Series / Le Cur a ses Raisons

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From left to right: Ashley, Brad, Criquette and Brett

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 Soap Opera 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 Rule of Funny and is willingly trying to be 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 incredible 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 Character Sheet.

This show provides examples of

  • Actor Allusion:
    Crystale to Peter: "But you're an actor, right? Why are you wearing a wig?"
  • Air-Vent Passageway : 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.
  • Back from the Dead: 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.
  • Backup Twin: 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.
  • Blind Driving: 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.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: 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."
  • Brick Joke: A whole truckload of them. Some examples:
    • At the end of the first season, 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!"
  • Buried Alive: Brett had to face this delicate situation in the show's second season. He got better, thanks.
  • Butt-Monkey: 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.
  • Calling Your Attacks: A Cat Fight between Criquette and Brenda features this, complete with dramatically echoing voices.
  • Cliffhanger: Some of the episode endings. Played for laugh of course.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: Lampshaded when Brett says he probably look ridiculous talking to Criquette while shes unconscious. She nods.
  • Chalk Outline: 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.
  • Christmas Special: The Montgomery decide to make a Christmas TV show... in April. Because Christmas magic lasts all year long!
  • Clean Pretty Childbirth: 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: 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!
  • Credits Gag: There are two In-Universe 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 (aptly named "Medical Drama") consist solely of the word "Credits" scrolling upwards.
  • Death Is Cheap: Parodied.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: 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.
  • Dumb Blonde: Ashley and Googy, but most notably Megan.
  • Everything Is Better With Penguins: 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).
  • Evil Laugh: Brenda and Becky share one in season two.
  • Evil Twin: 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 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 Flashback Within a Flashback (that of course is lampshaded by Criquette within the first flashback).
    "You'll notice that this is a flashback within a flashback."
  • For Inconvenience, Press "1": Happens twice in the series:
    • When Brad calls the emergencies as 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.
  • Gag Boobs: Oh so much. From Criquette's and Ashley's inflatable breasts to Britany's pointy ones.
  • Gag Dub: 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.
  • Hollywood Tourette's: Parodied during Ridge's rambling about how much he deserves a promotion.
    Ridge: [cites many other qualities] "...and I adroitely control my Tourette Syndrom. *suddenly screams like a madman* KILL THE FATSOS WAAHAHARGHHH!"
  • Instant Sedation:
    • 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.
  • Jerk Ass: Ridge.
  • Lampshade Wearing: 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]
  • Latex Perfection: 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.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: "My colleague, Doctor... Bedside Lamp. Who studied at Bedside Lamp University of Texas. Married to Mrs. Beside Lamp Bedside Lamp."
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Madge is Brett's mother.
  • Medical Drama : Brett, Ashley and Crystale played in a Medical Drama aptly named... 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).
  • Macho Masochism: 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.
  • Never Found the Body: Becky, Brenda
  • No Fourth Wall: The source of a boatload of gags. The characters are constantly commenting on how the series' special effects are superb (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".
  • No Budget: It's a parody of a No Budget soap opera.
  • No Respect Guy: Madge is mistreated by basically the entire cast: Brett sees her as a depraved woman and Criquette continuously mistreats her.
  • Ocular Gushers: 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.
  • Orphaned Punchline:
    • 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!"
  • Overly Long Gag
  • Overly Long Name: Doug Doug Skippy Bob Dracula Perceval Trevor Ricky Jack Lancelot Baby Bat Benny Benny Bo Benny Bananana Bo Benny Benny Bo Benny Montgomery-Rockwell.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: 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.
  • The Reveal: The series ends with Brett's grandpa revealing that Madge is Brett's mother.
  • Scrabble Babble: 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.
  • Shovel Strike: 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.
  • Show, Don't Tell: The characters often tell the audience about how they feel instead of showing it. Sometimes they do both.
  • Show Within a Show : There are lots, including the news report Info Action 24/7, Medical Drama, Help, Youre Ugly!, Bretts Dictation and Name a Number from 1 to 10.
  • Slapstick: A prominent source of gags in the show.
  • Some Call Me "Tim": 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.
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: A staple, and of course almost always played with.
  • Super Doc: Brett is a gynecologist, but is only seen performing actual gynecology once 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.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: The characters keep saying out loud how they feel to make sure the audience understands.
    Criquette: "Im sad. You can understand that I am sad, because Im crying while holding my sisters picture."
  • Theme Naming : The triplets Brad, Brett and Brenda,obviously. This had led Epileptic Trees to consider Brock, Brooke and Britanny as their possible estranged siblings.
  • Thinking Out Loud: They all do this quite often, sometimes leading to some characters telling their evil plans out loud for everyone to hear. See Did I Just Say That Out Loud?.
  • Tightrope Walking: 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.
  • Time-Shifted Actor: 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 children change so fast, now she's a white girl.
  • Token Minority: Brock Steel.
  • Unexplained Recovery: How 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.
  • Wham Line: 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 Madge]

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