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"Vanishing Act"
Season 5, Episode 4
Air date October 15, 1998
Written by Jack Orman
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter
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Vanishing Act is the 4th episode of the 5th season of "E.R." It was first aired on October, 15 in 1998. It was written by Jack Orman and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.


Lucy finally admits to Carter that she doesn't know how to start an IV. Weaver interviews for the job as the ER Chief. Benton keeps his son's disease a secret.

Jeanie intervenes when she finds out a liver transplant candidate is drinking again, and later asks Doug if she can be assigned to work for his pedes project in the ER. Corday gets stuck as the intern of dismissive and insulting Dr. Dale Edson.

NBC DescriptionEdit

VANISHING ACT: In her campaign to be chief of ER, Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) begins to sweet-talk Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards).

Dr. Ross (George Clooney) hinders Dr. Romano's (guest star Paul McCrane) attempt to perform an amputation on a young cancer patient (guest star Ashley Johnson).

Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) and Evans (guest star Penny Johnson) disagree on whether to sedate a young gangbanger to keep him from pursuing revenge.

Meanwhile, Lucy (Kellie Martin) manages to lose a dead body in the hospital while Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) learns some unsettling information about her abilities with basic procedures.

Dr. Corday (Alex Kingston) is assigned as an intern to the obnoxious surgical resident Dale Edson (guest star Matthew Glave). Eriq La Salle, Gloria Reuben also star.


Dr. Corday begins her first day as an intern, first by being assigned to Dale Edson, then being treated as Romano's lapdog. Kerry is interviewed for ER chief. Doug and Carol ponder parenthood when Carol realizes she may be pregnant. Carol and Lynette try to keep a wounded gang-banger from leaving and seeking retaliation. Lucy faces the wrath of Carter when he discovers that she doesn't know how to start an IV. Jeanie asks Doug if she can be a full-time PA for the pediatric ER.



  • Weaver is wearing the same suit as the first candidate for the position of Chief, except for a pin.

Apparently they both read the same Cosmo article Weaver had discussed with Randy!

  • This is the second episode in a row that Dr. Greene has direct dealings with a domestic animal.


Romano(to Corday) You can wear the long coat; it looks better on you.


Doug: Try a diaphragm they work.

Carol: Uh yeah. I wouldn't be so sure. I'm three days late.

Doug: Uh huh. (pause) What...what?


Jerry: Sorry I'm late. There was traffic.

Randi: You take the El!


Jeanie: You need some help. 

Doug: Okay. Take rashes. 

Jeanie: I was thinking something more permanent. 

Doug: Allergies?

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