ER

Season 12 Episode 5

Wake Up

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 20, 2005 on NBC
8.7
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There's a new attending in the house, Dr. Victor Clemente, and he has not made a great first impression. Clemente puts the residents through their paces, alienating Pratt and infuriating the R2s. Luka spends the day with recently awakened coma patient Blaire. As Luka struggles with whether or not to tell her about her accident, Blaire tries to make sense of her flashes of memories, resulting in a tragic event. In the ER, Luka and Clemente clash over her treatment, and Luka finally tells her what happened, possibly too late. Abby visits her cancer patient, leading her to get a baseline mammogram. Dr. Dubenko's surgery goes well, and Ray meets a new girl at a rock concert.moreless

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  • It was moving..

    9.2
    I do not know.. I liked it.. it really got to me.. mainly the Luka's and that patient who woke from coma storyline - trying to imagine what it had to be for her, those flashes, waking up and seven years past - life has gone on. That talk they had on the roof about why this happened.. and then.. she falling back to coma. Just like it was for one instance.. that she could wake up and see around and talk and... somehow it showed the irony of destiny.



    Other storylines - that new attending. oh :( We have now that Eve and now him.. both who I dislike.. what have happened with those good chars?moreless
  • good show

    9.7
    I liked this episode because it treated several isues with repect, I loved the Abby Storyline, it was well written and very Tasteful,the Lady with cancer was such a sad story, good link to breast cancer awareness without being tacky Was glad all turned out well for Dubunko,overall a pretty solid episode
  • Oh my God, that was the best episode of ER EVER!!!!!!!! I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!!!!!! How can anything ever compare again?????????

    9.4
    When I got home from the theatre last night, my mum announced that ER had been the most wonderful episode she’s ever seen. Normally, she’s not that big a fan, she’s certainly not been impressed with season 12 so far. And after watching the episode I can see just what she meant!



    1. That ending, that ending, that beautiful ending! Oh how I felt for Luka and poor poor Blaire. She was such an amazing character, so full of life despite being so dead of it for six years! That was just tragic, really it was. But Luka, how good he was to her! I was even beginning to think what a beautiful couple they would make.



    2. I’m very glad Pratt and Olivia are together. But please, did we really need to see Ray’s love sceen in flashes between Pratt’s? I mean Pratt’s relationship has meaning, Olivia is a great character, and they’d just had that fight and everything is tied-up with his family and then we just get pointless Ray and some girl we don’t even care about hogging the screen!



    3. Ray…I understand his toxic plant work is medicinal now. I wish they’d made that more clear before. I thought he was just earning money as a part-time job.



    4. A few actually funny scenes with Morris! I loved his discussion with Neela in the ambulance bay when she replied “Well if you think he’s annoying why did you say he liked his shoes?” and Morris replied something along the lines of “Well he may be annoying but I still like his shoes!” The drumming thing was just pathetic really, the humour in that scene was that every other character managed to disappear!



    5. Weaver again in a good way this episode. Loved the scarf –and it’s symbolism. Wish they sold them in England! Since when did she become the actual head of the hospital though??? Or was that a bit of exaggeration to emphasis her senior standing over Clemente? My worry is that Clemente will get away with refusing Weaver’s wishes.. I loved Weaver's speech but she didn't seem to fight back much after he replied. Gone are the seasons when she would have yanked him back by the scruff of his neck and verbally assaulted him until he collapsed in a confused state...





    6. Clemente, Clemente, Clemente…you’ve made quite an impression on the hospital staff! Loved Neela’s like “My boyfriend’s at war and so are my hormones!” in response to finding Clemente attractive. Kind of like when she fancied Kovac. Anyway, I like him, yes. A bit smug with his constant “Oh my God, these are from the 80’s!” but seems like a good doctor. How did Kerry find the money to suddenly start hirinh all these outside geniuses like Eve and Clemente though? Not quite sure of Clemente’s actual character yet. He tests everyone yet offers Ray answers…maybe he just wants his own docs. to appear competent to the other departments?



    7. Sam, not in the episode much, but I liked what little we had of her. Chewing gum was fairly smileable (not laughable though!).



    8. Eve, I’m kind of glad she wasn’t in the episode. She’s such a presence that I feel she would have been just too much in already such a packed episode. I liked the inclusion of a phone-call though, that was very in character scripting of the writers. I think it’s good to have breaks from big personalities every now and again, means we continue being surprised by them rather than bored.



    9. Dubenko’s 30 seconds were great!!! Hehehe, I’m glad he’s having a good time with the ‘satisfaction facilitator’! His line was great too, something about getting it up twice a day….



    10. Abby, Abby, Abby. Definite continues good hair. Glad of it. I felt a bit mmmok :S at the end of the episode, in that it feels we may fall into past habits – all the other characters off having fun, Abby the victim…I mean, I know the story-line is important, of Abby going through this, facing her fears, but it’s such an ‘Abby the tragic heroine’ kind of story-line….



    11. So many characters back!!!! I never expected to see Stephanie again, but it was so lovely that her roller-skating date was still waiting for her! Of course, her return tied into the wider issue of cancer – it was October, breast cancer awareness month when this episode was first aired in America. Stephanie has breast cancer, and we are seeing the results of her treatment, Abby is facing up to her fears, Weaver was wearing the scarf and Dubenko had prostate cancer…

    And do they not normally cut coma patients hair quite short? That was just something I wondered when Blaire fell into her coma again and her hair went everywhere…Just for practical reasons I would have thought.



    12. The t.v. showed the talk between Luka and the coma patient’s doctor twice, once before the break and once after – was that what everyone saw or did the t.v. company mess-up?



    13. Smiling Luka



    14. Don’t want this Pratt/Charlie story-line to be dragged-out too long, really I don’t. And please, there’s no way Charlie knew Pratt had been there at the end! (Pratt walks away making a slight bang on the wall and Charlie gives an omniscient eye understanding).



    15. Regarding SS - I think they did the absolute best they could. I mean, if the actress won't do another episode, it's not as though the writers can make-up for her own refusal through the character. Weaver's response seemed cold, yes, but then, the character and actress are totally different people and sometimes people forget that. They expect more of a goodbye for a loved character. Well, Susan didn't necessarily deserve anything more from Weaver, a boss who she didn't get on with after she left so suddenly.



    16. . For some reason, I'm just not connecting with the season 12 titles like I normally do. I've only seen 5 episodes and I've already forgotten one of them! I need to start thinking more about them anyway. I only saw 'wake-up' as the obvious awakening from a coma, and perhaps JL fans might see it as the wakening of the hospital to a new era kind of thing. Maybe we can apply the title to many characters? Like Abby could possibly be 'waking up' to her fears by finally facing them...or maybe I'm becoming toooo analytical here!



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  • Neela: "He's at war and so are my hormones"

    8.0
    This episode was ruined at the end. James frickin' Blunt has to go and ruin it.



    You guys had me way too hyped up about this episode. I'll start with what I didn't enjoy.



    1) Ray. Really, why is he here? Are we going to get an answer soon? Because let's face it, the only reason why Shane West was introduced was to attract a teen audience to the show. They should be hooked now, so fly away Ray. Did we really need to see him having sex with Goth Chick? No.



    2) So Susan's gone. It's been confirmed. Although I'm sure that SS was in the opening credits.



    3) No Eve. I was actually quite surprised at how much I missed her prescence in the episode (even though she was still controlling the nurses on her day off) and I think it proves what a strong character she could grow to be. And there was no Inez either.



    4) Clemente. Words cannot describe how much I already hate this character. From his entrance to his behaviour throughout the episode. He made me enjoy Morris. And no-one messes with Weaver and gets away with it, he made one [i]big[/i] mistake there.



    5) The return of Stephanie. Absolutely no point, except to portray Abby as "the all-knowing" once more.



    But don't fear, there were plenty of things which I did enjoy.



    1) Luka and Blaire. I really enjoyed their interactions tonight, despite being skeptical when I found out she was back at the beginning. This was the plot which I was most emotionally invested in and I enjoyed their interactions. The last scene was very beautiful ([b]the music wasn't[/b]) in which he told her. I don't want to see Blaire die now.



    2) Pratt and Olivia. I am surprised at how much I enjoy this coupling, and how she ties in with his father. And I can't help but hate Charlie Pratt for all the reasons his son does. He's a bad guy, but he's so nice about it that no-one notices. But although the fight between Pratt and Olivia was great to watch, the love scene that followed ... not so much (and they must have been cold).



    3) Neela's one-liners. From "I think I fancy him" to her facial expressions, how could you not love our Neela? And when Clemente suggested Neela take surgery as an elective, I couldn't help but think about Neela cracking jokes during an operation. Will this suggestion make her think?



    4) Abby and Dubenko. Despite the fact that they're making Abby out to be perfect (again), I can't help but emjoy her scenes with Dubenko. MT and LO play off each other very well, and it's fun to watch.



    This episode is pivotal as it begins the Clemente Age. I'm just not sure if this is an age I'm going to particularly enjoy.moreless
  • a good example why is the best show ever for me

    9.4
    the way that the directors and producer make you follow diferent sotries in a single episode is amazing, it makes you come back to see it all the weeks. The guest actors like danny glover make a good example in how this show is respected by other actor like him. I hope that this show maintains this quality always
Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Dr. Kerry Weaver

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Dr. Greg Pratt

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

Shane West

Shane West

Dr. Ray Barnett

Verton R. Banks

Verton R. Banks

Roswell

Guest Star

Danny Glover

Danny Glover

Charlie Pratt

Guest Star

Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht

Stephanie Lowenstein

Guest Star

John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo

Dr. Victor Clemente

Recurring Role

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi

Jerry

Recurring Role

Laura Cerón

Laura Cerón

Chuny

Recurring Role

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