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"The Storm: Part 1"
Season 5, Episode 14
Air date February 11, 1999
Written by John Wells
Directed by John Wells
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"The Storm: Part 1" is the fourteenth episode of the fifth season of ER. It first aired on NBC on February 11, 1999. It was written and director John Wells. The episode has Doug Ross has been exposed when he showed Joi Abbott how to alter the medication to put his terminally son and his actions results in professional and personal consequences to those around him and the hospital.


When Ricky Abbott was returned to the ER and laters dies, it was discovered that Doug showed Joi how to bypass to euthanize Ricky. The ramfications Doug's recent actions results in the closure of Carol's clinic and Mark and Weaver face disciplinary action for covering up Doug tampering with the pain medication study. Benton begins to learn the sign language. Carter and Lucy learn that they have an mutual attraction. When Mark heads for the scene of the bus accident, Doug and Jeanie decide to head for the scene which results in a fateful accident.

Short summaryEdit

Doug faces possible criminal charges after Ricky Abbott dies when Ross shows Joi how to bypass system lockouts to give Ricky a lethal dosage of dilaudin. Doug is delegated to desk duty, Carol's clinic is shut down for acquiring the P.C.A. machine for Ricky, and Greene and Weaver face future disciplinary action for not reporting Doug's tampering with the double blind study. Carter and Lucy discover a mutual attraction, and the word spreads throughout the hospital. Benton studies with a sign language instructor. Romano begins his first day as acting ER chief.


Trivia Edit

  • Kevin Casey received an Emmy nomination for Best Single Camera Picture Editing for this episode.

Quotes Edit

Greene: Spoke with Anspaugh this morning. He said it might be months before we get a new chief.

Weaver: Months with Romano? Did we do something heinous in a past life to deserve this?

Greene: There's Viking in my family. Maybe I raped and pillaged Northern Europe.

Jerry: Pillaged? Cool.

Chuny: You must have looked great in one of those big horn hats.


Kerry: What about Ross?

Romano: Take him out back and shoot him.


Lucy(to Chuny, about Carter) Was he staring at my ass? Hmmm... (she gives a big smile)


Kerry: Damn it Jerry, if you don't stop watching TV, I'm gonna rip it off the wall with my bare hands and beat you to death with it.

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