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"I'll Be Home For Christmas"
Season 8, Episode 10
Air date December 13, 2001
Written by Dee Johnson
Meredith Stiehm
Directed by Jonathan Kaplan
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"I'll Be Home For Christmas" is a tenth episode of the eighth season of ER. That episode first aired on December 13, 2001 on NBC. It was written by Dee Johnson & Meredith Stiehm and directed by Jonathan Kaplan. It was the final regular episode of Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton and Michael Michele as Dr. Cleo Finch as Benton's custody trial for Reese reaches it's climax and makes a decision regarding his status at Country while Carter copes with a holiday bombshell regarding his parents.


As the custody battle for Reese reaches it climax, Benton makes a decision about his future at County in order to gain custody of Reese. Carter's father arrives in Chicago for the holidays and tells Carter that he's getting a divorce. Abby learns yet another secret about Luka's former flame. The hospital staff hopes for a Christmas miracle after a mother accidentally shot her son.


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  • Ming-Na never appeared in the episode, despite the fact that she is credited in the opening credits.


Romano: (to Benton) Are you really going to do this? Throw away your career so you can play Mr. Mom? What a waste!
Carter (to Benton after giving him an El Train token as a goodbye present): Second week of my surgical internship, we got 11 traumas in one night. A girl that had been dragged under a car. I was so tired, I couldn't see straight. I asked you if I could take a break and you kicked me out of the O.R. I couldn't drive home, I was so exhausted. I started crying in the hallway. You came out of surgery and you gave me that. You said I could use it to go home or I could commit to what I was doing and use it to come back the morning.
Carter: Hey, Peter. I'm a good doctor because of you.
Benton: No, you're not, but keep trying.
Romano (when Benton wants a written agreement to reduce his work schedule): To Whom It May Concern: No frigging way!

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