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ER: Season 5

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ER: The Complete Fifth Season (DVD)

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ER's fifth season was marked by the departure of one of the series' core characters and the entry of a new one. It opens with third-year medical student Lucy Knight (Kellie Martin) being introduced to the layout and members of the ER (we learn Maria Bello's character, Anna Del Amico, has left), which also serves as a shorthand way of introducing new viewers to the series. She makes a strong impression immediately and reminds John Carter (Noah Wyle) of himself, but before long the two find themselves at odds. Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) has to start over as an intern in order to stay at County General and in the U.S., and gradually ends her relationship with Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle), who learns that his son is deaf. Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes) tries for the position of full-time chief resident, but is beaten out by an East Coast hotshot, Amanda Lee (Mare Winningham), who turns out to have an interest in Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards). Greene starts to ride along with the paramedics, and Doug Ross (George Clooney) has settled down (finally) with nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies). He's still on probation from the risky detox procedure he used in the fourth season, but he seems to be on his best behavior until a mother (Valerie Mahaffey) brings in her ALD-stricken son. Ross breaks protocol again but this time threatens to bring down the whole ER with him in the season's high point, the climactic two-parter "Storm." Other cast members and guest stars include Penny Johnson (24) as a nurse practitioner who joins Hathaway's clinic, Djimon Honsou as a Nigerian custodian with a secret, Marlee Matlin as Benton's sign language teacher, and TV Tae-Bo instructor Billy Blanks as a Tae-Bo instructor who teaches Lucy how to deliver a good swift kick. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • 22 episodes on six discs
  • Outpatient outtakes: unaired scenes
  • Cutups: gag reel

Product Details

  • Actors: Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Anthony Edwards, Eriq Lasalle, George Clooney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 976 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F7CMQS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "ER: Season 5" on IMDb

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By Joshua Spaulding on August 4, 2006
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Season five was a season of comings and goings in the venerable Thursday night NBC drama. Despite the second major cast member checking out in two years, the show continued to be strong and the foundations of one relationship that would continue on for a number of years was set in place at the end of season five.

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.
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It's finally here! The complete fifth season of ER is coming to dvd! Season five is one of the most intense seasons of ER period! Kellie Martin joins the cast as Carter's med student, Lucy Knight. Also, Doug Ross (Georege Clooney) leaves the show in a riveting two parter. Jeanie's condition worsens, Benton realizes his son is deaf, and at the end of the season, Hathaway finds out she is carrying twins. That is just the tip of the iceberg of what happens in ER: SEASON 5
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:

Anthony Edwards
George Clooney
Noah Wyle
Julianna Margulies
Gloria Rueben
Laura Innes
Alex Kingston
Kellie Martin
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Eriq La Salle

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.
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It's a good season worth owning. I assume you already know this if you are reading this. The DVD set is presented with good sound, picture quality etc.....however....

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.
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We get a taste, in this season, of how durable the ER show premise is, and how it can survive the loss of major roles. George Clooney bows out of the show in the middle of this season. This is a highly realistic eventuality, since his character, Dr. Ross, has been on thin ice since season one.

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.
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