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[[caption-width-right:350: From left to right: Ashley, Brad, Criquette and Brett]]

-> [[RuleOfFunny All of this is of a rarely seen insignificance.]]''
-->-- '''Brad Montgomery''', ''The fabulous Ball of the Montgomery family'', last episode of the series

This comedy show originated from various skits in the French Canadian program ''[=Le Grand Blond avec un show sournois=]'', which parodied various SoapOpera tropes through the lives of fictional archetypes of this kind of genre. The skits proved so popular that these characters finally got their very own TV series ; so was born ''Le Coeur A Ses Raisons''.

The show is entirely dominated by RuleOfFunny and is willingly trying to be [[StylisticSuck absolutely terrible in terms of quality, in an hilarious way]]. Every single trope originating from soap operas is mercilessly parodied, although the creators confess that sometimes they failed to attain the degree of ridicule some actual soap opera shows possess.

The show more than often verges on absurd humour, surrealism and postmodernism. However it also has its own plotlines and shocking twists, as strange as they may be, and many spectators actually grew to like the stereotypical characters. With three seasons, the show was cancelled after the [[HolyShitQuotient incredible]] [[TwistEnding revelation]] of the series finale, due to lower ratings. However, good DVD sales and the growing legacy of the show have convinced the network to get a fourth season back in the works.

See also the [[Characters/LeCoeurASesRaisons Character Sheet.]]
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!!This show provides examples of
* ActorAllusion:
-->'''Crystale to Peter''': "But you're an actor, right? Why are you wearing a wig?"
* AirVentPassageway : In the third episode of the show, Ashley, Brett and Peter want to leave the hospital as fast as possible. Having to chose between the door ("simple, efficient, probably infallible") and the air-vent passageway ("complicated, completely inefficient and potentially dangerous") they chose the latter. Worst, after that escape, they find themselves at the starting point and chose the air-vent '''again'''.
* BackFromTheDead: One of the early exploits of the show was to kill off every single character in the first season's finale, only to see them resurrected in the second season. The shocking twist was actually that one character ''did'' die in the earthquake. The show pulled it off in a more classic way with Brittany and Brenda, who died in one season but returned in another through convoluted explanations. Granted, whe had not really seen their respective death scenes per se.
* BackupTwin: Parodied with the return of Peter in trying to explain why the twin hadn't been mentioned before. Peter n°1 and Peter n°2 had the misfurtone of having the same clothes, so, when one wanted to go out, the other had to stay at home in his underwear.
* BlindDriving: A temporarily blind Brett once drove a car, agitating his white cane from out of the window and warning poeple to get out of his way by shouting. He is as dangerous as this sounds.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: From Ridge, after being beaten up by a big Manitoban for extensively insulting them live on his newscast:
-->"I only fear fat Manitobans. And intimacy. But mostly the fat Manitobans. And perhaps intimacy with fat Manitobans."
* BrickJoke: A whole truckload of them. Some examples:
** At the end of the first season, [[spoiler:everybody gets hit by a woodbeam during the earthquake]]. Near the end of season 2, Ashley gets hit by another one just as she was reanimated. Brett comments that the beams ''really'' aren't sturdy.
** Brenda's champagne flutes in ''Attack in St Andrews''
** "Maracas!"
* BuriedAlive: [[spoiler:Brett]] had to face this delicate situation in the show's second season. He got better, thanks.
* ButtMonkey: Poor, poor Madge. Over the course of the show, she got punched countless amounts of times, run over by a car, shot with tranquilizer darts, crushed thrice by a safe, sprayed with teargas, hit with a car muffler and many, ''many'', '''many''' more.
* CallingYourAttacks: A CatFight between Criquette and Brenda features this, complete with dramatically echoing voices.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: Some of the episode endings. Played for laugh of course.
* ConverseWithTheUnconscious: Lampshaded when Brett says he probably look ridiculous talking to Criquette while sheís unconscious. She nods.
* ChalkOutline: In an early episode, Criquette freaks out at the restaurant as everything in the place reminisced her about her murder attempt from some weeks prior: the walls, the tables... and even the silhouette of her body on the floor. Though it turned out that the silhouette rather was of a food poisoning victim.
* ChristmasSpecial: The Montgomery decide to make a Christmas TV show... in April. Because Christmas magic lasts all year long!
* CleanPrettyChildbirth: There are two births on the show, both of which leave the mothers with their make up and hair flawless, their clothes (ans even shoes) on, and almost no pain: [[spoiler: Becky]] just keeps saying in a monotone voice that she is in pain, and Criquette's baby literally springs out of her.
--> '''Becky:''' He was born in pajamas!
* CreditsGag: There are two InUniverse examples:
** In the first episodes of the series, the credits of news program ''Info Action 24/7'' consist in an endless list of preposterous roles ("Bitter majorette sinking in alcoholism", "Helmet-less but nonetheless prudent cyclist", etc), all being performed by Ridge Taylor. The sole exception being "Mr Ridge Taylor is dressed by: ''his mother''".
** The credits of Brett's medical drama ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly named "Medical Drama"]]) consist ''solely'' of the word "Credits" scrolling upwards.
* DeathIsCheap: Parodied.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Brenda revealing her evil plans while Criquette right beside her. She was talking to the camera, so she probably thought Criquette could not hear her.
* DumbBlonde: Ashley and Googy, but most notably Megan.
* EverythingIsBetterWithPenguins: Subverted. When at the North Pole, Britany was enraptured to see a penguin and ran to get closer to it... much to the horror of Brett as the penguin was in fact a nun (which hilariously was perceived as life-threatening).
* EvilLaugh: Brenda and Becky share one in season two.
* EvilTwin: Brad and Brenda both went to some extremes to get rid of their brother Brett. And yet in the finale they '''still''' go along.
* {{Flashback}}: Nearly every episode has at least one flashback. They begin with a bright white light and feature a distinct music that only plays during those. It, of course, is ''always'' played with, the characters are well aware of them and "gaze" at the flashbacks to trigger them. Ashley even claimed once [[BlindedByTheLight that her eyes hurt because of the flashback's white light effects]] an put on sunglasses before the next flashback was triggered. One episode even has a FlashbackWithinAFlashback (that of course is lampshaded by Criquette ''within'' the first flashback).
--> "You'll notice that this is a flashback within a flashback."
* ForInconveniencePressOne: Happens twice in the series:
** When Brad calls the emergencies as [[spoiler:Becky]] goes into labour (in the end, the interactive voice response would tell him to stop bothering them and to hang up)
** Brenda also comes across an exceptionally bizarre and hilarious one while trying to give a simple phone call to Becky.
* GagBoobs: Oh so much. From Criquette's and Ashley's inflatable breasts to Britany's pointy ones.
* GagDub: The show actually manages to be a gag dub of itself. There are two reasons for this; the first to stick with the traditional reputation of soap operas in Québec, the actors do not speak with a Quebecian accent but with a French one, since most of these shows are dubbed in France. The only character with a Canadian accent is Brad. Criquette tries to pull off a French accent and constantly fails at it, making some of her words unintelligible in the process (you have to speak French to understand how it's funny). Secondly, most of these shows are usually English ones, often badly translated. Therefore the writers of the show modify the wordings of the character's sentences in order to make them sound badly translated from English... although the characters do speak French in the first place. For example the characters always say "je vais quitter" (I'm going to break off) instead of "je vais partir" (I'm going to leave), which seems like a common bad translation of "I'm going to leave" where "to leave" can mean "to break off" or "to exit a place" depending on the context.
* InstantSedation:
** When Megan tries to chloroform Criquette. Criquette is completely unfazed, and warns Megan that her chloroform doesn't work at all. Megan therefore curiously sniffs her rag and instantly falls unconscious. And she does it twice more over the course of the episode.
** Happens when Madge and Brenda are shot with tranquilizing darts.
* JerkAss: Ridge.
* LampshadeWearing: A deleted scene parodies this: by just taking a puny sip of alcohol, Brett acts completely drunk and quickly places a lampshade on his head.
--> "Whoopity Whappitty WOW! Quick! A lampshade!" ''[Dances wildly]''
* LatexPerfection: Played straight then parodied: when Brad reveals that he used one to pass as Lewis to spy on his wife Becky, she reveals that she wasn't Becky. She proceeds to tear off her own mask to show that she was... Becky. Brock even tells her that is was a very bad choice for a mask.
* LineOfSightName: "My colleague, Doctor... Bedside Lamp. Who studied at Bedside Lamp University of Texas. Married to Mrs. Beside Lamp Bedside Lamp."
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Madge is Brett's mother.]]
* MedicalDrama : Brett, Ashley and Crystale played in a Medical Drama aptly named... ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Medical Drama]]''.
* {{Melodrama}}: Many jokes are based on the character's complete overreaction to mundane events (like the entire episode on a lack of pitchers).
* MachoMasochism: Peter Malboro suffers from a rather extreme case of this trope. For example, he once refuse to take a seat in a car running at high speed in order to prove his masculinity... by staying on the car's ''roof'' instead.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Becky, Brenda]]
* NoFourthWall: The source of a boatload of gags. The characters are constantly commenting on how the series' special effects are superb ([[SpecialEffectFailure when they are absolutely pathetic]]), are aware of the series' soundtrack, bump into the cameras, etc. In the series finale, Clifford even ''goes out of the scene into the backstage'', with Criquette protesting as it "destroys the illusion".
* NoBudget: It's a parody of a No Budget soap opera.
* NoRespectGuy: Madge is mistreated by basically the entire cast: Brett sees her as a depraved woman and Criquette continuously mistreats her.
* OcularGushers: Invoked by Ashley, who warns Peter that she is about to "cry with the same intensity as a Japanese cartoon character" before doing just that.
* OrphanedPunchline:
** In the second season, Britany goes on a seemingly hours-long rant about how she survived after being sucked in quicksand. We never hear anything she says except from the very end: "Finally, I gave birth in a submarine, and my fourth finger grew back!".
** A deleted scene from the same episode shows another sequence of the same kind, this time about an anecdote about dancing. The end of it? "And so my voice managed to open the space shuttle's landing gear, and my duck à l'orange was a success!"
* OverlyLongGag
* OverlyLongName: Doug Doug Skippy Bob Dracula Perceval Trevor Ricky Jack Lancelot Baby Bat Benny Benny Bo Benny Bananana Bo Benny Benny Bo Benny Montgomery-Rockwell.
* PaperThinDisguise: Used rather often, but the most shining example hails from a scene from the third season, when Brett masqueraded as sister Brenda ''solely'' by putting a name tag reading "Brenda" on his suit. And it '''worked'''.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The series ends with Brett's grandpa revealing that [[ButtMonkey Madge]] is Brett's mother.]]
* ScrabbleBabble: Parodied in one scene where Criquette and Brett play together. Apparently, the "wqt", the "ffiffu", the "zzz" and the "txtxtx" all are nocturnal aquatic animals. Hmm. That being said, in a later episode, Becky's answering machine mentioned the wqt and gave the same definition than Criquette did when playing Scrabble, so it ''might'' be a real animal in the series' world.
* ShovelStrike: Such fate befalls poor Madge twice, ''in the same night''. Earlier in the show, Criquette had Madge write a letter where she formulated a plan to ''murder'' her that exact same way.
* ShowDontTell: The characters often tell the audience about how they feel instead of showing it. Sometimes they do both.
* ShowWithinAShow : There are lots, including the news report ''Info Action 24/7'', ''Medical Drama'', ''Help, Youíre Ugly!'', ''Brettís Dictation'' and ''Name a Number from 1 to 10''.
* {{Slapstick}}: A prominent source of gags in the show.
* SomeCallMeTim: Brett and Criquette's son full name is Doug Doug Skippy Bob Dracula Perceval Trevor Ricky Jack Lancelot Baby Bat Benny Benny Bo Benny Bananana Bo Benny Benny Bo Benny Montgomery-Rockwell. They usually go with Doug Doug Skippy Bob Dracula Perceval. Hopefully, one can call him simply Doug Doug.
* SplitScreenPhoneCall: A staple, and of course almost always played with.
* SuperDoc: Brett is a gynecologist, but is only seen performing actual gynecology ''once'' [[spoiler: to help Criquette in her ridiculously easy childbirth]]. The rest of the time, he's considered to also be an expert in psychiatry, first aid, pneumology, open surgeries and God knows what else.
--> '''Brett:''' As you all know, my formation as a gynecologist taught me the language of dolphins.
--> '''Ashley:''' Yes, we all knew it.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: The characters keep saying out loud how they feel to make sure the audience understands.
-->'''Criquette:''' "Iím sad. You can understand that I am sad, because Iím crying while holding my sisterís picture."
* ThemeNaming : [[ThemeTwinNaming The triplets]] Brad, Brett and Brenda,[[AlphabeticalThemeNaming obviously]]. This had led EpilepticTrees to consider Brock, Brooke and Britanny as their possible estranged siblings.
* ThinkingOutLoud: They all do this quite often, sometimes leading to some characters telling their evil plans out loud for everyone to hear. See DidIJustSayThatOutLoud.
* TightropeWalking: Subverted. Ridge is supposed to do such an act at the Telethon, but because of insurances, he will have to execute it on the ground. Which he does. And ''fails''.
* TimeShiftedActor: They tried (as a parody, of course) to invoke this with Chris, Becky's baby, despite the fact that only a few months have passed in-universe. Except that...
-->'''Becky:''' When I left, Chris was a boy. A black boy.
-->'''Brad:''' Yes, but [[HandWave children change so fast]], now she's a white girl.
* TokenMinority: Brock Steel.
* UnexplainedRecovery: How [[spoiler:Brett]] got out of his coffin during the second season remains unseen. He even lampshades it (breaking the fourth wall in the process) by telling that if his life was a TV show, every detail of this spectacular evasion would be included in the DVD edition. Which wasn't even the case.
* WhamLine: Parodied in the season finale after Brett givs a speech about his family giving him support.
--> '''Clifford:''' This is not your mother! (referring to Crystale)
--> '''Brett:''' What did he say?
--> '''Criquette:''' He said "This is not your mother"!
--> '''Clifford:''' This is your mother! ''[points to [[spoiler: Madge]]]''
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