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"The Peace of Wild Things"
Season 6, Episode 6
Air date November 11, 1999
Written by John Wells
Directed by Richard Thorpe
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The Peace of Wild Things is the 6th episode of the 6th season of "E.R." It was first aired on November, 11 in 1999. It was written by John Wells and directed by Richard Thorpe.


Boulet resigns to be a full-time mother. An elderly woman bids farewell to her dying husband, and Lawrence admits he is in the early stages of Alzheimer's, and that his distinguished career is over. Hathaway takes action regarding the pregnant teen case. An explosion rocks the ER, and Benton tells Carla why he is fighting to stay in his son's life.

Short summaryEdit

Benton struggles with taking a DNA test to determine whether or not Reese is actually his son. As the Lawrence's performance deteriorates, Kerry and Mark use a fake patient to convince him of his Alzheimer's. Carter has trouble persuading the victim of a nursing home fire to sign a DNR for her husband and later is asked to fake a diagnosis for a family with no insurance. Carol continues to meddle in Meg's life, having her arrested so that she can be detoxed. Cleo is blamed for an explosion in the suture room, that might actually have been Dr. Dave's fault.



  • This episode is Gloria Reuben's final appearance. However, she returned for a guest appearance in the 14th season.
  • Although in the opening credits,Goran Višnjić does not appear in this episode.


(about his Alzheimer's diagnosis)

Dr. Lawrence: I was thinking of committing suicide, but I wasn't sure when I should do it. If I did it too early, I'd miss out on what little life I had left. If I waited too long, I wouldn't remember to do it.


Carol: I got a pregnant junkie arrested for possession so she could get clean in jail and give the baby a chance.

Mark: Want to talk about it? Drown our sorrows in a couple of ginger ales?


(reciting from Wendell Berry's "The Peace of Wild Things")

Dr. Lawrence: When despair for the world grows in me...I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.


Carol: The girls are throwing me a surprise baby shower.

Greene: I thought that was supposed to be a surprise.

Carol: I'll look surprised!


Carter: Why don't you pee in the cup? Give it to Malik, that's what he lives for.

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