ER (season 8)

ER (season 8)
ER Season 8 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original channel NBC
Original run September 27, 2001 – May 16, 2002
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 January 22, 2008
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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

Supporting cast

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


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 write 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 Jesus Salvador Trevino.


"Series #" refers to the episode's number in the overall series, whereas "Season #" refers to the episode's number in this particular season.

Series # Season # Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1581 "Four Corners" Christopher MisianoJack Orman and David ZabelSeptember 27, 2001 (2001-09-27)

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 teems with patients after a feud erupts at a local talk show.

Special Format: 4 Sections; Weaver, Benton, Carter & Greene.  
1592 "The Longer You Stay" Jonathan KaplanJack OrmanOctober 4, 2001 (2001-10-04)
Gridlock in the ER leaves an off-duty Carter to handle Chen and Malucci's fatal error. 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. 
1603 "Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic" Richard ThorpeR. Scott Gemmill and Elizabeth HunterOctober 11, 2001 (2001-10-11)
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. 
1614 "Never Say Never" Félix Enríquez AlcaláDee JohnsonOctober 18, 2001 (2001-10-18)

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 the team treat a youngster who suffers Edwards syndrome whose parents later abandon him.

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

Final Appearance of Dr. Dave Malucci. 
1625 "Start All Over Again" Vondie Curtis-HallJoe SachsOctober 25, 2001 (2001-10-25)
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 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. 
1636 "Supplies and Demands" Jonathan KaplanMeredith StiehmNovember 1, 2001 (2001-11-01)
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. 
1647 "If I Should Fall from Grace" Laura InnesR. Scott GemmillNovember 8, 2001 (2001-11-08)

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. Greene's daughter Rachel gets suspended from school.

First Appearance of medical student (later Dr.) Michael Gallant. 
1658 "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain" David NutterJack OrmanNovember 15, 2001 (2001-11-15)
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 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, Cleo ends her days at County General, and Nicole gives Kovač bad news after being busted for burglary. 
1669 "Quo Vadis?" Richard ThorpeJoe Sachs and David ZabelNovember 22, 2001 (2001-11-22)
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. 
16710 "I'll Be Home for Christmas" Jonathan KaplanDee Johnson and Meredith StiehmDecember 13, 2001 (2001-12-13)

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. 
16811 "Beyond Repair" Alan J. LeviJack Orman and R. Scott GemmillJanuary 10, 2002 (2002-01-10)
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. 
16912 "A River in Egypt" Jesus Salvador TrevinoDavid ZabelJanuary 17, 2002 (2002-01-17)
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. 
17013 "Damage is Done" Nelson McCormickDee JohnsonJanuary 31, 2002 (2002-01-31)
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. 
17114 "A Simple Twist of Fate" Christopher ChulackJack OrmanFebruary 7, 2002 (2002-02-07)
Corday takes drastic action against Rachel for Ella's near-fatal drug overdose. Abby pays a steep price for helping Joyce escape Brian's abuse and 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. 
17215 "It's All in Your Head" Vondie Curtis-HallR. Scott GemmillFebruary 28, 2002 (2002-02-28)
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. 
17316 "Secrets and Lies" Richard ThorpeJohn WellsMarch 7, 2002 (2002-03-07)
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. 
17417 "Bygones" Jessica YuElizabeth Hunter and Meredith StiehmMarch 28, 2002 (2002-03-28)
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. 
17518 "Orion in the Sky" Jonathan KaplanDavid ZabelApril 4, 2002 (2002-04-04)

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. 
17619 "Brothers and Sisters" Nelson McCormickR. Scott GemmillApril 25, 2002 (2002-04-25)
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 Greene 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. 
17720 "The Letter" Jack OrmanJack OrmanMay 2, 2002 (2002-05-02)
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. 
17821 "On the Beach" John WellsJohn WellsMay 9, 2002 (2002-05-09)

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 allows the weakening Greene to see his fractured family reunited.

Final Regular Appearance of Dr. Mark Greene, Dr. Peter Benton and Final Appearance of Dr. Cleo Finch. 
17922 "Lockdown" Jonathan KaplanDee Johnson and Joe SachsMay 16, 2002 (2002-05-16)
The usual chaos at County General quickly goes from frenzied to frightening when two children are brought in with symptoms eerily similar to smallpox. Racing to stem a possible plague — and national panic — Carter immediately orders an ER lockdown, with Weaver outside and a waiting room full of anxious patients inside. As Lewis takes control 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. 


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