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Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) and Doug Ross (George Clooney) haven't always agreed on the way they practice medicine or how to deal with authorities, but they are both great doctors and despite their differences, are also pretty good friends. Season five sees Greene trying to walk the fine line of friend and manager as he copes to deal with Ross' basic disregard for authority. The pediatrician finally goes over the line with one terminally sick boy, breaking every protocal, which eventually leads to his departure from the Cook County General emergency department.
Clooney was quickly becoming a big star on the big screen and a burgeoning movie career was pulling him away from his weekly television series, so when the time came to go, he left. This was a pretty big blow to the cast, the second original member to leave in two years (Sherry Stringfield's Dr. Susan Lewis left in season three), but as has been the case, the show continued on with great additions to the cast to take the place of Clooney.
Before he left though, Clooney fought for and got a pediatric ER approved, with himself as the attending. His relationship with nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) continued to grow stronger, as the two planned their future together. As the season drew to a close, Hathaway discovered she was pregnant with his twins, but when she told him the news, he couldn't return, leaving her to face the pregnancy alone.Read more ›
This is a must for any fan. Also, I would like to correct a careless mistake made by amazon.com
The cast members they have listed at the top of the page are not in this season, most of them didn't even come in until the ninth or tenth season. The entire fifth season cast is:
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As for the cast members listed at the top of the page, here are the seasons they came in:
Goran Visnjic: season 6
Maura Tierney: season 6
Mekhi Phifer: season 9, recurring previously in season 8
Parminder Nagra: season 10
Linda Cardellini: season 10
There have been many other cast members on the show since season five, but these are the ones mistakenly listed by amazon as being on the fifth season. This season won at least one emmy, if not more, and earned even more nominations including one for Noah Wyle. Patient story lines include an a man who has strapped a bomb to himself, a girl who needs a transfusion of a rare blood type, a man dressed as an elf who has a heart arrythmia, a school bus accident, a shot stripper and a DUI victim.Read more ›
I was really disappointed to see that Warner Bros. cheaped out on the English subtitles this time around. Seasons 2-4 were awesome to watch with the subtitles for the hard of hearing, as it really helped with the comprehension of all the medical jargon that was being spewed out at 100 miles an hour. As a medical professional myself, I got a lot out of this "special" feature. My fiancee, who is NOT a medical professional, found that she was able to get a lot more out of the show by watching the subtitles as well. It definitely helps a viewer appreciate the complexity of the show's writing.
The show is still great. However, it is inexplicable why we had to wait 7 months for this DVD set to come out when they obviously didn't put as much work into it as the previous sets (ie. they didn't want to pay someone to transcribe the scripts and sync subtitles). This is especially irksome considering that season 5 has been available on DVD in the UK for quite a long while now. I had just assumed Warner Bros. was spending the extra time and cash to do the job right for North America. I was wrong.
Meanwhile, Paul McCrane as Dr. Robert Romano takes a bigger role, and the more plots circle around the relations between Romano, Benton, and Elizabeth Cordray (Alex Kingston).
John Carter (and all other interns, residents, and attendings) continues to advance, as the timeline of the show (unlike the long running M*A*S*H, which outlasted the Korean war four times over.) matches real time. It's hard to cite what is good about this season, compared to others, without giving away some plot points. But it seems fair to say that Carter, after going through a rocky two years as Benton's intern / slave, he does not seem to have learned anything on how to give good guidance to an intern himself.
I miss Mariska Hargitay's playing the love interest for Dr. Greene. I also miss William H. Macy (although his leaving creates room for Dr. Romano's antics.) I miss CCH Pounder as an experienced surgeon. This is only partly made up by softening the role of John Aylward as Dr. Donald Anspaugh. The role of the abrasive character is quite adequately taken over by Dr. Romano (TV Guide has him on the list of most loathed characters on a TV show.) But, Jorja Fox is here, playing about the same character she be on "The West Wing" and which she would take up on CSI.
This is the fifth season of ER I have reviewed, and I have not once mentioned the phenomenal job done by the director and camera crews on a minute by minute basis in the Emergency ward itself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ER is one of my favorite TV shows. I love to watch this at home when nothing else is on to watch. The outtakes are also a lot of fun to watch also.Published 1 month ago by MayaGirl
All the medical drama of the first two great seasons, but with the starts of the 'second era' of the ER cast, including people you can love and hate.Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Robert Kadjeski