September 26, 2002 10:00 pm
Abby, Carter, Chen, Pratt and homeless Stan will be confined to the ER for two weeks, while all of the other patients are evacuated and sent to different hospitals. While on the roof arguing with Luka about the use of a helicopter, Romano backs up into the tail rotor, and has his arm severed above the elbow. Anspaugh arrives to perform surgery, and reattaches the arm. Susan is stuck on the roof with a dying patient. After 2 weeks, the ER reopens. While all of this has been going on, Elizabeth has been in London, working at her father's hospital, where her supervisor doesn't like the American mannerisms and vocabulary she's picked up. She ultimately decides to return to Chicago.
October 3, 2002 10:00 pm
Two months after the lockdown, a new group of med students arrives in the ER to pandemonium, caused by the closure of another city ER. Corday returns to the ER, having lost some of her beside manner. Gallant is on a psych rotation, annoying the ER staff. Romano continues physical therapy. Weaver is acting strange, and she breaks down and cries in front of Elizabeth. Pratt brings a man, pronounced dead, back to life.
October 10, 2002 10:00 pm
Lewis treats an end-stage Huntington's patient, whose mother has already watched her husband wither from the disease. Abby's brother Eric, an Air Force traffic controller, visits on his way to a new post in Nebraska. Carter tends to a 12-year-old drug-addicted prostitute with a serious STD, until her pimp shows up and whisks her away. Pratt aggravates a drug-seeking man who comes back brandishing a gun at Chen and Abby and demanding Demerol. Abby gives him his shot but purposefully ODs him. In the aftermath, Carter flips his lid, demanding better security and the installation of metal detectors. When Weaver refuses, Carter leads a walkout. Weaver eventually caves, albeit before telling Carter that he must fire three senior nurses by tomorrow to make up the budget. Abby, Lewis and Chen go to a concert to decompress.
October 17, 2002 10:00 pm
Weaver makes a mistake on live television while demonstrating flu shots, inadvertently sticking two reporters with the same needle. In the bathroom later, Susan and Abby catch Weaver in a stall with a needle. Weaver confesses to Susan that she's taking hormones. Carter, assuming Susan knows already, tells her about Abby's drinking problem. Abby becomes nurse manager, and argues with Carter about her drinking. Luka flirts with a patient's mom and is caught emerging from a storage closet with her. Gallant has a rough day: Pratt butts in on a patient of his, and Stella Willis dies because Kayson didn't bother with thorough treatment.
October 31, 2002 10:00 pm
On a busy Halloween night, Carter and Abby are the only staffers in costume when victims of an apartment building fire pack the ER. Corday takes on a new med student for a surgical rotation--Paul Nathan, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, and only decided to pursue medicine after his diagnosis. Despite a difficult first day, both professionally and medically, Nathan makes a difficult diagnosis. Romano's rehab lags behind his expectations, and he begins to doubt his role if surgery is no longer an option. In a moment of personal weakness, he tries to express his feelings for Corday. Weaver continues to display erratic behavior, raising staff suspicions about her menopause. Luka's burgeoning sex addiction worsens, as an affair with Chuny is revealed, and tensions rise when he treats a patient with a perpetual erection.
November 7, 2002 10:00 pm
Corday clashes with new surgical resident Paul Nathan regarding his intervention into the treatment of a sickly young woman, Alison, who has signed a "do not resuscitate" order. Abby wonders about the erratic behavior of her visiting brother Eric, and feels conflicted over a nurse's official complaint against Kovac, Abby's former lover. Meanwhile, Pratt comforts Chen after a patient threatens her, and Corday suspects that an unconscious, 14-year-old female patient has been sexually assaulted.
November 14, 2002 10:00 pm
Abby fears the worst when her brother Eric suddenly disappears. Carter and Chen treat a frightened Chinese immigrant nanny, Tong-Yi, whom they suspect was impregnated by her employer. Meanwhile, new surgical resident Paul Nathan, who is struggling to overcome a physical disability, tries to help in the emergency room—but his fellow doctors do not appreciate his advice to patients. Unable to quench his sexual appetites, Kovac also gets into trouble in his professional life, despite his admirable resolve to find an eye specialist to treat a young gunshot victim. Gallant and fellow medical student Erin Harkins engage in an escalating competition of medical knowledge. And Weaver gets some much-needed good news.
November 21, 2002 10:00 pm
Abby's family nightmare continues as she and her mother Maggie search for Abby's missing brother Eric, who Abby suspects is suffering from serious mental problems. The two women go to a Midwestern air force base, hoping to prevent Eric from being court-martialed for being absent without leave. Carter struggles to get out of Chicago to join Abby. Meanwhile, Corday treats a family of patients who, while building a snowman, were severely injured after being struck by a truck driver. She must help the father, Stuart, make a life-or-death decision. Corday also sympathizes with troubled surgical resident Paul Nathan as he struggles with the increasing symptoms of his physical handicap.
December 5, 2002 10:00 pm
Abby is distressed when her mother interferes with Eric's treatment at a psychiatric hospital. Pratt treats a frightened young girl who has been injured in an auto accident and desperately wants to hide a secret. An unhappy Luka forms an unlikely bond with a lonely elderly woman who makes him a surprising offer. Chen is overcome with upsetting memories when a baby is abandoned in the emergency room. Pratt takes action after Leon is fired from his menial job.
December 12, 2002 10:00 pm
The past 24 hours play in reverse after Luka gets into a car accident with Erin. Luka was forced into working hungover after a staff Christmas party, leading to a patient being brain dead. At the party, he confesses to Abby that he misses her before an oblivious Carter interrupts.
January 9, 2003 10:00 pm
When Pratt is witnessed bringing a gun into the emergency room, Carter feels compelled to defend him. However, Pratt's erratic behavior makes Carter reconsider. Meanwhile, Weaver hopes to keep her pregnancy a secret, but physical complications might compromise her plans. Lewis warily watches self-destructive patient Chip Mealy, who admits to molesting young boys. Romano warns guilt-stricken Kovac not to admit to a grieving mother that his miscalculation caused her son's death. Chen treats high school students who overdosed on Ritalin. And Gallant confronts the scheming young wife, Koko, of an aged, dying man.
January 16, 2003 10:00 pm
Weaver confronts a dilemma when influential alderman John Bright, seeking treatment after a fall, tests positive for syphilis—potentially damaging information that could become public. Meanwhile, Carter is impressed by irascible old Doctor McNulty, who oversees an inner-city medical clinic. A sympathetic Kovac defies conventional ethics when he tricks a seriously injured patient who refuses to leave his dying wife's side into believing that she has already expired. Pratt unilaterally allows a drug-addled man to be with his terminal mother. Pratt also keeps a wary eye on his mentally challenged brother Leon as he starts a new job. And Weaver and Kovac differ on what to do with a young boy whose medical history suggests repeated child abuse.
January 30, 2003 10:00 pm
Pratt is overwhelmed when Leon persuades him to treat a badly wounded robber who duped Leon into participating in a crime. Carter decides to take a vacation. Meanwhile, he continues to treat Dr. McNulty, who may not actually be a doctor. Emotionally fragile Romano receives negative news regarding his recovery. Kovac's relationship with Weaver deteriorates, culminating in a threat from Luka. Alderman Bright returns, bearing financial gifts of gratitude for Weaver. And a bold doctor, "Fast" Eddie Dorset, startles Corday by asking her on a date.
February 6, 2003 10:00 pm
After taking care of a wounded prostitute and bringing her case to the attention of social services, Chen confronts her past by telling Pratt about giving up her baby for adoption. Romano is furious after Anspaugh notifies him he's not allowed to take part in surgeries. Kerry is promoted in favor of Romano, due to Alderman Bright's aid. Susan has a blind date. And while Carter is out of town, Abby receives word that Eric's private plane is missing and refuses to contact Maggie.
February 13, 2003 10:00 pm
With Eric still missing, Maggie returns to town. Carter tells Abby he wants to marry her. Weaver gives Luka an ultimatum regarding his job. Chen tells Pratt about her son. Sean Simmons returns with pneumonia.
February 20, 2003 10:00 pm
Three people are murdered at Doc Magoo's. One person is severely injured. In a search for the suspects, Gallant and Pratt are pulled over and arrested while returning from the gym. They take the arrest personally, and they later confront the officers when they are brought to the ER for a different accident. Carter wants to pop the question on Abby, but decides its not the right time. Kovac is forced by Weaver to see another doctor about his attitude. Lewis spends time with Sean, as his time winds down.
March 13, 2003 10:00 pm
Alderman Bright returns to blackmail Weaver into treating his gay lover for syphilis (off the records, of course). Unfortunately, the man dies from an allergic reaction to penicillin and Kerry is forced to cover up her mistake. Things between Abby and Carter have cooled down following Carter's aborted marriage proposal, but they soon heat up again. Luka has a very unconventional therapy session. Romano's condition forces Anspaugh to replace him as chief of staff...with Weaver.
April 3, 2003 10:00 pm
After being pushed out of his job as Chief of Staff by Kerry, Romano takes control of the ER and wreaks havoc and manages to get himself beaten up in a bar after work. Luka tries to convince Kerry to put him on the case of a Croatian child desperately in need of heart surgery, to no avail. A young woman with terminal cancer must make a choice between life-prolonging chemotherapy and the life of her unborn child. Pratt buys a birthday gift for Chen from a street vendor whose foot was run over by Elizabeth's nanny; Susan's husband (who she married the same week she met him) unexpectedly shows up from Las Vegas.
April 24, 2003 10:00 pm
Abby treats a psychotic patient who has overdosed on his medication. Eric, Abby's brother, finally calls. Dr. Gordana Horvat, who attended medical school with Kovac, brings a boy from Croatia who needs heart surgery. Gallant and Pratt receive their match letters. Carter receives bad news about his grandmother. Romano discusses grave options about his arm with Corday.
May 1, 2003 10:00 pm
Kovac defies the rules to get a dying Croatian boy to Chicago in a race to save his life. Despite receiving tragic news, Carter tries to prevent grieving gang member Curtis from seeking vengeance. Carter's sad family gathering is interrupted by Abby's mentally troubled brother Eric, who has left his voluntary care facility. Meanwhile, Lewis has trouble ending her relationship with Chuck. Perez, a baseball playerwith a serious heart ailment, is treated on the eve of his pitching debut with the Chicago Cubs. And a tormented Romano makes a dramatic decision about his mangled arm.
May 8, 2003 10:00 pm
Carter's day shift and Pratt's night shift (his final shift at County) are intercut. Both men have extremely busy days. Doc Magoo's burns down. Luka calls Carter from the Congo and asks for help. Carter decides to go. Pratt decides to stay at County. In other parts of the hospital, Romano has his now-useless left arm amputated.
May 15, 2003 10:00 pm
Carter travels to the Congo after Luka calls and asks for help. During the course of his two weeks there, he learns how much different the conditions are against what he's used to. Luka decides to stay for a while as Carter heads back to Chicago, ending up at a sleeping Abby's bedside.