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"Breach of Trust"
Season 13, Episode (12)
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Air date January 4, 2007
Written by Janine Sherman Barrois
Directed by Skipp Sudduth
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"Breach of Trust" is the 12th episode of the thirteenth season  of ER. It first aired on NBC on January 4, 2007. It was written by Janine Sherman Barrois and directed by Skipp Sudduth.


Weaver cares for a Katrina survivor who's reluctant to having surgery on her foot; budget cuts force Luka to make a difficult personnel decision.

Also, Gates' home life intrudes on the ER; Pratt and Hope are shaken after a patient in their care dies needlessly.

NBC Description

A DEADLY MISTAKE IN THE ER: When a patient dies after being prescribed the wrong medication, Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) and Hope (Busy Phillips) question whether they are responsible.

Meg (guest star Paula Malcomson) comes to County General and angrily confronts Gates (John Stamos) and Neela (Parminder Nagra) about their relationship.

Dr. Kovac (Goran Visnjic) is forced to make budget cuts that could affect one ER doctor.

Laura Innes, Maura Tierney, Mekhi Phifer, Linda Cardellini, Shane West and Scott Grimes also star.

Short summary

Kerry gets a tempting job offer in Miami. Budget cuts force Luka to eliminate an attending position. As word gets around the ER that Kerry will be let go, emotions run high, and Kerry fights back. Pressured by the staff, an angry Abby confronts Luka. Pratt's efforts at community service backfire when a patient dies from the side effects of medication received at the clinic. Later, Pratt learns the case will be investigated, leading him confess his role to Luka so as to protect Hope. Gates's home life intrudes on the ER, affecting Neela. Morris's missing credit card has Sam concerned about Alex's role in the loss.



Sarah Riley: You must be that guy who's always riding Uncle Tony. You know, like a bull in heat?

Dr. Tony Gates: Shh!

Dr. Gregory Pratt: So, uh, what else does Uncle Tony say about me?

Sarah Riley: The rest I'm not allowed to say.


Dr. Neela Rasgotra: That little tosser just called me a whore.

Dr. Abby Lockhart: She seems so sweet.

Dr. Neela Rasgotra: I've never been called a whore.

Dr. Abby Lockhart: Did she say dirty whore, or filthy whore?

Dr. Neela Rasgotra: Is there a difference?

Dr. Abby Lockhart: Depends on the whore.


[Sam's grandmother has been kicked out of her retirement home for growing marijuana]

Gracie: It's medicinal!

Nurse Samantha Taggart: You don't have glaucoma.

Gracie: Guess why, sweetie!


Gracie: You remember when we lived in that trailer?

Alex Taggart: You guys lived in a trailer?

Nurse Samantha Taggart: It was a mobile home.

Gracie: That's uppity for "trailer."


Gracie: I had a boyfriend once in Chatham. He dumped me. I swear it was for his sister.

Nurse Samantha Taggart: My grandma has lots of stories about her antics with men.