ER: Season 15, Episode 12

Dream Runner (15 Jan. 2009)

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Neela experiences alternate versions of the same day.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anastasia Johnson (as Imani A. Hakim)
Mrs. Vasquez
Nick Vasquez
Sheila Johnson (as Moe Daniels)
Dinah Lenney ...


Neela's day is filled with three significant events: the arrival in the ER of a man who acts out his dreams, and this time jumped through a window thinking he was escaping a plane; the deterioration of a young girl who has been her patient for a while and with whom she has a special bond, and job interviews, set up by Lucien, who also tells her he wants her to stay at county. But which version of the day is the true one? The one in which both the dream runner and the girl die because decisions turn out to be wrong, the one in which both of them die even though the decisions were right (and in which Neela blows off an interview conducted by ex-ER doc Corday)? Or the one where both patients live and she is offered the job by Corday? Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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[in voiceover]
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: For some patients, there is no road to recovery. Nothing we do as doctors will alter the outcome. At least that's what we tell ourselves.
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: [later] When their way doesn't work, and your way doesn't work, you've got to accept defeat, or find another way.
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Dream Runner (#15.12)
30 June 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty well done episode as it shows the day of Neela in many different versions. Some end really badly, one version is pretty good. This kind of shows how little actions end up changing the outcome of the day.

One great thing that happened in it was also to see Dr. Corday again. She was a wonderful character so it was a great thing to see her and that everything in her life is going well. I like how ER is giving us the happy moments with old characters in the final season. I was just not happy to see Neela being disrespectful to her. I like Neela way less than Dr. Corday.

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