History Series / ER

27th Apr '16 5:11:24 PM HamburgerTime
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* RelationshipReveal: "Baby Shower" had a minor, lighthearted one with a patient. A young man and woman come into the ER, the woman about to give birth. After she has her baby, another couple arrives... and it turns out that rather that being two heterosexual couples, the men are a gay couple and the women a lesbian couple. The women used their gay friend as a surrogate father [[HeartwarmingMoments and made him and his partner both the godfathers]].
25th Apr '16 4:10:22 AM foxley
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* RisingWaterRisingTension: Occurs in "Hell And High Water", as Dr. Ross tries to rescue a boy trapped in a storm drain. There's a very scary moment when you realize that they're ''both'' going to drown if he can't free the kid.
10th Apr '16 12:39:56 PM Morgenthaler
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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Much like HomicideLifeOnTheStreet, every season of ER featured an episode that was completely unlike the others. Notable highlights include "Love's Labor Lost" (one story as opposed to multiple), "Hell and High Water" (similar), "The Long Way Around" (took place mostly outside the hospital), "Ambush" (live, "documentary style"), "Fathers and Sons" (took place ''completely'' outside of the hospital and over several days rather than the 24-hour format of most episodes, had nothing to do with medicine, and focused on only two of the main characters), "Secrets and Lies" (A [[Film/TheBreakfastClub Breakfast Club]] type episode in which four of the doctors and Abby attend a sexual harassment seminar), "Time of Death" (took place in real time).

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Much like HomicideLifeOnTheStreet, every Every season of ER featured an episode that was completely unlike the others. Notable highlights include "Love's Labor Lost" (one story as opposed to multiple), "Hell and High Water" (similar), "The Long Way Around" (took place mostly outside the hospital), "Ambush" (live, "documentary style"), "Fathers and Sons" (took place ''completely'' outside of the hospital and over several days rather than the 24-hour format of most episodes, had nothing to do with medicine, and focused on only two of the main characters), "Secrets and Lies" (A [[Film/TheBreakfastClub Breakfast Club]] type episode in which four of the doctors and Abby attend a sexual harassment seminar), "Time of Death" (took place in real time).
9th Apr '16 10:34:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* CelebrityParadox: ER and Series/ThirdWatch take place in the same universe, but Michael Beach appeared on both, on ER as Al Boulet (Jeanie's ex-husband) and on Third Watch as Monte 'Doc' Parker. Lisa Vidal also appeared on both--as Dr. Morales on Third Watch (Doc's love interest) and firefighter Sandy, and Kerry's eventual wife on ER. ER was also referenced as a being a TV show on Third Watch.

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* CelebrityParadox: ER ''ER'' and Series/ThirdWatch ''Series/ThirdWatch'' take place in the same universe, but Michael Beach appeared on both, on ER as Al Boulet (Jeanie's ex-husband) and on Third Watch as Monte 'Doc' Parker. Lisa Vidal also appeared on both--as Dr. Morales on Third Watch (Doc's love interest) and firefighter Sandy, and Kerry's eventual wife on ER. ER was also referenced as a being a TV show on Third Watch.



* CrossOver (with ''ThirdWatch'')

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* CrossOver (with ''ThirdWatch'')''Series/ThirdWatch'')
27th Feb '16 12:05:58 PM morenohijazo
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* UnexpectedPositive: An episode had Carter demonstrating to several medical students how to examine a patient's lymph nodes--only to discover a lump in the neck of the student he was examining. After doing a biopsy, he gently informed him that he had lymphoma.
2nd Feb '16 8:36:00 PM HamburgerTime
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* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: An example of the child doing this - Sam Taggart's son Alex, who she gave birth to at fifteen, has told his friends she's his older sister. [[StacysMom They think she's hot]].
31st Jan '16 7:34:27 AM Temmere
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* {{Retcon}}: Early on, Benton insisted that he had not checked the "African-American" box when applying to med school because he wanted to succeed solely on his own merits (which would seem to fit with his incredibly driven characterization). A few seasons later they changed this and he was revealed to have checked the box and gotten into med school ahead of some more-qualified white applicants.
* {{Retirony}}: Kerry and her wife Sandy are blissfully happy, having just had a baby boy and comfortably settled into their domestic routine. . . Sandy is fatally injured in a fire.



* {{Retirony}}: Kerry and her wife Sandy are blissfully happy, having just had a baby boy and comfortably settled into their domestic routine. . . Sandy is fatally injured in a fire.
6th Dec '15 8:04:56 PM Quanyails
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* AscendedExtra : Carol Hathaway, Jeanie Boulet, Kerry Weaver, Robert Romano, Jing-Mei Chen, Abby Lockhart, Michael Gallant, Greg Pratt, Archie Morris, Tony Gates, etc.

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* AscendedExtra : AscendedExtra: Carol Hathaway, Jeanie Boulet, Kerry Weaver, Robert Romano, Jing-Mei Chen, Abby Lockhart, Michael Gallant, Greg Pratt, Archie Morris, Tony Gates, etc.



** Nurse Chuny (Laura Cerón) is a unique case: strictly speaking she never really "ascended," but only Noah Wyle and Laura Innes appeared in more episodes.

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** Nurse Chuny (Laura Cerón) is a unique case: strictly speaking she never really "ascended," "ascended", but only Noah Wyle and Laura Innes appeared in more episodes.



* BreatherEpisode: Many of the hard-hitting, wrenching episodes ("Love's Labor Lost,, "The Storm 2," "All In The Family," "It's All In Your Head"), were followed by episodes that were more upbeat or mundane, making the fallout from the previous episode the B-plot rather than the main focus or ignoring it altogether—"Middle Of Nowhere," which followed "The Storm 2", even left the ER completely, following Benton to Mississippi.

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* BreatherEpisode: Many of the hard-hitting, wrenching episodes ("Love's Labor Lost,, "The Storm 2," 2", "All In The Family," Family", "It's All In Your Head"), were followed by episodes that were more upbeat or mundane, making the fallout from the previous episode the B-plot rather than the main focus or ignoring it altogether—"Middle Of Nowhere," which followed "The Storm 2", even left the ER completely, following Benton to Mississippi.



* ClosestThingWeGot: {{Downplayed}} in "Family Practice." Mark Greene is in San Diego visiting his dad in a military hospital when the doctors there get swamped due to a helicopter crash. While Greene is certainly [[NotThatKindOfDoctor that kind of doctor]], he's not on the staff, nor is he licensed to practice in the state of California, but the military docs aren't feeling picky about it given the circumstances. They compromise by having him talk an intern through a procedure rather than doing it himself.

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* ClosestThingWeGot: {{Downplayed}} in "Family Practice." Practice". Mark Greene is in San Diego visiting his dad in a military hospital when the doctors there get swamped due to a helicopter crash. While Greene is certainly [[NotThatKindOfDoctor that kind of doctor]], he's not on the staff, nor is he licensed to practice in the state of California, but the military docs aren't feeling picky about it given the circumstances. They compromise by having him talk an intern through a procedure rather than doing it himself.



** There are numerous references to some of the shows classic episodes as well—"Love's Labor Lost," etc.

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** There are numerous references to some of the shows classic episodes as well—"Love's Labor Lost," Lost", etc.



* CPRCleanPrettyReliable As far as "clean" and "pretty" are concerned, typically played straight. In terms of "reliable," usually somewhat averted, as virtually all patients who are in cardiac arrest require defibrillation, and most require ACLS drugs. And of course, many patients don't make it.

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* CPRCleanPrettyReliable CPRCleanPrettyReliable: As far as "clean" and "pretty" are concerned, typically played straight. In terms of "reliable," "reliable", usually somewhat averted, as virtually all patients who are in cardiac arrest require defibrillation, and most require ACLS drugs. And of course, many patients don't make it.



* DeathByChildbirth: One of the most famous, most well-regarded episodes of the show's entire run was first-season episode "Love's Labor Lost," in which Dr. Greene spends most of the episode trying to save a pregnant woman with eclampsia. He fails.

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* DeathByChildbirth: One of the most famous, most well-regarded episodes of the show's entire run was first-season episode "Love's Labor Lost," Lost", in which Dr. Greene spends most of the episode trying to save a pregnant woman with eclampsia. He fails.



* EmpathicEnvironment: The Pilot episode. Also in "Blizzard," bordering on ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, as an actual blizzard outside coincides with—and causes—a massive influx of patients (this was the first, and arguably the best of the show's "mass casualty" episodes).

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* EmpathicEnvironment: The Pilot episode. Also in "Blizzard," "Blizzard", bordering on ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, as an actual blizzard outside coincides with—and causes—a massive influx of patients (this was the first, and arguably the best of the show's "mass casualty" episodes).



* HollywoodAtheist: Doug Ross, who instead jokingly claims to be 'Pagan'--though he crosses himself several times during the episode "Fathers & Sons," implying that he was raised Catholic even if he's now lapsed. Also possibly Lucy Knight.

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* HollywoodAtheist: Doug Ross, who instead jokingly claims to be 'Pagan'--though he crosses himself several times during the episode "Fathers & Sons," Sons", implying that he was raised Catholic even if he's now lapsed. Also possibly Lucy Knight.



* LiveEpisode: The season 4 premiere "Ambush." The cast did it twice. Once for the East Coast USA and once for the West Coast USA. The set up was a documentary crew put up cameras around the hospital to watch the staff.

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* LiveEpisode: The season 4 premiere "Ambush." "Ambush". The cast did it twice. Once for the East Coast USA and once for the West Coast USA. The set up was a documentary crew put up cameras around the hospital to watch the staff.



* NeverMyFault: Played with. While the doctors internally feel a lot of guilt when routine procedures go haywire and the patients are left dead or irreparably damaged, often times they deflect the blame onto someone or something (i.e. the patient's pre-existing medical conditions) else. Most notably seen in the aftermath of "Love's Labour Lost."

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* NeverMyFault: Played with. While the doctors internally feel a lot of guilt when routine procedures go haywire and the patients are left dead or irreparably damaged, often times they deflect the blame onto someone or something (i.e. the patient's pre-existing medical conditions) else. Most notably seen in the aftermath of "Love's Labour Lost."Lost".



** In "Blizzard," Caucasian Doug mistakes African-American Angela Hicks for a nurse—to the point where he's giving her orders, etc—before she coldly informs him that she's a doctor. He winces at the mistake, realizing how badly he's come across. It's a pretty cringeworthy moment for someone who's heretofore shown no signs of being a racist nor sexist, despite his womanizing. In Doug's defense, he had no idea who she was and had apparently assumed that she was a nurse sent up to help with the busy day.

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** In "Blizzard," "Blizzard", Caucasian Doug mistakes African-American Angela Hicks for a nurse—to the point where he's giving her orders, etc—before she coldly informs him that she's a doctor. He winces at the mistake, realizing how badly he's come across. It's a pretty cringeworthy moment for someone who's heretofore shown no signs of being a racist nor sexist, despite his womanizing. In Doug's defense, he had no idea who she was and had apparently assumed that she was a nurse sent up to help with the busy day.



* ViewersAreGeniuses: Aside from averting AsYouKnow, this was the main reason for leaving the bulk of the medical jargon "untranslated"—when writing the pilot, Michael Crichton reasoned the audience would be able to rely on context and observation to figure out what was going on.

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* ViewersAreGeniuses: Aside from averting AsYouKnow, this was the main reason for leaving the bulk of the medical jargon "untranslated"—when "untranslated"—-when writing the pilot, Michael Crichton reasoned the audience would be able to rely on context and observation to figure out what was going on.



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Curtis Ames loses his health, hand, livelihood, money, and even family from Luka's error, finally snapping and [[spoiler:making Luka—at gunpoint—break his own hand via vise, giving him Ames's pain and hurting his own livelihood. And when Luka finally invokes MyGodWhatHaveIDone and apologizes for Ames's TraumaCongaLine, Ames is DrivenToSuicide, having nothing left.]]

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Curtis Ames loses his health, hand, livelihood, money, and even family from Luka's error, finally snapping and [[spoiler:making Luka—at gunpoint—break Luka-—at gunpoint—-break his own hand via vise, giving him Ames's pain and hurting his own livelihood. And when Luka finally invokes MyGodWhatHaveIDone and apologizes for Ames's TraumaCongaLine, Ames is DrivenToSuicide, having nothing left.]]
23rd Nov '15 12:13:21 PM MagBas
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** While "Love's Labor Lost" may be a dramatic favorite most real life hospital personnel consider it to be a {{Wallbanger}}. Not only is Greene's treatment of the woman woefully incompetent, it went on for ''hours'', enough time to call in an OB-GYN from another hospital or practice or even another ''city'' if necessary.

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** While In "Love's Labor Lost" may be a dramatic favorite most real life hospital personnel consider it to be a {{Wallbanger}}. Not Lost", not only is Greene's treatment of the woman woefully incompetent, it went on for ''hours'', enough time to call in an OB-GYN from another hospital or practice or even another ''city'' if necessary.
14th Nov '15 9:57:47 PM DrOO7
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* StatusQuoIsGod: This was all but guaranteed anytime it seemed that a character might be leaving the hospital for another job. As long as it was known that their portrayer didn't intend to leave the show, there was no reason to angst.
** Doug Ross is fired a third of the way into the second season and by the beginning of the next episode, accepts a job offer at a prestigious clinic. However, said episode was the legendary "Hell And High Water". By the episode after ''that'', the hospital administration was so impressed by his heroic actions that they offered him his previous job back.
** In the second-season finale, Carol gets fed up with the red tape she constantly has to deal with and quits. By the third season premiere, she's back at work, with absolutely no explanation as to how she got her job back and aside from one other person snarking, "Well, you could always quit again" when she was complaining about something, no references to it were ever made.
** At the beginning of the ninth season, Elizabeth Corday was shown to have returned to London (with her husband's death, she no longer had any ties to Chicago. It was also completely plausible, given the longer time frame). By episode's end, being very unhappy and having realized that she no longer fits in in England, she decides to return to Chicago. By the very next episode, she's back at work, having resumed her job and moved back into her house without the slightest blip.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: All original cast members are now long gone.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: All Following his departure, Doug was replaced with ''three'' people--Cleo (a skilled and dedicated pediatrician), Luka (brooding hunk with a troubled past and a yearning for Carol--and a resemblance to him), and Dave (brash, impulsive, problems with authority). As the other original cast members are now long gone.left, others characters were often introduced in either the abrasive go-getter mold, or the plucky NaiveNewcomer.
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