Three Rivers (2009–2010)
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Andy treats Victor, a car crash patient who's dying from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) who wants to die from his injuries so his organs can be used to save others at Three Rivers. ... See full summary »


Rob Bailey


Carol Barbee (creator), Lance Gentile


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Episode credited cast:
Alex O'Loughlin ... Dr. Andy Yablonski
Katherine Moennig ... Dr. Miranda Foster
Daniel Henney ... Dr. David Lee
Christopher J. Hanke ... Ryan Abbott
Justina Machado ... Pam Acosta
Amber Clayton ... Dr. Lisa Reed
Alfre Woodard ... Dr. Sophia Jordan
Mandy Patinkin ... Victor
Jamie Anne Allman ... Laura
Owiso Odera ... Kuol
Joelle Carter ... Barbara Harris
Nicholas Braun ... Michael
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annalise Basso ... Mary
Dana Cuomo ... Jackie
Jeremy Denzlinger ... Dr. Timmons


Andy treats Victor, a car crash patient who's dying from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) who wants to die from his injuries so his organs can be used to save others at Three Rivers. Meanwhile, David deals with the parent of three young foster children, suffering from pulmonary hypertension, who refuses to be admitted into the hospital. Miranda deals with a former heart recipient, named Barbara, who's new heart begins to cause complications, while Ryan is stuck with planning a donors-recipients reception at the hospital. Written by matt-282

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15 November 2009 (USA) See more »

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Ryan refers to "The Krebs Citric Acid Cycle", this is referencing a cycle that plays an important part in the cell metabolism. However, it is never called "The Krebs Citric Acid Cycle". It is commonly called the Krebs Cycle, the Citric Acid Cycle, the TCA (Tricarboxylic Acid) Cycle, or very rarely the Szent-Györgyi-Krebs Cycle. See more »

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Dilemma of When Life Ends Superbly Accomplished ***1/2
17 November 2009 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Mandy Patinkin gives a superb performance as a victim of ALS, who deteriorates terribly after an auto accident and subsequent surgery shall confine him to bed.

His Victor gives the gut wrenching decision to end his life and give others the parts of his body so that they can survive.

This gripping story is so good and touches on the problem of what happens when younger children are separated and placed in different foster homes when their caregiver is hospitalized.

People have no shame knocking at Victor's door at the hospital once word gets out of his decision. People want to live. It's as simple as that. His daughter almost throws a wrench into the entire process, when as the overseer of his living will, she decides not to pursue his wishes, but has a change of heart by the surgeon who also had been against what Victor was attempting to do.

The debate will always go on when and if life should be terminated.

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