from TeeVee.org:Worse is when the

from TeeVee.org:

Worse is when the audience knows that another character is going to have their life trashed so the actor can cry and whine in a bid for an Emmy. This seems to be a typical problem with this type of primetime soap: you go through enough storylines like this, and pretty soon all your characters are junkies, pregnant, murderers, or on a career downward spiral. The last has been inflicted on several characters [on ER] for no good reason.