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"You Bet Your Life"
Season 3, Episode 18
Air date April 17, 1997
Written by Paul Manning
Directed by Christopher Chulack
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You Bet Your Life is the 18th episode of the third season of "E.R." It was first aired on April, 1,7 1997. It was written by Paul Manning and directed by Christopher Chulack.


Benton tries to find out if everything's okay with Carla's baby. Carter tries to get a man operated, despite the fact Anspaugh thinks he will die no matter what.

NBC Description

ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY: Greene struggles to juggle the demands of the ER and his increasingly problematic daughter, Rachel. Nonetheless, he agrees to write an article for a medical journal in order to better his chances for a teaching position at the hospital.

When Anspaugh refuses to perform a complicated surgery on a "lost cause," Carter goes behind his back and gets Hicks (CCH Pounder) to do it. While the patient survives, Carter is placed on probation.

Benton tells Carla he wants to accept financial responsibility for her and his baby. Hathaway awaits the results of the MCAT.

Short summary

Mark Greene's daughter is still staying with him and he's finding it a challenge to balance the demands of his work and home life. Dr. Carter commits a major error in judgment after Dr. Anspaugh refuses to operate on a patient. Carter then convinces Dr. Hicks to undertake the procedure without mentioning his previous approach to Anspaugh. Called on the carpet, he's told that he may lose his residency. Dr. Benton surreptitiously obtains a copy of Carla Reece's medical reports in his attempts to learn more about her pregnancy. Carol Hathaway is fed up taking orders from doctors that are younger and less experienced than her and has a run-in with Maggie Doyle as a result.




Dr. Doug Ross: You can get through my door.

Carol Hathaway: Anything wearing a bra can get through your door.


[Jerry is taking an IQ test]

Jerry Markovic: [whispers] Hey, Dr. Ross...

Dr. Kerry Weaver: Jerry! It's a test, not a survey.


Dr. Kerry Weaver: Your IQ's not 150. Mine's only 145.

Jerry Markovic: What am I supposed to do, apologize because I'm smarter than you?


Dr. Doug Ross: You do things for people that doctors don't even think about doing.

Dr. Maggie Doyle: [Enters] Carol? This guy in the hall needs a clean-up. He just did a major "Code Brown."


Carol Hathaway: You're right. I wipe butts.