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"ER" The Beginning of the End (2009)

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ER: Season 15: Episode 16 -- On Valentine's Day, Neela falls under the spell of Dr. Brenner, Banfield refuses to give up on having a baby, and Dr. Carter (NOAH WYLE) makes a surprise return to the ER.


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19 February 2009 (Season 15, Episode 16)
Dr. Carter returns to Chicago and talks Dr. Banfield into allowing him to pick up a number of shifts (without pay)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jonathan Kaplan 
Writing credits
Michael Crichton (created by)

David Zabel (written by) &
Lisa Zwerling (written by)

Produced by
Tommy Burns .... producer
Christopher Chulack .... executive producer
Michael Crichton .... executive producer
Dieter Ismagil .... associate producer
David Malloy .... associate producer
Joe Sachs .... executive producer
Wendy Spence .... producer (as Wendy Spence Rosato)
John Wells .... executive producer
David Zabel .... executive producer
Lisa Zwerling .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Martin Davich 
Cinematography by
Arthur Albert (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Randy Jon Morgan 
Casting by
John Frank Levey 
Production Design by
Charles M. Lagola 
Set Decoration by
Tim Colohan 
Costume Design by
Lyn Paolo  (as Lyn Elizabeth Paolo)
Makeup Department
Chris Burgoyne .... makeup artist
Kimberly Fiallo .... makeup artist
Kathleen Leonard .... key hair stylist
Megan Moore .... key makeup artist
Danny Valencia .... key hair stylist
Ozzy Alvarez .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Bret Mardock .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Tommy Burns .... unit production manager
Aimee Roth .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fernando Castroman .... first assistant director (as Fernando Castromán)
Sonja Christoph .... second second assistant director
Tony Eng .... second second assistant director
Molly Rodriguez .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rick Ladomade .... property master
Elizabeth Burroughs .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jerome Johnson .... props (uncredited)
Sean O'Connell .... set dresser (uncredited)
Vanessa Cecilia Terrazas .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Pete Washburn .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Clark .... sound mixer (as James P. Clark)
Damon Cohoon .... assistant sound editor
Michael Crabtree .... foley artist
Doug Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
Al Gomez .... supervising foley mixer
Eric Moss .... assistant sound editor
Walter Newman .... supervising sound editor
David Parker .... sound mixer (second unit)
Adam Sawelson .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Mohundro .... sound utility (uncredited)
Troy Porter .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Kevin J. Summers .... boom operator: Chicago unit (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bob Turk .... special effects
Chris Carnel .... stunt double: Noah Wiley
Christie Sanders .... stunt double: Linda Cardellini
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Avila .... film loader
Terence Nightingall .... steadicam operator
Michael Stumpf .... additional Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Michael Stumpf .... additional camera operator: "a" camera (uncredited)
Brook Willard .... digital imaging technician: red camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Melanie Burgess .... casting associate
Jeffrey M. Paal .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Eisler .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Rob Neel .... colorist
Jeff Stroot .... telecine assistant
Carly Reichert .... post-production coordinator (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Music Department
Sharyn Gersh .... music editor
Ann Kline .... music supervisor
Sarah Sheehe .... music supervisor
Other crew
Cody Birdwell .... set production assistant
Alex Deerr .... production assistant
Armand Dorian .... technical advisor (as Armand Dorian M.D.)
Jody Feder .... production assistant
Anthony Figueroa .... script coordinator
Gregory Garvin .... script coordinator
Shannon Goss .... story editor
Mel Herbert .... medical consultant (as Mel Herbert M.D.)
David Kreger .... chef assistant
Darren P. Leis .... medical tech
John Malakoff .... production travel consultant
Greg Moran .... medical consultant (as Greg Moran M.D.)
Rachel Okerman .... assistant: John Wells
Nicki Schultz .... set production assistant
Patrick Smith .... production assistant
Dsoul Willis .... production assistant
Amy D'Alessandro .... titles (uncredited)
Liz Goldsmith .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Alexandra Hisserich .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Jeffrey Hurt .... craft service foreman (uncredited)
Derek Johnson .... stand-in: John Stamos (uncredited)
Mitchell Tae Kim .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Marcus 'Q' Quandt .... location assistant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Crichton  created by

Art Direction by
Stephanie Girard 
John Hansen 
Music Department
Mike Deasy .... musician
Georg Brandl Egloff .... composer: additional music
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

44 min
Aspect Ratio:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
The Beginning of the End (#15.16), 2 July 2015
Author: ComedyFan2010 from Canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

It was so great to see John Carter back. Yes, it is the beginning of the end. In many ways. For us viewers it is the beginning of the final episodes. But isn't it great to have one of the characters we loved for so many seasons from the start to come back? I liked how they made it that so many didn't recognized him. It is cray how many characters have changed since he left. It is great that Dr. Banfield didn't really resist him getting shifts would not be smart since they obviously want the viewers to like her as well. Can't wait to see him in his doctor coat doing his work. Yet it looks he is also very sick, the ending of the episode was shocking. I believe it was him getting chemo therapy, also I am not 100% sure, but definitely some serious medical treatment.

Dr. Banfield will most likely adopt a child. This was obvious from the start. But I like how they are leading her to see it as a good option. Seeing how much her support helped her niece back in the days, and the little girls who aunt raised her telling her how she was never bothered that it was not her biological mother as she loved her just like a real mother would. I actually have a feeling it might be Lucy she will adopt when her aunt won't get a heart.

I was also very happy to see David Eigenberg in this episode. He was one of my favorite men in Sex and the City and it was great to see him in such a different character. He definitely is a wonderful actor as he is believable in every way.

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