|Season 3, Episode 11|
|Air date||January 16, 1997|
|Written by||Paul Manning|
|Directed by||Jonathan Kaplan|
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"Night Shift" is the eleventh episode of the third season of ER. The episode first aired on NBC at January 16, 1997. It was written by Paul Manning and directed by Jonathan Kaplan. The ER staff works on the slow night in the ER, but are face with cases such as Mark Greene facing legal issues when he was told not to give a spinal tap on a woman with meningitis. Charlie returns to the ER after a beating. John Carter faces a dilemma regarding the tension between Peter Benton and Dennis Gant, which leads into an unthinkable.
In the night shift, Greene risks his career in order to save a woman with meningitis. Charlie was severely beaten. Carol is an at a crossroads with the nursing management when they ordered her to cut two ER nurses, but discovers something on their payroll. Jeanie voulteers to be in Weaver's study. Benton discovers Carter's affair with Dr. Keaton. After Gant goes to Anspaugh after Benton scolds him again, Carter again ditches him which leads to deadly results.
It's a quiet night shift in the ER. Carol Hathaway is told she has to fire two of her nurses because of a budget shortfall. Her creative solution doesn't sit well with the staff however. Dr. Weaver needs another volunteer for her sleep deprivation study. After getting negative feedback from Dr. Benton, Dennis Gant decides it's all too much and takes drastic action. Dr. Greene has to deal with a patient who is refusing treatment and neither legal nor psych services will allow him treat her against her wishes. Doug Ross has to treat Charlie the street kid, who has been beaten up by a pimp. Benton catches Abby Keaton and Carter canoodling in her office.
Dr. John Carter: Hey Maggie, you got anything good?
Dr. Maggie Doyle: Carol Hathaway dropped a clock on Weaver's head.
Dr. John Carter: Deliberately?
Dr. Maggie Doyle: I'm foggy on the details.
Charlie Chiemingo: You're a creep, you know that?
Dr. Doug Ross: Yep.
Charlie Chiemingo: A creep and a pervert!
Charlie Chiemingo: That's right! This doctor made me go down on him! He gave me VD, he got me pregnant, and now he wants me to pay for the abortion! Child molester!
Nurse Carol Hathaway: Lovely girl.
[the doctors are trying to save a man who got hit by the El]
[a beeper goes off]
Nurse Malik McGrath: Whose beeper?
Dr. Peter Benton: It's coming from the patient.
[Malik looks at the beeper]
Nurse Malik McGrath: Lydia, what number did you page Gant to?
Nurse Lydia Wright: This room, 3376.
Nurse Malik McGrath: That's the number on this pager.
Dr. Maggie Doyle: Oh my God.
Dr. John Carter: What?
Dr. Maggie Doyle: The patient! It's Gant!