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"Nobody's Baby"
Season 12, Episode 2
Air date September 29, 2005
Written by R. Scott Gemmill
Directed by Laura Innes
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Nobody's Baby is the 2nd episode of the twelfth season of ER


NBC Description

A BABY'S LIFE IS IN DANGER WHEN A SURROGATE MOTHER MAKES A DRAMATIC DECISION: Ray (Shane West) attends to a surrogate mother who goes into labor prematurely after being involved in a car accident.

An emotional decision must be made as a baby's life hangs in the balance. Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) encounters his estranged father and is forced to deal with his feelings from the past.

Sam (Linda Cardellini) and Kovac (Goran Visnjic) loom on the edge of a break-up.

Also starring, Maura Tierney, Parminder Nagra, Danny Glover, and Scott Grimes.



  • This is the first episode to have no original cast members appear in it
  • Despite being mentioned in the credits Laura Innes doesn't appear is this episode


Woman from the train: Oh, my foot!  Call 911.

Neela: Should we check her out?

Abby: No

Woman from the train: Don't....touch me!

Neela: Try not to move.  I'm a doctor.  You may have broken your ankle.  

Woman from the train:  If you're a doctor then I want a second opinion.

Neela:  Okay.  Doctor Lockhart, would you care to give a second opinion.

Abby: Sure.  Your ankle may be broken and you're a bitch.

Ray: The number one rule in the ER is, "If you don't know something, fake it."

Clemmons:  Excuse me.  Dr. Barnett wanted me to get some nitrozine paper but I don't know what it is.

Abby: Did you ask?

Clemmons:  He said if I didn't know something...

Abby: Listen, the number one rule in the ER is, "If you don't know something, ask."  You're not going to learn this by yourself and that's why we're here.

Clemmons:  Doctor Rasgotra can you tell me how to use the nitrozine paper?

Neela:  No, I don't have until I finish suturing a very fidgety 6-year-old.  You're an intern now Clemmons if you don't know how to do something.

Clemmons:  I know, fake it.

Neela:  What?  No, of course not. Look it up yourself.  If someone gives you the answer you'll forget five minutes later.  Read it and it sticks.