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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Newark, which is compared to Hell in "I of Newton".
    • In "Time and Teresa Golowitz", the Prince of Darkness tells Bluestone that some people think that Hell's outer celestials are "rather like Queens."
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: There's a surprising amount for the end of "The Shadow Man".
    • Either Danny had been mistaken the whole episode and The Shadow Man who had been attacking people was different than the one living under his bed
    • Or there is more than one Shadow Man attacking people.
    • Or Danny's Shadow Man turned on him for his Acquired Situational Narcissism.
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    • Or a combination; Danny's Shadow Man wanted Danny to pay for betraying his friends and knowingly letting people get attacked so he got another Shadow Man to attack.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • It's amazing that, within the span of one decade, Lisa Jane Perskynote  would take part in a story where a time traveler takes the place of Elvis Presley the day before he cuts his first record... twicenote .
    • The plot of "Button, Button" is nearly identical to the game "Will You Press the Button?".
    • The plot of "Dead Run" sees a trucker named Johnny Davis getting a job ferrying souls to Hell, only to start chatting with some of his passengers and realizing that they're not evil in the slightest. It turns out that Heaven has fallen under the control of a Celestial Bureaucracy that's using a literal translation of the Bible to damn nearly everyone that dies. Over thirty years later, this exact same plot device—right down to Heaven being run by well-meaning but horribly inefficient people— would be used on another series about the afterlife as a major twist in the show.
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    • Ron Glass playing a demon in "I of Newton" is particularly funny in hindsight considering Shepherd Book had a colorful backstory.
    • J. Michael Straczynski wrote "Special Service", which features a "Truman Show" Plot nine years before The Truman Show was released. The Truman Show won the 1999 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, beating the Babylon 5 Series Finale "Sleeping in Light", also written by Straczynski.
    • "Room 2426" ends with Martin Decker vanishing in a flash of light, and winding up in a completely different location as a result of, as the Narrator puts it, "[stepping] out of the confines of logic and [taking] a leap of faith".note 
      • Furthermore, this episode aired in February of 1989, one month prior to the series premiere of Quantum Leap.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Bruce Willis played Peter Jay Novins in "Shatterday".
    • Judith Barsi played Bertie in "A Little Peace and Quiet".
    • Terry O'Quinn (credited as Terrance O'Quinn) played Dr. Curt Lockridge in "Chameleon".
    • Arliss Howard played the stranger in "Kentucky Rye".
    • Tim Russ played a cop in "Kentucky Rye" and Archer in "Voices in the Earth".
    • Scott Grimes played Kenny in "Little Boy Lost".
    • Andrea Barber played Cathy Marano in "If She Dies".
    • Musician Jenny Lewis played Sarah in "If She Dies".
    • Robert Duncan McNeill (credited as Duncan McNeil) played Peter Wood in "A Message from Charity".
    • Morgan Freeman played Tony in "Dealer's Choice".
    • Nana Visitor played Lori in "Dead Woman's Shoes".
    • Giovanni Ribisi played Teddy in "The Beacon".
    • Gary Cole played Daniel Gaddis in "Her Pilgrim Soul".
    • Danica McKellar played the 10-year-old Nola Granville in "Her Pilgrim Soul" and Deidre Dobbs in "Shelter Skelter".
    • Ron Glass played a demon in "I of Newton".
    • Benji Gregory played a homeless boy in "Night of the Meek".
    • Jeff Kober played a cop in "Night of the Meek".
    • Jonathan Frakes played a single guy named Steve in "But Can She Type?".
    • Adam Arkin played Michael Wright in "A Matter of Minutes".
    • Danny Nucci played Buddy in "The Leprechaun-Artist".
    • John de Lancie and Brent Spiner, who later appeared together in Star Trek: The Next Generation, played the afterlife's dispatcher and a draft dodger respectively in "Dead Run".
    • William Petersen played Edward Sayers in "Need to Know".
    • Lori Petty played Lori Pendleton in "The Library".
    • Victor Garber played Dr. Kevin Carlson in "A Day in Beaumont".
    • John Cameron Mitchell played Tom in "The Last Defender of Camelot".
    • Anthony LaPaglia played a punk in "The Last Defender of Camelot".
    • Fred Savage played Jeff Mattingly in "What Are Friends For?".
    • Mark-Paul Gosselaar played Tim Conrad in "What Are Friends For?".
    • Christopher McDonald played a delivery man in "Aqua Vita".
    • David Faustino played Micah Frost in "The Storyteller".
    • Terry Farrell played Marsha Cole in "The After Hours".
    • Richard Biggs played Dr. Tomson in "The Toys of Caliban".
    • Robert Knepper (credited as Rob Knepper) played Alonzo in "Joy Ride".
    • Gina Gershon played Laura Schuppe in "Time and Teresa Golowitz".
    • Wallace Langham played Nelson Baxley in "Time and Teresa Golowitz".
    • Dennis Haskins played Bledsoe in "Voices in the Earth".
    • R.H. Thomson played Dr. Burrell in "Our Selena is Dying".
    • Lisa Jakub played Lisa Cranston in "Street of Shadows".
    • Lally Cadeau played Becky Robb in "Something in the Walls".
    • Gwynyth Walsh played Elaine in "Cat and Mouse".
    • George Buza played Gus in "Crazy as a Soup Sandwich".
  • The Scrappy: The three teenage boys (Buddy, J.P. and Richie) from "The Leprechaun-Artist". Although they're supposedly the heroes of the story, their behavior is bratty and manipulative at best. Plus, many fans were angry that they got away with their crimes at the end of the episode.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: As mentioned below, "Dead Run" outright stated that gay people weren't inherently evil, and that the Bible's teaching that they are inherently doomed to Hell is wrong. This was in 1986, when the AIDS crisis was rampant and largely viewed as the "punishment of God" on homosexuals. The writers aren't subtle about it, but it works.
  • Strawman Has a Point: In "Extra Innings", Cindy Hamner tells her husband Ed that he has to move on with his life instead of spending all of his time looking back on the knee injury that ended his baseball career. She also says that he is being unfair to her as his reluctance to try and get a job means that there is a great deal of financial pressure on her.
  • Values Dissonance: "The Toys of Caliban" casually uses the word "retarded", nowadays they couldn't get away with that word even if Toby Ross fit the medical definition of the word.
  • Values Resonance: "Dead Run" sympathetically portrayed homosexuality when they condemned a man for sending someone to Hell for being gay. For an episode from 1986, that was a pretty big step.


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