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Season 12 Episode 7

The Human Shield

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Nov 10, 2005 on NBC
8.7
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Episode Summary

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A young girl is used as a "human shield" by her kidnapper, and both are wounded during a shoot-out with police. While Abby treats the girl, she is caught in the middle of a dispute between Clemente and Luka over the girl's care. Neela assists Luka, then Dubenko, with the kidnapper. Later, Luka and Clemente argue over style and practice, leading Luka to put his name in as a candidate for Chief of Emergency Medicine. Abby takes her anger, and need for comfort, to Luka. Gallant's leave is delayed, to Neela's dismay, and Ray gets his comeuppance from Zoe's father.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • ER proves there still life in this old dog with an episode that reminds one of the show's glory years.

    9.1
    A strong episode, filled with emotion and action, that reminds me of why I started watching this show a decade ago. Centering around a young kidnapping victim wounded during a pre-credits shootout with police in which her abducter used her as a shield, the episode layers another dramatic plot, as Kovac and Clemente argue over her treatment, a continuation of their clashing in the workplace.

    The situation with Ray and his underage sex partner comes to a boil, as her enraged father demands to know why she has a prescription written from the hospital, and ends in a physical confrontation that leaves unclear if the situation is completely resolved.

    At the end, Abby is left drained by the day's events and finds herself at Luka's door, and apparently a night of passion.

    Sadly, the episode continues the trend of minor appearances by Laura Innes, who makes just a token appearance at the show's end.moreless
  • snoopyloverke

    9.7
    hey! i really like this episode especially when luka and abby kiss . i just love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it , i love it ... i hope that they get a baby !!!moreless
  • A little girl who has been kidnapped and missing for months is brought in to the ER after being shot.

    9.7
    I loved this episode! The little girl who played Sydney was amazing. I don\'t get emotional very often but when Abby places the dog on Sydney after she dies I was tearing up. Like I put on the top this is exactly why I watch this show, for episodes like this. Also, I thought Maura Tierney\'s acting in this episode was phenomenal. You could really see how upset Abby was about what Sydney had gone through and how she could not save her when she went to Luka\'s apartment. And I have to add how surprised I was by Abby and Luka\'s kiss at the end.moreless
  • Hard day for everyone...

    9.0
    This is one of those episodes, that really reminds the old good level - there is the story on the center and the story really moves the viewrs, gets into the heart. Also, there was some tension between chars and like Abby said in the end - it does not matter who was right - a little girl died. They again, showed the irony - the bad man survived, that little girl died. And why? Because Clemente needed to prove he is right and take a risk? Or just without any reason? And. oh.. Eve.. I am so sick of that char ... she and Clemente.. they are really ruining this.moreless
  • I like TPTB make a current notice useful in the show as a storyline. LUBY IS BACK MY DEARS!!!!!

    9.2
    The idea to come up with a real and current story at the moment has been incredible smart. This is the escense of the show since the beginning, I like how TPTB manage the drama, of course they make mistakes like anyone else but, in this specific case they done really great.



    Of course as a huge fan of Maura Tierney, I love the last scene with Goran. IT'S OFFICLA, LUBY IS BACK!!!!!! Abby was looking for someone to blame for the little girl's death and in the moment she looked into Luka's eyes she was pleading for him to comfort her. Awwwwwwww. So romantic...



    I'm more interested in the show since those character got back together.



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Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Shane West

Shane West

Dr. Ray Barnett

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Dr. Abby Lockhart

Bobby Nish

Bobby Nish

Officer Danny Yau

Guest Star

John Stamos

John Stamos

Tony Gates

Guest Star

Karol Kent

Karol Kent

Waitress

Guest Star

John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo

Dr. Victor Clemente

Recurring Role

Kat Dennings

Kat Dennings

Zoe

Recurring Role

Kristen Johnston

Kristen Johnston

Eve Peyton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Sidney arrives at the hospital, the medic says she is 8 years old, but later in the episode they say that she is 10 years old.

    • Lukaism: Kovac tells Weaver to put his name "into the mixture" (mix) as a candidate for the position of Chief of Emergency Medicine.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Ray: Hey, can I come by the house tonight, pick up my amp?
      Neela: Whatever, I really don't feel like sticking around for this dumb thing. I ditch if you do, I've got dinner reservations at Gibsons if you want a drink or five?
      Ray: Wow, I like the way you think, roomie. Your treat right?
      Neela: As long as you stop calling me that.

    • Neela: How much trouble do you think we'll get in for not showing up?
      Ray: Well, I'm not working again until Saturday so hopefully thing's will blown over by then.
      Neela: Are you kidding me? I'm working tomorrow. That's great Ray, now I'll get punished for the both of us.

    • Ray: What do you think, Kovac versus Clemente in a street fight. Kovac has size but I feel like Clemente's kinda squirrelly.
      Sam: I think you need help.

    • Eve: You know Joe Butchiatelli?
      Injured cop: Yeah, over at the academy, he's your brother?
      Eve: No, he gave me my first orgasm.
      (Ray and Pratt look up)
      Eve: What? It was a milestone.

    • Sam: The guy's like a rogue elephant, what do you wanna do? Shoot him with a tranquilizer gun?
      Clemente: You got one of those? (Sam turns away) C'mon, it was just a joke. Hey X-ray, c'mon you and me, like a tag team. You distract him and I'll shoot him.
      Ray: Distract him with what?
      Clemente: You pretend to be a rodeo-clown, c'mon, do something.

    • (Luka's watching TV as Abby rings the door bell rings; she turns to leave)
      Luka: Hey.
      Abby: Hey.
      Luka: Want to come in?
      (they go into his apartment)
      Abby: You didn't... you didn't go to that de-briefing.
      Luka: Did you?
      Abby: Yeah. It was just me, Eve and Clemente.
      Luka: You hungry? Want some pizza? I can warm it up for you...
      Abby: No, I'm not hungry.
      Luka: Okay, mad about something?
      Abby: What do you think?
      Luka: Yes? I didn't need to go to that de-briefing...
      Abby: I don't care about that!
      Luka: What are you talking about?
      Abby: I'm talking about you and Clemente! And whatever it is that is going on between the two of you. If you want to get into a pissing match with him, that's fine. Just leave me out of it!
      Luka: He was wrong!
      Abby: And that's the most important thing, isn't it? He was wrong and you were right? And while you were arguing about that, that little girl died. As if she hadn't suffered enough... God, she was ten years old, Luka! And he had her for months, and I just... and I just can't stop thinking about what she must have gone through, and I can't stop thinking about how afraid she must have been, and I can't stop thinking about why we couldn't save her! I just... I...
      (Luka quickly moves toward her, holds her face in his hands, and kisses her)

    • Luka: Hey Kerry. Have you found someone to replace Susan as Chief of the ER?
      Kerry: We're still looking at candidates.
      Luka: Is Clemente the favorite?
      Kerry: He's certainly up there. Why?
      Luka: Well, I'm not sure he's the right person for the job.
      Kerry: Yeah, well if you think of somebody better, feel free to give me a call.
      Luka: Ah... What about me?
      Kerry: You? I didn't think you wanted to be chief. Luka, it's really not your style.
      Luka: Maybe it's time for me to change my style. Look, I've been here for a long time. I know the people, I know the department. I just want to put my name into the mixture.
      Kerry: Mix. Alright, I'll let the committee know you're interested.
      Luka: Thank you.

    • (About Clemente and Eve's mandatory meeting)
      Neela: They want us to express our feelings about what happened today.
      Luka: Well, today sucked. Good night.

    • Luka: Isn't that your patient?
      Clemente: What, that I can do with my eyes closed.
      Luka: It's probably best if you didn't.

    • Abby: Is this a gang shooting?
      Luka: Father used his daughter as a human shield.
      Abby: Lovely. Well you missed show and tell.
      Luka: Huh?
      Abby: Clemente is implementing some changes. New equipment. They gonna make him head of the E.R? That's what they're saying.
      Luka: The guy who got you and Neela suspended for waiting on a monkey?
      Abby: It was a chimp.
      Luka: Well, if he wants the chief position he can have it. Mabye he can open up a petting zoo in the doctor's lounge.

    • Luka: Our job is to save lives, not to judge them.

    • Mr. Butler: (talking about Neela) I've got lawyers, lady.
      Sam: Yeah? Well I've got Jerry, so unless you want to be carried out of here like a dirty diaper, I suggest you sit down.

    • Jansen: I know what you're thinking. You want me to die.
      Neela: I want you to shut up!

    • Jerry: (to Sam, after the exchange with Mr. Butler) You know I abhor violence.
      Sam: I know. But he doesn't, so put on your best tough guy face.

    • Frank: Well if it isn't the "Hatchet Lady." Axe anybody else today?
      Sam: Stick a sock in it, Frank.

    • Yau: (talking about Sidney) You know after everything she's been through, I'm not sure she isn't better off.
      Abby: I don't think that anyone is better off dead.

    • Victor: This department needs a lot of work.
      Eve: Yeah, it needs a kick in the ass.

    • Eve: (about Clemente's nosebleed) Does that happen often?
      Clemente: Only after five or six beers and a bar fight.

    • Neela: (as she goes to phone and find out about Gallant) Do you have something sarcastic to say, Frank?
      Frank: No.

    • Neela walks through the ER desk, in a black dress and heels.
      Clemente: ¡Oye! Yo coño mamí. ¡Que sexy!
      Neela: Thank you, I think.
      Frank: What's the occasion? Is Playboy doing "a girls of the ER" edition?
      Neela: Bugger off Frank.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode was drawn from two recent real-life cases. Sydney's shooting was based on a July 10, 2005, incident in Los Angeles where a 19-month-old girl was used as a "human shield" by her father and was shot and killed by police. The father also died in the shooting. The other incident occurred on July 2, 2005, when an alleged kidnapper was spotted in a Denny's in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, with a girl who had been missing for 6 weeks. A customer recognized the suspect and called the police. The staff at Denny's stalled the suspect until he was arrested.

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