Season 15 Episode 17


Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 26, 2009 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: This episode deviates from ER history with respect to Carter's kidney issue. When he was stabbed and operated on (in season six's "All in the Family"), Anspaugh and Benton managed to save his kidney, despite Benton near-panicking and wanting to take the kidney out; the kidney was mentioned as pinking up. So Carter should have one good kidney.

    • Goof: Banfield refers to Carter's forearm dialysis access as "a shunt." The term is not commonly used anymore when it comes to dialysis access, or it is used only to refer to a temporary access. Carter needs a kidney transplant, meaning he is in end-stage renal failure (also known as Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5 - CKD5) and he most probably has a permanent dialysis access on his arm, either an arterio-venous fistula or a graft. Given the position of it on his arm and the general aspect of it, it looks like he has a graft.

  • Quotes

    • Neela: You never take my opinion seriously.
      Dubenko: That's not true.
      Neela: You don't view me as an equal.
      Dubenko: I have 15 years of experience on you, so, actually, no, I don't.

    • Sam: (about her mom) I don't even know what to say to her.
      Tony: Uh, I'm sure you'll figure it out.
      Sam: Yeah, I just hope it's not something like, uh, "Why did you have to be such a crappy mom?", or "Why couldn't you just stay in Dallas and die?"
      Tony: I'm guessing you'll come up with something better.

    • Simon: I had a bad day too, Neela. I did something stupid. I did something really stupid, really messed up. But I didn't have a neurotic urge to come over here and, and, and, burden you, bore you, with some ridiculous little tale of woe!

    • Brenner: Look, I've got a real narrow tolerance for the way people treat kids. That's a personal foible of mine.
      Griswold: What the hell is a "foible"?

    • Norman: God, the last year was like I've been under a magic spell or something. I guess I got kind of hooked on it. I guess it's pretty much over now.
      Carter: What's over?
      Norman: The era where everything works out.

    • Carter: As it turns out, you and I have the same blood type and minor antigen group.
      Banfield: Really?
      Carter: (he nods) In fact, the truth is that I wanted to work here so that I could meet you (long pause) and try to convince you to (pause) donate one of your kidneys to me. (Banfield looks very surprised) What do you say? (she is at a loss for words)
      Carter: I'm just kidding, friend. (he chuckles) I have no idea what blood type you are! (more chuckles as he gathers his things and starts to leave the lounge) Oh... So serious, Cate!

    • Neela: What about your parents? Do you have brothers and sisters? I don't know anything about you.
      Brenner: Aliens dropped me from a spaceship just outside of Perth as a fully formed adult in 2007. I'm two, in Earth years, but I really love this planet.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Title: T-minus-6
      The title quite possibly refers to the fact that, including this episode, there are six episodes left until the series finale.

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