ER/The Birthday Party

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The Birthday Party
Season 1, Episode 18
Airdate February 16, 1995
Production Number 456616
Written by John Wells
Directed by Elodie Keene
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The Birthday Party is the eighteenth episode of the first season of ER.

Starring: Anthony Edwards (Dr. Mark Greene), George Clooney (Dr. Doug Ross), Sherry Stringfield (Dr. Susan Lewis), Noah Wyle (Dr. John Carter), Julianna Margulies (Nurse Carol Hathaway)

and Eriq La Salle (Dr. Peter Benton)

Guest Starring: Abraham Benrubi (Jerry Markovic), Khandi Alexander (Jackie), Lili Flanders (Mrs. Brown), Karmin Murcelo ()

Special Guest Stars: Christine Harnos (Jenn Greene), Rick Rossovich (Dr. John Taglieri), CCH Pounder (Dr. Angela Hicks), Ving Rhames (Walt), Gloria Reuben (Jeanie Boulet), Ming-Na Wen (Dr. Deb Chen), Lisa Zane (Diane Leeds)

Guest Starring (end credits): Fred Applegate (Gus's Father), Mark Rolston (Off. Thomas), Stephen Rowe (), Nicolette Scorsese (Pamela)

Julie Fulton (Swanson), Merle Kennedy (Rene), Jeremy Lawrence (Gasman)

Co-Starring: Conni Marie Brazelton (Oligario), Ellen Crawford (Wright), Deezer D. (Malik), Lily Mariye (Jarvic)

Milana Vayntrub (Tatiana)

Yvonne Zima (Rachel), Emily Wagner (Pickman), Suzanne Carney (Scrub Nurse), David Carrera (T.J.), John Chandler (Thornberg), Christopher Darga (Wilson), Jesse Hays (Kyle), Tamala Jones (Joanie), Nelson Mashita (Kazuo), Todd Merrill (Jagman), Rolando Molina (Rolando), Janel Moloney (Nancy), Javi Mulero (Deltorre), Tanner Lee Praire (Gus), Christopher Richardson (Jesse), Marc Dakota Robinson (Steven), Monte Russell (Zadro), Veena Bidasha (Belly Dancer #1), Neena Bidasha (Belly Dancer #2)


Plot Overview

After Carter accidentally thinks it's Benton's birthday, he hires belly dancers to surprise him at the hospital; Ross ends up in hot water after physically assaulting a man who is suspected of throwing his child off a balcony; Benton forgets his mother's birthday while Greene forgets his daughter's birthday too; Carol considers adopting Tatiana (the young Russian girl who was abandoned in the ER), but Tag has reservations about it.


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