When ER began 15 years ago, Noah Wyle's John Carter was just a baby-faced intern trying to handle the fast pace and tough cases of County General's ER. Tonight, Carter is back, with years of experience and a mysterious reason for returning to the hospital that made him a man.
The episode is titled "The Beginning of the End," and that's certainly the truth: The show is entering its final batch of episodes on the way to the big finale in March. Wyle is just the latest in a long string of guest stars who have shown up for return engagements: Anthony Edwards turned up in November, and we still have the second coming of George Clooney's Dr. Doug Ross to come.
Wyle's scheduled for five episodes, and while we'll have to tune in to see his reasons for coming back, executive producer John Wells said a while back that Carter featured prominently in his plans for the series' end. While I haven't been a regular ER viewer in years, I'm definitely curious to see what's in store for these last few hours. Anyone else? To watch a clip of Wyle talking about his return to the show, just read more.