Secrets and Lies

Season 8, Ep 16, Aired 3/7/02
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  • Episode Description
  • An unusual patient trigger's the curiosity of Abby, Susan, Gallant, Luka and Carter, which lands them at an all-day sexual harassment seminar. Throughout the day, Carter and Luka clash, Abby and Susan bond, and everyone discovers something new about each other. Susan breaks it off with Carter when she realizes his feelings for Abby, while news and gossip spreads through the ER of Elizabeth and Mark's separation.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Wells (III)

  • Richard Thorpe

  • Laura Cerón


  • Gedde Watanabe


  • Troy Evans


  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • Setting the storylines

    By Tawny246, Aug 22, 2013

  • A humerous side to ER.

    By bairdo_25, Aug 24, 2008

  • All those little secrets and lies..

    By Parricida, Jan 12, 2008

  • Five favorite characters stuck together in a single, angsty, revealing.

    By soccermom, Apr 19, 2007

  • One of those episodes that you just keep coming back to and not getting bored of watching over and over again. Altogether unforgettable.

    By wittyscreenname, Mar 12, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (35)

    • Susan: (about her former boyfriend in Arizona) Charlie Dixon, "Dix." He's a cowboy. Can you believe it? (laughs) An honest-to-God cowboy. He has the horse, the pick-up truck, the whole deal. I am a walking cliché.

    • Gallant: Dr. Carter. Carter: What? Gallant: What does your dad do? Susan: Spends the family trust fund.

    • Gallant: We were told to report to room 224 at 0800. I'm here, and I'm gonna stay here until someone in charge tells me to do otherwise. And I suggest you all do the same. Carter: 0800? This ain't the Marines, Gallant. At ease.

    • Luka: We're all waiting, for what? Fulfillment, love, validation, approval? It's a waste of time. Life is an empty, hollow exercise filled with pain, loss and grief, and the only thing we can expect to achieve in our lives is our own inevitable death.

    • Kerry: What were you thinking? Were you thinking at all? Who does this belong to? Did someone bring this, this, this thing into the workplace? Carter: I think we're all aware that our behavior was inappropriate. Kerry: Inappropriate, unprofessional, offensive. Who does this belong to? (they're all quiet, looking at the floor; Abby raises her eyes and gives a quick answer) Abby: A patient.

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    Notes (4)

    • Swordmaster Roberta Brown, who is also a musician, dancer, and actress, worked with Noah Wyle and Goran Visnjic to prepare them for this episode's fencing scenes. She would later work on swordplay with Alex Kingston for the 2003 film Boudica.

    • Music: "Prelude to a Kiss," Duke Ellington

    • The character Luka says that he used to play Hamlet every year back in Croatia. In real life, Goran Visnjic, who portrays Luka, really did play Hamlet every year back in Croatia.

    • Although in the opening credits, Anthony Edwards, Alex Kingston and Paul McCrane do not appear in this episode.

    Allusions (4)

    • Susan: (to Abby) I watch Fear Factor. Fear Factor is an extreme stunt reality game show that aired on NBC from June 2001 to September 2006. It was hosted by comedian Joe Rogan, who incidentally also co-starred with Maura Tierney and Khandi Alexander on the NBC comedy NewsRadio, which aired on NBC from March 1991 until May 1999.

    • Although it isn't directly mentioned in the episode, the set-up of a mixed group of people having arguments, making confessions, and talking about their private lives, all while waiting in "detention" for their punishment, could be a reference to the movie The Breakfast Club, in which a group of teenagers follow almost the exact structure of this episode.

    • Susan makes a reference to Coco, a character from the 1980 film Fame , starring Irene Cara, as well as a young Paul McCrane. In another reference to Fame, the lyrics to a song from the movie are written up on the board, a song that happened to be sung in the film by Paul McCrane's character.

    • Title: "Secrets and Lies" This episodes shares a title with the 1996 film Secrets and Lies, starring Brenda Blethyn and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. In the movie, a successful black woman tries to find her birth mother, a lower-class white woman, and in her search she discovers the secrets and lies that surround her family.

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