ER

Season 15 Episode 8

Age of Innocence

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Nov 20, 2008 on NBC
8.6
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Gates goes out looking for a homeless war hero and upsets Sam. Neela's med student gets the entire surgical department into a lawsuit. A couple comes into the ER after an attempt was made at burning down their home. Brenner gets into a fight with a patient, and later confesses a secret to Morris.moreless

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  • Not mind-blowing, but still ok

    8.0
    In this episode of ER, the following happens. Gates tries his best to track down the war veteran who is homeless, who he met in a previous episode. Soon a homeless man is brought in and Tony believes that it is the missing Vet who he has been looking for. He soon dies and when Tony goes in to see the body he realises that it isn't Max, the missing Vet. We also learn in this episode from Neela that Ray has a girlfriend. The ER deals with a patient who was arrested on suspicion of child abuse but was found not guilty at trial. When some members of the ER hears about the case they take it the wrong way, especially when they see him with a little girl who is having her blood drawn by Sam. When Tony gets a possible location of where Max is, he heads straight there. When he gets there Max isn't there and so Tony heads off to check out the haunts of the local homeless people. Tony reveals that the reason he wants to find Max is to help him, because he didn't help Sarah's father when he became homeless and went off of the rails. We also learn in this episode that the Australian doctor, was abused when he was a child.moreless
  • Something happens that makes you think not everyone should be given the benefit of doubt.

    6.5
    Tony continues to search for the confused soldier from the previous episode. I think it is kind of a boring s/l unless it leads to something interesting when Tony finds him.



    We see a new side of Dr Brenner but its doesn't redeem his character in my mind. Neela & her surgical intern are having problems getting along. Neela gets sued because of what her intern did in the previous episode. A young child comes in who is scared of hospitals. Another adult male patient comforts her. I don't want to give away what the thought provoking clip of the show is. But I wll just say I never expected it. That was the best part of the episode.moreless
  • Brenner cries, Neela throws a tantrun and Gates looks for some bum.

    5.5
    I think this episode was weak. Come on writers, this is the last season you can do better!



    First of all, the chief goes on vacation? Can't this place have some stability? Whatever happened to that blond doctor anyway?



    Then there's Brenner. It is clear the guy is a jerk but he's trying to redeem himself after everything that's happened (Greg, his relationship with Neela). This whole molestation story just doesn't go with his character and it feels incredibly forced. His heart-to-heart conversation with Morris also feels a little repetitive considering the same happened with Banfield last week.



    However I liked the subplot involving Neela and his intern. Dubenko sure schooled her.



    Gates drives around the city looking for some hobo. Cool story.moreless
  • Simon Brenner, David Lyons, finally shines as something other than a bed hopping doctor.

    8.0
    Another powerful episode. This season continues to pack a punch as Brenner's character is further explored. Neela learns how to be a better teacher and Gates continues to search for his Gulf War vet but the real star of the show was Simon, and Morris for that matter, as Simon comes face to face with an alleged pedophile in the drama room. The case bothers him and it's clear that he's been abused as a child but it's not until that last scene, that last exchange between him and Morris where the viewer just has to sit and deal with the awkwardness, with the terrible feeling. Morris' face says it all. What do you do when you hear a confession like that? You feel revulsion towards the perpetrator and remorse for the victim but you also feel helpless to help. And Brenner delivered the best performance. Those tears came so naturally and his delivery, the pauses, everything felt so visceral. I knew he had it in him but, to date, we've only seen the sexaholic side. Now, we've seen a deeper part of his character and the actor. As for the actual delivery of the scene to the audience, it was cut well, alternating between Brenner's admission and the alleged pedophile's interaction with a potential new victim. It was a perfect reminder of what is out there in this world and a terrible reminder of the consequences.moreless
  • A really powerful message

    9.0
    I like this one.. how the turned so simple and usual looking episode into something bigger.



    First Neela and her bad day what already started quite weird and then she facing Dubenko and telling she does not want anyone to teach and how trough the day she realize her mistake and in the end it was good that she had medstudent near by..



    And ofcourse, the most shocking and most traumatic storyline - Brenner. The way you just did not get it until that very end when he starts to talk and everything suddenly becomes clear and the camerawork - flipping between Brenner and that man who talks with that girl.. very well done and the way the message goes - first it looks like they want to tell that not everything they say can be true.. and then.. they just turn the message all around.



    A lot of focus on character.. and well written.moreless
John Stamos

John Stamos

Dr. Tony Gates

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Sam Taggart

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

David Lyons

David Lyons

Dr. Simon Brenner

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

Dr. Cate Banfield

Parminder Nagra

Parminder Nagra

Dr. Neela Rasgotra

Chris Bruno

Chris Bruno

Richie

Guest Star

Liv Hutchings

Liv Hutchings

Meredith Phoenix

Guest Star

Stephen Spinella

Stephen Spinella

Henry Lotery

Guest Star

Leland Orser

Leland Orser

Dr. Lucien Dubenko

Recurring Role

Gil McKinney

Gil McKinney

Dr. Paul Grady

Recurring Role

Emily Rose

Emily Rose

Dr. Tracy Martin

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Dubenko: The reason they call this a teaching hospital is because this is where doctors give back. If you're only interested in becoming a rock star, Dr. Rasgotra, I suggest you look elsewhere. We don't need you here.

    • Neela: (about his girlfriend) She seems impressive.
      Simon: She's got a full scholarship to the University of Chicago, and she speaks five languages.
      Neela: She twirl around in phone booths and fight crime, too? I'm surprised. She doesn't seem like your type.
      Simon: Why is that?
      Neela: I don't know, figured you with someone a little less intellectually stimulating.

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