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Memories of ER

Buzz In: What Are Your Favorite ER Memories?

It's hard to believe I was in junior high when ER first premiered on NBC. For many of the show's 15 seasons, I spent my Thursday nights following the medical cases, love affairs, and dozens of guest stars that swept through County General.

ER ends tonight, and so I wanted to ask any of you who ever watched to think back through your memories for some favorite ER moments. I'll start things off with a few of mine: watching "Love's Labor Lost" and crying; rooting so hard for Mark and Susan to get together that I was downright angry at Sherry Stringfield for leaving the show; and, um, laughing kind of a lot at Romano's death by helicopter. Also, for some reason, one of the scenes that still sticks out in my mind is Benton and Corday playing darts.

Which sad, funny, moving, or just plain silly ER moments do you remember best?

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Advah Advah 8 years
I actually couldn't care less about Lucy, but the episode where she dies made me cry like I rarely cry watching something on tv. It was seriously exhausting.
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
Ok I've watched the finale and I loved it! It was the perfect end to the show. I was SO excited when I saw Rachel! And on a side note, Carter was looking very good! I'm really sad this show has ended, I think it's a big loss for television. None of the other crap on TV even comes close to ER!
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Oh, I remembered another not so sad one. I loved the episode where Mark, Doug and Carol go out west to visit Mark's family when his mother is sick. The whole episode was just about the three of them sorting out their stuff and being there for each other. It was so different but really revealing about their characters.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Some of my favorite memories are really, really old. I remember responding very strongly to the story line where Carol was dating Ron Eldard's character (who was a fireman) only to have him end up in the hospital with really severe burns that eventually killed him. That one really got me. I also was really shaken by the storyline with Benton's nephew and the gang violence. The scene with Peter's sister in the hallway when he tells her that her son died was just devastating to watch. I remember back in the first season, Omar Epps was the other med student with Carter. Benton really pushed him because he was black which ultimately caused him to jump in front of a train. He was so mangled when they brought him in that the doctors didn't recognize him until they kept trying to page him only to realize the pager was going off on the patient. The story arc with Bob Newhart was phenomenal and so sad. And Dr. Green's death had me wrecked. The "fix Rachel" line made me cry so hard, and I definitely yelled "OMG, he fixed Rachel!" when she showed up on the finale. Such a great end to that story. Huh. Apparently, I really remember the insanely gut wrenching moments. Interesting.
kathlene kathlene 8 years
One of my favorite episodes was when Doug was sitting on the porch and Carol brought him out a wrapped present. He unwrapped it and it was his very own drawer. And then at the Christmas party where they announced they were seeing each other again and most everyone already knew it. And, Doug's final episode when Carol asked him to stay and he left walking down the hallway. I cried my eyes out...
amers230 amers230 8 years
I haven't really watched for the last several seasons, but my favs (from the early years) are Loves Labor Lost, the one where Doug saves the kids from the sewer, the one where Carol is held hostage in the convenience store, the scene where Romano brings in his dog to have the surgeons perform surgery on him (loved how attached he was to that dog when he was such an ass to everyone else), the episode where the ER gets contaminated with something or other and Carter ends up running the entire hospital, the one where Carter and Lucy were stabbed, the one where Carol has the twins, and even though I had already stopped caring about it by then, I did tune in for Mark's death and was totally crying by the end of the episode. For some reason I also really remember a scene where all of the nurses were playing basketball in wheelchairs and thinking "God that looks like fun!!!" haha
zemljanka zemljanka 8 years
My favorite episode was when Luka was in Congo,and also Romano and helicopter, .How you write Luka name isn 't corect, he is Luka,but Luca is croatian name for a girl
ilek ilek 8 years
I didn't watch the finale - I forgot. I loved ER when it first aired and watched it faithfully for the first two to three seasons - mainly until the original cast members started leaving the show. I loved Doug and Carol's love story. I was mad at Susan for not saying yes to Dr. Greene. and I actually can't remember when Dr. Greene died so probably I didn't see that episode. Oh BTW, who is Lucy? and how did she die?
gaellemj gaellemj 8 years
Thanks doogirl for reminding me of Benton in Mississipi, if I remember well. It was a very different episode and Eriq la Salle was great. I cried during the thoracotomy performed by Dr. Weaver on Lucy. And shed a tear for Dr. Green dying. There were a lot of deep emotional moments in the first 10 seasons. And funny moments too. Then they introduced a big event every 3 episodes, crash, hostages, epidemies, gun shooting, rape...Instead of getting us attached to the characters. The only remaining character I care about is Neela.
kdottt kdottt 8 years
The moment that I remember/affected me the most was actually this season , when Pratt died. I cried AGAIN when they showed it last night on the retrospective.. and they read my mind: When that tear rolled down his cheek , oh goodness ! :(
doogirl doogirl 8 years
There was an episode centered around Dr. Benton where he went to a backwater town to be the town Doctor for a week or two. I just thought that Eriq LaSalle's performance in that episode was amazing! When Dr. Romano got his arm cut off, that was a HUGE shock! I can still remember how I felt when I saw it. Dr. Greene dying, like so many others on here, broke my heart! It still kills me a little bit to think about it. I was a big "ER" fan, from the first episode. I watched all 15 seasons. I'm sad that it's over, it's like losing a part of my family.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
One of my favorite eps was Into that Good Night, where Alan Rosenberg's character is slowly dying the entire episode. In subsequent years they recycled that a few times, but not as well. I also loved Luca's episodes in the Congo, Ray's balcony collapse episode, and Shawn Hatosy's guest stint as a multiple-personality patient. And of course, Doug and Carole's reunion in Seattle... I literally caught my breath when Doug appeared onscreen. Soooo romantic, sigh.
khameel khameel 8 years
When Lucy died I cried so hard!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
Mark greene's death was SUCH a sad episode. I remember being emotionally drained after that! Also, this season when Pratt died I was in complete shock. I haven't watched the finale yet - it's waiting for me on my PVR though!
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
Star-i agree.....last night was kind of a bummer, but it was nice seeing old cast members.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I cried like a baby when Greene died. Still my favorite moment. I pretty much quit watching after that. I loved Doug and Carol too though. Last night was really underwhelming for me. I guess I was expecting more. But it did have some good moments.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I haven't watched the show in over 10 years, but I remember being angry at Sherry Stringfield too, Buzz. I remember Mark chasing Susan through Chicago and telling her he loved her at the train, and she rejected him. I was so upset and the next morning, I was still devastated.
vouninou vouninou 8 years
Mark Greene's death was for me the saddest moment ever in the whole television shows history. And seeing Rachel yesterday was so cool. On the funny side, I loved when Carter had to do a "boring" surgery ...and realized the patient was Benton ! An episode I really like was the one with Doug Ross rescuing kid trapped in that big water pipe.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I cried like a baby when Dr. Greene died, so that's definitely a stand-out for me. I also loved Luca when he was on it, and I had a soft spot for crotchety, cranky Romano.
care0531 care0531 8 years
I haven't watched it in years but I did love when Sally Field played the role of crazy mom- I think that is when she first really went from film to tv.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
I cried too after watching the episode with Dr. Greene's death. It was such a beautiful, bittersweet ending. The episode where Lucy died broke my heart too. The whole Romano vs the helicopter thing was just a big sign to me that the show jumped the shark. I stopped watching after that.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
i only watched ER for a season or two and i remember dr.greene's death really affecting me, i was an emotional mess. it was a very good episode.
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
mguy141, I so agree. I cried and still tear up every time I see it, Dr. Greene's death was a beautiful episode and so sad. When Elizabeth and Mark got married, cute episode. A lot of great memories, I'll miss ER. I'm happy for re-runs.
mguy414 mguy414 8 years
Definitely Dr. Greene's death episode, I cried so unbelievably hard after that, I teared up when they were reshowing the whole "fix Rachel" thing. And it may be possible that I screamed "He fixed Rachel!" when I saw her :)
spacebear spacebear 8 years
lucy and carter getting stabbed; carters relationship with benton; dr greene's death; this recent story with ernest borgnine; loves labor lost episode. ER was a wonderful show. I stopped watching a couple seasons ago, but it was truly groundbreaking.
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