11x22 The Show Must Go On
First Aired: May. 19, 2005 on NBC
Summary: On Carter's last shift, four new interns begin their tour of duty. After completing their rounds, Carter, Kovac and most of the ER staff head out to Carter's surprise going-away party down the street at Ike's. Ray leaves to go to another party where the revelry is interrupted by a disaster…
Main Characters in this Episode
Community Theatre Director: My stage manager is filling in. Horrid. But if I can get them back in time, I might still have a second act.
Dr. Abby Lockhart: I doubt these guys are up for it.
Community Theatre Director: No, they're professionals. You know, "the show must go on."
Dr. Abby Lockhart: Yeah... why is that, exactly? I mean, why can't the show just stop once and awhile?
- This episode is Noah Wyle's final appearance as a cast member, although he guest-starred in 2006 and 2009. Wyle was the last original cast member remaining in season 11. Sherry Stringfield was also an original cast member, but left between 1996 and 2001- Wyle was on the show for a continuous 11 years from the pilot in 1994 to the 11th season finale.
- The title comes from the common idiom that no matter what the problems with the performers and backstage personnel, the show is more important because their as "No people like show people."
- When Carter leaves the ER he says: "You set the tone" to Morris. Mark Greene said the very same thing to Carter when he left the ER three years earlier.