|"Next of Kin"|
|Season 9, Episode 9|
|Air date||December 5, 2002|
|Written by||Dee Johnson|
|Directed by||Paul McCrane|
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Next of Kin is the 9th episode of the 9th season of "E.R."
Abby races to stop Maggie from taking manic-depressive Eric out of treatment; Kovač hits a new low when he accepts a $10,000 tip from an elderly woman for his medical services.
Meanwhile, an abandoned baby dredges up painful memories for Chen, Pratt goes to bat for Leon after he is fired for allegedly stealing from his job; a father's death leads to a revelation about his son and Lewis helps a woman who's being beaten up by her son.
WILL ABBY GET DRAGGED THROUGH THE MUD IN FAMILY TUG-OF-WAR? OSCAR WINNER SALLY FIELD RETURNS TO GUEST-STAR: Abby (Maura Tierney) is heartbroken when her troubled mother (Oscar-winning guest star Sally Field, "Norma Rae") interferes with the treatment of her bi-polar brother (guest star Thomas Everett Scott, "Philly") at a psychiatric hospital while Dr. Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) treats a frightened young girl (guest star Megan Ryan Vint) who is injured in an auto accident and tries to hides a terrible secret.
Elsewhere, a dissolute Dr. Kovac (Goran Visnjic) forms an unlikely bond with a lonely elderly woman (guest star Mary Carver) who offers him a tidy "tip".
Dr. Chen (Ming-Na) is flooded with teary memories when a baby is abandoned inside the E.R. and Pratt takes matters into his own hands when his luckless brother Leon (guest star Marcello Thedford) is fired from his menial job.
Noah Wyle, Alex Kingston, Sherry Stringfield and Sharif Atkins also star. TV-14