ER: The Complete Second Season
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ER: The Complete Second Season (Repackage/Viva)
ER kicked off its second season of high-intensity drama and wry humor by introducing a character who would turn out to be a long-term member of--and a major irritation for--the inner-city Chicago hospital staff. After Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) is promoted to attending physician, the door is open for a new chief resident, and in walks Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes), who wastes no time ruffling everyone's feathers with her strict managerial style and subtle putdowns. One of her prime targets, Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield), struggles to balance her personal and professional life when she has to take care of her abandoned infant niece. The Lewis character grows the most during the season, along with second-year student John Carter (Noah Wylie), whose natural compassion gives way to professional ambition following the model of his teacher, ambitious and self-absorbed Peter Benton (Eriq LaSalle). Benton angles for a position with a renowned cardiovascular surgeon (Ron Rifkin) and has to deal with the fallout from a relationship with physician's assistant Jeannie Boulet (Gloria Reubens), yet he also starts to show some glimmers of humanity.
Greene has his own problems trying to manage a long-distance marriage, while nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) bounces back from her aborted first-season marriage attempt to start a new relationship with paramedic Shep (Ron Eldard, who also became Margulies's real-life partner). She buys her first house and enjoys an entire season out of the companionship of Doug Ross (George Clooney), who as always runs into problems with his cowboy style and philandering ways. But just when he's finally driven himself out of the ER, he has to go play hero when he finds a boy pinned in a storm drain in an episode that was nominated for six Emmys and remains one of the, excuse the pun, high-water marks of the series. That and such episodes as "The Healers," which deals with the aftermath of Shep's daring fire rescue, prove that when ER was at its best, it was as good as anything on television.
Guest appearances include Lucy Liu as the mother of an AIDS-stricken boy, Red Buttons as an elderly husband, Joanna Gleason as an infomercial producer, and Jake Lloyd (Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace) as the son of a prostitute. DVD bonus features are a little lighter than on the first-season set, consisting of a commentary track (by co-executive producer Mimi Leder, editor Randy Jon Morgan, and Laura Innes) on the season's first episode and "The Healers," a nine-minute spotlight on "Hell and High Water," an 11-minute piece on the series' multiple directors, 14 minutes of outtakes, and a gag reel. --David Horiuchi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This happens in all 3 seasons for me, so be warned that you may not be able to watch some episodes.
The acting from every cast member is wonderful. Everyone works at their fullest in every episode. They offer their own sense of theme into the plot, which keeps everything more interesting. This season saw the introduction of Gloria Reuben as Jeanie Boulet and Laura Innes as Kerry Weaver (she didn't become an official cast member until the third season; Weaver was a minor character on the second season). Those who didn't watch "ER" at the time will have an opportunity to see all the original cast members in action: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Noah Wyle, Sherry Stringfield, and Eriq La Salle.
Beginning viewers of "ER" will get an opportunity to see Dr. Carter (Wyle) when he was still a medical student, Dr. Lewis (Stringfield) before she left for Phoenix, Dr. Boulet before she was diagnosed as HIV-positive, and Dr. Weaver before she realized she's a lesbian. This DVD set will give people an opportunity to see part of how the environment, the characters, and the plot became what it is now.Read more ›
#1 Welcome Back, Carter
Carter (Noah Wyle) is late for his first day back at County, where he is doing his surgical sub-internship under the direction of Peter Benton (Eriq LaSalle) once again. The highlight of Carter's day is fainting while trying to save a profusely bleeding patient. It's also Mark Greene's (Anthony Edwards) first day as an attending in the E.R. and he's swamped by his new responsibilities. He also has to decide who is going to replace him as chief resident, and finally decides to choose Kerry Weaver (the debut of Laura Innes), much to the dismay of Doug Ross (George Clooney), who has worked with her before. Mark also gets assigned the responsibility of dealing with four new med students, one of whom is Harper Tracey (Christine Elise), Carter's love-interest-to-be. We also discover that Benton and Jeanie Boulet (Gloria Reuben) have taken their relationship to the next level.
#2 Summer Run
Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) begins her paramedic rotation with paramedics Ray "Shep" Shephard (Ron Eldard) and Raul Melendez (Carlos Gomez). Chloe (Kathleen Wilhoite) comes by the hospital to drop off Baby Susie (Gianna Beleno) with Big Susie (Susan Lewis, portrayed by Sherry Stringfield) while she goes to business school. Susan later finds out that Chloe quit school without telling her because it was "too hard".
#3 Do One, Teach One, Kill One
Susan continues to spend her days with baby Susie on one shoulder and Kerry Weaver looking over the other.Read more ›
The second season starts with "Welcome Back Carter!" as Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) starts his internship in the ER. And as we know Carter, he comes unprepared and his first day is comic. The season goes out with a bang with "John Carter, M.D." as Dr. Carter misses his own graduation because he stayed at the hospital to watch over a patient. Dr. Susan Lewis (Sherry Springfield) takes responsibility for her niece Susie after Chloe, Susan's sister abandons her daughter. This puts a strain on Susan's work and creates tension with the other doctors. Another highlight is when Dr. Doug Ross' (the beautiful George CLooney) different treatment techniques threatens his fellowship. He then saves a child trapped in a drainage pipe filling with water during a storm. His fellowship is renewed and is presented with an award for his heroic actions. My favorite episode in this season is "A Shift in the Night". Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) is one of the very few attending doctors taking a shift at the E.R. He is overwhelemed by all the patients, and more coming every hour. The last ten minutes of the episode is classic. This season introduces Dr. Kerry Weaver, who annoys everybody. Guest stars include Lucy Liu and NBA superstar Scottie Pippin.
A new feature in this DVD is that it now includes subtitles and captioned for the hearing impaired. There are more special features too.
I am really looking forward to getting my hands on this DVD. Let me tell you, this show is so good, doctors and nurses don't like to watch is because it's just like going to work. Need I say more?
Most recent customer reviews
Watching ER give me pleasure it makes me relaxes after a hard day at work what else to but enjoy a great TV showPublished on Nov. 1 2013 by Valerie Archibald
I loved this series when it was aired on tv. Now I get to see it any time that I wantPublished on Jan. 29 2013 by Kathy Gabriel
I bought the first season and now the second...can't wait to watch it and will keep buying every season until I have it ALL!Published on Jan. 19 2013 by Sylvyie
Having been an ER nurse I am critical of most series that have to do with hospitals, medicine etc. I truly enjoy ER,the story lines and the unfolding characters. Read morePublished on March 21 2012 by charlie3