"The Human Shield"
Season 12, Episode 7
Air date November 10, 2005
Written by R. Scott Gemmil
Directed by Laura Innes
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"The Human Shield" is the seventh episode of the twelfth season of ER. It first aired on NBC on November 10, 2005. It was written by R. Scott Gemill and directed by series star Laura Innes. It has Abby Lockhart caught in the middle of a clash of wills between Drs. Luka Kovač and Victor Clemente over a treatment for a 10-year-old kidnapped victim. It was the first appearance of John Stamos as Tony Gates.


When a kidnapper used a kidnapped little girl as a human shield and both got shot during a shootout by police, Abby tends to the girl while others worked with the kidnapper. Kovac and Clemente dispute over the treatment of the girl with Abby in the middle, which could lead to tragedy.

Neela receives disappointing news about Gallant's leave. Ray gets his comeuppance when he was attacked by Zoe's father when he learns about the thing between them.

Abby comes to Luka's apartment and takes her frustration out on him over the issues with him and Clemente when suddenly, they kissed.

NBC Description

EMOTIONS RUN HIGH WHEN A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION MEANS LIFE OR DEATH-JOHN STAMOS GUEST STARS: Neela (Parminder Nagra) gets all dolled up for Gallant's homecoming (Sharif Atkins) and her co-workers seem to take notice but, her plans change when she receives a call from Iraq.

Meanwhile, Abby (Maura Tierney) is caught in the middle between Kovac (Goran Visnjic) and Clemente (John Leguizamo) when they disagree on how to save a patient's life.

When a cop and a little girl become victims of a shoot out, Neela is plagued with the decision of whether or not she should save the shooter's life.

Also starring Laura Innes, Mekhi Phifer, Linda Cardellini, Shane West and Kristen Johnston.


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  • Although listed in the opening credits, Scott Grimes did not appeared in this episode.