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The Long Way Around 

Nurse Carol Hathaway is held hostage during a convenience store robbery, then befriends one of the gunmen.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Greene (credit only)
John Carter (credit only)
Jeanie Boulet (credit only)
Peter Benton (credit only)
Ruth Maleczech ...
Marita Novotny
Robert Potter
Mr. Duzak


Carol Hathaway is still under suspension but faces a life-threatening situation when she is held hostage in her local corner store by two would be robbers. The two young men are in over their head and panic, shooting the store owner. Carol manages to take charge of the situation, calming them and trying to save the owner as well as one of the robbers, who has also been shot. In the end, she empathizes with one of them, Duncan, a young man visiting from Scotland. In his attempt to make his escape, he takes Carol with him and flees, but with tragic results. Written by garykmcd

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robbery | siege | pre teen | pharmacy | See All (4) »


Drama | Romance




Release Date:

13 February 1997 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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The Long Way Around (#3.15)
23 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is one of the extraordinary episode that happen outside the hospital. In this one we also see almost none of the main characters and it mainly rotates around Carol who is a hostage during a robbery that also involves some shootings.

Ewan McGregor is also in the episode. It is done shortly after Trainspotting and he is still a very young guy here. He is also showing his amazing acting skills that make one love his character and feel the empathy, which also makes it easy to understand why Carol felt it as well.

Lots of action, suspense and feeling on the edge. great episode.

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