History KarmaHoudini / LiveActionTV

18th Jul '17 7:30:27 AM Gojirob
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* In 1968-1970 western drama Here Come The Brides, the Christmas episode had a couple of innocent but frustrating ones. When a baby is set to be born to a couple who have suffered through a couple of crib deaths, two young girls in the town become concerned because they believe a baby born on Christmas will suffer and die by Easter, just like Jesus did. With this InsaneTrollLogic under their belt, they kidnap the newborn and attempt to smuggle it to San Francisco (the show was set in Seattle) where the grownups won't know he's a Christmas baby. In the end, they are convinced the grownups are actually worried about the baby, and so swap it out with the statue of the infant Jesus from the Church Nativity display, where it is found and returned to its parents. When the epilogue comes, the girls are standing smiling by the baby's crib, and the mother even asks them to train the baby's father in changing the diapers, which they did while they had you know, STOLEN her child? The parents were grieving; the townsfolk were spooked and shaken, with even the rational protagonist wondering if this was a sign to give up on the then-growing town, with his usual antagonist urging calm, despite his stake in seeing the protagonists fail. Yet for all this, there is no scene or mention of the girls being punished or chastised or even corrected on their unique interpretation of gospel.
29th Jun '17 2:16:14 PM jjjj2
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* ''Series/TheWire'' seems to be 50/50 with its Karma victims. While the above is probably the best example for the series, there are numerous other complete ''bastards'' (criminal or otherwise) who get away scot free. Life goes on, presumably is the message.

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* ''Series/TheWire'' seems to be 50/50 with its Karma victims. While the above is below are probably the best example for the series, there are numerous other complete ''bastards'' (criminal or otherwise) who get away scot free. Life goes on, presumably is the message.
4th May '17 5:53:03 PM MagBas
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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' : Benjamin Horne does get some karmic retribution from Catherine Martell and suffers a nervous breakdown. However, after he's cleared from suspicion in the Laura Palmer case, neither the police, nor anyone else seem to remember that he's basically been prostituting teenage girls for years, including Laura herself.
4th May '17 12:23:09 PM Typhon
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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' : Benjamin Horne does get some karmic retribution from Catherine Martell and suffers a nervous breakdown. However, after he's cleared from suspicion in the Laura Palmer case, neither the police, nor anyone else seem to remember that he's basically been prostituting teenage girls for years, including Laura herself.
18th Apr '17 2:02:24 PM DaibhidC
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* The killer in the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Belly Speaker". It's not the only time an episode doesn't end with the perpetrator being brought to justice, but usually they're either {{Sympathetic Murderer}}s or recurring foes who get caught eventually. The murderer in this one was not the former, and (given this was back in season one) shows no signs of being the latter.
10th Apr '17 2:26:31 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Double subverted with Arya. After returning the Face she stole to assassinate Meryn Trant it seems like Jaqen and The Waif are going to kill her with poison for her transgressions, only for Jaqen to turn the vial on himself. Then The Waif takes Jaqen's Face as Arya starts to hallucinate that the body has many Faces, ending in her own, before she goes blind.
9th Apr '17 10:40:00 AM dbdude01
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** In Hardwired, Eva Banks rams her car into another woman's car (while the other woman's child was in the passenger seat) then gets out of her car to physically assault the woman. Her reason: the woman accused her son of sexual assault (which was true). When its discovered that Eva's husband molested her son, she stabbed him while he was in handcuffs being led away by police. Not only do the detectives ensure that Eva faces no punishment, Olivia teaches her how to walk away with all of her husband's money.
20th Mar '17 6:08:54 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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** Neatly played with in one episode - the murderer, a prominent American businessman, manages to escape punishment because he is an essential figure in a movement to eventually bring the United States into the UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar. Before he leaves for America, Foyle comes to see him off. The businessman gloatingly triumphs over Foyle, but is quickly cut down to size when Foyle informs him that he's only postponing justice, not escaping it; he's free because of the war, but the war will end one day, and when it does he'll still be a proven murderer - and Foyle will bring him to justice then.

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** Neatly played with in one episode - -- the murderer, a prominent American businessman, manages to escape punishment because he is an essential figure in a movement to eventually bring the United States into the UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar. Before he leaves for America, Foyle comes to see him off. The businessman gloatingly triumphs over Foyle, but is quickly cut down to size when Foyle informs him that he's only postponing justice, not escaping it; he's free because of the war, but the war will end one day, and when it does he'll still be a proven murderer - -- and Foyle will bring him to justice then.then. And indeed, the episode that sees the end of WWII ends with Foyle boarding a ship to America.
13th Mar '17 10:21:16 PM ShorinBJ
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** Armus' punishment for the murder of Tasha Yar is...being left alone again. (Admittedly, this seems to be hell for him but he's no worse off for his encounter with the Enterprise.)

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** Armus' punishment for the murder of Tasha Yar is...being left alone again. (Admittedly, Admittedly, this seems to be hell for him him, but he's no worse off for his encounter with the Enterprise.)
7th Mar '17 4:56:51 PM Nightmask
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** Also applies to one of the main characters: Elliot Stabler routinely (as in nearly once an episode if not more) assaulted suspects, engaged in what qualified as extortion or blackmail to coerce information or compliance out of victims or witnesses and even led his co-workers into becoming co-conspirators in covering up his many many felonies yet manages to leave the unit and retire without ever being held accountable for his long history of criminal behavior.
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