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Twenty-One Guns 

Chaos reigns in the ER when two prisoners are brought in for treatment, but instead plot a violent escape. Their desperate actions place one doctor in harm's way, and forces one nurse to become a tool in their plan.


Nelson McCormick


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Goran Visnjic ... Luka Kovac
Maura Tierney ... Abby Lockhart
Mekhi Phifer ... Gregory Pratt
Parminder Nagra ... Neela Rasgotra
Linda Cardellini ... Samantha Taggart
Shane West ... Ray Barnett
Scott Grimes ... Archie Morris
Laura Innes ... Kerry Weaver
Garret Dillahunt ... Steve Curtis
Ernie Hudson ... Colonel James Gallant
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Gloria Gallant
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Mary Warner
Michael Weston ... Rafe Hendricks
John Aylward ... Dr. Donald Anspaugh
Abraham Benrubi ... Jerry Markovic


Chaos strikes in County General when shots are fired and the gunmen get more and more desperate to make it out of the hospital. Kovac unknowingly puts himself in harms way while Abby is in the line of fire. Meanwhile, Pratt tries to help Neela as she attends to Gallant's concerned parents. Written by Alex

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Release Date:

18 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title refers to the 21 gun salute that is used internationally for heads of state. In 1842 the United States established the 21 gun salute to honor the President of the United States. See more »


When Abby looks at her hand after suffering a cramp, the blood is bright red, but when she holds it up to the glass window it's darker, and there's more of it. See more »


[Abby calls Morris a name in Croatian]
Dr. Archie Morris: Oh, what is that, some kind of nasty Croatian word? Something about me and a goat?
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References 21 Grams (2003) See more »


Open Your Eyes
Written by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Tom Simpson, Paul Wilson and Johnny Quinn
Performed by Snow Patrol
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creating a simple scene is so appealing.
13 July 2006 | by flyamSee all my reviews

I have found throughout my medical career that so often the less said

and simply acting to any situation is extremely desirable. Maura

Tierney has done this so naturally, it begs one to remember she is an

actress and not a physician. Of course the essence of the final scene,

I can almost feel the entire atmosphere as it seemed "oh not again."

I was holding my breath and my eyes were darting about looking for key characters. Goran was totally helpless in the situation and Shane was the consummate doctor and not the rocker he thought he wanted to be. We saw a boy become a man when given an ultimatum. I will be looking forward to the return come the new season.

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