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Season 10 Episode 5

Out of Africa

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 30, 2003 on NBC
8.6
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Luka's first day back in the ER is a busy one. While working out the details of his return with Weaver, he mentions that he'll be returning to the Congo in two months. Lewis treats an alcoholic mother who set herself on fire in front of her son, and an elderly architect who tried to commit suicide because he's going blind. Abby, back in med school, shows up in the ER as a surgical consult. New nurse Samantha "Sam" Taggart makes quite an impression. Dorset gets a revealing phone call while in surgery with Corday.moreless

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  • And Sam comes...

    7.5
    Oh, the "important" episode as we get new char - nurse Sam, and to be honest, I think with Chleo she is one of the most annoying chars at ER all time.



    But the episode is not about her as main attention goes for Susan and Kovac.



    Kovac is back from the hospital and Africa and has some hard times getting in, managing those hopeless students and future-doctors and Romano and in the end makes a fast way to deal with patients. Weird, choice.



    Susan.. she has troubles with one mum, gets social service in and that makes mother to try a suicide - she puts herself into flames and it was rather... very emotional and very well written - how one action meant for good made so much troubles and pain.moreless
  • The first day for Sam Taggart is a "piece of pie". But it's Susan who steals the show

    9.9
    In the midst of Sherry Stringfield's exit from the show, I feel that I must review what I think is her best episode from the second stint of her time on the show.



    This episode sees the introduction of Samantha Taggart, a feisty new nurse played by Linda Cardellini. When looking back on this episode, Sam shows a lot of promise. She knows how to handle patients (and Morris) and is an allround likable human being (which she slowly turns out not to be). Her first day seems to be a breeze and she also seems like a good mother, blowing off some time getting to know Abby and Corday to spend some time showing her son around the hospital instead.



    But the highlight of the episode is Susan. Her two patients this episode are both very different with fascinating storylines to them both. First is Paula Martin, a woman who dropped her baby out a shopping cart (wtf?). Our Susan notices Paula is drunk and social services pass off the children to their father, Dr. Arzt ... no, sorry, Bill Martin. In despair, the mother sets herself on fire in what I saw as a cry for help. But what made her think that setting her kids on fire would grant her custody? Or maybe she was suicidal. The scenes in the trauma room were quite graphic and very difficult to watch. But I really felt for her when her son refused to see her, the pain that this woman went through. It was interesting also watching Susan deal with the fact that she caused this woman to do such a desperate act and how she coped with this responsibility.



    Bob Newhart is a comedy legend, so it is quite wierd to watch him in a dramatic role (following his recent stint on Desperate Housewives) - especially if he's playing a suicidal contractor. But I could empathise with him as he was slowly growing old and growing blind. The last scene between he and Susan and their promise was a well-written scene. Both these patients allowed Sherry Stringfield to prove what a great actress she is, as well as why Dr. Susan Lewis remains such a fan favourite.



    In subplots, I'm quite happy seeing the back of Dr. Dorset. He was in no way right for Corday (considering that he was married) and Corday deserves something better ... someone who is particularly Greene. But it was good to see Abby on her surgical rotation.



    It's good seeing Romano in these episodes, the episodes leading up to his death. In this episode, he manages to fight with Abby among other people.



    Another important factor in this episode is Luka's return from Africa, only to reveal to Weaver that he'll be returning in 2 months. It's good seeing him interact with the new breed of County General staff (Neela, Coop, Morris), only to know he'll be off again soon.moreless
  • exciting and heartbreaking

    8.5
    This episode features one of the most shocking scenes in ER history when the mother lights herself on fire in front of her son. I can only imagine how that must have traumatized that boy to see his mother light herself on fire. It was at least fortunate that he had a loving father that could take care of him. Actually when I first saw the episode, I predicted that the dad would be the one that was the problem, but I was wrong. The other important thing in this episode is Luka's return from Africa. He is obviously changed by his experiences in Africa. Romano continues to be a huge jerk as usually and abuses both Pratt and Abby. I thought the way we were introduced to Sam was classic.moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

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

Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart

Ben Hollander

Guest Star

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim

Ken Sung

Guest Star

Gavin Fink

Gavin Fink

Henry Martin

Guest Star

Montae Russell

Montae Russell

Zadro

Recurring Role

Bruno Campos

Bruno Campos

Dr. Eddie Dorset

Recurring Role

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (23)

    • Abby: (Sam is sitting outside) Hey, are you contemplating a career change?
      Sam: Yeah, something like that.
      Abby: This is Dr. Corday.
      Corday: Elizabeth's fine.
      Sam: (they shake hands) Pleased to meet you, Sam Taggart.
      Abby: It's her first day.
      Corday: Yeah, you have that County glaze about you. I hope it wasn't too terrible.
      Sam: Nah, it's not like my last few jobs. I'm used to getting hit hard: MVA, GSW, knife in the eye. Here you get a chance to catch your breath, clear your head once in awhile.
      Abby: Yeah, that's what I love about County: all the quiet time.

    • Coop: (After Morris quits) You just tested him, right?
      Pratt: Uh-uh.
      Coop: Great, that worked out well.
      Pratt: Listen, everybody's not cut out for this.
      Coop: Yeah.
      Pratt: Just get back to work. And remember: the jury's still out on you.

    • Abby: Well, I never meant to quit med school forever and it seemed like the right time to go back. I only have one year left.
      Susan: Where'd you get the money?
      Abby: Begged, borrowed, threatened my ex-husband.

    • Luka: Neela, give me the history.
      Neela: Epigastric pain improved with GI cocktail. Chem-20's pending.
      Patient: She speaks English pretty good.
      Neela: Better than you, in fact.

    • Susan: We're going to give you some fluids now.
      Ben Hollander: Glenlivet (Scotch whisky), I hope.
      Susan: More like Gatorade.

    • Pratt: Rule-out small bowel obstruction: still waiting on a Surgical consult.
      Romano: Oh. Well, I didn't see him with an NG (nasogastric) tube.
      Pratt: 'Cause I didn't drop an NG tube.
      Romano: Well gee, you think Surgery might expect you to?
      Pratt: Let's just see what they say.
      Romano: No, let's just do it and see if you can get through a single damn shift without pissing off one of the other departments, alright!
      Pratt: You know you should really grease that thing up, you're starting to get a little squeaky.
      Romano: Get outta here!

    • (after Dr. Dorset tells her that he is married)
      Elizabeth: I can't believe I was allowing myself to feel something for an absolute...
      Abby: Bastard? Jerk? Wanker?

    • Morris: I've been here less than a month, and I already hate the place.
      Cooper: That's a step up. You hated your internship after the first day.

    • Weaver: And from now on, you'll be answering to Dr. Romano.
      Kovac: Oh, then we should definitely talk about a raise.

    • Neela: I thought we weren't supposed to discharge them until the labs are back.
      Kovac: Yeah, that's why Triage looks like a refugee camp.
      Romano: Ha.
      Kovac: Get his phone number and call him back in if his labs are abnormal. But trust me, they won't be.
      Romano: We ought to send the whole staff to the dark continent.

    • Romano: So, what's today's excuse for Triage being a stinking, overpopulated cesspool of humanity?
      Sam: The healthcare system?
      Romano: Yeah, well, if things get too locked up, you can try stabbing some of these deadbeats in the neck. That ought to have them running to Northwestern.

    • (talking about Romano's new arm)
      Pratt: Check out Robo-Doc.
      Romano: How do you have time to loiter around making moronic comments when your patient in 2 is still waiting to be dispo'd?
      Pratt: I'm good at prioritizing.

    • (beginning his shift)
      Romano: Frank, which attending should I be focusing my rage on today?

    • (after watching Sam put an injection in an out-of-control patient's neck)
      Romano: Oh, please tell me you work here.
      Sam: Sam Taggart, new nurse.

    • Coop: Hey, Morris! Hey, hey! Where you going? You still have two hours left. Triage is all backed up.
      Morris: I've had enough, okay? I quit!
      Coop: What? You don't get this far just to walk away.
      Morris: I only got this far because you've been carrying me!
      Coop: No, I haven't.
      Morris: Oh, come on!
      Coop: I haven't been carrying you.
      Morris: And I'm sick of being carried!
      Pratt: Morris, you bailing? (to Coop) Let him walk. (to Morris) Don't miss your train, sweetie.
      (Morris walks away)
      Coop: Hey, he's just testing you. Morris. Morris! (to Pratt) You just tested him, right?
      Pratt: (shaking his head) Uh-uh.
      Coop: Great. That worked out well.
      Pratt: Listen, everybody's not cut out for this.
      Coop: Yeah.
      Pratt: Let's get back to work. And remember--the jury's still out on you.

    • Lukaism: In Africa I did 18 hours a day, every day. It was a piece of pie.
      Kerry: Cake.

    • Alex: Is this your new hospital?
      Sam: Yep.
      Alex: It's even crappier than the last one.
      Sam: Hey, watch it there kiddo...

    • Sam: You got one poisonous one-armed midget running this place.

    • Romano: There's nothing I find sexier than a mute girl covered in blood, so keep your head down and your mouth shut.
      Sam: You remind me of a guy I used to date. He's dead.

    • Romano: You waited three and a half hours for Abby?

    • Lewis: Have you ever had suicidal thoughts?
      Mr. Hollander: Yes, yes, in the Seventh Grade. I was a pudgy child.

    • Romano: Is that Pratt in there with Lewis?
      Neela: No, that's Gallant.
      Romano: Oh, I always get those two mixed up. Must be the goatee.

    • Lewis: HEY, nice hand!
      Romano: You wanna see it in action?
      Lewis: You'll have to buy me a drink first.

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