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Season 7 Episode 15

The Crossing

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 22, 2001 on NBC
8.7
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Carter and Luka are called out to the scene of a major train wreck, where Carter is forced to perform a double leg amputation by himself when Corday begins to experience contractions. Weaver and Legaspi treat a young, suicidal girl who caused the accident. Benton lets prospective med student William White follow him around the ER. Luka wrestles with his faith, revealing that he could have saved his wife by sacrificing his daughter. Bishop Stewart grants him absolution before his death. Also, Carter meets a new pedes intern, Rena Trujillo.moreless

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  • About the episode

    10
    It got great sound editing.
  • This episode is one of very few that I think can be watched over and over again. It is excellent.

    10
    This episode is, I think, one that viewers will either love or hate, with no in-between. I have to say that I loved it. This episode is one of the rare few that is unforgettable in every aspect.



    The episode begins after some unnamed event. Carter meets and talks with a girl from Peds named Rena. Kovac talks briefly with the Bishop; his sats are dropping, Kovac says, and if they go much lower, the Bishop will have to be placed on a ventilator. The Bishop refuses, telling Kovac that he's ready to go, "My bags are packed."



    The timeline then jumps to seven hours previous: the incident, a train crash, has put Carter, pregnant surgeon Corday, and Kovac--who seems uncharacteristically distracted, in the field. A girl's car stalled on the tracks and the train derailed trying to stop.



    In this episode, Carter performs a double amputation when Corday has to leave suddenly when, after falling, she suddenly starts having contractions while trying to operate on a firefighter who was pinned when a car from the train rolled over and caught his legs beneath. Benton tries to talk nervous Carter through the procedure, but is forced to leave him alone when he has to go back to work.



    Kovac's past is revealed in brief, broken flashbacks throughout the episode, prompted by similiarities in the present accident to the time when his family died.



    In the ER, Kerry learns that the girl whose car supposedly stalled on the tracks was really trying to kill herself.



    In the end, when everything is calm and Kerry has ordered Kovac to go home, Kovac goes up to the ICU to see the Bishop, who immediately knows Kovac's intentions. Whe Kovac tells him he may not have long to live, the Bishop says that he should probably hear Luka's confession right then. Kovac denies it,but finally sits next to the Bishop. He talks about his wife and two young children, who all died when a bomb hit the apartment building they lived in. His baby son was killed immediately, but his wife and young girl were just barely alive. He knew that, if he brought his wife to the hospital, she could have surived, but his little girl wasn't breathing. He did not want to stop CPR. He tells the Bishop that he called, prayed for someone to come. No one did. He continued to do CPR until he couldn't anymore, when he stopped only to realize his wife had stopped breathing. In the Bishop's final moments, he prays over Kovac.



    This is an intensely emotional episode, and after so long of simply hearing small bits about Kovac's tragic past, it is all revealed. The acting in this episode is flawless. This is truly a series classic.moreless
  • Train crash...

    9.7
    One of the most dynamic episode, full of action. A special episode as they usually do not get so much action and traumas as this one.



    The way this episode was built - the way we see the quick caps over the events at the first and then from the start what really happened and then those words have point like when Luka asked is she is ok. First we had no idea who she is.



    The storyline on the scene - it was well chosen. All the chaos there and the moving around, running. Luka for the rescue scenes. And Cordey - the worst time for something going wrong but on those moments that happened.



    And the way Luka's past haunted trough all the episode and in finally, the end, we heard his story and it made so much clearer. The reason, why he has that anger on him. The way he seems to feel guilty.



    Stunning episodemoreless
  • A train crashes with a car. Luka, Carter and Elizabeth go to the scene. Elizabeth starts having contractions and Carter has to amputate a man's leg. The day ends with Luka visiting the Bishop and talking about what happened in Croatia.moreless

    9.6
    I really liked the episode, specially the contrast between Luka's patient at the scene and his confession at the end of the day. He needed to talk to someone what had happened in Croatia with his family, an finally gets some faith back. It was shocking to see what had happened to him on the flashbacks, shouting for help and not getting it. It would have been better to have subtitles though.

    Bravo Carter! Whatever Romano says, Carter did a great job amputating the guy's leg. After all, he never was a surgeon.

    It's amazing how good Kerry can handle this sort of situations. Even if she's mean with many people, at the end, when she's on charge, things tend to turn out well.

    I also enjoyed Elizabeth storyline, she was very brave, and also irresponsible, getting on that helicopter and going to the scene, being pregnant. I'm glad nothing happened to her.moreless
  • An accident requires a triage team and the audience get to dive into Luka's past.

    9.7
    A phenomenal episode beginning with Luka visiting Bishop Stewart who reveals he doesn't want to be intubated.A flashback takes us to 7 hours prior to these events where it is discovered a derailed commuter train requires a triage team.



    Luka, carter and Corday rush to the scene to find themselves surrounded by what can only be described as hell.Luka rushes around whilst seeming distracted evidently by similarities to the chaos that surrounded his late families death.



    Carter finds himself performing an amputation on a firefighter after Corday falls and experiences contractions at only 25 weeks.Both the firefighter and Corday pull through but it's touch and go on a mother and son in a situation similar to that of Luka's wife and daughter.



    Luka makes a decision that it is later revealed he couldn't on his family that results in both of them surviving.Further adding to Luka's uncharacteristic distance shown after an encounter with Abby.



    The story concludes where it began with Luka visiting Bishop Stewart.The bishop asks Luka for his confession that he has been anticipating resulting in flashbacks from Luka's past.Those last few scene were just phenomenal the emotion at seeing both his wife and Daughter die was just hard to bear and his constant distance from life was explained.Very few people experience what Luka had to and yet he works in similar situations everyday.Luka's signs of guilt were expressed with his break down and Bishop Stewart rightly told him he did the right thing there was no way he could of left his children, he did an amiable thing.May his heart now rest. Agree or disagree you can't deny that this epsiode was extremely revealing and high in emotion.Amazing.moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Dr. Mark Greene

Erik Palladino

Erik Palladino

Dr. Dave Malucci

Eriq La Salle

Eriq La Salle

Dr. Peter Benton

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

James Cromwell

James Cromwell

Bishop Stewart

Guest Star

Stacy Haiduk

Stacy Haiduk

Impaled Mom

Guest Star

Michael McGrady

Michael McGrady

Unknown

Guest Star

Yvette Freeman

Yvette Freeman

Haleh

Recurring Role

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón

Chuny

Recurring Role

Lily Mariye

Lily Mariye

Lily

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In this episode we see Luka's wife, Danijela, and she is portrayed by a different actress than the one pictured in the photograph of his family that Luka shows Carol in the Season 6 episode "The Fastest Year."

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Kerry and Legaspi discussing what time she will get off work)
      Kerry: I'll try to be quiet.
      Legaspi: No, wake me.

    • (As the Bishop is nearing death...)
      Bishop: Luka...your heart is burdened, Luka. Talk to me. Let me take that burden with me.

    • (About Rena's "pain doll")
      Carter: Does it come life-sized for bigger kids?
      Rena: Why, are you lonely?
      Carter: Yeah.

    • Kovac: If I'd picked up Danjela at that moment and gotten her to the hospital, she could have had surgery. You know, she could have lived. But I couldn't leave my little girl!

    • Randi: How'd your personality test go?
      Greene: I scored somewhere between serial killer and talk show host.
      Kovac: I thought they were memory tests.
      Greene: (clears throat) That was Monday.
      Carter: What's next? Rorschach? Spelling bee?
      Greene: Swim wear competition, sudden-death Twister. Who knows? Maybe a chili cook-off.

    • Romano: Is this the pre-op amputation?
      Carter: No, this is the post-op amputation.
      Romano: What? In the field?
      Carter: Yeah, he was trapped...
      Romano: Oh, what did they use?! A chain saw?!
      Carter: Dr. Benton talked me through it.
      Romano: You did this?
      Carter: There was nobody else to do it, so I...
      Romano: Oh, well, no one else could do it. Well, by all means, then, let's get whoever's available. (to Olbes) You ought to try it next time.
      Weaver: Yeah, maybe if you'd respond to your page...
      Romano: I can't wear my pager in the dojo.

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