One For The Road
  Damaged
  Try Carter
  Fear
  An Intern's
Guide To The Galaxy
  Time Of Death
  White Guy, Dark Hair
  A Shot In The Dark
  'Twas The Night
  Skin
  Only Connect

     

  



    


The Providers
Middleman
Just As I Am
Alone In A Crowd
Here And There
Back In The World
Refusal Of Care
Ruby Redux
You Are Here
Carter est Amoureux
The Show Must Go On

One For The Road

  Episode 1

  September 23rd 2004

  Screenplay: Joe Sachs

  Director: Christopher Chulack


  

Neela returns to the hospital after dropping out of her residency at Michigan University on the first day. She prepares to assist when Pratt and Jing-Mei are admitted following their car crashing into the river during a road rage incident.

Weaver intervenes and instructs her that she no longer works at County General.

She does, however, become involved when it transpires that a third passenger in the car was the teenage boy she and Pratt had been treating prior to her leaving. Neela is anxious to contact his mother but he dies before she is able to do this.

Abby asks Neela about her sudden return but she is initially unforthcoming. The following morning she awakes having slept in the ER and invites Abby to join her for breakfast and a chat. The two talk and Neela confides that she is unsure whether to continue practicing medicine.

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Damaged

Episode 2
October 7th 2004
Screenplay: David Zabel
Director: Paul McCrane

Neela is staying a Abby's place. She sets about a frenzied tidy up as her parents phone to announce they are making a surprise visit. They arrive and she announces she no longer wants to be a doctor. Her father asks why she is trying to punish him and that they were relying on her help to put her younger siblings through college.

Miss Rasgotra returns to the hospital and asks Weaver if she can have her job back in the ER, but instead she advises her to return to Michiganand continue the residency. She returns to speak again with her parents. Her father is unconvinced by her reasons for wanting to quit mother and says she should return to the UK with them. He warns her that if she remains in Chicago he will no longer support her financially. They drive off leaving her alone.

Neela waits in the ER for Abby to finish her shift so she can discuss her predicament. Instead she is asked to escort a Mexican girl, who Abby has been treating, to the bus station. The girl was the victim of a kidnapping and had been forced to act as a prostitute. Neela takes the bus with the girl who is too nervous and afraid to ride alone after her experiences.

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Try Carter


Episode 3
October 14th 2004
Screenplay: R. Scott Gemmill
Director: Jonathan Robert Kaplan


Abby asks Neela about another approach to Weaver about her old position in the ER but she seems unenthusiastic about the idea. Instead she goes job hunting at the local coffee shop but a sparkling academic career does not compensate for a lack of experience at preparing a cappachino! A visit to a clothing store proves similarly unsuccessful.

Abby and new intern Ray Barnett visit thecorner store by the hospital at the end of their shift onlyto find Neela working behind the counter. It is July 4th and she is wearing a zany 'Statue of Liberty' hat.!

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Fear


Episode 4
October 21st 2004
Screenplay: Dee Johnson
Director: Lesli Linka Blatter


The new job at the Convenience Store isn't going too well!. Neela admonishes a man for reading a newspaper without any sign of planning to make a purchase. The man sneezes into the paper and hands it back. Abby calls by and Neela sarcastically tells her the work is "Great".

Close to the episode ending one of the new interns who has been struggling quits. Susan visits the store where Abby is already talking with Neela. Dr Lewis advises her about the sudden vacancy and asks if she might be interested in the job. She is at first reticent but the actions of a store customer soon persuade her to 'grasp the nettle' and take the chance to rejoin the ER.

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An Interns Guide To The Galaxy

Episode 5
November 4th 2004
Screenplay: Lisa Zwerling
Director: Arthur Albert

Neela takes an early morning jog in the city, reciting medical jargon to  herself in preparation for returning to work as an intern at County General.
Her first call to duty involves treating a patient with a gunshot wound.

There is a backlog and Abby, Ray and Neela are challenged to see who of the three can clear the most patients during their shift. Neela has also been assigned a new medical student called Jane who appears to be aware of her recent history and constantly quizzes her about it.

During the rounds Neela's has some tests done for one of her patients and the results reveal him to be suffering from Leukaemia. She struggles when required to break the news to him. Jane is not impressed by her mentor's apparently reticent bedside manner. They are also running third in the race to clear the board. Neela resolves to inform the patient of his condition but, to the chagrin of Dr Pratt the man appears to have already left the hospital. She is then informed that the man has been seen in the hospital chapel (having earlier informed her that on discharge he planned a visit to church).

She informs him of his condition and that it can be treated successfull
y.

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Time Of Death


Episode 6
November 11th 2004
Screenplay: David Zabel
Director: Christopher Chulack

Our Miss Rasgotra features only fleetingly in this episode. The storyline concentrates on Charlie (played by Ray Liotta), a man who hallucinates about his past during the last hours of his life.

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White Guy, Dark Hair


Episode 7
November 18th 2004
Screenplay: Lydia Woodward
Director: Nelson McCormick

Again, only casual Neela interest in this one. She attends to a girl scout wheeled in with a head bandage who it transpires is one of a number of 'fake patients' employed by Dr Lewis as part of a drill to test response times.

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A Shot In The Dark


Episode 8
December 2nd 2004
Screenplay: Joe Sachs
Director: Jonathan Robert Kaplan

First off Neela stands at the admittance desk writing a cheque. When questioned by Ray she tells him it's to send home to the family to assist with her brother's tuition fees. He asks if she will work his shift so he can spend Christmas with his folks. Together with Dr Lewis they treat a Police Officer who has a gunshot wound and is accompanied by two fellow officers. Neela notices that one of them has a cut on his hand and suggests he gets it treated, but he appears reticent.

The perpetrator of the shooting is later admitted, himself having been shot by the Officers in the incident. Neela, together with Deb and Dr Dubenko remove his handcuffs and prepare him for a thoracotomy. They work on the patient but to no avail and the time of death is called.

Dr Rasgotra then treats the Officer with the cut hand and suspects that shrapnel in the wound may be fragments of a bullet. The bullet removed from the neck of the first Office appears to have been fired from a police issue weapon. The Officers son has arrived and is looking on at the deceased suspect. Neela advises him that his father may have been shot accidentally by a fellow officer and not by the dead man. The young man has even more to contemplate as he is charged with responsibility for deciding a choice of treatment options for his father.There are varying degrees of risk attached, and as he is the only blood relative present. Ray discusses this with the boy and offers to support him in whatever decision he makes, but then signs out of his shift early!

Neela has to pick up the pieces and deal with the ensuing conflict between the son, his mother and the other Officers about the correct course of treatment for the injured man. The episode concludes after her shift as she confronts Ray outside of the club where his band are playing. She chastises him for abandoning the boy after having promised his support. Ray tells her his shift was over and he had other plans, but his flippancy angers her even more. "screw your plans - medicine isn't a day job!" She leaves to take a taxi leaving Ray to ruminate on the days events.

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T'was The Night


Episode 9
December 9th 2004
Screenplay: Julie Hébert
Director: Julie Hébert

It's Christmas Eve (no surprises given the title) and there are a number of homeless people in the ER. Neela continues to be unimpressed with Ray's attitude as he tries to ship some of them out by saying the mayors Office had agreed to put them up at the Holiday Inn! She hands a gift to Abby which was found in the lounge with her name on it. The parcel contains a book entitled 'Rats, Lice and History" Neela jokes with her friend about the content of the parcel. She is engaged in conversation with the sister of a boy who is said by his mother to have been the victim of a hit and run driver. The girl explains that in fact the family were living in the car after their mother had separated from their abusive father and the accident had happened while mum was at work. Ray joins them and for once impresses with the way he converses with the kids.

After midnight Neela talks to a father and his son. She tells the boy to sleep so Santa can come. Together with Abby she sneaks to the paediatrics ward to take some toys from the playroom. They use decorations from the canteen to wrap them before distributing them around sleeping children in the wards.

Carter, Wendall, Abby, Ray and Neela walk out to the ambulance bay. It is snowing and Neela tries to catch snowflakes on her tongue. She then playfully throws a snowball at Ray and teases him over lying about getting away to spend the holiday with family when he was really planning a tryst with a girlfriend.

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Skin

     Episode 10
     January 13th 2005
     Screenplay: Dee Johnson
     Director: Stephen Cragg

Abby is kidnapped outside of the hospital by two young men in an SUV. A third youth is laid out in the back of the vehicle and has a serious gun shot wound. She has been abducted in a desperate attempt to get the young man treated without visiting a hospital. (This is the central storyline in this episode with a brilliant performance by Maura Tierney)

Back at the hospital Neela's 'people skills' are again under scrutiny after a patient satisfaction survey shows poor results for the residents listening skills and empathy. Her failing 'bedside manner' again seems to be highlighted while conducting rounds with two medical students. A patient asks a question about his cancer but her response is loaded with medical jargon and confuses him. When she attempts to explain in simpler terms the man is reduced to tears. She attempts to rationalise the patients response with the students by discussing the 'differential diagnosis of crying'. Dr Kovac observes and interjects, suggesting to her that the man's reaction does not require analysis - he has been told his cancer is spreading and that is good enough reason for him to cry.

Later in the episode a man arrives whose wife had died in the hospital earlier that week whilst he was out of the city. He was unable to communicate with her the day she was admitted and is attempting to locate the resident who treated her in order that he can be informed of the manner of her passing and anything she had said. It transpires that Neela was the Doctor in attendance but she struggles to remember the lady. She is then called to assist Kovac perform a complex procedure which would normally be carried out in the OR but due to over capacity Luca has to perform it in the trauma room.

The procedure is a success and Luca tells Neela that she is a gifted and confident Doctor when it comes to procedures but needs to work on the 'other half'. She seems confused by his comments but it is made clearer when they pass by the man who is seeking reassurances about his deceased wife. She confesses that she is unsure what to say to him. She does not have a clear recollection of his wife and asks Kovac if she should lie to spare his feelings.
The man asks her if she remembers his wife. She tells him that she does and that she talked about him and how much she loved him prior to her passing. She assures him she was not afraid when she died.


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Only Connect

      Episode 11
      January 20th 2005
      Screenplay: Yahlin Chang
      Director: Jonathan Robert Kaplan

Abby is recovering at home after the abduction incident and although not forcing the issue, it is becoming apparent that she needs her own space back. Neela resolves to find alternative accommodation. Things are even more stretched than usual in the ER as she examines Amy, a girl who has apparently been hit over the head with a lamp by her step brother, Collum. He is on a treatment course for a behavioural condition and hadn't taken his medication. The girl's foster mother has been called but Neela feels the children should be referred to the social worker. Taking a break at the admit desk she searches for apartments in the paper. Ray intervenes and says he is subletting a two bedroom place which she could share. She does not appear too enthusiastic.

The girls foster mother arrives and Neela advises her that social work have been called and that is standard practice when a fostered child is admitted. Amy then confides to Neela that she is settled and happy with the family and is needed to help administer Collum's medication. Social worker Wendall is recommending Amy be removed from the family but having spoken with the girl Neela is not satisfied that is the girls best interest.

Signs were that Dr Rasgotra's people skills were improving but clearly still need some improvement. She overhears an elderly woman asking after her grandson. Neela recognizes the description as matching that of a patient she and Kovac had been unable to save earlier in the day. She is reticent but the lady pushes her until she says she can't confirm anything until the body has been identified. The grandmother is inconsolable - but Neela tries.

Kovac takes her aside and offers guidance about delivering a notification of death. Neela becomes emotional, bemoaning her own inadequacies but Luka encourages her by saying she is still learning. She fares better while escorting the grandmother to identify the body - the only problem being when the curtain is opened the lady states that the deceased man is not her grandson!.

The social worker is escorting Amy from the hospital and Kovac has signed off the consent for her to be removed from the family. Neela is upset and angry but he explains that the girls past injuries were not consistent with her charts indicating an ongoing problem.

There is a hint at the episode conclusion that Miss Rasgotra has developed a bit of a crush on Dr Kovac - oh - and with some trepidation she agrees on Rays flat share proposal. (Roomies round one!).

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      The Providers


Episode 12
January 20th 2005
Screenplay: David Zabel
Director: Christopher Chulack

Sam seems to have tuned into Miss Rasgotra's attentions toward Luka and she playfully jibes him saying that if he is encouraging it she might have to get into some "nasty chick fight".

Cut to Abby and Neela preparing to start their shift and discussing matters of the heart as Luka walks in!. Resident and intern are 'paired up' for the shift which clearly concerns Luca after his conversation with girlfriend Sam and the two behave rather awkwardly toward each other. Kovac resolves the situation by handing Neela over to shadow Dr Carter instead.

The new pairing become embroiled in a case concerning a girl who had within the last year received a kidney transplant and had commenced a course of new and expensive medication. It transpires that the drug, while treating the condition for which it was prescribed, appears to be damaging the transplanted organ. Neela researches the history of the drug under Carters direction. The girls doting father was the donor and is angry and distraught at this news and offers to donate his other kidney. The story has a tragic conclusion as the man shoots himself in front of Carter later in the episode, in order to facilitate the transplant which medical ethics would have otherwise prevented.

The awkward atmosphere between Neela and Kovac is finally broken. After reviewing her notes on a procedure that they had carried out earlier, Luka say's he hoped that he hadn't given her the wrong idea. She responds that she understands and rather uncomfortably takes her leave to returns to a patient.

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Middleman


Episode 13
February 3rd 2005
Screenplay: Lisa Zwerling
Director: Ernest Dickerson

A quiet episode for 'our gal'. She has moved in to share the apartment with Ray and at the shift change tells him he owes her $80. A plumber has done some work while he was away and she has picked up the bill. The story mostly concerns Dr Pratt who finds himself caught between a sparring Kovac and Dubenko.

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Just As I Am


Episode 14
February 10th 2005
Screenplay: Lydia Woodward
Director: Richard Thorpe

The episodes central storyline concerns Kerry's meeting and reconciliation with her mother.

Neela is involved with treating a couple who have addiction problems but this only becomes fully apparent as the plot develops. The wife is addicted to Demerol and falsifying a condition in order to get a 'fix'. Dr Carter suggests the possibility of a dependency problem to the husband who reacts angrily and takes a swipe at him. In a sequence of near 'slapstick', Carter goes to retaliate and the wife jumps on his back. Ray moves in to drag her off but the woman reaches for a bedpan and smacks him in the face with it. Neela is also present and caught up in the moment grabs another pan and raises it above her head to strike the woman but checks herself saying "what the hell am I doing?!". Security arrives with Dr Weaver in tow who asks them "who is winning?"

Frank is quite amused when Sam tells him Neela was about to hit someone with a bedpan and chortles that he'd always wanted to see something like this happen.

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Alone In A Crowd


Episode 15
February 17th 2005
Screenplay: Dee Johnson
Director: Jonathan Robert Kaplan

This is an episode shown in large part from the perspective of a female patient admitted after suffering a stroke at the family home, though Dr Rasgotra does not feature in this storyline.

Back at the 'roomies' place, Neela prepares for work while Ray and his band mates rehearse in the living room! He stops the practice as she shouts "see you later" and offers her a ride into work. She thought they were working opposite shifts but he has swapped to facilitate the rehearsal. One of the band asks Neela if she plays an instrument and she rather blankly replies "the viola" (which Parminder does play in 'real life').

Neela treats a boy with a wrist sprain and concussion. He arrives with his brother and sister and later a man claiming to be their father, who appears to have been drinking and rather unconcerned about this condition. Neela provides some snacks for the kids but the 'father' eats them himself. She becomes suspicious that something is amiss when the man appears to have taken his leave while she is still preparing to discharge the boy.

Later Ray and Neela are in the Jumbo Mart and encounter the same man. When she confronts him about who is with the kids he confesses he is not the father and the elder brother had paid him $7.00 to 'play the part'. The pair persuade Pratt to let them visit the families home address to check up on them. They arrive and the older brother admits to the deception and states they live with their mother. He directs them toward a room with a towel placed at the foot of the closed door. They enter the room, which is cold, and find the mothers body on the bed. She has clearly been dead for some time. Neela feels sick and runs from the room to be informed by the youth that his mother was taken ill about a week ago.

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Here And There


Episode 16
February 17th 2005
Screenplay: David Zabel
Director: Christopher Chulack

The action switches between Chicago ('Here') and Iraq ('There') and focuses the contrasting experiences of Doctors Rasgotra and Gallant. The stories are told with a narrative 'voice over' provided by letters exchanged between the two.

Whilst undertaking his duties treating soldiers Michael witnesses a small Iraqi girl suffer serious injuries as a car bomb explodes. The youngster cannot receive the treatment she requires so he sets about persuading the authorities to ship her to the States. Although the environments are radically different some scenarios and dilemas are mirrored for both Doctors.

Neela reacts angrily to a comment from Pratt about her intense and obsessive temperament when working. On reflection she concedes that this might be down to her not having much of a life outside of the hospital. He suggests she have some fun and questions when she last went out on a date. She is a bit offended and asks why everyone thinks she needs to get laid. He smiles and replies that sometimes it helps!.

She returns to the apartment where Rays band mate Brett has been staying over and sleeping on the couch. She initially refuses his offer of a glass of whiskey but recalling Pratts earlier comment changes her mind. The two sit drinking and chatting about music and being passionate about what you do. The mood mellows and they end up kissing. Things look as they may progress further but after giggling she tells him she thinks he is great but she doesn't wish to be with someone just because she is lonely.

Michael manages to arrange for the Iraqi girl to be transported to Chicago but he must accompany the girl due to her unstable condition. The episode concludes as whilst aboard a helicopter he reads Neela's letter while she lies in her room reading his.

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Back In The World

Episode 17
March 24th 2005
Screenplay: David Zabel & Lisa Zwerling
Director: Jonathan Robert Kaplan

The previous episode story is picked up and the Iraqi girl and her mother have arrived in Chicago. Gallant has not been seen but more concerning to Neela has not contacted her either. The point is driven home as a succession of staff members ask her if he has been in touch since returning. He has in fact been to visit the family of a soldier who killed immediately before he departed Iraq.

Dr Rasgotra treats a man complaining of back pain who she had sent away in the previous episode. The man prepares for her to examine him but reveals he is wearing a 'superhero' type body suit under his clothing. He says that she must think him to be crazy but explains the reason for the garment relates to an emotional connection to his deceased partner.

Neela goes to the lunch wagon outside the hospital and looks over her shoulder to see Gallant approaching. She runs to him and the two embrace. They take time out in the bar and play a game of pool while Gallant explains that he had attempted to contact earlier in the morning. They return to Neela's apartment and she asks where he is staying. They plan a night out but as she emerges from the bedroom in a black dress Michael tells her she looks beautiful. He pulls her close and they kiss. They stay in for the evening!.

Next day both are at County General and as Neela starts her shift notices the 'superhero back pain guy' has been re-admitted and diagnosed with a rare recessive disorder. She chastises herself for not recognising it but is told that it was an easy and understandable miss.

A real 'Mills and Boon moment' concludes the episode as Gallant returns to Iraq. Neela has been caught up at the hospital and the couple were unable to say there goodbyes. The Medevac chopper brings in a new patient on the roof and as it arrives she thinks about Gallant, who at the same time is opening s an envelope that she left in his bag. It is marked 'for you'. It contains her anklet which he had commented upon when they were together the previous day.Across the distance they share a smile. (cue end titles and pass me a tissue).

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Refusal Of Care

Episode 18
April 21st 2005
Screenplay: Joe Sachs
Director: Gloria Muzio

Neela tells Susan she would like to take charge of a trauma in order to get in practice for when she becomes an R2 and has to supervise interns in a couple of months. The patient she is given is Elena, a woman suffering from hypothermia. Things soon become complicated when Elena announces that she is refusing treatment and is on hunger strike. Her actions are part of a campaign to save her teenage son from being deported. The woman's lawyer is present and is supporting her.

Elena's condition worsens and begins to suffer a seizure. While Susan, the lawyer and a social worker argue over their course of action, Neela takes matters into her own hands and administers Ativan to the woman. Susan dismisses her from the room despite Dr Rasgotra's protests that she could not stand by and watch the woman die. Dr Lewis insists that if the patient refuses treatment the same applies as if she was treating an end stage cancer with notice not to resucitate. She is instructed to have no further dealings with the patient.

Arrangements are made for Elena's son to be brought to the hospital and he is apparently unsympathetic view of her actions. The emotional drama is eventually resolved and she is persuaded to end her protest.

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Ruby Redux


Episode 19
April 28th 2005
Screenplay: Lydia Woodward & Lisa Zwerling
Director: Paul McCrane

Dr Rasgotra's only real involvement in this episode is bringing in the eponymous Mr Rubadoux (veteran screen legend Red Buttons) before going off shift (next…)

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You Are Here


Episode 20
May 5th 2005
Screenplay: Karen Maser & Dee Johnson
Director: Ernest Dickerson

Only casual appearances for Neela this week and nothing particularly relevant to the plot lines.

Dr Carter gets his tenure confirmed and Morris is made Chief Resident to the consternation of just about everyone!.

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Carter est Amoureux


Episode 21
May 12th 2005
Screenplay: John Wells
Director: Christopher Chulack

Neela assists in treating a man who has caught his hair in a car fan belt and severed his hand in the process of trying to release it. He is forwarded on to the OR. Together with Abby she then has to move a patient as raw sewage is leaking through the roof of the hospital. They then complain to Susan about Morris apparently taking bribes for favourable schedules.

Neela and Greg work on a septic newborn baby. Dr Rasgotra is left to attend to the baby but on returning Pratt chastises her volubly in front of the mother about the procedure she has commenced. Taking her out of the room he shouts that she can't go play NICU doctor whenever she feels like it and she is reduced to tears. (the swine!…)

Next day Neela hesitates before entering the hospital as she knows Pratt is working and is still smarting from the previous days experience. Abby encourages to 'get back on that horse" and the walk in.

Pratt's opinion of Ray and Neela seems more favourable today but this time it's Ray's turn to blunder. His actions inadvertently contribute toward the death of a young woman escorted to the ER by her two elderly aunts.
The girl had been receiving money with menaces from her aunts to support a drug habit and one of them had stabbed her whilst retaliating.

Ray had removed the girl's dressing before intubating, causing an embolism. He had previously treated the aunt for wounds she had received at the hands of her neice. Neela presauds him to tell the guilt sticken relative what had gone wrong during the treatment.

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The Show Must Go On (Season Finalé)


Episode 22
May 19th 2005
Screenplay: David Zabel
Director: John Wells

Carter has resolved to leave the County General and return to Africa to join girlfriend, Kem. Neela is on the verge of becoming an R2 and has new interns to show around. She brings in a man in a cow costume who has been hit by falling scenery in the theatre (only in ER!). A second 'actor' with burn injuries joins him together with the stage manager who wants to get them back for the second act.

The action moves on as catastrophe strikes at party which Ray and Morris are attending. The flooring the building gives way causing fatalities and some serious injuries. Only one OR at County General is available due to the continuing sewerage problem and the attendings are at the local bar for Carters farewell party. The alarm is raised but by the time Kovac arrives Neela has already attempted to deliver a baby for one of the party goers who has gone into labour and been forced to commence a cut down on another of those admitted. He supervises as she continues.

Finis!

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