Tonights episode was directed by Ernest Dickerson who is best known for his work as a cinematographer on a number of Spike Lee films including Malcolm X Jungle Fever and Do the Right Thing This is his third directing stint for ER having worked on two episodes in 2005 Mr Dickerson definitely crafted an edgier more intense episode than weve seen in recent weeks with cases that were compelling and polarizingTensions were running high on many fronts Luka and Abby faced off over a possible spousal-abuse case and ran up against their complicated work relationship as he reminded her of her place in the pecking order Lets try this You be the resident Ill be the attending OK Ouch Of course his callousness was likely the result of his agitation over the package he received from Curtis Ames When he pulled the cop aside to ask for his help his fear for his family was palpableFred Ward has been popping up all over my favorite hospital dra
ER's Mekhi Phifer in the Kalahari Desert
Tonight at 10 pm/ET, NBC's ER airs the first of two episodes featuring scenes filmed on location in Cape Town, South Africa, and the Kalahari Desert. The story line: Mekhi Phifer's Dr. Gregory Pratt, making the trek to Darfur to give Carter (Noah Wyle) an assist, finds his eyes opened to the harsh realities, genocide included, that plague the region. The fictional doc, though, was not the only one enlightened by the sobering experience.
"Before I read the script, I had no idea of the atrocities that are going on over there and the masses of people t
John Stamos, ER
Question: I admit to being one of those who, for the last season or two, watched ER solely out of habit. However, I am psyched at the prospect of John Stamos being a regular cast member next season, and I am eagerly awaiting next season. Do you expect that the casting of John will pull the show out of its "funk" and re-entice some of the viewers who think it's jumped the shark?
Answer: It can't hurt. I know I was sorely disappointed when ABC's inexplicable renewal (to little effect) of Jake in Progress kept him off the show during a season that could have really used him. I just hope he doesn't succumb to the same ailment that has befallen so many promising actors (Linda Cardellini, Parminder Nagra, Shane West, Kristen Johnston) who join the cast and are almost immediately sapped of appealing personality traits.
Coming to ER's defense is Phil S., who writes: "I'm tired of people bashing shows just because they've been on the air for a while. If anybody actually sat down and watched ER
ERRay Liotta did it last season, and so did Cynthia Nixon: When they guest-starred on ER, the entire hour revolved around their characters. Ray won an Emmy for his brilliant portrayal, and Cynthia should've been at least nominated, but wasn't. James Woods continued this tradition and was just as awesome as ALS patient Dr. Nate Lennox. I loved how the flashbacks kept going further and further back in time, so we could see the gradual deterioration of his character, but what made it even more interesting was seeing the various ER characters as they dealt with him throughout the years. Just because I was naturally curious, I checked my ER records and yes, Goran Visnjic was indeed on the show back in 2001. (He's been on since 1999, my, how time h
This show never ceases to amaze me with its intensity, yet it's always able to make me laugh. Like tonight, I was so rooting for Danny Glover's character, Charles, and I wanted Pratt to finally forgive him. Especially after Pratt read the old letters his estranged father sent to his mother. But Pratt did have a valid point when he asked Charles why he hadn't tried to track him down after his mom died. Mekhi Phifer does such a phenomenal job, especially opposite Glover. (Phifer, by the way, gets to show off his funny side with his recurring role on Curb Your Enthusiasm.) As for tonight's laughs, Parminder Nagra gets funnier every week as Neela. Hearing her tell Ray that his girlfriend not only had an STD but was also only 14 just killed me. "She was born in 1990 — as in the decade immediately preceding the one we're in." Love her. Also loving John Leguizamo. Clemente wheeling "robot doctor" Dubenko into the next room was great. Getting back t