Hmmm...a mixed bag, but better than last week's episode, overall. GREAT to see Susan have a storyline with meat to it. We were able to see the wonderful mixture of her world-weariness and care for patients. The writers have done a nice job building this storyline over a number of episodes, and Sherry Stringer has really shown her stuff. The guy playing the teenage cancer patient also has done a nice understated job with the role. While I am sick to death of Abby's family, I really liked Abby and Carter in this episode. The writers actually mixed in some medicine with their story (!), and I found myself enjoying their interactions and time together. I'm still not convinced it's a very health relationship, but I am getting to like them together. I liked how Carter both ran interference for Abby and encouraged her to deal with her mother; he tried to immediately protect her but also tried to bump her towards dealing with her. However, I thought bringing Maggie to the doors of the trauma room while Abby was in the middle of an emergency was really, really stupid. Maggie - eh. I'm just tired of the stories about Abby's family. Amazing how Maggie only ever visits Chicagon in November or February, hmm? Kovac - why even bother with this episode? We start out with Kerry demanding his appearance or he's fired. What happens? He shows up late and keeps his job. And once again, we see that the NBC promo department is on serious crack - the ep was hyped as a "hero's return" - and Luka had maybe 5 minutes screen time, and none of decisive as to his fate or his internal struggle "to work things out." Should have left this out of the ep entirely. Pratt and Chen - leaning to close to soap opera, but I am warming to them. And isn't Ming-Na just incredibly beautiful? Kerry - Ugh. I just like this character less and less. She does have a warm side that once in a while peeks out, but her out and out attempt to manipulate Sandy into carrying the child was just wrong. It WAS,however, very in character for her.