ER (1994–2009)
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While a film crew is filming in the ER, it's Elizabeth Corday's first day.


Thomas Schlamme


Michael Crichton (created by), Carol Flint


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Mark Greene
George Clooney ... Doug Ross
Noah Wyle ... John Carter
Julianna Margulies ... Carol Hathaway
Gloria Reuben ... Jeanie Boulet
Laura Innes ... Kerry Weaver
Maria Bello ... Anna Del Amico
Alex Kingston ... Elizabeth Corday
Eriq La Salle ... Peter Benton
Ellen Crawford ... Nurse Lydia Wright
Tracy Vilar ... Doris
Lisa Edelstein ... Aggie Orton
Brent Jennings ... Nat
Peter Birkenhead ... Bite Victim's Father
Jessie Nelson Jessie Nelson ... Bite Victim's Mother


The ER staff finds itself under the lights when a camera crew films them for a PBS documentary. Most are self-conscious with cameras following them around and some are unaware or forget that there are fixed cameras and that they are miked leading to interesting exchanges. The documentary focuses primarily on Mark Greene, who is still recovering from the beating he suffered in the hospital washroom, but he doesn't want to be depicted as a poor soul deserving of public sympathy. An accident victim's family causes a near riot in the ER. Dr. David Morgenstern has a heart attack. Elizabeth Corday arrives for her first shift at County General. Written by garykmcd

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The baseball game in the background of the lounge is Cubs vs Astros was being played at the same time as the episode was broadcast. A triple to deep right field can be seen, and Dr. Ross gives the score as 8-1, Cubs down in the bottom of the 8th. The game can be verified as played on 9-25-97 on, the date of the episode broadcast, with the summary and box score verifying what was seen on the TV. See more »


The live episode was performed twice, and each contained a few minor mistakes, which we report for interest's sake (though ordinarily they would probably not be allowed as goofs). For example, in one performance the actor playing an HIV+ patient accidentally loses his weapon; in another scene, Dr. Benton stumbles, dropping a pen on the floor. See more »


George: You'll get a lot of thank-yous from the female population over at Riverview. I don't wanna brag, but...
Dr. John Carter: Yeah? You a pretty popular guy over there?
George: Well, I seem to be... I never was much of a Casanova in my day. I didn't go in for all the wild positions and so forth. Ladies need that, all the positions.
Dr. John Carter: So I've heard.
George: And the sweet talk. I was never much for that either. I was mostly meat and potatoes. But now, I'm 82, I'm a man, I'm breathing. The odds are 12-to-1 in my favor. I'm getting it any ...
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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A tiring charade of actors acting like bad actors
26 March 2020 | by polite-45692See all my reviews

A tiring charade of actors acting like bad actors. It does not seem to make sense that the fourth season's first episode is a filler. A slow-paced, disjointed filler.

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25 September 1997 (USA) See more »

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