Wonderfalls

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Caged Bird

    Aired 12/15/04

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Totem Mole

    Aired 12/12/04

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Cocktail Bunny

    Aired 7/25/04

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Lying Pig

    Aired 7/25/04

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Safety Canary

    Aired 11/17/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • William Sadler

    Darrin Tyler

  • Diana Scarwid

    Karen Tyler

  • Caroline Dhavernas

    Jaye Tyler

  • Lee Pace

    Aaron Tyler

  • Tracie Thoms

    Mahandra

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  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Wonderfalls guide. Set against the backdrop of Niagara Falls, Wonderfalls is a quirky one-hour family dramedy about an underachieving twenty-something souvenir shop worker named Jaye Tyler. Her life is forever changed when inanimate figures – including toys, cartoons and anything in the form of an animal, begin to talk to her. In each episode, the creatures' cryptic messages set into motion a chain of unpredictable events that invariably lead Jaye into the lives of others in need. Throughout the series' bizarre situations and madcap adventures, Jaye seeks advice from her best buddy Mahandra and befriends Eric, a local bartender who tries to help answer her unrequited questions. Is the universe conspiring against her? Is this real or just her imagination? Should she struggle with fate or surrender to destiny? Whatever the outcome one thing is for certain - Jaye will discover that the world around her is a magical place and that the seemingly random events in her life are actually all part of something much greater.moreless

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  • Quotes (265)

    • Eric: (About the Maid of the Mist) You know, I don't get why she just didn't paddle to the other side of the river. I mean, it's not that far. Jaye: She was surrendering to destiny. Eric: Oh, is that it? Jaye: You know, the Office of Travel and Tourism did this whole "Surrender to Destiny" promotion in the '80s and some cult used it as an endorsement for mass suicide. Eric: Really? Jaye: Mm-hmm. Bunch of them piled into canoes and went over the edge. They were pulling bodies out of the river for weeks. Eric: That wasn't in any of the brochures. Jaye: There was a lot of media coverage. Surprisingly good for business.

    • Eric: Well, for those of us not in cults, I think there's something to be said for surrendering to destiny. I mean, if it's destiny, there's probably a reason for it, right? Jaye: Okay. Eric: So why struggle with fate? Life can be sort of peaceful when you stop struggling. Jaye: It's a lot like drowning that way.

    • Jaye: I... love you. Sharon: I love you too. Jaye: (surprised) I don't feel dirty. (To Sharon) I thought I was gonna feel dirty.

    • Dr. Ron: Would you say your family life is stressful? Jaye: Not that I'm aware of. Does my mother say it's stressful? Dr. Ron: We're not talking about your mother. Jaye: Not yet. Dr. Ron: Do you feel pressured to live up to your mother's expectations? Jaye: I thought we weren't talking about my mother. Dr. Ron: We're not. We're talking about you. Jaye: I'm confused. Dr. Ron: That's perfectly normal.

    • Jaye: How'd you get in? Sharon: Climbed through the window. You're gonna need a new screen. Jaye: Couldn't wait in your luxury S.U.V.? Sharon: I did, but there was this dirty kid eating Spaghetti Os out of a can and he wouldn't stop staring at me.

    • Beth: Excuse me. Did you bring in the man with the pen in his throat? Sharon: Um... yes. Beth: I'm his ex-wife. My name is on the emergency contact card in his wallet. Are you his girlfriend? Sharon: I don't have a girlfriend.

    • Dr. Ron: When's the last time you told your sister you loved her? Jaye: I don't know how you did things in your family, but we weren't raised that way.

    • Jaye: You know that vending machine that makes little wax animals? Mahandra: Yeah. Jaye: It made a little smooshed-face lion. Mahandra: Mm-hmm. Jaye: And it talked to me. Mahandra: What did it say? Jaye: It told me not to give a customer her money back. Mahandra: Was she being a bitch? Jaye: Yeah. Mahandra: There you go.

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    Notes (123)

    • Jaye says "please don't respond to that" after "I love you" instead of her whole "I don't feel dirty" speech (this version was used in some ads).

    • The music was changed.

    • The bit where the EPS guy comes in and tries to talk to Jaye was added.

    • The bit about the "surrender to destiny" promotion and cult was added.

    • The scene where Jaye asks Mahandra if she's crazy was added.

    • The exterior of the Wonderfalls Gift Emporium was redone (although shots of the old one remain).

    • A shot of a Frankenstein Burger King was removed.

    • The scene with Jaye picking up the quarter and it hitting her on the back of the head was added. (I'm not sure why, since the quarter she picks up later is apparently the EPS guy's.) The network didn't understand why on this day Jaye would start to hear voices, so as an inciting incident this is now where Jaye essentially "makes a wish". So the scene was added for clarity and then the continuity becomes an issue with the quarters.

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    Trivia (54)

    • In this episode we find out that Sharon is a lesbian.

    • It is revealed in the DVD commentary that the final scene with Jaye and Sharon, where Jaye says "I love you" was filmed about 6 months after the preceding scenes were filmed. Sharon's hair is styled different and her cleavage is not as pronounced. Caroline Dhavernas is actually thinner and has a tan.

    • Due to some clever camera tricks and computer generated images, it appears that the store opens up into a quad that looks over Niagara Falls. In reality, this is not the case. There is no actual Wonderfalls store. The actual store front used is located in the court yard of the Liberty Grand Complex in Toronto.

    • Jaye claims that Niagara Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, but it isn't. Although there isn't an official list of the Seven Wonders, they are generally accepted to be the Grand Canyon, the Northern Lights, Mount Everest, Paricutin Volcano, the Harbour at Rio de Janeiro, Victoria Falls and the Great Barrier Reef.

    • Shots of the old and new Wonderfalls Gift Emporium sign and logo are intermixed.

    • Bianca says she stole Jaye's wallet from her pocket the night before. However, the night before, Jaye was wearing a skirt with no pockets.

    • Notice nobody from the family leaves money for their meals before leaving?

    • In the teaser at the table, Aaron puts down the book, then it cuts to him with the book in his hands without picking it up, and then is cut to him eating from his plate.

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    Allusions (21)

    • Eric: What's the universe plotting? Jaye: Couldn't tell you. Vanna hasn't turned over enough letters yet. Jaye is referring to the popular game show Wheel of Fortune, in which contestants try to guess letters that are part of a puzzle. If the letter they guess is part of the puzzle, model Vanna White walks in front of the board and touches the blank squares where the letters belong, revealing more of the puzzle to the contestants.

    • Wax Lion: Make me a match. This is a reference to the Oscar-winning 1971 movie Fiddler on the Roof, in which a Russian Jewish peasant marries off his daughters. A musical number called Matchmaker in the movie contains the words the lion speaks here in its refrain.

    • "Hello my honey, hello my baby, hello my ragtime gal..." The first song that the Lion Sings (as well as the plush bear at the end) is the same song that the "dead" frog sang to "Porky Pig" in "Loony Toons." The gag was that around everyone else, the frog was dead, but sang and danced for "Porky." Kind of how the Animals only talk for her, and not for anyone else.

    • Jaye: "You're like that girl in that movie who liked the life of the other girl so much that she killed for it!" "Grease?" "Single White Female!"
      Single White Female was a famous 1992 film starring Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Leigh was obsessed with Fonda's life, and tried to steal everything, including her husband. The film inspired plots for many other movies and TV episodes (see also the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Faith, Hope, and Trick" for another Single White Female reference).

    • Bianca: "Grease?"
      Grease was a famous 1978 adaptation of a stage musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. I was made on a low budget, but became one of the highest grossing films ever made. Together with "Welcome Back, Kotter!" and "Saturday Night Fever", it made John Travolta a superstar.

    • Jaye: Stitching a skin suit out of my corpse... This is a reference to Ed Gein the American murderer and grave robber. He skinned and multilated human corpses fashioning items such as lampshades made from human skin, soup bowls made from human skulls and a mask made from the skin of a human face. He was the inspiration for the fictional serial killer Leatherface in the 1974 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as Norman Bates from Psycho, and Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs.

    • The scene in which Sharon surreptitiously carries up a bright glass of milk to drug her father is a subtle, hilarious reference to the 1941 Alfred Hitchcock film Suspicion. In the movie, Johnny (Cary Grant) carries a glowing glass of milk up a staircase, and his wife, Lina (Joan Fontaine), believes he is trying to poison her.

    • Jaye: Why are those pilgrims carrying you on that folding chair? Karen: Jaye, stop teasing. You saw Fiddler. This is a reference to the Oscar-winning 1971 movie Fiddler on the Roof, in which a Russian Jewish peasant marries his daughters off. Jaye is acting as if she doesn't recognize a common practice of traditional Jewish weddings.

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  • Fan Reviews (83)
  • Hooked 20 minutes into the pilot

    By sarahjadesigns, Mar 30, 2014

  • Super Quirky and Super Lovable

    By sarah1992, Feb 20, 2013

  • The best one season TV show ever.

    By eaudra, May 14, 2010

  • "...by far the best self-contained single season of television ever created."

    By gotahaloroundme, Feb 14, 2009

  • One of the most underappreciated shows ever.

    By Svanehjerte, Sep 16, 2008

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