ER

Season 2 Episode 7

Hell and High Water

2
Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Nov 09, 1995 on NBC
9.0
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Doug decides to leave County and accepts a well-paying position in a private pediatric practice. While on his way to a fundraiser after his last ER shift, he gets a flat tire during a torrential downpour. A young boy finds him in his disabled car and asks him to rescue his 12-year-old brother, trapped in a nearby flooded culvert. Doug is able to get the boy out, but must improvise further in order to keep him alive. Back at County, Benton, Carter, and Harper work hard to save a young hit-and-run victim whose bickering parents further complicate the situation.moreless

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  • A classic, but...

    8.0
    As one of most-watched ER episodes [48 million] of all-time, there is no denying that it is a classic that really put George Clooney on the map. Yet, like many of ER's event episodes, I find it a bit cheesy and cliched. The characterization of Dr. Ross as the doctor who goes above and beyond (rules be damned) to save a child is definitely on point, but the plot itself feels a bit too Lassie-esque. The addition of the news helicopter with live coverage of the rescue also seems a bit over the top and a departure from the more realistic roots of the early seasons. (Yes, the media can be crass, but I had to lovingly roll my eyes at the notion that a news org would broadcast images of a child flatlining. That is an ethical line that most would never cross, in my opinion.



    Wet George Clooney certainly doesn't hurt this episode, though.moreless
  • Defenetly one of the best episodes

    10
    This episode defenetly the one episode that remind me why I love this show. Dramatic, lot of excitement and some thrilling changes.



    As I have never seen season 1, so, this episodes is really the first time to get deeper look into Ross char and the tragic inside him. The situation he is put, is well chosen. And the second story - little girl - a really moving too. But it was really clear, somehow, that the girl will die and the boy will survive so that Ross could stay. Despite not so cleverly hidden plots, really enjoyable and superb episode.moreless
  • In this explosive episode Doug Ross caught in a flood, gets told by a kid that his brother is trapped inside a ditch. Now it's up to Doug Ross to save the kids life and save his own as the flood grows stronger.moreless

    10
    The episode that probably launched George Clooney on the map. The episode continues where the last one left off, with Doug Ross life in disarray. After sleeping with Carter's girlfriend and getting losing his contract as an ER doctor, Doug Ross is nothing but a Doctor without a job. In the middle of a storm as Doug Ross is about to smoke marijuana a boy hits his car door telling him that his brother is caught in a ditch between a strong metal post. So Doug Ross immediately tells the kid to call the police and goes to save his brother. Despite his best efforts to make sure the kid doesn't fall asleep (Since there is a set of metal bars in between them), Doug Ross soon runs out luck as the flood erupts and destroys the ditch and metal post. The next scene is Doug Ross carrying the unconscious boy and administrating CPR to revive him as a News Crew and ambulance arrive. Using his sound judgment Ross advises the crew to go to the ER and instead of taking the ambulance takes the News Helicopter to deliver the boy in time for the Doctors to operate and save his life. So the last shot is obviously good for Ross, he just saved a life and is now a news hero as he and Mark Greene leave the ER to a crowd of News Reporters. The episode like "Love's Lost Labor" showcased Clooney's great acting ability and are one of his best highlight episodes. He should have won an Emmy Award for his role as Ross and this episode signifies everything the show lost after he left in the 5th season. Though it is still one of the best ER episodes of all time.moreless
  • To this date this is still my number one favorite episode of ER.

    10
    Whenever this episode is on in reruns I watch it (and not just because George Clooney is focused on a lot in this episode). I love this episode for many reasons - the main one being how Clooney's character, Dr. Doug Ross, was always made out to be the bad boy doctor but in this episode it shows that no matter how much he bends or breaks the rules in the end he's all about saving people's lives. He risked his own safety to save a little boy during a terrible storm. A great episode!moreless
  • Doug Ross is on his way to dinner in a storm when a boy stops him and screams his brother needs help doug struggles to rescue the boy in a water drain and takes him to county in a tv chopper with live coverage of him on tv trying to save the boymoreless

    10
    this was one of the best episodes of ER it was exciting and really made you get into the story. George clooney was fantastic he never ceases to amaze me he is a brilliant actor and he pulled this episode through and made it a memorable one that i cant stop watching
Robert Cicchini

Robert Cicchini

Unknown

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Luis Avalos

Luis Avalos

Clinic Boss

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Ellen Albertini Dow

Ellen Albertini Dow

Mrs. Riblet

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Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi

Jerry

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Andrea Parker

Andrea Parker

Linda Farrell

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Conni Marie Brazelton

Conni Marie Brazelton

Conni

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