Season 6 Episode 13

Be Still My Heart

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 10, 2000 on NBC
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Episode Summary

It's Valentine's Day in the ER. However it proves to be a tough day when Chen and Malucci clash over the treatment of a patient, the parents of two young children die in a car accident, Lucy and Carter treat a law student who she believes may have mental problems, Romano and Elizabeth operate... on his dog, and Abby learns that not all ER cases have happy endings when she treats a dying elderly woman. Mark and Elizabeth go out on a double date with her mother and his father. At the end of the day, the staff party, unaware that Carter and Lucy have both been stabbed by Lucy's patient.moreless

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  • Leading to tragic events..

    To be honest.. The first part of the episode was not so impressive but after seeing it all, I can understand it. It is just a big interlude for the events we can get a idea after the last scenes.

    It is Valentine Day. The elder woman we saw some episodes ago, is brought back and now it is her time to die. Abby is taking it quite hard and she is having hard time getting used to the life and action on ER. The episode gets it's turns up when trauma is brought in. Two critical patients with two children. they have been on the car accident. Luka, Carol, Elizabeth and Benton do whatever they can but they are not able to save none of the parents. It is maybe the hardest thing they have to say for those children. Very well portrayed by so young actors.

    But the ending.. it is Valentine party.. the music is loud.. and.. the way it just happens.. and when Carter fells on the floor and sees Lucy... shocking.. and knowing what will come next...

    I do not want to know..moreless
  • Another day in the ER ends with a huge shock...

    This episode is one of the most shocking for ER. Much of the day is spent looking after patients - with the normal squabbles between patients and medical staff. A touching scene with a young boy and his younger sister watching their parents die is handled nicely. However, the major shock comes at the end. Carter has been unusually short with Lucy - who has a patient with mental problems. This ends in Carter walking into the darkened room where the patient should be. The ER is filled with loud music from the Valentine's Day party by the medical staff. Carter bends over to pick something up from the floor - behind him is the mental patient - who stabs him. Carter cries out but nobody hears him and then falls to the floor - only to see Lucy lying in a pool of blood nearby. Shocking, shocking ending to this episode.moreless
  • Carter and Luct gets stabbed in this episode while the others are having a Valentimesday party.

    This is one of my all favorite episodes of ER, so much exciment at the end. First time I watched the episode; I kept on asking myself where is Lucy and then you see her stabbed on the floor.At the same time as Dr. John Carter becomes stabbed too. But too bad its the tradgic death of Lucy Knight, who always faught against Carter.
  • Lucy's last day she deals with a schzitzo,Carter is on her back about spending to much time on one patient. The ER staff is having a Valentine party Carter is supervising Abby, they finally join the party but Carter relizes Lucy is still with that patientmoreless

    Every time I see this I am reminded how ER uses music to create a feeling or convey an emotion. This happens when Carter walks into the room and Battleflag is playing he is stabbed,makes your hair stand on end. This episode is an ER classic in the top ten.
  • Without words...

    This episode was just amazing, really proving that Laura Innes is really a good director, the way the story went, the drama, the comedy, everything, made this special episode, even special. In the last scene, is almost impossible not to remember everything that have happened to Carter and Lucy, it's impossible not to remember Lucy's first day in the chaoctic ER, her smile and her tenderness, that were there for Carter, even when he wasn't paying atention, even when he was more concerned with Abby, even when he was more concerned with someone else, he left Lucy go, he stoped being her friend, in fact, his close friend, to just being a college. In a way, I think he kind of forget all the things that they been through together...

    The badside of this amazing episode is that, since she's starting in the show, Abby isn't going so well, since, in a way, Carter wasn't spending much time with Lucy, because of Abby, and to introduce a character in a show like ER, making ER, in a way, "the bad guy" isn't very good, and I think that's one of many reasons why fans don't like Abby to much as they liked and loved others.

    I would also like to make references to Jing-Mei and Dave scenes, proving the whole Laura Innes episodes are allways great, with amazing supporting stories, like this one. Another good story was the connection between Dr. Green's dad and Dr.ª Corday's mother, the scene when they're fighting over which one of the doctors had done the most amazing thing was really funny.

    Also, Carol and Luka getting closer by the minut was also a very good scene, with a good story, a good director and offcourse, good actors.

    To finish, the two brothers story was really good, really, really good...moreless
David Krumholtz

David Krumholtz

Paul Sobricki

Guest Star

Megan Corletto

Megan Corletto

Julia Edelstein

Guest Star

Eric Keith

Eric Keith

Paul's Friend

Guest Star

Ellen Crawford

Ellen Crawford


Recurring Role

Yvette Freeman

Yvette Freeman


Recurring Role

Conni Marie Brazelton

Conni Marie Brazelton


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Carol and Luka go through Trauma 1 to get to Trauma 2, a crew member can be seen as they walk through the door. They even roll out of frame.

    • Goof: When Mark is extubating Dr. Hudson, it's clearly seen that the other end of the tube is under his hand and not being removed from Hudson's mouth.

    • At one point Luka says "Cutty-pie" instead of "Cutie-pie," the very first of many "Lukaisms" to come.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Mark: It's not good medicine for...
      David Greene: ...for one family member to look after another.

    • Carol: Don't they have Valentines Day in Croatia?
      Luka: Oh yes we do. We even have these little hearts. (reads the Love Hearts) "Be mine"...
      Carol: I don't recomend you eating that.
      Luka: ..."Dear one"...
      Carol: I gotta get to radiology.
      Luka: ..."Cutty-pie"...
      Carol: That's "Cutie-pie".
      Luka: (sarcastically) Oh, thank you.

    • Carter: Ya know, there are warmer places to be alone. There's the furnace in the basement and the incubators up in the NICU.
      Abby: I'd like to see you in an incubator in the NICU.
      Carter: I'm happy to try.
      Abby: All those years as an OB Nurse, 98% of what you see is pure joy. It's the happiest day of most people's lives. And the tragedy is horrible... 'cause it's a life cut short. The mom... the baby...
      Carter: Sure.
      Abby: Today was the first day I saw an old person die and I guess I'm just not used to it.
      Carter: Well, you want the good news or the bad news?
      Abby: Give me the bad.
      Carter: You never get used to it. The good news is you never get used to it. At least I haven't. So you may have come up here to be alone -- but you're not.

    • Greene: (to Chen and Malucci) Do you know why I had only one child? Because I didn't want to listen to the two of them arguing in the back seat of my car.

    • Elizabeth: I'm sorry, Robert, I just don't think it's proper to be operating on your dog.
      Robert: I'm chief of staff, is that proper enough for you? Besides, what would you have me do? Leave her to some poodle surgeon?

    • Elizabeth: Robert, this is a dog.
      Robert: Correction, Lizzie, this is my dog.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Along with the Season 6 episodes "Abby Road" and "All in the Family," this episode has the most credited main cast series regulars (13).

    • Though spelled correctly when he is listed as the series creator in the opening credits, Michael Crichton's last name is incorrectly spelled "Chrichton" when he is listed with the other executive producers in the end credits of this episode. This mistake was repeated in most of the Season 4 episodes and in all of the Season 6 episodes.

    • Music: "Battleflag," Lo Fidelity Allstars; "My Kind of Town," Frank Sinatra (sung by a man at the Karaoke bar); "I Remember It Well," Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (sung by Isabelle Corday and David Greene at the Karaoke bar)

    • Although in the opening credits, Laura Innes does not appear in this episode.