History ForWantOfANail / LiveActionTV

23rd May '17 8:55:12 PM TheCuza
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': The entire episode [[Recap/CommunityS3E04RemedialChaosTheory "Remedial Chaos Theory"]] is about this: at Troy and Abed's housewarming, nobody wants to go downstairs to get the pizza, so Jeff rolls a six-sided die to decide who goes. This proceeds to create six separate timelines where different things happen (the darkest one includes Pierce getting accidentally shot and dying, Jeff losing an arm in a fire, Annie suffering a mental breakdown, Shirley becoming an alcoholic, Troy losing his larynx, and Britta [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking dyeing a strip of hair blue]]) until the real timeline [[spoiler:where Abed catches the six-sided die before it rolls and instead makes Jeff go get the pizza himself]].

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': The entire episode [[Recap/CommunityS3E04RemedialChaosTheory "Remedial Chaos Theory"]] is about this: at Troy and Abed's housewarming, nobody wants to go downstairs to get the pizza, so Jeff rolls a six-sided die to decide who goes. This proceeds to create six separate timelines where different things happen (the darkest one Darkest Timeline includes Pierce getting accidentally shot and dying, Jeff losing an arm in a fire, Annie suffering a mental breakdown, Shirley becoming an alcoholic, Troy losing his larynx, and Britta [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking dyeing a strip of hair blue]]) until the real timeline [[spoiler:where Abed catches the six-sided die before it rolls and instead makes Jeff go get the pizza himself]].himself]].
** At the end of "[[Recap/CommunityS6E03BasicCrisisRoomDecorum Basic Crisis Room Decorum]]", one of the Japanese teenagers who has been prank-texting the Dean is chewed out by his {{Salaryman}} father over the high phone bill it has caused. When the kid snarks back about his dad reducing everybody to money, has dad gives him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech telling him that this is nothing, when he gets out into the real world he will "know true reduction" and feel truly small and insignificant, just like his dad does. At the end of the scene is a voiceover from an older Japanese man -- the grown-up version of the same teenager -- saying that this short argument was in fact the defining moment in shaping his life, motivating him to become [[WhosLaughingNow the most powerful Yakuza boss in Japan]].
12th Mar '17 9:07:04 PM AthenaBlue
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay "Father's Day"]], Rose saves her father from being killed by a hit-and-run driver. In keeping with the combination of ForWantOfANail and InSpiteOfANail that ''Doctor Who'' leaps between periodically, saving one man in the past leads to... flying dragon demon things trying to unmake reality.



*** Noted in-episode that this is relatively unusual ("Just got lucky, this thing. It's one of the Trickster's Brigade. Changes a life in tiny little ways. Most times, the universe just compensates around it, but with you? Great big parallel world."), and is one of a number of coincidences around Donna that indicate how important she is to the entirety of existence (specifically [[spoiler: saving every single universe from being wiped out by the Daleks' RealityBomb]]
** Previously done in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay "Father's Day"]] when Rose saves her father from being killed by a hit-and-run driver. In keeping with the combination of ForWantOfANail and InSpiteOfANail that Series/DoctorWho leaps between periodically, saving one man in the past leads to... flying dragon demon things trying to unmake reality.

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*** Noted in-episode that this is relatively unusual ("Just got lucky, this thing. It's one of the Trickster's Brigade. Changes a life in tiny little ways. Most times, the universe just compensates around it, but with you? Great big parallel world."), and is one of a number of coincidences around Donna that indicate how important she is to the entirety of existence (specifically [[spoiler: saving every single universe from being wiped out by the Daleks' RealityBomb]]
** Previously done in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay "Father's Day"]] when Rose saves her father from being killed by a hit-and-run driver. In keeping with the combination of ForWantOfANail and InSpiteOfANail that Series/DoctorWho leaps between periodically, saving one man in the past leads to... flying dragon demon things trying to unmake reality.
Reality Bomb]].)
12th Mar '17 9:06:02 PM AthenaBlue
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** LampshadeHanging in the episode "The Shakespeare Code":

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** LampshadeHanging Lampshaded in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode "The Shakespeare Code":Code"]]:



** This trope is the central premise of the series 4 episode "Turn Left", exploring all the horrible things that would have happened if Donna had taken a different job three years ago. For example, [[spoiler:the Doctor dies, lots of other companions and allies die, London explodes, and the holocaust happens in England.]] Also, [[spoiler:all of reality is unmade. But this being Doctor Who, that could have happened, anyway.]]
** Noted in-episode that this is relatively unusual ("Just got lucky, this thing. It's one of the Trickster's Brigade. Changes a life in tiny little ways. Most times, the universe just compensates around it, but with you? Great big parallel world."), and is one of a number of coincidences around Donna that indicate how important she is to the entirety of existence (specifically [[spoiler: saving every single universe from being wiped out by the Daleks' RealityBomb]]
** Previously done in "Father's Day" when Rose saves her father from being killed by a hit-and-run driver. In keeping with the combination of ForWantOfANail and InSpiteOfANail that Series/DoctorWho leaps between periodically, saving one man in the past leads to... flying dragon demon things trying to unmake reality.

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** This trope is the central premise of the series 4 episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft "Turn Left", Left"]], exploring all the horrible things that would have happened if Donna had taken a different job three years ago. For example, [[spoiler:the Doctor dies, lots of other companions and allies die, London explodes, and the holocaust happens in England.]] Also, [[spoiler:all of reality is unmade. But this being Doctor Who, that could have happened, anyway.]]
** *** Noted in-episode that this is relatively unusual ("Just got lucky, this thing. It's one of the Trickster's Brigade. Changes a life in tiny little ways. Most times, the universe just compensates around it, but with you? Great big parallel world."), and is one of a number of coincidences around Donna that indicate how important she is to the entirety of existence (specifically [[spoiler: saving every single universe from being wiped out by the Daleks' RealityBomb]]
** Previously done in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay "Father's Day" Day"]] when Rose saves her father from being killed by a hit-and-run driver. In keeping with the combination of ForWantOfANail and InSpiteOfANail that Series/DoctorWho leaps between periodically, saving one man in the past leads to... flying dragon demon things trying to unmake reality.
2nd Mar '17 8:30:13 PM LaptopGuy
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* In ''Series/LabRats'', the events of much of the third season can all trace back to an incident at the end of Season 2 where some kids stole a bunch of laptops.



** Did an episode which shows two versions of the family's trip to the local bowling alley, with one parent taking the older kids while the other stays home with Dewey. Ultimately neither version is better or worse than the other.

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** Did an episode which shows two versions of the family's trip to the local bowling alley, with one parent taking the older kids while the other stays home with Dewey. Ultimately neither version is better or worse than the other.other, with the kids generally being happier with Hal than Lois.
18th Feb '17 2:24:23 PM radical_flyer
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** ''Falling Fast'': the installation of fuel quantity indicators designed for the ATR 42, in the larger ATR 72
30th Jan '17 2:07:41 PM MikeW
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** Flynn himself brings up how things may not change as large as one thinks when, in 1777, he kills General Cornwallis. When Lucy brings up how Cornwallis is supposed to negotiate a peace treaty with the French twenty years from now, Flynn just snaps "so someone else will do it! You see one redcoat, you've seen them all!"

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** Flynn himself brings up notes how things may not change as large as one thinks when, in 1777, he kills General Cornwallis. When Lucy brings up how Cornwallis is supposed to negotiate a peace treaty with the French twenty years from now, Flynn just snaps "so someone else will do it! You see one redcoat, you've seen them all!"
30th Jan '17 2:06:25 PM MikeW
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** Flynn himself brings up how things may not change as large as one thinks when, in 1777, he kills General Cornwallis. When Lucy brings up how Cornwallis is supposed to negotiate a peace treaty with the French twenty years from now, Flynn just snaps "so someone else will do it! You see one redcoat, you've seen them all!"
30th Jan '17 2:03:27 PM MikeW
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** A funny effect is when the team is aided in stopping a Nazi rocket launch by Ian Fleming. When they get back to the present, they discover that Felming used the adventure as the basis of a "new" Sean Connery Bond movie.
** When Flynn tries to ruin the Apollo 11 mission, the team gets Katherine Johnson to help them save the landing. In the present, they see that Johnson was credited on the front pages of newspapers for "single-handedly" saving the astronauts. Rather than live her career in obscurity due to her race, Johnson became the first female flight director of NASA and a major star for the women's lib and civil rights movements.
17th Jan '17 4:08:57 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Maester Aemon mentions that he refused his birthright to become king, so the crown passed to his younger brother, who then passed it to his son the Mad King and inspired Robert's Rebellion. How different might everything have turned out if Aemon had forsaken his vows and taken the job?
17th Jan '17 7:26:42 AM jth
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** Noted in-episode that this is relatively unusual ("Just got lucky, this thing. It's one of the Trickster's Brigade. Changes a life in tiny little ways. Most times, the universe just compensates around it, but with you? Great big parallel world."), and is one of a number of coincidences around Donna that indicate how important she is to the entirety of existence (specifically [[spoiler: saving every single universe from being wiped out by the Daleks' RealityBomb]]
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