"Work on your jump shot" - The departing words
of Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) as he
leaves the premises of Chicago's County General
Hospital for the last time on episode No. 176
"Onion in the Sky" (aired April 4th, 2002).
Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Mark's condition
was beginning to seriously impact on his work
performance and so he quietly makes the decision
to quit his job, as well as stop his
chemotherapy so he could comfortably enjoy the
last two months of his life.
On his final shift after dealing with a heroin
addicted junkie who just gave birth to an
undersized baby, a deluded homeless man who just
wants to get back to the streets and a woman
complaining about a hang nail ("I've got an
inoperable brain tumor. I win") Mark removes a
splinter from the hand of small blond haired
girl and congratulates her for being his final
Mark then quietly finishes his shift, tells his
unsuspecting medical comrades good night and
then walks off into the evening through the
emergency room's sliding doors.
As he leaves the hospital grounds, Mark picks up
a basketball lying outside beneath a practice
hoop, and tells Dr. John Carter (Noah Wyle) the
ball needs air. Mark's last bit of advice to
Carter was "Work on your jump shot."
Greene's farewell letter see
SIGNOFFS - Death & Dying"
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