|Season 7, Episode 1|
|Air date||October 12, 2000|
|Written by||Jack Orman|
|Directed by||Jonathan Kaplan|
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"Sand and Water"
"Homecoming" is the first episode of the seventh season of ER. It first aired on NBC on October 12, 2000. It was written by Jack Orman and directed by Jonathan Kaplan. It has Dr. Carter coming out rehab and makes a slow journey back to Chicago. The ER staff are dealing with the custodial strike and later are packed with participants from a high-school football game riot.
Carter struggles with his recovery as he completes his drug rehabilitation. Mark and Elizabeth learn that they got rash from poison ivy during their vacation.
Abby is forced to drop out of med school when she discovers that her ex-husband didn't pay her tuition.
The custodial strike causes problems in the ER while the ER staff members treat patients from the high-school football game riot.
IN SEASON OPENER, DR. CARTER BATTLES DRUG DEMONS WHILE EMERGENCY ROOM COPES WITH STRIKE AND RIOT: In the season premiere, Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) struggles to overcome his chemical dependency in a detox center while Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards) returns from vacation to find the ER awash in garbage during a custodial strike and a riot during a high school football game further clogs the halls with the rival wounded.
Meanwhile, Greene finds unexpected complications when he treats the first victim, a likable injured player (guest star Wentworth Miller) and discovers that he must also minister to himself for a rash caused by poison ivy.
Abby (Maura Tierney) arrives back from another rotation and tries to help an elderly man (guest star James Callahan) whose wife is dead on arrival; later, she's furious when her ex-husband (guest star Mark Valley) jeopardizes her clerkship when he does not pay her tuition.
Dr. Benton (Eriq La Salle) grits his teeth when he interviews for an attending, a lucrative supervisory position with Dr. Romano (Paul McCrane). Laura Innes, Alex Kingston, Goran Visnjic, Michael Michele, Ming-Na and Erik Palladino also star.
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- Abby tells Luka her divorce became final the previous month (suggesting August) but in the Season 6 episode Such Sweet Sorrow (which is set in May), she told Malucci that her divorce became finalized that day.
- [As Luka & Abby are working on a patient]
- Malucci: She have a pulse? Whoa, she's dead.
- Luka: I know.
- Malucci: Like, blue dead.
- Malik: Pulse ox 65.
- Malucci: That's because she's dead.
- Malucci (after noticing that Mark scratched his groin while meeting new med students): Dr. Greene, I have a question. Something wrong with the Australian boys?
- Mark: Who?
- Malucci: You're scratching "down under." Doesn't make a good first impression.
- Romano (to Benton): Don't take this the wrong way Peter, but you have a real propensity to be a pain in the ass. (enters the men's bathroom) I'm not going to jump you, you homophobe.