ER

Season 8 Episode 22

Lockdown

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM May 16, 2002 on NBC
8.7
out of 10
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146 votes
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Season Finale: The day begins slowly as Weaver calls to say she'll be late, and Chen thinks she's developing a fever. Then multiple MVAs come in, quickly followed by two children suffering what appears to be smallpox. The staff panics, but not as bad as the patients, when a lockdown is ordered for the ER. The feverish Chen is quarantined with homeless Stan. Lewis takes charge as Weaver arrives and the police won't let her in. The girl infected by smallpox dies and Pratt embarasses Carter in front of her parents. Carter notices Pratt is sick as well, and sends him to Chen's room. Jerry phones the news, and the patients riot, nearly using a gurney to break open the emergency bay doors. Control of the ER is relieved from Weaver by an infection specialist. The staff prepares to stay, still not having a confirmation on whether it is smallpox or not, and the lockdown continuing as a result. Carter and Abby kiss after being quarantined together.moreless

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  • Typical season finale overreach that every series seems compelled to do. By far the worst episode of the season. Full of over the top silly drama. Neither the situation, the medical treatments, nor the behavior of the patients is believable in any way.moreless

    5.0
    1) The hospital seems to have no protocol for infectious disease. 2) Carter is at a panicky loss and has to look to Lewis for how to proceed. 3)Parents who work for the State Department, have been back in America for two weeks with pustule-covered children and yet somehow haven't even bothered to check the Internet to try to identify it? Nonsense. 4) Every patient and visitor trapped by the quarantine is an insufferable loudmouth rebellious jerk, including about ten guys who look like wrestlers and end up smashing their way out. What was a strong, heart breaking, and above average season somehow had to end on a lousy note in its desperate grasp for a cliffhanger. The series is usually notable for its realism but this episode was laughably unbelievable in every way. I hope most of the obnoxious patients die off during our wait for the beginning of season 9.



    The only notable addition to the series storyline was the final scene between Carter and Abby, which was along time coming.moreless
  • After best episode ever, we get lot of action...

    9.8
    This episode was that kind of action episode they do have to have in every season. This time, it looks we have smallpox. First it starts with multiply patients from accident where woman who has epilepsy crashed into bus. They all are so busy that they have no time to see mother and father with two kids who.. have terrific symptoms. Carter starts to take care of them when Susan tries to organize the lockdown. It gets pretty nasty on one point as not all those people does want to be there.



    We see storylines from Carter and Abby trying to save those little kids (on one they fail but so far, the boy is alive), from Pratt and Deb, who are on quarantine to Lewis and Kovac who are busy with other patients.



    Beautiful episode, full of motion and finally, after all the season Carter gets his change with Abby.moreless
  • After loosing the County Generals most beloved doctor, the staff is about to experience one final shock of the season!

    10
    I could go on and on about how much I enjoy the "cliffhanger" on a show that airs during seasons end. I certainly enjoy the more devastating ones, such as the "Dynasty" season 2 finale, which is just plain creepy and stirring. How about the season three finale of "Charmed"? That one was a sure shock, as the next season went on without the 90210 Doherty to kick-start it, even though it was still the same, a good, inviting show. This season finale of ER was veery strange to me upon the first run I remember. I was still loose and mellow at the loss of Anthony Edwards, and it was not easy to see the show continue on without him at first. I rested assured though, because the show was very capable of moving on, and it did. The depiction of a lock-down due to some pretty bad sicknesses is very expected, but as always, ER pulled it off right away, and left the trapped lovers John and Abby, to wonder as they waited for an answer...moreless
  • Carter and Abby finally get to spend quality time together - locked up in the ER!

    9.8
    The episode starts as many others, but then a sick brother and sister arrive... It turns serious very quickly and Carter and Abby fail to save the girl's life, whilst watching the brother deteriorate before their eyes. Once the word smallpox is uttered the whole place goes crazy. Abby and Carter are quarantined as they came into closest contact with the sick children. Lets face it Carter and Abby have been smouldering for a while, this finally gives them the chance to stop their hectic lives and look at each other in isolation, literally! It was inevitable that it would happen at some stage, and I remember hoping that Abby would get the 'fairy tale', but they both come from dysfunctional families and are maybe too alike. I also think that Luka being around will always be an issue for Carter, even if not for Abby!

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  • Still ranks as one of the best episodes of the year..

    9.7
    When this first episode came out in 2002 I fell in love with Carter and Abby. Seeing them fall for each other and slowly letting it happen was great. As for the main storyline, the monkey pox was a bit scary for me. Although I loved how quick Carter was to realize the outcome of this whole situation in the ER. That is why he is a main character and is loved by all.



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Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Nurse Abby Lockhart

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen

Noah Wyle

Noah Wyle

Dr. John Carter

Paul McCrane

Paul McCrane

Dr. Robert "Rocket" Romano

Heidi Swedberg

Heidi Swedberg

Robin Turner

Guest Star

Nestor Serrano

Nestor Serrano

David Torres

Guest Star

Curtis Peek

Curtis Peek

Unknown

Guest Star

Emily Wagner

Emily Wagner

Pickman

Recurring Role

Michelle Bonilla

Michelle Bonilla

Harms

Recurring Role

Demetrius Navarro

Demetrius Navarro

Morales

Recurring Role

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