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** Weaver facing the possibility of ostracization and loss of her position at County when she is outed as a lesbian, and later [[spoiler: fighting with her deceased partner's homophobic parents to retain custody of their son]].

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** Weaver facing the possibility of ostracization and loss of her position at County when she is outed as a lesbian, and later [[spoiler: fighting [[spoiler:fighting with her deceased partner's homophobic parents to retain custody of their son]].



** [[spoiler: Robert Romano]] being crushed by a helicopter in Season 10.

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** [[spoiler: Robert [[spoiler:Robert Romano]] being crushed by a helicopter in Season 10.



** [[spoiler: Greg Pratt]] suffering from wounds due to an explosion in the first episode of Season 15.
** Several other recurring characters were killed off as well (some of them after being involved with the show for many seasons), including [[spoiler: Carla Reese, Dennis Gant, and Sandy Lopez]].
** And that's not even mentioning the various actors who guested more than once as the parents/grandparents of various characters - did any of them (other than [[spoiler: Elizabeth's and Abby's mothers]]) survive the 16-year run?

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** [[spoiler: Greg [[spoiler:Greg Pratt]] suffering from wounds due to an explosion in the first episode of Season 15.
** Several other recurring characters were killed off as well (some of them after being involved with the show for many seasons), including [[spoiler: Carla [[spoiler:Carla Reese, Dennis Gant, and Sandy Lopez]].
** And that's not even mentioning the various actors who guested more than once as the parents/grandparents of various characters - did any of them (other than [[spoiler: Elizabeth's [[spoiler:Elizabeth's and Abby's mothers]]) survive the 16-year run?



* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Not ''first'' considering this is ''ER'', but two regular black male cast members (out of three) eventually die on the show, both blown up. One in TheTeaser with a voice over. Long before that [[spoiler: Dennis Gant threw himself in front of a train]].

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Not ''first'' considering this is ''ER'', but two regular black male cast members (out of three) eventually die on the show, both blown up. One in TheTeaser with a voice over. Long before that [[spoiler: Dennis [[spoiler:Dennis Gant threw himself in front of a train]].



* BloodFromTheMouth: Countless patients, including [[spoiler: Pratt]]

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* BloodFromTheMouth: Countless patients, including [[spoiler: Pratt]][[spoiler:Pratt]]



** A lighter variant: In the pilot, Dr. Greene has to treat a patient complaining of a hangnail amidst all the real emergencies. Years later, his very last patient (possibly the same woman) says I have this hangnail, and it is ''very'' painful. He replies [[spoiler: I have a brain tumor, and its inoperable. (''Beat.'') I win.]]

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** A lighter variant: In the pilot, Dr. Greene has to treat a patient complaining of a hangnail amidst all the real emergencies. Years later, his very last patient (possibly the same woman) says I have this hangnail, and it is ''very'' painful. He replies [[spoiler: I [[spoiler:I have a brain tumor, and its inoperable. (''Beat.'') I win.]]



** Peter finds Carla in the ER waiting room, waiting to see the OB Attending. He is baffled by her pregnancy as they used protection. [[spoiler: As it turns out, after Peter has invested years in the resulting child, Reese turns out not to be his biological son]].

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** Peter finds Carla in the ER waiting room, waiting to see the OB Attending. He is baffled by her pregnancy as they used protection. [[spoiler: As [[spoiler:As it turns out, after Peter has invested years in the resulting child, Reese turns out not to be his biological son]].



** When Mark finds out he has [[spoiler: a tumour and then finds out the tumour has recurred]] he goes to the bathroom to check his inter-cranial nerves before washing his face both times.

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** When Mark finds out he has [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a tumour and then finds out the tumour has recurred]] he goes to the bathroom to check his inter-cranial nerves before washing his face both times.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Doug and Carol are noticeably absent from [[spoiler: Mark Greene's funeral]]. This is especially jarring because, during the entirety of Doug's tenure, they were depicted as best friends. Clooney explained that he didn't want to come back because he didn't want his appearance to overshadow [[spoiler: Mark's death]] (which is understandable given NBC's outrage at not being told about Clooney's season 6 cameo). Still doesn't explain Hathaway's absence, nor the lack of explanation.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Doug and Carol are noticeably absent from [[spoiler: Mark [[spoiler:Mark Greene's funeral]]. This is especially jarring because, during the entirety of Doug's tenure, they were depicted as best friends. Clooney explained that he didn't want to come back because he didn't want his appearance to overshadow [[spoiler: Mark's [[spoiler:Mark's death]] (which is understandable given NBC's outrage at not being told about Clooney's season 6 cameo). Still doesn't explain Hathaway's absence, nor the lack of explanation.



* DidNotGetTheGirl:[[spoiler: After years of unexplored romantic feelings towards Susan, Mark finally sums up the courage to tell her that he loves her just as she was leaving the hospital to move to Arizona. Unfortunately she basically rejects him (although she does say 'I love you', in what sense is debatable) and leaves anyway. By the time she comes back, Mark is married to Elizabeth with a newborn baby.]]

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* DidNotGetTheGirl:[[spoiler: After DidNotGetTheGirl:[[spoiler:After years of unexplored romantic feelings towards Susan, Mark finally sums up the courage to tell her that he loves her just as she was leaving the hospital to move to Arizona. Unfortunately she basically rejects him (although she does say 'I love you', in what sense is debatable) and leaves anyway. By the time she comes back, Mark is married to Elizabeth with a newborn baby.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Dennis Gant throws himself in front of a train because of Peter Benton's treatment of him. Officially it's ruled an accident, but Benton and Carter know the truth.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Dennis [[spoiler:Dennis Gant throws himself in front of a train because of Peter Benton's treatment of him. Officially it's ruled an accident, but Benton and Carter know the truth.]]



** Same thing with Pratt's father, though [[spoiler: he tried to get back with Pratt's mother, but she never answered his letters]].

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** Same thing with Pratt's father, though [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he tried to get back with Pratt's mother, but she never answered his letters]].



* EverybodyIsSingle: Originally averted, Mark Greene was married (the only doctor in the ER who was) but the pilot made it clear that his marriage was rocky. Played straight (more-or-less) after he got divorced (although he [[spoiler: eventually married Elizabeth, only to die and leave Elizabeth widowed and therefore single.]]) Keep in mind that the original cast was made up of actors chiefly in their early thirties (Noah Wyle was in his early twenties) and of them only Anthony Edwards was recently married (Creator/GeorgeClooney was fairly recently divorced), making this a less egregious use of the trope.

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* EverybodyIsSingle: Originally averted, Mark Greene was married (the only doctor in the ER who was) but the pilot made it clear that his marriage was rocky. Played straight (more-or-less) after he got divorced (although he [[spoiler: eventually [[spoiler:eventually married Elizabeth, only to die and leave Elizabeth widowed and therefore single.]]) Keep in mind that the original cast was made up of actors chiefly in their early thirties (Noah Wyle was in his early twenties) and of them only Anthony Edwards was recently married (Creator/GeorgeClooney was fairly recently divorced), making this a less egregious use of the trope.



** When Mark is having surgery to [[spoiler: remove his brain tumour]] he has a seizure and sees a bunch of things from his past (possibly a case of [[MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes his life flashing before his eyes]]). Among them are visions of his mother, his father (blowing smoke) and Jen holding a crying baby Rachel and complaining that Mark didn't come home when he said he would.

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** When Mark is having surgery to [[spoiler: remove [[spoiler:remove his brain tumour]] he has a seizure and sees a bunch of things from his past (possibly a case of [[MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes his life flashing before his eyes]]). Among them are visions of his mother, his father (blowing smoke) and Jen holding a crying baby Rachel and complaining that Mark didn't come home when he said he would.



** In "Heal Thyself", Catherine Banfield has a flashback on the anniversary of her son's death to her first time coming to County Hospital, which is when and where he ended up dying. It also serves as a way of bringing Mark Greene back to the show, as it turns out he ended up treating her son shortly before he [[spoiler: died]].

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** In "Heal Thyself", Catherine Banfield has a flashback on the anniversary of her son's death to her first time coming to County Hospital, which is when and where he ended up dying. It also serves as a way of bringing Mark Greene back to the show, as it turns out he ended up treating her son shortly before he [[spoiler: died]].[[spoiler:died]].



* HellishCopter: A helicopter crashes down in the Hospital's courtyard and [[spoiler: kills Dr. Romano, who was in said courtyard ''specifically'' [[{{Irony}} because he wanted to avoid it]] after having his arm chopped off by one earlier in the season.]]

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* HellishCopter: A helicopter crashes down in the Hospital's courtyard and [[spoiler: kills [[spoiler:kills Dr. Romano, who was in said courtyard ''specifically'' [[{{Irony}} because he wanted to avoid it]] after having his arm chopped off by one earlier in the season.]]



** Benton had a few. One after losing his mother. Another after almost killing a baby when Dr Keaton expressly told him just to close up. A third after [[spoiler: Dennis Gant's (suspected) suicide]]. A fourth after his son is born prematurely.

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** Benton had a few. One after losing his mother. Another after almost killing a baby when Dr Keaton expressly told him just to close up. A third after [[spoiler: Dennis [[spoiler:Dennis Gant's (suspected) suicide]]. A fourth after his son is born prematurely.



* KickTheDog: Benton just wouldn't give Dennis Gant a break (a fair amount of Benton's behavior was attributable to frustration at his fellowship in pediatric surgery going down the toilet). [[spoiler: Gant eventually killed himself]].

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* KickTheDog: Benton just wouldn't give Dennis Gant a break (a fair amount of Benton's behavior was attributable to frustration at his fellowship in pediatric surgery going down the toilet). [[spoiler: Gant [[spoiler:Gant eventually killed himself]].



* LonelyFuneral: Dr. Corday is the only one to attend [[spoiler: Dr. Romano's]] memorial service.

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* LonelyFuneral: Dr. Corday is the only one to attend [[spoiler: Dr.[[spoiler:Dr. Romano's]] memorial service.



*** When Dr. Greene is leaving County [[spoiler: to die from his tumor]] these were his last words to John Carter.

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*** When Dr. Greene is leaving County [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to die from his tumor]] these were his last words to John Carter.



* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler: The type of tumour Mark is diagnosed with, Glioblastoma Multiforme, can be caused by ionizing radiation, such found in x-rays. It is quite possible that Mark's illness and eventual death was purely a by-product of being a good and caring doctor, by going with his patients to x-ray.]]

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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The type of tumour Mark is diagnosed with, Glioblastoma Multiforme, can be caused by ionizing radiation, such found in x-rays. It is quite possible that Mark's illness and eventual death was purely a by-product of being a good and caring doctor, by going with his patients to x-ray.]]



* PutOnABus: Several characters. The most upsetting, perhaps, is [[spoiler: Ray Barnett (played by Shane West), who is first ''hit'' with a bus and then put on one for a couple seasons. For all its cruelty, at least he gets the girl in the end.]]

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* PutOnABus: Several characters. The most upsetting, perhaps, is [[spoiler: Ray [[spoiler:Ray Barnett (played by Shane West), who is first ''hit'' with a bus and then put on one for a couple seasons. For all its cruelty, at least he gets the girl in the end.]]



* ReplacementScrappy: Invoked. Reilly, for Raul Melendez, Shep's best friend and partner who [[spoiler: got burned and died after trying to save some children]]. Not only is Reilly incompetent and a wet-behind-the-ears rookie, he reports Shep for use of excessive force when Shep shoves a teenager into a coffee table. However, StrawmanHasAPoint--Shep is clearly out of control and Reilly correctly states that Hathaway's covering for him isn't going to help his PTSD at all.

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* ReplacementScrappy: Invoked. Reilly, for Raul Melendez, Shep's best friend and partner who [[spoiler: got [[spoiler:got burned and died after trying to save some children]]. Not only is Reilly incompetent and a wet-behind-the-ears rookie, he reports Shep for use of excessive force when Shep shoves a teenager into a coffee table. However, StrawmanHasAPoint--Shep is clearly out of control and Reilly correctly states that Hathaway's covering for him isn't going to help his PTSD at all.



** In "Night Shift," a patient who is badly mangled after jumping (or falling) onto the tracks in front of an elevated train is rolled into a trauma room. Dr. Benton tells a nurse to page Benton's [[ButtMonkey then-favorite medical student]] Dennis Gant, and everyone is horrified when [[spoiler: the patient's beeper goes offit's Gant on the table!]]
** When Greene [[spoiler: discovers his wife is having an affair.]] Although, much like Carter's wealth, there were subtle hints beforehand that Greene just didn't pick up on.
** When Kerry discovers Carter and Lucy Knight [[spoiler: bleeding to death on the floor of a patient's room]].

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** In "Night Shift," a patient who is badly mangled after jumping (or falling) onto the tracks in front of an elevated train is rolled into a trauma room. Dr. Benton tells a nurse to page Benton's [[ButtMonkey then-favorite medical student]] Dennis Gant, and everyone is horrified when [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the patient's beeper goes offit's Gant on the table!]]
** When Greene [[spoiler: discovers [[spoiler:discovers his wife is having an affair.]] Although, much like Carter's wealth, there were subtle hints beforehand that Greene just didn't pick up on.
** When Kerry discovers Carter and Lucy Knight [[spoiler: bleeding [[spoiler:bleeding to death on the floor of a patient's room]].



** When [[spoiler: Mark's]] tumour starts to worsen he starts using his left hand.

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** When [[spoiler: Mark's]] [[spoiler:Mark's]] tumour starts to worsen he starts using his left hand.



** [[VomitDiscretionShot Averted]] in the season 6 episode "All In the Family"; when Weaver steps into the ambulance bay to puke into a trashcan after [[spoiler: seeing the results of a schizophrenic patient's attack on Lucy and Carter,]] her head is obscured by the lightbar of a police vehicle in the foreground.

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** [[VomitDiscretionShot Averted]] in the season 6 episode "All In the Family"; when Weaver steps into the ambulance bay to puke into a trashcan after [[spoiler: seeing [[spoiler:seeing the results of a schizophrenic patient's attack on Lucy and Carter,]] her head is obscured by the lightbar of a police vehicle in the foreground.



* WhamEpisode: One of the most notable was also one of the first, "Love's Labour Lost," featuring Dr. Greene trying to save a pregnant woman and her child. [[spoiler: He succeeds with the latter, but not the former.]]

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* WhamEpisode: One of the most notable was also one of the first, "Love's Labour Lost," featuring Dr. Greene trying to save a pregnant woman and her child. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He succeeds with the latter, but not the former.]]



** Mark and Susan, again for the first three seasons [[spoiler: They don't]]
** Luka and Abby [[spoiler: TheyDo]]

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** Mark and Susan, again for the first three seasons [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They don't]]
** Luka and Abby [[spoiler: TheyDo]][[spoiler:TheyDo]]
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* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: When Sam's ex-husband plans a prison escape(faking an illness serious enough to get taken to the hospital, and having accomplices in place to help), he also forces Sam (at gunpoint) to help. Abby sees Sam escorting people out of the hospital(something that typically isn't a nurses job), and asks if Sam's seen Luka(who was tied up and drugged by one accomplice). Sam tells her that she should look for Luka in the suture room(where he is), then ends by saying "Okay, Abigail?" Since virtually no one calls her that, Abby immediately senses something is wrong, and the situation spirals into a shootout between the escapees and some cops that are in the ER.

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* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: When Sam's ex-husband plans a prison escape(faking escape (faking an illness serious enough to get taken to the hospital, and having accomplices in place to help), he also forces Sam (at gunpoint) to help. Abby sees Sam escorting people out of the hospital(something hospital (something that typically isn't a nurses job), and asks if Sam's seen Luka(who Luka (who was tied up and drugged by one accomplice). Sam tells her that she should look for Luka in the suture room(where room (where he is), then ends by saying "Okay, Abigail?" Since virtually no one calls her that, Abby immediately senses something is wrong, and the situation spirals into a shootout between the escapees and some cops that are in the ER.
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** As fate would have it, the psychopathic [[AbusiveParents abusive father]] that went on a killing spree targeting Dr. Greene's family landed in County General, having been shot by the cops. Dr. Greene personally puts takes him up to surgery. When he codes in the elevator, Greene uses the defibrillator and shocks the air in the killer's plain view. You can see the panic in his eyes as he slowly dies. Whether or not what Mark did was right is debatable, but in any case Mark doesn't come off heroically.

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** As fate would have it, the psychopathic [[AbusiveParents abusive father]] that went on a killing spree targeting Dr. Greene's family landed in County General, having been shot by the cops. Dr. Greene personally puts takes him up to surgery. When he codes in the elevator, Greene uses the defibrillator and shocks the air in the killer's plain view. You can see the panic in his eyes as he slowly dies. Whether or not what Mark did was right is debatable, but in any case Mark doesn't come off heroically.
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* UnfortunateImplications: {{Invoked}}. After returning from Doctors Without Borders, Kovac becomes obsessed with doing the bare minimum for his patients, as that is what doctors in countries like the Congo have to work with (really he was just trying to keep from doing unnecessary tests and procedures to save them money). Pratt calls him out on this, telling him "Maybe you should just go back to Africa." Kovac's response? "Maybe '''[[NoYou you]]''' should go to Africa!" Pratt is black. This pisses him off quite a bit. However, ironically he eventually did go to Africa.

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* UnfortunateImplications: {{Invoked}}. After returning from Doctors Without Borders, Kovac becomes obsessed with doing the bare minimum for his patients, as that is what doctors in countries like the Congo have to work with (really he was just trying to keep from doing unnecessary tests and procedures to save them money). Pratt calls him out on this, telling him "Maybe you should just go back to Africa." Kovac's response? "Maybe '''[[NoYou you]]''' should go to Africa!" Pratt is black. This pisses him off quite a bit.bit (Luka only meant it in the sense of "Try doing medicine under those conditions and get back to me"). However, ironically he eventually did go to Africa.
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* SympatheticAdulterer: Jeanie's husband cheats on her with many women ([[spoiler: contracting HIV in the process, which he passed to Jeanie]]). Her affair with Peter Benton is therefore very understandable.

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* SympatheticAdulterer: Jeanie's husband cheats on her with many women ([[spoiler: contracting ([[spoiler:contracting HIV in the process, which he passed to Jeanie]]). Her affair with Peter Benton is therefore very understandable.
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** It's actually a bit of a subversion since the praying saves him. The rebels holding him think he's is a priest and shooting priests is the one thing they won't do.

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** It's actually a bit of a subversion since the praying saves him. The rebels holding him think he's he is a priest and shooting priests is the one thing they won't do.
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*** Doug rushes to Carol's engagement party to deliver the abovementioned AnguishedDeclarationOfLove...she screams at him to leave her alone, and her fiancé punches him. ([[spoiler: It works out in the end]])
*** Mark runs to the train station to catch the departing Susan, only to have her gently rebuff him and leave anyway. ([[spoiler: He eventually found someone else]])

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*** Doug rushes to Carol's engagement party to deliver the abovementioned AnguishedDeclarationOfLove...she screams at him to leave her alone, and her fiancé punches him. ([[spoiler: It ([[spoiler:It works out in the end]])
*** Mark runs to the train station to catch the departing Susan, only to have her gently rebuff him and leave anyway. ([[spoiler: He ([[spoiler:He eventually found someone else]])
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* MarriedToTheJob: Almost everyone. Part of character development for both Greene and Benton is the discovery that other things are more important. In the first season both cannot break away from their jobs to be with their families, ultimately leading to divorce for Mark Greene and the death of Peter Benton's mother. By the eighth season Benton decides to leave County to get a job with better hours so that he can be with his son, and Greene eventually leaves the hospital to spend time with his daughter in Hawaii.

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* MarriedToTheJob: Almost everyone. Part of character development for both Greene and Benton is the discovery that other things are more important. In the first season both cannot break away from their jobs to be with their families, ultimately leading to divorce for Mark Greene and the death of Peter Benton's mother. By the eighth season Benton decides to leave County to get a job with better hours so that he can be with his son, and Greene eventually leaves the hospital to spend time with his daughter in Hawaii.Hawaii (though in Greene's case, it's more that [[spoiler:he's dying and doesn't have much time left]], rather than him reducing his working hours).
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** Dr. Romano could be very correct in lashing out against people for their incompetence and, in one case, illegal behavior. During a major rush of patients, he found [[spoiler:Dr. Morris smoking pot. He ripped him out of the bathroom stall and put him at the entrance desk telling Morris to not move until he came back. The punishment never happened primarily because in a short time Ramano would be killed by the chopper, no one realizing this, and Morris never telling anyone why Ramano told him to stay still]].

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** Dr. Romano could be very correct in lashing out against people for their incompetence and, in one case, illegal behavior. During a major rush of patients, he found [[spoiler:Dr. Morris smoking pot. He ripped him out of the bathroom stall and put him at the entrance desk desk, telling Morris to not move until he came back. The punishment never happened primarily because in a short time Ramano Romano would be killed by the chopper, no one realizing this, and Morris never telling anyone why Ramano Romano told him to stay still]].
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* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Subverted. An unsuspecting Benton walks in on Dr. Keaton and Carter snuggling in her office during their affair (since she's an attending and he's an intern, this is a'''major''' no-no that could have gotten her instantly fired if found out); aside from surprise, he doesn't evince any reaction. But when he later asks Keaton about taking on another pediatric surgical fellowship (something she had earlier refused to allow him to do), she naturally assumes the worst.

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* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Subverted. An unsuspecting Benton walks in on Dr. Keaton and Carter snuggling in her office during their affair (since she's an attending and he's an intern, this is a'''major''' a '''major''' no-no that could have gotten her instantly fired if found out); aside from surprise, he doesn't evince any reaction. But when he later asks Keaton about taking on another pediatric surgical fellowship (something she had earlier refused to allow him to do), she naturally assumes the worst.
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