Season 12 Episode 2

Nobody's Baby

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Sep 29, 2005 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A baby's life is endangered when the surrogate mother refuses a C-section. The biological parents, Ray, and Dr. Coburn disagree over the surrogate mother's treatment. Abby makes a difficult diagnosis on a young boy with a rare illness. Pratt is reunited with his father and his family. Sam tells Luka she's moving out, and Luka discusses the move with Alex.moreless

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  • Human side of Ray

    New interns, new people around and Morris - oh, he turns it into hell. No Susan, no Carter - almost no familiar face. It's so weird...

    Anyway, I really liked this episode as it showed the human side of Ray - he has been that kind of hard to get guy and really somehow distant, but this episode broke that barrier. That was good.

    And Luka and Abby - that conversation they had - that it was not Abby's fault that the broke up - it was funny :D And Neela and Abby with those so "great" looking women... they had fun, I hopemoreless
  • A surrogate mother comes into the ER and when complications mean that the baby may have brain damage the parents do not want anything to do with the baby as it is less than perfectmoreless

    This episode made me cry at the end with the baby! It was so sad that people could actually just leave a baby just because it might not have been perfect. It made you cry when Ray said that he was going to stay with the baby. You have to feel sorry for both the baby and the mother as the surrogate mother won't have the baby because it isn't hers and the baby's mother wants the baby but her husband doesn't want a baby that is less than perfect. It is a real tearjerker. I really loved the episode though.moreless
  • It must be very hard to be a doctor sometimes.

    Wow a excellent episode with the 'new' cast of ER.

    Shane West did a great job in this episode and I hope that there will be more like it.

    It was so sad that the biological parents didn't want the baby in the end.

    I love how Neela and Abby treat the 'bitch' at the train station then end up having to treat her in the hospital. Excellent funny stuff!
  • wow

    writing this review a while after I last saw this episode, but thewhole thing seems pretty fresh in my mind, I have heard people berate the Drs for how they approached , this woman, she held a babies life in her hands.. and her choice left it as the title says nobodies baby..
  • So, I found such a lot to say about the episode at the forum that I decided I may as well do a small but of editing and post my thoughts in review form, for everyone to read.moreless

    I really enjoyed this episode. The first few moments really showed us what the episode would be about. Before the starting credits even rolled, we had painful relationship trauma in the guise of Luka and Sam splitting-up, we had gentle humour and friendship involving Abby and Neela. All that was left then, was the medicine, to which we were offered lots in the next 45-minutes.

    I have made a list of points that occurr to me when thinking back to the episode, and this is what my following review will consist of. So read on, to gage my full thoughts.

    1. The women on the train were hilarious. When Abby was first running I thought it was a little exaggerated, but as soon as the woman fell I just loved it to bits. I thought it was a great comic start, and I enjoyed the continuation into the episode. (How many times have we had something like this now? They’re quite fun. Reminded me of the time Weaver’s mugger came in to the ER).

    2. I personally thought that Ray was an absolute jerk this episode. I believe that no matter what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, what a doctor’s morality or emotions say, they have NO right to pressurise a woman while she’s having such a hard time. It was the woman’s body and the woman’s choice. For all we know he could have stressed her and made everything worse. No matter how touching or upsetting the scene at the end was, with Ray looking out for the baby, that just doesn’t excuse his earlier behaviour IMO.

    Regarding the ‘parents’, I think it’s just cruel and inhumane for them to leave the hospital. How dare they! I was especially angry at the father to be honest (he seemed to be influencing his wife a bit, I saw something in her that wanted to stay). I liked Ray's comment that they could still call him David.

    3. I liked Abby in the episode, and I really do have different opinions on her at different times. I think this season will be a positive one for her, and me. However, I am going to be very vain now and tell you all that I picked up the vegetarian/ intense meat reaction diagnosis before she did!!! Hahaha *does dance*

    4. Where’s Kerry? I want her already.

    5. Luka’s growing on me (from last episode). He was sweet with Alex, especially when he put his own Playstation controller in the box.

    6. A nice story-line for Pratt, hopefully it shall continue. The family seem like they’re all good actors, so there’s much potential there.

    7. Old Alex was so much better. Not a little pathetic wimp!

    8. Didn’t even notice Susan was gone. Despite the fact I joyously pointed out Luka’s top billing to my step-mum.

    9. I like Clemons and I enjoyed the three sets of advice she received – kind of a follow-up to last week’s 3 different styles.

    All in all, such a great episode. I liked it far more so than last week, and it seems so very promising for the season to come. It seemed like a whole new style, someone mentioned the ER even seemed lighter and I can’t agree more, even the very atmosphere. I know we get drama in the ER and sadness and depression, but it had quite an uplifting nature this week (despite baby story-line). I think what I mean to say is that it’s lost it’s dreary slow attitude and seems fast-paced, characterised and full of fresh new energy and life.

    Small notes:

    1. Morris, the wizard we learn, referred to the three R2s as lacking brains, heart and courage. Surely in the following order - Ray, Neela, Abby? Abby is supposed to be the one with a big heart and Neela with a big brain so that means that Neela must be the one lacking courage.moreless
Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

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

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Dr. Abby Lockhart

Eric Lange

Eric Lange

Rod Stillman

Guest Star

Michael Spellman

Michael Spellman

Dr. Jim Babinski

Guest Star

Anthony Giangrande

Anthony Giangrande

Dr. Jeremy Munson

Guest Star

Amy Aquino

Amy Aquino

Dr. Janet Coburn

Recurring Role

Brian Lester

Brian Lester


Recurring Role

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Morris: Officer on deck. Me, I'm the chief.
      Abby: Yeah, chief pain in the ass.
      Morris: Ha ha. Oh Abby, if only you were as talented as you are funny.
      Abby: At least I'm funny.
      Morris: You know, if making jokes at the expense of those with native American heritage is humorous to you... (Abby gives him a disbelieving look) Yeah, I happen to be one sixteenth Choctaw Indian.

    • Neela: Where's Ray?
      Clemons: He never came back down from labor and delivery.
      Neela: He probably stayed upstairs to hit on one of those OB nurses.

    • (Morris has just told Neela, in front of Abby, that her charts are incomplete)
      Morris: Alright, let's see if you can do better than one for four, Lockhart. Need me to sign off on some charts?
      Abby: No.
      Morris: You said you had stuff for me to sign off on.
      Abby: That was Neela.
      Morris: Aren't those your charts?
      (Abby steps in front of her charts to cover them up)

    • Morris: Where's Pratt?
      Neela: He's off.
      Morris: It must be nice working banker's hours.

    • Luka: My father's been bugging me to visiting. I haven't been home in a long time, and I have some vacation time coming up. So I was thinking about making a trip back to Croatia. It will only be for a couple of weeks. Maybe good for us to spend some time apart. Alex and you can hang out, and you know...
      Sam: I've already started looking for a new place.
      Luka: A new place?
      Sam: For me and Alex.
      Luka: You're moving out?
      Sam: You just said you think it would be good for us to spend time apart.
      Luka: That's not what I meant!
      Sam: I was gonna tell you. I just think that it's... I need to think things out by my self.
      Luka: Where are you going now?
      Sam: I'm going to look for an apartment before work.
      Luka: So what, we don't talk about this?
      Sam: Never seemed to do us any good before.

    • Liam: My friend thinks you're a MILF.
      Friend: Shut up! (hits Liam)
      Liam: Ow!
      Abby: S'cuse me?
      Liam: It's a "Mother I'd Like To..."
      Abby: (quickly interrupts) Oh. Well, I'm not a mother. I'm a doctor.
      Liam: Guess that makes you a DILF!
      Abby: Okay. See you later, Liam.

    • (Luka and Abby, talking about Sam's decision to move out of Luka's apartment)
      Luka: I have a feeling it's a communication problem.
      Abby: Well, if you're not sure, it probably is. Sorry. Uh... if you want to talk about it.
      Luka: No, no. I mean, if I wanted to talk about it, Sam probably wouldn't be moving out.
      Abby: (thoughtfully) Thanks, Luka. (Luka looks at her, quizzically) I always thought it was my fault that things didn't work out between us, but now I know it was you.
      Luka: (smiles broadly, then laughs) Hey, no problem.

    • (On the El platform)
      Drew: If you're a doctor, I want a second opinion.
      Neela: OK. (To Abby) Dr. Lockhart, would you care to give a second opinion?
      Abby: Sure. (To Drew) Your ankle may be broken, and you're a bitch!

    • Toni: We were going to call him David, after Rob's father.
      Ray: You still can, you know.

    • Ray: (About the baby) The little guy's had a rough day, and I don't think he should spend his first night all alone.

    • Chuny: Dr. Kovac, do you have a patient in the cath lab?
      Kovac: Yeah. Why?
      Chuny: I think he might have died.

    • Morris: Abby, Ray, Neela. No brains, no courage, no heart. All they need is a trip to see the Wizard.

    • Abby: Just ignore them. They're on a bulimia high.

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