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Love's Labor Lost 

Dr. Benton has to deal with the aftermath of his mother's fall and crosses the line with the surgical attending when he insists on scrubbing in for her operation. Dr. Greene deals with Jodi... See full summary »


Mimi Leder


Lance Gentile (as Lance A. Gentile), Michael Crichton (created by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Mark Greene
George Clooney ... Doug Ross
Sherry Stringfield ... Susan Lewis
Noah Wyle ... John Carter
Julianna Margulies ... Carol Hathaway
Eriq La Salle ... Peter Benton
Abraham Benrubi ... Jerry Markovic
Amy Aquino ... Dr. Janet Coburn
Dennis Lipscomb ... Dr. Wilson
Ming-Na Wen ... Jing-Mei Chen
Beah Richards ... Mae Benton
Khandi Alexander ... Jackie Robbins
Colleen Flynn ... Jodi O'Brien
Bradley Whitford ... Sean O'Brien
Ellen Crawford ... Nurse Lydia Wright


Dr. Benton has to deal with the aftermath of his mother's fall and crosses the line with the surgical attending when he insists on scrubbing in for her operation. Dr. Greene deals with Jodi O'Brien who is two weeks away from giving birth. With the obstetrics attending unavailable, he decides to try to deliver her baby in the ER, with tragic results. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

7 March 1995 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode, which introduced the show's signature machine-gun delivery, won 5 Emmy Awards, more than any other. See more »


When checking the progression of labor for Mrs. O'Brien both Dr. Green and Dr. Carter used regular gloves and not the required sterile gloves. Not using sterile gloves leaves the infant and mother both at high risk of contracting any number of severe infections that the doctors carry around on them throughout the day. See more »


Dr. Janet Coburn: [Looking at Carter who has his hand inside a woman's abdomen] Who is this and what's he doing in there?
John Carter: John Carter. I'm a med student and I'm pressing on the aorta.
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References Finian's Rainbow (1968) See more »

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First Class TV
4 February 2011 | by rclay-1See all my reviews

They've started a re-run of the ER series here in the UK, and although I watched them all originally, I've been sucked into the ER atmosphere yet again. Just as enjoyable the best part of 20 years on, the one scary thing being how much younger the original characters look.

I'm looking forward to seeing this episode again. Not only did ER blow every other medical drama completely out of the water, but I would say this episode was some of the best television drama I have ever seen. You simply cannot tear your eyes away from the scenes involving Anthony Edwards and the 'night from hell' he has to go through. Spellbinding and tragic, deeply moving.

From writing, performing, directing, in every facet of the ER series, the only way to describe it is 'First Class' in every department, and this episode the jewel in the crown.

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