Season 13 Episode 13

A House Divided

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 11, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Divisions abound in the ER in the aftermath of Luka's and Pratt's actions. A patient's call creates friction between Luka and Abby. A contentious family case leads Gates and Ray to differ over the treatment of one child, while Luka and Abby clash when she needs help with the other. An unauthorized phone call has serious implications for Pratt. Ben takes things to the next level with Sam, but she remains cautious. Ray wonders if he's lost his chance with Neela.moreless

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  • Looks like we're leading up to an intense episode..!

    My thoughts:

    Pratt--so saw that coming.

    Guess I was wrong about Ames, though I should really start reading spoilers, but I like feeling absolutely oblivious upon watching new episodes.

    Tony--I'm getting so sick of med students and interns attempting to show up their superiors. Why is everyone so cocky? Can't we all just get along?

    Ray--Way to step up and take control! ;)

    And of course, Ben/Sam, block-of-wood(Alex), and his experimentation with pyromania. My first thought, after the inital "wtf! Don't just stand there while your house burns!" was wait...Ben and Sam are doing the dirty upstairs. By the time Alex thinks to tell them that they're trapped in a burning inferno, they probably won't have any chance to throw some clothes on before escaping. How embarrassing.

    In a way, I don't blame block-of-wood for his idiotic actions. I mean, we have always known that he was a little unbalanced, and seeing as he has only just recently witnessed his mother shooting his dad (and we all know that that has already had such adverse effects on him) and then him having the knowledge that Sam has alreading claimed herself a new man and is likely banging him upstairs (sorry for the crudeness). Do we really expect him to sit around and do nothing?

    One word of advice to him though: if a glass of wine has *flames* inside of it, it will be *hot*. Do not attempt to pick the damn thing up.

    Very good episode, though.moreless
  • Very strong ending

    So, I think the episode did not promised to be as good as it was. The most of the episode was very annoying conflict between Ray and Gates and they took it not only out of each other but in patience and their parents - so a lot of bad blood. And it does not go easier for other. Abby and Luka are quite fighting about a patient she has and she worries. Sam and her kid.. a trouble to trouble. Really not good to watch..

    And then comes the end - it saves everything. Start with Abby discovering who the patient was. Then Brad being arrested.. Sam's kid playing with fire.. the phone call Gates gets and what Abby discovers in her home.. and it is Weaver's last day...

    So.. all it together... brilliantmoreless
  • Goodbye, Kerry Weaver, you'll be missed!

    The title of this episode is about conflict: * Gates vs Ray - on the snowmobile accident victim. They are just like two little kids.

    * Gracie vs Alex - about dicipline. That boy needed to be told off.

    * Abby vs Luka - on how to treat a patient. It's obvious that she can't take orders from him.

    * Ray vs Neela - basically about Gates. Poor Ray is jealous.

    * Gates vs Meg - about his moving out. She is using all the tricks in the book to make him stay.

    Most emotional scene: Kerry and Abby saying goodbye to each other in the locker room. I've never had the feeling that these two characters were such great friends. I feel that this scene was more about Laura and Maura, the actresses, saying goodbye, because there were true real life feelings of friendship coming out. And that line, "Carter was bawling like a baby when he left", I found that very funny. Excellent scene!

    Second most emotional scene: Kerry saying goodbye to Luka. This scene also made me feel as if Laura was saying goodbye to Goran. Luka lifting Kerry slightly off the ground when hugging her, and the tears in Kerry's eyes – it all felt very real to me. Nice touch to make them look back to the story with the exploding oxygene tank in Luka's first episode (in season 6). So long ago and so much has happened since then.... Good powerful scene: Ray telling off the stupid stepfather. Good on you, Ray!

    This episode ends with several cliff-hangers: * Pratt is taken to the police station.

    * There is a fire in Sam's apartment.

    * Meg is trying to commit suicide.

    * Abby is coming home (just after Eddie telling her who he really is) to find that Curtis Ames is there..... Chilling!moreless
  • Like good old times....

    This is the best episode of this season so far, and finally, a very good one, like I expect from a series like ER.

    This episode leaves several plots open, and us, the viewers, glued to our seats.

    Not to mention the fact that it is Kerry's last performance (as a series regular, at least). For a long time and especially since Carter left, she was my only reason for watching the show. I really don't think things will be the same without her. I know, her character was explored from all angles, and what else was left for her to do? Or in what ways could she grow more?

    But, in my humble opinion, since next season will be the last, she should have stayed until the end. just for nostalgia, appearing from time to time.

    It actually has a feeling of a season final, with great cliff hangers for the suspense. What a great episode. We haven't had one like this in a long time. and just when I was about to give up on my favorite pivotal series.

    I can't wait to see what comes next.

    A must watch piece of TV!!moreless
  • In this wonderful, eventful episode, all I can think about is how Kerry's gone.

    Kerry Weaver left. She really left. And I always tought she'd stick around to the end. She's going happy, with a new love, her adorable son and a the prospects of a great new life. But I don't know what ER'll be without her. Kerry was the last one from the amazing first years, the character that changed most, the one we loved to hate. Eleven years. And with Kerry goes Laura Innes, an amazing actress we had the pleasure of accompaining for so long. At least she went with sweet goodbyes. With Abby it was just so touching it made me cry, Ray's was funny and Luka was a mixed feeling of she's doing what she has to do and how come you did that, Kovac? But "Come here, you big Croat" is probably going to become one of the classic lines.

    Goodbye, Dr. Weaver. We'll miss you.

    Also, Eddie's Abby's dad! Poor Abby, with parents like him and Maggie, it's no wonder she had so much problems in her life. His appearence and the cliffhanger, with that maniac Ames in her apartment (if he hurts her, Luka or baby Joe, I'll kim him) will definately make everyone want to see the next episode.

    And I can't believe two things: Pratt's in jail (very good storyline by the way, finally a brand new thing) and RAY had a STORYLINE. I loved him fighting with Neela and Gates (he's too good for her, at least now) and with the boy's stepfather. Go Dr Barnett!

    Gates with Sarah and Meg was really sweet, loved his "sympathetic doctor face". I'm really starting to like him, what I don't like is Neela with him. And finally, Sam has a new love (yeah! Plus, Ben is SO cute and SO sweet), a new roomate (Gracie just rocks!) and a maniac son. Maybe he's Ames' long lost child, that kid's trouble. Amazing episode, just don't know how good the next one's going to be without the "and laura innes" at the end of the credits.moreless
Lois Smith

Lois Smith


Guest Star

Fred Ward

Fred Ward


Guest Star

Alaina Reed Hall

Alaina Reed Hall

Betty Dixon

Guest Star

Glenn Plummer

Glenn Plummer


Recurring Role

Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne Woodard

Angela Gilliam

Recurring Role

Kip Pardue

Kip Pardue

Ben Parker

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode, Kerry leaves County General to move to Florida. In the Season 7 episode "April Showers," when she's at the airport having drinks with a man she just met, she mentions that she always wanted to move to Florida to escape the ice and snow of Chicago.

    • Luka: I still remember my first day. An oxygen tank rocketed through the ER. Almost killed me.
      Kerry: Well, no one said this was the safest place to work.
      The scene Luka is describing is from the Season 6 premiere, "Leave it to Weaver." Though it was filmed on Goran Visnjic's first shooting day, it was not actually the character Luka's first day in the ER; later in that episode, when Carol responds to Luka's comment that he doesn't feel trusted, she notes that he has now worked at County two or three times.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Abby: ...I just wanted to say that I think that you've probably seen me at my best and, uhm, at my worst. And even though we didn't always see eye to eye, you helped me go from a nurse, to a med student, to a doctor, to a mom. (she fights back tears)
      Kerry: I'm the one that's supposed to be upset here.
      Abby: I know. I'm sorry!
      Kerry: You were always there as a nurse and a doctor, and most importantly, you've always been here as my friend.
      (they hug each other and start crying)
      Abby: Do you think this happens with the guys when one of them leaves?
      Kerry: Carter bawled like a baby when he left.
      Abby: Ha! (she pauses) I'm gonna miss you.
      Kerry: Thank you.

    • (after a little fight between Luka and Abby about the treatment of a patient)
      Sam: Well, it looks like Abby was right, and Luka confirmed the diagnosis, radiographically. Good work team!

    • Abby: Twenty percent of all pneumothoracies are missed on x-ray. You taught me that.
      Luka: Nice to know you were listening.

    • (after Kerry and Luka say good bye, she walks out of the ambulance bay for the last time, then stops and turns back)
      Kerry: Luka! (he turns toward her) Take care of this place for me!
      Luka: (with a gentle smile) I will.

    • Kerry: (ignoring Luka's outstretched hand, she reaches up to hug him) Come here, you big Croat!

    • (Abby turns around as she holds and comforts a crying Joe, and is startled by Ames sitting in a living room chair)
      Ames: Call your husband.
      Abby: I... I just did. He's not picking up.
      Ames: Call him again.

    • Gates: You can't stay mad at me forever.
      Sarah: Why not?
      Gates: Because of this.
      Sarah: What are you doing?
      Gates: It's my sympathetic doctor face.
      Sarah: You look stupid.

    • Gracie: All the women in our family are the same. We're very fertile, allergic to chestnuts, prone to bladder infections, and have the same damn gene that predisposes us to bad boys.

    • Gates: (on the phone) It's Dr. Gates, from the ER. That's "E" for "Emergency!"
      Neela: Are you holding for a consult?
      Gates: No, I called the "Hot Surgeons Chat Line."

  • NOTES (3)