Season 10 Episode 12


Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 15, 2004 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Abby and Neela spend 21 days on their NICU rotation. Parents of twins return to China with only their healthy son. Another couple spends 21 days in the NICU before finding out their son will die. Abby and Carter discuss his impending fatherhood. Weaver and Sandy have a baby boy.moreless

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  • Beautiful storyline of another side of medicine...

    It was so beautiful and very, very emotional. A lot of character development and really beautiful moments as there is still happiness but many hard times too as we saw. I loved that we had change to see and learn about Neela more as she looks interesting char. There is so much care and good heart with her, and she gets emotionally involved - it really shows there there is something inside her.

    This episode was mainly about emotion, about the stress and for a change, it was a great one - not usual, stand alone and really moving. Those parents who spent all those days there only to learn in the end, there is nothing to do.. or those ones from China.. who abandoned their daughter.

    Great episode.moreless
  • The development of Neela and Abby's friendship, as we learn more about Neela.

    Yet another episode where a development of a friendship occurred. Now I love these type of episodes, because it means we learn more about the characters and their backgrounds. In this episode, Abby and Neela spend start their NICU rotation, which is famously disliked amongst the staff of the ER. The fact their taking this difficult path together gives the impression of tough times together, once again my point about friendship.

    Neela takes an immediate dislike to the place, as it holds memories of her little brother who died of SIDS when she was a child. Meanwhile Abby seems to be doing well, as she helps Kerry and Sandy deliver their baby. Her supervisor recommends she takes NICU residency but Abby doesn't think so, despite having talent in that department.moreless
  • Love it!!

    This was a very good episode, very touching. You never imagine how many things could happen to a baby. I like that Neela and Abby were together in this hole episode, and that we could see the "the other side " of Neela, we alredy knew that she was very good at the academic things and that Abby sucks about academic but have a "thing" and thanks to that "thing" she was able to know more things.

    I think that what made Abby a bit more especial that Neela is that she has alredy been a nurse in the ER so she had seen more things that Neela as a med student have only heard or know by books and thats why Neela have this advantage.

    When the baby Jake was ready to go home and then he suddenly he get bad. Then her sister Miranda saw him and finally when abby was wrapping it up, i was crying very touching.

    I really like how at first nobody trust on Abby and then at the end when DR. Raab tell her she was very good and should be especialit in neonatalogy and that Dr. Weaver let Abby do the thing for her baby, they gave her trust and that motive abby.moreless
  • Abby and Neela work their way through a rotation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

    In retrospect this is one of my all time favorite episodes in terms of character development for Abby and Neela. The difference in the way they approach this rotation - Neela was self confident and Abby very insecure - and the huge turn around by the end of the rotation was a nice touch. Sometimes the book stuff that Neela is so adept at isn\'t as important as the heart that Abby brings to the job. I LOVED her assertiveness with the nurses and the tears she shed when preparing Baby Jake for his last moments with his family. Dr. Raab\'s validation of her skills was icing on the cake. So was the display of Kerry\'s confidence in her as she asked that Abby do Henry\'s tap.

    I could never really see \'friendship\' between Abby and Neela until this episode. The final scene at the Sky Bar was fun....and made me want to see them together as friends again.

    NICU is a difficult place for physicians AND families to be. This episode did a pretty nice job at protraying that.moreless
  • This is episode concentrates heavily on Abby and Neela. It shows up the differences between their approaches and their experiences. It gives us a chance to know Neela better, through Abby who we know well.moreless

    The episode is set mainly in the 'box' that is NICU, so it is much quieter and calmer than most episodes, even though dramas are still unfolding.

    Abby continues to doubt her academic abilities, whilst Neela doubts her people skills. Abby certainly deals well with both parents and babies, and shows the patience that she has developed in nursing making her a more sensistive doctor. She is not always thanked for that, especially by other staff, but it is important to her. She needs approval and is quick to assume that she is being criticised not praised for her behaviour. She is much more intuitive than Neela, who is always runnig through books under her breath, rather than judging with her feelings. I think they make an interesting blend. Abby's age makes her seem like the older sister/mentor, but she is well aware of Neela's excellent academic abilities. I like this friendship.

    I was amazed at Kerry showing affection to Abby, when she can be so vitriolic, but maybe it was the moment! After all she had just witnessed Henry's birth. But she reinforced that belief in Abby when she let her do the spinal tap on him.moreless
Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Noah Wyle

Noah Wyle

Dr. John Carter

L. Scott Caldwell

L. Scott Caldwell

Dr. Jane Raab

Guest Star

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

Kyle Kolber

Guest Star

Lesley Fera

Lesley Fera

Mrs. Kolber

Guest Star

Lisa Vidal

Lisa Vidal

Sandy Lopez

Recurring Role

Rossif Sutherland

Rossif Sutherland


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: Abby swaddles the baby so that his parents can hold him as he dies. As she is carrying him out of the NICU the baby is wrapped tight. When she hands him to the parents he is loosely wrapped & his feet are visible. When they show the parents holding him he is again wrapped tightly.

    • In this episode we learn that Neela had a baby brother who died when he was just six days old. She was three years old at the time.

    • NICU stands for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Abby: So, are you still thinking about neonatology?
      Neela: Not in a million years.
      Abby: I hope you didn't let Raab discourage you.
      Neela: It's more than that. She thinks you should go into NICU, you know.
      Abby: Yeah.
      Neela: You should.
      Abby: No, thanks.
      Neela: I bet every Attending tries to recruit you.
      Abby: Oh, please; look who's talking. Your mind is a sponge.
      Neela: Maybe, but you've got that thing. (pause) I don't know what it is, but it's much harder to learn.
      Abby: I think all that cider's going to your head.

    • Kerry: (Abby did the spinal tap on Henry) CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) on the first attempt with Dr. Mom breathing down your neck? I'm impressed.
      Abby: You should see how good I am when I'm not post-call.
      Sandy: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. You stuck a needle in my kid's back and you've been working for thirty-six hours?
      Abby: Actually, it's only been thirty-one hours.

    • Abby: I was pretty sure I was gonna hate the NICU.
      Neela: But you don't.
      Abby: No, I don't. (pause) It's not just about the babies. You know, so much of it is about taking care of the parents. And it turns out tragic family dynamics are my specialty.

    • Dr. Raab: Neela, there are no guarantees in this work. If you can't live with that, I suggest you become a bank teller. We'll pick up again when I get back.
      Dr. Gilespie: Don't listen to her. My cousin's a bank teller, got held up at gunpoint last year.

    • Dr. Gilespie: Heard any funny dead baby stories lately?
      Neela: Here's a good one: Inga's hydrocephalus is worsening. EEG shows continued seizure activity. She's not dead, but she might never wake up. It's a real laugh.

    • Virgie: Did you change Rocky's diaper?
      Abby: Yeah.
      Virgie: Why did you do that?
      Abby: 'Cause it was dirty.
      Virgie: My 'ins' and 'outs' are all off now.
      Abby: Alright, I'm sorry.
      Virgie: Not good enough. Go find it.
      Abby: It's in the trash.
      Virgie: Find it, weigh it, and I just might let you get some sleep tonight.

    • Dr. Raab: A NICU admission is like running a marathon without training for it. It's an endurance test for patients, for families, and for you. Eat when you can, sleep when you can, and when it's time to go home, get the hell out of here.

    • Neela: So when the DR phone rings, we're supposed to drop everything and run?
      Dr. Gilespie: Yep, 24/7. It means some potentially sick-ass baby's being born. It usually ends up being fine, but you never know.

    • Dr. Raab: Everyone, meet Virgie. Twenty years plus as a NICU nurse. Her mission: to protect the babies from the likes of you.

    • Dr. Raab: In 1993, two children were abducted from this unit.
      Dr. Gilespie: That explains the little LoJacks around their little ankles.
      Dr. Raab: You will be issued a code for this door. Do not give your code to anyone.
      Dr. Gilespie: (to Abby and Neela) I tattooed mine on my scrotum. Believe me, no one will ever see it there.
      Dr. Raab: Dr. Gilespie, back already?
      Dr. Gilespie: Another month in 'the box'.
      Dr. Raab: Your stand-up routine might go over on other rotations, but the NICU is a tough room.

    • Abby: Cher's a lovely name... It's just how you spelled it.
      Mrs. Kirk: Just wanted it to be different.
      Abby: O.k. As long as you're aware. (Walks away) Poor Chair. She's doomed.
      Matt: Maybe she'll meet a nice ottoman some day.

    • Carter: So Kem and I had our first official tour of the labour and delivery suites today. How can you call one room a suite?
      Abby: They're counting the bathroom?
      Carter: Ah...
      Abby: You're gonna be a dad.
      Carter: Yeah.
      Abby: How's it feel?
      Carter: Scary. Especially in this room. You start thinking about all the things that can go wrong. All the mistakes you can make.
      Abby: You're gonna be a great father.

    • Virgie: Haven't had a Thor in a while.
      Dr. Raab: We have a tradition of giving the babies tough guy nicknames. Hard to fight with a name like Lloyd.

    • Pratt: When did you two start your rotation?
      Abby: Five minutes ago.
      Pratt: Well, the NICU's great! Intubations, chest tubes, umbilical lines; you get to do all sorts of teeny tiny kick ass procedures.
      (the elevator door opens)
      Nurses: Cardio is waiting and Raab is pissed. Want to give him a pneumo?
      (the nurses, Abby and Neela roll the baby away)
      Sam: Good luck, you two!
      Pratt: Yeah, you're gonna love it! (to Sam) Let's get out of here.
      Sam: I hate the NICU.
      Pratt: Those guys are screwed.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Dr. Gilespie: That explains the little LoJacks around their little ankles.

      A LoJack is a vehicle tracking system that police use in order to recover stolen cars.