Season 8 Episode 14

A Simple Twist of Fate

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 07, 2002 on NBC

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  • The ultimate bad day for Mark and Abby.

    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.
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