ER

Season 10 Episode 1

Now What?

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Sep 25, 2003 on NBC
8.6
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Season Premiere: Carter returns from Africa, going straight to Abby's bedside. Her response to seeing him is to ask for her key back. She is very chilly towards him all day until new med student Neela Rasgotra answers a phone call for Carter. The message: Luka is dead. Carter decides to go back to the Congo to bring the body back. Abby pleads with him to stay, but he leaves anyway. Neela has a tough first day in the ER, earning Chen's ire after Pratt flirts with her. Gallant, now a full-fledged doctor, helps to show her the ropes. Romano returns from his medical leave. Susan is still seeing Chuck. The ER is being rennovated, causing Weaver to scream a lot.moreless

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  • Carter and Abby experienced an even more strained relationship, a med student arrives, and a phone call says that Luka is dead. Among this is the rennovations of the ER and the chaos of trauma one life.moreless

    8.5
    This season premiere picks up well after last season's season finale entitled "Kisangani," an episode named after the tribal village in the Congo where the episode was set in. Where "Kisangani" leaves off with Carter and Luka in Africa working with Doctors Without Borders, "Now What?" picks up with Carter's less-than-joyful return to Chicago. Upon his arrival in Abby's apartment, she asks for her key back and kicks him out promptly without any regards to his feelings. In fact, Abby is extremely self-centered this episode when it comes to her relationship with Carter: she seems to only care about how she'll feel if he leaves for Africa to do the noble deed of bringing Luka's body home after receiving a phone call that tells the staff of County General that he had died.



    This episode also features the arrival of med student Neela Rasgotra (a name that prompts Frank to insensitively say "Don't hey hire Americans around here anymore?"). She faces a tough first day when Pratt begins to flirt with her (much to the dismay of Jing-Mei Chen). This seems to cause Chen to harshly come down upon Neela for reasons that the student couldn't seem to comprehend.



    We also have various other mini storylines that don't seem to be of much importance to this episode's plot. The ER is undergoing rennovations which means that there's plenty of opportunity for humor through downed phone lines, flickering computers, and falling panes of glass.



    Overall, this episode was a good way to kick off the tenth season of ER.moreless
  • Bad news...

    8.7
    Oh, when at the end of last season it looked so sweet how it ended, then now - it was rather... Abby is mad about Carter and quite brakes up with him for what? She is mad that he left and went to Africa and does not understand nothing what Carter comes back and says - she looks somehow so narrow minded and.. disturbing.



    Whatever have happened with Pratt as he tries to hit on everyone - on the L, then to new medstudent Neela - who also oh.. makes quite a mistakes and Deb becomes enemy as she just cannot get Pratt away from her.



    And then, to make even worse - the phone rings and Neela, not knowing nothing, learns that someone named Kovac is dead and Carter rushes away, again...moreless
  • Neela arrives for her first day in the ER.

    9.0
    Neela arrives for her first day in the ER. There is chaos all around as the construction is a disaster. Computers going down, phones re-routed and ringing like crazy... so Neela answers it. It\'s for Carter, Frank tells her to take a message. However, the caller insists it is important. Finally, Neela says to those gathered that someone died, a Dr. Kovac. Neela is helping an elderly lady who she is to monitor every 15 minutes. Malik moves the patient to another room. Neela fails to check the board and thinks the patient has moved upstairs. The elderly lady dies and Neela feels responsible. Pratt, however, takes her to see an earlier patient that Neela helped diagnose with a blood disorder. Pratt makes the point to Neela about saving her, which helps Neela deal with the other patient\'s death.moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Nurse Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen

Noah Wyle

Noah Wyle

Dr. John Carter

Joe Grifasi

Joe Grifasi

Tom Williams

Guest Star

Emily Cline

Emily Cline

Denise Johnson

Guest Star

Ellen Geer

Ellen Geer

Mrs. Ferguson

Guest Star

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi

Jerry

Recurring Role

Conni Marie Brazelton

Conni Marie Brazelton

Conni

Recurring Role

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón

Chuny

Recurring Role

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    • Abby: I don't know. You knew I didn't want you to go, and you went anyway. What, were you trying to hurt me?
      Carter: Why would I want to hurt you?
      Abby: I, I don't know! I don't know! Why would you want to hurt me?
      Carter: It wasn't about you.
      Abby: Oh, come on! You weren't even going to tell me you were going! If I hadn't bumped in to you when you were leaving, I wouldn't even have known!
      Carter: I wasn't trying to hurt you. I wanted to feel like I was really doing something.
      Abby: Did you even think about me?
      Carter: Yes.
      Abby: Okay, what did you think (pause) What did you think? I don't know why you bothered to come back (she starts walking away)
      Carter: Oh, you're just going to walk away?
      Abby: Yeah.
      Carter: Okay, walk away Abby. That's what you do best.
      Abby: You want to know what you do best? You make this all about my problems, but you know what? You have some problems too. You've got some really big problems.

    • Abby: Where's Luka?
      Carter: Is that what this is about?
      Abby: No.
      Carter: Luka's fine. Luka's more than fine.
      Abby: What does that mean?
      Carter: Nothing.
      Abby: Nothing. You know we don't talk?
      Carter: We're not talking now?
      Abby: Your mouth is moving, I mean, you give the impression we're having a real conversation, but when you finish, I have no idea what you're thinking.
      Carter: I was trying to tell you about Africa.

    • Neela: The phone was ringing and no one was around, so I thought I should answer it.
      Frank: Big mistake.
      Neela: It's long-distance, overseas, for a Dr.Carter.
      Frank: 'Course, who else? Take a message.
      Neela: (on the phone Yeah, can I take a message? (to Frank) They say it's important. Someone who's died.
      Jerry: Who?
      Neela: Someone named Kovac. A Dr. Kovac.

    • Romano: This department is a money pit!
      Weaver: We have more people coming through the door everyday, and we're legally obligated to treat them.
      Romano: Which is why we should grab some wood, nail the entrance shut and paint "go away" in big letters.

    • Chen: Dr. Romano, you're back.
      Romano: Yeah, try to hide your wild enthusiasm at my return. I find overt displays of emotion embarassing.

    • Neela: Excuse me. Can you help me, sir?
      Frank: You need to find a triage nurse.
      Neela: No, I'm sorry. I work here.
      Frank: Lucky you.
      Neela: I-I'm supposed to start today. Neela Rasgotra?
      Frank: Rag what?
      Neela: Rasgotra.
      Frank: Don't we hire Americans anymore?

    • Abby: Make up for it how?
      Susan: Flowers, a nice dinner. If you're really mad, jewelry.
      Abby: I could use a new transmission for my car.
      Susan: You're a real romantic, you know that?

    • Susan: He came straight from the airport to your place. That's got to tell you something.
      Abby: What? He's horny?

    • Neela: What's a TWA?
      Pratt: What?
      Neela: What's a TWA?
      Pratt: Where did you hear that?
      Neela: The old guy at the desk with the flat head (referring to Frank) called me a TWA. I don't know what it means.
      Pratt: (shaking his head) Third world assassin, TWA.

    • Lewis: If he [Romano] starts in on me I'll cut his other arm off.
      Abby: Get a saw. I'll hold him down.

    • Gallant: (to Neela) Oooh, penile discharge; probably not your best first patient.

    • (about Neela)
      Romano: Who was that?
      Frank: One of those University of Calcutta carpetbaggers you people insist on hiring.
      Jerry: I think she said she went to Yale.
      Frank: Yeah, her daddy's probably a drug lord. Built a new wing on the Yale library with his poppy profits. How's the arm?
      Romano: Gone. How's your prostate?
      Frank: The size of your head. I'm up 4 times a night to pee. Hey, what's with the beard?
      Romano: I hear the ladies like it.

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