ER

Season 15 Episode 13

Love is a Battlefield

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 22, 2009 on NBC
8.3
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Morris faces a complicated case involving a young girl hit while riding her bicycle. Gates finds it very difficult to let go of his feelings for Sam. Neela becomes quite flustered when Brenner returns from Australia.

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  • Dr Banfield gets some bad news.....

    9.5
    In this episode of ER, the following happens. We learn that some of the workers from the Jumbo Mart have won $18 million dollars each before taxes. Sam soon sees with her own eyes that something is going on between Sam and one of the interns, Daria. We see Neela's patient from the last few episodes finally leaving the hospital. Dr Banfield has goes for a round of I.V.F. Sam confronts Tony about his night with Daria. When Banfield wakes up after the procedure we learn that none of her eggs were suitable for the IVF process. We then see her breaking down in tears, into the arms of her husband. At the end of the episode, we see Neela and the Australian doctor kissing.moreless
  • Frankly, people making mistakes in relationships is not interesting. Overcoming them or other obstacles is, but a lot of the characters just seemed to be making stupid mistakes in this episode.moreless

    5.0
    I would have quite liked to see what the men were feeling in this episode, other than general exasperation. This episode states that these two women, reasonable in every other aspect go completely mental when a boy comes along, and perhaps even worse, that they're perfectly entitled to. While Sam sabotages herself, Neela denies her feelings. All strung around an abused girlfriend as a patient-of-the-week storyline. Woo-hoo.



    The Cop and Morris was nice, they have an interesting dynamic. This is the central thing, that the characters are all carrying around the emotional baggage of past storylines and the writing, at least in this episode, turns these characters into turgid misanthropes. They're doctor's and medicine is tough, but I want my characters to be brilliant and daring in relationships, at least some of them. You'd hope they wouldn't have to bring in a new character, like the cop, to have somebody who's not hopelessly self-involved.moreless
  • Drama.. drama...

    7.5
    Oh.. I do not know.. there where moments in this episode and storylines I loved and then some that I did not liked at all. The good one was Morris and that girl - even in the end I was little confused who did exactly what but it was emotional, very well built and showed how things usually are - even if you think you know what is going on, you never have change to prove it - people close their eyes and pretend nothing is going on until it is too late.



    The other storylines where drama all the way - Gates, Sam and Daria.. that was in some point awful but Sam and Chuny.. that conversation was quite good. And the those patients - a couple on and off all the time.. that was a great storyline too.



    But then there is Neela.. and I think it was so right to mention Jumbo Market again as she really acts like the girl she was when she couldn't decide between medicine and something else.. now it is two man and to be honest.. I most say I could stand her then but now.. I really do not get it.. and even if I really liked her char.. that storyline somehow ruins it to me.. and no way I like Brenner... so..moreless
  • Didn't like this episode, especially the end.

    5.0
    I don't buy the fact that Neela goes from hating Brenner eight episodes ago when he interrupted her and Ray during Haunted to telling him she wants to be with him and likes him. Half of those episodes she still wanted Ray and just two weeks ago, she was acting like school girl when he texted her saying he was thinking about her. It feels too rushed and only bringing needless drama and angst.



    Morris was the only bring spot in this whole episode. I like his chemistry with Claudia and think they would be nice together.



    Sam, Gates and Daria wasn't really interesting at all. This episode was boring and mediocre. It wasn't as good as most of the others have been this season.moreless
John Stamos

John Stamos

Dr. Tony Gates

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

David Lyons

David Lyons

Dr. Simon Brenner

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

Dr. Cate Banfield

Parminder Nagra

Parminder Nagra

Dr. Neela Rasgotra

Imani Hakim

Imani Hakim

Anastasia Johnson (as Imani A. Hakim)

Guest Star

Christa B. Allen

Christa B. Allen

Jody Nugent

Guest Star

Marshall Manesh

Marshall Manesh

Babu

Guest Star

Courtney B. Vance

Courtney B. Vance

Russell Banfield

Recurring Role

Amy Aquino

Amy Aquino

Dr. Janet Coburn

Recurring Role

Gil McKinney

Gil McKinney

Dr. Paul Grady

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (about Gates)
      Chuny: Oh, you still love him? What are you going to do?
      Sam: I plan on being irrationally hurt and angry for as long as I like.
      Chuny: (smiles) Sounds good.

    • (watching TV coverage of five Jumbo Mart employees who quit their jobs after winning a $90 million jackpot)
      Simon: Well, what would you do if you won?
      Neela: Invest in a high-yield interest bearing account at an FDIC-insured bank.
      Simon: Wow, that's really thinking out of the box.
      Neela: Well, don't come crying to me for a loan when you've blown through your millions.

    • Claudia: When I was 16, if there was something I didn't want my parents to know...
      Morris: You exercised your right to remain silent.
      Claudia: My father says me interrogating suspects as a detective will be karmic payback.

    • Neela: Why do you have to be so damn...
      Brenner: What? Charming, sexy, kind of good at math?
      Neela: Ok, yes, I did think about you the whole time you where away. You happy now?
      Brenner: Yes. Why are you so mad?
      Neela: Because I like you. I don't want to, but I do, and I... want to be with you. There, I said it. Just go ahead and gloat now.
      Brenner: Gloat? Why would I gloat?
      Neela: Because you predicted it. Go ahead. You know you want to.
      Brenner: I'd rather do something else. (he leans over and they kiss)

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Title: "Love is a Battlefield"
      The title of this episode is also that of a Pat Benatar song. "Love is a Battlefield" was released in 1983 as a single from Benatar's album Live from Earth, and garnered her a fourth consecutive Grammy Award for "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance."

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