Be Still My Heart is the beautiful title of the masterful 13th episode of the 6th season, an episode full of sadness, cocky doctors and those warnings we just didn’t see.
“Be Still My heart is” what an old lady tells Abby her late husband used to say to her and what becomes a comfort to her as she herself now is dying. And I can’t help thinking that those same words is something the parents, dead after a car accident, would want to whisper to their young children as they get to see their parents’ bodies in the trauma room.
The title also serves as advice to us viewers, even if we don’t understand it until afterwards. Because it is a heartbreaking shock we are given at the end – without a doubt the moment in TV that has shocked me the most – and it is all delivered with such brilliance.
We already got our share of sadness in the episode and felt Lucy’s frustration over not getting support from Carter as her migraine patient is behaving exceedingly odd. We think it is time to relax, the drama has calmed down and we let ourselves be embraced by the cheerful party atmosphere. It’s Valentine’s day, the ER is decorated, the candy is o display at the counter and the music is playing loudly. Lydia’s ”there’s a bigger knife in the lounge” gives us warning that we do not understand, before we distanced by the heavy beat try to process what we see.
Showrunner John Wells, the scriptwriter Lydia Woodwards and the director Kerry Weaver show exceptional skills and how very thought-throug every episode of ER is.
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