I have been bingeing on ER, a fairly good hospital show from about 1994 which kick-started the careers of George Clooney and Julianna Margulies and others. It may be in the top 10 or so of stuff I have binged (that list is very long) but I'd say the chances I'll stay for all 15 seasons are slim. Still early seasons are pretty good, particularly for the way they address issues that now demand our daily attention. Episodes touching on white male supremacy, Black Lives Matter, MeToo could have been written yesterday. It's shocking how aware we were of these issues more than 20 years ago and failed to get really pissed off. (I'm sure black people and women and others were a lot more pissed off that us white men knew.)
So last night another episode (Season 4) ripped from the front pages. Doug (Anthony Edwards) flys home to see his mother who has fallen and broken her leg. Doug, a top emergency room doc from Chicago, thinks Mom' problems are more complicated than a broken leg so he orders a series of tests. In one, Mom is asked to repeat a list of words... She can't do it! I'll bet our Presnut could!