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ONE OF THE BEST and saddest EPISODES OF ER

I just watched the rerun on TNT and I have never loved ER as much as I have before until now, plus i cried my eyes out through out the entire episode! RIP MARK GREEN!

Good Opener, But....

Great episode, the character of Lucy Knight was always one of my favorites. The characters returning continue to knock you out with good performances. Its cool to actually see Peter Benton having a good time and not being such a hard ass. My only issue with this episode is that we don't know about what happened to the family that was shot by their father in the Season 4 Finale. Also Doug Ross and Carol Hathaway are seen still working here, so what happened there? Hopefully these questions will be answered later on in the Season. Other than those few issues(which I'm sure are rectified later on)this is another top class ER episode.

And In The End

Wow, 15 years is one hell of a long time to run a show. It lived up to such astounding truth but obviously it is time to let E.R go. Such wonderful characters and stories displayed on this successful T.V show throughout the endless year until now. Last night's ending brought such closure and yet reassurance that the E.R will live on. Seriously, I was glad that the past doctors were reunited and the recent ones didn't let me down. Such a wonderful closing to a fabulous show. I'm glad it was a part of this world and happy I could say goodbye. The actors/actresses are spectacular and will be remembered for such wonderful roles as the life saving Doctors of the E.R.

Recap: "And in the End..."

In the very last song of their very last album (and with all due respect to the fans who will point out that the last song is actually "Her Majesty") The Beatles summed it up best. "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." Like the musical jumble that characterizes Abbey Road's "Golden Slumbers" medley, the series finale of ER proved to be a fitting homage to the constant chaos that has transpired at County General over the last 15 years. It has been a glorious joy ride through everyday human drama and the lives and loves of the doctors and nurses who became more to us than just characters on a television show. They became a part of the fabric of our pop culture, grabbing hold of our imaginations, defining a genre and leaving a lasting imprint on our hearts and our collective consciousness. For many fans, this one included, our attachment to the show has something to do with how it has related to our own changing lives. In September 1994, I was a twentysomething, still living at home with my parents. I remember watching the ER pilot with my mom, a neo-natal intensive care nurse. Here was a lady who knew first hand about the stressful life and death situations that were playing out on screen, and immediately, she was hooked. Together, we became part of that "must see" phenomenon. At that time, the biggest star on the show was Anthony Edwards (or "Goose" to those of us who came of age watching Top Gun.) That Clooney guy? He was the dude from The Facts of Life. Seriously. "People come in here and they're sick, dying and bleeding and they need our help. And helping them is more important than how we feel." From that very first episode, Mark Green set the tone. We watched him guide Carter through those first years, and we became extraordinarily invested in the ups and downs that these people faced. Not every patient was saved and not every story had a happy ending. As viewers, sometimes the rug got pulled out from under us. Lucy died. Mark died. Pratt died. Kerry Weaver lost the love of her life and Dr. Romano got flattened by a free-falling helicopter. (And yes, he died, along with countless others.) But sometimes they threw us a bone. Doug and Carol got their happy Seattle ending. Neela and Ray overcame lost limbs. Luka and Abby got over themselves. Looking back, it does seem as though the happy times outweighed the bad, but then isn't that how we usually feel as something is ending? To Read More Click here .

Recap: "I Feel Good"

After many years of not-so-happy or downright disastrous endings, it is really nice to see some of our favorites enjoying real glimpses of happiness in these final episodes. This week, we even got to see some new skills on display - and not necessarily of the medical variety. It was interesting to have the story take a charitable detour in this second-to-last episode as the staff of Country General volunteered at Camp Del Corazon, a real-life camp for kids living with heart disease. The children featured in the episode are actual campers and their stories are both wrenching and inspiring. While the story didn't exactly further the plot very much, it did hit on a recurring theme of ER - kids battling diseases and problems with courage and wisdom beyond their years. Special guest star Tom Arnold portrayed a pediatric cardiologist dedicated to the camp and its campers. Despite a few potential obstacles, it does look like Banfield and Russell are going to end up adopting the abandoned baby. A reappearance of the baby's birth mother looked as though it might send their plans off the rails, but as the young woman, struggling with doubts, watched the cool and collected Banfield juggle emergency cases with an older man and a mother-to-be, she seemed to realize the security and stability that she will be able to give the baby. I have to admit that I was not a fan of Banfield when she arrived on the scene with her sad secrets and icy cold demeanor, but she has brought balance and maturity to the ER during this last season and despite not having a long-term investment in the character, I will still be gratified to see her get the baby she and her husband so desperately want. The future is still a big question mark for Dr. Brenner. While it was great to see Neela and Ray happy together and remembering their friends at County, it was yet another blow to Brenner who looked shell-shocked after Neela's video greeting. Rebuffing Sam's empathetic attempts, he does manage to find some peace while working with the Del Corazon campers. He connects with Logan, a kid struggling with the loss of a friend, and helps bring him out of his shell while getting some good advice about being there for the heart patient he has grown to care about. To Read More Click here .

Recap: "Shifting Equilibrium"

The name of the hospital ended up being the biggest clue of all. Throughout the entire episode, I was frustrated, wondering why I didn't know which hospital Neela had decided on. Did I miss it? Was it mentioned last week? About three quarters of the way through, I realized my not knowing was purposeful and then I just waited patiently for the ending I hoped would come. Love her or hate her, Neela (Parminder Nagra) has been an essential element of the story throughout these later years. But in a sense, her journey closely mirrored that of Carter. She started off as a fresh-scrubbed, eager student, learned many painful, difficult lessons along the way and exits County General as a confident, gifted surgeon. The road has not always been smooth for Neela, personally or professionally. But eventually, she was able to find her footing and also find fulfillment and love. Actually, she found quite a bit of love and I think she may hold the record for most workplace dalliances and flirtations. I will be the first to admit that I didn't always agree with Neela's choices, or, frankly, understand her appeal, but the complicated, well-written and acted characters aren't always easy to like. I was ceaselessly frustrated by the romantic turntable of Tony, Lucien and Ray but from those missteps came a friend, a mentor and a soul mate so who can argue with that? When Haleh took Neela to "the wall," I once again got emotional as she reflected back to her first day, her romance with Gallant (whose name started the waterworks for me) and her rich, complicated friendships with Abby and Pratt. It was so good to see Mekhi Phifer again in flashback. As for Maura Tierney, it was nice to see her, but her appearance was, in my opinion, somewhat uninspired. While it was good to see Abby settled into her new life with her sardonic wit in tact ("Thursdays are shared childcare days. I hate Thursdays,") it wasn't very impactful. Back to the name of that hospital. I wonder how many hits "Lechatlier" received on Google once Neela got off that elevator. For those who did not do the requisite research, LeChatlier's Principle of chemistry states "If a system at equilibrium is disturbed, the system will, if possible, shift to partially counteract the change." As Neela wrapped things up with Brenner and started her new life with Ray, it is fair to say that equilibrium had certainly shifted. For Brenner, Neela provided a catalyst for coming to terms with his past, causing him to change his mindset and seek help. I was glad that they were able to achieve closure because despite knowing they probably wouldn't end up together, she did bring out the good in Brenner while he helped her to embrace the moment. In the case of Neela, the chemistry that Ray brought to her life was undeniable and as much as she tried to fight the attraction, his accident and absence from her life was a tragedy that allowed her to see how much he meant to her. In the end, I think it was very appropriate that she came to him. Shane West's appearance tonight definitely reminded me of George Clooney's appearance back in 1999 to help Julianna Margulies wrap up her story. At the end of the day, we have a lot invested in these characters and seeing them achieve happiness in their lives is extremely cathartic for us as viewers. (Okay, so maybe I get a little more emotional than a rational person should. So shoot me.) To Read More Click Here .

Recap: "Old Times"

As I watched this week's highly anticipated episode unfold, I was reminded of a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt that I have always liked: Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart. This week, we were treated to the best kind of homecoming as dear old friends returned to say a final farewell and leave with us a reminder of why this show has lasted, and why it will be missed. The thing that I most loved about "Old Times" is the way these returning favorites were blended into the fabric of a story that bridged the past and the present in a believable, though slightly surreal, way. As Neela and Sam waited along with numerous other transplant teams, they were greeted by Carol Hathaway, Organ Donation Coordinator for a hospital in Seattle. (Hey, isn't that where that nurse went to find that doctor who knocked her up?) Moments later, I gasped (and yes, clapped and screeched a little) as George Clooney, I mean Doug Ross, strolled onto the scene as the attending physician for the brain-dead teenage organ donor. And did I mention that the serial womanizer is now a thoroughly domesticated married man and father? What was even more striking than Doug Ross' redemption is how Mr. Clooney and the radiant Julianna Margulies slipped back into those characters so seamlessly. When I first heard about these "reunions," my biggest fear was that these appearances would be disruptive to the ebb and flow of the storytelling. However, as Dr. Ross gently persuaded the grandmother, played by Susan Sarandon, to donate her grandson's organs as a tribute to his generosity, it was the fine acting, as well as the artful writing and directing by series executive producer John Wells, that anchored the story and allowed us to forget that we were in the presence of movie stars. When Doug finally made the connection that Neela and Sam were from County General, I thoroughly enjoyed the back and forth roll call that ensued. For example, how strange that Doug never crossed paths with Abby! It seems difficult to believe that two such central characters never met. However, perhaps he would have been familiar with Luka, who had made a play for Carol right before her retreat to the West Coast. To Read The Full Recap Click Here .

Recap: "What We Do"

"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. Source here

Recap: "The Beginning of the End", "T-Minus 6"

I just sat through a double dose of ER - catching up with last week's show as well as the new episode -- and if this is a sign of things to come, it is safe to say I am in trouble. Inexplicably, I started crying the moment Carter walked through those ER doors. I think part of it has to do with my slow recognition of the fact that the end is really coming. But I also think part of it was the shock of having Carter walk through the doors and be, for the most part, unrecognized. This is John Carter, people! He is one of the originals. He was an intern here when you were all still a bunch of snot-nosed grade schoolers playing doctor in the recess yard. Show the man some respect! OK, so maybe I am overreacting. After all, we've all moved on right? These days, we are all about Neela and Benner, Sam and Tony, Morris and Banfield and the assertive blonde intern that I really can't stand. I was the one, after all, who went on the record as saying that I think we need to respect the storylines and not succumb to guest-star overload. Sure. Whatever. Now when are Doug and Carol coming back? (Or rather, as Tony succinctly summed them up in last week's episode, that doctor that got that nurse pregnant and then moved to Seattle.) There were actual patients this week - the crazy, mattress-tag cutting couple (the wife was Judy Greer, comedic actress extraordinaire who is relegated to best friend roles but deserves to be doing more), the guy in the hyperbaric chamber (played by Tony Hale of Arrested Development fame) and the ongoing story of the little girl and her aunt/mother - but I have to say none of these stories are as interesting to me as Carter's health crisis. All I can think about right now is the potential plot pretzels that are going to have to develop to bring so many cast members back. Sam's encounter with her dying mom (Amy Madigan) was heartbreaking, and I do think that it is being used to hasten her reconciliation with Tony. Good, because their break-up has been illogical and belabored enough. Also, I am thinking that Banfield's quest for a child and the waning health of the heart transplant patient are going to collide. It's just a hunch, but we seem to be going in that direction. Unfortunately, it looks like the only direction the writers can find to clear the path for Neela and Ray is to turn Brenner back into a selfish jerk, albeit one who clearly dealt with some abuse issues in his past. Why bother putting these two together just to tear them apart? Meanwhile, Neela's tense relationship with Dubenko was tested again when he failed to back up her treatment recommendation she promptly pulled her name as a candidate at County. Sadly, I don't really care where Neela ends up as long as she ends up there with Ray. Getting back to Carter, that closing shot last week of Carter on the dialysis machine was like a punch in the gut and a knife in the heart at the same time. Never has Noah Wyle seemed so soulful or melancholy. What do you think is really going on with Kem? Why is Carter really back in Chicago? (I did enjoy his light moment with Banfield when he tricked her into thinking he wanted her kidney.) For the record, I am dead set (pardon the pun) against any end game that involves Carter dying. First off, how many deaths are we supposed to endure? Lucy, Mark, Romano, Pratt. (I am sure I missed someone...) Enough is enough. More importantly, though, it does not make sense in the context of the role that Carter played in the early days of the show. For the most part, Carter was the audience - wide-eyed and new to all of this insanity, taking it all in and trying to make sense of it. To kill that character, in my mind would be a terrible way to end things. Source here

Recap: "The Family Man"

As our march toward the finale continues, we were treated to an episode directed by none other than Dr. Peter Ben... oh wait, I mean talented hyphenate Eriq La Salle. Call me crazy, but I was really hoping that our favorite surgeon would make a guest appearance in his self-directed episode. I guess the clue for me should have been the lack of NBC spoilers promoting a "very special return." We'll save that for next week. Our dear old friend did a nice job directing a rather understated episode that focused on the theme of how our families can both lift us up and drag us down. It couldn't possibly be a "sweeps" month at County General without a high-profile guest star, and this time that role was filled this time by Louis Gossett Jr., who played a man who has all but given up on struggling to survive but decides to fight for the sake of his granddaughter. Another story focused on a woman raising her brother's daughter. Unbeknownst to the girl, her absentee uncle was actually her father who had left her years before in the care of his sister. When an unexpected illness keeps the mother hospitalized, the "uncle" blows an opportunity to redeem himself by abandoning his daughter (again) in a true time of need. The end of this episode was actually quite heart-breaking as the little girl came to the realization that he wasn't coming back before Dr. Brenner reached the same conclusion. This storyline also provided me with my weekly dose of can-I-smack-Sam-please? For someone who has been through so much, it is hard to reconcile her inflexible, unforgiving attitude. While she ended up being right about the father, it doesn't make her judgmental inclinations any less obnoxious. I am happy to see that Archie is actually in a relationship that has a fighting chance for survival. Justine Machado's very family-oriented police officer is a nice match for Archie. His initial reaction to her family and then his assuming the super hero persona to much initial kiddy derision was quite humorous. I've said it before and I'll say it again - the arc of this character has been extremely interesting to watch and I am rooting for his happy ending. More interesting developments are on the way next week and click here for the latest news on what's in store in these final weeks. Source here