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"Crisis of Conscience"
Season 13, Episode (16)
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Air date February 15, 2007
Written by Lisa Zwerling
Directed by Steve Shill
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"Crisis of Conscience" is the 16th episode of the thirteenth season of ER. It was first aired on NBC on February 15 in 2007. It was written by Lisa Zwerling and directed by Steve Shill.


Sam is overworked because some nurses are sick, others on vacation, etc. Gates and Kovač treat Anna Hayes who is vomiting and has an altered mental status. Sam is angry when a cop drops Alex at the ER after he stole quarters from a laundromat. Neela finds out unethical business is going on with the transplant program and blows the whistle on it. 

Short summary

Luka and Gates finds themselves at moral odds when treating a woman suffering liver failure. Abby cares for a couple with injuries resulting from an unusual ceremony as well as a fortune-teller with a prediction for her future. Neela prepares for another kidney transplant, but something seems amiss to her, leading to a confrontation with Dubenko. Ray treats the victim of an unusual fall, and Alex's troubles continue to intrude on Sam's work life.



  • Although listed in the opening credits, Scott Grimes does not appear in this episode.
  • When Dr. Dubenko says, "Save a cheerleader, save the world" that quote was used on the TV show 'Heroes'.


Dr. Tony Gates: Hey Mayday, how's it going?

Dr. Neela Rasgotra: Well, my attending thinks I'm a complete idiot, and Crenshaw's back to being a little bitch.


Dr. Dubenko(to Neela) Save a cheerleader, save the world.


(Abby asks for some 'last words of psychic wisdom' before she medicates Tommy) 

Tommy: Oh, sure. Uhm, well, I see great things for you, in the year to come. Although you will struggle to balance home and career.

Abby(Looks at him) That's it?

Tommy: Yeah. 

Abby(Laughs) That's the most generic fortune I've ever heard.

Tommy(Moves closer to Abby's ear) And you should really invite your dad to the wedding.

(Abby looks very surprised to hear that)


Luka: Marriage is not about wedding. 

Abby: Like it's not about ring.


Abby: Did I mention I hate cheerleaders.

Neela: I hate clowns.

Dawn: I heard Gates was afraid of folk singers.