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One Of The Best Seasons Ever!
on 12 November 2011
This is the season that blew the lid of extordinary television. I remember that in the same year this season was scheduled and Mark Greene found out that his brain tumor was in-operable, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Buffy's mum) and Ally McBeal (Ally's Boyfriend) all had the same but individual amazing ways of killing off the central characters with a brain tumor. ER was the one that tore the crying heart strings and cracked open your chest as Mark was slowly killed over the course of the season. It was truly gut-wrentching to watch.
Anthony Edwards played Mark Greene wonderfully and his acting (as always) was complete magic. His final episode 'On The Beach' was a brillant piece of writing and acting and the music score was so compelling. It was the best storyline throughout the entire series run.
One of the best characters of the season was Alex Kingston's portrail of Dr. Elizabeth Corday as she had a few glorious moments. The scene where she is in Romarno's offices discussing Mark's illness was mind blowing, the writing was so good! And the acting was out-of-this-world. Trully amazing. There was also the storyline of Elizabeth being followed by infection control as they blamed her for certain patients who had died from a form of bacteria that all seemed to be linked with Corday.
Maura Tierney's had another year to shine as Abby Lockhart - storylines such as the abusive neighbour next door, the love triangle between her, Carter and Kovac and her final episode where great. Maura is a pleasure as always.
Susan Lewis was a magical moment to praise as Sherry Stringfield decided to reprise her character's role after leaving in season 3. She dated Carter in this season plus a reunion between her and Mark was lovely and I'm glad she returned before Mark died.
Benton leaves! I never really cared for Benton as he was horrible to Carter in the early years. His farwell storyline was great though.
Kerry Weaver also shined due to trouble with Ching May and she even got her own episode where she had to deliver a baby in an over-turned ambulance. Her reaction over Greene's death was perfect to, she is wonderful.
There is plenty of other great moments including kovac beating up the neighbour who attacked Abby, Carter dealing with his 'Gama's' dementia, the scene where Kerry found a dirty doll in her locker, carter taking the lead after Greene's death, Abby's birthday. My favorite episodes include Bygones, On the Beach, Supplies and Demands and Lockdown.