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  • Angst? What Angst?: So you have experienced this massive explosion, your friends and colleagues are injured, some seriously, a woman died, you know that it wasn't an accident and all of your personal belongings are destroyed. A devastating and difficult to move on from event, right? Hardly; everyone just picked up, began rooming with one another and went on with their lives within an episode or two, well except for Peter, Kimberly and Alison.
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  • Dork Age: Season six. Sydney and Kimberly are dead, Taylor and her complicated love life are among the main storylines, Billy has more screen time, we are treated to a host of new characters and a lot of the show's charm is gone.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: With frequent and near-universal backstabbing, moral ambiguity, and bed hopping, Melrose Place could elicit this trope in the eyes of the audience and longtime fans, who have seen these storylines over and over again.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Michael, Sydney, Amanda and Kimberly were exponentially popular amongst fans.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: A good number of fans of the original series don't acknowledge anything that happened in the reboot.
  • Fridge Logic: How exactly did Jake manage to escape the boat filled with bombs and dynamite before it exploded? The button was pushed just as he had discovered them.
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  • Funny Moments: This Saturday Night Live skit which sums up the show perfectly.
  • Guilty Pleasure: While not winning many awards for writing, the show got its audience on its sheer soapiness.
  • Growing the Beard: Once Amanda came in, but more namely in season two when the show became the trashy soap opera we all love.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The episode where Kimberly blew up the complex that was originally to air in the season 3 finale (which was pushed back due to the then-recent Oklahoma City bombing) ended up airing on September 11, 1995.
    • What happened to Bruce Teller, who was Driven to Suicide look worse now that Stanley Kamel has died.
    • Alycia Barnett, Peter's one-time girlfriend, died while talking on a car phone as she was behind the wheel. Odd at the time, more relevant nowadays given how many people who have been injured or killed due to talking/texting on their phones while driving.
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    • One season three episode had a drunk-driving Alison run down a young man who, although injured, ended up surviving. Several years later, the same incident happened to Amy Locane, who played Sandy on the show, only one of the other people in the other car didn't survive and she went to prison for a few years as a result.
    • The saga of Brooke losing her father (and his fortune), having problems in her marriage that ultimately ended it, losing her job/going into debt and eventually dying herself is reminiscent to the Real Life issues that Melrose Place executive producer Aaron Spelling's daughter Tori would face many years later (although fortunately her marriage didn't end nor did she die).
  • He Really Can Act: Who would have guessed that Prettyboy supermodel Antonio Sabato, Jr. could pull off the role as the conniving, Manipulative Bastard Jack Parezi from season four so well?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Kimberly's prim and proper split personality of "Betsy" from season four may have been a predecessor to actress Marcia Cross' eventual Bree Van de Kamp character from Desperate Housewives.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • The complex explosion.
    • Sydney's death.
  • It Was His Sled: The season 3/4 Melrose Place bombing is probably the most well-remembered event in the show's history.
  • Moral Event Horizon: You would think that Brooke, who the writers had brought in as a rival to Alison for Billy's affections and was basically set up to give us a character to root against, would have already had this after her treatment of Alison, namely the disaster of her being fooled into producing one particularly insensitive ad campaign that unintentionally made fun of the suicide of a client's mother. However, what really caused her to go into this was her going through Amanda's personal files and not only finding out about her abusive ex-husband and that she faked her death to get away from him, but also contacting him to invite him to L.A. so he can find her again, just so she could blackmail her into promoting her over Alison and which pushed the reset button on Amanda's Heel–Face Turn. After that, any fans she may have had turned on her.
  • Narm:
    • Keem-bur-lee, you must keeeel them!
    • Brooke in her final episode, whom we are supposed to feel sorry for, but due to her actions over the season and the hilarious "scrunchy face" she gave that was supposed to show that she's upset and about to cry, it came off as this.
    • As powerful (and heartbreaking) as Sydney's death was, Craig's reaction comes off as this. Interestingly enough, the actor doing the Spanish dub of that scene provided more raw and genuine emotion in his portrayal over the original English acting scene.
    • As rough as Alison had over the series, one of her earliest hardships was an entire episode dedicated to the untimely death of the beloved "Betsy"...her car.
    • During the decline of their short-lived marriage, Billy and Brooke's fights ended up veering into this very territory. This is one of their more infamous quarrels.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Romantic Plot Tumor:
    • Peter and Taylor throughout much of season five.
    • The whole Jane/Michael/Kimberly Love Triangle, which also doubles as an Arc Fatigue.
    • Peter and Amanda being with anyone other than the other one is regarded as this.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Brooke is arguably the first person that comes to mind. She was so unpopular with fans, the producers had to kill her off just to appease them due to the level of hatred her character received.
    • Taylor is another contender, due to her scheming ways, her rather sick reason for pursuing Peter and having too much airtime in what is widely regarded as the worst season of the show.
    • Samantha is considered this among the fandom as well, due to both her and her worthless, ex-con deadbeat father (the best example of the MALE scrappy of MP) running down Sydney at her wedding AND that fans considered her too bland and a far more boring wife for Billy.
  • Seasonal Rot: Seasons 6 & 7, after most of the show's original cast were replaced by an array of Suspiciously Similar Substitutes.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Plenty of occasions, but Jake and Alison was the best example. The two of them were friends for the past four years when, out of nowhere, they fell in love, Alison became pregnant, they were married and Alison was forced to terminate the pregnancy due to medical reasons. Come the end of the season, they were split up, Alison left L.A. and Jake decided to go live with his ex-girlfriend and their son in Ojai.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:

    • Dr. Brett "Coop" Cooper. Having been introduced with a potential revenge storyline against Michael as retribution for ex-lover Kimberly's death, the show dropped it after several episodes. Ultimately spending half a season being begrudging business partners with Michael and Peter, Brett didn't have much to do, except fight with Peter, Michael, and ex-wife Lexi.
    • Matt Fielding, too. Plenty could have been done with his character (even as an obvious Straight Gay), yet they just put him in bad storyline after another and wouldn't even allow him an onscreen kiss or even hug.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Kimberly is supposed to be one of the main antagonists of the show. While some of her acts can't be forgiven, especially the fact that she willingly started a relationship with a married Michael, her past, the mistreatment she suffered at the hands of Michael and other people on the show, her moments of clarity, remorse and genuine concern (especially in season five) and her ultimate Downer Ending made her a lot more sympathetic to fans than the writers probably intended.
    • Sydney creates utter havoc wherever she goes, especially for her sister, but it's also clear that she's never been properly loved by anyone, her parents see her as the Black Sheep especially next to her older sister who is the clear favourite, she's treated terribly by Michael whom she genuinely loves, she's later raped by her sister's boyfriend and no one believes her, not to mention the many times she's kicked when she's down, including being beaten up by a group of prostitutes, forced to work as a stripper to pay off a debt which was incurred because her business partner screwed her over, framed for the hit-and-run of Michael by Kimberly, and the various times she tries reaching out to Jane only for Jane to slam the door in her face. It's hard not to feel sorry for the girl.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Billy ends up married to Brooke due to her manipulation and soon finds out what a money-hungry Daddy's Girl and all-around bitch she is. While the show tries to portray him as the put-upon Henpecked Husband that is now trapped in a marriage with her, the fact that he obviously still has feelings for Alison that he hasn't gotten over, is still very much a part of her life that can easily be misinterpreted as more than friends and goes back in forth with both women between being loving and supportive and cold and abrasive without definitively choosing either woman doesn't earn him much credibility. Plus the fact that he had the nerve to get angry with Alison when she dared to move on with someone else (especially Jake) makes him look like a huge hypocrite.
    • Alison goes through a lot of trauma over the seasons, including being stalked and attacked by an ex-boyfriend, childhood molestation at the hands of her father and being forced to terminate a pregnancy due to health reasons, but she is also incredibly self-centered, turns into a monster when she is promoted at work, cheats on various partners, seems to only ever want her love interests when they're not available and often comes across as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, due to her inability to ever take responsibility for her own actions.
  • Wangst: Dear Lord, Craig in season 6. On one hand, it was understandable (becoming a sudden widower, especially in such a violent way, does do that to a person), but on the other hand, the writers took it Up to Eleven and let him wallow in misery throughout the season, culminating in him being Driven to Suicide in the season's penultimate episode.
  • What an Idiot!: The general fan reaction towards Michael after he forgave Kimberly for running him over, especially after she sent him to jail later in the season. Even worse, when he told Kimberly he knew it was her all along, what is his "punishment" for her? They began making love.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?:
    • Jane's supershort, lopsided "pixie" cut throughout much of season four was universally hated/mocked by the fandom, with many believing she had it cut by a lawnmower.
    • Perhaps an even worse overall look went to Sydney from that same season, whose hair and wardrobe was trapped in the 1960s.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: All over the freakin' place. Kimberly and Michael, Jane and Michael, Amanda and Peter, Billy and Alison...
  • The Woobie:
    • Pretty much every female character (as well as Matt) in varying degrees, but specifically Alison, Jo and Sydney, who occasionally was also a Jerkass Woobie.
    • Kimberly was also a Jerkass Woobie. Some of her behavior was truly wretched, but given her past and what Michael put her through, she often came off as sympathetic.
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