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Season 9 Episode 11

A Little Help from My Friends

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 09, 2003 on NBC
8.6
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Kovac faces an M&M in the aftermath of Rick Kendrick's death, with Lewis and Abby in support. When Pratt is witnessed bringing a gun into the ER, Carter feels compelled to defend him. However, Pratt's erratic behavior makes Carter reconsider. Weaver hopes to keep her pregnancy a secret, but physical complications compromise her plans. Lewis warily watches self-destructive patient Chip Mealy, who admits to molesting young boys. Romano warns a guilt-stricken Kovac not to admit to Rick's grieving mother that his miscalculation caused her son's vegetative state. Chen treats a high school student who overdosed on Ritalin. Gallant confronts the scheming young wife of an aged, dying man.moreless

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  • Well-rounded episode

    8.0
    So sad about Kerry, and it was nice to see Abby there for her. There were some key funny moments in there: When Romano asks did anyone ever bother to verify that there are medical schools in Croatia? When Lewis responds to proof that there is god with I can't even prove I paid my gas bill, And Abby's reaction to the electro-ejaculator.



    All of this stuff was great but I agree with the others when I say it's kind of contrived. I think the show is losing some of it's grit and is trying to be catchy instead of poignant like it used to be. They did a decent job with Weaver, but it just seems like they threw this in in one episode so she's back at square one. It's a damn shame because the actors atm are incredibly talented.



    It's also worth noting that no one in this show is happy. I mean can't anyone get some peace for a minute? Weaver hasn't had anything good happen to her, Abby is okay but just finished with her brother and mom, Luka is depressed, Pratt's brother got stabbed... All of the other characters are just okay, and when something happy does happen the hardly spend any time on it. It would just be nice to see some fun happen around makes me miss Doug and Carol or when Elizabeth and Mark were falling for each other because they seemed to brighten things up. Or even with Kerry and Lopez or Carter and Abby they could have shown them having happy moments or growth instead of just implying that everything is good... I just miss when the show used to make me smile. When it comes to everyone's personal lives, the show has gotten really droll.moreless
  • Moving...

    8.1
    Weaver... she loses her baby and.. oh, it was so moving on her storyline. She continues working and tries to help others but she is on the edge and almost collapses. And the way Abby is there for her... and later that girl. It is beautiful.



    And Kovac - oh, it was somehow really great. The way he reacted and Romano.



    And Pratt - oh, his brother's story is now more told and we understand more about that char. And the way Carter acted and those words in the end - about asking help and not showing weak. It was so beautiful.moreless
  • I have to say that Season 9 was the season that this show started to lose me. Most episodes just makes you feel that their plodding along, desperately trying to reach for the former glory of the previous seasons. This one is an exception.moreless

    7.5
    Together with the previous episode, this one is clearly the best from season 9. We have classic Romano lines ("Did anyone even bother to check that there are in fact medical schools in Croatia"), funny scenes (most of the ones involving the geriatric and his gold digging wife and the math student on Ritalin), disturbing scenes (the child molester) and the scene where Carter demonstrates that the E.R is a team who looks out for each other.



    But the best scene in this episode is when Kerry tells the deaf woman what has happened to her. The way she tells it in sign language and the expression of pity on the deaf girls face is gut wrenching. What I also realize with this episode, is how unnecessary Corday's character has become. I didn't miss her at all, in fact, I was downright glad she wasn't in the episode at all. I just don't like the character she has turned in to, and it's clear that the writers don't know what to do with her anymore. Sending her back to England would have been a perfect ending for her. No disrespect to the wonderful Kingston, it's not her fault. If only the rest of season 9 could have upheld this quality.moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen

Michael Ealy

Michael Ealy

Ryan Kendrick

Guest Star

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Sarah Wilson

Guest Star

Patrick Cranshaw

Patrick Cranshaw

Mr. Gilman

Guest Star

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Dr. Jack Kayson

Recurring Role

John Doman

John Doman

Dr. Carl Deraad

Recurring Role

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi

Jerry

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (16)

    • Chen: Electro-ejaculator?
      Jerry: Does that come with a costume?
      Gallant: Nope. An extension cord.

    • Luka: I killed him.
      Abby: The patient isn't dead.
      Romano: Did anyone ever bother to verify that there are medical schools in Croatia? Anyone?

    • (doing an ultrasound on herself)
      Kerry: I can't find a heartbeat.

    • (Anastasia has just erased the patient board)
      Jerry: Why did you do this?
      Anastasia: Ergo, God.
      Chen: Ergo, Ritalin. Your blood test says you're on Ritalin. You took it for the math competition?
      Anastasia: These numbers, discovered in different cultures in different centuries all add to zero. Proving the universe is perfect. Proving the existence of God.
      Lewis: Hey, I can't even prove I paid my gas bill.
      Chen: Jerry just... get the charts and put all the names back up.
      Jerry: Make her do it.
      Anastasia: Alphabetical, geographical or chronological?
      Jerry: Alphabetical's good.

    • Kovac: I had made a series of critical errors... About the only thing I didn't do was put a plastic bag over the guy's head and hit him with a brick!

    • Chen: Abby have you ever heard of an electroejaculator?
      Jerry: You just like saying that word.
      Abby: No, but I had an instant-ejeculator once. Tommy Reynolds, tenth grade.

    • Carter: Well we work as a team. We cover for each other. We lean on each other. The job is too big to do solo. And if you can't get that, maybe you should be a surgeon, or a superhero, or something else that doesn't require trusting people.
      Pratt: I've never been big on trust.
      Carter: You know what that turns into? Nobody trusts you either. Self-sufficiency is a good thing, but it's not the only thing. Asking for help when you need it doesn't make you weak.

    • Man: I'm an electroejaculation technician.
      Carter: Your parents must be very proud.

    • Mr. Gilman: (after Gallant catches him and Coco trying to have relations) I want my Viagra!
      Gallant: Only if you want to die with an erection.

    • Abby: And when's the last time you had a tetanus shot?
      Dr. McNulty: October... 1949.

    • Mr. Gilman: (whispering to Gallant) When can I bang her?
      Kayson: What did he say?
      Gallant: He wants to know when he might be able to (clears throat) have sex.
      Coco: We're trying to have a baby.
      Kayson: (to Coco) Uh-huh. (to Mr. Gilman) When you can walk up two flights of stairs without getting winded, (pauses) go for it.

    • Romano: (to Luka, after he spoke with Mrs. Kendrick) If I see you with this patient's family again, you're fired.

    • Romano: What are you doing? Holding your own private M & M with the kid's [Rick Kendrick] mother.
      Luka: She wanted to know how her son died.
      Romano: One word: peacefully. And leave it at that.
      Luka: She deserves to know.
      Romano: What? What, the truth? The truth is you killed her son. You want to tell her that?

    • Lewis: Whoa, whoa. Where are you going? What are you doing?
      Anastasia: Wow. Your face is so beautiful. Is it square? I never know what they mean when they say "square face." Obviously, it's not true mathematically, but I think your face is quadrate enough to be called a square.
      Chen: Sorry. She's one of my Mathletes. Anastasia, you're going to have to go over there and sit with the rest of the team.
      Lewis: "Mathlete"?
      Chen: Yeah, she's on the math team. They compete in math tournaments.
      Susan: Ah, yeah. We used to call them "geeks." What's she on?
      Chen: Tox screen hasn't come back yet.
      Anastasia: How many cubic inches in the ER?
      Lewis: Is, uh, my face square?

    • Paramedic: Mr. Gilman complained of chest pain and shortness of breath during sex with his wife.
      Weaver: (incredulous) Sex with his wife?

    • Carter: Chuny, did you get a beta HCG on Mrs. Wilks?
      Chuny: (laughing) No.
      Carter: Why not?
      Chuny: Because Mrs. Wilks has a penis.

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