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Tribes (10 Apr. 1997)

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Mr. Brown (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)


Race relations become an issue in the ER when Mark Greene treats two injured teenagers, one black and the other white, and assumes the black kid was a drug dealer. It turns the white kid was the drug dealer and the black kid is a high school basketball star and an innocent bystander. When the black student's older brother confronts him, he begins to question his own impartiality. Carol Hathaway helps a young woman who was drugged with Rohipnol and raped. Benton gets an interesting offer from Dr. Hicks. He also learns that Carla Reece has been admitted to the hospital. Dr. Carter treats a woman with a serious condition but he seems to be the only one who sees it. Mark Greene's daughter ends up spending the day in the ER when her mom has to rush to Florida to deal with a family emergency. Written by garykmcd

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When Haleah and Dr. Greene are talking after Dr. Doyle takes Rachel home, the position of the clipboard in Haleah's hand changes position in between shots. See more »


[Carla is having an ultrasound]
Dr. Janet Coburn: Oh! Hello. There it is. Turtle sign. It's a boy.
Carla Reece: That little thing?
Jeanie Boulet: They grow.
Carla Reece: Not as much as they'd like to think.
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Tribes (#3.17)
25 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A good story about race. It is also so very relevant to what is happening today. Mark is I think a wonderful person with a lot of morality, but even he can be free of any prejudice when he thinks that out of the guys who got shot it is the black guy who is a drug dealer. But I do believe him that he was helping based on how critical the situation looked like to him. One should just always remember that one is not immune to prejudice and this way one can try to avoid it.

Unfortunately they had to put Mark's daughter into this episode, his divorce mainly made me happy because they didn't show her much anymore, the kid seems mentally challenged.

And Peter gets to see the ultrasound of his son, a pretty cute moment. I think he may get involved with the mother again if she lets him.

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