What Life? is the fourth episode of the second season of the NBC medical drama series ER. It premiered on October 12, 1995.

"What Life?"
Season 2, Episode 4
  1. 29
Air date October 12, 1995
US viewers 35.5 M
Written by Carol Flint
Directed by Dean Parisot
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Weaver and Susan 's feud escalates to the point where Mark has to step in. Benton is involved in a parking lot altercation, resulting in a dislocated finger and Carter replacing him in surgery. Mark cares for an abandoned elderly woman. Susan tries to juggle her work and care for Little Susie. Shep risks his life to bring in a gunshot victim.

NBC DescriptionEdit

PUNCH AND SUSIE: After Benton punches an obnoxious salesman, Hicks (CCH Pounder) chooses Carter to replace him in surgery and asks that Benton consult with Jeanie Boulet.

Greene witnesses Ross's complicated personal life first-hand while bunking with the doctor.

Lewis considers putting baby Susie up for adoption. Harper (Christine Elise) and Carter share a kiss.

Cast and CharactersEdit


Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene 

George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross

Sherry Stringfield as Dr. Susan Lewis

Noah Wyle as John Carter

Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway

Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton


CCH Pounder as Dr. Angela Hicks

Carlos Gomez as Raul

Yvette Freeman as Haleh Adams

Ron Eldard as Shep

Laura Innes as Dr. Kerry Weaver

Laura Cerón as Chuny Marquez

Christine Elise McCarthy as Harper Tracy

Ellen Crawford as Nurse Lydia Wright

Conni Marie Brazelton as Nurse Connie Oligario

Lily Mariye as Nurse Lily Jarvik

Khandi Alexander as Jackie Robbins


Lucy Liu as Mei-Sun Leow


  • Following the fight in the parking garage, Eriq LaSalle mutters the "s" word under his breath.
  • Lynn A. Henderson makes her first appearance as Paramedic Pamela Olbes in this episode. She would go on to be a mainstay of the recurring supporting cast for fourteen seasons, until the series ended in 2009.


Hicks: (to Benton about Carter) Any words of wisdom for your student before he staples his first stomach? Or, have you done one of these before?
Benton: No, no... I haven't.
Mark: What does that mean, they may have a bed after 7:00? What? Are they building it?


  1. "Nielsen Ratings: September-November 1995 " (PDF). USA Today. (May 22, 2015).

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