|Still from season 9|
Abby was played by an actress called Maura Tierney. You might have seen her on a TV show called NewsRadio, and my very favorite movie Liar Liar with Jim Carrey. Of course, she has starred in countless hits and family movies besides that, Scotland, Pa., Welcome To Mooseport, Semi-Pro and Finding Amanda. Also she has been a guest star in the hit series Rescue Me and last year she starred in an awesome new drama about lawyers, titled The Whole Truth, but unfortunately it got cancelled (like all good shows do, because the disgusting American public only watches shit like Dancing With The Stars…). After quitting ER, Maura was supposed to appear in the hit series Parenthood, but due to being diagnosed with breast cancer she had to quit and Lauren Graham got cast instead of her. I really like Lauren, but it terribly pisses me off, that The Whole Truth got cancelled, while Parenthood has been rejoicing in its 3rd season… Oh well, she will be back, she will be… at least I hope! She is a really good actress!
Now, let us dive into the character and who she was on the show!
Oh, but who is Abby? What is she? She looks like a screwed up kid who can’t quite just figure out what she wants with her life. She has an ex-husband, mortgage and a school to pay; she has on-and-off relationships, what is her deal?
|Sally Field Tom Everett Scott Fred Ward|
- Maura /Previously On ER:/
She was right you know, thank you Maura. It is in season 7 that Abby’s mom, Maggie Wyczenski shows up. She has bipolar disorder and then you understand her baggage. “She is what made my character possible.”- Maura. Abby had a really bad childhood, ever since she was born her mother had good and bad days. Their father left because she wouldn’t stay on the drugs that were prescribed to her, therefore triggering maniac episodes. Abby had to protect her little brother, she had to be an adult ever since she was 10. She missed out on her childhood because of her selfish mother. She did want to become a doctor, help those who needed it, but she could never bring herself to helping her mom.
Lastly we have her dad, Eddie, who comes back to meet her in season 13th, pretending to be a patient. She gets worried for him, but tells him off when she finds out who he is. He is sad, sorry for missing out but he wants to get to know her, meet her properly. She refuses, saying that he is 30 years late for that.
Abby doesn’t only struggle with them, but with alcohol. Growing up, feeling alone, taking care of her brother, she started drinking, to the point where it got so bad, she had no idea who or where she was, and woke up next to some random person. But unlike what triggered it, it was never her family problems that made her relapse, but her relationship with men.
|Mark Valley Noah Wyle Eion Bailey Goran Vinsjic Stanley Tucci|
The first love interest for Abby was Dr. Luka Kovac. Not being able to act adult around each other, after one year of on-and-off they come to realize they are better as friends, rather than boyfriend-girlfriend. This also induces conflicts among Dr. John Carter and him, seeing that as soon as Abby becomes John’s sponsor (he got a drug addiction, after being stabbed in the back in season 6), he falls in love with her. They keep fighting over her till Abby breaks up with Luka and Carter starts to date someone else. Of course, when that doesn’t work out, the two find themselves isolated because of a lockdown in the ER and finally kiss. In season 9, Abby is dating Carter. He helps her with her brother while she shows no much support for his family problems. Carter proposes to her, lets her know how much he loves her. The question is never popped properly and he refuses to retry. It seems as if Abby would say yes, but she never gets the chance to, because the one day Carter needed her, she chose her brother’s problems instead of his. Personally I would’ve forgiven her, but that is me. Carter is asked to go to Africa, to help Luka and he decides to leave Abby without ever breaking up properly or discussing what they could do to make it better.
Also, what I loved was that when Abby first appeared, Dr. Mark Greene was her mentor, he taught her, and he looked over her. “Dr. Greene? You told me to call you if I screw up.” And I was really fond of that relationship. When Mark died and Carter left, Abby continued med-school and she was put on surgical rotation. There came my favorite episodes, because she seemed to develop a friendship with Dr. Elizabeth Corday, also it was she who took her under her wings now. I’ve found it sweet that one of the old guys was teaching her again. Of course Abby had a ‘based on mutual trust’ relationship with Kerry from the moment they are working together, but it is not until she becomes a full doctor that they start to become friends.
The next day they are called in for a trauma, a plane crashing in the middle of the street, and the two deny their obvious attraction because of ‘preferring to be friends’. A couple of weeks pass by, and after Neela’s wedding with Dr. Michael Gallant, the two find their way into bed again.
But it is here that the problems really begin. In the 12th season Christmas episode, you can’t help but see that something is awfully bothering Abby. Luka starts to wonder if she will break up with him, even if he does not want that. They seem as if they were able to overcome their previous problems and were finally happy. Abby asks Luka if they could talk, he starts to worry again, “I’m pregnant.” she tells him. You must know, that Luka’s story goes back to Croatia, where his wife and two children died due to an explosion in their building. He always wanted to have children again, while Abby wasn’t capable of it, being worried that her mother’s disease might be passed on. She decides to have an abortion, but Luka asks, that they not break up over this. They can get passed it, they love each other. “I didn’t do it.” she admits and the two slowly decide to move in together, seeing that Abby gives her apartment to Neela.
C-section. They have a little boy and she calls him Joseph, after Luka’s father. “Will one be enough?” Unfortunately they were not able to stop the bleeding and they had to perform a hysterectomy, thus disabling her from being able to have another baby. But here comes a wonderful break through, one of the most moving moments in the span of her character. Maggie, her mom, shows up. Luka calls her, even if, Abby was never able to tell her she was expecting, and she gets worried, knowing that Joe was born prematurely. She, now being on her meds, bonds with Abby and they finally put their relationship right. On evening, when something is wrong with Joe, it is Maggie that gets the doctor, and it is thanks to her and he survives.
As it seems that she had ruined her marriage, again, Luka shows up and asks her to get passed this. That is does hurt, but what they have is worth fighting for. They should start over. Abby quits County Hospital and they move away from Chicago.
She is last seen in season 15th, talking on the phone with Neela. The actress, Maura confessed in an interview with Craig Ferguson that she begged the writers to kill her off but they wouldn’t. While, in another interview, Goran says that he asked for a happy ending and that is what they got in the end.
I really love this character, because she has a complete story. As Maura said herself, she has these key elements, these characters that show up and we see into her life and we finally understand what is wrong. She has a terrible fear of commitment, because of a failed marriage. She wants to help people because that is the only thing she was taught in her life. She is afraid of having children, knowing that even if she never got the bipolar disorder herself, she might pass it on just the same. She feels that she can help more people being a nurse, but when she doesn’t get the respect she used to, when nobody listens to her anymore, she fights to get back into med-school and succeeds at that. She doesn’t get free passes: her brother isn’t healthy, her dad leaves her, her husband, Carter leaves her, her mother keeps showing up without her meds, she never gets to give birth to a healthy baby, she has a hysterectomy! It is no wonder that she turns to alcohol, but what is beautiful that she never gives up. She fights and wins. She is the true human in my eyes, because her life is a mess. She is everything but perfect and yet, through all the struggling she finds happiness and peace in the end. I find her a true inspiration!
Now that my little review is over three pages, I want to come to an end. To be honest, I have never seen the first 5 seasons of ER (yet!), because she was not in it. I always look for Maura movies and shows, I am not obsessed, don’t get me wrong! But I believe that with her character they had a winning combination in ER and I am sure I am not the only one who stuck their eyes to the TV screen just because of her! :)
You might find a pattern in my reviews, but don’t worry, next up, I’m going to review something terribly shitty! Until next time!