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Season 2 Episode 17

The Self-Importance of Being Carlos

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 19, 2001 on NBC
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The loss of a beloved paramedic and the inability to save an elderly couple prompts the department to enroll in a stress debriefing which an increasingly rebellious Carlos views only as a means of dating the beautiful female counselor. However, just when the callous paramedic thinks he's hit pay dirt with his quarry, he's jolted by the order to attend a sensitivity seminar with other hostile city workers -- including Officer Bosco. Elsewhere, Firefighter Doherty gets a scare from a former lover.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Carlos is ordered to attend sensitivity training, And it just gets better.

    10
    This is probably my favorite episode of all time. Carlos was so great in this episode. From the very beginning of the episode, When everyone is sad over the big accident, Carlos is thinking about how hot a girl is. Everything in this episode was just too funny. From Carlos doing good deeds, To his scenes with Bosco, Faith, The fire fighters and Doc, To the end of the episode where he has that slick look on his face. Season 2 had alot of episodes about one single character, But no episode about one single character will beat this one.moreless
  • Carlos attends a sensitivity class after the death of a couple in a motorhome and a discussion of what constitutes compassion ensues.

    10
    Personally one of my favourite episodes; don\'t think I have watched the episode without cracking up. My favourite scene is when Bosco and Carlos are in the diner after their session together and just after Faith sits down at their table one of the most memorable scenes occurs. Excellent episode; wished there could have been more like it. Kudos to the writers to writing such a funny, yet thought provoking episode.moreless
Coby Bell

Coby Bell

Ty Davis Jr.

Michael Beach

Michael Beach

Doc Parker (Episodes 1-103)

Bobby Cannavale

Bobby Cannavale

Bobby Caffey (Episodes 1-38)

Eddie Cibrian

Eddie Cibrian

Jimmy Doherty (Episodes 1-101)

Molly Price

Molly Price

Officer (Now Detective) Faith Yokas

Kim Raver

Kim Raver

Kim Zambrano (Episodes 1-111)

Alice Playten

Alice Playten

Sandy

Guest Star

Dagmara Dominczyk

Dagmara Dominczyk

Jeneca Farabee

Guest Star

Eric Bogosian

Eric Bogosian

Lt. Lewis

Guest Star

Nick Sandow

Nick Sandow

Joe Lombardo

Recurring Role

John Michael Bolger

John Michael Bolger

Lt. Johnson

Recurring Role

Monica Trombetta

Monica Trombetta

Dana Murphy

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Bosco puts on his name tag for the Anger Management Class as Carlos picks his up from the registration desk. In the next scene, we see Bosco putting on the name tag again as they walk into the classroom.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Jimmy: Hey, I got all of Bobby's personal things together, I thought tomorrow I'd take it over to his mother's, if anyone wants to come along, I'm sure she'd apperciate it.
      DK: Count me in.
      Doc: Yeah.
      Walsh: I'll go.
      DK: We'll all go.
      Carlos: What time? 'Cause I got a test.

    • (voiceover of everyone's thoughts at an accident scene)
      Faith: Lousy drunk. I can smell him from here. If I had two minutes alone with him…
      Jimmy (about the car): Look at this thing. Got here just in time. Another couple of seconds…
      Sully (about the onlookers): Just standing around like they're catching a movie. What the hell is the matter with people?
      Doc: Pulse and rhythm normal. Good breath sounds. Thank God he's gonna pull through.
      Carlos: That girl is hot. Would you look at her ass? If Jennifer Lopez and Janet Jackson had a love child, it'd be that chick. And look at Doc showing off for her saving that guy's life. Big deal. All he had was a pneaumothroax I'm the one with the tension phenumohemo.

    • Jimmy: Do you even listen to us?
      Carlos: I'm listening. I'm studying, okay? I got a test tomorrow and I really need to study. Excuse me if I'm trying to make something of myself and I don't have time to sit around and listen to you talk about whatever nonesene you're babbling about.
      DK: We're talkin' about Bobby. (they get a call)
      Doc: Saved by the bell.

    • (to her husband about why she is staying in the precariously balanced RV)
      Woman: You asked me to marry you. I said yes. So what makes you think I'm gonna walk out on you now?

    • Jeneca: Okay, now there are a few ways that we can--
      Carlos: Actually, I was thinking that uh, maybe me and you can talk first-- privately. I've got a lot of stress and uh, I really need to be debriefed. I need a lot of debriefing.

    • Jeneca: So you had a tough call earlier today.
      Carlos: Tough? Yeah. It's always tough when you lose a vic-- uh, patient. But that's part of the game. See, being a paramedic, it's all about the people and the children.
      Jeneca: There were children involved in this incident?
      Carlos: I'm saying in general. I- I always believed that children are our future, teach them well and they will lead the way. (time passes, Carlos is still talking) Yeah, it's hard, going out there day after day, saving lives, being all sensitive and stuff. But if I didn't do it, who would do it? And if they did do it, would they do it as good as me? (time passes again) People toss the word 'hero' around a lot, am I hero? Sure, I am. But I don't like to think of myself as one. That's for um... other people.
      Jeneca: Wow! Look at the time, and I still have to get to your partner so I think that about does it for us.
      Carlos: Um, what about my evaluation?
      Jeneca: I've heard all I've had to hear and I certainly haven't met a paramedic as considerate, humane and perfectally suited for his work as you.

    • Carlos: So that's it?
      Jeneca: Should there be anything else?
      Carlos: I was hoping that I could see you again-- you know, help talk me through probelems.
      Jeneca: You don't have a problem. Maybe you're a bit self-aggrandizing but I suppose there's nothing wrong with a positive mental attitude.
      Carlos: Oh, sure, I come off as rock solid, but on the inside? Sometimes I just need someone to talk to.
      Jeneca: You want a date?
      Carlos: I wouldn't call it that.
      Jeneca: Carlos, you're a nice guy.
      Carlos: I know.
      Jeneca: I don't like nice guys. Now, don't take this wrong, but it's just that you nice guys are so soft. You like old people and children and taking in puppies from the rain. God, I get bored just thinking about going out with you.
      Carlos: But, you're a counselor, you talk to people, you help people.
      Jeneca: That's my job. But you paint houses for a living doesn't mean you want to paint yours when you get home.
      Carlos (laughs): This is too funny. I am nothing like you think I am. I'm not really sensitive.
      Jeneca: Don't be ashamed of who you are.
      Carlos: It's the truth. People are always telling me that I'm self-centered, I don't care. All that stuff I was saying to you, I didn't mean any of it.
      Jeneca: And about the people dying?
      Carlos: A couple of old farts died? Boo hoo.
      Jeneca: It didn't effect you at all?
      Carlos: People die all the time. Just because I'm a paramedic I'm supposed to bust out into hearts and flowers? I do the job because it gives me time to study, real world experience. I wanna be a doctor, that's all I care about. I only said that other stuff 'cause I wanted to date you.
      Jeneca: That is so... low.
      Carlos: See? Do you see what I'm saying? I'm a bad person.
      Jeneca: Do you think it's strange for someone to like someone else who just doesn't care about anything?
      Carlos: Well, I don't know, and I don't care.

    • Carlos (voiceover, his thoughts): If all I was going to be was a bucket boy making city pay I might just hate me too. I can't blame them for the way that they are. All I can do is wish them well.

    • Doc: Just some friendly advice, you might wanna give it a bit of rest.
      Carlos: What?
      Doc: It's been, what? Five, six days since you've been out with this girl. And we've gotten the blow-by-blow--- excuse me--- every minute since.
      Carlos: Don't be a player hater. You guys talk about your chicks all the time, and now I finally... Well, now I'm dating someone and I gotta act like I got nothin' goin' on? Sorry.

    • Carlos: What the hell did you put in here about me? (reads from his evaluation) 'Clinically insensite.' 'Devoid of compassion.' 'Maybe emotinally unsuited to be a paramedic.'
      Jeneca: You were suffically detatched from the deaths of two people under your care to warrant such remarks.
      Carlos: I said I was that they died.
      Jeneca: You said, uh, 'A couple of old farts died, boo hoo. People die all the time. Just because I'm a paramedic I'm supposed to bust out in hearts and flowers?'
      Carlos: I only said that to impress you.
      Jeneca: 'People die all the time' is supposed to impress me?
      Carlos: You said that I was too sensitive so I had to show you that I was insensitive.
      Jeneca: So you were lying?
      Carlos: Yes...
      Jeneca: And you were lying while you were in my office, so which is it? Are you a habitual liar or an emotionally bankrupt human?
      Carlos: Which is worse? Oh, you know what? Why are you getting on me? You know, you're not exactly the queen of a thousand smiles.
      Jeneca: I'm not under review, you are.
      Carlos: This is going to go in my jacket. Do you know how this is gonna read when I come up for review? I need this job for school, for my career.
      Jeneca: I only recommended that you go to sensitivity training. Once you adquettly complete that it goes into your jacket along with this.
      Carlos: And to think I almost called you again.

    • Lombardo (to Jimmy, regarding Linda being pregnant): When she told me I was gonna be a father I was so happy, the first thing I wanted to do was tell my best friend. I realized, that's you.

    • Doc: You know, I've heard a lot of funny things in my life, but this has got to be--
      Carlos: It's not funny.
      Doc: Oh, come on, you try to play this girl with all your sweet lines and when that doesn't work you try to get some lovin' by being the 'real you'. And then she smacks you back by making you take sensitivy training?
      Carlos: How is that funny?
      Doc: You don't see the irony?
      Carlos: The irony I see, it's the humor I'm missing.
      Doc: Oh, come on. You make your bed, and then you screw yourself in it. (laughs) So you have to take a few sensitivy sessions, it's not the end of the world.
      Carlos: If I don't satisfactory complete the sessions, then Jeneca's evaluation looks pretty bad when I come up for review and that could cost me my job.
      Doc: You know man, if you really wanted to be a paramedic, that could be a problem, but since you don't--
      Carlos: I don't wanna be a paramedic forever, but I want this job. I need the time to study, I need the experience and it goes a long way to cover some not so great grades. What I don't need is for every med. school I apply to to find out I got fired from an emergency medical position because I'm an emotional black hole.
      Doc: Well, then you take the course and then forget about it.
      Carlos: Or they put a worse evaluation: 'I'm cold, self-centered, and aloof.'
      Doc: I wouldn't say that about you.
      Carlos: You did, two days after I met you.

    • (at sensitivity training)
      Bosco: It's a load of crap, huh?
      Carlos: What are you doing here?
      Bosco: What? You mean this isn't Jazzercise class? What do you think I'm doing here? I got some BS civilian complaints so Christopher's makin' me suffer.
      Carlos: What happened?
      Bosco: Eh, I had some trouble with a can.
      Carlos: A can?
      Bosco: Yeah, domini-can, mexi-can, I don't know, one of them south of the border greaseballs.
      Carlos: The Dominican Republic is and island, and I'm part hispanic.
      Bosco: Yeah, but you're one of the good ones.
      Carlos: Okay, it's obvious why you're here.

    • Bosco (at sensitivity training): Hey piece of advice, if you wanna skate through this, alright? He's gonna tell you to be honest, honesty never got anybody anything. Just tell this guy what he wants to hear.
      Carlos: You've done this before?
      Bosco: I practically have reserved parking.

    • (Carlos finds out that his senior partner has to evaluate him)
      Carlos: My senior partner? That's Doc.
      Bosco: Is that a problem?
      Carlos: He hates me.
      Bosco: Yeah, that'd be a problem.

    • Kim: I think it was good, you know? Taking a couple of weeks off. At first, I thought I should just back into work, gives me something to focus on, help me get over what happened. Yeah, but that would've just been running away from things. You know, I had to deal, and now I'm- I'm over it.
      Jimmy: You ride with a guy all day every shift for how long? And you get over that in a couple weeks?
      Kim: No. I'm never gonna be over what happened to him. But I'm- I'm getting beyond it. You know, the anger, denial, the accpetance. I mean, two out of the three get you nothing. You have to accept things, and I accept things.
      Jimmy: You know, if you want me to spend more time with Joey, so you can...
      Kim: Oh, thank you. I think I suprised myself, you know, how good I'm doing.

    • Bosco: I was sayin' don't feel so bad. I think that little thing that you wrote was good, it's just Lewis is one tough SOB, you know? You know, it's messed, I do my job and I do it good, but none of that seems to matter because some mental doctor's all worried about how I don't give out hugs and lollipops with every damn arrest.
      Faith (walks up): How you doin', Carlos?
      Carlos: Yokas.
      Faith: You almost ready?
      Bosco: I'm eating. Can I finish eating?
      Faith: Yeah, you can finish eating, and then we'll start our shift and the first thing you'll want to do is get a sandwich. (she sits down)
      Bosco: I'm storin' calories. No need to get an appetite when I'm tryin' to outrun the Yo's.
      Faith: So, what were you guys talking about?
      Carlos: Compassion.
      Faith: So that was a pretty short conversation, huh?
      Bosco: Nobody thinks I got feelings.
      Faith: Bosco, that's not fair, you have feelings, you just have them buried somewhere in a shallow grave out in Jersey.
      Bosco: Hey, no jokes. Carlos' job here is on the line.
      Carlos: It's not somethin' that I learned in foster care.
      Bosco: The only thing that I ever learned about compassion was from my old man: 'Hit a woman in the gut, not the face, so it don't show.'
      Faith: Yeah, and I learned that uh, a good drunk is a quiet drunk because they don't wake up the neighbors.
      Carlos: Where did you learn to be decent?
      Faith: Excuse me?
      Carlos: Where did you learn to be decent?
      Faith: Learned? That's sort of an odd way to be putting it, don't you think? I mean, isn't it just sort of something that you know?
      Carlos: I don't know. You tell me.

    • Carlos: I wanna know, to you, what is compassion?
      Jimmy: It's caring about other people.
      Carlos: So, you're here because you care?
      Jimmy: I'm here because it's my job.
      Carlos: So, it's your job, so you don't care about people?
      Jimmy: Of course I care about people, it's both.
      Carlos: But, I mean, you wanted to play baseball. Would you be playin' baseball if you could?
      Jimmy: Yeah, I would if I could.
      Carlos: So, it's not that you're compassionate. You're just here 'cause you kind of screwed up in life.

    • Taylor: What kinda question is that? 'What is...'
      Carlos: .... compassion. To you. Why did you want to become a fire-- um, person?
      Taylor: Uh, my dad made me do it? (Carlos laughs, Taylor holds up the knife she was cutting her sandiwsh with) That's funny?
      Carlos: Not if it's not supposed to be.
      Taylor: Let me explain something to you about my dad, he bleeds red.
      Carlos: Doesn't everybody?
      Taylor: Fire red. He's one of those old school guys. You know, everyone in the neighborhood was a fireman, he always wanted to be a fireman, became one right otuta high school, been one his whole life. So, when he had a kid, he was gonna be one, too.
      Carlos: He was gonna be one, too?
      Taylor: What's my first name?
      Carlos: Alex.
      Taylor: You know what that's short for? Alex is what I'm calling whatever kind of kid I have because I want a boy, and I'm not dealing with anything else.
      Carlos: So whatever kinda kid he had, he was gonna join FDNY, too, right?
      Taylor: Hell, no. My dad didn't think I could hack FDNY. He used to have his buddies over, playin' poker and drinkin' beer and he'd point at me and go, 'Look at my little girl, the only fire she'll ever put out is if she burns a pot roast.' One of us was wrong about things.
      Carlos: So, you're just doin' this to show your dad up, where's compassion come in?
      Taylor: I got a lot of compassion. I mean, if a building is on fire and there's someone caught on the upper floors, it's like I go into a zone. I mean, it's my job to get that person. And I don't worry about flashovers, or collaspe, or suckin' in smoke.
      Carlos: That's not compassion. That's being an adrealine junkie.
      Taylor: Labels are so misleading. It's like how they call Rocky Road "Rocky Road" when really it's just some almonds and a couple chunks of chocolate in it.
      Carlos: There's marshmallows, too.
      Taylor: Exactly.

    • Carlos: So I have to get up at like 5 on a Saturday to go tear down some stupid apartments?
      Doc: See?
      Carlos: Okay, okay. The apartments aren't stupid. But you got to admit, getting up at five a.m. on a Saturday is…nuts.
      Doc: Well, I get up at four.

    • Doc: Otherwise homeless people will be picking up busted up toilets left and right and anarchy reigns!

    • Doc: I'm really starting to think that you're beyond help!
      Carlos: I'm starting to think that I'm beyond help too.

    • Carlos: You know, what I've been into lately? Being nice.
      Doc: Being nice?
      Carlos: Yeah, like helping people out or listening to them while they're talking. Yeah. Now, I know why you do it all the time. It feels good, it feels really good. This is the way people who go to church must feel.

    • Lewis: Mr. Neito, is there anything that you'd like to say?
      Carlos: There is nothing to say. It's all in the evaluation, right?
      Lewis: Yes, it is.
      Carlos: Then I guess I'm just wasting your time. And that's not real compassionate, is it?
      Lewis: No time is wasted that makes us better people.
      Carlos: That's a matter of opinion. What is better? I saved a guy's life.
      Lewis: And you should be proud of it. But, that's not what these sessions are all about.
      Carlos: What are they about? Singing songs and holding hands? Is that what's important? 'Cause, you know what? I've talked around to a whole bunch of people in EMS who are full of compassion, lucky them. I never had a family to teach it to me. I never learned it when I was gettin' bumped around in foster care. But unlike most, I am here because I want to be here. Not because it's my second choice, or the only thing that worked out. I'm here because I wanna be the best paramedic that I can be, so become the best doctor that I can be. So, no. I don't know thing one about compassion, but I've got passion about what I do. You ask every person that I've ever treated who's still walking around because of that which is more important, that I was soft hearted or that I was good at my job.

    • Doc: What are you doin'?
      Carlos: I'm tryin' to have a conversation with you. What are you doin'? 'Metro. Articles. Stuff.' It's like I'm talking to a parrot.
      Doc: Every time I say more than three words to you you squirm around like you're sitting through an opera. So, I decided to do myself a favor and just cut to the chase. Metro. Articles. Stuff. What else do you need to know?
      Carlos: Am I really that bad?
      Doc: Most times, yeah, sometimes worse.
      Carlos: Well, that's why I'm trying to talk to you. I don't have good people skills, you know that. So, I'm tryin' to learn how to relate better, how to... care more. Look, I want you to teach me.
      Doc: What do you mean? Teach you how to care about people?
      Carlos: This is not funny to me. To me, this is serious. You're the one who's gotta evaluate me, so instead of making fun of me, why don't you help me?
      Doc: You just used the word "me" five times in four seconds. I'm not sure, but I think the Guinness people owe you a plaque.
      Carlos: I'm askin' you for help. Everytime some other yahoo's got some stupid problem you can't wait to jump in there and do good. You can't do the same when I need help?
      Doc: You know, one of your issues might be that you think of other people's problems as stupid, and you call them yahoos.

    • Carlos: Stress debriefing? What a huge waste of time. If there was a scale that ranked the hugest wastes of time, stress debriefing would be like, the hugest.
      Doc: This is to help us. We just lost someone from our own house and they wanna know if we can handle a call like the one we got today.
      Carlos: People die-- you know, it's sad, but come on, they were old. The woman wanted to go with the man. They went together. It's tv-movie-of-the-week sad. The only thing missing is the bulimic and the cancer kid.
      Doc: You've said some insensitive things, but I think you just hit that one out of the park.

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    • Music:
      The Lonely Bull - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
      Flashdance... What a Feeling -Irene Cara
      Walking on Sun - Smash Mouth

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