30 Days of ER: Day 15: Most Underrated Episode
Honestly, this is one of my favorite episodes and I never hear anyone talk about it. Everyone talks about Be Still My Heart/All in the Family, Bloodlines, The Letter/On the Beach, but this season 2 oldie is way too underrated: A Shift in the Night :)
I mean, come on, how can you not love it? Mark is going crazy on his fourth graveyard and just takes everyone and a crap load of supplies and goes running through the waiting room, not even working up every patient. And this is after the car accident victims outside, the other good traumas of the night, and the consistent nagging of Ruth Huggins. I haven’t watched this episode in at least 3-4 months and I still remember this woman’s name lol Her and her son who cut his hand dinner time and wasn’t seen until 2 am when they couldn’t close the wound because the risk of infection was too high after hours of being open. So this was just a fabulous episode- there is no disputing it. And there’s not much more that needs to be said is there? And I just love the scene where Mark screams at Peter as he goes into the elevator with the MVA trauma kid.
*Appreciate the fact that the picture is of Doug and his whiplash at the beginning of the episode when Mark steals his shoes :3
30 Days of ER: Day 2: Favorite Episode
Oh my god this is one of the hardest things ever. But just to point this out first, this is my 100th post on this blog, so I’m excited :D Okay so my top four episodes that come to mind are Blizzard (season 1), A Shift in the Night (season 2), Orion in the Sky (season 8), and Chaos Theory (season 9). Reasons:
Blizzard: Blizzard was from season one, and honestly, it makes me so happy every time. It is so true to the show. One minute things are quiet and everyone is having a nice time, the next everyone is gowned up and getting ready for the mass casualty alert. It is the perfect episode to have in the first season of a show to begin with, it shows what they’re really all about. It frames perfectly what goes on in the ER and the vital role every single one of the people there plays.
A Shift in the Night: Every time I need a go-to episode, it’s this one. It’s a great Mark Greene episode. He’s worked graveyard I think it was three nights in a row and he comes in for his fourth. And he was just so sick and tired of routine, he went a little nuts and had some fun in the waiting room. It shows what medicine is about, and it’s just so cute and touching and fun. Carter’s line at the end really tells what the great thing about that episode is: “That’s what I thought it would be like, really helping people. At least that’s what I thought it was supposed to be.” And Mark’s “That is what it’s supposed to be.” Was just part of a perfect ending to a perfect episode.
Orion in the Sky: The reasoning behind why I love this episode is simple, it is a beautiful last shift for Mark. It is heart warming to watch as Mark goes through his last shift in the ER, and does rounds with Carter at the very end. He salutes to Al, his homeless friend, he fixes the girl’s ligament, makes a good basketball shot, and passes the torch to Carter. It’s perfect. “You set the tone.” makes it’s comeback once again in this episode.
Chaos Theory: This episode is only one of my favorites because it is hilarious. It’s one of those non-typical, comic relief episodes. There’s no tragic patient death, or even staff death, there’s just everyone hanging out in the ER for 2 weeks with nothing to do. I think I also like it because I always try to imagine what I would do in that situation. Probably end up putting like 4 IV’s in me just out of boredom. Or putting a foley in Pratt in the middle of the night >:D