|"A Hole in the Heart"|
|Season 4, Episode 22|
|Air date||May 14, 1998|
|Written by||Lydia Woodward|
|Directed by||Leslie Linka Glatter|
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Mark and Weaver threaten Doug over his unauthorized treatment of infant Josh McNeal. Dr. Max Rosher ingratiates himself with Anspaugh. Corday receives a letter from Romano informing her that he won't be sponsoring her the following year. A despondent patient shocks Carol with an unusually violent act.
Weaver becomes upset when Anspaugh tells her that even though she has been Acting Chief of Emergency Medicine for a year, the hospital still plans a nationwide search for a permanent one. Carter accuses Max of taking some Percocet from a medicine cabinet.
Benton arranges a hearing test after a day care worker tells him Reese is not responding to sounds as the other children do.
At the hospital daycare, one of the child-care workers suggests to Peter Benton that he may want to have baby Reece's hearing checked. Doug Ross dodges a bullet by admitting upfront his error in detoxifying a baby without permission. Having been acting Chief for over 6 months, Kerry Weaver puts her name forward to replace David Morgenstern as Chief of Emergency Medicine only to be told she will have to compete for the job. The doctors treat a couple of Elvis impersonators who sky dive into Lake Superior. When drugs go missing from the ER, John Carter suspects Anna Del Amico's ex-boyfriend.
- Anthony Edwards as Mark Greene
- George Clooney as Doug Ross
- Noah Wyle as John Carter
- Julianna Margulies as Carol Hathaway
- Gloria Reuben as Jeanie Boulet
- Laura Innes as Kerry Weaver
- Maria Bello as Anna Del Amico (last episode)
- Alex Kingston as Elizabeth Corday
- Eriq La Salle as Peter Benton
- This episode is Maria Bello's final appearance.
Doug (to Weaver): I don't care about your rules.
Weaver: I hope you also don't care about being an ER Pediatric Attending. Because you've just given up any chance of that.
Carol (to Mark): I was there because I wanted to be there, not because Doug asked me.
Mark: I'm sure you were. Doug can be pretty passionate about these kids.
Carol: Oh, give me a little credit, Mark. You think I'm a fresh-faced nursing student who can't resist the doctor's spell?
Mark: I'm only saying that Legal and Administration are going to be going over every detail of this case. And I'd hate to see it reflect badly on your record.
Carol: So you're saying I should fudge my involvement?
Mark: Tell the truth. Tell them you were doing your job. Tell them you were assisting a doctor.
Carol: The truth is I insisted on being there because I believe Doug was working in the best interest of the patient. And that much is my responsibility every bit as much as it is his.
Benton (to Corday): You're running all over the hospital, asking every surgeon to sponsor you.
Corday: Okay, so what do you suggest?
Benton: Elizabeth, you haven't even checked out other hospitals, other parts of the country.
Corday: I've built up relationships here or so I thought.
Benton: I'm not saying I would want you to leave Chicago.
Corday: No, but you're not passionate about my fight to stay.