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ER Episode: "I Feel Good"

Season 15, Episode 21
Episode Synopsis: Morris and Brenner volunteer at Camp del Corazon, a camp for children who had open-heart surgery. Meanwhile, Banfield's adoption dreams slip away when a mother returns for the child she left at the ER. Tom Arnold guest stars.
Original Air Date: Mar 26, 2009
Guest Cast Tom Arnold Courtney B. Vance: Russell Banfield
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Season 15, Episode 21
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Length: 43:53
Aired: 3/26/2009
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ER Episode Recap: "I Feel Good" Season 15, Episode 21

After many years of not-so-happy or downright disastrous endings, it is really nice to see some of our favorites enjoying real glimpses of happiness in these final episodes. This week, we even got to see some new skills on display — and not necessarily of the medical variety.

It was interesting to have the story take a charitable detour in this second-to-last episode as the staff of Country General volunteered at Camp Del Corazon, a real-life camp for kids living with heart disease. The children featured in the episode are actual campers and their stories are both wrenching and inspiring. While the story didn't exactly further the plot very much, it did hit on a recurring theme of ER — kids battling diseases and problems with courage and wisdom beyond their years. Special guest star Tom Arnold portrayed a pediatric cardiologist dedicated to the camp and its campers.

Despite a few potential obstacles, it does look like Banfield and Russell are going to end up adopting the abandoned baby. A reappearance of the baby's birth mother looked as though it might send their plans off the rails, but as the young woman, struggling with doubts, watched the cool and collected Banfield juggle emergency cases with an older man and a mother-to-be, she seemed to realize the security and stability that she will be able to give the baby. I have to admit that I was not a fan of Banfield when she arrived on the scene with her sad secrets and icy cold demeanor, but she has brought balance and maturity to the ER during this last season and despite not having a long-term investment in the character, I will still be gratified to see her get the baby she and her husband so desperately want.

The future is still a big question mark for Dr. Brenner. While it was great to see Neela and Ray happy together and remembering their friends at County, it was yet another blow to Brenner who looked shell-shocked after Neela's video greeting. Rebuffing Sam's empathetic attempts, he does manage to find some peace while working with the Del Corazon campers. He connects with Logan, a kid struggling with the loss of a friend, and helps bring him out of his shell while getting some good advice about being there for the heart patient he has grown to care about.

I continue to be dazzled by the extraordinarily talented Scott Grimes. The evolution of Archie has certainly proved the guy has acting chops, but who knew he could sing so well? He also hit the ball out of the park in his scenes with Claudia tonight. After their plans for the evening were upended by the impromptu jam session, the two shared a very special moment during a Camp Del Corazon sleepover as we the viewers got to see a realistic portrayal of Archie's proposal. In reality, it would be a little sooner for this couple to be talking marriage, but I think in that scene we got to see what he future holds for Archie. He has found his person.

All in all, a good episode, but really, aren't we all waiting for next week's big finale? I am fearful that no matter what, I will be disappointed. There have been only a precious few series finales that have left me really satisfied (China Beach and Sex and the City come to mind) and I struggle to even articulate how I would like it to end, but I'm hoping that there will be some realism as well as emotional closure for fans like us. See you then.

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After many years of not-so-happy or downright disastrous endings, it is really nice to see some of our favorites enjoying real glimpses of happiness in these final episodes. This week, we even got to see some new skills on display — and not necessarily of the medical variety. 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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