"City of Mercy"
Season 13, Episode 11
Season thirteen
Air date December 7, 2006
Written by David Zabel
Lisa Zwerling
Directed by Stephen Cragg
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"City of Mercy" is the eleventh episode of the thirteenth season of ER. It first aired on NBC on December 7, 2006. It was written by David Zabel & Lisa Zwerling and directed by Stephen Cragg. It's a Christmas episode that has Luka Kovač and Abby Lockhart deal with the Curtis Ames situation as Luka makes a heartfelt confession to her. It also has Archie Morris learns the true meaning of Christmas as he plays Santa for a special little girl.


Ames takes action that creates tension between Luka and Abby, leading Luka to make a heartfelt confession.

Morris learns the true meaning of Christmas as he plays to a special little girl.

Tony and Ray go on a mission to help some homeless kids, one of them a pregnant young girl while Neela performs an unusual kidney transplant.

Sam (along with nurse Ben Parker) take a stand for a homeless patient after she was dumped in the alley by Mercy Hospital.

NBC Description

FULL OF THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT: A homeless boy comes into the ER and convinces Gates (John Stamos) and Ray (Shane West) to help his friend in critical condtion. After treating the young victim, Gates goes against his promise and calls child protective services.

Curtis Ames (guest star Forest Whitaker) turns the tables on Dr. Kovac (Goran Visnjic) when he issues a restraining order against him.

Dr. Dubenko (Leland Orser) gives Neela (Parminder Nagra) the opportunity to be a part of a very special holiday miracle.

Meanwhile, with the holiday spirit in full effect, romances heat up the ER.

Maura Tierney, Mehki Phifer, Linda Cardellini, Shane West and Scott Grimes also star.


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  • Although she appears in the opening credits, Laura Innes does not appear in that episode.