Season 15 Episode 12

Dream Runner

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 15, 2009 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: The street musician behind Simon Brenner in the second section, singing "Mad World" as Brenner watches Neela leave, is actually Scott Grimes, who plays Archie Morris.

    • Music: "Mad World," Tears For Fears (Neela's ringtone)

    • In each version of Neela's day she drops her mobile phone and Dr. Brenner picks it up.

    • Title: "Dream Runner"
      Gates and Morris treat a patient who is a "dream runner," defined as someone who is sometimes unable to go into a paralytic state during sleep, causing them to physically act out their dreams.

    • Goof: In the first scene, Neela's phone indicates 6:23 a.m., but in the same shot the clock indicates 5:04 a.m.

  • Quotes

    • Neela: (voice-over) When their way doesn't work and your way doesn't work, you've got to accept defeat or find another way.

    • Neela: (voice-over) For some patients, there is no 'road to recovery'. Nothing we do as doctors will alter the outcome. At least, that's what we tell ourselves.

    • Neela: (voice-over) If only it were possible to apply the wisdom of our mistakes. Go back to the fork in the road and this time, be assertive: choose the road we think we should take, not the path of least resistance.

    • Neela: (voice-over) The care of every patient is a twisty maze that leads to an infinite number of potential outcomes. We hope that knowledge and experience guide us, but sometimes it becomes obvious the wrong turn was made.

    • Dubenko: Hey. At this point, removing the source of infection is our best option.
      Anna: You mean taking out my gallbladder, right?
      Dubenko: Let's finally get you better, okay?
      Anna: Hurry up, I'm getting sick of you people.

    • Neela: (voice-over) The toughest thing about being a doctor isn't the terrible hours. It isn't the loneliness, the isolation, or the knowledge that, one day, we all lose out to the relentless decay of the human body. No. It's something else.

    • Brenner: (to Neela) You don't have to know exactly where you're going, you just have to keep moving forward. That is the key to happiness, really.

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