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Clooney, Edwards, Wyle, Margulies, Stringfield And LaSalle All Scrubbing In For Tonight’s Last New ER Ever??

I am – Hercules!! “ER” concludes its 15-year run tonight, and NBC is devoting all three Thursday primetime hours to the landmark medical drama. The network says of the final, two-hour episode, titled “And in the end …”:
Gates (John Stamos) works on a young teen brought in with alcohol poisoning after playing a deadly drinking game with friends. Dr. Carter (guest star Noah Wyle) opens a new medical facility for the underprivileged in Chicago and some old friends from County General all come to show their support. It's Sam's (Linda Cardellini) birthday and Alex (Dominic Janes) and Gates surprise her with a special gift. Meanwhile, Carter works with an intern to save a mother in labor with twins.
Though the press release makes no mention, the promos suggest the “old friends” will likely include all the season-one regulars, including Juliana Margulies & George Clooney (who now work as a team), Sherry Stringfield, Eriq LaSalle and even Anthony Edwards (whose character died six seasons ago), as well as Laura Innes, Maura Tierney, Alex Kingston, Parminder Nagra (whose character quit County two episodes ago) and Thandie Newton (who plays John Carter’s wife). I’m guessing some component of Carter’s new medical facility will be named for Mark Greene. Perhaps we’ll see Greene’s glowing ghost watching beside Lucy Knight and Rocket Romano, Jedi-style, as the ribbon is cut. The episode also comes with its own Gilmore Girl, Alexis Bleidel, who will play a new intern in the two-hour finale. Perhaps she’ll puke as Carter did, and Carter will console her in the ambulance bay as Greene consoled Carter in the pilot. I thought last month’s Clooney/Margulies installment, a sequel of sorts to the long-ago best “ER” episode ever (“All in the Family,” which depicted the death of intern Lucy Knight), was the best “ER” episode since Lucy’s demise. ER Retropective: 8 p.m. Thursday. NBC. ER Finale: 9 p.m. Thursday. NBC.

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  • April 2, 2009, 12:37 a.m. CST

    It's Wyle

    by Qwonk

    Is correcting someone more douchey than saying "first"? <p> You know, after watching that episode a few weeks ago, I got the urge to go back and re-watch "All in the Family."

  • April 2, 2009, 12:38 a.m. CST

    It was a great show.

    by Bones

    it will be great to see it off in style.

  • April 2, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    The stupid thing is...

    by Qwonk

    Even when I used to watch the show, I only kind of liked it. I'd already left it before, came back for the Lucy stabbing - man, that final scene was just amazing - stayed for the rest of that season or so, and then left again, never to look back. <p> Yet, here I am, feeling all nostalgic and sad and sentimental. Anyway, just thought it was funny Herc mentioned the Carter and Lucy stabbing episodes, because when I started feeling all nostalgic for ER, that's what I went back to.

  • April 2, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    This show is still on the air???

    by axel fff

    Wait, wrong show.

  • April 2, 2009, 12:48 a.m. CST

    If they have Greene, Lucy, and Romano Jedi-style

    by F-18

    Romano will be digitally replaced by Hayden Christiansen in reruns.

  • April 2, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST

    And you'd be wrong, Herc

    by oisin5199

    The Clooney episode was only so-so. There have been some amazing episodes in the, what, 9 freakin' years since Lucy's death. Some even this season. Why do you keep saying that when you admitted you stopped watching the show? Frankly, though, just seeing that damn promo at the end of last week's ep had me reachin' for the tissue box. And I'm not a huge fan of the show or anything - it's just been part of my life for so long - longer than my own family.

  • April 2, 2009, 1:02 a.m. CST

    An addendum..

    by Bones

    The first episode I ever saw was the last episode of the first season--What was supposed to be Nurse Hathaway's wedding--and even though I didn't know who all the characters were or what their backstories were, I got caught up in it and decided to watch all the re-runs that summer.<p> Well, from the second season until Clooney's departure in the fifth, I didn't miss an episode. It was with the murder of Kelly Martin's Lucy Knight in the sixth season (a stunt episode that I still hate to this day as being a mean-spirited ratings whore of an episode) that I decided to quit the show. I stayed around for the rest of the season and watched Hathaway go to Seattle and find Clooney, which for me and many was the end of the series.<p> My wife, a devoted viewer, never missed any episode--so even when I was not watching (Angel usually was on at the same time in our market), I would catch an episode here or there or my wife would give me a run-down and catch me up.<p> But a strange thing happened.<p> After the horrible transition years of the sixth and seventh seasons, where they basically threw a million different characters at the wall and tried to see who stuck, the show started to get good again. And I started watching again as well.<p> The last five seasons, beginning when Neela Rosgotra (the beautiful Parminder Nagra) walked into the Cook County doors have been excellent and for the most part a return to form. It is like having both the original Star Trek and then Next Generation happen in the same show.<p> This last season in particular has been a great, bittersweet ride. All the main characters have had their storylines wrapped up (except for the unceremonious death of Pratt at the beginning)very well and with attention to what their lives are like after leaving County. A recent episode that featured the return of Clooney, Margulies, Wyle and La Salle in addition to the regulars and Susan Sarandon was fantastic--and along with cameos throughout the season has really made this season a bookend for everyone.<p> Sure, the middle seasons were a little dicey.<p> But the first five and last five seasons have been great--and even the middle five had their moments.<p> Thanks for the entertainment ER. And thanks for going out with grace.

  • April 2, 2009, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Mr. Spork...

    by Bones

    Great name. Classic comment!

  • April 2, 2009, 1:09 a.m. CST

    I forgot that Laura Roslin (R.I.P.) was Carters mom.

    by Greenlee

    I hope she is in tonights finale.

  • April 2, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST


    by mallah

    I could have sworn that Eriq LaSalle was on that episode too! You know he was the 'black' guy. I am sure he had a important role in that show. I think he showed what he really was 'a teacher' when the surgical team put in Carter's kidney. Of course, I could be mistaken, seeing as how ER had an 'all white' cast. Maybe the ganja I was smoking was really, really, really good, so I hallucinated for fifteen years. Oh well,

  • April 2, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Bones

    by F-18

  • April 2, 2009, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Anthony Edwards

    by Jinxo

    They've already said publically how Mark Green figures into the finale. SPOILER WARNING The final episode supposedly finds Mark's daughter joning the medical program at County much like Carter did in the first episode. Mark's widow shows up as well to usher her into her first day on the job. Gonna have the wife and daughter on, of course you're going to have flashbacks. Or... a Mark Green CLONE!!!

  • April 2, 2009, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Hey Bones

    by TheMcflyFarm

    Parminder Nagra has been the absolute worst thing to happen to ER ever so don't give me that shit. All of her storylines wre designed for the 13 year old girl crowd, ass!

  • April 2, 2009, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Hey McFly Farm!

    by Bones

    I said that Parminder was beautiful. She is. Her character and Maura Tierney's Abby were the heart and soul of the show for the last five seasons. All the storylines all fed back in through them or in relation to Sam. I didn't write the series, but I do think it is interesting that the three main female characters were the anchors that the other stories weaved through.<p> Sorry you didn't like it, but there is no reason to call me an ass! I suppose I could counter with a hearty "Your Mom"...but let's not, alright? I'm not 12 anymore.

  • April 2, 2009, 2:30 a.m. CST

    LaSalle his best work was coming to america

    by Mr_X

    that jerry curl juice was dripping from dripping!

  • April 2, 2009, 2:46 a.m. CST

    I've been watching since day one...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    and I've never missed an episode. I was in high school when it began, and now I'm pushing 30. But, a great ride it's been.<p>No matter what's been going on in my life -- hell, ALL of my adult life -- ER has always been a part of it. I'm really going to miss it.

  • April 2, 2009, 2:48 a.m. CST


    by F-18

  • April 2, 2009, 5:13 a.m. CST

    There may have been some good ones after Greene

    by The McPoyle Clan

    but I can't say, since I didn't watch. It's not usual for people to drop a long-running show once the cast changes. I liked the original and didn't care for any of the replacements like Kovac, Abby and subsequent.

  • April 2, 2009, 6:04 a.m. CST

    In honor of the old girl's last episode ...

    by Itchy

    I think I will rub one out to some Kellie Martin and Linda Cardellini pics today. And frankly, I think the best ER episode ever was this season's one with Mark Greene "returning". I thought it would be hokey, contrived and terrible. It was none of that. It was absolutely brilliant and moving. It deserves many emmys.

  • April 2, 2009, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Don't go ER !!!

    by barnaby jones

    Its been such an apt replacement for my security blanket

  • April 2, 2009, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Parminder Nagra... the HOTTEST ER chick ever.

    by MrSentinel

    Sorry, but she is...

  • April 2, 2009, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Carter opens a hospital?

    by Bouncy X

    i figured his transplant would go wrong and that would bring the old gang together....and the series would end with his death. i guess it could still happen but i watched that Clooney episode a few weeks ago (first time i watched the show since season 8ish) and i just had a feeling he was gonna die anyway. but if i'm wrong well its ok...i'll survive.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:08 a.m. CST

    "And in the end..."?

    by tonagan

    Like the Beatles song? The one that "curvy" women always use as a quote on their internet personal ads? (Not that I'd know firsthand, mind you.)

  • April 2, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Is this a two hour deal?

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Just wondering.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Carter dying with everyone by his bedside . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Would be a great close, considering we entered the world of ER with his as an intern. But oh well.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Havent watched in years, dont know who

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Anyone is anymore, but I just tonight's finale to record. I don't really know why, I guess out of respect for the fact that for me, like millions, this show was appointment TV for many years. There was a time when I absolutely would not miss it. That time has come and gone, but it was a terrifically entertaining ride and one of the best major network series ever.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST

    The British version is better

    by WerePlatypus

    Oh shit, I thought this was the Office forum. Guess we'll have to wait another week for some douchebag to make that observation. . . again.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:14 a.m. CST

    I will miss the old show

    by fanboy71

    My wife and I used to watch this religiously when it started. Up until she and Mark Green died. "Orion in the Sky" aired April 2nd, 2002, and was the episode where Mark Greene said goodbye to the hospital and went away to live out his last days. My wife died April 15th, 2002, also of cancer. She was only 27 years old. ""The Letter" aired on may 2nd, 2002, and I cried like a baby. I never watched again until the one a couple of weeks ago with Clooney. This show was a big part of our life together, and I will miss it.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST

    ER was once a true television giant

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Herc is right. This show hasn't been very good, for a long time. The ep from two weeks ago, that brought back not only Clooney, Margulies and LaSalle, but also brought back John Wells as writer / director was the best ep of ER since 1995 or maybe '96.<p> The later years got very aimless; and even wasted a guest starring / recurring performance by Forrest Whitaker. It's time to let it go. It is (and will likely continue to be) the last great 10:00 hour drama that NBC developed. It is ending an era; and turning the reins over to that lantern-jawed freak.

  • April 2, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Best Episode

    by Tar Heel

    Easily, "Love's Labor Lost" which was about as harrowing as network TV gets. Yeah, the show has lost its edge in the past few seasons (fewer "Holy shit! All hell is breaking loose!" moments) but is still better than most 1-hour network dramas. Will Alexis Bledel's character have sex and fear contracting a social disease like Dr. Carter did in his early days? How about a Maria Bello cameo? Ahhhh, I'm just wishin'.

  • April 2, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    "Love's Labor Lost" was definitely the best episode.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Glad to see someone else remembered it from way back in season one.

  • April 2, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Will Kubiac come back for one more goldfish?

    by MurderMostFowl

    I always wished they did a Parker Lewis cameo on ER. <BR> I always liked ER but I watched it only occasionally After the "live" episode way back when

  • April 2, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Love's Labor Lost

    by HapaPapa72

    One of the best. That damn word preeclampsia stayed with me for years, esp. when my wife was pregnant. I doubt Clooney will be on tonight, but who knows. It would be cool. Sorry for your loss, Fanboy71. Jeez, thanks for making me tear up trying to get ready for work!

  • April 2, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Anyone who doesn't find Neela...

    by TheMcflyFarm

    To be the most annoying cwharacter ever to appear on ER, main cast or otherwise, doesn't know what they're talking about.

  • April 2, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Is This Show Still On?

    by The_Man_Behind_The_Curtain

    Don't you hate people who ask that in talkbacks? Yeah me too. And now I'm one of them.<p>I loathe myself.

  • April 2, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Mark Greene shows up alive in a pristine Viper

    by SifoDyasJr.

  • April 2, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    My finale wishes...

    by MJohnson

    Every single character is killed in a series of ridiculously unbelievable helicopter crashes... God, I hated this show...

  • April 2, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    gotta say, not a Neela fan

    by oisin5199

    I've always thought she was snobbish, cold, and annoying. And I didn't get why every man in the ER would constantly fall for her. Linda Cardellini is probably the hottest of the last few seasons, but her character is also extremely unlikeable. My favorite latter-seasons character has to be Morris. He went from being the biggest douchebag annoying loser to this joyful, heroic, stalwart - best gradual character transformation since Wesley on Angel. Abbey, despite all of her problems, was definitely the coolest chick on the show, though.

  • April 2, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Got to agree about Morris

    by Itchy

    I'm not sure exactly when it was (I think it was about the time Romano caught blowin' doobage in the ambulance bay before getting helicoptered), but it was like a light clicked on in the writers room and they realized that Morris - and Scott Grimes - were gold. Ever since, he's been by far the best written ... and best acted of the show regulars. Best character turnaround ever on TV as far as I'm concerned.

  • April 2, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    The final minute of the show...

    by DarthFloyd

    Greene wakes up hearing the shower running. He walks over to the bathroom and opens up the curtain to see who is bathing. It is none other than TOM CRUISE!!!<p>Maverick looks back at him and says, "Hey Goose, you shaved your head, what's up with that?"<p>"I just had the weirdest dream..."

  • April 2, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST

    ER is and always has been a soap opera

    by hst666

    A big budget soap opera with some decent actors, but a soap opera. It sucks.

  • April 2, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Morris owes his career to that helicopter

    by jim

    Romano had fired him but never got the chance to make it official.

  • April 2, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Good Lord this show is bad. And those commercials, 'If you only watch on episode of ER this decade, this is the one..." EVERY episode had some overly dramatic promo trying to sell it to the TV audience. The show was stupid beyond compare. Just go away already.

  • April 2, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    ^ FUCK YOU

    by TheMcflyFarm

    go watch your Grey's Anatomy shit or whatever the fuck other gay shit you watch dickface.

  • April 2, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Herc's mention of Romano reminds me why I stopped watching

    by Rob0729

    After Romano was killed by a helicopter after losing his arm in a different helicopter accident was my breaking point with the show. How many helicopter related accidents are there? And Romano is a victim of two of them?!?

  • April 2, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I like that ending DarkFloyd

    by kikuchiyoboy

    That is all. <br> <br> Oh and ER seasons 1 through 4 rocked! Call it soapy or whatevas... it was a fun, well acted show. <br> <br> Of and I concur, Parminder is fucking hot as all hell. Especially with that cute British accent.

  • April 2, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    BTW, if they are going to do a Jedi Ghost thing

    by Rob0729

    They need to get Omar Epps to revise his Dr. Gant who will forgive Carter for throwing him under the bus when he complained to Anspaugh about Benton riding him like a little bitch that led to his suicide. That would be the perfect ending.

  • April 2, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Gonna miss ya, ER!

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    They always did big disasters well, but didnt have one this season. <p>Some of the best episodes I saw were in Africa with Carter and Kovach. But my personal favourite was the one with Jeannie Boulet nusing Dr Anspars son who was dying of cancer. Amazing stuff. Also the one with the teenagers burnt in the car talking to his parents about not being able to go on holiday with them when everyone in the ER knew he would be dead soon. Harrowing stuff. Andddddd lol, that one with Rosemary Clooney was brilliant too. <p>Too many good episodes to mention.

  • April 2, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    What happened to Dr. Dave?

    by Qwonk

    I forgot he even existed until I saw the actor on Reaper the other week. Did his character die too, or just leave? Or, more likely, what did he do to get kicked out? <p> That Reaper episode, by the way, was fairly awesome and yet also pissed me off at the same time. The poor guy still had to go back to hell? Well that sucks!

  • April 2, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Dr Dave

    by I am_NOTREAL

  • April 2, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Reaper...

    by jim

    I have a question about the episode a few weeks back with the boxer. Why was he in Hell? Was it because he took a bribe to throw a fight? Sure it was a big enough deal to end his career but is it really enough to get him damned to Hell for all eternity?

  • April 2, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Dr Dave

    by I am_NOTREAL

    If memory serves, Weaver fired him for screwing someone either in an elevator or the back of an ambulance. No big loss as his character just sort of showed up one day and then vanished just as abruptly. That was when the show was losing the edge of those first few great seasons and trying to find its way, and the death of Greene was the capper--after all the crap they put that character through I never forgave the writers for killing him off. And oh yeah, Love's Labor Lost trumps All in the Family. Another great ep is The Healers from s2

  • April 2, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST

    and as for Weaver

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Can someone who stayed with the show tell me what happened to her? Is she still on? I did see a few minutes of the ep where her firefighter girlfriend died.

  • April 2, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by Qwonk

    Yep, that's the problem I had with that episode, too. Does taking a bribe equal selling your soul? Cause, ouch, that's rough. Even when he redeemed himself, he was still sent back. <p> Back to ER, I couldn't watch the episodes where Greene died. And by couldn't, I mean I didn't want to force myself to go through that kind of pain. I did finally watch a youtube clip of Carter reading Mark's final letter just the other day. It still stings.

  • April 2, 2009, 2 p.m. CST


    by Godzookys_Dead

    Bones, you are frakkin' nuts! "Her character (Neela) and Maura Tierney's Abby were the heart and soul of the show for the last five seasons. All the storylines all fed back in through them or in relation to Sam." Wow! Wow! WTF!?!?! Wether that is true and was the intent of the writers... that is precisely why ER failed and limped on for the last several years. Neela, Abby and now Sam have all been characters of deep self-absorption, indecisiveness and unlike-ability. The sheer number of characters that were infatuated with someone as a cold and aloof as Neela boggles the mind. Sorry but beauty only gets you so far, yes they were strong female characters BUT, they were also extremely hard to root for when all they did was wallow in their own self-pity. I write this from a guys perspective, but my wife has HATED those 3 characters for some time now as many other fans of ER have as well. I agree with several other posts that Morris has been a true beacon of light on this show over the last year and HE will truly be missed.

  • April 2, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Benrubi

    by Qwonk

    At least, I think someone mentioned him somewhere here... <p> Can't believe the dude is all gray now! When did that happen? <p> After "Old Times," I went to hulu and watched the episode before it, "What We Do." While Jerry and Frank were making their own rival documentary, the funniest part was when they were interviewing the cleaning lady, and their camera slowly pans down to show Carter just staring into the camera the whole time she's talking. For some reason, that shit made me laugh and laugh.

  • April 2, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST

    I am-NOTREAL

    by JackBauer@CTU

    If memory serves, I think Weaver moved to Florida with her child after she was laid off by Kovac. She took a job on some television news show as a medical advisor. Not 100% sure, but I think that's what happened.

  • April 2, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Remember the Revenge of the Nerds reunion...

    by JackBauer@CTU

    from season 1? Robert Carradine played some medical higher-up who came to tour the hospital. There was a brief moment when he's talking to Anthony Edwards in the hallway...and once Carradine leaves, Edwards gives a little smirk. Booger and all the other Tri-Lambs would've been proud.

  • April 2, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST

    I Guess "Warlord Of Mars" Can Be Made Now

    by thelordofhell

    Since people won't be saying, "The guy from E.R. is on Mars?"

  • April 2, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Weaver, uberman

    by oisin5199

    If I remember correctly, she actually had surgery right before she left so she wouldn't walk with the cane and limp anymore. I guess that was a nice sendoff. <p>And while relationships have always been central to the show, ER is NOT a soap opera like, say, Grey's Anatomy. The focus has always been on the hospital, the patients and the cases. The relationships are what happen around that, but they're not the focus most of the time. <p> When I first started watching ER regularly, it was, ironically, after the Lucy's death episode that everyone touts. I had caught occasional episodes over the years, and I knew who Lucy was, but it wasn't appointment television when I was single - it was my wife who hooked me. I think ER was probably the first non-scifi/fantasy I was ever hooked on, and that's saying something. I had pooh-poohed it as a 'medical show' and why would I have any interest in that? But then I started watching consistently and got it. <p>The other thing, as I've said before, is that the promos ARE stupid, misleading, overdramatic, and cloying. But I've found that none of those promos had anything to do with the actual show. Usually, the big 'reveal' or 'twist' that the promos would trumpet would be completely underplayed on the actual show. Like the promotions department didn't know how to really promote the show, so they took some incident that was not that important in the scheme of things and made that the focus of the ad. But that's the network, not the show (and GOD, I hate that NBC announcer - keep this balance, buddy). On the contrary, what I've always been impressed by with the show, is the non-conventional structure of the episodes. That, despite what the promos say, the episodes usually forego the typical narrative climax of episodic television. The pacing and rhythm of the writing felt way more naturalistic than anything on tv in the 90s. I was constantly surprised how the episode would not typically end how I expected to, not because there were twist endings, but because things would often just happen, because it's a hospital. And you didn't need elaborate symbolism or a character explaining things to make it all fit. Because it was just life. Now granted, the show has fallen into many character and plot traps (how many times have we seen the maverick, asshole doctor or chief of medicine gain wisdom and become accepted? But maybe that's just how it works in ERs) But, this is still great television for the ages. I definitely agree about the first five seasons and last five being the best. There were some uneasy years, but they got it back on track and have mostly hit it out of the park this season.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    oisin5199, you're right, the promos have long been

    by jim

    the worst thing about the show. Remember a few seasons ago when NBC was promoting the hell out of one episode as "Noah Wyle returns to ER"? But Carter is not seen until the last 5 seconds of the episode, I don't think he even had any lines. He was riding in a plane or helicopter in Africa. It was simply a very tiny tease for THE NEXT EPISODE in which the character of Carter would be central. <p> I've always wondered if people saw the promo and tuned in only to walk away feeling gyped and then refused to return the following week when he was actually on the show. <p>NBC knows only 2 ways of promoting shows - Over-hype and Ignore.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Your right-It, for me, was the way overboard hype that made me want to grab it by the throat and squeeze;) Man, those promos still stand as an example of what NOT to do to a show. For one episode every once in a while, I'll bite. But EVERY SINGLE FRIGGIN WEEK they pull the same stunt with the same promo. Thanks for the input though.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Please. I think I can speak for most mankind when I say thanks, but we have officially had enough of DOCTOR SHOWS, COP SHOWS, and LAYWER SHOWS. JUST CUT IT OUT ALREADY!!!!!! Hell, the Western show at least had the grace to know when its time had come. YOUR OVER. THERE ARE OTHER INTERESTING PROFESSIONS. USE YOUR HEAD!!!

  • April 2, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    in-head dr. greene in it?

    by alice 13

    it would be cool if dr romano shows up one last time with no arms and no legs.

  • April 2, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Eleventh Hour talkback!!

    by JuanSanchez

  • April 2, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    What about Hugh Laurie?

    by JacksParasites

    Or Zach Braff? Or Matthew Fox? Or McDreamy? Or one of the other bazillion actors playing doctors on shows that people actually give a shit about? Who the fuck cares about ER? I think there was more emotion when JAG went off the air. Give me a break. You guys didn't give a damn about the season finale of Damages but ER is ending it's 1000th season, and you felt the need to cover it? ER was a shitty show from day 1. Where are your priorities?

  • April 2, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    I think I've seen one episode

    by lockesbrokenleg

    This show is like Law and Order. It's on all the time.

  • April 2, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Everyone knows House is actually Dr. Gant in Purgatory

    by chrth

  • April 2, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    Jerry was awesome.

    by Shermdawg

  • April 2, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    John Schnieder & John Glover were awesome too.

    by Shermdawg

    Glad to see them during the Smallville opening scene tonight (albeit flashback form).

  • April 2, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Wow, Smallville has one of it's best episodes in years...

    by Shermdawg

    ...the night no one will be watching.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Smallville and Best Episode

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Are two things that never meet.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST

    the theme song and opening credits!!

    by maxwell's hammer

    I almost cried.

  • April 2, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Great finale so far

    by memento108

    So sad to say goodbye to these characters. Few shows did it better than ER.

  • April 2, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    nice, understated finale

    by maxwell's hammer

    seeing the opening credits...<BR> Lydia waking up Morris...<BR> the moment where Frank recognizes Rachel...<BR> a grown up Reese...<BR> an all-out scene with Benton and Corday...<BR> the homages to the pilot episode...<BR> that last shot of the hospital, which if I'm not mistaken, hasn't ever really been shown in its entirety before...<BR> <BR> very nice send-off.

  • April 2, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    by Bad Robot

    Now that's how you end a series.

  • April 2, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by memento108

    Wow. How fucking naive can one person be?

  • April 2, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST

    I liked the ending

    by buffywrestling

    with it's promise of Rachel interning underneath Carter - it was some nice circular writing. However, it could have been a half hour shorter and I wouldn't have minded. Inverted uterus = EW!! And ouch.

  • April 2, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Great sendoff...

    by Bones

    It didn't do what everyone was expecting--no big main character death, no exploding hospital, no discovering that the hospital was insides a snowglobe (yes I am that old).<p> Instead, most of the cameos were pretty organic to the story and the parallels in the plot between the finale and the pilot were great. You also got the feeling that the various plot threads continue after the end of the show. Benton will call Corday. Rachel Green will be part of the medical school, under Carter and Banfield. Sam and Gates finally work through Sam's stupid crap. Neela and Ray are happy in New Orleans--but still in contact with everyone.<p> And like I said before...the whole last season has been like an extended final episode--with all of the regular characters having distinct arcs. Good job, ER--and now my Thursdays are free!<p> Wow.<p> I only have a couple other shows I watch on TV now--everything else is cancelled or ended. And the few shows I do watch will no doubt be cancelled soon, because that is how TV works. So, more free time.<p> I need a hobby.

  • April 2, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Smallville was good tonight...

    by Acid_Frio

    ...where's the talkback for Smallville. A good episode on Smallville is like finding a needle in a haystack. Tonight, one of the needles was found.

  • April 2, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    No Clooney? WTF?

    by BackRiverCatfish

    I actually figured he wouldn't return again, good ending nonetheless!

  • April 2, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST

    by saintsaucey

    The final ER is airing at the moment. Three patients so far. Old lady who slipped and fell the rain. Young Teenage girl with severe alcohol poisoning that put her in a coma (Alcohol was supplied by the parents hosting the sleepover because they would rather they drank somewhere safe , and a kid with severe projectile vomiting. New intern played by Alexis Bledel (she so needs to get back on TV) and potential med students touring the hospital with Chaz (Dead Doctor Pratt's younger brother) Guess who one of the potentials is?) Gates calls the cops on the parents who supplied the Vodka for the underage girls and the cops man handle him while Gates is cocky. The guy says he wants to talk to a lawyer and Gates tells him he better have a good one. The cop tells Gates to shut the hell up. Carter takes Dr. Susan Lewis and Dr. Kerry Weaver on a tour of his own private medical facility that he paid for and had built. They are giving Alexis a lot of work for her first appearance on the show. I would have liked to see more of her during the season and less of her in the final episode. Her patient has Pneumonia, Cancer and Aids all at once. 45 minutes into the episode and he have seen neither hide nor hair the Chief Resident Dr. Banfield. Also no sight of the intern played by Shiri Appleby. Carter and Dr. Simon Brenner just delivered twins of course one of them isn't doing to well and neither is the mom. but she got her two daughters. Rachel Greene is in awe over how much everything looks the same. And reveals to Frank at the desk who she is. He is kind of choked up about it. Anyone who has ever seen a little kid they know accomplish something great (such as surviving to adult age and consider going to medical school knows the feeling.) Finally we get a shot Banfield as she is getting ready to interview Rachel. By the start of hour two both twins are doing well but the mom we are unsure with the mom. Ernest Borgnine is back from a couple of weeks ago and asking for Gates. Where as previously he wanted to end his wife's suffering now he isn't ready to lose her. His wife passes away Tony and Sam watch over him Sam thanks him for his help with Alex. Turns out alcoholism girl is named Stacy and actually 17. Her parents don't want her admitted at County. Stacy doesn't respond well to being transferred so she gets a cat scan Carter is at the opening of The Carter Center Named after Joshua Carter, Carter's son. His wife is in the back of the crowd. Benton and his son as well as Susan Lewis and Kerry Weaver are all in attending. Carter and the others reminisce about old times and make plans to go for drinks and Carter's wife bails because she can't stand to be there. Elizabeth shows upbringing 22 year old Rachel with her to the bar. Carter takes Lewis and Rachel back to the ER while Benton escorts Elizabeth back to her H2 and Weaver leaves because she has an early flight. The mother of the twins didn't make it. Bledel takes it really badly The staff celebrates Sam's birthday and her son shows up to give her her birthday present. A rebuilt Mustang. from him and Tony. She is beyond thrilled. Gates get's an old man who injured his penis while having sex in the nursing station at his nursing home. While Gates is doing the exam the patient hits on the young intern. Apparently the guy was shooting caulk into his urethra because he couldn't afford Viagra. Archie gets two patients who get in a fight at a wedding. A bride and her new mother in law. Both fighting over the Groom's attention while being fixed up. Carter gives Rachel some lessons in placing an IV to Banfields shock and disagreement. Wyle is real life is 38 but looks about 10 years older in his imdb photo. Gates and Carter shoot baskets in the alley because Carter has an important phone call to make and he doesn't want to miss it. Tony tells Carter that if he is going to stick around so much he should pick up some shifts and get paid for it. Rachel gets stories from the actual doctors about there first year of med school. Towards the end of the episode they get an alert about an explosion with incoming. All of the docs and nurses stand in the alley awaiting the new arrivals. Archie triages the incoming telling the doctors who gets what and carter is overwhelmed with deja vu. As Carter wheels his patient into the ER he hollers at Rachel. "Doctor Green are you coming?" And the camera pulls back. And we fade to black. I was really pleased with the episode. The only thing I would have changed is less focus on Alexis Bledel's character (I get it was because they were trying to make her out to be Carter but still it was too much) and more focus on some of the other characters we had previously seen like Archie's girlfriend or the other Intern that slept with Gates. There were a lot of characters we could have seen other than just focus on the new girl. agreed with them all in the ambulance bay and carter and gates playing hoops.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:38 a.m. CST

    is anyone else bothered

    by phoenixmagida5th

    By the fact that carter got a few drinks in him andd then decied to put and I.v. in someone then jump into a trauma? And what the hell will happen btwn him and his wife? Or was that the point that the story continues and we won't get to see it?

  • April 3, 2009, 1:10 a.m. CST


    by Fievel

    Give the man an Emmy.

  • April 3, 2009, 1:58 a.m. CST

    this was beautiful

    by Whatcokes982

    I stopped watching the show regularly when Romano got killed by the helicopter, but I'm glad I started watching it again this season. They really made it special for us long time fans. ER was one of the best shows on television for at least 8 seasons. It stumbled heavily these last few years, but thankfully it regained its footing this year, and it went out w/ its dignity intact. I was beyond thrilled when Rachel Greene walked through those County doors, and that scene b/t Corday and Benton was beyond perfect. I'm glad the show didn't forget how important their relationship was during its middle years. Just a great, great sendoff. I couldn't be happier.

  • April 3, 2009, 4:17 a.m. CST

    maxwell's hammer

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Yeah, that last shot was great... we've never seen the hospital like that before because the exterior ambulance bay is shot at Warner Bros. Studios in L.A., but they always did the long location stuff in Chicago. They must have used a digital composite to "drop" the ambulance bay in Chicago for the final scene.<p>Either way, it was an excellent way to go out. I'm glad I stuck with it all these years and never missed an episode. It was well worth it.<p>I will really miss ER. What a great show.

  • April 3, 2009, 6:26 a.m. CST


    by The McPoyle Clan

    The episode of Magnum PI where he played a former wrestler with a contract out on him is still one of my favorites.

  • April 3, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Final shot

    by Anakin Whoopass

    Didn't expect the final shot of ER to be CGI, but it looked great. Guess they wanted to say, we're NOT in a snow globe.

  • April 3, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Carter's "Wife" ....

    by Itchy

    by far the worst fucking character in the history of ER (well, at least tied with that shrill harpy, Corday). Just an unrelenting, joyless bitch.

  • April 3, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST

    No Randi/Kristin Minter?

    by StatelyWayneManor

    ...the hot desk clerk? Serves me right for not watching in a decade. Didn't know the train was so close to the hospital...

  • April 3, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    They should have titled it "Deja vu"

    by kikuchiyoboy

    I really dug the ending it was subtle and wrapped the whole series nicely. It was an elegant ending. <br> <br> It's like when the Huxtables danced off stage.

  • April 3, 2009, 9:02 a.m. CST

    They should have ended it by saying it was all a dream...

    by Leafar the Lost

    ...from the mind of an autistic child. All of the ER characters were his family members and friends from his life.

  • April 3, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    I paid extra for the happy ending...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    So much for Must See TV. RIP NBC.

  • April 3, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    A great ending to a great show

    by jim

    I watched the first couple of seasons; then only managed to see a handful of episodes until I started watching full-time again in the 10th season. <p>I'm glad they went with a finale that would appeal to the fans of the show instead of catering to those looking for the "big event" (the kind of things ER would do in their season finales - people shot, car crashes, exploding ambulances). While I do appreciate a well-done "holy shit" moment, it's not always the right tone for a final episode. It was a nice way to wrap up the series

  • April 3, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Yup - a fitting ending

    by oisin5199

    It was no BSG, for sure, but it had a very different task. This show has been on for 15 years. I think the people who have been posting the hate here are probably not much older than that. So they don't remember how groundbreaking and innovative the show was when it first came on. That Retrospective was amazing and reminded us how different ER was. Especially technically. The fact that it was written as a movie, not a tv pilot. That it was filled with filmic techniques that just weren't used on television - especially the brilliantly choreographed "one-ner" shots, where the camera cantilevers from one trauma room to the next while people are running around, shouting, sometimes not cutting for several minutes. Anyway, some of those cast interviews were fantastic - people describing how difficult it was to do the hospital scenes - and seeing Alex Kingston start to break up as she's describing the final scenes with Anthony Edwards during the Mark Greene death episode. Wow. I was reaching for the tissues with that one. <p>But with the episode, I LOVED that they brought back the title sequence with all those characters. I've been missing that for the last few years. Frank's reaction at recognizing Rachel Greene just brought it home for me. The callbacks to the pilot, even stylistically, were great. And in the true spirit of the show, as has been mentioned, this wasn't an episode about tragic deaths, heroic saves and wild plot twists. Rather, it was about a typical day where good and bad things happen (you save some, you lose some - and sometimes when you lose them, you don't even know about it until later). That it's just about getting through your day and making it to the next one. At first I was a bit iffy on focusing so much on a new character that had just been introduced in the finale (the Gilmore Girls chick), but then I got that the show was about the experience of being an ER doctor, and that this person was going through the same stuff that Carter went through on his first day. Even the bittersweet reunions - if you've ever been to any kind of a reunion, where you're social with people you used to be close to, but so much time has passed, that's exactly how it is. It's nice, it's nostalgic, somewhat awkward, and you say goodbye not knowing if you'll ever really see each other again. It's not dramatic and emotional - it's just...kinda weird, but nice. That's what this show has always done well, and why I think it's not a soap opera. The interactions always felt REAL, not contrived for television. And that final shot of the entire hospital just rocked. I'll miss County.

  • April 3, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Just watched the last 15 minutes on my DVR...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    And damn... it gave me chills even on a third viewing (yep, I rewound last night too).<p>BTW, anybody else rewind the opening credits a few times last night? I watched it four times in a row... I just wanted to see the classic "Benton punch" again and again!!

  • April 3, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Oh, ER theme song and credits -- how I've missed you so...

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • April 3, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    I really didn't like the credits opening from the last 2, 3 seas

    by MrMysteryGuest

    I couldn't really hum an electronic drum solo thingie.

  • April 3, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Good last episode

    by jimmy rabbitte

    They did a nice job with it. I do think the show went on several years too long though. It was being referred to as "an aging warhorse" ten years ago; so it was definitely time to wrap it up for good.

  • April 3, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST


    by Qwonk

    I wasn't ready to say goodbye last night, but I couldn't put it off any longer so I finally watched it off my DVR. It didn't blow me away. I don't even know if I'd really call it memorable. But when that rush of ambulances started to flood in and the music started playing and I realized this had to be the last scene, my stomach twisted all up on me.

  • April 3, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    i've never seen a single epsidoe of the show before

    by Timahh

    until last nights. The only i can say is that John Stamos has been my hero since Full House and will continue to do so. Also, i know the ending had something to do with the first episode, but if they would have ended the show with them all just standing there waiting for the ambulances, that woulda been pretty damn cool.

  • April 3, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    The opening credits last night

    by Itchy

    Very cool ... dragging out the retro credits, and mixing in the old and new. Very nice touch.

  • April 3, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST

    It lasted 14 years too long

    by Pizza The Hut


  • April 4, 2009, midnight CST

    In a spat of creative genuis, the Producers of ER...

    by uberman

    will replace 'I've been on life support for over a decade' ER and start off a new genre, the 'COP' show. Its called 'SOUTHLAND' and, my freinds, for the first time we are going to get the inside scoop on what it takes to live as a policeman. I can't wait....

  • April 4, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    John Carter and Rachel Greene

    by Blanket-Man

    Do I smell a May-December romance in bloom? C'mon, Carter was all over her! "You'll need to use a BIG needle to make sure it penetrates..." No subtlety there! OK episode, but nowhere near as good as the big three Returns from earlier this season (Green's, Morganstern's, and Ross's).

  • April 5, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    ER should have ended 5-6 years ago

    by HollywoodHellraiser

  • April 5, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST

    and its good to see that it did FINALLY end!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

  • April 5, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Clayton Rohner in ER

    by Mr_X

    Yeah i saw you sir, in a non speaking role, but i fucking knew that was you. Get this man a proper fucking job! great episode of ER, havent watched it in a long long while, but watched the doug ross episode a couple of episodes back and this one. Nicley done NBC, finally!, nicely done

  • April 5, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    and ..

    by Mr_X

    ernest borgnine, that fella is still going strong. he also did some great work in this episode. Kudos