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"Day One"
Season 1, Episode 2
Air date September 22, 1994
Written by John Wells
Directed by Mimi Leder
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Mark's wife arrives in the ER with the news that she has passed her bar exams but several members of the staff interrupt their intimate celebration. Greene treats an elderly woman whose husband isn't ready to let her go. It's been eight weeks since Hathaway's attempted suicide, but Doug Ross has yet to bring himself to visit the woman he went out with for two years. Susan Lewis saves a newborn who is brought into the ER choking. She also argues with the psychiatric attending who refuses to admit a patient suffering from dementia. Carter finds himself having to care for a group of German tourists who are suffering from food poisoning. He also treats a young flirt with a rash. Benton treats a recent surgery patient and finds his correct diagnosis overturned by the man's physician. Susan Lewis treats a family struck by a drunk driver. The husband and daughter will survive but there is little hope for the woman. The drunk driver is also brought in suffering from only a few scratches.

NBC DescriptionEdit

CARTER'S FIRST SAVE: Carter's first full day finds him saving a patient from cardiac arrest, his first such save. Later, he treats a coworkers rash and winds up going home with her.

Meanwhile, the ER is inundated with both a tour group and a wedding party suffering from food poisoning from the same German restaurant.

When Dr. Greene helps his wife, Jennifer (Christine Harnos), "celebrate" passing the bar, they get caught having sex in the ER bathroom.

Dr. Ross visits a recovering Nurse Hathaway (JULIANA MARGULIES).


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