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  • 9.3

    Abby's birthday

    By Parricida, Jan 08, 2008

    It was beautiful episode. The way they opened Abby's char for us more and the way her day was so awful. That little boy looking for mom, the woman talking about getting a child and once having one already.. and her ex.. it was all too much, I agree and the way she ended up to the final scenes - getting bear. It won't lead nowhere good.



    But the real pearl of this episode was Carter and his storyline. The way he met that stabber again. Superbly played. It was so real that it was frightening. And that song on the background when he rushes to bathroom and later at home takes it up with her mother who has not been there for him. Brilliant acting. Really!moreless

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  • 9.5

    Abby's birthday is anything but a celebration!

    By OpalRisa, Oct 05, 2006

    This episode really revolves around Abby, and her dismal birthday. She is awakened by fighting neighbors, but receives a "Happy Birthday" phone call from her mother. She turns out to be the only one who remembers Abby's birthday.



    From every angle, Abby is confronted with the issue of motherhood. She cares for a boy at the hospital who has lost his mother. Abby later learns that his mother died in the hospital the night before. She is eventually able to reach the boy's father, but the child is forced to go into Social Services' custody until his father arrives. The boy pleads to stay with Abby in a heartbreaking scene.



    Abby's ex-husband visits her to announce that he is marrying again, and will become a step-father. Richard confesses that he has always wanted children. We see the conflict and sadness on Abby's face, as she is clearly recalling the abortion she had while married to Richard. It seems to be news to Abby that Richard wanted a child, which underscores the lack of communication these two had while married.



    Abby also cares for a woman who is taking fertility drugs. She confesses to Abby that she had an abortion a few years back, and now that she's trying to get pregnant she can't. The patient fears that she has missed her chance to be a mother. This clearly strikes a nerve with Abby.



    To add insult to injury, Abby walks in on Carter and Susan kissing in the lounge. And Luka informs Abby that he is going to Bosnia for 2 months. The episode ends with Abby drinking a beer with her neighbor, ending over 5 years of sobriety for Abby. If you're an Abby fan, this is definitely the episode for you! Although it deals with tough issues and the storylines are quite depressing, Maura Tierney pulls it off with her phenomenal acting and great comedic timing. We see her hurting, but in her own stoic way. With a lesser actress, the performance could have easily been melodramatic. Maura Tierney gives Abby such dignity, even when she's at her lowest.moreless

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  • 9.7

    It is a busy day as usual, but the underlying story for me relates to Abby and her getting older, being childless and single.

    By linseyt67, Aug 23, 2006

    It's Abby's birthday - her Mother remembers, but no-one else. Throughout the day she is reminded of her getting older and not yet being a mother. Luka tells her he has decided to go to Bosnia with Doctors without Borders. Carter and Susan are kissing in the drs lounge when Abby walks in.

    A young boy, Douglas is sitting in chairs waiting for his mother. It turns out she died earlier in the day. Abby gets close to him, but still has to let him go to Social Services at the end of the day

    Richard comes to see her, he is getting married to a teacher, who already has a child, so he is going to be a father. He says he always wanted to be a Dad, which surprises her, and makes her sad, as she had an abortion whilst married to him

    A patient is brought in who has a clot, due to the fertility drugs she is taking. She admits to Abby that she had an abortion a few years ago, because she didn't think she was ready, and now she is scared it will never happen.

    She even sees the man who stabbed Carter and killed Lucy; he is brought in for a fall on the ice. She talks to his wife, who has a young child and says they are still a family. Carter is coping with Gamma being home from hospital and his Mother coming to stay. When he sees his attacker, he finds it very difficult, but retains his composure in public.moreless

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  • 9.2

    Abby has a horrible birthday and Weaver and Lopez have a differnce of opinion.

    By chrisbd1, Nov 07, 2005

    Abby has quickly become one of my favorite characters on this show. Her character is enerally the lightenng rod for all that can go wrong and this episode is chalk full of fate dumping on Abby.



    The Weaver/ Lopez storyline is interesting because it highlights the issues with being out or not at work.

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  • 10

    Carter and Abby get a blast from the past as Weaver deals with getting out and Abby has a 'happy' birthday!!! Great installment!

    By Shiny-Star, Aug 10, 2005

    The whole Abby trying to hide this Sobricki guy who stabbed Carter and Lucy two years ago was really sweet. Showed how painful it still was and I was shocked by Susan's reaction but then again somebody had to stay objective about this situation so I guess you can say that she didn't let personal issues get involved.



    But when Carter heard Sobricki's voice it was really a wonderful piece of acting from Noah Wyle. Really heart breaking at the way he and Abby also looked when John noticed that guy. I expected him to get angry when that guy said "i'm gonna be okay" and then he would say like "But Lucy isn't" but that didn't happen. He stayed cool and walked off. Most likely the best reaction a person could do in a situation like that. And then the confrontation with his mom, you go carter! Tell her how you feel! I loved that scene.



    Also really sad for Abby that she was confronted with many things on her birthday. Caring about a child who just lost his mommy and really sad how that kid called Abby's name when he was taken by social services and then the woman who banted to be a mom so badly and the whole abortion thing and atop of that Richard who told her he was getting married again and wanted to be a dad! Ouch! Though birthday! And then she drank again, I thought she stopped drinking?!



    And the whole Weaver issue wasn't shown that much but her girlfriend (forgot her name) wasn't happy with the fact that she wasn't fully out of the closet yet.



    Overall a great episode, really a must see episode. It has drama but also a great piece of writing! Excellent! :)moreless

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