The answers are somewhere, the paranormal and anomalies of the world cannot remain unsolved, there must be a solution to it all. It’s a strange world we live in and it amazes me how we choose to live in ignorance and not explore the reality we live in. The Avengers: Infinity War has been a highly anticipated movie, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe spawning a decade of superhero flicks merging into the biggest crossover event in the history of cinema. But what if I told you the MCU wasn’t the largest and longest extended universe of entertainment you’ve been enjoying and continually watching. What if I told you that a large portion of your favorite TV shows exist in the true greatest extended universe, and it’s all thanks to autism and a snow globe.

Patient Zero: St. Elsewhere

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The Cast of St. Elsewhere [credit: NBC /MTM Enterprises
Saying that your show spawned from literal autism seems like typical harsh criticism you might see an angry reviewer or YouTube commenter leave but one show wore this idea on their sleeve. St. Elsewhere created by Joshua Brand and John Falsey was a hospital drama running from 1982-1988. With 137 episodes and 13 Emmy awards you think you would have maybe heard about it before. St. Elsewhere appears to have a strange legacy not necessarily distinguishing itself as genre pioneer, never reaching cultural phenomenon status, and is probably the less preferred of its cop drama counterpart Hill Street Blues but still it’s considered a well-produced, well received show that is representative of the 80’s TV lineup (Also thanks for helping make Denzel Washington a thing). There’s really one thing that keeps this show relevant, and that’s Tommy.

Tommy Westphall was a minor character with a few appearances on the show, Tommy is son of Donald Westphall a medical director who is one of the main characters. Tommy played a vital role in the series finale and I guess the entire series as the greatest plot twists are the ones that are the least expected and I’m sure the last thing you’d expect the writers to end a standard medical drama with is the mind-blowing fact that this autistic child is the God of the show’s universe. In St.Elsewhere’s finale scene, Tommy is seen staring, greatly transfixed onto a snow globe. Donald Westphall admits to his friend that “autism, what’s the deal with that?” and wonders what exactly Tommy is thinking when he becomes so despondent. When Tommy leaves the snow globe in the room it’s clear that inside the snow globe is Rosebud…just kidding it’s the St. Eligius Hospital.

What?

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He’s got the whole wide world in his hands.

Is the show implying that the plot of every episodes where fantasies conjured up by an autistic boy staring into snow globes (which was the number 1 favorite past time of those with autism before Minecraft was invented)? It’s interesting to see how such a Shyamalan ending could not only be accepted in the 80’s but was oddly the norm. People got very upset when How I Met Your Mother had a somewhat of a twist that really wasn’t that big of a shocker. A lot of show finales nowadays seem to try their hardest to appease as many people as possible going as safe as they possibly can and still pissing people off because the perfect finale viewers really want nowadays is an hour long Q & A session with the showrunners so that every dumb question can be answered. There was a time in television where the finale of Lost wasn’t an outrageous and frustrating conclusion but honestly par for the course. Back then you could end a series with it all being a dream, having your alien friend getting captured by the government, having the entire town explode, or my personal favorite having one of the main characters visited by a demon who convinces him to commit suicide (man the final episode of Friends was weird) and other completely satisfying and not just pure shock value ending of long-running television. If anything nobody was upset with the Tommy Westphall ending, they are at the end credits of the episode where the show kills off Mimsie the cat. Mimsie was the mascot for the production studio MTM Enterprises which did a similar logo as MGM but with a cat instead of a lion and on the final episode of St. Elsewhere they decided it would be funny to change the picture of Mimsie with a flat-lining heart monitor. They killed Mimsie, you bastards! Even more upsetting when you realize the cat died that year. Too Soon! You apparently were so soon you didn’t even wait for him to die soon, you monsters!

So wait a second, St. Elsewhere was not shy to the idea of crossing over with other shows, if St.Elsewhere is all an autistic fantasy… would every show it interacted with also be inside Tommy’s head. If so, the infection spreads and suddenly, a full-blown epidemic is one our hands.

Tommy Westphall Virus

It’s Tommy’s world and a large portion of television is living in it. It’s insane how through a viral spread of crossover contact has created the true ultimate cross-over, a universe connecting over 400 shows and counting (10% of the Westphall virus is from shows currently running as of 2016). It is impossible to say that you have enjoy scripted television without having seen part of the Westphall Universe. Don’t believe me here’s the short list and tell me that you haven’t watched or that one of your favorite scripted TV shows don’t appear on the list:

  • 24
  • 90210
  • The Addams Family
  • Alf
  • AHS: Murder House
  • The Americans
  • The Andy Griffith Show
  • Arrested Development
  • Batman
  • Benson
  • Bones
  • Boy Meets World/Girl Meets World
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Breaking Bad
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Cheers
  • Clueless
  • Community
  • Cory in the House
  • CSI
  • Degrassi
  • Dexter
  • Doctor Who
  • ER
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Family Matters
  • Firefly
  • Fresh Prince
  • Full House
  • Glee
  • Hannah Montana
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • I Love Lucy
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Knight Rider
  • Law and Order
  • M*A*S*H
  • Magnum P.I.
  • Malcolm in the Middle
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
  • Mork & Mindy
  • Robot
  • The Office (US & UK)
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • Seinfeld
  • Star Trek
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
  • Twin Peaks
  • Two and a Half Men
  • The Walking Dead
  • Wonder Woman
  • The X-Files
  • Padding
  • The Word
  • Count
  • If
  • You’re Still Reading
  • Good Job

That’s the short list. There’s a full list as well as a chart of how they all connect on The Tommy Westphall Universe site, be sure to check that out linking it down below. Can a cast of these characters please fight a giant purple space tyrant! I might do a follow up article of me choosing my ultimate avenger squad from the Tommyverse that I would use to Take on Thanos. Please tell me in the comments what ten characters you would use in your Infinity War. Overall Tommy is one deranged psychopath, some thought it was a stretch to have Tommy imagine rape and other of the darker things that happened in St. Elsewhere, but looking into a snow globe and thinking of an episode of Twin Peaks alone might be worthy of a visit to the psych ward.

Will It Ever End?

No.

 

 

I mean anything is possible, but these are the threads that I think will have a large part of keeping the TWU not ending for the near future:

  1. The Disney Channel

It was the missing link that opened the flood gate. When Disney decided to reboot the ABC Family show Boy Meets World into the 2016 version Girl Meets World starring Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter it was not just another addition but 16 shows being added and an imperial takeover of an entire channel. Disney usually has a steady rotation of 5-ish shows running at similar period in time and periodically has crossover events that while they’ve done “actor” rather than “character” crossovers that wouldn’t count on this list the practice of Disney doing special episodes of its characters sharing the screen will probably happen as long as there is a Disney Channel… which is probably as long as there are children on Earth.

  1. The Law & Order Universe

In the criminal justice drama genre, the shows are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: Dateline and 20/20, shows that depict real crime; and the scripted shows that dramatize these events. These are those stories. {Law & Order Sound effect}. Law & Order has its own subsection of the universe that’s how integral its been to the theory. Law & Order is a show that’s never going to end. Besides that, within the L&O U is the Chicago [Insert Chicago Civil Service Job] I almost think it’s more likely that Chicago will no longer be an existing city than for NBC to realize they’ve oversaturated the market with shows taking place in the Windy City. The L&O U also has the Arrowverse/ all the DC Comics shows on the CW. Do you have superhero fatigue, well Tommy is probably going to add a Shazam, Martian Manhunter, and Hawkgirl show coming soon enough?

  1. AMC & modern unpredictability

The finale network is AMC, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad all seem to have a similar level of high production to them. I can definitely see AMC keeping up the prestige and “same Universe” feel to their primetime line-up. Finally, with the no breaks on the nostalgia train and culture’s obsession with remixing and referencing culture I wouldn’t be surprised if something strange in terms of callbacks happen to perpetuate Tommy Westphall’s imagination. I mean Mr. Robot meets Alf, like WTF. How Family Guy popularized cutaway gags and memes make The Star Wars prequels more relevant then when the movies came out I wouldn’t be surprised shows with quick acknowledgements of TV of old.

 

The universe has established rules that the community has deemed would be opening up a can of worms that these obsessive fanatics don’t want to deal with. The biggest rule that limits the feel of play is no animation. The reason given is that animation history is harder to track and I don’t blame them I think The Simpsons and Scooby-Doo would introduce about a ton a shows alone. I think narrowcasting and the general fact that popular television is in the hands of more people it does show that maybe Tommy’s Universe may come to an end someday.

Conclusion

So K, the K-Files has been you over-analyzing media and doing some sort of investigation is this the part where you are going to start breaking down examples or showing your own conspiracy evidence as to what shows you think exist in the TWU, or how many hours of television make up the TWU so that he must have spent this amount of time zoning out and how that is or isn’t humanly possible or how the show runners and writers of that episode has been writing all their work in the head of Tommy Westphall. No, no I’m not. Those sound like Herculean tasks of watching and a huge amount of research that I think I’ve covered enough of the TWU… for now. I’m open to revisiting Tommy but I think this is a good enough as a preliminary case file of briefing what it is and not going crazy insane with it. What do you think of St. Elsewhere’s bizarre ending would you upset that your current favorite show ended in a similar fashion or would you think it’s pretty neat? Should Tommy assemble TV’s greatest protagonist to fight a purple space tyrant of their own? What’s your favorite extended multi-verse in media, and did you enjoy The Avengers: Infinity War (I haven’t seen it yet)? Let me know with a comment below, like if you want more K-Files and if you want more content created by an autistic person consider hitting that follow button. Thank you for joining me the truth is somewhere, and always I’ll be at the movies.


 

I want to shout out the cool people that make the knowledge of Tommy’s world so easily researchable so I want to say that this isn’t possible without:

Dwayne McDuffie, the fifth Column: From what I gathered was the original poster of the theory who wrote about it in 2002.

Keith Gow and Ash Crowe with The Tommy Westphall Universe. Amazing fellow wordpress site that has establish themselves as ultimate authoritarians on the theory and have been cataloguing and updating the theory. If this silly post by me interested you at all, go check this site out see the full map and list see what I left out as it truly is amazing to see and I can not say enough about how awesome the amount of work this site did to keep such a fun theory going.

Finally sites that were useful to my smarts on St.Elsewhere and I’d encourage you to check out if you want to learn more about such a fascinating subject.

John J. O’Connor New York Times review of St.Elsewhere

Greg Welsh Cracked 7 Soul Crushing Series Finales

Jim Vorel Paste Magazine: Legacy of Tommy Westphall Universe

Dan Snierson Entertainment Weekly cast reunion discussing the Finale

 

Also, K-Files #1 and #2 if you’re interested:

Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Case

Twitter Ghost: Dear David

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “The K-Files: Avengers Infinity War is NOT the Biggest Crossover

  1. Wow, I didn’t realize this universe was actually a thing when it comes to different TV shows. That certainly is a huge crossover in itself and something I would’ve never guessed. Hahaha!

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    1. I miss the K-Files…. but yeah the Tommy Theory is certainly a fun thought and I’m glad looking back I did a neat informative write up that let’s you know about it instead of just pointing at it and going “weird huh” like I assume Buzzfeed, Cracked and Mental Floss do with these kind of theory things.

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      1. If the right topic comes, I will! It’s funny looking back at like my 2018 content and how I was sort of looking for a “flagship” content style and nothing really stuck but it’s kind of for the best I like the freedom of being able to approach things in whatever I see fit instead of following a format.

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