"Point of Origin"
Season 5, Episode 18
Air date April 8, 1999
Written by Christopher Mack
Directed by Christopher Misiano
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Point of Origin is the 18th episode of the 5th season of "E.R." It was first aired on April, 8 in 1999. It was written by Christopher Mack and directed by Christopher Misiano.


Greene uses a past trauma to help Mobalage save himself from deportation. Carter applies for chief resident and spends the day in charge of the ER, where he misunderstands a case involving the many broken bones of a baby, while Lucy begins her first psych rotation. Weaver may have found her biological mother, but defies a DNR order to find out for sure. Benton and Corday clash over a surgical fellowship. 

NBC DescriptionEdit

MIND GAMES: Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes) thinks she has finally discovered her natural birth mother (guest star Connie Sawyer), alone and dying in a boarding home.

Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards) aggressively continues to work on Mobalage's (Djimon Hounsou, 'Amistad') behalf with the deportation board, but runs into a wall when he tries to get Mobalage to recall his torture nightmare.

Lucy (Kellie Martin) starts her psychiatric ward rotation, but has trouble getting control of her disturbed charges.

Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) is angered when he learns that a poisoned 3-year-old has ingested cocaine that the child found in his father's bedroom and he also disturbed to discover that an infant he thought was a victim of abuse by his mother is actually suffering from a deadly bone disease.

Meanwhile, as Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) struggles with a decision in her personal life, she has to deal with two violent cases at the hospital: a gay man (guest star Hugh Davidson) who is a victim of domestic abuse and a schizophrenic street woman, Coco (guest star Sheila Kelley), who has recently given birth in the streets.

Short summaryEdit

Greene tries to help Mobalage when he's about to be deported, and Mark describes his beating in the men's room. Kerry tries to save a woman she believes is her birth mother. Hathaway decides to keep Doug's child. Benton and Corday clash over an ER fellowship. Carter is in charge for the day, part of a requirement for applying for chief resident.



  • Although in the opening credits, Gloria Reuben does not appear in this episode.


Dr. Elizabeth Corday: I think I've found a way to limit my Romano exposure.

Dr. Peter Benton: Oh yeah, what's that? Garlic?


Dr. Robert Romano: Go home. See your munchkin.

Dr. Peter Benton: His name is Reese.

Dr. Robert Romano: Oh, like Reese's Pieces. Cute.


(while treating a woman who gave birth in the street)

Weaver: Did they find the placenta?

Paramedic: She said a dog ate it.

Haleh: Oh, lord...

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