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|Season 10, Episode 12|
|Air date||January 15, 2004|
|Written by||Lisa Zwerling|
|Directed by||Laura Innes|
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"NICU" is a the twelfth episode of the tenth season of ER. It first aired on NBC in January 15, 2004. It was written by Lisa Zwerling and directed by series star Laura Innes. That episode features med students Abby Lockhart and Neela Rasgotra go on a toughest rotation after being assigned to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and face some high and low emotions during their 21-day rotation. Among the cases are the birth of Henry Lopez, the son of Kerry Weaver and Sandy Lopez.
Medicial students Abby and Neela are assigned on a 21-day rotation at the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit and are faced with a toughest days of their lives during their rotation. Among the cases included an infant with serious problems, parents with twins return to China with their healthy son and the birth of Kerry and Sandy's son Henry.
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- Despite having their names credited in the opening credits, Goran Visnjic, Sherry Stringfield, Ming-Na, and Sharif Atkins do not appear in this episode.
- Dr. Raab: A NICU admission is like running a marathon without training for it. It's an endurance test for patients, for families and for you. Eat when you can, sleep when you can and when it's time to go home, get the hell out of here.
- Pratt (to Abby & Neela): When did you two start your rotation?
- Abby: Five minutes ago.
- Pratt: Well, the NICU's great. Intubations, chest tubes, umbilical lines. You get to do all sorts of teeny tiny kick-ass procedures.
- (The elevator door opens)
- Dr. Gillepsie: Cardio is waiting and Raab is pissed. Want to give him a pneumo?
- (The nurses, Abby and Neela roll the baby away)
- Sam: Good luck, you two!
- Pratt: Yeah, you're gonna love it! (to Sam) Let's get out of here.
- Sam: I hate the NICU.
- Pratt: Those guys are screwed.
- Neela (to Dr. Gillepsie): So when the DR phone rings, we're supposed to drop everything and run?
- Dr. Gillepsie: Yep, 24/7. It means some potentially sick-ass baby's being born. It usually ends up being fine, but you never know.