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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 »

Director:

Mimi Leder

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1995 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Noah Wyle was sick with mononucleosis while filming this episode, and had IV bags for medication and re-hydrating in the pockets of his pants during most of the shoot. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Love's Labor Lost
12 March 2009 | by CanuckGirlSee all my reviews

I watched ER for about the first 6 seasons. I always thought that this was their best ever episode. I sobbed like a baby while watching this and I rarely shed a tear. The Jodi O'Brien story was absolutely riveting and heart-wrenching. Anthony Edwards should have won the Emmy for this. Bradley Whitford (pre-West Wing), as Jodi's husband, was also fantastic.

ER during the first few seasons was really on top of it's game. I have to admit that I'm nostalgic for the original cast. I lost interest after most had left. Congratulations on the 14-year run and thanks for bringing us years of high quality television!


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