The Best Episodes of ER

And in the End

#1 - And in the End 8.87

Season 15 - Episode 22

Gates works on a young teen brought in with alcohol poisoning after playing a deadly drinking game with friends. Dr. Carter opens a new medical facility for the underprivileged in Chicago and some old friends from County General all come to show their support. It’s Sam’s birthday and Alex and Gates surprise her with a special gift. Meanwhile, Carter works with an intern to save a mother in labor with twins.

On the Beach

#2 - On the Beach 8.82

Season 8 - Episode 21

Mark decides to use his remaining time to help "fix" Rachel and takes her to Hawaii to show her where he grew up. He teaches her how to surf, and how to drive a stick shift. Mark catches her chasing one of his Vicodin with a shot of vodka and confronts her about wasting her life. One day after surfing, he has a seizure, and Elizabeth arrives with Ella in tow. She wants to take him home, but he refuses. Early in the morning, he dies. After the funeral, Rachel tells Elizabeth she'd like to visit Ella, and Elizabeth agrees.

Directors: John Wells
Midnight

#3 - Midnight 8.63

Season 10 - Episode 21

Kem goes into labor, but she and Carter are shocked to discover that the baby has no heartbeat, and will be stillborn. 19 members of Neela's family are coming into town for her graduation. Abby, Neela and Lester graduate from medical school. Steve continues his efforts to get Sam back, visiting Luka at work and sending Sam a box of ice cream sundaes. Pratt refuses to believe that a patient of his is in congestive heart failure. Weaver suggests to Abby that she will match at County, unless she fails her boards. Rachel Greene is in town "looking at colleges," although she has a favor to ask of Corday.

Directors: Julie Hébert
All in the Family

#4 - All in the Family 8.60

Season 6 - Episode 14

Weaver discovers Carter and Lucy. As police begin to arrive, Benton rushes between the two, being the only surgical resident on duty. Greene and Corday are paged to return to the hospital. Carter almost loses his kidney, but with quick thinking by Anspaugh, Benton is able to save it and Carter will be okay. On the other hand, Lucy has her chest cracked because her heart stops but she is stabilized. In the OR waiting room, while waiting for emergency surgery to fix a life-threatening blood clot, Lucy flatlines. Romano and Corday desperately try to save her life but she dies and the staff receives the news. Meanwhile, Paul Sobriki is found running naked down Michigan Avenue and is brought in. His wife arrives at the ER; incapable of believing her husband would be capable of such a violent act. And while Benton is busy with Carter, Cleo is forced to crack a man's chest open to save his life, resulting in Benton's ire.

Directors: Jonathan Robert Kaplan
Freefall

#5 - Freefall 8.55

Season 10 - Episode 8

A helicopter crashes on the roof, falling into the ambulance bay where it lands on Romano and causes a huge explosion. Pratt and Morris are pretty lucky: Romano had just fired Pratt and caught Morris smoking weed in the ambulance bay. Susan worries that Chuck was onboard, although it turns out he wasn't, even though he does have some internal injuries. He'll be fine though. Abby daydreams about what Carter's up to in Africa. Luka enjoys Thanksgiving dinner with Sam and her son Alex.

Directors: Christopher Chulack
Orion in the Sky

#6 - Orion in the Sky 8.50

Season 8 - Episode 18

Mark serves his final day in the ER overseeing the first day of Gregory Pratt, a cocky yet eager new intern. Through observing his patients, he decides to forego chemotherapy, and spend his remaining days in peace. He also meets with his ex-wife, tells Weaver to live a little and leaves, never to return. Meanwhile, Abby plans to move back into her apartment when her landlord lets her know that Brian's moved out. (That's all that happened, really!)

Directors: Jonathan Robert Kaplan
The Show Must Go On

#7 - The Show Must Go On 8.47

Season 11 - Episode 22

Carter's last day at County General is marked by the "surprise" party being thrown for him. Ray takes charge when a balcony collapses at a party that he's attending. With all of the attendings at Carter's party, he talks Abby into taking 4 trauma patients while the hospital is closed to trauma. Pratt briefly visits his dad. Upset that Sam won't let him visit Steve (since he's in jail), Alex steals her credit cards and hitches a ride out of town.

Directors: John Wells
Old Times

#8 - Old Times 8.44

Season 15 - Episode 19

Neela and Sam are shocked when they arrive back to the airport with transplant organs only to find that their plane has left them. Dr. Carter gets a surprise visit from an old friend while waiting for his kidney transplant. Dr. Banfield bonds with an abandoned baby boy that is left at the ER.

Directors: John Wells
Drive

#9 - Drive 8.39

Season 10 - Episode 22

Good samaritan Luka stops to help a woman with a flat tire, and watches her get hit by a reckless driver. Abby discovers that she passed her boards. Pratt is concerned about Chen when she comes to work with a black eye. Neela withdraws from her residency program at the University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, knowing that she can't be licensed without an internship. When Steve announces his intentions to stay in Chicago, Sam decides to leave town. The custody battle for Henry Lopez goes before a judge. While Pratt drives Elgin Gibbs home en route to dinner with Chen, the three are shot at by an irritated driver.

Directors: Jonathan Robert Kaplan
Such Sweet Sorrow

#10 - Such Sweet Sorrow 8.37

Season 6 - Episode 21

Carol resuscitates a terminal cancer DNR to say goodbye to her family, and realizes that life is too short. She runs out of the hospital after saying a quick goodbye to Luka and Mark and hops on a plane to Seattle to see Doug. Carter's mental status is dissipating rapidly to the point where he almost kills a woman. Chen notices and tells Mark her concern that Carter is bipolar. Weaver goes on the warpath after noticing ER staff taking shortcuts in their work, including Abby, who discharges a woman prematurely without running extra tests. Corday offers Malucci a sobering assessment of his performance. Mark prepares to bury his father and enjoys his daughter's company.

Directors: John Wells
The Healers

#11 - The Healers 8.34

Season 2 - Episode 16

Shep and Raul respond to a massive fire without proper equipment, risking their lives to save addicts and their children. Shep will be okay, but Raul has third-degree burns covering his body; it's only a matter of time. The ER is flooded with burn victims. Chloe returns to Chicago. Doug is stood up by his father for a basketball game.

Directors: Mimi Leder
Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain

#12 - Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain 8.34

Season 8 - Episode 8

An enormous rainstorm pelts Chicago. Cleo's last day at County is interrupted by the arrival of Benton's DNA results: he's not Reese's biological father. Benton meets with his lawyer regarding the trial; she advises him to let Roger see Reese; he refuses. Money from the nurses' secret stash and Frank's Palm Pilot go missing, only to turn up in Nicole's purse. She later tells Luka that she's pregnant. Susan accuses Mark of being grumpy with his patients; he spends the day treating a kid who fell in the river with his younger brother and whose parents blame him. Weaver travels to an accident site, where Pickman's ambulance was rammed by an SUV. She treats a pregnant stab wound, going as far as to give her a C-section in the broken ambulance, with Gallant's help. Carter's grandmother comes in after being involved in a hit-and-run and breaking her hip. She becomes delusional in an MRI machine, calling out for her husband.

Directors: David Nutter
The War Comes Home

#13 - The War Comes Home 8.33

Season 14 - Episode 1

Season Premiere. Moretti's first day is challenging as the ER is inundated with casualties from the peace rally - including Neela. Dubenko faces a crisis in surgery. Abby, Pratt and Morris conspire about how to deal with a shared problem. A new intern arrives unexpectedly, and Gates is reassigned.

Directors: Stephen Cragg
NICU

#14 - NICU 8.33

Season 10 - Episode 12

Abby and Neela spend 21 days on their NICU rotation. Life in the NICU is certainly not fun, what with the sick babies and all. Parents of twins return to China with only their healthy son. Another couple spends 21 days in the NICU before finding out their son will die. Abby and Carter discuss his impending fatherhood. Weaver and Sandy have a baby boy.

Directors: Laura Innes
The Long Way Around

#15 - The Long Way Around 8.33

Season 3 - Episode 15

Carol is held hostage in a bungled convenience store robbery. Her medical skills are put to their toughest test as she works feverishly to save the gravely wounded store owner.

Directors: Christopher Chulack
One for the Road

#16 - One for the Road 8.32

Season 11 - Episode 1

Pratt's car crashes into the river. Chen and Pratt's injuries are bad, but they're not as bad as Elgin's--he dies. Abby begins her internship at County, as do Ray Barnett and Howard Ritzke. Alex and Sam crash at a motel, where Alex places a collect call to Luka. Luka comes to find them and asks Sam to return to Chicago with him. The Lopez family gives Weaver full custody of Henry, and will take care of him while Weaver is at work. Carter and Kem scatter their son's ashes. Even Carter's proposal isn't enough to keep Kem in Chicago.

Directors: Christopher Chulack
Great Expectations

#17 - Great Expectations 8.32

Season 6 - Episode 8

Carol goes into labor on the L. With the help of Luka, she makes it into the ER and delivers one twin, Tess, there. She is then moved to the OB and put in the care of OB nurse Abby Lockhart. Dr. Coburn delivers Kate through an emergency c-section but Carol and both babies turn out to be fine. When Mark has to leave Thanksgiving at her house to be Carol's Lamaze coach, Corday is stuck with his father and Rachel. Dr. Dave helps Carter with a diagnosis of a very rare disease.

Directors: Christopher Misiano
Damaged

#18 - Damaged 8.32

Season 11 - Episode 2

Carter hasn't been sleeping well, and falls off the wagon. Luka and Sam profess their love for each other, and Luka invites her to move in with him. Neela's parents visit, confused by her choice to drop out of Michigan. The nurses freeze out Abby after a slip of the tongue to Haleh. Weaver advises Barnett to change his appearance. Abby treats a "damage girl."

Directors: Paul McCrane
Just As I Am (a.k.a. Shortness of Breath)

#19 - Just As I Am (a.k.a. Shortness of Breath) 8.30

Season 11 - Episode 14

Weaver is spending the day working in the ER when she meets her birth mother, who has disguised herself as a patient to see Kerry. Her mom is a devout Christian, in town with her choir, and does not understand Weaver's lifestyle "choice." She offers her love, but Weaver just wants acceptance. Jake has been spending every night at Abby's apartment. Abby says it's out of convenience, but Neela thinks otherwise. Jake and Abby have trouble hiding their relationship at work, especially from Weaver. Pratt doesn't want to work with Jane. Ray gets a bedpan to the face during a fight between Carter and a Demerol junkie.

Directors: Richard Thorpe
Where There's Smoke

#20 - Where There's Smoke 8.30

Season 10 - Episode 18

Sandy Lopez dies after going into a fire in an abandoned warehouse. Kerry is devastated; even more so when Sandy's family won't let her see Henry. Susan and a guy from Risk Management interview everybody who was involved in last week's death. Gallant reveals that the Army is sending him to Iraq and he and Neela share a bittersweet farewell. Sam is surprised by the arrival of Alex's dad. Neela passed her boards, although Abby did not. Corday discovers that she's the new Head of Surgery. After she has contractions, Susan is put on bed rest for the rest of her pregnancy--five weeks.

Directors: Tawnia McKiernan
The Dance We Do

#21 - The Dance We Do 8.29

Season 7 - Episode 8

Abby wakes up with Luka in his hotel room. At a job interview at a department store, her mother causes a disturbance and later flees town. Benton treats Jesse's girlfriend, who talks to the cops about Jesse's killers and later comes to him for help after a hit is put on her. Corday undergoes a grueling deposition for Mr. Patterson's lawsuit and lies to save her ass. Greene discovers that his tumor is inoperable and later has a seizure. He finally decides to tell Corday about his condition.

Directors: Christopher Misiano
First Snowfall

#22 - First Snowfall 8.28

Season 9 - Episode 8

Abby's family nightmare continues as she and her mother Maggie search for Abby's missing brother Eric, who Abby suspects is suffering from serious mental problems. The two women go to a Midwestern air force base, hoping to prevent Eric from being court-martialed for being absent without leave. Carter struggles to get out of Chicago to join Abby. Meanwhile, Corday treats a family of patients who, while building a snowman, were severely injured after being struck by a truck driver. She must help the father, Stuart, make a life-or-death decision. Corday also sympathizes with troubled surgical resident Paul Nathan as he struggles with the increasing symptoms of his physical handicap.

Directors: Jack Orman
The Greater Good

#23 - The Greater Good 8.28

Season 10 - Episode 6

Since his return to County, Luka has become obsessed with treating and streeting patients as quickly as possible. He argues with Pratt over the treatment of a pregnant woman who doesn't want her premature baby, as well as with Romano, who wants more tests ordered on patients so that the hospital can make some money. Abby is still on her surgical rotation and Romano is still riding her hard. Coop flirts with Chen. Susan has been reading to Ben Hollander in her spare time; he seems to have developed a crush on her. Luka meets Sam's son Alex in the new JumboMart (which has replaced the fire-damaged Doc Magoo's).

Directors: Richard Thorpe
Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic

#24 - Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic 8.28

Season 8 - Episode 3

Carter is having back problems that aren't helped when Abby asks him to help move a new fish tank into Luka's apartment to replace the one she accidentally broke while moving out. Benton encounters problems finding a sitter for Reese when Jackie decides that she can't do it. Chen is having trouble with Weaver "helping" her with patients; she treats an abandoned infant with a birthmark in the shape of the sign of the Virgin Mary. Cleo's HIV test results come back negative. Rachel Greene shows up at the hospital; she ran away from Jenn and wants to stay with Mark for a while. Corday falls asleep in surgery. Malucci is stuck in an elevator with a cute female paramedic and a guy vomiting blood. After saving the guy's life, Dr. Dave is caught "celebrating" with the paramedic in the back of an ambulance by Weaver, who promptly fires him. Appealing unsuccessfully to Mark, Dave and Weaver finally have it out at the end of the day. He begs her not to fire him because he needs the money

Directors: Richard Thorpe
Exodus

#25 - Exodus 8.28

Season 4 - Episode 15

The ER must be evacuated when several workers at a chemical plant track benzine all over the floors. After Weaver is felled by the poison, Carter takes over, directing the evacuation. Dr. Corday does a ride-along with EMTs and rescues a man trapped under a building. Doug and Carol are trapped in the elevator with a sick child.

Directors: Christopher Chulack