Things were going along so well until last night’s episode of ER. We were getting so close to having every doctor in the ER involved with someone else in the hospital:
Greene/Corday, Weaver/Legaspi, Benton/Finch, Lockhart/Kovac, Carter/Rena (she’ll be back), even Chen had a baby with that guy whose name I don’t remember. That would have just left poor Dr. Dave with no hospital romance. But no, they had to go and break up Carter and Rena (temporarily, I think) and Weaver and Legaspi (don’t know where that’s heading). There’s a good reason they name it [sup][sub]County[/sub][/sup] General Hospital.
Anyway I think last night’s episode was one of the worst I’ve seen in a while. There just didn’t seem to be much point to it. The whole lost baby things just seemed silly and didn’t add anything to the show or the characters. And how many times can they do the “doctor gets into a fight with an abusive parent” story line? And at the end where Mark got his competency test results and pretended the news was bad when it was really good – how original. (When Mark got hit by the kid, they should have had part of his skull pop off – now that would have been a plot twist.)
And to top things off, next week’s show is going to be an episode from the first season. Huh? Where did that come from? Of course, TNT has started showing season 1 again, and I just saw that exact episode the other day. Watching the old episodes reminds me why I started watching ER in the first place. It was much more original back then, and the characters actually had lives outside the hospital. Mark had a (non-doctor) wife and child; Benton had a mother, sister, and brother-in-law (Khandi Alexander and Ving Rhames – two great actors); Susan (Sherry Stringfield) had her wacky sister. I also miss Morganstern (William H. Macy).
Whew. I feel better now that I’ve had a chance to vent. I’ll probably be back watching again when the new episodes come on. I can’t help myself – I need some sort of 12-step program I think.