ER (season 8)

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ER (season 8)
ER Season 8.jpg
ER Season 8 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original channel NBC
Original release September 27, 2001 –
May 16, 2002
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The eighth season of the American fictional drama television series ER first aired on September 27, 2001 and concluded on May 16, 2002. The eighth season consists of 22 episodes.


Susan Lewis returns to the show providing continuity of the earlier years and some closure with Greene. Weaver also has a revelation and confronts and accepts her sexuality. The season's long storyline of Greene's illness and death and how it affects many characters marked season eight as the first major turning point in the series. This season would also mark a major change in the cast with four characters leaving, which included original characters Greene and Benton. In turn, two new main characters with very different personalities- Michael Gallant and later Greg Pratt- were introduced in Season 8. For the first time, Carter is centered as the main character of the show at the end of the season. Carter taking over as the central character in season nine, midway through the series, was a big move in the direction of the show.


Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

Doctors and Medical students
Staff and Paramedics
  • Abraham Benrubi as Desk Clerk Jerry Markovic [3]
  • Troy Evans as Desk Clerk Frank Martin [4]
  • Erica Gimpel as Social Worker Adele Newman [5]
  • Emily Wagner as Paramedic Doris Pickman
  • Monté Russell as Paramedic Dwight Zadro
  • Lynn A. Henderson as Paramedic Pamela Olbes
  • Demetrius Navarro as Paramedic Morales
  • Brian Lester as Paramedic Brian Dumar
  • Michelle Bonilla as Paramedic Christine Harms

Notable guest stars[edit]


Original executive producers John Wells and Michael Crichton reprised their roles. Seventh season executive producer Jack Orman returned as executive producer and show runner. Previous executive producer Christopher Chulack remained a consulting producer while working on Wells' Third Watch. Seventh season co-executive producer Meredith Stiehm also served as a consulting producer for the eighth season but left the crew with the close of the season. Seventh season supervising producers R. Scott Gemmill and Dee Johnson were promoted to co-executive producers for the eighth season. Seventh season producers Richard Thorpe, Joe Sachs, Jonathan Kaplan, and Wendy Spence Rosato all returned for the eighth season. Sachs was promoted to supervising producer mid-season. Michael Salamunovich returned as co-producer but left the crew with the close of the season.

Wells wrote a further two episodes for the season. Orman was the seasons prolific writer with six episodes. Gemmill wrote five episodes. Sachs wrote three episodes. Johnson wrote four episodes. Stiehm wrote three episodes. David Zabel joined the crew as executive story editor and contributed to four episodes as a writer. Writer Elizabeth Hunter became a story editor for the second half of the season only and wrote two further episodes.

Producers Kaplan and Thorpe served as the season's regular directors. Kaplan helmed five episodes while Thorpe directed four. New directors Nelson McCormick and actor Vondie Curtis-Hall each directed two episodes. Cast member and regular director Laura Innes helmed a further episode. Series veterans Félix Enríquez Alcalá, Christopher Misiano, David Nutter, and Tom Moore all returned to direct further episodes. Show runner Orman made his television directing debut with an episode. The season's other new directors were Alan J. Levi, Jessica Yu, and Jesús S. Treviño.


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
158 1 "Four Corners" Christopher Misiano Jack Orman & David Zabel September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27) 227251 28.20[29]

Greene hides his role in a killer's death, Carter buries a loved one and must deal with his chilly socialite parents, and Weaver returns to work fearing she has been outed. Meanwhile, Cleo begins to suffer from the side effects of her HIV treatment, Benton reaches out to his grieving sister, and the ER deals with patients after a feud erupts at a local talk show with tragedy striking for one person associated with the talk show.

Special Format: 4 Sections; Weaver, Benton, Carter & Greene.
159 2 "The Longer You Stay" Jonathan Kaplan Jack Orman October 4, 2001 (2001-10-04) 227252 26.90[30]
Gridlock in the ER leaves an off-duty Carter to handle a patient that Chen and Malucci are treating, only for it to turn into a fatal error when the patient dies. Benton gets tragic news about Carla and has to tell Reece. Kovač and Abby argue, leading to their breakup. Greene and Corday experience the challenges of two working parents raising a baby. Meanwhile, a man from Weaver's past arrives with a lead on her birth mother but demands $400 for the information. Also Carter talks to Weaver about the possibility of an attending position.
160 3 "Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic" Richard Thorpe R. Scott Gemmill & Elizabeth Hunter October 11, 2001 (2001-10-11) 227253 21.68[31]
Weaver takes dire action after catching Malucci with his pants down. Greene's teen daughter drops by County with some unexpected news, an abandoned baby in Chen's care seems to have healing powers, and Abby ropes Carter into helping her fix a fishy mistake she made while clearing her stuff out of Kovač's place.
161 4 "Never Say Never" Félix Enríquez Alcalá Dee Johnson October 18, 2001 (2001-10-18) 227254 26.71[32]

Dr. Susan Lewis returns and a simple lunch date with Greene leads to a new job at County General. Meanwhile, Abby's attempt to make peace with Kovač is impeded by the arrival of his bartending lady friend. Chen takes drastic action after Weaver strips her of the chief-residency position, and Benton works to save a man who thinks his death will improve his family's financial future while Corday and the team treat a young six old boy who suffers Edwards syndrome but the parents (David Hewlett and Susan Traylor) may have motives for bringing their ill son into the ER.

Dr. Susan Lewis returns to the show after five years.

Final Appearance of Dr. Dave Malucci.
162 5 "Start All Over Again" Vondie Curtis-Hall Joe Sachs October 25, 2001 (2001-10-25) 227255 27.38[33]
On her first day back, Lewis puts her new job in jeopardy after clashing with Weaver over a pregnant teen who may be deported if her very strict parents learn of her condition. Meanwhile, Corday comes under fire after losing a patient to an odd infection she may be spreading, Carter's grandmother arrives in need of medical care, but she is opposed to his aid, and Abby bristles at a newly emerging relationship in the ER.
163 6 "Supplies and Demands" Jonathan Kaplan Meredith Stiehm November 1, 2001 (2001-11-01) 277256 24.68[34]
Carter and Lewis race to stop a possible outbreak after two college students test positive for meningococcemia. A specialist shadows Corday to find the root of the infection that has killed four of her elderly patients, Abby has a hard time letting Kovač go, especially once his enigmatic lady friend scores a job at the hospital, and Benton squares off with Roger over his expanded and irritating role in Reese's life.
164 7 "If I Should Fall from Grace" Laura Innes R. Scott Gemmill November 8, 2001 (2001-11-08) 227257 26.85[35]

Carter discovers the sad truth about what is ailing his grandmother. Roger sues Benton for custody of Reese, Nicole gets a grim life lesson during her first day of training as a nurse's aide, and Corday gets a possible lead on why so many of her patients are dying while Greene's daughter Rachel gets suspended from school.

First Appearance of medical student (later Dr.) Michael Gallant.
165 8 "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain" David Nutter Jack Orman November 15, 2001 (2001-11-15) 227258 27.37[36]
As a storm soaks Chicago, Weaver and Gallant race to save a pregnant woman trapped in a crashed ambulance surrounded by live power lines. Carter's grandmother arrives with a mysterious injury and it's discovered that she has a morbid link to a hit-and-run victim, and Greene treats a teen taking the fall for losing his baby brother in a flooded river. Meanwhile, Benton's hopes of winning custody of Reese are dashed by a fateful DNA test that threatens to change everything, Cleo ends her days at County General, and Nicole gives Kovač bad news after being busted for burglary.
166 9 "Quo Vadis?" Richard Thorpe Joe Sachs & David Zabel November 22, 2001 (2001-11-22) 227259 23.58[37]
Benton and Roger face-off in court over custody of Reese, a firefighter piques Weaver's interest, Carter tends to a newlywed who may be allergic to her own husband, then lets Lewis in on his true feelings about her. Nicole drops a new bombshell on Kovač after Abby busts her for lying about the baby. Meanwhile, Corday waits for a widower to give the transplant team permission to harvest his brain-dead wife's internal organs, and Greene drug-tests his daughter after she is busted with her pot-smoking beau.
167 10 "I'll Be Home for Christmas" Jonathan Kaplan Dee Johnson & Meredith Stiehm December 13, 2001 (2001-12-13) 227260 28.87[38]

Romano forces Benton to make a decision about his future at County as the custody trial for Reese reaches its climax. Carter's father drops a holiday bombshell and Kovač's former flame resurfaces with yet another secret. Meanwhile, Weaver and Lopez have their first date and the staff prays for a Christmas miracle after a young mom arrives with her critically injured son.

Final Regular appearances of Dr. Peter Benton and Dr. Cleo Finch.
168 11 "Beyond Repair" Alan J. Levi Jack Orman & R. Scott Gemmill January 10, 2002 (2002-01-10) 227261 25.42[39]
As a cold front hits, Carter tries to hash things out with his mother and has a chilling run-in with a killer from his past. Chen is searching for clues about Weaver's pager. Abby tries to help a child who is searching for his mother in the ER. Weaver's closeted lifestyle sends Lopez packing and Abby spends her birthday falling into a dangerous old habit. Meanwhile, Lewis tries to help a prisoner avoid a certain death sentence and Greene finds cause for alarm among Rachel's things.
169 12 "A River in Egypt" Jesús S. Treviño David Zabel January 17, 2002 (2002-01-17) 227262 26.14[40]
Lopez takes drastic action to push Weaver out of the closet, Romano rehires a vengeful Chen, Abby tries and fails to help her neighbor escape an abusive situation, and Greene makes a decision about Rachel's future in Chicago. Meanwhile, Carter gets roped into playing peacemaker between his mother and his absentee father, and Lewis battles to keep an injured inmate safe from the men assigned to guard him.
170 13 "Damage is Done" Nelson McCormick Dee Johnson January 31, 2002 (2002-01-31) 227263 24.75[41]
Greene faces the awful truth about Rachel after Ella is rushed to County for what he fears may be a drug overdose. Abby puts herself in the line of fire by taking in her battered neighbor and Carter's mother reaches out to a dying child in hopes of righting a past wrong. Meanwhile, Weaver takes the low road to punish Lewis for accepting a promotion and Chen decides it is time to lose the gloves in her dealings with a duplicitous colleague.
171 14 "A Simple Twist of Fate" Christopher Chulack Jack Orman February 7, 2002 (2002-02-07) 227264 27.35[42]
Corday takes drastic action against Rachel for Ella's near-fatal drug overdose. Abby suffers for helping Joyce escape Brian's abuse; afterwards, a furious Kovač confronts Brian in a bar, warning him not to come near Abby again. Greene's health takes an ominous turn. Meanwhile, Carter's mother is forced to relive a past loss while tending to a young cancer patient and a string of food poisonings cause Lewis to flex her muscles as the newest member of management.
172 15 "It's All in Your Head" Vondie Curtis-Hall R. Scott Gemmill February 28, 2002 (2002-02-28) 227265 24.90[43]
Greene keeps Corday in the dark after dire news forces him to seek emergency treatment and another woman's assistance. Abby learns that her home is no longer safe from her violent neighbor. Jerry and Frank end up working together at the desk and start fighting. Meanwhile, the ER is flooded with families, each torn apart by the mistakes of one member.
173 16 "Secrets and Lies" Richard Thorpe John Wells March 7, 2002 (2002-03-07) 227266 23.78[44]
A mishap with a dominatrix patient's bag of tricks lands Kovač, Abby, Lewis, Carter, and Gallant in a sexual harassment class, where tensions run high among various couplings. In particular, Carter's jealousy-directed at both Lewis and Kovač, though for different reasons-gets pushed to the limit. And by the end of the day, one pair is forced to face the truth about their dead-in-the-water romance.
174 17 "Bygones" Jessica Yu Elizabeth Hunter & Meredith Stiehm March 28, 2002 (2002-03-28) 227267 24.82[45]
Romano forces Corday to work in the ER, where she begins to realize that Lewis may hold the key to her estranged husband's disturbing behavior. Weaver tries to keep it together after Lopez is reported to have been lost in a school fire, a pair of college students are rushed into surgery following a knife attack on campus that hits close to home for one of the County staffers, and Abby settles into life at Kovač's while she searches for a new home.
175 18 "Orion in the Sky" Jonathan Kaplan David Zabel April 4, 2002 (2002-04-04) 227268 28.51[46]

Training a zealous intern leads Greene to a life-altering realization about the future of his own medical care and his ability to provide it to others. Elsewhere, a junkie gets a lesson in life's hardships after she goes into premature labor, a museum worker displays signs of a legendary ailment usually attributed to the undead, and Corday is forced to give in to a terminal patient's demands to die with dignity. Greene then refuses treatment and finishes his last shift to spend his last days with his fractured family.

First Appearance of Dr. Greg Pratt.
176 19 "Brothers and Sisters" Nelson McCormick R. Scott Gemmill April 25, 2002 (2002-04-25) 227269 23.78[47]
A frantic phone call sends Lewis racing to New York, where she enlists a pair of police officers to locate her missing sister and niece. Back at County, Carter confronts Abby about her drinking but fails to sell her on a sober life; Corday gets bad news from Rachel concerning Mark in Hawaii; and Pratt's showboating puts Gallant and a patient in peril. This episode is part of a crossover with Third Watch episode Unleashed.
177 20 "The Letter" Jack Orman Jack Orman May 2, 2002 (2002-05-02) 227270 25.79[48]
A letter from Greene prompts Carter to confront Abby about her drinking, while Weaver sees the note as a reason to check her health and try her hand at romance. Meanwhile, a car crash reveals a shocking truth about Lewis' teen patient; and Pratt gets bad news about where he will be spending his internship.
178 21 "On the Beach" John Wells John Wells May 9, 2002 (2002-05-09) 227271 28.71[49]

These are the final days of Dr. Mark Greene's life. He spends them in Hawaii, where he grew up, with his daughter Rachel in the hope that the trip will give the often antagonistic pair a chance to reconnect and heal old wounds before it is too late. The unexpected arrival of Corday and baby Ella, both having been summoned to Hawaii by Rachel due to her concerns about her father's increasingly ailing health allows the weakening Greene to see his fractured family reunited before his death. A few days later, Greene's funeral is held with members of the ER and OR staff all in attendance while in the aftermath of Greene's death, Carter takes charge, becoming the new Attending.

Final Regular Appearance of Dr. Mark Greene. Final Appearance of Dr. Cleo Finch.
179 22 "Lockdown" Jonathan Kaplan Dee Johnson & Joe Sachs May 16, 2002 (2002-05-16) 227272 27.47[50]
The usual chaos at County General quickly goes from frenzied to frightening when two children are brought in with symptoms eerily similar to the dreaded smallpox. Racing to stop a possible plague — and national panic — Carter immediately orders an ER lockdown, leaving Weaver outside and a waiting room full of anxious patients trapped inside, causing tempers to rise. As Lewis takes control of things and attempts to contact the CDC about a vaccine, one patient's condition continues to deteriorate, while Chen and Pratt begin to show symptoms of exposure.


  1. ^ Episodes 2, 6.
  2. ^ Episodes 3, 19.
  3. ^ Episodes 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 (uncredited), 22.
  4. ^ Episodes 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21 (uncredited).
  5. ^ Episodes 1, 12, 15, 17.
  6. ^ Episodes 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11.
  7. ^ Episodes 1, 10, 12.
  8. ^ Episodes 1, 11, 12, 13, 14.
  9. ^ Episodes 3, 18, 21.
  10. ^ Episodes 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 21.
  11. ^ Episodes 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 20.
  12. ^ Episodes 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10.
  13. ^ Episodes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
  14. ^ a b c d e Episode 19.
  15. ^ Episode 11.
  16. ^ Episodes 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
  17. ^ Episode 2.
  18. ^ Episode 4.
  19. ^ Episodes 5 and 6.
  20. ^ Episodes 8, 9, 10.
  21. ^ a b Episode 11. Also, Season 6.
  22. ^ Episodes 11, 12, 13, 14.
  23. ^ Episodes 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.
  24. ^ Episode 15.
  25. ^ Mourner. Episode 21 (uncredited). Also, Season 1.
  26. ^ Episode 22. Also, Season 9.
  27. ^ a b c d e These performers are playing their characters from Third Watch.
  28. ^ Episode 19. Also, Season 3.
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