Category:ER (TV series) characters
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The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. John Carter (ER) – Dr. John Truman Carter III, portrayed by Noah Wyle, is a fictional character from the American television series ER. The character, called simply Carter by most other characters, was introduced in the pilot episode, Wyle decided to leave the show as a regular character at the conclusion of season 11, despite offers to stay. He cited a family and an already lengthy tenure on the show as reasons. Carter was then out of the show by moving to Africa and marrying his love interest, Makemba Likasu. Noah Wyle agreed to make two appearances in Seasons 12 and 13. While he did so in Season 12, his Season 13 episodes were pushed back a year to season 14. Because of the WGA Strike, ER was renewed for a 15th season, Carter arrives to County General as a third-year medical student. Carter is characterized as lacking the ability of the most gifted physicians, for example, on his first day at County, he nearly vomits in the emergency room after seeing a critically wounded patient and has to be consoled by Chief Resident Dr. Mark Greene. Carter does share a very dedicated and compassionate approach with his patients and he was initially interested in surgery and completed the first year of a surgical residency involving mentoring by a surgical resident, Dr. Peter Benton. Extended exposure to the room reveals Carters true passion and he decides to change his specialty to emergency medicine. The change of heart is to Bentons dismay, Carter laments the lack of patient connection in surgery. He specifically regrets the lack of thorough follow-up and care in the surgical field, as a resident his confidence grows, and he often does whatever is in his power to help patients. During Season 6, Carter and his friend and medical student Lucy Knight were stabbed by patient Paul Sobricki, Knight is stabbed in the throat and dies from her injuries, Carter is stabbed in the back and his kidney is damaged, leaving him with lifelong kidney problems. As a result of Carters chronic battle with pain, survivor guilt, although initially opposed to going, Dr. Benton confronts him outside the hospital and boards the plane with him. At the end of the season, Kerry Weaver returns Carters application for Chief Resident because of his addiction, during Season 9, Carter begins sleeping with Abby after they were quarantined in the ER for two weeks because of the outbreak of monkeypox. However, Abbys brother Eric is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and his behavior becomes erratic, meanwhile, the health of Carters grandmother, Millicent, continues to decline, and his mother, Eleanor, has difficulty accepting her divorce from Carters father, Jack. Worse, Abby and Carter continue to disagree over whether or not Abby should be drinking at all and these personal issues come to a head when Eric reappears the same day Gamma dies. Carter is broken by his grief, yet Abby feels it is her duty to go and get her destitute brother, when the uninvited Eric behaves inappropriately at the funeral, even falling into her open grave, it marks the beginning of the end of Carter and Abbys relationship
2. Susan Lewis – Dr. Susan Lewis, played by Sherry Stringfield, is a fictional doctor on the television show ER 1994–1996, and again 2001–2005. Susan is one of ERs original characters, first seen in Season 1 as an eager resident and she left County General Hospital and the series in Season 3, but returned five seasons later as an attending physician in Season 8. Susan Lewis eventually checked out of the ER for good in 2005 at the beginning of Season 12 and she was offered a tenured position at a hospital in Iowa. She returned in the final episode, in Season 1, Susan is a second year resident. She is shown to be an eager and competent young doctor working in the department of County General Hospital. She is good friends with Nurse Carol Hathaway, Dr. Doug Ross and especially Dr. Mark Greene, though an extremely capable doctor, Susan is initially seen to have problems asserting herself. This is frequently taken advantage of by the senior and more forthright doctors in the hospital, such as Dr. Peter Benton, Kayson tries to deflect the blame onto Susan and her competence is questioned. Her superior, Mark, is forced to monitor her every move, during the case review, however, the board rules in Susans favor and reprimands Kayson—much to his chagrin. Shortly after, Kayson is rushed into hospital suffering from a heart attack, despite their past disagreement on the issue, Kayson opts for Susans non-invasive form of treatment against the advice of a senior doctor, who is an advocate of surgical angioplasty. Finally asserting herself, Susan stands her ground and refuses to allow Kayson to be treated surgically, following his recovery, Kayson shows his gratitude by asking Susan to be his valentine date, which she awkwardly declines. Susans personal life is far less settled than her professional one, in Season 1, she is seen to have a brief relationship with psychiatrist Div Cvetic, who ultimately has a nervous breakdown and disappears. Susan later learns that he married someone he met through a dating service, most of her problems, however, are family-related. Susans parents, Cookie and Henry, are shown to be flighty and her older sister, Chloe, is the source of most of her distress, with a seemingly never ending series of problems with alcohol, drugs, men, and money. Chloe eventually has a girl, who she names Susan after her sister. During Season 2 however, Chloe begins to use alcohol and drugs once again, already overstressed, Susan clashes with the new Chief Resident, Kerry Weaver, numerous times, forcing Mark Greene to step in between them. Animosity between Kerry and Susan lessens over time, but never goes away completely, realizing that Chloe may never return, Susan considers giving Susie up for adoption. She gets as far as introducing the baby to potential adoptive parents, Susan grows extremely attached to the baby, but she gets a surprise when a reformed Chloe reappears later in the season and tries to reclaim little Susie. Susan cant see past Chloes mistakes, regardless of her recent turnaround, desperate to keep the baby, Susan attempts to fight Chloe for custody, but is forced to reconsider when the judge warns her that she would lose
3. Jeanie Boulet – Jeanie Boulet is a fictional character from the television series ER. She was portrayed by Gloria Reuben as a recurring character midway in the first season, Reuben left the series in the 6th season, but in 2008 she reprised the role for one episode. Along with General Hospitals Robin Scorpio, she is one of the regular characters in American television history to contract HIV without eventually being killed off by the writers. Introduced in season 1, episode 14 Long Days Journey, Jeanie Boulet was initially a recurring character involved in the arc of the regular character Dr Peter Benton. Benton was depicted as a talented, self-assured but brooding, defensive, contrastingly, Jeanie was portrayed as emotional, caring and sensitive. Reuben has described Jeanie as strong-willed, sharp and intelligent, but, has a dry sense of humor and she knows exactly what shes doing professionally, but she has a nurturing side, too. The personality differences between the lead to several clashes on-screen initially, as both have different ideas about whats best for Bentons ailing and progressively senile mother. In episode 20 Full Moon, Saturday Night, Jeanie orders for Bentons mother to be held in restraints to prevent injury, Furious, Benton removes the restraints, Benton and Jeanie grow closer as he subsequently accepts her guidance on how to care for his mother. According to Keenleyside, this was a loose thread left dangling to pull back on to sofas next season. He predicts, expect to see them together next September, that way the writers can gloss over all the messy in-between stuff, Jeanie progressed to regular character status by season 2. This leads to hostilities from a dishevelled Benton, who proceeds to make her life a living hell. As season 2 progressed, Jeanie was given independent of Benton. This move was praised by Keenleyside, who commented, this look at Jeanie, free from Bentons brooding presence. If shes allowed to continue to develop her own character, instead of being forced into Bentons background, like Carter, she cares about her work, but shes not afraid to stand up for herself — especially when Benton is in her way. However, he does note that Jeanie is perhaps thrust to the forefront too mechanically and she is forced to carry a heavier story load than her character is capable at this point. Episode 21 of season 2, Take These Broken Wings, marked the beginning of one of Jeanies notable storylines when her husband Al was admitted to the ER, as the second season drew to a close, Jeanies HIV status was left in question, as was Dr Bentons. In the opening episode of season 3, Dr. Carter, ER writers dropped the requisite bombshell that Jeanie had tested positive for HIV, while Benton had tested negative. Jeanies decision not to reveal her serostatus to her employers was the result of an encounter with a patient in the AIDS outpatient ward at County Hospital
4. Mark Greene – Dr. Mark Greene is a fictional medical doctor from the television series ER, portrayed by the actor Anthony Edwards. For most of his time on the series, Greenes role was that of a mediator and occasional authority figure, Mark was also the only original character to die, and his death at the end of Season 8 marked one of the biggest turning points in the series. Mark Greene, a child, was raised by his mother, Ruth. Kings Bay, Georgia, and Hawaii, where spent three years, Davids longest assignment. Mark had a strained relationship with his father, and was decidedly closer to his mother. He would often act out in an attempt to upset his father, the most memorable time of his childhood was when his family was in Hawaii, a time he would later recreate with daughter Rachel during the last few weeks of his life. While still in school, Mark met and soon after developed a romantic relationship with Jennifer. Presumably their relationship lasted the duration of their time in college and his daughter, Rachel was born shortly afterwards. While in medical school, he met future colleague Peter Benton, while there, Mark developed close friendships with Dr. Doug Ross, a pediatrician, Dr. Susan Lewis, an ER resident, and nurse manager, Carol Hathaway. Although Mark enjoys working the ER, the nights on call. Also, his friendship with Susan is shown as they confide in each other about their personal lives while on break. During the same episode, Jen gets Mark to visit a private practice near the hospital to explore the possibility of leaving his job at the ER, Mark decides the clean medicine isnt his cup of tea. Back at the ER, Mark removes a hangnail from an older woman, later during the night, Mark has to urge everyone to get back to work when Carol is rushed into the ER after a shocking suicide attempt. During the first season, Dr. Greenes marriage becomes increasingly shaky, when offered an attending physicians position by David Morgenstern, Mark readily accepts, much to Jens chagrin. As a newly admitted member of the bar, Jen has been clerking in Milwaukee for a judge and she begins an affair with a coworker, and the marriage soon ends, with Rachel and Jen leaving Chicago first for Milwaukee and later for St. Louis. In Loves Labor Lost, Mark makes miscalculations in treating a pregnant woman that lead to her death in childbirth, in A Miracle Happens Here, a Christmas episode, Mark explains that he is the son of an agnostic Jew and a lapsed Catholic. He lights a Hanukkah candle for a Holocaust survivor, Marks career becomes more difficult as he needs to make decisions that periodically alienate his friends, such as selecting Dr. Marks friendship with Dr. His love life takes a more drastic downward spin when his feelings for Dr. Lewis increase and he suffers emotionally again after he is attacked in the ER mens room in the episode Random Acts
5. Neela Rasgotra – Dr. Neela Rasgotra is a fictional character portrayed by Parminder Nagra on the television show ER. Following the departure of Goran Visnjic, Maura Tierney, and Mekhi Phifer this left Nagra as the longest term cast member on ER, Parminder Nagras addition into the main cast opening credits was in the 3rd episode of season 10. The character was listed in Wetpaints 10 Hottest Female Doctors on TV, Neela Kaur Rasgotra first appeared in late 2003 at the start of the 10th season as a talented but very reticent medical student from Southall, London, of Punjabi Sikh heritage. Neela is very intelligent but sometimes stumbles in her doctor–patient communications skills and this proves disastrous when she informs the wrong woman of her grandsons death. Nevertheless, she does her job superbly and it is also revealed that Neela had a terrible case of claustrophobia, which she later conquers by gutting out a hyperbaric chamber session that helped save a babys life. At the end of Season 10, Neela and Abby Lockhart both graduate from medical school, however, upon graduating, Neela has an identity crisis and turns down an internship at the University of Michigan, opting to work as a store clerk when no other position turns up. After a few episodes, she asks the ER chief Dr. Kerry Weaver for a job back at County, later, she finds herself back in the hospital after an obsessive-compulsive intern quit and Susan Lewis makes her a job offer, which she accepts. Neelas birthday is April 17,1977 and she becomes close to Dr. Michael Gallant prior to his deployment to Iraq, especially after he took the blame of a patients accidental death, sparing Neelas probable dismissal. During one return visit, they begin a relationship, after which they maintain a regular correspondence. On completion of his tour of duty, they impulsively marry, at this point, Neela was also struggling with her feelings for roommate Ray Barnett, who began to fall in love with her. Neela kept her distance from Ray when she decided to move in with Abby Lockhart instead, Abby and Neela remain best friends through the series, during medical school, Neela would help Abby study and Abby would help Neela with her communication problems. In The Gallant Hero & The Tragic Victor, Neela becomes a widow when Gallant is killed by a bomb near Mosul. She pushes Ray and everyone else away when they try to offer her some comfort, in Twenty-One Guns, Michaels funeral takes place, where she is accompanied by Gregory Pratt. Pratt later receives a call from the ER, both are unaware of the shootings which have taken place there. In Bloodline, Neela and Pratt rush to the hospital when they find out about the shooting, Neela, then taking a surgical elective, scrubs in and operates on Jerry, who eventually recovers from his injuries. Neela reunites with paramedic Tony Gates, still mourning her husband, she gets drunk and kisses him but she apologizes to him later on. Many feelings and tension arise between her, Gates and Barnett in a love triangle. Chief of Surgery Dr. Dubenko has always been fond of Neela and her talents, looking out for her and she later decides to leave the ER and start over as a surgical intern
6. Catherine Banfield – Catherine Cate Banfield is a fictional character in the American medical drama ER, portrayed by Angela Bassett. She is a physician with a mysterious past with County General. Bassetts addition into the main cast opening credits was in the 2nd episode of season 15, Banfield was hired in 2008 to become the permanent Chief of the Emergency Department, replacing Dr. Skye Wexler who was serving as acting chief. The board had decided to offer the permanent position to Dr. Gregory Pratt and she first appeared in the second episode of Season 15 and immediately puts the whole ER on edge with her tough attitude. It was mentioned that she flew to Indonesia to help that country deal with the 2004 tsunami disaster, on her first day, Nurse Haleh mentioned Banfield looked familiar as if shes been at County before, which Banfield immediately denies. Her first day as Chief tested her skills as an able and efficient leader when a bio-terrorist released a bag of weaponized Ricin in the ER, necessitating an evacuation and quarantine. She briefly met and clashed over a case with Abby Lockhart. Nonetheless, Banfield made amends with her new acquaintance before Abby departed for Boston, later in Season 15, Cate and Archie Morris get snowed in at a conference in Omaha. Banfield ends up getting drunk and makes a scene of entertainment in the hotel lobby. She smiles and actually laughs for the first time, the two end up having to share a room together before flying back to Chicago. Cate begins to open up more to Morris how they tried to have another baby a few years back, in the Season 15 episode Heal Thyself, the audience begins to learn about Cate Banfields haunting past and how her experiences have damaged her emotionally. Set in 2002,6 years earlier, the episode revealed a happier Cate Banfield with her husband Russell. Banfield had a youthful look with longer black hair. She is smiling, which was never seen by the shows audiences until this point, in this episode, she stated to Dr. Greene that she worked as an ER attending physician at the University of Southern California. She went to school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During a day out in the city park, Darryl was struck with a mysterious seizure, Cate at first didnt see it as anything serious and argued against calling 9-1-1, even though her husband Russell insisted. After Darryl began vomiting blood, Cate brought him to County General and was diagnosed by Dr. Mark Greene in Trauma 1, Darryl had acute leukemia, and died from advanced complications that arose with his illness. Cates initial denial and delay contributed to one of the factors that led to Dr. Greene not being able to save Darryl and this explains how Nurse Haleh had recognized her before and the chilling moment Banfield had on her first day stepping into Trauma 1