Written By: R. Scott Gemmill
Directed By: Paris Barclay
Airdate: October 26th, 2000
Mars Attacks is the third episode of the Seventh Season and marks the first time we meet Dr. Kim Legaspi.
This episode lays down the foundation for many of the years major story arcs. Carter returns after drug rehab and learns his new work protocols. A very pregnant Chen has yet to tell her parents of her condition. Weaver recruits a reluctant Abby into the ER where she promptly kisses Luka at the end of her shift. Frank, the ex-cop, spends the episode running police checks on all the patients until Kerry tires of his antics. Carter bonds with a very precocious orphaned boy.
Kims introduction is unceremonious. She pops onto the screen as if she has always been in the ER. Kerry barely loses a step even acknowledging her. Right from the beginning its obvious that she and Kerry have a unique relationship. Within a few seconds, each girl invites the other into her space.
Tell me that youre here to help out.
We could really use an extra pair of hands down here.
(No comment on the double entendre.)
Stop by later, if you want. Itll be like Mardi Gras.
The end of that first scene also marks the first of many times that Kerry watches Kim walk away. In this case, she does her patented double take.
What do we learn from this first encounter?
In their second scene, Kim jokes with Kerry again. No one else ever really plays with Kerry. Kim does and consistently. She is one of the few characters who makes Kerry laugh. In addition, the blocking and framing of the characters in the suture room foreshadow their future relationship. Kerry leans against the door frame talking to the patient, Kim stands close behind Kerry, leaning her hand against the wall resulting in a very suggestive and couple-like pose. When Kerry backs up later to give Malucci access to the door, Kim doesnt retreat -- she merely allows Kerry to move closer to her.
What do we learn from the second encounter?
What we do not learn from this episode?
So whos watching the drugstore cowboy?
Did you even take the Hippocratic Oath?
I had my fingers crossed.
He begged me to give him a Popsicle enema.
Rating: (out of five dropped Chalupas)
Kerry and Kim Goodness: 3, for the excitement of being new and lack of angst
Overall Episode: 3.5, good camera work, nice guest stars, interesting and fun cases
The director Paris Barclay has been around for some time on ER, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, etc. He is an openly gay, African-American, two time Emmy winner, Harvard grad who was recently honored by GLAAD.
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