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Season 12 Episode 11

If Not Now

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 05, 2006 on NBC
8.7
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Abby struggles with the decision of whether or not to keep her baby. Luka and Neela advise a very religious 15-year-old about her pregnancy options. Kerry takes a fall on the ice and injures her hip. Ray's band is ready to move to the next level. Clemente gets a visit from two detectives.moreless

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  • A great story told...

    8.5
    I did love the story this episode told and what it wanted to see - the main focus was on Abby and her decision - to keep the baby or not. Something inside her wanted that but she afraid the illness and she was not sure.. So, Kovac, who definitely wants to have children and be together with Abby, treats a patient who is very young, deep catholic and was raped and now is pregnant. She does not want the baby but her parents and her religious - that is the whole other story. So, Neela in one point think that Kovac, being religious himself, is not giving him the change to be in the full interest on patient and that somehow works for him like a revelation and works it out with that girl and then goes and finds Abby... so.. I think great storytelling but nothing more.moreless
  • A pregnant Abby struggles with the decision of whether or not to keep her baby, while Ray is forced to choose a career: medicine or his band.

    9.7
    Great episode! The Abby storyline was fantastic, its good to see ER hasn't lost it's touch, and is gaining a comeback. Abby, after she discovers she is pregnant with Luka's baby, struggles with the decision to keep the baby, while Luka nearly lets his personal beliefs affect his job, when a 15 year old, Catholic girl turns up pregnant after being raped. Meanwhile, Ray is forced to choose whether or not he wants to be a doctor, or be part of his band when they get a recording deal in LA.



    I did think that it wasn't necessary to have flashbacks of Abby and Luka, we still got a good idea of what they were going through by the way they acted around each other, and the problems they face at work. Somehow, ER manages to pull of a serious storyline while also adding that extra humour, which is exactly why I love the show!moreless
  • Yey a storyline with Weaver in it!

    9.3
    Yey I was happy to see Weaver with a storyline on her for a change. Pitty it was because she was a patient but it could lead to more storylines with her in it and hpefully her son too.



    I hate the storyline with Clemente and his "girlfriend", I don't think he really knows what he wants!



    I am happy to see that Abby is keeping the baby. Although she has her concerns I think she will make a great parent ... and so will Luka. Like she said she is getting older and if not now when?

    I wonder how Sam will react???moreless
  • amazing episode. Kept me at the edge of my seat.

    10
    This episode is a very moving one. I could not believe in the first place that Abby and Luka were going to have a baby, but now they well more of she, faces the decision whether to keep it or not. The flashebacks give us a picture of what we missed over the Christmas and New Years. In the end, Luka thinks that Abby is going to have an abortion, but at the office we see ehr looking at the kids and seeing the pain in her eyes. I knew she wanted it all along but the doubt of the baby being bipolar really got to me and made me rethink like how she probably did. Luka knows that she went back throught the park and she was sitting there on the bench. Abby lets him talk for about 3 minutes and finally tells him that she wants them to have the baby. YAY! love that.



    The teenager and Abby made a really good connection so i knew that one would keep it and one would not.



    awesome and moving episode.moreless
  • powerfull message

    9.7
    this show has one of the best rating that i have seen and is not affraid to deliver a massage that is so touching and deep to many pople all over the world. The desition making prosses that involves the abortion or birht is well deliver by the directors in this show
Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

Shane West

Shane West

Dr. Ray Barnett

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Callie Thorne

Callie Thorne

Jodie Kenyon

Guest Star

Misha Collins

Misha Collins

Brad

Guest Star

Saige Thompson

Saige Thompson

Amanda Ramsey

Guest Star

John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo

Dr. Victor Clemente

Recurring Role

Amy Aquino

Amy Aquino

Dr. Janet Coburn

Recurring Role

Dahlia Salem

Dahlia Salem

Dr. Jessica Albright

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Title This episode's title comes from a conversation between Abby and Luka about whether or not to keep the baby. During the scene, Abby points out that she is 37-years old and declares "if not now, when?".

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Patient: I was never the sickly type, you know. Always very healthy. Used to do triathlons. Believe that?
      Abby: Me too.
      Patient: Really?
      Abby: Smoking, drinking, and watching TV.

    • Ray: Look, Kerry, Dr.Weaver. Uhm, have you ever dreamed about something without ever believing it would actually happen? Because that's what this is. This is so huge to me that if I couldn't do this, I would seriously consider quitting.
      Kerry: Far be it for me to stand in the way of the next Springsteen or KC and the Sunshine Band. Resignation accepted.
      Ray: What?

    • (Luka and Abby are slow-dancing on New Years Eve)
      Abby: First time I was panicked the baby would be bi-polar. And I'm not so sure it's changed that much.
      Luka: The chances are slim. Crossing the street is a risk. If you let it get to you, you wouldn't have children. Nobody would.
      Abby: Well, maybe some people aren't supposed to.
      Luka: I don't think you're one of them.
      Abby: Yeah well, you don't know what it was like... with Maggie and Eric.
      Luka: You're looking for reasons again.
      Abby: What are you looking for? Somebody to have a baby with?
      (They stop dancing and Luka looks at her)
      Luka: That what you think? If it is then, what are we doing here? (pause)
      Abby: Happy New Year. (They kiss)

    • Luka: We could find a way to make it work, if that's what you want.
      Abby: I don't know what I want. I mean I'm 37 years old. If not now, when?
      Luka: You know how I feel about it. Everything happens for a reason.
      Abby: It scares me, Luka.
      Luka: Having it, or choosing not to?
      Abby: Yeah!

    • Luka: You made a decision?
      Abby: Well, we don't even know what we are to each other!
      Luka: No one ever knows that.
      Abby: Oh, come on!
      Luka: We've been friends for a long time...
      Abby: Yeah...
      Luka: Good friends. We've been through a lot together.
      Abby: That doesn't mean we could take care of a child!
      Luka: It has to be your choice... I know that.

    • Luka: I don't want everything we have to come down to this one decision. (pauses) We can get past it. You did what you had to do. It doesn't mean we can't be together.
      Abby: I didn't do it. I couldn't. I want to keep it. I want us to have this baby.

    • Neela: You're the wrong person to talk to about this.
      Luka: Excuse me?
      Neela: I would like your permission to consult with another attending. (pauses) Someone who's not Catholic.
      (Luka stares at her, angry, taking in what she says before speaking in a low voice.)
      Luka: I want you to listen to me very seriously. I am a doctor first, above and beyond anything else, and I don't let my personal beliefs get in the way of a patient's best interests. Ever!

    • (About the laminaria Luka has suggested)
      Amanda: Is it a sin?
      Luka: It's just a medical way we have of uh... (hesitates) giving God a chance to reconsider.

    • Abby: What if I go shopping and leave it in the supermarket?
      Luka: (laughs) Don't worry. I'll do all the shopping.

    • Neela: I am just trying to be professional.
      Kerry: It's annoying.

    • Ray: I need a few weeks off.
      Kerry: Why?
      Ray: My band got a recording deal. We're going to L.A.
      Kerry: Back away from the gurney or I will impale you with my crutch.
      Ray: Kerry.
      Kerry: Back off Elvis.

    • Dr. Clemente(talking to Morris): If you can get a smile from surgery I'll help you pay for the date.
      Dr. Albright: You are right on the cusp of sexual harassment Clemente.
      Dr. Clemente: The cusp. That would be new position for me.

    • Dr. Clemente: Good morning sunshine.
      Dr. Albright: Who are you?
      Dr. Clemente: Clemente, who are you?
      Dr. Albright: Surgery, see the badge?
      Dr. Clemente: Oh yeah, you must be the bedside manner coach I heard so much about.

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