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Poor Clemente. It was good that we got to see the scene where Callie Thorne's Jodie got shot by her soon-to-be-ex husband. Otherwise, I'd have been just as skeptical as Luka and the others and would've suspected the mysterious Clemente of foul play, mainly because we really don't know much about him. But now we know he really does love Jodie. Speaking of which, how about that hint of NYPD Blue-type nudity at the top of the show? We don't normally see a bit of butt crack on ER, but they've got to lure those viewers away from CBS somehow. You know I was saying "It's about time!" when Luka finally told Sam about him and Abby, but let's talk about how Sam went from "Oh, yes — everyone knows you two are together" to the utter shock on her face when he told her he and Abby were starting a family. "Wow! When is she due?" I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love me some Linda Cardellini, and I know there's still a lot of you who haven't seen Brokeback Mountain yet. See it because it's brilliant, but also go because Linda has a supporting role in it that kicks butt. Oh my, that now makes twice that I've typed the word "butt." Oops, three times! Back to the show. I was glad about three more things: Abby told her mama (the unseen Sally Field) she was pregnant; Ray got to befriend that blues artist he admired as a child; and Pratt's highest bidder at the bachelor auction was a guy. Well, a guy who was bidding for his female friend. Nice teaser at the very end with a buzz-cut-coiffed Carter in a helicopter with Mary McCormack (NBC certainly likes Mary; she also recurs on The West Wing), setting up the next new episode, which will air after a two-week break for the Olympics. — Dave Anderson

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