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Season 10 Episode 6

The Greater Good

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Nov 06, 2003 on NBC
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Since his return to County, Luka has become obsessed with treating and streeting patients as quickly as possible. He argues with Pratt over the treatment of a pregnant woman who doesn't want her premature baby to receive life-saving treatment, as well as with Romano, who wants more tests ordered on patients so that the hospital can make some money. Abby is still on her surgical rotation and Romano is still riding her hard. Coop flirts with Chen. Susan has been reading to Ben Hollander in her spare time and he seems to have developed a crush on her. Luka meets Sam's son Alex in the new JumboMart (which has replaced the fire-damaged Doc Magoo's).moreless

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  • Kovac obsession

    7.7
    It was... rather interesting episode. That Sam's kid - he was quite cute and the way Sam acted when she learned that the boy is playing with Luka - what is wrong with it her?



    Oh, and Luka... he is real weird acting person, now he tries to save money from every patient, not ordering most of the test the usually do. I am just wondering how long it will continue - will he make a mistake or...



    And Romano - he really seems to not get along with noone - with Abby, with Sam.



    And the all storyline with that pregnant woman who does not want too early baby and the tension it will rise... it was great storyline, the only good looking on this episode.moreless
  • Luka is obsessed with treating and streeting patients after his return to the ER.Whilst Abby continues her surgical rotation with Romano constantly on her back.

    9.0
    Another awesome episode it's good to see Abby doing something worthy of her skills after spending so long as a nurse.I think the surgical side of things has hit her hard which became evident when she wanted to stay close to the brain dead donor.Enough to change her mind ? I very much doubt it after spending so long in the Er, she will make one hell of a doctor.



    Luka is completely different on his manner of treating patients after his return from the congo.Understandable after treating people with minimum supplies then coming back to every test in the book and precautions that aren't really needed.After seeing so much suffering you can't blame the man for getting ticked off.



    Pratt's attitude still bugs me and Neela is just a bit too much of a know it all, but i won't give up yet people can change.moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart

Ben Hollander

Guest Star

Michael Angarano

Michael Angarano

Zack

Guest Star

Allison Smith

Allison Smith

Denny

Guest Star

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi

Jerry

Recurring Role

Troy Evans

Troy Evans

Frank

Recurring Role

Lily Mariye

Lily Mariye

Lily

Recurring Role

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    • Romano: Now why stamp out lead poisoning when you can shoot your wad at one little gorka who can enjoy a lifetime of special ed? Good thinking, Pratt.

    • Frank: (to Susan, about Sam's son Alex) Dollars to donuts that kid's already dissecting the neighborhood pets.

    • Susan: (trying to contact Ben Hollander who is suicidal) It's 2003 and he doesn't have an answering machine. He promised me, we have a therapeutic contract.
      Abby: I'm sure he's just running late. Maybe he stopped to get a coffee or...
      Susan: Jump off a bridge.

    • Susan: Hospital policy exists for a reason. First, learn the rules, then learn when to break them.

    • Romano: Look, it's called natural selection, Pratt. You ever heard of it? It's worked for a few million years.

    • Romano: You need to take him up.
      Abby: That's not how it works: I come down, I see, I present.
      Romano: Yeah, I know how it works and I'm telling you as a surgeon and head of the ER, you need to take this guy up to your service. What do you need me to do, write you a damn note? 'Dear Dr. Corday, Please admit Abby's patient to your service. He's very sick today and requires an ex-lap before he gets septic and dies.' (walks away)
      Susan: You hanging in there?
      Abby: By a thread.

    • Frank: (to Pratt, about seeing Chen and Coop talking) She's revealing both her upper and lower teeth when she laughs.
      Pratt: What?
      Frank: Chen. It's a sign of flirting. There, hair-touching. That's another one. Better get in there sport, before it's too late.
      Pratt: What are you talking about?
      Frank: I was a cop for twenty-five years, you learn body language. Look at that: she's mirroring his motion. Twenty bucks says she touches him next. (she does)
      Pratt: So what? She slapped him.
      Frank: First it's a slap, then it's a tickle. Before you know it, she'll be spanking his ass.

    • Luka: (looking at an x-ray of Zach's shoulder) No fracture or dislocation, you probably just strained the ligaments a bit.
      Zach: Told you.
      Luka: Maybe you should be a doctor, huh?
      Zach: Yeah, not with my grades.
      Luka: I wasn't a great student at your age.
      Zach: I almost failed Lunch.

    • Romano: Okay, Abby. Give me the bullet.
      Abby: I was trying to fix the monitor, sorry.
      Romano: Oh, you're a med student, a nurse, and a technician now. What's next, a cowgirl?

    • Pratt: (Treating the victim of the carjacking crash) Poor guy's driving down the street minding his own business, then bam! Wakes up two days later in the ICU.
      Abby: If he wakes up.

    • Angry parent: Are you gonna do something about this bill?! Are you gonna get off your ass and do something, huh? (gets tackled by a security guard)
      Sam: Nope, but he is.

    • Chen: (pulls puppy out of a box) She's adorable!
      Jerry: I found six of them behind my apartment, she's the last one.
      Chen: They don't allow pets in my building.
      Frank: They're not allowed in here, either.

    • Susan: Do you want me to bump up your Lasix?
      Ben Hollander: Coffee does the same thing.
      Susan: It also raises your blood pressure.
      Ben Hollander: Well, as luck would have it, you gave me a pill for that, too. You want more espresso?
      Susan: Not unless I'm going to fly to work.

    • Cooper: So, is it "Jing-My" or "Jing-May"? I'm getting conflicting information.
      Chen: Call me Deb.
      Cooper: Okay. What are you doing after this, Deb? You want to grab a beer, shoot a little pool?
      Chen: I can't. I'm taking my parents to the airport.
      Cooper: I'll go with you. We can go out after we drop them off.
      Chen: You'll drive my mother and father to the airport?
      Cooper: Sure. It'll be good for some embarassing childhood stories.
      Chen: No, not my parents. They're a little distant, bordering on xenophobic.
      Cooper: My dad has six toes. Just on one foot.

    • (discussing Sam's son)
      Frank: He's right at the age where it starts.
      Susan: Teen rebellion?
      Frank: Devil worship.

    • (discussing a patient)
      Sam: She needs a little TLC and maybe some Zoloft.
      Susan: That makes two of us.

    • Kovac: I'm not billing for treatment we didn't provide.
      Romano: It's called capitalism, Kovac. It pays your salary.

    • Pratt: She was my patient!
      Luka: Yes, and if I hadn't treated her, she would still be here. Now she's at home and feeling better.
      Pratt: So that's it. This is how I'm supposed to learn? Either I do it your way, or you take it away from me?
      Luka: Pratt, I'm trying to teach you that the way you practice medicine here is inefficient.
      Pratt: Oh, and letting babies die is?
      Luka: You really think you saved that kid today? For what? 24-hours nursing care? He's probably gonna require a life time commitment. Are you gonna be around to give it to him?
      Pratt: Listen, I'm sorry I'm not in some mud-hut doing amputations with a pocket knife. We have the technology and expertise to give that kid a chance! What's the sense in having it, if we don't use it?
      Luka: That kid has about a 5% chance of having a normal life! You have any idea how many other kids we could have treated with those resources?
      Pratt: I do everything I can for my patients! That's how I practice medicine. This is Chicago, not the damned Congo. Maybe you should just go back to Africa.
      Luka: Maybe you should go to Africa.
      Pratt: I know you didn't just say that to me.
      Luka: Maybe then you'd learn that there's more to being a doctor that ordering tests and calling consults for every patient just to cover your ass.
      Pratt: Stay away from my patients. From now on I present to another attending.

    • Tara King: I could put together some packages for you could take to the Congo. I've heard that's a pet project of yours. Quinamax would be wonderful for all the important work you're doing over there.
      Luka: You want me to take your over-priced antibiotic to Africa?
      Tara King: It has great coverage for pnemococcus and AIDS flu.
      Luka: Why hasn't there been a new drug for malaria in three decades?
      Tara King: That's a really good question...
      Luka: Because there's no profit in treating poor people! (picks up a trash can and throws all her marketing products in it)
      Tara King: My company is...
      Luka: Your company spends twice as much in marketing as it does in development! Which is why prescription cost has tripled in the last 10 years! Get out of here. I want you out of here. (walks towards the door)
      Tara King: If this is a bad time...
      Luka: Frank, I'm gonna go get some coffee. Page me if you need me!
      Tara King: O.k. Dr.Kovac if you can... (Luka empties out the trash can in the dumpster) You know, I'll just come back when you're not so busy!

    • (Chen, Coop, Malik and Lester are watching a carjacking on the news)
      Lester: You cheering for the carjacker to get away?
      Chen: No, no. We just want him to get a few more blocks. Once he's south of Van Buren, he'll be out of our catchment and goes to Mercy.
      Coop: If there's a crash...
      Chen: There's always a crash. Turn left. Get on the expressway. Yes, yes, go go!
      [car collides with another]
      All: Ooh!
      Chen: Damn it.
      Lester: That's gotta hurt.

    • Susan: (to Sam) Keep Kovac away from her. He's been known to give away free physicals.

    • Mr. Hollander: What about your father?
      Lewis: Still in Chicago. He's a test pilot for Barcalounger.

    • Romano: (to Luka) Hey, Slavko, what do you think this is? A Zagreb Yugo dealership?

    • Abby: (about Neela) I'm beginning to hate her.
      Susan: She's a med student.
      Abby: I'm a med student.
      Susan: You know, now that you mention it, she's pissing me off, too. Come on, let's hate her together!

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