History YMMV / ER

10th Feb '17 4:43:01 PM DrOO7
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** In Season 6, Carol gave birth to her's and Doug's twin daughters. As of February 2017, George Clooney (Doug's portrayer) and his wife are expecting twins (though they'll be a boy and a girl).
5th Feb '17 9:05:24 AM IndridCold13
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* {{Die for Our|Ship}} [[StrawmanPolitical Political Views]]: One character (young, idealistic, and full of promise) gets sent to Iraq and dies basically just to give a ''medical show set in Chicago'' a chance to criticize the war.
30th Jan '17 1:54:25 PM creader
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail[=/=]CriticalDissonance: When this show premiered, it was going up against ''Series/ChicagoHope''. While not deriding ''E.R.'', most critics deemed ''Hope'' the better show and predicted that it would win the ratings battle. Only for ''E.R.'' to trounce ''Hope'' so thoroughly that within weeks, ''Hope'' shifted its timeslot and was off the air within six seasons (perfectly respectable, but nowhere near ''E.R.''[='=]s 15)

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail[=/=]CriticalDissonance: AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: When this show premiered, it was going up against ''Series/ChicagoHope''. While not deriding ''E.R.'', most critics deemed ''Hope'' the better show and predicted that it would win the ratings battle. Only for ''E.R.'' to trounce ''Hope'' so thoroughly that within weeks, ''Hope'' shifted its timeslot and was off the air within six seasons (perfectly respectable, but nowhere near ''E.R.''[='=]s 15)



* CreatorsPet[=/=]DesignatedHero: Shortly after joining the show, Maura Tierney's character Abby Lockhart became its central figure, with many episodes focused on her and her miserable life--an unfaithful ex (and other dysfunctional relationships), mentally ill mother and brother, career troubles, alcoholism. Abby was always portrayed as the innocent victim in these situations, even though later dialogue revealed that she was just as responsible for the failure of her relationships as her vilified partners. The writers persisted in this despite viewers' fatigue with the constant focus on her.

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* CreatorsPet[=/=]DesignatedHero: CreatorsPet: Shortly after joining the show, Maura Tierney's character Abby Lockhart became its central figure, with many episodes focused on her and her miserable life--an unfaithful ex (and other dysfunctional relationships), mentally ill mother and brother, career troubles, alcoholism. Abby was always portrayed as the innocent victim in these situations, even though later dialogue revealed that she was just as responsible for the failure of her relationships as her vilified partners. The writers persisted in this despite viewers' fatigue with the constant focus on her.



* DoubleStandard: The female staff staring at handsome male coworkers/patients/relatives of patients and commenting on their good looks is seen as perfectly normal and not the least bit unprofessional. Male staff ogling gorgeous female coworkers/patients/relatives of patients and commenting on their good looks are viewed as lecherous perverts. A very striking example of this is when Pratt is accused of groping a female patient (he didn't, but his efforts to put her at ease by telling jokes backfires on him). All the women not only instantly assume that he's guilty, they accuse ALL male doctors of having gone to medical school solely to have a chance to ogle women, while sanctimoniously--and falsely--insisting that they have never had an inappropriate thought about an attractive male patient.
** Also, it's totally acceptable for the medical doctors to bitch about unpleasant things that happen to them on their jobs, many of which are caused by sick or injured people who can't help puking or bleeding all over their caretakers, but any doctor from the psych department complaining about the behavior of their patients is treated to disgusted looks and snide remarks from the other staff.
** Corday accuses her mother of neglecting her or practically abandoning her in favour of her work, but her father gets a free pass. Her mother calls her out on this. Likewise, Carter confronts his mother for abandoning him and for not being there for him after his brother died, but the fact is that Carter's father was equally absent from Carter's life and his father gets absolutely none of Carter's angst.



* SequelHook: A fair amount of episodes in Season 8, as well as the descriptions for the DVD box-set read like a sales pitch for the Anthony Edwards/Mark Greene-less Season 9. Particularly egregious is the season finale, which completely undercut the powerful and sad ''On The Beach'' for a completely obvious sequel hook that could have easily been the Season 9 premiere instead.
* TearJerker: dozens; most notably, "Love's Labors Lost." "On The Beach" as well, especially for many fans.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Peter's sister Jackie after the murder of her son. Comes to a head during the custody battle over Reese between Peter and Roger [=McGrath=] when she tells Roger to butt out of their life and that Reese is 'theirs'. This despite the fact that Roger also views Reese as his own son and treated him as such.
** Mark after Susan leaves and after getting beaten up.
* WhatTheHellHero: Benton's final story arc before his departure from the show comes off as this, as in the wake of [[spoiler: Carla's death]] he suddenly decides that Roger, who loved and took care of Reese like his own son, doesn't need to be in the boy's life any more and enters into a fierce custody battle with him. [[spoiler: Benton wins, but the viewer arguably feels so sorry for the now doubly-bereaved Roger that it's something of a hollow victory.]]

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* SequelHook: A fair amount of episodes in Season 8, as well as the descriptions for the DVD box-set read like a sales pitch for the Anthony Edwards/Mark Greene-less Season 9. Particularly egregious is the season finale, which completely undercut the powerful and sad ''On The Beach'' for a completely obvious sequel hook that could have easily been the Season 9 premiere instead.
* TearJerker: dozens; Dozens; most notably, "Love's Labors Lost." "On The Beach" as well, especially for many fans. \n* TookALevelInJerkass: Peter's sister Jackie after the murder of her son. Comes to a head during the custody battle over Reese between Peter and Roger [=McGrath=] when she tells Roger to butt out of their life and that Reese is 'theirs'. This despite the fact that Roger also views Reese as his own son and treated him as such.\n** Mark after Susan leaves and after getting beaten up.\n* WhatTheHellHero: Benton's final story arc before his departure from the show comes off as this, as in the wake of [[spoiler: Carla's death]] he suddenly decides that Roger, who loved and took care of Reese like his own son, doesn't need to be in the boy's life any more and enters into a fierce custody battle with him. [[spoiler: Benton wins, but the viewer arguably feels so sorry for the now doubly-bereaved Roger that it's something of a hollow victory.]]
25th Jan '17 3:27:31 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AwardCategoryFraud: Possibly to avoid canceling each other out (as possibly happened to Anthony Edwards and George Clooney along with Noah Wyle and Eriq [=LaSalle=], Julianna Marguiles was nominated for Best ''Supporting'' Actress during the time when Sherry Stringfield, who was nominated for Lead, was a cast member, even though the two had roughly the same amount of screen time and storylines.

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* AwardCategoryFraud: Possibly to avoid canceling each other out (as possibly happened to Anthony Edwards and George Clooney Creator/GeorgeClooney along with Noah Wyle and Eriq [=LaSalle=], Julianna Marguiles was nominated for Best ''Supporting'' Actress during the time when Sherry Stringfield, who was nominated for Lead, was a cast member, even though the two had roughly the same amount of screen time and storylines.



* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Many, but Doug risking his life to rescue a drowning boy in a torrential downpour, then furiously improvising all the way back to the ER, is probably the crowner. It also started the tradition of having one episode a season where one of the main characters must perform medical feats away from the ER, most of which are also [=CMoAs=]. The episode was also the highest rated in ER's history, pulling in 48 million viewers.
** Dr. Dave Malucci's final words when he is fired to Kerry Weaver, because Weaver was a very annoying character at that time to many fans and deserved to be told off.



* NightmareFuel: Innumerable. Has the [[NightmareFuel/{{ER}} nightmare sub-page]].
* RetroactiveRecognition: Throughout the first few seasons of the show, many of its guest stars would go on to fame of their own--Lucy Liu, for example, spent several episodes playing the mother of an AIDS-stricken infant, Bradley Whitford played the grieving husband of a woman who died in childbirth. Kirsten Dunst played a runaway, etc.

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* NightmareFuel: Innumerable. Has the [[NightmareFuel/{{ER}} nightmare sub-page]].
* RetroactiveRecognition: Throughout the first few seasons of the show, many of its guest stars would go on to fame of their own--Lucy Liu, own--Creator/LucyLiu, for example, spent several episodes playing the mother of an AIDS-stricken infant, Bradley Whitford played the grieving husband of a woman who died in childbirth. Kirsten Dunst Creator/KirstenDunst played a runaway, etc.
19th Jan '17 2:10:58 PM PersonalPOV
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** In the pilot Susan diagnoses a man, played by Creator/MiguelFerrer, with cancer. Miguel Ferrer himself passed away on January 19, 2017 due to cancer.
3rd Dec '16 7:38:36 PM themisterfree
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** Mark Greene: First wife cheats on him and leaves him for the other man, Susan leaves him before they can even have a relationship, he grossly mishandles a routine delivery (compounded by a complete lack of help from anyone in obstetrics), resulting in the mother's death, gets the crap beaten out of him by an unknown assailant. Has a distant relationship with his tough military father. Loses his mother to dementia and eventually loses his father to lung cancer. Suffers a brain tumour. Oldest daughter becomes a rebellious brat, leading to infant daughter nearly dying of a drug overdose, before he finally [[spoiler:dies from a recurrence of his brain tumour, leaving both daughters without a father during their formative years]].

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** Mark Greene: First wife cheats on him and leaves him for the other man, Susan leaves him before they can even have a relationship, he grossly mishandles a routine delivery (compounded by a complete lack of help from anyone in obstetrics), resulting in the mother's death, gets the crap beaten out of him by an unknown assailant. Has a distant relationship with his tough military father. Loses his mother to dementia and eventually loses his father to lung cancer. Suffers a brain tumour. tumor. Oldest daughter becomes a rebellious brat, leading to infant daughter nearly dying of a drug overdose, before he finally [[spoiler:dies from a recurrence of his brain tumour, tumor, leaving both daughters without a father during their formative years]].years]]. (This was why his actor, Anthony Edwards, played Brains in the infamous 2004 ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}'' movie- he ''needed'' a bright, optimistic project like it, having been emotionally drained by his tenure here.)
27th Oct '16 7:28:24 PM DrOO7
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** [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Olivia Benson]] spent a year as a desk clerk and Mark Greene's girlfriend before becoming a cop. This makes Anthony Edwards' (who played Mark) recent guest stint on ''SVU'' a nice callback.
15th Sep '16 9:32:16 PM haloinsider
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** Ray Barett: Frequently the UnrequitedLover for Neela. Ends up getting run over by a truck and loses his legs in the season 13 finale.

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** Ray Barett: Frequently the UnrequitedLover [[AllLoveIsUnrequited unrequited lover]] for Neela. Ends up getting run over by a truck and loses his legs in the season 13 finale.
15th Sep '16 9:31:04 PM haloinsider
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** Catherie Banfield: Revealed to have lost her young son to acute leukemia, something that she didn't recognize until pointed out by Dr. Greene, leaving her immensely guilty. Goes through attempts to have another baby in season 15, with difficulty.

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** Catherie Banfield: Revealed to have lost her young son to acute leukemia, something that she didn't recognize until pointed out by Dr. Greene, leaving her immensely guilty. She grows distant from her husband for a time before reconciling on the anniversary of their son's death. Goes through attempts to have another baby in season 15, with difficulty.
4th Sep '16 4:38:48 PM AFriesen91
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** The episode that ended with [[spoiler:John and Lucy being stabbed]] also saw Luka inform two children that their parents both died after a car accident. The boy was played by Creator/AntonYelchin, who was himself killed in a car-related accident in 2016.
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