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"Parental Guidance"
Season 15, Episode 4 (#313)
Air date October 23, 2008
US viewers 8.69 M
Written by Janine Sherman Barrois
Directed by John Gallagher
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Parental Guidance is the fourth episode of the fifteenth season of the NBC medical drama series ER. It premiered on October 23, 2008.


Dr. Banfield defends herself ably during a mugging. Dubenko returns to work, due in no small part to Brenner 's organized protests. In return, Brenner asks a favor of Dubenko. A young gymnast comes into the ER with injuries consistent with a fall, but Banfield and Gates each think a different family member may actually be to blame. Sarah neglects to ask Gates' permission before getting her tongue pierced.

Cast and Characters


Parminder Nagra as Dr. Neela Rasgotra

John Stamos as Dr. Tony Gates

Linda Cardellini as Nurse Sam Taggart

Scott Grimes as Dr. Archie Morris

David Lyons as Dr. Simon Brenner

Angela Bassett as Dr. Cate Banfield


Leland Orser as Dr. Lucien Dubenko

Julian Morris as Dr. Andrew Wade

Emily Rose as Dr. Tracy Martin

Angel Laketa Moore as Nurse Dawn Archer


Brenner (to Neela): I'm not going to beg, but one day you are going to wake up next to me, and you are going to wonder, how did this happen? And I'm going to smile and remind you that I predicted this over coffees and chocolate glazed donuts.
Neela: You are a cocky bastard.
Brenner: Yeah, but I'd be a correct cocky bastard and that's all that would matter.


(When Gates is leaning against the desk, yawning)
Banfield: Am I boring you, Dr. Gates?
Gates: Oh, sorry. It's the 6 a.m. shift. My brain is here, but my body isn't.


  • For the second time since ER began it's 15 year run, the main cast numbered the same (6) as it did when the series started out. The first time was in the Season 14 premiere, "The War Comes Home."
  • Molly Price (Mrs. O'Fallon) previously guest starred as a different character in the Season 8 episode "Brothers and Sisters."
  • Tara Karsian, who plays recurring character DCFS worker Liz Dade, is the real-life daughter of Pat Carroll, who guest-starred as a character named Rebecca Chadwick in a Season 11 multi-episode story arc.


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