ER: Season 1, Episode 19

Love's Labor Lost (7 Mar. 1995)

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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 »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Wilson
Jodi O'Brien


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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7 March 1995 (USA)  »

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This episode tells of Dr. Greene's heroic efforts to save a mother who runs into complications while giving birth to her baby. Ironically, the episode's editor, Randy Jon Morgan, was absent for a week because his wife was having a baby under happier circumstances. See more »


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 (Toronto, Canada) – See 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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