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Of Past Regret and Future Fear 

Benton and Elizabeth Corday spend the night together. Corday is shocked when Robert Romano suggests that they go out on a date. John Carter and his grandmother clash over the future of ... See full summary »


Anthony Edwards


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
Jorja Fox ... Dr. Maggie Doyle
Lisa Nicole Carson ... Carla Reece
Stefan Gierasch ... Daniel
Keith Bogart ... Kirk Stiles
Tara Chocol ... Vicki McNeal
Castulo Guerra ... Javier


Benton and Elizabeth Corday spend the night together. Corday is shocked when Robert Romano suggests that they go out on a date. John Carter and his grandmother clash over the future of Chase Carter; she wants him cared for at home while John feels he should remain institutionalized where he can continue to receive therapy. Carol Hathaway finally gets around to inviting her mother to a Sunday brunch with her and Doug but is a bit surprised when she shows up with her boyfriend. In the ER, Hathaway comforts a man who is going to die from chemical burns. Written by garykmcd

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30 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Julianna Margulies (Carol Hathaway) & James Le Gros (Dr. Max Rocher) also worked together on episode 5.8, The Good Wife: The Next Month (2013), of The Good Wife (2009), as Alicia Florrick & Judge Adam Tolkin respectively. See more »


Dr. Robert Romano: What kind of salad dressings do you have?
Waitress: Caesar, ranch, Italian, low-cal Italian, blue cheese, honey mustard, Catalina, oil and vinegar, and poppy seed vinaigrette.
Dr. Robert Romano: I'll have the soup.
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"Of Past Regret and Future Fear", a memorable episode
7 June 2016 | by mackjay2See all my reviews

I had only seen this episode once, in first broadcast and had always remembered it, and seeing it again has not diminished its strength. A young security guard is accidentally doused with a highly toxic substance (hydrochloric acid). He is rushed to the ER, and soon told by Dr. Greene that he will die in a matter of hours. The actor Michael Rapaport gives an award-worthy performance, as he slowly realizes and begins to accept his fate. It's a powerful moment in a series full of powerful moments, but one that can really stick with you. A moment's mistake or carelessness can mean the end of everything, in very little time. Carol's efforts to bring the man's ex-wife and daughter in to see him are in vain, as grudges and anger won't loosen their grip. So the man dies while Carol reads back the letter he writes to his daughter. The rest of the plot lines, interesting though they are, pale in comparison to this small unforgettable story.

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