(S14E04) Man, what a crappy day for Abby. First, she gets a hairstyle reminiscent of 1976 (Pratt's comments about her being ready for her yearbook photo, and the boys comments about Farah Fawcett were the best), Then her son falls at the park and she ends up working on his condition while screaming in terror inside. On her way home, shortly after Baby Joe is discharged she nearly gets into an accident. Finally, to top it all off she craves a tumbler of wine to soothe her nerves.
Here's what I say about all of this: it's all Luka's fault.
The man has been in Croatia for several months now, apparently because his father is sick. Meanwhile, his new wife is juggling her career and motherhood practically by herself. She's been as strong as she could be over the last weeks and it's finally getting to her. Will she fill that glass and begin on a road that could lead to a return to alcoholism, or will she snap out of it and realize that it's just not worth it? We'll hopefully know next week, since the screen faded to black before we saw what happened.
Whatever does happen, it's good to see that she has people other than Luka to help her through all of this. It really warmed my heart to see everyone in the ER helping to make sure that Baby Joe was going to be okay. Even Morris, who has had a history of not seeing eye-to-eye with Abby, backed her up when it turned out her kidney stone patient actually had some type of mass in his kidney instead.
I think that this feeling of family is why ER has improved so much over the last season or so. There were a number of seasons between Dr. Greene's death and Dr. Carter's departure that the feeling of family just wasn't in the emergency room anymore. Gosh, I remember a time that everyone thought Archie was a right wanker. Now, he's just as respected as Pratt is. I don't have a problem with the occasional disagreements between the staff; that's human nature. I'm just not into a show where tension between the characters begins in the first five seconds of the show and builds throughout. That's why I'm okay with the current status of County General's ER.
Speaking about disagreements, Katie has one against Neela. Well, disagreement may be the wrong word ... she utterly loathes Neela to the point that she wants her to die in a boiling pot of oil while fire ants eat out her eyes. I don't know if she was exactly thinking that, but you could see it in her eyes, man. I'm not too sure why Katie's blaming Neela for Ray's accident. As Neela put it herself, she wasn't the one who got Ray piss drunk and had him walk out in the middle of the street to get hit by a truck. That was his fault, and Ray even said so.
I may have said this before, but I think Katie's anger is more to herself for the way she treated Ray when he wanted to get back together with her last season. She totally blew him off, which meant he refocused his attention on Neela, which means he ended up getting piss drunk and getting hit by a truck. She's just turning it around and making it all Neela's fault. To paraphrase a man who had fifteen minutes of fame earlier in the fall -- LEAVE NEELA ALONE!!!!!
Other stories that went on this week:
Pratt, Frank, and the football player: Good storyline, because it wasn't another 'no money, no service' solution to the problem. Pratt actually found a way to keep the patient's pain down for a month at a time while his number for hip replacement surgery came up. I mention Frank because he had some pretty significant lines this week while talking about the patient's football career and how they didn't make them like that anymore.
Archie and the patient that feared the boogeyman: Yeah, yeah, the whole set of scenes was a setup for Archie's last scene in which he runs into a trauma room, face awash in green, which scares the holy heck out of the patient who feared the boogeyman. However, it was well worth it and good for several chuckles.
Tony and Joshua: Talk about slowing down! Since Gates has moved to ICU his patient skills have changed dramatically. The attention that he has given to Joshua has been pretty unique for someone like Gates, who was used to the fast-paced life of the EMT and ER. Also, I was very grateful that Tony didn't take advantage of Joshua's mom after she kissed him.
Tony and Neela: While not a huge scene it was fairly significant since it was apparently the first meeting of the two since her accident. We also got to find out why Gates constantly calls Neela 'Mayday'.
Pratt and his brother: I'll be honest, I forgot that Pratt's brother was a paramedic. Even though Greg has matured a bit over the last few seasons he still has anger in him, as displayed when he knocked out his brother's partner with one punch. But, at least he has come to fully accept the fact that his brother is gay.
Kevin Moretti: Frankly, didn't miss him much. Although, glad to see him back.
Next week Luka returns. Whoop.
|Doug Ross, hands down!||141 (59.7%)|
|Tony Gates because he's slightly more angry than Doug||66 (28.0%)|
|Neither. They're both wussies.||29 (12.3%)|