Man, there was a lot of action to keep up with tonight - challenging cases of couples in turmoil, pseudo-stalkers and missing doctors. (And let's not forget Luka in a robe. As if we could.) But first thing's first: let me say for the record that I have renewed hope for next season, and it arrived tonight in the guise of
Stanley Tucci. I am intrigued by Dr. Kevin Moretti and what he promises to bring to the table as ER chief. Yes, I am a little prejudiced because I think Stanley Tucci is an amazing actor (I've loved him in more movies that I can count, most recently in
The Devil Wears Prada). But as he emerges from the long, gorgeous shadow cast by
Goran Visnjic, I can still see this formidable actor bringing a grace, maturity and gravity reminiscent of
Anthony Edwards. Remember, longtime fans, that Dr. Mark Greene was not beloved because of his dashing good looks or romantic plotlines, but rather because he was utterly believable as a beleaguered, jaded doctor who, at the end of the day, still felt that his work had purpose. I saw that again tonight, and I am in for the long haul. (And, if you caught
Ask Ausiello this week, it sounds like Stanley Tucci is as well.)
Some other things surprised me tonight. I think Archie and Hope make a great couple. I'm so glad that they have taken the edge off her abrasive fundamentalism and allowed her to start becoming less of a one-note character. Also, I thought that Tony had every right to give Neela a hard time about her reaction to his all-work approach
and, I enjoyed that last scene that he shared with Sarah. My hope for next season is that the writers find a nice groove for
John Stamos to settle into with this character. I feel like part of the problem with him this season is that he's been all over the map - angry, whiny, lovelorn and conflicted. It seems like the writers have been throwing out possible story lines just to see what would stick. For better or worse, let's commit to something with this guy.
While we're on the subject of how to improve characters, let's give Pratt something to do other than be hen-pecked by his higher-ups. I know that
Mekhi Phifer is a solid actor, but only because I've seen him in other things. If I was relying on his
ER gig to gauge his abilities as an actor, I would only know that he plays agitated and defiant exceptionally well. How about letting the actor exhibit some range? And for goodness' sake, can we find him a love interest that lasts for longer than two weeks?
Finally, as soon as that phone rang, my heart sank. On the literal eve of their honeymoon, the newlyweds (you know, Luby?) will have to cope with a long-term separation. It's definitely a bummer for those of us who have invested ourselves in that relationship, but as I said before, if these other characters can step up, we might just be OK. Stanley Tucci, we are counting on you. Don't let us down.
Next week, we have the big season finale. Those spoiler-filled previews (Ray, you look like you got hit by a truck!) promise lots of action and, we hope, an exciting and fulfilling denouement to a wild roller-coaster ride of a season.
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Man there was a lot of action to keep up with tonight challenging cases of couples in turmoil pseudo-stalkers and missing doctors And lets not forget Luka in a robe As if we could But first things first let me say for the record that I have renewed hope for next season and it arrived tonight in the guise of Stanley Tucci I am intrigued by Dr Kevin Moretti and what he promises to bring to the table as ER chief Yes I am a little prejudiced because I think Stanley Tucci is an amazing actor Ive loved him in more movies that I can count most recently in The Devil Wears Prada But as he emerges from the long gorgeous shadow cast by Goran Visnjic I can still see this formidable actor bringing a grace maturity and gravity reminiscent of Anthony Edwards Remember longtime fans that Dr Mark Greene was not beloved because of his dashing good looks or romantic plotlines but rather because he was utterly believable as a beleaguered jaded doctor wh