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Season 6 Episode 2

Last Rites

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 07, 1999 on NBC
8.7
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Returning from his mother's funeral, Mark clashes with Kerry over the treatment of a teenager who rescinded her DNR. A new second year resident that likes to be called "Dr. Dave" clashes with almost everybody, from the surgical department to the paramedics. Romano promotes Corday to Associate Chief of Surgery. Jeanie decides to marry Reggie after her adoption plans fall through. Carol and Luka treat a dying woman who wants to see a priest. Peter and Carla meet with a psychologist about Reese.moreless

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  • Quietly Powerful

    9.5
    This episode demonstrates why I love the character of Dr. Mark Greene and Anthony Edwards' portrayal of him. In this episode, he isn't really involved in the "flashier" high drama rescue with Carter and Malucci, but rather the quiet and slow death of a cancer patient with a DNR. While there is some inherent drama with the upset father, the most poignant scenes, in my opinion, occur when Dr. Greene is sitting alone with the cancer patient in the trauma room when she begs him to help her even though she has signed a DNR. Edwards is able to portray a mixture of professional bedside manner and empathy in this scene better than any other fictional doctor I have seen on TV. As a patient who has seen their fair share of doctors, I find Edwards' tone in that scene to be so spot on and believable that it's almost frightening. I also couldn't help but love Dr. Greene's, "Shut up, Kerry!" line. Awesome.

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  • A dying girl with DNR and she wants to change it. Greene goes with it... but...

    9.3
    Greene is getting a dying cancer patient who has DNR. While her father is calling a mother, the girl tells Greene to cancel DNR. So, he puts him to elevator but father gets so mad. That rise tensions between Greene and Weaver. On the second main case, it seems that there is old lady from caring home. She is dying and first she does not want priest but then she wants and Carol cannot get one. So Luca comes in, and plays a priest.



    This episode has one of the most stylish ending - the way they switch between Greene who tries to resuscitated that cancer patient and then Kovac giving that blessing. It was beautiful.



    And the last scenes between Carla and Benton. Promising...moreless
  • Mark is such a wonderful character and his behaviour with his father stands out in this epi for me.

    9.2
    Mark is with his Father, following his Mother’s death. They effect some kind of reconciliation. Mark then returns to the ER, but is deeply affected by the change in his life. This shows in contrast to Kerry, who as the new Chief is being very brash. When it comes to the reversal of a DNR, heard only by Mark, he threatens to quit if she overrides him. He also reminds her of her comment, ‘it is only in name’ that she is Chief, as she is clearly bossing him around.



    Romano springs the job of Associate Chief of Surgery on Elizabeth, to ensure she stays. However much this annoys her it flatters too and is an excellent opportunity, so he gets his way – when doesn’t he?!



    Malucci, or Doctor Dave appears in this epi, and is clearly the clown on the show. He doesn’t impress anyone with his antics. Indeed his ‘heroic’ save of a construction worker gets him and Carter into trouble.



    Carol misunderstands a dying woman and then cannot get hold of a priest for her as she dies. Luka steps in and gives the woman a blessing as she dies. Again his first concern is the patient, not propriety.



    This episode moves on other stories too, but they don’t resolve, yet…

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Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Dr. Elizabeth Corday

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Dr. Mark Greene

Eriq La Salle

Eriq La Salle

Dr. Peter Benton

Gloria Reuben

Gloria Reuben

P.A. Jeanie Boulet

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Dr. Luka Kovac

Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies

Nurse Carol Hathaway

Jeff Cahill

Jeff Cahill

Tony Fig

Guest Star

Bertila Damas

Bertila Damas

Deborah Wexler

Guest Star

Michael Harney

Michael Harney

Mr. Stehly

Guest Star

Rebecca De Mornay

Rebecca De Mornay

Elaine Nichols

Recurring Role

Ellen Crawford

Ellen Crawford

Lydia

Recurring Role

Yvette Freeman

Yvette Freeman

Haleh

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Malucci: Hey, Jackie Joyner. Nice spandex.
      Cleo: Get a life...

    • (discussing his blessing of a dying woman)
      Carol: So, how did you know what to say?
      Luka: I faked it. You know, a little bit of Latin, a little bit of Croatian.
      Carol: You faked it well.

    • Romano: Much as you may view me as a loathsome little toad, I know you're pragmatic and, more predictably, your ambitious nature will prevail. You'll leapfrog five or six years.
      Corday: I don't view you as a loathsome toad, Robert.
      Romano: Well, I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that, Elizabeth.

    • Lucy: Dr. Dave, how much should I lower his O2?
      Malucci: Oh, I don't know. Crank it down. If he turns blue, crank it up.
      Lucy: You're kidding, right?
      Malucci: No. Purple ain't good.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Though spelled correctly when he is listed as the series creator in the opening credits, Michael Crichton's last name is incorrectly spelled "Chrichton" when he is listed with the other executive producers in the end credits of this episode. This mistake was repeated in most of the Season 4 episodes and in all of the Season 6 episodes.

    • Erik Palladino makes his first appearance as Dr. Dave Malucci in this episode. He would join the main cast as a series regular five episodes later in "Humpty Dumpty."

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The "faked blessing" Luka gives to the dying woman is actually the Act of Contrition, said at the conclusion of the Roman Catholic rite of confession. As Croatia is roughly 85% Roman Catholic, it is a prayer Luka would know well. In the absence of a priest, any Catholic may give last rites to a dying person.

    • Malucci: (to Cleo) Hey, Jackie Joyner. Nice spandex.
      Jackie Joyner-Kersee has long been considered one of America's elite women athletes. In her heyday she ranked among the all-time greatest in heptathlon as well as the long jump. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals over four consecutive Olympic Games (1984-1996).

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