SPOILER...(kind of) regarding Carter

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I've never posted here before, but started reading posts a few weeks back. I was angered this morning when in our Sunday paper it said that Carter would be "criticized for his recent behavior." Yup. That's just what he needs right now. I can only hope I have friends who care that much. (note sarcastic overtones) Oh well.

-- Jennifer P. (cs345ctu@homepage.com), May 14, 2000


Oh NO!! That is exactly what I have been worrying about. He gets propelled across the room (just great after having been stabbed a couple months earlier, I'm sure he'll feel great after that) and then they're going to yell at him. They'd better get over that really quick, like what Carol did...she argued with him but then stopped herself moments later to make sure he was alright. I hope maybe there's just some quick reprimanding and then people stop and remember, "oh yeah, there's a reason here, and since we care about him (THANK YOU DEB) we need to keep him off the defensive and help him". Benton doesn't look as pissed as he does scared/worried after Carter punches him. Unless these are out of sequence, like they sometimes do in previews. My paper didn't even mention Carter, only the school shootings.

-- Elaine (mrsclooney78@hotmail.com), May 14, 2000.

Maybe it'll be Elizabeth, she's getting pretty good at blessing people out recently: Cleo, Peter, Dr. Dave. Okay, I'm being sarcastic, but I'm not liking her as much lately as I always have. I've loved her being a strong woman, but lately she seems to snipe more than state her opinion. I personally hope they HELP Carter, not criticize him...and I assume that means to his face.

-- Diana (dilynne@juno.com), May 14, 2000.

The "propelled across the room" buisiness looked to me like someone wasn't clear of the table (they yell "clear" so everyone will get away) when they applied the paddles to cardiovert (use the shock paddles) on someone. This could give a person a nasty shock - though I don't know if flying across the room is realistic. A paramedic in nursing school with me once said that it happend to a doc. in a trama he was in and it knocked the guy over. He had to have an EKG, but was fine.

-- Chava (ChavaW68@aol.com), May 14, 2000.

I used slow motion on my tape and it looked like the guy on the table kicks Carter off so forcefully that the entire gurney rocks. Could he be one of the shooters at the school? Yet another patient who should be restrained (that may be what Carter is trying to do), and the continually absent "Security" not around when you need them. That should be about the last straw for Carter. How much can one guy take?

-- Nancy Wilson (nwilson@wko.com), May 14, 2000.

Yeah, I think literally being thrown full force across the room and stopped hard by the wall will freak him out a bit. It sounds like Deb's voice screaming and I think Kerry is there too; Haleh is definetly there. They'll probably run to help him and he'll freak out as if he doesn't need it.

As for Elizabeth yelling at him, I really hope not. I know she's been on a rampage recently, but she seems to respect Carter a lot and she's never yelled at him (though there's a first time for everything). I think she would be compassionate with him, after all, she is probably the next person after Carter to feel the affects of Lucy's death. She was the one who was sensitive w/ Carter about Lucy's matching letter, and by the way everyone else has been treating him, no one else would have even thought to be sensitive about it.

-- Elaine (mrsclooney78@hotmail.com), May 14, 2000.

The last thing Carter needs at the moment is to be criticized. Regardless of what his exact problem is, whether it turns out to be bipolar, post traumatic stress disorder, or drug addiction, it is obvious he needs help and encouragement...NOT criticism. The two people I can see as most likely being the one's that come to Carter's aid are Benton and Chen. Dr. Chen has already shown her concern, and in the previews for next week Benton looked pretty damn concerned during his volatile encounter with Carter (I can't wait to find out what that's all about). Contrary to what other people seem to think around here, I simply cannot fathom the idea of Carter as a drug addict, especially after what happened with his cousin, and would rather the writer's pursue the bipolar storyline. It's not all that implausible, as trauma could bring on the symptoms, and it would be interesting to see how realistic the writer's could actually make it. Drug addiction is a common storyline in the world of prime time television. Bipolar disorder is not as common and would give an interesting twist to the character of Carter. Am I the only one who thinks this?

-- Mandii Faris (contradiction@uswest.net), May 16, 2000.

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