Malaya Pineda, Code Black
Malaya Pineda (Melanie Chandra)
Malaya is a resident at Angel Memorial hospital where the series takes place. She has a girlfriend, Eva, who appeared in one episode. Mayala’s sexuality comes up in from time to time in a non-romantic context, to give her motivation and conflict in how she treats patients or their relatives (for example a closeted boy and his homophobic father), and as a struggle between being “professional” and her own worldview.
In Season 1, Malaya’s ex-girlfriend Carla, a former resident at the hospital, came seeking treatment for a shoulder injury because she didn’t want to reveal that she was pregnant in the new hospital where she worked. After examining her, Malaya figured out Carla had leukemia and recommended chemotherapy, however Carla refused treatment. It was later revealed that Carla had already been aware she had leukemia and decided to give birth anyway, even though she was aware that it would kill her. This caused tension between Mayala and Carla, but they eventually got over it after talking with their friends and co-workers. Carla gave birth and died shortly after.
At one point, Mayla became the target of a stalker, who ended up trying to rape her after she told him that she was a lesbian before Mayala’s co-worker interrupted and killed him.
In Season 2 Malaya was shown dealing with the aftermath of the assault, when she helped patients that dealt with similar scenarios, and Malaya’s own experience was worked into the plot.
Malaya was suspended from her job towards the end of the season and was underused, had limited screen time and story arcs throughout Season 2. She had a noticeably reduced role compared to male regular characters, and the season ended with a lack of resolution for her.
Female love interests:
- Eva (Jelly Howie, guest, 1 episode)
- Carla Niven 💀 (Shiri Appleby, bisexual, recurring, 4 episodes, ex-girlfriend pre-series)
Relationship story arc with a woman: No
No male love interests
Relationship story arc with a man: No
Male love interest after being identified as a lesbian? No
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.