There are a lot of characters in this episode that are lost. A group of cheerleaders and a football player are lost in LSD. Chen samples their chocolates that is laced with LSD and becomes lost herself.
Benton treats an elderly lady who is lost in the past. She thinks she's pressing her husband's uniform back during WWI. Benton himself is lost in denial about his mother's condition.
Dr. Kayson is lost in love, after Susan saved his life.
Officer Grabarsky ran over a dog that is lost from his home, and rushes her to the ER. (The dog has special meaning for me, as he is a springer spaniel, the same dog I had when I was a kid.) Carter is lost in cleanliness, as he gave mouth to nose recesitation.
And the A story of the night, a little Russian girl is lost in our country, and lost in the system. She's dumped onto the ER, adopted by a woman who didn't know what she was getting into. This is one of the most heartbreaking patients in the history of ER, as she has aids and she cannot speak the language.
The most special moments of the episode is the scene where the dog (named bill) and the girl are lying next to each other. Two lost souls, who have temporarily found each other. They really needed each other, and it was a heartwarming moment, before we know the true depths of the girls condition.
Knowing the circumstances of the girl is one of the sadder moments of the series. They do an excellent job of showing just how ugly aids can be, and that it doesn't strike a certain kind of person. It can effect anybody.
Excellent use of the elderly lady, to help Benton start to go on the correct path of realization. He's not quite there yet, but he's on his way.
This is one of the year's best. Bravo.
Quote of the night:
Deb: You know they say the dog's mouth is the cleanest part of it's body.
Carter: What do they say about it's nose?