9 1/2 Hours is the eight episode of the first season of the NBC medical drama series ER . It premiered on November 10, 1994.

"9 1/2 Hours"
Season 1, Episode 8
9½ Hours
Air date November 10, 1994
US viewers 28.3 M
Written by Robert Nathan
Directed by James Hayman
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Susan Lewis ' boyfriend Div Cvetic, a psychiatric resident at County General, seems to be under a great deal of stress regularly lashing out at everyone. Doug Ross takes over for Mark Greene who takes a day off to be with his wife. He has a hard time keeping up with all the paperwork. John Carter is increasingly frustrated with Peter Benton who never seems to invite him to participate in surgeries.

Benton learns the result of the fellowship he applied for and his mother shows up in the ER with a sprained ankle. Carol Hathaway treats a patient who was raped. A new ER aide, Bob, start work.

NBC Description

CALLING DR. ROSS: When Dr. Greene calls in sick to spend the day with his wife, Jennifer (Christine Harnos), Ross is left in charge of the ER.

Dr. Benton learns that he's lost the Starze Fellowship to Dr. Langworthy (Tyra Ferrell) and Dr. Cvetic (John Terry) exhibits unreasonable behavior.

Dr. Carter develops a crush on Dr. Lewis.

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

Ving Rhames as Walt Robbins

John Terry as Dr. Div Cvetic

Conni Marie Brazelton as Nurse Conni Oligario

Ellen Crawford as Nurse Lydia Wright

Yvette Freeman as Nurse Haleh Adams

Lily Mariye as Lily

Christine Harnos as Jennifer Greene

Beah Richards as Mrs. Benton

Malgoscha Gebel as Bob


Brigid Brannagh as Jamie Hendricks



  • Lily Mariye makes her first appearance as Nurse Lily Jarvik in this episode. She would go on to be a mainstay of the recurring supporting cast for fifteen seasons, until the series ended in 2009.
  • Previous title: "Growing Up"


  1. "Nielsen Ratings - September-December 1994 " (PDF). USA Today. (May 15, 2015).