I didn't realize we were still getting new episodes in December, but a happy realization. Hopefully we will be done with Abby's family for a while. That was a bit chilling when her brother tells that she'll never understand because she's not one of them (afflicted with the neurological condition that makes him impulsive and go AWOL). Ever since Abby dumped him for Carter, Kovac has been on edge. Kovac did go through that whole thing with the arch bishop, but it seems it was all for naught (after coming to grips with his wife and daughter being killed while in his country). Having Kovac cash the check from the woman who died was a little classless (especially when they show him with a lady of the night waiting in his car). Perhaps Kovac will finally hit rock bottom next week, and they'll build him back up (like they did with Abby). Chen's reaction to the abandoned baby has stirred some emotions of regret for her (since she gave up her baby to resume her career). The storyline with the boy living as a girl showed a lot of compassion out of Pratt's character (even if Pratt doesn't quite know how to help the boy). Pratt does have his hands full with his brother (we finally find out that he has brain damage from a bullet wound). Lewis has nothing to do but be the on-time, dependable cog in the system. She'll probably have a break-down this season. Harkins doesn't do much for me. Gallant didn't have much to do, but he also learning about stretching the truth to protect the patients (re: the RN whose son was beating her periodically) from Lewis.