ER

Season 14 Episode 2

In a Different Light

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 04, 2007 on NBC
8.5
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Moretti makes his presence felt as he implements changes in the way patients are seen. Abby and Dubenko differ on how to proceed when a patient comes in with a bullet in him needed as evidence. Pratt complains to Anspaugh about the new Chief. Neela is released from the hospital. Abby has passport woes, and also struggles with the changes being made by Moretti. Hope prepares for a new mission, one Morris is not too happy about. Gates helps, and is helped by, a child prodigy in the ICU. Sam, Chuny and Dawn go "speed dating."moreless

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  • Makes you think

    8.0
    Oh.. this episode really worked well. First the fooled us for quite long before the truth was revealed. It starts as Abby is sent to waiting area to look patients and he finds a man who has a shotwound. Wife tells a sad story and Abby believes her and she with Dubenko hide evidence and in the end it comes out, they both were involved.



    Neela gets home and Gates treats a very special boy. That kid was just amazing- the way he figured out what he has and the way he talked but on the same time, he was a kid.. and he had fears.. beautiful episode.moreless
  • ...

    8.4
    I really liked this episode.

    Lots of humour in one-liners and quick interactions. I liked Frank's gene studies for instance, with Pratt being Jewish, hehe.

    It had time for 'almost' injokes e.g. there were loads of references to Sam's hair , and relationships e.g. the nurses' speed-dating - so it focused on the personal and the audience empathy, as well as the medicine. Like Ray's locker scene. These are the things ER has been missing in later seasons, because they just haven't made room for it. But we got so much of it tonight

    Oh, and it was lovely to get the image of a matured settled house-broken Pratt at that 'double date'.

    I thought they laid it on a bit heavy with Gates and the kid, like they were really trying too hard to suddenly get the audience to forgive all his faults and love him. I don't always get their intentions with the character, they seem to pull him one way and then push him the other.

    It will be nice to see Abby and Neela as house-mates They were really emphasising the fact that Abby still loves Luka this episode.

    Didn't like Hope much She improved on me last season, lets hope she doesn't slide back down.

    Moretti telling Bernie he was God was funny.moreless
  • Times are changing in the ER.

    10
    Best scene: Abby taking care of Neela, sort of rekindling their friendship of old, and eventually talks her into staying with her & baby Joe while recuperating. Funniest scene: Moretti pretending to be God.

    Saddest scene: Morris & Pratt "retiring" Ray's locker.

    Odd scene: Gates in ICU, talking to the child prodigy "Fazio-Londes" patient. They seemed to have nothing in common, like coming from opposite worlds, and yet understanding each other somehow.

    Most annoying: The speed dating. I know it's supposed to be a bit of fun, but I find that "meat market" thing degrading for all involved. Just saying...... Sam's new hair colour is great, though! I really like it and I hope she keeps it!

    Hard work in the ER?: Frank's genealogy thing made me wonder, how can he find time to do that at work? - Well, perhaps he did the research at home and told the others about it when he met them at work.

    Right or wrong?: The story of Carlos Vega, the patient with a bullet in his back, made me think about how things can't always be easily characterized as "right" or "wrong", and sometimes there is more to see than meets the eye.moreless
  • an ordinary day at the ER

    8.8
    well i think this episode was a little boring i mean other years they have an amazing season premier and they still have drama and action for the second episode of the season, for example, last year with "Bloodline" we had one of the best season premieres ER, and then "Graduation Day" was an excellent episode also so i don´t know why they couldn´t do the same thing this year, i mean "The War Comes Home" wasn´t as strong as "Bloodline" but i really think this episode was boring and uneventful, i hope they do a nice storyline with that kid in the ICU and hope to see Moretti through the whole season!!!moreless
  • Quiet and unassuming...a typical day at County??

    9.5
    This has been a totally surprising start to the 14th season of 'ER'. It's not tense. It's not gripping. Bloody? At times. Revealing? Slowly and surely. It is also confusing after a rabidly obsessive kind of past two seasons. Surprisingly I am really liking Abby without her Croatian Sensation shadowing her every move at work....even though I DO miss their romantic interludes at home. It's kind of mindful of the reasons that her character was so appealing in the very beginning. It's interesting to see moments where she and Stanley Tucci's Moretti character work in perfect sync with one another. This week it was the moment they stepped away from the gun shot victim and planned the x-ray and phone call to the police. He may be rankling her by putting her in the waiting room to do her job but she is learning...which is his intention. While the staff are involved in work and play together, the patients have been more up front than usual. This week's comedy bit was Mr. Zucker and his 'message from God'...via the speakers and Tucci. Hee. For Abby it was Carlos Vega, a gunshot victim that put her and Dubenko in moral cahoots with one another...and surprised them both with their inability to read the situation correctly. Gates was tolerable this week, but he was focusing on a kid...and Stamos does his best work with kids. But if they are hoping to make the character more likeable, they better find another color for him. Blue has long been Luka's signature color and it instantly rankled me to see Gates wearing it. Pratt and Morris worked together on a pregnant Teacher/student relationship that ended with a car crash. This one was ripped from the headlines and has been over done everywhere. I was glad to see that it wasn't the full focus of the show. Didn;t like it much at all. After watching the episode twice, Sam's new hair color is growing on me. Liked the speed dating bit with Chuny and Dawn but it's actually SO passe. The guy with the time machine in his garage was a nice touch as to how much. Pratt and Morris had some other good stuff to work with this week. Cleaning out Ray's locker was heartbreaking but had a nice comraderie spin to it. Nice to see that Ray may be gone but is not forgotten. Morris had a running argument going with Hope regarding her desire to work in Caracas (?) for six months. Not his thing and he knows it. Watching him deal with Pratt's assistance was nice. I am liking Pratt much more thus far this season. He even went so far as to suggest himself as ER Chief to Anspaugh. LOL Neela is coming along with her recovery and becoming addicted to day time television. Her blah persona was pretty credible as one who has been in a hospital bed with only television, gummy worms and magazines for stimulation. The friendship between she and Abby is getting back on track. Yay! The only truely disheartening moment in the episode was Abby's admission that Luka seems 'comfortable' in Croatia. It was a subtle reminder that Maura's tenure in the ER is ending as her contract expires this year. Sigh. Tucci continues to rankle people even as he forces them to do a better job. My heart was breaking as he pulled Morris to attention and forced him to tell Casey's mom that he was gone. He is irritating Pratt by watching his every move. He forced Abby to take another look at the patients in the waiting room. A wierd move....I think. Last week Abby told Moretti that the ER is not always the 'bunker'....that most days it's not. This was one of those 'regular' days. Very quietly and nicely done.moreless
Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Dr. Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Parminder Nagra

Parminder Nagra

Dr. Neela Rasgotra

John Stamos

John Stamos

Dr. Tony Gates

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Caroline Choi

Caroline Choi

Angela Chang

Guest Star

Shane Blades

Shane Blades

Marcus Udesky

Guest Star

Miles Heizer

Miles Heizer

Joshua Lipnicki

Guest Star

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón

Chuny

Recurring Role

Gina Ravera

Gina Ravera

Dr. Bettina DeJesus

Recurring Role

Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci

Dr. Kevin Moretti

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Morris mentions going to visit Ray in Baton Rouge and catching a Saints game, he is referring to where they played during the 2005 season, when the New Orleans Saints couldn't use the Louisiana Superdome - due to Hurricane Katrina - and divided their home games between the Alamodome in Texas and LSU's Tigers Stadium in Baton Rouge. In actuality, the Saints returned to the Superdome for their first home game on September 25, 2006.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Dubenko: (to Abby) You think after years of doing this you start to get a handle on people. The reality is, everybody lies and manipulates to get what they want.

    • Frank: Hey, Pratt! Mazel tov.
      Pratt: You having a stroke Frank?
      Frank: Did you know that your great-great-great-grandmother on your mother's side was an Ethiopian Jew?
      Morris: Wow! Black and Jewish. You're like County's own Sammy Davis, Jr.
      Pratt: Get outta here.
      (Morris starts to sing "Candy Man," by Sammy Davis Jr)
      Morris: Who can take a rainbow, wrap it in the sky ... the Pratt Man can.

    • Morris: Where you girls going?
      Dawn: Speed dating at Ike's.
      Frank: What the heck is speed dating?
      Morris: It's a way for losers to meet other losers fast.

    • (Moretti has ordered Abby to do triage in the waiting area for the entire day)
      Abby: I have to go back to waiting; Mussolini was not happy to see me out of my cage.

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