After watching the episode “Normal Again,” I chose to entirely disregard the fact that it implied that the entire series might be taking place in Buffy’s head. The idea was just too depressing. But now I’ve come across a website that has some pretty promising evidence that not only Buffy and Angel, but also Firefly, Battlestar, and Star Trek are all taking place in the mind of Tommy Westphall. In fact, over 282 shows are.
Who is Tommy Westphall? Well, if you’ve watched the end of St. Elsewhere you’d know. In the final moments of the series finale, it was revealed that this autistic child had dreamt up the entire show. It was all in his mind. But how does that connect to the Scooby Gang?
Let me explain. In the show St. Elsewhere, Westphall, Craig, and Auschlander visit the Cheers bar, thus establishing that they are in the same universe. From there, Cheers spun off the series Fraiser, which fielded a phone call to the radio show from John Hemingway on the John Larroquette Show. The John Laroquette Show references Yoyodyne, who is also a client of Wolfram and Hart on Angel. And we all know Angel and Buffy are in the same universe.
Well, what about Warf, Kaylee, and the Adamas? You’ll just have to check the website to find out for yourself: Tommy Westphall’s Mind: A Multiverse Explored.
Juliana Weiss-Roessler is an aspiring TV writer in Los Angeles. She has been writing in web-based media for 10 years, including writing web videos for an Emmy-nominated reality series and ghostwriting a blog for Yahoo. To learn more about the process of applying to write for TV, visit her website WeissRoessler.com to read her spec scripts or visit her blog Boring Future Generations.