December 10, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST


TV Show
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In Season
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Madchen Amick, David Brisbin, Elliott Gould, Laura Innes, Ming-Na, Mekhi Phifer, Sherry Stringfield, Maura Tierney, Goran Visnjic, Shane West, Noah Wyle, Jason Alexander, George Clooney, Mary McDonnell, Lynne Moody, Parminder Nagra
guest performer
Alan Alda, Khandi Alexander, Red Buttons, Rosemary Clooney, Guillermo Diaz, Ja'Net DuBois, Kirsten Dunst, Ron Eldard, Omar Epps, Sally Field, Jami Gertz, Joanna Gleason, Adam Goldberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Julie Hagerty, Glenne Headly, Marg Helgenberger, Djimon Hounsou, Kristen Johnston, Tamala Jones, John Leguizamo, Lucy Liu, Chad Lowe, William H. Macy, Ewan McGregor, Sanford Meisner, Bob Newhart, CCH Pounder, Ving Rhames, Ron Rifkin, Harry Shearer, John Stamos, Jacob Vargas, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Emily Wagner
John Wells
Drama, Doctor/Medical/Hospital

If you saw Dr. Jing-Mei ”Deb” Chen (Ming-Na) storm off the job in a huff to care for her ailing father on Thursday night’s ER, you’d better have taken a good look because it’s the last you’ll see of her. It’s the third time the character has left the show — ”She’s just a spoiled brat who can’t handle the pressure,” the actress tells TV Guide — but this time, she’s leaving for good. Ming-Na calls her departure from the long-running medical drama a mutual decision. ”The producers definitely talked about running out of stuff to do with the character. I felt like it’s been that way for the past year; I wondered if there’s anything left. We both decided it’s time to finish the character.”

Ming-Na says she has several items on her career plate. One is promoting an all-Asian boy band called At Last. Another is developing her own cooking show. ”I grew up in a Chinese restaurant and both my parents are chefs,” she says. ”You know ‘Jenny from the Block?’ Now there’s Ming-Na with a wok!” As for acting, she says she’d like to do a 180 from ER and star in a sitcom. ”No more kids being thrown out the window, no more blood and gore.”

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