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Ames v. Kovac 

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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Neela Rasgotra
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Ray Barnett
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Archie Morris (credit only)
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Kerry Weaver (credit only)
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Dr. Dustin Crenshaw
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Angela Gilliam
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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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Luka Kovac: At the time of Mr. Ames's numbness, there were 47 patients in the ER, 82 in the waiting room. I was treating a young mother who was the victim of domestic violence, nearly beaten to death; an 8-year-old hit by a car and a 53-year-old heart attack victim. There are always sicker patients in the ER and it was reasonable to believe Mr. Ames's numbness could wait!
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Should I Stay or Should I Go
Written by Mick Jones, Joe Strummer (uncredited), Topper Headon (uncredited) and Paul Simonon (uncredited)
Performed by Maura Tierney
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Ames v. Kovac (#13.5)
21 May 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A good episode. First of all, I am very happy that Abby made it back to work. All the story about the nanny made me worry she will be nothing but a housewife.

The main part of the episode of course is Luka's court. It is very well done as they keep on showing us how it went on while going through the court.

Great acting, Forest Whitaker is a wonderful guest start selection. Was also happy to see Maggie Wheeler as his lawyer. Was the first time I saw her in a dramatic role and she was great at it as well.

The good part about the story is that while one sees Luka's innocence (after watching 12 seasons one gets how their ER works) one still feels a lot for the poor man whose life was ruined. Looks like Luka won't win, the jury seems to be full of conspiracy fools.


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