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** The flashing "Franklin" sign at the bus stop references Franklin Gibbs, the unfortunate victim of "The Fever", who was haunted by a slot machine that repeated his name while flashing lights at him.
** Willie the Dummy from "The Dummy" is seen in the background in one shot.

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** The flashing "Franklin" sign at the bus stop references Franklin Gibbs, the unfortunate victim of [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E17TheFever "The Fever", Fever"]], who was haunted by a slot machine that repeated his name while flashing lights at him.
** Willie the Dummy from [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E98TheDummy "The Dummy" Dummy"]] is seen in the background in of one shot.

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** At the bar, "Kanamit Lager" can be seen; it is named after the aliens from [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E89ToServeMan "To Serve Man"]].


* {{Foreshadowing}}: During the first iteration of his "Second Amendment" bit, Samir points out that 11% might not sound like a lot until one considers what would happen to a plane that only makes it 89% of the way to its destination. The plot of the next episode is all about a plane that may not make it to its destination.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: During the first iteration of his "Second Amendment" bit, Samir points out that 11% might not sound like a lot until one considers what would happen to a plane that only makes it 89% of the way to its destination. The plot of [[Recap/TheTwilightZone2019S1E2NightmareAt30000Feet the next episode episode]] is all about a plane an airplane that may not make it to its destination.



** The name "James Embry" is seen on the wall of the green room which is name of the main character in ''King Nine Will Not Return''. It's also one of the names on Samir's contact list in his phone; other names include Al Denton (the main character of ''Mr. Denton on Doomsday''), Cadwallader (''Escape Clause''), and James Corry (''The Lonely'').

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** The name "James Embry" is seen on the wall of the green room which is name of the main character in ''King [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS2E37KingNineWillNotReturn "King Nine Will Not Return''. Return"]]. It's also one of the names on Samir's contact list in his phone; other names include Al Denton (the main character of ''Mr. [[Recap/TheTwilightZone1959S1E3MrDentonOnDoomsday "Mr. Denton on Doomsday''), Doomsday"]]), Cadwallader (''Escape Clause''), ([[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E6EscapeClause "Escape Clause"]]), and James Corry (''The Lonely'').([[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E7TheLonely "The Lonely"]]).


* DisproportionateRetribution: Samir's final act begins like this, with him calling out (and [[RetGone erasing from existence]]) anyone who has ever upset him, including his dentist, a rude neighbor's entire family, and a school mate who ''wouldn't share a cookie with him.''

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Samir's final act begins like this, with him calling out (and [[RetGone erasing from existence]]) anyone who has ever upset him, including his dentist, several ex-girlfriends, a rude neighbor's entire family, and a school mate who ''wouldn't share a cookie lunch with him.''



* GodInHumanForm: Implied. JC Wheeler is clearly [[LouisCypher no ordinary comedian,]] being fully aware of the destructive power Samir wields. Yet he is also a (former) world-famous comedian, given how the other characters talk about him in hushed tones and reverent voices. [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu Did we just see Cthulhu on tour?]]

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* GodInHumanForm: Implied. JC J.C. Wheeler is clearly [[LouisCypher no ordinary comedian,]] being fully aware of the destructive power Samir wields. Yet he is also a (former) world-famous comedian, given how the other characters talk about him in hushed tones and reverent voices. [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu Did we just see Cthulhu on tour?]]



* InformedAbility: After making his deal with JC Wheeler, Samir's routine invokes roars of laughter from his audience -- even though he's typically doing nothing more than yelling and insulting about the subject of his ire. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] given [[DealWithTheDevil the source of his "comedic" skill.]]

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* InformedAbility: After making his deal with JC J.C. Wheeler, Samir's routine invokes roars of laughter from his audience -- even though he's typically doing nothing more than yelling about and insulting about the subject subjects of his ire. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] given [[DealWithTheDevil the source of his "comedic" skill.]]

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* GodInHumanForm: Implied. JC Wheeler is clearly [[LouisCypher no ordinary comedian,]] being fully aware of the destructive power Samir wields. Yet he is also a (former) world-famous comedian, given how the other characters talk about him in hushed tones and reverent voices. [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu Did we just see Cthulhu on tour?]]

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Rena stops Samir's final DisproportionateRetribution act by pointing out that he's not being funny or relevant, he's just hurting people because he can.
-->'''Rena:''' "It's just ''names,'' Samir. I don't even know who these people are. People who wronged you, people you don't like. Your act is just you being superior to other people. Taking them down."


* DisproportionateRetribution: Samir's final act begins like this, with him calling out (and [[RetGone erasing from existence]]) anyone who has ever upset him, including his dentist, a rude neighbor's entire family, and a school mate who ''wouldn't share a cookie with him.''



* InformedAbility: After making his deal with JC Wheeler, Samir's routine invokes roars of laughter from his audience -- even though he's typically doing nothing more than yelling and insulting about the subject of his ire. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] given [[DealWithTheDevil the source of his "comedic" skill.]]



* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Erasing Didi seems to be this moment for Samir. He clearly debates doing it onstage, but eventually goes for it, and then has a [[HeroicBSOD complete breakdown]] onstage, using his power to eradicate every name he can think of. Then the ending subverts the trope, as he ultimately chooses ''not'' to remove Rena from reality, instead [[HeroicSuicide choosing to delete himself]].

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* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Erasing Didi seems to be this moment for Samir. He clearly debates doing it onstage, but eventually goes for it, and then has a [[HeroicBSOD complete breakdown]] onstage, using his power to eradicate every name person he can think of.of who has ever slighted him. Then the ending subverts the trope, as he ultimately chooses ''not'' to remove Rena from reality, instead [[HeroicSuicide choosing to delete himself]].



* RousseauWasRight: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]] throughout the episode. When Samir discovers his power, he's determined to only erase people who "deserve it," like a rival comic who killed a mother and her baby in a drunk driving accident. Then the trope is subverted when envy and paranoia take over, and he begins vanishing people that he sees as a threat, including his girlfriend's law school mentor and Didi, his chief comic competition. ''Then'' the ending plays it straight, with Samir deciding to use himself as comic fodder rather than hurt anyone else.

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* RousseauWasRight: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]] throughout the episode. When Samir discovers his power, he's determined to only erase people who "deserve it," like a rival comic who killed a mother and her baby in a drunk driving accident. Then the trope is subverted when envy and paranoia take over, and he begins vanishing people that he sees as a threat, including his girlfriend's law school mentor and Didi, his chief comic competition. He then follows it by [[DisproportionateRetribution removing everyone who has ever upset him in any way.]] ''Then'' the ending plays it straight, with Samir deciding to use himself as comic fodder rather than hurt anyone else.


* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Samir in the end dies as he wrings one final laugh out of the audience.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Samir goes from an unskilled and dull speaker of politics to a headline-making comedian who can make masses laugh at the cost of erasing people from existence.


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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Samir wishes he were funny to get money. His wish comes true at a grave cost: it makes him rich, popular and beloved but it also reduced his girlfriend Rena to a [[FallenOnHardTimesJob waitress]] because he erased the man who helped make Rena a lawyer.


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* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Samir in the end dies as he wrings one final laugh out of the audience.


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* GoneHorriblyRight: Samir making his comedy a lot more offensive and aimed towards specific people has deadly effects. On a lesser note, Samir is now able to make his audience laugh so hard one woman falls off her chair spraying her champagne.


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* SelfDeprecation: Samir erases himself by insulting himself last, claiming he would be nobody without the audience. He needs the audience and their money and support to be someone.


* MetaphoricallyTrue: PlayedWith. After one of Samir's erasures, a fan tells him that "[He] really killed it". Not as much killed, but erased.

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* MetaphoricallyTrue: PlayedWith. After one of Samir's erasures, a fan tells him that "[He] really killed it". Not as much killed, but erased.erased from existing to begin with.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Samir enviously erases Rena's law-school mentor...which means that Rena herself wasn't able to complete her degree and now works in a diner. His reaction to her going on her shift screams this trope.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Samir enviously erases Rena's law-school law school mentor...which means that Rena herself wasn't able to complete her degree and now works in a diner. His reaction to her going on her shift screams this trope.



** Samir only getting laughter from the audience when he engages in personal stories evokes [[Series/TheTwilightZone1985 "Take My Life, Please!"]]

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** Samir only getting laughter from the audience when he engages in personal stories evokes [[Series/TheTwilightZone1985 "Take My Life, Please!"]]Please!"]].



* RousseauWasRight: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]] throughout the episode. When Samir discovers his power, he's determined to only erase people who "deserve it," like a rival comic who killed a mother and her baby in a drunk driving accident. Then the trope is subverted when envy and paranoia take over, and he begins vanishing people that he sees as a threat, including his girlfriend's law-school mentor and Didi, his chief comic competition. ''Then'' the ending plays it straight, with Samir deciding to use himself as comic fodder rather than hurt anyone else.

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* RousseauWasRight: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]] throughout the episode. When Samir discovers his power, he's determined to only erase people who "deserve it," like a rival comic who killed a mother and her baby in a drunk driving accident. Then the trope is subverted when envy and paranoia take over, and he begins vanishing people that he sees as a threat, including his girlfriend's law-school law school mentor and Didi, his chief comic competition. ''Then'' the ending plays it straight, with Samir deciding to use himself as comic fodder rather than hurt anyone else.



--> '''Samir:''' Tonight, I want to talk to you about someone I've known a very long time. Clever. Lovable, in a lot of ways. Someone who you think would be a good person who has a lot to offer the world. Ladies and gentlemen tonight, I want to talk to you about... [[HeroicSuicide mys]][[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong elf]].

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--> '''Samir:''' Tonight, I want to talk to you about someone I've known a very long time. Clever. Lovable, in a lot of ways. Someone who you think would be a good person who has a lot to offer the world. Ladies and gentlemen gentlemen, tonight, I want to talk to you about... [[HeroicSuicide mys]][[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong elf]].

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* MetaphoricallyTrue: PlayedWith. After one of Samir's erasures, a fan tells him that "[He] really killed it". Not as much killed, but erased.


* HereWeGoAgain: After Samir wipes himself from existence, Didi stumbles upon J.C. and asks him for pointers, suggesting the whole ordeal will befall her this time. [[spoiler: Though A. Traveler's dialogue in the fourth episode reveals that she died a natural death instead of being erased.]]

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* HereWeGoAgain: After Samir wipes himself from existence, Didi stumbles upon J.C. and asks him for pointers, suggesting the whole ordeal will befall her this time. [[spoiler: Though A. Traveler's dialogue in the fourth episode reveals that she died a natural death instead of being erased.]]


* InformedFlaw: Samir's stand-up initially is described as "not funny" by a fellow comedian who tells him he's too heavy-handed about politics. Except that's not that much different from the usual routine of his actor, Kumail Nanjiani, which is usually ''hilarious''. [[ZigZaggedTrope To be fair]], what we see of Samir's act isn't all that impressive, given his stilted delivery and apparent fixation on the Second Amendment.

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* InformedFlaw: Samir's stand-up initially is described as "not funny" by a fellow comedian who tells him he's [[{{Anvilicious}} too heavy-handed about politics.politics]]. Except that's not that much different from the usual routine of his actor, Kumail Nanjiani, which is usually ''hilarious''. [[ZigZaggedTrope To be fair]], what we see of Samir's act isn't all that impressive, given his stilted delivery and apparent fixation on the Second Amendment.


* HereWeGoAgain: After Samir wipes himself from existence, Didi stumbles upon J.C. and asks him for pointers, suggesting the whole ordeal will befall her this time.

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* HereWeGoAgain: After Samir wipes himself from existence, Didi stumbles upon J.C. and asks him for pointers, suggesting the whole ordeal will befall her this time. [[spoiler: Though A. Traveler's dialogue in the fourth episode reveals that she died a natural death instead of being erased.]]

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