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Tear Jerker: Dead Like Me
Seeing how this show deals with death and often its impact on others, the Tear Jerkers are bound to come in heaps at times. In an early episode where George goes to visit her family and decides to tell her mother who she really is. She plans to tell Joy a story about a moment the two of them shared when George was little, because then she will surely realize that this is her daughter! And everyone will be happy! George walks confident up to the door, but when a mourning, angry Joy opens, she freezes up and the little of her story that she manage to stutter out is barely coherent. Joy ends up screaming at her to get the hell away from here then slams the door in her face. Shocked and saddened by the reality of the situation, finally realizing that she can't ever go back to her family, makes George cry her heart out later on the same day. Rube consoles her despite the fact that she went against his wishes, and the implications, vague as they may be, that Rube had tried the same thing makes it even sadder.
George's first reap, of a little girl. And if the sequence didn't reduce you to a quivering puddle, the music it was set to pretty much made sure there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
Daisy's last thought.
In the season two episode "Always", Rube goes to see his daughter, who is now very old, in a nursing home right before she dies.
In "Reaping Havoc", Betty's ascension into a higher plane of existence. George is very crushed by her leaving, and later, when talking about her alter ego Millie she says she had a sister (meaning Betty) "who was fearless".
The loss of Betty and then this is said:
George: Why do I keep losing all the things and people that I care about?
Rube: That's what life is, Peanut.
Daisy having to reap a woman killed by the man she was having an affair with.
A man's What the Hell, Hero? speech to Mason for ruining his daughter's birthday party in the season 2 premiere. It was so bad that Mason broke his sobriety.
In the episode "The Bicycle Thief" Mason reaps a couple. After the first dies by slipping in the kitchen, he starts begging Mason to make sure his partner doesn't kill himself, all the while Mason knows he has to. Finally the dead man tells Mason that the suit his partner changed into was his favorite and that there were pills in the medicine cabinet that could be used for suicide. Mason, choking up, tells the partner "Slitting your wrist is messy, and that's such a nice suit. Maybe pills?"
Piper Laurie's portrayal of an Alzheimer's patient who didn't realize she was dead in "Forget-Me-Not".
Rube meeting with his daughter in "Always".
Mason taking the soul of a gay man and helping his partner deal with his grief in "The Bicycle Thief".
In the episode "Haunted" when George and Mason go to a house on Halloween to reap a soul (who's going to be killed by a serial killer) to find its a little boy who was too sick to go trick-or-treating and that his father was off getting him medicine. Heartbroken, they reap his soul and Mason starts piling his own trick-or-treat candy into the boy's arms.
A few episodes end with the slow, sad song "Que Sera, Sera". That song ended the first episode, where George has to reap a five year old girl on her way to see relatives. She asks the girl if she'd ever been to Disney, and she said she hadn't. When she had to go beyond, she went to an amusement park.
The scene in the church with Daisy and the MTF transsexual.
The scene where they revealed Daisy's last thought - "Why did no one ever love me?" It really puts her boasting about all the celebrities she's slept with into a new perspective. Mason's reaction only sealed the deal.
The loss of JD. So soon after losing her sister Reggie loses her best friend.
Reaper Madness, when George's mom gave her those written notes for her teeth instead of cash. Disappointed by the lack of loot, young George tosses the note saying "You are loved" into the trash. Later, her mom finds the crumpled up note. She just falls apart.