ER

Season 12 Episode 12

Split Decisions

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 12, 2006 on NBC
9.5
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With Luka eager to get home, Clemente AWOL and Kerry temporarily off her feet, Dubenko volunteers to cover the ER briefly, but quickly becomes involved with a septic patient and her husband, who is unwilling to accept she will not improve. He soon finds himself at odds with both the ER and ICU staff over an appropriate course of treatment. Abby’s excitement over her pregnancy means no sleep for Luka, and they head out for a bit of early shopping, and some dressing-room fun. Neela gets surgery as an elective, but is shocked to learn that rather that finishing his training in the US, Michael plans to return to Iraq. Ray helps Zoe escape to live with her sister when she arrives in the ER after a beating by her father, and Pratt fakes a blood test to help Darnell avoid arrest.moreless

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  • One of the best episodes. It was so enjoyable.

    10
    This was one of the most enjoyable episode of ER. There were really funny scenes and Luka and Abby were great together. Abby and Luka are preparing for the baby and Abby is so excited about it and Luka tries to calm her down. We learn that Dr Morris has four nipples in this episode. Michael deciedes to go back after he got married and emotional scenes happened between them. This episode mixed some funny and emotional scenes very cleverly and I enjoyed it very much especially those scenes between Luka and Abby. I am really glad they are back again.moreless
  • Clemente is gone and.. Dubenko plays attending in ER

    8.3
    So, this is Dubenko's day and on the first minutes he makes a tension between him and Pratt - about treating an older lady. The storyline develops quite emotional and opens us Dubenko little more.



    But he is not the only one in this episode. Pratt gets more attention too as Morris is constantly stalking him for advice on dating and his friend is caught driving drunk and he helps him.



    Also, some couples.. Neela and Gallant are having good day until Gallant says - he is going back and Neela just cannot understand it.



    And Abby and Luka - a lot of jokes and laughter. So, great episode.moreless
  • Good episode

    8.7
    I liked this episode because is showed the softer side of Luka and Abby. I'm so glad that they have found happiness with each other and I like them together. The scene of them together in the store was priceless. "Trust me Luka, everyone in the hospital knows who you are." I like these episodes because they keep it light and bring it back to the characters and the fact that they have lives outside of the hospital. I like Dubenko too, I hope they keep him around for a while. This was an all around good episode! I liked it.moreless
  • I would say this is actually my favorite episode so far of the season. Tough decision, but the luby was amazing. The best in season 12 (for luby lovers at least).moreless

    10
    Considering everything Luka and Abby have gone through already, this episode makes me really happy that they\'re together. As Carter didn\'t seem to have the time nor the patience for Abby\'s problems, Luka just seems to be supportive and loving anyway. Though I sense a huge tragedy coming up, I\'m happy as of now just by seeing them together. The dressing room was, by far, my favorite scene. But all the luby scenes were adorable. It\'s nice to see that Maura and Goran actually can still perform other types of acting besides depression and fear, because for years that\'s all we\'ve seen out of either of them. But now, to see them actually smile, brings a whole new passion to the ER. And Abby still cracks you up with her perfectly placed, unintentional, jokes. \"Oh, Luka, every woman who works in the hospital knows who you are TRUST me!\" .. a classic. Luby season 12 in general has been amazing, but I won\'t get into the other episodes. As for now, all I can say is, after this episode, I hope they stay happy and vibrant for a long time. It\'s rather appealing on both of them. But, this is of course just my opinion.moreless
  • A great episode, things are getting better

    9.0
    A great episode where we get to see Dubenko working in the ER. With little experience in the ER it is challenging for him, I hope he comes back down soon.



    Pratt helping Darnell was kind/ generous but very stupid. Darnell needs to wake up and start taking responsibility for his actions. I hope it doesn't bite Pratt in the bum.



    Abby is excited about the baby and good for her and Luka. I hope everything goes OK for them. I can't wait until everyone at work finds out (especially Sam)



    I liked the storyline with Ray and Zoe and I think it finished very well.moreless
Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

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

Harve Presnell

Harve Presnell

Mr. Venema

Guest Star

Brad Greenquist

Brad Greenquist

Mr. Butler

Guest Star

Mary E. Kennedy

Mary E. Kennedy

Trudy Lange

Guest Star

Leland Orser

Leland Orser

Dr. Lucien Dubenko

Recurring Role

Sharif Atkins

Sharif Atkins

Dr. Michael Gallant

Recurring Role

April Lee Hernandez

April Lee Hernandez

Inez

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Luka states that identical twins run in his family, but in fact there is no hereditary trait that influences a predisposition to having identical twins. The causes of monozygotic twinning (when a single fertilized egg splits into two or more embryos) is not known; technically it's a malfunction of the normal development process. Although there may be a high incidence of identical twins in some families, it is due to chance. Having fraternal twins, on the other hand, can run in the family, but on the mother's side only, as dizygotic twinning is the result of inheriting a gene for hyperovulation, which increases the chance of two or more eggs being released and subsequently fertilized.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Abby and Luka are sitting at the table while Abby eats and goes over a list of things to do before the baby comes)
      Abby: You know, thank God the human species has a 9 month gestation period. Can you imagine if we were rats and I was going to pump this thing out in like 6 weeks? Isn't that scary!?
      Luka: No, but you're scaring me.
      Abby: Really? (she gets a look of mischief on her face and acts as if she is going to flick food with her fork)
      Luka: No. Come on. Don't you dare!
      Abby: Don't I dare? Are your daring me?
      Luka: Wow! What is it with you?
      Abby: I don't know! I don't know. It's like a hormonal surge. I can't sleep, I can't stop eating. I can't... Maybe I'm nesting. Do you think I'm...? No.. I think I just need to get ready.
      Luka: We still have plenty of time.
      Abby: Yes, I know you say that, but it's going to go fast. So I think I don't want to jinx anything. But maybe we should just... look at some things. I mean, not to buy, but to do comparison shopping, for later.
      Luka: You want to go shopping?
      Abby: I want to go looking.
      Luka: Baby monitors?
      Abby: Yes: monitors, cribs, car seats. Maybe a little mobile of famous Croatian diplomats.
      (Luka gets a confused look on his face)
      Abby: It's a joke!

    • Luka: So, if we have twins, we need to have four of everything?
      Abby I'm not having twins.
      Luka: Ahh, identical twins run in my family.
      Abby: Are you kidding me?
      Luka: What? I mean, chances are really small.
      Abby: If your mutant Croatian seed causes me to have twins, I ...
      Lukaism: Listen, look at it from the sunny side. If we have a custody fight, each one of us is going to take a kid.

    • Pratt: Wait. What are you doing man? (Morris unbuttons his shirt) You got extra nipples?
      Morris: Yes! Red hair, porcelain skin, and four nipples. You know what gym class was like for me growing up? Hey, nipple boy, here here little piggy, look it's the ugly suckling! I heard them all
      (Ray comes behind the curtain too).
      Morris: Hey! We don't knock?
      Ray: On a curtain? What are you guys doing with my patient anyway?
      Pratt: Nothing. Morris was just showing me his extra pair of nipples.
      Morris: Oh my God! I can't believe you just violated my doctor patient privilege!
      Pratt: I'm not your doctor, Morris. And you sure as hell ain't my patient.
      Ray: Wow, look at those! That is freaky! You should get them all pierced, wear 'em like chain mail.

    • (After Abby pulls Luka into the dressing room)
      Abby: Shhhhh.
      Luka: Don't tell me to shhhh.
      (Then Luka pulls Abby into him and they kiss)
      Abby: We shouldn't be doing this.
      Luka: You started this one.
      (They continue to kiss and end up on the floor)

    • (in response to Abby's suggestion they wait a week or two before telling anyone about the baby)
      Luka: Uh... I might have mentioned something to my father.
      Abby: You might have mentioned something to your father?
      Luka: He's in Croatia. Who's he going to tell? (pauses a moment) Did you mention something to your mother?
      Abby: Oh God, no. I need to build up to that one. Like to wait until he's at least in high school.
      Luka: He?
      Abby: Or she... Except I kind of think I'd be better with a boy because the mother/daughter dynamic really just scares the hell out of me.

    • (Hiding behind a rack of clothing, after Abby has spotted an employee from the pharmacy she's afraid will see them)
      Luka: I don't even know who she is!
      Abby: She knows who you are!
      Luka: I don't think so.
      Abby: Oh, Luka. Every woman that works in the hospital knows who you are. Trust me.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Title: "Split Decisions"
      In boxing parlance, a "split decision" refers to a division of opinions among judges (versus a unanimous decision). In this episode it refers to the difference between the ER staff and Dubenko's approach to treating the older septic woman.

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