ER (season 9)

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ER (season 9)
ER Season 9.jpg
DVD Boxset
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Release
Original channel NBC
Original release September 26, 2002 –
May 15, 2003
Season chronology
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List of ER episodes

The ninth season of the American fictional drama television series ER first aired on September 26, 2002 and concluded on May 15, 2003. The ninth season consists of 22 episodes.

Plot[edit]

For the first time John Carter becomes the central character and Noah Wyle receives star billing. The death of Dr. Mark Greene, continues to affect his colleagues while a grieving Corday has left Chicago for England. Elsewhere Romano suffers a horrific injury which has resulting consequences throughout the course of the season, Weaver finds herself promoted, Abby’s family troubles resurface, Pratt continues to get on the wrong side of his colleagues and superiors while Kovac and Carter join a relief mission in Africa, setting up a continuing story thread for following seasons.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

Doctors and Medical students
Nurses
Staff and Paramedics
Family

Notable guest stars[edit]

Production[edit]

Original executive producers John Wells and Michael Crichton reprised their roles. Long-time crew member Jack Orman returned as executive producer and show runner. Previous executive producer Christopher Chulack remained a consulting producer while working on Wells' Third Watch. R. Scott Gemmill and Dee Johnson continued to act as co-executive producers. Medical expert Joe Sachs remained a supervising producer. Richard Thorpe, Joe Sachs, and Wendy Spence Rosato returned as producers. They were joined by new producer Bruce Miller. Eighth season executive story editor David Zabel and unit production manager Tommy Burns joined the production team as co-producers for the ninth season. New crew member Julie Hébert began the season as a co-producer. Zabel and Hebert were promoted to producers mid-season. Hebert left the crew with the close of the season. Teresa Salamunovich returned to the crew as an associate producer for the ninth season. She was joined by new associate producers Erin Mitchell (for the entire season) and Shelagh O'Brien (after the mid-season break).

Wells wrote a further episode for the season. Gemmill was the season's most prolific writer with five episodes. Johnson and Orman each wrote four episodes. Zabel and Hebert each wrote three episodes. Sachs and Miller each wrote two episodes. Yahlin Chang joined the writing staff as a story editor in 2002 and contributed to four episodes as a writer and twelve episodes as an executive story editor and one episode as a co-producer between 2002 and 2005. Wells was promoted to executive story editor mid-season but left the staff with the close of the season. New writer Arthur Albert wrote a single episode.

Producers Kaplan and Thorpe served as the season's regular directors. Kaplan helmed five episodes while Thorpe directed four. Chulack directed a further episode. Show runner Orman helmed a further two episodes. New producer Hebert directed a single episode. Returning director Charles Haid directed two episodes. Cast members Laura Innes and Paul McCrane each directed an episode, McCrane making his series debut. Returning directors were Félix Enríquez Alcalá, David Nutter, Nelson McCormick, TR Babu Subramaniam, and Alan J. Levi. Peggy Rajski was the season's only new director.

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
180 1 "Chaos Theory" Jonathan Kaplan Jack Orman & R. Scott Gemmill September 26, 2002 (2002-09-26) 175151 26.72[8]
As the smallpox crisis continues the CDC orders the entire evacuation of the hospital and Carter, Abby, Chen, and Pratt are placed under quarantine. As the evacuation goes awry Romano and Kovac argue over the use of the last helicopter and Romano's arm is severed when he backs into the chopper's tail rotor. As Kovac battles to keep him alive in a deserted ER, Lewis is left stuck on the roof with a dying patient. Meanwhile, a grieving Corday has returned to London where her Americanized ways raise eyebrows among her British colleagues.
181 2 "Dead Again" Richard Thorpe Dee Johnson October 3, 2002 (2002-10-03) 175152 25.13[9]
Local ER closings wreak havoc at County, as Carter tries to keep the peace. Weaver steps on a still-grieving Corday's toes, and a med student awaits her overdue orientation. Meanwhile, Pratt's inability to follow orders results in tragedy for a family when he resuscitates a brain dead father. Gallant drives everyone crazy during his psych rotation.
182 3 "Insurrection" Charles Haid Yahlin Chang & Jack Orman October 10, 2002 (2002-10-10) 175153 24.74[10]
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 is keeping a secret about his home situation but takes time to console a badly shaken Chen; and Kovač has an unhappy ex-lover to contend with. Kerry agrees to permit installing new security measures but announces major service cuts and layoffs in order to pay for it giving Carter the choice of who gets fired.
183 4 "Walk Like A Man" Félix Enríquez Alcalá David Zabel October 17, 2002 (2002-10-17) 175154 25.65[11]
Tensions between meek med student Gallant and arrogant intern Pratt reach a fever pitch as they battle over two troubled patients, the hypochondriac from the week before and a troubled Army veteran. Abby tries to set the record straight with Carter about her drinking and Weaver makes a disastrous television appearance before revealing the reason behind her muddled behavior. Kerry makes Abby nurse manager, despite Abby being unwilling to take the job.
184 5 "A Hopeless Wound" Laura Innes Julie Hébert & Joe Sachs October 31, 2002 (2002-10-31) 175155 23.53[12]
A suspicious fire on Halloween floods the ER with many bizarrely costumed victims. Marquez threatens to file a grievance against an increasingly gross Kovač as he offends Abby and treats a single mom whose newborn baby is very ill, Romano's rehab lags behind his expectations as he begins to doubt that his role in surgery is still an option, and the staff greets an older but wiser surgical intern, Paul Nathan, who tries to overcome a daunting physical handicap and Corday's disapproval but impresses the staff by diagnosing a case of flesh-eating bacteria.
185 6 "One Can Only Hope" Jonathan Kaplan Bruce Miller November 7, 2002 (2002-11-07) 175156 24.39[13]
Corday clashes with the new surgical resident, Paul Nathan, over his intervention in the treatment of a sickly young woman who signs a "Do Not Resuscitate" agreement. Abby's brother Eric returns with some all-too-familiar manic tendencies, Chen gives in to Pratt's sort-of-tender loving care after a violent patient gets under her skin, and tensions between the nurses and doctors hit a fever pitch as a petition against Kovač leaves the ER short-staffed.
186 7 "Tell Me Where It Hurts" Richard Thorpe R. Scott Gemmill November 14, 2002 (2002-11-14) 175157 24.28[14]
Kovač hits a new low in his search for a sexual high, Corday and Nathan reach an impasse regarding his future in medicine, Chen helps Carter treat a Chinese immigrant being exploited by her employer, and Abby fears the worst when her brother Eric disappears.
187 8 "First Snowfall" Jack Orman Jack Orman November 21, 2002 (2002-11-21) 175158 25.85[15]
Abby's family nightmare continues when she and her mother, Maggie, go in search of her AWOL brother, Eric and find him locked up on a military base in Nebraska. Meanwhile, back in Chicago, a blizzard entangles the city and Nathan and Corday desperately attempt to save a family torn apart by a drunk driver.
188 9 "Next of Kin" Paul McCrane Dee Johnson December 5, 2002 (2002-12-05) 175159 23.92[16]
Abby races to stop Maggie from taking manic-depressive Eric out of treatment, and Kovač hits a new low when he accepts a $10,000 tip from an elderly woman for his medical services. Meanwhile, an abandoned baby dredges up painful memories for Chen, Pratt goes to bat for Leon after he is fired for allegedly stealing from his job, a father's death leads to a revelation about his son, and Lewis helps a woman who's being beaten up by her son.
189 10 "Hindsight" David Nutter David Zabel December 12, 2002 (2002-12-12) 175160 22.75[17]
After a late-night car accident involving the increasingly self-destructive Kovač and med student Harkins, the hour unfolds backwards to recount the troubling events leading up to the crash. A boozy holiday party, rumors of an illicit tryst and a run-in with his ex, Abby, all plague Kovač, but it is his tragic misdiagnosis of a patient that ultimately sends him racing off on a reckless ride. Meanwhile, the ER is awash in Christmas casualties.
190 11 "A Little Help From My Friends" Alan J. Levi Julie Hébert January 9, 2003 (2003-01-09) 175161 21.52[18]
Kovač pays the price for his misdiagnosis that left a patient with brain damage. Pratt is caught bringing a gun into the emergency room and Carter realizes he is protecting Leon, Weaver hopes to keep her pregnancy a secret, but physical complications might compromise her plans, and Lewis keeps a wary eye on a self-destructive patient who admits to wanting to molest young boys.
191 12 "A Saint in the City" Peggy Rajski Bruce Miller January 16, 2003 (2003-01-16) 175162 21.80[19]
Ethical crises abound after Weaver agrees to hide a politician's sexually transmitted disease. Kovač plays God to get a critical patient into surgery and Pratt ignores a dying mother's wishes in hopes of keeping her kids out of foster care. Meanwhile, Carter's family fortunes fail to pay off for an ailing doctor running a local clinic.
192 13 "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" Nelson McCormick R. Scott Gemmill January 30, 2003 (2003-01-30) 175163 21.90[20]
Carter's plan to help an ailing doctor 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 his so-called friends shot. Weaver's ethics are tested even further while setting up a photo-op for a politician hiding a severe condition, and she sees Kovač go AWOL from his job after she is unsympathetic to his depressive spiral. Corday is caught off guard by hot-shot new surgeon, Dr. Dorset, and Romano risks his standing at County by overseeing an operation he is incapable of completing. Abby's brother Eric, now on his bipolar meds, visits and reconciles with her.
193 14 "No Strings Attached" Jonathan Kaplan Dee Johnson February 6, 2003 (2003-02-06) 175164 20.91[21]
A downed plane over the Great Lakes sends Abby's world into a tailspin. Romano's surgical career is altered forever, Weaver gets a promotion from a grateful alderman, and a terminal patient helps Lewis weigh the pros and cons of a blind date while she handles a case where an unpopular student either mistakenly or deliberately ran down her classmates. Meanwhile, Pratt has an unexpected reaction to Chen's revelation about her baby, while Chen disgusts Abby with her hardline response to a case where a single mother is supporting her kids through prostitution.
194 15 "A Boy Falling Out of the Sky" Charles Haid R. Scott Gemmill & Yahlin Chang February 13, 2003 (2003-02-13) 175165 20.59[22]
Carter comes to the rescue when the stalled search for Abby's brother, Eric — and the arrival of her mother, Maggie — pushes the nurse to her limit. Meanwhile, Kovač comes back to work just before Weaver's final deadline and saves an overdose case from frying his own brain. Pratt digs himself into a deeper hole with Chen during his stint with the EMTs and Lewis is also flattered by her teenaged admirer but gets an earful from his protective mother.
195 16 "A Thousand Cranes" Jonathan Kaplan David Zabel February 20, 2003 (2003-02-20) 175166 22.37[23]
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. Kovač works hard to avoid attending mandatory Psych counseling. Lewis befriends a teenage cancer patient, despite his mother's disapproval, and Carter decides to propose to Abby, who is having difficulty finding someone to give her mother a ride to the bus station for her trip back to Wisconsin.
196 17 "The Advocate" Julie Hébert Joe Sachs March 13, 2003 (2003-03-13) 175167 20.92[24]
A favor for a popular but closeted politician has dire results for Weaver — and a patient Josh Radnor. Carter and Abby come to terms with their ailing romance. Kovač finds an unusual outlet for his inner demons and Romano's days as Chief of Staff end abruptly when Anspaugh assigns Weaver to replace him.
197 18 "Finders Keepers" T.R. Babu Subramaniam Dee Johnson April 3, 2003 (2003-04-03) 175168 18.93[25]
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 Kovač implores Weaver 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.
198 19 "Things Change" Richard Thorpe R. Scott Gemmill April 24, 2003 (2003-04-24) 175169 20.88[26]
Lewis works with a mentally ill man who took too much of his anti-psychotic medication, Kovač welcomes an old friend - a fellow Croatian doctor - to observe the chaos of an American inner-city hospital, Romano discusses grave options about his arm with Corday, and Carter receives some emotional news from home.
199 20 "Foreign Affairs" Jonathan Kaplan David Zabel May 1, 2003 (2003-05-01) 175170 19.55[27]
Kovač breaks every rule in the book to get a dying Croatian boy to Chicago in a race to save his life. Lewis waffles on whether she wants to end things with her "husband" Chuck, Carter's sad family gathering is interrupted by Abby's mentally troubled brother Eric. A minor league baseball player with a serious heart ailment is treated on the eve of his pitching debut with the Chicago Cubs, and Romano makes a dramatic decision about his mangled arm. Also, Kovač departs for the Congo after saying goodbye to Abby.
200 21 "When Night Meets Day" Jack Orman Jack Orman May 8, 2003 (2003-05-08) 175171 21.90[28]
As a solar eclipse approaches, the early shift sees a weary Carter field=ing a slew of casualties from a cult's suicide pact. Intercut with that chaos are scenes of Pratt, whose skills are tested on the final night of his residency. Meanwhile, Corday offers support as Romano undergoes surgery to amputate his arm, and Kovač calls from Africa for backup... and it comes from an unlikely source.
201 22 "Kisangani" Christopher Chulack John Wells May 15, 2003 (2003-05-15) 175172 21.61[29]

After weeks of professional and personal setbacks, Carter leaves the ER — and Abby — behind to join the equally troubled Kovač on a relief mission in the war-torn Congo. But upon arrival, the hellish conditions, lack of supplies, and rampant disease soon have him clamoring for the comforts (and even the chaos) of Chicago. In time, these unlikely allies realize they are exactly where they are needed most, especially after a skirmish between local rebels and the government Army triggers the docs' bloody battle to save a child caught in the crossfire.

Features music by Youssou N'Dour, Willie Nelson, the Tin Hat Trio and Jamshied Sharifi.

Note: Nielsen Ratings: 21.6 million viewers

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