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Season 12 Episode 3

Man with No Name

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 06, 2005 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

New nurse manager Eve Peyton causes a stir in the ER. Luka and Kerry treat a severely burned man. Abby helps a woman who might have breast cancer make a difficult decision, then makes a discovery about Dubenko. Sam and Luka find it difficult to work together.moreless

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  • A rather bland episode with little pushing the story forward.

    Once again we see just how far ER has sunk in quality over the past several seasons. The same tired old antics: Frank's a pig, Morris is a pig, Luka solves his problems with beer, etc. Tack on the tacky "glamour shots of Neela" segment, and it's another of too many sub-par outtings. The only really compelling story, an unidentified severe burn victim (who gives the episode its title), ends up taking a back seat to a motor scooter-riding child who gets in an accident (borrowing Law & Order's "ripped from the headlines" mantra), and the way that Luka and Sam's breakup may have compromised his care.

    Meanwhile, we are introduced to a new nurse manager (Kristen Johnson), who seems to be getting set-up to take on the "bitch" role in the wake of the ever-declining appearances of Laura Innes' Dr. Weaver.

    This show can do better than this offering, and facing continually declining viewership, it had better start soon.moreless
  • Luka at the bottom

    Oh.. Luka's life is really miserable and his day is getting worse - he acts rudly and that creates tensions but then - there is new nurse managed (who is awful) who comes to teach him how to work with people, who is more critical. So on every option - turning life into hell.

    Neela is wanting to send a box of this to Gallant and asks if anyone has something to send too.. and there are some funny moments with that storyline.

    So.. Luka's day is horrible but he is not only one. That nurse manager then goes and forces Sam to work on other shifts than Luka and she loose even more time with her son and shifts.. I hope that char will be soon gone.moreless
  • Get rid of the new nurse ASAP.

    The new head nurse just does not suit ER. It may take a little time to get use to her but I don't like her one bit. (I keep thinking of her in 3rd rock from the sun!)

    Not a real lot happened in this episode but it mainly gave us a chance to see the new head nurse character ... and to me she seems a bit of a know it all.

    Because she is coming across as such a strong person I think there must be a hidden tragedy from her past that we will soon see.moreless
  • Ignore my 'low' rating. I just think every ER episode is so amazing that I'm starting a new regime of harsh ratings, just so the truly brilliant episodes will show-up easily!moreless

    Okay, a list of points that I hope covers everything my memory cares to place commentary on:

    1. WEAVER!!! WOOHOO!!! Oh how I love her. She actually had more than 5 maximum lines *grins*. If Sherry leaving results in more Laura, then I really won't be missing Susan.

    2. Abby and Luka, Luka and Abby. I'm sensing it already. That point when she saw he was asleep, I was really expecting her to lean over and peck him on the cheek, or brush back his know, a gentle loving touch before leaving.

    3. Eve - no opinions formed yet. I've seen some positives and some negatives. Felt she was a little OTT about the Luka/Sam issue. After all, working together in such close circumstances it's always going to end up with doctors and nurses getting together. If they went and moved people around every time that happened, well the hospital just probably wouldn't be running that well.

    4. Neela's gift basket was great! I'm feeling more positive about Gallant (since seeing him in the 'what happened previously). I was convinced last season that he would die/be horribly injured after the whole bracelet issue, but I'm feeling optimistic. But come on - I'm sure Abby and Neela could have taken those photos after work!! Didn't they have any patients? And did Neela just happen to be wearing a fancy bra and fish-net tights???

    5. Anybody notice Morris' 'pow-wow' comment - last week he got angry at a Native American comment. I'm thinking this was subtly done by the writers.

    6. I hope Luka DOES indeed take Alex to soccer. And I'm surprised Sam managed to move out already - how much time was supposed to have lapsed between this and the last episode?

    7. Just repeating my Kerry happiness

    8. DUBENKO!!! I was wondering what was up when he was a little off with the ER staff. I was immediately glad to see Dubenko, then wondering why he looked so bad...When we saw him being examined, that was so SO sad. Especially with the emotional back-ground music. But again, I thought most doctors would go to other hospitals to be checked out. Poor Dubenko.

    9. The kid with Pratt - is that the one whose father is an old buddy so Pratt's got him doing work experience? I vaguely remember that from last season...nice to see the kid being eager though. I seem to remember he dragged about a little in the past (if it's the same boy after all).

    10. Pratt and...Olivia? (Is that the right name?) The woman from the gun thing...glad to see they're together. I think they make a nice couple. Hopefully we'll see a bit more of her, and a bit more of his family.

    11. Liking the new nurse. More so than last week. Except I'm sure she would know Morris is the chief already, what with his vanity about it that we saw last week (or possibly the week before?). Maybe that should have been said in a more jokey way...or maybe it was and I just missed the sarcasm...?

    12. Ray...absent. If he wasn't working though, when Neela got home shouldn't he have been getting ready for work rather than disturbing Neela next door?

    13. Frank - humerous. I knew he was a police-man, but never knew he was in the Army.

    Overall, a great episode. My favourite bit was probably before the credits though! Just for the fact of seeing Kerry and going a little mad with joy during the credits.

  • A man comes into the ER with severe burns and is unable to tell them his name an doesn't seem to understand English.

    Was a good episode but didn\'t really have anything interesting happening in it. Could have been better. Felt they could have put more emphasis on the Man who they brought in instead of about 15 minutes and then just mentioning him every so often. Didn\'t have that spark that most episodes have.
Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

Shane West

Shane West

Dr. Ray Barnett

Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht

Stephanie Lowenstein

Guest Star

Elizabeth Sampson

Elizabeth Sampson

Norma Beckwith

Guest Star

Ben Weber

Ben Weber


Guest Star

Kristen Johnston

Kristen Johnston

Eve Peyton

Recurring Role

Leland Orser

Leland Orser

Dr. Dubenko

Recurring Role

Louie Liberti

Louie Liberti

Paramedic Bardelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (10)

    • (about Morris, who has walked into a truma late).
      Inez: What does that guy do?
      Abby: Ah! He's the Chief Resident.
      Inez: No. Seriously.

    • (Abby spots Luka drinking in a bar)
      Abby: Hey sailor! New in town?
      Luka: Have a seat.
      Abby: No, I have to get going. I took our Brackalady up to oncology. It was sad. She was telling me how she's at this point of her life where she's worried that some of the things she wants she's never gonna have. She could never imagine feeling that way... it's sad.
      Luka: (pause) Must miss it. Drinking.
      Abby: (laughs) Wow! You'd be a terrible sponsor.
      Luka: Yeah, I could never give it up. Miss it too much.
      Abby: Well, you might wanna think about suspending it for the evening.
      Luka: Need a ride home?
      Abby: No, but I think you do.
      Luka: I do?
      Abby: You're not driving like this.
      Luka: I'm not?

    • Luka: I was thinking... I've been thinking. We let things get away from us. We don't have to leave it like that.
      Sam: Luka...
      Luka: No, a lot happened, fast. Too fast. Maybe we should just take our time. Make sure we know what we're doing. I don't want this to be one more thing I messed up.
      Sam: We're pretending, Luka. I don't want to pretend anymore.

    • Pratt: How you doing?
      Luka: That floor came out of nowhere.

    • (A man has a body suit with pictures of the organs)
      Mr.Trimbody: She was about to feel my liver, wasn't she? I mean, come on. You're not in the fifth grade. My spleen is right here! (points to the suit)
      Neela: There's no need to get excited, sir.
      Mr.Trimbody: Should I draw you a picture? Oh, it's right here in front of you! All of it! The entire human anatomy!
      Neela: Actually, sir. It's not. You have no genitalia.

    • Morris: What do we do about this new nurse, tsar, Eve something or other?
      Weaver: Peyton. She came in to meet with the Emergency Services Committee and we all loved her.
      Morris: Is it her job to slow the floor down to a crawl?
      Abby: I thought that was your job.
      Morris: My point being. All the nurses are in there, jacking away.
      Abby: They're entitled to a staff meeting, Morris.
      Morris: Not unless I say so... (Off Weaver's look) We say so... Not unless Dr. Weaver says so.

    • Neela: (while getting ready to take a photo) Say cheese.
      Pratt and KJ: (holding a pizza) Cheddar!

    • Luka: I can't get him out of my head.
      Abby: Who?
      Luka: (Lights a cigarette) That guy. What a mess. (Takes a puff of the cigarette) All melted flesh, but even so, enough will to keep walking. Body ruined but... still desperate to live.
      Abby: And he's alive.
      Luka: (Turns on the TV) I wonder if I... (Takes a drag of his cigarette) if I were hurt like that... (Places his cigarette in ashtray)
      Abby: If you would keep on walking?
      Luka: If any... if anyone would know who I was?
      Abby: I would (Long pause, then too lightly) probably.
      (Luka sighs, then falls asleep as Abby chides him about his apartment)

    • (While Ray is getting lucky in the next room)
      Neela: Ray! I can't concentrate!

    • Abby: Wow! Didn't take you long to embrace the bachelor lifestyle.
      Luka: Nah, it's like riding a horse.
      Abby: Or living in a barn.

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