ER (season 10)

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ER (season 10)
ER Season 10 DVD Cover.jpg
DVD box set
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network NBC
Original release September 25, 2003 –
May 13, 2004
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The tenth season of the American fictional drama television series ER first aired on September 25, 2003 and concluded on May 13, 2004. The tenth season consists of 22 episodes.


New characters arrive in the form of medical student Neela Rasgotra, hapless Resident Archie Morris, and Nurse Samantha Taggart filling the void left by Abby who returns to medical school. The aftermath of Kovac and Carter’s mission in Africa becomes a key story throughout the season, a Thanksgiving tragedy sees the end of Romano, Lewis copes with unexpected pregnancy, Gallant is deployed to Iraq and Chen and Weaver both deal with personal losses.


Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

Doctors and medical students:


Staff and paramedics:

Special appearances:


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
202 1 "Now What?" Jonathan Kaplan John Wells September 25, 2003 (2003-09-25) 176001 23.22[1]

The ER is undergoing extensive renovations. Carter returns from Africa to find a hostile Abby and they exchange numerous unhappy, bitter words. New medical student, Neela Rasgotra, causes a stir when she unexpectedly helps a patient - and angers Chen as Pratt flirts with her. Romano sports a new look after removal of his arm. When Neela informs the ER of Luka's supposed death in Africa, Carter returns to Africa in the hope of finding Luka's body.

NOTE: First Appearance of medical student (later Dr.) Neela Rasgotra.
203 2 "The Lost" Christopher Chulack John Wells October 2, 2003 (2003-10-02) 176002 20.77[2]
Carter returns to the Congo to search for Kovač's body and reunites with several associates. Kovač's story in the Congo after Carter's departure is told in flashbacks as he battles debilitating malaria while delaying evacuation and is captured by the rebels, who murder a number of Westerners and un-affiliated Congo citizens. Carter, however, learns that the rebels mistook Kovač for a priest and left him alive, and he arranges for Kovač's return to Chicago while volunteering to stay himself.
204 3 "Dear Abby" Christopher Chulack R. Scott Gemmill October 9, 2003 (2003-10-09) 176003 20.05[3]

Abby's frustrating day gets worse when she gets a special "Dear John" letter from Carter in the Congo while her fellow nurses threaten a walkout and her opinions are ignored. Romano's mood gets nastier when he is fitted with an antiquated hook for his missing arm. Pratt uneasily meets Chen's old-fashioned parents for dinner in what turns into a last supper for their relationships. In addition, three new second-year residents join the staff - including bumbling Archie Morris and the self-assured Dr. "Coop".

NOTE: First Appearance of Dr. Archie Morris.
205 4 "Shifts Happen" Julie Hébert Dee Johnson October 23, 2003 (2003-10-23) 176004 18.01[4]
Pratt and Weaver wind up on the wrong side of two judgment calls during a hellacious night shift that also finds Abby secretly seeking funds to return to medical school, leading to a frosty meeting with her ex-husband. Neela deals with a little girl who arrives with her beloved grandmother whose status is DNR. Corday warms up to Dr. Dorset.
206 5 "Out of Africa" Jonathan Kaplan David Zabel October 30, 2003 (2003-10-30) 176005 19.91[5]

Kovač's first day back in the ER is a busy one. Lewis fears for a distraught architect, Ben Hollander (Bob Newhart), whose degenerating eyesight makes him despondent. A spirited new nurse, Samantha "Sam" Taggart, replaces Abby - who returns to medical school but also continues to work as a nurse to afford the tuition. Morris is left greatly overwhelmed by the chaos and grisly conditions of life in the ER, especially a case involving an injured child and her despondent mother.

NOTE: First Appearance of Nurse Sam Taggart.
207 6 "The Greater Good" Richard Thorpe R. Scott Gemmill November 6, 2003 (2003-11-06) 176006 20.04[6]
Pratt and Kovač clash over a miscarriage-prone young woman who arrives to deliver a premature baby, as Kovac seeks to stop inefficient ER practices; Lewis goes above and beyond the call of duty to help Ben Hollander cope with his failing vision; and Coop makes a romantic play for Chen.
208 7 "Death and Taxes" Félix Enríquez Alcalá Dee Johnson November 13, 2003 (2003-11-13) 176007 20.66[7]
Lewis's busy workload threatens to keep her from an important date with Hollander, who makes a critical decision on his own; Kovač and Corday clash over the treatment of a patient with questionable symptoms; and Sam's son spends a day underfoot at the ER. Meanwhile, Gallant must gamble with a risky hospital transfer to help a young septic cancer patient, Romano lets Pratt know he's out to wreck his career as soon as he enough information to do so, and Chen gets bad news from China about her parents.
209 8 "Freefall" Christopher Chulack Joe Sachs November 20, 2003 (2003-11-20) 176008 23.41[8]

A Thanksgiving tragedy high above the ER has the County staff racing to aid the survivors and Lewis fearing the worst about one of the possible casualties. Elsewhere, Romano "fires" the brash Pratt and catches Morris with cannabis. Also, Kovač enjoys Thanksgiving dinner with Sam and her son Alex.

NOTE: Final Regular Appearance of Dr. Robert Romano.
210 9 "Missing" Jonathan Kaplan David Zabel December 4, 2003 (2003-12-04) 176009 20.72[9]
Two distinct cultures collide when Neela treats two Amish teenagers involved in a car accident. Corday is the only person who is mourning the loss of Romano. Elsewhere, Sam clashes with sympathetic Kovač when he pays too much attention to her trouble-prone son Alex, and Abby is pained when an unconscious 5-year-old girl cannot be traced to any parent or guardian.
211 10 "Makemba" Christopher Chulack John Wells December 11, 2003 (2003-12-11) 176010 19.72[10]
On Christmas Eve, a chilled emergency room staff do their best to observe the holiday while a crusading Carter does the same half a world away as his friendship and relationship with Makemba, an Anglo-Congolese AIDS worker, is revealed.
212 11 "Touch and Go" Richard Thorpe Mark Morocco January 8, 2004 (2004-01-08) 176011 22.83[11]
Carter returns from Africa full of surprises including a new love, Makemba ("Kem"). Pratt accidentally breaks a patient's neck while doing an unsupervised intubation. A whole nursing shift cannot go home until they find one missing Valium. Luka weighs his plans for the future: Chicago or the Congo.
213 12 "NICU" Laura Innes Lisa Zwerling January 15, 2004 (2004-01-15) 176012 21.65[12]
Neela and Abby face their toughest rotation ever after being assigned to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit, where Weaver and Sandy come needing help with their newly born son, Henry. A case involving a very ill infant tests the souls of all the doctors. Abby does well whereas Neela struggles, but both ultimately decide against going into neo-natology.
214 13 "Get Carter" Lesli Linka Glatter R. Scott Gemmill February 5, 2004 (2004-02-05) 176013 22.20[13]
Carter's girlfriend, Kem, steps on more than a few toes while spending a day observing County in action. Pratt has a hard night and questions his abilities as he treats a variety of patients. Gallant accompanies the paramedics and is almost shot in a violent domestic dispute where he befriends a frightened boy. Lewis turns down a promotion, due to an imminent change in her lifestyle.
215 14 "Impulse Control" Jonathan Kaplan Yahlin Chang February 12, 2004 (2004-02-12) 176014 21.95[14]
Life and death assume an even higher profile as single-mother Sam treats an abused and newly pregnant teen as well as a wife who sees her injured family melt away after a car accident. Carter shows Kem the city and proposes they move into a townhouse he bought for them. And Kovač receives a sexy late-night visit from Sam.
216 15 "Blood Relations" Nelson McCormick Dee Johnson February 19, 2004 (2004-02-19) 176015 22.83[15]
Neela is faced with crippling claustrophobia while trapped in a hyperbaric chamber with a baby suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Meanwhile, Chen returns from China with her ailing father; Weaver breaks bad news to a mother about her son's leukemia; and Sam ponders the repercussions of her night with Kovač.
217 16 "Forgive and Forget" Christopher Chulack Bruce Miller February 26, 2004 (2004-02-26) 176016 21.87[16]
Sam is trouble when Kovač has a visitor from Africa; Abby is angry when Morris discharges a patient when he should go to the psychiatric ward, but Morris pays the price when the patient comes to kill him with a tank; Corday is charmed by a fellow surgeon while desk clerk Frank Martin finds himself fighting for his life after suffering a heart attack with Neela and Pratt the two unlikely Doctors who successfully save Frank's life.
218 17 "The Student" Paul McCrane David Zabel April 1, 2004 (2004-04-01) 176017 19.24[17]
Carter urges Neela to be more pro-active in the ER, then she goes too far in treating a brain-injury patient - and a sympathetic Gallant errs further by falsifying a medical report. Kovač treats the disoriented young son of a man who fears that tests will reveal he's not the boy's father. Chen scrambles to find an appropriate caregiver for her ailing father. Corday is uneasy about dating two men, while a pervert annoys a pregnant Lewis and somehow ends up getting everything he wanted.
219 18 "Where There's Smoke" Tawnia McKiernan Jacy Young April 8, 2004 (2004-04-08) 176018 19.99[18]

Weaver rushes to the aid of her female partner Sandy Lopez when the firefighter is severely injured on the job and must fight for her life. Lewis suffers labor pains and is confined to bed rest, while tension remains between Gallant and Neela as an investigation begins into the suspicious death. Later, Gallant reveals to Neela that he will be deployed to Iraq. Sam is surprised by the arrival of Alex's dad. Corday discovers that she is the new Head of Surgery.

NOTE: Final Regular Appearance of Dr. Michael Gallant.
220 19 "Just a Touch" Richard Thorpe R. Scott Gemmill April 22, 2004 (2004-04-22) 176019 19.85[19]
A breast exam lands Pratt in hot water when a woman informally accuses the young doctor of sexual harassment. Abby ponders how to get the attention of her contentious patients during her psych rotation and Neela finds herself studying strokes in a lab populated by brainy but bizarre graduate students. Weaver vows to fight for her baby son and Chen is at wit's end when she brings her combative and ailing father home. Sam is baffled by her ex's return — and Kovač's take on the new man in Alex's life.
221 20 "Abby Normal" Jonathan Kaplan David Zabel April 29, 2004 (2004-04-29) 176020 22.03[20]
Weaver considers drastic action to keep Lopez's folks from taking custody of Henry. Abby is in the midst of her psychiatric rotation and tries to help a seizure-prone mother with a controversial drug treatment. Pratt lays into Neela for avoiding the ER to work in a lab. Kovač's relationship with Sam and her son Alex grows awkward when Alex's father returns. Carter impresses a returning Kem — but annoys his father — with a shake-up at his family's foundation.
222 21 "Midnight" Julie Hebért John Wells May 6, 2004 (2004-05-06) 176021 28.37[21]
Carter is alarmed as he rushes his pregnant girlfriend Kem into the ER when he suspects trouble, but learns the baby died from an unforeseeable accident. Despite his own grief, Carter must help Kem say goodbye to their son after he is stillborn. Corday gets a jolt from the past when the late Dr. Greene's teen daughter Rachel shows up with her boyfriend looking for a haven - and some "morning-after" pills. Neela prepares for her graduation while Abby prefers to sit it out. Sam's ex makes his intentions clear to Kovač.
223 22 "Drive" Jonathan Kaplan Dee Johnson May 13, 2004 (2004-05-13) 176022 23.88[22]
A horrific car wreck brings out Kovač's inner hero. Neela heads for the University of Michigan to begin her internship; her fellow doctors question the bruises on Chen's face; Pratt keeps a mentoring eye on a young heart patient, Elgin. Weaver hopes to gain custody of her son and Sam flees with Alex after Steve settles down in Chicago. Pratt leases a Chrysler 300C, and while showing off the vehicle's Hemi performance, he, Chen, and Elgin become the victims of road rage and gunfire by an irritated motorist.


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