Er 5/6/04

Patrick Sun

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"Midnight"

A very heartwrenching episode.

Carter and Kimba lose their child due to a very tragic circumstance where the baby squirmed around and tied a knot in his umbilical cord and died in the womb. Carter's father shows up for support and Carter needed every bit of it. The final scene where Carter knows he needs for Kim to say goodbye but she's so reluctant to even look at her son was so sad. It brought tears to my eyes.

Sam's creepy ex wants to try to put his family back together and asks Luka to step aside, which he does for the time being.

Neela is concerned with a 17 year old patient, Elgin, who was hypertensive and appeared to not be in good condition to be out and about. She convinces Pratt to go find him at his residence, and Elgin's not in good shape, but Pratt convinces Neela that he needs to just take better care of himself. Later Elgin shows up in the ER in heart failure. Pratt is exasperated by the turn of events.

It's graduation time for Neela and for Abby. Neela's large family shows up for the ceremonies, and she takes them on a tour of the ER, and gets an eyeful of a patient that wanders around in the buff. Abby barely makes it to walk across the stage. Luka and Susan are in attendance (as is Sam, her ex, and Alex). Afterwards she declines to celebrate with the gang, but calls her mom to tell her about graduation (though her degree was one of those "not quite done, on hold dependent on passing your finals" degee holders).

Weavers finds out that Abby failed her boards (way to go Morris!), and is concerned about Abby being a match while not passing her boards, which would be a bad thing for the hospital, and hints around perhaps trying to pass Abby off to her second choice, and Abby gets very legalistic and defensive about the skeeziness of Weaver's intonations. It was not a pleasant encounter. (I could have gotten the gist of it wrong given the way the dialogue flowed, but that what I got from their scene).
 

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I haven't been a regular viewer in a while (other things to do, I guess), but I saw ER tonight. Very good episode, and the Carter/Kimba storyline brought tears to my eyes. I'll have to check out the season finale next week.
 

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Well, I finally called one right.

Too bad about Carter's loss. It was nice to see his father show some compassion. And my apologies to anyone who has ever had to go through this, but man, it's got to be a bit creepy to hold you stillborn child. I gave me kind of a chill even though it was sad. I did not pay much attention to the other parts, so I'm not really clear about the confrontation with Abby and the woman formally known as Weaver. I didn't like how they had to get in a dig at Bush, I wish they would leave partisan politics out of these shows.

And it is creepy seeing Stephen Saunder in the ER as well. Like I said, that guy should not be allowed within ten miles of a hospital
 

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I expected something more from E.R.

Wayyy back when we first found out about Kimba's pregnancy, I knew something was going to go wrong.

And from every teaser I've seen about this episode/the way they were setting things up, you knew the baby was not going to make it.

Not too shocking at all. I was hoping for some sort of twist that would make it better, but alas, nothing.

(Side note: Great acting by those involved in the "dead baby" subplot.)
 

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I was totally confused after this scene, but I did get the same inkling as you did.
 

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The baby dying is one of the reasons I hardly watch the show anymore. I understand dying is a part of life, especially at a hospital. But, I think they use it way to much in regards to the cast. We lose Dr.Greene, Dr.Romano, and just recently Weaver's partner. It is just too much. It seems not one member of the staff is in a normal relationship with a family. I know it doesn't make for good drama. But, it is getting ridiculous..

And for goodness sakes. Can NBC stop with those pompous voice overs for their shows?? "On a very special ER..."
 

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My wife is 6 months pregnant with our first. We went through IVF after 3 years of trying naturally. This show scared the crap outta me as I thought we were free and clear until Aug.
 

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I thought the way they did it last night, with the audience knowing that the baby had died right from the beginning was a little bit different. Normally you would have thought all was fine and the baby would not have actually died until the end of the episode.

I wonder if this event is the beginning of Noah Wyle's "out" of E.R. Don't know how long his current contract keeps him around for but he must be itching to wrap it up after all this time.
 

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Why couldn't Saunders/Lawson have unleashed the virus at County General instead? A little crossover magic to boost rating maybe ??
 

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When I first read that I thought, "Jennifer Aniston doesn't look at all like Corday". On ER, it's Greene with another "e", and yeah, Hallee Hirsh does.
 

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Here's what I think is happening. The students make up a list of hospitals they'd like to intern at from highest to lowest. The hospitals make a list of interns they'd like, again from highest to lowest. If a student picks a hospital number one, and they're near the top of the hospital's list, they get in. If they're not on the hospitals list, they get their second choice and so on.

Weaver was concerned that if Abby doesn't pass her boards, and the matching program puts Abby at County, they'll end up an intern short because everybody else will be assigned some place before the problem appears. So she'd like Abby to drop County from her list if she feels she might not pass the boards. That way some other hospital will have to deal with the vacancy. There are probably ways to manipulate the systems for both students and hospitals, which is why the two aren't supposed to talk about it and why Abby got pissed.
 

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I had to watch that scene a few times but that's what I got out of it as well.
 

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This was the worst backside shot ever!! The horror!!

Please, somebody please tell me that Weaver will be killed off in the near future!!! Listening to her voice is worse than fingernails on a blackboard.
 

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Man the writer's are mean to Carter. Ease up on the guy. I guess viewers don't want to see a bunch of happy people but please let Carrie keep the damn baby!
 

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