ER

Season 15 Episode 3

The Book of Abby

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 16, 2008 on NBC
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Abby's first day as an Attending is bittersweet. Neela is hurt when she finds out Abby's news from someone else. Abby and the new ER Chief argue over how to treat a gunshot victim. Abby comes to Sam's aid when she faces a nurses' disciplinary board.

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  • Goodbye Abby!!!!

    10
    Another very very sad episode, I tought that after Pratt she was going to stay, but she left the show.



    It was so sad, specially because as you said, we saw her as a nurse, teacher, doctor, mom, etc.



    The best part: when we saw all the name tags in that wall, I couldn´t stop crying and remember all the docs and nurses that have gone.



    The only thing I didn`t like was Luka, I mean, the way that we just "saw" him, I tought that he`d say al least "hi" to all the people there, speak, or something, he was also in the show for very long and he deserve "something" as a good bye.



    I hope that in the next episodes, at least up to the last one, nobody dies because I want a happy ending for the show, keep up the good job!!!moreless
  • Goodbye my sweet Abby!

    10
    In this episode of ER the following happens. We open with Abby standing in an empty apartment. We soon learn that Abby has a new job and is moving away. We soon learn that they are moving to Boston together that night. We learn in this episode that Abby has been in the ER (or at least on the show) for 10 years. Also I cannot believe that Joe is a little over 2 already. We then see Abby cleaning out her locker. Colla sees Abby taking her name off of her locker and she says to come with me. Abby does and then we see a wall, which is hidden by a door, which has all of the old staff's locker names on it, like Greene, Lewis, and Corday. We learn that Carter wouldn't do it as it was defacing a government building. As Abby was walking out, the tears started to fall down my face. We see her dancing with Frank, which broke my heart. As she walks out of those tears, the tears continue to fall. We then see them all waiting to say goodbye to her. But I still think that I was much more upset than Morris was. We then see Luca waiting for her and they kiss. She then simply gets into the car, waves and they drive off into the sunset.moreless
  • Bye Abby, Cya Luka!

    10
    It was a very emotional episode. I liked how Abby went through her first shift as an Attending and last in County.



    Since Carol left the show, she has been the female lead character in the show, no doubt about it.

    Weaver was an interesting character as well, but Abby always had more charisma. Her thing with Carter, then Luka. It made the character rich and soon after one of the most important in the series.



    The best part was when she went to the board who was going to judge Sam's actions related to another case. That's exactly why I like Abby Lockhart.



    And I'm glad they didn't kill her. She had her happy ending.. Bye Abby and Luka. Be happy :Dmoreless
  • Deja vu but I like the way she left

    7.5
    Though I haven't seen this episode yet; based on the description and other info this almost seems like the final episode of Julianne Margulies who played Carol. In the that episode she went off to see her true love Doug Ross and when she saw him, he only uttered 4 words and it wasn't anything like "I love you" or "I miss you". In this one Abby leaves the hospital and goes off to start a new life with her husband Luka. At least she got a happy ending; unlike other characters like Mark Greene, Greg Pratt and Romano who died. Or Malucci who was fired.moreless
  • Bye Abby and Lucas

    10
    The writers didn't make me cry at Pratt's death but their farewell to Dr. Lockhardt made me melt...



    With Abby and Lucas leaving this is definitely the end of an era. I know that season 15 is supposed to be the final one but with those departures this episode can be considered as a pre-series finale. Just like with most of the ER characters leaving - aside from Ray - the goodbye to Abby is perfect. Maura Tierney is awesome and she nails every scene she's in - and in this episode she's in every scene. All ER fans will have probably touched by the nostalgic scene with the name tags and the allusion to Carter. Lucas doesn't have a line but his eyes say it all.



    Just a shame that we didn't have a farewell party but that was not in the Abby's spirit anyway. Her goodbyes with Neela were regret. I've always been sorry to see that they have been growing apart over the latest seasons while their friendship was so great in seasons 9 and 10. Even though I was less enthusiastic about the show with the last seasons I have to say that this one rocks so far. I expect the writers to give us a great finale, like the great finale this amazing show deserves.moreless
Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Dr. Abby Lockhart

Parminder Nagra

Parminder Nagra

Dr. Neela Rasgotra

John Stamos

John Stamos

Dr. Tony Gates

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

David Lyons

David Lyons

Dr. Simon Brenner

Carlos Knight

Carlos Knight

Zeke

Guest Star

Ntare Mwine

Ntare Mwine

Coach Paul Traylor (as Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine)

Guest Star

Emily Schweitz

Emily Schweitz

Lily

Guest Star

Leland Orser

Leland Orser

Dr. Lucien Dubenko

Recurring Role

Gil McKinney

Gil McKinney

Dr. Paul Grady

Recurring Role

Mary Heiss

Mary Heiss

Nurse Mary

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: Malucci's name plaque appears on the wall of plaques. However, in his last appearance (in the Season 8 episode "Never Say Never") we clearly see him taking his name plaque off his locker door and putting it in a box with the rest of his belongings. He then abruptly leaves the hospital.

    • One of the Bible passages Abby recites is from the Book of Job, Chapter 38, verse 17. She recites only the first half of the verse, "Have the gates of death been shown to you?". The second half reads "Have you seen the gates of deep shadows?". It is surprising that this portion was omitted, considering how well it fits into the light/dark themes of the episode.

    • Six of the twenty-three names on the wall of name plaques are of producers, writers, directors, and a key make-up artist: L. Woodward, N. Baer, S. Gemmil, Salamunovich (for both M. and C.), B. Arrollo, and J. Orman. All the rest are names of characters from the show's history, mostly doctors (Del Amico, Barnett, Finch, Benton, Corday, Doyle, Lewis, Ross, Gallant, Chen, Pratt, Malucci, Greene, Weaver, and Romano) with one nurse (Hathaway) and one medical student (Knight). Carter did not put his name on the wall because he thought it defaced government property.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (to Abby, about her wedding, using the Yiddish word for "crazy" or "senseless")
      Rabbi: Listen, the ceremony was "meshuga." Those are the ones that last.

    • Banfield: How does the board look, Doctor?
      Abby: Umm, clear, with a white frame, lots of writing on it.

    • Abby: (to Morris) If I were in trouble, Archie, I would call for you. I would. I would trust you with anything. (pause) And I didn't always feel like that, but I do now.

    • Chuny: This is Mrs. Wellington, with her sons, Larry and Curly.
      Abby: Uh, Where's Moe?

    • Banfield: (to Abby) You are a baby attending, flying blind here. Take my help, if you want to stick around. Otherwise, feel free to use the door, and I'm talking about the big picture. So--there are your options.

    • Apocalypse Believer: Welcome to the end of the world. Today, everything changes.
      Abby: Today? Really? I thought it was next week.

    • Haleh: (to Abby) We are gonna miss you so damn much.

    • (looking at the name plaques on the supply closet wall)
      Abby: I don't see Carter up there.
      Haleh: He wouldn't do it. He said it was defacing government property. (they both erupt in laughter)

    • Morris: Ever been at a crossroads?
      Abby: (long pause) Who do you think you're talking to?

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The words Abby speaks at the beginning of the episode are from the Old Testament of the Bible (New International Version (NIV)), specifically the Book of Job, Chapter 3, verses 20-22 and 24-26:
      20 Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul,
      21 to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure,
      22 who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave?
      24 For sighing comes to me instead of food; my groans pour out like water.
      25 What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.
      26 I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.

      At the end of the episode Abby quotes from Job 38, v.16-19:
      16 Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
      17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?...
      19 What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?
      18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this.

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