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ER Episode: "The War Comes Home"

Season 14, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: As the 14th season begins, new ER chief Dr. Moretti has his hands full with a staff that does not appreciate his objective management philosophy, especially when Neela arrives among those injured at an antiwar rally and Moretti forces her colleagues to concentrate on their other patients, despite their impulse to rally around her. Frustrated, Gates manhandles a patient he suspects set off the explosion that disrupted the protest.
Original Air Date: Sep 27, 2007

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Season 14, Episode 1
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Length: 43:22
Aired: 9/27/2007
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"The War Comes Home" Season 14, Episode 1

Has it really been almost four months since last we spoke? I don't know about you guys, but as summer fades into fall, I am so ready to slip into my scrubs and welcome the start of season 14. As rumors swirl about whether or not this will be the last shift for our beloved staff at Chicago's County General, I am ready to settle in and enjoy the gurney ride. Indeed, the action picked up tonight right where we left off in May when we learned about Ray's horrific injuries and watched as Neela was trampled in the chaotic aftermath of an anti-war demonstration gone horribly wrong. (Actually, I suspect that this particular episode was actually filmed at the end of last season.) Dr. Moretti ( Stanley Tucci) kicked off his official reign as ER chief with the resulting "mass casualty" and Neela's life hung in the balance as a battalion of her friends and colleagues worked tirelessly to save her life. My only disappointment was that any suspense around Neela's fate was somewhat mitigated by Parminder Nagra's interview with TVGuide.com that I read earlier today, but it was still nice to see everyone rallying to help their friend. I also loved seeing Leland Orser back as Lucien Dubenko, the only man, in my mind, who would be a viable suitor for Neela in Ray's absence. As for the other victims from the bombing, I was very moved by the teenage girl and her grandfather, played by David Clennon. (If there are any fans of thirtysomething out there- my all-time favorite show, by the way- you will remember him as Michael's coolly vindictive boss, Miles Drentell, one of the best television villains ever.) Her untimely death, followed up by his murderous reaction, was heartbreaking in that I could completely empathize with his response. Speaking of the ill-fated, alleged bomber, Tony, in typical fashion, played judge and jury in an outburst that lead directly to the guy's death. Is he ever going to learn to contain his emotions and utilize sound judgment and rational thought? As a doctor, aren't those sort of requirements? Not surprisingly, my favorite part of the episode was at the very end when Frank, Pratt, Abby, Morris, Chuny and Sam all settled into the waiting room to await news on Neela's condition. The closing shot was framed in a very interesting way, with Tony off to the side separated from the group. It is my hope that the writers start to break down this wall that they've constructed between that character and so many others. I do like John Stamos and I think he would be so much more effective working as part of that core team, building relationships with the rest of the cast. Continuously isolating him and pitting him against the others doesn't do much to endear him to the viewers in my opinion. So it seems to be confirmed that we will be seeing Noah Wyle in a few episodes and that Goran Visnjic will return sporadically. If this is truly the last season (and, don't let anyone fool you- that will be entirely dependent on the ratings), I think long-term viewers deserve the closure and link to the past that those characters would bring. But for right now, I'm looking forward to a full season of traumas, trials and action in the ER. Welcome back! Need more ER, STAT? Check out the Online Video Guide for interviews and clips. show less
Has it really been almost four months since last we spoke I dont know about you guys but as summer fades into fall I am so ready to slip into my scrubs and welcome the start of season 14 As rumors swirl about whether or not this will be the last shift for our beloved staff at Chicagos County General I am ready to settle in and enjoy the gurney ride Indeed the action picked up tonight right where we left off in May when we learned about Rays horrific injuries and watched as Neela was trampled in the chaotic aftermath of an anti-war demonstration gone horribly wrong Actually I suspect that this particular episode was actually filmed at the end of last season Dr Moretti Stanley Tucci kicked off his official reign as ER chief with the resulting mass casualty and Neelas life hung in the balance as a battalion of her friends and colleagues worked tirelessly to save her life My only disappointment was that any suspense around Neelas fat read more

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Premiered: September 19, 1994, on NBC
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