|Season 9, Episode 17|
|Air date||March 13, 2003|
|Written by||Joe Sachs|
|Directed by||Julie Hebert|
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The Advocate is the 17th episode of the 9th season of "E.R."
CAN DR. WEAVER FIND HER WAY OUT OF A DEEP ETHICAL WORMHOLE?: Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) finds herself in a deep hole when she bends the rules to treat the syphilitic lover of her powerful new patron Alderman Bright (guest star Bruce Weitz, "Hill Street Blues"), but when the patient has a severe allergic reaction, she desperately tries to cover her tracks and compromises her ethics even further.
In the meantime, Weaver's career continues to get a boost at the expense of a stubborn Dr. Romano (Paul McCrane) and Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) and Abby (Maura Tierney) reassess their relationship.
Elsewhere, Dr. Kovac (Goran Visnjic) ruminates aloud on his star-crossed career path while he ministers to a rebellious teenaged girl who claims she was sexually abused at a boot camp for wayward youths and Carter cares for a nasty middle-aged woman who's slowly being poisoned.
Alex Kingston, Ming-Na, Sherry Stringfield and Sharif Atkins also star.