History Series / PerfectStrangers

1st Nov '17 11:55:33 AM StClair
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* NiceMeanandInBetween: The first two series had Balki (Nice), Mr. Twinkacetti (Mean), and Larry (In Between). Subsequent episodes had Mr. Gorpley filling the Mean role.

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* NiceMeanandInBetween: NiceMeanAndInBetween: The first two series had Balki (Nice), Mr. Twinkacetti (Mean), and Larry (In Between). Subsequent episodes had Mr. Gorpley filling the Mean role.
1st Nov '17 11:54:28 AM StClair
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* IntoxicationEnsues: Suffering from a terrible cold on the eve of a big date, with all other options exhausted, Larry agrees to take "the Mypos Cure." Balki mixes up a batch of the [[GargleBlaster awful potion]] for Larry, who forces himself to gulp it down when Balki leaves the room... and returns with a tiny spoon, the intended dosage for a single person. Larry just has time to tell Balki, "I can see ''through'' you" before he [[NonSequiturThud passes out]]. He awakens several days later, his date long missed - but hey, his cold is gone!

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* IntoxicationEnsues: Suffering from a terrible cold on the eve of a big date, with all other options exhausted, Larry agrees to take "the Mypos Cure." Balki mixes up a batch of the [[GargleBlaster awful potion]] for Larry, who forces himself to gulp it down when Balki leaves the room... and returns with a tiny spoon, the intended dosage for a single person. Larry just has time to tell Balki, "I can see ''through'' you" before he [[NonSequiturThud passes out]]. He awakens several days ''days'' later, his date long missed - but hey, his cold is gone!



* JerkWithAHeartofGold: Larry on occasion. As greedy and egotistical as he is at times, he's often shown to really care for his cousin, and he's truly in love with Jennifer.

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* JerkWithAHeartofGold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Larry on occasion. As greedy and egotistical as he is at times, he's often shown to really care for his cousin, and he's truly in love with Jennifer.
1st Nov '17 11:52:03 AM StClair
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* IntoxicationEnsues: Suffering from a terrible cold on the eve of a big date, with all other options exhausted, Larry agrees to take "the Mypos Cure." Balki mixes up a batch of the [[GargleBlaster awful potion]] for Larry, who forces himself to gulp it down when Balki leaves the room... and returns with a tiny spoon, the intended dosage for a single person. Larry just has time to tell Balki, "I can see ''through'' you" before he [[NonSequiturThud passes out]]. He awakens several days later, his date long missed - but hey, his cold is gone!



* LemonWackyHello: Suffering from a terrible cold on the eve of a big date, with all other options exhausted, Larry agrees to take "the Mypos Cure." Balki mixes up a batch of the [[GargleBlaster awful potion]] for Larry, who forces himself to gulp it down when Balki leaves the room... and returns with a tiny spoon, the intended dosage for a single person. Larry just has time to declare to Balki, "I can see ''through'' you" before he [[NonSequiturThud passes out]]. He awakens several days later, his date long missed - but hey, his cold is gone!
30th Oct '17 9:34:03 PM LadyNorbert
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* TheCastShowoff: Both Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker sung frequently on the show. Unfortunately it's the main reason why the DVD rights for the show have been hung up for so long.



** This was late in the series as Larry and Balki were shown living in a regular apartment through most of the series, and their promotions to editors in season 7 would've helped.

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** This was late in the series series, as Larry and Balki were shown living in a regular apartment through most of the series, and their promotions to editors in season 7 would've helped.



* IdenticalStranger[=/=]ReplacementGoldfish: Following their break-up, Balki and Mary Ann date carbon copies of their exes. While they are in complete denial about their new partners (though Balki later admits it, after slipping and calling the other woman "Mary Ann"), the dates each immediately recognize the similarity. The episode ends with them getting engaged.

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* IdenticalStranger[=/=]ReplacementGoldfish: Following their break-up, Balki and Mary Ann Anne date carbon copies of their exes. While they are in complete denial about their new partners (though Balki later admits it, after slipping and calling the other woman "Mary Ann"), Anne"), the dates each immediately recognize the similarity. The episode ends with them getting engaged.



* JerkWithAHeartofGold: Larry on occasion. As greedy and egotistical as he is at times, he's often shown to really care for his cousin.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Larry would often brag about things he was actually not very knowledgeable in; subverted on the few occasions where he ''is'' really good at something (golfing, playing poker) and [[CryingWolf most people think he's just blowing smoke]].

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* JerkWithAHeartofGold: Larry on occasion. As greedy and egotistical as he is at times, he's often shown to really care for his cousin.
cousin, and he's truly in love with Jennifer.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Larry would often brag brags about things he was actually not very being knowledgeable in; regarding things when he's actually not; subverted on the few occasions where he ''is'' really good at something (golfing, playing poker) and [[CryingWolf most people think he's just blowing smoke]].



* MoreHypnotizableThanHeThinks: Subverted. During one episode, Larry claims that he can't be hypnotized; he turns out to be right, the hypnotist instead [[HypnoFool entrances Balki by accident]]
* MultinationalShows: Sold to Russia
* NeverWinTheLottery: Larry wins the lottery, but loses the ticket when Balki donated some clothes to charity, including a suit that Larry hid the winning ticket in. After getting it back, it turns out Larry had missed a couple numbers and won a lesser prize.

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* MoreHypnotizableThanHeThinks: Subverted. During one episode, Larry claims that he can't be hypnotized; he turns out to be right, but the hypnotist instead [[HypnoFool entrances Balki by accident]]
accident]].
* MultinationalShows: Sold to Russia
Russia.
* NeverWinTheLottery: Larry wins the lottery, but loses the ticket when Balki donated donates some clothes to charity, including a suit that in which Larry hid had hidden the winning ticket in.ticket. After getting it back, it turns out Larry had missed a couple numbers and won a lesser prize.



* NiceMeanandInbetween: The first two series had Balki (Nice), Mr. Twinkacetti (Mean), and Larry (Inbetween). Subsequent episodes had Mr. Gorpley filling the Mean role.

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* NiceMeanandInbetween: NiceMeanandInBetween: The first two series had Balki (Nice), Mr. Twinkacetti (Mean), and Larry (Inbetween).(In Between). Subsequent episodes had Mr. Gorpley filling the Mean role.



* TwistedChristmas: In the first Christmas episode, various problems get in Larry's way of taking Balki to his folks' home for a "real Christmas". In a later one, Balki invites sourpuss Mr. Gorpley to his and Larry's holiday shindig, where he quickly infuriates the other guests [[spoiler: before offering his tragic backstory]]. In both cases Balki then subverts this trope by being...well, Balki.

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* TwistedChristmas: In the first Christmas episode, ChristmasEpisode, various problems get in Larry's way of taking Balki to his folks' home for a "real Christmas". In a later one, Balki invites sourpuss Mr. Gorpley to his and Larry's holiday shindig, where he quickly infuriates the other guests [[spoiler: before offering his tragic backstory]]. In both cases cases, Balki then subverts this trope by being...being... well, Balki.



* YouLookFamiliar: Creator/SamAnderson (Mr. Gorpley) appeared once in the first season before returning for his more recognized role. Belita Moreno appeared occassionally in the first two seasons as Mrs. Twinkacetti, before playing Lydia later on.

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* YouLookFamiliar: Creator/SamAnderson (Mr. Gorpley) appeared once in the first season before returning for his more recognized role. Belita Moreno appeared occassionally occasionally in the first two seasons as Mrs. Twinkacetti, before playing Lydia later on.later.



27th Oct '17 6:10:26 PM sprspike
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** Larry also has a condescending "Balki, Balki, Balki..." whenever he feels Balki is being overly naive.
3rd Sep '17 9:16:09 PM HarryLevinSolo
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3rd Sep '17 9:12:09 PM HarryLevinSolo
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Creator/{{ABC}} {{Sitcom}} (1986-1993) about [[FunnyForeigner naive immigrant]] Balki Bartokomous, from the fictional European country of [[{{Ruritania}} Mypos]], who comes to live with Larry Appleton, his American cousin whom [[LongLostRelative he's never met]]. Started out as equal parts FishOutOfWater and OddCouple, took an odd turn when the StraightMan stopped being straight (comedically, that is) and started devising [[GetRichQuickScheme deranged schemes]] that would have made Creator/LucilleBall dizzy. At that point, it became the personification of [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism Idealism vs Cynicism]], with Balki's wide-eyed idealism almost always (if not completely always) winning out over Larry's "real-word savvy" cynicism.

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Creator/{{ABC}} {{Sitcom}} (1986-1993) about [[FunnyForeigner naive immigrant]] Balki Bartokomous, from the fictional European Mediterranean country of [[{{Ruritania}} Mypos]], who comes to live with Larry Appleton, his American cousin whom [[LongLostRelative he's never met]]. Started out as equal parts FishOutOfWater and OddCouple, took an odd turn when the StraightMan stopped being straight (comedically, that is) and started devising [[GetRichQuickScheme deranged schemes]] that would have made Creator/LucilleBall dizzy. At that point, it became the personification of [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism Idealism vs Cynicism]], with Balki's wide-eyed idealism almost always (if not completely always) winning out over Larry's "real-word savvy" cynicism.
22nd Jun '17 11:14:00 AM MrItty
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** One episode had Balki physically pick Cousin Larry up to restrain him from his latest ZanyScheme. In annoyance, Larry repeatedly ordered Balki to "Put me down!" Balki tearfully insisted he could not do so, until he finally relented - and proceeded to insult Larry. Larry gave a confused reaction shot for several moments before the clarity struck him, at which point he calmly said, "Balki, *set* me down.". Balki obliged instantly, "Ok", and returned Larry's feet to the floor.
31st May '17 3:53:15 PM BDA1978
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-->'''Balki''': I knew you would....

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-->'''Balki''': (muttering under his breath) I knew you would....
28th Sep '16 12:10:53 AM evknucklehead
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* HypnoFool

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* HypnoFoolHypnoFool: A hypnotist is brought to a party and attempts to get Larry to think and act like he's [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]] at the sound of a bell. Larry plays along, and starts to sing a song that was done by another artist, proving that it doesn't work on him, but Balki starts acting strange around this time. Turns out Balki got hypnotized instead. HilarityEnsues as Larry and the girls try to snap him out of it.
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