ER

Season 9 Episode 3

Insurrection

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 10, 2002 on NBC
8.6
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Lewis treats an end-stage Huntington's patient, whose mother has already watched her husband wither from the disease. Abby's brother Eric, an Air Force traffic controller, visits on his way to a new post in Nebraska. Carter tends to a 12-year-old drug-addicted prostitute with a serious STD, until her pimp shows up and whisks her away. Pratt aggravates a drug-seeking man who comes back brandishing a gun at Chen and Abby and demanding Demerol. Abby gives him his shot but purposefully ODs him. In the aftermath, Carter flips his lid, demanding better security and the installation of metal detectors. When Weaver refuses, Carter leads a walkout. Weaver eventually caves, albeit before telling Carter that he must fire three senior nurses by the next morning to make up the expense. Abby, Lewis and Chen go to a concert to decompress.moreless

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  • Carter leads a walkout...

    9.4
    It was beautiful episode - all the craziness at the beginning of the episode and then Eric who really felt why Abby does all this. It was really dynamic episode and the way it was also emotional - really great one.



    And all the walkout and the way Gallant decided to stay with him and the way Carter later decided help to clear the broad. He is not just a rebel. He knows his limitations and that was it - Mark first, then he and Lucy and now Abby and Chen. It just - it was enough.



    And Lewis and her patient and the way his mother acted. It was really well written.moreless
  • A patient brings a gun into the ER and threatens Chen. Carter takes a stand and the rest of the staff join him.

    9.3
    What I find amusing is the way Luka asks Carter if he has a plan. It is such a crucial part of treatment in the ER to have a plan. But Carter has to admit he doesn't. Luckily the staff stand firm and eventually Kerry gives in to the metal detectors, but Carter has to name 3 senior nurses who will be sacked to pay for the improvements.

    When they get back into the ER, Romano is back and very angry.



    Susan treats a Huntingdon's patient. Whilst she is out in the ambulance bay talking to Carter, the Mother turns off the vent. When Susan returns she says nothing, but turns it back on, the man is already dead. Susan organises for the death certificate to be signed by his primary, so there is no need for an autopsy. There is a moving and unspoken understanding between the Mother and Susan.



    It was important that Carter succeeded, as otherwise his character would have been significantly reduced in stature. The support he gets from the rest of the staff gives credance to his demands, and the hospital board wisely step down. Before the end of Carter's shift the metal detectors are being installed.moreless
  • great episode

    9.0
    This episode sometimes gets forgotten coming after Dr Greene's death and the Smallpox scare, but it's a great episode. Every so often there is an episode of ER that really makes you think, and this is one of them. What should Carter do, should he stand up for the safety of the staff, and jeopardize patient care? I'm personally not sure if he did the right thing or not, but I understand why he did it. He has already been attacked and seen Lucy killed, and also saw Mark attacked. This episode shows some of the problems with the healthcare system and how underfunded it is. I like the way the episode dramatizes it.moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Nurse Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen

Lee Tergesen

Lee Tergesen

Demerol Junkie

Guest Star

Diane Delano

Diane Delano

Stella Willis

Guest Star

Gina Philips

Gina Philips

Kathy

Guest Star

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón

Chuny

Recurring Role

Troy Evans

Troy Evans

Frank

Recurring Role

Tom Everett Scott

Tom Everett Scott

Eric Wyczenski

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In this episode, part of the "new" security agreed to is getting bulletproof glass. However, it was established in the Season 3 episode "Make a Wish" that bulletproof glass was installed as a precaution after Mark Greene was the victim of a random and brutal attack in one of the ER restrooms (this occurred in the episode,"Random Acts").

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (talking to Susan about his walk-out over lack of security)
      Carter: I got stabbed, Lucy got killed, and today Abby and Chen get a gun to their heads. I'm sorry, no. It's got to stop. Otherwise, it's not worth doing.
      Susan: I know, Carter. You're an emergency room doctor. It's about getting through the shift.

    • (Chen and Pratt, sorting through severed fingers)
      Chen: You think this is a pinkie or a ring?
      Pratt: Looks like a cocktail weenie.

    • (Carter, during exam)
      Carter: Are you taking any oral contraceptives?
      Older female patient: Want to give me a reason to?

    • (regarding a nursing home from which a patient was brought in)
      Pickman: I wouldn't send my mother to that dump, and I hate my mother.

    • (while Chen and Pratt are sorting out the bag of fingers)
      Abby: What's going on in here?
      Chen: Match game.
      Abby: Pratt's having a little trouble fingering it out.
      Chen: Ooohhh.
      Abby: Come on, you thought it was funny.

    • Abby: Hey Frank, take care of my baby brother.
      Frank: Is he potty trained?

    • Abby: Normally they just decapitate the leaders of the insurrection and send the peasants back to work in the fields.

    • Pratt: What are you doing?
      Carter: I'm ordering metal detectors.
      Frank: Get some cattle prods while your'e at it.
      Carter: Shut up Frank.

    • Romano: The last time I did ER scut work I had a ponytail and a lava lamp. I do not enjoy revisiting those days. Am I clear Dr. Carter?

    • (Pratt is consoling Deb after a patient has threatened her with a gun.)
      Pratt: I'd never do anything to jeopardize you.... Carter maybe, but not you.

    • Erin Harkins: Do you see a gynecologist?
      Tina Jones, a teenage prostitute: Sure. Every Sunday after confession.

    • Woman Patient: If men needed abortions there would be drive-thrus with beer on tap and ESPN on the TV.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Carter is referred to at one point as "Norma Rae," likening his behavior to that of the title character in the 1979 film Norma Rae. Based on a true story, the film stars Sally Field in a riveting and Oscar-winning performance as the plucky union convert.

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