From 11:22 to 12:06 we can follow everything that happens to Charlie Metcalf (played by Ray Liotta), a patient who is at death's door. We are shown the minutiae of a treatment which are ... See full summary »

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From 11:22 to 12:06 we can follow everything that happens to Charlie Metcalf (played by Ray Liotta), a patient who is at death's door. We are shown the minutiae of a treatment which are usually glossed over in the "regular" episodes, interlaced with images from Charlie's delusions which give an insight into the regrets he has about his wasted life. Written by Hops Splurt

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Breataking
3 August 2015 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This is one of the truly powerful episodes of ER and one I will never forget. Ray Liotta is absolutely superb in the role of Charlie Metcalf and brings the role extraordinary humanity, depth, and emotion. In the course of an hour, the last hour of Charlie's life, we learn his story and come to understand what has led to this moment in the emergency room. An alcoholic who is dying of liver failure and who's system is shutting down faces death alone except for the doctors and nurses who attend him. He is put on an alcohol drip to lessen his suffering as he not only sadly dies but suffers the agony of withdrawal. The look of his eyes as that alcohol is devastating as it has been made clear during these last minutes how the last years have been desolate for him and drink has become the only thing to numb the pain of existence. Liotta would win an Emmy Award for this beautiful performance and it is indeed worthy of every accolade. An utterly amazing and deeply moving performance that will stay with me for the rest of my life.


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