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Season 12 Episode 21

The Gallant Hero and the Tragic Victor

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM May 11, 2006 on NBC
8.7
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Clemente's behavior grows more and more erratic, forcing Luka to take a stand. Pratt returns from Africa, and works with Luka, Abby, and Sam on the case of a father and two sons who appear to have been beaten by gang members, but soon, Pratt learns the real story. Morris and Albright throw off some sparks. Dubenko has good news for Neela, but two visitors bring her something different.moreless

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  • Even more crying...

    8.9
    Oh.. when last episode made me cry, then this was even more crying episode. I cannot help it. It was just. Michael was a great char in this show, main cast for quite long and Neela... and the way it was done. It really.. I just cried and cried.. And the empty feeling - that really devastating atmosphere...



    and it was not only Gallant. The way Clemente just loses it all and goes mad. It was so seen to coming and it was a great thing to add - to show how the events affected him and that it is never easy.



    And Pratt - now back from Africa is having those "back in Chicago" syndromes where everything looks to be wrong and nothing that really matter is here. We saw it so much on Carter but he was totally different person. But even somehow so strong and not very caring person like Pratt can be affected. Cannot wait for season ender.moreless
  • A beloved doctor is killed in action while another finds his life falling to pieces...

    9.4
    One of ER’s finest passes away while assisting in the War in Iraq. The staff of County General soon hears of the death of their well-respected and loved colleague, Dr. Michael Gallant. Neela finally finds of her husband’s loss just after getting the delightful news that she will be working in the OR. Bittersweet to say the least, the staff insistently tries to get Neela to take the rest of the day off to mourn, but Neela stands her ground and refuses to leave. Pratt has his own breakdown of sorts, just after returning from his mission trip to Africa. The loss of Michael, coupled with a severely abused boy who he is treating and the depression he still feels from Africa, Pratt let’s his known. Clemente, on the other hand, (who has been apprehensive and suffering from extreme insomnia) is brought in after getting into an altercation with a taxi driver, along with earlier assumptions from his colleagues that Clemente had been taking drugs. This all marks the end of Victor Clemente at County.



    This episode was one of those lesser-appreciated ER episodes with a more than impressive and outstanding storyline. One man dies through his dedication and bravery, while one man loses his dignity and integrity.moreless
  • Goodbye to Gallent!

    9.0
    Though I would miss this great character, I am wondering will they plan to make Neela and Ray be together soon? This epsiode just broadcasted in HK last week, yeah, much later than in US or, I really felt sorry for Neela. They were so great in the show and happy to have them be a couple, but this short! However, they seem trying to make Neela and Ray to have something. I don't mind if Neela could be with Ray, after Michael's death.moreless
  • Sad goob-byes to Gallant and Clemente. :[

    8.0
    I thought the saddest part of this episode was the end, where Neela watched the video Gallant had made for her. However, I think it was Gallant\\\'s own fault that he was killed by a bomb. I mean, yeah, he was trying to save a fellow solider, but he had just gotten married. Him and Neela didn\\\'t even buy a house yet and already he re-opted!



    On a different note, Victor Clemente will not be returning as an attending, which I am personally sad about. However, after Jodie came to the ER, Clemente made himself crazy, which is most likely from the drugs he took and/or his lack of sleep due to his threats from Bobby. Like I was saying, I\\\'ll be sad that Clemente is leaving because before the whole Jodie/Bobby business, he was an extremely powerful character, something the show really needed. But perhaps that\\\'s what the writers of ER wanted: to show how a seemingly strong person\\\'s world can be threatened by fear. I only wish that Clemente could return to the show as the character he was originally.moreless
  • Gallant's and Clemente's powerful goodbyes.

    10
    Oh, my. I can't believe that a year ago I was watching 'Carter est amourex' and complaining to everybody of how bad ER was. A year later, they give us yet another goodbye. Of a new, not very convicing and yet good character and of a fairly old, sweet and loved one.



    It's awful to imagine what drugs and a scary husband can do to a person. Clemente was always a problem, I learned to like him a lot, and now he's gone completely crazy. I was sorry to see him going nuts, but it was a good lesson to everyone. Never get involved in absurd situations. John Leguizamo did a wonderful job, especially on his last day.



    The whole Gallant storyline this episode was depressing. His death was so powerful, so unexpected, so sad. During the whole episode his last words kept repeating themselves in my head. "My wife, Neela, is a doc--" That he never managed to finish those words was too much.



    The scene where Neela finds out Michael was killed was one of ER's saddest. Parminder Nagra was unbelievable this episode. She expressed so much pain. While she walked away and everybody in the ER looked at her, I couldn't help crying. Only in Mark's funeral did everybody show so much sadness.



    I could go on, but all I can really write about is Michael's goodbye video. It was perfectly written, Sharif Atkins was amazing in it, made me laugh and cry more. It was the perfect goodbye they could have given such a great character. Definatly one of this season's best episode.





    (Small commentary on Morris - also a year ago, I hated him. Now I can't imagine ER without him. He's hillarious. And Pratt came back from Africa a different - for the best - man. So different from Carter and Luka when they came back.)moreless
Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

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

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Dr. Abby Lockhart

Bobby Nish

Bobby Nish

Officer Yau

Guest Star

Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin

Capt. John Evans

Guest Star

Greg Ainsworth

Greg Ainsworth

Dennis Young

Guest Star

John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo

Dr. Victor Clemente

Recurring Role

Sharif Atkins

Sharif Atkins

Dr. Michael Gallant

Recurring Role

Maury Sterling

Maury Sterling

Dr. Nelson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Clemente jumps on the hood of the cab and the view angle is from the cab's rear, one can see that the cab's windshield is broken. However, Clemente doesn't actually smash it until the next shot.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (On his video to Neela)
      Michael: So... hopefully you're never gonna see this thing. But if you are, then something went wrong. Well, maybe not wrong, but certainly not according to plan. I love you, Neela. Marrying you was the happiest day of my life. You just, you make me strong. Now, I know you didn't want me to come back to Iraq. And if you're watching this, you owe me a big I told you so, but I did what I had to do. You're the most beautiful and kind person that I know. I just, want you to be happy. And just know that I'll always be with you. I want you to find somebody, get married, have a baby. Of course he won't be as fine as me, but you'll just gonna have to live with that. I love you Neela. Forever.

    • Luka: Everything alright with you?
      Pratt: Yeah, why?
      Luka: Sometimes it can be a difficult transition, coming back to this place.
      Pratt: I'll be o.k. I was just a little rattled earlier. Cause of the whole Mike situation.
      Luka: Well, good to have you back.
      Pratt: Hey, thanks for making me go there.
      Luka: Someday maybe you can tell me all about it?
      Pratt: Yeah, someday.

    • Clemente: Abby, You can't give me Haldol. You can't give me Haldol, Abby. I'm not crazy. You understand?
      Abby: It's o.k, it's o.k.
      Clemente: Hey Ray! Come here, buddy, come here. Come here buddy, come here buddy. These freaking chicks are losing their minds. Come here and help me man!
      Abby: Get Luka.
      Clemente: (to paramedic) What are you gonna amputate my leg? (to Ray) Yeah, run to daddy, little **** Run to daddy little ****

    • Clemente: Get a head CT.
      Kovac: What is wrong with you?!
      Clemente: I'm trying to help you, that's all.
      Kovac: You don't listen to a word anybody says! You're all over the place!

    • Ray: Did she just call you Mo?
      Morris: It'a nickname. For Morris.
      Abby: Or homo.
      Morris: Ey, don't worry. That little vixen is getting punished tonight. Oh yeah, she's in store for a little (sings) Mo, Mo, Morris. How do you like it, how do you like it? Oh, yeah, Morris!

    • Neela:I got it!
      Ray: What?
      Neela:The surgical residency! I got it!
      Ray: Oh yeah, that's great
      Neela Try to contain your enthusiasm

    • (Michael Gallant's last words)
      Gallant: My wife, Neela, is a doc...
      (His truck is destroyed by a bomb)

    • Ray: Get outta here.
      Morris: I swear! She invited me in for a drink, the door wasn't even closed, she was tearing my clothes off.
      Ray: Yeah, right.
      Morris: To quote my man Rick James, the girl is a superfreak. (sings) Superfreak, she's super freaky yeaow! She had sex toys I'd never seen before. They must've been German or something. One took two hands to operate.
      Ray: Morris!
      Morris: Check it out. (picks up his camera-phone) Oh yeah, I tapped that.
      Ray: What exactly am I looking at?
      Morris: That's Albright.
      Ray: Where?
      Morris: Right there!
      Ray: I've seen more convincing pictures of Bigfoot.
      Morris: But, but it was dark, I couldn't use the flash!

    • (Luka and Abby discuss the possibility of taking a vacation while holding each other)
      Abby: We could hang out by a pool... the ocean...
      Luka: I could dig a hole in the sand for your big belly.
      Abby: (Abby looks up at Luka and smiles) What is that? Some sort of Croatian mating ritual?
      Luka: Uh-hum.
      Abby: Am I a sea turtle?

    • Neela: I had to come home and find a photograph because I couldn't picture him in my head.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Ray: I've seen more convincing pictures of Bigfoot.
      Bigfoot is the name of a creature that, if it's debatable existence turns out to be true, has somehow avoided close observation or capture by man.It is described as a large, bipedal, hairy humanoid creature living in the remote wilderness areas of the United States and Canada.

    • Clemente: It's not H5N1!
      H5N1 is a strain of avian flu that is also dangerous to people.

    • Morris: To quote my man Rick James, "The girl's a super freak!"
      Singer Rick James is known for the funk hit song "Super Freak."

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