The River

Season 1 Episode 6

Doctor Emmet Cole

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 06, 2012 on ABC
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Episode Summary

At the Sahte Falls, the crew of the Magus find footage showing that Dr. Cole's mental condition was deteriorating as he grew ever closer to the Source. Meanwhile, Lena confesses a secret to one of her crewmates.

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  • Nobody else had issues with this episode?

    I have had an issue with the number of cameras on this show since the beginning, even when two people are in a hallway talking there are 3 camera angles. If this is supposed to be convincing, lets keep the "found footage" to single camera or even off camera discussions. There is absolutely NO WAY every conversation would have been shot by 3 or 4 cameras.

    Then this episode completely lost me. They were supposedly out in the jungle for days, how many batteries did they bring? And what's up with the "school girl crush" confession? Why would she say that when a camera is pointing right at her? Dumb.

    The first cameraman gets skinned, they still had two camera angles, even when hiding in the tree they had two camera shots, amazing. The second camera gal takes off, and Emmet continues to record, still not out of batteries! He passes out, still rolling, still on battery power. The local primitives pick him up, and they keep filming! Keep in mind that the native amazon folk probably have no idea what a video camera is, but the whole this is caught on camera, with 2 angles! I guess the native amazonians were born to be cinematographers.

    If this is supposed to be found footage of a reality type show, they could have done a better job at it. Lets get real here.moreless
  • Good episode BUT

    What really bothered me about this episode is that they found all the tape in a bag near the waterfalls then they watched it and saw that Emmet was left to a post. And when they got there he wasnt there. Big suprise!!! Of course he wasnt there otherwise how would you explain his videos on the bag in the waterfall?!!! Doesnt make sense. It was obvious that the last place they can be 100% sure that he was is the waterfalls. Am I missing something?moreless
  • Doctor Emmet Cole

    Doctor Emmet Cole was a great episode of The River and I enjoyed watching because the story was suspenseful and intriguing though I found the over all result a bit disappointing. I did like the story and everything but I feel that there could have been more shown. I like the plot twist and character development shown thus far but this episode seemed to end too quickly. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode of The River!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Whistle While You Work

    First and foremost: I don't get why people get so worked up about the dog. We've not seen it before, as far as I remember, so there's no basis behind saying the characters consider the dog a best friend. Obviously Emmet is emotionally invested in the dog and that's okay, but when it's starve to death or not, you're going to pick not when there's a ready food source - ESPECIALLY when you can magically make fire appear in your hands.

    Also, to continue my gripe, leaf monster. Really? C'mon, you can do better than that guys. Lost hasn't even been off the air five years. Give it some breathing room.

    After last week, this episode struggled to feel weak. I enjoyed the "flashback" qualities, the concrete evidence that the crew is on the right track and that they've confirmed he hasn't died (on camera at least). I'd really like to have them come across Rabbit... deserter b*tch. It was nice to have what amounted to a break of the regular characters, even if the new ones were throw-aways. Emmet really felt humanized after this episode; he went from prick to regular guy to prick to desperate guy. Not sure how I feel about him, though.

    I see the good and bad elements to this episode. I do feel slightly more invested in the show now, but perhaps that's the hope that comes with renewed belief/evidence that Emmet's still alive and that this expedition has a point. It had to hit rock bottom to truly turn around; I think that's why Lena revealed she set off the beacon. We'll see how it goes from here. Really looking forward to the change of scenery we're sure to have in the next episode.moreless
  • Good Episode

    Better than usual but I kept getting annoyed by the random cameras in random locations which has plagued The River since it began. I enjoyed the story line though especially the part where he DIDN'T eat the dog and the ending made me really excited for next week.
Lee Tergesen

Lee Tergesen

Russ Landry

Guest Star

Jose Pablo Cantillo

Jose Pablo Cantillo

Manny Centeno

Guest Star

Katie Featherston

Katie Featherston

Rosetta "Rabbit" Fischer

Guest Star

Scott Michael Foster

Scott Michael Foster

Jonas Beckett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Russ: I gave up my life for your dreams!
      Emmet: I'm going. I'm going. You want to see something extraordinary, come with me. If not, I understand.

    • Emmet: In the Boiúna, the line that we thought existed between life and death--it blurs. You think of the things that we've seen. Ghosts and the spirits and magic--souls insisting on life when they should be gone. What if everything we've seen--what if it all comes... from one... Source?

    • Lena: Can I trust you?
      Jonas: Me? Sure. I mean, I can't vouch for the six cameras looking at us right now...

    • Emmet: No, these cameras--they gave me a second shot at life. Made the world our family.
      Rabbit: There's magic out there.
      Emmet: Oh. There sure as hell was.

    • Emmet: There's life, death... but out here, there's that third option. And what if that death was never meant to be final. What it's more like a window. Except that that window is open out here.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Emmet: "Till a voice, as bad as Conscience, rang interminable changes..."

      Emmet quotes from Rudyard Kipling's 1898 poem "The Explorer." it describes an adventurer's divinely-inspired quest, going where no man has gone before.

    • Manny: It was--it was cute in Lion King.
      Referencing the 1994 Disney animated movie, the 32nd feature in the Disney Animated series. The film chronicles the adventures of Simba, who leaves his pride of lions when he believes that he is responsible for his father's death. he meets Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog, who prefer to eat insects rather than fresh meat.