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"Rites of Spring"
Season 5, Episode 19
Air date April 29, 1999
Written by David Mills
Directed by Jonathan Kaplan
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Rites of Spring is the 19th episode of the 5th season of "E.R." It was first aired on April, 29 in 1999. It was written by David Mills and directed by Jonathan Kaplan.


Romano forces Benton to choose between the trauma and cardiothoracic fellowships. Carol worries that she may have lost her child. Corday and Greene bond on the way to a medical conference. Carter mentors an aspiring teenager. Lucy, on a psychiatry rotation, treats an overmedicated foster child. Jeanie finds her faith while treating a reverend

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Carter mentors a talented teen from a very rough neighborhood. Romano is upset about Benton's interest in the fellowship. Lucy continues impressive work in her Psych rotation, treating a law student with homicidal impulses and an angry youngster who is being severely over-medicated. Jeanie continues to grapple with her Hepatitis-C but gets a huge boost from a kindly minister. Hathaway reveals she is pregnant after a kid kicks her in the stomach, risking her baby. Greene and Corday attempt to go to a ball for trauma physicians but end up getting lost repeatedly while having a lot of fun hanging out together.



  • Although in the opening credits, Laura Innes does not appear in this episode.


Carter: Are you back with us?

Lucy: No, I'm still on Psych.

Carter: Well, you'll be back doing real medicine soon, so don't get too used to the cush life.

Lucy: Yeah, I won't.

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