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"Happy New Year"
Season 1, Episode 12
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Air date January 5, 1995
US viewers 30.4 M
Written by Lydia Woorward
Directed by Charles Haid
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Happy New Year is the twelfth episode of the first season of the NBC medical drama series ER. It premiered on January 5, 1995.


Chloe plans to move to Texas with her boyfriend and have her baby. Carter struggles through his first surgery. Benton 's sister insists they place their mother in a nursing home.

NBC Description

NEW YEAR, NEW RESOLVE: After seemingly endless requests, Dr. Benton finally allows Dr. Carter to observe in the O.R.

After Dr. Lewis disagrees with Dr. Kayson (Sam Anderson) over the care of a patient, the patient's family sues for malpractice.

Meanwhile, Lewis's sister decides to move to Texas with her flaky boyfriend.

Dr. Benton and his sister (Khandi Alexander) discuss new arrangements for the care of his ailing mother.

Cast and Characters


Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene 

George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross

Sherry Stringfield as Dr. Susan Lewis

Noah Wyle as John Carter

Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway

Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton


Andrea Parker as Linda Farrell

Sam Anderson as Dr. Jack Kayson

Khandi Alexander as Jackie

CCH Pounder as Dr. Angela Hicks

Kathleen Wilhoite as Chloe Lewis

William H. Macy as Dr. David Morgenstern

Conni Marie Brazelton as Nurse Conni Oligario

Ellen Crawford as Nurse Lydia Wright

Lily Mariye as Lily

Emily Wagner as Pickman

Malgoscha Gebel as Bob



  • Dinah Lenney makes her first appearance as Nurse Shirley in this episode. She would go on to be a mainstay of the recurring supporting cast for fifteen seasons, until the series ended in 2009.


  1. "Nielsen Ratings - December-March 1995 " (PDF). Zap2it. (May 15, 2015).