Season 9 Episode 16

A Thousand Cranes

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 20, 2003 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: A TV reporter states that the suspects in the shooting at Doc Magoos are involved in a high speed chase on I-40. However, I-40 does not go through Chicago, or even through the state of Illinois; it is an east-west freeway that runs though the southern United States. I-40 was also referred to in one of this season's earlier episodes, "A Saint in the City."

  • Quotes

    • (Carter is sitting with a ring in his hand, ready propose)
      Carter: I really want this to stick.
      Abby: Me too.
      Carter: I know that, uh, we've had a rough time. And that there's still a lot of things we have to work through. But I think we're doing o.k. And I think we're growing, we're changing. Do you?
      Abby: I don't know if people ever really change. But, I know what you mean...
      Carter: You do?
      Abby: I think I do.
      (Carter puts the ring back in his pocket)
      Carter: Well, let's see what's for dessert.
      Abby: That's it? You brought us to this place just for that?
      Carter: That... and the chocolate souffle.

    • Maggie: I just don't want...
      Carter: Yes?
      Maggie: I just don't want you to wanna fix her.
      Carter: Abby doesn't need to be fixed.
      Maggie: Or heal her or change her.
      Carter: I love her.
      Maggie: I just don't want you to be waiting for her to change.
      Carter: I'm not.
      Maggie: She's an amazing person.
      Carter: I know who she is.
      Maggie: She's an amazing person with certain weaknesses. And you'd be lucky to have her, even with those weaknesses. But you have to love her, even if she never changes anything.

    • Dr.Meyers: So, what brings you here?
      Luka: Dr. Weaver. She told to come.
      Dr.Meyers: Well, why do you suppose she wanted us to meet?
      Luka: You tell me.
      Dr.Meyers: That's not quite how it works.
      Luka: Hey you're a doctor. Someone comes to me with a problem, I tell them how to fix it, so...
      Dr. Meyers: Let's start with you telling me...
      Luka: My problem?
      Dr.Meyers: What's on your mind.
      Luka: My family died during the war in Croatia. So I came to America. I had a relationship with someone I cared about, which I then ruined. So I started looking for the answers in the wrong places, you know like sex, drinking, living fast... Killed a patient I should've saved and then I almost killed a medical student in a car crash so... Woke up one morning and everything I had was gone. Gone or broken. (pause) So what do you have for that?
      Dr.Meyers: Well, Dr.Kovac, it's not something I can really...
      Luka: That's what I thought. You should get back to work. Tell Weaver I showed up.

    • Officer: I don't want them [Pratt and Gallant].
      Weaver: You don't get to choose your doctors officer.
      Pratt: ...just like we don't get to choose our patients.

    • (Carter is showing Susan the engagement ring he plans to give to Abby)
      Lewis: I love you too, Carter, but its over!

    • Pratt: So... uh... this must be a really scary part for you, huh?
      Officer: (mumbles) What?
      Pratt: Well, all the white folks left. Now it's just you and a couple of niggers with knives.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Title: "A Thousand Cranes"
      The title of this episode refers to the non-fiction children's novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Written by Eleanor Coerr and published in 1977, the book tells the story of 12-year-old Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped there at the end of World War II. Sadako develops leukemia from the radiation. Her best friend Chizuko tells her about an ancient Japanese legend that promises the granting of a wish to anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes. Inspired by the story, Sadako sets to the task, but only completes 644 cranes before her death. Like Sadako, this episode's terminally ill character Sean believes in the hope the cranes represent.