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"Secrets and Lies"
Season 8, Episode 16
Air date March 7, 2002
Written by John Wells
Directed by Richard Thorpe
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Secrets and Lies is the 16th episode of the 8th season of "E.R."


NBC Description

CHANGE-OF-PACE EPISODE STRIPS POLITE VENEER OFF DOCTORS WHO ARE ORDERED TO ATTEND SEMINAR: In a dramatic change-of-pace episode, after a bout of horseplay following a dominatrix' appearance in the ER, Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) orders Abby (Maura Tierney), Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle), Dr. Lewis (Sherry Stringfield), Dr. Kovac (Goran Visjnic) and Dr. Gallant (Sharif Atkins) into a day-long sexual harassment seminar which unleashes a torrent of truth about their mutual relationships.

While the class is delayed for a tardy instructor, the five share intimate details while alternately mocking and challenging each other, especially with the thorny romantic attractions involving Abby and Lewis with Carter.

What's more, Carter and Kovac kill time by engaging in a roughhouse round of fencing that speaks volumes about their contending interest in Abby.

Ming-Na also stars in a script written by executive producer John Wells.




  • This episode is an awesome take on a 1980s favorite - The Breakfast Club. The 5 ER docs spend time alone in "detention" waiting for their remedial sexual harassment instructor. As they wait they have a variety of active and passive interactions giving the characters of Luka, Abby, Carter, Susan and newbie Gallant time to bond. As they interact, the viewer gets a more intimate peek into the characters and their relationships with the others.
  • In Season 8, Episode 16, Gallant tells Carter that his twin sister has Cerebral Palsy. When she finally appears in this episode, Season 10, Episode 9, she is using two arm crutches and has a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis
  • As Abby, Dr. Carter, Dr. Lewis, Dr. Kovac and Dr. Gallant wait for the instructor for their day-long sexual harassment seminar, Dr. Carter and Dr. Kovac after that the rest had found out that Dr. Kovac was an actor, take the speech from Hamlet, in Act III, Scene I which starts off first; 'To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer' to which Dr. Carter starts off at line one and continues until line 10 of the speech, as that as far that Dr. Carter can remember, when Dr. Kovac continues on and finishes it, but says it in Croatian.