Season 9 Episode 22


Aired Thursday 10:00 PM May 15, 2003 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Season Finale: Carter travels to the Congo to join Luka, and quickly discovers how different things are to what he left behind. When an overdue Luka returns briefly from a remote clinic, we learn he's having a cozy relationship with French-Canadian nurse Gillian. Carter, Gillian and two aids join Luka at the clinic in order to set up an immunization program. They soon find themselves caught between the Mai-Mai and the Congolese army with several patients, among them an injured young girl and her mother. When the group must evacuate the clinic, Luka refuses to leave his patients and remains behind. Carter returns to Chicago, going to a sleeping Abby's bedside.moreless

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  • Great episode- kind of strange for a season finale though

    There was wonderful character development for Carter and Luka. The episode was very moving and eye opening. But I did find myself missing Chicago! It does seem like Carter is getting more screen time which I think is good because his character is carrying the show at this point. Looking forward to next season!
  • Maybe the best episode of ER

    I just cannot explain what I feel with this episode - you have to watch it yourself to totally understand it. But there is something that makes it so special and the emotion it gives - it is so worth to watch it.

    I love that this episode is eye-opener. They have took the events out of usual environment and giving a totally new point of view to the medicine and the life itself. Those who have used to live in happy sunshine, like Carter somehow, it is really shocking but he gets used to it and I can only imagine how the experience will affect Carter's char.

    All those things there - the way they had no changes to do what they needed, constant danger but they still go there, try to do as little as they can - I really admire that.

    A superb episode. One of my personal favorites.moreless
  • Luka and Carter in the Congo....and a chance to take a stand.

    Having watched this episode - again - in reruns AFTER watching the Darfur episodes from the current season, I wonder why the producers/writers felt the need for another Africa episode? This one was superb. It set up some awesome character development....especially for Goran Visnic\'s portrayal of Luka Kovac. With the character having been through a seemingly senseless war in his own homeland, he was the perfect catalyst to make the anti-war statement the writers were aiming for. \"In the end, my children were dead\" was a heartbreaking reality check.

    It was also interesting to make the connection between the young Mai Mai soldier who remembered Carter\'s efforts to save his brother and the gang banger kid who died in the previous episode avenging the death of his brother. Anyone else catch the matching head scarves on them? War and killing happens on every turf, I guess. The futality of it can be overwhelming.moreless
  • Loved it!:)

    I really like this episode:) It was really different from the usuall episodes and you did get to see a lot of Luka and Carter.

    It was so dramatic... All the sick people and so little equipment, they could barely treat children with whooping cough..:( And when the MaiMai came... It awas terrible and I did really feel sorry for Luka, Carter and all the other people.

    But I like the way they shoved it and Luka was very brave to stay there with those patients.

    And I liked the ending with Carter comming to Abby:)

    You must see it!

    // Mich

    PS. Luka was very hot in this episode;);):)DS.moreless
Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Nurse Abby Lockhart

Noah Wyle

Noah Wyle

Dr. John Carter

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt



Dr. Jing-Mei

Paul McCrane

Paul McCrane

Dr. Robert "Rocket" Romano

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Angelique: Gillian Ronin, meet Dr. Carter.
      Gillian: Enchante.
      Carter: John. Hi.
      Angelique: (French) He's an American. Doesn't speak French. So you'll have to translate.
      Gillian: (French) He's cute, married?
      Angelique: (French) Don't see a ring. But it's never stopped you before.
      Gillian: (French) I'm trying to exhibit some newfound restraint.
      Angelique: (to Carter) Gillian's an old hand. She'll get you started in Admitting. (to Gillian in French) Don't let him kill anyone.
      Gillian: (French) I'll do my best.
      (Angelique laughs and walks away)

    • Carter: I didn't know you smoked.
      Kovac: (holding a lit cigarette) I don't.

    • Luka: In the beginning there's always a lot of talk of national pride and patriotic speeches. But after a few weeks it becomes this; nothing but death and sadness. These people just want what everyone else wants: their kids to have something to eat; to see them grow up, laughing, happy. They don't care where the border is or who gets to call themselves president. They just want this to stop.
      Carter: I don't even begin to try to understand the politics here.
      Luka: You are an American, Carter. You believe that if people are given a chance to convert to democracy, the world would be a better place.
      Carter: What's the alternative? Military dictatorships?
      Luka: You fight wars from the sky with bombs and missiles. Then your planes land back on the aircraft carrier and the pilots watch Drew Carey on satellite TV.
      Carter: Hey, American soldiers died in Iraq.
      Luka: Yeah, but your children don't starve to death while your men fight. Your women aren't raped. (long pause) I remember watching the television, reading the newspapers, saying that we had to fight. And then my family was gone. I couldn't remember why it was all so important. What difference did it all make? My children were dead.

    • Carter: Where are you from? Your English is excellent.
      Gillian: Montreal. We speak a little English up there.

    • Gillian: I'm exhausted. I'm going to bed, and uh, I hope someone will join me. (Gillian leaves)
      Luka: How's Abby?
      Carter: I didn't do anything with Gillian, I swear.
      Luka: So you won't mind, if I...
      Carter: No. Knock yourself out.
      Luka: See you in the morning.

    • Carter: What should I tell Weaver?
      Luka: Whatever you want.
      Carter: Can I tell her you're coming back?
      Luka: I don't know.
      Carter: Don't do anything stupid.
      Luka: (smiles) Like what?
      Carter: Like get yourself killed.

    • Carter: They don't have anything stronger than Amoxicillin. Did you tell that boy's father we can save him?
      Luka: We can.
      Carter: Whooping cough's gonna eat that Amoxicillin for lunch. He's gonna die. Die from a disease we could wipe out with a ten dollar course of Erythromycin.
      Luka: We vaccinated 200 children today. When was the last time you saved 200 lives in one afternoon?

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