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Rush was a short-lived 2014 medical drama starring Tom Ellis and airing on USA Network.

After getting fired by a major Los Angeles hospital, Dr. William Rush becomes a concierge doctor catering to clients with a lot of money and a desire to keep their medical problems under wraps.


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  • The Alcoholic: Dr. Rush has a terrible drug and alcohol habit, and much of his profits go towards feeding it. His personal assistant Eve tries to keep him on track.
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  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: The main reason why Sarah always drifts in and out of Rush's life.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: J.P Harris was one to Eve, up to and including beating her and causing her to miscarry their baby.
  • Berserk Button: Rush doesn't take kindly to men who abuse their partners. Hinted to be the result of him watching his former friend J.P Harris abuse Eve.
  • Black and Nerdy: Alex Burke, Rush's best friend.
  • Blackmail: J.P Harris invokes this on Eve. He keeps the gun she used to shoot him so she doesn't go to the police to report his attempted rape.
  • Cliffhanger: As the show only lasted one season, a lot of plot threads were left unresolved. Namely, Alex facing divorce from his wife Laurel for cheating, Corinne (Rush's stepmother) revealing that she's pregnant with his baby, Manny getting arrested for possessing the gun that J.P Harris had on him and seemingly selling Rush out to the police.
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  • Dark and Troubled Past: Eve.
  • Dr Feel Good: Played with. Rush has no compuction whatsoever about treating his patients with illegal drugs if that's what it takes to treat them. In the second episode, he uses a sachet of cocaine to stop a bleeding septum of an aspiring boxer.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: When Rush has to deal with some kind of trauma or distress, his first instinct is to down whatever illicit substances he has on hand to numb his feelings and make him 'focus.'
  • Girl Friday: Eve, Rush's beleaguered assistant.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Rush manages to become friends with his ex-girlfriend's new beau after he saves the man's life.
  • For Your Own Good: Warren Rush's reason for making Will take the drug test that would get him fired from the hospital and his license suspended. It takes Will a long time to admit that his father made the right call.
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  • Happily Married: Alex to his wife of ten years, Laurel. Ends by the season finale, after she found out about him cheating on her.
  • The Hedonist: Rush. Partying, drugs, booze, women....
  • Hope Spot: The last three episodes are this for Rush. He gets back together with Sarah and starts to plan a future with her that includes a family, he weans himself off his illegal subtances, starts actually eating, and even accepts a new job at the hospital so that he no longer has to act as a shady doctor-for-fire for the rich and depraved. By the end of the last episode, he breaks up with Sarah, starts snorting cocaine again and is about to be arrested for the murder of J.P Harris.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rush.
  • Ill Girl: Sarah, who is suffering from ovarian cancer and had dealt with breast cancer prior to the series.
  • Insistent Terminology: Despite being fired in disgrace, it's clear that Rush takes pride in being a doctor and insists on being addressed as such despite his new line of work.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the season finale, Rush breaks up with Sarah after just rekindling their relationship, because he's ashamed of everything he's had to do as a concierge doctor and doesn't want that taint to ruin her. She even warns him that she won't give him another chance with her, and he persists.
  • Missing Mom: Rush's biological mother. She either died prior to the series or divorced his father. It's never made clear what happened to her.
  • The Missus and the Ex: Rush goes to a medical conference where he encounters his ex-girlfriend, Dr. Sarah Peterson. Sarah is there with her new boyfriend Dr. Griffin Wagner. Rush still has strong feelings for Sarah but is trying to let her go, so he makes a token attempt to befriend Griffin. Griffin is a great guy and a splendid doctor, but he is very insecure about his relationship with Sarah, because he heard so many things about the wild and exciting William Rush and knows that Sarah is not yet fully over Rush. After a few drinks Griffin tries to show that he can be as spontaneous and unpredictable as Rush and performs a dangerous stunt that almost gets him killed. Rush saves his life, but the two men get arrested. Much to Sarah's chagrin, they end up bonding over the experience.
  • Murder by Inaction: Rush gets into an altercation with J.P Harris, and in the struggle Harris crashes into a glass table and gets stabbed in an artery with a glass shard. Rather than help him, Rush watches coldly as Harris bleeds out. Not that he didn't deserve it.
  • Not Quite Dead: J.P Harris in episode nine. He forces his way into Eve's apartment, tries to rape her and gets shot by her. She's convinced she's killed him...only for him to call Rush in the next episode.
  • Oedipus Complex: Rush has a....complicated relationship with his stepmother. Made worse when she tells him in the season finale that she's pregnant with his baby.
  • Old Flame: Sarah.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Tom Ellis is a Welsh actor. His American accent is...rough, for the first two episodes, but he gets the hang of it as the series progresses.
  • Slave to PR: Rush makes his living by offering concierge medicine to ultra-wealthy clients who don't want to be seen going to a regular hospital.
  • True Neutral: What Rush tries to be. His policy is to not judge his powerful clients on the proclivities that have them calling him for help, no matter how perverse or illegal, and ensure that he gets paid handsomely for his services.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Despite his antagonistic relationship with his father, it's obvious that Will still desires his approval and validation, and is distraught when Warren dismisses his career as 'working out of the back of [his] car.'
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