This is a full recap and review so there are spoilers galore. Avert your eyes NOW if you do not want a blow by blow of this episode!
This was one of those episodes that CBS promised to fans and critics concerned about the show being ONLY about organ transplantation. CBS promised we would see general ER action too and this episode delivered. Once again I REALLY enjoyed this episode, even though I cried through most of it.
A bus with 42 passengers including a high school football team gets in an accident after the game. Three Rivers goes into overdrive as a large bulk of the patients are sent to them and the transplant doctors are needed to work the ER.
A 36 year old father of 3 is also staying at TR with only days to live. He and Dr. Andy hope that a heart can be found in time. To make matters even more difficult a suitable donor is found at their own hospital, a young football player who is pronounced brain dead, but that heart is matched to another city.
A father struggles with his last words to his now deceased son, criticism of his performance at the game. The team manager is overcome with guilt that he switched seats with the same young man and walked away unscathed.
Dr. Lee goes above and beyond the call of duty by doing CPR for 20 minutes on an unresponsive woman only to have her be resuscitated at the last minute. He also manages to diagnose another young man who has mysterious symptoms, saving his life as well.
Dr. Foster takes it hard when one of the young football players dies under her care. She feels redeemed though when she flies out to the scene of the accident to track a missing player with the police. She is able to save him thanks to the quick thinking of Dr. Reed, who had the foresight to check if all the passengers were accounted for. The guilt ridden team manager must also feel proud since he was quick to identify the missing kid from hospital rosters… ironically the same kid who was bullying him on the bus. I think that bully may have learned an important lesson there.
Ryan makes a BIG mistake by telling the wife of a patient that they have found him a heart before he tells Dr. Andy. Since they have no procurement team available to go get the heart it looks like they may have to pass it up. In anger Dr. Andy orders Ryan to find a way to fix this mess and finally Ryan is able to find a way by using Dr. Andy’s friend Dr. Gonzo (who was played by the real life doctor that Dr. Andy is based on).
I found this episode to be very suspenseful and dramatic. The music they had playing in the background managed to send me into tears every 5 minutes I swear. It also made me go and hug and kiss my loved ones. The idea that your yelling at or criticising one of them could be the last thing they know in this world is just so painful… it reminds us to be good to our family… ALWAYS. I was glued to my screen for the entire episode… I just HAD to know what was going to happen. To me that means the show and the actors did the job well.