The Birthday Party is the seventeenth episode of the first season of the NBC medical drama series ER. It premiered on February 16, 1995.
|"The Birthday Party"|
|Season 1, Episode 17|
|Air date||February 16, 1995|
|US viewers||32.7 M|
|Written by||John Wells|
|Directed by||Elodie Keene|
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Carol wants to adopt Tatiana, but Taglieri doesn't. A conflict arises between Mark and his wife when she accepts a job in Milwaukee after he has already been offered a permanent position by Morgenstern. Benton finds family and hospital responsibilities overwhelming when he tries to get someone to cover his shift so he can attend his mother's birthday party. Doug learns what really happened to a little girl when he treating and confronts the abusive father responsible for her injuries.
WISH UNFULFILLMENT: Both Benton and Greene miss important birthday engagements: Benton, his mother's birthday and Greene, his daughter's.
Carter (thinking it's Benton's birthday) organizes a surprise party, but the surprise is his when he discovers the truth.
Dr. Ross risks his career when he yells at an abusive parent of a baby girl.
Hathaway tries to adopt the Russian girl left in the ER, but Taglieri (Rick Rossovich) is against it.
Cast and Characters
Sam Anderson as Dr. Jack Kayson
Khandi Alexander as Jackie
Conni Marie Brazelton as Nurse Conni Oligario
Lily Mariye as Lily
Emily Wagner as Pickman
CCH Pounder as Dr. Angela Hicks
Ving Rhames as Walter Robbins
- "Nielsen Ratings - December-March 1995 " (PDF). Zap2it. (May 15, 2015).