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* InternetBacklash:
** Soon after the show was renewed for Season 2, it was announced that Raza Jaffrey and Bonnie Somerville had been cut from the regular cast. Fan response was swift and angry.
** Among the cast shakeups was the decision to add a "male co-lead" to the show. Many weren't happy with the decision, saying that Creator/MarciaGayHarden brought more than enough star power to the show and that no one else was needed.[[note]]Showrunner Michael Seitzman, at least, rejected the language, saying simply that they were adding a new, full-time male doctor (Ethan Willis, played by Rob Lowe), but that the "co-lead" phrasing was a misnomer. The CBS execs, on the other hand... In the end, it turns out that while Lowe's character does in fact become good friends with Leanne, he serves more as a rival to Boris Kodjoe's Dr. Campbell, while Leanne remains the sole anchor of the series.[[/note]]


* HeReallyCanAct: [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]], known for being ''very'' loud and energetic, makes a guest appearance where he plays a very nuanced and dramatic role as a magician facing a potentially life-threatening diagnosis. While the character is certainly verbose, Penn doesn't raise his voice once and plays the character as someone who is tired and worn down, yet relentlessly optimistic.

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* HeReallyCanAct: SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]], known for being ''very'' loud and energetic, makes a guest appearance where he plays a very nuanced and dramatic role as a magician facing a potentially life-threatening diagnosis. While the character is certainly verbose, Penn doesn't raise his voice once and plays the character as someone who is tired and worn down, yet relentlessly optimistic.


** Leanne Rorish lost her entire family to a drunk driver, leading to a massive case of SurvivorGuilt.

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** Leanne Rorish lost her entire family to a drunk driver, leading to a massive case of SurvivorGuilt.SurvivorGuilt.
** Ariel's 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 a runaway 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 again and fell in with a group of homeless, drug-using juvenile burglars.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Jeff Hephner, as CEO Ed Harbert, made a splash in Season 1 since his character was the only one who could go toe-to-toe with Rorish and not get completely steamrollered. Unfortunately, Harbert couldn't appear in Season 2 as Jeff Hephner was reprising his other EnsembleDarkhorse role on ''Series/ChicagoMed''.
** Tommy Dewey, as Mike Leighton, quickly became a fan favorite and everyone, including showrunner Michael Seitzman, wanted him to become a regular. But, because of Dewey's commitments to ''Series/{{Casual}}'', Mike had to remain a recurring character.


* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Gina Perello was ''not'' warmly welcomed by the fans, who were upset that the hilarious(ly awesome) Dr Taylor was PutOnABus. To make it worse, Gina initially appeared to be an ObstructiveBureaucrat in a TyrantTakesTheHelm scenario against much-beloved lead Leanne Rorish. Within a few episodes, however, Gina was established as ruthless but also incredibly competent, and willing to do the right thing in spite of the rules when it truly mattered. Though always bossy and somewhat abrasive, she had many sympathetic moments mixed in, and the fanbase (and the characters in-universe) really warmed to her. When [[spoiler:she was killed by Malaya's stalker]] toward the end of the first season, she was genuinely mourned by both the characters and the audience.

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* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
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Gina Perello was ''not'' warmly welcomed by the fans, who were upset that the hilarious(ly awesome) Dr Taylor was PutOnABus. To make it worse, Gina initially appeared to be an ObstructiveBureaucrat in a TyrantTakesTheHelm scenario against much-beloved lead Leanne Rorish. Within a few episodes, however, Gina was established as ruthless but also incredibly competent, and willing to do the right thing in spite of the rules when it truly mattered. Though always bossy and somewhat abrasive, she had many sympathetic moments mixed in, and the fanbase (and the characters in-universe) really warmed to her. When [[spoiler:she was killed by Malaya's stalker]] toward the end of the first season, she was genuinely mourned by both the characters and the audience.audience.
** Dr. Campbell was originally a jerkass antagonist who clashed against the main cast and rubbed viewers the wrong way. Then Season 2 explored his background and softened his character quite a bit, making him more sympathetic. Also, with the introduction of Ethan Willis, Campbell gained an adversary he could butt heads with in an entertaining way.


* AdoredByTheNetwork: On some level, at least; the show was renewed for a third season in 2017 despite relatively low (albeit consistent) ratings. Sources suggest that CBS execs are very happy with the show's quality and creativity and were thoroughly impressed with the pitch for season 3, which is why this show got renewed when similarly-performing shows did not.


* HarsherInHindsight: The boardroom scenes of "Diagnosis of Exclusion", dealing with [[spoiler:Gina Perello's murder]], become much more painful very quickly after the revelation that [[CEO Ed Harbert, who was in charge of said boardroom, was romantically involved with Gina]].

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* HarsherInHindsight: The boardroom scenes of "Diagnosis of Exclusion", dealing with [[spoiler:Gina Perello's murder]], become much more painful very quickly after the revelation that [[CEO [[spoiler:CEO Ed Harbert, who was in charge of said boardroom, was romantically involved with Gina]].

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* HarsherInHindsight: The boardroom scenes of "Diagnosis of Exclusion", dealing with [[spoiler:Gina Perello's murder]], become much more painful very quickly after the revelation that [[CEO Ed Harbert, who was in charge of said boardroom, was romantically involved with Gina]].


* AdoredByTheNetwork: On some level, at least; the show was revewed for a third season in 2017 despite low ratings.

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* AdoredByTheNetwork: On some level, at least; the show was revewed renewed for a third season in 2017 despite relatively low ratings.(albeit consistent) ratings. Sources suggest that CBS execs are very happy with the show's quality and creativity and were thoroughly impressed with the pitch for season 3, which is why this show got renewed when similarly-performing shows did not.


* AdoredByTheNetwork: On some level, at least; the show was revewed for a third season in 2017 despite low ratings.



* TheWoobie: As of 1x15, [[spoiler:Dr. Pineda could certainly count as one. Over the course of the last three episodes, her pregnant ex-girlfriend died, she was stalked and assaulted by a patient who had earlier stabbed Gina. To top it off, she blames herself for Gina's death.]]

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* TheWoobie: TheWoobie:
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As of 1x15, [[spoiler:Dr. Pineda could certainly count as one. Over the course of the last three episodes, her pregnant ex-girlfriend died, she was stalked and assaulted by a patient who had earlier stabbed Gina. To top it off, she blames herself for Gina's death.]]]]
** Leanne Rorish lost her entire family to a drunk driver, leading to a massive case of SurvivorGuilt.


* LesYay: It took all of ''one episode'' for viewers to start shipping Leanne Rorish and Christa Lorenson, as Rorish opens up to Christa in a way that's implied to be extremely unusual for her. The second episode did nothing to discourage this.

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* LesYay: LesYay:
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It took all of ''one episode'' for viewers to start shipping Leanne Rorish and Christa Lorenson, as Rorish opens up to Christa in a way that's implied to be extremely unusual for her. The second episode did nothing to discourage this.


* TearJerker: Leanne's reaction to [[spoiler:Charlotte's death]]. The look on her face is just....


* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: In a non-fatal example, the 1x14 promo implied that [[spoiler:Leanne Rorish would leave her job at Angels Memorial]]. The fandom's response was a resounding "Yeah ''right''." [[spoiler:She did, but got dragooned to serve as temporary ER director through the end of the season before she got so much as one foot out the door. How they're going to keep her around for season 2 remains to be seen.]]

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* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: In a non-fatal example, the 1x14 promo implied that [[spoiler:Leanne Rorish would leave her job at Angels Memorial]]. The fandom's response was a resounding "Yeah ''right''." [[spoiler:She did, but got dragooned to serve as temporary ER director through the end of the season before she got so much as one foot out the door. How they're going to keep A combination of circumstances puts her around for back in the Residency Director slot before the first episode of season 2 remains to be seen.is even over.]]

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* FoeYay: There's a certain ''frisson'' in the interactions between Campbell and Willis, particularly when they're forced to work closely together.

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* HeReallyCanAct: [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]], known for being ''very'' loud and energetic, makes a guest appearance where he plays a very nuanced and dramatic role as a magician facing a potentially life-threatening diagnosis. While the character is certainly verbose, Penn doesn't raise his voice once and plays the character as someone who is tired and worn down, yet relentlessly optimistic.

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