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"A Saint in the City"
Season 9, Episode 12
Air date January 16, 2003
Written by Bruce Miller
Directed by Peggy Rajski
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A Saint in the City is the 12th episode of the 9th season of "E.R."


NBC Description

POWERFUL CITY LEADER TEMPTS DR. WEAVER; ED ASNER GUEST-STARS AS CROTCHETY MEDICAL CLINIC DOCTOR: Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) is caught in a bind when an influential alderman (guest star Bruce Weitz), seeking treatment after a fall tests positive for syphilis, information that will likely become public.

Meanwhile, Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) is impressed when he meets an irascible old doctor (Emmy Award-winning guest star Ed Asner) who runs an inner-city medical clinic.

Elsewhere: a sympathetic Dr. Kovac (Goran Visnjic) bends ethics when he tricks an injured patient (guest star James Colby) into believing that his terminal wife has already expired.

Dr. Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) decides on his own to invite a dying mother's (guest star Jeannetta Arnette) drug-addled son to her bedside and also keeps a wary eye on his mentally challenged brother Leon (guest star Marcello Thedford) as he starts a new job.

Weaver and Kovac differ on what to do with a young boy whose repeated medical history suggests paternal child abuse.

Maura Tierney, Alex Kingston, Paul McCrane, Sherry Stringfield and Sharif Atkins also star. TV-14




  • Although she appears in the opening credits, Ming-Na does not appear in this episode.


  • "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" by Jason Mraz


  • Carter refers to "...a pile-up on I-40." Interstate 40 is a major east-west freeway that passes through eight states, none of which is Illinois; it runs through the southern part of the country from the Mojave Desert at Barstow, California to the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina.
  • David, the young boy who was thought to be abused, tells Weaver that he & his dad would watch "Starsky & Hutch" on "Nick at Nite" when in actuality that particular show has never aired on "Nick at Nite."