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"Love's Labor Lost"
Season 1, Episode 19
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Air date March 9, 1995
US viewers 34.4M
Written by Lance Gentile
Directed by Mimi Leder
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"Love's Labor Lost" is the nineteenth episode of the first season of ER. It first aired on NBC on March 9, 1995. It was written by Lance Gentile and directed by Mimi Leder. This episode won multiple Emmy awards and is considered one of the greatest TV episodes in any show. The story of it shows Mark Greene misdiagnoses a pregnant woman and the ER staff works frantically to save the patient and her baby.


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.

NBC Description

BRADLEY WHITFORD ('THE WEST WING') GUEST-STARS IN CLASSIC EPISODE FEATURING DR. GREENE'S STRUGGLE TO SAVE PREGNANT WOMAN: In one of "ER's" most memorable, classic episodes, a busy Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards) goes all day in solving his patients' problems until he encounters the case of a pregnant woman (guest star Colleen Flynn) suffering from complications that threaten both her life and her unborn baby's.

Elsewhere, a teenager is accidentally poisoned by insecticides.

Bradley Whitford (NBC's "The West Wing") guest-stars as the concerned husband. Dr. Lance Gentile, former series technical adviser, and staff writer won an Emmy Award for writing the episode.


To be added.


Recurring Cast

  • Abraham Benrubi as Jerry Markovic
  • Amy Aquino Dr. Janet Coburn
  • Ming-Na Wen as Jing-Mei Chen
  • Beah Richards as Mae Benton
  • Khandi Alexander as Jackie Robbins
  • Ellen Crawford as Nurse Lydia Wright
  • Yvette Freeman as Nurse Haleh Adams
  • Lily Mariye as Nurse Lily Jarvik

Guest Stars

  • Bradley Whitford as Sean O'Brien
  • Colleen Flynn as Jodi O'Brien
  • Dennis Lipscomb as Dr. Wilson
  • Theodore Borders as Joey Paige
  • Bradford Drazen as Dr. Ralph Drake
  • Edith Fellows as Sadie Hubbell
  • Jesse D. Goins as Mr. Paige
  • Maddi Lewis as Dr. Pauline Blair
  • Shelley Malil as Dr. Urami
  • Christopher Richardson as Jesse Robbins
  • Mark Dakota Robinson as Steven Robbins
  • Monty Ash as Old Man With Dentures
  • Jeffrey Dean Rosenthal as Tattoo Man



  • The episode's title references William Shakespeare's play "Love's Labour Lost".
  • Noah Wyle was sick with mononucleosis while filming the episode. He had IV bags for medication and was re-hydrating in the pockets of his pants during most of the shoot.
  • This episode won 5 Emmy Awards.
  • In 1997, TV Guide selected this as the greatest episode of a dramatic show (the third greatest episode overall) behind episodes of "Mary Tyler Moore" and "I Love Lucy."


  1. "Nielsen Ratings - March-May 1995 " (PDF). USA Today. (May 15, 2015).