Er 4/22/04

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  1. Patrick Sun

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    Pratt TUBEs an attractive patient (is accused of giving her a Totally Unnecessary Breast Exam) and gets a talking to by Weaver, and then one of the funniest scenes I've ever seen on ER occurs. OMG, I don't think I've laughed so hard in my life as Pratt has to demonstrate his breast exam technique to Weaver and as the camera pulls back, the breast being examined was Jerry! LOL!

    A Pratt one-night stand from last year shows up from a MVA, and he tries to extricate himself from any further expectations from the girl. Compound this with his TUBE episode, he had his hands full.

    Sam's ex-husband (or just father to Alex) shows up and is trying to ingratiate himself into Alex's good graces. Sam's just waiting for the other shoe to drop if/when Alex's father leaves again. Luka just plays it cool, keep his distance during this period.

    2 alumni from Presidio Med show up in this episode, one is the Dr. Jeremy who Corday has been dating on the side while also dating the single father, and he shows up and surprises Corday in the presence of Dr. Jeremy, who knows exactly what's up. (Dr. Jeremy is also busy playing Steven Saunders on "24" as the bad guy). Julia Nicholson shows up as a new mother who goes into seizures and blacks out, but her EEG doesn't show them as true seizures, so it's a mystery as to what she's afflicted with because she leaves the ER, much to the protest of Pratt.

    Neela starts a research rotation and quickly klutzes up an experiment and doesn't make friends in her new environment on the onset. While she isn't crazy about ER and handling real live patients, I doubt her stint in research is going to be any more palatable to her.

    Abby is working in Psyche and is given a suicide group to handle while being evaluated by a Psyche staffer. She has to deal with a group of people who don't quite get along, and it isn't until Abby lights up a cigarette that the group turned their disdain for cigarettes towards her, and this brings the group together to discuss their issues and goals. Abby is yet again a natural in this medical field as well. Abby just doesn't have the test scores yet, but her instincts are spot on.

    Carter is sidetracked from getting some documents signed as Deb was supposed to take him to the place to sign because Deb's father suffers some injuries and is going through home nurses like a hot knife through butter, and had to be brought into the ER. Later, Carter arranges for a notary to bring the documents to the hospital to be signed, and he asked Deb her opinion on which room theme should be used for his future newborn. This reminds Deb of the son she gave up 3 years ago, and causes her to re-think her decision to give him up.

    Weaver is still lawyering up to get custody of her child Henry. She is allowed 2 days of custoday towards the end of the episode. Sandy's brother is sympathetic to Weaver. Abby goes to Weaver to try to pick up more nursing shift, otherwise she won't be able to pay for med school. Weaver tells her that her med school tuition was paid in full for the year. Abby figures out that it was Carter who footed her med school bill. She doesn't want to take the money, but Carter considers it an investment in medicine, and brings home the point that in the time they are having their conversation, the interest his trust/inheritance earns already outpaced her lifetime salary. Abby still vowed to pay him back.
     
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    I was like "Holy Crap" it's Steven Saunders. They should not let that guy within 10 miles of a hospital. It was a bit of an annoying episode. How did we know that the woman was going to have issues with Pratt's exam. And the assertation by Sam that men are only about Sex, Food and....I forgot the other thing, but Sam did blatantly forget video games! ok just kidding, but it was a bit groan inducing. And Abbey lighting up to the udder disgust of everyone in the suicide group, give me a break. One butt worth of secondhand smoke is the least of their problems. One other thing, when Weaver was complaining to Pratt about the breast exam, she said something totally contradictory to her whole arguement, but unfortunately, it escapes me.

    Weaver may have a pretty good fight ahead of her for Henry, as she has no biologial claim to him. Is that new Illnois law that Weaver's lawyer mentioned to her true?
     
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    These people all had severe mental problems. One thing that helps some of them get by is the rules and structure they get in the hospital. Abby went well outside that. And that put their focus elsewhere instead of bickering with each other.
     
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    It's just the way the scene went. Ahhhhhhh! A cigarette! You know you're not supposed to smoke...I'm allergic to smoke. Like it's kryptonite or something like that. It could have just been someone saying "Do you mind not smoking." I'm just so sick of stuff like that where people want to blame cigarettes at the cause of all society's evils, and I'm not even a smoker.
     
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    You have to remember that the folks in this group fixate on little things to such a large magnitude that it can paralyze them in terms of everyday living. Abby just created a situation that made them forget about all the petty personal squabbling and had them focus their attention on something that struck a chord with them.
     
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    So was it more of an OCD group then?
     
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    It was support group for suicidal people.
     
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    I don't know why, but I just loved that line from Carter to Abby...

    "Besides, in the time it took to have this conversation I've already made your salary... for life... in interest".
     
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    Yeah, until Carter made that comment I had no clue as to how wealthy he really was.
     
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    Carter was probably exagerating... a little. Anyone want to do the math to figure out how much money you'd need to have to make that true?

    Trying to put together a joke, maybe with Jerry's breast exam and a cow, but it's not quite gelling.

    I thought it was funny that rogue MI6 agent Saunders (from 24) and CIA agent Webb (from JAG) are vying for Corday. (I don't watch JAG regularly -- did he get married to Mac or something?)
     
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    ^^^

    Not quite gelling? Like a felon? Or maybe it's more like Magellen. I'm lame...

    Anyways, good episode overall. Definitely loved the "I've just made your salary...for life...in interest."

    I think he might actually be right. Think about it. He's been in the field for well over ten years, and, if I remember correctly, wasn't he the chief of medicine there for a while?

    Also, Abby is just a med student still. Considering that she's barely got enough to to get by on, it's not that much of a stretch. Well, that and, let's face it...Carter's loaded.
     
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    Assuming a 6 minute conversation (high), a very generous 15% return rate, interest compounded continuously (again a generous assumption), and that Abbey makes 1 million over her entire life...

    Carter must have 584 billion dollars.

    Maybe I'm imagining it, but I think at one point his fortune was put around a few tens of millions of dollars.
     
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    He's not going to make that much money. He's referring to his family fortune, which is apparently quite large. However I just did some quick calculating. I didn't compound the interest, I just added it up, if he earned $30k an hour in interest, that would be $262 million a year. I'd say he was exagerating because as a nurse I think Abby makes more than that, and he said he earned her salary in a matter of seconds.

    I think he was or is chief resident or head of the ER, not chief of medicine for the whole hospital. I think it'd be a bit early in his career for that.
     
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    The male-bashing the last few weeks has been a little much.
     
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    I think Carter's family was said to have $500+M in one of the earliers seasons.

    Anyone know why they got rid of Sharif Atkins?
     
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    Ah... N/m. IMDB said it was so that he can co-star in NBC's "Pearl City" this fall.
     
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    Not that he had all that much to do on ER anyway
     

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