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"Flight of Fancy"
Season 7, Episode 5
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Air date November 9, 2000
Written by Joe Sachs
Walon Green
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter
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"Flight of Fancy" is the fifth episode of the seventh season of ER. It first aired on NBC on November 9, 2000. It was written by Joe Sachs & Walon Green and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter. It has Mark Greene going to Indiana to transport a patient to Chicago, but the helicopter experiences problems on route. With all ER attendings unavailable, Peter Benton is placed in charge, which doesn't go well.


Mark is assigned as a flight doctor to transport a heart-transplant patient from Indiana. But the helicopter experiences problems during mid-flight.

With Mark gone to Indiana, Luka missing and Weaver on her day off, Romano has Benton in charge of the ER, which doesn't go very well.

Carter informs the patient that he is HIV-positive when the patient's grandmother has been withholding, which results in tragedy. Luka searches for the identity of the mugger he killed.

NBC Description

DR. GREENE BOARDS CHOPPER TO HELP HEART PATIENT; DR. BENTON UNDER DURESS WHEN HE'S IN CHARGE OF E.R.: Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards) risks his life when he accompanies a dangerously weak heart patient (guest star John Pyper-Ferguson) in an emergency helicopter that crashes en route to the hospital.

While Greene tries to encourage the sick man not to give up hope of a transplant that will enable him to marry his fiancee, Dr. Benton (Eriq La Salle) is ordered by Dr. Romano (Paul McCrane) to manage a flood of angry, hurting people as he substitutes for Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) on a short-staffed day in the E.R.

Elsewhere: Abby (Maura Tierney) is fearful for a distraught Dr. Kovac (Goran Visnjic) when he does not show up for work after a personal trauma and Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) gambles when he ignores a relative's (guest star Joanna Miles) wishes not to inform her teenaged grandson (guest star Blake Heron) that he carries the HIV virus.

Alex Kingston, Ming-Na, Michael Michele and Erik Palladino also star.


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