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ER Episode: "Parental Guidance"

Season 15, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Banfield defends herself against a thief; Dubenko returns to the surgery team after Brenner's successful protests; a gymnast's injuries arouse the suspicions of Banfield and Gates; and Sarah's surprise piercing upsets Gates.
Original Air Date: Oct 23, 2008
Guest Cast Leland Orser: Lucien Dubenko
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Season 15, Episode 4
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Length: 43:25
Aired: 10/23/2008
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ER Episode Recap: "Parental Guidance" Season 15, Episode 4

It was back to business as usual this week in the ER as the new interns settled into the frenetic pace and partnered with some of the veterans to learn the ropes. But they weren't the only ones trying to adjust. Archie and Tony both dealt with unexpected situations, and everyone tried to negotiate life with the new Chief.

Speaking of Dr. Banfield, I would not want to be the petty thief — or inept nurse or attending, for that matter — on the receiving end of her wrath. Just as we were starting to get a glimpse into her personal life, a street thug tried to make off with her wallet. However, the new chief did not go down without a fight. In fact, she did not go down at all, but rather sent her attacker to her current place of employment. Later, when confronting the sociopathic sister of an abused patient, she coolly questioned the disturbed child and got to the bottom of the situation without wavering, even in the face of the subsequent breakdown and death threat. "I don’t buckle, Dr. Morris," was her response to Archie later when he asked how she managed to get through the day after her traumatic experience. Clearly.

When Dr. Brenner first appeared on the scene last season, we weren't given much reason to like him or root for him. As of now, I'm still not sure where I stand, though he does seem to be demonstrating some promising flashes of humanity. (His kind and encouraging interaction with the son of the Alzheimer's-stricken patient was a good example of how he seems to be improving his interpersonal skills.) Obviously, he is a talented doctor and he is clearly interested in Neela, but he is also learning that a one-night stand is not the best foundation for a relationship. He is also learning that his reputation precedes him, as evidenced by Lucien's rather terse suggestion that he leave Neela alone. Meanwhile, it appears that Neela's been keeping busy on IM with Ray, though there are obviously some gaping holes in that little development that will hopefully be clarified soon. (That leads me to my rant of the day: Why does NBC insist on giving everything away in their promos? NBC, if you're listening, the fans are going to watch anyway. Stop with your spoiler-filled previews.)

Archie shocked his intern by rebuffing the advances of the beautiful daughter of a former patient, who had previously admitted to him that she was a call girl. Having been recently burned, Archie's hesitance was somewhat natural though these two seemed to have a lot in common and she was definitely into our dear Dr. Morris. I especially loved how his intern called him out on his holier-than-thou double standard: "We're all whores. You prescribe antibiotics from some drug companies that give you stethoscopes and free lunch. Whore!"

Not much to say about the ongoing agony that is Tony's relationship with the ever-annoying Sarah. With her pierced tongue and petulant attitude, Sarah continues to defy sympathy. (How can a motherless teenager be unsympathetic? Watch and learn.) Are the writers just keeping her around so they can throw her together with a newly rehabilitated Alex? God I hope not.

What does the future hold for Neela as she balances friendships with two men who clearly want more? What are the secrets that took Dr. Banfield away from Chicago and what brought her back? Which of these new interns will make the cut? Stay tuned.

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It was back to business as usual this week in the ER as the new interns settled into the frenetic pace and partnered with some of the veterans to learn the ropes. But they weren't the only ones trying to adjust. Archie and Tony both dealt with unexpected situations, and everyone tried to negotiate life with the new Chief.

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Premise: The riveting medical drama that redefined the genre for the 1990s and into the 21st century. Created by author Michael Crichton and set in a Chicago ER, the series chronicles the lives of its harried staff in staccato, realistic scenes of lives saved and lost. The all-time champ for Emmy nominations among dramas (108),`ER' topped the ratings charts shortly after its premiere, and has remained a top-rated show (and an anchor of NBC's vaunted Thursday Must-See TV lineup) ever since.

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