ER (season 7)

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ER (season 7)
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ER Season 7 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original channel NBC
Original run October 12, 2000 –
May 17, 2001
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 May 15, 2007
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The seventh season of the American fictional drama television series ER first aired on October 12, 2000 and concluded on May 17, 2001. The seventh season consists of 22 episodes.


Chicago's County General opens its doors for more highly charged drama, ER style. In the midst of being remodeled, for a more open, safe floorplan, the show's seventh season starts with Carter (Noah Wyle) completing his drug rehabilitation with the support of Abby (Maura Tierney), whose own life is in disarray after she is forced to drop out of medical school, her new romance with Kovač (Goran Visnjic) hits many pitfalls, and her bipolar-inflicted mother (Sally Field in an Emmy-winning turn) comes to stay. Tragedy ensues when Greene (Anthony Edwards) is diagnosed with terminal cancer, giving him only weeks to live. Not wanting to upset Corday (Alex Kingston) — who is caught up in a malpractice suit — he keeps his illness a secret. After successful surgery, he proposes to her and she is heavily pregnant when they get married. This season also includes the 150th event episode in which a massive train wreck mobilizes the ER doctors and nurses to the scene.


Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

Doctors and Medical students
Staff and Paramedics

Notable guest stars[edit]


Original executive producers John Wells and Michael Crichton reprised their roles. Sixth season co-executive producers Neal Baer and Jack Orman were promoted to executive producers for the seventh season. Baer left the crew mid-season. Previous executive producer Christopher Chulack remained a consulting producer while working on Wells' Third Watch. Meredith Stiehm joined the crew as a co-executive producer mid-season.

R. Scott Gemmill returned as supervising producer and was joined by new supervising producer Dee Johnson. Long-time crew member Joe Sachs joined the production team as a co-producer for the seventh season and was promoted to producer mid-season. Wendy Spence Rosato and Richard Thorpe returned as producers. Jonathan Kaplan began the seventh season as a consulting producer but returned to his previous role as producer mid-season. Regular director Christopher Misiano joined the crew as a producer for the seventh season only. Michael Salamunovich returned as a co-producer and Teresa Salamunovich continued in her role as associate producer until the mid-season break.

Wells wrote two further episodes. Orman was the series' most prolific writer with seven episodes. Baer contributed a single episode. Gemmill wrote 4 further episodes and new producers Johnson and Stiehm each wrote three episodes. Sachs wrote a further episode. Former producer Walon Green wrote a single episode. Tom Garrigus joined the writing staff as an executive story editor and contributed to two episodes but left the crew with the close of the season. New writer Elizabeth Hunter contributed a single episode.

Producers Kaplan, Thorpe, and Misiano served as the seasons regular directors. Kaplan helmed 6 episodes while Thorpe and Misiano directed 3 each. Chulack directed a further episode. Returning directors were executive producer John Wells, cast members Anthony Edwards and Laura Innes, series veterans Lesli Linka Glatter, Félix Enríquez Alcalá, David Nutter, Marita Grabiak, and Tom Moore. Guy Norman Bee was the season's only new director.


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
136 1 "Homecoming" Jonathan Kaplan Jack Orman October 12, 2000 (2000-10-12) 226251 29.34[16]
Cleaning employees and construction workers strike at County General, Carter comes back out of rehab, a football game riot continues in the ER and, Greene and Corday come back from their vacation only to find out they have a terrible rash. Abby finds out that her ex-husband did not pay her tuition and therefore she cannot continue her ER clerkship.
137 2 "Sand and Water" Christopher Misiano Jack Orman October 19, 2000 (2000-10-19) 226252 27.58[17]
Carter returns to County General accepting Greene and Weaver's terms. Abby becomes his AA sponsor. Greene and Corday are buying a bigger house and decide to get married. Benton has trouble with Romano over a surgery for a patient whose insurance does not cover him anymore.
138 3 "Mars Attacks" Paris Barclay R. Scott Gemmill October 26, 2000 (2000-10-26) 226253 25.91[18]
On a short-staffed day, Weaver limits Carter's tasks, Kovač needs Abby to do medical procedures she is no longer cleared to do, Benton learns Romano bounced him, and injured attendees from a sci-fi convention are rushed in.
139 4 "Benton Backwards" Richard Thorpe Dee Johnson November 2, 2000 (2000-11-02) 226254 28.17[19]
Romano offers a per diem position to Benton with no benefits and no stature. A humbled Benton is forced to accept. Kovač lethally pounds a mugger who confronts him and Abby. Carter is allowed to handle trauma patients again, within reasons. Right after he saves a serious gunshot wound, a young girl enters the room and shoots the victim again, leaving Carter, the only one in the room at the time, shaken and in shock. Kovač later encourages him to leave early.
140 5 "Flight of Fancy" Lesli Linka Glatter Joe Sachs & Walon Green November 9, 2000 (2000-11-09) 226255 24.55[20]
The tragedy of teens diagnosed as HIV-positive is compounded by a fatal street accident. A med-emergency flight is followed by the transported patient's wedding in the ER.
141 6 "The Visit" Jonathan Kaplan John Wells November 16, 2000 (2000-11-16) 226256 27.70[21]
Abby is visited by her bipolar mother Maggie, Benton's nephew comes into the ER with a serious gunshot wound, and Kovač suspects a young girl is being abused by her father. Corday achieves her desire for a weekend getaway with Greene by treating one patient, a Zambian surfer (Alan Dale), too quickly.
142 7 "Rescue Me" Christopher Chulack Neal Baer November 23, 2000 (2000-11-23) 226257 29.14[22]
It is a rainy day at County. Corday is sued for malpractice. Maggie will not leave until Abby talks to her. Chen's mother (Nancy Kwan) learns of her daughter's pregnancy, and Corday also learns she is pregnant, but Greene has the worst feeling of all when he loses control of his faculties while suturing a patient's laceration.
143 8 "The Dance We Do" Christopher Misiano Jack Orman December 7, 2000 (2000-12-07) 226258 30.42[23]
Greene reveals to Corday that he had a biopsy and says the tumor is inoperable. Abby's mother causes a major ruckus at a department store. Corday attends her deposition for malpractice on her previous patient, the surfer. Benton's nephew's girlfriend comes into the ER.
144 9 "The Greatest of Gifts" Jonathan Kaplan Elizabeth Hunter December 14, 2000 (2000-12-14) 226259 27.58[24]
Chen gives birth, and struggles with the decision to give her baby up for adoption. Benton helps a young girl who is being forced to donate white blood cells to her ill sister. Corday and Greene travel to New York, and find hope when they meet a surgeon who can operate on Greene's tumor.
145 10 "Piece of Mind" David Nutter Tom Garrigus & R. Scott Gemmill January 4, 2001 (2001-01-04) 226260 24.10[25]
While Greene undergoes surgery in New York to remove his brain tumor, County General is absorbed in the case of father and son (James Belushi and Jared Padalecki) who were in a car accident.
146 11 "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Jonathan Kaplan Dee Johnson January 11, 2001 (2001-01-11) 226261 22.36[26]
Kovač treats a bishop (James Cromwell) who took a fall and questions Kovač's faith. Abby pressures Carter to tell Weaver about the Vicodin he nearly took. Abby later tells him that she cannot be his sponsor anymore. After Kynesha is placed with a foster family, Benton and Finch discover their home trashed by her. Corday's malpractice suit is settled; Mr. Patterson later visits her at the hospital, causing Corday to panic with another patient. Weaver and Legaspi are divided over personal and professional issues. Carter treats a woman smuggling drugs by swallowing a condom full of cocaine.
147 12 "Surrender" Félix Enríquez Alcalá Jack Orman February 1, 2001 (2001-02-01) 226262 26.50[27]
Weaver and Legaspi have spent the night together, although Weaver appears shy of beginning a relationship. She also battles Kovač over calling the authorities (OSHA) about an illegal sweatshop employing one of his patients, which causes the owners to torch the place. Greene is back to work, but is mixing up his pronouns, referring to a male patient as a "she." Corday freezes again during surgery, but is able to overcome her fears. Romano talks Benton into taking a job as County's director of diversity. In the wake of his Vicodin slip, Carter is banned from prescribing drugs. He later visits Chase at his home, and admits his addiction. Abby treats two horny old men (Tom Bosley and Tom Poston).
148 13 "Thy Will Be Done" Richard Thorpe Meredith Stiehm February 8, 2001 (2001-02-08) 226263 24.12[28]
Bishop Stewart returns, seeking pain medication from Kovač, who also has his hands full dealing with the parents of a 16-year-old who does not want another heart transplant. Abby fills in as Carter's date for a Carter family function and sees her ex-husband there. Malucci treats a gay man who wants to contract HIV from his positive partner. Greene continues an abrupt personality change in the wake of his surgery. Weaver makes an appointment for a competency review for Greene.
149 14 "A Walk in the Woods" John Wells John Wells February 15, 2001 (2001-02-15) 226264 29.66[29]
Weaver spends an evening with Legaspi and her lesbian friend (Megan Follows). Greene is furious to learn about his competency review; Corday screams at Weaver about ordering it. Chen returns from maternity leave and treats a young boy with measles. Benton struggles to get a young med student applicant an interview after learning that he himself was only accepted due to affirmative action. Bishop Stewart returns in even worse condition.
150 15 "The Crossing" Jonathan Kaplan Jack Orman February 22, 2001 (2001-02-22) 226265 25.15[30]
Carter meets a new pedes intern, Rena Trujillo. He and Kovač are then dispatched to the site of a major train wreck. Carter must perform a tricky double amputation on an injured firefighter after Corday goes into early contractions at the scene. After Corday returns to the hospital, Abby and Chen treat Corday, who is told to stay on bed rest. Benton lets prospective med student William White follow him around the ER. Weaver calls Legaspi for a psych consult on a suicidal girl who caused the train crash by driving her car onto the tracks. Kovač wrestles with his faith, revealing that in Vukovar he could have saved his wife by sacrificing his daughter. Bishop Stewart grants him absolution before his death.
151 16 "Witch Hunt" Guy Norman Bee R. Scott Gemmill March 1, 2001 (2001-03-01) 226266 24.97[31]
After Abby leaves the room for a second, an infant disappears from the hospital. After spending the night at her place, Carter is shocked to find out that Rena is a 19-year-old undergraduate. Greene gets his competency results--he passed (was there ever any doubt?). Malucci and Greene treat a young boy injecting steroids who is frightened of his father. Legaspi has been accused of sexual misconduct by the teenager who caused the train crash. Weaver is more concerned with hiding their relationship, so Kim dumps her.
152 17 "Survival of the Fittest" Marita Grabiak Joe Sachs March 29, 2001 (2001-03-29) 226267 27.56[32]
Benton and Cleo may be at fault when a police officer shoots and kills an old woman with dementia. Carter misinforms Rena and tells her that he and Abby had a past liaison. April Fool's Day causes the staffers to play pranks on each other; Malucci gets the worst of it when Kovač injects him with Haldol, rendering him useless for the rest of the shift and getting his hand glued to his forehead while asleep. Corday endures a particularly long surgery just to prove that she can despite her pregnancy. Greene treats three young students who have been huffing carpet cleaner. Kovač treats another pregnant teenager, who wants the comfort that a child will bring her.
153 18 "April Showers" Christopher Misiano Tom Garrigus April 19, 2001 (2001-04-19) 226268 23.86[33]
Greene must overcome numerous obstacles, mostly weather-related, in order to get to the church to marry Elizabeth, who is stuck with both of her bickering, divorced parents. Abby has a major cold, but cannot leave the hospital, due to most of the nurses being at the wedding. Many patients come in to the ER from an accident involving a prison van; Kovač and Carter clash over the treatment of an injured cop and a prisoner with a dislocated shoulder. While waiting for a flight to Vegas, Weaver (who was not invited to the wedding), strikes up a conversation with a friendly man. Chen misses her son. Cleo does not want to go to the wedding, because the bride is Benton's ex-girlfriend.
154 19 "Sailing Away" Laura Innes Jack Orman & Meredith Stiehm April 26, 2001 (2001-04-26) 226269 25.10[34]
Corday goes into labor and delivers a baby girl named Ella. Benton treats his junior high school science teacher (Roger Robinson). Numerous college students come into the ER, victims of fraternity/sorority pledging pranks and hazing rituals. Carter and Abby take a road trip to Oklahoma to pick up Maggie, who has locked herself in a motel room; then she steals sleeping pills from a convenience store and attempts suicide. Rena dumps Carter over the phone.
155 20 "Fear of Commitment" Anthony Edwards R. Scott Gemmill May 3, 2001 (2001-05-03) 226270 23.47[35]
Abby goes to court to argue for a 90-day psych hold for her mother. Her mother is released, and later shows up at Luka's hotel room. Weaver treats an old children's television show host (Bette Ford) and an animal suit fetishist. Carla checks into the hospital after a fall. Benton treats Carl Ferris again after he suffers a heart attack. Malucci clashes with Chen and Cleo when his past track record gets him in trouble. Carter treats a young girl whose boyfriend has been interfering with her pregnancy by feeding her herbal root extracts to cause a miscarriage. Chen treats a patient with a talent for numbers. Malucci calls in a priest to perform an exorcism.
156 21 "Where the Heart Is" Richard Thorpe Dee Johnson & Meredith Stiehm May 10, 2001 (2001-05-10) 226271 28.16[36]
Abby is flabbergasted when Maggie reveals her plans to move back to her birthplace of Minneapolis. Abby reveals to her mother that she was pregnant once, but had an abortion, scared about the genetic possibility of herself or her child turning out bipolar. Meanwhile, Carter and Chen are both shot down in their bids for chief resident, after which she tells Weaver she is a victim of discrimination. Weaver meets Legaspi's new girlfriend. Carla hits on Benton and freaks out at Cleo after she turns her back on Reese for a second and he injures himself. Greene treats a young abused boy with an extremely irate father. Most of the ER staff play in a softball game after work.
157 22 "Rampage" Jonathan Kaplan Jack Orman May 17, 2001 (2001-05-17) 226272 30.77[37]
Derek Fossen, the father of the abused boy that Greene treated last week goes on a shooting rampage throughout the city, looking for anyone connected with the placing of his son in a foster care facility. Greene fears for Corday and baby Ella's safety when Corday does not answer her pager. Chen moves one step closer to the chief resident position. Romano fires Legaspi. Weaver confronts Romano, and comes out to him, threatening that she will quit if Kim is not rehired. Carla's husband, Roger, accuses Benton of sleeping with Carla. Cleo cuts her hand while treating an HIV-positive patient. Kovač draws unhappiness from Abby when he sends in her med school reapplication without her consent. Carter expresses his feelings to Abby and begins thinking about his future at another hospital. While treating the shooter alone in an elevator, Greene makes a critical decision regarding his care when the man flatlines. The episode ends with Greene choosing to shock the air instead of treating Fossen, Greene furious at Fossen over Fossen's intentions to hurt Greene and his family.


  1. ^ Episodes 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22.
  2. ^ Episode 20
  3. ^ Episodes 2, 3, 8, 9, 10.
  4. ^ Episodes 1, 3, 4, 6, 12, 14, 19, 22.
  5. ^ Episodes 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21.
  6. ^ Episode 4.
  7. ^ Episodes 6, 7, 8, 19, 20, 21.
  8. ^ Episode 10.
  9. ^ Episodes 4, 20, 21.
  10. ^ Episodes 2, 3, 4, 7, 20, 21.
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  12. ^ Episode 1.
  13. ^ Episodes 6, 8, 11.
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  15. ^ Episodes 11, 13, 14, 15.
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