"Shades of Grey"
Season 4, Episode 19
Air date April 23, 1998
Written by Samantha Howard Corbin
Directed by Lance Gentile
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Shades of Grey is the 19th episode of the 4th season of "E.R." It was first aired on April 23 in 1998. It was written by Samantha Howard Corbin and directed by Lance Gentile.


Benton is forced to take the blame for the botched surgery until Morgenstern makes a shocking revelation. Alison Beaumont is back after being injured in a fire.

Carter deals with life without his family's financial support. Jeanie helps Anspaugh through a difficult day. Ross counsels a family about their injured, pregnant daughter's treatment and their shunning of her boyfriend.

NBC DescriptionEdit

MORAL JUDGMENTS: While treating expectant mothers injured in the bombing of a women's clinic, Dr. Del Amico (Maria Bello) is surprised by her reaction to a particularly difficult case.

Dr. Ross (George Clooney) counsels a distraught family on the best treatment for their injured daughter.

Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) searches for a solution to his new financial problems while trying to help a victim of elder abuse.

Dr. Benton (Eriq La Salle) takes the heat for a botched surgery, then goes to heroic lengths to save a critically injured man.

Dr. Corday (Alex Kingston) is surprised to see that her former patient, Alison Beaumont (guest star Michele Morgan), is back in the ER with new injuries.

Jeanie (Gloria Reuben) and Dr. Anspaugh (John Aylward) support each other through a difficult day.

Dr. Morgenstern (William H. Macy) makes an unexpected decision. Anthony Edwards, Julianna Margulies and Laura Innes also star.

Short summaryEdit

Following the incident in the OR, Dr. Morgenstern and Dr. Benton present the case to their colleagues. As a result, Peter Benton finds himself suspended for insubordination pending a full inquiry. Jeanie attends Scott Anspaugh's funeral and has some information to share with the boy's father. Anna Del Amico finds herself ethically unable to perform an abortion and is taken to task by Dr. Weaver. John Carter gets the hospital to take legal guardianship of a patient he feels has been subjected to elder abuse, but subsequently doubts that he made the right decision.



  • Final appearance in the series of William H. Macy as a series regular in the role of Dr Morgenstern. He would make a guest appearance in the show's final season.


Dr. John Carter: When was the last time anyone bathed this guy?

Nurse Chuny Marquez: From the looks of these bedsores, about the same time they turned him.

Dr. John Carter: So much for "honor thy father."

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