ER/The Beginning of the End

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The Beginning of the End
Season 15, Episode 16
Airdate February 19, 2009
Written by David Zabel &
Lisa Zwerling
Directed by Jonathan Kaplan
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The Beginning of the End is the sixteenth episode of the fifteenth season of ER, and the three hundred twenty-fifth episode overall.

Starring: Noah Wyle (Dr. John Carter), Parminder Nagra (Dr. Neela Rasgotra), John Stamos (Dr. Tony Gates), Linda Cardellini (Nurse Samantha Taggart), Scott Grimes (Dr. Archie Morris), David Lyons (Dr. Simon Brenner)

and Angela Bassett (Cate Banfield)

Special Guest Stars: Wallace Shawn (Teddy Lempell), Courtney B. Vance (Russell Banfield)

Guest Starring: Hedy Burress (Joanie Moore), David Eigenberg (Detective Trent Mallory), Justina Machado (Claudia Diaz), Gil McKinney (Dr. Paul Grady), Emily Rose (Dr. Tracy Martin), Ariel Winter (Lucy Moore), Abraham Benrubi (Jerry Markovic), Montae Russell (Dwight Zadro), Eileen Barnett (Dr. Robbins), Dominic Janes (Alex Taggart), Kristolyn Lloyd (Laura Banfield), Angel Laketa Moore (Nurse Dawn Archer)

Co-Starring: Betty Anderson (Helena), Billy Finnigan (Salter), Constance Forslund (Nina), Willow Geer (Andromeda), Mary Heiss (Mary Heiss), Tammy Hunter (Fairy Reveler), Haran Jackson (Jackson), Dinah Lenney (Shirley), Brian Lester (Dumar), Louie Liberti (Paramedic Bardelli), Dustin Cyril Robles (Kevin), Robin Romeo (Robin), Steven Scales (Security Guard), Emily Wagner (Pickman)


Plot Overview

It's Valentine's Day in the ER; Neela finds herself attracted to Brenner and she performs surgery on a young girl's mother, but is disappointed when a critical mistake is made during the surgery; Carter surprises everyone when he returns to County; Banfield is determined to have a baby, but she's having a hard time convincing her husband about it; Gates treats a unusual patient who might've ingested a toxin while searching for mushrooms.


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