ER 11/8/2007 (S14E07) "Blackout"

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  1. IJustLikeTivo

    IJustLikeTivo Active Member

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    Exactly, she has been through worse stuff than just being alone with a baby for a bit. Cripes, do all military spouses go nuts? I think not.
     
  2. Squeak

    Squeak Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Wasn't Sam who said that. It was the other women (the black lady) that was with them.
     
  3. Robin

    Robin Impolite arrogant woman

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    I was still on the fence until they showed the flashbacks. I was hoping beyond hope that he had taken her home to let her sober up and keep her safe.

    (I knew it was a long shot, but the truth was SO DISGUSTING I had to cling to what I could.)

    No, but military spouses have extensive support networks.
     
  4. newsposter

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    Talk about 12 steps in one night. If that doesnt sober her up i dont know what will.I hope she tells everyone what happened even though she is to blame as well. At least they will know he took advantage of the situation.

    I was hoping blackout didnt mean the lights flickering as they did too many blackout eps in the past.

    So what's more embarrassing, failing or lying about it then everyone finding out you lied? hmm
     
  5. IJustLikeTivo

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    It seemed so out of place for Mr by the book to do that. The forced an ending to that sequence which is completely out of character for everyone. I know they want some drama but you need to pay attention to the character profiles. It's like someone who never saw the show wrote it.

    True but Abby has AA and all her friends so.... I understand your point but it seems like an awful quick turnaround for someone who has been dealing with a lot of stuff her entire life ( Bipolor mother and brother, brother dead, alcohol, dropped out of med school when ex messed up bills etc). She's handled way worse stuff than being by herself for a few weeks.
     
  6. aindik

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    Of the characters still on the show, which ones, other than Luka, know that Abby is a recovering alcoholic? Does everyone know? Neela probably knows. Does Pratt know? Does Sam know?
     
  7. angbear1985

    angbear1985 Τι ποτέ !

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    I was wondering the same thing. And - I'm not even sure that Neela knows ???
     
  8. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

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    Carter knew as did Weaver.
    Luka may know but I'm not sure anyone else does.
     
  9. tetspa

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    The show has jumped the shark.

    After Green, Ross, and Hathaway departed, the only 2 reasons to watch were 1) Weaver and how nasty she could be, and 2) Luka and how dark and into the depths of despair and pain he could go. The season (I believe) 3 years ago when he wrecked his car, went to Africa and was almost killed, etc. was probably the best in the Luka "arc". Weaver, on the other hand, was re-written to be almost a sympathetic figure rather than the "stab-you-in-the-back" bureaucrat her character initially was.

    Sam's character was mildly interesting, but now her character is just stupid.
    Stamos is just eye-candy.
    Neela character is annoying.

    The lesson to be learned is that while a "plot-driven" show like Law and Order can play musical chairs with the characters every week without missing a beat (we just need a new cop and a new assistant-DA), "character-driven" shows like ER live and die by how interesting the characters are and how loyal an audiance will be to them.

    The only thing that will save this show is a MASSIVE re-write to focus on patients (go back and watch re-runs of season 1 where , for example, an entire episode deals with the attempts to keep 1 man alive just through the night so he can say goodbye to his family, or 1 difficult delivery ("Love's Labor Lost"). The closest recent episode of that quality was perhaps last season when Abby and Neela spent the entire episode in the NICU. Less Soap Opera, More interesting cases. But I fear it is already too late.
     
  10. bicker

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    Do you realize how often people have claimed that, only to be proven wrong by the passage of time? To be fair, as I indicated above, ER again faces challenges, but ER has come back from the brink so many times now that I really think it is ill-advised to try to project its demise.

    I didn't mention it earlier, but one direction I could see ER going, that could be yet-another resurgence of the show, would be to focus the show on Sam, Abby and Neela -- make it into a hospital-based Women's Murder Club/Lipstick Jungle/Cashmere Mafia. However, that does require that Tierney stick around, which is perhaps not in the cards.
     
  11. dswallow

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    One telling aspect of ER is only really noticeable if you start watching from season 1 now... a huge number of guest stars on ER have gone on to be pretty big name television stars. ER's role to NBC appears to be something of a breeding ground or training ground for new talent.
     
  12. newsposter

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    about rewriting the show...i wouldnt like if they spent just time on 1 'star' as they have done in the past. Maybe a mix
     
  13. Robin

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    Luka knows, they showed it in the "previously".
     
  14. IJustLikeTivo

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    It might also help if they stopped the silly teasers. "watch next week for a very special ER, Abby gets a hangnail and can't find a clipper".

    They're for too much drama and too little plot. I'm beginning to want Romano back....
     
  15. IJustLikeTivo

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    Almost as many have left to go nowhere.

    Margulies
    Sherry Stringfield
    Eric LaSalle
    Anthony Edwards
    Noah Wylie

    Granted, in Edwards case, after 10 years as the lead he had plenty of money in the bank and Noah Wylie has done nothing at all outside the show.
     
  16. dswallow

    dswallow Save the Moderatоr TCF Club

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    I was really talking about the actors cast as patients/family of patients... not the show regulars.

    Noah Wyle did "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines" and a couple other movies that currently are in post production.
     
  17. fmowry

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    Like Ray Liotta. :) Springboarded him right to Bee Movie.

    Frank
     
  18. 5thcrewman

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    Why bother shaving your head if you're going to look like a 'Cue ball on top of a Tribble' when you take your shirt off?
     
  19. bdlucas

    bdlucas Right side up again.

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    She still has a starring role in my fantasies, particularly after her stint on The Sopranos. :up:
     
  20. NinerK

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    +1, and he appeared to be rather sober. Well, at least sober enought to see that Abby was drunk. Now he's like the guy in the song by Sublime: "If it wasn't for date rape, I would not get laid.":thumbsdown:
     

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