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"The Good Fight"
Season 5, Episode 8
Air date November 19, 1998
Written by Jack Orman
Directed by Christopher Chulack
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The Good Fight is the 8th episode of the fifth season of "E.R." It was first aired on November, 19 in 1998. It was written by Jack Orman and directed by Christopher Chulack.


A 6-year-old girl named Corinna Nelson and her father are brought into the ER after a car accident. Corinna requires surgery, but she shares a rare blood type with her father, who leaves the ER before Lucy can draw blood from him. It's up to Carter and Lucy to search the city to find Mr. Nelson before it's too late.

Short summaryEdit

After a car accident, a girl and her father are brought into the ER. The girl, badly injured and needing surgery, shares a rare blood type with her father; when Lucy returns to the father's exam area so she can draw his blood, she finds that he has bolted. After exhausting all other possibilities, Benton operates on the girl without blood. Meanwhile, Carter and Lucy have been traveling throughout the city trying to find the father; they encounter a number of obstacles, not the least of which is a fall in which Carter dislocates his shoulder. With some astute detective work, they find the father -- who has been waiting for news about his daughter in the diner across from the hospital.



  • The episode's original title was called "A Perfect Match"


  • "Under the Boardwalk" by The Drifters


[last lines]

Dr. John Carter: [at the hospital's rooftop] Hi.

Lucy Knight: Thought you went home.

Dr. John Carter: No - we're on in an hour. It's better not to sleep unless you can get at least three.

Lucy Knight: I wouldn't sleep anyway.

Dr. John Carter: The crit's up three points, but the renal failure may be permanent. That's if she wakes up.

Lucy Knight: [Upset] I thought we were saving her.

Dr. John Carter: No... we were giving her her only chance...

Lucy Knight: That's not good enough!

Dr. John Carter: It has to be.

Lucy Knight: No, it doesn't.

Dr. John Carter: Some patients get to you more than others, I know. But when you do everything that you can, sometimes even more than you thought you could, you've got to walk away knowing you fought the good fight. You fought the good fight, Lucy.


Dr. John Carter: Tomorrow you'll fight another one.


Cook: Anything for the boss?

Dr. John Carter: Who?

Cook: The boss, the missus.

Dr. John Carter: [stares blankly]

Cook: Your girlfriend?

Dr. John Carter: No. Not my girlfriend.

Lucy Knight: John. Come here. Come here!

Dr. John Carter: What?

Lucy Knight: Come here!

Cook: Whatever you say, pal.

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