Season Regulars 12

  1. Maura Tierney

    Maura Tierney
    Abby Lockhart

  2. Sherry Stringfield

    Sherry Stringfield
    Susan Lewis

  3. Goran Visnjic

    Goran Visnjic
    Luka Kovac

  4. Noah Wyle

    Noah Wyle
    John Carter

  5. Parminder Nagra

    Parminder Nagra
    Neela Rasgotra

  6. Linda Cardellini

    Linda Cardellini
    Samantha Taggart

  7. Laura Innes

    Laura Innes
    Kerry Weaver

  8. Mekhi Phifer

    Mekhi Phifer
    Greg Pratt

  9. Alex Kingston

    Alex Kingston
    Elizabeth Corday

  10. Sharif Atkins

    Sharif Atkins
    Michael Gallant

  11. Paul McCrane

    Paul McCrane
    Robert Romano

  12. Ming-Na Wen

    Ming-Na Wen
    Jing-Mei Chen

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Episodes 22

1
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Now What?

September 25, 2003

Continuing where last season's finale left off, Carter returns from Africa, going straight to Abby's bedside. Her response to seeing him is to ask for her key back. She is very chilly towards him all day until new med student Neela Rasgotra answers a phone call for Carter. The message: Luka is dead. Carter decides to go back to the Congo to bring the body back. Abby pleads with him to stay, but he leaves anyway. Neela has a tough first day in the ER, earning Chen's ire after Pratt flirts with her. Gallant, now a full-fledged doctor, helps to show her the ropes though. Romano returns from his medical leave. Susan is still seeing Chuck. Weaver screams a lot.

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The Lost

October 2, 2003

John Carter returns to the Congo to retrieve Luka Kovac's body. He finds however that the area where was killed is still too dangerous to enter. He and Gillian finally manage to hitch a ride with a Red Cross worker, Debbie, who is going to the area. In flashbacks, we learn how Kovac and his fellow aid workers were taken prisoner by rebel troops. They are shot, one at a time, until only Luka is left. Amid the destruction of the eastern Congo, we learn his fate. Carter also makes a fateful decision.

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Dear Abby

October 9, 2003

Luka Kovac arrives safely at County General and is hospitalized for treatment. His friend Gillian delivers John Carter's letter to Abby. Pretty well everyone gets to read it when Frank retrieves it and from the garbage and passes it around. Greg Pratt has dinner with Chen and her parents. The dinner goes well but they have a serious argument afterward. Dr. Romano is unhappy with his prosthetic arm which makes him even more difficult to deal with. Some of the more senior nurses find their hours being reduced as a cost saving measure and stage a walkout. Romano's ...

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October 23, 2003

Confident second-year resident Pratt wants to prove his abilities when he works the graveyard shift (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), but his heroics sometimes backfire. Pratt shows contempt for a man, Ed Gamble (PAUL CASSELL), who presents no symptoms of disease but temporarily loses his speech.

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October 30, 2003

Emmy nominee Bob Newhart guest stars as Ben Hollander, a distraught architect whose degenerating eyesight causes him despondent while a spirited new nurse, Samantha Taggart joins the staff. Elsewhere, disaster strikes when the doctors suspect a mother is abusing her child while Dr. Corday learns something shocking about the charismatic Dr. Dorset, and Dr. Archie Morris is overwhelmed by the chaos and grisly conditions of life in the E.R.

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November 6, 2003

Pratt and Kovac clash over a miscarriage-prone young woman, Denny (ALLISON SMITH), who arrives to deliver a premature baby. Pratt wants to make heroic efforts to save the unborn child, while Kovac is adamantly against spending vast amounts of money to keep the forever sickly baby alive.

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November 13, 2003

To everyone's amazement, Lewis makes a date to share a home-cooked dinner with the elderly Ben Hollander (recurring guest star, Emmy Award winner BOB NEWHART - "Newhart"), her depressed patient who is going blind.

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8.0

Freefall

November 20, 2003

On Thanksgiving Day, a helicopter crash outside the ER leaves several injured, and kills Dr. Romano. Alex tries to bring Sam and Luka together.

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Neela helps treat two Amish teens who were in a car crash. Sam argues with Dr. Kovac when he pays too much attention to her son.

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8.0

Makemba

December 11, 2003

Dr. Carter celebrates Christmas at a clinic in the Congo dealing with low supplies and anti-Americanism, but in the meantime, falling for an AIDS worker named Makemba.

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Touch and Go

January 8, 2004

Carter returns to County General to hearty welcomes. Although Abby is shocked to learn that Carter's beautiful African girlfriend, Kem (recurring guest star THANDIE NEWTON), is already pregnant with Carter's child, Abby has moved on with her life as well, going back to medical school.

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NICU

January 15, 2004

Abby and Neela are assigned to a month-long rotation in the neonatal intensive care unit where they experience emotional roller coasters while caring for the sick infants.

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13
8.0

Get Carter

February 5, 2004

Dr. Carter's girlfriend makes an impression as she observes ER operations. Dr. Gallant is almost shot during a domestic incident. Dr. Weaver dedicates a center to the memory of Dr. Romano.

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February 12, 2004

Sam treats an abused, pregnant teen. Dr. Carter introduces African girlfriend Makemba to wintertime. ER chaos shocks a risk-assessment expert. Dr. Pratt and Abby restrain a man who has tuberculosis.

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February 19, 2004

Carter misses his pregnant girlfriend who has returned to Africa. A family of four is rushed to the emergency room after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning from their faulty furnace--forcing the claustrophobic Neela to accompany a newborn baby into an extremely uncomfortable hyperbaric chamber.

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February 26, 2004

Morris streets a patient without getting a psych consult, and the guy steals a tank and heads for County. Gillian is visiting Luka, and Sam's not happy about it. Luka and Sam make up by the end of the day though. A 13-year-old boy has chlamydia. Frank has a heart attack. Corday plays the dating game, going out with two men.

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8.0

The Student

April 1, 2004

Carter sticks up for Neela when the other attendings doubt her future in the ER. Neela caves to the pressure and accidentally gives a patient the wrong medication. Gallant takes the blame for her though. Sam and Luka try to plan Alex's birthday party. Frank visits on his way to therapy. Chen's home nurse quits after her dad behaves poorly.

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April 8, 2004

Weaver rushes to the aid of her female life partner, Sandy Lopez (recurring guest star LISA VIDAL), when the firefighter is severely injured while working and must now battle for her life. Frightened Weaver whispers hope to Sandy by reminding the victim of their newborn child.

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Just a Touch

April 22, 2004

Pratt struggles to diagnose a woman who suffers mysterious chronic seizures. An attractive woman, Campbell (ASHLEY LAURENCE), informally accuses flirtatious Pratt of sexual harassment. Abby ponders how to get her contentious patients' attention during her psychiatric department rotation.

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Abby Normal

April 29, 2004

A panic-stricken Weaver is ordered to give her son to the Lopez family. Carter greets the returning Kem (recurring guest star THANDIE NEWTON), but their meeting with his father, Jack (MICHAEL GROSS - "Family Ties"), gets tense after Carter announces plans for his grandmother's estate.

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21
8.0

Midnight

May 6, 2004

Carter takes Kem to the hospital to check on their baby since it's not kicking anymore.

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22
8.0

Drive

May 13, 2004

Kovacs stops to help a woman and her son whose car broke down. Steve is getting close to Alex, and Sam panics. Abby is looking for her letter whether to see she passed her boards. Pratt shows off his new Chrysler. Elgin tries to build a connection between him and Pratt. Jing-Mei might be battered by her senile father.

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