"Sleepless in Chicago"
Season 1, Episode 18
Sleepless in Chicago
Air date February 23, 1995
US viewers 35.0 M
Written by Paul Manning
Directed by Christopher Chulack
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Sleepless in Chicago is the eighteenth episode of the first season of the NBC medical drama series ER. It premiered on February 23, 1995.


Carol Hathaway goes ahead with her plans to adopt Tatiana, but her past history makes her ineligible.

Benton continues to trade shifts so he can spend time with his mother but it all catches up with him and he has a run-in with Dr. Hicks.

Doug Ross treats an abused child. Greene, Benton, and Carter take extraordinary measures to save a man they later learned had signed a DNR.

A consultant arrives to study procedures in the ER, but all is not quite what it seems. Mark Green's wife Jen has an important announcement. Benton 's mother has a serious accident when he falls asleep on the couch.

NBC Description

OVERTIME, UNDERAPPRECIATED: In order to make up for the time he took off to care for his mother, Benton works 48 hours straight, which worries Dr. Hicks (CCH Pounder) and has serious repercussions for Benton's mom. It also affects Carter, when Benton becomes even more demanding than normal.

Dr. Greene's personal problems go from bad to worse when his wife, Jennifer (Christine Harnos) tells him she may be falling out of love with him.

The AIDS hospice turns down Hathaway's request to adopt a Russian teen due to Hathaway's suicide attempt.

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


Abraham Benrubi as Jerry Markovic

Christine Harnos as Jennifer Greene

Ving Rhames as Walter Robbins

Beah Richards as Mrs. Benton

CCH Pounder as Dr. Angela Hicks

Lisa Zane as Diane Leeds

Conni Marie Brazelton as Nurse Connie Oligario

Ellen Crawford as Lydia Wright

Yvette Freeman as Haleh Adams

Dinah Lenney as Shirley

Montae Russell as Zadro

William H. Macy as Dr. David Morgenstern

Deezer D as Malik McGrath



  • Paul Manning and Christopher Chulack provided DVD commentary for this episode.
  • Anthony Edwards and Robert Carradine appeared together previously in the 1984 movie Revenge of the Nerds.
  • Baseball player J.T. Snow makes a brief cameo in this episode.
  • The poem Carter reads bedside to Mr. Klein is "Passage to India," from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Whitman published the collection of 12 poems at his own expense in 1855.
  • The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle. It starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
  • This is Noah Wyle's favorite episode


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