Love's Labor Lost (ER)

"Love's Labor Lost"
ER episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 19
Directed by Mimi Leder
Written by Lance Gentile
Production code 456618
Original air date March 9, 1995
Guest appearance(s)

Ellen Crawford as Wright
Yvette Freeman as Haleh
Lily Mariye as Jarvik
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
Mark Dakota Robinson as Steven
Colleen Flynn as Jodi O'Brien
Bradley Whitford as Sean O'Brien
Monty Ash as Old Man w/Dentures
Jeffrey Dean Rosenthal as Tattoo Man

Episode chronology

"Love's Labor Lost" is the nineteenth episode of ER's first season. It first aired on NBC in the United States on March 9, 1995. The episode was written by Lance Gentile and directed by Mimi Leder. The episode earned 5 Emmy Awards (Writing, Directing, Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing) and several other awards and nominations.


Dr. Mark Greene encounters the case of a pregnant woman suffering from complications that severely threaten her life as well as her unborn baby. Elsewhere, a teenager is accidentally poisoned by insecticides and Dr. Peter Benton has to deal with the aftermath of his mother's fall.


In its original broadcast, "Love's Labor Lost" finished first in ratings for the week of March 12, 1995, with a Nielsen rating of 24.2. It was the highest rated show on NBC that week with Seinfeld and Friends second and third respectively.[1] In 1997, TV Guide ranked it as the third in its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes of All-Time.[2] In 2009, it ranked the episode sixth.[3] The show's producers also consider it to be one of ER's best episodes, with John Wells saying he holds it up as "an example to everyone involved creatively of what the best of the show could be."[4]

The episode earned writer Lance Gentile a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series at the 47th Primetime Emmy Awards, in addition to a Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama at the 49th Writers Guild of America Awards.[5] The episode also earned Mimi Leder a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series at the 47th Primetime Emmy Awards as well as a nomination for Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series at the 48th Directors Guild of America Awards. Colleen Flynn earned a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in this episode, which was her only appearance in the TV series. The episode earned a host of other Emmys: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series – Single Camera Production for Randy Jon Morgan and Rick Tuber; Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Editing for a Series for Walter Newman (supervising sound editor), John Voss Bonds Jr. (sound effects editor), Rick Camera (sound effects editor), Steven M. Sax (sound effects editor), John F. Reynolds (dialogue editor), Catherine Flynn (dialogue editor), Thomas A. Harris (adr editor), Susan Mick (music editor), Casey J. Crabtree (foley artist), and James Bailey (foley artist); as well as Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series for Russell C. Fager (production sound mixer), Michael Jiron (sound effects mixer), Allen L. Stone (dialogue mixer) and Frank Jones (music mixer). The episode also won an American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Television for Randy Jon Morgan and Rick Tuber.


  1. "Week of March 12, 1995". MrPopHistory. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  2. "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide. June 28 – July 4, 1997.
  3. "TV Guide's 100 Best Episodes of All Time". WordPress.
  4. Joyce Eng (2015-03-08). "ER: An Oral History of the Powerful, Groundbreaking "Love's Labor Lost"". Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  5. "The Writers Guild Foundation Library Catalog". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
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