Last night’s episode of ER with Cynthia Nixon as a stroke victim who was paralyzed and unable to speak but speaking to the audience via voiceover was pretty bad. I mean, really really bad. Like, never-watch-this-series-again bad. The concept was interesting in getting into the head of an ER victim, but the execution was atrocious. It basically turned into a Look Who’s Talking movie, but with a stroke disfigured face rather than a baby’s. It was sappy in all the wrong ways, uncomfortable in all the wrong ways, treacly when it was trying for funny, funny when it was trying for profound. It just plain sucked. Wow. I’ve been willing to stop watching the series for a while now, and now here’s a durned good reason. It basically lacks everything I once liked about it a decade ago. I think this show needs to be retired.