ER (season 6)

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ER (season 6)
ER Season 6.jpg
ER Season 6 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 30, 1999 – May 18, 2000
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 December 19, 2006
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The sixth season of the American fictional drama television series ER first aired on September 30, 1999 and concluded on May 18, 2000. The sixth season consists of 22 episodes.

Plot[edit]

The sixth season sees the addition of four new characters including long term cast members Dr. Luka Kovač and Nurse/Turned Third Year Medical Student Abby Lockhart, also added are Dr. Cleo Finch and Dr. Dave Malucci. Paul McCrane is now billed as a series regular and the return of Deb Chen from season 1 as Dr. Jing-Mei Chen. Long term server Jeanie Boulet leaves to care for her HIV-positive child. Things take a turn for the worse when both Lucy Knight and John Carter are attacked and stabbed by a psychotic patient. Although the team battle bravely, they are unable to save Lucy who succumbs to her wounds and dies, leaving the ER team, especially Carter devastated while Carol Hathaway leaves to begin a new life with Doug Ross.

In addition Luka Kovač joins the team and struggles to gain the respect and trust from his new colleagues in the ER. Hathaway struggles to begin parenting on her own. Greene and Corday begin their relationship and he deals with the death of his father. Abby Lockhart begins her third-year-med-student rotation. While still recovering from the violent attack that left him near death and killed Lucy, Carter develops an addiction to pain medication, forcing Greene, Weaver along with Benton and the other doctors into an intervention to get Carter to realize that he's an addict. Carter then accepts that he's an addict and checks into a rehab in the season finale with Benton accompanying him.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

Doctors and Medical Students
Nurses
Staff and Paramedics
Family

Guest stars[edit]

Production[edit]

Original executive producers John Wells and Michael Crichton reprised their roles. Lydia Woodward also returned as an executive producer but left the crew with the close of the season. Long-time crew member and fifth season executive producer Christopher Chulack moved on to executive produce Wells' new series Third Watch but remained a consulting producer for ER. Fifth season supervising producers Jack Orman and Neal Baer were promoted to co-executive producers for the sixth season. R. Scott Gemmill joined the crew as a supervising producer and writer. Fifth season producers Penny Adams and Wendy Spence Rosato returned for the sixth season. Fifth season co-producers Richard Thorpe and Jonathan Kaplan were promoted to producers for the sixth season. They were joined by new producers Doug Palau and Patrick Harbinson. Palau left the crew mid-season and Adams and Harbinson left at the end of the season. Michael Salmunovich returned as a co-producer and Teresa Salamunovich joined the crew, initially as a production co-ordinator but was promoted to associate producer mid-season. She was joined by new associate producer Vicki Voltarel who was on staff for the second half of the season only.

Wells and Woodward continued to write episodes and Wells contributed two episodes while Woodward wrote three. Orman wrote four episodes and Baer, Harbinson, and Gemmill each wrote three. Series medical expert and fifth season story editor Joe Sachs was promoted to executive story editor for the sixth season and he wrote a further two episodes. Regular writer Linda Gase replaced him as story editor and contributed a further episode. New writer Sandy Kroopf wrote a single episode.

Producers Kaplan and Thorpe served as the seasons regular directors; Kaplan directed five episodes and Thorpe helmed three. Cast members Laura Innes and Anthony Edwards each directed a further episode. Returning directors were Lesli Linka Glatter, Félix Enríquez Alcalá, Christopher Misiano, David Nutter, and Steve De Jarnatt. New directors include Ken Kwapis, Marita Grabiak, medical consultant Fred Einesman, Kevin Hooks, and Peter Markle.

Episodes[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
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114 1 "Leave It to Weaver" Jonathan Kaplan Lydia Woodward September 30, 1999 (1999-09-30) 225451

Greene and Weaver agree to go out on a limb to oppose Romano's appointment as chief of staff. Soon Greene finds he is out there and alone, while Weaver reaps immediate benefits for her treachery. Plus: Luka Kovač is an able, yet untrusted, physician from Croatia; Carter's interested in a romance with his cousin's ex-wife; and Hathaway adjusts to being pregnant by herself.

First Appearances of Dr. Luka Kovač and Dr. Cleo Finch.
115 2 "Last Rites" Félix Enríquez Alcalá Jack Orman October 7, 1999 (1999-10-07) 225452

Who's the boss? Weaver may be head of the ER, but Greene has his own ideas about how to handle situations and after his mother's death the two of them have their worst conflict on the job yet. Boulet says "yes" to Reggie, and Corday accepts Romano's surprise job offer. A brash new resident arrives and manages to annoy just about everyone. Carla confronts Benton about his not allowing her to leave the country with their son. Carter and Elaine's relationship continues.

First Appearance of Dr. Dave Malucci.
116 3 "Greene with Envy" Peter Markle Patrick Harbinson October 14, 1999 (1999-10-14) 225453
Newly appointed attending physician Gabriel Lawrence is savvy, personable and, in Greene's jealous opinion, unsuitable for County. Jeanie and Reggie marry, but not under the circumstances they expected. Romano makes Corday show a rude reporter around the ER, where she witnesses a shootout. Carter tries to be supportive as Elaine undergoes her mastectomy. Greene and Corday spend their first night together.
117 4 "Sins of the Fathers" Ken Kwapis Doug Palau October 21, 1999 (1999-10-21) 225454
Greene deals with fallout from his dad's car accident. Lawrence suspects a teen's suicide attempt is the fallout from father-son strife, but he is wrong. Finch misdiagnoses a child's behavior before an iron overdose overtakes her. Hathaway tries to help a pregnant teenager get a job at the hospital, and Dr. Dave Malucci is a jerk again. Carter makes plans to meet with Elaine.
118 5 "Truth & Consequences" Steve De Jarnatt R. Scott Gemmill November 4, 1999 (1999-11-04) 225455
A high school science experiment/prank gone-wrong lands students and teachers in the ER - and the stress of multiple emergencies pushes Lawrence over the edge. Greene defends a patient from a violent parent and ends up being castigated for it. Lucy helps counsel one of the injured students. Hathaway learns the pregnant teen she wanted to help is using drugs. Elaine tells Carter that she intends to go to Europe for a couple of months asking him not to contact her.
119 6 "The Peace of Wild Things" Richard Thorpe John Wells November 11, 1999 (1999-11-11) 225456

Boulet resigns to be a full-time mother. An elderly woman bids farewell to her dying husband, and Lawrence admits he is in the early stages of Alzheimer's, and that his distinguished career is over. Hathaway takes action regarding the pregnant teen case. An explosion rocks the ER, and Benton tells Carla why he is fighting to stay in his son's life.

Final Regular Appearance of Physician Assistant Jeanie Boulet.
120 7 "Humpty Dumpty" Jonathan Kaplan Neal Baer November 18, 1999 (1999-11-18) 225457
Lawrence departs (but not before saving a life), and Kovač comes aboard full time after earning Weaver's respect. Corday discovers her new trauma patient is a rapist and takes extreme measures to find his latest victim. Hathaway and the drug-using teen have a confrontation. Carter angles for more responsibility inside the ER. Greene's father was due to fly into Chicago but does not show up for hours after his scheduled arrival time. And the Bright Star Gospel Choir is rushed to the ER.
121 8 "Great Expectations" Christopher Misiano Jack Orman November 25, 1999 (1999-11-25) 225458

It is Thanksgiving, and Hathaway has two more reasons to give thanks after overcoming complications and delivering twins Tess and Kate. Greene's family celebration comes with its own complications. Malucci stuns the staff by actually having a valid idea to treat a patient that works.

First Appearance of Nurse Abby Lockhart.
122 9 "How the Finch Stole Christmas" Fred Einesman Linda Gase December 16, 1999 (1999-12-16) 225459
Lucy risks Romano's wrath (and her career) to arrange a heart operation for a patient. Carter gives gifts to inner city kids in exchange for their guns. Finch uses her authority to put a teen binge drinker into rehab. Benton and Carla's custody battle comes to an abrupt end that works out in his favor. Weaver befriends a group of Santas and works on County's Y2K preparation.
123 10 "Family Matters" Anthony Edwards Patrick Harbinson January 6, 2000 (2000-01-06) 225460

Deb Chen returns to the ER as Jing-Mei Chen and immediately shows off her great memory to Carter's annoyance. Kovač's strong sense of family involves him in the fate of brothers facing separation. Greene invites his dad to reside with him in Chicago. Malucci fixes Weaver's car and learns a young patient has a fatal disease. Goofball students arrive in the ER to do a scavenger hunt. Benton does not agree with Cleo's approach to an overstressed young high school athlete.

Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen returns to the show after having been a recurring guest star in Season One.
124 11 "The Domino Heart" Lesli Linka Glatter Joe Sachs January 13, 2000 (2000-01-13) 225461
A precious donor heart becomes available when a patient who recently received it dies, devastating Lucy. Malucci gathers evidence to shut down a backroom clinic. Carter and Chen disagree on when to follow rules and when to break them. Greene learns a man is being abused by his boyfriend.
125 12 "Abby Road" Richard Thorpe R. Scott Gemmill February 3, 2000 (2000-02-03) 225462
Abby Lockhart, the part-time OB nurse who cared for Hathaway during "Great Expectations", reports to the ER for her third-year med-student rotation. Hathaway has a hunch that a young patient's health problems come from his mother. Carter and Cleo try to help a sick boy and the unpopular student he fought with. Weaver leaves the ER due to the flu, while Malucci works in spite of it and Benton angles Romano's illness into some help for a young girl who was mauled by a dog.
126 13 "Be Still My Heart" Laura Innes Lydia Woodward February 10, 2000 (2000-02-10) 225463
It's a tense Valentine's Day in the ER with the case including an operation on Romano's dog and a car crash that leaves two children orphaned while a patient, Paul Sobriki (David Krumholtz) complaining of headaches arrives in to be treated and his symptoms has Lucy suspecting that the patient has schizophrenia but her warnings to Carter go ignored which later results in disastrous consequences for the entire ER. The episode then ends in a cliffhanger as both Carter and Lucy lie on the ground, bleeding heavily, Sobriki having attacked and stabbed both of them while in the grip of a psychotic break.
127 14 "All in the Family" Jonathan Kaplan Jack Orman February 17, 2000 (2000-02-17) 225464

The ER's Valentine Day celebrations rage on as Weaver arrives for her shift. Weaver stumbles into an Exam Room and discovers both Carter and Lucy on the floor of patient Paul Sobriki's room, both doctors unconscious and bleeding heavily after Sobriki attacked and stabbed them while suffering a psychotic break. The celebrations abruptly end as the ER staff jump into action and find themselves battling against the clock and ever-decreasing odds to save their grievously wounded colleagues, both of whom are hovering between life and death. As Carter and Lucy are brought up to surgery, the ER staff find themselves struggling to come to terms with what has happened. Luka tries with little success to convince Sobriki's wife, Samantha, that her husband is gravely ill. In the OR, it's chaos as Benton and Anspaugh fight to save Carter while in another OR Corday and Romano battle to save Lucy. Meanwhile Cleo finds herself being forced into a surgical role when it becomes obvious that Benton will not leave Carter. Corday and Romano desperately try to save Lucy's life, but she succumbs to her injuries and dies, leaving the entire ER team grief-stricken and devastated.

Final Appearance of Medical Student Lucy Knight.

Note: Nielsen Ratings: 39.4 million viewers (highest rated of the season)
128 15 "Be Patient" Ken Kwapis Sandy Kroopf February 24, 2000 (2000-02-24) 225465
Carter struggles with rehab and knowledge of Lucy's fate, a child is injured in a hit and run in front of Kovač (and the driver later turns up in the ER), and a teen has cervical cancer after becoming infected with HPV. Even a happy event, a romance between Isabelle and David, turns sad when Greene learns his dad is terminally ill.
129 16 "Under Control" Christopher Misiano Neal Baer & Joe Sachs March 23, 2000 (2000-03-23) 225466
"We can handle this." This, it turns out, involves a Gila monster, toxic breast milk, a deadly error and much more as Greene oversees a particularly hectic shift. Carter, despite his pain, returns to work. Chen is attracted to a male nurse.
130 17 "Viable Options" Marita Grabiak Patrick Harbinson April 6, 2000 (2000-04-06) 225467
Kovač and Corday must select a recipient while a donor kidney is still viable. Weaver defies Romano on treating a poorly-insured patient and is suspended. Benton's careless penmanship results in a patient taking the wrong drug, and he blames Finch. Chen wants to tell the daughter of a patient about her father's diagnosis of Huntington's Disease but Greene puts the brakes on that. Greene has his own conflict with both his father and Corday over David's desire to check into a hospice care center.
131 18 "Match Made in Heaven" Jonathan Kaplan R. Scott Gemmill April 13, 2000 (2000-04-13) 225468
A notice of Lucy's acceptance into psych residency deepens Carter's remorse. Greene cares for his dad. Hathaway has news from Ross. An overwhelmed mother tries to induce a miscarriage before getting abortion help from Abby.
132 19 "The Fastest Year" Richard Thorpe Lydia Woodward April 27, 2000 (2000-04-27) 225469
Memories. After his father reminisces about his Navy days, Greene takes him on a final boat ride on Lake Michigan. Meanwhile, Carter is haunted by terrifying thoughts of the attack that almost killed him. Kovač helps Hathaway buy a used car, before describing what happened to his family in Vukovar. Abby goes too far when trying to arrange for a bone marrow transplant.
133 20 "Loose Ends" Kevin Hooks Neal Baer May 4, 2000 (2000-05-04) 225470
Malucci treats a little girl who was molested by her father. Hathaway's birthday is anything but happy. Benton and Kovač clash over follow-up care. Carter seems reinvigorated but also ignores the orders of his supervisors. Greene and his dad manage to express their love just before David passes away.
134 21 "Such Sweet Sorrow" John Wells John Wells May 11, 2000 (2000-05-11) 225471

Do open arms still await her in Seattle? Touched by a family tragedy at the ER, Hathaway realizes she must see Ross. Chen notices Carter's increasing unreliability and mood swings. Abby is supervised by Malucci on a case that leads Corday to tell him that no one at County thinks he is any good at his job.

Final Regular Appearance of Nurse Manager Carol Hathaway.

Note: George Clooney makes an unexpected uncredited cameo as Dr. Doug Ross in this episode.
135 22 "May Day" Jonathan Kaplan Jack Orman May 18, 2000 (2000-05-18) 225472
Kovač and Benton rush to the scene of a school shooting, leading to a confrontation over who is the most critical patient. The team plan an intervention when Carter's addiction forces them to act. Kovač's sense of right and wrong influences his care for his patients.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Episode 16.
  2. ^ Episode 21. Also, Season 1, Episode 1 (Pilot).
  3. ^ Episodes 15, 17, 18, 19, 20.
  4. ^ Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  5. ^ a b Episodes ?. Also, Season 8.
  6. ^ Episode 21, uncredited.
  7. ^ Episode 22, uncredited.
  8. ^ Episode 5.
  9. ^ Episodes 4-7.

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