First Snowfall

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  • 9.1

    wonderful episode

    By DanLC03, Jul 26, 2010

    There has been a lot of talk about this episode focusing on the storyline with Abby's brother, but this review will focus on the other storyline. In this episode we see two sides of Dr Corday, we see her being compassionate and understanding with the father of the two boys and we see her act the exact opposite with Mr Nathan. I think that she should have done more for him and did not give him a fair opportunity to pass his rotation. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain that father experienced, losing his wife and son. He would have to suffer serious PTSD and survivor guilt after what happened. The first thing I always think when I watch this episode is how bad I feel for this man. I think that the scene where he's talking to Dr Corday is one of the greatest in the history of ER and very moving. I don't think the ending could have been handled any better with Mr Nathan going into the OR during the kid's surgery, because he was responsible for that kid being alive because he convinced the father to give consent.moreless

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  • 9.2

    Always on his heart...

    By Parricida, Jan 18, 2008

    It was beautiful episode - first the storyline with Abby's family. It's never easy for them and now it is Eric's turn as he seems to get bipolar too. And Abby finds herself in potion what she knows and cannot change - she feels it is her mother fault that Eric got it and on the same time, he wants to avoid Eric turning into her mother. And everything seems to be the way it always has.



    And the other storyline on Chicago. Snowfall - lot of snow and some drunk drove into a family - mother and two kids. One kid is brain dead soon, they do not manage to save the mother and the other boy - only change for him is his brother's heart and lungs. So, hard decision to father and Nathan has to get him into this. And his rotation is over, Cordey fails him but he has beautiful way of leaving.moreless

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  • 9.2

    Elizabeth fails Nathan as she promised, but acknowledges that he is the ultimate people person.

    By linseyt67, Aug 31, 2006

    The snowfall has resulted in a quiet day in the ER. Then a mother and her two sons are brought in, victims of a lorry driver who ploughed straight into them as they made a snowman. The father was in the house getting a carrot. One boy is brain dead and the other has a damaged heart and lung. Elizabeth realises that to save the one, then the heart and lungs are needed from the other. The father is too distraught to make the decision, but Nathan talks him through it and the procedure goes ahead. Sadly the mother dies of her injuries. Eliabeth and the father speak and she breaks down and tells him about Mark. They embrace, and then go up to the ER where Nathan starts the boys implanted heart. Elizabeth has failed Nathan, but tells him he has a great gift as a physician.



    Abby dashes off to find where her brother is being held. Gallant goes along to facilitate entry into the base. Carter follows, but not til the snow has been cleared. In the meantime Abby finds that her mother is there already and knew a few months back that Eric was having problems.moreless

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