I remember watching that first episode of ER. Like you, I gasped when Carol Hathaway was wheeled in. It’s the first time I recall a TV show dealing with the sharp end of suicide attempts on TV.
Hathaway was originally written as a one-episode guest star, but, so the story goes, the public liked her so much that they brought her back. She became the heart of the show, along with Carter, who started as a wet-behind-the-ears medical student.
So this week’s Marry, Shag, or Throw off a Cliff? edition focuses on characters from classic ER. The women I had a lot of trouble narrowing down; the show teems with awesome female characters. Chuny Marquez, Susan Lewis, Elizabeth Corday, Jeanie Boulet, and Haleh Adams allllmost made the cut, but here are your three finalists. Who would you marry, who would you shag, who would you cliff? (Also bear in mind we’re talking about the fictional characters here, not about the actors.)
Jing-Mei Chen, Carol Hathaway, or Kerry Weaver?
The blokes were easier to choose from. They were less diverse and overall less interesting, I believe – Romano and Benton never caught my eye. These three are all worth a look:
John Carter, Doug Ross, or Mark Greene?
For bonus points, who’s your current favourite ER character and why? Who do you love to hate? (Bear in mind that Australia is behind the USA when posting spoilers, please.)