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Season 11 Episode 11

Only Connect

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 20, 2005 on NBC
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Episode Summary

It's Abby's first day back at work since her abduction, and it may be too soon for her to return. ER patient satisfaction scores are very low, so Susan enlists Luka to teach the residents how to communicate more effectively with their patients. Two teens, both suffering from gunshot wounds, are brought to the ER, and Neela fumbles badly when informing a family member of their relative's condition. Abby tells Neela that she needs to find a new living arrangement. Attorney Herb Spivak returns to the ER, trolling for clients.moreless

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  • A lack of communication...

    For a some time, they have had problems on ER with low opinion and they are not good with patients - to, now it has to change. Luka has lately, anyway, taken Neela under his wing and tried to teacher her to become better doctor. And it looks to me that she is starting to have some crush on him.

    Ok, Abby is back but she is still quite traumatized and wants to run away, until she meets a quite charming med student on EL and returns..

    And Sam.. She is sick and tired that Luka tries to control her life but in the end, everything falls back where it used to be.moreless
  • Abby's back but to early..? The residents are given a lesson in bedside manner and an unlikely pair become roomates.

    I enjoyed this episode the residents were all panicky thinking one of them was going to get fired, turns out the "discussion room" was being painted.The constant pestering had a slight affect on their manners particularly Pratt although i like his philosophy of the more time you spend chatting the less you can help he is arrogant at times.

    So Abby was back i don't know if that was wise as soon as she shouted at Neela but hey if you get bored.The way they showed her being paranoid was very well scripted the eyes of the patients was great and had an uncanny resemblance to the boys from the last episode.I liked Abby's interaction with Jake , she obviously likes him and he speaks alot of sense on some level that drew her out of her Dark period.

    That lawyer wasn't particularly funny more of a filler tool but the scenes with the mixed up patients was dreadful to watch; being told your grandson is dead/alive then finding out he is infact alive/dead would be horrific to go through.

    So Ray and Neela as roomates that should be interesting after their stormy past ;)

    A well scripted epi.!moreless
  • Don't be rude!!

    I haven't like very much the latest episode of ER, it's just as if they had no better thing to do, and just write very out of the point episodes, the lawer guy wasn't great or funny.

    Only of one thing i'm glad, we finally see some time of Luka/Sam :D, but where is alex, they mencion him, but no where to be seen, i miss him, he is very cute and very clever. I like this Neela look, she dosen't look anymore as a little girl, she is now a grown woman, and think that you can take that great look only with you're haire.

    I hate sooo much Dubenko you, don't know how much,moreless
Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Dr. Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Noah Wyle

Noah Wyle

Dr. John Carter

Dan Hedaya

Dan Hedaya

Herb Spivak

Guest Star

Marla Gibbs

Marla Gibbs

Cherise Barnes

Guest Star

Marissa Matrone

Marissa Matrone

Kitty Peyser

Guest Star

Mädchen Amick

Mädchen Amick

Wendall Meade

Recurring Role

Eion Bailey

Eion Bailey

Jake Scanlon

Recurring Role

Leland Orser

Leland Orser

Dr. Dubenko

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Neela: You and Dr. Lewis must think I'm a complete idiot.
      Kovac: No, no. You're, you're just inexperienced. Hey. Hey, hey. Come here. First, you have to bring them into the family room for a death notification. Sit down. Somewhere away from the rest of the patients and the staff.
      Neela: She just got so hysterical.
      Kovac: Make sure they are sitting down. Don't be evasive and don't use euphemisms. Use the word "dead" and the word "is."
      Neela: I know all this.
      Kovac: Give them a tissue. Look them in the eye and make a connection. Then just say, "I'm, I'm very sorry." It's okay.
      Neela: (trying not to cry) I suck.
      Kovac: No, you don't suck. You're, you're still learning.

    • Patient: I used to work as a lumberjack, but I couldn't hack it, so I got axed.

    • Abby: Listen, I'm sorry about this morning.
      Neela: No, I'm sorry. I've been camping out on your couch for 6 months.
      Abby: Well, I didn't need to be a jerk about it.
      Neela: No, I needed a kick in the ass and I found a place with, err, Ray, actually, so I'll be leaving at the end of the week.
      Abby: (gives her a quizzical look) Well, take your time, there's no rush, and by the way... (slams her locker door) are you crazy?

    • Jake: You're back!
      Abby: Yep!
      Jake: I thought your shift was over?
      Abby: No, not until ten.
      Jake: So you were just taking a break?
      Abby: I guess so.
      Jake: On the El track?
      Abby: Yeah. I just love it up there.
      Jake: Me too. You never know who you might meet.

    • Jake: The human life span is so short anyway, it's almost irrelevant.
      Abby: Are you high?

    • Susan: So how are you doing?
      Abby: Good.
      Susan: Really?
      Abby: Um, never better.
      Susan: Really...?
      Abby: Yes, yes, yes. I've processed all of my feelings of anger, shame and guilt in an emotionally stable environment. I have addressed the urge to use alcohol. Oh and I've consulted both a shaman and a guru. So really I'm all good.

    • Sam: Excuse me Abby, I'm going to go yell at someone.
      Abby: Have fun!

    • Sam: You know, you're really good at teaching other people how to communicate.
      Luka: Thanks.
      Sam: We should try it ourselves sometime.
      Luka: Yeah… (smiles) My English you know. Still working on.
      Sam: (smiles) So now you're gonna pull the Croatian card? That is low.

    • Neela: So... random question.
      Abby: Yes...?
      Neela: Do you ever get crushes on people you work with?
      Abby: What do you mean?
      Neela: You know; crushes on people you work with.
      Abby: Yeah, I guess sometimes. Why?
      Neela: I don't know...
      (Sam and Luka comes walking behind them. Neela and Abby look at each other.)
      Luka: What?
      Abby: What?
      Neela: What?

    • (Neela slams down phone, frustrated with the apartment searching)
      Ray: Whew, it's ugly out there.
      Neela: You usually do early shifts, right, so you can go for gigs with your bands?
      Ray: Well, yeah, yeah. And if you stick to your late shifts and overnights...
      Neela: Weeks could go by and we might never see each other?
      Ray: Months, even.
      (Neela forces a smile)
      Ray: (smiling) Welcome, roomie.
      Neela: God, I'm going to regret this.

    • Luka: It's a teaching hospital!
      Sam: Yeah. It's also a real hospital with live patients who didn't get antibiotics and insulin cause I was in here doing compressions for 30 minutes!!!
      Luka: OK so you did some extra compressions. What you really mad about?
      Sam: Are you in all seriousness telling me for the second time today that I am not mad about what I'm really mad about!?
      Luka: I have no idea what you just said!

    • Jane: Wow. I find it really distracting to work with someone that good looking.
      Neela: Who? Dr. Kovac?
      Jane: Oh, come on. Don't pretend he's not hot.
      Neela: Oh, I don't know. You just get used to it.
      Jane: Yeah, but I mean, he's gorgeous.
      Sam: Who's gorgeous?

    • Luka: Enjoy your honeymoon. I spent the night fighting with Sam.
      Carter: O.k. Have fun with that.

    • Sam: Pratt. Knee contusion. Slipped at work, can't bear weight.
      Pratt: Well, I've got a hot MI, so it's gonna have to wait.
      Sam: I didn't say it can't wait. I said "can't bear weight". As in stand up.
      Pratt: I'll get to it when I get to it!
      (Carter and Luka are watching them)
      Carter: (To Luka) Little plan to help the residents communicate, you might wanna start with Pratt.
      Morris: (To his patient) Oh OK, just tell me the truth. How many Vicodin will it take for you to just go away, huh?
      Carter: ...Or Morris.
      Luka: (sighs) I'm doomed.

    • Susan: They can't even communicate with each other. Have you ever seen Neela and Pratt work together? Or Ray and Morris?
      Luka: Well, we can teach them to make eye-contact, introduce themselves, you know? Act like normal human beings in front of the patients.
      Susan: Ah, but that would be changing their basic personality structure, which would be a great strategy if you could turn back time and make their parents love them more.

    • (The attendings are meeting in a different room than usual)
      Morris: What's going on?
      Neela: The attendings are meeting.
      Morris: Why? Why here? Why, why now?
      Pratt: Don't know. Maybe they're thinking about cutting a resident.
      Morris: No! You think that's what this is?
      Pratt: I don't know. But what ever it is, can't be good. (Weaver looks at him through the window) O-oh. Go, go go go go.
      (Meanwhile, inside the room)
      Susan: What color are you painting the conference room?
      Weaver: Lime green.
      Carter: Why?
      Weaver: Cause it's my favorite color.

    • Sam: You know what, I managed to support me and Alex for ten years all on my own. I think I can handle it.
      Luka: You know, this isn't about money at all. You're worried about losing your independence or something.
      Sam: Aha.
      Luka: And about my role in Alex' life. What? You're worried about loosing control over him or...?
      Sam: You know what? You always do this!
      Luka: Do what?
      Sam: This! Telling me what I'm really mad about!
      Luka: Most of the time you don't know what you're really mad about! (Sam moves to the door) Sam, this isn't our stop!

    • Lewis: If you solicit any more patients in my hospital I will have you forcibly removed.
      Herb Spivak: How about a free pen?

    • Patient: (to Sam) My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned. Couldn't concentrate.

    • Luka: If we want to make our patients happier, we need to teach our residents to connect with them better, you know? to communicate to...
      Carter: What are you? The Croatian Dr. Phil?

    • Neela: So are you sure you are OK?
      Abby: What I really need is a little space!
      Neela: OK
      Abby: I'm sorry, I just...
      Neela: No you're right, I should find my own place, I'll start looking today.
      Abby: You don't have to rush.
      Neela: No really. I'll see you at work.

    • Susan: Well, this week we suck a little less than we did last week, and maybe next week we'll suck a little less than we do this week.

  • NOTES (1)


    • When the clock radio wakes up Abby, the woman on the radio says "I'm Renée Montaine; today is Monday the 7th; this is Morning Edition from NPR news."

    • At one point Carter asks Luka if he is the "Croatian Dr. Phil." Dr. Phil McGraw is a well known psychologist who hosts a talk show in which he helps resolve his guests' problems.

    • Title:"Only Connect"
      The title of this episode refers to the epigraph to E. M. Forster's 1910 novel Howard's End. The connection theme is detailed in one of the book's well known passage, when one of the main characters listens to a sermon about making connections between people while thinking about the disconnect between her fiancé's highly developed social/professional persona and the private person, who lives, without reflection, in the moment: "Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die."