Er 5/9/02

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  1. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Studio Mogul

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    "I don't want to go home, it's beautiful here."

    Ever watch a show where your eyes stayed welled up with tears? Tonight's episode of ER did that to me as we get to see the last days of Mark Greene in Hawaii, the place of his youth where he stayed the longest (3 years). He takes his daughter Rachel with him.

    Mark does his best to impart a bit of his family's history, who he was as a youth, how he resented his father's Navy career and outlook/politics on life. He teaches Rachel how to surf and even drive a stick shift. He confronts Rachel on her self-destructiveness in sneaking the intake of drugs, knowing his time is so very short. Trying to compress a lifetime of lessons on your teenage knowing you have but a handful of days is daunting, but Mark did his best. Mark recounts the early days of Rachel to Rachel who doesn't want to (or can't) remember those days. Mark recalls how Rachel would always let go of the helium filled balloons that Mark would bring her (much to the consternation of her mother).

    Corday shows up after Mark collapses from a major seizure in Hawaii, she knows that Mark will die in Hawaii, and makes his last days as peaceful as possible. Mark asks her to write letters to his daughters for him since he can't write well enough anymore. She even manages to get through to Rachel, as Rachel finally goes to Mark and tells him that she remembers him singing "Over The Rainbow" to her as a child. Mark's last words to Rachel were "Be generous". Mark passes away, listening to Rachel's CD player playing an updated version of "Over The Rainbow".

    The service was in Hawaii, with the rest of the ER crew showing up, even Benton and Cleo ( but no Clooney or Marguilies).

    On the way back from the service, Rachel tells the limo driver to stop, she gets out, runs toward some balloons tied to a realty sign, un-ties one and releases it, a fitting metaphor for Mark Greene's spirit on his way to another place in the sky.

    It was a nice fitting farewell to Mark Greene.
     
  2. Kristian

    Kristian Supporting Actor

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    I agree, very moving episode. The scene where he tells Elizabeth to help him write letters to his daughters for them to read in the future, the scene where he falls off the bed and yells "shit", the dreamy montage set to "Over the Rainbow" before he dies... it literally drove me to tears by the end. I don't think the show will ever be the same without Greene.

     
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    Wow. Powerful television.

    Liked it all except for the funeral. I mean, it was basically the current regulars (plus Benton). What about Dr. Ross? What about Nurse Hathaway? Dr. Morgenstern? You'd think they'd make it to such a major event. I'm sure NBC could have easily fronted the cash. But a minor nitpick. Otherwise, great episode.
     
  4. Patrick Sun

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    I forgot that Greene got to say "Shit!" on "normal" broadcast TV. It has more impact than "Dammit" because at that stage in his illness, one syllable words are easier for him to yell.
     
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    Great show tonight that left me misty eyed a few times.

    Truly a disappointment that George Clooney and Julianna Margulies didn't have a cameo at the end with the rest of the cast. But, on a purely cynical note, I think that Eriq LaSalle was there only because he was being paid for this entire season. If he wasn't, he probably wouldn't have been seen at the end either.
     
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    Even Micheal Ironside, who was on for less than a season WAY towards the begining was there. However also missing was Wm. Macy and the guy who is now on Alias...don't recall his name right now.
     
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    When I saw the end I was thinking right away where are Clooney and Marguilies? It would have really been great to see them along with Macy and Rifkin.

     
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    Not to nit, but judging from the final scene, I believe the funeral was on the mainland...

    Fitting send off...
     
  9. Rob Varto

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    Great episode. I hope I don't lose interest in the show now that a ton of regulars have left.

    On another note...

    If Eriq LaSalle is off the show, how come he's still on the opening credits? Why has he left the show and why do they continue to pay him for the full season?
     
  10. Patrick Sun

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    It's just part of negotiations between the actors and the shows.

    LaSalle is in the credits only when he actually appeared in the show after his storyline basically ended with him shacking up with Cleo and working at a different medical place. That happened twice after his "farewell" episode in which he did what he had to do get the get hours needed to be a more attentive father for Reece, his son (remember that court case?).
     
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    Great episode!! [​IMG] I thought it was a perfect way to send him off.
    My eyes welled up a few times - especially when he asked Elizabeth to write the letters for him, his final dream sequence, and when Elizabeth came in and found him. I was expecting to be in teary free flow but it never happened, I don’t know why not, probably because I was expecting it – but it was extremely touching nonetheless. My wife on the other hand…
    It would have been nice if Ross & Hathaway had been there at the end, especially considering how close the characters were, but I'm not surprised Clooney and Marguilies didn't make it. But in no way did their absence diminish the episode at all.
    For me, this episode ranks right up there, maybe even as high as #2, right after “Love’s Labour Lost” from the first season, for the emotion it invokes.
     

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