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* FriendlyEnemy: Leanne has fierce debates with CEO Ed Harbert (her only [[{{Foil}} true equal]] seen on the show) about administration, what she wants for her ER, and hospital policy, but she also exhibits a warmth with him that she shows to few other people. (Though he's far more 'antagonist' than 'enemy', being a truly good man with the hospital's welfare his foremost concern, he ''does'' get in Leanne's way quite a bit.)
* JerkassFacade: She developed a harsh, protective shell after her accident, but it becomes clear that it's mostly out of self-protection.

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* FriendlyEnemy: Leanne has fierce debates with CEO Ed Harbert (her only [[{{Foil}} true equal]] seen on the show) about administration, what she wants for her ER, and hospital policy, but she also exhibits a warmth with him that she shows to few other people. (Though he's far more 'antagonist' than 'enemy', being a truly good man with the hospital's welfare his foremost concern, he ''does'' get in Leanne's way quite a bit.)
* JerkassFacade: She developed a harsh, protective shell after her accident, but it becomes clear that it's mostly out of self-protection.
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!!Dr. Mario Savetti (Benjamin Hollingsworth)

->''I remember when they forgot me. It was on a Friday. I was in third grade. They couldn't find my parents for the whole weekend. I stayed with my teacher, Mrs. Clarke. When they finally found my mother, I didn't want to go back.''

An emergency attending physician who grew up in a bad home in a rough neighborhood in New York City and who sees ER medicine as his way out of his background. Much more aloof than his colleagues, he prefers to do things his way and steamrollers anyone who gets in his way. He slowly begins to loosen up, but retains his snarky personality.

Throughout the series' run he grows from being a first-year resident to a newly minted attending physician.

* BigBrotherMentor: He somewhat reluctantly becomes this to Ariel in season 3. It helps that, like Ariel, he had a troubled childhood, and that he will be absolutely straightforward with her -- something Ariel clearly appreciates.
* BreakTheHaughty:
** Dr. Rorish immediately sees his superiority complex and makes a point of knocking him down a few pegs whenever possible because it's impossible to be a ER doctor if everyone else hates your guts. The lesson is ''very'' slowly getting through.
** Dr. Willis recognizes the same problem in Mario but takes a gentler approach than Rorish, telling Mario that he has all the skills to be a good doctor but that he needs to tone down his ego in order to be a great doctor.
* DaddyIssues: His father is a drug addict, alcoholic, and all-round terrible person, and Mario's worst fear is becoming his father.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: He admits to having had a rough childhood, saying that his parents were neglectful to the point of forgetting about him for days at a time. He bonds with a patient over this because they both share a burning resentment of circumstances beyond their control and worked immensely hard to get away from their pasts.
* FriendToAllChildren: He is excellent with children, in part because he is willing to be bluntly truthful with them, but they also bring out a noticeably softer side to him. In particular, no one in the ER is better at calming scared young boys.
* ParentWithNewParamour: In the wake of [[spoiler:his father's death]], his father's girlfriend, Linda, makes a valiant effort to get to know Mario. Mario is reluctant to let her into his life, but slowly he begins to warm up to her.
* StepfordSnarker: It's heavily implied that his cutting sarcasm is used primarily to mask his vulnerabilities.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Angus, who is either his best friend or worst enemy depending on the situation, but whom he eventually trusts even when he won't trust anyone else.



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!! Paramedic Roxane "Rox" Valenzuela (Moon Bloodgood)

->''There's nothing 'simple' about you, Doc.''

An experienced paramedic, Rox finds herself partnering up with Ethan Willis as he takes on more and more ride-along shifts in the knowledge that "the most vulnerable time for a patient is the time between trauma and a doctor." Initially thinking him too reckless, she reconsiders and agrees to join him in his efforts.

* ActionGirl: As a paramedic, she often finds herself providing medical care in hazardous situations. She also served as a line medic with wildfire fire fighters, which just increases her badass.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: While she's definitely a firecracker, she ''tries'' to be this to Ethan. It takes him awhile to let her, though.
* CommitmentIssues: Though she sorts hers out more quickly than Ethan sorts out his, she admits openly that the same thing that draws her to him (his ChronicHeroSyndrome) also terrifies her. She gets over it.
* DeadpanSnarker: She can match Ethan Willis in snarkery.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She's no-nonsense and rather brusque, but it becomes evident that she has a much softer and more caring side.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: ''Everyone'' knows that she and Ethan are in love with each other. So does ''she'', actually, but she's so frustrated by his constant approach-and-withdraw CommitmentIssues that she very nearly gives up altogether before he finally manages to actually confess his feelings.
* TheLancer: In much the same dynamic as shared between Neal Hudson and Leanne Rorish, she at least ''tries'' to temper Willis' cowboy tendencies before inevitably helping him out with whatever he's planning.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: She has some fairly serious romantic chemistry with Ethan Willis, which evolves more into ShipTease with every single episode.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: It's up in the air for most of the third season as to whether or not she and Ethan Willis will ever make a proper go of things, given his CommitmentIssues -- even though it's obvious from minute one that they're perfect for each other. They Do, eventually.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: She usually calls Ethan Willis by his last name, only using 'Ethan' when things are very, very bad.

!!Ariel Braeden (Emily Alyn Lind)

->''I haven't talked to my aunt in, like, a year. She put me in a group home after juvie. She doesn't want me, and I don't want her.''

The daughter of a patient in the pilot episode, Ariel loses both her father and mother before she's twelve years old. Her return in the season two finale reveals that she's been in and out of juvie and essentially on her own, struggling to deal with her grief and find a stable home. She initially stays with Leanne until DCS can find her a group foster home, but a series of events results in Leanne taking her in for good.

* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Ariel is rather bratty in season two, but when she realizes she's going into quarantine, she throws herself into Leanne's arms and holds on until other doctors have to pull them apart, and when Leanne falls ill, Ariel is desperately worried about her and [[PleaseDontLeaveMe begs her not to die]]. Leanne, for her part, is a bit frustrated with Ariel's behavior but is incredibly tender with her nevertheless, even gently kissing her forehead at one point and being far more concerned for Ariel than for herself in quarantine.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: She has a bit of an attitude problem in her return appearance, but it's made clear that she's just scared to get close to people because she might lose them -- quite understandable given her background. After she finds a permanent home with Leanne, she settles down.
* BookEnds: Ariel is the focus of both the pilot episode and the series finale.
* TheBusCameBack: Ariel wasn't expected to be seen again after the pilot, but she makes an unexpected return in season two.
* CharacterDevelopment: She gradually becomes more confident and mature over the course of Season 3. In "Cabin Pressure," she plays an important part in helping a 12-year old girl trapped in a small plane to revive the unconscious pilot.
* FosterKid: She initially goes to live with her aunt after her father dies, but that situation falls apart, and she struggles to find a caring home until Leanne takes her in.
* HappilyAdopted: After Leanne permanently takes her in. Their love for and joy in each other is obvious and [[EarnYourHappyEnding hard-won]].
* HeroicBSOD: After Max dies.
* LikeMotherLikeDaughter: It is plainly obvious that, like her mother, she is going to be an excellent doctor some day.
* MeaningfulEcho: When Ariel has to be taken into the "hot zone" in quarantine, Leanne desperately cries "I'm not leaving her!" (though she's eventually forced to let her go). When Leanne herself falls ill, Ariel echoes the line, begging to stay with Leanne -- and she does.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: When Leanne finally succumbs to the hemorrhagic fever in "Fallen Angels", Ariel desperately tries to reassure Leanne and begs her to [[PleaseWakeUp open her eyes]]. Leanne eventually does, but not before Ariel herself collapses (again).
* TraumaCongaLine: Her mother died when she was very young, her father died in "Pilot," she couldn't get along with the aunt who took her in and ended up in foster care, she nearly died from hemorrhagic fever, her first boyfriend Max died of cancer while awaiting a lung transplant, and then she ran away and fell in with a group of homeless, drug-using juvenile burglars.
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!!Dr. Mario Savetti (Benjamin Hollingsworth)

->''I remember when they forgot me. It was on a Friday. I was in third grade. They couldn't find my parents for the whole weekend. I stayed with my teacher, Mrs. Clarke. When they finally found my mother, I didn't want to go back.''

An emergency resident who grew up in a bad home in a rough neighborhood in New York City and who sees ER medicine as his way out of his background. Much more aloof than his colleagues, he prefers to do things his way and steamrollers anyone who gets in his way. He slowly begins to loosen up, but retains his snarky personality.

In Season 3, he becomes the ER's senior resident and eventually an attending physician.

* BigBrotherMentor: He somewhat reluctantly becomes this to Ariel in season 3. It helps that, like Ariel, he had a troubled childhood, and that he will be absolutely straightforward with her -- something Ariel clearly appreciates.
* BreakTheHaughty:
** Dr. Rorish immediately sees his superiority complex and makes a point of knocking him down a few pegs whenever possible because it's impossible to be a ER doctor if everyone else hates your guts. The lesson is ''very'' slowly getting through.
** Dr. Willis recognizes the same problem in Mario but takes a gentler approach than Rorish, telling Mario that he has all the skills to be a good doctor but that he needs to tone down his ego in order to be a great doctor.
* DaddyIssues: His father is a drug addict, alcoholic, and all-round terrible person, and Mario's worst fear is becoming his father.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: He admits to having had a rough childhood, saying that his parents were neglectful to the point of forgetting about him for days at a time. He bonds with a patient over this because they both share a burning resentment of circumstances beyond their control and worked immensely hard to get away from their pasts.
* FriendToAllChildren: He is excellent with children, in part because he is willing to be bluntly truthful with them, but they also bring out a noticeably softer side to him. In particular, no one in the ER is better at calming scared young boys.
* ParentWithNewParamour: In the wake of [[spoiler:his father's death]], his father's girlfriend, Linda, makes a valiant effort to get to know Mario. Mario is reluctant to let her into his life, but slowly he begins to warm up to her.
* StepfordSnarker: It's heavily implied that his cutting sarcasm is used primarily to mask his vulnerabilities.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Angus, who is either his best friend or worst enemy depending on the situation, but whom he eventually trusts even when he won't trust anyone else.


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!! Paramedic Roxane "Rox" Valenzuela (Moon Bloodgood)

->''There's nothing 'simple' about you, Doc.''

An experienced paramedic, Rox finds herself partnering up with Ethan Willis as he takes on more and more ride-along shifts in the knowledge that "the most vulnerable time for a patient is the time between trauma and a doctor." Initially thinking him too reckless, she reconsiders and agrees to join him in his efforts.

* ActionGirl: As a paramedic, she often finds herself providing medical care in hazardous situations. She also served as a line medic with wildfire fire fighters, which just increases her badass.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: While she's definitely a firecracker, she ''tries'' to be this to Ethan. It takes him awhile to let her, though.
* CommitmentIssues: Though she sorts hers out more quickly than Ethan sorts out his, she admits openly that the same thing that draws her to him (his ChronicHeroSyndrome) also terrifies her. She gets over it.
* DeadpanSnarker: She can match Ethan Willis in snarkery.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She's no-nonsense and rather brusque, but it becomes evident that she has a much softer and more caring side.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: ''Everyone'' knows that she and Ethan are in love with each other. So does ''she'', actually, but she's so frustrated by his constant approach-and-withdraw CommitmentIssues that she very nearly gives up altogether before he finally manages to actually confess his feelings.
* TheLancer: In much the same dynamic as shared between Neal Hudson and Leanne Rorish, she at least ''tries'' to temper Willis' cowboy tendencies before inevitably helping him out with whatever he's planning.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: She has some fairly serious romantic chemistry with Ethan Willis, which evolves more into ShipTease with every single episode.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: It's up in the air for most of the third season as to whether or not she and Ethan Willis will ever make a proper go of things, given his CommitmentIssues -- even though it's obvious from minute one that they're perfect for each other. They Do, eventually.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: She usually calls Ethan Willis by his last name, only using 'Ethan' when things are very, very bad.

!!Ariel Braeden (Emily Alyn Lind)

->''I haven't talked to my aunt in, like, a year. She put me in a group home after juvie. She doesn't want me, and I don't want her.''

The daughter of a patient in the pilot episode, Ariel loses both her father and mother before she's twelve years old. Her return in the season two finale reveals that she's been in and out of juvie and essentially on her own, struggling to deal with her grief and find a stable home. She initially stays with Leanne until DCS can find her a group foster home, but a series of events results in Leanne taking her in for good.

* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Ariel is rather bratty in season two, but when she realizes she's going into quarantine, she throws herself into Leanne's arms and holds on until other doctors have to pull them apart, and when Leanne falls ill, Ariel is desperately worried about her and [[PleaseDontLeaveMe begs her not to die]]. Leanne, for her part, is a bit frustrated with Ariel's behavior but is incredibly tender with her nevertheless, even gently kissing her forehead at one point and being far more concerned for Ariel than for herself in quarantine.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: She has a bit of an attitude problem in her return appearance, but it's made clear that she's just scared to get close to people because she might lose them -- quite understandable given her background. After she finds a permanent home with Leanne, she settles down.
* BookEnds: Ariel is the focus of both the pilot episode and the series finale.
* TheBusCameBack: Ariel wasn't expected to be seen again after the pilot, but she makes an unexpected return in season two.
* CharacterDevelopment: She gradually becomes more confident and mature over the course of Season 3. In "Cabin Pressure," she plays an important part in helping a 12-year old girl trapped in a small plane to revive the unconscious pilot.
* FosterKid: She initially goes to live with her aunt after her father dies, but that situation falls apart, and she struggles to find a caring home until Leanne takes her in.
* HappilyAdopted: After Leanne permanently takes her in. Their love for and joy in each other is obvious and [[EarnYourHappyEnding hard-won]].
* HeroicBSOD: After Max dies.
* LikeMotherLikeDaughter: It is plainly obvious that, like her mother, she is going to be an excellent doctor some day.
* MeaningfulEcho: When Ariel has to be taken into the "hot zone" in quarantine, Leanne desperately cries "I'm not leaving her!" (though she's eventually forced to let her go). When Leanne herself falls ill, Ariel echoes the line, begging to stay with Leanne -- and she does.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: When Leanne finally succumbs to the hemorrhagic fever in "Fallen Angels", Ariel desperately tries to reassure Leanne and begs her to [[PleaseWakeUp open her eyes]]. Leanne eventually does, but not before Ariel herself collapses (again).
* TraumaCongaLine: Her mother died when she was very young, her father died in "Pilot," she couldn't get along with the aunt who took her in and ended up in foster care, she nearly died from hemorrhagic fever, her first boyfriend Max died of cancer while awaiting a lung transplant, and then she ran away and fell in with a group of homeless, drug-using juvenile burglars.
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In Season 3, he becomes the ER's senior resident.

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In Season 3, he becomes the ER's senior resident.
resident and eventually an attending physician.


* ActOfTrueLove: He moves heaven and earth to get Rox to the best neurosurgeon in the country after she's hit by a car. This is when everyone around him starts pointing out to his face that he's in love with her. He doesn't deny it.

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* ActOfTrueLove: He moves heaven and earth to get Rox to the best neurosurgeon in the country after she's hit by a car.car and develops life-threatening complications. This is when everyone around him starts pointing out to his face that he's in love with her. He doesn't deny it.



* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Much like his dear friend Leanne, he has a compulsive need to save other people after he was unable to save his brother, Robert, in Afghanistan years earlier. Overcoming this is a major part of his character arc, as he learns that he doesn't ''always'' have to be the one doing the saving and that it's okay to need help.
-->'''Ethan''': [''to Rox''] [[LoveConfession I want you to save me.]]



* CommitmentIssues: His love for Rox absolutely terrifies the bejeezus out of him. Thankfully, he gets over it.
* DeadpanSnarker: He can get quite snarky when he thinks someone is being stupid. Or when [[TheRival Campbell]] is in the same room with him.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: The list of people who are aware he is in love with Rox Valenzuela includes his father, Leanne, Rox's aunt Jae Eun, Campbell, Mario, Angus, Guthrie, random people who just met them, and Rox herself. It does ''not'' include Ethan, until all of the above start pointing it out to him.

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* CommitmentIssues: His love for Rox absolutely terrifies the bejeezus out of him. Thankfully, he He gets over it.
it, but not before they both cheat death several times over.
* DeadpanSnarker: He can get quite snarky when he thinks someone is being stupid. Or when he's in a [[VitriolicBestBuds snarkfest]] with Leanne. Or when [[TheRival Campbell]] is in the same room with him.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: The list of people who are aware he is in love with Rox Valenzuela includes his father, Leanne, Rox's aunt Jae Eun, Campbell, Mario, Angus, Guthrie, random people who just met them, and Rox herself. It does ''not'' include Ethan, until almost all of the above start pointing it out to him.his face.


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* CommitmentIssues: Though she sorts hers out more quickly than Ethan sorts out his, she admits openly that the same thing that draws her to him (his ChronicHeroSyndrome) also terrifies her. She gets over it.


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* BigBrotherMentor: He somewhat reluctantly becomes this to Ariel in season 3. It helps that, like Ariel, he had a troubled childhood, and that he will be absolutely straightforward with her -- something Ariel clearly appreciates.



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!!Ariel Braeden (Emily Alyn Lind)

->''I haven't talked to my aunt in, like, a year. She put me in a group home after juvie. She doesn't want me, and I don't want her.''

The daughter of a patient in the pilot episode, Ariel loses both her father and mother before she's twelve years old. Her return in the season two finale reveals that she's been in and out of juvie and essentially on her own, struggling to deal with her grief and find a stable home. She initially stays with Leanne until DCS can find her a group foster home, but a series of events results in Leanne taking her in for good.

* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Ariel is rather bratty in season two, but when she realizes she's going into quarantine, she throws herself into Leanne's arms and holds on until other doctors have to pull them apart, and when Leanne falls ill, Ariel is desperately worried about her and [[PleaseDontLeaveMe begs her not to die]]. Leanne, for her part, is a bit frustrated with Ariel's behavior but is incredibly tender with her nevertheless, even gently kissing her forehead at one point and being far more concerned for Ariel than for herself in quarantine.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: She has a bit of an attitude problem in her return appearance, but it's made clear that she's just scared to get close to people because she might lose them -- quite understandable given her background. After she finds a permanent home with Leanne, she settles down.
* BookEnds: Ariel is the focus of both the pilot episode and the series finale.
* TheBusCameBack: Ariel wasn't expected to be seen again after the pilot, but she makes an unexpected return in season two.
* CharacterDevelopment: She gradually becomes more confident and mature over the course of Season 3. In "Cabin Pressure," she plays an important part in helping a 12-year old girl trapped in a small plane to revive the unconscious pilot.
* FosterKid: She initially goes to live with her aunt after her father dies, but that situation falls apart, and she struggles to find a caring home until Leanne takes her in.
* HappilyAdopted: After Leanne permanently takes her in. Their love for and joy in each other is obvious and [[EarnYourHappyEnding hard-won]].
* HeroicBSOD: After Max dies.
* LikeMotherLikeDaughter: It is plainly obvious that, like her mother, she is going to be an excellent doctor some day.
* MeaningfulEcho: When Ariel has to be taken into the "hot zone" in quarantine, Leanne desperately cries "I'm not leaving her!" (though she's eventually forced to let her go). When Leanne herself falls ill, Ariel echoes the line, begging to stay with Leanne -- and she does.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: When Leanne finally succumbs to the hemorrhagic fever in "Fallen Angels", Ariel desperately tries to reassure Leanne and begs her to [[PleaseWakeUp open her eyes]]. Leanne eventually does, but not before Ariel herself collapses (again).
* TraumaCongaLine: Her mother died when she was very young, her father died in "Pilot," she couldn't get along with the aunt who took her in and ended up in foster care, she nearly died from hemorrhagic fever, her first boyfriend Max died of cancer while awaiting a lung transplant, and then she ran away and fell in with a group of homeless, drug-using juvenile burglars.







!!Ariel Braeden (Emily Alyn Lind)

->''I haven't talked to my aunt in, like, a year. She put me in a group home after juvie. She doesn't want me, and I don't want her.''

The daughter of a patient in the pilot episode, Ariel loses both her father and mother before she's twelve years old. Her return in the season two finale reveals that she's been in and out of juvie and essentially on her own, struggling to deal with her grief and find a stable home. She initially stays with Leanne until DCS can find her a group foster home, but a series of events results in Leanne taking her in for good.

* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Ariel is rather bratty in season two, but when she realizes she's going into quarantine, she throws herself into Leanne's arms and holds on until other doctors have to pull them apart, and when Leanne falls ill, Ariel is desperately worried about her and [[PleaseDontLeaveMe begs her not to die]]. Leanne, for her part, is a bit frustrated with Ariel's behavior but is incredibly tender with her nevertheless, even gently kissing her forehead at one point and being far more concerned for Ariel than for herself in quarantine.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: She has a bit of an attitude problem in her return appearance, but it's made clear that she's just scared to get close to people because she might lose them -- quite understandable given her background. After she finds a permanent home with Leanne, she settles down.
* BookEnds: Ariel is the focus of both the pilot episode and the series finale.
* TheBusCameBack: Ariel wasn't expected to be seen again after the pilot, but she makes an unexpected return in season two.
* CharacterDevelopment: She gradually becomes more confident and mature over the course of Season 3. In "Cabin Pressure," she plays an important part in helping a 12-year old girl trapped in a small plane to revive the unconscious pilot.
* FosterKid: She initially goes to live with her aunt after her father dies, but that situation falls apart, and she struggles to find a caring home until Leanne takes her in.
* HappilyAdopted: After Leanne permanently takes her in. Their love for and joy in each other is obvious and [[EarnYourHappyEnding hard-won]].
* HeroicBSOD: after Max dies.
* MeaningfulEcho: When Ariel has to be taken into the "hot zone" in quarantine, Leanne desperately cries "I'm not leaving her!" (though she's eventually forced to let her go). When Leanne herself falls ill, Ariel echoes the line, begging to stay with Leanne -- and she does.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: When Leanne finally succumbs to the hemorrhagic fever in "Fallen Angels", Ariel desperately tries to reassure Leanne and begs her to [[PleaseWakeUp open her eyes]]. Leanne eventually does, but not before Ariel herself collapses (again).
* TraumaCongaLine: Her mother died when she was very young, her father died in "Pilot," she couldn't get along with the aunt who took her in and ended up in foster care, she nearly died from hemorrhagic fever, her first boyfriend Max died of cancer while awaiting a lung transplant, and then she ran away and fell in with a group of homeless, drug-using juvenile burglars.


* HeroicBSOD: after Max dies.



* TraumaCongaLine: Her mother died when she was very young, her father died in "Pilot," she couldn't get along with the aunt who took her in and ended up in foster care, she nearly died from hemorrhagic fever, and her first boyfriend Max died of cancer while awaiting a lung transplant.

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* TraumaCongaLine: Her mother died when she was very young, her father died in "Pilot," she couldn't get along with the aunt who took her in and ended up in foster care, she nearly died from hemorrhagic fever, and her first boyfriend Max died of cancer while awaiting a lung transplant.transplant, and then she ran away and fell in with a group of homeless, drug-using juvenile burglars.


* EveryoneCanSeeIt: The list of people who are aware he is in love with Rox Valenzuela includes his father, Leanne, Rox's aunt Jae Eun, Campbell, Mario, Angus, Guthrie, random people who just met them, and Rox herself. It does ''not'' include Ethan, until all of the above start pointing it out to him.



* ActionGirl: As a paramedic, she often finds herself providing medical care in hazardous situations.

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* ActionGirl: As a paramedic, she often finds herself providing medical care in hazardous situations. She also served as a line medic with wildfire fire fighters, which just increases her badass.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: While she's definitely a firecracker, she ''tries'' to be this to Ethan. It takes him awhile to let her, though.


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* EveryoneCanSeeIt: ''Everyone'' knows that she and Ethan are in love with each other. So does ''she'', actually, but she's so frustrated by his constant approach-and-withdraw CommitmentIssues that she very nearly gives up altogether before he finally manages to actually confess his feelings.


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* WillTheyOrWontThey: It's up in the air for most of the third season as to whether or not she and Ethan Willis will ever make a proper go of things, given his CommitmentIssues -- even though it's obvious from minute one that they're perfect for each other. They Do, eventually.


* ActOfTrueLove: He moves heaven and earth to get Rox to the best neurosurgeon in the country after she's hit by a car. This is when everyone around him starts pointing out to his face that he's in love with her. He doesn't deny it.



* CommitmentIssues: His love for Rox absolutely terrifies the bejeezus out of him. Thankfully, he gets over it.



* ShellShockedVeteran: It becomes increasingly clear that his coping mechanisms are... not all that healthy, and that his PTSD is a lot more serious than he lets on.



** Much more significantly, he has some serious chemistry with his paramedic partner, Rox Valenzuela -- and this one actually seems to be going somewhere.

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** Much more significantly, he has some serious chemistry with his paramedic partner, Rox Valenzuela -- and this one actually seems to be going goes somewhere.


!!Col. Dr. Ethan Willis (Rob Lowe)

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!!Col. Dr. Ethan Willis (Rob Lowe)
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!! Dr. Cole Guthrie (Cress Williams)

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!! Dr. Cole Guthrie (Cress Williams)
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* BookEnds: Ariel is the focus of both the pilot episode and the series finale.


TraumaCongaLine: Her mother died when she was very young, her father died in "Pilot," she couldn't get along with the aunt who took her in and ended up in foster care, she nearly died from hemorrhagic fever, and her first boyfriend Max died of cancer while awaiting a lung transplant.

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* TraumaCongaLine: Her mother died when she was very young, her father died in "Pilot," she couldn't get along with the aunt who took her in and ended up in foster care, she nearly died from hemorrhagic fever, and her first boyfriend Max died of cancer while awaiting a lung transplant.

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TraumaCongaLine: Her mother died when she was very young, her father died in "Pilot," she couldn't get along with the aunt who took her in and ended up in foster care, she nearly died from hemorrhagic fever, and her first boyfriend Max died of cancer while awaiting a lung transplant.

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* CharacterDevelopment: By Season 3, she becomes considerably warmer thanks to the addition of Ariel in her life. She even becomes less of a cowboy in the ER, insisting patients be taken to the OR for more complex and delicate procedures because she isn't a surgeon, which wouldn't have been an issue in previous seasons.


* CharacterDevelopment: gradually becomes more confident and mature over the course of Season 3. In "Cabin Pressure," she plays an important part in helping a 12-year old girl trapped in a small plane to revive the unconscious pilot.

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* CharacterDevelopment: She gradually becomes more confident and mature over the course of Season 3. In "Cabin Pressure," she plays an important part in helping a 12-year old girl trapped in a small plane to revive the unconscious pilot.

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* CharacterDevelopment: gradually becomes more confident and mature over the course of Season 3. In "Cabin Pressure," she plays an important part in helping a 12-year old girl trapped in a small plane to revive the unconscious pilot.

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