"Of Past Regret and Future Fear"
Season 4, Episode 20
Air date April 30, 1998
Written by Jack Orman
Directed by Anthony Edwards
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Of Past Regret and Future Fear is the 20th episode of the 4th season of "E.R." It was first aired on April 30 in 1998. It was written by Jack Orman and directed by Anthony Edwards.


Romano makes an offer that Corday refuses. Reese Benton is baptised. Ross deals with a baby addicted to methadone. Carter and Del Amico treat a man who cannot speak clearly. Hathaway treats a man who is going to die from chemical burns and comes to a decision about herself and Ross.

NBC DescriptionEdit

ANTHONY EDWARDS DIRECTS: When a patient (guest star Michael Rapaport, 'Cop Land') with an unusual chemical burn is brought into the ER with only hours to live, Nurse Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) tries to help him make peace with the estranged family he will leave behind.

After attending his son's baptism, Dr. Benton (Eriq La Salle) operates on a child injured in a car accident. Dr. Corday (Alex Kingston) has an unsettling encounter with Dr. Romano (guest star Paul McCrane), which will affect her relationship with Benton.

Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) comes to an understanding with his grandmother (guest star Frances Sternhagen) over his future and the future of his cousin Chase (guest star Jonathan Scarfe).

Dr. Ross (George Clooney) treats a drug-addicted infant. Jeanie (Gloria Reuben) is angered by a young man who was injured in a dangerous game with his friends. Anthony Edwards, Laura Innes and Maria Bello also star.

Short summary Edit

Benton and Elizabeth Corday spend the night together. Corday is shocked when Rocket Romano suggests that they go out on a date. John Carter and his grandmother clash over the future of Chase Carter; she wants him cared for at home while John feels he should remain institutionalized where he can continue to receive therapy. Carol Hathaway finally gets around to inviting her mother to a Sunday brunch with her and Doug but is a bit surprised when she shows up with her boyfriend. In the ER, Hathaway comforts a man who is going to die from chemical burns. 




Nurse Chuny Marquez: Hey, Anna, are you the one who had that voodoo woman yesterday?

Dr. Anna Del Amico: She's back?

Nurse Chuny Marquez: Yeah, exam 3. Chief complaint: voodoo man has taken over her body.

Dr. Anna Del Amico: Wait a minute, this isn't the same one. My voodoo patient was 60-something.

Dr. John Carter: I had a voodoo guy last week.

Nurse Chuny Marquez: Oh, no. Voodoo epidemic.


Dr. Robert Romano: What kind of salad dressings do you have?

Waitress: Caesar, ranch, Italian, low-cal Italian, blue cheese, honey mustard, Catalina, oil and vinegar, and poppy seed vinaigrette.

Dr. Robert Romano: I'll have the soup.

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