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5th Aug '16 9:55:24 PM Duffan
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* [[spoiler: Gert's]] final page in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' shows [[spoiler: her]] heartbeat interspersed between the panels. Then there's a shot of the fatal dagger penetrating [[spoiler: her]] heart, overlapping the line going flat.
28th Jun '16 1:07:50 PM kyojikasshu
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--> ''I can feel your heart beat/ [[DownerEnding For the very last time]]...''
28th Jun '16 12:54:47 PM kyojikasshu
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*** Done in a very odd way during the credits of the last ''Series/StElsewhere'' episode. The MTM cat was shown lying still, flanked by a beeping heart monitor and IV bag. As the theme music ended, the monitor went to flatline instead of the kitty's traditional "Meow!" Yes, the autistic kid killed a kitty...

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*** Done in a very odd way during the credits of the last ''Series/StElsewhere'' episode. The MTM cat was shown lying still, flanked by a beeping heart monitor and IV bag. As the [[SoundtrackDissonance rather upbeat theme music music]] ended, the monitor went to flatline instead of the kitty's traditional "Meow!" Yes, the autistic kid killed a kitty...
28th Jun '16 12:47:01 PM kyojikasshu
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** The sickbay biobed monitor would usually set off an alarm if the readings of the patient in the bed went beyond the normal range of its species (which means a biobed monitor set for human readings would go nuts if Spock got on the bed without the monitor being reset for Vulcans). In the second pilot, however, when Gary Mitchell demonstrates his [[AGodAmI newfound powers]] by willing himself dead for a few seconds, the monitor bottoms out all of the readings and falls silent, only to resume normal readings when he revives himself.
25th Jun '16 2:32:54 AM Morgenthaler
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-> ''[[HellIsThatNoise Beep... beep... beep...beep...]]''
-> '''''[[OhCrap BEEEE]][[TearJerker EEEE]][[HesDeadJim EEEP!]]'''''

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-> ''[[HellIsThatNoise Beep...''Beep... beep... beep...beep...]]''
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-> '''''[[OhCrap BEEEE]][[TearJerker EEEE]][[HesDeadJim EEEP!]]'''''
'''''BEEEE EEEE EEEP!'''''
25th Jun '16 2:26:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* In an episode of WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill, Hank's father Cotton is able to cause a flatline at will using a trick he learned in the military. He does this several times in the episode, so when he actually does die everyone's a little unsure.

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* In an episode of WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill, ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Hank's father Cotton is able to cause a flatline at will using a trick he learned in the military. He does this several times in the episode, so when he actually does die everyone's a little unsure.



* In HotWheelsBattleForce5 Zoom flat-lines. [[MagicAntidote Don't worry,]] he gets better.

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* In HotWheelsBattleForce5 ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5'' Zoom flat-lines. [[MagicAntidote Don't worry,]] he gets better.



* Unless it is a medical procedural like ''{{ER}}'', the progression from a normal heartbeat--through various dysrhythmias and arrhythmias--to a flatline is usually depicted in fiction as unnaturally quick. Unless the patient suffered a catastrophic brain injury, decapitation, or a very high severing of the spinal cord, it usually takes several minutes for a patient to flatline as arrhythmias disrupt the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. Except in rare cases, such as suppression by poisoning, extreme intoxication or extreme hypothermia, it is an extremely rare case that a patient who reaches asystole will be revived.

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* Unless it is a medical procedural like ''{{ER}}'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', the progression from a normal heartbeat--through various dysrhythmias and arrhythmias--to a flatline is usually depicted in fiction as unnaturally quick. Unless the patient suffered a catastrophic brain injury, decapitation, or a very high severing of the spinal cord, it usually takes several minutes for a patient to flatline as arrhythmias disrupt the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. Except in rare cases, such as suppression by poisoning, extreme intoxication or extreme hypothermia, it is an extremely rare case that a patient who reaches asystole will be revived.
11th Jun '16 11:15:54 AM eowynjedi
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* On one episode of ''Series/BarneyMiller'', Dietrich is hooked up to a stress monitor and goes out on a call. Back at the station, the monitor starts going haywire, which alarms everyone, and then flatlines completely, making them assume the worst. Then Dietrich walks back in wearing department sweats--the disturbance was a woman attacking her husband with a fire hose, and in the "crossfire" the sensors shorted out.
19th May '16 10:49:24 PM LinTaylor
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* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', where one of the inventions Peter patents when he takes over his father-in-law's company is the "African-American Heart Monitor". Instead of beeping, it plays a clip of a man saying "Yeah, yeah, yeah"; in place of the familiar flatline sound, the voice simply says "Aw, he dead."
8th May '16 9:04:55 PM nombretomado
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* Used for comedy in one episode of HomeImprovement, Tim Allen takes applies 2 nodes to his chest, beep.....beep.....beep. He starts breathing heavily and tries again, beep..beep..beep..beep. He then puts the nodes on his head to which it flat-lines.

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* Used for comedy in one episode of HomeImprovement, ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Tim Allen takes applies 2 nodes to his chest, beep.....beep.....beep. He starts breathing heavily and tries again, beep..beep..beep..beep. He then puts the nodes on his head to which it flat-lines.



* [[spoiler:Mac Taylor]] on ''{{CSI NY}}''. One of the doctors yells right out "He's flatlining!"
* Done for a little Comedic Sociopathy in ''WillAndGrace.'' Rosario is in the hospital for tonsilitis, and [[RichBitch Karen]] basically assumes she's faking for sympathy. Rosario flatlines, and Karen panics and spills her guts, saying she knew she was sick all along and just couldn't handle the idea of losing her. Rosario (who flatlined, remember) suddenly makes a snarky comment, them mentions that the reader came off her finger.

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* [[spoiler:Mac Taylor]] on ''{{CSI ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''. One of the doctors yells right out "He's flatlining!"
* Done for a little Comedic Sociopathy in ''WillAndGrace.''Series/WillAndGrace.'' Rosario is in the hospital for tonsilitis, and [[RichBitch Karen]] basically assumes she's faking for sympathy. Rosario flatlines, and Karen panics and spills her guts, saying she knew she was sick all along and just couldn't handle the idea of losing her. Rosario (who flatlined, remember) suddenly makes a snarky comment, them mentions that the reader came off her finger.
3rd Apr '16 4:27:39 PM RoseAndHeather
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* The "played for comedy" flatline, as described in the introduction, is actually quite a common occurrence. The electrodes can easily slip off the skin, and since the regular beep volume is usually turned down low, nobody notices the irregular signal on the monitor until the flatline beep (or alternative alert) sounds. So there are many false alarms.

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* The "played for comedy" flatline, as described in the introduction, is actually quite a common occurrence. The electrodes can easily slip off the skin, and since the regular beep volume is usually turned down low, nobody notices the irregular signal on the monitor until the flatline beep (or alternative alert) sounds. So there are many false alarms. It's not uncommon for an annoyed patient ostensibly hooked up to one of these to buzz for a nurse because the flatline tone is interfering with their sleep/TV show/whatever.
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