Season 12 Episode 18

Strange Bedfellows

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Mar 30, 2006 on NBC
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When Luka answers a call for help, he discovers not everyone is pleased. Will he honor his commitment, or ask a colleague to step in for him? Abby and Morris wrestle with the strange case of a car crash victim. Having made a change in her life, Sam finds herself enjoying a few new perks. Neela has unexpected visitors, with even more unexpected news.moreless

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  • Something different

    I loved the story here - those different layers of motion and action, the way everything developed.

    This was very char centric episode - first the whole thing around Neela and the complex situation she finds herself. She cannot say she did not see the signs - she was just blind for them.

    And Luka and Abby.. and Africa. When Luka mentioned Africa it was so like deja vu with Carter. He just disappeared there and left she when she needed the most. And for a while it looked the same but the way Luka solves it - well done. And I am very happy they are not dropping that Darfur storyline after one episode - and those Africa episodes. They have been my favorites.moreless
  • I thought this was a good episode but....


    This was a good episode but i was very worried that Luka would end up leaving Abby and going to Africa. I was very much hoping that he wouldnt be stupid enough to go and leave her with the baby on her own (he might die again). I was so glad when he decided that he wouldnt't go. I didn't really like Luka to start with and if he had left Abby then that would have got me really mad at him. He has always wanted a family and now Abby is prgnant and there was the possibility of him leaving again. Anyway he didn't leave and sent Pratt instead so im happy. ER is a great show and everyone should watch it.moreless
  • And by flashback, I mean for me personally.. and Abby... and maybe some Luka too... and Pratt? Well, generally, all the characters were having flashbacks while this episode progressed.

    Though I was rather upset that Luka would even consider going back to Africa, I have to give him credit for his ultimate decision. But putting myself in the character of Abby, I can't believe how calmly she took it. She hides everything she feels, which I think is terrible, but I can't really blame her for. So I'm Abby. This Croatian Sensation dumped me a few years ago because I've been obviously crushing on the cute American. The American takes forever to actually make any move on me, and once he does, the fun we used to have together begins to fade as he is suddenly overparanoid with my drinking. So now my ex Croatian decides to take some leave in Africa to be a good samaritan. A scary thought, really, but at least my Mr. America's still here. But then, what's this? Mr. America (which for confusion purposes, we'll now refer to as 'Carter') rushes off to side-kick Croatian Sensation (which we'll code-name 'Luka'... don't ask why o.O...)

    and what happens? Well my Carter returns, but then my ex 'Luka' suddenly dies, thus making Carter leave me... again... (and let's just rub in that my life hasn't been so great before this day...) So now ex-Luka-less and current-Carter-less I sit alone in a hospital in Chicago while the two loves of my life so far are dieing away in Africa. Luka returns from the dead, only to have Malaria, and also happens to have a special letter written from a "found" Carter. The break up. Hmm... So Africa signifies for me: Dead/Malaria Luka, Carter leaving me literally, then Carter leaving me sexually... So today, after gaining several pounds to my ex-Luka's mutant croatian seed, I am confronted with Luka wanting to return to the country that symbolizes only loss and death to me?

    So, yes, it bothered me when he even considered going, but my favorite scene in the entire episode is when Abby confronts him about how she feels. I love that he doesn't cut in on her, but rather, waits until she's finished to tell her the good news. Her reaction is priceless. (One of my favorite things about Tierney's acting.) But my favorite part of the entire scene, is Abby's spilling her thoughts. I can't decide if it's the acting or the lines, but something about that speech makes me sparkle.

    And the line "to help me with the baby?" ... again, the perfectly placed, unintentional jokes.

    So the entire episode was great, but Luka and Abby were the only things I could remember enough to actually write about. (You can see where *my* mind is!)moreless
  • They are making everything so perfect!

    This season is ER at its best. This episode was like the good old days, with everything of wonderful that only the ER people can do. (And this review is all about the characters)

    I have to start with Abby and Luka, because that was about everything ER fans have been moaning about since the end of season 9. When Luka tells Abby Carter asked him to go to Darfur I was like "Oh, not again!". Last time, when Carter told Abby he was going to the Congo, she was upset, but not like this time. This time she was really hurt. So hurt she was ignoring Luka throughout the episode. In the end, she goes to him for a talk and tells him she doesn't have the right to be upset, as they're not married or even living together. But Luka tells her he's sending Pratt. Because he wants to be there for her and the baby. Oh, my. He is the sweetest man on Earth, or what? I love Luka, so does Abby, and that is SO great.

    For the first time since season 10, it was nice to see Sam. She moved to this huge house and is seriously doing her job, like the good nurse she is, and I think it's nice of ER to show that, the rich people, left alone by their own children, who need the help of a caring, young nurse. But Alex's participation on the episode was totally useless. They should forget Samantha (so cool to see Mr. Elliot calling her 'Samantha'!) has that son.

    Neela was great this episode, with her in-laws (so weird to see Neela as someone's daughter-in-law, I kind of forget she's a married lady now). Mr. and Mrs. Gallant are so nice, and it was so awful to see they're separating. Mrs. Gallant little passing of wisdom to Neela was beautiful. It must be an awful situation to be married to a soldier and moving all the time. Certainly love must not be enough. =(

    Ray was WOW. He tells Neela about his feelings in his own way, and it was so amazing. "I wish I didn't feel this way". It said everything, and Parminder Nagra's expression while she heard it just said the same. Really subtle and beautiful.

    And Pratt, disgusting with Olivia, disgusting with his reaction to Luka's order that he was going to help Carter in Darfur, but still good to the show. Not everyone can be nice all the time, and I'm sure Pratt's going to come back really changed after this experience.

    Truly amazing episode.moreless
  • When I say \'silly\', I mean the characters!

    This episode was one of idiocy, but also contained some good moments. The prizes for the three biggest idiots must be awarded to Luka, Pratt and the Police.

    Luka - come on!! Do you really think it would be acceptable to your pregnant girlfirned (dumped by a letter from Africa previously) if you just jumped on to a plane for a month or more again???? And what gives him the right to send Pratt to a different country!!!

    The writers definitely got the Luka writing wrong in this episode. I mean, there are certain fundamental truths about the character they seemed to have forgotten, such as his history (in that his family were killed when he was \'away\') and that he really really wants this baby and is supposedly cherishing every moment of it. Given the circumstances of his past in Croatia, certainly, I just don\'t think there would be any way he would even have entertained the notion of going to Africa for more than 15 minutes, tops, let alone suggest it to the pregnant girl-friend.

    Pratt - why did he have to do it? I thought he was happy with Olivia (who by the way, looks a lot younger with straight long hair). This is so writers backtracking on his progress.

    I think with Pratt, the writers probably realised it would have to be him going to Africa early on. And they got to this stage and suddenly realised \"Uh oh, Pratt is happy with Olivia, why would he go to Africa now? I know, lets just make him a total prat for an episode, break him and Olivia up and allow the real growth to take place in Africa\". I still think that\'s annoying though. I thought he was past cheating on someone so supposedly special (for she must be, considering his complete misery whenever she was connected to his father).

    The Police - Well, that part was only to be expected. I guessed the man was deaf from the first moment we saw him|!!! And it was so incredibly sweet when he was hugging the girl and she said he was the only one in her life who ever listened to her.

    Jerry - he was great, but why does ER always bestow such brilliant skills on all of its characters whenever the occasion happens to arise?

    Sam - be careful!! You had better have some kind of second plan in case this doesn\'t work out.

    Gallant\'s parents were excellent...I can see trouble coming for Neela and Gallant. I loved the mother\'s advise. I must say, it\'s lovely to see such a strong principled Neela though. She and Ray are excellent friends, but her leaving really displays her dignity, and effort to keep her marriage working. And Ray was very sweet.

    What\'s with Morris being sought-after? I didn\'t quite get that part...

    Best mini-parts:

    Luka: I\'m sending Pratt

    Abby: To help with the pregnancy?

    Luka: To Darfur


    Jerry\'s comment about no intepretation needed


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

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Dr. Abby Lockhart

Armand Assante

Armand Assante

Richard Elliott

Guest Star

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Gloria Gallant

Guest Star

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

James Gallant

Guest Star

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi


Recurring Role

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón


Recurring Role

Michelle Bonilla

Michelle Bonilla


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Colonel Gallant: You in the service, Doctor Morris?
      Morris: No, sir. Flat feet.

    • Luka: Any STD risk?
      Abby: Of course. He's male.

    • Abby: Have you made a decision yet?
      Luka: About what? ... Look, if you really don't want me to go...
      Abby: No, I know. You said that already. And I don't understand why you're putting this all on me?
      Luka: I've been told it's only gonna be for a few weeks.
      Abby: You don't know that. Luka, the last time you went, we thought you'd died. But instead you came back with malaria!

    • Luka: Hey, I've been trading e-mails with Carter.
      Abby: Really? Did you tell him about us?
      Luka: No... he needs help in Sudan. And he asked me if I would join him.
      Abby: In Africa?
      Luka: I'd be back before the baby's born.
      Abby: Oh, o.k. O.k. I mean, uh, were you planning on talking to me about this?
      Luka: I am talking to you. If you don't want me to go.
      Abby: You don't need my permission to go.

    • (while Neela is leaving their apartment)
      Ray: I wish I didn't feel this way. But you're the best friend I've ever had.

    • Morris: So who is he, you little gold digger?
      Sam: Go kill another patient, Morris.
      Morris: What, 97-year old lung- cancer guy? Oh yeah, all my fault!

    • Morris: Any pain in your fingers, buddy? (wiggles Dickie's fingers)
      Dickie: You suck!
      Morris: (squeezes a finger) Can you feel this?
      Dickie: Yeah! Can you feel this? (hits Morris with his cast)

    • Pratt: Let me give you some sound medical advice, Mr. Coker. Please do not make her mad again.
      Coker: I can't help it. I'm a ladies man. Always have been.

    • Frank: Pratt! Kovac left this for you. (hands Pratt a padded envelope)
      Pratt: What is it? (takes the envelope)
      Frank: Looks like you're headed back to the motherland.
      Pratt: Hey, you better be careful, Frank. I'm having a very bad day!

    • Luka: (examining Coker's chest) What's the scar?
      Coker: They put a pig valve in my heart ten years ago.
      Fredna: You got a pig head, too, philanderer!

    • Morris: Well look who it is. Back with the commoners are we?
      Abby: Good Lord, what is that?
      Luka: What?
      Abby: That smell. It's really bad. It smells like... ass.
      Neela: You do realize how close you are to the ER?
      (Abby turns toward Morris and takes a sniff)
      Abby: I think it's you, Morris.
      Luka: (grinning) That patient we just transferred threw her colostomy bag at him.
      Morris: I changed my clothes though!
      Abby: Well, I would recommend a shower.

    • Luka: Abby, we...we need to finish our talk.
      Abby: No, we don't actually cause you know what, I understand.
      Luka: No, no you don't.
      Abby: No, I do.
      Luka: Listen...
      Abby: No, you listen, I - I mean...sorry. I just..I...I' know what? I know that we're not married and um...and we don't live together and we really haven't defined our relationship and I know that that's mostly, probably all because of me. But you looked at me and said that we were going to do this together. And I know that you'll be back before the baby's born, but I just...I just hate that you wanna go, and I hate that I hate that you wanna go, but I'm just a little bit...scared, Luka and um...I don't want to do this by myself, but if I have to I - I can and I will.
      Luka: I'm sending Pratt.
      Abby: To help me with the baby?
      Luka: To Darfur. He. He - he.. He volunteered. Long story.
      (Abby wipes away a tear)
      Abby: So you're staying?
      Luka: Mm. (with a grin)
      Abby: Oh good...that's good. Well, I'll see you tonight.
      Luka: Yeah.
      (Abby moves toward the door, then suddenly kisses Luka. He pulls the curtain closed)

  • NOTES (3)

    • When Luka explains to Abby why he's considering going to Darfur to help Carter, he cites the number of IDP's in need of medical care. IDP is the acronym for Internally Displaced Persons, in this case Sudanese nationals driven out of their homes by rebels or other political forces. These would be people for whom Luka would have an affinity, given the fact that thousands of Croatians were internally displaced following the fall of Vukovar in 1991.

    • Music: "Trouble Sleeping," Corinne Bailey Rae; "Ride," Cary Brothers

    • Although in the opening credits, Laura Innes does not appear in this episode.