ER: Season 10, Episode 4

Shifts Happen (23 Oct. 2003)

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Confident second-year resident Pratt wants to prove his abilities when he works the graveyard shift (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), but his heroics sometimes backfire. Pratt shows contempt for a man, ... See full summary »

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Confident second-year resident Pratt wants to prove his abilities when he works the graveyard shift (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), but his heroics sometimes backfire. Pratt shows contempt for a man, Ed Gamble (PAUL CASSELL), who presents no symptoms of disease but temporarily loses his speech. Written by Anonymous

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Pratt refers to an obscure diagnosis as a "zebra". This is a reference to a popular medical school adage about considering common diagnoses before considering obscure ones: "When you hear hoof-beats behind you, think horses, not zebras." (The saying originated with Dr. Theodore Woodward at the University of Maryland, who originally said simply, "Don't look for zebras on Greene Street," referring to the street in Baltimore where the University of Maryland Medical Center is.) See more »

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Jerry Markovic: Pratt, Hampton called from GI. She's not going to see the quarter kid until morning, but she plans on seeing Romano first.
Dr. Gregory Pratt: Is that all she said?
Jerry Markovic: No, actually, she said you're an asshole, too. Night!
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Shifts Happen (#10.4)
16 April 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Not too much is happening among the characters in this episode but we get to see a very eventful night shift of Dr. Pratt not going too well. Not surprising considering that there are pretty much no experienced nurses and also lots of medical students and even residents who don't know exactly what is happening.

The story with the guy who swallowed the coin didn't seem to be so horrible, until after the removal they come back and the guy pretty much pukes out blood on the glass window. Pretty terrifying unexpected moment.

The story about the grandma dying and the kid sleeping with her in the bed is also pretty sad.


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