Carter meets Elizabeth by the waterfront. "Did you talk to Weaver?" he asks eagerly. Elizabeth shares sadly that the answer was, there's a place for her at County, but only a small one. Carter is genuinely shocked, which...okay, I'm not sure where he gets off, but he's probably just trying to make himself feel less like an ass. He apologizes. Elizabeth is fine with it, though, because it prompted her to quit. "Mark's gone, so many of my friends are gone. There's no reason to stay," she says simply. "Not for me, not for Ella. I suppose I've known that for a long time now, but it's just...it's hard to move on, isn't it? It's hard to close that chapter." Carter -- and Noah Wyle -- both nod with sadness and desperate comprehension. It's like Alex Kingston and the writers are using the lines to urge Noah Wyle to get out while he's still whole, and retaining less water. Elizabeth says she's going to take Ella to England for a while, and asks him to apologize to everyone for the fact that she isn't saying goodbye. "I'm not much for goodbyes," she smiles, eyes moist. "They make me cry, truth be told." Carter nods emotionally and offers to pass along a message to the others. "Tell them..." she begins, then turns to face the camera. "...It's been lovely," she finishes, walking out of the shot. The camera stays on her as she walks up the stairs and out of our lives, and watching her go after an atrocious exit story and a rough few years, this moment would be touching if she weren't wearing freaking horseshoes. Clomp, clomp, clomp, up the stairs she goes. It's hard to feel anything when she sounds like a stable. But I am sad that she's going. Her character went pretty mental for a while there, and then got swept under the rug, but it was never because Alex Kingston was deficient. I hope she goes on to do excellent things.
Episode Report CardHeathen: B | 555 USERS: B-
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