I love ER.
The television show, that is. I’m not a huge fan of getting maimed and then sitting in an actual ER, which I’ve done, it sucks. Bleeding in public blows. But when it’s on a show like ER it’s all dramatic and shit. No one ever has a little cut or cyst that needs draining. It’s always drama drama drama and that can wear on a viewer sometimes.
Last week ER aired its 300th episode. There were all kinds of drama. Alcoholism, candlelight vigils, a retarded kid, the works. But it got me thinking… I’d love to see a completely NON-dramatic ER episode. I think the exact opposite of the show would be something where no one gets hurt, there are no sutures to be sutured, no terminal cancer patients accepting death in a noble manner. Just an ER-wide ping pong tournament.
They’d trash talk and joke as round one of the 64 bracket double elimination event got under way. There would be upsets, diving shots, spikes, long rallies. Kovac would hand off his baby to his drunk, bitchy wife, Abbey and advance to the Semis with a behind the back slice shot to the far left corner. Noah Wiley and Anthony Edwards would come back and referee, or even play an exhibition match.
At no time would any of the matches be interrupted by multiple traumas inbound, as everything from bowel movements to coffee breaks seem to so often be. No. It would just be a ping pong tournament.
And that would be the Ping Pong Episode.
Thinking about this made me think about other shows that could do the same thing and then I remembered one show that did something similar. I caught a rerun of the Season Six Finale of Law and Order. It’s entitled “Aftershocks.” The episode revolves around the cast members witnessing an execution of a violent and awful criminal and their different reactions to it. Just a normal day, no iconic “Boom Boom” scene changing sound. No trial. No body found by a jogger. And that was their Ping Pong Episode, a complete and total deviation from their norm. It was by far my favorite episode.
Ever since I’ve been trying to think of other shows and their Ping Pong Episodes… but I’m having a bit of a hard time. If anyone could think of one, let me know, I’d appreciate it.