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|Season 4, Episode 3|
|Air date||October 9, 1997|
|Written by||Walon Green|
|Directed by||Felix Enriquez Alcala|
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"When The Bough Breaks"
Friendly Fire is the 3rd episode of the 4th season of "E.R." It was first aired on October, 9 in 1997. It was written by Walon Green and directed by Felix Enriquez Alcala.
Cynthia Hooper starts as the new desk clerk. Benton and Carla disagree over whether or not their son should be circumcised. Al gets in an accident at work.
Kerry Weaver is named acting head of emergency medicine and immediately sets about changing procedures, which alienates everyone. John Carter finds himself doing a lot of scut work since his student never seems to be in the ER. Al Boulet is involved in a work site accident but doesn't want anyone to know he is HIV positive. It's Cynthia Hooper's first day as an ER desk clerk. Having finally agreed on a name for their child, Carla Reece and Dr. Benton disagree on whether he should be circumcised. They are told he can now go home. Fiddling with a gun left at reception by a patient, Jerry Marcovic blows up a car in the parking lot and the ER entrance.
- 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
- Alex Kingston as Elizabeth Corday
- The title refers to military personnel who are mistakenly fired upon by their fellow troops due to the confusion on the battlefield or miscommunicated from higher authority.
Glenda: You ever hear of Colonel Draht?
Jerry Markovic: Uh-uh.
Glenda: He was doing some fine work with weapons-training patriots down in Texas.
Cynthia Hooper: Like that guy from Waco?
Dr. Doug Ross: I didn't flirt with her.
Nurse Carol Hathaway: No, no, she asked you out for a drink because she likes the way you hold an ice pack.