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Season 2
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No. of episodes 22
Original network NBC
Original run September 21, 1995 – May 16, 1996
DVD release February 23, 2004
Season chronology
Season 1
Season 3

The second season of the medical drama series ER which originally aired from NBC on September 21, 1995 and concluded on May 16, 1996. The season consists of 22 episodes. It was released on Region 1 DVD on February 23, 2004.



Main article: Season 2 crew

Cast and characters

The second season cast of ER:Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene, Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway, Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton, George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross, Sherry Stringfield as Dr. Susan Lewis, Noah Wyle as John Carter, Gloria Rueben as Physician Assistant Jeanie Boulet.

Main article: Season 2 characters
See also: Season 2 cast
Actor/actress Character Role
Anthony Edwards Dr. Mark Greene Emergency Medicine Attending
George Clooney Dr. Doug Ross Emergency Paediatric Fellow
Sherry Stringfield Dr. Susan Lewis Emergency Medicine Resident (Year 3)
Noah Wyle Dr. John Carter Surgical Sub-Intern
Julianna Margulies Nurse Carol Hathaway ER Nurse
Gloria Reuben Jeanie Boulet Physician Assistant
Eriq La Salle Dr. Peter Benton Surgical Resident (Year 3)

Plot synopsis

Greene's attempts at balancing his work and family after moving to Milwaukee comes to an abrupt end when his wife is caught cheating on him with a colleague, the divorce becomes final and he starts dating again.

At work, he is promoted, becoming an attending physician. He locks horns with close friend Dr. Ross, whose reckless professional behavior is called into question by the hospital authorities, and new Chief Resident, Dr. Kerry Weaver.

Ross breaks protocol to treat an HIV-positive child and is about to be fired. He has already accepted a job at another medical facility when he heroically saves a child, trapped in a sewer in the landmark episode "Hell and High Water." His heroism creates a media sensation and the hospital reconsiders its decision when he receives an award for outstanding community service.

Later in the season, Doug's father returns and while attempting to bond his father again, he walks out on him. While tracking him down, Doug becomes embroiled in a relationship with his girlfriend.

Lewis is left holding the baby when her sister Chloe, skips town, leaving daughter Suzie in Susan's care. She struggles to find time to care for the child and complete her residency. She considers having Suzie adopted, but at the last minute decides to keep her.

Just as Susan starts to become attached to the baby, Chloe returns as a changed woman and a short custody battle ensues. Eventually, Susan hands Suzie over to Chloe and is left devastated when her sister and her new husband move to Phoenix, taking the baby with them.

Carter (now a fourth-year medical student) starts a relationship with medical student Harper Tracy. He becomes involved in the treatment of an elderly patient and her husband (played by comic Red Buttons) in order to secure his place in developing a new heart procedure study and a spot in the surgical program.

After the surgery is complete, the woman's condition deteriorates and Carter is overwhelmed by the husband's constant needs. The woman's subsequent death results in tremendous personal guilt, but still manages to win a place as a surgical intern despite the fierce competition.

Hathaway becomes involved with paramedic Shep. Their relationship develops quickly and they move in together.

However, things go wrong when Shep's partner, Raul suffers third degree burns to over 85% of his body during a fire rescue and dies shortly afterward, resulting in emotional crisis and guilt for Shep. Shep grows volatile and violent & after he refuses Carol's recommendation that he see a psychiatrist, the couple separate.

At the start of the season, Dr. Benton is in a relationship with Jeanie Boulet. She ends the relationship in a bid to save her marriage, but soon starts working as a physician assistant at County General. Benton is frosty towards her and is angry when he finds out about her divorce from her husband.

At the end of the season, Jeanie finds out that she may be HIV-positive after her ex-husband, Al, is diagnosed with AIDS. She informs a dismayed Peter and suggests that he too be tested.

Benton also struggles to decide whether to lodge a formal complaint against his mentor Dr. Vucelich when he discovers irregularities in his research method.


Main article: Episodes
Season # Series # Title Writer(s) Director Original airdate
1 26 Welcome Back, Carter! John Wells Mimi Leder September 21, 1995
2 27 Summer Run Lydia Woodward Eric Laneuville September 28, 1995
3 28 Do One, Teach One, Kill One Paul Manning Felix Enriquez Alcala October 5, 1995
4 29 What Life? Carol Flint Dean Parisot October 12, 1995
5 30 And Baby Makes Two Anne Kenney Lesli Linka Glatter October 19, 1995
6 31 Days Like This Lydia Woodward Mimi Leder November 2, 1995
7 32 Hell and High Water Neal Baer Christopher Chulack November 9, 1995
8 33 The Secret Sharer Paul Manning Thomas Schlamme November 16, 1995
9 34 Home Tracey Stern Donna Deitch December 7, 1995
10 35 A Miracle Happens Here Carol Flint Mimi Leder December 14, 1995
11 36 Dead of Winter John Wells Whitney Ransick January 4, 1996
12 37 True Lies Lance Gentile Lesli Linka Glatter January 25, 1996
13 38 It's Not Easy Being Greene Paul Manning Christopher Chulack February 1, 1996
14 39 The Right Thing Lydia Woodward Richard Thorpe February 8, 1996
15 40 Baby Shower Belinda Casas Wells and Carol Flint Barnett Kellman February 15, 1996
16 41 The Healers John Wells Mimi Leder February 22, 1996
17 42 The Match Game Neal Baer Thomas Schlamme March 28, 1996
18 43 A Shift In The Night Joe Sachs Lance Gentile April 4, 1996
19 44 Fire in the Belly Paul Manning Felix Enriquez Alcala April 25, 1996
20 45 Fevers of Unknown Origin Carol Flint Richard Thorpe May 2, 1996
21 46 Take These Broken Wings Lydia Woodward Anthony Edwards May 9, 1996
22 47 John Carter, M.D. John Wells Christopher Chulack May 16, 1996