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Andrey Eugenievitch Bykov (Андрей Евгеньевич Быков)

Played by: Ivan Okhlobystin (Иван Охлобыстин)

Head of Therapy department and Intern's instructor. Alisa's father.
  • Amicable Exes: With Rita. Their relationship are long gone, but they break up on good terms. Now its purely friendship.
  • Attention Whore: Bykov just can't tolerate not being center of people's attention for long. If you do not pay attention to him, he would find a way to change it; it doesn't matter if reason would be positive or negative, as long as it works.
  • Badass Biker: Used to be one, under nickname "Lizard". He later tried to become biker again, but quit it when it nearly got him killed (and ruined his bike beyond repair anyway).
  • Berserk Button:
    • Stupidity or laziness. He would yell at you, and yell loudly. And God forbid you to accidentally put your patients into danger by this...
    • Touch his ficus, "Igor", and you are deadman. He would reserve most creative and humiliating punishments for this. Interns quickly learned to avoid Igor at all costs.
    • Sometimes just mentioning Gleb near him is enough to snap him from playful joy into instant loud anger. No other intern ever managed to achieve this.
    • He has nothing but contempt for "VIP" patients. And if you try to put one on "his" territory, he would go out of his way to ruin any chances for those patients to come back for another round, after which he would tear you a new one. Kisegach is aware about this, and tries to either convince him somehow, or keep him in the dark.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: In-Universe: Bykov trolls everyone, including his direct boss, Kisegach. Usually, he can get away with it. Usually. He also has low opinion about Kisegach's investors, and she barely keeps him from telling what he thinks of them to their face.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being sarcastic troll, he is genuinely good specialist. He also knows when situation becomes too serious to joke anymore.
  • A Boy and His X: Bykov really likes his ficus, "Igor". Don't touch it, or you would die.
  • Casual Kink: Apparently, he likes being tied to his bed during sex; it was brought up twice, one time by himself.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: If you screw up, you would stay on night shift. This may not sound as bad, until you realise what it's terribly boring (and you would not sleep well after this). Though as time goes on, this starts losing its effect on interns, forcing Bykov to find alternative solutions. He also may force you to do orderlies' duties, in front of other personnel and patients. And if you piss him off really bad, he can find something even more interesting (like forcing Phil to reenact RPG Bykov failed to install on his computer).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bykov has sarcastic comment for every occasion.
  • Drama Queen: Bykov can't do anything without overdramatising it. If he's angry, he would shout on you on top of his lungs. If he's sad, he would make it look like the end of the world. If he talks about your mistakes, he would exaggerate them to the point of Epic Fail, and state you to be dumber than brick. And if he wants to make fun of anything or anyone, it would be over-the-top Large Ham performance, nothing less.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Almost always acts like this to his interns. He shouts on them, insults them (creatively and rarely repeating himself), and punishes them for their screwups with night shifts and/or by forcing to do orderlies' duties. He considers this to be a test of interns' abilities of dealing with stress.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Master of that kind of jokes. He considers normal to tell Kisegach jokes about her son's possible death, injuries or other misfortunes (right when something bad happens and she doesn't know what to do), or to Kupitman about his alcoholism and problems related to it, or his age. He also constantly jokes about his interns possible suicide, but no one reacts to it anymore.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: He can't tolerate idiocy or incompetence to the point it can be considered his Berserk Button (from all the things he dislikes, this one triggers him the most... well, second-most, after "VIP" patients). Though he often exaggerates just how strongly his interns fail.
  • Entitled Bastard: Despite acting like Jerkass and Troll to even his friends and Love Interest, he always expects what they would forgive him and do as he want. If they don't, he sees this as betrayal, instead of admitting his faults.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Inverted. Bykov doesn't want for Alisa to become doctor herself, since this would ruin her life just how it ruined his. He mentioned as specific reasons the fact what Russian doctors suffer from constant stress, non-existent personal life and Perpetual Poverty.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: He has very low opinion on everyone, and no matter what you do, Bykov would find an excuse to call you moron. Gleb may be only exception because he's just better at pressing Bykov's Berserk Buttons.
  • I Call It "Vera":
    • His ficus is called "Igor". Theres a good reason for that, actually, though this is not the first (and likely not the last) "Igor" he has.
    • Called his bike "Isolde" and always talked about it like "Isolde" was real person, until "Isolde" was destroyed only a couple of episodes after "her" introduction.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is rude, he is hot-tempered and he has low opinion on... essentially everyone. But he still cares about his friends and colleagues, and would defend them if required. And, despite seemingly hating his Interns from first sight, he is genuinely happy with their success in life, and tries to help them if something goes really life-ruining bad:
    • He tried to save Lobanov's marriage when it was at danger. Unfortunately, Semyon himself was too careless to actually follow his advices and still botched everything.
    • He was only one to actually congratulate Romanenko when he decided to stay in the hospital, instead of quitting to work in his friend's night club, albeit in rather insult-sounding manner (it's just how Bykov works, and everyone knows it).
    • When Varya quit working in Therapy in favour to stay in Surgery, he congratulated her on being first of his "cubs" to become independent.
    • When he found out what Maxim's diploma is fake, instead of just kicking him out, he let him to quietly quit, and promised to hire him back once he receives one legitimately.
  • Legacy Character: Not Bykov himself, but his ficus, Igor. As we learn in season 8 (when Igor died), this was fifth ficus Bykov had, with every single one called "Igor". His reaction this time was not even most dramatic one; he tried to kill himself (or at least pretended to) with fourth one, and it was something even worse with very first one.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Not-violent example. Being Troll, he loves when people shouts at him (especially Kisegach), because this means what his provocations works.
  • Manchild: His behaviour and jokes are often extremely childish in manner, both in personal life and at work. It get him (or Kisegach) in trouble at more than one occasion. One particularly egregious example is when he send report to ministry which contained only words "burn in hell". Really.
  • The Nicknamer: Bykov invents insulting nicknames appropriate to situation on the run, but several of them sticks:
  • Official Couple: With Anastasia since season 5. Later they get officially married and even have a son together.
  • Overprotective Dad: He never liked Gleb, but this becomes even worse when he learns about his relationship with Alisa.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Specifically with Kisegach. They always have troubles to inform each other of something important, either because they avoid specific topics in discussions, trying to pass information in weird and ineffective ways or because they're trying to find cryptic messages where they don't exist.
  • The Prankster: He constantly tries to make fun of either interns or his friend, Kupitman. To name just one specific example, every year on a day of anniversary of his and Kupitman's friendship's start, he gifts him with some booby trapped presents.
  • Secret Relationship: With Kisegach in early episodes, because they try to hide this from Gleb. It doesn't take long for him to find out anyway (he reacted just as they feared, but eventually calmed down and leaved them alone), though it take some time for them to cease hiding this from everyone else.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Usually, if he drops new task on you, you must figure out what to do by yourself. Those who fails, would serve night shift as punishment.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: While all interns enrage him with their incompetence, he has particularly heated relationship with Gleb; this is mutual.
  • Speech Impediment: Like his actor, Bykov has Rhotacism, which makes him unable to pronounce letter "R". Sometimes this Played for Laughs, including by Bykov himself.
  • Stealth Insult: Inverted. His insults anything but "stealth"; however, his compliments are often masked as yet another insult, though everyone instantly recognises them for what they are.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Why he calls his ficus "Igor" and cares about him so much? Because it is named after first patient he lost; he received Igor as a gift from their pathologist. Though original Igor long gone, he keeps calling new ones the same name.
  • Troll: He trolls everyone, from his interns to his best friend to his Love Interest. Sometimes they troll back.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kupitman. They just can't stop trolling each other, but they are best friends and deeply caring about each other.
  • Working with the Ex: With Rita when he hired her as temporal replacement for Lyuba. They are on good terms each other, but theres no more any romantic feelings between them, so Kisegach had no objections to hire her.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Kisegach once in season 4, which almost destroyed their relationship; but later she decided to give him another chance.

Ivan Natanovich Kupitman (Иван Натанович Купитман)

Played by: Vadim Demchog (Вадим Демчог)

Head of Venereology. Sophia's uncle.
  • The Alcoholic: He pretty much runs on Cognac.
  • Animal Motif: Poodles (likely because of his hairstyle and grey hair colour).
  • Birthday Hater: He is not big fun of his birthday, and everyone knows it. Only Bykov ignores this and "celebrates" with him (via bottle of cognac and lame presents).
  • Collector of the Strange:
    • Has collection of rare and expensive cognac. He always talks about it in rather bizarre ways.
    • Keeps collection of weird and seemingly unrelated things at home, like the globe which actually hides stash of alcohol inside. Lobanov, when he and Romanenko briefly visited it, even compared Kupitman's apartments to Kupitman's own mind.
  • The Cynic: Has very low expectations of people, and sees nothing of value in sentimentality or romantic. Bykov is sure what it's somehow related to him being venereologist, but it's unclear wether he become cynical due his profession, or chose it due to already being cynic. Nearly only things he actually romanticises are cognac and venereology (and last one is debatable, due to him talking speeches about "goddess Venus" only to characters who have low opinion on his specialisation when he tries to motivate them for work).
  • December–December Romance: With Lyuba in last season.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes:
    • Besides Bykov, Kisegach and interns, hardly anyone ever sticks around him, and even they usually have low expectations of him.
    • In professional sense as well. No one takes him seriously because he is alcoholic, and he never gets invited on any serious event. He is aware of this and thinks they only let him work here out of pity, which offends him.
  • Functional Addict: Despite being alcoholic, he's still a good specialist. This is actually why he still has this job (friendship with Bykov and Kisegach or not), and in one episode he actually almost lost it when he wasted three days drinking right on his working place, because it was too much even for Kisegach, friendship or not.
  • Greedy Jew: Downplayed, but he is only one to take advantage out of VIP wards for his own enrichment, and he accepts bribes from his patients for "confidentiality". He also rarely agrees to help just out of good will, though in those cases he usually prefers cognac as currency instead of money.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • "Poodle". He was named like this by Lyuba in one early episode, and Kupitman was worried if it would stick; it is.
    • Sometimes called (mostly by Lyuba) "Penis Doctor" (Писькин доктор), always when somebody gets angry on him.
    • Whenever Kupitman calls him out on something, Bykov would compare him to "drunkard granny".
  • It Amused Me: When he is not motivated by material gain or cognac, he is motivated by this. Unfortunately, people involved never find his pranks funny, because his "jokes" always turns out to be destructive to their relationship with friends and beloved ones.
  • Kavorka Man: Kupitman is old-looking due to his alcoholism, and is not exactly attractive, but has multiple affairs despite this. Though as time goes on it becomes progressively harder for him to maintain this.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Or uncle. His cousin intrust him Sophia's protection, and he would do anything to not fail him. And since he fears what Gleb would have bad influence on her, he decides to destroy their relationship out of fear what Gleb would badly influence Sophia (granted, he finds out when they slam in his door, in the middle of the night and drunk as pigs). Ironically, it was other way around. Once Sophia find out, she doesn't take it well.
    • His cousin reacts just like Kupitman expected once he finds out.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Kupitman often just can't resits urge to manipulate other people when they attempt to ask him for help, mainly for his amusement. Even though everyone at some point becomes his victim, they still continue to ask him for advises.
  • Official Couple: With Lyuba in the last season.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Often mentions what while he is mainly venereologist, he may fulfil role of any even remotely related specialist, amongst them dermatologist and gynaecologist.
  • Practical Currency: Sometimes actually uses cognac as alternative currency; specifically, you can pay your debts to him in this, or bribe him with it. While he accepts normal money, he sometimes insists on cognac; he explains this as him already having money, while good rare cognac can become part of his collection.
  • Purple Prose: Every time he talks about venereology, he goes into long, elaborate speeches about his "sacred duty" as "high priest of goddess Venere". He talks in the same way whenever he discuss alcohol, too.
  • Secret Relationship: In last season, with Lyuba. Both of them hiding this out of fear what everyone would laugh on them if they find out.
  • Serial Spouse: He has been in three marriages, each one ending in divorce — and him near killing himself with alcohol. Bykov fears what if he ever gets in serious relationship, it would culminate in fourth marriage, which, if ends like first three, would kill him; he is on the age even without it.
  • The Starscream: How he become a Head of Venereology? By befriending his boss, collecting blackmail-worthy information on her, then backstabbing her to the point she was forced to leave. This backfired, however, since now she's rich and has her own private clinic in Germany, while Kupitman is old, lonely alcoholic with dubious carrier perspectives anywhere outside of this hospital.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While not outright evil (though he comes pretty close at times), he's openly accepts bribes from his patients and uses VIP wards for his personal enrichment. He also shamelessly manipulates other peoples for his personal amusement when they ask him for help, not even considering what this may harm their personal lives.
  • Trademark Favorite Drink: While he may drink different kinds of booze, everyone knows what cognac would always be on the first place. In fact, in one episode when he tried to replace it with something else, he failed, and was forced to return back to cognac, regretting to even trying.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Bykov. They just can't stop trolling each other, but they are best friends and deeply caring about each other.
  • Younger Than They Look: He is less than fifty years old, but its easy to mistake him for old man, due to his alcoholism. He is aware of this, and never reacts well when it's gets pointed out.

Anastasia Konstantinovna Kisegach (Анастасия Константиновна Кисегач)

Played by: Svetlana Kamynina (Светлана Камынина)

Head of the hospital, Gleb's mother and Bykov's Love Interest
  • Affectionate Nickname: Bykov often calls her "mouse" or "squirrel".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Usually she is extremely tolerant to Bykov's antics and sometimes outright insulting jokes. But if you press her too hard, she is capable of anger outburst which would scare even Bykov into compliance. Not even her son is immune to this. Notably, eventually she decided to cut his fundings, forcing him to adapt to "normal Russian doctor's life. This turns out to be correct decision, since he eventually grows up from his Spoiled Brat personality into normal man and friend.
  • Embarrassing Last Name: According to Bykov, it's constructed from "Kiss" and "Gach", literally meaning "butt-kissing".
  • Gag Nose: Her unique eagle-like nose was mentioned at several occasions, mainly by Bykov who uses any excuse to mock someone (it is likely a reason why Bykov, when angry, calls her "gahgoyle"). In one episode her attempt to remove it (or, rather, pretence what she wants to) even become plot point.
  • Official Couple: With Bykov since season 5. Later they get officially married and even have a son together.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Specifically with Bykov. They always have troubles to inform each other of something important, either because they avoid specific topics in discussions, trying to pass information in weird and ineffective ways or because they're trying to find cryptic messages where they don't exist.
  • Secret Relationship: With Bykov in early episodes, because they try to hide this from Gleb. It doesn't take long for him to find out anyway; he reacts very negatively, which was exactly why she keep it secret. Though he eventually grow out from this childish hatred.

Lyubov "Lyuba" Michailovna Scryabina (Любовь "Люба" Михайловна Скрябина)

Played by: Svetlana Permyakova (Светлана Пермякова)

Head nurse.
  • Berserk Button: If you want to live, don't mention she is fat. Or old. She will go from friendly laugh to "go to hell" in less than a second.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: She is rather attractive, despite being... big (never use word "fat" near her).
  • The Bus Came Back: Eventually returns from USA... heartbroken because of her (this time permanent) breakup with Levin.
  • Catchphrase: "Edrit-Madrid!", which may be used in almost any context, from her being surprised to her being angry.
  • December–December Romance: With Kupitman in last season.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Gossiper or not, she at least tries to learn more before starting another rumour, to not distribute blatantly false information. Unfortunately, this information being true is the only condition, she has no qualms to discuss something damaging for your reputations and/or relationship as long as it's "interesting". This trait, however, makes her good source of information when you know what to ask.
  • First-Name Basis: Everyone calls her simply "Lyuba".
  • Genki Girl: Always cheerful, energetic and (unless you knows how to enrage her) friendly.
  • Gossipy Hens: Infamous gossiper. What knows Lyuba, soon would know everyone, from nurses to patients. But she is also one you would ask when you need any unofficial information about someone.
  • The Heart: Bykov considers her this for the whole hospital. As well Lobanov; when he seen her in tears in one episode, he threatens to find bastard who did this and kick his ass (unfortunately, said bastard was him).
  • Knowledge Broker: Due to knowing everything about everyone in the hospital (mainly with purpose to start gossips), she may be used when you need to find something specific.
  • May–December Romance: With Levin, who is much younger than she (until their breakup in season 3).
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Someone really must explain to her what "personal information" and "I do not want to discuss it" means.
  • Official Couple:
    • With Levin after couple of episodes, and right until his departure in the end of season 3 (he offended her, which lead to their breakup; and later he only reinforced it when she attempted to mend their relationship).
    • Started relationship with Kupitman, of all people, in last season.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: She is master of this. And it's almost always something sexual in nature. Granted, those events are genuinely insane even with context (it's just that kind of series), but still. At least, she usually keeps her findings secret until she can confirm them: even gossipers have standards, you know!
  • Put on a Bus: In season 8, she departed to USA herself in hope to mend her relationship with Levin (who leaved back in season 3). Unfortunately, it only served to ruin their relationship permanently.
  • Second-Act Breakup: In first season, with Levin (shortly after starting relationship). It lasts two episodes, including one where they didn't interact at all, and ends in reunion. Though they later break up for real (because of him).
  • Secret Relationship:
    • For most of first season, with Levin. This stop being secret when angry Levin reveals the truth to Bykov, Romanenko and Lobanov.
    • In last season, with Kupitman. Both of them hiding this out of fear what everyone would laugh on them if they find out.
  • Stout Strength: She is surprisingly strong, despite being... big; whoever angers her, learns this the hard way.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Levin, who is much smaller and weaker than her.
  • Working with the Ex: When Levin returns in last season.


     Later additions 

Margarita "Rita" Pavlovna Korolyova (Маргарита "Рита" Павловна Королёва)

Played by: Yulia Nazarova (Юлия Назарова)

Bykov's ex-girlfriend. He suggested her as temporal replacement for Lyuba during her absence. Later she remains as Lyuba's subordinate.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Unlike Lyuba, Rita prefers to keep some distance. She's also more calm and analytical than Lyuba.
  • Amicable Exes: With Bykov. Their relationship long gone, but they parted on good terms.
  • Foil: To Lyuba. Lyuba is blonde, Rita is dark-haired. Lyuba is... big and short, Rita is slim and relatively tall. Lyuba is cheerful, energetic and friendly, while Rita is more calm, aloof and analytical.
  • The Gambling Addict: To Backgammon.
    • Lobanov exploited it in one episode to gain valuable information from her.
    • Also, in same episode as above, Kupitman revealed what she once lost him her kidney. He "owned" it for some time before she won it back.
  • Official Couple: With Alexei towards the end of series.
  • Working with the Ex: With Bykov. Bykov does warn Anastasia what she is his ex, but he suggested her because of her skills, not because of their past relationship; plus, there simply no any alternative. Anastasia agrees. Gleb learn what she is Bykov's ex, but not details about Bykov and Kisegach's discussion, and tried to use it agains Bykov.

Timur Borisovich Alabayev (Тимур Борисович Алабаев)

Played by: Azamat Musagaliev (Азамат Мусагалиев)

New doctor in Therapy. Polina's ex-husband.


     First team (original cast) 

Gleb Victorovich Romanenko (Глеб Викторович Романенко)

Played by: Ilya Glinnikov (Илья Глинников)

One of the original four interns and Anastasia's son from first marriage.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy:
    • He is, actually, smart and capable of learning, but is very lazy.
    • When he was put in charge during last season, it turns up what he is actually a good administrator. It's implied what he would succeed his mother after her departure in last episode.
  • The Bully:
  • Character Development: Initially sleazy and lazy Spoiled Brat, who's here mainly to not disappoint his mother, he gradually learn both to take his job more seriously (by standards of this series, anyway), and become better friend and doctor in process, though one thing — his Troll tendencies — remain intact throughout the whole series.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father left his family long time ago, but he still shares his last name (despite his mother returned her maiden name). He returned in last season.
  • Establishing Character Moment: One of the first things he say to Bykov? "We clearly don't like each other, so I suggest what I would start my work day late, and end it early; this way our communications would be as brief as possible". Bykov respond accordingly, and offers him "easy" patient, whom he needs to interrogate, and then he can leave. Problem? Patient is in coma. Instead of just accepting defeat and apology, Gleb wasted full day doing nothing, then just faked report and lied to Bykov's face about his "success" with patient.
  • Nom de Mom: Inverted. He uses his father's last name, despite his mother divorced him long time ago and now uses her maiden name.
  • Official Couple:
    • For some time was this with Varya. They break up when she faked her pregnancy, and he found out.
    • Then with Sophia. She dumped him on the day of their marriage, without any explanation.
    • Finally, he sticks up with Alisa in the last season.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: He reacts... badly when he learns what Bykov started dating his mother. It is not so much because she is his mother (Bykov is not first to date her anyway), as because it is Bykov. This become even worse when Bykov accidentally impregnated her (though this time he is more offended by Bykov's attempt to leave her after that).
  • Really Gets Around: When outside of stable relationships, he changes girls on daily basis, to Phil's irritation.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Semyon's Red; he is much calmer than him, and prefers using his head.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Has extremely uneasy relationship with Bykov, not in the last turn because Bykov dates his mother.
  • Spoiled Brat: When first introduced, he was lazy, spoiled son of rich mother, who can't afford much time to rise him right. When she decided to finally cut him from her money, he actually become somewhat more responsible.
  • Those Two Guys: With Lobanov. They always stick together and cooperate for some schemes (for girls, slacking or pranks). They even become roommates in later episodes.
  • Token Evil Teammate: To original interns. While not to degree of Kupitman, he is prone to ethically questionable deeds, and some of his jokes are borderline cruel; his lowest moment is that time when he scammed Phil for big sum of money and bragged about it to Lobanov, who (while not the saint by any standards himself) was outraged. He also considered perfectly okay to press Polina into quitting internship just out of personal dislike for her; she called him out on it.
  • Troll: Gleb just can't resist temptation to troll other interns (especially Phil).
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: He spend whole first season trying to hit on Varya, always failing (mainly due to because of his too bold or jerkish pick-up attempts). Later, when they finally start their relationship, and then break up, Varya starts attempting to hit on him (just as "successfully").
  • Working with the Ex: With Varya, after their breakup. They eventually fix their friendship, and later, even resurrect their relationship... right until it was ruined again, permanently (this time by Varya herself).

Semyon Semyonovich Lobanov (Семён Семёнович Лобанов)

Played by: Aleksandr Ilyin Jr. (Александр Ильин Мл.)

One of the original four interns.

Boris Arkadievitch Levin (Борис Аркадьевич Левин)

Played by: Dmitriy Sharakois (Дмитрий Шаракоис)

One of the original four interns.

Varvara "Varya" Nikolaevna Chernous (Варвара "Варя" Николаевна Черноус)

Played by: Kristina Asmus (Кристина Асмус)

One of the original four interns.
  • Apologises a Lot: Running Gag in earlier episodes, where it happened every time she drops something or collapses with something/someone. She eventually grew up from it.
  • Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help: Her attempts to help everyone often interferes with her actual duties, leading to her wasting time without achieving anything (with neither her task nor problem she tries to solve). This is most obvious in her debut episode, when she spend whole episode helping "terminally ill patient" with his "last wishes" and hearing his "sob stories about his coolness"... while, had she bothered to actually check clinical history, she would have found what he is not even patient and just alcoholic suffering from hangover.
  • Dumb Blonde: While all interns make moronic mistakes sometimes, she's only one whom Bykov accuses of total lack of development even after year and a half of internship. Yes, even Lobanov got better.
  • Establishing Charactermoment: During her first day, she mistakes Kupitman (who obviously suffers from hangover) for dying patient (which he immediately exploited). She doesn't questing him even when he demand her to bring him more booze... And cigarettes. And chips. Then he started feeding her with Blatant Lies about his "coolness" and Bykov's undeserved pettiness. All of this may have been disproved immediately had she ever bothered to check clinical history, only to find out what it doesn't exist (because he is not a patient in the first place); you know, one of the first things doctor does when they meets new patient. Apparently, she is quick to run to help, without thinking first.
  • Extreme Doormat: Varya has troubles to say "no" when treated aggressively, or even try to argue when she gets interrupted. She gradually dealt with this in her later episodes, at least for the most part.
  • The Gambling Addict: Her grandfather lost his house in a Poker. Her parents nearly divorced because of Preferans. When introduced to Poker herself, she instantly started acting like gambling addict. Perhaps, it's really In the Blood in her family.
  • The Ingenue: Most naive and idealistic of original interns, which often gets her in trouble, often due to other people exploiting her (including her debut episode).
  • The Klutz: Mostly in early episodes (especially in first two), but this happens from time to time with her.
  • Never Live It Down: invoked In-Universe: She introduces herself as "Doctor Varya". Bykov would not let her forget this any time soon. Besides him, sometimes Kupitman also calls her that, when he gets angry for some reasons.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Varya has extreme problems with revealing crucial information in time. Worst case is her Fake Pregnancy from season 5, when she spend several episodes withholding the truth from Gleb (who thought she was pregnant from him) just because she feels too awkward to discuss this, despite almost everyone was already aware and tried to persuade her to do right thing for once. Instead, she wasted time to the point when Gleb nearly ruined his friendship with everyone because they started boycotting her, and once she revealed everything, he instantly dumped her, this time forever.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves Therapy (to work with her Love Interest in Surgery) in season 8, disappearing from it completely. She never came back, even for cameos.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Only female intern until Polina (and later Sophia) were introduced.
  • Token Good Teammate: Most emphatic one amongst interns (both old and new ones), and has high moral standards. Both of this, unfortunately, are detrimental to her work and personal life.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Her Fatal Flaw. She's overly emotional and emphatic, and this constantly interferes with her work. She often panics and acts before realising what her actions are either suboptimal or unnecessary at all; and she tends to believe in any sufficiently sob story, being it true or not (mostly not, rather obvious at that). This is actually what Bykov stated as main reason why he does not considers her to be fit for being a doctor (even though he worded it as her just being woman): good doctor must have hot heart, but cold head.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Gleb spend whole first season trying to hit on her. Later, when they start their relationship, and then break up, she spend whole fourth season trying to hit on him, failing because her plans to do so was always too ill-though and/or relied on something out of her control.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She has very idealistic view on this world. Bykov, being Bykov, just can't resist to shatter this mentality.
  • Working with the Ex: With Gleb, after their breakup. They eventually fix their friendship, and later, even resurrect their relationship. Unfortunately, it was ruined again, permanently (this time by Varya herself); this time, it lasted right until Varya's disappearance from the series.

     First team (later additions) 

Phil Richards (Фил Ричардс)

Played by: Odin Bairon (Один Байрон)

  • Ambiguously Gay: Because he has two fathers, he was accused to be gay himself on several occasions. It becomes plot point of one of the episodes, where he himself thought what he may be gay, but in the end it was confirmed false. Still, even after this, other characters are prone to invoke this (mainly by mentioning his parents in order to mock him.
  • Better as Friends: When he broke up with Olga. They parted on friendly terms, though Phil still briefly had troubles with interacting with Lobanov.
  • But Not Too Foreign: His mother was Russian. Also at least one of his dads can speak Russian fluently enough for Phil to speak with him in Russian instead of English.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Whenever he tries to press his standards (moral or otherwise) on his friends and colleagues, his position is always proves to be wrong in the end, though specific reason may vary; most often it would be due to him not realising how easy he may ruin his friends' life due to stubborn adherence to the law.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Phil gets drunk very quickly; before he managed to forget her, in this condition he usually started whining about his ex, Jessica. He developed some alcohol tolerance later, though.
  • Control Freak: Phil must plan everything beforehand. He always plans his budget for full month, and if you want to lend money, you must ask him month before (or, at least, this is what we know from Gleb's words). He also planned to achieve prestigious position, dog and kids back in USA before reaching thirty five years (in that order).
  • Culture Clash: Many jokes involving him (mostly in early episodes) relies on him not being familiar with some Russian customs, mentality or some (often old-fashioned and dubiously effective, but thats another matter entirely) local treatment methods ("zelyonka", cupping therapy, etc).
  • First-Name Basis: No one ever calls him "Richards". Most other characters are called by their last names.
  • Foreign-Language Tirade: Sometimes switches to English, usually when he's nervous because of something.
  • Funny Foreigner: Fact what he is American often gets Played for Laughs. Specially by Bykov.
  • Has Two Daddies: Phil has two fathers (his biological father and his husband). Sometimes he chats with one of them (that one who can speak Russian), but we never see or hear him. While he still loves them, he was forced to change several schools because of abuse from other students (and at least one director) caused by this.
  • Missing Mom: Only two things we know about his mother is what she was Russian, and what he was raised without her; we don't even know her name.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Because he is not native, he has troubles to adapt at first, which often gets exploited (mainly by Gleb).
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest guys amongst interns (besides Varya and Lyosha). This highly contrasts with how Lobanov, Levin or Romanenko acts.
  • Official Couple: With Polina towards the end of series.
  • Romantic False Lead: Was briefly in relationship with Olga. They broke up on her initiative.
  • Sixth Ranger: Appeared for the first time in season 4, after which stick with them until the end of series.
  • Token Good Teammate: Sometimes to his detriment. He is nice and friendly, and is opposed to rules violations (both on interns' and on administration's side); last one often gets in trouble either him or his friends.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Becomes this with Lobanov, of all people. While Lobanov still trolls him from time to time, they consider each other to be friends.

Polina Sergeevna Ulyanova (Полина Сергеевна Ульянова)

Played by: Yana Guryanova (Яна Гурьянова)

     Second team 

Maxim Leonidovich Korneev (Максим Леонидович Корнеев)

Played by: Ilya Shidlovsky (Илья Шидловский)

New intern. Generations of his family become doctors, and he would not become exception.

Alexei "Lyosha" Denisovich Maltsev (Алексей "Лёша" Денисович Мальцев)

Played by: Aleksandr Lyapin (Александр Ляпин)

New intern from provincial town Torjok.
  • Determinator: Bykov almost instantly rejected him in his introduction episode, but Alexei's stubborn insistent on continuing floor cleaning task (right until late night) despite continuously being told to leave impressed Bykov enough to give him another chance.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Varya, as optimistic Naïve Newcomer.
  • Extreme Doormat: Discussed in one episode. Maxim considers him being this, while Alexei himself thinks he just helps people. Unfortunately, he quickly falls for Maxim's manipulation and starts acting like Jerkass to "prove" what he is not Extreme Doormat... just as Maxim wanted.
  • Flat Character: He is simple provincial guy without major quirks or personal problems. He may look almost boring when contrasted with other characters, including other interns from second team.
  • Official Couple: With Rita in last season.
  • Patriotic Fervor: To his home town, Torzhok. He plans to become full-pledged doctor and return here, since (according to him) Torzhok has catastrophic lack of qualified specialists. Unfortunately, while he's still here, he wouldn't shut up about Torzhok and his love to it, to everyone's irritation.
  • Person as Verb: His home town's name, Torzhok, sometimes used as derogative description of Alexei himself.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He is basically second Lobanov, "simple Russian guy", only more nice and less dumb.
  • Token Good Teammate: To second generation of interns. He is nice and friendly, and would help people in need, while Maxim is manipulative; Sophia was quiet at first, but quickly showed her dark side.

Sophia Yakovlevna Kalinina (Софья Яковлевна Калинина)

Played by: Aglaya Tarasova (Аглая Тарасова)

New intern from Kirov. Kupitman's niece.
  • Distaff Counter Part:
    • She takes Levin's role as "smartest" one of the team, though unlike him, her screwups are unrelated to her considering herself genius.
    • Her Spoiled Brat tendencies she showed later are similar to Romanenko before his Character Development.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Never let her drink, it wouldn't end well. Gleb learned this the hard way.
  • Put on a Bus: After her marriage with Gleb was cancelled, she permanently disappeared from the series.
  • Runaway Bride: Dumped Gleb right on the day of their marriage. This lead him to deep depression.
  • Spoiled Brat: Quickly degenerates into this without constant watch of her father, despite all Kupitman's attempts to prevent this.
  • There's No Place Like Home: Inverted. She hates Kirov and would do anything to stay away from it.


Secondary characters

     Other hospital stuff 

Pavel/Pasha and Petr (Павел/Паша и Пётр)

Played by: Mikhail Pavlik and Maxim Artamonov (Михаил Павлик и Максим Артамонов)

  • Big Guy: Whenever they're called for help, thats because they're big and threatening. If they are angry at you, even Lobanov would be afraid to deal with them.
  • First-Name Basis: Unlike most characters, Pavel always addressed simply as "Pasha". We didn't even learn his (or Petr's, for that matter) surname.
  • Living Prop: While they rarely have actual plot importance, they often can be seen on background.
  • Recurring Extra: Almost never receive any significant role in the plot (often to the point of being Living Prop). But they last throughout whole series.
  • Those Two Guys: It almost seems they are only orderlies in this hospital; though they (mostly Pasha) can appear individually.

Vera (Вера)

Played by: Tatyana Mukhina (Татьяна Мухина)

Anastasia's secretary.
  • The Ghost: While she did appear in person at several occasion, she mostly exist offscreen.
  • Recurring Extra: Unlike orderlies, she rarely even appears in person; but she lasts trough whole series.

Galina (Galya) and Valentina (Valya) (Галина (Галя) и Валентина (Валя))

Played by: Elena Surkova and Veronica Ris (Елена Суркова и Вероника Рис)

Nurses and Lyuba's subordinates.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Lyuba, Galya and Valya, respectively.
  • Gossipy Hens: With Lyuba. When she starts calling them, it is clear signal what she wants to start another rumour.
  • Recurring Extra: If we need nurses, it most likely would be one of them (mostly Galya).

Gennadi Petrovich (Геннадий Петрович)

Played by: Sergei Makarov (Сергей Макаров)

Traumatologist and Bykov's friend. Lobanov's boss after he become full-pledged Doctor and leaved Bykov's Therapy.
  • Nice Guy: Downplayed. While still prone to manipulations, he is much nicer than Bykov and at least would not treat you like dirt... openly.
  • Recurring Extra: After his initial appearance in season 5, he reappeared in season 7 (when Lobanov briefly moved to him into Traumatology), and then become recurring character when he become Lobanov's boss once Semyon become full-pledged doctor.

Ivanovich (Иванович)

Played by: Eduard Ablam (Эдуард Аблам)

  • Abhorrent Admirer: In love with Lyuba, who can't stand him. Doesn't stop him from trying anyway each time they meet for any reason. Him almost blatantly suggesting sex each time does not help matters.
  • The Alcoholic: Theres two loves in his life — Lyuba, and vodka. In fact, this is how he met Lyuba the first time: he once stole medical alcohol, for which she was punished. Not exactly good first impression, which he only made worse by his other characteristics.
  • Drinking on Duty: And sometimes instead of duty. Despite that, he still manages to make things work (without injuring himself or others).
  • No Name Given: "Ivanovich" is neither name nor surname, its patronymic. His actual name is never stated. Same for his colleague, Mikhalych.
  • The Pollyanna: He's always kind and optimistic; combined with his other traits, this makes him even more irritating, since he never bothers to acknowledge his mistakes, or even try to change himself.
  • Recurring Extra: One of the two known electricians, other being Mikhalych. Mostly appears in episodes when something must be fixed ASAP, though results are not always worth it.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Lets just say: if you want to flirt with woman, at least try to hide the fact what you want to bang her (which he combined this with poor attempts into romantic). This and his alcoholism makes it pretty obvious why Lyuba refuses his advances.

     Relatives and friends 

Olga Sergeevna Lobanova (Ольга Сергеевна Лобанова)

Played by: Tatyana Lyannik (Татьяна Лянник)

Lobanov's wife. Later was hired as hospital's accountant.
  • The Bus Came Back: Divorced Lobanov in season 3, but returned in season 6 — firstly as Lobanov's lawyer in one episode, later as hospital's accountant.
  • Fiery Redhead: While not to a degree of her husband, she may be quick to explode as well (particularly on Lobanov's usual stupidity). And once enraged, she is as dangerous as wild flame.
  • Hello, Attorney!: She is lawyer, and is attractive woman.
  • Heroes Want Redheads:
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: For a long time she and Semyon couldn't conceive a baby. This was one of the reasons for their breakup.
  • Mistaken for Prostitute: In her first appearance, since she decided to check Semyon just after he tried to smuggle prostitute into the hospital (twice) for his patient (Lobanov needed money, again). She was not amused.
  • Old Flame: She divorced Lobanov in season 3 when he enraged he disappointed her yet again, but returned in season 6, where she confirmed what old feelings towards Semyon never died completely. Once her new relationship with Phil fall apart, she eventually returned to Semyon and remarried him.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaved series for couple of seasons after her breakup with Lobanov in season 3.
  • Romantic False Lead: Dated Phil after her return for some time before going back to Lobanov.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Semyon.
  • Working with the Ex: When she was hired as accountant in the same hospital where Semyon works in season 6; made more awkward by him starting dating other woman by now, while she quickly started relationship with Phil. Though ultimately she returned to Semyon, removing "ex" part.

Alisa Andreenva Bykova (Алиса Андреевна Быкова)

Played by: Maria Pirogova (Мария Пирогова)

Bykov's adult daughter.
  • Back for the Finale: Returns in last season.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Alisa acts a lot like Bykov... when he was young, enthusiastic and talkative. And now she wants to become doctor, like him, so she decided to spend some time with him to learn on practice. She changed her mind when she had seen just what this work done with her father (who's spirit was almost burned out due to all this stress), and leaved back to her mother, fearing what she can repeat his fate.
  • Official Couple: With Gleb in the end.
  • Put on a Bus: Disappears after seven episodes.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With her father, Andrey Bykov; he is pragmatic, cynic and rather cold (unless you provoke him), she is energetic, optimistic and enthusiastic.

Ekaterina Vorobyova (Екатерина Воробьёва)

Played by: Lubov Sokolinskaya (Любовь Соколинская)

Reporter. Phil's (second) girlfriend, until he made mistake to introduce her to USA, which lead to her dumping him... for his ex, Jessica.

Yakov Semyonovich Kalinin (Яков Семёнович Калинин)

Played by: Aleksandr Nazarov) (Александр Назаров)

Sophia's father and Cupitman's cousin.
  • Nice Guy: Even when showing his disappointment in his cousin's failing to "protect" Sophia, he remained calm and gentle, both to Kupitman and to Gleb.
  • Overprotective Dad: Towards his daughter. He is not amused when he finds out about her relationship with Romanenko.

Victor Alekseevich Romanenko (Виктор Алексеевич Романенко)

Played by: Mikhail Porechenkov (Михаил Пореченков)

Gleb's father.
  • Disappeared Dad: Reappeared in his son's life many years after divorcing his mother, and tried to become father Gleb newer had.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Downplayed. He was briefly mentioned in several early episodes, but only appeared in person and become significant to the plot in last season.
  • Old Flame: One of the reasons for his return is to try and resurrect his relationship with Kisegach. He almost succeed, forcing Bykov to step in and win her back.

Irina Vitalyevna Shemyakova (Ирина Витальевна Шемякова)

Played by: Lidia Arefyeva (Лидия Арефьева)

Psychiatrist and Lobanov's Love Interest after his breakup with Olga (and before she returns to him).
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She jealous of Semyon to Olga (who spends too much time with her, despite both Semyon and Olga now being in different relationship), and wants Semyon to spend less time with Olga and more with her.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Unless you know beforehand, you would never guess what she is single mother: she is perfectly able to sustain herself and her son Kirill, and even has time for relationship with Semyon.
  • Immodest Orgasm: And thanks to paranoidal neighbour old woman, it was mistaken for murder.
  • Put on a Bus: In the end of season 6, Lobanov tell to Lyuba about her being loud in bed (it was complicated; lets just say, there was reason for this), which not only enraged her to no end, but most likely forced her to quit working in this hospital altogether, because Lyuba revealed this to everyone, and she become everyone's laughing stock.
  • Romantic False Lead: She was Lobanov's temporal Love Interest after his breakup with Olga, but once she returned, Semyon quickly realised what he no longer loves Irina, and dumped her to try and win Olga back.
  • The Shrink: Her specialisation. In her debut episode she helped Phil to deal with his depression after his dog's death, which later indirectly lead to her relationship with Lobanov.

Anton Nikolaevich Yaroslavsky (Антон Николаевич Ярославский)

Played by: Andrey Andreyev (Андрей Андреев)

Anastasia's lover after her breakup with Bykov in season 4. Disappears early in season 5.
  • Put on a Bus: Disappears from the series once he realised what Kisegach still has feelings for Bykov.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: How he tried to get rid of Bykov — by threatening him to ruin his career, unless he leaves by himself (in this case he would even help him find new place... far away from Anastasia, of course).
  • The Rival: Briefly become this to Bykov, though their confrontation only occur at his last episode.
  • Romantic False Lead: For Kisegach, during her breakup with Bykov. Bykov considered him to be this from the start, and ultimately he's proven to be right.

David Taimurazovich Takoev (Давид Таймуразович Такоев)

Played by: Vadim Ramazanovich Tsalatti (Вадим Цалатти)

Anaesthetist. Varya's new Love Interest after her breakup with Gleb.
  • Be Yourself: He actually likes "natural" Varya much more than her attempts to be "special" for him. In fact, this may be a reason why he chose her after several "special" girls in a row.
  • Covert Pervert: There's a rumour what he seduces his patients via some "special chemistry", and also what he secretly collects nude photos of his patients. First one just silly attempt to explain why he's so popular with women, but second was genuinely malicious and become major plot point of his introduction episode. Fortunately, it was debunked.
  • Love Interest: To Varya in seasons 7–8.
  • Nice Guy: Unlike Gleb, he never acts as Jerkass to Varya.
  • Put on a Bus: Disappears from the series together with Varya in season 8.
  • Really Gets Around: Has a reputation of womaniser... who never stays with one girl for long. Then again, those were little affairs, while relationship with Varya may be first serious ones.
  • Serious Business: When Varya tried to use his love to soccer to become closer with him, she mistook his favourite club. He was infuriated with her being fan of "Spartak" (rival club to his "CSKA"). Fortunately, she managed to salvage situation.

Marina Aleksandrovna Kisegach (Марина Александровна Кисегач)

Played by: Lyudmila Chursina (Людмила Чурсина)

Kisegach's mother and Gleb's grandmother.

Innokentiy (Иннокентий)

Bykov's often mentioned (but never appearing in person) friend. Test pilot.
  • The Dreaded: In one episode, Bykov called him to deal with Semyon's Rich Bitch patient and her boyfriend; it scared them enough to force girl into compliance and apology before Semyon for acting like jerk.
  • The Ghost: He never appears in person, or even heard, but Bykov mentions him on several occasions throughout the series, and sometimes calls him, though only once their friendship actually affected the plot.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Bykov considers calling him to be nuclear option, especially for something so minor as Lobanov and his problems, but he did called him anyway since they have no other way to help him.

     Other recurring characters 


Phil's ex-girlfriend. She remain in USA when he moved to Russia, and later dumped him, in rather ugly way.
  • Bi the Way: Later she take away Phil's second girlfriend when he tried to introduce her to USA.
  • The Ghost: Except for one episode, where she appeared in Phil's ImagineSpots, she never appeared in person; everything we know about her, we know from Phil's words.
  • Jerkass: She and Phil made oath of fidelity. She broke it after couple of months of his absence, dumped him via Facebook, made photos with her new boyfriend in her and Phil's "special place" (being perfectly aware what he would see it), and next day made post in Twitter how she had "her first orgasm in life" (which just can't be anything else but direct mockery of Phil); by contrast, it took Phil two years of romancing her before they had sex for a first time. Phil was deeply harmed by her betrayal.

Pavel Pavlovich

Official from ministry who regularly inspects Kisegach's work in the hospital.
  • Only Sane Man: Because he is outsider, he is only one who acts seriously when something weird starts happening (and when he's here, something always would). It's a mystery how Kisegach always manages to convince him to not report her (even though they are on friendly terms, he does take his job seriously enough to report her screwups).
  • Recurring Extra: Every time ministry needs to check how Kisegach goes, they would send him.


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