ER

Season 12 Episode 22

21 Guns

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM May 18, 2006 on NBC
8.9
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Episode Summary

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Season Finale: A seemingly ordinary day with the usual collection of patients turns anything but when two prisoners intent on escape come to the ER for treatment. Aided by a conspirator posing as a patient, their desperate actions place a doctor in harm's way and force a nurse to become a tool in their plan. Soon, gunshots ring out, another doctor hits the floor, and a staff member's life is in jeopardy.moreless

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  • one of their best finales

    10
    action, emotion, drama and heartache: everything you'd expect from ER. Still delivering quality episodes 12 years in, I couldn't have asked for more. The shoot out was the OK Corral and was done beautifully. Starting out slow and eerily silent with Sam's awesome cue to Abby ('Abigail') and rocketing into high action shooting and ducking for cover. When Sam's ex pulled open the van door to reveal Alex inside I literally got chills. Abby slumping to the floor while Snow Patrol's 'Open Your Eyes' swelled and Luka watched helplessly had me screaming at the tv and counting the days until the premiere. Bravo.moreless
  • Shots fired in the ER!!

    10
    Possibly the best ER season finale ever!!! Criminals brought in as patients attempt to escape and do a pretty good job thanx to an indider they have in the form of a fake trainee nurse. From then on the Drama and the action steps up a gear with a full on gun war in the middle of the ER.

    This in easily the best season finale this show has delivered in its 15 year run, the final 5 mins were amazing, i was on the edge of my seat and when the credits began rolling with so many questions unanswered i almost died!!! Was Abby Dead?, How was Sam going to escape with her son?, would Jerry surive? Who would discover Luka tied up and was he ok? What was going to happen??

    Overall Brilliant Drama, Brilliant Action, Brilliant Acting, possibly the best ER episode ever!!!moreless
  • A very exciting episode.

    9.4
    This was a great episode - very cleverly plotted and the way the motion was set and thing started to work - it was amazing. I never expected anything like this - the action, the danger and I think maybe the most shocking moment was when we saw Alex taped up. The man has to be crazy - kidnap his own child this way. It was horrible.



    And the ending - I really liked it. The music, the way Luka was so helpless to see what was going on and do nothing and then Abby - collapsing before his eyes and he could not do nothing.



    Great season ender.moreless
  • I feel like it's 2000 again, a fine return to form...

    10
    If you have a conversation with someone about favourite TV shows and you mention ER as one of yours, you are likely to talk to someone who used to watch the show but has given up on it.



    "Oh I stopped watching when George Clooney left," they might say, or "it's not the same as it was." Well I suggest showing them this episode as an example of how fine a show this is. Sure, the format is in excess of 13 years old; sure, a lot of the original characters we have known and loved have gone (Sherry Stringfield's departure this season was atrocious, she hadn't had a decent storyline for a while so I am unsurprised , but as an original character she deserved a better departure - I hope to see Susan Lewis return on day soon...)



    But the one thing this show can produce is original loveable characters, and NO character or actor is bigger than the show, the departures of Mark Greene and Carter (and Clooney to a certain extent) have proved that.



    This particular episode was stellar. Stellar writing, stellar screenplay, stellar performances. Maura Tierney (Abby) is exceptional as Abby, but I believe it is Linda Cardellini (Sam) who absolutely shines in this episode, as she has throughout her time with the show (a shame that the child actor who plays her son was replaced, for continuity purposes).



    In my opinion this episode is a true return to form, not since the season 6 two parter "Be Still My Heart/All In The Family" have I been so on the edge of my seat with adrenaline, ER should be available on prescription as a stimulant...moreless
  • abby is in the shoot out and passes out bleeding on the floor of a trauma room.

    10
    this episode is absulutly amazing and so exciting.i was hooked through out the episode and waited eight months to see what happend. i had never been so hooked and drawn to a tv program like i am to this one. it has got to be the best episode so far out of all twelve series. it was just so amazing and was left so well. i haven't missed an episode since i saw this one. i cant wait to see what they do next. i love this series now and every episode seems to be better than the last one.i am definetly going to watch er until the last ever episode.moreless
Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

Shane West

Shane West

Dr. Ray Barnett

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Gloria Gallant

Guest Star

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

James Gallant

Guest Star

Michael Weston

Michael Weston

Rafe Hendricks

Guest Star

Garret Dillahunt

Garret Dillahunt

Steve Curtis

Recurring Role

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón

Chuny

Recurring Role

Yvette Freeman

Yvette Freeman

Haleh

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Kerry: You know, I'm not down there, Donald. I don't run the ER anymore.
      Anspaugh: Which leads me to a second issue. The board has concerns about Dr.Kovac's ability to manage the department.
      Kerry: You're not serious.
      Anspaugh: Are you satisfied with the job he's doing?
      Kerry: He's doing the best he can with what he has.

    • Rafe: I'll send you all to hell!
      Morris: You kiss your cell-mate with that mouth?

    • (Morris is making a memory tape.)
      Abby: Smart, uh, efficient, uhm, loyal friend...
      Morris: Sexier.
      Abby: Sexier?
      Morris: Something, something about my charm. Like: A man whose charm with women is matched only by his sensitivity with patients. Yes! Action.
      Abby: This is stupid. Forget it.
      Morris: What? Abs! This is it!
      Abby: Abs?! Don't call me Abs!
      Morris: I am out of here today, you're not gonna have Archie Morris to kick around anymore.
      Abby: Abs?!
      Morris: Can't blame a guy for wanting to carry around some fond memories.
      Abby: You're not going to Kilimanjaro, Morris.

    • Abby: I just... let me get through one humongous life change at a time, o.k?
      Kerry: Luka? Got a minute?
      Luka: Yeah. (to Abby) Sometimes it's easier if we lump them all together.

    • Abby: (Before she leaves Timmy with Morris and Jerry) Take it easy, Timmy.
      Timmy: Easy? I'm a freaking strawberry!

    • Abby: Cold shoulder huh?
      Luka: Well, not exactly the answer I was hoping to hear.
      Abby: Well, not exactly the best proposal I've ever heard.
      Luka: How many have you heard? (Abby turns away) Hey, hey. OK so, you don't, you don't know what you want this to be, how committed, how not committed...
      Abby: No, I just don't wanna get married for the sake of being married. I tried that once.
      Luka: Don't we love each other?
      Abby: It's not about that. Of course we do!
      Luka: Look, don't you think we should stay together forever?
      Abby: I don't know if anybody should...or can.

    • Abby: Listen..I know we don't say it, because I guess that's just how we are, but I hope you know how much I love...this. All of this. (hesitates, then continues) But since we are on the cusp of this hugely life-altering event, and we haven't been as specific as we could be about us, um, about our relationship... (trails off)
      Luka: (abruptly) You're right...let's get married.

    • Zadro: Hey, Jerry, man! What did you do?
      Jerry: I'm a big target. Tell Frank I can't cover for him on Friday.

    • Kerry: What the hell happened here?
      Ray: The OK Corral.

    • Abby: Is it just me or are pandas kind of creepy?
      Luka: They're terrifying.

    • Morris: I call no more kids. I'm sick of getting bit, kicked and pissed on.
      Abby: I guess that means you stopped dating too, huh?

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