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ER Episode: "Murmurs of the Heart"

Season 13, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: A desperate Ames (Forest Whitaker) steps up his quest for revenge against Kovac while Abby relentlessly tries to protect her family. At County, Sam has unsettling suspicions about the cause of the fire that set her home ablaze. As Sarah looks on, Gates and Neela attempt to resuscitate an unconscious Meg (Paula Malcomson). Stuck in holding, Pratt has time to ponder his situation and his future.
Original Air Date: Feb 1, 2007
Guest Cast Forest Whitaker: Curtis Ames Paula Malcomson: Meg Riley
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Season 13, Episode 14
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Length: 43:54
Aired: 2/1/2007
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February 1, 2007: Murmurs of the Heart Season 13, Episode 14

It looks like 2007 is turning out be a very good year for Forest Whitaker. The Oscar nominee (and, by most accounts, front-runner) has turned in yet another bravado performance as the mentally unstable former ER patient Curtis Ames. I don't think it is a stretch to assume that later this year, this gifted actor will be adding an Emmy to his growing collection of acting accolades. Whitaker really has an uncanny ability to capture the humanity and vulnerability of emotionally tortured characters. (Though I haven't had a chance to see The Last King of Scotland yet, I have heard he works similar magic with his charismatic portrayal of the supremely unsympathetic Idi Amin.) Even while you hate Ames for torturing our beloved Dr. Kovac, you never lose sight of the fact that the man is operating from a deep reservoir of resentment, pain and loss. I have to admit that I wasn't at all surprised with the denouement of this particular story line. I knew that ultimately Ames was going to take his own life. And frankly, in this age of spoilers run amuck, it is nearly impossible for TV shows to pull off shocking deaths of major characters anymore. I did not doubt for one minute that Luka was going to make it through (though that hand-in-the-vise thing definitely made me wince). What did keep me riveted was Maura Tierney's performance throughout the entire ordeal. Abby's instinct to find common ground with Ames was smart, and her mix of grit, anger and genuine fear were all very realistic reactions to a terrifying situation. (As a mom, I can only hope I would hold it together so well.) Also tonight, the connection between Luka and Abby was truly palpable and electrifying. I could almost feel the relief wash over Abby when she saw Luka walk out of that building. I'm sure the impact of this event will have some immediate and long-term repercussions for their relationship. (We won't even talk about those pesky previews.) On the opposite end of the moms-holding-it-together spectrum, we had Meg dying a very untimely, self-induced death, with her poor daughter looking on helplessly as Tony tried every heroic measure in the book. I just have to say that I can't even imagine the desperation that would lead a person to cause that kind of pain for their child. (And by the way, how many shows does poor Paula Malcomson have to die on?) Meg's deathbed admission to Tony about Sarah's paternity came as a shock, and I am hoping that we will learn a little more about this situation in the coming weeks. (For you spoiler lovers, click here for some Gates-related casting scoop.) Finally, we had Sam dealing with the aftermath of the fire and Pratt dealing with the aftermath of his arrest. Both stories sort of got sidelined tonight as the Ames story wrapped up, but I am sure we will be hearing more on both fronts in the coming weeks. So, now I've told you what I thought about the resolution of the Ames story. What did you all think? Did the writers do a good job of wrapping up this story arc or are you feeling at all dissatisfied? Until next week, happy commenting! show less
It looks like 2007 is turning out be a very good year for Forest Whitaker The Oscar nominee and by most accounts front-runner has turned in yet another bravado performance as the mentally unstable former ER patient Curtis Ames I dont think it is a stretch to assume that later this year this gifted actor will be adding an Emmy to his growing collection of acting accolades Whitaker really has an uncanny ability to capture the humanity and vulnerability of emotionally tortured characters Though I havent had a chance to see The Last King of Scotland yet I have heard he works similar magic with his charismatic portrayal of the supremely unsympathetic Idi Amin Even while you hate Ames for torturing our beloved Dr Kovac you never lose sight of the fact that the man is operating from a deep reservoir of resentment pain and lossI have to admit that I wasnt at all surprised with the denouement of this particular story line I knew that ultimately Ames was go read more

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