Pilot Episode


Episode Info

Originally telecast as a two-hour special, the first episode of ER has since been divided into a two-parter for syndication. In part one, young and inexperienced third-year med student John Carter (Noah Wyle) reports for work at the emergency room of Chicago's County General Hospital. During a hectic 24-hour shift, Carter is brusquely introduced to his future co-workers: his arrogant trainer, Dr. Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle); workaholic chief resident Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards); the equally hardworking Dr. Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield); the womanizing Dr. Douglas Ross (George Clooney); and troubled head nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies). All in all, it is a typical shift at the ER, with cases ranging from gunshot wounds, ruptured aneurysms, burns, and even hangnails -- but a few surprises are in store for both the staff and the viewers at home. In part two, inexperienced three-year med student John Carter continues to cope as best he can with his hectic first day in the emergency room of Chicago's County General Hospital. Meanwhile, chief resident Greene weighs the possibility of entering private practice; Carter's supervisor, Benton, oversteps his authority by operating on a patient with an aortic aneurysm; and troubled head nurse, Carol Hathaway, becomes a patient herself after attempting suicide (originally intended as a one-shot character, Hathaway proved so popular with the viewers that she was immediately pencilled in as a regular).


Anthony Edwards
as Mark Greene
George Clooney
as Douglas Ross
Sherry Stringfield
as Susan Lewis
Eriq La Salle
as Peter Benton
Julianna Margulies
as Carol Hathaway
Noah Wyle
as John Carter
Holly Gagnier
as Tracy Young
Christine Harnos
as Jennifer Greene
Scott Jaeck
as Dr. Steve Flint
Paul Benjamin
as Mr. Ervin
Elizabeth Ruscio
as Sarah Logan
Michael Fairman
as Dr. Mort Harris
Troy Evans
as Off. Martin
Tracey Ellis
as Annette
Ryan Cutrona
as Mr. Wilson
Jay Leggett
as Jake Canelli
Walter F. Kelly
as Specialist
Courtenay McWhinney
as Grey Haired Woman
Jarrett Lennon
as Billy Logan
Phyllis Ehrlich
as Confused Woman
Eddie Torres
as 12 Year Old Boy
Nina Henderson
as Pregnant Lady
Gay Storm
as Mrs. McCormick
Yvonne Zima
as Rachel Greene
Michael Cavanaugh
as Suzanne's Dad
Christine Healy
as Administrator
Sharon Schlarth
as Karen Edmunds
Shiri Appleby
as Ms. Murphy
Sally Hughes
as Mrs. Harvey
Lou Charloff
as Mr. Harvey
Suzanne Carney
as Scrub Nurse #1
Cynthena Sanders
as Scrub Nurse #2
Lance Gentile
as Jimmy Edmunds
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