire to sign a DNR for her husband and later is asked to forge charts for a family with no insurance. Carol continues to meddle in Meg's life, having her arrested so that she can be detoxed. Cleo is blamed for an explosion in the suture room but it may actually be Dr. Dave's fault. Written by Anonymous

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This episode is Gloria Reuben's final appearance. However, she returned for a guest appearance in the 14th season. See more »


Gabriel Lawrence says that the poem "The Peace of Wild Things" was written by William Blake. It was actually written by Wendell Berry. (It is possible that this is a subtle indication of his failing memory.) See more »


[Dr. Lawrence comes face-to-face with his Alzhiemer's diagnosis]
Dr. Gabe Lawrence: I was thinking of committing suicide, but I wasn't sure when I should do it. If I did it too early, I'd miss out on what little life I had left. If I waited too long, I wouldn't remember to do it.
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References Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) See more »

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The Peace of Wild Things (#6.6)
4 March 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I hate Carol, always getting into other people's businesses and valuing fetuses over living humans. Hope she miscarries, that would be so awesome, especially if it will be done by that girl she got into jail smashing her on her big ugly pregnant stomach with a baseball bat.

So Jeanie is out. What a disappointing way to write her out. A woman throwing away her career without thinking twice because 'she always misses her family'. Ugh. I bet Peter won't throw away medicine for his son no matter how much he loves him. And she was even selfish not to notify anyone, but we have to understand, women with babies lose brain power to think about others, right.

The one good story was that about Weaver confronting Gabe about Alzheimer's. It is a terrifying disease and her struggle about it as well as his was very well portrayed.

Romano with his sperm bank bragging was also great. i keep on liking that evil character more and more.

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