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A Little Help from My Friends 

Dr. Pratt brings a gun into the ER; Dr. Weaver tries to conceal her pregnancy; a woman plots against her dying husband; Dr. Chen treats math students who overdosed on an unknown stimulant.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Corday (credit only)
Jing-Mei Chen (as Ming-Na)


It's a busy day in the ER. Dr. Pratt is stopped by hospital security when they find a pistol in his shoulder bag. He claims to have found it in the ambulance bay. Kerry Weaver's pregnancy is not going well as she develops medical complications. In the aftermath of a young patient's near death, Dr. Kovac has to present the case to staff. Susan Lewis treats a disturbed man who admits that he is a pedophile and is unable to control his urges. Dr. Chen has to treat a high school mathlete who has taken drugs. Dr. Kayson and Gallant treat a 93 year old man who has suffered a heart attack but whose only interest seems to be to have sex with his young wife. Carter treats Dr. James McNulty who runs a walk-in clinic and was injured when someone broke in to steal drugs. Pratt again has to leave the hospital when his friend Leon gets into trouble. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance




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9 January 2003 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Edward Asner appears in this episode as a doctor named "James McNulty", which is also the name of the lead character on The Wire (2002), which first aired a little over six months before this episode aired. McNulty's supervisor on that show is played by John Doman, who plays the psychiatrist Dr. Carl Deraad here. See more »


Dr. Robert Romano: Did anyone bother to verify that there really are medical schools in Croatia?
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A Little Help from My Friends (#9.11)
11 April 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In this episode the characters are getting in trouble and need their colleagues that are their friends help them out.

Finally we heard the whole story about Pratt's brother. Having picked up a detail here and there I thought this is something like that. Tragic, but it is great to see him and Carter to get closer as friends.

Weaver miscarries. Abby who is the one who knew about pregnancy helps her our. Also very sad, I have not expected they will end the pregnancy like that. The scene with Weaver and the patient was very good...

Really liked the pedophile story. As far as I know there is still not enough done. There should be more help and programs for people who feel like that but know that it is wrong. More encouragement to admit it, without having to fear and have them go through whatever it takes to make sure they don't ruin the lives of themselves and kids.

At least there was also some fun in here. Mainly the story of the electric ejaculater. This was just hilarious and it was fun to see gallant deal with it.

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