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The Beginning of the End (19 Feb. 2009)

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Dr. Carter returns to Chicago and talks Dr. Banfield into allowing him to pick up a number of shifts (without pay). Other happenings include Banfield's dogged pursuit of motherhood, Neela's... See full summary »



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Dr. Carter returns to Chicago and talks Dr. Banfield into allowing him to pick up a number of shifts (without pay). Other happenings include Banfield's dogged pursuit of motherhood, Neela's intensifying personal relationship, and Archie's involvement with a patient who was probably beaten while in police custody - with his new girlfriend the detective standing by. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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The Beginning of the End (#15.16)
2 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It was so great to see John Carter back. Yes, it is the beginning of the end. In many ways. For us viewers it is the beginning of the final episodes. But isn't it great to have one of the characters we loved for so many seasons from the start to come back? I liked how they made it that so many didn't recognized him. It is cray how many characters have changed since he left. It is great that Dr. Banfield didn't really resist him getting shifts would not be smart since they obviously want the viewers to like her as well. Can't wait to see him in his doctor coat doing his work. Yet it looks he is also very sick, the ending of the episode was shocking. I believe it was him getting chemo therapy, also I am not 100% sure, but definitely some serious medical treatment.

Dr. Banfield will most likely adopt a child. This was obvious from the start. But I like how they are leading her to see it as a good option. Seeing how much her support helped her niece back in the days, and the little girls who aunt raised her telling her how she was never bothered that it was not her biological mother as she loved her just like a real mother would. I actually have a feeling it might be Lucy she will adopt when her aunt won't get a heart.

I was also very happy to see David Eigenberg in this episode. He was one of my favorite men in Sex and the City and it was great to see him in such a different character. He definitely is a wonderful actor as he is believable in every way.

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