History Series / WaitingForGod

21st Sep '16 3:46:15 PM Oberoniss
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The main character is the ever cynical retired photojournalist Diana Trent, who spent her working life documenting the most momentous and dangerous events of the times. The story mostly focuses on her relationship with Tom Ballard, a retired accountant who is rapidly losing his marbles, although to what extent he plays it up is unclear. Diana is at Bayview because a life of action and adventure has left her without any family, aside from her niece, and Tom is there because his family wanted rid of him.

Diana's frustration at the prospect of years of being alternately patronised and ignored at Bayview is vented at the management of the retirement home and Tom's ungrateful family, seeking to score moral victories against them at every opportunity while blackmailing the managing directors of Bayview to prevent them throwing her out. Her niece has a much better relationship with her than Tom's family has with him, but the relationship is distant and rather one sided with her niece doing most of the work.

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The main character is the ever cynical retired photojournalist Diana Trent, who spent her working life documenting the most momentous and dangerous events of the times. The story mostly focuses on her relationship with Tom Ballard, a retired accountant who is rapidly losing seems to have [[CloudCuckooLander lost most of his marbles, although marbles,]] though to what extent he plays it up is unclear. isn't quite clear. Diana is at has retired to Bayview because a life of action and adventure has left her without she lacks any family, relatives aside from her niece, and Tom is there because his family wanted rid son and daughter-in-law have finally tired of him.

his antics and want him to move out of their house.

Diana's frustration at the prospect of years of being alternately patronised and ignored at Bayview is vented at the management of the retirement home (the sleazy Harvey Bains and the mousy Jane Edwards) and Tom's ungrateful family, seeking to score moral victories against them at every opportunity while blackmailing the managing directors of Bayview to prevent them throwing her out. Her niece has a much better relationship with her than Tom's family has with him, but the relationship is distant and rather one sided with her niece doing most of the work.



* AmbiguouslyHuman: Harvey, according to Diana.

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* %%* AmbiguouslyHuman: Harvey, according to Diana.



* BlackComedy: And '''how'''.
* TheChewToy: No one likes Marian, and seeing her reaction to being outright insulted can be quite entertaining. Because of her personality and the way she treats the other characters, the audience isn't encouraged to sympathize with her. She does have a few sympathetic moments, but her character remains unchanged [[spoiler: even after she gets into the new age ideas.]]
* CloudCuckoolander: Tom, most certainly. He's got his head in the clouds so often that when he makes a genuinely valid point, everyone thinks that is a sign he ''has'' lost his mind.
** There is one time when Tom explains that he's fully aware he's living in a fantasy world. He points out that in the real world he's old, sick, and in constant pain, while in his fantasies he's a dashing, young hero having marvelous adventures.

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* %%* BlackComedy: And '''how'''.
* TheChewToy: No one likes Marian, Marion, and seeing her reaction to being outright insulted can be quite entertaining. Because of her personality and the way she treats the other characters, the audience isn't encouraged to sympathize with her. She does have a few sympathetic moments, but her character remains unchanged [[spoiler: even after she gets into the new age New Age-y ideas.]]
* CloudCuckoolander: Tom, most certainly. He's got his head in the clouds so often that when he makes a genuinely valid point, everyone thinks that is a sign he ''has'' lost his mind.
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mind. There is one time when Tom explains that he's fully aware he's living in a fantasy world. He points out that in the real world he's old, sick, and in constant pain, while in his fantasies he's a dashing, young hero having marvelous adventures.



* CoolOldLady: Diana, in ''spades''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Harvey Baines.
* DeadpanSnarker: Diana, and she's ''quite'' good at it, as this exchange from the show's very '''first''' episode makes clear.

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* %%* CoolOldLady: Diana, in ''spades''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Harvey Baines.
Bains, who would be running Bayview at a profit and milking as much dosh out of the residents as possible if not for Diana and Tom.
* DeadpanSnarker: Diana, and she's ''quite'' good at it, as this exchange from the show's very '''first''' first episode makes clear.



* DirtyOldMan: Basil Makepeace, who prefers to introduce himself as "Bayview's Resident Stud"
* DirtyOldWoman: Several. When they start to make their moves on Tom, Diana explains that this is all because women simply live longer than men so they have to work harder to find a man at their ages. She then explains that working harder can also mean gouging out the eyes of any hussy who looks at your man. They go back to chasing Basil.
** Harvey's mother definitely counts.
-->'''Mrs Bains:''' It was so dull in there I had to fight down an urge to jump on the table and shout "[[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish Bum!]]" and then follow it up with a display of the same.

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* DirtyOldMan: Basil Makepeace, who prefers to introduce himself as "Bayview's Resident Stud"
* DirtyOldWoman: Several. When they start to make their moves on Tom, Diana explains that this is all because women simply live longer than men so they have to work harder to find a man at their ages. She then explains that working harder can also mean gouging out the eyes of any hussy who looks at your man. They go back to chasing Basil.
** Harvey's mother definitely counts.
-->'''Mrs Bains:''' It was so dull in there I had to fight down an urge to jump on the table
Stud" and shout "[[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish Bum!]]" and then follow it up flirts with a display of the same.anything remotely feminine no matter her age.



* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Tom's son Geoffrey is so boring that he thinks shelving is fascinating, and his wife Marian is so wild that she sleeps with literally anyone, drinks and drugs herself so much that she is almost permanently comatose, and is so selfish she actually wishes death on Tom so that she can get his money.



* LoveAtFirstSight: Jane describes how she fell in love with Harvey as this.
* LoveMartyr: Jane thinks of herself as this.

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* %%* LoveAtFirstSight: Jane describes how she fell in love with Harvey as this.
* %%* LoveMartyr: Jane thinks of herself as this.



* VideoInsideFilmOutside: (If you count their veranda as "inside")
* VerySpecialEpisode: Most of the series, actually, but some episodes stand out more than others. There's one where Tom suffers from a blocked urinary tract from an enlarged prostate and is too embarrassed to tell anyone. Cue humorous scenes of Diana thinking Tom is hiding an affair ending up in a true emergency followed by the long speech from Diana scolding Tom for not letting anyone know he was ill (addressed to the audience really). Other episodes deal with Diana seriously wanting to commit suicide when she is convinced she has cancer and another where Diana does not take her Diabetes seriously and ends up terribly ill.

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* %%* VideoInsideFilmOutside: (If you count their veranda as "inside")
* VerySpecialEpisode: Most of the series, actually, but some episodes stand out more than others. There's one where Tom suffers from a blocked urinary tract from an enlarged prostate and is too embarrassed to tell anyone. Cue humorous scenes of Diana thinking Tom is hiding an affair ending up in a true emergency followed by the long speech from Diana scolding Tom for not letting anyone know he was ill (addressed to the audience really). Other episodes deal with Diana seriously wanting to commit suicide when she is convinced she has cancer and another where Diana does not take her Diabetes diabetes seriously and ends up terribly ill.



* WeWantOurJerkBack: Diana finally drives the odious Bayview manager Harvey Baines into an asylum [[spoiler:or so everyone thought; he was just faking it]] and while everyone hates Harvey, they are still mad at her for doing it but that part's more the next trope.
* WhatTheHellHero: The aforementioned arc in which Diana manages to drive Harvey Baines mad.

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* WeWantOurJerkBack: Diana finally drives the odious Bayview manager Harvey Baines Bains into an asylum [[spoiler:or so everyone thought; he was just faking it]] and while everyone hates Harvey, they are still mad at her for doing it but that part's more the next trope.
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* WhatTheHellHero: The aforementioned arc in which Diana manages to finally drive Harvey Baines mad.mad. [[spoiler: Harvey's faking it, of course, but the backlash against Diana is considerable.]]



* YourMom: From Jane to Harvey, in Korean: "Your mother slept with a tiger!" [[spoiler:It's a Korean proverb.]]

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* YourMom: From Jane to Harvey, in Korean: "Your mother slept with a tiger!" [[spoiler:It's a Korean proverb.compliment.]]
7th Jan '16 8:30:39 PM Eniena
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* AscendedExtra: Basil Makepeace is a prime example of this. He originally started off as a background character with very few lines. His presence is more developed in series 2 but it's not until series 3 that he truly becomes a major character going so far as to help Diana and Tom in their adventures as well as becoming a well-established friend of the latter.

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* AscendedExtra: Basil Makepeace is a prime example of this. He originally started off as a background character with very few lines. His presence is more developed in series 2 but it's 2. It's not until series 3 that he truly becomes turns into a major character going so far as to help Diana and Tom in their adventures as well as plus becoming a well-established friend of the latter.
7th Jan '16 8:24:03 PM Eniena
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* {{Narcissist}}: Harvey Baines is a textbook case of this as his constant self-worship and efforts to please himself showcase. The constant threats Harvey's behavior results in for the residents of Bayview are often the main plot points of episodes.

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* {{Narcissist}}: Harvey Baines is a textbook case of this as his constant self-worship and efforts to please himself showcase. show. The constant threats Harvey's behavior results in causes for the residents of Bayview are often the main plot points crux of episodes.episode plots.
11th Nov '15 8:57:58 AM princessofthedeadsheep
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* TheChewToy: No one likes Marian, and seeing her reaction to being outright insulted can be quite entertaining. Because of her personality and the way she treats the other characters, the audience isn't encouraged to sympathize with her. She does have a few sympathetic moments, but her character remains unchanged.

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* TheChewToy: No one likes Marian, and seeing her reaction to being outright insulted can be quite entertaining. Because of her personality and the way she treats the other characters, the audience isn't encouraged to sympathize with her. She does have a few sympathetic moments, but her character remains unchanged. unchanged [[spoiler: even after she gets into the new age ideas.]]


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*LoveMartyr: Jane thinks of herself as this.
8th Nov '15 2:04:04 PM princessofthedeadsheep
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* AllTakeAndNoGive: A good portion of the relationship between Jane and Harvey, professionally and personally.

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* AllTakeAndNoGive: A good portion of the relationship between Jane and Harvey, professionally and personally.personally, with Harvey being the Taker.
8th Nov '15 2:02:34 PM princessofthedeadsheep
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*AllTakeAndNoGive: A good portion of the relationship between Jane and Harvey, professionally and personally.


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*TheChewToy: No one likes Marian, and seeing her reaction to being outright insulted can be quite entertaining. Because of her personality and the way she treats the other characters, the audience isn't encouraged to sympathize with her. She does have a few sympathetic moments, but her character remains unchanged.


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*LoveAtFirstSight: Jane describes how she fell in love with Harvey as this.
7th Oct '15 11:27:28 PM Eniena
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* Narcissist: Harvey Baines is a textbook case of this as his constant self-worship and efforts to please himself showcase. The constant threats Harvey's behavior results in for the residents of Bayview are often the main plot points of episodes.

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* Narcissist: {{Narcissist}}: Harvey Baines is a textbook case of this as his constant self-worship and efforts to please himself showcase. The constant threats Harvey's behavior results in for the residents of Bayview are often the main plot points of episodes.
7th Oct '15 11:26:18 PM Eniena
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* Narcissist: Harvey Baines is a textbook case of this as his constant self-worship and efforts to please himself showcase. The constant threats Harvey's behavior results in for the residents of Bayview are often the main plot points of episodes.
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Harvey Bains.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Harvey Bains.Baines.
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* AscendedExtra: Basil Makepeace is a prime example of this. He originally started off as a background character with very few lines. His presence is more developed in series 2 but it's not until series 3 that he truly becomes a major character going so far as to help Diana and Tom in their adventures as well as becoming a well-established friend of the latter.
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