Cañon City
  Nobodys Baby
  Man With No Name
  Blame It On The Rain
  Wake Up
  Dream House
  The Human Sheild
  Two Ships
  I Do
  All About Christmas Eve
  If Not Now
Split Decisions

       

    



   

Body And Soul
Quintessence Of Dust
Darfur
Out On A Limb
Lost In America
Strange Bedfellows
No Place To Hide
There Are No Angels Here
The Gallant Hero And
The Tragic Victor
Twenty One Guns

Cañon City

  Episode 1

  September 22nd 2005

  Screenplay: John Wells 
                   Joe Sachs
                   Lisa Zwerling

  Director: Christopher Chulack


  

Neela is assigned a fawning and constantly apologetic intern in this first episode. She is now an R2 and at risk of falling into her old habit of blinding mere mortals with her uber-brained theoretical brilliance.
She is clearly growing in confidence and the new guy feels the force of this as she eventually rounds on him and insists he stops offering up apologies and concentrate on the job in hand.

The intern crumbles, is reduced to tears and despite his mentors efforts at reassurance finally walks away, apparently throwing in the towel on his first day 'on the floor'. Neela realizes she may have turned up the ‘tough love’ approach a bit much and says ‘bollocks’ to herself as he disappears through the exit door.

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Nobodys Baby

Episode 2
September 29th 2005
Screenplay: R. Scott Gemmill
Director: Laura Innes

Abby and Neela travel to work on the EL in the rush hour. They encounter a rather unpleasant woman who scoffs at them but after alighting the train twists her ankle. Despite her earlier behaviour the two doctors go to assist her and Neela tells the woman “try not to move, I’m a doctor – you may have broken your ankle” The woman is far from grateful and complains “If you’re a doctor I want a second opinion". Neela calls to Abby “Okay Dr Lockhart, would you care to give a second opinion?”. "Sure", replies Abby and checks the woman “your ankle may be broken and you’re a bitch". The woman later turns up in the ER to Neela’s dismay.

The light humour gives way to a more melancholic and thought provoking central storyline. Ray attends to a young surrogate mother who insists on a natural delivery against his advice to have a c-section. His fears for the health of the baby prove well founded as it is starved of oxygen during the birth and has suffered almost certain brain damage. The parents and surrogate mother all ultimately disown the ‘imperfect’ child. A baleful Ray insists that the abandoned little tot should not spend his first night alone and remains by his incubator. (a powerful episode with a strong performance by Shane West).

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Man With No Name

Episode 3
October 6th 2005
Screenplay: David Zabel
Director: Christopher Chulack

Neela is first seen at the admit desk putting things in a box to send to Gallant in Iraq.

She then attends to a rather ill tempered performance artist wearing his stage costume, a full body suit with human anatomy marked out on it. She assists her student Penny who frustrates the man when she incorrectly identifies the location of his kidneys. The man protests that the whole anatomy is laid out to be seen. Neela corrects him “Sorry sir, but it isn’t. You have no genitalia. (they have indeed been omitted from the illustrations on the suit). He does not offer further comment!.

Neela is still considering what to include in the box for Michael and shows Abby a poem she has written. Abby thinks it’s a bit cheesy and tells her to meet up in the family room. At Abbys suggestion she poses for some rather sexy photos, first exclaiming “you’re kidding, right?. While Abby snaps away Morris overhears them and in a desperate attempt to sneak a look climbs onto a wheel chair to peer over the curtain. In a bit of pure slapstick a girl with a pop gun shoots him in the leg and the chair rolls from under him and he crashes to the floor.

The episode draws toward its conclusion and Neela is back at the apartment writing a letter in her room. Next door Ray is enjoying the company of a girlfriend and their amorous activity is so loud she shouts “Ray, I can’t concentrate”. There is a brief moment of quiet before the noise resumes.

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Blame It On The Rain

Episode 4
October 13th 2005
Screenplay: R. Scott Gemmill
Director: Paul McCrane

It is raining heavily in Chicago and Neela is soaked as she wheels in a woman called Judy with her baby daughter, Grace. Her car has crashed into a wall. She tells the police that her car was being chased. Judy’s husband, Brad arrives and after speaking with her says he is going to check out their daughter. Inexplicably she starts crying as he walks away. It soon becomes evident however as she confesses to Neela that there was no pursuer and she caused the accident.

Dr Rasgotra calls in the psychiatrist but when he arrives Judy denies making the admission that she had intentionally crashed the vehicle and wants to be discharged. Despite Neela’s protestations the phych says there are no grounds for holding the woman.

She speaks with Brad and tries to convince him that his wife is suffering from depression and might present a danger to herself or the child. She suggests Judy should remain overnight for observation. Her efforts are in vain as he seems unprepared to recognize the problem and insists he can handle it.

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Wake Up

Episode 5
October 20th 2005
Screenplay: Janine Sherman Barrois
Director: Arthur Albert

The new attending, Victor Clemente makes a surprise entrance passing himself off as a patient. He shows up Pratt and makes an immediate impression, not least on Neela who thinks he’s ‘pretty hot”. The appeal soon wears thin as he is rather dismissive and condescending when she first speaks with him. He is a ‘sharp shooter’, loaded with knowledge about the latest advances and apparently not lacking any confidence in his own abilities. He tells her she should consider a surgical elective as she’s quick to cut and uses a scalpel more than her brain!.

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Dream House

Episode 6
November 3rd 2005
Screenplay: David Zabel
Director: Stephen Cragg

Under instruction from new attending Clemente, Abby and Neela treat Darwin, an infant chimpanzee while his concerned parent, Coconut looks on. (no we haven’t been on the wacky baccy!)

Ray confides to Neela that his (now revealed to be underage) girlfriend, Zoe, has been admitted with Chlamydia. He defends himself by saying “I didn’t know she was that young”. Dr Rasgotra replies indignantly “Young… she’s still teething”.

Dr Dubenko is recovering from prostate surgery and navigates round the ER in robot form, communicating his instructions by video link…

Oh I give up – this is one you just have to watch (that’s not to say it’s a ‘must watch’ – just tough to precis!)

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The Human Shield

Episode 7
November 10th 2005
Screenplay: R. Scott Gemmill
Director: Laura Innes

Neela and Luca treat Vincent, a man who has been shot by police at the outset of the episode. He has been admitted with Sydney, a 10 year old girl who he had kidnapped and who had been holding during the shootout. She has a gunshot wound in the stomach. Vincent regains consciousness with a start and violently grabs Neela’s hand. He is retrained and calmed a little but soon becomes animated again and demands to see Sydney. He accuses Neela of wanting him to die. She mutters back that she wants him to shut up.

Zoe (as in Rays under age girlfriend) and her father arrive at the admit desk. Dad is clearly on a short fuse and demands to know the purpose of the prescription his daughter has been given. Neela tells him he will have to wait. He responds aggressively and she threatens that Jerry will intervene and they return to their seats. Jerry tells Neela he doesn’t like violence and she replies “I know, but he doesn’t”!.

She finishes working on Vincent but sadly Sydney could not be saved. Neela is then ‘hit on’ by Tony Gates (played by John Stamos), a paramedic among the crew who brought in Vincent and Sydney. She fends off his attentions but he seems quite persistent (more to come later!). She wanders out into the ambulance bay to return an earlier call on her cell phone. Gallant was supposed to have been returning later that day and when it is his superior on the phone she initially fears bad news. In fact his return has had to be postponed due to a patient overload and she is relieved.

Ray and Neela end their shifts and leave at the same time. Suddenly Ray is jumped on and attacked. The assailant is Zoe’s father and Neela shouts hysterically for him to stop. Ray does not offer much resistance and Neela tends his wounds as the dad walks away.

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Two Ships

Episode 8
November 17th 2005
Screenplay: Joe Sachs & Virgil Williams
Director: Christopher Chulack

Neela is thrown together with Paramedic Tony Gates (from the last episode) as she commences her scheduled ambulance ‘ride along’. He is still ‘sharp shooting’ and she tells Pratt that Gates is like a “dog in heat”. She checks out Ray’s cuts and bruises from his 'run in' with Zoe's father the previous night (see Episode 8). He see’s Zoe and asks Neela if she can get rid of her. Neela tells her that Ray is off duty and the girl leaves a ‘mix CD’ she has made for him, which Neela throws in the garbage.

The evening sets in and Neela is out with the Paramedics when a huge explosion occurs nearby. A single engine aircraft has hit a passenger plane shortly after take of and crashed in the city. They arrive at the impact point and it is a scene of devastation. The episode plays out as Neela struggles to treat patients at the scene. Gates enters a building close to the impact point in an attempt to rescue the son of a woman called Alice. The woman runs to follow him into the office block but as Neela gives chase to try and restrain her, a large explosion occurs at the front of the building.

Dr Rasgotra is okay but both Gates and Alice are seriously injured. Alice implores her to help her son and despite Gates protestations that she should leave the building she commences a search for the boy. She finds him and finally escapes the smoke filled building with the boy in her arms. Alice and Gates have also been rescued but he is in a bad way. His wound is so severe Neela determines she must cut him open then and there if he is to survive. He is coherent and says she needs his consent before she performs the procedure. He says he will give it if she agrees to go out with him. She commences making an incision.

The victims and medics are slowly returned to the ER and Neela is checked over by Abby as she struggling to breath due to smoke inhalation. She also seems to be experiencing an adrenaline rush from the night’s events and tells her friend “I feel high, I want to get back out there”. She is brought back to the reality of the situation a little when she is told Alice has died. She goes to take time with Alice’s kids.

Neela returns to the apartment despite Abby’s concerns about her condition and contention that that she should not be alone. She unlocks the front door and turns to see Gallant stepping from a cab. She runs to him, they embrace and he swirls her round in the cold night air. (top stuff!)

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I Do

Episode 9
December 1st 2005
Screenplay: Lydia Woodward
Director: Gloria Muzio

Neela emerges from under the duvet and says “that is the wankiest idea ever”. Michael draws up beside her and assures her that his proposal that they get married that day is his best idea ever!. He continues to pester her on their journey to the hospital until she finally concedes and asks if she will get to a carry a bouquet. They embrace and kiss as the other commuters look on.

News of the sudden marriage plans soon get around and Jerry offer to ‘marry’ them as he is a ‘Universal Life Minister’ which gives him the legal authority to perform the ceremony.

Things seen to be moving ahead apace and while Neela works on a patient in trauma her team discuss the wedding arrangements. She becomes a little frustrated and asks if they should instead concentrate on the job in hand.

The couple meet up and Michael impatiently talks about making arrangements but Neela shows signs of having 'cold feet' due to the frantic pace of events. Michael talks with his old friend Pratt and explains that he hasn’t formally proposed to his bride to be and thinks she might be scared off by the speed things have moved forward. Neela and Dubenko are performing surgery on a patient in the OR and Micheal stands behind the glass in the viewing area. He shouts to her that while he had been away in Iraq she had given him another place to be. He was concerned that she may be bewildered by everything that had happened in the last 24 hours. He then asks her to marry him.

Arrangements go ahead and everyone gathers at Baby Joons and the ceremony begins. Neela wears a traditional Indian outfit and Michael his military uniform. The newly weds eventually leave the reception to return to the apartment. They run up the stairs to the EL platform and board the train together, still in their wedding attire. Neela turns to Micheal, smiles and as if in disbelief comments that they are married as the train pulls away.

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All About Christmas Eve

Episode 10
December 8th 2005
Screenplay: Janine Sherman Barrois
Director: Lesli Linka Blatter

Luka is playing Santa and handing out to staff and the younger patients. He gives Neela a neon stethoscope (just what she always wanted) A final gift is an early shift finish for four lucky staff but they have to play scissor/paper/stone to decide who. Neela wins which is good news for her but bad for us as she doesn’t feature a great deal more in the episode.

While walking with Abby she admits to being nervous about spending Christmas with Michael’s parents. (Gallant senior is a colonel in the army). They continue walking and a young boy tells them thay must kiss as they are standing under the mistletoe. Neela smiles and comments to her friend that perverts start young these days.

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If Not Now

Episode 11
January 5th 2006
Screenplay: David Zabel
Director: John E. Gallagher 111

Dr Weaver has slipped on the ice in the entrance and Neela wheels her in on a gurney. Dr Rasgotra shouts her preliminary diagnosis to Ray and Sam but Kerry instructs her to “stop it – it’s annoying”. Neela replies that she is just trying to be professional. She examines Kerry, who is a little grouchy but asks her about married life and her future plans. Ray wants Neela to “soften her up” as he is trying to get six weeks off to pursue a deal his band have been offered.

Neela informs Amanda, a fifteen year old, that she is pregnant. The girl is clearly unhappy with the news but when she is advised her options include a termination she responds by saying “that would be against God”. The girl’s parents arrive and with Neela present she informs them of her condition.

Dr Rasgotra intervenes in a heated discussion between Morris and Dr Allbright from the OR. She shows off a bit with a speedy diagnosis of a patient with a gun shot wound and uses the opportunity to ask Allbright about the possibility of doing a surgical elective.

Amanda’s father is at the admit desk and asks Neela if it’s okay for her to leave. She asks if his daughter has considered the options and he seems offended by the suggestion of a termination saying such a thing is immoral. Neela and Kovac prepare to discharge Amanda when she tearfully informs them the pregnancy was a result of her being raped. She has told her parents but they want her to keep the baby regardless.

Neela is frustrated and conflicts with both Amanda’s mother and Kovac who appears to support the parent’s decision. She hits a raw nerve by saying to him “you’re the wrong person to talk to about this” He asks her to explain and she continues “I would like your permission to consult another attending – someone who’s not Catholic” Kovac initially reacts angrily but then ponders on her words and speaks with Amanda himself. She admits to him that she does not want the baby and he offers her a lamanaria as a possible solution as it will prompt a miscarriage.

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Split Decisions

Episode 12
January 12th 2006
Screenplay: R. Scott Gemmill
Director: Richard Thorpe

Neela thanks Dubenko when he informs her that she has been accepted for the surgical elective. He adds that she must have impressed Dr Albright. She goes to find Gallant and on the way informs Ray that the newlyweds are looking for a apartment and she should soon be out of his hair.

She walks with Gallant outside the hospital and shares her news. He is impressed and smiles “My wife – the surgeon” and they agree to go to lunch to celebrate. The two next visit the Veterans Association to see a soldier called Rogan who Michael had befriended in Iraq. He is in quite a bad way both physically and emotionally and Neela looks on with an air of melancholy after being introduced to him. Gallant, on the other hand seems at home talking with some other vets in the day room. Neela continues to look uneasy.

They move on to the apartment where Neela has arranged a viewing. The couple are parked up in the car when Michael announces that he wants to return to Iraq and she is stunned. The realtor ushers them in and escorts them around but the atmosphere has turned frosty. He leaves them to talk. The conversation is tense and emotional. She accuses Michael of abandoning her to which he responds that he is a soldier. She reminds him that he is also a husband, but his mind appears set. The visit to the VA made him realize still more that he is still needed out there. Neela is tearful and asks if their recent marriage vows had meant anything and if he loves her he won’t go. She concludes by saying that she loves him but still doesn’t know him.

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Body And Soul

Episode 13
February 2nd 2006
Screenplay: Joe Sachs
Director: Paul McCrane

The episode almost exclusively focuses on Nate Lennox (played by James Woods), a medical lecturer with a progressive neurological disorder. In a series of flashbacks with a shifting time line Nate is seen during various visits to the hospital and in his professional life. We see how his condition deteriorates and increasingly impacts upon his life. Neela is shown treating and conversing with him in 2004. It transpires that Abby was one of his students and that he had been a seminal inspiration in giving her the confidence to complete her studies despite struggling with self doubt.

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Quintessence Of Dust

Episode 14
February 9th 2006
Screenplay: David Zabel & Lisa Zwerling
Director: Joanna Kearns

Clemente is right in the thick of the action as both he and girlfriend Jodie have been shot by her policeman husband whilst in Victor’s apartment. Jodie has the more serious injuries but Neela, who has commenced her surgical elective, gets paged to assist with the injured doctor. He is hyper (not unusual) and resisting treatment for his wounds, instead wanting to attend to Jodie himself. He is out control and Kerry puts restraints on him and he is sedated.

Neela joins Dubenko in the OR where they work on Jodie. Clemente eventually calms down sufficiently for the restraints to be removed and he heads up to the OR. Standing in the viewing Gallery he starts to try and ‘run the show’, questioning the procedure and Neela’s experience and ability to perform the surgery. Dubenko has had enough and asks that he be removed.

Rumours spread around the hospital that ‘loose cannon’ Clemente shot Jodie himself. Sitting more quietly and observing the surgery with Pratt he admits that the only person who can confirm his story is Jodie herself and it is ‘touch and go’ whether she will pull through.

Dr Allbright has been ‘fired up’ after another verbal sparring session with Morris and she ‘vents spleen’ at Neela, protesting that she is “crowding her out of the OR”.

Jodie’s surgery has gone well and her prognosis becomes more promising. Victor arrives to sit with her and thanks Neela for all that she has done and apologises for his earlier behaviour.

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Darfur

Episode 15
March 2nd 2006
Screenplay: Janine Sherman Barrois
Director: Richard Thorpe

Neela’s surgical elective continues and she works on a young man named Jose who has been hit by a car. The driver of the offending vehicle is Pratt’s friend Darnell, who has a drink problem. On a previous visit to the ER Greg had switched a sample of his own blood in order to get Darnell off a driving under the influence charge. The two converse and Pratt tells him that he needs help and that must start by him turning himself over to the police. Darnell is initially reluctant, fearing a jail sentence but finally agrees. We see him leave in a police vehicle.

Neela informs Pratt that the surgery on Jose has gone well. He then confesses to her about switching the blood sample. She tells him that he should take his own advice and own up to the misdemeanour. (he eventually ‘coughs’ to Kovac and gets sent for a stint with Carter in Africa to sort out his ‘perspective’).

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Out On A Limb

Episode 16
March 16th 2006
Screenplay: Karen Maser
Director: Lesli Linka Blatter

Neela brings in some home baked cookies and leaves them at the admit desk for all to sample. Frank sticks a biohazard sticker on them and says they will guarantee people a three day belly ache.(charmer).

A real hazard emerges as the staff require prophylaxis after being exposed to a patient with Menager Proxima (Don’t ask)

Neela’s cookies haven’t gone down too well. Ray and Morris harshly judge them to be "the worst in the history of baking!". She takes them and leaves.

She then attends a 'Services Spouse Club' and causes a bit of a stir by telling the other members that she supports her husband but not the war. Having said her piece and received a less than enthusiastic response from the group she leaves and returns to the apartment.

Ray has been stood up by his date and the two ‘roomies’ settle down for a night in watching 1970’s horror videos, and seem pretty cosy. Neela dozes off and her head falls to rest on Ray's shoulder ….

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Lost in America

Episode 17
March 23rd 2006
Screenplay: Lisa Zwerling
Director: Stephen Cragg

Ray wakes in his room to the sound of Neela ferreting round for things in the apartment which is a total mess. She is late and is panicking as she has to deliver a presentation at a surgical conference she is attending with Dubenko. She spills a mug of coffee and tells Ray it’s his fault for keeping her up watching videos and adds that he is a bad influence (he seems to take this as a compliment). He offers to wipe off a mark on the collar of her blouse. He does this and in a momentary pause they fix each others gaze. They are clearly developing an emotional attachment though neither voices it.

Neela arrives at the conference and is bombarded by sales pitches from pharmaceutical companies in the main hall. She is apprehensive about her presentation and Dubenko advises her about deflecting smart comments and questions from the audience but this does nothing to placate her nerves. He gives her a beta blocker and says he always takes one before doing seminars. She leaves a message for Ray to fax over a piece Dunenko has suggested might come up in questions.

Neela is at the podium and the presentation is not going well. The laptop projector is not working correctly and she is losing the thread as a consequence. Things get worse as a packet of simulation blood explodes on the podium. It has been thrown by one of a number of animal rights protestors in the audience. They all stand and start a choras of slogans about rats having rights. The sounds in the room become muddy in Neelas head and she faints and collapses to the floor.

Dubenko and Neela are next seen at the bar and he apologizes about suggesting the beta blockers. She holds a towel to her head and is still a bit woozy and while conversing with Dubenko about the days events contemplates her developing feelings for ‘roomie’ Ray.

Cut to the apartment and Ray is cooking a stir fry for them when she returns. They make small talk and then Neela says “I think I should move out”. He asks why and she replies “I think we both know why”.

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Strange Bedfellows

Episode 18
March 30th 2006
Screenplay: Virgil Williams
Director: Laura Innes

Neela and Abby walk toward the hospital discussing the fact that Michael’s parents are in town and visiting the hospital today. Inside the ER she confirms to Ray that everything is cool between them but she will be looking for alternative accommodation. Colonel Gallant and his wike arrive and they greet their daughter in law walmly. Dad (who used to be a medic in his early service career) observes as Neela leads a team dealing with a trauma patient.

She appears fully on top of the situation but complications occur and things get chaotic. Colonel Gallant looks on as Abby intervenes to rescue the situation leaving Dr Rasgotra (or should that be Gallant) with a bit of the ‘old metaphorical’ on her face.

The parents and daughter in law leave the hospital and after a bit of shopping with ‘mum’ they all meet up for lunch. Neela appears concerned when the colonel advises that she might have to get used to moving around as the wife of a soldier. She states that she is quite happy and settled in Chicago. The three are next seen at ‘roomies’ apartment and Michaels dad confides to Neela that he and his wife are separated and were together at the wedding and today ‘for show’. Michael has not yet been told. There has been an obvious tension between the couple throughout the day and when they are alone Mrs Gallant confides with Neela about the sacrifices she has made as an army wife. She implores that Neela should remain true to herself and what she wants. She gives a clear indication that this is the reason for their breakup.

Ray returns and Neela has obviously been pondering the days events and seems fearful she may be drawn closer to her ‘roomie’ pal. She announces her intention to leave tonight and move to Abby’s place. Ray is clearly upset and asks her to stay until she finds a place of her own. The two look at each other and it is clear she realizes the implications of staying and a states that she is married. Ray responds “we sure had a lot of fun though” and she smiles and then carries her stuff past him in the corridor. They speak without making eye contact.

Neela is loading her stuff into a cab at the front of the apartment and Ray steps out to the sidewalk. They face each other and he says “I wish I didn’t feel like this – you’re the best friend I ever had”. She gets into the cab and it drives off. (Kleenex please nurse…)

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No Place To Hide

Episode 19
April 27th 2006
Screenplay: Lydia Woodward
Director: Skipp Suddeth

Sam’s ex, Steve is admitted to the ER. Neela examines him and the test results indicate the possibility of a ruptured appendix. Clemente disagrees with this diagnosis. Steve becomes septic, loses a pulse and is rushed to the OR.

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There Are No Angels Here

Episode 20
May 4th 2006
Screenplay: R. Scott Gemmill & David Zabel 
Director: Chrostopher Chulack

The episode primarily focuses on Carter and Pratt, who as penance for his earlier misdemeanours has joined him for a period in Darfur. The experience proves both traumatic and life changing for Greg.

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The Gallant Hero And The Tragic Victor

Episode 21
May 11th 2006
Screenplay: R. Scott Gemmill  
Director: Stve Shill

The pre-titles action opens with Gallant travelling by open truck in a military convoy in Iraq. He is drowsing but is woken with a start by gunfire. The soldiers alight from the vehicle and in the ensuing exchange one of them is shot. He is carried onto the truck and Michael attempts resuscitation with the aid of a medic. The soldier’s wounds are severe and they are unable to save him. A comment is made about him recently becoming engaged and another of the infantrymen asks Gallant if he has “a girl back home”. Michael replies “I’m married - my wife Neela is about to”……before he is able to complete the sentence there is a large explosion and the vehicle is engulfed in flames.

In the ER Neela, Abby, Ray and Morris treat a man who appears to have been the victim of an attack in his own home (it is later discovered that his own 10 year old son was the assailant his action was to protect the boys younger brother who the father was beating).

A military casualty Officer and chaplain arrive at the admit desk asking to speak to Dr Rasgotra. Neela has returned to the OR and is speaking with Dubenko. He tells her that the hospital has been awarded funding for an additional surgical residency and the place is hers if she wants it. She accepts enthusiastically and is anxious to share the news with her friends ‘downstairs’. Allbright tells her that she looks forward to being Neela’s attending.

Dr Rasgotra is paged to return to the ER and is greeted by concerned faces and the two men from the military. Her eyes begin to glaze with tears even before they speak. The Officer tells Neela of Gallants death in action and she is initially in denial saying “There must be some mistake – Michael is a doctor - not a soldier soldier”. She walks away saying she is working and "can’t do this right now". The others look on as she purposefully picks up a couple of patient boards and continues as though nothing has happened.

Neela is next seen gathering her thoughts on the roof of the hospital. Ray joins her and she recalls her last conversation with Michael. She breaks down and refuses his offer of help. Kovac persuades her to go home and she grudgingly agrees.

Abby arrives back at the apartment. They talk and embrace and Neela tells her she would prefer to be alone for the night. She opens a package left by the casualty officer that contains a letter and a video cassette with her name on it. It is a camcorder video Michael has made in Iraq. He speaks directly to the camera and says that if she ever gets to see this the worst has happened and she can claim a big “I told you so”. He speaks of his love for her and continues that she should move forward with her life, get married and have babies. She watches as the tears stream down her face…

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Twenty One Guns

Episode 22
May 18th 2006
Screenplay: David Zabel  
Director: Nelson McCormick

Pratt arrives attired to accompany Neela to the graveside ceremony for Gallant. Ray asks himabout Neela and says he has left messages but she has not replied. Pratt advises him that she probably needs space at the moment. The limo arrives but the driver announces that Neela has given instruction to go ahead without her.

Pratt visits Abby’s apartment and Neela advises him that she doesn’t want to go because it means saying goodbye and that means forgetting. They talk and reflect on all that has happened and she agrees to go with him. In the limo it is explained that there will be full military honours. Neela had not asked for this but apparently the Colonel had.

Neela sits looking at the coffin and shudders as the 21 gun salute is fired and a flag is folded over it. She recalls Gallant saying it was too dangerous for her to join him in Iraq as she had suggested. Dialogue is played out in her mind of the day he originally asked her out.

The reception is held at Lincoln Park and the Colonel is speaking about the honour of being a soldier and how this is “a good day to die” to a small group gathered around him. Neela overhears this and hands Michaels medals to him. He tells her that his son would have wanted her to have them. Neela vents her emotions and tells him that to her they only mean that Michael is dead. “How dare you say it’s a good day to die – you could have kept him alive – here!. You made him want to go back – for what? - because there was something noble in it?. Why did you have to do that when it would have been just as easy to convince him to stay - and for a much better reason - because we loved him – because we loved him!.

Neela leaves the reception and sits quietly by the grave with Pratt. He tells her that she must go on living her life as that is what Gallant would have wanted. He finally takes a call that he has been cancelling on his mobile. Something major is going on back at the hospital….


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