"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.

NBC DescriptionEdit

SHEILA KELLEY AND ROSCOE LEE BROWNE GUEST-STAR: Spring ushers in new beginnings at County General when Mobalage (guest star Djimon Hounsou) happily springs some good news on Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards).

Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) mentors a young high school student, Antoine (guest star Corey Parker Robinson), whose interest in medicine pleases the initially wary Carter.

Lucy (Kellie Martin) confidently plows through her psychiatric rounds which include a young law student (guest star Mike Doyle) who is horrified to learn that he may be losing his mind and a foster kid (guest star Vincent Barry) whose anger runs deep towards his alcoholic father.

Jeanie (Gloria Reuben) discovers religion after she experiences a miraculous healing while treating a minister (guest star and 1986 Emmy winner Roscoe Lee Brown, 'Cosby').

Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) helps former patient Coco (guest star Sheila Kelley, 'L.A. Law') with her newborn and asks Dr. Greene for a little moral support of her own.

Corday (Alex Kingston) discovers a chivalrous escort in Dr. Greene when she finds herself in a traffic predicament in downtown Chicago.

Short summaryEdit

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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