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ER: Sea Change

by Richard Keller, posted May 11th 2007 9:41AM

Stanley Tucci(S13E22) And now, please welcome Stanley Tucci to the cast of ER. As we reported to you back in March, Tucci was cast as Dr. Kevin Moretti, an ICU clinical director who becomes the new ER chief of staff after Luka Kovac decides to step down (due to the fact that Goran Visnjic , who portrays Kovac, is leaving the show). Moretti officially takes over the ER next week. In this week's episode we get to meet the man and find out a little about him.

Let's analyze Kevin Moretti for a bit, shall we?

At first glance Moretti seems like any other big-headed git that doesn't work in the ER. He's brash, condescending, and a bit conceited. One could especially get this after his encounters with Dr. Pratt. After a few minutes of those two going back-and-forth an impression can be built that this guy is going to be a pain-in-the-ass.

Yet, as the episode wore on we saw that this was only one side of Moretti. Seeing him in his element as ICU specialist, Moretti is sensitive, caring, and actually quite passionate about what he does. He's also apparently brilliant. I guess that's because he can quote Einstein and rattle off the first time that a blood pressure was tested. Hey, I can quote entire episodes of The Simpsons and that don't make me a rocket scientist.

The biggest feature one can see about Moretti is that he's an agent of change. If you listen to him throughout the episode you can hear snippets of him talking about Kovac as 'the old guard', and how Pratt can change things down in the ER so that patients aren't getting sicker by siting for hours in the waiting room, and how he's tired of seeing people die and wants to do something about it. From this one can already tell that Moretti is going to be a different ER chief than the power-hungry Weaver or the, for lack of a better word, ambivalent Kovac. Look for a lot of tension amongst our favorite staff members in next week's season finale and next season.

Other than the introduction Dr. Moretti, this episode seemed rather flat. I guess you could chalk that up to coming down from last week's really fine episode. It just seemed like a placeholder in preparation for next week's finale. There was nothing that really popped out at me. Even this week's patient storylines lacked the emotional drama of previous times. That's probably because I've seen ER patients go from slightly sick to near death several dozen times and had a patient's partner/friend/co-worker lie about abusing them a dozen more times.

What really bothered me was that little plot between Samantha and the new intern. I didn't realize it until this week, but Sam was making out with the guy during Luka and Abby's wedding last week. Now, all of a sudden, he's introducing her to his parents and setting up dinners. Isn't this something you'd see in a sitcom rather than a medical drama? It was better left out.

The only bright spot was Morris and Hope's storyline. I may be imagining things, but has Hope gotten sexier over the season? Perhaps her relationship with Archie opened her up a bit. And, Hope is definitely good for Morris, who continues to show different layers of his personality. This is probably the character's best season yet. By the way, I think they make a cute couple together.

A rating of 5 for this week's ERAll rightee, then! Next week is the finale of season 13. It looks like no one gets shot, but there will be some cliffhangers and we'll find out what happened to Ray (and if he's coming back next season). Plus, it may or may not be the last time we see Luka. So, please tune in. In the meantime, on a scale from one to seven, where one is worst, I give this week's episode of ER a rating of 5.

(ER - S13E22) How do you rate this episode?
1 - Worst5 (5.0%)
21 (1.0%)
37 (6.9%)
419 (18.8%)
526 (25.7%)
626 (25.7%)
7 - Best17 (16.8%)

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I missed last weeks epsiode, "sea change". Does anyone know where I can download it so I can watch it?

May 17 2007 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Tucci is really an interesting character who can add a lot of "layers" to ER. I cannot believe that Luka andAbby will be leaving; however Morris and Hope are a cute pair. I still think ER has a lot of life in it!

May 17 2007 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love Tucci, have been ever since Murder One. That man oozes brilliance in his performances. I already like his character and it's a bonus that he's putting the screws to Pratt.

As for Busy Phillips (Hope) she's been hot since Freaks & Geeks. That bathtub scene is the stuff made of fantasy. Wow.

May 12 2007 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bringing in Tucci makes me think ER isn't ready to go just yet. I think change would be good for ER after 13 seasons. It has some great characters but every show can use in a punch in the arm once in a while.

May 11 2007 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joel Keller

Does it seem to you folks that they just took Tucci's character from "3 Lbs.," made him a touch more likeable, and transferred him to "ER"?

Anyway, from what I've been hearing, "ER" is going to be getting a two-season pick-up next week (yes, folks, *two* more years... that brings it to season 15), so we'll be seeing a lot of Mr. Tucci.

May 11 2007 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think they are setting up (possibly) for the end of the ER with last night's episode. If next season is the end (I hope not, I think ER is better than Gray's Anatomy, and they constantly reinvent the show -- even more of a chance with Luka and Abby leaving next year), but the constant chirping by Stanley Tucci's character in front of the dying patient's husband about the malpractice that took place leading to his wife being on death's door... I can see them have that guy sue the hospital and force it to close either due to money issues or because of incompetance.
Or it could become nothing, if they extend the show.

Just some food for thought.

May 11 2007 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I liked Tucci's character, and I'm so glad he's joining ER. It really gives me hope that next will be ok since Visnjic is leaving.

I love Hope and Morris together. They're just so darn cute!

May 11 2007 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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