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Season 13 Episode 19

Family Business

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 19, 2007 on NBC
8.6
out of 10
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149 votes
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Luka treats a man with a failing heart, and later must make heartbreaking decisions concerning the man's Alzheimer's-stricken father. Language presents a challenge when Neela and Abby treat a good Samaritan. Meanwhile, Pratt tries to help Chaz make a new career choice, Gates has troubles with his own father, and Sam's got her hands full with a seminar on handling aggressive patients.moreless

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  • Harkens to the ER episodes of yore (or at least the 1990's)

    10
    I watched this episode today on DVR and was surprised to find that I hadn't seen it before. It must have run during March Madness last year and I just completely overlooked it. That was a mistake. The storyline with Wayne and Danny was so touching. First in the critical care aspect of the case and the revelation that Danny's underlying medical conditions had gone untreated for so long. Secondly, the scene at his death was one of the most heartfelt this show has had to offer in a long time. Finally, Luka and Gates dealing with the social aspects of the case and having to reveal to Wayne over and over what has happened. When Luka finally gives in and convinces Wayne to go to the nursing home, you empathize with them both. Sadly, in dealing with Alzhimer's and other forms of dementia, this portrayal is very much on the mark. Sometimes it is best to tell the person what he or she wants to hear. However, when he or she does realize what has happened (and that may happen a few times during the day) it's as though the death is mourned all over again for the first time. A heartbreaking event on tv, much less when it's your own loved one. This was a quality episode of a quality show, for sure.moreless
  • Blessed and cursed...

    7.6
    I loved the father-son storyline and they way Luka treated it. The man loses his son but does not remember it later and I did not even seen it the way until Luka said that he thinks the man is happy that he does not have to remember losing son every day while looking in the eyes of his son. I am sure there were hints to the past of his.



    And cursed... I think Sarah feels like that as I think she was not the only one hoping that Gates is her father. I really like that little girl - her maturity, her responsibility.. Gates' father is totally opposite to that. Somehow they all together on that house reflects it very well.moreless
  • Excellent episode - dramatic, comic and just plain sweet.

    10
    Best scene: Luka, Abby & little Joe in the locker room. So sweet and so lovely! It's been said before but I'll say it once again: Goran and Maura play so well off each other. They are excellent together. And Luka's line about Mr Rutley, the Alzheimer patient: "He's a lucky man. He doesn't have to remember losing his son every day." Just WOW!

    Funniest scene: All scenes with Sam and the self defence instructor. She just couldn't stop hurting the poor guy, could she? Most tragic scene: Old Mr Rutley having witnessed his son's death, and forgetting all about it the next minute.moreless
  • Very touching Father son episode plot line.

    10
    One of my favorite episodes of the year. It was very touching how Wayne an alzeimer's sufferer has to deal with the loss of his son who is his only means of living now that his wife has passed on. I thought it was very interesting how the writers tied wayne's situation in with Luka's past situation when he exclaimed at least wayne won't remember his son dying every day. Luka had lkost his entire family in the fighting in Saryejevo's civil war and hehas flash backs to this time when his family was dying and there wasn't a thing he could do to save them. Well done on this episode.moreless
  • Great!

    9.2
    Great episode! When father-and-son (guest stars Robert and Andy Prosky) come to the ER, Luka must treat the son’s failing heart while he takes on responsibility for the father. Language presents a challenge when Neela and Abby treat a good Samaritan. Meanwhile, Pratt tries to help Chaz make a new career choice, Gates has troubles with his own father, and Sam’s got her hands full with a seminar on handling aggressive patients. And who’s the John Doe Abby’s treating, and hiding from Luka?moreless
Stacy Keach

Stacy Keach

Mike Gates

Guest Star

Ken Davitian

Ken Davitian

Zakar

Guest Star

Cailey Blair Jones

Cailey Blair Jones

Rose Nichols

Guest Star

Gina Ravera

Gina Ravera

Bettina DeJesus

Recurring Role

Aidan Andrew Gonzales

Aidan Andrew Gonzales

Baby Joe Kovac

Recurring Role

Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello

Officer Litchman

Recurring Role

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