"The Secret Sharer"
Season 2, Episode 8
Air date November 16, 1995
Written by Paul Manning
Directed by Thomas Schlamme
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The Secret Sharer is the 8th episode of the second season of "E.R."


Doug's heroics earn him a second chance as Bernstein and Morgenstern ask him to stay on. He and Mark clash when each treats a seriously injured patient and want to use the same equipment.

Benton learns that Jeanie has separated from Al. After missing an earlier diagnosis, Carter overcompensates on his next patient and catches a break when the test results reveal something.

Shep gets on Carol's bad side when he makes disparaging remarks about people with botched suicide attempts.

Doug gets a phone call from his estranged father. Later, he shows up drunk for his own awards ceremony, threatening an obnoxious speech, but he reconsiders and recovers nicely.

NBC DescriptionEdit

HEROIC EFFORTS: Now that Dr. Ross is considered a hero by all of Chicago after saving a boy from a flooded storm drain, Bernstein reinstates his fellowship.

Feeling guilty from a misdiagnosis, Carter orders a million tests on his newest patient with surprising results.

Benton learns that Jeanie has filed for divorce; Harper and Carter reconnect.

Short summary Edit

Doug gets the opportunity to stay at the ER thanks to the publicity surrounding his rescue of a drowning boy last week. He will even be given an award. Later, Doug and Mark have a disagreement about two patients and Mark sends Doug home. Shep finds out about Carol's suicide attempt a year earlier and Carter tells Benton something about Jeanie he didn't know. Susan is still looking for a babysitter when she gets a lovely old woman who's good with children as a patient. 





Mark (to Doug): So you can't take the fact that I'm your boss?
Doug: Typically narcissistic of you, Mark. I can't take the fact that anyone's my boss.
Shep: Pills are for people that don't really mean it.
Carol: I really meant it.
Shep: Yeah, right...

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