Season 13 Episode 20

Lights Out

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 26, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

In only 12 hours, a pressured Luka must coordinate the emergency closure of the ER, and the team rallies to make provisions for patients. Chaz is admitted to the ER, worrying Pratt, and Ray is challenged by a young patient. Sam renews her friendship with the photographer Diana, while Gates faces new problems on the father front. At day's end, as the lights go out, Luka makes a pivotal decision about his future.moreless

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  • if they have special episodes.. then this is it...

    ER is not what it used to be and there is no secret on that and maybe this was somehow even symbolic. I adored the final scenes. To have Anspaugh there and we haven't had him around long time.. I think when Romano lost his arm.. then he was.. I am not sure after that. And Luka resigning from chief. And Morris taking up his stand. But Morris is new when compare with Luka. There is very few people who have been long.

    I loved the storyline with the photographer.. The way Sam was involved and the stories she told but mostly.. those photos.moreless
  • The ER is closing down for repairs, but somehow it feels like the end of an era....

    It's only 12 hours left until the ER closes, but Luka hasn't told the the staff yet. When the staff eventually gets their new assignments they are not too happy about it.

    Best story: Photographer Diana (from "Photographs & memories") is getting worse, but doesn't want to get caught in the "hospital vortex". She agrees to a pericenteses, but has bad reaction to blood products. There's nothing more to be done to help her and she can't even get to Costa Rica, a place she has fond memories from, to die there. So she resigns to get sucked into the hospital vortex after all, but Sam takes her home and stays with her – presumably until Diana dies. It's so very sad.......

    Funniest scene: Pratt and Morris being rivals of Bettina's attention.

    Not a minute too soon: Gates disregards Morris' orders on the patient with dislocated sholder, and is sent home. Luka says to Morris "That's the best move you ever made!"

    A noteworthy scene following this is when Abby leans on Luka when arguing with Morris. The prerogative of being the boss' fiancée....

    Weird story: Rivalry in a school orchestra leads to violinist Dimitri being sulphur poisoned, but it turns out to be sickle-cell anemia.

    Melancholic scene: The "This isn't me" scene. As the lights go out when Luka walks away after having resigned as chief, it seems like a symbol of the end of "the Kovac era" on ER, and that makes me feel kind of melancholic .....moreless
  • I hope someone can help...

    ER is one of the best shows on TV. The writing is excellent and I hardly miss a show, however... I watch almost all the time, but missed this episode (Lights Out. I understand there was a man (Jermaine Jackson???) who had a boil, then developed and infection, resulting in paralysis in both his legs. My step-nephew has had a similar infection with paralysis as the man on the show and my stepmom would really like more information about what happened with his character. What happened to the man? If someone could post a summary that would be great! Thank you!moreless
  • Great episode!!

    Great episode! In only 12 hours, a pressured Luka must coordinate the emergency closure of the ER, as the team rallies to make provisions for patients. Chaz is admitted to the ER, worrying Pratt, and Ray is challenged by a young patient. Sam renews her friendship with the photographer Diana, while Gates faces new problems on the father front. At day's end, as the lights go out, Luka makes a pivotal decision about his future.moreless
  • Gates gets what was coming to him and Luka comes to end of the Line as Chief...

    So Anspaugh(excuse me if that's spelt wrong) brought about the closing of the ER, there was pretty drastic clues with several mishaps a certain object falling through the ceiling springs to mind.However I didn't realise that so much pressure was being parted on Luka's shoulder's to prevent the closure.

    It was interesting to watch the ER dealing with patient care even with the threat of closure in 8 hours, just brings about how the ER carries on. It was just so weird to see the Lights go out and not see the bustling of patients and staff!

    So everyone was being posted elsewhere which incurred some humourous scenes with Timmy being sent to the Cafeteria.I liked the input of the line about Abby going to NICU suttle but effective a sly reminder of the past maybe for purposes of future storylines in which it would not be the right place to bring them up ?

    Gates got what was coming to him, I don't particluarly like the guy and I was happy to see that smirk wiped off his face.Morris was spot on and he begins to grow on me i enjoyed watching his little I was right dance type thing.

    Which brings me on too another scene I found hilarious that in which Morris revealed to Luka that Abby was in the room when Gates performed a procedure without orders.Just to see Morris tell Abby he might send her home with Luka standing behind her with a stern look on his face was classic! I always enjoy the slightly of friendly banter between the pair of them!

    Finally a Life changing decision from Luka, resigning as Chief...his reasons were valid and in some ways I think all that pressure was a factor of his decision along with the lack of time with Joe and Abby!moreless
Stacy Keach

Stacy Keach

Mike Gates

Guest Star

Annabella Sciorra

Annabella Sciorra

Diana Moore

Guest Star

Yorgo Constantine

Yorgo Constantine


Guest Star

John Aylward

John Aylward

Dr. Donald Anspaugh

Recurring Role

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón


Recurring Role

Sam Jones III

Sam Jones III

Chaz Pratt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Dr. Anspaugh claims to have been covering the ER at County for 20 years, but he didn't start there until season 3, so that would have only been 10 years.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Morris: You're arrogant and dangerous, and I've had enough. We all have. Go home.
      Gates: Where's Kovac?
      Morris: This is my call, not his.
      Gates: Okay. (walks off)

    • Gates: I'm popular everywhere I go.

    • (After Morris sends Gates home) Morris: Am.. am I in trouble? Luka: Morris, that's one of the best moves you've ever made. Morris: See I knew it! He can't go against me (Pointing at Abby) he shouldn't even be able to go against residents. Luka: There was a resident in the room? Abby: Er...let's leave me out of it. Morris: You should have stopped him. Abby: Oh please, like he's gonna listen to me. He doesn't even listen to you. Morris: Maybe I should send you home too. Abby: Okay! (Morris notices Luka standing behind Abby protectively) Morris: Well, not today. But I'll do it, Abby. Don't test me. (Morris walks away) Abby: (Laughing) It wasn't life threatening. Luka: Doesn't matter. Morris is the attending, it's his decision.

    • Luka: This isn't me. I'm resigning as chief.
      Anspaugh: Luka, part of being the boss is being the bad guy.
      Luka: I'll leave that to someone else. I just want to be a doctor. Good night.
      (Luka walks away as the lights of the ER go out)

    • (About the ER closing)
      Pratt: Yeah, I bet we're closing for good.
      Morris: I'm with you. Something stinks and it's not the diarrhea in 4.

    • (Luka's assigning everyone to another department)
      Luka: Uhh... Gates goes to anesthesia...
      Timmy: What about me?
      Luka: You're going to the cafeteria.
      (You see everybody laughing)
      Timmy: The cafe-what?!

    • (The ER is closing so everyone is assigned to another department)
      Luka: Abby you're going to the NICU.
      Abby: I'm not going to the NICU.
      Luka: Right... I'll uhh... fix that.

    • (After listening to her refuse to go out with Pratt, Morris shows interest in a research paper Dr. DeJesus wrote.)
      DeJesus: You actually read it!
      Morris: I sure did! If you have time to talk about that more, I'd love the chat. I'm looking for some areas to focus on in clinical research in the ER, maybe we should start collaborating with your department.
      DeJesus: Are you free for lunch tomorrow?
      Morris: Sounds great!
      DeJesus: OK, great!
      Pratt: What just happened?

  • NOTES (1)