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Season 7 Episode 3

Mars Attacks

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 26, 2000 on NBC
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Carter treats a young paraplegic on his first day back at County. Corday and Greene try to work around a surgeon shortage. Benton discovers that Romano has fired him for his actions last week. Weaver offers Abby a position as a full-time ER nurse. Abby later plants an impromptu smooch on Kovac. Various weird patients arrive at the ER following a beam collapse at a sci-fi convention. Dr. Dave goes out of his way to discover who the father of Chen's baby is. A patient with 'spontaneous human combustion' catches fire.moreless

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  • Too many weird patients...

    7.1
    Not my favorite storyline as even if that episode promised to have some action - what we had - mostly Carter dealing with not so interesting patients. That little boy - his storyline was catching as it showed that even a child can be very grown up and see joy on his life even if so many others would think he has none.



    Malucci acted as a child trying to find out who is the father of Chen's child. And that scene when Carter and that little boy play with plains and one hits Weaver and she says to Malucci grow up. He was not guilty of that but it was right thing to say.



    But everything else... not too interestingmoreless
  • In the episode, Abby is struggling with her new role in nursing while Carter is struggling with his restricted role as he returns to the ER.

    9.1
    In this episode, I like the story line of Dr. Carter and the young paraplegic patient. The patient was hit by a car and would have been killed, except for his helmet. The boy makes some profound statements about the uncertaintity of life and Carter is affected by his maturity and acceptance of his condition. The patient gives Carter the gift of a paper airplane, which when he makes it fly, hits Weaver in the back of the head. She blames Malucci for it. Carter then takes the boy up to the roof, where they fly paper airplanes. He makes an impact on Carter.moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Dr. Mark Greene

Erik Palladino

Erik Palladino

Dr. Dave Malucci

Eriq La Salle

Eriq La Salle

Dr. Peter Benton

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Alex D. Linz

Alex D. Linz

Dennis

Guest Star

Jorge Luis Abreu

Jorge Luis Abreu

Unknown

Guest Star

Rebecca Balding

Rebecca Balding

Mrs. Garvey

Guest Star

Ellen Crawford

Ellen Crawford

Lydia

Recurring Role

Troy Evans

Troy Evans

Frank

Recurring Role

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón

Chuny

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (12)

    • Romano: Dr. Chen. (he looks at her pregnant belly) Well, I guess I don't have to ask what you've been up to.
      Chen: Look, um, I-I need a favor.
      Romano: Well, if it's about taking time off, talk to Weaver. Maternity leave is a topic for those bearing ovaries.
      Chen: No, it's about my parents. I figured you'd run into them today at the surgical conference.
      Romano: I'll say "hello."
      Chen: Well, actually, um, I haven't told them that I'm pregnant, and I'd really appreciate your not saying anything. Um, I-I want to surprise them.
      Romano: How? By going into labor at Sunday dinner? 'Mom's' the word.

    • (to Mark)
      Carter: I'm gone for a couple of weeks, you [and Elizabeth] are engaged, Chen's pregnant, Malucci's blonde, and I can't seem to remember my locker combination.

    • Malucci: Dr. Dave, 14; Death, zero.

    • (while observing Carter supplying a urine specimen)
      Greene: So, seen any good movies lately?
      Carter: No.

    • Chuny: Abby, you got a code brown with Mr. Pazolli.
      Abby: Again? Geez, how much can that guy eat?

    • Benton: So, what is my position here?
      Romano: You have no position here.
      Benton: So, you're firing me?
      Romano: No, no, no, Peter. You fired yourself.

    • Romano: (about Carter) So, who's watching the drugstore cowboy?
      Weaver: I'm head of the ER. That makes Carter my responsibility.
      Romano: Uh, correct me if I'm wrong, Kerry, but didn't he develop his drug addiction under your watchful eye?
      Weaver: Is there something that you need, Robert?
      Roman: Do I need to have a reason to come down and say hello? But now that I'm down here, perhaps you can tell me what genius replaced all the candy bars in the vending machines with raisins and rice cakes?
      Weaver: You're here because you need a sugar fix? We're a hospital. We're setting a good example by offering healthy snacks.
      Romano: So, what are you, the nutrition Nazi? America's poor eating habits help keep us in business.
      Weaver: Did you even take the Hippocratic oath?
      Romano: I had my fingers crossed.

    • Abby: I swear, I can't win with Weaver.
      Carter: Well, who can?
      Abby: Here, she drags me down here, claiming it's for my benefit so I can get more experience, but not too much experience.
      Carter: Talk to your nurse manager.
      Abby: Right. And then Weaver completely hates me if I ever come back as a med student.
      Carter: Oh, you'll come back.
      Abby: I don't know even if I want to. This place is a freak show.
      Carter: This place grows on you.
      Abby: So does foot fungus.

    • Chen: Why would you give yourself Doberman ears?
      Patient: They're Vulcan.
      Chen: Is that like a Shitzu?
      Abby: I think he means Star Trek, like Dr. Spock.

    • (about the ER)
      Kovac: It's really not so bad down here, Abby.
      Abby: Oh, yeah? Compared to what?

    • Abby: I'm everybody's favorite nurse. But that's the problem, because as a med student I screwed up everything, everything. Even things I could do with my eyes closed.
      Kovac: I think it's all in here. (taps his head) You are a good nurse, Abby, but you could be a great doctor. You just need a little confidence.

    • Greene: (to Carter) There are no small patients, Carter.
      Malucci: What about dwarves?

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • (about a patient who has cropped his ears to appear more "Vulcan")
      Abby: I think he means Star Trek, like Dr. Spock.
      Vulcans are a fictional extraterrestrial humanoid species in the Star Trek universe, noted for their attempt to live by reason and logic alone with no interference from emotion. Spock, a mainstay character portrayed by Leonard Nimoy on the Star Trek television series as well as in many of the feature films, is half Vulcan; his mother is human.

    • Malucci: It's like Mars Attacks in here!
      Malucci's comment, and the episode's title, is a reference to the 1996 comic science fiction film Mars Attacks, directed by Tim Burton and based on a cult trading card series of the same name.

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