er season 5


ER Appreciation Week ➜ [4/7] favorite quote
    ↳ 5.9: “Good Luck, Ruth Johnson”

        “Thank you, but I’m not looking to you for defense of my actions. In fact, I feel that M and M has become a forum to place blame, cover up mistakes, or be grateful that there’s not a lawsuit. I would argue that, actually, we should embrace our mistakes and learn from them to improve the system. I erred not because I was untrained or incompetent but because I was exhausted, having been up for 36 hours. If we really want to cut down on our errors why don’t we, for example, allow on-call house officers to leave by 12 noon on the post-call day? Why don’t we establish a night float system? Air traffic controllers work with airplanes four to six hours a day no more than two hours without a break. Now, why? Because human life is at stake. Yet we allow surgical interns to work 36 hours without sleep. Why? Because we’ve all had to do it? Because the surgeons before us have had to do it? Tradition may be wonderfully nostalgic but it is clearly not in the best interests of our patients. If you disagree with me, why don’t you ask yourself next time you fly: Do you really want that man in the control room to be on his 36th hour?”   -- Elizabeth Corday

anonymous asked:

What do you think of Mary's look of realization when Cas said "the things we shared, that changes me."

My first instinct was to cackle to myself, not going to lie :P 

Cas does seem to turn to look at Dean for that whole announcement, and Mary does seem to then look wonderingly around at Dean about it all… For the sake of fan fic, signal boost the crap out of her look here because that’s the Moment. :P

Wait I was going to try and come up with the serious answer but I just remembered the Winchester Gospels meta I wrote a long time ago which concluded that if you only had Chuck’s books to go on, you basically had no choice but to accept that Dean and Cas were banging because of Cas becoming human-er over season 5… And… Cas has been getting steadily more and more human since season 9 when he last tried to be an angel…

There is only one explanation for why Cas has changed.

No, but seriously, I guess that amount of wonder is worth it because she’s the newest character to grapple with the concept of angels by MILES and she BELIEVED in them, and Cas as she’s experienced him has been a bit of a mess but he’s been THEIR hot mess, and this part of the speech isn’t really for her at all, she’s witnessing the history Cas has with them, the awe that she can’t even imagine how old he is but he says the best part of his life was with them… Whatever she knows about Dean and Cas (and I’d bet a very bare bones version of the story at BEST would be on offer, and more likely Cas as weird incidental references except for random moments where he becomes totally central to their story because Dean is so WEIRD about talking about him, and, well, Mary and Sam don’t talk >.>) I don’t think Mary really got the enormity of it even with him hanging out and helping? In a way it’s just because it was too much information to absorb - welcome to the future we have an angel helping us with everything - does she even know it’s weird to them too? Or at least, she’s walked into the middle of their drama? I don’t think until 12x03 she even realised Cas HAD drama and her own was too much to really let it sink in about Cas saying he didn’t feel he belonged… Somewhere along the way he’s gone from “Castiel” to “Cas” and she’s getting a better grasp on him, but this is still a LOT to hear. And DEAN. Did all this. to an ANGEL. 


Which makes you want to believe in Destiel from the complete other end of this because she SEES how huge this is all of a sudden, and WE know how much of that history is Dean and Cas, and their very, very personal, romantic drama…

anonymous asked:

Wait, isn't sunk costs fallacy a reason NOT to keep watching? Lol, jk. Seriously tho, what reboots are you thinking of that have improved or reinvigorated shows? I only keep hearing about bad reboots and knowing that it's worked for some shows in the past might make me feel better! :)

So I guess I should preface this by saying that for every show I think was successful there will probably be people who say it wasn’t but that’s how these things go. 

The main show I am thinking of is Stargate SG-1. It was basically built off the star power that Richard Dean Anderson brought to it but by the 7th season he was done being Jack O’Neill for 22 episodes. They tried to keep him on by changing his role but the 8th season was kind of stifled by them trying to accommodate his reduced schedule. Additionally after 8 seasons of fighting the same enemy the show’s canon was starting to drag it down. When RDA left for S9 the show got a new lease with new villains and threats and new characters that I adored. I don’t think that would have happened if he had stuck around. My life would be so much less if Vala was never a character on SG1. 

Originally posted by lady-arryn

I see OUAT as having a similar issue in that it’s own canon has become unwieldy and the flashback narrative device in particular has become unsustainable with the original characters. If they set up new characters, with new flashbacks (though I wish they would just stop with them), that will go a long way to helping with some of this.   

I am also a fan of Doctor Who and while I know that show is kind of set-up for the transitions of actors in and out I also think it’s a good example of how a good writing team can continue to create characters and stories you enjoy. And I think Once could easily do something similar as they rotate characters out after they get their Happy Ending.  

Then there are Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Smallville. I am a weird one in that I started watching Buffy in its 5th or 6th season (we didn’t have WB growing up and I stumbled on reruns in college). When I got around to watching the first season I was like “who is this Angel guy and how long until he leaves?” And then I went and got obsessed with Angel but that’s another story. The point is that for me the show worked post-high school and post-ill-fated lovers but I am sure there were people who didn’t think Buffy could work without Angel. I felt Smallville was similar. Once Smallville decided to shed the high school angst and let Clark actually leave Smallville and Lana and grow-up I think it got 1000x better. Holding onto the conceit of high school Clark Kent was keeping the show from progressing and exploring new and exciting options. Similarly holding onto the Charming’s and the Snow White retelling they started with has lead to repetition.  

Of course there are lots of examples of shows crashing and burning when a main character left and I have experienced that too. But I have seen enough that I enjoyed afterwards to stick with it. I don’t know if this gave you any kind of hope and remember it’s totally okay to just stop watching. Fandom will still be here for you!