It is that time once again. Our beloved E.R. returns to prime time t.v. in it’s original slot of Thursday at 10/9 central, on September the 27th. Fourteen season’s already? Who could have imagined? Well we get to go back into the E.R. yet again and follow the lives of our favorite television doctors and nurses. This has been a hard summer to get through waiting for the show to return and easing fan’s of the cliffhangers of last season’s finale. The last time there was this much speculation was when people were waiting to see who shot J.R. Ewing, but that was years ago and a different show.
Last season we were shocked and overcome with emotion as the love triangle exploded into three separate pieces, and we are left wondering in the end who will end up with who, and who will make it to tell the tales. We sat and watched on the edge of our chairs as Neela played head games with our favorite doc Ray Barnett leading him to believe that she finally was going to be with him only to keep breaking his heart. And whether she meant to or not, Ultimately maybe she played one game too many. Her boy toy Tony too has been playing games, and really kind of making an ass out of himself. He insists on keeping custody of Sarah whom not only is not his daughter, is wanting to stay with him instead of her Grandparents. But since she isn’t old enough to determine where she will live and with whom, she is for the moment with them. Meanwhile, Tony is desperately trying to hold on to Neela, but she doesn’t feel that she wants to be with him and is just biding her time to tell him. The wedding is a smashing success, people are having a good time and having some drinks. The only ones it is seemingly adversely affecting is Tony and Ray whom have words at the bar and end up knocking the snot out of each other, and Ray is the one who leaves to go drown his sorrows at a local bar. When Neela has works with Tony and finally once and for all tells him that she doesn’t think things between them will work out, she runs off to go and think about things. She pulls out the CD that Ray made for her. That was what prompted her to call him.
He didn’t hear his phone but did manage to check his messages before getting hit by a truck that would land him in the hospital. The only thing is they didn’t take him to County General, it was perhaps one near the accident site. Eventually after missing for a few day’s he does call Neela. She knows that he is in the hospital but doesn’t know why. Once she arrived at the hospital she immediately found out he had horribly been hurt. In fact he had no legs from the knee down, they had been amputated. One of Ray’s part time girlfriend’s Katey is there helping him out and visiting for a while. Ray’s mom comes and takes him home to re cooperate. As they watch Ray and his mom go down the hall to the elevator, Katey gives Neela a piece of her mind. She informs her that had she not been so selfish this would have never happened. Neela later on goes to a peace march downtown. Tony is there too and sees her in the crowd. He goes to talk to her and all of the sudden shots ring out and everyone starts running for their lives. It is unknown if she was tripped or shoved, but she ended up on the ground being trampled by the crowd at the rally.
My prediction for this season on this trio of torn loves is this. I predict that Neela (obviously in the hospital if you have seen previews) will awaken to find Tony waiting at her bedside. And just as Ray did to her, she will lay into Tony and reiterate what she said the night of the wedding and since. That she was no longer interested, and to please leave her alone. I think that she too is probably injured and will look for solace in Ray with something along the lines of “We can recover together.” But I think too that Ray will be stronger than she thinks, and will promptly tell her no. This will leave Neela feeling alone, but will go and stay with Abby for a spell since Luka is gone to Croatia she can keep Abby company in his absence.
And then there are questions about what is going to happen with Luka and Abby now that they are officially a family since their wedding. The wedding that Luka had Hope help him to plan for Abby was beautiful and she looked happy. Other than the fights between Ray and Tony, and Neela and Tony, everything went off without a hitch. Abby even thanked Hope. Archie had gotten them a room at the Ritz but they couldn’t use it because there was no one to watch over little Joe. So being the good friend he is, and not wanting the room to go completely to waste Hope finally tells him she is ready to be with him and he is beside himself. They ultimately end up staying for about a week. Just as they are getting settled into married life, Luka’s dad calls with what looks as though bad news. He goes home to see his father but we never really found out why. Something with his Mother or Father perhaps? Abby tried to tell him that she would like to take Joe to meet his Grandfather, but Luka told her it would be better to do that some other time. Abby and Joe wave at the cab as it drives away with Luka inside, but he doesn’t look back.
Now for these two, here are my predictions. Luka will be gone for a while but will call Abby when he can to let her know he is okay and to say hello to his son. While in Croatia Luka’s father will tell him of some woman he had been with between his family dying and coming to America coming back making accusations that she has a child with him. He stays there to find out whether it is true and he stays at home with his father while he is there, and has terrible nightmares of the fateful day when his children and wife lost their lives. This will torment him terribly, and he will start drinking heavily, and besides being sad over the emotions of being at home it will be a good cover when Abby asks him if everything is okay. I think that once he has been gone a month or so, Abby will take little Joe to Croatia and surprise Luka with their arrival. But once she gets there things start to unravel and she and Joe return home with Luka in tow. Ultimately having to tell her of the woman and the other child. And I think they will drag this out the entire season. We will see Luka periodically I think, but not regular as usual. And I think the cliffhanger for this season finale will leave us wondering if they will be staying here in America, or going back to Croatia so he can be near his other child. I think she will go with him to Croatia to live indefinitely.
As far as Archie and Hope go, I think this season sometime we will hear news of a baby on its way. During their passion they forgot about birth control and she finds out she is pregnant. Once he finds out he is happy, which surprises her, but she figures if he’s happy then it is okay. On the other hand, she has been so religious maybe they will have to marry before they tell her parents. Archie is just happy he doesn’t have to play frozen pop anymore.
At any rate I have probably over shot my opinion’s of what will happen this coming season. I am anxiously counting down the day’s until the season premiere. I am sure that it will be nothing less than the drama we have come to expect from this show. It will keep us interested and entertained at the very least. Until then they are showing the final episodes of last season if you want to brush up before this one starts.