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ER Season 9 Episodes

22 Episodes 2002 - 2003

County General opens its doors once again for another thrilling season of ER. In season 9, the staff of County General is confronted with yet more high stakes situations, captured in high octane style, as Romano's life is changed forever after a grizzly encounter with a helicopter and the love triangle between Lockheart, Carter and Kovac reaches a peak with an epic finale set in the Congo that is moving and socially relevant.

Episode 1

Chaos Theory

Thu, Sep 26, 2002 60 mins

Carter, Abby and others remain quarantined while County General's evacuation goes awry during the smallpox crisis. Meanwhile, a grieving Corday heads home to London, where her Americanized ways raise eyebrows among her U.K. colleagues. Pratt: Mekhi Phifer. Anspaugh: Don Aylward. Charles Corday: Paul Freeman. Abby: Maura Tierney. Stan the Can: Harrison Page.

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Episode 2

Dead Again

Thu, Oct 3, 2002 60 mins

Local ER closings wreak havoc at County, as Carter tries to keep the peace; Kerry steps on a still-grieving Corday's toes; and a gutsy med student (Leslie Bibb) awaits her overdue orientation. Meanwhile, Pratt's inability to follow orders results in tragedy for a mother of two; Gallant drives everyone crazy during his psych rotation; and a gang-banger's girlfriend pays the price for his thug life. Abby: Maura Tierney. Corday: Alex Kingston. Gallant: Sharif Atkins. Kerry: Laura Innes.

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Episode 3


Thu, Oct 10, 2002 60 mins

Carter takes drastic steps to improve security conditions at County after a frustrated patient takes matters into his own hands---violently; Meanwhile, Gallant tends to a hypochondriac who refuses to leave any symptom unchecked; Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) is keeping a secret about his home situation; and Kovac has an unhappy ex-lover to contend with. Harkins: Leslie Bibb. Corday: Alex Kingston. Gallant: Sharif Atkins.

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Episode 4

Walk like a Man

Thu, Oct 17, 2002 60 mins

Gallant gets schooled in fighting for a patient's rights from a meddling Pratt and an uncaring County bigwig; Abby sets the record straight with Carter about her drinking; Kovac becomes a bit too cozy with a sick child's mother; and Kerry begins to show signs of strain following her nearly tragic TV debut. Stella: Diane Delano. Kerry: Laura Innes. Jerry: Abraham Benrubi. Gallant: Sharif Atkins.

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Episode 5

A Hopeless Wound

Thu, Oct 31, 2002 60 mins

Don Cheadle begins a recurring role as an older medical student who arrives just in time to help the staff handle victims of a Halloween-party blaze. When the pressure gets too intense, Nathan must disclose a secret that puts his surgical rotation in jeopardy. Also: Corday and Romano team up to save a man's leg from a mysterious infection; Abby urges Luka to make things right with his latest conquest; and Weaver refuses to give up on the infant victim of a home birth that went wrong.

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Episode 6

One Can Only Hope

Thu, Nov 7, 2002 60 mins

Tensions between the nurses and doctors hit a fever pitch as a petition against Luka leaves the ER short-staffed; Abby's brother (Tom Everett Scott) returns with some all-too-familiar manic tendencies; Chen gives in to Pratt's less-than-tender loving care after a violent patient gets under her skin; and Nathan (Don Cheadle) irks---then impresses---Corday and Carter by talking a terminal patient out of giving up.

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Episode 7

Tell Me Where It Hurts

Thu, Nov 14, 2002 60 mins

Kerry starts spreading her good news, as Abby gets heartbreaking information about her brother (Tom Everett Scott) and his exit from the military. Meanwhile, Kovac hits a new low in his search for a sexual high; Corday and Nathan reach an impasse regarding his future in medicine; and Chen helps Carter treat a Chinese immigrant being exploited by her employer. Nathan: Don Cheadle. Harkins: Leslie Bibb. Lopez: Lisa Vidal. Lewis: Sherry Stringfield. Kerry: Laura Innes. Abby: Maura Tierney.

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Episode 8

First Snowfall

Thu, Nov 21, 2002 60 mins

Abby's search for her brother (Tom Everett Scott) leads her to a Nebraska Air Force Base---and a less-than-heartwarming reunion with her manic-depressive mother (Sally Field). Back in Chicago, a blizzard threatens Nathan and Corday's attempt to save what's left of a family torn apart by a drunk driver. Harkins: Leslie Bibb. Gallant: Sharif Atkins. Chen: Ming-Na.

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Episode 9

Next of Kin

Thu, Dec 5, 2002 60 mins

Harkins (Leslie Bibb) faces a tough call while treating a troubled teen involved in a car crash with her dad; Abby races to stop Maggie (Sally Field) from taking manic-depressive Eric out of treatment; and Kovac hits a new low when an elderly woman tips him for his medical services. Meanwhile, an abandoned baby dredges up painful memories for Chen; and Pratt goes to bat for Leon after he's fired for stealing from his job. Pratt: Mekhi Phifer. Eric: Tom Everett Scott. Chen: Ming-Na.

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Episode 10


Thu, Dec 12, 2002 60 mins

Kovac's fall from grace plays out in reverse, as a holiday party leads to a scandalous pairing, a fateful fender bender and a tragic result for a misdiagnosed patient. Meanwhile, the lobby is awash with Christmas casualties, from a pair of violent elves to the victims of a living Nativity brawl. Harkins: Leslie Bibb. Lewis: Sherry Stringfield. Abby: Maura Tierney. Weaver: Laura Innes.

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Episode 11

A Little Help From My Friends

Thu, Jan 9, 2003 60 mins

Luka pays the price for his misdiagnosis that left a patient with brain damage; Abby covers for an ailing Kerry; Carter pushes his way into Pratt's life after he's caught carrying a gun to work; Gallant tends to a recovering Harkins on the eve of her release from County; and Lewis refuses to allow the psych department to ignore the unsettling cause of a patient's crippling depression. Chen: Ming-Na. Pratt: Mekhi Phifer. Lewis: Sherry Stringfield.

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Episode 12

A Saint in the City

Thu, Jan 16, 2003 60 mins

Ethical crises abound after Kerry agrees to hide a politician's STD; Kovac plays God to get a critical patient into surgery; and Pratt ignores a dying mother's orders in hopes of keeping her kids out of foster care. Meanwhile, Carter's family fortunes fail to pay off for an ailing doctor (Edward Asner) running a local clinic. Adele: Erica Gimpel. Lewis: Sherry Stringfield. Weaver: Laura Innes.

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Episode 13

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Thu, Jan 30, 2003 60 mins

Carter's plan to help an ailing doctor (Edward Asner) leads to a dead-end---and a decision about his own career path; Pratt intervenes after a burglary lands Leon's pal in the ER, along with the cop he shot; Kerry's ethics are tested even further while setting up a photo-op for a politician (Bruce Weitz) hiding a severe condition; Corday is caught off guard by a hot-shot new surgeon (Bruno Campos); and Romano risks his standing at County by overseeing an operation he's incapable of completing.

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Episode 14

No Strings Attached

Thu, Feb 6, 2003 60 mins

A downed plane over the Great Lakes sends Abby's world into a tailspin; Romano's surgical career is altered forever; a teen is suspected of intentionally running down her classmates; and a terminal patient helps Lewis weigh the pros and cons of a blind date. Meanwhile, Pratt has an unexpected reaction to Chen's revelation about her baby. Alderman Bright: Bruce Weitz. Romano: Paul McCrane.

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Episode 15

A Boy Falling Out of the Sky

Thu, Feb 13, 2003 60 mins

Carter comes to the rescue when the stalled search for Abby's brother---and the arrival of her mother (Sally Field)---pushes the nurse to her limit. Meanwhile, Kovac comes back to work just in time to save an overdose case from frying his own brain; and Pratt digs himself into a deeper hole with Chen (Ming-Na) during his stint with the EMTs. Pratt: Mekhi Phifer. Lopez: Lisa Vidal. Lewis: Sherry Stringfield.

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Episode 16

A Thousand Cranes

Wed, Feb 20, 2002 60 mins

Three persons are murdered during a holdup at Doc Magoo's, and Chen's partial description of one of the perps leads to an unpleasant morning for Pratt and Gallant (Mekhi Phifer, Sharif Atkins); Lewis befriends a teenage cancer patient (Patrick Fugit), despite his mother's disapproval; and Carter decides to propose to Abby, who's having difficulty finding someone to give her mother (Sally Field) a ride to the bus station for her trip back to Wisconsin. Lewis: Sherry Stringfield.

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Episode 17

The Advocate

Wed, Mar 13, 2002 60 mins

A favor for a popular but closeted politician (Bruce Weitz) has dire results for Kerry---and a patient; Carter and Abby come to terms with their ailing romance; Kovac finds an unusual outlet for his inner demons; and Romano's days as Chief of Staff begin to wane. Kerry: Laura Innes. Abby: Maura Tierney. Lewis: Sherry Stringfield. Chen: Ming-Na.

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Episode 18

Finders Keepers

Thu, Apr 3, 2003 60 mins

Heads roll and hearts break after Romano is demoted to the ER, where a mom-to-be hears grim news about her own health; Pratt's faux pas spoils Chen's birthday; and Luka implores Kerry and Corday to help him arrange a pro-bono operation for a dying Croatian child. Meanwhile, a patient's broken wrist leads to tragic complications---and a change of perspective for a County newlywed. Lewis: Sherry Stringfield. Pratt: Mekhi Phifer.

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Episode 19

Things Change

Thu, Apr 24, 2003 60 mins

Weaver treats a lethargic 6-week-old baby; Lewis works with a mentally ill man who took too much of his anti-psychotic medication; and a Croatian physician observes surgery on a young boy with a congenital heart problem.

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Episode 20

Foreign Affairs

Thu, May 1, 2003 60 mins

Carter makes a dramatic decision after Abby's brother (Tom Everett Scott) causes a stir at the funeral for Carter's grandmother; Kovac breaks every rule in the book to save a dying Croatian boy who's been smuggled into the country for treatment; Lewis waffles on whether she wants to end things with her "husband" (Donal Logue); and Romano reaches the end of the rope concerning his injured arm. Jack: Michael Gross. Abby: Maura Tierney.

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Episode 21

When Night Meets Day

Thu, May 8, 2003 60 mins

Chaotic shifts for Carter and Pratt play out on opposite sides of a solar eclipse that sends a flood of cultists to County after a mass-suicide attempt; and ends with both of the overworked docs reconsidering their futures. Meanwhile, an expectant mother is the victim of a horrifying crime; and Romano undergoes an amputation. Pratt: Mekhi Phifer. Gallant: Sharif Atkins.

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Episode 22


Thu, May 15, 2003 60 mins

Carter joins Kovac in Africa, as both doctors fight an uphill battle to bring healing to a war-torn village while winning a new regard for their lives back home. Carter: Noah Wyle. Kovac: Goran Visnjic.

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