ER

Season 15 Episode 2

Another Thursday at County

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 09, 2008 on NBC
8.6
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Everyone in the ER is trying to cope with the loss of their colleague. The staff feels defensive toward the new Chief and her tough disposition. Gates and the new interns treat a bio terrorist, who has a lethal secret that endangers them all. Neela makes a great effort to get Dubenko back on the surgery staff, and gets help from an unexpected souce.moreless

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  • In this episode, we are introduced to the season's new interns, and a new Chief of the ER, Dr. Cate Banfield (Angela Bassett). The episode is focused on an accidental bio-terrorist attack that consumes the ER.moreless

    10
    I strongly disagree with the review of this episode that classifies it as "bottom of the Barrel." In fact, this episode is far from the bottom of the barrel. The story told here is classic ER. The acting is superb (especially by Angela Bassett and Scott Grimes), and the scenario is in fact new---not recreated. The staff of the ER is still dealing with the death of doctor Pratt, while quickly being forced to adjust to the new (and altogether different) leadership style of Dr. Cate Banfield (Bassett). Dr. Banfield's personality ranges from compassionate to utterly blunt and downright rude. At various times throughout the episode, viewers could get the impression that something from Banfield's past is affecting her present emotional instability. At the end of the episode, a little foreshadowing about Banfield's family leaves lots to the imagination. Ultimately, well Banfield is not immediately embraced, she is a strong character who will bring much change to the ER. Her story is intriguing, and her commanding attitude is a force to be reckoned with. Undoubtedly, she will set high expectations for her staff, leaving no room for error---accidental or not.



    The main issue in this episode involves an accidental bio-terrorism incident that leaves several new interns, along with Dr. Gates, quarantined in the ER. Exposure to weaponized ricin leaves Gates and the interns at the mercy of a Hazmat team, which evacuates the ER of all patients and personnel. The discovery of an additional patient in the quarantined room poses additional challenges for Gates, and the inexperienced interns.



    Additionally, Sam makes a deadly mistake with her patient, and Neela is hellbent on getting Lucien (Dr. Dubenko) reinstated. Overall, a great episode to watch.



    I think anyone who dislikes this episode enough to only rate it a 1.0 is missing the point. After 15 seasons, this series is coming to an end. We all need to accept that--no matter how much we don't want to. We are not the writers, and things don't always turn out as we would like. This season promises to be a very powerful ending to an incredible series which paved the way for many modern dramas (hospital focused or not) that reside in primetime. Abby's departure will prove to be a difficult and sad event for faithful ER viewers, but the season is not over yet, SO DON'T STOP WATCHING NOW!!!moreless
  • Yet another good one

    9.5
    We open this episode of ER with the new interns on their very first day. We also met the new Chief of the ER, whose name is Catherine Banfield. A mad man comes into the ER. As Gates cuts pen his shirt a white substance enters the air. The man claims it is Rican. So the room is sealed off. When it is tested they learn that the Rican was not all that dangerous as it was diluted. Everyone at the ER seems to hate the new Chief of the ER almost as much as I do. A good episode, which introduced new characters.moreless
  • Barf.

    1.0
    I only watched the first episode because I wanted to see if Abby was the one who was going to die. Upset that it was Pratt. I was accidently sucked into watching this one and I agree with another reviewer that it was familiar to the smallpox episode. I'm just really disappointed in this show and I'm glad it's the last season. How many years can we meet new interns and new bosses? It gets old fast and I'm not up for it anymore. I am officially going to stop watching ER. It is the end of Abby and Luka; then it's the end of me.moreless
  • Angela Bassett arrives as the new chief and the ER is under lockdown when a man brings ricin in to the ER.

    9.0
    This was a good episode by all means, but the storyline was one that was used before. If you remember all the way back to the Season 8 finale, Lockdown, some staff members were quarantined because of a smallpox outbreak. This was somewhat similar, but a man brought in ricin to the ER and Gates was with the new interns when the accident happened. We meet the new interns this episode and they are just like any other intern that has come to County General: naive, scared and eager to learn. We also meet Dr. Cate Banfield, played by the incompriable Angela Bassett! She is a tough-as-nails, no-nonsense doctor who has a hidden past but we didn't get to get much into that this episode. Morris and her immediately clash because he is still in pain from losing Pratt. Her and Morris will no doubtedly butt heads more this final season, but they came to an understanding. This episode was a "get to know you" kind of episode, not much really happened. Next week...hold your breath...it's Abby's last episode! So sad!moreless
  • If you think of the level of last seasons ER episodes, then this is very good

    9.0
    They have started the last season with big bang and this episode has good level too and I am very happy with it. I would not be too amused if we could get a lot of that kind mediocre episode like last year.



    So, we have a lot of new people around and it is hard to remember who is who in the start but they settle in and we get quite much going on - I adore the intense motion, the way Morris and the new boss clashed all the time and how everyone took her. It looks like we have got one strong person to ER not that I am sure I like her char but there looks to be a lot to learn as the ending shows.



    Anyway, I love the irony of the title of this episode. This is another day in County.. I think they have had not day like that for long but they should have more days like that - more action, more motion, more going on and less talking :P



    I am eager to see next episode.moreless
John Stamos

John Stamos

Dr. Tony Gates

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Nurse Samantha Taggert

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Dr. Archie Morris

David Lyons

David Lyons

Dr. Simon Brenner

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

Dr. Catherine Banfield

Parminder Nagra

Parminder Nagra

Dr. Neela Rasgotra

Lauren Bowles

Lauren Bowles

Hannah

Guest Star

Patrick Breen

Patrick Breen

Felix

Guest Star

Cameron Sanders

Cameron Sanders

Devon

Guest Star

J. P. Manoux

J. P. Manoux

Dr. Dustin Crenshaw

Recurring Role

John Alyward

John Alyward

Dr. Donald Anspaugh

Recurring Role

Troy Evans

Troy Evans

Frank Martin

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Dr. Daria Wade: (to Felix) So, how long have you been a bioterrorist?

    • Banfield: He's got track marks all over his ankles. (looks witheringly at Sam) It's called a head-to-toe exam for a reason.

    • (from the elevator, Banfield curtly overides Morris's plan of where to put some of the evacuated patients)
      Morris: (with deep sarcasm, just as the elevator doors are closing) You just let me know when you need my help. I'm here for you.

    • Sam: (to Morris) One minute she's a raging bitch, the next she's Mother Teresa.

    • Frank: (handing a chart to Morris and Sam) Hey! See this guy, will you? He's been waiting five hours already. (he walks away)
      Morris: (pauses, and then loudly, with sarcasm) Oh, so sorry, Frank! We were eating bonbons in the bubble bath! Totally lost track of time!

    • Banfield: (to Daria) You're a doctor now. Try to look like one. (to Tracy) And on that note, three inch heels have no place in the hospital.

    • Brenner: Those are some shoes!
      Tracy: Oh, I always wear heels. Anything else hurts my feet.

    • (Banfield follows Morris to the lounge and continues an argument that began in the reception area)
      Banfield: Did you think that I was finished?
      Morris: (pause) You know what, lady? Shut up! (long pause) We have been through hell here the last few weeks, but somehow we're getting through it, and you know how? (voice rising) By showing up here every day and dedicating ourselves to this work. (shouting) You don't know us. You don't know this place. And the last thing we need is for some stranger to come in here and tell us how it's done.
      Banfield: (very softly) I know that you lost a friend (pause) and I'm sorry about that. But we will never have a conversation like this again. Understand?

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