|Season 3, Episode 12|
|Air date||January 23, 1997|
|Written by||Carol Flint|
|Directed by||Jacque Elaine Toberen|
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Post Mortem is the 12th episode of the third season of "E.R." It was first aired in January,23 in 1997. It was written by Carol Flint and directed by Jacque Elaine Toberen.
Carter feels guilty about Gant's death. Benton doesn't want to talk about it.
GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION: Guilty over Gant's death, Carter blames himself for not being a better friend. Benton remains unwilling to talk about the matter, further irritating Carter.
Charlie (Kirsten Dunst) asks Ross to be her guardian, but Ross refuses.
Meanwhile, the nurses stage a sick out to protest cuts in overtime pay, leaving Hathaway to pick up the slack. The result is the death of a homeless man that Hathaway administered the wrong blood to.
John Carter can't help but wonder if he could have done something to prevent Dennis Gant's death. He is particularly exasperated at Dr. Benton's apparent indifference and his refusal to acknowledge that he may have been too hard on Gant. Carter arranges for a memorial service with Dennis Gant Sr. attending. With labor negotiations looming, all of the nurses stage a walk out leaving Nurse Manager Carol Hathaway as the only experienced ER nurse on duty. It all takes on serious overtones when Carol makes a mistake that costs a patient his life. Charlie the 14-year-old street kid is being held in the hospital for observation and asks if Doug can become her guardian. Mark Greene and nurse Chuny Marquez start seeing each other. Jeanie Boulet ends up on a date with Dr. Greg Fischer but feels she has to tell him about her HIV status.
- Anthony Edwards as Mark Greene
- George Clooney as Doug Ross
- Noah Wyle as John Carter
- Julianna Margulies as Carol Hathaway
- Gloria Reuben as Jeanie Boulet
- Laura Innes as Kerry Weaver
- Eriq La Salle as Peter Benton
Dr. Doug Ross: How's your head? Any confusion?
Charlie Chiemingo: Yeah. What year is it? December '95, according to this hot magazine you gave me. Did you know that Michael and Lisa Marie are splitting up?