Hit and Run is the fourth episode of the first season of the NBC medical drama series ER . It premiered on October 6, 1994.

"Hit and Run"
Season 1, Episode 4
Hit and Run
Air date October 6, 1994
US viewers 26.8 M
Written by Paul Manning
Directed by Mimi Leder
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Drs. Benton and Langworthy are unsuccessful in reviving a teen-aged boy involved in a traffic accident and it's left to Carter to determine the boy's identity and notify the parents. Unfortunately, he tells the wrong parents that their son is dead. Doug Ross tells a young patient that he will not be separated from his schizophrenic mother knowing that she will likely be hospitalized for a long time. Susan Lewis tells Mark that she is dating the psychiatric attending physician Div Cvetic. She also treats a salesman whose cell phone is having an odd effect on hospital equipment. Benton forgets that he was supposed to sit with his mother while his sister and brother-in-law were to go out for their tenth anniversary dinner.

NBC Description

GETTING PERSONAL: Dr. Greene returns from relocating his family to Milwaukee. Dr. Benton disappoints his brother when he is "too busy" to visit their mother.

Dr. Ross attempts to reconcile with Nurse Hathaway and also protects a pregnant teen's confidentiality.

Also, an older man complaining of chest pains arrives chained to his mistress. Another patient's cell phone trips her defibrillator.

Cast and Characters


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


Abraham Benrubi as Jerry Markovic

Ving Rhames as Walt Robbins

William H. Macy as Dr. David Morgenstern

John Terry as Dr. Div Cvetic

Conni Marie Brazelton as Nurse Conni Oligario

Ellen Crawford as Nurse Lydia Wright

Deezer D as Nurse Malik McGrath

Yvette Freeman as Nurse Haleh Adams


Patricia Healy as Priscilla



  • This episode takes place on August 25. We know this because a thankful patient gives Mark a dozen frozen T-bone steaks for saving his life exactly a year ago, and proclaims that every August 25 is Dr. Greene Day.
  • This episode, as well as "24 Hours " and "Day One ," all begin the same way, with one of the main cast members being awakened in Exam 8 at the end of the hallway. In this case, Carter is woken up by Benton .


  1. "Nielsen Ratings - September-December 1994 " (PDF). USA Today. (May 15, 2015).