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ER Episode: "Let It Snow"

Season 15, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: A snowstorm extends Morris and Banfield's stay in Nebraska for a conference; Neela defends herself in court over a patient's death; and Alex and Sarah sneak out to a party.
Original Air Date: Dec 4, 2008
Guest Cast Dominic Janes: Alex
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Season 15, Episode 9
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Length: 43:18
Aired: 12/4/2008
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ER Episode Recap: "Let it Snow" Season 15, Episode 9

As has often been the case over the past fifteen years, a nasty Chicago snowstorm brought trauma and drama to the ER tonight. And while the staff kept the lights on back at County General, Morris and Banfield bonded in Omaha while the weather kept them stranded at a conference and gave them an opportunity to experience each other in a new light.

Tony and Sam faced the biggest challenge of their relationship as Tony's unfortunate decision set off a tragic chain of events including an accident, a death and an uncertain fate for Alex. I once again remembered tonight why I have repeatedly voiced my dislike for Sarah. Her lashing out at Sam after the accident was just another example of what a petulant, angry little teen nightmare she is. I had to agree with Sam that Tony hasn't exactly done a bang-up job in the parenting department, but she also channeled all of her anger and fear over Alex's condition in the wrong place. However, as a parent, the situation tonight pretty much summoned to the surface all of the worst nightmares about what can happen to your child, even when they are trying to do the right thing. I had a feeling at the very end that something was going to go terribly wrong and as Sam opened up to Tony, I kept waiting. It's not often that we are left with a cliffhanger like what we had tonight, but I am going to hold out hope that they won't let the last Christmas in the ER be the one where Sam's son dies. Please let me be right on that one.

Even more difficult to watch was the young brother of the accident victim who could not comprehend the loss of his sister. However, all I could think to myself was how could any parents jet off to Europe and leave a five-year-old in the care of his sixteen-year-old sister. Meanwhile, could they have found a more adorable child with a cuter lisp? It might just be me, but that just made the whole thing even sadder. It was appropriate that Chas was the one who stuck it out with the boy though, having recently lost his own sibling he probably had a solid grasp on what the child was feeling.

Neela's attempts to befriend her interns were repeatedly rebuffed as she learned that being the boss doesn't always make you popular. She also continued to deal with the potential malpractice case and used Brenner as a willing shoulder to cry on. Brenner is starting to grow on me slightly, but only because they've taken his character in a completely new direction. He is definitely not the same arrogant, irresponsible character we got to know last season.

"Just for the record — tonight never happened." Oh, but it did, Dr. Banfield. As always, Archie added just the right mix of humor and heart to the proceedings and brought out a side of Banfield that hasn't been on display too often — her humanity. As Morris hysterically tried to entertain the crowd of stranded doctors, Banfield drank herself into a tizzy and then paid the price and prayed to the porcelain God as Morris held her (proverbial) hair back. Slowly, as Morris shared some of his history with her, Banfield opened up about her son and the miscarriage that followed his death. While the two make an odd pair, I enjoy their interplay and thought it was great that Cate let Archie share her room albeit separated by a wall of pillows.

The final ER Christmas looks like it will require a big, old box of Kleenex. I'll be ready!

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As has often been the case over the past fifteen years, a nasty Chicago snowstorm brought trauma and drama to the ER tonight. And while the staff kept the lights on back at County General, Morris and Banfield bonded in Omaha while the weather kept them stranded at a conference and gave them an opportunity to experience each other in a new light. read more

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Premiered: September 19, 1994, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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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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