A Hopeless Wound

Season 9, Ep 5, Aired 10/31/02
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  • Episode Description
  • On a busy Halloween night, Carter and Abby are the only staffers in costume when victims of an apartment building fire pack the ER. Corday takes on a new med student for a surgical rotation -- Paul Nathan, who suffers from Parkinson's disease and decided to pursue medicine after being diagnosed. Despite a difficult first day, both professionally and medically, Nathan makes a difficult diagnosis. Romano's rehab lags behind his expectations, and he begins to doubt his role in surgery is no longer an option. In a moment of personal weakness, he tries to express his feelings for Corday. Weaver continues to display erratic behavior, raising staff suspicions about her menopause. Luka's burgeoning sex addiction worsens, as an affair with Chuny is revealed, and tensions rise when he treats a patient with a perpetual erection.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Laura Innes

  • Joe Sachs

  • Don Cheadle

    Paul Nathan

  • Matthew Glave

    Dr. Dale Edson

  • Laura CerĂ³n


  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Sweet episode

    By Parricida, Jan 15, 2008

  • Its Halloween in the ER, but only Abby and Carter dress up! We meet Paul Nathan, a student on sugical rotation, who has Parkinsons.

    By linseyt67, Aug 30, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • (Abby catches up with Carter) Abby: Hey. Hey! You changed! Carter: I just put on some scrub pants. Abby: Oh come on! You know Carter, my outfit is really starting to bug me, too! But we agreed to stay in costume the entire shift. Carter: Hey, I am. Abby: No, you're not! That's like half a costume, so it's like 50 percent commitment. Carter: Are you serious? Or are you kidding? Do you know what I've been dealing with down here? Abby: Yeah! Me too, and in pumps!

    • Romano: Elizabeth! Elizabeth: Uh, Robert, can we talk tomorrow? I really have to get Ella home. Romano: I thought you might want this before you left. Elizabeth: That's my ring. Romano: Amazing what you can do with a laparoscopic camera and a snip. Elizabeth: Thank you. Romano: De nada.

    • (Corday walks in on a surgery, where Romano is operating on a pig) Romano:Though even with one arm, I'm a better surgeon than the rest of the hacks in this hospital. Corday: Robert, you're not cleared to do surgery, even on farm animals.

    • (Chuny and Luka are arguing and walk by Carter, who is wearing a skeleton costume) Carter: Is there a problem here? Luka: Yeah, you got no guts!

    • Chuny: Labs on your baby. (throws them at him as she walkes by) Luka: Thank you! Abby: Glad to see you've made up! Luka: Hey, I'm being professional. She's the one having trouble. I warned her. Abby: Warned her about what? Luka: Nothing. Abby: Oh my God. You are such a jerk! Luka: What? Abby: You slept with her? That's what this is all about. What's your problem? Luka: Ey, one time. Abby: One time? One time with Chuny, one time with a patient's mother in radiology. Luka: Hey, you never complained! Abby: Yeah, I never let it affect my work. You two need to figure this out. Luka: So, what do you want me to do? Abby: I don't know, tell her you're sorry. Tell her it was wrong. Just fix it. Luka: I'm not gonna kiss her ass. Abby: That's how this whole problem started.

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    Notes (3)

    • This episode marks the first guest appearance by Don Cheadle in a four episode story arc. His portrayal of Paul Nathan garnered him an Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series category.

    • Episode is dedicated to Gandhi Bob Arrollo (aka Robert Arrollo). He was the key make-up artist for the series from 1995-2002. He died in October 2002.

    • Music: "The Promise," Tracy Chapman

    Trivia (1)

    • Title: "A Hopeless Wound" The title of this episodes is mentioned in a conversation between Corday and Romano, when Corday is operating on the man Nathan diagnosed with cellulitis, a serious bacterial skin infection. Corday tells Romano that the patient has "a hopeless wound" and will have to have his leg amputated, but that he is young and should handle a prosthetic well.

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