Er 4/29/04

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  1. Patrick Sun

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    "Abby Normal"

    An episode focused on Abby getting to the bottom of the psychosomatic seizure from the new mother, Jordan, a couple of episodes ago. It seemed that the baby's presence was the factor that caused the seizures. They talk, Abby does a quid pro quo by revealing something about herself to Jordan to gain her confidence. Abby cited that she basically never finishes anything in her life, always abandons projects, pursuits, relationships. Jordan admits to having another child 8 years ago who died from SIDS. With that nugget of information, Abby needed to delve deeper into Jordan's past, but Abby was against the clock as the insurance coverage lapsed in 3 days, so she uses Amitol to get Jordan to un-repress her memories.

    Jordan, while under Amitol gives a sad account of being in an abusive relationship with a man who couldn't deal with the baby's contant crying, and she feared for both her and her baby's life as the baby kept crying and crying while fearing the worse from the baby's father, and this made Jordan scared, so she held her baby close until she thought the baby was asleep, but in fact, she suffocated the child, and it was later classified as SIDS. By bringing that repressed memory to the fore, Jordan could better deal with her new child's presence her in life. Unfortunately, the revelation has the social worker assigned to the case looking into charging Jordan with criminal charges for her first baby's death. Abby's psyche mentor was impressed by the way Abby conducted herself in this case.

    Weaver was on the cusp of running away with Henry, but gave the boy back to Sandy's relative (with lawyer in tow) in the end. Corday has been showing concern for Weaver. Abby also went into search mode when Weaver and Henry weren't in the lounge where Abby left him when Sandy's relative showed up to pick up Henry.

    Neela is having just a little too much fun with the research boys, who got in trouble by performing mind-expanding/non-inhibitor experiments which required some ER attention. Pratt gets on Neela's case about Mike sacrificing himself so she could have a medicine career and to decide once and for all if she's into ER medicine, and if not, then she's just taking up space.

    Pratt had to deal with a large young guy who had super-high blood pressure after coming in from messing up his hand from his job as a short-order cook. His tox-screen came out negative.

    Carter picks up Kimba from the airport, and shows her what he's been up to in prepping their new house for their baby. She seemed impressed by his work.

    Carter showed the foundation who's boss by changing the direction of the foundation (started by his grandfather and grandmother) from an arts-related foundation to a medical-related foundation. And he pulled the "if you don't like it, leave" card. Kimba meets Carter's dad, the reception was a little on the aloof side, but he was a little pre-occupied with Carter's handling of the foundation.

    Luka is very distant with Sam while her son's father is staying with her.
     
  2. James Gumbart

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    Did I miss some connection between Galant going to Iraq and covering for Neela? If not, then why is Pratt blaming her (in a sense) for him leaving?
     
  3. Patrick Sun

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    Pratt is pulling the "Pratt is over there fighting for you, and you're playing games in research." card on Neela. He's trying to guilt Neela into taking medicine seriously.

    BTW, I enjoy Abby-centric episodes as long as they don't involve her family members. Maura Tierney has become the heart and soul of the show after being just a replacement for Marguiles 5-6 years ago. She's perhaps the most empathetic character (not necessarily the most perfect because she's got her own demons) on the show.
     
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    Definately a stonger episode than recent ones. I liked how this one centered around an actual case. I like those kinds of episodes because it allows you to "Play along" and see if you can guess how it is going to turn out. I thought that Jordan was going to admit that the baby may not have been her husband's or something like that, but then, I guess, why would she have agreed to the Amitol. I agree with Jordan's original idea that a bottle of bourbon could have got the same result.

    Weaver's.....er....Lopez's case should prove intesting. Usually this would be the type of story that would irritate me. But, I would like to see how the whole thing turns out. It will probably be difficult for the woman formally known as Weaver as she really does not have any biological claim to Henry and her marriage to Sandra would not be recognized in the eyes of the law. I really hope they keep the story real and not bullshit it for the sake of seving a political stance.

    Carter laying down the law with the board was cool, but I hope he does not completely overturn the tradition of the foundation and go all noble because he is embarrased by his family's wealth. And speaking of Carter:
    According to the preview for next week, something happpens to him as he his shown in tears and breaking down into his Father's arms. Stillborn baby? Wife dying in childbirth? of course the announcer billed it as the most emotional moment, or something like that. The preview also lets us know that Abby passes her boards as we see her in cap and gown


    Also, why is Lewis gone. Is Stringfield pregnant in real life and got a leave of abscense, or is she just written off because they don't have anything for her to do?

    My favorite line:

    Lab guy to Pratt: It's totally legitimate science, Word.
    Pratt: (Incredulously) Did you just say "Word" to me?!
     
  5. Patrick Sun

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    Sherry Stringfield was pregnant in real life, thus her reduced role at the end of this season. She gave birth to her 2nd child, a son, just 3 weeks ago.

    As to those nasty promos, my guess (haven't read any spoilers about it) is:

    Kimba dies in childbirth, but the son survives.

    Pratt's the funniest when he's all indignant about something.
     
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    Yes, I believe she had a baby just a couple of weeks ago.
     
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    But I'm usually never right about such things so, who knows?
     
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    I wonder if the title's connection with Young Frankenstein is intentional or not.

    How many "name" characters have they killed off? When did that start? Let's see:

    the med student whose beeper went off
    Mark
    Romano
    Sandy

    And those last two are just this season. Am I missing anyone?
     
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    Lucy was killed off in 2000.

    Jeannie Boulet might be dead after becoming HIV+.

    Gant died IIRC.
     
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    Don't forget the Hepatitis C on top of that.

    ER always seemed to have a problem of overcasting. I remember them killing off Lucy because they could not come up with anything for her to do.

    How much do you want to bet that the ER gets word that Gallant was killed in Iraq. Then a whole "war is so horrible" sentiment throughout the episode.
     
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    Uh, research IS medicine, just not clinical work. There are many MDs who would rather do research than deal with patients, who are typically anything but. IMHO, if Pratt is trying to guilt Neela into anything, it's into the sack.
     
  12. Patrick Sun

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    But the type of research that lands the med students in the ER isn't all that desirable, is it?
     
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    That is a distinct possibility since the actor who portrays Gallant will be in another series next season. Of course, if the series fails, he could return from Iraq and go back to ER.
     
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    Gallant took a hit for Neela over an improper procedure that led to a patient's death. He was a resident and therefore the discipline less severe than if a Med student was up for discipline. Pratt blames Neela for allowing Gallant to take the fall.
     
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    I predict that Jon's wife dies but the baby survives.
     
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    I checked in the TV listing and

    It definately seems to be something with the pregnancy. But I really hope it's not "Love's Labor Lost II"
     
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    Right; Lucy. Gant was the med student with the beeper. I guess he was first. When he died, that was a shock. Lucy was tragic. Then Mark took forever to die. Romano's death was comedic, and Sandy's was just contrived.

    If Kem or the baby dies, I'd switch hospitals.
     
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    Perhaps Kem (and therefore baby Carter) contracted the AIDS virus during her return to Africa.
     
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    I'm thinking that maybe it looks like there is going to be trouble with the pregnancy/delivery and there will be some close calls. But, everything turns out fine and Carter's tears are those of happiness about being a new father.
     
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    Her child is born with a rare disease, or is a space alien.

    Just a thought [​IMG]
     

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