Long Day's Journey is the fourteenth episode of the first season of the NBC medical drama series ER . It premiered on January 19, 1995.

"Long Day's Journey"
Season 1, Episode 14
Long Day's Journey
Air date January 19, 1995
US viewers 34.0 M
Written by Robert Nathan
Directed by Anita Addison
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A case of apparent spousal abuse is not what it seems. Deb outshines Carter after he is up all night preparing for a presentation. Benton informs Jackie he's hired a helper for his mother. After Kayson's reprimand against Susan is denied, she has a chance to prove herself when he is brought in as a patient after suffering a heart attack. Doug meets Diane Leeds, who works in the hospital's Risk Management division, and her son, Jake.

NBC Description

PARENT ABUSE?: Puzzled by a female patient's potentially fatal injuries, Greene discovers that the woman is being abused by her teenage daughter.

Lewis and Kayson (Sam Anderson) are brought before the review board regarding the malpractice suit. Later, when Kayson suffers a heart attack, Lewis must treat him.

Desperate to avoid putting his mother in a nursing home, Dr. Benton hires physical therapist Jeanie Boulet (Gloria Reubens) to care for his mom without consulting his sister (Khandi Alexander).

Dr. Ross detects cancer in a young boy who arrived with a wrestling injury, and also treats a homeless teen with AIDS.

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


Sam Anderson as Dr. Jack Kayson

Khandi Alexander as Jackie

William H. Macy as Dr. David Morgenstern

Conni Marie Brazelton as Nurse Conni Oligario

Yvette Freeman as Haleh Adams

Lily Mariye as Lily

Emily Wagner as Pickman

Abraham Benrubi as Jerry Markovic

Ming-Na Wen as Deb Chen

Gloria Reuben as Jeanie Boulet



  • In this episode, Susan tells Jerry she doesn't smoke, yet in an earlier episode ("Another Perfect Day "), when Carter meets her on the roof she's putting out a cigarette.
  • In this episode, Gloria Reuben makes her first appearance as Jeanie Boulet . She would be a recurring guest star throughout the rest of the season and into the next, before joining the main cast as a regular in the Season 2 episode "Days Like This ."
  • Previous title: "Missing Persons"
  • The title of this episode is a reference to Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical play Long Day's Journey into Night. Written in 1940 but published posthumously in 1956, it concerns a family that finds it difficult to live in the present, and whose existence is mired in the dark recesses of a bitter and troubled past.


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