During the St. Patrick’s Day episode, Dr. Greene wakes up and sobers up his longtime friend Doug, whom he has helped to get sober on a number of occasions. The two share a close friendship and confide in each other during their break. But this bond is tested by Dr. Greene’s violent attack, which has left him emotionally scarred and unable to move on with his life.
Real life events
In the Mister Roberts episode, Greene’s letter is read by a character played by Jack Lemmon. The letters were dated a year later, making this a fictional episode. Susan Lewis, who plays Greene’s wife, confirms the death of her husband. Fortunately, Greene is still alive, and the episode is based on the real life events.
In the episode
The episode is similar to that in the book, but Greene’s character dies in the ER. In the episode, a doctor who was Green’s mentor told him to quit being a doctor and become a mother instead. It was this experience that prompted her to join County and become a doctor. However, she decided to become a doctor because she felt she had a better chance of being a good mom.
Anthony Edwards was also brought back as Dr. Mark Greene. This came about six years after Greene’s exit, and six months before his death. In this episode, Greene treats Darryl Banfield, a young boy with leukemia. The episode takes place during the season when Mark and Elizabeth are reconciling. The story is titled “Setting the Tone,” and is a revealing one.