|"Another Thursday at County"|
|Season 15, Episode 2|
|Air date||October 9, 2008|
|Written by||Lisa Zwerling|
|Directed by||Paul McCrane|
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The ER is on guard as Gates gathers the new interns to treat a terrorist, but it's the new doctor and her tough disposition that has everyone on the defensive.
Short summary Edit
Everyone in the ER is trying to cope with the loss of their colleague. The staff feels defensive toward the new Chief and her tough disposition. Gates and the new interns treat a bio terrorist, who has a lethal secret that endangers them all. Neela makes a great effort to get Dubenko back on the surgery staff, and gets help from an unexpected souce.
- This episode marks Angela Bassett's first appearance as Dr. Cate Banfield.
- This is Shiri Appleby's second time on ER (1994); 14 years ago, she had a small role as a pregnant teenager in the pilot episode.
- This episode features the last appearance of Dr. Donald Anspaugh, who has been a recurring guest star since season three. Leland Orser, whose first episode was in season eleven, is now the show's senior doctor billed as a special guest star.
Dr. Daria Wade: (to Felix) So, how long have you been a bioterrorist?
Banfield: He's got track marks all over his ankles. (looks witheringly at Sam) It's called a head-to-toe exam for a reason.
(from the elevator, Banfield curtly overides Morris's plan of where to put some of the evacuated patients)
Morris: (with deep sarcasm, just as the elevator doors are closing) You just let me know when you need my help. I'm here for you.
Sam: (to Morris) One minute she's a raging bitch, the next she's Mother Teresa.
Frank: (handing a chart to Morris and Sam) Hey! See this guy, will you? He's been waiting five hours already. (he walks away)
Morris: (pauses, and then loudly, with sarcasm) Oh, so sorry, Frank! We were eating bonbons in the bubble bath! Totally lost track of time!
Banfield: (to Daria) You're a doctor now. Try to look like one. (to Tracy) And on that note, three inch heels have no place in the hospital.
Brenner: Those are some shoes!
Tracy: Oh, I always wear heels. Anything else hurts my feet.
(Banfield follows Morris to the lounge and continues an argument that began in the reception area)
Banfield: Did you think that I was finished?
Morris: (pause) You know what, lady? Shut up! (long pause) We have been through hell here the last few weeks, but somehow we're getting through it, and you know how? (voice rising) By showing up here every day and dedicating ourselves to this work. (shouting) You don't know us. You don't know this place. And the last thing we need is for some stranger to come in here and tell us how it's done.
Banfield: (very softly) I know that you lost a friend (pause) and I'm sorry about that. But we will never have a conversation like this again. Understand?