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I broke away from my usual CSI-Thursday, to watch the send-off of ER. For about 8 of its years, it was my never-miss Thursday show. My faves were Mark Greene, Susan Lewis and John Carter. So I got totally sucked into checking out the special return visits this year starting with the Anthony Edwards one.

I wasn't going to miss the finale and was happy to see almost everything else was either off or in repeats for the night so my focus wasn't split.

Overall, it was pretty good. Sure, like everyone, I would have loved to see all the original characters come back to WORK at County General, but that was pretty unrealistic. I'm just really happy Carter came back and that Susan and Benton came to visit him with Mark being represented by his daughter Rachel wanting to be a med student. It was written with class -- sometimes a bit shmaltzy -- but overall, the message was all of the classic characters were still tied in some way to that ER and that the ER goes on.

If I had one quibble, it was them repeating the case of a mother dying in childbirth that was used in the ultimate ER episode, Loves Labors Lost. Last night's version, I'd have given a happy ending so it didn't diminish the Anthony Edwards original. They had enough losses in the other big cases of the night -- the drunk teen and Ernest Borgnine's wife -- to allow for happiness in the delivery room.

I loved the subtle call out to Clooney fans -- that Ernest Borgnine's character had met his wife in Miss Ross' class. He even stumbled on the name to make sure we caught it. :)

I'm sad it's not going to be on  any more, but really, I wanted it with the old cast who were long gone. I never took to Neela, Abby, Morris, Pratt and Sam like I had the original docs. So here's to ER going out better than I expected.

Oh, and P.S.
Despite my dislike of the Grissom and Sara stuff on CSI, I was really happy to see Jorja Fox in the ER retrospective interviews. I know she wanted to go back to ER when they killed off Mark Greene. Last night, I wished Maggie Doyle might have turned up in the last episode -- maybe coming back to County General to work and train Rachel alongside Carter.

Date: 2009-04-04 12:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] boy-ish.livejournal.com
Didn't watch the ER episode, but you did not miss anything by not watching CSI. Despite it being the omgmagical200thepisode!!! it SUCKED ASSSSSSSS. It was tremendously boring among many, many other sucktastic factors. The whole thing centered around friggin' Langston (barely a couple minutes of all the other cast members), but that's far from the only reason it was boring!

Date: 2009-04-05 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jalola.livejournal.com
Oh, I watched CSI later. And it was horrible.

I've only seen one positive comment on it. Even TalkCSIFiles (http://www.csifiles.com/reviews/csi/mascara.shtml) gave it a negative review. It also got low ratings. ER deservedly won the night.

Date: 2009-04-04 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cgrgrl.livejournal.com
I haven't watched it yet, but it's on my DVR. The kids don't like it and they have been home on spring break so I haven't gotten to use the TV as much as usual.

Date: 2009-04-04 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ilovemycsi.livejournal.com
ER used to be my can't miss TV show until Maggie Doyle showed up. She's the reason I quit watching it regularly and missed the hot paramedic Greg Powell in his first ep on ER. I caught him in the reruns though.

Date: 2009-04-05 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jalola.livejournal.com
Oh well.

You know, I don't really remember George on ER. Wish I knew where they were repeating old episodes in Canada.

I see GE and JF were both on ER in 1997-98 but he was actually on during a stretch when JF was away from the show.

Date: 2009-04-05 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ilovemycsi.livejournal.com
He was a special guest star and she was a recurring character so she wasn't in every episode during her stint. I think Marg's run on ER was very close to that time too.

Date: 2009-04-05 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samsara20.livejournal.com
Yeah he was a paramedic who wound being punched by George Clooney's character for kissing Carol.

Date: 2009-04-05 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jalola.livejournal.com
Marg was on from February-May, 1996; Jorja went from October, 1996-March 1999; and George was on from December, 1997-January, 1998.

I thought Gary was in an episode too but I can't find a credit for him.

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