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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[a patient was stabbed in the cheek with Dr. Romano's pen]
Dr. Dave Malucci: Should I just, you know, maybe yank it out?
Dr. Robert Romano: No, we gotta check for damage to the facial nerve. Not to mention the damage to my pen.
Randall James: I've been stabbed, and you're worried about your pen?
Dr. Robert Romano: Oh, shut up.
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Viable Options (#6.17)
9 March 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Now this was a pretty good episode. Wow, it is unbelievable I have never heard about Huntington disease before and now I also read a book where a character has it. Considering that it was written by a neurologist this episode showed me that they are very accurate and true with symptoms on the show as they were using everything described in the book, I even "diagnosed" him before they did. A great story as it gives one a pretty interesting situation of whether to tell it to his daughter or not. And I wonder if maybe he did after leaving.

Luka thinks not to give a kidney to a guy who did coke. Again being his annoying self. Well done Elizabeth not to listen to his nonsense. I loved how she was looking at him from the elevator.Cocaine doesn't even mean addiction, were they not allowed to say it back in the days on television? It was great they brought back the story about the diabetic kid. I already forgot about it. And they were making a great plot for it with great acting by Noah Wyle. He is developing so well over the seasons and the actor has no problem portraying it. great scene with Mark.

Seems the episode had no bad stories, all were very interesting, including about the foster mother who has no legal rights to make decisions for her daughter. The confrontation between Romano and Weaver was great. And while I agree with Weaver, he was great in the episode. All his mimic and gestures when talking to the foster mom were great.

Also we'll see where it will be going with Mark's dad.

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