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"The Gift"
Season 1, Episode 11
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Air date December 15, 1994
US viewers 27.8 M
Written by Neal Baer
Directed by Felix Enriquez Alcala
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The Gift is the eleventh episode of the first season of the NBC medical drama series ER . It premiered on December 15, 1994.


Benton makes a critical error when he publicizes the availability of a dying man's organs before obtaining the wife's permission to harvest them, and the wife then refuses to give it. Susan discovers Div has dropped out of sight, having both quit his job and moved out of his apartment. Carter makes a move on Susan, and Chloe announces her pregnancy.

NBC Description

HOLIDAYS ON ICE: First a 6-year-old is revived after almost drowning while ice fishing, then a busload of choir kids seek treatment after a minor bus accident.

Meanwhile, Carter treats Santa and assists with a man electrocuted by his Christmas lights. Plus, a boy swallows a Poinsettia leaf and an elderly man is stabbed by people he thought were carolers.

Elsewhere, Ross crashes Hathaway's engagement party to tell her he loves her and winds up fighting with Taglieri (Rick Rossovich).

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



  • Music: "It's My Party," Lesley Gore (sung by Lydia , Mark , and Haleh ); "Deck the Halls" (rock version); "I Like A Sleigh-Ride (Jingle Bells)," Peggy Lee; "By Myself" (sung by "Madame X"/Mary Cavanaugh, portrayed by Rosemary Clooney); "We Three Kings" (sung by Patrick and "Madame X"/Mary Cavanaugh); "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (sung by "Madame X"/Mary Cavanaugh)


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