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12th May '16 5:50:33 PM malifee
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His behavior throughout the series is that of someone completely detached from the real world--with Ted even having to draw him a chart describing the differences between fantasy and reality--and moreover Dougal's thoughts and words ''do'' occasionally conform to reality and to varying degrees. In addition, many of his behaviors throughout the show are not outright stupid but just plain weird and nonsensical. He only became mentally ill sometime in his adult life, after becoming priest.

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His behavior throughout the series is that of someone completely detached from the real world--with Ted even having to draw him a chart describing the differences between fantasy and reality--and moreover Dougal's thoughts and words ''do'' occasionally conform to reality and to varying degrees. In addition, many of his behaviors throughout the show are not outright stupid but just plain weird and nonsensical. He only became mentally ill sometime in his adult life, after becoming a priest.




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* This may also have to do with the fact that we barely see any parishioners at all throughout 3 series apart from pensioners, which, as any Irish person knows, is TruthInTelevision for small Irish town on the Wesht Coast. In the first episode, Ted tries to work out Mass schedules, and he gives Mass to the nuns in "And God Created Woman", but by series three his parochial duties seem to have fallen by the wayside. Why? Because the Craggy Island population is quite old, meaning most of the inhabitants are too old and infirm or too far away from the church (depending on Craggy Island's nonsensical geography) to attend Mass, with the exception of John and Mary, who tend to be fairly busy and make fewer appearances later on, suggesting they either died or left, and Tom, who doesn't exactly seem the Religious type.



*** Have to scrap that one. He was complaining about how Jack should have been pope instead of a polish man. Pope John Paull II was Polish.

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*** Have to scrap that one. He was complaining about how Jack should have been pope instead of a polish man. Pope John Paull Paul II was Polish.




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** He could easily have been a chaplain for some army unit or another: smiled-upon by the main body of the church in terms of religious support, but with the opportunity for senseless violence.




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**Mrs. Doyle is no more obsessed with offering nourishment to or trying to take care of friends, relatives and acquaintances than the average Irish Mammy/Auntie, as any Irish person could tell you. The reason the series is so popular is because it's very accurate. This troper has had money literally shoved into their hands (and then snatched away by parents who try and give it back) by relatives for birthday money as a child, and witnessed two female relatives struggling to pay for the cups of tea and cake first many, many times. Think of it as a form of taarof.
16th Apr '16 8:43:12 PM nombretomado
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[[WMG: ''FatherTed'' takes place in the same universe as ''Film/TheSnapper''.]]

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[[WMG: ''FatherTed'' ''Series/FatherTed'' takes place in the same universe as ''Film/TheSnapper''.]]
17th Oct '15 5:23:32 PM nombretomado
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Upon meeting ThePope, he screams "He ''did'' kick me up the arse!" and shoves him out of the way. Surely that would be a major strike against him. Or, in a LaserGuidedKarma moment, he gets demoted and [[ReassignedToAntarctica sent to Craggy Island]].

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Upon meeting ThePope, UsefulNotes/ThePope, he screams "He ''did'' kick me up the arse!" and shoves him out of the way. Surely that would be a major strike against him. Or, in a LaserGuidedKarma moment, he gets demoted and [[ReassignedToAntarctica sent to Craggy Island]].
8th Sep '14 12:29:32 PM CynicalBastardo
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* Considering [[NoodleIncident what happened]] [[TheFunInFuneral the one time Dougal did a funeral]], which leads to a hearse on fire inside a grave, this is highly plausible.
7th Jul '14 5:28:32 AM Nathanoraptor
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He talks a bishop out of his faith and turns him into an atheist in a single episode. He manages to finish a funeral with more bodies than he started. His feigned stupidity is the cause of half of Ted's problems.

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He talks a bishop out of his faith and turns him into an atheist a New Ager in a single episode. He manages to finish a funeral with more bodies than he started. His feigned stupidity is the cause of half of Ted's problems.
2nd Jun '14 7:40:34 PM AxelFive
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This would explain her neurotic behaviour, such as her obsession with taking care of Ted, Dougal, and Jack even when they don't want her to.

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This would explain her neurotic behaviour, such as her obsession with taking care of Ted, Dougal, and Jack even when they don't want her to.
to, as well as the fact that she freezes up whenever she thinks about her husband.
2nd Jun '14 7:39:56 PM AxelFive
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[[WMG: Mrs. Doyle had a mental breakdown after her husband died.]]
This would explain her neurotic behaviour, such as her obsession with taking care of Ted, Dougal, and Jack even when they don't want her to.
4th May '14 4:18:39 AM swordfish
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[[WMG: The opening sequence demonstrates some kind of helicopter accident that takes place either before or after the events of the series]]



Following on from above. The whole ‘Why not knock loudly?’ thing in ‘Cigarettes, Alcohol & Rollerblading’ seems to suggest this.

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Following on from above. The whole ‘Why not knock loudly?’ thing in ‘Cigarettes, ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol & Rollerblading’ seems to suggest this.
this.

[[WMG: The opening sequence demonstrates some kind of helicopter accident that takes place either before or after the events of the series]]
28th Apr '14 4:55:45 AM Achaemenid
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** Something that reinforces this is that whenever Dougal is in actual physical danger, he tends to be a lot smarter, such as in "The Mainland", when they are trapped in the caves and Ted winds up the thread his jumper had been spinning (thus stopping them from fining their way out) as he looks on in horror.
14th Mar '14 5:24:47 AM CynicalBastardo
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** Well ''GarthMarenghisDarkplace'' did it.
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