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ER: Season 15 - Let It Snow (Review)

ER, Scott Grimes

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

INDIELONDON singles out notable episodes from our favourite television series for stand-alone reviews. On this occasion we’ve decided to take a look at each episode of the 15th and final season of ER. On this occasion, it’s the ninth episode, entitled Let It Snow.

What’s the story? Neela (Parminder Negra) must testify in court and defend her actions regarding a patient who died. Sarah and Alex defy Tony (John Stamos) and sneak off to a party, with dire consequences. A snowstorm strands Banfield (Angela Bassett) and Morris (Scott Grimes) at a Nebraska medical conference.

Why so good? Let It Snow was a classic example of how ER competently mixes laugh out loud comedy with high drama.

The comedy came courtesy of Scott Grimes’ Archie Morris and Angela Bassett’s Dr Banfield as they found themselves trapped by the weather at a Nebraska Medical Conference.

The drama came from Tony (John Stamos) and Sam Taggart (Linda Cardellini) as they dealt with the consequence of their respective children’s disobedience, which – in turn – resulted in dire medical consequences.

First, though, the funny stuff. Morris and Banfield made an excellent odd couple as they attempted to bond in the middle of a conference. Hilarity ensued as Morris attempted to make the best of a bad situation by taking over the mic and attempting to gee up his colleagues, before being outshone by a drunken Banfield.

Bassett’s letting go was surprising and extremely funny, particularly as she belted out a few rocky karaoke hits that reminded us of a previous film role, as Tina Turner, in What’s Love Got To Do With It. Grimes’ expression of disbelief was priceless.

Inevitably, the laughter gave way to tears, as Morris opened up about his late father, and Banfield revealed more about the heartache caused by the loss of her son, and a subsequent miscarriage. Their scenes were never mawkish, though, and even ended with another smile, as Banfield reluctantly let a beaming Morris share a room with her, so long as they told no one about their night once they returned to Chicago! Morris has never been one to keep a secret well, though, so who knows…

Now for the drama… Tony reluctantly agreed to let Sarah and Alex to attend a party on a snowy night in Chicago, which resulted in Alex being brought to the ER following a car crash.

The direction the episode took was a surprise, as we only knew that Alex had been involved in the accident at the same time as his shocked mother, Sam (Cardellini), who couldn’t believe it when she was forced to attend to her son.

To make matters worse, Alex’s passenger perished in the crash, and he wasn’t in a good shape. Sam took her anger out on Tony who, in turn, did his best to assist Alex’s recovery. But the tension between them remained throughout the episode, and contributed to some very heated exchanges that were really well played between the two of them.

It remains to be seen whether their fledgling relationship can survive the fallout, particularly as the episode drew to a cliffhanger ending with Alex crashing in the recovery room.

In typically strong ER fashion, though, you cared about the characters, while the mix of personal drama and medical action was seemless.

Let It Snow was another classic episode in a 15th and final season that looks set to go out on the highest of highs.

What did you think?

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