Quote Meeksmonk: I was so delighted that Dante used his detective skills to spot Spinelli and Maxie's lie. Lulu was looking too stupid today ~) I don't want to blame everything on the writers or be too biased (which I am) but I wonder if they would've written JMB's Lulu that way. I just can't imagine her looking like a deer in headlights, believing that Maxie wouldn't lie. Come on, this is Maxie we're talking about. Lulu knows her so she shouldn't have been as naiive as she was. I can't wait to see tomorrow's episode, just for Dante's reaction. Gahhh I miss JMB! These scenes would have been explosive with her. I just miss that spice and feistiness! I at least hope that Lulu smacks Maxie. At the very least. :]
I think when Julie left, the intent was to write for "Lulu". I think the amnesia would have been written regardless of actress, but that ER used at as a "cop-out" to play the role. I also don't think that the intent was ever to write "Lulu" "more like Laura" or write "Lante" as "grown up Lante". What I think is that this is just another cop-out or white wash of ER's limited range and anemic acting skills. I think that while the writing for Lulu may have been dumbed down a bit, it would have been very similar. I don't think the intent was every to make Lulu look "dumb" - but that is just the way ER is coming across in her interpretation of Lulu. She came across just ok - no impact to make me feel her plight.