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Goodbye to "ER": Remembering the Top 5 Episodes

Goodbye to "ER": Remembering the Top 5 Episodes

September 25, 2008

Tonight beings the end of an era. The hit medical drama, “ER,” will begin its 15th and final season tonight. It is NBC’s second longest-running drama (after Law and Order) and is the longest running medical drama of all time. Originally created by best-selling novelist, Michael Crichton, “ER” was not only lauded for its writing and acting, but for its real-to-life emergency scenarios. Set in the emergency room of the fictional County General Hospital in Cook County, Chicago, “ER” helped launch the careers of George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle and many others.

In order to commemorate “ER’s” long lasting run, NursingLink is counting down the 5 best episodes of "ER:

#2: Ambush: Season 4, Episode 1

This episode makes the list not only because it is a great episode, but because it is was the only episode of “ER” to be filmed and shown live. The episode was actually filmed twice, once on the east coast and once on the west coat. The episode is seen through the eyes of a documentary camera, which is why the film quality looks different than all other episodes. In this episode, head of the ER, Dr. Morgenstern has a heart attack and is left in critical condition. Dr. Weaver steps in to be the interim head of the ER while Morgenstern is recovering. Morgenstern then loses his edge as a doctor / surgeon when he realizes what it is like to be a patient. As a result, Dr. Morgenstern steps down and leaves the hospital.

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