The Beginning of the End is the sixteenth episode of the fifteenth season of the NBC medical drama series ER . It premiered on February 19, 2009.

"The Beginning of the End"
Season 15, Episode 16
The Beginning of the End
Air date February 19, 2009
US viewers 7.44 M
Written by David Zabel & Lisa Zwerling
Directed by Jonathan Kaplan
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Valentine's Day in the ER finds Neela spellbound by Brenner . Determined to have a baby, Banfield comes up with a plan but has difficulty getting her husband on board. Neela performs surgery on a young girl's mother. Dr. Carter surprises the staff with a visit to the ER. Gates treats a strange patient who may have ingested a toxin while hunting for mushrooms.

Cast and Characters


Parminder Nagra as Dr. Neela Rasgotra

John Stamos as Dr. Tony Gates

Linda Cardellini as Nurse Sam Taggart

Scott Grimes as Dr. Archie Morris

David Lyons as Dr. Simon Brenner

Angela Bassett as Dr. Cate Banfield

Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter


Gil McKinney as Dr. Paul Grady

Emily Rose as Dr. Tracy Martin

Courtney B. Vance as Russell Banfield

Abraham Benrubi as Jerry Markovic

Montae Russell as Zadro

Dominic Janes as Alex Taggart

Angel Laketa Moore as Nurse Dawn Archer

Ariel Winter as Lucy Moore

Justina Machado as Detective Claudia Diaz

Brian Lester as Dumar

Emily Wagner as Pickman


David Eigenberg as Detective Trent Mallory

Wallace Shawn as Teddy Lempell

Eileen Barnett as Dr. Robbins

Kristolyn Lloyd as Laura Banfield



  • There's an irony of Carter returning on Valentine's Day, given that we find out is his primary reason (a kidney transplant) - it was the same day nine years prior that Carter was stabbed that led to this moment (in the sixth season episodes "Be Still My Heart " and "All in the Family " where Lucy Knight also died).

Carter: Looks like you followed my advice, Archie.

Morris: How's that?

Carter: You set the tone.


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