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If She Dies

When his daughter gets into a coma, a man sees the ghost of a little girl.

Ye Gods

After a man angers Cupid, the man decides to help Cupid with his own relationship problems.

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    If She Dies 
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Paul Marano gets into a car accident on his birthday. He is uninjured but his young daughter Cathy ends up in a coma.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Paul Marano sees a young girl on the roof of St. Amelia's Orphanage but she disappears as soon as he turns his head. When he tells a nun named St. Agnes, he learns that the orphanage is having a rummage sale as it is closing down and buys an antique wooden bed. As he leaves, Paul sees the strange girl again. That night, the girl visits him in his bedroom, telling him that she is looking for Toby. The next morning, he pays a visit to the convent and St. Agnes tells him that there was a girl named Sarah who died of tuberculois in the bed many years earlier. Her teddy bear Toby was her prize possession. Paul realizes that Sarah was trying to tell him to place his comatose daughter Cathy in the bed with Toby so that she could restored to health. He does so and Cathy recovers almost instantly.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison / Wham Line: The first thing Cathy does after waking up at the end? She asks for Toby... despite not being able to know the bear's name...
  • Title Drop: Paul Marano's young daughter Cathy is in a coma. He twice laments "if she dies" to Dr. Brice, meaning that he can't face life without her.
  • Unfinished Business: Paul Marano speculates that the soul of Sarah, who died of tuberculois decades earlier, has not moved onto Heaven yet as God wants her to save the life of his comatose daughter Cathy.

    Ye Gods 
  • All Myths Are True: Todd Ettinger discovers that Cupid, Megaera, Bacchus, Jupiter and all of the other gods and demigods of Classical Mythology really exist.
  • Animorphism: Megaera turned Cupid's lover Drusilla into a tree frog as she was angry that Cupid had cheated on her.
  • Death of the Old Gods: Cupid tells Todd Ettinger that the gods and demigods of Classical Mythology did not go away after the fall of Ancient Greece and The Roman Empire. They continue to exist but take little interest in the affairs of mortals, considering that they no longer believe in them. However, some such as Bacchus live on Earth. Under the name Ed Bacchus, he owns a wine label called Olympus Wines.
  • Dominatrix: Implied. Todd Ettinger's friend Peter offers to set him up with a woman that he knows who is into some strange things. Todd turns down the offer as he wants a more substantial relationship with a woman.
  • God Couple: Cupid and Megaera were a couple in the late 19th or early 20th century until he cheated on her with a mortal woman named Drusilla. After Cupid convinced Jupiter to turn Drusilla into a demigod, Megaera turned her into a tree frog. Todd Ettinger realizes that the only way that he can either meet the woman with whom Cupid has made him fall in love or have his intense love for her lifted is to help Cupid and Megaera patch up their differences. When he lures the two of them into his office and traps them there with a smell given to him by Baachus, Cupid apologizes and they resume their relationship. As a reward, Cupid arranges for Todd to run into the woman once again.
  • I Have Many Names: Todd Ettinger does not recognize the name Bacchus until he looks it up in a book on Classical Mythology and learns that he was the Roman god of wine, known to the Greeks as Dionysus. Todd soon discovers that he runs Olympus Wines in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Locked in a Room: Todd Ettinger uses a spell provided by Bacchus to trap Cupid and Megaera in his office so that they can reconcile. They eventually manage to do so and get back together.
  • Meet Cute: Todd Ettinger and the woman with whom Cupid makes him fall in love first meet when they bump into each other at the reception of an outdoor café. At the end of the episode, they meet again when the woman crashes her car into Todd's. Having realized that they are meant to be together, they kiss in the middle of the street.
  • No Name Given: The woman with whom Todd Ettinger falls in love after being struck by Cupid's arrow (four times) is never named.
  • Summoning Ritual: Todd Ettinger uses a spell provided by Bacchus to summon Megaera, one of the Furies, to his apartment in order to convince her to get back together with Cupid.
  • Title Drop: Todd Ettinger says "Ye gods!" after he summons the Fury Megaera to his apartment.
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