Season 14 Episode 5

Under the Influence

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 25, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

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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  • Drinking.. again

    So, now we know that Luka is away at least for week and Abby is alone and drinking and she has very hard time in work as there are bright light, some weird sounds.. and patients..

    But she is not the only one in trouble. Morris thinks he has some kind of charm and girls run around him.

    But what was better than those usual storylines.. I think we had a quite new char introduced.. I have seen Reiko Aylesworth in some other roles and I think I am interested to see what comes.

    Oh.. and the storyline with genius intern was good..moreless
  • It's cool episode. Good.

    It's cool episode. I feel that 'Abby' is sorrow. Cheer up! 'Abby'....

    I do not like 'Gates's attitude.

    He must learn attitude for senior staff.

    'Sam' is so attractive woman. She was my kinda girl.

    'Neela' is going to be 'comic mode'.

    ha.... ha...

    I wanna to see 'Luka'...

    I wanna 'Abby' can be happy.

    English is so difficult to learn, write, and speaking.

    I wanna be a good at English.

    hmm, Anyway, 'ER' is a good drama. 'Prison break' is also good drama, but so a lot of violence.

    Thank you for reading...

    and God bless with you...

    Thank you.

    Good bye. I will want to see next 'ER' episode..

    Good bye. Thanks.

  • ...

    I quite enjoyed this episode for a number of reasons.

    It was nice to see Luka.

    It was quite nice to see Gates back at the ER having really learned during his time away.

    It was great to see Coburn and Kayson! We don't see enough of those characters these days, and both were fabulous.

    Although I wasn't looking forward to the direction in which they're taking Abby last week I didn't mind it as much today because her whole day seemed very realistic and I liked watching her talk with Coburn. I was glad of her deciding to go to a meeting rather than ending the episode with her having another drink.

    Neela being strict with her pupil was brilliant! Especially that line when she started to say "You're right - in my way in front of the screen!" The actual intern is quite interesting too.

    I wasn't overly fond of the Morris/Hope bit and did not think that was a good end to the episode! Yuck. Horrible.

    I quite liked the main patients i.e. pregnant woman and baby's father.

    Having a chaplain character could be interesting, I hope that they write the relationship between her and Gates well and don't muck it up.

    Nice to see Moretti, but Abby was mean when he was talking about his son He was opening up and we missed that.

    Abby's hair was TERRIBLE.

    It didn't really feel like Pratt was there at all.

    I liked having Sam about in the background nursing and saying one-liners.moreless
  • Luka is back, at last!

    Saddest scene: Abby wakes up with a hangover and Luka is calling to tell her that he can't leave Croatia yet. Hopeful scene: Abby talking to Coburn, her sponsor, who is telling her off for not confessing her alcoholism. Good to know that someone is checking up on her!

    New guys of the week: *1. Neela's new intern Harold Zelinsky, a child prodigy, 19 years old. *2. The chaplain Julie Dupree (who seems to be a possible new girl friend to Gates).

    Funny scenes: *1. Everyone wants to know Harold's age, but Abby is the only one asking him.

    *2. Neela pretending to be very strict with Harold in front of Crenshaw.

    Silly story: Morris is wearing Hope's promise ring, which makes him irreststable to women.

    Gates is back on ER after rave reviews from the ICU. It seems like he has learned a thing or two up there.moreless
  • ok...

    i think abby is miserable, luca should come back as soon as possible.... how dramatic ER can be!!! she can't afford more suffering! and how coburn knew about abby's alchoolic problem? did i miss something? she should have supported a little more, called luca, maybe.

    what about gates, he's doing nothing good, he should get out of ER instead of luca!i don't like moretti neither! is the same story of pratt/carter, mallucci/weaver, chen/neela.... they fight, but in the end, they get along, and everything gets calm again...

    it seems all characters are lost, without a good story, there's nothing interesting goin' on.moreless
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


  • 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)


    • 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!"