"Viable Options"
Season 6, Episode 17
Air date April 6, 2000
Written by Patrick Harbinson
Directed by Marita Grabiak
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Viable Options is the 17th episode of the 6th season of "E.R."


NBC DescriptionEdit

DR. KOVAC AGONIZES OVER CRUCIAL DECISIONS AFFECTING KIDNEY PATIENTS: Dr. Kovac (Goran Visnjic) is unsettled about his responsibility to disqualify a series of patients with kidney failure when a precious donor organ becomes available, especially when one prospect (guest star Leslie Silva, NBC's "Providence") is unaware that she's pregnant and must choose between the baby or the transplant operation.

A few feet away, Dr. Romano (Paul McCrane) decides to mix it up for a day in the ER trenches and clashes with two angry motorists (guest stars Mitch Pileggi, "The X-Files," and Ransford Doherty) as well as Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) over proper treatment of a terminally ill pneumonia patient (guest star Rachel Roth).

Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) must do some fast-talking when a former patient, a diabetic young boy (guest star Ben Hecht) whose father previously had no insurance, reappears with dangerous symptoms.

Drs. Finch (Michael Michele) and Benton (Eriq La Salle) are dressed down by Romano when a pharmacy misreads their scribbled prescription and issues a drug that nearly kills a constipated patient (guest star Jack Shearer).

Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards) gets angry when Dr. Corday (Alex Kingston) conspires with his crotchety father (guest star John Cullum) to place the senior Greene in a hospice. Julianna Margulies, Ming-Na, Erik Palladino and Maura Tierney also star.





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