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


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

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Drama | Romance




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20 November 2003 (USA)  »

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In the elevator (Neela and Romano) to the helicopter pad on the roof the song "Freefallin'" (by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) in playing in Muzak. See more »


Dr. Susan Lewis: I thought you were on the chopper.
Chuck Martin: Oh, God, no. They brought their own nurse and that bitch wouldn't let me fly.
Dr. Susan Lewis: That bitch saved your life.
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When Karma Can Be A Killer
15 October 2006 | by (United States) – 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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