Episode Recap: "Heal Thyself"

The question for this week is really simple. At what point did you start crying? For me, it pretty much started before the episode even began as Eriq LaSalle delivered an eloquent memorial to ER creator Michael Crichton. It seemed especially fitting to have one of the original cast members bid a final farewell to the man who started it all. (Now Eriq, we need you back in scrubs with your best Benton scowl as soon as possible.)


From that point, the well was primed, so to speak. With all the hype that has come in advance of Anthony Edwards' bittersweet return, I waited anxiously on my couch, tissue box nearby. After all, I still can't even think about his final episode without tearing up. (Go ahead — watch the clip. But if you are at work while reading this, be prepared.) And when I hear that version of "Over the Rainbow" (the Hawaiian-influenced reimagining by the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole), I am immediately taken back to those final moments when Mark's life and loved ones flashed before his eyes and he pictured himself in the empty ER.


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Nov 14, 2008 12:03PM EST

Me too, started crying before the episode with Eriq laSalle speaking..With this kind of beginning, and with Mark back on screen, even if just in memories, it's too hard to coldly think about this episode's quality...it was just so moving..

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Nov 14, 2008 8:59PM EST

I agree with the others, your recap was great.
I cried the whole time. I, too, loved seeing not only Mark, but Kerry , Romano and Jerry. And, I did enjoy seeing Angela Bassett and CB Vance work together. The mix between past and present worked perfectly.
The overall effect of watching this is as if I had just woken from a very vivid dream (which i actually often have) and it is in those first few moments of waking that you can sometimes smell the air from your dream. Have you ever woken with a sob stuck in your throat from a sadness experienced in sleep and the images remain ghostlike on your consciousness? Have you ever woken up and realized you'd been holding your breath? That is the sense I come away with after watching this episode...as if I have relived a poignant sadness while dreaming and woke up with those ghosts.
The only word I can use to describe what I feel is grief, because I know we will not have ER on Thursdays anymore. And when these characters die (as Pratt did) or leave, as Abby, then they will pass from our lives. ER has been not only an interesting television show, but a work of art. There is nothing less that can be said of episodes like the one in which Green died or Pratt or 'The Book of Abby' than to call them artistic, poetic.
I will miss them. Some people never liked when one character left and others came. I always found the transition smooth and the new stories engaging. And the skill in telling them profound.
I don't want to lose them. I will grieve these characters, as I have those in the past, because they never failed to touch me, to make me think, to inspire me, to make me aware and in the very least, to entertain me.
Simply beautiful. The legacy of Michael Crichton is indeed a magical one. He lives on.

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