History ForWantOfANail / LiveActionTV

17th Mar '16 1:04:43 AM Juushika
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* ''Series/Awake'': The show centers on how Michael's life would be different based on a possibly very small change in one event before the start of the show.
** "Kate is Enough" shows how the eponymous character's life would be drastically different if her mother had pushed her just one more time to get through her grief over the death of her sister.
** "Game Day" has a different homicide in each reality, depending on the outcome of a single field goal that determined a football game.
17th Mar '16 12:54:07 AM Juushika
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17th Mar '16 12:53:06 AM Juushika
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* ''Series/Awake'': The show centers on how Michael's life would be different based on a possibly very small change in one event before the start of the show.
** "Kate is Enough" shows how the eponymous character's life would be drastically different if her mother had pushed her just one more time to get through her grief over the death of her sister.
** "Game Day" has a different homicide in each reality, depending on the outcome of a single field goal that determined a football game.
31st Dec '15 1:40:44 AM CassandraLeo
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** This is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]]. when [[spoiler:Joe]] mentions the fact that he would be a different, and worse, person if he had not met Juliana. This is later demonstrated to horrifying effect in a newsreel depicting an AlternateTimeline [[spoiler:in which SS officers, including Joe, cold-bloodedly execute residents of San Francisco, including Frank.]]

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** This is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]]. discussed]] when [[spoiler:Joe]] mentions the fact that he would be a different, and worse, person if he had not met Juliana. This is later demonstrated to horrifying effect in a newsreel depicting an AlternateTimeline [[spoiler:in which SS officers, including Joe, cold-bloodedly execute residents of San Francisco, including Frank.]]
31st Dec '15 1:40:30 AM CassandraLeo
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* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'':
** This is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]]. when [[spoiler:Joe]] mentions the fact that he would be a different, and worse, person if he had not met Juliana. This is later demonstrated to horrifying effect in a newsreel depicting an AlternateTimeline [[spoiler:in which SS officers, including Joe, cold-bloodedly execute residents of San Francisco, including Frank.]]
** There's also the much broader aspect of the CrapsackWorld AlternateHistory setting, which seems to have resulted from UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt's assassination in this setting.
9th Dec '15 1:14:20 PM FlowerofMay
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* ''Series/TheDeadZone'' reveals that, without Bruce to keep him centered, Johnny alienates everyone (they all think he's a quack), Sarah and Walt break up from the strain of dealing with Johnny, and Johnny dies trying to assassinate a politician for the greater good (the latter being how the original novel ends.)
18th Sep '15 7:21:38 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* A DVD special feature from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' called "Bad Karma" was about this. The "nail" in question being if Earl, after losing the lottery ticket in the pilot, watched [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Stewie]] talk about revenge instead of Carson Daily talk about karma. [[FaceHellTurn The result is Earl making a list of people who messed with him in the past,]] rather than people ''he'' messed with. It ends with Catalina getting the lottery ticket, [[ItMakesSenseInContext a bald Joy and Darnell]] running over Earl, and [[HostileShowTakeover Randy taking over the show after Earl's death,]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] [[ActingForTwo Jason Lee playing]] [[{{Squick}} Patty the Day Time Hooker.]]

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* A DVD special feature from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' called "Bad Karma" was about this. The "nail" in question being if Earl, after losing the lottery ticket in the pilot, watched [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Stewie]] talk about revenge instead of Carson Daily talk about karma. [[FaceHellTurn [[FaceHeelTurn The result is Earl making a list of people who messed with him in the past,]] rather than people ''he'' messed with. It ends with Catalina getting the lottery ticket, [[ItMakesSenseInContext a bald Joy and Darnell]] running over Earl, and [[HostileShowTakeover Randy taking over the show after Earl's death,]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] [[ActingForTwo Jason Lee playing]] [[{{Squick}} Patty the Day Time Hooker.]]
18th Sep '15 7:20:51 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* A DVD special feature from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' called "Bad Karma" was about this. The "nail" in question being if Earl, after losing the lottery ticket in the pilot, watched [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Stewie]] talk about revenge instead of Carson Daily talk about karma. [[FaceHellTurn The result is Earl making a list of people who messed with him in the past,]] rather than people ''he'' messed with. It ends with Catalina getting the lottery ticket, [[ItMakesSenseInContext a bald Joy and Darnell]] running over Earl, and [[HostileShowTakeover Randy taking over the show after Earl's death,]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] [[ActingForTwo Jason Lee playing]] [[{{Squick}} Patty the Day Time Hooker.]]
31st Jul '15 9:07:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Friends}}'': Had an episode's opening end with the cast asking themselves how different their lives would have been if they had taken different paths in life, e.g., Ross' wife never leaving him, Chandler quitting his job and becoming a columnist, Monica not losing weight etc. This episode and the next are called "The One That Could Have Been."

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* ''{{Friends}}'': ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Had an episode's opening end with the cast asking themselves how different their lives would have been if they had taken different paths in life, e.g., Ross' wife never leaving him, Chandler quitting his job and becoming a columnist, Monica not losing weight etc. This episode and the next are called "The One That Could Have Been."



* ''{{Primeval}}'': In the Season One finale, while [[AdventurerArchaeologist Nick]] and [[FemmeFatale Helen]] are in the distant past, they accidentally let the offspring of a future predator run wild. When they return, they notice slight changes in the timeline that seem completely unrelated to that one change. Their tiny unnamed department in the Home Office has been turned into a full-fledged Anomaly Research Center. Also, Claudia Brown turns into Jennie Lewis, who, initially, has a completely different personality from Claudia, but later becomes more and more like her.

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* ''{{Primeval}}'': ''Series/{{Primeval}}'': In the Season One finale, while [[AdventurerArchaeologist Nick]] and [[FemmeFatale Helen]] are in the distant past, they accidentally let the offspring of a future predator run wild. When they return, they notice slight changes in the timeline that seem completely unrelated to that one change. Their tiny unnamed department in the Home Office has been turned into a full-fledged Anomaly Research Center. Also, Claudia Brown turns into Jennie Lewis, who, initially, has a completely different personality from Claudia, but later becomes more and more like her.



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* ''UglyBetty'': In one episode, Betty gets knocked out and [[WhatIf dreams of a world where she was born with perfect teeth.]] This slight change results in her being hired as Wilhelmina's assistant leading to Marc being fired and becoming a meek receptionist with a baby, Daniel marrying Amanda leading to her cheating on him with Tyler, Betty becoming an AlphaBitch leading to everyone hating her, Ignacio investing the money he would have spent on her braces leading to him becoming [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense filthy rich with a gambling addiction]] and Hilda being the "ugly sister" leading to [[ItsAWonderfulLife Justin never being born.]]
* A ''{{Warehouse 13}}'' ChristmasEpisode has Pete play with an Artifact (as usual), resulting in him finding himself in a world where he was never born. As a result, Artie never made his escape during the Blood Stone incident in the pilot and was caught by Myka on the charges of attempted assassination. Myka was never made a Warehouse agent and had no reason to go back to visit her parents; thus, her father died of a heart attack having never mended fences with her. With Artie out of the way, [=McPherson=] manages to convince Mrs. Frederick and the Regents that he was framed by Artie and is reinstated. He continues acting in his own interests but, being the top agent, manages to keep it hidden from everyone. Oh, and Claudia is still in the mental hospital, while her brother is trapped between worlds.

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* ''UglyBetty'': ''Series/UglyBetty'': In one episode, Betty gets knocked out and [[WhatIf dreams of a world where she was born with perfect teeth.]] This slight change results in her being hired as Wilhelmina's assistant leading to Marc being fired and becoming a meek receptionist with a baby, Daniel marrying Amanda leading to her cheating on him with Tyler, Betty becoming an AlphaBitch leading to everyone hating her, Ignacio investing the money he would have spent on her braces leading to him becoming [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense filthy rich with a gambling addiction]] and Hilda being the "ugly sister" leading to [[ItsAWonderfulLife Justin never being born.]]
* A ''{{Warehouse ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' ChristmasEpisode has Pete play with an Artifact (as usual), resulting in him finding himself in a world where he was never born. As a result, Artie never made his escape during the Blood Stone incident in the pilot and was caught by Myka on the charges of attempted assassination. Myka was never made a Warehouse agent and had no reason to go back to visit her parents; thus, her father died of a heart attack having never mended fences with her. With Artie out of the way, [=McPherson=] manages to convince Mrs. Frederick and the Regents that he was framed by Artie and is reinstated. He continues acting in his own interests but, being the top agent, manages to keep it hidden from everyone. Oh, and Claudia is still in the mental hospital, while her brother is trapped between worlds.
31st Jul '15 9:06:54 AM Morgenthaler
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*** Oddly enough, this alternate-Angelverse implies that Angel and Doyle kissed. No, really.
*** To clarify, before [[spoiler:he died]], Doyle kissed Cordelia to give her his vision power. However, since Cordelia never joined the group, Angel had to receive the visions instead, Wesley (the only other permanent member of the group in season 1) not being around at the time. Hence....



*** It's also discussed, with the Doctor explaining, once things are normal, that for most people tiny changes like this really do only result in tiny changes to the overall timeline, if any at all. Donna's a special case.



*** In this case, however, it's less "if Pete Tyler survived then flying dragon demon things would try to unmake reality", and more "Rose changing her own past has already screwed up reality, and the flying dragon demon things are trying to keep the rest of the universe from finding out".
*** However, this is explained in that at that moment, there were a pair of Doctors and a pair of Roses, making it "a vulnerable point".



*** Unfortunately, this is all now {{Jossed}} by the revelation that the alternate timeline [[spoiler:was purgatory all along]]!
*** Or it worked but, [[spoiler: destroying the source of all life created a purgatory-like realm.]]



*** The ''actual'' problem was caused by a rift connecting the various universes. The power of the teleportation system (in thousands, if not millions, of iterations) activated it and caused the problems. [[spoiler:Once the rift was sealed, the ResetButton was pressed, and the problems never happened. We never see if the teleport system worked as intended, but at least it wouldn't shift everyone to the next universe.]]
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