Fan Theory: Bob Newhart Is A Nexus Point In The Multiverse

This is a post for fans of the old “Bob Newhart” TV show. I found a fun subplot that I like to call the “Bob Newhart Nexus”.

To be clear, I think the creators of the “Bob Newhart” TV show added a subplot that secretly connected it to other fictional TV shows in a fictional multiverse. Bob Newhart is the Nexus point that connects all the characters from the multiple universes.

The Pocket Universe

The show centers on Robert Hartley, Ph.D. (Bob Newhart), a Chicago psychologist. It divides most of its action between the character’s work and his home life, with Hartley’s wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette), and their neighbor, airline navigator Howard Borden (Bill Daily).

In the final episode of “The Bob Newhart Show”, we find the characters are panicked because they know it will be the end of their lives since the pocket universe will cease to exist. We find the wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette) crying because she knows the world is coming to an end. The landlord actually hints out loud that “Life Is Short”, he then goes on to overly exaggerated the power of the renter Robert Hartley, Ph.D. (Bob Newhart) by referencing every tiny flaw in the apartment by a power of x100. He is hinting at the power of Robert Hartley, Ph.D. (Bob Newhart), that he is killing people in the apartment, that he is not a normal human and everything he does has a huge impact on their reality Howard Borden (Bill Daily) falls down dead on the spot when told by Robert Hartley, Ph.D. (Bob Newhart) that he is moving away, leaving wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette) sadly looking up to Robert Hartley, Ph.D. (Bob Newhart) knowing she is next.

Reality Zero

At the core is a medical office where downloadRobert Hartley, Ph.D. (Bob Newhart) has his psychology practice. His patient Elliot Carlin (Jack Riley) is a key figure across the multiple universes. Although Robert Hartley, Ph.D. (Bob Newhart) has a number of patients he doesn’t seem to have the skill to cure them.

“Reality Two Unstable”

We now move to the new TV show “Newhart”. Dick Loudon (Bob Newhart), is now an author of do-it-yourself and travel books (As in self-governing traveler between universes). He and his wife Joanna Loudon  (Mary Frann) move from New York City to a small town in rural Vermont to operate the 200-year-old Stratford Inn. This is the same move that Robert Hartley, Ph.D. (Bob Newhart) was making in his other reality when he moved from the big city to the countryside. This shows we are dealing with the same person who wants to achieve one single goal of leaving the city for a simpler life in the country.

Dick Loudon (Bob Newhart) now lives in a town that exists in an illogical world governed by rules that elude him. The producers are stating openly that this universe is unstable. Near the end of the second season, Dick began hosting a low-rated talk show on the town’s local television station. This is the tie into our “Real Universe” where we watched the “Bob Newhart” TV show, get dropped due to low ratings. The producers are constantly hinting at multiverses. In this reality, three strange men named Larry, Darryl and Darryl seem overly eager to do anything that Dick Loudon (Bob Newhart) requests without asking questions.45df.jpg

The Big Tell

The “Newhart” show final episode reveals the multiverse openly when Dick Loudon (Bob Newhart) leaves “Reality Two Unstable” and reactivates the “The Pocket Universe” due to his unhappiness with his life there. He then talks to his wife as Robert Hartley, Ph.D. (Bob Newhart) about his life in the other universe and warns her to be more of what he wants or else.

“Bob Newhart Nexus”

Bob openly merges multiple universes at his point of existence or what I call the “Bob Newhart Nexus”.

Dick Loudon (Bob Newhart) runs into Elliot Carlin (Jack Riley) from one of his universes where they talk about him being damaged by Robert Hartley, Ph.D. (Bob Newhart) in therapy. Dick Loudon (Bob Newhart) toys with the fact that he knows who he is but pretends not to remember why Elliot Carlin (Jack Riley) looks familiar.

Robert Hartley, Ph.D. (Bob Newhart) runs into the three strange men named Larry, Darryl and Darryl from “Reality Two Unstable”. He is not happy to see them and states this out loud as he attempts to avoid them. They are completely unaware of who Robert Hartley, Ph.D. (Bob Newhart) is and you can see they are symbolically still in “Reality Two Unstable” as the elevator is working but looks like a disaster.

From the TV show “ALF.

The Alien sees people from multiple universes who are connected to Bob Newhart. In the episode “Going Out of My Head Over You”, Willie visits a psychologist, Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Dykstra (Bill Daily).

In this episode, ALF mentions learning about psychology by watching episodes of the “Bob Newhart Show”.

Psychologist, Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Dykstra (Bill Daily) may be why Bob pretended to be a  psychologist in “Reality Zero” and why Bob created a copy of his mentor as his neighbor Howard Borden (Bill Daily) in the “The Pocket Universe”alfep405g

Psychologist, Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Dykstra (Bill Daily) is called in to help ALF deal with some mental issues.HowardBorden

One of Psychologist, Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Dykstra (Bill Daily) patients in the waiting room is Elliot Carlin (Jack Riley) from “Reality Zero“.

Bob is caught contemplating leaving the “Reality Two Unstable” universe to return to the “The Pocket Universe” when his wife catches him watching the “Bob Newhart” TV show.

She then desperately tries to change herself and others in the “Reality Two Unstable” universe to please Bob so that he will not leave. This strategy fails and Bob restores the “The Pocket Universe” using his mind as symbolized in the golfing accident when he is hit on the head and wakes back in his original home.

He even warns he original wife to be more like his alternate reality wife by hinting that she should dress more like her.

So there you have it, a multiverse that Bob Newhart travels through. This is a fan fiction conspiracy theory. I welcome any other views on what they were trying to do with the Bob Newhart name. Have fun!

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  1. Very Fun Theory! Bob belongs in your “pocket universe” he fits there…
    I loved all of the crossovers they did… The final episode of Newhart is the best final episode of any show to me…no one saw that coming… of course I’m more of a Bob Newhart Show fan than Newhart but I still liked it. “Newhart” was more surreal.
    Great Post

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  2. I forgot about one extra occurrence…Bob and “Carol” were on Murphy Brown… Carol was Murphy’s secretary until Dr. Robert Hartley came and talked her into going back with him to the Bob Newhart Show…. Season 6 Episode 21 of Murphy Brown

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    • Great catch! I thought about adding that but it seemed like they were still in the same universe. No crossover element for another reality.

      There was one where I’m still thinking about it, the “ST Elsewhere” crossover. It’s extra tempting given how that show ended.

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