"Sailing Away"
Season 7, Episode 19
Air date April 26, 2001
Written by Jack Orman
Meredith Stiehm
Directed by Laura Innes
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"Sailing Away" is a nineteenth episode of the seventh season of ER. It first aired on NBC on April 26, 2001. It was written by Jack Orman & Meredith Stiehm and directed by series star Laura Innes. The episode focuses on John Carter goes with Abby Lockhart to pick up her bipolar mother, who locked herself in the motel room in Oklahoma, as well as the birth of Ella Greene, the daughter of Mark Greene and Elizabeth Corday and Peter Benton treating his junior high school science teacher.


When Abby learns that her mother Maggie has locked herself in the motel room in Oklahoma, Carter goes with her to help her out, much to the disappointments of Luka and Rena. Benton treats his old junior high school science teacher. Corday gives birth to Ella Greene.

NBC DescriptionEdit

OSCAR WINNER SALLY FIELD RETURNS TO GUEST-STAR AS ABBY DRIVES FAR WITH CARTER TO RESCUE HER MOTHER: A tense Abby (Maura Tierney) drops everything when notified that her mentally unbalanced mother (Oscar-winning guest star Sally Field) is found incapacitated in an Oklahoma motel and when she insists on driving there, a sympathetic Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) accompanies her, risking both of their romantic relationships.

In the meantime, the road back is potholed with problems as they try to coax the disconnected woman back to Chicago for more professional help.

Elsewhere, the very pregnant Dr. Corday (Alex Kingston) is happily wheeled in for her baby's birth with Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards) at her side.

An angry Dr. Benton (Eriq La Salle) treats a parade of partying fraternity brothers whose alcohol-related medical problems become increasingly more serious. Later, Benton offers special care for his former junior high school teacher (guest star Roger Robinson) who jump-started his interest in science as a youth.

Goran Visnjic, Paul McCrane, Michael Michele, Erik Palladino and Ming-Na also star. Laura Innes directs.


To be added.



  • Laura Innes and Paul McCrane don't appear in this episode, despite having their games listed in the opening credits.

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