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Season 14 Episode 5

Under the Influence

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 25, 2007 on NBC
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Morris is missing Hope and having trouble with thoughts of straying. Neela gets an intern and must find the best way to mentor him. Gates is given another chance in the ER, and quickly clashes with Kayson on a diagnosis. Abby hears from Luka and learns that his absence will be extended another week. Coburn tries to help a resistant Abby.moreless

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Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Dr. Abby Lockhart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Parminder Nagra

Parminder Nagra

Dr. Neela Rasgotra

John Stamos

John Stamos

Dr. Tony Gates

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

Jamie Chung

Jamie Chung

Jin Kim

Guest Star

Becky O'Donohue

Becky O'Donohue

Layna Greco

Guest Star

Jessie O'Donohue

Jessie O'Donohue

Sophia Greco

Guest Star

Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci

Dr. Kevin Moretti

Recurring Role

Amy Aquino

Amy Aquino

Dr. Janet Coburn

Recurring Role

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Dr. Jack Kayson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode we learn that Coburn is a recovering alcoholic; she is Abby's sponsor, and a sponsor of an alcoholic is someone who is further along in their recovery.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Sam: Moretti's looking for you.
      Gates: I'm taking this guy to ICU.
      Sam: He's in the break room.
      Gates: Well he's gonna have to wait.
      Sam: He said it's important.
      Gates: What the hell does he want?
      Sam: Don't shoot the messenger! Jeez...

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Abby thanks Coburn for the books she gave to Joe, one of which was Good Night, Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann. This bedtime classic tells the tale, almost entirely in pictures, of a mischievous gorilla who steals a sleepy zookeeper's keys, lets out all the animals at the zoo, and the whole menagerie follows the zookeeper home.

    • Neela: There are only two things that come out of Connecticut: steers and queers! Which are you, boy? I don't see no horns!
      Neela is reciting a well known line from the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, starring Richard Gere, Louis Gossett Jr., and Debra Winger. In the scene she is quoting from, drill sergeant Emil Foley (Gossett Jr.) is berating Navy pilot-in-training Zack Mayo (Gere). Additionally, in the Vietnam War movie Full Metal Jacket (1987), Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) says something similar about Texas to insult a Marine recruit from that state.

    • Morris: Failure is not an option.
      Morris is quoting NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz, a pivotal figure in the successful Mission Control team effort to save the crew of Apollo 13. Kranz liked the line so much he used it as the title of his 2000 autobiography. It was also immortalized by Ed Harris, who portrayed Kranz in the 1995 film Apollo 13: "We've never lost an American in space and we're sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch. Failure is not an option!"

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