"The Greatest of Gifts"
Season 7, Episode 9
Air date December 14, 2000
Written by Elizabeth Hunter
Directed by Jonathan Kaplan
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The Greatest of Gifts is the 9th episode of the 7th season of "E.R."


Chen gives birth to her baby, but later has second thoughts about giving her child up for adoption, a decision that is also complicated by the adoptive parents' presence at the hospital.

With an enormous lack of sleep, Carter is called back to County to act as Chen's coach, and is later tempted to use Vicodin to take the edge off.

Mark and Corday spend the day in New York seeking help for his brain tumor.

Finch and Benton encounter trouble trying to keep Kynesha hidden from a gang. Benton comforts a little girl who is feeling used by her parents.

Weaver has the hiccups throughout the entire episode, trying several suggestions to stop them and is surprised when Legaspi kisses her.

NBC DescriptionEdit

DRS. GREENE AND CORDAY TAKE A HOLIDAY VISIT TO MANHATTAN; DR. CHEN GIVES BIRTH: Christmas is just days away, and Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards) accompanies Dr. Corday (Alex Kingston) to New York on a mission during the holiday season. Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) fights fatigue as he assists Dr. Chen (Ming-Na) during the birth of her baby.

However, Carter notices that Chen's attitude toward her unwanted baby may be changing even as the adoptive parents wait patiently for their new child. In addition, Carter must fight against temptation to ruin the progress of his drug rehabilitation program.

Elsewhere, Dr. Benton (Eriq La Salle) receives an ultimatum from Dr. Finch (Michael Michele) to remove a wayward teenaged girl from her residence; Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) treats a boy whose face is badly mauled by a dog. Paul McCrane, Erik Palladino and Maura Tierney also star.




  • Chen gives birth to a boy that the adoptive parents name Michael Alexander.
  • Carter steals Vicodin from a deceased patient and later vomits them up after ingesting them.
  • Although he is in the opening credits, Goran Visnjic does not appear in this episode.


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