Happy New Year,
ER! After a wonderful, though repeat-filled, holiday season, it is nice to settle into 2007 with some fresh story lines, isn't it? And how great to have an episode that shined the spotlight squarely on our dear Dr. Kerry Weaver. But more on that later.
Okay, I've been on the fence all season about
John Stamos' Tony Gates, and tonight I've finally decided: I really don't like him. In numerous articles and commentaries I've read about this season, people have compared this character to
George Clooney's flawed but immensely appealing Doug Ross. I don't know if it was the way that character was written or the charisma and soulfulness that Clooney brought to the role, but even at his lowest, I don't ever remember Doug coming off as so unlikable - and I say that with the knowledge that he charmed and bedded many random women before impregnating his long-suffering, formerly suicidal girlfriend with twins and leaving her to fend for herself while he went off to get his act together. Despite his penchant for bad choices, Doug Ross always recognized his weaknesses, and that was ultimately what redeemed him. Regardless of the fact that Meg is acting like a lunatic and her daughter's precociousness was less than endearing, it seems that Tony has taken advantage of these women - at least emotionally - and now he doesn't want to pay the piper. No, it was not reasonable for Meg to come and spew her venom all over the ER (great acting by
Paula Malcomson) but, if she was being truthful about how Tony paid for medical school, then he certainly owes her something. As for Neela, here is my advice to h Run as fast as you can. Run right into the waiting arms of Mr. Porn 'Stache. (Still there. Still hoping it's because
Shane West has a movie role that requires it.)
It looks like Pratt is going to take a big fall for his involvement with the church drug-exchange program. Is there anyone who didn't see that one coming? (If you caught the super-spoilerish previews, then you probably already know more than you wanted about where this is leading.) At the end of the day, Pratt's good intentions always seem to get the better of him, and this time it cost a patient his life. I have a hard time believing that ultra-devout Hope is going to stand idly by while he takes all of the blame. Then again, Pratt is her attending, so would it really matter?
"Ben, you got the narcotic's keys?" One simple question from Haleh in the middle of a trauma, and my husband and I immediately agreed that they are setting up Ben to have some kind of drug problem. He's either taking them or selling them, but something is up there. I'm still holding out hope that he is a great guy who is going to be really good for Sam, but my optimism is fading fast. What Sam doesn't need now is more trouble in light of the fact that Alex continues to show worrisome signs of rebellion. (The kid did see his mother shoot his murderous, rapist father to death while he slept. I don't think a little post-traumatic stress is out of order.) I enjoyed seeing
Lois Smith as Sam's feisty, pot-growing grandmother Gracie. I'm curious to see what's in store because, again, the previews were ominous.
As for Kerry, her handling of the diabetic Katrina victim was really emblematic of the kind of doctor she has been for all these years - a true advocate who isn't above cutting through the pretense and bureaucratic red tape to achieve the best possible results for her patients. Kerry hasn't always been likable, but, as played by the wonderful
Laura Innes, she has consistently proven herself to be an outstanding doctor and teacher and a truly complex character. It is hard to imagine any of the other attendings standing up to Dubenko with such authority. When he was hesitant to allow the patient to stay awake during the toe amputation, Kerry called him out: "Cut the crap, Lucien. You just don't want to have to answer her questions." Kerry was also spot-on when she pointed out to Luka that she had thrown herself under the bus to save his job. I found Kerry's explanation about why she was leaving to be very true to the history of her character. She would be the last person who would be satisfied "treading water," and the opportunity in Miami certainly provided an appealing, though overly convenient, alternative.
It looks like we have a lot of interesting twists and turns coming up as this resurgent season continues. I hope you are as excited as I am!
Happy New Year ER After a wonderful though repeat-filled holiday season it is nice to settle into 2007 with some fresh story lines isnt it And how great to have an episode that shined the spotlight squarely on our dear Dr Kerry Weaver But more on that later Okay Ive been on the fence all season about John Stamos Tony Gates and tonight Ive finally decided I really dont like him In numerous articles and commentaries Ive read about this season people have compared this character to George Clooneys flawed but immensely appealing Doug Ross I dont know if it was the way that character was written or the charisma and soulfulness that Clooney brought to the role but even at his lowest I dont ever remember Doug coming off as so unlikable and I say that with the knowledge that he charmed and bedded many random women before impregnating his long-suffering formerly suicidal girlfriend with twins and leaving her to