History Series / StElsewhere

6th Feb '16 8:59:33 PM nombretomado
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* CelebrityParadox: Sort of. In the Season 2 episode "Hello and Goodbye", Morrison takes his son to "the bar that inspired ''{{Cheers}}''", but then in the Season 3 episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Cheers]]", Dr. Craig and Dr. Westphall visit the bar from ''Cheers'' where they interact with the characters from the show!
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* CelebrityParadox: Sort of. In the Season 2 episode "Hello and Goodbye", Morrison takes his son to "the bar that inspired ''{{Cheers}}''", ''Series/{{Cheers}}''", but then in the Season 3 episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Cheers]]", Dr. Craig and Dr. Westphall visit the bar from ''Cheers'' where they interact with the characters from the show!
18th Jan '16 1:15:45 PM SenseiLeRoof
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* CatchPhrase: Dr. Craig. "Oh, for crying out loud!". And, occasionally, "This is all you're fault, Ellen".
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* CatchPhrase: Dr. Craig. "Oh, for crying out loud!". And, occasionally, "This is all you're your fault, Ellen".
30th Dec '15 2:57:42 PM Kadorhal
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* BearTrapBed: Mrs. Hufnagel is discovered trapped in her bed like this in a Season 3 episode "Murder, She Rote". For the most part it's treated seriously, but there's also some degree of comedy, as the person who discovers her doesn't take it seriously until he notices she's not responding, and two of the first three doctors he tells about it can't help but chuckle. [[note:It's also played with in that, while the bear-trap bed certainly didn't help things, that wasn't what actually did her in.]]
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* BearTrapBed: Mrs. Hufnagel is discovered trapped in her bed like this in a Season 3 episode "Murder, She Rote". For the most part it's treated seriously, but there's also some degree of comedy, as the person who discovers her doesn't take it seriously until he notices she's not responding, and two of the first three doctors he tells about it can't help but chuckle. [[note:It's [[spoiler:It's also played with in that, while the bear-trap bed certainly didn't help things, that wasn't what actually did her in.]]
30th Dec '15 2:57:04 PM Kadorhal
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* BearTrapBed
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* BearTrapBedBearTrapBed: Mrs. Hufnagel is discovered trapped in her bed like this in a Season 3 episode "Murder, She Rote". For the most part it's treated seriously, but there's also some degree of comedy, as the person who discovers her doesn't take it seriously until he notices she's not responding, and two of the first three doctors he tells about it can't help but chuckle. [[note:It's also played with in that, while the bear-trap bed certainly didn't help things, that wasn't what actually did her in.]]
15th Sep '15 5:00:40 PM DrImpossible
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* ButtMonkey: Boomer Morrison, ''literally''. ** Let's see, his wife [[spoiler:dies tragically]], his toddler son disappears (but eventually is found), he gets raped during a prison riot by the husband of a former patient in an especially brutal CallBack to Season 1, and then later said rapist escapes prison, stalks Boomer, and finally takes him and his new wife and kids hostage, only to be saved when [[spoiler:Boomer's son, who's around six by now, shoots the rapist dead]].
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* ButtMonkey: ButtMonkey: ** Boomer Morrison, ''literally''. ** Let's see, his Morrison's wife [[spoiler:dies tragically]], his toddler son disappears (but eventually is found), he gets raped during a prison riot by the husband of a former patient in an especially brutal CallBack to Season 1, and then later said rapist escapes prison, stalks Boomer, and finally takes him and his new wife and kids hostage, only to be saved when [[spoiler:Boomer's son, who's around six by now, shoots the rapist dead]].
15th Sep '15 4:59:17 PM DrImpossible
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...Well, until the [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame controversial]] GrandFinale. At the end, as the camera zoomed out to show snow falling on St. Eligius, America discovered the horrible truth about the events they had witnessed over the past six years. This final scene continues to enjoy debate to this day, thanks mostly to the proliferation of crossovers both ''Elsewhere'' and ''Homicide'' enjoyed.
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...Well, until the [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame controversial]] GrandFinale. At the end, as the camera zoomed out to show snow falling on St. Eligius, America discovered the horrible truth about the events they had witnessed over the past six years.years: the camera continues to pan out, showing that the hospital is actually just a model of a hospital in a snowglobe. The events of the past six years (and hundreds of other shows, if you include the web of crossovers that this show famously sits within) are all just the imaginative daydreams of the autistic Tommy Westfall, based on his favourite snowglobe. This final scene continues to enjoy debate to this day, thanks mostly to the proliferation of crossovers both ''Elsewhere'' and ''Homicide'' enjoyed.
17th May '15 10:00:48 PM nombretomado
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* RecycledInSpace: Early ads said it was "''HillStreetBlues'' IN A HOSPITAL!"
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* RecycledInSpace: Early ads said it was "''HillStreetBlues'' "''Series/HillStreetBlues'' IN A HOSPITAL!"
17th Mar '15 8:57:56 AM nombretomado
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* FurryFandom: The Birdman of St. Elsewhere is probably the UrExample in mainstream media. Ironically, he's written with considerably more nuance and sensitivity than most people who think they're animals are written on TV today, now that furry fandom is more widely known and heavily associated with squickiness. The show still used him mostly for laughs, although it avoided making viewers look down their nose at him; so when the Birdman decides [[spoiler:he can fly away from the hospital by jumping off the roof]]...nobody's laughing.
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* FurryFandom: UsefulNotes/FurryFandom: The Birdman of St. Elsewhere is probably the UrExample in mainstream media. Ironically, he's written with considerably more nuance and sensitivity than most people who think they're animals are written on TV today, now that furry fandom is more widely known and heavily associated with squickiness. The show still used him mostly for laughs, although it avoided making viewers look down their nose at him; so when the Birdman decides [[spoiler:he can fly away from the hospital by jumping off the roof]]...nobody's laughing.
9th Mar '15 8:20:37 AM bwburke94
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Officially calling Spoilers Off on the end twist, because the no-spoilers-in-the-lede rule makes the ending impossible to describe otherwise.
As a result, ''St. Elsewhere'' is now remembered as the definitive [[spoiler:AllJustADream]] series, although it can also be seen as [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaking the fourth wall]] (with the [[spoiler:snow globe containing the hospital]] representing the television set containing all the fictional events, as a metaphorical way to finish the story).
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As a result, ''St. Elsewhere'' is now remembered as the definitive [[spoiler:AllJustADream]] AllJustADream series, although it can also be seen as [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaking the fourth wall]] (with the [[spoiler:snow snow globe containing the hospital]] hospital representing the television set containing all the fictional events, as a metaphorical way to finish the story).

* AnyoneCanDie: Not even [[spoiler:Santa Claus]] and [[spoiler:Mimsie, MTM Enterprises' adorable kitten mascot,]] are safe.
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* AnyoneCanDie: Not even [[spoiler:Santa Claus]] and [[spoiler:Mimsie, MTM [[spoiler:Mimsie (MTM Enterprises' adorable kitten mascot,]] mascot)]] are safe.

* BillingDisplacement: Denzel Washington is front and center on the DVD box, despite being a supporting player.

* ChristmasEpisode: A particularly heartwrenching one following the death of [[spoiler:the Craigs' son]], which is also the one where they actually kill off '''[[spoiler:[[AnyoneCanDie Santa Claus himself]]]]!'''
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* ChristmasEpisode: A particularly heartwrenching one following the death of [[spoiler:the Craigs' son]], which is also the one where they actually kill off '''[[spoiler:[[AnyoneCanDie Santa '''[[spoiler:Santa Claus himself]]]]!'''himself]]!'''

* DownerEnding: The finale's reveal that it was an [[spoiler:"AllJustADream" MindScrew]], although that evidently wasn't enough since the credits ''make it worse'' by '''[[spoiler:killing Mimsie, the kitten mascot]]'''. YouBastard. [[note]]To be fair, they just used a photo of a different (not dead) cat lying on its side. Mimsie [[FunnyAneurysmMoment did die later that year, though.]][[/note]]
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* DownerEnding: The finale's reveal that it was an [[spoiler:"AllJustADream" MindScrew]], AllJustADream, although that evidently wasn't enough since the credits ''make it worse'' by '''[[spoiler:killing Mimsie, the kitten mascot]]'''. YouBastard. [[note]]To [[labelnote:Spoiler note]]To be fair, they just used a photo of a different (not dead) cat lying on its side. Mimsie [[FunnyAneurysmMoment did die later that year, though.]][[/note]]]][[/labelnote]]

* GainaxEnding: One of the most famous examples; [[spoiler: the whole show was just the imagination of an autistic kid]]. [[FlatWhat What]].
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* GainaxEnding: One of the most famous examples; [[spoiler: examples: the whole show was just the imagination of an autistic kid]].kid. [[FlatWhat What]].

* LogoJoke: The MTM kitten (Mimsie) meows while in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykx8KoILomU surgical outfit]], which is adorable. At the very end of the GrandFinale, while the audience is still reeling from the epic [[spoiler:DownerEnding-AllJustADream MindScrew]] of a final scene, she [[spoiler:'''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fce6tlwwjQo flatlines and dies]]''']]. YouBastard.
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* LogoJoke: The MTM kitten (Mimsie) meows while in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykx8KoILomU surgical outfit]], which is adorable. At the very end of the GrandFinale, while the audience is still reeling from the epic [[spoiler:DownerEnding-AllJustADream MindScrew]] of a infamous final scene, she [[spoiler:'''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fce6tlwwjQo flatlines [[spoiler:flatlines and dies]]''']].dies]]. YouBastard.

* SchrodingersButterfly: Are all the shows this show had crossovers with a part of [[spoiler: Tommy Westphall's imagination?]] * SeriesContinuityError: In a Season 2 episode, Dr. Westphall tells a family that he doesn't believe in taking comatose patients off of life support, and yet in the Season 4 WholeEpisodeFlashback "Time Heals", he is shown [[spoiler:personally disconnecting his brain-dead wife from life support]], which happened several years before the events of the Season 2 episode!
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* SchrodingersButterfly: Are all the shows this show had crossovers with a part of [[spoiler: Tommy Westphall's imagination?]] imagination? * SeriesContinuityError: In a Season 2 episode, Dr. Westphall tells a family that he doesn't believe in taking comatose patients off of life support, and yet in the Season 4 WholeEpisodeFlashback "Time Heals", he is shown [[spoiler:personally disconnecting his doing it to [[spoiler:his brain-dead wife from life support]], wife]], which happened several years before the events of the Season 2 episode!
8th Nov '14 9:14:51 AM glickmam
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* DemotedToExtra: Joan Halloran (Nancy Stafford), an administrator brought in by the City of Boston to improve efficiency at the hospital, goes from a regular character in the opening credits in season 2 and having major clashes with Drs. Westphall, Auschlander, and Craig, as well as having a romance arc with Bobby Caldwell, to a recurring character in season 3. Halloran's screen time would continue to be reduced until she ultimately got PutOnABus after Stafford left to play Michelle Thomas on ''Series/{{Matlock}}''.
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