"Freak Show"
Season 4, Episode 8
Air date December 11, 1997
Written by Lance Gentile
Directed by Richard Thorpe
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Freak Show is the 8th episode of the 4th season of "E.R." It was first aired on December, 11 in 1997. It was written by Lance Gentile and directed by Richard Thorpe.


Benton has a very extraordinary and interesting case when he comes across a boy with reversed internal organs.

NBC DescriptionEdit

TURNS FOR THE WORSE: Nurse Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) is overwhelmed by the number of women and children who show up for her new clinic.

A letter that Dr. Ross (George Clooney) wrote to Nurse Hathaway is misplaced, leading to romantic complications for Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards).

The tension between Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) and Dr. Del Amico (Maria Bello) is overshadowed when Carter's med student, Henry (guest star Chad Lowe) faces a life-threatening emergency.

Jeanie (Gloria Reuben) confronts Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) over the issue of budget cuts. Dr. Benton (Eriq La Salle) and Dr. Corday (Alex Kingston) operate on a boy with an extremely rare anatomical abnormality.

Short summaryEdit

Carol Hathaway returns to work to find that due to a mix-up, there are dozens of people waiting in her yet to open free clinic. John Carter and Anna Del Amico start to mend their relationship. Rocket Romano offers Benton a place on his surgical team provided he demonstrates that he can get along with Dr. Corday. Benton comes across a unique case of a young boy whose internal organs are reversed. ER receptionist Cynthia intercepts a note intended for Carol Hathaway, believing it's from Mark Greene. Dr. Weaver receives a bouquet of flowers from Dr. Ellis West after his company, Synergix, gets the contract to supply supplementary attending physicians for the ER. Carter's student, George Henry re-appears when he learns he hasn't completed all of the requirements of his ER rotation.




Dr. Mark Greene: I've been kind of a jerk.

Nurse Carol Hathaway: Worse.

Dr. Mark Greene: Pain in the ass?

Nurse Carol Hathaway: Keep going.

Dr. Mark Greene: Total schmuck.

Nurse Carol Hathaway: Bingo.


Dr. Peter Benton: What about you? You got any kids?

Dr. Robert Romano: None they've been able to pin on me.


[operating on a boy with reversed organs]

Dr. Elizabeth Corday: This would be easier with a mirror in the ceiling.

Dr. Robert Romano: We could operate in my bedroom.

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