* {{Anvilicious}}: Averted, for the most part. Despite absolutely crappy lives, mostly of their own doing, no one really gives anyone a 'Suck It Up' speech. The three main characters are [[DysfunctionJunction their own worst enemies]], effusive and self-destructive (and in Simon's post-hospital state, [[ThisLoserIsYou self-loathing]])
* JerkassWoobie: Melvin. Even when he tries to be helpful, either in his own abrasive way or actually doing something kind all on its own, no one is ever grateful to him, they all treat him terribly because his mental illness bothers them, and they constantly demand he stop being so rude and confrontational to others while they feel no need whatsoever to be anything but horrible to him.
* NightmareFuel: Carol lives in a low-rent neighbourhood with her chronically ill son. She went home to see a Cadillac outside her apartment building... [[AdultFear with "MD" plates on it...]]
** ...then, after she rushes madly to her apartment to find that the doctor ''is'' there to her son, but nothing is particularly wrong with him at the moment, she is informed that the paediatrician has been sent to attend to her son by Melvin... a really creepy jerkass customer from work who has come dangerously close to being a stalker.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Jamie Kennedy, Creator/MayaRudolph, Lisa Edelstein and Wood Harris.
* TearJerker: Carol's thank-you note. And her conversation with her mother during: "What is it you want, Mom?"
** "...[[MoodWhiplash I want us to go out!]]"
** "I should have danced with you."
** "[[DrivenToSuicide How to die, basically.]]"
* TheWoobie: Simon - first brutally beaten and then forced to use the weelchair. See also his backstory in DarkAndTroubledPast in the main tab.