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Ames v. Kovac (19 Oct. 2006)

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Curtis Ames, a carpenter who suffered a stroke under Kovac's care, sues him for malpractice. Kovac and Ames square off in court as each man's recollections of Ames' treatment are recounted ... See full summary »



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Curtis Ames, a carpenter who suffered a stroke under Kovac's care, sues him for malpractice. Kovac and Ames square off in court as each man's recollections of Ames' treatment are recounted via testimony and flashbacks. Meanwhile, Abby returns to work and must adjust to the dramatic changes in her life, and Pratt's early morning trip to the barbershop results in a new awareness of community need. Also, Abby and Pratt try an unconventional method for treating a heart patient and Neela tries a risky procedure which doesn't sit well with her chief. Written by Alex/Marcos

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When Dr. Crenshaw is preparing to operate on the elderly patient he has taken from the ER, the nurse putting on his gloves fails to put his left glove on properly - his fingers don't go into the gloves' fingers. The actor briefly tries to fix it but can't (without being seen by the camera), so he keeps his hand at his side throughout the scene. When he moves to the patient's side and takes the scalpel (with his right hand) to begin operating, you can see his left hand never enters the frame to keep the problem hidden. See more »


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Old man: Ooh, boy, if I was 20 years younger...
Dr. Gregory Pratt: You'd still be her granddaddy!
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Well done as always!
25 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great action and storyline, the portrayal of what happened to Curtis Ames was amazing. Seeing the interaction from the two vantage points made it very realistic. It was great to see Abby back in action and paired up with Pratt's problem child in Dr. Gates. I'm a little disappointed in Neela's defection to the OR but maybe she will come around to returning to the ER much as Dr. Carter did. I did like the way Abby stood up to the stuffy surgeon who is the attending. She is proving herself capable of being a great doctor with each passing episode. The writing, acting, and action that is put forth every week guarantees that ER is continually successful because it appeals to a huge population base. Every week leaves the audience begging for more and left on the edge of their seats as they wait for the coming weeks episode!!

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