Season 1 Episode 22

Love Among the Ruins

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM May 04, 1995 on NBC
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Mark and Jenn struggle to make their relationship work after he moves in with her in Milwaukee. Doug coaches Jake's Little League team. Chloe's irresponsibility wears Susan down. Carter decides to apply for both the ER sub-internship and the surgical sub-internship. Carol and Tag discuss their vows and other wedding details; he becomes upset when Carol invites Diane Leeds, knowing that she'll bring Doug. Benton exhibits a growing attraction to Jeanie. Susan discovers what happened to Div when she spies his picture in a cabbie's dating service photo book. The staff finds out that Carter comes from a wealthy family. Swift has to take over for Mark during a trauma.moreless

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  • Great concept...

    I do not know why, but it really worked for me - all those storyline working together for the concept the title already gives the hint.

    Susan and her final moments as she cannot stand it - that people say they will change but never do it. That man who tried to suicide and that woman. A really great storyline.

    And then Benton and Carter and the wealth of Carter's family. Somehow it really added much char development and where it went...

    And Doug and that lie. I do not know where it will lead. And Carol and her doubts as she surely has them and that sister she was talking with about making the choice. There is never a simple answer.

    And Mark - maybe the most moving storyline. How he is ready to let everything else to go for his family, to hope to get them back, but as every other love story on this episode - it is all meant to be ruined. Love among the ruins and in the end, nothing will be left.

    Very moving episode.moreless
Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano

Howard Davis

Guest Star

Catherine Lloyd Burns

Catherine Lloyd Burns


Guest Star

Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan

Sister Elizabeth

Guest Star

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi


Recurring Role

Zachary Browne

Zachary Browne

Jake Leeds

Recurring Role

Ellen Crawford

Ellen Crawford


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • After finding out that Carter may have family money, Malik digs out a copy of Chicago Magazine, featuring the 50 richest people in Chicago. According to that magazine, Carter's father is named Roland, but in subsequent episodes he is named John 'Jack' Carter.

    • This episode indicates that Carter's dad is the one with all the money, but later it's found that Carter's grandparents are the ones with all the money.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jerry: (about two patients) Do they have names?
      Haleh: Yeah—dumb and dumber.

    • Benton: Must be nice not having to worry about loans, huh, Carter?
      Greene: Is Carter loaded?

    • (while examining fifteen Catholic high school girls for meningitis)
      Carol: Examining all these girls in one day must be a fantasy come true.
      Ross: (laughing) Fifteen years too late.

    • (Howard Davis, for whom the Davis Cardiac Wing is named, comes to the ER with a cut on his hand from slicing a bagel)
      Jerry: I hope it wasn't the hand he writes the checks with.

    • Jerry: I joined a Shakespearean theatre group. I'm going to play Romeo.
      Lydia: Comic version?
      Jerry: Noooooo.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Title: "Love Among the Ruins"
      There are many different sources the episode title could be alluding to: a Robert Browning poem from 1855, a 1904 Warwick Deeping novel, a 1948 Angela Thirkell novel, a 1953 novella by Evelyn Waugh, to name a few. But probably the one which could be associated most with this episode is the 1975 made-for-TV movie with the same title, starring Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier, about an aging actress who hires an ex-lover as her lawyer. He is still in love with her, although she doesn't know it.

    • Jerry: Ah, what a glorious morn. "Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops."
      This is dialogue from Act III, Scene V, of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, where Romeo replies to Juliet's query as to whether he has to leave and her statement that it is not yet day:
      "It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
      No nightingale: look, love, what envious streaks
      Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east:
      Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day
      Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.
      I must be gone and live, or stay and die."