Great Television

Brian’s comment convinced me that what Mike and I were talking about last night should be the topic of a blog post. So, thank you, Brian.

Last night I was goofing off and I noticed that the girl (she’s older than I am, why do I call her a girl?) who plays Paris on the Gilmore Girls was on ER for a few episodes. Now, ER used to be my favorite show, but I couldn’t remember her character, so I checked some of the recaps on TwoP to see if I could remember her.

People! She played the wife of the crazy guy who stabbed Carter (my former television boyfriend) and killed Lucy!

That was some unforgettable television. Here’s a quick recap for those of you who aren’t familiar with the show. At the end of one episode, Carter walked into a patient’s room. The patient comes up behind him and stabs him. He falls to the floor and sees Lucy, who has already been stabbed and is lying in a pool of blood. The patient runs away to do goodness knows what. The episode ends.

I don’t think it’s possible for me to convey to you how incredibly disturbing and frightening I found that scene. Let me just say this: I had to sleep with the lights on for a couple of weeks. No lie.

The next episode featured the hospital trying to save two of its own. They even cracked Lucy’s chest open, but she didn’t make it. I can’t tell you much more about the episode, because after they cracked her chest open, I spent most of the rest of the episode covering my face with a blanket. It was really memorable television (when I could bring myself to watch the screen). Just thinking about it yesterday made me want to sleep with the lights on.

Most of my “really memorable television” moments come from sports. Laettner’s last-second shot over Kentucky. The Braves win the National League over the Pirates in the ninth inning. Chris Webber calls a timeout he doesn’t have. Michael Jordan plays with the flu (and scores 38 points). That crazy insane triple-overtime game in Cameron. It’s rare that a scripted TV show can bring that kind of emotion.

It makes me sad that I don’t follow ER anymore. I loved that show (and my television boyfriend). I gave up on it after Romano’s arm got cut off by the helicopter and Carter and Abby couldn’t make it work and Mark died and everyone was so darn unhappy all the time. I miss the glory days of ER, when I cared about the characters and I watched it faithfully every week with my friends. It was good community, and usually good (sometimes great) television.

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  1. I still watch ER with great loyalty (big shock :)). But YOU thought Lucy’s murder was scary? Try being a med student going into the unknown of patient’s rooms ALL THE TIME!!! 😯

    Posted 8/18/2004 at | Permalink
  2. This isn’t quite like being in the newspaper or on the news, but getting quoted is still nice. Thanks, Kari. Unlike ER, you haven’t jumped the shark.

    Posted 8/18/2004 at | Permalink
  3. i too used to watch ER religiously. i used to set a tape for friends, seinfeld, and ER when i’d go off to FCA on thursday nights. i also quit watching it when it got so depressing. romano’s arm getting cut off was the last straw. i think that’s the last episode i remember watching all the way through. i have tried since, but i have no idea about any of the characters anymore. i did watch most of one where they thought small pox had gotten out, but that’s the last one i remember.

    my most memorable tv moments are mostly sports too….webber’s phantom timeout, the titans coming 2 yards from winning the super bowl, clemson beating kentucky in ’96, the 40+ foul game where clemson only finished with 4 players, LSU winning the sugar bowl last year….but i also remember shows…the last cosby show, the last seinfeld, and definitely the last friends.

    you have the coolest posts sometimes because they bring back good memories. πŸ™‚

    Posted 8/18/2004 at | Permalink
  4. The last M*A*S*H is the first episode that I thought really *mattered*. Of course, since I was only 9 it really means it was an episode my parents thought really mattered. Growing up the shows I remember resonating the most are (in no particular order) The Cosby Show, The Simpsons, Saved by the Bell, Dukes of Hazzard, KNIGHT Rider, Manimal (where’s the DVD on that one?), and the reruns of Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver. But the all-time, hands-down, most-resonant shows for me growing up were Growing Pains and Doogie Howser, MD. Hook me up with those DVDs and I’m a happy man.

    Posted 8/18/2004 at | Permalink
  5. is it possible for anyone in our age bracket to not be able to name all of the cosby children’s names on the show? seriously, i don’t think i’ll ever forget them. i’ll be on my deathbed going “sondra, denise, theo, vanessa, and RUDY!” πŸ˜†

    Posted 8/19/2004 at | Permalink
  6. Cosby was good through Sondra and Elvin, Denise going berserk, Theo growing up, and even Vanessa getting older. But when Rudy got older, when they brought in Raven Simone to have another little kid (she’s the Cousin Oliver of the Cosby Show), when Denise came back with some guy (was Raven Simone his daughter? I’ve blocked it from my memory), etc. then the show was gone. But Cosby did have a decent spinoff (“A Different World”), though it only lasted a couple years. The king of spinoffs, obviously, is Frazier. A decade or so of Cheers followed by a decade or so of Frazier. I don’t think “Joey” will have quite the same staying power. πŸ™‚

    Posted 8/19/2004 at | Permalink
  7. Kari

    I agree with you, Brian. You could tell that Cosby jumped the shark after they kept bringing in little kids. But The Cosby Show is still my favorite show of all time. πŸ™‚

    Posted 8/19/2004 at | Permalink
  8. i must admit, i have enjoyed the couple of commercials i’ve seen for “joey”. over the past three or four years, he became my favorite character. i’ll give it a shot.

    i can’t say cosby jumped the shark when martin and olivia came into the picture. it really got bad when cousin pam came into the picture to bring another teenager in. THAT was bad! 😑

    Posted 8/19/2004 at | Permalink
  9. Kari

    I forgot about Cousin Pam. It’s not just Olivia who bugged me, though. Then Sondra and Elvin moved back in with the twins. Too many kids.

    Posted 8/19/2004 at | Permalink
  10. Rose

    When I was a kid, I used to LOVE watching the cosby show and the Facts of Life. I didn’t really like “a different world” since I thought that jasmine(?) was a really snotty black girl.

    When I got to college at uncg I adored Friends and Frasier and ER. I still watch ER but it isn’t the same with all the new characters or the new romances.

    Fun Fact: the guy who killed lucy on ER is the same guy who was the resident “geek” in the movie “10 things I hate about you” starring julia stiles.

    Posted 8/19/2004 at | Permalink
  11. Ok, I used to love you… but not anymore since you mentioned the “D” word. I’m a Kentucky Wildcat!

    (Just kidding. πŸ™‚ But how about all the times Kentucky has beaten other teams?? Because it’s been more than any other stinking old team!)

    Posted 12/16/2010 at | Permalink

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