Dear Abby

Season 10, Ep 3, Aired 10/9/03
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  • Episode Description
  • New residents arrive at County, including 2nd year Nick "Coop" Cooper. Coop talks back to Romano and is nearly killed when Neela gives him too much epi during an asthma attack. Pratt and Chen's dinner is invaded by her parents. Chen later dumps him when he states his feelings about their relationship. Romano's hospital insurance doesn't cover a good prosthetic arm. Instead, he gets a hook. He has been trying to cut the budget by giving the nurses fewer shifts and filling the rest with temps. Most of the nurses stage a walk out and receive 90-day suspensions as a result. Abby and Lewis treat a girl whose parents don't want to tell her that she's dying. Fast Eddie and Corday do it in a car. Luka arrives at County and Gillian gives Abby her letter from Carter, in which he dumps her. Frank picks it up off the ground from next to a trash can and soon everybody knows.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • R. Scott Gemmill

  • Christopher Chulack

  • Bruno Campos

    Dr. Eddie Dorset

  • Scott Grimes

    Dr. Archie Morris

  • Abraham Benrubi


  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • carter and abby are over...:( noo! i dont like this, but it happens! on the other hand... abby: well change is good ,right?/ now she thinks like that? now? i'm sorry but this really upset me...and is abby now cosidering to get back to med-school? yeah!!

    By macrosol, Mar 28, 2008

  • This isn't a review, but there's no other way to add info to this page. PLEASE fix this website so the "edit" buttons actually WORK. Otherwise, mistakes are here forever, carved in virtual stone...which is very frustrating to us serious E.R. fans.

    By flora68, Feb 29, 2008

  • Misery ends?!

    By Parricida, Feb 22, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Abby: (about Susan's patient Elle) This is wrong. You know it. We're teaching her not to trust us exactly the time she'll be trusting us the most.
      Susan: Abby, what is wrong with you today? You practically start a thoracotomy on your own and now you're talking to my patients when I asked you not to.
      Abby: Well, somebody should.
      Susan: It's not your call; you're not her doctor, you're her nurse. So when I ask you not to do something, don't do it.

    • Abby: (The other nurses have staged a walk-out) How come you're still working?
      Malik: I'm an LVN (licensed vocational nurse), it don't get no cheaper than me.

    • Patient: (being dragged away by security) I'm coming back for you, bitch!
      Susan: Yeah, yeah. Bring me a latte when you do.

    • Abby: Patients are signed in and vitaled by whoever's working the 'cage'.
      Coop: Cage?
      Abby: Yeah, like a shark cage. You can see them out there circling around, but they can't get at you.

    • Abby: On any given day, this emergency department will treat three hundred patients. Another forty will leave without ever being seen. In order to not get buried, you have to maintain adequate patient flow. This all starts with the nurses: treat them with respect, they'll get you through your shift. Treat them as your own personal scut slaves, you'll be lucky to get out of here alive.

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    Notes (5)

    • Music: "Use Me," Bill Withers

    • In this episode, Scott Grimes makes his first appearance as Dr. Archie Morris. He would be a recurring guest star throughout Seasons 10 and 11, joining the main cast as a regular in the Season 12 premiere "CaƱon City."

    • This episode marks the final appearance of several of the supporting cast as series regulars: Conni Marie Brazelton (Nurse Conni Oligario), whose first appearance was in the pilot, "24 Hours"; Gedde Watanabe (Nurse Yosh Takata), who joined the series in the Season 4 episode "Freak Show"; and Ellen Crawford (Nurse Lydia Wright), who also made her first appearance in the pilot. Crawford would later return in the series finale, "And In the End...."

    • Although in the opening credits, Noah Wyle does not appear in this episode.

    • Parminder Nagra becomes a series regular with this episode.

    Allusions (2)

    • Frank: Hell hath no fury like an RN scorned. This refers to the popular saying "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," a proverb adapted from a line in the play The Mourning Bride, by William Congreve, an English author of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The actual lines in his work read "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned/ Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."

    • Title: "Dear Abby" This title is a twist on the "Dear John" letter, generally written by a woman to her boyfriend or husband wherein she tells him that their relationship is over, usually because she has found someone else.

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