ER

Season 8 Episode 14

A Simple Twist of Fate

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 07, 2002 on NBC
8.8
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The ER faces a staff shortage when several employees are sent home with food poisoning, including Weaver. Mark and Elizabeth's marriage is in crisis following Ella's hospital admission. Adding to his woes, Mark fears his brain tumor may have returned. Eleanor Carter nearly abandons young Mickey after realizing how bad his condition is. Abby pays the price to protect Joyce from her violent husband, Brian, when she is punched by him. Luka later tracks down Brian and threatens to kill him.moreless

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  • Amazing Acting, Nice Character Development

    9.0
    Excellent acting in this episode. The best actors and characters were highlighted and the drama was more real and less contrived than some other episodes this season. I feel terribly for the Greene family and hope everything works out... Abby is a badass and it sucks to see her vulnerable but I love that Luka is still watching her back.
  • Luka delivers a beat down

    9.5
    I don't support violence but Brian deserved the beat down he got from Luka for hurting Abby. It showed yet again that Luka would do anything to protect Abby. I watched that bar scene over twice just to see the calm yet lethal way Luka sent his message to Brian. The episode in my opinion was the best of the season and this season was great. All that Mark and Elizabeth are going through plus what will happen later is highlighted significantly in this episode. Plus the additionally humour with some of the staff getting food poison was classic! lol :)moreless
  • Never under estimate mad and angry people

    9.3
    The aftermath of last episode continues as Elizabeth is totally out of herself and feels that Mark is not acting properly. She ends up asking Rachel to leave and she is ok even if Mark is not. And she says - if Rachel goes or she goes.



    To make Mark's day even worser - he has doubts that his cancer is back. And that is frightening. And to be honest, Mark is not only one having hard day. Abby tries to help her neighbor. That sweet Joyce and she is beaten up again. She involves police and Joyce is taken to shelter. The husband goes to Abby place and beats her up rising anger in Luka who goes and beats up the husband. This time, I hope, Luka's anger did not kill anyone, at leastmoreless
  • The ultimate bad day for Mark and Abby.

    9.4
    For Mark Greene, his infant daughter is still fighting to recover from a drug overdose after swallowing Rachel's Ecstacy pills. Elizabeth tells Rachel to get out of her house, leaving Mark caught between his wife and his teenaged daughter. His attempts at bridging the gap between the two women in his life only further anger Elizabeth. She gives Mark an ultimatum....get Rachel out of the house or she will leave him and take Ella with her. To make matters worse, Mark's symptoms return, and the episode ends with Mark undergoing another MRI to determine whether his brain tumor has returned.



    For Abby, her efforts at helping her neighbor, Joyce, take a dramatic turn. After Brian beats Joyce, Abby and Luka treat her at the ER. Abby convinces her to leave Brian and go into a battered women's shelter. Later that night, Brian shows up at Abby's apartment, demanding to know where Joyce is. Abby kicks him out, but he breaks down the door and punches her, knocking her out. We see Abby as the patient, as Susan and Luka treat her. Luka finds Brian at a bar and beats him. He threatens to kill Brian if he comes near Abby again.



    The thing that struck me in this episode is that two of the strongest characters on ER...Mark and Abby...were the vulnerable ones. They were both trying to be mediators in difficult situations, which left them both vulnerable, wounded and exposed.moreless
  • Ella is find, Rachel isn't.

    9.6
    I like this episode, it was very good. Very emotional for DR. Greene, having to choose over his 2 daughters and his wive. I really like to know what he is going to choose?.



    And then is Abby, who is trying to save Joyce and end up beaten by the guy, i just love how Luka go to the bar and fight with the guy and then told him that if he ever touch abby againe he is going to kill him!, omg that was so cool. I tought Kerry wwould be seen more at this episode but not, only in the first part, it would have been soo cool that at the end she would said something like: "i told you" (about the free food)moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Dr. Mark Greene

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Nurse Abby Lockhart

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen

Debbie Lee Carrington

Debbie Lee Carrington

Ginger

Guest Star

Colton James

Colton James

Mickey

Guest Star

David A. Kimball

David A. Kimball

Unknown

Guest Star

Hallee Hirsh

Hallee Hirsh

Rachel Greene

Recurring Role

Conni Marie Brazelton

Conni Marie Brazelton

Conni

Recurring Role

Ellen Crawford

Ellen Crawford

Lydia

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Frank: Anybody who ate one of those bagels and that damn cream cheese is going to be blowing chunks. (vomits in trash can)
      Chen: I ate one of those bagels.
      Frank: I'll add your name to the class action suit.

    • Weaver: I said no!
      Frank: We're talking bagels and cream cheese...no one is taking a bribe.
      Weaver: Promotions like this add to the cost of pharmaceuticals, marketing expenditures passed on to mostly elderly consumers.
      Frank: I'm elderly.
      Weaver: There's no free lunch, Frank.
      Frank: This is breakfast!

    • (Brian sees Luka walking toward him)
      Brian: I don't have a problem with you, man, o.k.?
      Luka: I have a problem with you!
      Brian: I got angry. It was a mistake.
      Luka: You hit women by mistake? Huh?
      Brian: I screwed up.
      Luka: Let's see you hit me, huh?! (pushes him) Come on.
      Brian: I did'nt mean too... I lost my temper.
      Luka: Loose your temper with me! (pushes him into the wall)
      Brian: O.k. I'm gonna go to the cops right now and turn my self in. ( Luka hits him) Wait! Just wait!
      Luka: Better start swinging back! (hits him again)
      Brian: Wait! I was wrong! I got angry! She took away my wife!
      Luka: You took away your wife! (throws him on the pool-table)
      Brian: I know, I know, I know. But I loved her! She was everything to me and I lost her. I'm sorry, I'm so sorry. I won't mess with Abby again, I won't. I won't even talk to her. I'll move. I'll move out of the building. Please. I'm sorry! Please.
      Luka: You touch her again, I'll kill you.

    • Abby: Hey!
      Luka: Hey!
      Abby: You're back.
      Luka: Yeah, this morning.
      Abby: I was getting worried. I thought I'd at least get a post card.
      Luka: You need to get e-mail.
      Abby: Didn't take you long to get sucked back into this insanity.
      Luka: No. But it's good to see you, though.
      Abby: You too.

    • Susan: Ok, I'm gonna go to Doc Magoo's, have some breakfast, find a toothbrush and change my underwear, then I'll help clear your board.
      Kerry: 15 minutes.
      Frank: If I stick with the underwear I've got on, can we at least keep the food out?

    • Lewis: Why is there a pregnant woman squatting in the hallway?

    • Lewis: Frank, are you sick too?
      Frank: (with his head in the trash can, throwing up) I ain't praying!

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