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When the Bough Breaks 

His ex-wife Jennifer tells Mark he can't see Rachel until he's got his act together. Reece gets to go home. Al has lost his job.


Richard Thorpe


Michael Crichton (created by), Jack Orman


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Mark Greene
George Clooney ... Doug Ross
Noah Wyle ... John Carter
Julianna Margulies ... Carol Hathaway
Gloria Reuben ... Jeanie Boulet
Laura Innes ... Kerry Weaver
Maria Bello ... Anna Del Amico
Alex Kingston ... Elizabeth Corday
Eriq La Salle ... Peter Benton
Lisa Nicole Carson ... Carla Reece
Ellen Crawford ... Nurse Lydia Wright
Tracy Vilar ... Doris
Merrin Dungey ... Daphina
David Denman ... Jeremy Willis / 'Angel'
Peter Flanders Peter Flanders ... Fleeing Motorcyclist (as Pete Flanders)


Mark Greene's ex-wife Jen takes him to task for his mixed-up life and tells him he can't see their daughter until he gets some help. Kerry Weaver tries to get Doug Ross to complete his fellowship research proposal. She also tells him he has to find research grants to cover his salary or he's out of a job. Baby Reece Benton finally gets to go home. Now that his HIV status is known, Al Boulet finds himself out of a job and unable to find work. The ER has to deal with a mass casualty alert when a school bus is involved in a highway accident. A crack addict gives birth while waiting for a doctor to treat her. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

23 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is based upon an American child's lullaby: "Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop, When the wind blows, the cradle will rock, When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, And down will come baby, cradle and all." See more »


When Kerry asks Doug if she can speak to him in the beginning about his research study, she calls him Mark. See more »


John Carter: [to Benton] You know, I'm not your student anymore.
Peter Benton: I know that.
John Carter: Then you can treat me like any other colleague.
Peter Benton: You're not a colleague. You're an intern!
John Carter: For three years, I did everything you asked of me and more. I deserved your respect because I earned it.
Peter Benton: And you threw it away!
John Carter: Why? Because I don't want to be like you?
Peter Benton: No, because you wasted my time.
John Carter: This isn't about your time. This is about your egotism.
Peter Benton: Yeah, yeah, right, Carter. I'm egotistical. You know what? I got a lot of people that ...
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