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Standoff Episode: "Life Support"

Season 1, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: A 15-year-old boy pushing his older sister on a gurney walks into an OR in an upscale hospital, pulls a gun and takes everyone hostage---including a patient undergoing heart-bypass surgery. The sister is dying of cancer after having been bounced from clinic to clinic. Now the boy's demanding that Dr. Khoury, a celebrated surgeon, treat her, but the doctor is nowhere to be found. M.J.: Allen Maldonado. Dr. Khoury: Aki Avni.
Original Air Date: Oct 31, 2006
Guest Cast Allen Maldonado: M.J. Martinez Monika Jolly: Resident Aisha Hinds: Anne Tim Snay: Patient Corey Stoll: Dr. Wayne Deborah Van Valkenburgh: Goldstein Tony Lee: Dr. Berg Aki Avni: Dr. Khoury Linara Washington: Dyanne Martinez
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Season 1, Episode 5
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Length: 42:48
Aired: 10/31/2006
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October 31, 2006: Life Support Season 1, Episode 5

This episode started with a situation we're used to seeing in great hospital shows like Scrubs and Grey's Anatomy - the eccentric surgeon and his unique pre-op routine. But Dr. Wayne's approach certainly added a new twist. Now, I doubt this is the first time we've ever seen doctors listen to rock music in the operating room, but there was something so disturbing about the way he gleefully tossed that pitcher of ice on the poor heart-bypass patient. Don't get me wrong, I definitely understand how "Dr. Feelgood" can make one lose one's head, but maybe that's why it should be reserved for cleaning the apartment on a Sunday afternoon - not for the O.R. Of course, in this episode nothing was as it should be in the hospital. Poor M.J. was fighting for the life of his dying sister. Matt was losing his cool and letting his childhood trauma affect his work. There was a strange naked man lying on a stretcher who nearly caused the hostage rescue team to be blown up. Seriously, who was that guy? Does anyone know? Anyway, I thought one of the most engaging elements of tonight's episode was Dr. Khoury's elusiveness and his ethical dilemma. First off, I really have to wonder if any hospital would put up with a doctor who disappears from the face of the earth for days at a time. Isn't the pager a wardrobe staple of every doctor out there? Aside from that, it was interesting to see him torn between his military and his medical instincts. And after we learned about his mentor's unfortunate fate, it's tough to blame him. I was definitely pleased, though, at the end, when he managed to show some sympathy for M.J. and his sister. I guess the humanity in him was stronger than the soldier. Speaking of professional and personal conflict, Matt had a rough time in this episode as well. We found out that his mom was a police officer and was shot on duty and died. No wonder he doesn't like hospitals (though I appreciated Emily's response of "Yeah, who does?"). The flashback scenes were a little drawn out, but otherwise well done. I found myself questioning Cheryl's judgment, however, once it became clear that she knew about Matt's past and his potential conflict. How long was she going to let him ride on his emotions and put the negotiations in danger? Luckily all ended well, and we got a touching and understated conclusion. Even though I'm guessing that it is highly unorthodox to uncuff a suspect after his arrest, I'm glad Matt let M.J. say goodbye to his sister. Also, I'm glad Emily was able to spend a moment or two in her girlfriend role, consoling Matt. He definitely needed it. One last question: what happened to heart-bypass guy? Best of luck, buddy! show less
This episode started with a situation we’re used to seeing in great hospital shows like Scrubs and Grey’s Anatomy — the eccentric surgeon and his unique pre-op routine. But Dr. Wayne’s approach certainly added a new twist. Now, I doubt this is the first time we’ve ever seen doctors listen to rock music in the operating room, but there was something so disturbing about the way he gleefully tossed that pitcher of ice on the poor heart-bypass patient. Don't get me wrong, I definitely understand how "Dr. Feelgood” can make one lose one’s head, but maybe that’s why it should be reserved for cleaning the apartment on a Sunday afternoon — not for the O.R.Of course, in this episode nothing was as it should be in the hospital. Poor M.J. was fighting for the life of his dying sister. Matt was losing his cool and letting his childhood trauma affect his work. There was a strange naked man lying on a stretcher who nearly caused the hostage rescue tea... read more

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