I love ER

I watched the ER episode from this week where Dr. Rasgotra goes to a dinner with the spouses of troops serving the country in the current war(s). I loved her exchange with the other spouses which started a bit uncomfortably and ended with a great punchline.

I looked for the clips and the text online and thanks to google, I found them at the Media Research Center:

Woman #1, referring to Dr. Rasgotra’s doctor husband: “So how’s Michael doing, back in the saddle again?”
Man: “God bless him, volunteering to go back.”
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: “He’s fine, doing well. Says he’s very busy, misses me.”
Woman #2: “Of course he does. He’ll be home again soon.”
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: “Is Joe going to be home in time for the birth?”
Woman #2, clearly pregnant: “I don’t think so. He’d probably pass out in the delivery room, anyway.”
Man: “I did.”
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: “Seriously.”
Woman #2: “Well, of course I want him home. But I knew what I was getting into when I married a soldier: The long absences, the moving for the umpteenth time, the pay.”
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: “That’s sad he’s not gonna be here.”
Woman #2: “It’s hard sometimes, but that’s why I’m so glad I have spouse club and all of you.”
Woman #1: “Our loved ones are serving our country, and it’s a small price to pay.”
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: “I think it’s a huge price to pay, especially under the circumstances.”
Woman #1: “What circumstances?”
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: “Well, the way the whole thing’s been handled, how we got into it, how it’s been managed.”
Man: “What exactly do you mean?”
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: “Never mind, I’m sorry.”
Man: “No, no, no. Go on.”
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: “Well, I still haven’t seen any weapons of mass destruction, have you?”
Woman #2, trying to change topics: “Who’s thirsty?”
Man: “If you don’t support the war, how do you justify what Michael’s doing over there?”
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: “I don’t justify it, and I don’t support any war, but I do support our troops, and I am proud of my husband.”
Woman #1: “Doesn’t sound that way.”
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: “You can’t tell me that you believe 100 percent in your heart that we should be in Iraq, can any of you?”
Man: “I don’t think it helps to talk that way.”
Woman #1: “Our duty is to support their duty.”
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: “My duty is to be a good doctor and to be a good wife, not to be brainwashed into falling in line with some pseudo-patriotic delusion.”
— ER, NBC, March 16, 2006

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