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Season 9 Episode 5

A Hopeless Wound

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 31, 2002 on NBC
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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

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  • Sweet episode

    8.3
    This episode really brought vice versa feelings. In so many ways this episode did not developed nothing and it looked like nothing happened, but there was some scenes, some moments what really saved this episode for me. First Paul Nathan and his storyline - really moving. And I am sure the next coming episodes will get more light for him. And the Romano moments this episode - again, he can be so hard with people and then, on another, such a sweet person. To get the ring back to Elizabeth - it was the best thing, almost, what he has done.



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

    9.0
    Elizabeth has a number of new surgical interns, but one doesn't show til late and gets sucked into a bad night in the ER. He has Parkinsons, a fact that Elizabeth only finds out late into the night, when Abby tells her. She does not want him operating in her surgery.

    This makes an interesting juxtaposition with Romano returning to work and practising his skills on a pig. He also tries to save a man from having the whole of his leg amputated due to infection. He and Elizabeth have a quiet moment, when he tries to get close, but she does not want his advances.

    She is very grateful to him at the end of the shift though, as he has retrieved her lost wedding ring from down the drain in the scrub sink.

    Kerry is very moody, probably due to the hormones she is injecting to help her get pregnant. She over-reacts to a newborn who is not going to survive, but Luka allows the baby to die.

    Luka has upset Chuny, and Abby, as nurse manager, has to deal with the issue. She points out to him that now Chuny, last week, patient's Mum, and before that radiologist, perhaps he better be more sensible, Or deal with it better.moreless
Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Nurse Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen

Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle

Paul Nathan

Guest Star

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Simone Phillips

Guest Star

Christopher Grove

Christopher Grove

Dr. Marty Kline

Guest Star

Matthew Glave

Matthew Glave

Dr. Dale Edson

Recurring Role

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón

Chuny

Recurring Role

Troy Evans

Troy Evans

Frank

Recurring Role

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  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Luka: Are you wearing that for your shift?
      Abby: Yes. It's Halloween. You know, Jerry sent out a memo.
      Susan: Ooo. Naughty nurse!
      Abby: I'm not a naughty nurse.
      Susan: I like it.
      Abby: I'm not... It's like an old fashioned nurse.
      Frank: Looks naughty to me.
      Luka: So what, you're like a kurva nurse?
      Abby: What's that?
      Luka: How do you say, uh, sly, uh, tramp, whore...
      Abby: Yeah, I got it. You know, maybe I should've worn that school-girl outfit you bought me.
      Susan and Frank stares at Luka
      Luka: (laughs) Eh, she's making a joke!

    • Chuny: I'm not working with him.
      Abby: Why?
      Chuny: Because he treats nurses like idiots!
      Lukaism: Hey, if your boots fit!
      Abby: Shoes.
      Luka: Whatever.

    • (after Corday loses her wedding ring down the drain)
      Romano: Somebody call the Tiffany's Search and Rescue team!

    • Corday: I lost my wedding ring!
      Romano: Oh boo-hoo, this guy's about to lose a leg! I'd say chop chop, but that would be in extremely poor taste!

    • Luka: Maybe you could wear some Swaztikas with that outfit. You could be a naughty Nazi nurse.
      Abby: You totally suck, you know that?!
      Luka: Hey, careful! Creating a hostile work environment!

    • Romano: (to Corday) I know most people don't like me. I don't care. I don't like most people. But I'm good at what I do. I save people's lives, everyday. People who no one else can help. If I can't do that...

    • Weaver: Chuny, where's Kovac?
      Chuny: Don't know. Don't care.

    • (to Paul Nathan, about Weaver)
      Abby: Don't worry, she doesn't bite... much.

    • (Abby is wearing a sexy nurse's outfit)
      Drunk patient: I wanna go to heaven on the bosom of a beautiful woman.
      Abby: I don't think your HMO covers that.

    • Carter: Frank, where's your costume?
      Frank: I don't observe pagan holidays that celebrate devil worship.
      Abby: (taking the candy away from him) Well, this is only for satanists.

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