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"Middle of Nowhere"
Season 5, Episode 16
Air date February 25, 1999
Written by Carol Flint & Neal Baer
Directed by Jonathan Caplan
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Middle of Nowhere is the 16th episode of the 5th season of "E.R." It was first aired on February, 25 in 1999. It was written by Carol Flint and Neal Baer and directed by Jonathan Caplan.


In order to pay for Reese's speech therapy, Benton works at a clinic in Mississippi during his vacation.

Short summaryEdit

Peter accepts Romano's suggestion and takes a two-week job in Minnesota to earn some extra money. Unfortunately, before he gets a chance to leave, he's transferred to backwoods Mississippi, where the hospital is only a two-room building. Peter battles local racism, delivers a difficult infant while battling the grandfather's concerns that the child might be black, and uses unorthodox methods to save two shrimp boat workers. Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Jeanie's condition worsens.




Dr. Peter Benton: Adelina should have been admitted to a hospital for diabetic teaching.

Nurse Practitioner: Well, that's not gonna happen.

Dr. Peter Benton: Well, what about a sub-q insulin pump? Have you heard of those?

Nurse Practitioner: [sarcastically] Something newer than leeches?


[Jeanie's nose is bleeding. Peter reaches out with a tissue]

Jeanie Boulet: Peter, don't touch me, for God's sake! I'm poison.

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