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Season 8
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No. of episodes 22
Original network NBC
Original run September 27, 2001 – May 16, 2002
DVD release January 22, 2008
Season chronology
Season 7
Season 9

The eighth season of the medical drama series ER which originally aired from NBC on September 27, 2001 and concluded on May 16, 2002. The season consists of 22 episodes. It was released on Region 1 DVD on January 22, 2008. Anthony Edwards and Eriq La Salle both left the show permanently after this season. Sherry Stringfield came back to the show in this season.



Main article: Season eight crew

Cast and characters

Main article: Season eight characters
See also: Season eight cast
Actor/actress Character Role
Anthony Edwards Dr. Mark Greene Emergency Medicine Attending
Noah Wyle Dr. John Carter Emergency Medicine Resident (Year 4)/Later Chief Resident
Laura Innes Dr. Kerry Weaver Chief of Emergency Medicine
Alex Kingston Dr. Elizabeth Corday Associate Chief of Surgery
Paul McCrane Robert Romano Chief of Staff/Chief of Surgery
Goran Višnjić Dr. Luka Kovac Emergency Medicine Attending
Maura Tierney Abby Lockhart ER Nurse
Sherry Stringfield Dr. Susan Lewis Emergency Medicine Attending
Michael Michele Dr. Cleo Finch Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Resident (Year 4)
Erik Palladino Dr. Dave Malucci Emergency Medicine Resident (Year 3)
Ming-Na Dr. Jing-Mei Chen Chief Resident/Later Emergency Medicine Attending
Sharif Atkins Michael Gallant Medical Student (Year 3)
Eriq La Salle Dr. Peter Benton Surgical Emergency Trauma Fellow

Plot synopsis

Susan Lewis returns to the show providing continuity of the earlier years and some closure with Greene. Weaver also has a revelation and confronts and accepts her sexuality.

The season's long storyline of Greene's illness and death and how it affects many characters marked season eight as the first major turning point in the series.

This season would also mark a major change in the cast with four characters leaving which included original characters Greene and Peter Benton.

Also this season, two new main characters with very different personalities: Michael Gallant and later Greg Pratt were introduced.

For the first time, Carter is centered as the main character of the show at the end of the season and took over as the central character in Season 9 midway through the series, which was a big move in the direction of the show.


Main article: Episodes
Season # Series # Title Writer Director Original airdate
1 158 Four Corners Jack Orman and David Zabel Christopher Misiano September 27, 2001
2 159 The Longer You Stay Jack Orman Jonathan Kaplan October 4, 2001
3 160 Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic R Scott Gemmill and Elizabeth Hunter Richard Thorpe October 11, 2001
4 161 Never Say Never Dee Johnson Felix Enriquez Alcala October 18, 2001
5 162 Start All Over Again Joe Sachs Vondie Curtis-Hall October 25, 2001
6 163 Supplies and Demands Meredith Stiehm Jonathan Kaplan November 1, 2001
7 164 If I Should Fall from Grace R Scott Gemmill Laura Innes November 8, 2001
8 165 Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain Jack Orman David Nutter November 15, 2001
9 166 Quo Vadis? Joe Sachs and David Zabel Richard Thorpe November 22, 2001
10 167 I'll Be Home For Christmas Dee Johnson and Meredith Stiehm Jonathan Kaplan December 13, 2001
11 168 Beyond Repair Jack Orman and R Scott Gemmill Alan J Levi January 10, 2002
12 169 A River in Egypt David Zabel Jesus Salvador Trevino January 17, 2002
13 170 Damage Is Done Dee Johnson Nelson McCormick January 31, 2002
14 171 A Simple Twist of Fate Jack Orman Christopher Chulack February 7, 2002
15 172 It's All In Your Head R Scott Gemmill Vondie Curtis-Hall February 28, 2002
16 173 Secrets and Lies John Wells Richard Thorpe March 7, 2002
17 174 Bygones Elizabeth Hunter and Meredith Stiehm Jessica Yu March 28, 2002
18 175 Orion in the Sky David Zabel Jonathan Kaplan April 4, 2002
19 176 Brothers and Sisters R Scott Gemmill Nelson McCormick April 25, 2002
20 177 The Letter Jack Orman Jack Orman May 2, 2002
21 178 On the Beach John Wells John Wells May 9, 2002
22 179 Lockdown Dee Johnson and Joe Sachs Jonathan Kaplan May 16, 2002