ER

Season 9 Episode 19

Things Change

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 24, 2003 on NBC
8.7
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Abby treats a psychotic patient who has overdosed on his medication. Eric, Abby's brother, finally calls. Dr. Gordana Horvat, who attended medical school with Kovac, brings a boy from Croatia who needs heart surgery. Gallant and Pratt receive their match letters. Carter receives bad news about his grandmother. Romano discusses grave options about his arm with Corday.moreless

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  • Time most needed...

    8.7
    Weird, I started to watch ER today in order not think on my grandmother who passed away yesterday and here I go - no way to escape from the topic. I feel so sorry for Carter as her grandmother was such an important part of his life. She was lovely old lady and even if many people have said they do not like Carter's family, I think.. I liked her granny - that clear and reserved being, kind heart.. She was the one who was there for him when he was at his bottom.. and.. oh..



    I feel so bad the way Abby acted. I do not know - she knows her mother.. and she knows how she acts. Why she thinks the brother will be different? He does not care nothing what Abby will say and she wasts her opportunity on him. Sad.



    And Kovac past - he has changed and where he ended up... I am sure his old friend would be sad to learn what kind of miserable man he is now.moreless
  • Abby and carter shouldn't be together.

    7.3
    I really hate Abby for leaving Carter when he need her the most. I understand that she need to go and pick his brother who has been missing for 2 months, but common, the mother where the hell she is?? I still hate romano and weaver. But then if i have to choose who the worst is? i think i stay with weaver, jaja they would never touch her because is a woman. I really would enjoy if the croatian doctor would tell us more about Luka's past and not only the story about the got, even tho it was fun.moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Nurse Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen

Julie Ariola

Julie Ariola

Emily

Guest Star

Mary Joy

Mary Joy

Unknown

Guest Star

Johnny Sneed

Johnny Sneed

James

Guest Star

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi

Jerry

Recurring Role

Troy Evans

Troy Evans

Frank

Recurring Role

Tom Everett Scott

Tom Everett Scott

Eric Wyczenski

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At one point Gallant states a patient's temperature as being 39.8 degrees. He uses the Celsius scale, which is quite unusual, as temperature readings on the series are consistently given using the Fahrenheit scale.

    • While in the hotel room with her brother Eric, Abby gives him a red and white shirt that Carter sent. On the back of the shirt is the word "Scrubs." That is the name of County General's ER softball team, introduced for the first time in the Season 3 episode "Dr Carter, I Presume."

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Kerry: You worked pretty long and hard on that guy earlier.
      Carter: Yeah, I figured it was the least I could do, he was dying.

    • Romano: (after Pratt calls him out on his misdiagnosis in front of medical students) Congratulations, smart-ass. You just bought yourself a month of midnights. (leaves)
      Pratt: Good, I love the nightlife.

    • Romano: (to Abby, hands her a sterile gown) Here, help me put this on.
      Weaver: I'm still working shifts.
      Romano: Wow, the perks down here never stop, do they?
      Weaver: What are you doing, Robert?
      Romano: Observation and evaluation.
      Weaver: Oh, you mean belittling and bullying?
      Romano: (to Abby) Gloves, too.
      Abby: You want both? (due to Romano having only one functional hand)

    • Carter: (to Abby) So with Weaver back down here, does that mean that Romano is history?
      Abby: He moved his office out of Exam 1 but that could just be because the urine smell was burning his eyes.
      Carter: Oh. She's probably just working a couple shifts for appearance's sake, just to keep people from freaking out or killing him.

    • (Gordana is about to assist in a surgical procedure)
      Gordana: (in Croatian) I don't think I should do this.
      Luka: (in Croatian) It'll be okay. I'll help you.
      Mrs. Reynolds: What are they saying?
      Romano: Pillow talk.

    • (Luka and Gordana see Chuck and Susan about to kiss in a room with a dead body in it)
      Gordana: (in Croatian) Was that a dead body in there?
      Luka: (in Croatian) Uhm... American doctors can be very unprofessional.

    • Pratt: If it's viral, why would you give him antibiotics?
      Romano: You've kept him here 2 hours. Call it a consolation prize.

    • (to Abby)
      Romano: If I wanted a nurse's opinion...well, I don't know what I'd do because quite frankly it's never happened.

    • Romano: A couple more Croatians, I could really clean house around here.

    • (Luka and Gordana converse in Croatian)
      Luka: Hey, I thought you would have left. What's wrong?
      Gordana: There's some sort of problem. They won't let Ante into the country.
      Luka: Why not?
      Gordana: The State Department is saying it's a visa problem, but because I'm not a next of kin, they won't tell me specifics.
      Luka: I'm sure it's just some sort of mix-up.
      Gordana: I've spent weeks trying to find someone to do this surgery, and now he's going to die because of bureaucracy.

    • (during a trauma)
      Chuck: It's the Marilyn Manson manicure.
      Gordana: (speaking Croatian) What's that mean?
      Luka: (speaking Croatian) The nail polish keeps the oxygen saturation probe from working.

    • Romano: You're a doctor?
      Gordana: Surgeon. I'm visiting from Croatia.
      Romano: Ah, what a coincidence. I'm also a visiting surgeon. May I buy you a cup of coffee or something?
      Luka: Hey! You been here long?
      Gordana: No.
      Romano: You two know each other?
      Luka: We went to the same medical school.
      Romano: No doubt.
      Luka: Gordana is here to observe a correction of a congenital heart repair on a young boy from Croatia. (speaking Croatian) You don't want to get too close to this one.
      Gordana: (speaking Croatian) Why not?
      Luka: (speaking Croatian) Let's just say it's not a good idea.
      Romano: What a beautiful language. Dr.Kovac, I don't want to keep you from your patients, and by the looks of the board, it looks like you're running a little behind. So it's a pleasure meeting you. (leaves)
      (the rest of this dialogue is spoken in Croatian)
      Gordana: He seems nice enough.
      Luka: He's a prince. It's good to see you.
      Gordana: It's good to see you, too, Luka. You look great.
      Luka: You, too. I wish I could have set up your surgery here.
      Gordana: I toured Mercy's facilities, it's a very modern hospital with all-new equiptment.
      Luka: Maybe it's just as well then.
      Gordana: That's not what I meant.
      Luka: It's okay, this place is falling apart. No money, no staff, it's perfect for me.

    • (Luka and Gordana are talking in Croatian)
      Luka: What?
      Gordana: You. Luka Kovac. ER doctor, living in Chicago. You've made quite a life for yourself. It's a long way from that room you shared with Stipe and Tomo. You could barely stand up in there.
      Luka: I know, I have scars from hitting my head in that place.
      Gordana: You don't go back much. You must be very busy.
      Luka: Not as busy as a surgeon.
      Gordana: Everybody's busy in America. Life is busy here, not like back home. You don't miss it?
      Luka: Sometimes I miss the ocean. The people... driving up the coast on a summer day.
      Gordana: Do you remember that time we drove to Vukovar after finals? You hit that goat! (laughs)
      Luka: (laughs) Oh my God. That was horrible.
      Gordana: It was hilarious. You and Tomo jumped out and tried to revive him.
      Luka: I was doing CPR, but Stipe refused to do mouth-to-mouth.
      Gordana: And Tomo wanted to put in a chest tube.
      Luka: That poor goat.
      Gordana: I think that was the first patient you ever lost. (laughs)

    • Carter: Do you have to go? I mean, my dad's flying in, I gotta do all the funeral arrangements...
      Abby: I just, I have to go get him.
      Carter: Why? Eric's been gone for weeks. What's one more day?
      Abby: He's off his meds, and if I don't go now he might disappear again. I'll be back tonight. John...
      Carter: Go. Go find your brother. My grandmother will still be dead when you get back.

    • Susan: Ah, look. I think you may have gotten the wrong impression today in exam 4? When you were looking for Carter.
      Luka: You mean with the flight nurse?
      Susan: Chuck. And technically, we're married.
      Luka: Oh! So it's technically o.k. to boff your husband in the hospital?
      Susan: We weren't boffing, we were talking.
      Luka: Good night Susan.
      Susan: It's still not the same as a patient's mother.
      Luka: Hey, at least I used an empty room.

    • Abby: You know Luka from Croatia?
      Gordana: We're old friends. We went to school together. He was what you call a character back then.
      Abby: Luka?
      Gordana: Oh, yes. Always playing practical jokes on the other students and the professors.
      Abby: Really?
      Gordana: You could always tell when Luka was in the building, because you could hear him laughing. You know that laugh of his, it's contagious.
      Abby: (shakes her head) He doesn't really laugh much at work.
      Gordana: He seems like he's changed.
      Abby: He's been through a lot, I guess.
      Gordana: Still, I thought I'd find him married to some American supermodel with three children and a dog. His wife Danijela would have wanted that.

    • Romano: What's your excuse for not taking this one Lizzie? No exposed bowel?
      Corday: Give it a rest Robert.

    • (seeing Gordana perform a surgical procedure in a trauma room)
      Carter: What are you doing?
      Romano: What does it look like?
      Carter: A law suit.

    • Susan: Hey, did Air Rescue leave yet?
      Frank: What, am I air traffic control now? Why don't you use the helicopter check system?
      Susan: What's that?
      Frank: Go up on the roof and check. If the helicopter isn't there, they left.
      Lewis: Frank, are you taking anything for your cholesterol?
      Frank: No.
      Lewis: Good!

    • Romano: (to Luka) How do you say "bite my big one" in Croatian?

    • Mrs. Reynolds: You're going to charge my insurance company 50 grand to tell me I needed to fart?

    • Abby: (to Jerry) Are you the only person in this hospital that doesn't know about my crazy family?

    • Pratt: Do you know how many patients I'm juggling?
      Weaver: Not enough if you have time for dancing in the hall!

    • Carter: What is Weaver doing down here?
      Abby: Romano damage control!

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