|"Fear of Commitment"|
|Season 7, Episode 20|
|Air date||May 3, 2001|
|Written by||R. Scott Gemmill|
|Directed by||Anthony Edwards|
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"Where the Heart Is"
Fear of Commitment is the 20th episode of the 7th season of "E.R."
OSCAR WINNER SALLY FIELD GUEST-STARS; CAN ABBY STOP JUDGE FROM RELEASING HER MENTALLY DISTURBED MOTHER?: Due to a clerical error, a startled Abby (Maura Tierney) discovers that her suicidal mother (Oscar-winning guest star Sally Field) is due in court for a competency hearing and she rushes to testify that she should not be released, but the older woman musters an alarmingly masterful display of sanity before the judge.
Meanwhile, Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) gives heartbreaking news to a sassy homeless woman (guest star Bette Ford) who once hosted a children's show that Weaver viewed as a child.
Dr. Benton (Eriq La Salle) steps in to help a junior high school teacher (guest star Roger Robinson) who was once his mentor and now suffers a cardiac arrest. A busy Benton also injures his hand while helping a fallen biker and learns that an injured Carla (guest star Lisa Nicole Carson, "Ally McBeal") has checked into the ER with his young son Reese (guest star Matthew Watkins).
A perplexed Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) treats a stricken pregnant woman (guest star Kimberly McCullough) and then is angered when her husband (guest star Henri Lubatti) informs him about what prompted her life-threatening episode.
Paul McCrane, Goran Visnjic, Michael Michele, Erik Palladino and Ming-Na also star.