Directed by: Peter Bonerz
Written by: Ron Berman
Produced by: Eve Brandstein
Other cast: Elliott Gould, Conchata Ferrell, Lynne Moody, Shuko Akune, Bruce A. Young, Corinne Bohrer, Luis Avalos, George Clooney, Jason Alexander,
Premiere date: September 16, 1984
Episodes: Appeared in all episodes
Running time: 30min
Dr. Sheinfeld, freshly divorced, becomes a physician on call at the emergency room of a Chicago hospital, where he soon locks horns with the vivacious Dr. Eve Sheridan and attracts the puppy-love of pediatrics Nurse Cory. Situational humor mixes with tense medical crises.
♦ Dr. Eve Sheridan: [about mopping to the janitor] I know you’ve been doing it your way since you got here, but your way doesn’t get into the corners.
Richard: Who goes into the corners?
Dr. Eve Sheridan: Germs, Richard. Please, just do it my way.
♦ I’m serious, John. You hired me to run this ER and I will run it as best I can. I grant you we have to make money, but the decisions on how have to be mine or you don’t need me! I will say who works in this department and who doesn’t. If you can’t live with that, I’ll have to resign.
In Mary’s words…
Dr. Eve Sheridan came to me when I was doing a production of Three Sistersin Minneapolis, at the Guthrie Theater. I had auditioned for the pilot, and when we talked about what the dates entailed, I said to the writers, who had been there in the room, “Oh, my gosh, this is going to be a problem! I’m leaving tomorrow to do Three Sisters at the Guthrie!” And they started to laugh. They said, “Are you telling us you’d do a play instead of a pilot?” And I said, “No! I’ve just… I’ve never backed out of a play in my life!” And I was so honest that they got a kick out of me, and I think that was memorable to them. Lo and behold, they went and did the pilot without me, and for whatever reason the character didn’t work out, so they said, “Let’s go see if that gal is finished with her play!” [Laughs.] And they called me in Minneapolis. I had to leave a week early, but thank God I didn’t have any problem leaving a week early. So I went out and started shooting it, and, of course, you know I got to work with George Clooney, who also is a veteran of twoERs! [from “Mary McDonnell on Battlestar Galactica and going mute in front of Robert Redford by Will Harris]