Going Home is the third episode of the first season of the NBC medical drama series ER. It premiered on September 29, 1994.

"Going Home"
Season 1, Episode 3
Going Home
Air date September 29, 1994
US viewers 23.9 M
Written by Lydia Woodward
Directed by Mark Tinker
Episode Guide
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Carol Hathaway returns to work after her suicide attempt. Doug Ross still feels guilty about what happened. An ER patient found walking the streets takes to singing, constantly. Susan Lewis has a run-in with the cardiologist on duty, Dr. Kayson, when he disagrees with her treatment of a heart attack victim. At a case review session, she gets very little support from her colleagues. She also treats a woman who is dying of leukemia and who has good advice for Hathaway. Greene treats a woman who has obviously been beaten by her husband but can't get to agree to get help.

NBC Description

NURSE HATHAWAY RETURNS: Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) returns to work upon recovering from her suicide attempt. The staff greets her with a surprise "Welcome Back" party. Greene treats a domestic violence victim.

Lewis goes on the defensive after a cardiac case goes awry. Benton (Eriq LaSalle) is shadowed by a patient singing show tunes.

Cast and Characters


Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross

Sherry Stringfield as Dr. Susan Lewis

Noah Wyle as John Carter

Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway

Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton


Liz Vassey as Liz



  • This episode has an early scene that is similar to how "24 Hours ," "Day One ," and "Hit and Run " begin, with one of the main cast members being awakened in Exam 8 at the end of the hallway. In this episode, Peter Benton is woken up by "Madame X," portrayed by Rosemary Clooney .


  1. "Nielsen Ratings - September-December 1994 " (PDF). USA Today. (May 15, 2015).