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ER: The Letter

Dr. Carter reads a letter from the ailing Dr. Greene to the E.R. staff. Meanwhile, Dr. Weaver lashes out at a mentally challenged patient; Carter feels helpless when a terminally ill homeless man continues to ask for Greene's help; and Carter tries to coax a tipsy Abby to attend an Alcoholics' Anonymous meeting with him. Elsewhere: the obnoxious Dr. Pratt learns that he will be assigned to County General for his residency; and Dr. Romano struggles to save a young girl's life after an auto accident reveals a dangerous malignancy.

Episode Info
Episode number: 8x20
Production Number: 227270
Airdate: Thursday May 02nd, 2002

Director: Jack Orman
Writer: Jack Orman

Alternate Airdates:

FI (MTV3) Jan 16, 2003

Guest Stars
Dinah LenneyDinah Lenney
As Nurse Shirley
Ellen CrawfordEllen Crawford
As Nurse Lydia Wright
John SicilianoJohn Siciliano
As Toby
Lisa VidalLisa Vidal
As CFD Lt. Sandy Lopez
Michael AdlerMichael Adler
As Nick
Paul BenjaminPaul Benjamin
As Al Ervin
Troy EvansTroy Evans
As Frank Martin
Chad MitchellChad Mitchell
As Clerk (uncredited)
Jason PadgettJason Padgett
As Nolan, Lava Lounge Bartender
Kay PanabakerKay Panabaker
As Melissa Rue
Reed RudyReed Rudy
As Dan Rue
Robby SuttonRobby Sutton
As Holden
Vanna SalviatiVanna Salviati
As Italian Gamma
Main Cast
Noah WyleNoah Wyle
As Dr. John Carter
Anthony EdwardsAnthony Edwards
As Dr. Mark Greene
Goran VisnjicGoran Visnjic
As Dr. Luka Kovac
Maura TierneyMaura Tierney
As Dr. Abby Lockhart
Alex KingstonAlex Kingston
As Dr. Elizabeth Corday
Laura InnesLaura Innes
As Dr. Kerry Weaver
Sherry StringfieldSherry Stringfield
As Dr. Susan Lewis
As Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen
Sharif AtkinsSharif Atkins
As Dr. Michael Gallant
Paul McCranePaul McCrane
As Dr. Robert Romano
Episode Quotes
John: (reading a final letter from Dr. Greene) Dear ER Gang,

So here I am out on the beach at 5:30 in the evening. Elizabeth is drinking juice, but I’m all about the Mai Tais. The sun is going down ; Rachel is dipping Ella’s toes in the ocean as they head off on a quest for the prefect seashell. Weirdly enough, I find myself thinking, You know what would make this moment complete?, some jogger dropping to the sand, short of breath, so I can swoop in with a piece of bamboo to perform a nice clean incubation, fix the guy up and send him off with a good simple dispo. Which I guess is my way of saying I miss you all and that dingy place. Lots of times I thought I should have chosen a different career or go into private practice, something easier, less grinding, more lucrative, but since I’ve been gone, I realize that outside of what I’m doing right now , sitting on this beach with my family, staying at county all those years, doing what we do on a daily basics was the best choice I ever made. I know what your thinking, but trust me, it’s not hard to appreciate once it's over. As much as part of me would like to believe that the ER can’t go on without me, the smarter part realizes that you are an incredible group of doctors and nurses who approach everyday with such skill, compassion, and thoroughness, that when it comes to patient care, I know my absence will hardly be felt. As for friendship and comraderly, well that’s another matter. In order to leave, I had to go the way I did, but I wouldn’t want any of you to think that that meant I didn’t value each of you and the years we worked together, or that I didn’t have things of a more personal nature to say. Most of you, I think , have an idea of what those things might be without me writing them down, but still....Ella is laughing and waving for me. Rachel found her shell.


Mark died this morning at 6:04A.M. The sun was rising, his favorite time of the day. I sent this on so that you might know he was thinking of you all and that he appreciated knowing you would remember him well.


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