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Dr. Gregory "Greg" Pratt is a fictional medical doctor on the television show ER, played by Mekhi Phifer. Pratt first appeared late in Season 8 in the episode "Orion in the Sky" (2002), as a cocky, overconfident intern who's sure he's seen it all from his work at the VA hospital. He meets and is somewhat mentored by Mark Greene who was wrapping up his last day at County. Just beginning his residency and having much maturing and learning to do, Pratt was always stepping up showing much leadership and quick precision. But his limited experience often led Pratt to collide with his chief resident John Carter and other attendings over many occasions, including doing a procedure he was absolutely unqualified to do (though the patient survived) and resuscitating an already pronounced patient. During the critical small pox outbreak and evacuation gone awry, Pratt proves his skills and courage as a swift emergency physician as the entire hospital is thrown into chaos. In Season 9, his first as a credited series regular, Dr. Gregory Pratt had a hot/cold relationship with a fellow physician, Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen that was steady for a while. He even got to meet her parents, who were quite stubborn and not impressed with Jing-Mei's decision. It was revealed that Pratt had a mentally handicapped step brother named Leon living with him. He often got into trouble and would disrupt Pratt's professional and personal life, especially when he became involved with a group of thugs who stabbed him in the hindquarters over a confiscated gun, got him thrown in jail overnight, and then made him join them on a robbery that ended with one of the thugs dead and a cop badly injured (though he recovered thanks to good surgical work by Dr. Corday). Carter suggested his brother move away for a while, leaving Pratt with some room to breathe, seeing that it was wearing him down emotionally and at work. Pratt very reluctantly sent his step brother away to stay with other family in Baltimore. Still, Pratt feels he's done the best for his stepbrother, not for himself.Season 10 proved to be too bumpy for Pratt and Chen's relationship to survive. Certain things including Chen catching Pratt casually flirting with new medical student Neela Rasgotra led to a lot of uneasiness in the relationship and they broke up when Pratt told Chen he didn't see them having a serious future together. However, a tragic car accident in China, which killed her mother, forced Jing-Mei's depressed and severely injured father to move to Chicago to live with his Americanized daughter. After several refusals from house-nurses, Chen was forced to slack off on her duties in the ER to care for her sometimes-abusive father who lashed out her in fits of delirium. Pratt's relationship with Dr. Chen began to evaporate as Dr. Chen cut herself off from everyone in the ER to deal with her family crisis. Pratt was also involved in a drive-by shooting while driving Dr. Chen and a patient that Pratt befriended. Pratt's brand new car was forced off a bridge and the patient--whom Pratt had originally blown off before he decided to show some friendship to him--was killed. This stunned Dr. Pratt and caused serious head injuries that took a little while to fully heal, but helped ground him to become a much better active physician through the next seasons. Pratt's romantic relationship with Chen ultimately ended but they remained good friends. He supported her when she decided to euthanize her father, after which Ming-Na left the show.A very capable senior resident, he was backed first by Luka Kovac and later and with visible reluctance by Doctor Susan Lewis for the post of Chief Resident, but not wanting the extra workload, he turned the post down, something he came to regret when it was awarded instead to a less-than-competent rival, Archie Morris.Dr. Pratt came to terms with his clouded past at the end of Season 11, making contact with the father who abandoned him Charlie Pratt (portrayed by Danny Glover). In Season 12, many emotions flooded Pratt from rejection to anger which restrained him from making amends with his father. He also briefly dated a young neighborhood activist who Pratt could relate to about the level of gang violence among black teens. She later broke up with him for seeing someone else. Later after much counsel, Pratt began to accept his father's new family, but could never forgive Charlie even after learning that his mother had forced Charlie to stay away from his family and said they could not make things right, after which Charlie dejectedly walked away.In the episode, "Strange Bed Fellows," Dr. Kovac instructs Pratt to go to Africa to join Dr. John Carter. When Pratt challenges Luka and says he won't go, Luka says he has no choice but to go, calling in a marker from an earlier incident where Pratt had provided a clean blood sample so the drunken father of an at-risk teen wouldn't lose his job or license, and the father repaid Pratt by crashing his car while drunk and nearly killing an innocent kid. By going out to Africa to join Dr. Carter, Pratt essentially re-earned his job. He also earns the opportunity to move up to the position of attending physician, which Dr. Victor Clemente cannot fulfill because of his own problems that led to his termination. When Pratt returned, he felt great about the service he provided overseas but was hurt badly by the news of his friend's death in Iraq (Dr. Michael Gallant). At the start of season 13, Pratt is proud of finally achieving his new title as attending, but discovers the downsides with the busy hours and juggling numerous interns including the wise guy new intern Tony Gates, whom Pratt clashed with previously in the ER. In his personal life, his half-brother Chaz from his father's new family moves in with him. Pratt thinks it'll be good to bond with the brother he never had. However, after finding him in a compromising position with another guy, Pratt feels betrayed. After much denial, a talk with Weaver, and even his brother personally coming out to him, Pratt learns the truth about his brother's homosexuality. He has learned to accept this, knowing that their relationship and trust is more important to maintain. He supports his brother's new job as an EMT but clashes with Chaz's co-workers after they get him so drunk he nearly dies. He also slugged a bigoted EMT who taunted his brother, which embarrassed Chaz, and he apologized for not letting Chaz handle the situation on his own.Later in the season, Pratt discovered a church holding an illegal prescription drugs exchange program between church members. Pratt tried to reason with the pastor to seek better alternatives. With no one convinced, Gregory feels he must take steps to at least make the program more efficient and safer. He volunteers to donate some narcotics from the ER with the help of Hope the religious intern. This only lands Pratt in deep trouble when one of the members of the church unexpectedly dies from the result of the drug exchange, leading to an investigation by the police and social workers. Pratt comes out to his chief Dr. Kovac, telling him he acted alone, thus saving Hope's career and preventing any risk that could fall down on the entire department. Pratt is arrested by the police and is put before the review board for his actions. Surprisingly, Pastor Watkins of First Mission Baptist and his congregation showed up on Pratt's behalf and explained the entire story of his significant contribution. The board dismisses Pratt from any suspension that could have claimed his medical license and his job at County. Pratt initially ran afoul of Dr. Moretti after Luka resigned, but Moretti seems to be becoming more respectful of Pratt's abilities in Season 14. Pratt is also dating Bettina, a County administrator, and showing a more mature side of himself in the relationship.After being overlooked for the position of Chief of the ER, Pratt submitted his resignation citing that the administration of County General did not respect him. He would soon opt to remain after meeting Jeanie Boulet and felt that he still had good to do at County.Trivia:
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