An injured and condemned murderer wants to die in the ER rather than await execution; Abby advises a neighbor to seek shelter from her abusive husband.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Luka Kovac (credit only)
Jing-Mei Chen (as Ming-Na)


Abby becomes concerned when her neighbor beats his wife and calls the police, but they say it was all a misunderstanding. Dr. Lewis treats a death row inmate who is brought in with stab wounds but would rather die than undergo treatment. Jing-Mei asks to be re-instated as an attending physician and threatens a law suit if her request is not met. Carter plays intermediary between his divorcing parents but his father insists the marriage is over. He also treats a rising rapper who won't accept that he is HIV positive. Kerry Weaver and Sandy have an argument about Kerry's refusal to come out. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance




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17 January 2002 (USA)  »

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This episode's rather cryptic title refers to the Nile, as in "in denial". Several characters in this episode are in that predicament - the rapper who is secretly having sex with his male friend and insists that he's not gay even when he gets diagnosed with HIV, and Kerry Weaver who is forced to confront her true feelings about firefighter Sandy Lopez (Lisa Vidal). See more »


References Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) See more »

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A River in Egypt (#8.12)
5 April 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Isn't Kerry's relationship story the repetition of what happened in her previous one? I seriously am surprised people are so not understanding that somebody wouldn't want to come out at a work place. People often like to separate privacy from their work.

Oh man is Chen getting on my nerves. I hope Kerry can beat her. Loved how she told Chen today that if she would be a good doctor she wouldn't need her in the first place, damn right!.

An interesting story regarding the guy on death row who wants to die. I hope that there will be more on it.

Abby's neighbor's story is pretty interesting as well. I kind of have an idea where it will go.

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