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The Baltimore Sun


Around the room, a dozen or so background actors lay in stretchers, playing the part of silent sick patients, with one falling so deeply asleep that he snored. Supporting player Yvette Freeman thanked casting director John Levy for choosing her; Mary Heiss revealed her school-girl crush on John Carter (Wyle); Abraham Benrubi pondered what production might take over Stage 11 on the Warner Bros. lot; and Troy Evans wept privately in a trauma room as he imagined life without his "ER" family. Then Parminder Nagra, who considered leaving personal belongings in her trailer as an act of denial, performed her last scene on "ER." It was a significant last moment, show runner David Zabel noted, because Nagra was the series' last No. 1 on the call sheet, the designation reserved for the star of a show or, in the case of this ensemble, the one with the most seniority. Nagra held herself together as the applause of her peers filled the room, but couldn't help but melt into tears when Wyle wrapped his arms around her. Now, it's our turn.Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times