Bobbed - Term first coined on the
Internet by Peter J. Evans on 4/28/96 in an alt.tv.er message about Dr. Kerry
Weaver (played by Laura Innes), one of the actors who costarred on the medical
To be "bobbed" describes a character who appears on the show and then
mysteriously drops out of sight, causing viewers to wonder where the actor is
The term takes its name from a timid Polish woman character named
Bogdanalivetsky Romansky (played by Malgoscha Gebel) who stopped appearing with
no explanation early in the show's storyline.
"Bob" (as ER staffers dubbed Bogdanalivetsky) formerly worked as a vascular
surgeon in Poland, before taking her job as an Administrations Desk Clerk on the
Other characters to be classified as "bobbed" were:
- Susan Lewis' boyfriend Dr. Div Cvetic (John Terry) who disappeared
from her life until a later storyline explained he was now married to
the owner of a mortuary chain
- Timmy, (Glenn Plummer), who worked at the ER administrative desk;
and resident Dr. Maggie Doyle (Jorja Fox).
The term "bobbed" doesn't apply to background extras (nurses, paramedics, etc.)
but rather to regular and recurring characters who seemingly are just written
out of the program with no explanation.
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