|"A Thousand Cranes"|
|Season 9, Episode 16|
|Air date||February 20, 2003|
|Written by||David Zabel|
|Directed by||Jonathan Kaplan|
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A Thousand Cranes is the 16th episode of the 9th season of "E.R."
BLACK AND BLUE CLASH WHEN DOCTORS ARE QUESTIONED BY POLICE; SALLY FIELD, PATRICK FUGIT GUEST-STAR: Drs. Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) and Gallant (Sharif Atkins) see the when they are pulled over and questioned as possible suspects in a murderous rampage at the hospital's local diner while a sympathetic Dr. Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) befriends an enamored teenaged cancer patient (guest star Patrick Fugit, "Almost Famous") who fears he might not have long to live.
Elsewhere, Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) learns a sobering earful from Maggie (Oscar-winning guest star Sally Field) when he reluctantly takes her to the airport even as he ponders a life-changing personal decision.
In addition, troubled Dr. Kovac (Goran Visnjic) ruminates on his tragic life when he is forced to consult a psychologist. Alex Kingston, Laura Innes, Maura Tierney and Ming-Na also star.