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Carol Hathaway faces an ethical dilemma when a patient admits that he, and not his friend, was driving the car that ran a red light and killed a pedestrian. She decides to tell Tag about ... See full summary »


Daniel Sackheim


Michael Crichton (created by), Paul Manning


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Mark Greene
George Clooney ... Doug Ross
Sherry Stringfield ... Susan Lewis
Noah Wyle ... John Carter
Julianna Margulies ... Carol Hathaway
Eriq La Salle ... Peter Benton
Garrett Morris ... Edgar Luck
Christine Harnos ... Jennifer Greene (credit only)
Abraham Benrubi ... Jerry Markovic
Tyra Ferrell ... Dr. Sarah Langworthy
Rick Rossovich ... Dr. John 'Tag' Taglieri
Andrea Parker ... Linda Farrell
Jared Rushton ... Andy Bohlmeyer
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Chloe Lewis
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Henry Colton / Rena


Carol Hathaway faces an ethical dilemma when a patient admits that he, and not his friend, was driving the car that ran a red light and killed a pedestrian. She decides to tell Tag about kissing Doug Ross. It's Thanksgiving and the doctors treat an animal rights activist who was attacked by the turkey he was trying to save. Doug Ross is going to the Bahamas with Linda Farrell and he is very much feeling like a kept man. Carter has to treat a transgender woman who has now reached an age where she can no longer pass as a woman. Carter's indifference is the final straw. Susan Lewis continues to worry about Div Cvetic, whose condition seems to be worsening. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance


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Both Anthony Edwards' and guest star Jared Rushton' starred in 'Pet Sematary Two''. See more »


At the end, when Susan is calling Div Cvetic a second time, she uses the cordless phone. After she dials, the antenna isn't pulled up. The frame cuts away from her and then back towards her and suddenly, the antenna is pulled up a second later. See more »


[Ross is a pediatrician]
Dr. Doug Ross: I'm not a grown-up doctor.
Nurse Lydia Wright: Yes, we know.
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References Barney & Friends (1992) See more »

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The first fall of John Carter
24 June 2018 | by Br4ve-trave1orSee all my reviews

This was a great episode to really connect with Dr.bennet who like I alluded to in last weeks review that his character was at a turning point it seemed. Hes being redeemed it seems. Slowly but surely. And Sarah is a brilliant choice to the addiction of the cast that has helped him.

Dr. Bennet is a prodigy it seems at having the hands I'd God but he lacks the personable skills to really be someone you would go out after a shift with. He simply loves his job. It's all he cares about and thats not a bad thing. It's his dream after all! But his sense of entitlement and arrogance is apparent to his coworkers and to the viewer. His acting is BRILLIANT and I think the best on the show! I believe in everything that man does and says 100%. Its as if he knows what hes exactly talking about with the surgery stuff.

To see him slowly coming around is great because we all know he has the potential to be the best doctor out of all of them!

John Carter was also focused on in a surprising fashion. Where this season he has been portrayed in a positive likeable light, the scene witn the transgender showed his imperfection like the rest of us. It really made him mortal. He like the rest of the incredible cast has flaws too and forthe first time it's being shown. He has a problem with transgender woman at the surface at least for now.

This leads to a upsetting end for him seeing the fate of the character as it really effected him incredibly so. It made me wonder why he had a problem and also, it felt out of character for him to judge someone based on their personal choice in life. It leads me to believe that's theres more to the situation or topic, bette yet the life. Setting up intrigue and an interesting story to follow. Especially how the fate will affect him and maybe will result it uncovering stuff.

Dig the hole in the head, susans lame boyfriend or shrink, is depressed and sees the fate to cap off the episode that touched upon his mental state a bit, and did it beautifully. The torture is the Susan and Mark romance seems miles away. Doug and Hathaway is complicated still as Doug sees the tool of her boyfriend plucking feathers off a Turkey in the next room.

Again it was DR. Bennet and Sarah and John Carter that made this episode so great and the fall of the patient that effected John.

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17 November 1994 (USA) See more »

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