Friday, March 6, 2009
The 15th and Final Season of ER, continued
I started watching ER in 1994 when it first started and was up against Chicago Hope in the Thursday night 10 PM time slot. We were drawn to both shows because as our perennial favorite Northern Exposure was finishing up, and a minor character from each ended up on the two hospital dramas in the Thursday night line up. I wrote about the final season back in January here if you'd like to read it.
If you aren't keeping up with ER this season, be aware that SPOILERS will be scattered throughout the remainder of the post. So stop reading now if you don't want to know what's going on....
We're down to the final five episodes of the fifteen-year drama, and Carter is back at County General in need of a kidney transplant as a result of the stabbing in which Lucy died and an illness he contracted in Africa. Last night's episode was his third episode back and he finally collapsed, and the closing scene saw Carter being transferred via ambulance to Northwestern, a nearby hospital, being watched by Frank, Jerry, Helee, etc., as he is driven away. Carter is returning in a season of comebacks -- Mark Green, Kerry Weaver, and Romano earlier in the season, and Elizabeth Corday more recently. Just a couple of weeks ago, Morgenstern (William H. Macy) popped up in an episode. Jerry also returned earlier in the season (after Men in Trees was not picked up for another season).
Next week we'll see Peter Benton and Carol Hathaway, presumably to help Carter with his transplant. There are also rumors of the return of Doug Ross (George Clooney), but we haven't seen concrete evidence yet. Susan Lewis is also scheduled to return as well, and Abby, who left at the beginning of the season, is also supposed to be back.
We've seen so many high dramatic moments throughout ER: the deaths of so many characters: Lucy Knight, Mark Green, Romano, Gallant, and even this season with the death of Greg Pratt. I am thinking that we may end up with another death -- Carter's. Hard to say ... will ER end on a joyful note or a sad one? I guess we'll find out as the Final Four episodes conclude the joys and drama that have made ER endure for fifteen years.