Season 12 Episode 17

Lost in America

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Mar 23, 2006 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Oscar-nominated Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo guests stars as a Turkish mother whose daughter is brought to the ER close to death following a knife attack. Luka and Abby must struggle both to keep her alive and to understand the reasons behind the attack. But when surgery is delayed, will Luka put his trust in a risky procedure that might save her life? Sam makes a life-altering decision, while Neela’s first conference presentation doesn’t go exactly as planned. Morris' children come to the ER to visit him.moreless

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  • Moving...

    I really most say - this episode had some really great acting. The mother, the way she was emotional, the way she acted and reacted, she knew the truth - those emotions. It was so raw, so real.. great performance.

    But it was not only about that case. I specially enjoyed Morris and his "kids" - that was sweet storyline in this quite hard episode.

    And to add hard themes to this, it is Victor first day back and it is not easy. Even thought they found him not guilty, they all, expect some, act very hostile to him and he feels so pushed out. And he takes it out on Ray... and he is having some weird moments himself...

    and oh.. Neela.. and those rats..moreless
  • Not sure what rating I should give this one...

    Ok, I noticed this episode that Kerry\'s absence was noticeable. I take that as a good sign; in season 11 she was generally gone and so when she appeared it was amazing. Now though, her being away is surprising.

    Morris\' kids were so cute!!! It\'s a shame they seem to be embarrased of him, but obviously their needs come first. I’ve never seen the subject portrayed in such a comedic way before. ER might, and probably have, been criticised for their humerous handling of the situation. However, IMO, it seemed to really help within the context of Morris\' character; Morris is quite a light-hearted guy, and true, he doesn\'t get the emotional drama other characters are awarded. But this might be part of who he is! It was nice to see him be confronted with such a big thing, and just handle it the way he did; by being pleased and eager to impress. That\'s part of Morris I think. I can\'t see him having an emotional break-down over it, and I think ER did well in the story-line, despite what may have been my sceptical nature had I read about it first.

    Plus, regarding Morris, he really felt like, well, \'one of the team\' at the end, when talking to Clemente, in a way I haven\'t particularly noticed before. He\'s kind of got that weary world-old, been in the ER a while, knows what advise to give out thing going on now.

    I guessed the brother killed the poor Turkish girl. The mother was an excellent actress! And obviously that story-line is building-up awareness for Luka of his own heritage and life in America, especially with a new child on the way. Though I do think Abby should have held to her own conviction about not having the baby baptised, it will only lead for confusion later on if it\'s not brought up in a religious environment.

    I don\'t think Sam\'s odd man is creepy, I think he seems friendly and the end of Linda though?

    Ray and Neela...I\'m really liking them as friends, I don\'t know how it would be as a couple...

    I loved the \'Rats have rights!\'!!! I\'m a vegetarian but that case was just amusing to me.

    . I was scared for about a tenth of a second that something would happen between Neela and Dubenko, but I think that was only the presence of much alocohol and a pairing away from the ER that did that to me. Their conversation was sweet.

  • Interesting.

    Not one of the best of this great season, but yet very good.

    Neela was, ironically just as she told Dubenko, boring. I like her so much (probably because we're so much alike), but she's getting a little boring this season (also ironic, seeing as she got married and everything). I missed a mention to her husband and a little action and less alcohol from her, but still, she must be really depressed, let's give her a chance.

    Ray's very surprising these days. He's been really sweet with Neela and his character's developing in a good way. He played a small part in this episode, but I guess little by little they're going to transform Ray in Dr. Barnett.

    Where's Kerry? I always miss Kerry. Nice of Abby to send her a card and everything, but Laura Innes should be in every single episode in this show.

    Sam made a life-changing decision and went to work and live with the really weird rich man. They are finally giving her a storyline, which is nice, but I wonder how they're going to make it work.

    Morris has four children - HILARIOUS. I love how they made Morris such a great character, and he gets funnier every episode. I didn't see that coming, tough it was very Morris-y.

    Abby decides to have the baby baptised, which I tought extremely nice of her. She has no religious affiliation, Luka does and that's important to his family. Abby can be really spoiled and self-centered some times, so it was really great to see her give Luka this. It shows how their relationship has grown, which is always lovely to see! (by the way, where is this woman's belly??????)

    And finally, the honor killing. I tought it great of the writers of putting such an important subject on TV. Luka and the iranian actress were great, and the dialogues were amazing. A poor mother realizing her own son killed her own daughter is always painful to see, but it was wonderfully portrayed.

    Good episode.

  • Humor and sadness done well in this episode.

    I liked this episode because it didn't just focus on the goings on of the ER. The stabbing victim was sad and to bad the doctors couldn't save her, but it was the mother who stole the show. She is an excellent actress and hopefully we will se more of her in the future. Also, Neela giving a seminar and what followed was funny. Everything seems to fall apart and while getting drunk with Dubenko, realizes she has feelings for Ray and decides to move out. I like this idea of her a Ray. It didnt make since for her and Gallant to get married, they are not right for each other. Also, I think everyone is worried about Abby and the baby, because of her families past and they know how much Abby is struggling with that.moreless
  • excellant example

    Wow this was a great episode, the Actress that played the mother deserves an Emmy for her role, a very good job by all with acting particularly Goran Visnjic, loved that Abby relented to Luka about the Baptism,Victor was good people were to hard on him I think,liked the deal with Morris and the kids, loved poor neela desaster presentation, and find myself liking the possibility of ray and Neela great episode once againmoreless
Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Dr. Abby Lockhart

Parminder Nagra

Parminder Nagra

Dr. Neela Rasgotra

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

Shane West

Shane West

Dr. Ray Barnett

Armand Assante

Armand Assante

Richard Elliott

Guest Star

Shohreh Aghdashloo

Shohreh Aghdashloo

Riza Kardatay

Guest Star

Danny Pudi

Danny Pudi

Mahir Kardatay

Guest Star

John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo

Dr. Victor Clemente

Recurring Role

Leland Orser

Leland Orser

Dr. Lucien Dubenko

Recurring Role

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the drug-testing clinic, the nurse asks Dr. Clemente for a mid-stream sample. He promptly proceeds to give her a full-stream sample. Obviously, he would have known better, and she should have objected as well.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Morris: Abby, you get fever rash. I will take dog bite to the ear lobe. Wait, no--you take dog bite and I'll take the rash. It could be Rubella. We wouldn't want our baby getting a torch infection.
      Abby: What?
      Morris: Torch infection. You know, herpes.
      Abby: I know what a torch infection is.
      Morris: Then you know it wouldn't be good for our baby.
      Abby: Why do you keep calling it "our" baby?
      Morris: I don't mean our baby like you and me. I mean like our baby, like an ER mascot.
      Abby: This baby isn't anybody's mascot. (she walks away).
      Morris: Oh, come on! Don't go away mad!

    • Mr. Sadler: I think I've just committed suicide.

    • Clemente: I had the weekend off, did a little weed and some blow. You're a musician, you know what I mean.
      Ray: No, not really.
      Clemente: What? You in a Christian band?

    • (Morris is showing the ER to his "kids"}
      Morris: Hey, Abby! Come meet my children.
      Abby: Not now, Morris.
      Morris: (to the children) Okay. She hates kids.

    • (talking about baptizing their baby)
      Luka: Okay... Have you ever been to a baptism?
      Abby: Yeah, I have. I thought it was weird.
      Luka: Weird?!

    • (while taking a picture of Morris with his "kids")
      Frank: Okay, everybody say "Freak."

    • (when Ray hesitates to present to him)
      Clemente: X-Ray, I'm not feelin' the love, man. What's the problem?

    • Neela: You know, today was a complete disaster, but at least I didn't bring it on myself.
      Dubenko: No, no, no, no. No... you were the victim of a truly astounding confluence of technical problems, miscalculated pharmaceuticals, and rat activists.

    • Luka: This was an honor killing?
      Riza: Yes, yes. That is what they call it. But there is no honor here.

    • Dubenko: I was thinking of getting a dog, but you know, a roommate's probably easier to house-train.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Protesters: Rats have rights!
      "Rats have rights" is a slogan that originated with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA is opposed to all research involving animals.

    • Abby: (to Luka, about baptizing their baby-to-be) There's something so... so Rosemary's Baby about it.
      Abby is referring to the 1968 horror movie Rosemary's Baby, starring Mia Farrow. The film involves a pregnant woman who believes Satanists are after her baby.