ER: Season 6, Episode 17

Viable Options (6 Apr. 2000)

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Chen's patient refuses to reveal to his daughter that she might have inherited a terrible disease from him. Weaver defies Romano's authority and performs a procedure that gets her suspended... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jing-Mei Chen (as Ming-Na)
Mrs. Dwyer
Sonya Bassett


Chen's patient refuses to reveal to his daughter that she might have inherited a terrible disease from him. Weaver defies Romano's authority and performs a procedure that gets her suspended. An available kidney causes friction between Corday and Kovac as they decide which one of their patients will get it. Written by Anonymous

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Dr. Elizabeth Corday: I can't seem to give this kidney away. We're going through potential recipients like...
Dr. Mark Greene: Crap through a goose?
Dr. Elizabeth Corday: Yeah, that works.
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Well done, Paul Mccrane
5 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For me, the standout performance of this episode is from Paul Mccrane. He creates a truly believable and sometimes terrifying character in Robert Romano. He does this at the best of times but this episode in particular is telling of the talent he has and devotion he has to the character. His talent shines in every scene he is in and whilst stealing the show almost every time, the other actors seem to flourish when they are around him.

Other notable performances include the ever improving romance and chemistry between two different sets of characters, firstly, Benton and Finch. Between them, the first troubling aspect that actually makes their relationship stronger is seen as it is shown how their work in the hospital can affect their personal lives, something which is a recurring theme in ER. The other pairing is Kovac and Hathaway, even though they only share one short scene at the end, the building tension between them is really shown for the first time, the two actors, Visnjic and Margulies seem at home with one another, almost as much as what Margulies did with George Clooney.

The storyline involving the donated kidney and the growing number of candidates who fail to meet the standards allows Kovac's character to shine once again as the frustration of the situation gets to him. It shows another popular ER theme that things don't always turn out how the doctors plan in its essence. The story itself helps progress Kovac's relationship with Hathaway as they joke about it in the final scene.

All in all, a good episode with some regular ER themes involved and the progression of some promising relationships but no one stands out more than Paul Mccrane.

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