Season 13 Episode 21

I Don't

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM May 03, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Luka's carefully arranged formal dinner for the ER staff gives Abby the surprise of a lifetime when she discovers the real reason for the evening. Luka finds himself dealing with Abby's reaction, but love prevails, and in the end, events come off as planned. As the celebration continues, Pratt plays an important role with a bit of panache, Morris and Hope find themselves with an opportunity they can't resist, and Neela finds herself the center of all manner of unexpected attention.moreless

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  • Wedding...

    So, I think we had a second weddings in ER (as Mark Green and Elizabeth Corday) and this one was quite good. the whole episode of wedding. I do not know. The marriage itself and Abby acting little cold about it was not the main thing. I would even say that most of the episode was about Neela, Gates and Ray.. and maybe the name even reflect it as the episode Neela got married (or proposed I am not sure) was I do.. now it is "I don't" and it all ends up in fight and Ray.. oh.. just do not check your selfphone in the middle of road...

    I liked Ray char.. and he was my sister's favorite.. and I think they were cruel about him to have that kind of ending.moreless
  • Simply Loved the episode.

    For many minutes I thought Abby was gonna say "I don't". Loved she accepted Luka's surprise wedding party and in the end she said those magical words - "I do". The poem she recited is great, those are great words. Neela's participation was great too.

    I know everything has an end. :'( I'm just hoping the last episode of ER will be has good as this one.

    This could have been a Perfect Finale.

    This episode brought me ER memories, Mark, Kerry, Elizabeth, Carter ... Wish they were there, celebrating Abby's big day!

    Now it's over a question hangs in my head. Will this happiness last?moreless
  • "The Croatian sensation pulls a rabbit out of the hat!"

    It's not very realistic that any bride would ever accept being put in this "fait accompli" situation, but at the end of the day Abby admits to Luka that she couldn't have arranged a better wedding herself.

    Best scene: The whole wedding ceremony is a funny mix of the solemn and the hilarious, but Luka & Abby saying their vows to each other sums it up for me. The clothes: I wasn't sure about Abby's dress, but somehow it works, and the Croatian pearls in her hair are lovely too. And then there is Luka ... more devastatingly handsome than ever!

    Typically Abby: Having to be convinced over and over again by Luka. Asking Neela to be her bridesmaid, even if she, typically, doesn't want to put a conventional lable on it. Later she's bickering with the flower girl and has to be pushed out by Hope to go down the isle, but standing with Luka in front of the rabbi she just wants him to hurry up.

    Typically Luka: He has been paying attention to details that Abby likes and this shows that he has put a lot of thought into planning the wedding.

    The belle of the ball: Neela is breaking off with Gates and turning her attention to Ray, trying to explain her feelings to both of them. And perhaps to herself? Meanwhile, she seems to be the girl everyone wants to kiss!

    Funniest line: Pratt (to Luka): "Dead man walking."

    Funniest chatacter: The rabbi! Starting on the Bar Mitzvah ceremony by mistake, "any jilted ex-lovers", "yada, yada..." etc.

    Another funny character: Timmy telling every nurse that they are the hottest nurse in the ER, even Malik!

    Most unexpected: Clean-shaven Gates...

    Most unnecessary: Gates & Ray fight ends with Ray being hit by a truck!!!!

    This episode seems to be a season finale, but it's not.... Very strange.moreless
  • Outstanding performances and it was refreshing to go through so many emotions while watching one episode.

    What an amazing episode! It was a combination of so much. It was funny, serious, touching, moving, sad, etc. It was so nice to see ER's famous couple finally getting married. And to have everyone there was such a bonus! And the comedy that was sprinkled in the episode was refreshing. The only down part was when Gates started the brawl. It was such an inappropriate time to display his juvenile behavior. Hope and Morris really stood out. Busy and Scott gave great performances. I hope to see them more and more in the front story lines. Overall, this is one of my favorite episodes in a long time.moreless
  • Great

    Great episode! Luka’s carefully arranged formal dinner for the ER staff gives Abby the surprise of a lifetime when she discovers the real reason for the evening. Luka finds himself dealing with Abby’s reaction, but love prevails, and in the end, events come off as planned. As the celebration continues, Pratt plays an important role with a bit of panache, Morris and Hope find themselves with an opportunity they can’t resist, and Neela finds herself the center of all manner of unexpected attention.moreless
Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

John Stamos

John Stamos

Dr. Tony Gates

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Dr. Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

George Wyner

George Wyner


Guest Star

Julia Ling

Julia Ling

Mae Lee Park

Guest Star

Wen-Wen Zhuang

Wen-Wen Zhuang


Guest Star

Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert

Jane Figler

Recurring Role

J. P. Manoux

J. P. Manoux

Dr. Dustin Crenshaw

Recurring Role

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps

Dr. Hope Bobeck

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Ray: You know, every time I think I'm turning the corner, I feel like I know what I'm doing, I end up falling backwards again.

    • Dubenko: (drunkenly) I once went to a surgical wedding. All they did was talk, talk, talk. ER weddings have such... spunk.

    • (Abby has thanked Hope for helping Luka with the wedding)
      Hope: You're not going to hurt me?
      Abby: No.
      (she hugs Abby and begins to cry)

    • Luka: Be my best man?
      Pratt: Anytime, anywhere.

    • (after Luka & Abby's long vows)
      Rabbi: Jeez... For two people who want to cut to the chase, you sure know how to go on. (much laughter)

    • Abby: And what about Joe? We can't get married without Joe.
      Luka: My secret weapon.
      (Abby turns around and sees an adorable, dressed up Joe)
      Abby: You saved the best for last, huh?
      (Luka nods excitedly)

    • Hope: Yeah, yeah, yeah. A wedding!
      Abby: No!
      Sophie: Are you the bride?
      Abby: No!
      Hope: This is Sophie. Her dad's the caterer, Abby. She's going to be your flower girl.
      Abby: Like hell she is.

    • Morris: You know what I love about you, Gates? Just when I get worried that maybe I'm being a little tough on you, you do something to prove what an ass you are.
      Gates: Me? I was being perfectly civil until that alcoholic OC reject went off on me.

    • (to the video camera)
      Mae Lee: I'm not really sure why I'm here but, I'm very happy to be invited. (whispers) I don't really know these people.

    • Neela: Have you got any bourbon? (she sees Mae Lee staring at her)> Make it a double.

    • Tony: So that's it? We're done?
      Neela: (nods) Yeah.
      Tony: Because Ray couldn't get over you?
      Neela: (sighs, almost crying) No. Because... you can stand there as if you're listening to what I'm saying and still believe that none of this is your fault.

    • (Luka and Abby dance as the evening winds down)
      Abby: So you quit your job and get married in the same week?
      Luka: I'm a new guy now!
      Abby: Is that so?
      Luka: Being Chief was just going to mean spending less time with my wife and baby.
      Abby: Well, I have to admit, I don't think I could have planned a better wedding.
      Luka: You don't?
      Abby: I don't!

    • (Luka and Abby dance their first dance to "You Are the Sunshine of My Life")
      Abby: Stevie Wonder, huh?
      Luka: I told you. I hear everything you say.

    • (Morris has a video camera right in Luka's face)
      Morris: Oh, here, your tie's crooked. Let me fix that.
      Luka: I'm fine, Morris.
      Morris: There ya go.
      Luka: Morris, Morris, leave me alone. Stop pointing that thing at me (he slaps the camera away)
      Morris: Okay, I'm sorry. I'm just emotional. I'm... I'm emotional.

    • (Luka pursues Abby through the venue as she reacts to the surprise wedding)
      Luka: Hey, hey, hey. (he grabs her arm, and she stops and turns to look at him) I love you. You love me. Let's make it forever. (he hesitates) Let's get married.

    • (just before Abby walks down the aisle)
      Hope: Ready?
      Abby: No.
      Neela: (to Hope) She'll be fine.
      Hope: (trying to hand the flowers over to Abby) Here, take this.
      Abby: No, I don't want them.
      Hope: Abby, do you want to make Sophie cry again?!
      Abby: Sophie, I'm sorry, but I'm really not ready.
      Sophie: Why do you have to be such a whiner?
      Abby: (offended) Why do you have to be such a crybaby?!

    • Luka: We want it, we deserve it. So let's stop stalling and dive into the ocean.
      Abby: Jump into the pool.

    • Luka: If there was ever anything that was not rushed into, it's you and me promising to be together forever.

    • (a tipsy Dubenko pursues Luka, who is looking for Abby, throughout the venue, issuing a series of warnings not to hurt Abby)
      Dubenko: Seriously. I'm sorry. You're great. You'd never hurt her. I know that. What was I thinking? (Luka keeps moving into the next room, ignoring Dubenko) But if you did, I would hunt you down like a cheetah!
      (later on, to the video camera)
      Dubenko: Luka. what I said before about hurting Abby. I meant it.

    • (to Luka, about his pulling off a surprise wedding)
      Abby: The Croatian Sensation pulls a rabbit out of the hat!

    • Malik: Timmy says I'm the sexiest nurse in the ER.
      Frank: What do you want from me, a second opinion?

    • Luka: Be my wife. I offer myself with all my faults and strengths. We'll help each other when we need help, and work together to raise our son. I choose you as the person I will love and honor for the rest of my days.

    • Pratt: Well, I mean, you guys know me, I've never been married before, so...
      Morris: (interrupting) But he's dated women who were.
      Sam: Leave your mom out of it, Morris.

    • Hope: It was so beautiful what you said, it really added an ethnic spice to the ceremony.
      Neela: I was just trying to do my part.
      Hope: What did it mean?
      Neela: Uh, I wasn't really prepared.
      Hope: Don't be so modest, you were great.
      Neela: Uh, it meant, uh... went to the market to buy some meat, but, um, the butcher wasn't there, so I got fish instead. It's the only Punjabi I could come up with in a pinch.
      Hope: Okay... Let's just keep that between ourselves.

    • Pratt: First and foremost, I have to thank Luka for inviting us all here today...
      Frank: (interrupting) It's not like we had a choice!

    • Abby: First of all, first of all, I love you. I do. And you've helped me through a lot. And we got here together with a beautiful little boy. And, uh, I, I was thinking of a poem for actually, uhm, before, when I was getting ready, and I think it starts, "I carry your heart in my heart. I am never without it. Anywhere I go, you go." (laughs) I'm probably messing the whole thing up, but I think, uh, I think the end goes, "And this is the wonder that keeps the stars apart. I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart." So I guess what I'm saying is, lets just try to love each other, and, uh, persevere.

  • NOTES (5)


    • The verse Abby recited is an excerpt from the ee cummings poem "i carry your heart with me":
      i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
      my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
      i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
      by only me is your doing,my darling)
      i fear
      no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
      no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
      and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
      and whatever a sun will always sing is you

      here is the deepest secret nobody knows
      (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
      and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
      higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
      and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

      i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

    • Gates: As my role model, Kenny Rogers, once said, "Sometimes you've got to fight when you're a man."
      This is a line from "The Coward of the County," a 1980 song performed by Kenny Rogers and co-written by Roger Bowling and Billy Ed Wheeler.