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"Make A Wish"
Season 3, Episode 21
Air date May 8, 1997
Written by Joe Sachs
Teleplay by Lydia Woodward
Directed by Richard Thorpe
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Make A Wish is the 21st episode of the third season of "E.R." It was first aired on May, 8 in 1997. It was written by Joe Sachs, teleplay by Lydia Woodward and directed by Richard Thorpe.


It's Carol's birthday, Mark is returning to work after being assaulted and Carla goes into premature labor.

NBC Description

UNSCHEDULED DELIVERY: Carla goes into labor eight weeks early, causing a frantic Benton to overstep his bounds. Benton and Carla grow further apart as their baby's life hangs in the balance.

Carter contemplates whether or not he's cut out to be a surgeon, while Jeanie rekindles her relationship with Al.

Ross helps the nurses surprise Carol with a birthday party. Greene, battered physically and psychologically, returns to work amid heightened security.

Short summary

Mark Greene returns to work after his assault but he is clearly suffering from post-traumatic stress and has come back too soon. John Carter is beginning to have serious doubts that surgery is the right specialty for him and asks Dr. Weaver what it would take to change his residency to emergency medicine. It's Carol Hathaway's birthday and Doug Ross offers to save her from the embarrassment of any party her friends might throw her by inviting her out to dinner. Carla Reece goes into premature labor and gives birth to a baby boy.




Dr. Anna Del Amico: I'm telling you, it was at least 50 questions about my family background.

Randi Fronczak: Yeah, nothing like the head of security to make you feel insecure.

Dr. Anna Del Amico: He almost withheld my photo ID because I didn't know my stepmother's maiden name. Who knows their stepmother's maiden name?

Nurse Carol Hathaway: Wow, he didn't cut you much slack on that picture there, either.

Dr. Anna Del Amico: You'd think I was trying to walk in the front door of the White House.

Randi Fronczak: Which is easier. I've done it.


Dr. Mark Greene: What we should really be changing is the way we deal with patients and their families.

Randi Fronczak: Yeah, like can't we keep them out of here? They're a pain in the ass.

Dr. Mark Greene: Your compassion knows no bounds, Randi.


Dr. Mark Greene: You carry a gun?

Dr. Maggie Doyle: Under the front seat of my car. I was at the drive-thru once, waiting for some fries, and this punk walks up, and sticks a knife in my face. He wants my wallet. So I reach under the seat, grab the .357, stick it up his nose, and whoa, could that kid run.


[about E-Ray]

Nurse Carol Hathaway: He is so strange. Where did we find him?