|Season 9, Episode 8|
|Air date||November 21, 2002|
|Written by||Jack Orman|
|Directed by||Jack Orman|
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First Snowfall is the 8th episode of the 9th season of "E.R."
A blizzard hits Chicago; Corday & Nathan work desperately to try to save the lives of a family injured by a drunk driver.
Meawnhile, Abby and her mother Maggie, search for Abby's brother, Eric, who has gone AWOL.
DESPERATE ABBY LOOKS FOR DISTURBED AND AWOL BROTHER; OSCAR WINNER SALLY FIELD RETURNS TO GUEST-STAR: Abby's (Maura Tierney) family nightmare continues when she and her mother (Oscar-winning guest star Sally Field, "Norma Rae") go in search of her AWOL brother (Thomas Everett Scott) whom she suspects is suffering from serious mental problems and the two women meet at a Midwestern air force base in hopes of preventing his military court-martial.
Back at the snowed-in hospital, Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) struggles to get out of Chicago to join Abby while Dr. Corday (Alex Kingston) treats a family of patients who are severely struck by a truck driver while building a snowman.
Meanwhile, Corday tries to help the father (guest star Jeff Kober) make a life-or-death decision while she sympathizes with the troubled Dr. Nathan (guest star Don Cheadle) as he struggles with his increasing symptoms of his physical handicap.
Laura Innes, Goran Visnjic, Sherry Stringfield and Sharif Atkins also star. TV-14