"Sometimes you're there for the end, and that never gets any easier." As Carter explained life in the ER to the documentary filmmakers, he definitely struck a chord. After all, I've seen a lot of shows come and go - many that I've really loved - but being there for the end of ER will be particularly bittersweet for me. And despite the fact that we all know the end is coming, I suspect it won't be easy.
This week's episode set the stage for what's to come in the final four episodes. But for me, it was all about Archie. For those of us who have been around since the early days of Dr. Morris, we can attest just how far he's come as a doctor and as a person. All the credit for that transformation goes to Scott Grimes, who has created a character at times maddening, lovable, smart, ridiculous and heart-breaking. His work in this week's episode, particularly in the scene where he broke down while being interviewed, was very powerful. As he talked about finding himself and finding the person he is supposed to be with, I was truly touched. The ending for this show will not be complete for me without a happy ending for Archie.
Another highlight for me tonight was the truly wonderful pairing of Frank and Jerry, aka Non-Essential Personnel. We are all well-aware that these particular desk clerks have been the heart and soul of County General, but I did chuckle when Chuny told Frank, "We go to school for this." I have to say I would much rather see a screening of their version of life in the ER than that stuffy documentary anyway.
"Right at the moment you think you've seen it all, something happens that you never could have expected." As Dr. Carter warned in the closing minutes, I'm sure that there will be some twists and turns over the coming weeks and I am hopeful that the creative minds have planned an ending that will honor the past and present equally. But I certainly wouldn't mind a few curveballs to keep things interesting in these coming weeks. I am anxious for the much-anticipated reunions that we've been promised and I am optimistic that they will live up to my expectations, but I know in the end, not everyone will be happy with how things turn out. However, to borrow a thought from Dr. Brenner, "At the end of the day, you choose to deny or deal." I guess I'll deal.