Oh. My. God. I actually feel like I am going to throw up right now. Are you kidding me with this? I guess as a true
ER fan, I had to know that something unexpected was going to happen at the end of this episode, but silly me, I thought that something would be true to the overriding theme of that night. So maybe a surprise hookup - Sam and Tony? Or Sam and Lucien? (Though at this point, would Sam hooking up with anyone really qualify as a surprise?) But instead, what do we get? We get our beloved Ray being taken out by a great big truck only seconds after receiving a conciliatory voicemail from Neela. Happy wedding day, Luka and Abby! Yep, I definitely think I'm going to throw up. At the very least, I need a drink. My nerves are shot.
I have to admit that I was on the fence with this entire "secret wedding" deal. It seemed far-fetched to me. (Not to mention the relentless promos from NBC that made me feel like I had seen the episode before it even aired.) In the real world you are lucky if the groom picks up his own tuxedo, never mind single-handedly planning an elaborate secret affair complete with a tailor "on standby." (Though before I get in big trouble, let me add that my own hubby was a full participant in our wedding planning!) But to be truthful, I have a very easy time suspending my disbelief when it comes to sappy, sentimental, romantic plotlines. That would probably make me a terrible television critic, but it comes in handy when you are a blindly devoted fan. When you throw in an adorable baby in a miniature white suit (arriving right on cue) and the "Croatian Sensation," as Luka was not so lovingly dubbed by his slightly reluctant bride-to-be, I am a goner. Though for me there was a pall cast over the entire evening because I know that Luka and Abby will have exactly three minutes to enjoy their wedded bliss before we have to deal with
Goran Visnjic's departure (one that will undoubtedly be accompanied by unceasing NBC hoopla around how "a beloved doctor says goodbye to the ER forever").
I am a total sucker for these types of episodes that offer a glimpse of our favorite characters outside of the ER. I love watching them interact with each other on a personal level. For me, this wedding was very reminiscent of Carol's ill-fated wedding, which ended Season 1 (minus, of course, the close friend being run over in a drunken stupor).
There were so many great little moments tonight, it was hard to keep up:
- Abby telling Luka that the wedding site looked like something out of a Meatloaf video (she was kind of right).
- The face Luka made right after Abby said to him, "You saved the best for last." I don't think it is possible for that guy to be any dreamier.
- Abby and Luka asking Neela and Pratt to stand up for them; both scenes were touching and well-acted.
- All the random, alcohol-induced hookups (and less random ones like Archie and Hope, whom I actually found oddly endearing as a couple).
- Timmy telling each of the nurses, including Malik, that they were the hottest (and Chuny responding, "I know").
- Dubenko following Luka around the room warning him not to hurt Abby and then repeating his "threat" on the wedding video; also the little kiss he planted on Neela
and her stunned reaction, because at this point, even she has to be wondering why everyone seems to be falling in love with her.
Finally, I loved the verbal smackdown between Tony and Ray. It was almost as if Ray was speaking for the audience when he talked about Tony walking into the ER and acting like he owned the place. He summed up quite tidily what a lot of us have felt about Tony. We were supposed to care about him before we even got a chance to know him.
All in all, despite that ending, I still thought this was a fantastic episode. I even liked the parts that appeared to be videotaped (a filming technique that I normally don't enjoy), and I especially loved that last shot of the entire gang happily celebrating together. Too bad all that happiness will be short-lived.
To wrap things up, I have to talk about the poem that Abby used in her vows. It is called "i carry your heart with me" by ee cummings and it is one of my very favorite poems. (If it sounded vaguely familiar to anyone, it was the poem that
Cameron Diaz reads at her sister's wedding in the movie
In Her Shoes.)Here is the full text (complete with the poet's signature visual style):
"i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart); i am never without it(anywhere i go, you go my dear and whatever is done by only me is your doing my darling. i fear no fate (for you are my fate my sweet) i want not world (for beautiful, you are my world, my true) and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you.
here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of a sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)"
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Oh My God I actually feel like I am going to throw up right now Are you kidding me with this I guess as a true ER fan I had to know that something unexpected was going to happen at the end of this episode but silly me I thought that something would be true to the overriding theme of that night So maybe a surprise hookup Sam and Tony Or Sam and Lucien Though at this point would Sam hooking up with anyone really qualify as a surprise But instead what do we get We get our beloved Ray being taken out by a great big truck only seconds after receiving a conciliatory voicemail from Neela Happy wedding day Luka and Abby Yep I definitely think Im going to throw up At the very least I need a drink My nerves are shot I have to admit that I was on the fence with this entire secret wedding deal It seemed far-fetched to me Not to mention the relentless promos from NBC that made me feel like I had seen the episode before it even aired In the r