March 29, 2022

ER 10.16, Forgive and Forget: Tanks for Nothing

Posted in TV tagged , , , , at 5:02 pm by Jenn

What are the odds that this episode would come up just TWO DAYS after a guest star won an Oscar?

Summary: Elizabeth’s having a home-cooked dinner with Dave while their kids play together. He asks about Mark’s death, then confides that he and his daughter Sydney’s mother were never married. The mother was only 20 when she had Sydney, and she left three weeks later. (For the record, Steven Culp was 49 here, and if Sydney is three like Ella, he was 46 when she was born, which means there was a 26-year age difference between him and her mother. EW.) Elizabeth isn’t impressed with the meal, but she likes Dave enough to kiss him. Both their daughters see but don’t seem to care.

Sam goes to Luka’s after having not seen him for a few days. His body language says he’s not up for a visitor right now. It could have something to do with the fact that there’s someone in his shower. Sam gets the hint and leaves without seeing that Luka already has a visitor: Gillian. At County, Abby tries to help Morris with a patient named Welling who’s demanding pain medication for a back problem. He claims he doesn’t have medical records because the VA burned them. Abby wants him to have a psych consult, but Morris says psych has seen him multiple times and won’t admit him.

Welling tells Abby he’s not suicidal, but he’s homicidal toward Morris. Abby asks Morris to have him admitted for high blood pressure, which I’m guessing is just the result of his anger. He threatens to get a tank and frag Morris, then leaves the hospital. Sam arrives for a shift and makes awkward small talk with Luka. Chen is back at work, and Neela brings her a patient who needs stitches after a fight with her girlfriend. Frank: inappropriate homophobic comment. Neela tells him he’s a horrible man and people hate his discriminatory remarks. She only wants silence from him from now on. Frank: comment about how she’s PMS-ing. Shut up, Frank.

Carter tells Luka that Gillian left him a message about having dinner. When Sam joins them, Carter tells Luka they’ll talk more later. She takes Luka to see a new patient, a 13-year-old named Brian who’s having testicular pain with no known cause. Brian silently indicates to Luka that he doesn’t want Sam there for his examination. Though he’s really polite, he comments that Sam is hot when she leaves.

Paramedics bring in a man named Charlie who’s septic. He’s been under his daughter Dahlia’s care after a brain injury left him unable to walk or talk. Carter warns Dahlia that Charlie might not survive the infection, but he doesn’t appear to have a DNR or any kind of record of what he would want in this kind of situation. Dahlia insists that the doctors help him.

Sam comes in while Luka is examining Brian, who quickly covers himself up. Luka thinks Brian has an infection, but Sam worries it’s something more serious and if they wait for his labwork to come back, he could have complications that lead to him losing a testicle. Luka snaps at her and Sam asks if he’s mad at her for stopping by his place.

She wants to clarify that when she said they should slow things down, she didn’t mean stop seeing each other altogether. Luka reminds her that she wants a casual relationship. Sam says if it’s a choice between something serious and nothing, she’d prefer something serious. Luka softens and tells her to follow up on her suspicions about Brian’s condition, just in case.

As paramedics bring in a new patient, Morales tells Pratt, Abby, and Sam that a guy stole a tank from the National Armory. Abby immediately goes to Morris and drags him to the admit desk, where a bunch of people are gathered to watch what’s basically a police chase on the news, only with a tank instead of a car. The driver is, of course, Welling. Supposedly he doesn’t have ammo, but if he wanted to hurt Morris, well, this would probably do the trick.

Sam and Elizabeth discuss the tank as Elizabeth does a procedure on Charlie. Lawson comes in, having planned to do his own procedure, and Elizabeth tells him it’s not necessary. He complains about her poaching his patient, which is hilarious because when they first met, he was stealing Elizabeth’s cases. They bicker a little, then confirm that they’re on for dinner that night. Elizabeth asks Sam how men are able to argue with you one minute, then turn around and ask about your plans.

Sam tells Chen that she doesn’t think Dahlia understands how serious her father’s condition is. Chen says he has a good chance, but Sam notes that even if he recovers, he’ll still need care 24/7. Chen reminds her that Dahlia’s responsible for her father’s medical decisions, despite only being 19. She knows her father better than the staff does.

Pratt and Carter check on the tank situation, wondering if Welling is just driving around for fun or if he has a destination in mind. Frank tells them all the equipment the tank has on board (he looked it up on rollingdeath.com). Weaver arrives and tells everyone at the TV to go back to work because “it’s not the moon landing.” Carter notes that Welling is six miles away, but a detective with Weaver says they’ve put up roadblocks and are going to make him detour until he runs out of gas. Morris doesn’t think that’s enough. “They’re also getting a helicopter with a gigantic magnet,” Abby says. Heh.

Abby and Morris bicker about Welling’s psychiatric state as the staff learns that roadblocks mean nothing to a tank. Welling’s fine with just driving over anything in his path. The detective runs off to figure out a plan B. Or maybe he’s running off to hide so he doesn’t have to deal with this situation anymore. Abby pretty much has no sympathy for Morris, who is probably regretting not listening to her, just as everyone who doesn’t listen to Abby ultimately does.

Sam and Brian chat about the tank until Luka arrives to announce that Brian has chlamydia. He admits to having some hookups with classmates. He just needs antibiotics, and he’s pretty casual about the whole thing. Sam is upset, as well as a little worried that one day Alex will be in this situation. Lester gets a few seconds of screentime as Frank carries some boxes around. Gillian comes by to solidify plans with Luka for that night, and Sam sees her kissing him goodbye.

Paramedics bring in some car accident victims, including a man named Hector and his seven-year-old son Oscar. And when I say “car accident,” I don’t mean they crashed their car. I mean Welling’s tank crashed into them. Hector is very anxious about Oscar, and he asks the staff to get in touch with his wife. Neela goes to ask Frank to handle that. Frank: racist comment. He ducks into the drug lockup to make the call, then sinks to the floor in pain.

Oscar is even more anxious than Hector, which just makes things more tense in his trauma room. That’s on top of the tension already between Luka and Sam. She even throws a suture kit at him when he requests one. Luka just calmly asks for another one. Pratt asks if they need Dr. Phil. Ugh, no. The staff tries to treat the scared seven-year-old, whose understanding of English isn’t clear (and Chuny isn’t available). Sam finally comes up with a simple solution: She opens the door between Oscar and Hector’s trauma rooms so they can see and hear each other. They both calm down right away.

Neela goes to call a surgeon and finds Frank unconscious. Pratt comes to help her as Neela determines that Frank is having a massive heart attack. Carter tells Pratt to stay with him while he goes to get assessed. Pratt praises Neela for saving Frank. The detective has decided that they should evacuate the ER, which Weaver isn’t happy about. Morris volunteers to leave, since he’s the target. She tells him to stand in the street and “play Tiananmen Square.”

Luka tries to convince Sam that he and Gillian didn’t do anything – she has a boyfriend. Yeah, and she had a boyfriend the last time you hooked up. What else you got? He adds that Sam said she didn’t want to be exclusive. Sam thinks he moved on pretty quickly, since they had that conversation just a few days ago. Luka says he forget Gillian was coming to visit. Sam pretends she doesn’t care, since Luka’s already slept with every nurse in the ER.

Brian has called some girls he slept with so they can get tested for chlamydia. Luka gives them a little speech about how they might regret casual sex later. Buddy, they’re not listening, and if they knew about your sexual history, they would just laugh in your face. Sam checks on Charlie and tries to determine whether he wants to keep receiving treatment.

Kayson climbs out of whatever hole he lives in to do a procedure that might keep Frank from needing surgery. Frank wakes up during it and Pratt tells him what’s going on. Kayson thinks Pratt is causing Frank distress, so he tells Pratt to leave, but Frank asks him to stay. Pratt doesn’t like Frank or Kayson, but he’d rather make Frank feel better than do anything Kayson wants, so he stays.

Abby and Carter go outside, where the police are setting up roadblocks outside the hospital (they’ve also closed the ER, so it’s calm now). Abby looked at Welling’s old charts and thinks that his history of drug abuse indicates that he’s experiencing drug-induced psychosis. Carter notes that psych never admitted him, so Abby shouldn’t feel bad that she didn’t catch his problem. She regrets not being able to help someone who needed it.

As Neela comes to get Carter, Frank’s wife and daughter arrive. That’s right – Frank’s married! And he has a daughter! She has Down syndrome! That’s probably supposed to make us feel sympathy for Frank but he’s still a bigot so it doesn’t work! I also can’t believe someone married that guy! Charlie’s not responsive anymore, and Sam tells Chen that he doesn’t want any more treatment. Carter lends a hand as he starts declining.

Frank tells Pratt about his time in Vietnam as he undergoes Kayson’s procedure. He was in danger plenty of times but never really thought about it. Half of his unit was Black, and they were all cocky guys just like Pratt. He remembers their names and laments their deaths. “You are what those boys could have been,” he tells Pratt just before he declines.

Carter and Chen try to stabilize Charlie as Sam says they’re just torturing him. Dahlia tells them intensely not to stop helping him. Neela goes to get an update on Frank, who needs a stent. Pratt wants to help, and though Kayson doesn’t want his assistance, he does need a second pair of hands. Pratt does a great job, but Kayson won’t give him any credit. At least Neela’s there to witness it.

Abby, Morris, Lester, Chuny, and some others watch from a window as Welling arrives on the corner of their street. The police are completely useless against a tank, but Welling gets trapped when he comes up against a couple of snowplows he can’t get past, and a truck pulls up behind him to block him in. Morris is eager to see him arrested, while Abby wants him to get a psych evaluation. Police surround the tank, open the lid (is that what it’s called?), and throw in a stun grenade, then shoot down at Welling. Abby’s horrified.

She runs to the scene to help the paramedics as they rush Welling to the ER. He’s alive and basically says, “I told you I would be back.” Abby orders Morris to help her, Carter, and Chuny tend to him. Morris takes a little while to get himself going, but he eventually jumps in to do his part. He even asks to scrub in when Welling goes up for surgery. He tells Abby they saved him. She just looks at him and walks away silently.

One of Brian’s hookups has an abscess that could require surgery and might cost her a fallopian tube. Sheesh. Use condoms, kids! Luka asks Sam to get coffee, but she spots Gillian returning to the ER and says no. Neela chats with Frank’s wife, Connie, who mentions how she always dreaded a call about him being hospitalized while he was a cop, not a desk clerk. He took the clerk job because he wanted to put money away for their daughter, Janie. Neela lies that, yes, Frank talks about her all the time. Connie says he loves his job and always has stories to tell. He’s even mentioned Neela and how bright she is.

Sam tells Dahlia that Charlie may have suffered more mental damage from being deprived of oxygen. She should consider putting him in a facility. Dahlia asks if Sam thinks people get what they deserve. When she was in school, her father called every day to see if she would be home when he got there. He wanted to make sure they’d be alone. Dahlia would shower and wait for him in her room. She doesn’t give any details, but I think we all know what she’s implying and how gross it is, and I’m sure we’re all wondering why she doesn’t dump him in a long-term-care facility and never talk to him again. Maybe she wants to watch him suffer.

Gillian and Luka kiss outside the hospital, so…sorry, Gillian’s boyfriend. She realizes that Luka doesn’t want things to go farther with her because he’s interested in Sam. After his surgery, Pratt tells Frank he’ll have to start eating better. “I’m in Hell, right?” Frank replies. Neela brings in Connie and Janie, and Frank’s demeanor changes from jerk to warm. Elizabeth tells Pratt that Kayson has banned from the lab, then praises him and Neela for saving Frank.

Sam heads home with Alex, who’s going to have a great night eating McDonald’s and watching horror movies totally inappropriate for his age. Luka’s outside their door, but Sam doesn’t want to talk, since she’s figured out that Gillian was at Luka’s when she went over, and she feels stupid for thinking he wanted to be with her. Luka apologizes, but Sam brushes him off. She goes inside, then comes back out to invite him to join her and Alex. And then hopefully she apologizes off-screen for being childish and throwing the suture kit at him, because…come on.

Thoughts: Dahlia is played by Jessica Chastain.

The tank stuff feels like it would be better suited to Grey’s Anatomy.

Shout-out to Neela for confronting Frank for his bigotry instead of just being like, “Oh, that’s Frank for you” like everyone else.

Rollingdeath.com is available if anyone wants a memorable URL.

January 4, 2022

ER 10.4, Shifts Happen: Being Greg Pratt

Posted in TV tagged , , , , at 5:02 pm by Jenn

Dear writers, we do not need any more Pratt-centric episodes, thank you for your time

Summary: Pratt gets ready for work and rushes to buy a newspaper before the guy who sells them closes up. Even though it’s sunny out and seems like it’s the morning, due to Pratt’s activities (like showering and making eggs), it’s actually 6:28 p.m. Elizabeth calls her nanny from Dorset’s bed so she can say good night to Ella. The nanny thinks she’s still at work. Elizabeth obviously feels guilty for missing time with her daughter, but Dorset tells her she’s allowed to have some downtime. Elizabeth just feels weird sneaking out of her house for sex. It is fun, though. They decide to have some more of that fun before heading to work.

Abby’s almost done with her shift and is passing off her patients to some nurse we don’t know. “Have we met?” Pratt asks the nurse. “No,” she replies bluntly before walking away. Ha! Abby tells Pratt that there are a bunch of new nurses on duty, all recent graduates. Frank: racist remark. Shut up, Frank. Coop: dumb remark. Shut up, Coop. Gallant pops in to be neither racist nor dumb, but also to offer nothing of substance. Come back, Gallant! Save me from these buffoons! Jerry invites Coop to a Cubs game. At least someone likes that guy.

Pratt hasn’t even been on shift for a minute when he gets summoned by Malik, then Neela, then two med students, Andy and Lester. Lester would have asked Coop for help, but he saw Pratt first. He also could have turned to Morris, but he’s treating a patient. Susan realizes he’s been treating that patient for a long time, since she’s pretty. She tells him to work harder to clear the board. Pratt lets Coop know that picking up Morris’ slack isn’t helping him.

Weaver is also annoyed about the slow pace in the ER, and since she’s decided to work there once a month to keep up her skills, she’s going to try to whip the place into shape. Susan says she kind of misses “Little Stumpy.” Abby’s supposed to be leaving, but Pratt enlists her to help him with an angry patient named Mathers. He’s been sent over from another hospital, supposedly because County can provide him with care the other place couldn’t, but he thinks it’s because he doesn’t have insurance and now he’s a welfare case. Pratt tells him he’ll get the best care possible for his broken leg.

After dismissing a woman who’s begging for help delivering her baby – a baby she’s been pregnant with for seven years – Pratt tells the med students that they have 12 hours to clear the board. In the process, they’ll show the doctors on the day shift how it’s done. I’m sure they’ll take notes and try to be better doctors because of your inspiration, Pratt.

Romano is finally getting a prosthetic arm that doesn’t have a hook for a hand. He hasn’t had all the training he needs to operate it, but he demands that the prosthetist – who definitely doesn’t get paid enough to deal with him – give it to him now. Mathers continues complaining as Pratt and Abby tend to him (though Pratt is mostly focusing on teaching the med students). He tells Neela to put in a central line, since Mathers is a former IV drug user and they’re having trouble inserting an IV in his veins. Mathers objects because Neela’s so young. Pratt quips that she’s almost 16.

He tells Lester to arrange for surgery for Mathers no more than three hours from now. He starts to head out, but Abby notes that Neela needs to be supervised. Pratt asks Gallant to do that, then goes to use the bathroom. Before he can get there, he stops to help Chen deal with a difficult patient, since the new nurse working with her isn’t being helpful. Chen guesses that Pratt’s already interested in the new nurse. He thought the two of them were fine, because Pratt has no idea how to read a woman, let alone Chen.

Weaver stalls Pratt from his trip to the bathroom by quizzing him about his patients. One of them, Betsy, is appreciative because Pratt helped get her a consult. Coop admires Pratt’s style, and Pratt tells him to get his own. Back in Mathers’ trauma room, Neela’s having some trouble with the central line, and Mathers is unhappy again. Chen takes over, ignoring Mathers when he makes a racist comment. After she leaves, Neela asks Gallant and Abby if Chen hates her. Neela isn’t interested in Pratt, and she wonders if she should tell Chen that. Abby says to let it go, since Pratt and Chen broke up.

Neela chooses not to listen to Abby, never a good idea. She tells Chen that Pratt is a flirt, but Neela didn’t do anything to spark his interest. She apologizes if she did anything to make the situation worse, and she hopes Chen won’t punish her for Pratt’s interest. Chen acts like she’s horrified that she would be accused of singling out a med student just because her boyfriend has a crush. She makes a show of checking Neela’s name tag, as if she’s forgotten her name, then says she’s hard on all the med students, especially the women. Neela should worry more about her skills and less about Pratt.

Betsy’s still in the ER, so Pratt offers to find out what’s taking so long with her consult. Andy presents a patient to him, a guy named Ed who suddenly found himself unable to speak while he was fighting with his wife. She thinks he was just being dramatic. Susan offers to stick around after her shift, since it’s busy and there’s only one attending in the ER, but Pratt lets her go.

Paramedics bring in an elderly woman named Ms. Crawford who’s having breathing problems. Her preteen granddaughter, Erika, is with her. Jerry has sneaked a peek at a loan application Abby’s trying to submit via fax, and he tells her that she’ll never get any money with her low credit score. Thanks for your help, Jerry.

Weaver, Neela, and Coop tend to Ms. Crawford, and Erika objects when they start removing her clothes. She exclaims that her grandmother has a DNR, but Erika doesn’t know what that means. Neela thinks it must be true, since Erika wouldn’t know the term if her family hadn’t discussed it. But without paperwork, Coop says they have to keep treating Ms. Crawford. Weaver tells Neela to find a way to contact Erika’s mother.

Pratt examines Ed while he and his wife keep bickering. Gallant pulls him away to pass off some patients who are supposed to be Morris’. He’s disappeared, and Gallant was supposed to leave a while ago, so he can’t keep looking for him. Ed’s wife tells Pratt that Ed has gone silent again. She thinks he’s messing with her. Pratt tells a nurse named Severa to get him a psych consult. “Yes, doctor,” she replies.

Lester tells Pratt that he has a patient who was bitten by a rat. He’s helpfully brought it with him in case they need to test it for rabies. This is the last straw for one of the new nurses, who didn’t go to nursing school for this sort of thing. Pratt finally makes it to the bathroom, where he catches Morris on the phone with someone, asking how to treat his patients. Pratt yells at him for being a second-year resident who should know how to do his job.

Abby goes to Luka’s for a late dinner, at Gillian’s invitation. It’s 10:00, but Gillian offers her leftovers. She’s on her way home to Montreal, so she and Luka have a long goodbye kiss right in front of Abby. Luka reveals that Gillian has a boyfriend. OH, LUKA. He tells Abby it’s complicated. Oh, you think? Back at County, Elizabeth is in a bad mood because Pratt called her for an unnecessary consult. Also, because she’s not still in bed with Dorset. Pratt gives instructions to Severa, who again replies, “Yes, doctor,” making him wonder if she speaks English. She says she does.

The board is down to 30 patients, but there are still 50 in the waiting area, so it’s not technically an accomplishment. Pratt tries to talk Frank into going to get him some food. Ed asks Pratt for an update on his condition, and Pratt notes that he’s talking again. Ed says it comes and goes. Pratt sends him back to his room so he won’t miss his consult with a “special doctor.”

Betsy finally gets her consult, but the doctor, Hampton, is annoyed because Betsy comes in three times a month for demerol. Pratt insists that she has a real illness and needs medication and to be admitted. Hampton can put a note in her chart if she wants, and she can take the heat for not admitting Betsy, but she needs to take responsibility for her patient. Hampton won’t, so Pratt reluctantly tells Lester to discharge Betsy.

Abby and Luka go for a walk, talking about his time in the Congo. He misses being in a place that let him get out of his own head. He appreciated the downtime there more. Abby mentions Carter, insisting she’s fine without him. She’s even on the way to being happy. She’s started to make some decisions about her life, but she doesn’t want to give any details in case she jinxes it. She gets a page asking her to work another shift, and though Luka encourages her to pretend she didn’t see it, she says she needs the money.

Abby returns to County, and Weaver surprises her by trying to make small talk. She even says Abby’s one of the best nurses in the ER, and she hopes Romano’s changes don’t drive her away. Neela comes by asking for paper and crayons for Erika (who’s too old for that, but whatever), and Weaver tells her to focus on patients, not babysitting.

Pratt channels Mark a little to make some quick decisions and discharge some patients. Morris is still slacking, so Pratt takes over his treatment of a kid named Damian who swallowed a quarter. (Can I just say that this kid is too old to be swallowing coins? Because he’s too old to be swallowing coins. Is there even one writer on this show who understands children?) Morris thinks the coin will just pass through Damian’s system, but Pratt wants them to remove it with an endoscope. This will mean a little revenge on Hampton, the gastrointestinal specialist on call.

Paramedics bring in some car accident victims, and with a shortage of trauma rooms, Pratt takes one to Ms. Crawford’s and makes Neela move her somewhere else. Mathers is yelling again, but everyone’s trying to ignore him. Morris and Coop tend to one of the car accident victims (Morris makes Coop do his rectal exam) while Pratt treats another, a teen who’s in really bad shape. Morris leaves the room instead of offering to help.

A nurse tells Pratt that psych won’t see Ed until he has a head CT. Pratt doesn’t think he needs one; he’s just upset because his wife is leaving him. Jerry then tells Pratt that Hampton won’t see Damian until the morning. She’s also going to complain to Romano tomorrow. Oh, and she thinks Pratt is…a word that normally isn’t allowed on network TV. Thanks for letting that one go, censors! Randi wants to liven up the night shift with disco music. Abby tells her it’s too loud. This is Randi’s last episode, by the way, so enjoy her five seconds of screentime.

Abby and Elizabeth end up in the elevator with their patients at the same time, and Dorset tries to sneak in for some time with Elizabeth before he realizes she’s not alone. Abby asks if the two of them ever got together. “Who?” Elizabeth asks dumbly. Then she admits they’re dating. Abby’s happy, but Elizabeth thinks she’s covering for her opinion that Elizabeth is dating too soon after Mark’s death. Neela treats Mathers, though she’s not supposed to be doing what she’s doing without a resident’s supervision. Weaver stops her, and Neela rats out Morris for not doing his job.

Ed’s CT is clear, so he can go see psych now. He objects to needing a psych consult, especially since it’ll just make his wife even more convinced that he’s crazy. Weaver gives Pratt more work to do, which means he has even less time to listen to Ed say he doesn’t need psychiatric help. He asks for medication to get him through the night. Pratt tells Severa to give Ed two milligrams of Obecalp, then discharge him. She’s confused about the medication, but after Pratt asks if she knows what it is, she says, “Yes, doctor.”

Neela goes to check on Erika, who asks what DNR means. Neela explains that it means someone doesn’t want to be kept alive by machines. She offers to take Erika to a room where she can get some sleep, but Erika wants to stay with her grandmother, who has said she sleeps better with Erika near her. After Neela lets her into the bed, Pratt ruins the nice moment by telling her to get back to work. Neela comments that it’s hard to figure out where you should be spending your time. Pratt doesn’t care – he wants the board cleared.

Lester tells her that Pratt is tough but is good at his job. He asks if she knows what Obecalp is, since he hasn’t been able to find any. Weaver overhears and tells him it’s placebo spelled backwards. She calls Pratt out for giving Ed saline, which seems to have calmed him down. It’s a violation of medical ethics, and he could sue. Pratt tells Severa to cancel the “Obecalp,” but she says she never gave it to him.

Damian’s parents are impatient about how long it’s taking for his endoscopy. Pratt doesn’t think it’ll be a problem for him to wait until the morning, since he’s stable. But the family’s been there for 14 hours, and Damian’s having trouble breathing – why can’t this emergency room handle this emergency? Speaking of emergencies, Weaver helps Abby with a patient she sent to get a CT even though he wasn’t completely stable, which means he should have had a doctor with him. Weaver beats herself up for taking the risk.

Andy excitedly tells Coop that Pratt is trying a special trick to remove the quarter in Damian’s throat. Pratt calmly does the same move I think Dorset did a few episodes ago, acting like he does this all the time. Abby winds up serving as the triage nurse again as Pratt warns her that bars are about to close, which means they’re going to get an influx of patients. He dances with Randi for a little while until a patient yells at them for blasting music while he’s trying to sleep.

Abby takes over triage from Malik, first talking to a patient who complains of a toothache he’s apparently had for a year. Maybe he should be friends with the woman who’s been pregnant for seven years. Damian’s dad brings him back in, since he was feeling nauseous in the parking lot, and asks Abby to have Pratt see him just in case. Instead, Damian gets an express ticket to the OR when he coughs up blood. I guess Pratt’s trick wasn’t as successful as he thought.

Elizabeth blasts Pratt for doing his procedure in the ER, but Pratt thinks the real problem is that the quarter was in Damian’s throat long enough to cause major complications. She tells him he’s lucky the family was just leaving the hospital when this happened. If they’d already been back home, Damian wouldn’t have made it back for treatment in time. As Pratt’s leaving the surgical floor, he runs into Weaver, who still feels guilty for not keeping a better eye on her patient.

Pratt heads back to the ER, where Ed has just collapsed. Coop determines that he has a carotid tear, which caused a clot in his neck. He doesn’t look good. Abby ends her turn as triage nurse early so she can make a phone call in Ms. Crawford’s room. She asks her credit card company if she can get a cash advance. She ends the call when she realizes that Ms. Crawford has died. She tells Neela that she’ll need to wake Erika and move her somewhere else so they can give Ms. Crawford’s bed to another patient.

Pratt checks on Mathers, who’s finally stopped complaining about everything. Pratt realizes he’s just been scared about losing his leg. He promises they’ll get Mathers into surgery really soon, even though that’s what he’s been hearing for hours now. Pratt tells Weaver to have Coop cover for him, then storms into an OR where an orthopedic surgeon is taking his sweet time in an operation. Pratt offers to assist so someone can go to the ER and take care of Mathers. Meanwhile, Neela carries Erika, who’s still asleep, to another room.

It’s morning when Abby shows up at her ex-husband’s house. Richard is now remarried and has a baby. No one in the home seems particularly happy, so Abby may have dodged a bullet. She asks Richard to co-sign a loan with her. She reminds him that she never asked him for alimony or any kind of spousal support, so he kind of owes her. Back at County, Romano yells at Pratt about all the stunts he pulled the night before. Pratt probably won’t take it personally, since Romano never liked him.

Pratt passes everyone off to Susan, then leaves along with Coop. Gallant praises Coop for making Ed’s diagnosis. Pratt gets no praise for everything he did for his patients overnight. Coop says he’s going to the gym before he goes home to get some sleep. Pratt declines to tag along, and instead goes home alone, the only person who cares how much he did during his shift.

Thoughts: Rossif Sutherland, who plays Lester, is Donald Sutherland’s son/Kiefer Sutherland’s brother.

Maybe I need a hobby but for years I haven’t been able to get over how Elizabeth puts on her bra at Dorset’s place. Obviously the normal way wouldn’t work on TV because you would see too much, but no one puts on a bra that has a clasp in the back by putting on the cups first.

Gillian schmillian – Luka doesn’t look at her the way he looks at Abby. I think he wants to get back together. Unfortunately, he’s about to get distracted by someone else.

December 28, 2021

ER 10.3, Dear Abby: The Breakup Heard ‘Round the Hospital

Posted in TV tagged , , , at 5:01 pm by Jenn

Guess who!

Summary: Abby is giving a tour to a group of new second-year residents, giving both them and us a glimpse of the new “cage,” the triage area. There’s now a desk where an admit nurse will speak to each patient, start a chart, and determine whether the patient needs to be seen immediately instead of sitting in the waiting room. The new residents will be joining Pratt, who will definitely not look down on them for being clueless newbies who don’t know their way around County as well as he does.

Police officers drag out an angry patient who tells Susan he’s going to come back for her. She sighs and tells him to bring her a latte when he does. Abby finishes the tour and asks if the residents have any questions. One, Archie Morris, asks why the patient board is see-through. Abby says it’s so they can see through it. Frank hopes he never needs treatment at County.

Abby’s eager for Luka to arrive at County after being flown out of the Congo. Connie and Lydia complain to her that Romano has scheduled them for fewer shifts than usual. Senior nurses’ hours are being cut so he can bring in travel nurses, who cost less money. Connie urges Abby to talk to him. Then Yosh tells her that she lost the nurses’ lottery and has to be the admit nurse for a few hours. Abby says there’s no statistically possible way she can lose the lottery every time. Abby, you’re the head nurse. Stop the lottery and make a schedule.

Her day is about to get better when Frank points out that Luka has arrived (along with Gillian). Before Abby can go greet him, Pratt and Neela ask for her help. Abby’s able to hand a patient off to Susan and almost catch up to Luka as he’s wheeled to an elevator. She’s just seconds too late to get to him before he’s taken upstairs.

Romano goes to the hospital’s prosthetist to get his new prosthetic arm, but he’s annoyed that it’s not the one he thought he was getting. His insurance won’t cover the one he wants. Also, this one has a hook, so no matter how annoying Romano is, he’s definitely right here. Back in the ER, Abby’s stuck at the triage desk, dealing with people who are angry about having to wait, kids who won’t behave, and general weirdos. Eventually she examines a teenager named Elle who’s sick enough to get seen immediately.

Susan asks Abby how Luka is. She has no idea, since she hasn’t had time to go see him. She also hasn’t had time to talk to Romano about the nurses’ schedules. Frank tells Abby he popped in to say hi to Luka, then chastises her for not visiting him yet. Abby calls upstairs to check on Luka, but Gillian has come back to the ER and tells her that he’s doing well enough to want a meatball sub. She recognizes Abby’s name because Carter talked about her in the Congo. She hands over the letter Carter asked her to give Abby. Abby starts reading, her face falling.

Romano crashes a meeting in Weaver’s office to throw a tantrum about his inferior prosthetic arm. Even though he’s yelling, he makes a good point that he should get better insurance coverage from the hospital where he lost the arm in the first place. Weaver calmly tells him to leave, so Romano leaves a long scratch in a table on his way out.

Abby is finishing the letter outside the hospital when the other nurses all walk by, announcing that they’re staging a walkout. Abby can’t deal with them and the letter and her job all at once, so she dismisses the nurses, crumples up the letter, throws it on the ground, and goes back inside. Frank complains about her littering and picks up the letter.

Pratt runs into one of the residents, Coop, who’s using his asthma inhaler. This is the only interesting thing about this character. Don’t get too attached. Pratt tells him that he and the other residents need to start picking up the pace. Coop’s been doing fine, and he makes excuses for Morris and the other resident whose name there’s no point in remembering because this is the only episode she’s in.

Pratt checks on Neela, who’s chanting a prayer while stitching up a patient. Pratt doesn’t think the patient requires a prayer since he’s not dying. Neela says it was a private prayer. Chen’s my-boyfriend-is-talking-to-someone-else-with-breasts radar goes off and she sends Neela on an errand. She reminds Pratt of their dinner plans that night.

Coop joins a trauma Susan and Morris are working on, instead of helping Pratt clear the board. Malik brings in Elle’s scans, which show that she’s experiencing heart failure. Abby counts down the remaining seconds of her turn as triage nurse and ditches her current patient. Frank, who’s holding her letter behind his back, tells her all the nurses left, so there’s no one to relieve her at the triage desk. Except we just saw Malik, so…

Romano tells Frank that everyone who signed the nurses’ petition and left for the walkout needs to be in the lounge in five minutes or they’ll be fired. Abby lies that they’re on a break, not staging a walkout. Also, she thinks Romano can’t fire nurses, but he says he can if they walk off the job. Abby runs off to get her co-workers as Frank admires Romano’s hook, saying it suits him.

Before Abby can find the nurses, a car pulls into the ambulance bay and a teen with a gunshot wound gets out, asking for help. The car he was in just drives off. Get better friends, Bobby. He starts declining quickly, and Pratt and Abby try to stabilize him in a trauma room. Abby thinks they need to open his chest, and she starts prepping him even though Pratt says it’s too early to make that decision. When Susan joins them, Abby and Pratt gripe about each other, and Susan sides with Pratt, believing Abby was too quick to jump to an invasive procedure.

Romano lends a hand (…sorry) in the ER, examining a girl who can’t take her eyes off of his prosthetic. He hands her off to Morris. Elizabeth comes down to help with Bobby, who’s still not stable. Abby suggests her idea again, then snaps at med students who are in her way. Elizabeth finally opens Bobby’s chest. Frank has started passing Abby’s letter around to other staff, so they know she’s been dumped. “Fun” fact: Carter uses the word “unfettered” in it. Shut up, Carter. Romano grumbles about the nurses, whom Jerry jokes are hiring a hit man.

Coop completely fails to read the room and introduces himself to Romano like they’re going to be close colleagues. Romano tells him to go up to the roof to meet a patient being brought in by helicopter. He should wave his arms and stand in the middle of the landing pad. Coop notes that Romano used to be a surgeon (though Romano still considers himself one), then asks if he has a scalpel attachment for his prosthetic. Instead of screaming at Coop, Romano calmly gives him some stern warnings. Coop talks back. Dude, I know he’s a jerk, but he’s still your superior. Romano yells for Coop to stay out of his face.

Elizabeth has run out of ways to try to save Bobby. Abby tries to get her to keep working, since he’s young and was doing well enough earlier to walk into the ER. Elizabeth doesn’t think he can be saved, and she declares his time of death. Neela and Coop treat a patient who fell while sanding the hull of a boat. He’s brought a cloud of fiberglass dust with him, which sets off Coop’s asthma.

A cardiologist tells Susan that Elle has pulmonary hypertension. I don’t know what that is, but it’s not good. Pratt tells Abby that six nurses were fired, which means there are only four left on their shift. He apologizes for not opening Bobby’s chest sooner, but Abby isn’t sure it would have made a difference. He tells her that he thinks “it’s Carter’s loss.” Abby doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Neela and Morris treat Coop, who’s not having any luck with asthma treatments. Neela accidentally gives him too much medication, thanks to a miscommunication from Morris. It messes with Coop’s heart rate, so Abby runs over to shock him back into rhythm. She congratulates Morris and Neela for saving their first resident.

Abby asks Malik to cover for her for a few minutes so she can go see Luka. Malik is just as busy as she is, and he can’t spare the time. He tells her he’s sorry about her and Carter. Abby asks how he knows about their breakup. He points the finger at Jerry. Abby’s been waiting for substitute nurses, but only one has arrived, an elderly woman named Edna. Even she knows about Abby and Carter’s breakup.

Abby asks Susan if she’s heard about the letter, but it sounds like Susan’s been too busy for gossip. She tells Abby that Elle’s diagnosis means she probably won’t live past the age of 21. Her parents don’t want her to know until after she has a test to confirm her condition, but the results won’t be in for three days. Abby thinks that’s ridiculous – Elle already knows something’s wrong. Susan tells her they have to honor the parents’ wishes.

A teacher has brought in some students to visit a classmate, and they’re lost, so Abby offers to take them to the children’s ward. The teacher asks if any of the students want to be nurses. Nope, they all want to be doctors. I know it’s supposed to be a blow to nurses, but who can be upset that these kids are aiming high? Good for you, kids! Just start saving your allowance now – med school is expensive.

Weaver blasts Romano for interrupting her meeting and for firing six nurses. Abby walks up with the kids as they’re bickering with each other. Weaver warns Romano not to fire anyone else. Romano calls her a b&^$%, either not noticing or caring that there are young kids around. Weaver says that she’s Romano’s boss, and as long as she is, he’s HER b&^$%. Abby hides a smile at that, and Romano rewards her with a gross procedure. She hands the kids off to Jerry, who’s carrying a bunch of blood bags. The kids all scream. Well, kids, you won’t be able to do that when you’re doctors.

Abby checks on Elle, who’s confused about why a cardiologist examined her since she thought her problem was with her lungs. Abby carefully says the heart and lungs are connected, so Susan was probably just being thorough by calling in a cardiologist. Elle asks if everything’s okay; her parents are acting weird. Abby avoids the question and tries not to give anything away.

Pratt meets Chen for dinner, surprised that her parents are also there. She ran into them downtown and they invited themselves along. Cue some awkward silence. Neela goes to Susan, having been told by cardiology that she should listen to a patient for a murmur. That patient is Elle, and now she knows something’s wrong with her heart. Oops! Susan pulls Neela out of the room to talk about the case, stopping when she catches Morris stealing an unconscious patient’s meal. Then it gets worse – that patient had an abdominal aortic aneurysm and is at risk of bleeding out.

Elizabeth returns to help Susan and Malik try to save the patient. Elizabeth tells Malik to page Dorset and tell him that Elizabeth needs him “badly.” Susan smirks. Abby tends to Elle, who’s distressed because no one will tell her what’s wrong with her. Just as Abby’s about to tell her, Susan bursts in and drags Abby out. Abby complains that they’re teaching Elle not to trust them when she needs them the most. Susan chastises her for going rogue more than once today. Abby’s trying to make calls that nurses aren’t allowed to make.

Dorset joins Elizabeth, Susan, Abby, Coop, and Morris with their patient. Elizabeth is impressed with his charm, but he’s kind of annoying. Susan agrees with me. He quizzes Coop and Morris about something, but they don’t know the answer. Abby does, so Dorset tells the residents, “You two have just been nurse-slapped.” He might get doctor-slapped if he keeps being so nonchalant while Susan’s anxious about the patient. Once things are under control, Dorset takes the patient to surgery, grinning egotistically. Coop and Morris admire his guts.

Gallant shows up for a shift and gets filled in on the latest gossip about Luka and the breakup letter. Romano asks what the letter says, so Jerry starts reading it. Abby grabs it and asks if anyone hasn’t read the letter. “I haven’t,” says a nearby patient. Heh. She blasts Jerry and Frank for looking at her personal mail. Lydia, Connie, and Yosh return with their own letters – they’ve been suspended for 90 days. Abby declares that she hates her job. Walking by, Edna tells her it’ll get better.

Chen’s parents have already ordered something for the table, and they speak Mandarin in front of Pratt until Chen tells them to stop. After asking about Pratt’s family, the Chens say that their daughter is going on a trip with them to China to rediscover her ancestry. Chen says they already talked about this and she’s not going. Her father says it’s hard to know where you’re going if you don’t know where you came from. Pratt asks if that’s a quote from Confucius. Chen’s mother says it’s just common sense.

Back at County, Dorset and Elizabeth flirt while Romano and I both roll our eyes. Elizabeth agrees to an hour-long coffee date. Romano goes to an empty trauma room, takes off his prosthetic, and throws it through a window. This show loves broken glass, huh? I wonder if he thinks his insurance company should cover the cost of that, too.

After dinner, Chen apologizes for surprising Pratt by bringing her parents to dinner. She doesn’t think they hate him; they just want her with someone “more traditional.” In other words, they want her to date a Chinese guy. Pratt says she should tell them to relax, since they’re not getting married or anything. Chen asks what they’re doing, then. Pratt says they’re having fun. He doesn’t think either of them is ready to settle down. That’s the wrong answer, and Chen tells him to find himself a new “bang buddy.” Yeah, I think they call them friends with benefits.

Speaking of sex, that’s what Elizabeth and Dorset are doing in the backseat of a car. Well, good for her, I guess. Abby finally finds time to go see Luka, and the two of them have a friendly reunion. She asks if he read Carter’s letter, and he says no like it would have been crazy for him to even think about it. He thinks Carter just wanted to explain why he was staying in the Congo. Being over there changes you, and Luka thinks Carter found himself. Abby jokes that she didn’t know he was missing. She says the relationship was doomed from the beginning, so it’s good that it’s over.

Luka says it’s weird to be back. Maybe he’s changed, too. Abby says change is good, and she’s looking into some for herself. Gillian joins them, kindly telling Abby that it was nice to finally meet her after hearing so much about her. Abby throws out the letter as she heads back to the ER and goes in to see Elle again, this time to tell her what everyone’s been keeping from her.

Thoughts: Morris is played by Scott Grimes. Coop is played by Glenn Howerton. Bobby is played by Zac Efron.

In the words of Jean-Ralphi from Parks and Recreation, Morris is the wooo-ooooo-oorst.

Carter’s letter is the equivalent of saying, “You can’t fire me – I quit.” Does he think Abby asking for her key back wasn’t the end of the relationship?

I’m surprised Carter thinks Abby’s smart enough to know what “unfettered” means. Or maybe he defines it for her after he uses it in the letter.

December 21, 2021

ER 10.2, The Lost: Carter Isn’t the Only Savior With the Initials J.C.

Posted in TV tagged , , at 5:01 pm by Jenn

If nothing else, the Africa episodes were good for Luka, looks-wise

Summary: Carter’s on his way back to the Congo to make arrangements in the wake of Luka’s death. On the plane, a man named Steve introduces himself and guesses that Carter is flying to Africa for business, possibly for Coca-Cola. Carter doesn’t want to make small talk, but Steve doesn’t get the hint. He tells Carter he works for the American embassy. Carter eventually explains that he’s going back to the Congo to retrieve the body of a murdered friend. Interesting that he says “friend,” not “colleague.” After they land, Steve gives Carter his business card in case he wants to meet up sometime.

Gillian and Charles meet Carter at the airport, and the three get drinks before heading out. Gillian is too upset to talk about Luka. Charles tells Carter that there have been thousands of deaths in just the past two weeks, and there are too many bodies for the Red Cross to have found and identified Luka’s. So Carter’s mission here is going to entail more than just signing some paperwork.

The three meet up with a guy named Andre who works for the Red Cross. They were able to rescue some civilians from the rebel soldiers, and they received a list of the known dead, as well as some personal items they could use to identity people’s remains. Among them was Luka’s ID badge, which has blood on it. Carter asks about retrieving Luka’s body, but they’ll have to wait until the fighting dies down. That could take weeks or even months.

Andre suggests a few people who might be able to give Carter and Gillian more information. One of them, Debbie, is familiar to Gillian; she works for the Red Cross in Kisangani. Gillian tells Carter that she’s his type, though Carter wonders how Gillian knows what his type is. He wishes he’d stayed in the Congo instead of going back to Chicago. Gillian points out that he probably would have been killed, too.

We rewind to 22 days earlier, when Gillian, Carter, and Luka said goodbye as Gillian and Carter left Luka in Matenda. The last thing Carter said to Luka was to not get himself killed. Well, to be fair, Luka’s never wanted to listen to Carter.

In the present, Carter talks to a U.S. embassy official named Bob, who notes that since Luka wasn’t a U.S. citizen, this is going to be even more complicated. To make matters worse, Croatia doesn’t have an embassy in the Congo. Bob tells Carter that the rebel soldiers hate westerners because they believe they’re stealing the country’s natural resources. Carter asks if they can make some sort of exchange for Luka’s body. Bob doubts that the rebels would play by the rules of war. All Carter can do is be patient.

Yeah, he’s not going to do that. He calls on his new buddy, Steve, who doesn’t have any suggestions that Carter and Gillian haven’t already tried. Off the record, Steve says that money will get them a lot further than official channels. Good thing Carter’s super-rich! He and Gillian go to an exchange place and get $20,000. That’s a pretty good deal, actually. I’d pay a lot more than that for Luka.

19 days earlier: Luka wakes up during the night as government soldiers are passing the clinic in Matenda. Patrique tells him they’re retreating, which means the rebel soldiers will heading their way soon. Luka takes a long look at the bodies the soldiers are transporting with them.

Present: Carter, Gillian, and Charles arrive in Kisangani, which is now crowded with refugees. Carter reunites with Angelique and gives her all the supplies he stole from County (which he pretends were donations). She asks him to assist her in surgery.

17 days earlier: The boy with whooping cough is better. Gillian calls Luka on the radio from Kisangani to warn him that the fighting near Matenda is getting worse. She asks him if he’s warned Patrique that he’s in for an increase in patients. Chance’s mother, Sakina, gives Luka a cross necklace to thank him for taking care of her daughter. Luka says he’s not a very good Christian, but Sakina doesn’t think he would be helping in the Congo if that were true.

Present: Carter and Gillian meet up with Debbie, and judging by the look on his face, she really is his type. He asks if she can help him get into Kivu, the place they believe Luka’s body has been taken. Debbie chastises Carter for trying to buy his way to Luka – the Red Cross is only safe as long as they’re neutral in the civil war, and handing out money makes them look like they’ve taken a side. Carter asks what they can do instead. Debbie says they’ll just have to wait. But as Carter’s leaving, Debbie (calling him Richie Rich) says she needs a doctor to help her transport some injured people out of Kivu. Someone in a camp there could know something about Luka.

16 days earlier: The rebel soldiers are on their way. Patrique tells Luka they need to leave the clinic, but Luka’s sick, possibly from malaria. He rallies himself enough to carry Chance as everyone from the clinic hides in the jungle. Patrique urges Luka to take some medication, but Luka wants to save it for the patients. The pouring rain is probably not going to help his condition.

Present: In Matenda, the clinic has been burned down, and Carter yells at the soldiers guarding it for destroying a place that could have helped them if they needed it. Charles finds the remnants of a massacre in a tent and learns that the bodies of the dead were taken to Kasese. That could be where Luka is.

15 days earlier: Luka and Patrique have been abandoned by the rest of their group out of fear of being found with foreigners. Patrique sent some of their medication with the group but kept some for Luka. Sakina and Chance have stayed behind, and Luka tells Patrique and Sakina to leave him and get somewhere safe. They refuse. Patrique thinks they’ll be safe if they go back to the clinic; the rebels probably won’t go back there.

Present: Carter asks Debbie for a vehicle so he can go to Kasese, but she needs his help where they are. Gillian tends to a woman who thinks she might be pregnant. All of the women in the area were raped by the rebel soldiers. Carter starts to examine another patient, but then he spots two familiar faces, the boy with whooping cough and his father. The father tells Gillian that the rebel soldiers found them in Matenda.

15 days earlier: Luka, Patrique, Sakina, and Chance return to the clinic in Matenda, believing the rebel soldiers have already left. They’re wrong. The soldiers emerge from the jungle, stalking them like predators. Patrique tells his group to keep walking. They do until a soldier stops Luka and punches him.

Present: Carter spends his evening drinking and listening to his iPod, technology Debbie isn’t familiar with, maybe because she’s been working so much in parts of Africa that don’t typically have Apple products. She asks if he has any music by the Chicks. Carter blows a raspberry. Hey, don’t disrespect the Chicks, man!

After confirming that all the boy’s father knew is that Luka and Patrique were left behind in the jungle, Carter asks if Debbie ever worries that the soldiers around them will start shooting just for the heck of it. She says she tries not to think about it. He admits that before he came to the Congo, he had no idea what was going on there. Since there’s no oil there, Americans don’t care. People are being murdered every day and westerners have no clue.

Debbie asks why Carter’s in the Congo, since he doesn’t seem like the type to volunteer there. He’s not a peace-seeking hippie or an adrenaline junkie. Carter says he’s not sure why he’s there. His relationship is falling apart, and it’s simpler to be in a place where he can help people who need help. Debbie tells him that in the morning, they’ll go to Kasese.

14 days earlier: Luka, Patrique, and some other men are kept hostage in the clinic, fully aware that Sakina is being raped nearby. One of the hostages is a geologist who doesn’t speak French and has no idea what’s going on. He asks Patrique to tell the rebel soldiers that he’s an innocent scientist. More soldiers arrive as Sakina is dragged out of another tent and left with Chance. The soldiers then take a hostage to that tent and shoot him.

Present: Carter, Gillian, and Debbie go to Kasese and are shown to an abandoned building (possibly a former school) where bodies are being kept. Gillian gives Carter a chance to back down, but he starts to head into the building.

14 days earlier: As the soldiers start taking the hostages’ personal items, Luka asks Patrique if he’s religious. Luka grew up Catholic and went to church with his mother twice a week. He liked the music. He stopped going after his children died; he couldn’t believe in a God who would let something like that happen. As another hostage is dragged away to be killed, Luka says it’s hard to feel the presence of a higher power at a time like this. He apologizes for letting Patrique stay with him instead of sending him with the rest of their group. Patrique tells the soldiers that they’re doctors, but they don’t care. One of them shoots Patrique dead.

Present: Carter enters the abandoned building, which is full of corpses. He tells Gillian to stay outside, since it’s a grim situation, but she’s far enough into the building that she can tell when he finds Patrique’s body. A soldier points Carter toward a white body, but when Carter rolls him over, it’s not Luka – it’s the geologist. Carter shows the soldier a picture of Luka, and the man identifies him as a priest.

14 days earlier: The soldiers drag the protesting geologist to the tent and kill him. Luka is the only hostage left. He waits quietly for the soldiers to come get him, looking up at the sun and the trees. He stands up and begins praying. A soldier (the same one now with Carter) announces that he’s a priest. Sakina echoes that, and since Luka’s still wearing her cross necklace, the soldiers all believe it. They kneel next to him and listen to him pray.

Present: The soldier takes Carter, Gillian, and Debbie to a refugee camp. Sakina and Chance are there, as is Luka. He’s sick but alive. Carter, Luka, Gillian, Charles, Sakina, and Chance head to safety, and Carter arranges a flight to the U.S. for Luka. He gives Luka a letter to give to Abby. Carter’s going to stay in the Congo for a while and take over for Luka. He tells Luka to tell Abby that Carter was lost but is now found. Luka kisses Carter’s cheek and thanks him for the rescue.

Carter, Debbie, and Angelique watch the plane take off, then head back to work. Debbie still can’t believe Carter doesn’t like the Chicks. You’re going to need to get over that, Debbie. Anyway, Luka’s safe, and we’re about to get a break from Carter for a few episodes. I love a happy ending!

Thoughts: Debbie is played by Mary McCormack.

This is, admittedly, not one of the worst Africa episodes. I’d say it’s actually the best, not that the bar is very high.

Also, scruffy Luka is a gift to us all.

December 7, 2021

ER 9.22, Kisangani: Culture Shock

Posted in TV tagged , , at 5:05 pm by Jenn

This shot of Luka is a gift to us all

Summary: We started the season in the Congo, and we’re ending it with Carter heading there to meet up with Luka for Alliance de Medicine Whatever work. The man next to him on the plane to Kinshasa warns that he’ll have a lot to do in Kisangani. After hours of traveling, Carter meets up with a man named Charles, who’s flying with him to Kisangani. He tells Carter that Luka’s still working at a clinic in another town for a little while. Charles says that all the women there love Luka. Well, of course.

On a bumpy drive to their destination, Carter asks Charles if he’ll be dealing with any conditions more than others. Charles says it depends on the day. When they arrive at their accommodations in Kisangani, they’re met by a bunch of refugees huddled in an open tent to stay out of the rain. They’re quieter than the ER patients Carter deals with every day, and most likely have more urgent needs.

Carter spends the night on a cot, surrounded by mosquito netting (which doesn’t seem to be doing its job), then reports for his first day at the clinic. He meets a surgeon named Angelique, who gives him a quick rundown of the illnesses they see most and the medications they use to treat them. They mostly have antibiotics, and if infections don’t respond to them, there’s not much the staff can do. She introduces Carter to Gillian, and the two women talk about him in French, which he doesn’t speak. Gillian is man crazy, it seems, so Angelique guesses she already has a crush on Carter.

Gillian tells Carter that Angelique is originally from India and has worked in Kisangani for six years. Carter will be one of four doctors at the clinic, all from different countries. Charles is in charge of logistics and supplies. (I’m not sure where he’s from; the actor playing him is Swiss.) There are five nurses, but patients’ family members pitch in a lot. Carter thinks the nurses at County might stop complaining if they had the same patient load as the nurses in this clinic. He has no idea – the admit area is so busy, Carter thinks he’s already on a patient ward.

He and Gillian treat some patients together, sending as many people home as possible, even when they have something like malaria. They don’t have enough beds to admit everyone who should be admitted. Gillian uses some diagnostic tests rather than blood work to determine that a boy has polio. His father is devastated. Carter is clearly blindsided by how serious his patients’ conditions are compared to the people he treats in Chicago.

Gillian joins Carter for lunch, which is apparently horrible. He compliments her English, and she teases him because he assumed her French accent means she’s not a native speaker (she’s from Montreal). She’s only been in Kisangani for ten days, but that’s just this time around – she spends a month there every year. She calls it her penance for her wildness in the rest of her life.

Angelique joins them and asks Gillian in French how Carter’s doing. Gillian says he’s competent but out of his depth when it comes to the “primitive conditions.” Carter calls them out for obviously talking about him right in front of him. He tells them he works with Luka, and Angelique and Gillian exchange a glance. When Angelique asks what Luka’s like back home, Gillian decides to leave the conversation.

Angelique tells Carter that Luka went to another town, Matenda, a few days ago with an immunization team. The clinic doesn’t get vaccines often, and refrigeration is tough when they do, so they went as quickly as they could. They were supposed to return yesterday. Angelique isn’t worried, since it happens.

Carter goes back to work, finding a man and woman sitting by a wall, waiting for treatment. He tells a nurse that the woman has died. The man says he knows. His wife has been dying of AIDS for months, and he didn’t know where else to go. Carter’s shellshocked again. Are you getting the theme here? How Carter, a privileged white guy from the U.S., is stunned by the conditions people experience in other countries? Are we all on the same page here? Good.

On day 6 of his African adventure, Carter is communicating more with his patients (through translators) and getting to know them more. The lights go out while he’s making rounds. Outside, Luka arrives in a makeshift ambulance with a couple patients with gunshot wounds and one with a machete wound. Angelique yells for Charles to start their generator so they can do their jobs. The lights come on as Carter and Gillian use whatever tools they have available to treat a patient.

The clinic is running out of oxygen, and they only have a few hours left of fuel for the generator. If they turn out all the lights, they can ration their supply. Carter thinks his patient needs surgery, but Angelique says that would be a waste of their resources. She’s familiar with the kind of ammo he was shot with, and she knows that even with treatment, the patient will most likely die. She’ll go treat the other patients, and if the lights are still on after that, she’ll come back.

Charles runs through the clinic, turning off the lights, as Angelique and Luka operate on her last patient. Carter and Gillian’s patient needs more blood, but they’re out. Carter suggests that they donate. Gillian reminds him that they can’t save everyone. The lights flicker, which Gillian recognizes as the staff rolling the generator to get every last drop of fuel.

Angelique finishes with her last patient, then comes back to Carter’s to see what she can do with their last half hour of generator power. Carter assists in surgery, which means somewhere, Benton is chuckling. They’re wrapping up when the lights go out again, so Angelique says they’ll have to pack the patient’s wounds and come back tomorrow, assuming he survives the night. Gillian notices that the man is bleeding from his fingertips and gums, which means his blood isn’t clotting. Carter tries to massage the patient’s heart, working even after Angelique tells him it’s time to give up. The man’s family watches the whole time.

Carter finally gets a chance to talk to Luka, who’s taken up smoking, that rebel. Luka’s going back to the other clinic the next day to continue treating some patients who can’t be moved to Kisangani. Gillian gives him a cool welcome back, and Carter quickly puts together that Luka and Gillian have hooked up. Gillian guesses that Carter’s upset about the patient they weren’t able to save, so she shares some good old-fashioned American Pepsi with him.

She heads off to bed, announcing that she hopes someone will join her. Luka ignores her and asks Carter how Abby is. Carter thinks Luka believes he and Gillian hooked up, and he promises they didn’t. Luka’s like, “So does that mean I’m free to join her in bed?” Luka, I’m 100 percent sure Carter doesn’t want to spend a single second thinking about your sex life, so just go do whatever you want and let him pretend he doesn’t know anything about it.

On day 10, one of Carter’s patients from his first day at the clinic returns, since her malaria medication isn’t working. Two new doctors arrive from the U.S., so Carter gets to be the veteran with some newbies. Angelique tells him that Charles is bringing in some vaccines the next day, and if he can find a nurse to tag along, he can go to Matenda with an immunization team. Carter picks Gillian, and though I’m sure Angelique thinks it’s because she’s pretty, it’s really because she’s one of only two nurses in this episode, and the only one who got paid to say more than one line of dialogue.

The next day, Carter, Charles, and Gillian head to Matenda, passing the bodies of people who have been killed in the country’s ongoing war. Their driver, Patrique, is from the Congo and remembers how beautiful and peaceful things were when he was a child. In Matenda, they reunite with Luka, who’s happy to have Carter’s help in vaccinating a long line of patients. He teaches Carter a little French so he can tell the kids not to be afraid. (Yes, Luka speaking French is just as delightful as you’d imagine.)

One of the patients has a bad cough, and Carter guesses he has whooping cough. The boy gets admitted to the clinic, though Carter can only give him basic antibiotics. After work, Carter asks Luka if he told the boy’s father they can save him. Without stronger antibiotics, the boy doesn’t have a chance. Carter laments not being able to give him a $10 medication that’s easily available in the U.S. But Luka’s still optimistic: They vaccinated 200 kids today, which means they saved 200 lives in a single afternoon, something they never do in Chicago.

That night, some of the staff hang out and listen to Willie Nelson’s version of “Willow Weep for Me” (Charles chose the music; he went to college in Texas). Luka ends a dance with Gillian by dipping her. Carter gives a happy bow in response. Moments later, bombs hit the site just a few feet away. Everything is quiet for a few moments, but then a woman runs up, carrying a screaming child. Her foot was blown off by a bomb.

Carter and Luka move quickly to treat the girl, Chance, even as bombs continue blasting and gunfire can be heard. Patrique announces that they need to evacuate their patients. Rebels are getting closer, but Luka won’t move until they’ve stopped the Chance’s bleeding. The staff does their best to ignore the sounds of war outside. Willie Nelson takes over the soundtrack as they finish up and rush Chance and their other patients into the relative safety of the jungle.

They all spend the night there, and in the morning, Chance is doing well. Carter praises Luka for his surgical skills. Luka says he’s done this before. He knows war starts with patriotism and talk of pride, but it always leads to death. The people of the Congo want the same things every parent does. They want their children to be safe no matter where their country’s borders are or who their president is.

Carter admits to not knowing the politics of the situation, like, of course not – you’re a rich white dude from America. You probably couldn’t even find the Congo on a map before you got on the plane. Luka notes that Americans fight wars a lot differently than people in other countries. American soldiers get to maintain a lot of distance from the people they kill.

Carter argues that American soldiers died in Iraq. Luka points out that back in America, people don’t suffer the starvation and assaults that the civilians in warring third-world countries do. Back in Croatia, Luka was won over by all the newspapers and reports that urged the country to fight for freedom. Then his family was killed and all of that felt pointless. His children were dead – nothing else mattered.

The group heads back to the clinic, passing bodies on their way. They find one man who’s still alive and bring him with them. The rebels took the clinic’s stash of food and some supplies, but the staff will continue their work anyway. Patrique identifies the man they found as a government soldier. I don’t think it matters who he is; Luka’s going to treat him anyway.

The boy with whooping cough isn’t getting better, but Luka tells Carter to keep using the same treatment he’s been using. Chance, on the other hand, is doing well. The soldier doesn’t want to stay at the clinic, and he insists on going back to his regiment. Carter will let him go when he can walk again. Luka argues with Charles about whether they should go back to Kisangani or stay in Matenda. Luka says at least three of their patients will die if they’re moved. He suggests that the others go back to Kisangani and leave him behind in Matenda.

Charles is okay with this, but Gillian isn’t. She knows Luka can’t take care of all three patients by himself with only Patrique’s help, since Patrique doesn’t have any medical training. Luka orders her to go back to Kisangani, reminding her that in a few days, a group will come back to get him. If you thought Abby was stubborn, Gillian is even more so, and she’s giving Luka a run for his money.

Some rebel soldiers arrive, and Charles explains to them why the clinic staff is there. One of the soldiers seems skeptical that they’re all with an aid group. The rebels pull the government soldier from the group and drag him off. They make everyone else get on their knees while one rebel holds a gun to Luka’s forehead. As Patrique continues begging for their lives, the rebel turns to Carter.

Patrique tells the rebel that Carter tried for a long time to save his brother (the man who died after being shot). Carter recognizes one of the younger rebels as that patient’s family member. Satisfied that the group is telling the truth about being with an aid organization, the rebels start to leave, but not before killing the government soldier. Carter’s seen murder before, but this seems more brutal. He can’t call the cops and have them bring the rebel to justice.

Later, Luka and Gillian kiss goodbye while Carter and Charles try to avert their eyes. Luka’s stay in the Congo is pretty open-ended, so Carter asks what he should tell Weaver when he gets back to Chicago. Luka doesn’t care. Carter tells him not to do anything stupid like get himself killed. Luka takes a moment, then goes back to the clinic to keep working.

Gillian cries on Carter’s shoulder, then his lap as they ride back to Kisangani. Sometime later, he returns to Chicago and lets himself into Abby’s apartment. Didn’t they basically break up? Eh, whatever. She’s asleep, and he doesn’t wake her to say he’s back. He just sits on the bed and probably thinks about how all his experiences in the Congo have made him a new person, or whatever.

Thoughts: The Africa episodes are the ultimate in white saviorism – well-meaning but ultimately pointless because they’re not helping anyone. They’re just the show patting itself on the back for shining a light on what some people go through around the world, but they don’t really offer any solutions, and they only show the negative parts of Africa. Also, they apparently filmed these episodes in Hawaii.

I’m surprised Carter doesn’t speak French. Wouldn’t he have learned it at some fancy private school? Maybe he took Latin.

I’m disappointed that there’s only a brief mention of how Luka watched his family die in a war and is now volunteering in a region that’s in the middle of its own war. How does he not have debilitating PTSD?

I feel like I just started season 9 a couple weeks ago, but we’re already done. Up next: Neela, Sam, Morris, and Thandie Newton.

November 30, 2021

ER 9.21, When Night Meets Day: Total Eclipse of the Carter

Posted in TV tagged , , at 5:01 pm by Jenn

It’s the 200th episode, so they set something on fire, just for fun

Summary: Carter opens the heavy blinds in his bedroom to a bright, sunny day. He heads to County for a shift, taking over for Pratt, who worked overnight. He’s getting through his punishment from Romano, a month’s worth of night shifts. Pratt has no sympathy for Susan, who’s only had to work three nights in a row. Susan tells Carter that there’s a group of patients who want to be released by 2:16 p.m. so they can see an eclipse. “The moon blocks out the sun – big deal. I’ve got a billboard outside my apartment that does the same thing,” she says. Pratt has just one more night at County before he moves on to Northwestern.

This episode goes back and forth between the night and day shifts, so we skip ahead to the start of Pratt’s last County shift that night. He slept through the eclipse and doesn’t care that he missed it. He repeats what Susan said almost verbatim. Carter’s still there, talking to a woman with two young kids about something that doesn’t seem happy.

Pratt notes that there are a bunch of Buddhists in the ER. Carter explains that a nun died. He’s also treated a six-year-old girl with cyanide poisoning and dealt with a man who died of a heart attack. He passes a patient back to Pratt because the poor guy has been there for 20 hours. Carter heads out without really saying goodbye to Pratt, who reminds him that this is his last shift at County. Carter wishes him luck in the future.

Day: Weaver tells a guy with a dump truck not to park in the ambulance bay while some workers are remodeling the triage area. Chen chats with Carter, who’s leaving for a vacation in Rio the next day. Paramedics bring in a woman who tells them she was forced to do something because “it’s all ending today.” 2:16 p.m. will mark the end of the world. Carter laments that he’ll miss it because he has to work.

Next, he and Elizabeth tend to a gang member who was shot. Gallant asks him to examine the Buddhist nun. The ER is busy, so when Weaver comes down, Carter hopes she’s going to help out. She’s not. She also hasn’t fired Romano, as Carter hopes – he’s on medical leave. The woman who was talking about the end of the world is now unconscious, and Carter thinks she’s on drugs. Peña thinks that since she’s out, he doesn’t have to follow up on her claim that someone tried to kill her. Yeah, that’s how it works. Once someone falls asleep, there’s no more crime to investigate.

Carter blows off a guy he thinks is a drug-seeker so he can check in on the nun, Zuin-an. She has cancer and ended her chemo treatments a few months earlier because they weren’t doing anything. A fellow nun, Kito, brought her to the ER because she’s in pain and hasn’t been drinking anything. Zuin-an touches Carter’s face and says in Japanese, as translated by Kito, “So much sadness.”

Night: Doc Magoo’s is on fire. It sounds like it never reopened after the murders there, so no one was inside. Pratt tries to use this as an excuse to end his shift early. Susan doesn’t fall for it. Abby tries to wrangle her patient, who stepped outside to smoke even though he’s there being treated for a bleeding ulcer. Priorities, you know? There’s an explosion at Doc Magoo’s, which Pratt thinks should justify leaving early.

Day: Romano’s about to go in for surgery to have his arm amputated. He asks Elizabeth to write, “Not this one, idiot” on his good arm. He passive-aggressively invites her to observe his surgery, you know, if she feels like it. She already has an operation on her schedule, but she says she’ll scrub in if she can. Just in case she can’t make it, he insists that she add “idiot” to “not this one.” He asks if she thinks he’s doing the right thing. Elizabeth says yes, but Romano still doesn’t like it.

Night: A firefighter comes in with an eye injury, I think from the blast at Doc Magoo’s. The woman and kids Carter was dealing with are still hanging around the trauma room that once held the man who died of a heart attack. He’s been taken to the morgue, but his wife hasn’t been able to bring herself to leave yet. Pratt starts to find another trauma room for the firefighter so the family can take their time, but the woman says they’ll leave. One of the kids gives Pratt a long look before he leaves.

Day: Carter and Gallant treat a teen named Turner, who has a scar on his belly from a recent splenectomy. Carter’s surprised that he’s already out and about doing gang stuff. Turner indicates that he didn’t have a choice, since a gang killed his brother and hurt his sister. Carter realizes that this is Curtis’ brother. So now we know what happened when Curtis and his friends went out for revenge. Carter moves on to help Chen treat a 12-year-old girl named Heather who fell off a tour boat and has been unresponsive for 45 minutes. Her father’s watching through a window, so Carter doesn’t want to give up just yet.

We go back and forth between day, where Carter’s trying to keep Heather alive, and night, where she regains consciousness. In the daytime, Carter tells Heather’s father that her lungs may have sustained damage and her brain may have been deprived of oxygen for a long time. In the nighttime, Pratt gives Heather’s father the good news that she’s going to be fine.

Day: Elizabeth checks on Turner, commenting to Carter that gang members seem to keep getting younger. Carter’s alleged drug-seeker is still asking for medication. He checks on Zuin-an, who knows she doesn’t have much time left. Kito tells him that Zuin-an has the gift of seeing inside people. The women met while serving prison sentences (Zuin-an for demonstrating for human rights in North Korea), and Kito says Zuin-an saved her. She’s touched to see Zuin-an embrace “her death and rebirth.” That’s how you realize your purpose. Carter seems touched, too.

More back-and-forth: Pratt treats a boy with impetigo, NOT scabies like his mother suspects. She insists that he didn’t get the infection at her house. Ma’am, Pratt fully doesn’t care. Carter treats a woman who claims she hurt her wrist in a fall, but was probably beaten. Pratt tries to get a woman to accept that she has gall stones because she has unhealthy eating habits. Carter treats a man named Mr. Dressler who though he was having a heart attack but seems to just have indigestion.

Pratt puts a cast on a college cheerleader (oh, poor Pratt, such a tough job chatting with attractive patients). Carter finally lets his drug-seeker have Demerol…but he comes back that night, giving Pratt a different name so he can get more Demerol. Both doctors say they’re putting a note in his chart to alert other staff to his behavior, but if he’s using different names when he comes in, that won’t do anything.

Night: Pratt looks forward to moving on to Northwestern, where he doubts he has to clean up after people who soil themselves on their gurneys. Susan chats with two firefighters until Abby sends them away to do things like roll up their hoses (dirty!), polish their poles (also dirty!), and feed their little spotted dog (…not sure). Susan asks if she’s cranky or flirting. Outside, Turner is brought back in.

Day: Carter wants to call Turner’s mother, but Turner doesn’t think she’d understand why he feels the need to get revenge for Curtis’ death. What he really means is that she’d kill him if she knew what he was doing. Carter wants him to see that there’s more available to him in life. Turner says that where he lives, there isn’t. Carter points out that if Turner dies, no one will be left to take care of his mother and sister.

Chen announces that there’s a mass trauma coming in – a bunch of people tried to commit suicide. One man says that he jumped out a window so he couldn’t be forced to drink something that would kill him. Peña clarifies that a cult thought the eclipse was signaling the end of the world. Carter realizes that the cult members all drank cyanide.

There’s back-and-forth with Turner, who’s fine during the day shift and critical during the night shift. Pratt tries to stabilize him while giving orders for other patients. In the day shift, Malik tells Carter that Mr. Dressler does have a heart issue after all. Now, though, Carter’s too busy to do anything for him.

We get a split screen as Carter tends to a mother and daughter from the mass suicide, and Pratt and Abby try to save a woman who was stabbed and had her baby ripped out of her womb. Carter struggles with his patients, but Pratt and Abby stabilize theirs. As the daughter wakes up, Carter catches Turner stabbing a rival gang member in his bed. He rushes to save the patient, and Turner’s able to run away. That night, Pratt and Susan go back to working on Turner, but they can’t do anything for him.

Romano has a lot of complaints as he heads into surgery. Is anyone surprised? Elizabeth is in the ER, so she’s not there to give him support or make sure the surgical team doesn’t screw up. Pratt treats the firefighter with the eye injury, then checks on Mia, the mother whose baby was stolen. He notices a man he blew off earlier clutching his heart.

Carter finally gets back to Mr. Dressler, who’s now having a heart attack. Carter offers to call his wife, but Mr. Dressler says she took their kids to the park to watch the eclipse. He already left her a message. So now we know who the woman and kids from earlier belong to, which means we also know Mr. Dressler’s fate. Carter takes a call from his father, who has to miss their trip to Rio. Weaver interrupts to bug him about stuff, and he roars at her that he’s on the phone. When he hangs up, Weaver tells him she’ll help out for the rest of the shift. Oh, and he has the gang member’s blood on him.

Carter goes to see Mr. Dressler, who’s waiting to be taken for treatment. Mr. Dressler has a bad feeling about his condition and wants to write his family a letter in case he doesn’t make it. Carter assures him that his chances are really good. Also, he doesn’t have a pen, and he has other stuff to deal with right now, so someone else will have to help Mr. Dressler with his letter.

Elizabeth makes it to Romano’s OR as Weaver and Carter climb into the dump truck outside to help a crew guy who fell from some scaffolding. He’s in the perfect spot to see the eclipse, which is probably a nice distraction for him. Pratt checks on the man with chest pain, Ray, who doesn’t have a regular doctor because his Medicare doesn’t start until next year. Every time he has an EKG or goes to a clinic, his heart is stable, so he can’t convince anyone that he needs treatment. Pratt declares that he’s Ray’s doctor now.

Jerry summons Pratt to the phone for a call about Mia’s attack. Chen brings Carter and Weaver some supplies, then takes over for Carter so he can treat Zuin-an. Pratt tells Abby that the call was to report that someone left Mia’s baby in an alley. The caller’s wife brought the baby home and said it was hers. The husband had seen a news report about Mia’s attack and put everything together. I guess he left the baby in the alley so he wouldn’t get ID’d and get his wife in trouble.

A bunch of stuff happens at once: Some monks gather in Zuin-an’s room and begin a ritual as she dies. Pratt and Abby get to the alley. Chen and Weaver treat the worker in the truck. Romano’s surgery continues. Pratt tries to listen for the baby. The eclipse happens over Weaver and Chen’s shoulders. Susan turns up her headlights so Pratt and Abby can see better in the alley. The eclipse takes away Weaver and Chen’s light, but firefighters free the patient from whatever he was impaled on, so they’re able to move him. Romano is officially a one-armed man. Zuin-an dies. The baby cries and Pratt finds him.

Luka calls the ER from the Congo and tells Carter that the clinic where he’s working is down a doctor. He’d like Carter to call his contact at the State Department and help move along another doctor’s visa. Carter doesn’t really have a contact, just a family friend who was an ambassador. Luka pauses for a second to listen to a nurse named Gillian who’s talking to him in French. He tells Carter that there’s a cholera epidemic in the refugee population and the clinic is swamped.

Carter has already gotten his shots and visa for the Alliance de Medicine Whatever stint he wound up not doing, so he volunteers to go to the Congo and help out for a couple of weeks. Luka would appreciate it. Carter has to end the call, since Mr. Dressler is declining. Pratt, Abby, and Susan get the baby to the hospital and determine that he’s healthy. Even though he had a traumatic start to life, Pratt is sure things will get better for him.

Mr. Dressler’s wife and kids arrive, and Carter asks Gallant and Malik about the man’s letter. Carter didn’t tell them that Mr. Dressler wanted to write it, so no one gave him a pen or paper. Elizabeth tends to some post-op bleeding Romano’s having as he comes out of the anesthesia. He loopily tells her he loves her. Yeah, buddy, she totally knows. Everyone knows.

Pratt gets to be the one to reunite Mia with her baby. Carter tries hard to save Mr. Dressler, but Gallant gets him to accept that they can’t do it. Carter goes to talk to Mr. Dressler’s wife and children, which is what he was doing when Pratt arrived for the night shift. Since Mr. Dressler didn’t get to write his letter, Carter tells his family that he loved them.

While wrapping up his shift, Pratt assures Ray that he’s stable and will be able to stay that way with medication. Ray praises him for being good at his job. Pratt says goodbye to Chen, who congratulates him for surviving his time at County. Carter leaves as well, running into Abby and making awkward conversation with her. He feels bad for failing Mr. Dressler. “Nothing’s right here,” he says. The two of them haven’t talked in a week, and it doesn’t look like Carter wants to address that now.

Abby says that Luka called her, so she knows that he convinced Carter to go to the Congo. Carter laments that he won’t be going on vacation in Rio, but at least he won’t be at County. Doc Magoo’s is still on fire, another emergency Carter can’t do anything about. Pratt goes into the wreckage the next morning and finds a first-aid kit, the only thing still intact. Weaver tells him he’s welcome back at County if he ever wants to pick up a shift.

Haleh has some follow-up questions about Ray, and though Pratt could just walk away and let Chen handle everything, he goes back to the ER to wrap everything up. He doesn’t want to let Ray slip through the cracks. Apparently Pratt thinks he can change where he’s matched, because now he wants to stay at County. I’m sure he would have been disciplined for something within two days of starting at Northwestern, so maybe this is for the best.

Thoughts: The back-and-forth stuff gets a little tedious here, but I like that, for once, we get to see some follow-up with patients.

Pratt may be annoying and arrogant and a bunch of other things, but he also knows his stuff and really cares about people. He was willing to let Mr. Dressler’s family stay in the trauma room as long as they needed. He’s really happy to be able to give Heather’s father good news. And the whole thing with Ray shows that he gets how important County is to many of the patients, and how crucial it is for the doctors to pay attention to what they need.

Wish I could yell at my boss like Carter does and face zero consequences. Must be nice. (If my boss is reading this: I would never yell at you.)