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This show has nothing to do with traversing a country bordering Israel (although the title comes from crossing the river of the same name) or with a certain former Page Three Girl.

Instead, it is an ensemble ForensicDrama centered on the life of Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh (played by actress Jill Hennessy), a rather [[NoSocialSkills tempestuous]] [[TheCoroner medical examiner]] in the Massachusetts State Coroner's office. Jordan is something of a CowboyCop, due to the murder of her mother as well as considerable additional exposure to police files and procedures at a young age by her now-retired cop father, Max Cavanaugh. As a result, she regularly ends up trying to solve homicides and other crimes herself.


The rest of the main cast consists primarily of Jordan's coworkers at the morgue and colleagues on the Boston PD, who get roped into helping with Jordan's investigations on a surprisingly regular basis:
* Dr. Garrett Macy, Jordan's crotchety superior (played by Miguel Ferrer)
* Dr. Mahesh "Bug" Vijayaraghavensatyanaryanamurthy, a fellow medical examiner (played by Ravi Kapoor)
* Nigel Townsend, the morgue's resident [[TheLabRat lab rat]] and hacker (played by Steve Valentine)
* Lily Lebowsky, a sweet but eccentric grief counselor (played by Kathryn Hahn)
* Woodrow "Woody" Hoyt, a detective for the Boston police and Jordan's on/off love interest (played by Jerry O'Connell)
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AmbiguouslyGay: Nigel. An entire episode is devoted to this. It isn't until several seasons later that the question is finally answered. Ironically, he's not.
* AndIMustScream: More on the trope page.
* AscendedExtra: Steve Valentine's Nigel was just a background character for a handful of scenes in the first episodes, but the producers liked the way he demanded your attention on just those scenes, and turned him into a regular...
* BelligerentSexualTension: Kate and Nigel
* BerserkButton: Bug in an episode where a murder appeared to be racially motivated.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Pretty much everyone at the morgue.
--->'''Lily''': [[CompletelyMissingThePoint He died because he had a big heart.]]
* CliffHanger: Several. Subverted in the final episode [[spoiler: which was originally written to be a CliffHanger but was then rewritten into a HappilyEverAfter when it became apparent that the series would be canceled]].
* CopBoyfriend: Lieutenant Woody Hoyt
* TheCoroner: Jordan, Garrett, Bug, numerous others
* CowboyCop: Jordan constantly, Woody on a couple occasions as well
* CrossOver: With ''Series/LasVegas''
* DeadpanSnarker: Nigel and Bug
* EnhanceButton: Nigel, constantly
* EpunymousTitle
* EyeRemember: Dr. Macy claims to have a machine which can recover a dead man's last sight, in order to trick/blackmail some violent thugs into letting him go. (He's totally lying, of course.)
* FacialRecognitionSoftware
* FairyTaleMotifs: A series of murders based on ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
* ForensicDrama
* FunHatingConfiscatingAdult: There was an episode where the FunHatingConfiscatingAdult in Jordan's childhood neighborhood had recently died and a skeleton was found in the baseboards of her floor soon [[spoiler: turns out that it was the remains of her husband who she killed several years ago to protect her mentally disabled son. This trope was played with in the sense that over the course of the investigation, she was shown to be a more of a human being.]] Though they did find the cedar chest where she kept all of the toys.
* HeelFaceTurn: Subverted. An imprisoned serial killer genuinely wanted to make amends, and strived to become a better person, eventually becoming a model prisoner and devout Christian... ''too'' devout. When he caught a pair of guards getting frisky in the prison chapel, he was enraged that they would dare desecrate a house of God, so he murdered one of them, and tried to frame the other for it, completely convinced he was doing the right thing.
* {{Homage}}: An episode with ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' star Jack Klugman as an aging medical examiner.
* InTheBlood
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler:Jordan's half-brother]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Detective Matt Seely
* TheLabRat: Nigel, Bug
* LocardsTheory: Mentioned by name in the episode "Locard's Exchange".
* LoveDodecahedron
* MagicalDatabase: Nigel, constantly
* NaiveNewcomer: Woody in the first two seasons
* NecroCam: Pretty much every episode
* NoSocialSkills: almost every female medical examiner on the show: Jordan, Dr. Devan Maguire, and Dr. Kate Switzer
* OddFriendship: Bug and Nigel
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Nigel
* OverlyLongName: Bug - that's "Dr. Vijayaraghavensatanaryanamurthy" to you.
** And on a side note, the guy who plays Trey Sanders -- Mahershalalhashbaz Ali.
* PerkyGoth: Lily, especially in the first couple seasons. And Nigel, a rare male example.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: "Sunset Division", though it was never picked up
* PutOnABus: Max, several minor characters
* RegularlyScheduledEvil: The Blue Moon Killer.
* TemporaryLoveInterest: [[spoiler: J.D. Pollack, Jeffrey Brandau, numerous others]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Subverted -- morgue employees are required to go through a yearly psychiatric evaluation, which they all dread
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: One episode had a crooked FBI agent being hired to take down a high-profile witness, which he tries to do by shooting up the crowded diner she is in... he ends up killing everyone ''but'' her.
* ThrowingOutTheScript: In the first episode, Garrett is supposed to do a presentation about coroners at a career day. So he starts off with a fairly dry presentation with no enthusiasm, and then ends up in a rant practically driving people away with the lucid descriptions of his work.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Dr. Jack Slocum and Special Prosecutor William Ivers star in two such story arcs.
* {{UST}}: With pairings almost too numerous to list, but especially between Jordan and Woody
* WesternTerrorists: On at least two or three different occasions.
** Subverted in one episode, where it was just some kind of government sponsored test (which severely pissed Macy off).
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Jordan and Woody, as Jordan's inability to commit to a relationship is best described as "[[{{Homer}} homeric]]". During the ''Series/LasVegas'' crossovers, they would frequently hook up with Danny and Sam, respectively.

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This show has nothing to do with traversing a country bordering Israel (although the title comes from crossing the river of the same name) or with a certain former Page Three Girl.

Instead, it is an ensemble ForensicDrama centered on the life of Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh (played by actress Jill Hennessy), a rather [[NoSocialSkills tempestuous]] [[TheCoroner medical examiner]] in the Massachusetts State Coroner's office. Jordan is something of a CowboyCop, due to the murder of her mother as well as considerable additional exposure to police files and procedures at a young age by her now-retired cop father, Max Cavanaugh. As a result, she regularly ends up trying to solve homicides and other crimes herself.


The rest of the main cast consists primarily of Jordan's coworkers at the morgue and colleagues on the Boston PD, who get roped into helping with Jordan's investigations on a surprisingly regular basis:
* Dr. Garrett Macy, Jordan's crotchety superior (played by Miguel Ferrer)
* Dr. Mahesh "Bug" Vijayaraghavensatyanaryanamurthy, a fellow medical examiner (played by Ravi Kapoor)
* Nigel Townsend, the morgue's resident [[TheLabRat lab rat]] and hacker (played by Steve Valentine)
* Lily Lebowsky, a sweet but eccentric grief counselor (played by Kathryn Hahn)
* Woodrow "Woody" Hoyt, a detective for the Boston police and Jordan's on/off love interest (played by Jerry O'Connell)
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AmbiguouslyGay: Nigel. An entire episode is devoted to this. It isn't until several seasons later that the question is finally answered. Ironically, he's not.
* AndIMustScream: More on the trope page.
* AscendedExtra: Steve Valentine's Nigel was just a background character for a handful of scenes in the first episodes, but the producers liked the way he demanded your attention on just those scenes, and turned him into a regular...
* BelligerentSexualTension: Kate and Nigel
* BerserkButton: Bug in an episode where a murder appeared to be racially motivated.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Pretty much everyone at the morgue.
--->'''Lily''': [[CompletelyMissingThePoint He died because he had a big heart.]]
* CliffHanger: Several. Subverted in the final episode [[spoiler: which was originally written to be a CliffHanger but was then rewritten into a HappilyEverAfter when it became apparent that the series would be canceled]].
* CopBoyfriend: Lieutenant Woody Hoyt
* TheCoroner: Jordan, Garrett, Bug, numerous others
* CowboyCop: Jordan constantly, Woody on a couple occasions as well
* CrossOver: With ''Series/LasVegas''
* DeadpanSnarker: Nigel and Bug
* EnhanceButton: Nigel, constantly
* EpunymousTitle
* EyeRemember: Dr. Macy claims to have a machine which can recover a dead man's last sight, in order to trick/blackmail some violent thugs into letting him go. (He's totally lying, of course.)
* FacialRecognitionSoftware
* FairyTaleMotifs: A series of murders based on ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
* ForensicDrama
* FunHatingConfiscatingAdult: There was an episode where the FunHatingConfiscatingAdult in Jordan's childhood neighborhood had recently died and a skeleton was found in the baseboards of her floor soon [[spoiler: turns out that it was the remains of her husband who she killed several years ago to protect her mentally disabled son. This trope was played with in the sense that over the course of the investigation, she was shown to be a more of a human being.]] Though they did find the cedar chest where she kept all of the toys.
* HeelFaceTurn: Subverted. An imprisoned serial killer genuinely wanted to make amends, and strived to become a better person, eventually becoming a model prisoner and devout Christian... ''too'' devout. When he caught a pair of guards getting frisky in the prison chapel, he was enraged that they would dare desecrate a house of God, so he murdered one of them, and tried to frame the other for it, completely convinced he was doing the right thing.
* {{Homage}}: An episode with ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' star Jack Klugman as an aging medical examiner.
* InTheBlood
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler:Jordan's half-brother]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Detective Matt Seely
* TheLabRat: Nigel, Bug
* LocardsTheory: Mentioned by name in the episode "Locard's Exchange".
* LoveDodecahedron
* MagicalDatabase: Nigel, constantly
* NaiveNewcomer: Woody in the first two seasons
* NecroCam: Pretty much every episode
* NoSocialSkills: almost every female medical examiner on the show: Jordan, Dr. Devan Maguire, and Dr. Kate Switzer
* OddFriendship: Bug and Nigel
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Nigel
* OverlyLongName: Bug - that's "Dr. Vijayaraghavensatanaryanamurthy" to you.
** And on a side note, the guy who plays Trey Sanders -- Mahershalalhashbaz Ali.
* PerkyGoth: Lily, especially in the first couple seasons. And Nigel, a rare male example.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: "Sunset Division", though it was never picked up
* PutOnABus: Max, several minor characters
* RegularlyScheduledEvil: The Blue Moon Killer.
* TemporaryLoveInterest: [[spoiler: J.D. Pollack, Jeffrey Brandau, numerous others]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Subverted -- morgue employees are required to go through a yearly psychiatric evaluation, which they all dread
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: One episode had a crooked FBI agent being hired to take down a high-profile witness, which he tries to do by shooting up the crowded diner she is in... he ends up killing everyone ''but'' her.
* ThrowingOutTheScript: In the first episode, Garrett is supposed to do a presentation about coroners at a career day. So he starts off with a fairly dry presentation with no enthusiasm, and then ends up in a rant practically driving people away with the lucid descriptions of his work.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Dr. Jack Slocum and Special Prosecutor William Ivers star in two such story arcs.
* {{UST}}: With pairings almost too numerous to list, but especially between Jordan and Woody
* WesternTerrorists: On at least two or three different occasions.
** Subverted in one episode, where it was just some kind of government sponsored test (which severely pissed Macy off).
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Jordan and Woody, as Jordan's inability to commit to a relationship is best described as "[[{{Homer}} homeric]]". During the ''Series/LasVegas'' crossovers, they would frequently hook up with Danny and Sam, respectively.

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