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Boris is an Italian comedic TV series produced by FOX. It's a Dilbert-esque satire of the Italian TV series production process revolving around an awful melodrama named ''The Eyes of the Heart 2'' (the sequel of another equally awful series which was cut off after only two episodes, but which the network execs believe was only penalized due to its time slot) and the unlucky, disfunctional troupe of the same — a neurotic director, self-serving and self-centered stars, an incompetent and coke-addicted photography director, a dishonest executive producer, slave interns and more. It parodies much that's wrong with the production process of the mainstream networks: politics, blatantly dishonest product placement, cut-and-paste cliché plots, extreme Executive Meddling and worse, but even when it's not actively making fun of something, the quirky cast manages to keep the funny coming.

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Not entirely unlike 30 Rock, but exquisitely Italian.

The show has had three seasons so far, having followed the production of the two seasons of Eyes of the Heart 2 and later of the blatant ripoff of American MedicalDramas Medical Dimension.There is also a movie, concerning the same crew involved in the production of the In-Universe movie La Casta.

Some of the characters involved with the production are:

  • Alessandro, direction assistant intern and often the viewpoint character.
  • René Ferretti, neurotic director who all-too-often has to fix up the mess to get to the end of the day.
  • Arianna Dell'Arti: assistant director and Only Sane Man.
  • Itala, the wino log secretary.
  • Duccio Patanè, coke-addicted chief of photography, most often found on a couch not doing his work.
  • Augusto "Slurs" Biascica, ignorant and violent set electrician.
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  • Stanis la Rochelle and Corinna Negri, protagonist actors of Eyes of the Heart, fickle and immature and too often the cause of the troubles of the day, later partially replaced by Cristina Avola Burkstaller and "Thighs" Karin in season two (of both the actual Boris series and the In-Universe one), and by Fabiana Hassler for season three's Medical Dimension.
  • Diego Lopez, network delegate who has to relay the bad news from the higher-ups while keeping those higher-ups happy.
  • Lorenzo, photography intern, local slave and perpetual Chew Toy.
  • Sergio Vannucci, dishonest executive producer.

The series is named after director René's lucky charm goldfish — the last of a long line of such. It's, in what some may see as a fit of Irony, produced by Rupert Murdoch's Fox Italia/Sky.

The Italian side of The Other Wiki has quite a bit more about it.


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    Boris 
  • Affably Evil: Claudio, the young, nice and enthusiast network delegate that keeps supporting Renè and his idea of quality for Medical Dimension. However, it was chosen by Cane to lure Renè into it and making him just do another The Eyes of the Heart. Or so it looks like, but in the end we find out it's subverted: Cane was playing both Claudio and Renè, since he plans to sabotage Medical Dimension. Claudio leaves as soon as he finds out.
  • Ambiguously Gay: While gossiping about Orlando Serpentieri, René mentions there are rumours about him being gay or at least bisexual, although Orlando hasn't shown any hint of his sexuality or attraction to anyone (René recalls the rumours when seeing Orlando alone with Alessandro, though that was because Orlando was secretly tasking him with discovering the plot of the show). After learning Orlando has been recommended by a senator, René thinks said senator might be bisexual as well.
  • Ass Pull: A staple of the plots of the In-Universe shows since The Writers are lazy ones and write the show on a whim.
  • Ax-Crazy: Mariano Giusti, a (In-Universe) recurring guest star who has the villain role of The Count in Eyes of the Heart, is certifiably insane and destructively violent (a fact the troupe tries to defuse by leaving Alessandro to keep him calm — a thing he does under Mariano's threat of death by baseball bat mauling).
    Mariano: "No, no, no! It seems to me like the only one between you and me who's trying not to get me to beat you up is me- the one that, eventually, will end up beating you up!
  • Back for the Finale: Karin and Cristina do not appear in season three, until they are brought back for the finale of The Eyes of Heart 3.
  • Bad "Bad Acting":
    • Stanis and especially Corinna are not very good actors.
    • Ada De Silvestri, who plays Stanis's mother for two episodes, is even worse than Corinna, and is only hired because of Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! (she is the senator's wife).
    • Alessandro tries to play a gay character in one scene, replacing another actor at the last minute. His acting is so awful that René tells him he's no better than Stanis and Corinna. To be fair, Alessandro is not an actor.
    • At the end of season 2, Samantha, a Ms. Fanservice with political connections, is called to appear on the Wham Episode of the soap... She wasn't even able to say one line.
    • The original actress who was supposed to play the female lead in Medical Dimension was terrible. René is forced to replace her with his own daughter Fabiana, even if he didn't want to be accused of Nepotism, despite Fabiana being actually a good actress.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Cane might count as this. He doesn't want to stop the protagonists, but causes all the meddling that trobules them. Fits the trope in season three, when he's actively planning to make Renè's work a disaster, see Screwed by the Network below.
  • The Cameo: In the Season 1 episode where René briefly leaves the studio to film a toothpaste commercial, the gorilla mascot character from commercials for the bitter drink Crodino pops out in a brief scene to ask René where's the bar.
  • Casting Gag: Stanis is known for playing Corelli in The Eyes of the Heart. His actor, Pietro Sermonti, is known for playing a doctor in another italian series, A Doctor in the Family.
  • Catchphrase: Stanis's "very italian", his way to complain about anything he doesn't like, and "not italian" (for a short while, in season two, "anglosaxon") is how he says something is good. It gives us the hylarious line
    Stanis: I don't know, I think that Shakespeare... Is a bit too much italian...
  • Chekhov's Gun: And gunman, used constantly in The Eyes of the Heart 2. The truth is that the scriptwriters prefer looking at the previous episodes to find something they can use instead of actual writing. These don't stop them (to praise themselves) and the director (to avoid further questions) to pass them as this trope.
  • Cliché Storm: Everything ever written by the In-Universe series scriptwriters, who even have text macros for certain actor expressions (especially "astonished", tied to F4 on their word processor's keyboard and used liberally).
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Machiavelli, a fiction directors are assigned to when producers just want them out. Subverted, however, since Renè gets quite fond of the idea and leaves The Eyes of the Heart 2 of his own will to do Machiavelli.
  • Darker and Edgier: Medical Dimension in season 3 was supposed to be a realistic, edgy counterpart to The Eyes of the Heart, with dirty, poorly managed hospitals, evidencing the real problems of Italian health care system. It didn't work and the show turned out to be another The Eyes of the Heart with more swearing. And then René learns the truth about Dr. Cane's Evil Plan...
  • Darkest Hour: 3x12, "Into the Network", Renè is utterly destroyed and can't do anything anymore, not even keep the actors, and by the end of the episode he leaves the set himself.
  • Deconstructed Trope: The show takes apart many tropes, sometimes even on a meta level, showing what causes these tropes to happen in a show, usually in a much more humorous way than the typical deconstruction.
    • Cliché Storm: For the sake of satire, The Eyes of the Heart represents every Italian TV show that aired during the 2000's and has all of the soap opera cliches one can think. In-Universe, it's because The Writers are so lazy they don't even bother to come up with something new, and the show is so clitchéd they often rely on the function keys with pre-composed lines of script. It's later revealed this trope is reinforced by the executives, who want to keep producing shows that are essentially the same thing to keep making easy money, such as when The Writers send René the rewritten script for Machiavelli and he realizes it's identical to The Eyes of the Heart except for the setting and the characters.
    • Development Hell: In-Universe. There's the series Machiavelli, which has been stuck in pre-productionsfor decades and no director assigned to the project could take it out of development. This is because Machiavelli is designed to be forever stuck in Development Hell and get rid of directors by assigning them to the project, in which they will be stuck for the rest of their career without bringing it to fruition. However, René is so passionate about this project, he manages to take it out of Development Hell.. until he reads the new script, which is as awful as The Eyes of the Heart's.
    • Took the Bad Film Seriously: In-Universe. Orlando Serpentieri is a famous theatre actor who, despite being aware of the low quality of the series, plays his role very well. However, this make the two lead actors, who are terrible, look bad by comparison, and René suggests Orlando tone down his acting to Stanis and Corinna's level.
    • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Arianna is well aware of being the only competent person in a highly dysfunctional TV crew. However, this leaves her to be taken for granted by everyone leading her to repress her feelings and needs.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Being a series about a troupe making a TV series, it criticizes and mocks in a very humouristic way Italian fictional works of the 90's and the 2000's and all their associated tropes, often on a meta level, showing why said tropes happen in these kind of fictional works, as well as the entire Italian television industry.
  • Digital Piracy Is Okay: While not endorsing it, the showrunners of Boris have acknowledged the role played by illegal streaming websites in elevating a limited release series into a cult phenomenon via word of mouth.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The three scriptwriters.
  • Executive Meddling: It happens a lot In-Universe. Many episodes are about a change demanded by the executives (more often Dr. Cane), like the introduction of a comic relief, the re-shooting of a scene to avoid Unfortunate Implications, or firing the makeup worker since the series was in decline because of the makeup(in truth, she was simply the only employee not recommended by someone).
  • Faux Affably Evil: Dr. Cane, once he finally appears. He acts cheerfully with Renè, but he's just kicking the dog.
  • Le Film Artistique: The educational short René creates in "Exit Strategy", The Red Ant: filmed during breaks in a side-roominvoked, with voice-over narration by René himself, the Faux Symbolism of the card game, and a Downer Ending.
  • Foil: Dimension Six, a show created to rival Medical Dimension. We find out, however, that they were never supposed to air together, they made both as quality fiction to show one at random and make it fail, to cancel the other.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Dimension Six, a show created to rival Medical Dimension. We find out, however, that they were never supposed to air together, they made both as quality fiction to show one at random and make it fail, to cancel the other.
    • Season two (and three) shows the characters in an aquarium, with Lorenzo unwillingly breaking the glass in the end. In season three Lorenzo unwillingly breaks Renè's aquarium.
    • Which is in itself another brilliant foreshadowing: Federer (the goldfish Renè bought for the new series) is lost and replaced with another random one as Medical Dimension, we will find out, loses is purpose and becomes just a series like any other. That the replacement turns out to be Boris, the fish bought for The Eyes of the Heart, only makes it more brilliant, since Renè will end actually turning it in The Eyes of the Heart 3.
    • A quite lighter one: in season three a repented scriptwriter advises, to do a good job, to never make more than three season. It hinted that it would the series' last season (may count as Leaning on the Fourth Wall).
    • The opening says "I'll use the eyes of the heart/ As the blind doctor says/ when he operates on patients" The Eyes of the Heart 3 has the main character becoming blind but resolving to operate nonetheless. Cue Title Drop.
  • Gilligan Cut: Whenever René, Stanis or someone else is praising the scriptwriters' work (it must be noted that, in the first case, said praises are Blatant Lies), we immediately get to see how they actually work. See Real Life Writes the Plot for an example.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: René, after finding out the truth about Medical Dimension and losing the last bit of faith in television he had, decides to purposefully go back to The Eyes of the Heart.
    spoiler: Renè: We are fucking done with quality! We want shit!
  • Heel–Faith Turn: Mariano, between season one and two, have some kind of epiphany that makes him a nicer and softer person. The quote above takes place after that epiphany. We only see a glimpse of him before it, and it's him burning down the stage.
  • Hilarity Ensues: Constantly.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Curiously, when it looks like Renè will lose the job. Not being tied to The Eyes of the Heart 2 makes him consider doing some quality work again, but in the end the show is succesful, so he keeps the job and the money. He eventually leaves for Machiavelli, but season three shows it's just another one of those. The season itself turns in yet another one with Medical Dimension.
    • The whole season three is one for Renè.
  • How We Got Here: In a Shout-Out to the Lost pilot, season two opens with Alessandro lying on the ground in an African setting, muttering "cold milk" and with a tiger beside him. The rest of the episode gives away the context: the "African village" is actually a set just outside the studio, Alessandro was shocked by an electic cable, the tiger was rented by Sergio to save money, and a glass of cold milk is what Corinna asked him.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The scriptwriters claiming they really need an holiday. While sunbathing. Or fishing. Or doing anything but working.
  • Insufferable Imbecile: Both lead actors Stanis and Corinna are this. They are the opposite of the smart, humble, and heroic characters they play (badly) on the Soap Within a Show.
  • Kick the Dog: When Renè meets at last Dr. Cane, after being told the Evil Plan. He cheerfully tells Renè that, since Dimension Six failed like Medical Dimension was supposed to, Renè's series will never be aired at all. He ends it with a gift, a little box containing "the future". The box is empty.
  • Large Ham:
    • René. Pannofino is good at doing that sort of characters.
    • With his overly pretentious and flamboyant ways, Stanis is this both on and off camera.
  • Money, Dear Boy: In-Universe.
    • Orlando Serpentieri, a renowned actor, joins the cast. When Alessandro asks him why, after playing Shakespeare, would he do that, he answers honestly that between Shakespeare and The Eyes of the Heart 2 there's something called "loan".
    • René himself: he started The Eyes of the Heart believing it would be something good, but then kept working on it only because he was payed to. However, he keeps feeling guilty about it and dreaming of doing something good again, and eventually moves out of it at the end of season two.
    • Duccio was like René, except he's perfectly okay with it and doesn't move out.
    • Unusually, averted by Lopez, who seems to sincerely like The Eyes of the Heart 2
  • Naked People Are Funny: In the season one episode "Like Lars von Trier", everyone is forced to work naked on-set to assuage Corinna's insecurities during the shooting of a sex scene.
  • Made of Iron: In-Universe. While averted in The Eyes of the Heart, it's been played straight in many works Stanis has worked on previously, since his contract says his characters can never die and they therefore have survived being stabbed multiple times or a one hundred meter fall.
  • Nepotism: Averted, then played straight. René refuses to let Fabiana be the star of Medical Dimension as she's secretly his daughter and he doesn't want to be accused of this, but he later has to ask them to take the role as the network's designated replacement proves to be utterly incompetent.
  • Meaningful Name: Biascica's last name literally means 'slurs' (as in 'to slur', the speech impediment) — a thing he does liberally.
    • "Cane" (as in dr. Cane) literally means "dog", but it's also used as an insult meaning "despicable person".
  • Music Video Credits Sequence: The main characters are shown around the set (or, starting with the second season, swimming around in Boris' bowl), with their name and job next to them, lip-syncing to Elio e le Storie Tese's song.
  • No Ending:
    • In the end we don't know if Arianna and Alessandro stayed in touch, or if he followed the scriptwriters' trail or started working on something better, we don't know where all the main characters went, except Duccio and Renè. The last shot has him pondering about answering a phone call (Lopez calling him to work on The Eyes of the Heart 3, but he doesn't know it), but it ends before showing us if he does.
    • Although played straight in the series, the trope is ultimately averted overall, as we do get a proper conclusion in Boris - The Film
  • The Prima Donna: Most of the actors in all of the In-Universe series, but it's mostly prominent in Stanis and Corinna.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: In-Universe with "Medical Dimension". One of the screeptwriters hears random sentences from the other two talking about anything (except, of course, "Medical Dimension") and writes them verbatim. The plot is litterally whatever was happening in their life at that point.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Literally: Boris is the last one of a long line of lucky charm goldfishes René insists on bringing on set. Additionally, the last episode of season one involves Boris's apparent death (after being fed a piece of lard) and the frantic search for a replacement so that René won't notice the death. Boris gets better in the end, though.
  • Running Gag: The earl's ring is a main plot point in The Eyes of the Heart 2. Despite no one knowing exactly why.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • Invoked by Lopez as the reason The Eyes of the Heart was so poorly received and cancelled. It might or might not be true: it was that bad, however the sequel is just as bad and it's however quite succesfull.
    • It's also Dr. Cane's Evil Plan in season three: he leaves Renè free to work on a fiction following actual criteria of quality (or the nearest thing he can get), but Medical Dimension is planned to air the same night the champions' league's on, so no one will watch it and it'll prove that "a new television isn't only possible, but not even desirable".
  • Secondary Character Title: The eponymous Boris is René's pet goldfish, a Living Prop at best and just part of the scenery at worst.
  • Self-Deprecation: The Eyes of the Heart 2 (supposedly the first one too) and Medical Dimention have three male screeptwriters, just like Boris. They do not come out in a good light, let's put it this way.
  • Shout-Out: Numerous (all of these from The Other Wiki's page).
    • My Africa (part 1) includes a parody of Lost's iconic eye-opening season 1 shoot.
    • Again in My Africa (part 1), Corinna's arrival on the set has numerous elements that recall Kate Winslet's arrival on the titular ship of Titanic (1997).
    • The beating of Lorenzo in The Daughter of Mazinga is a recreation of "Gomer Pyle"'s beating in Full Metal Jacket.
    • In Caught by the Network, the network exec gives Lopez an empty blue box, recreating the same scene and subsequent fadeout from Mulholland Dr..
    • In The Deaf-mute, the Senator and the Future of Our Country, the ghosts of René's mentors appear in much the same way as the Force ghosts do in Return of the Jedi.
    • Split-screen cuts in the episode Use the Force, Ferretti are an homage to 24. Also obviously the name of he episode.
    • On that note, a ton of episode titles are obvious or less-than-obvious citations from movies and other works, such as The Sky over Stanis (a pun on the original title of Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire, "The Sky over Berlin"); No Logo; Use the Force, Ferretti; The Importance of Being Well-Liked by Lawyers; Back to the Future; Stanis Must Not Die (riffing over the Italian title for Misery, "Misery Must Not Die"); My Africa (the Italian title for Out of Africa).
    • Also, in the last episode, characters tell Alessandro "wax on, wax off" to remember his role as a slave (a case of Beam Me Up, Scotty!, since the phrase used, "metti la cera, togli la cera", is not the actual translation in the movies, "dai la cera, togli la cera").
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Season three, in the last episodes, becomes a steep one for René.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Played with: Stanis actually is the biggest name in the cast, but that still makes him not even nearly as important as he thinks he is.
  • Soap Within a Show: The in-universe series The Eyes of the Heart is the embodiment of all the worst Italian Soap Opera clichés. Hardly anyone working on it (except the lead actors and Itala) enjoys the final product.
  • Spoiler Title: The Climber of the Andes gives away the resolution of the episode's plot, namely a guest actor unsuitable to portray a formerly-addicted cyclist and a Peruvian extra equally unsuitable to portray a drug addict. The two roles are swapped, with the cyclist being rewritten into a Peruvian rock climber.
  • Stock Scream: Used to shot a suicide scene.
  • Take That, Audience!: The producers need to cut everything even slightly ethically complex or ambiguos, also the whole fact that they don't want anything new just, at the very best, something that looks new but is the same story all over again.
  • The Resolution Will Not Be Televised: although the series ended with its third season in 2010, the aptly titled 2011 feature "Boris - The Film" serves as the proper finale. Being it a theatrical release, it overlaps with The Movie.
  • Title Drop:
    • "Use the Force, Ferretti" in season two, every episode in season three.
    • In-universe in The Eyes of the Heart 3, Corelli is blind but says he will keep doing his job using "the eyes of the heart... 3". Renè thinks Stanis adding the number is overdoing it, but they haven't time for another one.
  • Title Theme Tune: A curious case: the theme song is titled after the soap-within-a-show Gli occhi del cuore, though the background vocalists do sing the proper title "Boris".
  • Ultimate Job Security: Almost everyone has it, as literally everyone on the set is protected by (and is there because of) some politician or other person-in-power. This becomes later a plot point as Lopez and Sergio force René to pick someone to fire to cut costs, and he has to pick the one with the "least" protection.
  • Wham Episode: 3X11, "Stopper", when we find out Medical Dimension is just Dr. Cane's Evil Plan.
  • Wham Shot: Claudio telling Renè he's leaving and that "Medical Dimension is a trap." Also, 3x13 ("Back to the Future- Part 1"), we already saw Renè asking the screenwriters for "their usual shit", but we only get the true extent of his Heel–Face Turn when he tells what they are about to shot: The Eyes of the Heart 3.
  • World of Ham: Although averted in The Eyes of the Heart, where the acting is just very melodramatic, this is played straight with the entire TV crew, who are all very quirky and loud.

    The Eyes of the Heart 
Tropes that happen in the Soap Within a Show and its "sequel" Medical Dimension.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The Count is a typical soap villain. He doesn't even have a name, we only know he's greedy and commits all sorts of villainous acts For the Evulz.
  • Asshole Victim: Part of the main story arc is about the mysterious murder of the Count, the Big Bad of the soap.
  • Blind People Wear Sunglasses: Giorgio goes blind after the Wham Episode and starts wearing sunglasses. His actor (Stanis) tries to protest because he doesn't want to play a blind character, until the writers tell him they intend to make Giorgio a Handicapped Badass, who is still able to be the best doctor in town, despite his blindness.
  • Character Shilling: Giorgio (Stanis's character) is occasionally referred to as "the best doctor in Italy".
  • Clear My Name: Giorgio in the second season, after being falsely accused of the Count's murder.
    Sandra: I knew you were innocent.
    Giorgio: Wrong, I am guilty. Guilty... of loving you. (they kiss)
  • Cool Old Guy: Medical Dimension has a badly written example, to keep old people "young in spirit". The show has a character oddly named Grandpa Joe (for some unknown reason), an old man who is also a Badass Biker, wears a leather jacket, talks in an obnoxious Totally Radical speech, and has a hot girlfriend 40 years younger than him. His actor even complained to the director because he didn't want to play such a ridiculous character.
  • Coitus Ensues: At some point, the screenwriters are working on the script of an episode and can't think of anything to advance the plot involving Giorgio and Giulia, until one of them suggests to let them have sex, out of nowhere.
    Screenwriter: Wait… I've got an idea. Let's make them have sex, all of a sudden, out of nowhere!
    Other screenwriters: Genius!
  • Death Is Cheap: All the time, including characters who are apparently killed off but then they are seen perfectly alive in later episodes with no explanation.
  • Descended Creator: Unintentionally In-Universe: Arianna reveals that crew members routinely have to portray roles, because the contracted actors are either unavailable or unsuitable. Since even Duccio and Biascica have already appeared in front of the cameras in different roles, Alessandro is forced to portray a homosexual social worker, but when his acting proves atrocious it's René who plays the part.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep":
    • The main villain of The Eyes of the Heart is the Count, who is always referred as such, presumably to make him more mysterious and less sympathetic to the audience.
    • Martellone's comic relief character is only referred to as "the notary", never by name.
  • Evil Twin: The heroic doctor Giorgio has an evil twin named Eric, who will later become useful to the plot.
  • Fair Cop: Sandra Gusberti, the sexy police officer who attracts Giorgio in season 2.
  • Fat Comic Relief: To raise the rating of the series, Dr. Cane demands to hire someone to make the series more funny, and they hire the fat comedian Martellone for the role of the notary.
  • Flat Character:
    • The protagonists of the series, Giorgio and Giulia, are just bland good guys with no distinctive traits other than being doctors, to the point that Giulia's actress can't even find a word to describe her. This doesn't stop Stanis from describing his character Giorgio as a "three-dimensional Anglo-Saxon hero" in an interview.
    • This also applies to Sofia, Giulia's Suspiciously Similar Substitute in season 2, to the point that her actress, reading the script, doesn't even understand why her character would say such lines. In fact, when Cristina (Sofia's actress) joins the cast, she asks the assistant director what kind of character Sofia is, and the only answer she got is "Well... she's the main character".
    • Even the evil Count is seen this way by his actor Mariano Giusti. When Mariano accepted the role, he was told that the Count would have evolved into a complex villain with Hidden Depths... but after playing the character for years, he notices that the Count is still a stereotypical baddie who is evil for the sake of being evil, with no depths at all.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's mentioned in the script that Eric is evil because the Count raped his mom and his sister.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
    • When the comedian Martellone tries to use his Catchphrase as the notary, it's immediately censored because it contains a swear word. His line was later dubbed over by someone else and replaced with a family-friendly "how lucky!" (causing Lip Lock).
    • Averted with Medical Dimension, where profanity is allowed and even encouraged, because it was supposed to be sort of a Ruder and Cruder sequel to The Eyes of the Heart.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: In-Universe. The notary, the comic relief of the show, doesn't have any lines in the script, and instead the actor has to improvise them, along with Stanis (Giorgio's actor), who also turns into comic relief whenever he interacts with him. This is not because they are good at improvising (Stanis is not even a comedy actor), but because The Writers can't come up with anything actually funny and decide to leave the work to the actors, resulting in ridiculously unfunny scenes and very clumsy jokes.
  • Hospital Hottie: Giorgio, Giulia, Sofia, and all the main characters who work in the hospital are all meant to be good-looking.
  • Kill 'Em All: Due to the low ratings, they intended to end the story with a bomb destroying the hospital with all the characters inside. Except Giorgio, because his actor would never accept to play a character who is killed off, and conveniently gets out of the hospital one minute before the explosion. Ironically, this episode helps increasing the ratings and the show is renewed for another season.
  • Love Triangle: In season 2, Giorgio is in a triangle between his wholesome co-worker Sofia and sexy Fair Cop Sandra Gusberti. It seems like he chose the latter.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: In the episode set in an African village, there is a cage that contains a tiger, despite tigers being from Asia. This is because Sergio wanted to spare money and bought the first wild animal he found.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The entire purpose of Sandra's character (played by "Thighs" Karin), due to In-Universe Executive Meddling.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: The notary is supposed to be the only comic relief of this otherwise "dramatic" soap. He's played by Nando Martellone, a talentless comedian who is only famous for a very lame Catchphrase.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: The Count. To emphasize how bad he is, whenever there's something evil that he's made to the characters, it always include rape. In the end, The Writers have relied on this trope so much that it becomes hard to take seriously and René jokes that, by this point, The Count has basically raped the entire cast.
  • Stylistic Suck: From the trivial dialogue to the melodramatic Bad "Bad Acting", this soap is hilariously bad.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: After the female lead character Giulia is killed off (due to the actress leaving the series), the show introduces Giulia's cousin Sofia, another good-hearted, generic Hospital Hottie who serves as a Love Interest and co-worker to the male lead doctor Giorgio. In her second appearance, a jealous Sofia dramatically tells Giorgio "I will never be Giulia for you!", despite the fact that the character barely knows Giorgio in the story, as pointed out by Sofia's actress.
  • Translator Buddy: The Notary is the only character who can communicate with a little girl in a coma, one of the patients. It becomes a problem when the Notary's actor is involved in a scandal behind the scenes, and the writers don't know what to do with the character for this reason. They eventually find a way to write the Notary out of the show without killing him: putting him in a coma as well.
  • Unseen No More: The show's Big Bad, the Count, is mentioned several times before we actually get to see him on the soap.
  • Vague Age: When Giulia, Corinna's character, says how old she is, she says "I am as old as I am", leaving her age unclear, since Corinna refuses to say that her character is 34 years old because her teen fans could be turned off if they hear that she's too old.

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