Remember when there was a new Darren on Bewitched
? How about when Chris on The Partridge Family
changed? Then there was a new Steven on Dynasty
and, of course, a new Becky on Roseanne
(and then back to the old). Now we have a new Alex on ER
. Alex, just to remind you, is Samantha's diabetic son, and he's now being played by Dominic Janes
. Maybe Oliver Davis
had to do full-time work on Rodney
? Anyway, I noticed it right away, even though at first they were using clever camera work so he was only seen from far away. I laughed when the detective told Sam (after Alex's photo was distributed): "Nobody recognized your son." Of course they didn't; he's being played by someone else. Glad for Sam's sake that she finally found him and that he's OK. But her journey getting to the missing Alex included a scene that brought back nasty memories for me. I must admit that I once fell asleep at the wheel — not a pretty time in my history. I didn't hit an antelope like Sam when I
did it though — I rear-ended a truck and luckily no one was hurt. Not once have I come close to a repeat performance. But back to Sam. Awesome work by Linda Cardellini
, as always. And what was with Abby thinking she was Super Doctor? Glad Pratt handed her the clue phone and reminded her she's a resident now. I want more Maura Tierney
in future episodes, please.
Did I miss Noah Wyle? Yes, but not horribly, since they slowly downplayed his importance last season and gave equal time to the rest of the ensemble, like the soon-to-depart-yet-again Sherry Stringfield and the increasingly funny Parminder Nagra as Neela (so glad she told that new Bad-luck Schleprock intern Teddy to go home). Speaking of funny — nice to see Sara Gilbert back as Darlene, I mean Jane, before she spends most of her time playing Darlene, I mean Mitchee, on Twins. Next week Danny Glover returns and in future weeks we get Kristen Johnson and John Leguizamo, plus John Stamos for a couple of shows. Bring 'em on — the more the merrier in the ER!