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The Long Way Around 

Nurse Carol Hathaway is held hostage during a convenience store robbery, then befriends one of the gunmen.


Michael Crichton (created by), Lydia Woodward




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Mark Greene (credit only)
George Clooney ... Doug Ross
Noah Wyle ... John Carter (credit only)
Julianna Margulies ... Carol Hathaway
Gloria Reuben ... Jeanie Boulet (credit only)
Laura Innes ... Kerry Weaver
Eriq La Salle ... Peter Benton (credit only)
Abraham Benrubi ... Jerry Markovic
Currie Graham ... James
Ruth Maleczech ... Marita Novotny
Mason Gamble ... Robert Potter
Jan Rubes ... Mr. Duzak
Ellen Crawford ... Nurse Lydia Wright
Yvette Freeman ... Nurse Haleh Adams
Marisol Nichols ... Angie


Carol Hathaway is still under suspension but faces a life-threatening situation when she is held hostage in her local convenient store by two would-be robbers. The two young men are in over their heads and panic, shooting the store owner. Carol manages to take charge of the situation, calming them and trying to save the owner as well as one of the robbers, who has also been shot. In the end, she empathizes with one of them, Duncan, a young man visiting from Scotland. In his attempt to make his escape, he takes Carol with him and flees, but with tragic results. Written by anonymous

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robbery | siege | pre teen | pharmacy | See All (4) »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

13 February 1997 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of the episode, "The Long Way Around" is almost the same as Ewan Mcgregor's TV series "Long Way Round" where he and Charley Boorman rode motorcycles from London(UK) to New York(USA). See more »


[Robert runs by]
Robert Potter: Morning, Leon! Morning, Miss Hathaway!
Leon: Slow down there, Robert!
Nurse Carol Hathaway: I hate that he calls me "Miss Hathaway".
Leon: Yeah, it's a real crime when kids show that kind of respect.
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20 years after the fact
6 August 2018 | by sgurdonSee all my reviews

I just saw this episode for the first time, it's 2018. I've been binging ER and this episode may be the last one I watch. The situations presented were ridiculous but the straw that broke the camel's back was the cop shooting the guy running away and the guy ended up with chest wounds! I replayed it many times, the wounds should have been in his back. This episode was a total waste of my time and an insult to my intelligence.

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