What is up with this new kid on this once proud show?!?
Traditionally in televisiondom, whenever a long-running show starts to falter a bit, they just decided to plug in a new “cute-kid”. Usually the “kid” is a precocious, ‘wise beyond his years’ smartass type – complete with sugar bowl haircut. This is the living, breathing version of a show “jumping the shark”.
This often occurs when the hormones of the previously “cute kid/s” on the show kick-in and voices deepen, breasts swell and the actors are taller than mom & dad.
The Brady Bunch added “Oliver” after Bobby and Cindy left home and joined the Manson Family…Different Strokes added that red-headed kid when Gary Coleman became old enough to buy beer and Willis went to prison for crack possesion…the Partridge Family added a cute neighbor kid when Tracy developed D- cups, Danny grew a beard and Chris knocked-up the neighbors daughter… Family Ties added a baby at the end of one season when Tina Yothers was no longer a cute, wisecracking tomboy and started making films about trying out to be a Laker Girl, and, due to the magic of TV, the baby grew to the age of 5 or 6 over the summer so that he could be a cute, sugar bowl haired “kid” at the start of the next season…the list is endless.
But ER?!? Cmon. This is (was) a top of the line show. It is still a quality show and does NOT need to stoop to the “add-a-kid” level of writing stunt.
Anybody but me completely hate the new story line of Sam the jaded, but dedicated, smarter than most doctors, but still with a vulnerable feminine side nurse and her dark, sullen, kleptomaniac, compulsive liar son with his morbid fascination with death and dismemberment?
And then to pour salt on the wound, the decide to add a blooming romance between Sam and Luka – which seems forced and I don’t sense a lot of chemistry there.
Luka keeps talking about going back to Africa so I can only imagine what stunt the “cute-kid” will do to keep Momma and Luka together.
Perhaps he will “jump the shark” on his BMX.