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Venerdì 08 Dicembre 2006

SPECIALE - La morte di Mark

Curiosità sull'episodio 8.21 intitolato On the beach e incentrato sulla tragica morte del personaggio di Mark Greene, fino a questo momento colonna portante della serie.

Mark in punto di morte alle isole Hawaii scrive una calorosa lettera ai suoi colleghi che viene spedita via Fax da Elisabeth al Pronto Soccorso dopo la sua morte. In verità la lettera viene letta nell'episodio precedente. Questo il testo originale inglese:

Dear ER gang,
So, here I am, out on the beach at 5:30 in the evening. Elizabeth is sitting with me, drinking juice, but I'm all about the Mai Tai's. The sun's going down. Rachel is dipping Ella's toes in the ocean, as they head off on a quest for the perfect seashell. And weirdly enough, I find myself thinking, you know what would make this moment complete? Some jogger dropping to the sand short of breath, so I can swoop in with a piece of bamboo to perform a nice, clean intubation, fix the guy up and send him off with a good, simple dispo. Which I guess is my way of saying that I miss you all and that dingy place. Lots of times I thought I should have chosen a different career, or gone into private practice - something easier, less grinding, more lucrative, but since I've been gone, I realize that outside of what I'm doing right now - sitting on this beach with my family - staying at County all those years, doing what we do on a daily basis, was the best choice I ever made. I know what you're thinking, but trust me, it's not so hard to appreciate once it's over. As much as part of me would like to believe that the ER can't go on without me, a smarter part realizes that you're an incredible group of doctors and nurses, who approach every day with such skill, compassion and thoroughness that, when it comes to patient care, I know my absence will hardly be felt. As for friendship and camaraderie - well, that's another matter. In order to leave, I had to go the way I did, but I wouldn't want any of you to think that that meant I didn't value each of you and the years that we worked together. Or that I didn't have things of a more personal nature to say. Most of you, I think, have an idea of what those things might be without me writing them down, but still...

Ella is laughing and waving for me; Rachel's found her shell...

Mark died this morning at 6:04 am. The sun was rising. His favorite time of day. I sent this on so that you might know he was thinking of you all and that he appreciated knowing you would remember him well.

Elizabeth Corday

 

La struggente canzone che ascolta Mark mentre muore è cantata da Israel Kamakawiwo'ole e si intitola "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Le altre canzoni che si ascoltano durante l'episodio sono "Hello, It's Me" di Todd Rundgren, "Crawling in the Dark"di Hoobastank, "Imagine" di John Lennon e "One Step Closer" dei Linkin Park.

Somewhere over the rainbow


Way up high,
And the dreams that you dream of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
And the dreams that you dream of,
Dreams really do come true.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
And the dreams that you dare to,
oh why, oh why can't I?

well, I see trees of green and red roses too
I watch them bloom for me and for you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
And the bright blessed days I like the dark
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of a rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands sayin' how do you do
They're really sayin' I, I love you.

I hear babies cry and I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than we'll know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high.
And the dreams that you dare to,
why, oh why can't I?

 

Anthony Edwards ha lasciato ER per poter stare più tempo coi suoi tre figli, Bailey, Esme eWillis avuti dalla moglie Jeanine Lobell sposata nel 1994.