TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: Chuck Cunningham Syndrome

This trope is the opposite of Remember the New Guy.  Chuck Cunningham Syndrome is when a character is written out of a given series, but after that, there is no mention of him or her, even though the character was important to the show, nor is there any explanation for his or her sudden absence.  It would seem as though the character never existed in the first place.

The name of this trope came from the character Chuck Cunningham, the older brother of Richie Cunningham in Happy Days.  In Chuck’s final appearance he went up stairs holding a basketball, and was never seen nor mentioned again.

Now, why would this happen?  Often a character may start as important, but the writer or writers may gradually lose interest in them until they are forgotten about altogether.  Sometimes, conflict and drama behind the scenes leads to a character being written out, the actor being dismissed, and possibly as a result of the drama, the character being “forgotten” about due to a desire to put out of mind the conflict that lead to the actor being dismissed in the first place.

An example of that least reason is the character of Judy Winslow from Family Matters.  What many people don’t know about that show is that is is a spinoff of a show called Perfect Strangers, which had Hariette Winslow as an original character of that show.  Family Matters was supposed to focus on Hariette’s life with her family, but midway through season one, Jaleel White as Steve Urkel was introduced.  He was supposed to be a one-time only character, but his performance was so very enthusiastically received that he became a permanent part of the show; the show became centered around the Winslow’s family relationship with Steve.  This lead to Judy Winslow, played by Jaimee Foxworth to eventually get the shaft.  Her role in the show became smaller and smaller eventually having no lines and appearing in episodes just to fulfill her contractual obligations; after a demand was made (presumably by her parents on her behalf) for more money and more screen time, Foxworth was let go from the show at the end of the fourth season.  Her final scene consisted of Judy going upstairs to her bedroom to play on her NES.  After this, Judy was written out of the show, and treated as though she never existed.  Foxworth’s life was never the same, and she suffered through drug and alcohol addiction, became a porn star,  and lost her earnings from the show when a judge allowed her family to use her trust fund to settle their bankruptcy; despite this she managed to turn things around and live a fairly normal life.

Degrassi is one of my favorite shows, but one major issue with the show is that several characters were written out with no explanation.  The most noteworthy is Kendra Mason.  She is the adopted sister of Spinner Mason and first appeared in season 2.  After season 3, she was never seen nor mentioned again; supposedly, the actress’s parents pulled her off the show because they objected to planned storyline where Kendra would lose her virginity.  What made this example especially jarring was that Spinner had some dramatic experiences in the following seasons, and yet, she was not there to react to them or help support him through it.

Another example is from Edgemont, a Canadian teen drama set outside Vancouver.  Mile Ferguson, one of the principal actors, died in a car accident before the show’s first season even premiered.  After the second season, his character Scott Linton was written out and never seen nor mentioned  again.  When an actor dies, it can be difficult to know what to do with the character; depending on circumstances, never mentioning the character again, killing them off, or having them move elsewhere could all be accused of being insensitive.

Honestly, writers should avoid this trope.  It is lazy and insulting to audiences and readers.  If there is a need for a show to remove a character, they should come up with some explanation for his or her absence.  Also, one should make the effort to avoid

 

TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: Spinoff

Happy Tuesday!

Today, I will talk about spinoffs.

Spinoffs are rather close to me because many of the shows that I have conceived are spinoffs.

There are a variety of different kinds.  As per TV Tropes:

 

  1. Where a character leaves a show and the two run concurrently. Characters Crossover from time to time.
  2. Where a show comes to an end and a character from it is given his or her own new show. Provides an opportunity to Retool the character as well.
  3. Where a character is brought on to an existing show simply in order to be spunoff, hopefully making some of the original audience into viewers of the new show (See Poorly Disguised Pilot).
  4. The main character is revisited elsewhere in his narrative.
  5. Reimaginings – the concept is carried into a new show with the same basic premise but other factors and characters are completely new.
  6. Segment spin-offs – a recurring segment from the show becomes the main attraction.
  7. A type of Defictionalization – a Show Within a Show gets made into a real show of its own.
  8. The storyline on one show comes to an end, only to be continued in a new show with a different name.
  9. Official Fanzine Show – a trope usually applying to Reality TV, usually offering Behind The Scenes info or coverage that wouldn’t fit into the main programme, often (but not always) broadcast immediately after the main show, on a sister channel.
  10. Online Spin-Off – A spin-off that’s only shown online, sometimes overlaps with Segment Spin-Off, sometimes a spin-off In Name Only. Generally only an advert for the broadcast programme.
  11. Shared Continuity – more common nowadays, this spinoff generally carries no characters over from the show that spawned it, though both are in the same continuity that allows for Crossovers from the original.

Sometime in the fifth grade I conceived of a show called Tweens.  Eventually, I continued the show with three of the characters from that show called, Carol, Adriana, and Keisha which is a type 2 spinoff.  After that, I conceived of the Luna; it is a type 1 spinoff.

TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: Screwed by the Lawyers

This trope is about how legal issues can prevent creative works from seeing the light of day or that causes their suppression from release.

Many such works are in such a predicament because of disputes over who has the rights to release them.  For example, the 1960s Batman series was made by 20th Century Fox.  However, Batman is owned by DC Comics which since 1969, has been owned by Warner Bros. who has the rights now to make works involving DC Comics characters.

Marvel also has some legal issues.  When it was bought by Disney, the existing licensing deals with the various studios were most unaffected.  Disney would later buy back the rights to the Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America (These make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe.) from Paramount, but several other studios still have the film rights to other Marvel properties such as 20th Century Fox, who owns the rights to X-Men and The Fantastic Four, and Sony who owns the rights to Spider-Man.  As such, its unlikely that there could be a crossover movie with all X-Men and Spider-Man, for example, unless.  Another Marvel-related issue with this trope is that the Disney merger led to the end of the animated The Spectacular Spider-Man series; Sony at the time held the film and animation rights to Spider-Man, but returned the animation rights to Marvel in order to keep the film rights.  However, various factors prevented Marvel and Disney from continuing that series because Sony owned the rights to their specific version of Spider-Man, which would have forced Disney and Marvel to license it; it would seemingly defeat the purpose to regain the animation rights and license certain rights from Sony.  As a result, the show ended because no company could move forward with it.

A common reason for TV shows not being released on home media is music rights.  Often, when shows seek the rights to use music, they only get the rights to use it for TV showings.  To release the shows on DVD would requiring contacting the rights holders of the music and creating new agreements to use the music.  Very often, it is difficult and expensive to gain those rights, so the shows are either never released on home media, or they are released with the music changed or with the scenes featuring the music cut out.  MTV had a deal with record companies to use their music for free; this negatively affected shows such as Daria, for example, which was not released on DVD for many years and when it finally was released on DVD, the music was changed. Nowadays, some shows secure the rights to use the music for all forms of distribution.

Some works are legally screwed because they are based on other works.  The 1959 film adaptation of Porgy and Bess is one such work.  It was produced by Samuel Goldwyn who leased the rights for only 15 years.  After that, the rights reverted back to the Gershwin Estate who had control then on out over the film’s distribution.  They don’t like the film because it was not faithful enough to the original opera.   Ira Gerswhin felt that film disrespected his late brother George’s work; in fact, for years, he resisted offers to adapt it to film because he thought it would be “Hollywoodized.”  The music from the original opera was reorchestrated, and much was cut out so that the film would more closely resemble a musical than an opera..  It was pulled from distribution in 1974, and only rarely has it been legally seen public.

 

TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: McLeaned

There are many circumstances where a character on a TV show or movie series may leave.  The reason may have to do with the needs of the story.  Especially in TV shows, an actor is often cast for short time, and they are written out once their purposes are fulfilled.  Other times, a character leaves the show because of real-word circumstances, such as the actor’s death, most tragically, or because the actor does not want to be involved with the show anymore.  Sometimes, a character is written out of a show by being killed off; there are many reasons for killing off a show, but here, I’ll discuss two reasons:  the actor is more than likely never going to return to the show, and so he or she is killed off to provide some major drama to the plot; the other reason is that the relations between the actor and the network/producers are poor, and therefore, the actor is fired, and their character is killed off in order to make certain that the actor can never return.  This is known in the industry as being McLeaned.

This trope was named after the actor McLean Stevenson, who left M*A*S*H, which resulted in the death of his character Colonel Henry Blake.  He was killed off because he wanted to leave the show.

Other examples include:

Valerie Harper, best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moor Show and its spinoff Rhoda, starred in the 1980s sitcom Valerie.  She constantly battled the show’s production company, Lorimar, and network, NBC, over salary disputes, and supposedly over creative control as well. Harper was fired from the show and and her character was killed off.  The show then changed its title twicy, first was Valerie’s Family: The Hogans, and finally, The Hogan Family.

Another noteworthy example is Charlie Sheen in 2011.  After erratic behavior and major conflicts with producer Chuck Lorre, Two-and-a-Half Men ended its season early.  After more bad behavior, Sheen was fired from the show, killed off, and replaced by Ashton Kutcher.

Finally, is an example from one of my favorite shows, Desperate Housewives.  In season 5, Nicollette Sheridan who played the sultry Edie Britt, was written out of the show and her character was killed off.  The reason behind her dismissal was disputed by those involved.  Sheridan claimed in a lawsuit that the show’s creator, Marc Cherry, slapped her in the face when she asked him to clarify a line in the script, and that she was fired when she complained about to network, ABC.  Cherry countered that the alleged assault was a light tap to demonstrate her character’s actions in a specific scene, and that the decision to kill her character off was made months before the alleged assault, and was due to things such as unprofessional behavior on her part.

 

 

TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: Screwed by the Network

This entry on TV Tropes is about TV shows that get cancelled because the network did not treat them well.

The reasons are diverse, and aren’t necessarily objective or intentional.

Often a show is screwed over because it did not get enough promotion.  Obviously, a show can’t get high ratings, if not enough people know that it even exists, though of course there are times where a show if aggressively promoted and still fails.  Another reason is scheduling; a show might get low ratings if it airs at an inconvenient time, especially against rival networks’ most popular shows.  Sometimes, business politics leads to cancellation.  For example, on ABC, the show Lois and Clark had been renewed for a fourth and fifth season; however, afteer ABC was purchased by the Walt Disney Company, they wanted to air a revival of The Wonderful World of Disney in the same time slot of Sundays at 7 PM (to be fair, the ratings had significantly dropped).  Lois and Clark was cancelled at the end of season 4, leaving the show on an unresolved cliffhanger (which is a common thing that happens to prematurely cancelled shows).

Other shows are screwed over, ironically, due to their attempts to make them better.  NBC had Up All Night, created by former Saturday Night Live (SNL) writer, Emily Spivey, and starring Will Arnett, Christina Applegate, and Maya Rudolph.  The show originally focused on Chris (Arnett) and Reagan (Applegate), dealing with the trials and tribulations of raising their newborn daughter, Amy, with Chris being a stay-at-home dad, while Reagan goes back to work for her boss and best friend Ava (Rudolph), at a PR firm.  When Rudolph appeared in the film Bridesmaids which was hugely successful, NBC decided that she needed a bigger part, and the role of Ava was re-written to be a talk show host, with Reagan being her producer.  However, the show would be re-tooled again.  At the start of season 2, Ava’s talk show was cancelled; however, the ratings were poor, and not much, if any better than than they were at the end of season 1.  NBC halted production after 11 episodes so that they could re-tool the show yet again.  It was to change from being a single-camera comedy to a multi-camera comedy; as if that weren’t a drastic enough change, there were other proposals for changing the show.  To quote TV Tropes’ page on the show, “Some truly nutty ideas were thrown around, such as baby Amy being able to see a portal connecting the single-cam world to the multi-cam world. In the end, they settled for the completely sane concept of having the entire show turn out to be a Show Within a Show, and from that point on follow the lives of the fictional actors playing Reagan, Chris, and Ava.note Seriously, we’re not making this up. .”  However, the third re-tool would never happen.  Spivey departed the show, not wanting to deal with all that nonsense anymore.  Applegate soon jumped ship as well, leaving the show without one of its stars.  This killed the show, but NBC did not officially cancel it until the end of the season.

TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: Missing Episode

This entry on TV Tropes is known as Missing Episode.  Given the site’s roots as discussing the narrative devices of TV, it’s obvious why this trope is called what it is.  However, as TV Tropes evolved to cover all media, this trope naturally was expanded to give all examples of media.

Missing Episode refers to the phenomena of an episode of a TV, or for that matter any work that is no longer publicly available.  There are a variety of reason why an episode might be missing.  One example could be that the content is considered offensive, such as due to racial insensitivity, violence, sexual content, and so on.  Another could be an episode that seems insensitive following a tragedy such as a natural disaster, mass shooting, or the like.  Others have to do with legal issues; the most common legal issue is TV shows that license music for the original run, and being unable to license it for reruns or home media distribution, and not releasing it in any form because changing or removing the music would ruin the episode.  Another reason is that the episode does not exist anymore.

To expand on that last point, many films from the beginning of cinema are lost forever.  Martin Scorcese’s Film Foundation, an organization devoted to film preservation, estimates that over 90% of films from the silent and early sound eras are lost.  Even some of the the most popular actors of the time have most or all of their filmographies lost. The reasons are diverse.  First of all, many studios assumed that the film lost value after their theatrical runs ended.  In a world before theatrical reissues, TV broadcasts, and home media, few to no people assumed people would decades later, let alone the follow year, would want to see them; therefore, studios would simply discard or destroy the films, especially if they lacked the money to store them.  Not only that, films were shot on film stock made of nitrate, which was flammable and fragile and would disintigrate or catch fire if they were not properly stored; it didn’t help that studios would intentionally destroy the films to take financial advantage of the silver therein.  Another reason is that many early sound films used a sound-on-disc system.  If the discs became lost or damages, the films would be considered worthless and discarded.

However, some films even if they did survive, are lost in their original forms.  Often scenes would be cut out before original release or before reissues, and discarded and/or destroyed.

My favorite movie Fantasia is lost in its original form.  It was originally released as a roadshow engagement at the length of 124 minutes.  After the financial failure of that released, it was rereleased in standard theaters recut to 81 minutes, removing the Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor segment, and all of the introductions by Deems Taylor.  Later releases restored the Tocatta, but Taylor’s introductions were kept to a minimum.  In 2000, for the film’s 60th anniversary, All of Taylor’s interstitials were restored, but audio tracks were damaged beyond use; voice actor Corey Burton was hired to redub Taylor’s dialogue.

A Star is Born (1954) is partially lost.   It had a test screening at a runtime of 196 minutes.  It was cut down to 181 minutes for the premiere.  However, theaters complained about the length, saying it would limit showing, and therefore, profits.  As a result, Warner Bros. cut the film to 154 minutes.  Director George Cukor and star Judy Garland were outraged.  Cukor refused to see the film again, saying that it hurt to watch the recut version.  Garland claimed that the fact that several crucial scenes were cut, lead to her losing the Oscar for Best Actress.   Ironically, this attempt to increase profitability lead to the film losing money.   In 1981, a restoration proved partially successful, extending the length to 176 minutes, and replacing lost scenes that couldn’t be found with photos of the scenes being shot, to give an idea of what they would have looked like.

Many American soap opera episodes are lost, as the owners of them did not preserve them.  It was not until the middle of the 1970s, that they began preserving the episodes.  The exceptions are Dark Shadows, which has only one lost episode, and Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless, which have preserved all of their episodes before it was common to do so.

Many talks show and game show episodes are lost because the tapes were reused, due to videotape being very expensive.  This practice ended in the late 1970s.

The BBC is famous for discarding many of their programs.  This practice is known as wiping.  It was not until 1978, that they developed a policy of preserving all their material.  The reasons were varied, but included issues such as cost, making room for new programs, and deals with talent unions to limit or forbid reruns from talent unions on the rationale that reruns might put them out of business.  The most famous examples of this policy is Doctor Who.  Many early episodes are lost forever, but occasionally, lost episodes did turn up.

With regard to anime, many episodes are missing often because of content reasons, that are offensive to Western sensibilities or deemed inappropriate for children.  One anime series is, however, lost in its original form because of of changes made when it was imported for dubbing in America.  That would be Astro Boy.  Adter NBC recut the episodes, they offered to send the original film elements back the rights holders in Japan; the studio, however, refused to accept them because of financial issues, and they told NBC to do whatever it is that they do with film elements that they can’t or don’t want to keep.  NBC discarded them, and now all versions of the show are made from NBC’s version.

I even have a lost film of my own.  In 1999, me, my brother, my sister, and my father created a short film called The Giant Pikachu.  I lost the VHS tape is was saved on.

TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: Mary Sue

Today, I will talk about a trope that any good writer would tell you to avoid like the plague.

It is the Mary Sue.

A Mary Sue is a character who is overly perfect.  That is she or he (male examples are know as either a Larry Stu, Gary Stu, or Marty Stu) has no real flaws, has any talent, and is loved by most characters.  If a character does not like them, even if they have a real reason to dislike them, said character will be  depicted as extremely unsympathetic if not evil.  The plot bends over to facilitate the Mary Sue, and the Mary Sue is so unrealistically perfect to the point, that they are not a real character:  they are nothing more than a personification of ideals.

While such characters have existed for as long as people have been telling stories, the term was first coined in 1974.  Back before the Internet, fanfiction was written by hand or on typewriters, exclusively.  Some fans would hold conventions where they would distribute the fanfiction they wrote in fan magazines.  One of these fan magazines was called Menagerie, and it contained a Star Trek fanfiction called A Trekkie’s Tale.

A Trekkie’s Tale was about a fifteen-year-old girl named Mary Sue who becomes a lieutenant on  the Enterprise, saves the crew, and dies from her injuries.  It was written by Paul Smith who wrote it as a parody of fanfiction stories where the writer would create a character based on them and make them unrealistically idealistic.

The term caught on and was used to describe all sorts of characters that are perceived to be implausibly perfect.  However, not everyone agrees on Mary Sue traits or even if a given character is a Mary Sue.  But one thing is certain, a Mary Sue is not a good character trait, and even if one wants to create an idealistic character, they should still make them realistic, flaws and all.

 

Favorite Childhood Shows Friday: Favorite Childhood Shows: Lizzie McGuire

Happy Friday, and also I want to wish everyone, whether they have a romantic partner or not, a happy Valentine’s Day!

Today, I will talk about another of my favorite shows from when I was a kid: Disney Channel’s Lizzie McGuire.

This show is special in the network’s history because it layed down the foundation for every live action Disney Channel show that came after it.

The show did not have the most original premise.  It focused on a young teen girl, dealing with the trials and tribulations of life.  She has normal friends and a normal family and a normal school life.  She and friends support each other no matter what.  She finds her parents embarrassing and her brother annoying, but they all still love each other very much.  At school, she is not popular.  However, what set the show apart was its gimmick:  All of Lizzie’s truest and deepest thoughts and emotions were expressed by her animated alter-ego who gave a witty and sarcastic commentary on all of Lizzie’s experiences.

After this most live-action shows on the Disney Channel had a gimmick.  However, Lizzie McGuire, of course started it all, and it had perhaps the most simple and “grounded ” gimmick.  It was not high-concept or centered around show business.  In fact, the show’s theatrical movie moved in the direction of a show business gimmick, with its plot of Lizzie being mistaken for a famous pop star.

Perhaps, what made the show popular was its gimmick as well as all of its other components mixed in with it.  The show mixed comedy with interesting filmmaking techniques such as flashbacks and cutaways funny sound effects and music cues, and montages.  All of these served to heighten the show’s experiences, and keep viewers coming back for more.

The show became Disney Channel’s biggest hit to date, and spawned merchandise such as clothes, books, CD soundtracks, and more.  To repeat, this success was carried on by most of the shows that followed it.

I was a huge fan of the show and of the star Hilary Duff and continued to follow her for several years after the show ended as he branched out into movies and a music career, which she launched on the Disney Chanel with the soundtrack to the show.  (Now, it seems like the star or stars of every Disney Channel show are singers as well as actors.)

Looking back on the show, it had a great influence on me and my desire to work in the entertainment industry.

I am glad to have enjoyed this show for all of its heart and humor.

TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: Everyone Owns a Mac

This tropes is one of many examples of how TV and film often depict a lack of realism.  This trope also involves another of my interests: technology and in particular Apple.

Everyone Owns a Mac is trope that involves depicting all or most of the characters in a work using Mac computers (and often other Apple products as well).  In real life, the vast majority of people use Windows PCs.  I myself have used them since childhood, but I have had experience with using Macs at the Apple Store and in school, since I am studying a field that often uses the Mac.

In fact, that may play a role in this trope.  Many, if not most, people in the film and TV industries use Macs.  Therefore, many of those who involved with creating film and television depict the characters using Macs even if it would be unrealistic for them to do so.

Often, characters that you see using Macs are creative types of people such as filmmakers, musicians, artists, and writers, but of course, you will see all types of characters often using them.

The trope can apply to other Apple products, but not all of them.  iPod are still the most popular MP3 players, in the real world, even though the popularity of the iPhone, iPad, and other smartphones and tablets has led to their gradual decline in popularity.  Therefore, it would not be unrealistic to depict lots of characters in one work owning and using iPods.

Using iPhones could apply to this trope because in America, at least, the iPhone was available only on the carrier AT&T.  In February 2011, it was first made available on Verizon Wireless, then on Sprint in October 2011, and finally, in April 2013 it was made available on T-Mobile and all of the four largest wireless networks carried it.  So, while the iPhone is often seen used by TV and film characters, it still may not be realistic for everyone to own an iPhone, though it is becoming more and more realistic, but that  still does not even account for other popular smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy line, for instance, which is one of Apple fiercest competitors of the iPhone and iPad.  It may be more realistic for works set in the UK or Canada.

With regard to the iPad, it would not seem so unrealistic to me, as the iPad is the most popular tablet even though there are many competitors that make up a noticeable minority such as the Samsung Galaxy tablets, the Kindle Fire, and the Google Nexus.

Now, here are some examples of this trope.

In Degrassi, the more recent seasons depict all of the characters using iPhones regardless of their financial situations.

Author Stephen King often mentions Macs in books, if his characters use computers.

On Law and Order: SVU, the detectives are regularly seen using Macs, iPhones, and iPads in the courses of their investigations.

And there are many more on the page.

TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: What an Idiot

This is another of my favorite tropes.  What an Idiot refers to moments where a character does something so stupid, that it causes the viewer or reader to think in their mind or say out loud, “What an Idiot!”

Now, of course people don’t always use good judgement and common sense.  However, people still would expect fictional characters to act a certain way in their given circumstances.  It can sometimes be jarring to see a character make a stupid decision.  Yet, that does not necessarily mean that the the given story is bad.  It just means that, the character made a bad choice.  Sometimes, stupidity helps to serve the plot.

The site has listed most of the examples in the following format.  First, we are told the character’s situation.  Then we are told what we probably would expect people to generally do in that situation.  Then we are told what they actually.  Sometimes, we might be told what then happens after.  To show you what I mean, I will share examples from my show Luna.  I created a TV Tropes What an Idiot page for that show to include moments where the characters used poor judgement.

Much of the humor in Luna comes from Luna being too self-absorbed and arrogant to make good decisions or her friends simply having “teenage judgement.”

In “Just Desserts” Luna wants to go to the International Dessert Fair, but gets stuck with babysitting Allie’s twins, Demian and Isabel, and has to take them with her.  Allie tells Luna that the twins are banned from eating sugar.  While at the fair, Luna becomes frustrated with their obnoxious and rambunctious behavior.

You’d expect: That Luna would discipline them in some way such as putting them in time out, calling Allie to ask for help, or something.

Instead: She allows them to have all the desserts they want in exchange for behaving properly.  Later they both get sick and puke all over Luna, ruining her favorite outfit in the process.

 

In “The Funeral” Luna gets into an argument with the grandfather of her arch rival Alyssa.  The stress from that argument causes him to drop dead of a heart attack.  Luna feels bad about this and when she expressed her condolences to Alyssa, Alyssa snaps and blames Luna for her grandfather’s death and accuses her of being insincere.

You’d expect: That Luna would give Alyssa time to deal with her grief.

Instead: Luna continually harasses Alyssa and her family to prove that she is sorry for their loss and only shows that she is actually more concerned about proving that she is sorry then about offering her condolences.

Later: At the funeral Alyssa eulogizes her grandfather, while making not so veiled insults towards Luna.

You’d expect:  That Luna would keep her cool while Alyssa is subtly attacking her, since she is at a funeral.

Instead: Luna snaps and starts a screaming match with Alyssa.  Alyssa then starts a fight with Luna and in the ensuing struggle, pushes Luna into her grandfather’s casket which is then pushed into a collection of lit candles, causing a fire; the coffin and the church are damaged in the process..

 

In “Doing Too Much” Isaac gets a job at a Mexican restaurant that has the spiciest Mexican food ever, supposedly.  One day he is running late to soccer practice at the end of his shift, and rushes to use the bathroom before leaving.

You’d expect: That since he handles spicy food, he would wash his hands before touching anything else on his body.

Instead: He does not wash his hands and the audience hears him screaming in extreme pain.

Also in the same episode: Luna appoints herself the “spokesmodel” of a restaurant that serves vegan and vegetarian Mexican food in an attempt to give them more business.

You’d expect: That she would not do this at all because she is not employed by them.

Instead: She does just that and winds up hurting the restaurant’s reputation

Also: Luna is searching for potential customers.

You’d expect: That she find people on the street or use social media if she really wants to help the restaurant.

Instead: She tries to steal customers from other Mexican restaurants including Isaac’s workplace, potentially putting him out of a job.  This leads to her getting kicked out every restaurant she goes to.

 

In “Victory Dance” Luna is trying to breaking the world record for dancing non-stop for the longest time.  But she is tired and dehydrated, and is offered coffee to help.

You’d expect: Luna to not drink too much because caffeine can make you pee.

Instead: Luna drinks several cups of coffee, and with only ten seconds left on the clock, she runs to the bathroom, missing the record.

 

A general example, several times, Luna’s friends have a problem, and she offers them her help.

You’d expect: That they would refuse her help, since several times, she has only made their problems worse due to her arrogant, self-absorbed nature.

Instead: They don’t and she winds up screwing up their situations even more than they already are.

 

Very often, Allie is forced to ask Luna to babysit her twins, which Luna often reluctantly does.

You’d expect: That Luna would do what Allie says and make sure the twins never do anything bad and have access to anything that Allie does not want them to have.

Instead: Luna defies Allie’s requests and something bad happens.

Also: Every time Luna babysits Demian and Isabel, something bad happens, as stated before.

You’d expect: That Allie would simply find someone else other than Luna to babysit them.

Instead: Allie gets Luna to do it and something bad happens.