"A Boy Falling Out of the Sky"
Season 9, Episode 15
Air date February 13, 2003
Written by R. Scott Gemmill and Yahlin Chang
Directed by Charles Haid
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"A Boy Falling Out of the Sky" is the fifthteenth episode of the ninth season of ER. It first aired on NBC on February 13, 2003. It was written by R. Scott Gemmill & Yahlin Chang and directed by Charles Haid. It has Abby Lockhart reaches a breaking point during the search for her missing brother Eric continues as well as the arrival of her mother Maggie while John Carter tries to help Abby out. Kerry Weaver forces the burnt-out Luka Kovač an ulitimatum about his job.


Abby is at her wits end as her brother Eric is still missing and the arrival of her mother Maggie as Carter tries to find out about the stalled search for Eric. Weaver forces the troubled Luka to return to work as her final deadline.

Weaver also has her purse stolen, but gets the last laugh when the perpetrator shows up in the hospital. Pratt, on the ride along with paramedics, pronounces a derelict dead, but is later discovered alive in the morgue.

NBC DescriptionEdit

WILL ABBY LOSE CONTROL OF HER FULL-PLATE OF PROBLEMS? OSCAR WINNER SALLY FIELD, ELI WALLACH AND PATRICK FUGIT ('ALMOST FAMOUS') GUEST-STAR: As Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) returns from his scuba trip, Abby (Maura Tierney) veers disturbingly close to a breakdown in her attempt to cope with a multitude of problems, Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) confronts the man who stole her purse and Dr. Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) accompanies paramedics and is later surprised by what happens to a comatose homeless man found on the street.

As Abby awaits word on her missing flyboy brother and deals with her needy mom (Oscar-winning guest star Sally Field), she and Carter try to keep a brain-dead boy alive in order to comfort his grieving parents.

Elsewhere, Dr. Kovac (Goran Visnjic) finally arrives at the hospital in the nick of time to aid an overdosed teen while Dr. Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) helps an elderly man (guest star Eli Wallach, "The Magnificent Seven") whose wife suffers from Alzheimer's and hypothermia.

Lewis is also flattered by her teenaged admirer (guest star Patrick Fugit, "Almost Famous") which doesn't help sugarcoat the grim news for her young cancer patient. Ming-Na also stars.



Despite being credited in the opening credits, Alex Kingston and Paul McCrane do not appear in this episode.

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