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Season 9 Episode 17

The Advocate

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Mar 13, 2003 on NBC
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Alderman Bright returns to blackmail Weaver into treating his gay lover for syphilis (off the record, of course). Unfortunately, the man dies from an allergic reaction to penicillin and Kerry is forced to cover up her mistake. Things between Abby and Carter have cooled down following Carter's aborted marriage proposal, but they soon heat up again. Luka has a very unconventional therapy session. Romano's condition forces Anspaugh to replace him as chief of staff...with Weaver.moreless

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  • Side effects of lying

    8.4
    It was beautiful episode and showed some really new sides.



    First I loved that Romano got some more screentime as he is such a complex char and what is going on with him now - what will become of him as he lost his chief position what went to Weaver. And Weaver - one time getting the results of the medical record and now - she is forced to do it again and this time it goes bad - that's why they have procedures and rules.



    And Luka - still at the bottom but I do not know - now when it looks it is not too good between Abby and Carter, maybe... she will run to him. Anyway, a lot of character development and beautiful episode.moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Nurse Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen

Josh Radnor

Josh Radnor

Keith Mitchell

Guest Star

David Dunard

David Dunard

Unknown

Guest Star

Marina Malota

Marina Malota

Molly

Guest Star

Montae Russell

Montae Russell

Zadro

Recurring Role

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón

Chuny

Recurring Role

Troy Evans

Troy Evans

Frank

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This episode uses a theatrical device called "breaking the fourth wall" in the scenes where Luka speaks directly to the camera, as though personally addressing the audience. This also happens with Dr. Lewis in the Season 2 episode "Take These Broken Wings."

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Luka: Just show up. That's all I've been doing--showing up. Time goes by faster at work. Shift work. Treat and street a few lost souls. You're with them when they're most vulnerable, when they're naked, weak, hurt. You touch them, look at their bodies, see them more closely than their families, their lovers. But it's mechanical, you know, temporary. You fix them up or you watch them die. Either way, it ends and you move on. No next time, no strings, no real connection. Maybe that's why I stay.

    • (Luka is at home, speaking to a lady friend about why he didn't want to write a letter of recommendation for Gallant)
      Luka: A letter from me wouldn't mean much. They only tolerate me, know I can burn through a shift. Tomorrow I'll get up and do it again.
      Woman: Have you thought about taking some time off?
      Luka: Yeah, maybe moving home. I don't know. There's a cartoon I once saw in a magazine; a little man is sitting in a room with two doors. One door says "do not enter," and the other door says "do not exit." So he just sits there, holding his hat.
      Woman: We only have 15 minutes left. Did you want to keep talking, or do you want to get to it? (we realize the woman is a prostitute)

    • Luka: Medicine was exciting, powerful, alive. Today we saved a teenager's sight. I saved a child's life. I didn't feel it. Didn't feel anything.

    • Luka: They believe what you tell them. They have to trust you. You're the doctor, you know best. But I don't, I guess. I lie, say the same thing to people over and over again till I can hardly make the words come out of my mouth anymore. It's really hard not to be disgusted. With yourself, with the system, everyone you work with... even with the people you're supposed to help.

    • Carter: You know, right?
      Abby: Know what?
      Carter: That night at the restaurant. I had a ring. You knew that, right?
      Abby: I figured if you wanted to talk about it, you would've.
      Carter: I didn't go through with it because at that moment it just felt... It did'nt feel right. And I don't why. But I wish I did know why. I think that the fact that I didn't do it, means that there's something that's not working.
      Abby: I get it. It's O.k. I gotta go.
      Carter: You get it? Well that's good. Maybe you can explain it to me, 'cause I don't get it. I know that I show up for work and you're acting like a completely changed person. And I think that's great. If that's real. The patch, the sponsor...
      Abby: Real?!
      Carter: For real, for you. Or is this something that's gonna be thrown out the window the next time something bad happens? Cause if you're trying to prove something to me...
      Abby: What?
      Carter: Like some kind of quick fix.
      Abby: I didn't do it for you! I woke up sick of my self, o.k? And if you're sick of me, and just all of it, I don't blame you!
      Carter: I'm not sick of you. How do you hear that?
      Abby: Because all I ever do is disappoint you. I feel like all I'm ever going to do is disappoint you...
      Carter: Stop.
      Abby: ...I've said this before, I don't know why you're...
      Carter: Stop! Stop!!! Stop with this whole routine! This fatalistic, black-cloud, nothing good is ever going to happen to me routine!
      Abby: The problem is, it's not a routine.
      Carter: Hey! What do I have to say? What do I have to do to get through to you?

    • Frank: Can you get rabies from a fish?
      Carter: No.
      Frank: You sure?
      Carter: Pretty sure. Call me if you start growing gills.

    • (about a patient whose vomit is green)
      Luka: Is that bile?
      Carter: ...Seventeen jello shots.

    • Carter: You quit smoking?
      Abby: Four days ago, yes, thanks for noticing.
      Carter: Thanks for sharing.
      Abby: Last week I had to bring a throat cancer patient outside so she could smoke through her trach hole, and I decided this has gotta stop.

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