Wow. With expectations high as last season ended with an explosive cliffhanger for nearly every storyline, ER's season opening did not disappoint. Though it begins in the relative calm that takes place after the shock of disaster had dissipated, the drama never stopped.
Weaver came to the rescue, pulling everyone back on track and finding an unconscious and bleeding Abby with Kovac tied up and tubed in the next room. Instinct takes over as he shrugs off being drugged and intubated to be with Abby, who is quickly sent to OB to be monitored. Convinced she will be fine, she urges Kovac to treat Jerry, who was hit in the heart during the shoot out and struggling to survive.
Being seven months pregnant myself, this story line hits too close to home for me to be impartial, as Abby faces what every expectant mother dreads: premature delivery. It looks as though baby and mom are okay, but of course this is ER and we all know that's not the case. Deluged with blood, she is rushed in to the OR for an emergency C-section, two-and-a-half months early. Obviously upset, Abby pushes Kovac away, saying she wants him to go with the baby to the NICU while Coburn tries to stop her bleeding.
These two have had amazing chemistry for years, and seeing them go through this ordeal with their relationship and baby brings you even deeper into the characters' world. What I want to know is why no one in ER world can simply have a baby. Carol unexpectedly went into labor with twins on Thanksgiving; Corday couldn't figure out when it was real and when it wasn't; Weaver's baby was premature and now so is Abby's, though more severely. And to just add insult to injury, she had have a hysterectomy to stop the bleeding. I'm never having a baby at that hospital.