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Help MeTru Calling is an American Spec-Fi series that aired on the Fox network from 2003-05. Despite grabbing a large cult following, the show was sadly cancelled.Tru Davies (Eliza Dushku) is a hot young morgue worker who one day discovers she can hear the voices of the recently deceased. And they pretty much only say one (surprisingly cryptic) thing: "Help Me". This triggers a time reset to before they died, and Tru uses everything she knows about the deceased and her own skills in an attempt to save them. This also affords her the opportunity to fix mistakes in her and her brother's lives and to make sure she never progresses with her love interest by resetting any positive development.The plot - already surprisingly unpredictable at times - livened up late in the series with the addition of characters working against Tru's efforts, which eventually brought into question whether or not Tru's alterations to the timeline were really all that ethical. Many tantalizing twists and plot points were promised, but its untimely cancellation means we will neverTru-ly know...
The Bad Guy Wins: In some episodes where Jack Harper is present. (Though whether he's really the bad guy is left up in the air.)
Bittersweet Ending: Several episodes have Tru still unable to prevent the person who asked her for help from dying; rather, she's supposed to help accomplish some sort of goal for them before their death which was not fulfilled the first time around. This occurs as early as the second episode, where she discovered that she wasn't supposed to prevent a firefighter's death, but instead help him save a little girl who died in the original timeline. Unfortunately, she'd never counted on falling for him in the process.
Christmas Episode: "'Twas the Night Before Christmas... Again". Though the episode before it, "Enough", was the series finale on Fox, this Christmas episode is, sadly, the very last episode, and the only Christmas episode that aired on the Sci Fi Channel during the marathon on January 21, 2008 (even though it was a little late for Christmas).
Class Reunion: A rather twisted one. Let's just say that Tru's powers activate during it, and leave it at that...
Evil Counterpart: Fulfilled by Jack Harper, though since the morality of Tru's own path was eventually brought into question, the "evil" part is probably relative...
Forensic Drama: Probably a bit easier when you work in a morgue... and a bit harder when one-way time travel means you can't, for instance, see the results of a DNA test or anything else that would have taken more than a couple of hours to do.
"Groundhog Day" Loop: In addition to the basic "rewound day" premise, there was an episode from the first season that actually followed this trope closely, in which she relived the day at least four times over, thanks to screwing up so many times that other victims' corpses had to ask for her help too.
Mental Time Travel: Dead body asks for help, whoosh. One chance to save them unless someone else dies in the attempt.
Mysterious Parent: Mom's dead, Dad's mostly away. She's met Davis, and Mom turns out to have shared Tru's powers. Dad turns out to have shared Jack's powers.
Necessary Fail: One episode has Tru tries to save a gunshot victim with the usual tactics, by preventing his death. Her efforts cause an innocent bystander to die when he shouldn't. Third time lucky, right? Wrong. This time, a girl dies of a fatal heart condition and the initial victim had the compatible heart she needed. The reason the original scenario was a bad ending was because his heart was damaged and thus rendered worthless. The solution is make sure the first victim dies in a way that allows his heart to be salvaged and given to the girl with the disease.
Was It Really Worth It?: Asked by Tru to Jack in one of the final episodes, where Jack lets a woman fall to her death to make sure that she still dies the day she's supposed to even after he realized he was starting to have feelings for her. Jack's answer: No. It definitely wasn't.