ER: Season 10, Episode 8

Freefall (20 Nov. 2003)

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On Thanksgiving Day, a helicopter crash outside the ER leaves several injured, and kills Dr. Romano. Alex tries to bring Sam and Luka together.


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On Thanksgiving Day, a helicopter crash outside the ER leaves several injured, and kills Dr. Romano. Alex tries to bring Sam and Luka together.

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This episode is Paul McCrane's final appearance as a main cast member. He returned for a guest appearance in 2008. See more »


Dr. Elizabeth Corday: Is he squeamish?
Dr. Gregory Pratt: No, just stupid.
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When Karma Can Be A Killer
15 October 2006 | by (East Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

Dr. Robert Romano.He was the doctor that you wanted to hate. He was a sexist, racist, egotistical pig that RARELY showed his humanity. In the previous season, Romano was the victim of a horrific accident (The episode was called "Chaos Theory")when a helicopter blade sliced off his arm. Despite being re-attached, his arm soon becomes useless and has to be removed, ending his surgical career and forcing him to become the new ER Chief (And making Kerry Weaver Chief of Staff).

In this episode, "Freefall", we see what happens when karma can be a killer. Romano has been making everyone's life a living hell, and this particular day (Thanksgiving)is no exception. He threatens everyone and overrules Dr. Pratt (Mekhi Phifer)on a patient's care. It is this incident that starts a chain of events that leads to Dr. Romano's demise.

Rather than rehash what happens to Romano (No words can make this adequate. You just have to see it for yourself), all I can say is that this is one of the most unexpected episodes of this series. The special effects are incredible and the story is pretty good. And it is interesting that this happens on Thanksgiving (Giving thanks that Romano is gone? Possibly).

To this day, I still can't believe the fate that fell (literally)on Dr. Romano. But as they say, "karma is a killer."

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