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9th Apr '17 7:10:58 PM Fireblood
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* The first season of ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'' ends with [[spoiler:Bassam being thrown in jail after a failed attempt to depose Jamal]]. The second season opens with Jamal facing a popular uprising where his only advisors are his wife, who has deluded herself into believing that the people actually love her, and his uncle Tariq, whose only skills are bombing and gassing civilian targets. And then the Army of the Caliphate, a real, honest-to-God terrorist group shows up...

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* The first season of ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'' ends with [[spoiler:Bassam being thrown in jail after a failed attempt to depose Jamal]]. The second season opens with Jamal facing a popular uprising where his only advisors advisers are his wife, who has deluded herself into believing that the people actually love her, and his uncle Tariq, whose only skills are bombing and gassing civilian targets. And then the Army of the Caliphate, a real, honest-to-God terrorist group shows up...up...
* ''{{Series/Homeland}}'': Throughout season six, a conspiracy against the President elect is revealed, with Carrie, Quinn and Saul struggling to combat it. Then when it's foiled, the President elect has suspects detained without trial in a military jail, refused to release them when ordered by the courts, expands the Patriot Act, and later even more are rounded up (including Saul).
18th Nov '16 7:53:00 AM crazysamaritan
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** Series two: In "Army of Ghosts", the Cybermen have crossed the dimensions from a parallel world, infiltrating five million advanced cybernetic soldiers into every city on Earth--[[spoiler:insinuated into society as the "ghosts" before ''anyone'' knew what they were]]. It is, as the Doctor noted, not a invasion, but a victory, so complete and sudden is the conquest. But then, in the bowels of the Torchwood institute, the Void Sphere opens, and [[spoiler:four '''[[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]]''' emerge]].
** To make it clearer, [[spoiler:four Daleks]] might not sound like much, but they are the bigger threat and could easily defeat millions of Cybermen. ''One'' would probably win.
*** "This is not war, ThisIsPestControl!"
** And then It Got Worse--''[[SerialEscalation some more]]''. [[spoiler:They open the Genesis Ark and millions of Daleks pour out, battle ready. And victory wasn't free--Rose ended up stranded in a parallel dimension]].
** Not to mention the 3-part finale of season 3, in which [[spoiler:the kindly old Professor Yana turns out to be the Master. Bad. Then he steals the TARDIS, stranding the Doctor, Martha, and Captain Jack at the end of time with a group of devolved humans about to kill everyone. ''Then'', when they finally manage to make it back to the present day, they find that the Master cannibalized the TARDIS into a paradox machine and became the Prime Minister of the UK. He blows up Martha's flat; has her, the Doctor, and Jack branded as criminals; and keeps them on the run overnight. Once he has them and is torturing the Doctor, he reveals his true plan: after ''disintegrating the US President'' with his newly-dubbed Toclafane army, he uses them to conquer the world, which he turns into a giant arms factory in order to begin a Time Lord Empire to conquer the universe. The Toclafane are actually the last sane humans that the Doctor and Yana had tried to save--converted into tiny flying homicidal maniacs that, thanks to the Paradox TARDIS, can kill the present-day humans without canceling out their own existence. And they do. ''One tenth of the population of Earth'' in the opening rounds, just because the Master likes the sound of the word "decimate"]]. Basically, it was a sequence of it getting even worse every time you'd thought they'd hit RockBottom.
** Next year, the prelude to the finale is "Turn Left", taking place in an alternate universe where [[spoiler:''the Doctor'' '''''DIED''''' during "The Runaway Bride" because Donna never met him]]...in the ''first 10 minutes''. You ''know'' this can't end well. And it doesn't. It ends with TheStarsAreGoingOut. And we find that it's no different from what's happening here, just in a different order. All those one-off references to missing planets? [[spoiler:Oh, that's just Davros' ''reality bomb'' that's going to disintegrate all matter in ''all'' universes. Yes, Davros, the creator of the Daleks. Yes, there's an army of them again, though, by now, you're probably desensitized to that]].
** The season 4.5 specials end with the Doctor finding out that even [[spoiler:the Master turning everyone on Earth into an extension of himself]] isn't the real problem. [[spoiler:The Time Lords themselves have found a way to leave the Time War...by bringing Gallifrey and all the horrors of the war right into Earth's orbit]]. And it got worse ''than that''. [[spoiler:The Time Lords' plan is to ''do what the '''Daleks''' were going to do'': erase the entire universe and start over]].

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In "Army of Ghosts", the Cybermen have crossed the dimensions from a parallel world, infiltrating five million advanced cybernetic soldiers into every city on Earth--[[spoiler:insinuated into society as the "ghosts" before ''anyone'' knew what they were]]. It is, as the Doctor noted, not a invasion, but a victory, so complete and sudden is the conquest. But then, in the bowels of the Torchwood institute, the Void Sphere opens, and [[spoiler:four '''[[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]]''' emerge]].
** *** To make it clearer, [[spoiler:four Daleks]] might not sound like much, but they are the bigger threat and could easily defeat millions of Cybermen. ''One'' would probably win.
*** "This is not war, ThisIsPestControl!"
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This is pest control!"
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And then It Got Worse--''[[SerialEscalation some more]]''. [[spoiler:They open the Genesis Ark and millions of Daleks pour out, battle ready. And victory wasn't free--Rose ended up stranded in a parallel dimension]].
** Not to mention the 3-part finale of season 3, Series 3: in which [[spoiler:the kindly old Professor Yana turns out to be the Master. Bad. Then he steals the TARDIS, stranding the Doctor, Martha, and Captain Jack at the end of time with a group of devolved humans about to kill everyone. ''Then'', when they finally manage to make it back to the present day, they find that the Master cannibalized the TARDIS into a paradox machine and became the Prime Minister of the UK. He blows up Martha's flat; has her, the Doctor, and Jack branded as criminals; and keeps them on the run overnight. Once he has them and is torturing the Doctor, he reveals his true plan: after ''disintegrating the US President'' with his newly-dubbed Toclafane army, he uses them to conquer the world, which he turns into a giant arms factory in order to begin a Time Lord Empire to conquer the universe. The Toclafane are actually the last sane humans that the Doctor and Yana had tried to save--converted into tiny flying homicidal maniacs that, thanks to the Paradox TARDIS, can kill the present-day humans without canceling out their own existence. And they do. ''One tenth of the population of Earth'' in the opening rounds, just because the Master likes the sound of the word "decimate"]]. Basically, it was a sequence of it getting even worse every time you'd thought they'd hit RockBottom.
** Next year, Series 4: the prelude to the finale is "Turn Left", taking place in an alternate universe where [[spoiler:''the Doctor'' '''''DIED''''' during "The Runaway Bride" because Donna never met him]]...in the ''first 10 minutes''. You ''know'' this can't end well. And it doesn't. It ends with TheStarsAreGoingOut. And we find that it's no different from what's happening here, just in a different order. All those one-off references to missing planets? [[spoiler:Oh, that's just Davros' ''reality bomb'' that's going to disintegrate all matter in ''all'' universes. Yes, Davros, the creator of the Daleks. Yes, there's an army of them again, though, by now, you're probably desensitized to that]].
** The season series 4.5 specials end with the Doctor finding out that even [[spoiler:the Master turning everyone on Earth into an extension of himself]] isn't the real problem. [[spoiler:The Time Lords themselves have found a way to leave the Time War...by bringing Gallifrey and all the horrors of the war right into Earth's orbit]]. And it got worse ''than that''. [[spoiler:The Time Lords' plan is to ''do what the '''Daleks''' were going to do'': erase the entire universe and start over]].
14th Apr '16 12:26:10 PM WillBGood
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** Specifically: He's a vastly overqualified high school teacher who hates his job and has money problems. He's fifty years old, his wife is pregnant with an unplanned baby and his son has cerebral palsy. When he finds out he's dying, he begins to cook meth to provide for his family after he dies. He has to kill two drug dealers in self-defense and dispose of the bodies, resulting in a half-dissolved body splattered across the entire house. His partner is beaten half to death by another dealer, who then abducts and threatens to kill them. He gets stranded in the desert and nearly dies of thirst, he misses his daughter's birth while making a drug sale and he watches a girl die of an overdose. Then his wife leaves him and takes the kids. And a couple of planes collide directly over his house (and it was indirectly his fault).
** WordOfGod says that it will absolutely get much worse.

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** Specifically: He's a vastly overqualified high school teacher who hates his job and has money problems. He's fifty years old, his wife is pregnant with an unplanned baby and his son has cerebral palsy. When he finds out he's dying, he begins to cook meth to provide for his family after he dies. He has to kill two drug dealers in self-defense and dispose of the bodies, resulting in a half-dissolved body splattered across the entire house. His partner is beaten half to death by another dealer, who then abducts and threatens to kill them. He gets stranded in the desert and nearly dies of thirst, he misses his daughter's birth while making a drug sale and he watches a girl die of an overdose. Then his wife leaves him and takes the kids. And a couple of planes collide directly over his house (and it was indirectly his fault).
** WordOfGod says that
fault). And it will absolutely get much worse.just kept going from there.



* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Scorpion": Borg nearby: bad. Borg Space with millions of cubes ahead and no passage (remember that SpaceIs2D)? Very bad. A species that eats Borg for breakfast and is [[OmnicidalManiac intent on destroying all lifeforms in the galaxy]]? Horrible! [[OhCrap How, then]], will you feel when we see that [[spoiler: nine of their ships can blow up a planet, [[StarWars Death Star]] style, within seconds - '''and''' there are thousands of such ships '''and''' they apparently can appear in any part of the galaxy???]]

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* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Scorpion": Borg nearby: bad. Borg Space with millions of cubes ahead and no passage (remember that SpaceIs2D)? [[TwoDSpace Space Is 2-D]])? Very bad. A species that eats Borg for breakfast and is [[OmnicidalManiac intent on destroying all lifeforms in the galaxy]]? Horrible! [[OhCrap How, then]], will you feel when we see that [[spoiler: nine of their ships can blow up a planet, [[StarWars Death Star]] style, within seconds - '''and''' there are thousands of such ships '''and''' they apparently can appear in any part of the galaxy???]]
22nd Jan '16 11:21:27 AM Sapphirea2
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Every season finale since the revival.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Every season finale since the revival.revival!


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** Series 9 is another rough run. First in "Face the Raven", the Doctor trying to save a friend who's been framed for murder is actually leading him into a trap set by [[spoiler: Ashildr and an unknown party]] to capture him. Bad. Then Clara's attempts to help [[spoiler: accidentally condemn her to being Killed Off For Real]], pressing a BIG BerserkButton for him. Worse. Next in "Heaven Sent", the Doctor is trapped and alone save for a deadly monster in a bespoke torture chamber, his anguish over the previous events still raw. DrivenToMadness as a result, he ends up escaping by [[spoiler: killing and recreating trillions of copies of himself over four-and-a-half-billion years]]. Even worse. Then it's revealed the {{Big Bad}}s responsible for this are [[spoiler: Rassilon and the Time Lords -- '''his own people''']]. ''Even worse.'' And the escaped Doctor now has no MoralityChain. "Hell Bent" confirms the ProtagonistJourneyToVillain is complete; he is a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds ready to '''risk the universe's existence''' just to [[spoiler: get Clara back from the dead]]...
18th Oct '15 11:03:44 AM WillBGood
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** Let's face it. Most of the show could be summed up as "It got worse." I recently rewatched the first episode of the TV series. The crew was ragged and exhausted. Everyone was still in a state of total shock from the destruction of their entire civilization. And to top it all off, they were forced to destroy a ship that may have had thousands of people on it (when the total known human population was only 50,000 or so). And yet all this time, my main thought about the situation was "enjoy it while you can, because it's going to get a lot worse from here."
23rd Jul '15 12:04:09 PM StrixObscuro
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* Played for humor on ''TopGear'''s "cheap car challenges," where they start out with wretched bangers and things go downhill from there. Played for drama on a couple of specials, particularly the Polar Special (truck vs. dogsled to the magnetic north pole) and the Bolivia Special.

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* Played for humor on ''TopGear'''s ''Series/TopGear'''s "cheap car challenges," where they start out with wretched bangers and things go downhill from there. Played for drama on a couple of specials, particularly the Polar Special (truck vs. dogsled to the magnetic north pole) and the Bolivia Special.



* Ms. Parker from ThePretender embodies this trope. First she gets [[spoiler:pulled out of a cushy coorperate job to join the hunt for Jarod]]. And then she finds out her Mom's [[spoiler:death was probably a murder, not a suicide]] as she had been led to believe her entire life--though this is not confirmed until late in the series. Mr. Parker constantly plays with her emotions until he ultimately [[spoiler:jumps out of an airplane and is presumed dead]]. Jarod doesn't help matters either. He hints in the second season that [[spoiler:Mr. Parker may not be her biological father]]. That point in particular gets much, much worse in the last movie when it's revealed [[spoiler:her biological father is Mr. Raines]]. Ew. Jarod also leads her to find out her brother is [[spoiler:Mr Lyle, a psychotic serial killer who may or may not have cannibalistic tendancies]]. When she finally finds love and [[spoiler:decides to leave the Centre, they kill her boyfriend and almost let her take the fall for it.]] And in order to keep the trail from leading back to the Centre, [[spoiler:they kill a junkie, a cop, and a mechanic to keep them from talking]]. As it turns out, the person who actually [[spoiler:killed Thomas]] was the woman [[spoiler:her father married]] in Season 3. [[spoiler:Brigitte dies in childbirth thus robbing Ms. Parker of her chance at revenge]]. Ouch.

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* Ms. Parker from ThePretender ''Series/ThePretender'' embodies this trope. First she gets [[spoiler:pulled out of a cushy coorperate job to join the hunt for Jarod]]. And then she finds out her Mom's [[spoiler:death was probably a murder, not a suicide]] as she had been led to believe her entire life--though this is not confirmed until late in the series. Mr. Parker constantly plays with her emotions until he ultimately [[spoiler:jumps out of an airplane and is presumed dead]]. Jarod doesn't help matters either. He hints in the second season that [[spoiler:Mr. Parker may not be her biological father]]. That point in particular gets much, much worse in the last movie when it's revealed [[spoiler:her biological father is Mr. Raines]]. Ew. Jarod also leads her to find out her brother is [[spoiler:Mr Lyle, a psychotic serial killer who may or may not have cannibalistic tendancies]]. When she finally finds love and [[spoiler:decides to leave the Centre, they kill her boyfriend and almost let her take the fall for it.]] And in order to keep the trail from leading back to the Centre, [[spoiler:they kill a junkie, a cop, and a mechanic to keep them from talking]]. As it turns out, the person who actually [[spoiler:killed Thomas]] was the woman [[spoiler:her father married]] in Season 3. [[spoiler:Brigitte dies in childbirth thus robbing Ms. Parker of her chance at revenge]]. Ouch.



* Repeatedly in an episode of ''TheRedGreenShow'', as a battered Red and Harold recall their attempt to preserve the original, historic Possum Lodge building, without professional help, on a dozen pickup truck beds.

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* Repeatedly in an episode of ''TheRedGreenShow'', ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'', as a battered Red and Harold recall their attempt to preserve the original, historic Possum Lodge building, without professional help, on a dozen pickup truck beds.



* This is the overarching theme about the drug trade in ''TheWire''. Anything you think you can do about it is only going to make things worse, and when you lock up or kill one drug kingpin, you create an EvilPowerVacuum that will only be filled by someone worse. For example, the BigBad of Season 1 is Avon Barksdale, a ruthless BloodKnight whose organization is responsible for over a dozen murders and has most of the city's West Side in an iron grip. However, Avon [[EvenEvilHasStandards has his standards]], [[PetTheDog occasionally does positive things for the community]], and is smart enough to keep a lid on the violence, [[PragmaticVillainy if only to keep from drawing too much attention]]. [[spoiler:When Avon is locked up for good]] in Season 3, the next person to rise to power is [[TheSociopath Marlo Stansfield]], who has all the cold blooded ruthlessness of the Barksdale organization at its very worst, with absolutely none of the redeeming features. Marlo provokes EvenEvilHasStandards from every single drug dealer and gangster in Baltimore, including even some of his own people. Summed up by this conversation in Season 3:

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* This is the overarching theme about the drug trade in ''TheWire''.''Series/TheWire''. Anything you think you can do about it is only going to make things worse, and when you lock up or kill one drug kingpin, you create an EvilPowerVacuum that will only be filled by someone worse. For example, the BigBad of Season 1 is Avon Barksdale, a ruthless BloodKnight whose organization is responsible for over a dozen murders and has most of the city's West Side in an iron grip. However, Avon [[EvenEvilHasStandards has his standards]], [[PetTheDog occasionally does positive things for the community]], and is smart enough to keep a lid on the violence, [[PragmaticVillainy if only to keep from drawing too much attention]]. [[spoiler:When Avon is locked up for good]] in Season 3, the next person to rise to power is [[TheSociopath Marlo Stansfield]], who has all the cold blooded ruthlessness of the Barksdale organization at its very worst, with absolutely none of the redeeming features. Marlo provokes EvenEvilHasStandards from every single drug dealer and gangster in Baltimore, including even some of his own people. Summed up by this conversation in Season 3:



* In the ''Series/ModernFamily'' episode "Fulgencio", Phil tries to model calm, rational problem-solving for his kids by taking it on himself to discuss things with other kids they're having problems with ... only to make their situations all worse.
* In Series/OnceUponATime, things in Storybrooke were far from great, as all the fairy tale characters were trapped there with no happy endings and could never leave. Once the curse broke, characters could leave but would [[spoiler: lose their fairy tale identity]]. Then, [[spoiler: an outsider got into Storybrooke and witnessed magic]], which was what many characters feared most. Also, [[spoiler: GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cora and Hook entered]]. Plus, after [[spoiler: Belle was shot and stumbled past the town border, losing her memory]], Mr Gold snapped and threatened to kill all of them if Belle was harmed. [[FromBadtoWorse Yeah. . .]]

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* In the ''Series/ModernFamily'' episode "Fulgencio", Phil tries to model calm, rational problem-solving for his kids by taking it on himself to discuss things with other kids they're having problems with ...with... only to make their situations all worse.
* In Series/OnceUponATime, things in Storybrooke were far from great, as all the fairy tale characters were trapped there with no happy endings and could never leave. Once the curse broke, characters could leave but would [[spoiler: lose [[spoiler:lose their fairy tale identity]]. Then, [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an outsider got into Storybrooke and witnessed magic]], which was what many characters feared most. Also, [[spoiler: GodSaveUsFromTheQueen [[spoiler:GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cora and Hook entered]]. Plus, after [[spoiler: Belle was shot and stumbled past the town border, losing her memory]], Mr Mr. Gold snapped and threatened to kill all of them if Belle was harmed. [[FromBadtoWorse Yeah. . .]]



** "Attack Over Baghdad", about a DHL cargo plane that was hit with a surface-to-air missile by Iraqi insurgents. The crew managed to safely land the plane...only to learn that they may have landed in a mine field.

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** "Attack Over Baghdad", about a DHL cargo plane that was hit with a surface-to-air missile by Iraqi insurgents. The crew managed to safely land the plane...only to learn that they may have landed in a mine field.field.
* The first season of ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'' ends with [[spoiler:Bassam being thrown in jail after a failed attempt to depose Jamal]]. The second season opens with Jamal facing a popular uprising where his only advisors are his wife, who has deluded herself into believing that the people actually love her, and his uncle Tariq, whose only skills are bombing and gassing civilian targets. And then the Army of the Caliphate, a real, honest-to-God terrorist group shows up...
12th Jul '15 5:06:23 PM nombretomado
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* Lampshaded in an episode of ''MalcolmInTheMiddle.'' After getting screwed over by their brother Francis, Malcolm and Reese report his car as stolen to the police. When he gets pulled over, he finds a note in his wallet that says: ''It gets worse . . . ''. As if on cue, a banging is heard from the boot of his car, revealing Malcolm and Reese [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome have somehow bound and gagged themselves to make it look like a kidnapping.]]**
* In ''Weeds'', this trope applies to almost every aspect of the main character's lives.
* The first-season ''{{ER}}'' episode "Love's Labour Lost," in which Dr. Greene does his damnedest to save a due-to-give-birth mother and her baby and whatever can go wrong does go wrong. [[spoiler: In the end, he does manage to save the child. But not the mother, or the emotions of everybody watching at home.]]

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* Lampshaded in an episode of ''MalcolmInTheMiddle.''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle.'' After getting screwed over by their brother Francis, Malcolm and Reese report his car as stolen to the police. When he gets pulled over, he finds a note in his wallet that says: ''It gets worse . . . ''. As if on cue, a banging is heard from the boot of his car, revealing Malcolm and Reese [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome have somehow bound and gagged themselves to make it look like a kidnapping.]]**
* In ''Weeds'', ''{{Series/Weeds}}'', this trope applies to almost every aspect of the main character's lives.
* The first-season ''{{ER}}'' ''Series/{{ER}}'' episode "Love's Labour Lost," in which Dr. Greene does his damnedest to save a due-to-give-birth mother and her baby and whatever can go wrong does go wrong. [[spoiler: In the end, he does manage to save the child. But not the mother, or the emotions of everybody watching at home.]]
30th Jun '15 10:21:24 AM nombretomado
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* In a Season 4 episode of ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', recurring character Cally is on the edge of a nervous breakdown due to stress, mixing medications, and the fact that her husband appears to be having an affair. Then, she learns that [[spoiler:her husband is actually a Cylon]], which provokes her [[spoiler:to take her infant son to an airlock, with plans to kill them both]]. She's talked out of it by the very woman she suspects her husband of cheating on her with [[spoiler:(also a Cylon)]], but then [[spoiler:after Cally has handed the woman her child, she knocks Cally out. She regains consciousness in the same airlock, in time to see the woman on the other side of a glass barrier, still holding the kid. The woman then [[ThrownOutTheAirlock kills Cally by launching her into space]]]].

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* In a Season 4 episode of ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', recurring character Cally is on the edge of a nervous breakdown due to stress, mixing medications, and the fact that her husband appears to be having an affair. Then, she learns that [[spoiler:her husband is actually a Cylon]], which provokes her [[spoiler:to take her infant son to an airlock, with plans to kill them both]]. She's talked out of it by the very woman she suspects her husband of cheating on her with [[spoiler:(also a Cylon)]], but then [[spoiler:after Cally has handed the woman her child, she knocks Cally out. She regains consciousness in the same airlock, in time to see the woman on the other side of a glass barrier, still holding the kid. The woman then [[ThrownOutTheAirlock kills Cally by launching her into space]]]].
24th Jan '15 1:24:22 PM doulifee
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** Clarkson likes to lampshade this with is famous 'still...could be worse' , listing all the problems and failures in his car and then switching to May or Hammond strugling with worse than what he mentionned.
15th Jan '15 6:25:00 PM 102372
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** If you thought Buffy's life was bad before...in Season 9vampires are beloved, Slayers are seen as the enemy, Buffy herself has a dead end job in a cafe, she just wants to be normal despite slaying being the only thing she feels she can do, and her friends have largely shunned her.

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** If you thought Buffy's life was bad before...in Season 9vampires 9, vampires are beloved, Slayers are seen as the enemy, Buffy herself has a dead end dead-end job in a cafe, she cafe--she just wants to be normal despite slaying being the only thing she feels she can do, and do--and her friends have largely shunned her.



** Season nine: [[spoiler:Dean tricks Sam into accepting possession in order to save his life, Cas is human--later running on borrowed Grace that's killing him--and can't be much help to the Winchesters, Charlie's disappeared to Oz, Dean takes the Mark of Cain, Dean and Sam spend most of the season after Sam learns about his possession in a drawn-out version of their fight in "When the Levee Breaks", Kevin's killed on Metatron's orders by the angel possessing Sam, and Dean gets turned into a demon]].
** Season ten: [[spoiler:Dean took off with Crowley and has been running around as a demon while Sam crosses the line to try to find him. When Sam finds him and cures him, Dean brings up everything bad anyone in their family's ever done, pretty much, just to torture Sam]]. Things don't appear to be getting better anytime soon.

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** Season nine: [[spoiler:Dean tricks Sam into accepting possession in order to save his life, Cas is human--later running on borrowed Grace that's killing him--and can't be much help to the Winchesters, Charlie's disappeared to Oz, Dean takes the Mark of Cain, Dean and Sam spend most of the season after Sam learns about his possession in a drawn-out version of their fight in "When the Levee Breaks", Kevin's Breaks"--you know, the one that led to ''the Apocalypse starting''--Kevin's killed on Metatron's orders by the angel possessing Sam, and Dean dies and gets turned into a demon]].
** Season ten: [[spoiler:Dean took off with Crowley and has been running around as a demon while Sam crosses the line MoralEventHorizon to try to find him. When Sam finds him and cures him, Dean brings up everything bad anyone in their family's ever done, pretty much, just including what Sam was up to, to torture Sam]]. Things don't appear to be getting better anytime soon.
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