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Season 3, Episode 17
Air date April 10, 1997
Written by Lance Gentile
Directed by Richard Thorpe
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Tribes is the 17th episode of the third season of "E.R." It was first aired on April, 10 in 1997. It was written by Lance Gentile and directed by Richard Thorpe.


Race relations become an issue in the ER.; Hathaway helps a young woman who was drugged with Rohipnol and raped; Greene's daughter ends up spending the day in the ER.

NBC Description

QUESTIONS OF RACE: When two teenagers: one white and one black are brought in with gunshot wounds, Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards) must deal with his own racial attitudes, angry family members and a retaliation shooting.

Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) struggles to diagnose a patient previously written off as a crack addict. Nurse Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) treats a young victim of date rape.

Dr. Benton is forced to get involved when Carla (Lisa Nicole Carson) comes into the ER with minor injuries from a car accident and Jeanie (Gloria Reuben) discovers other complications.

Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) tries to convince an injured paraplegic man to enter a detox program. Dr. Hicks (CCH Pounder) makes an unexpected offer to Benton. George Clooney also stars.

Short summary

Race relations become an issue in the ER when Mark Greene treats two injured teenagers, one black and the other white, and assumes the black kid was a drug dealer. It turns the white kid was the drug dealer and the black kid is a high school basketball star and an innocent bystander. When the black student's older brother confronts him, he begins to question his own impartiality. Carol Hathaway helps a young woman who was drugged with Rohipnol and raped. Benton gets an interesting offer from Dr. Hicks. He also learns that Carla Reece has been admitted to the hospital. Dr. Carter treats a woman with a serious condition but he seems to be the only one who sees it. Mark Greene's daughter ends up spending the day in the ER when her mom has to rush to Florida to deal with a family emergency.




[Mr. Thomas pulls up his gown to reveal himself]

Mr. Thomas: Did you ever see anything so pretty doc?

Mr. Thomas' Son: Oh my God. Dad!

Dr. Kerry Weaver: It's not that pretty, Mr. Thomas.


[Carla is having an ultrasound]

Dr. Janet Coburn: Oh! Hello. There it is. Turtle sign. It's a boy.

Carla Reece: That little thing?

Jeanie Boulet: They grow.

Carla Reece: Not as much as they'd like to think.