History IdiotBall / LiveActionTV

7th Jan '17 11:05:10 AM nombretomado
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* ''LazyTown'':

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10th Dec '16 8:21:22 AM Morgenthaler
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** Wesley's actions during the latter part of Season 3 seem to consist of one-half Deathgrip on the Idiot Ball and one-half {{badass}}, stirred to taste and left to simmer. Why he [[spoiler: a) first went to Holtz instead of, how you say, ''one of his own goddamned friends'' and b) beat the everliving crap out of Lorne when Lorne got a partial reading of him while Wesley was singing instead of continuing to sing, letting Lorne carry on reading him and figuring out just ''why'' Wesley was abducting Connor]] is an abiding mystery, the answers of which are known only to ''Angel'''s writers.

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** Wesley's actions during the latter part of Season 3 seem to consist of one-half Deathgrip on the Idiot Ball and one-half {{badass}}, badass, stirred to taste and left to simmer. Why he [[spoiler: a) first went to Holtz instead of, how you say, ''one of his own goddamned friends'' and b) beat the everliving crap out of Lorne when Lorne got a partial reading of him while Wesley was singing instead of continuing to sing, letting Lorne carry on reading him and figuring out just ''why'' Wesley was abducting Connor]] is an abiding mystery, the answers of which are known only to ''Angel'''s writers.
18th Oct '16 6:47:53 PM nombretomado
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* ''ThreesCompany'':

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* ''ThreesCompany'':''Series/ThreesCompany'':



** ''{{Friends}}'' even had a TakeThat against the show in one episode, when they're all watching the show and Chandler says something to the effect of "Oh, this is the episode of ''Three's Company'' where there's some sort of misunderstanding." Phoebe replies "Then I've already seen this one," and switches the TV off. On the other hand, if it's constantly in play it's not the idiot ball: they may be just idiots in general.

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** ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' even had a TakeThat against the show in one episode, when they're all watching the show and Chandler says something to the effect of "Oh, this is the episode of ''Three's Company'' where there's some sort of misunderstanding." Phoebe replies "Then I've already seen this one," and switches the TV off. On the other hand, if it's constantly in play it's not the idiot ball: they may be just idiots in general.
15th Oct '16 5:59:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{V}}'': In the original show, our hero Mike Donovan has been captured by the alien leader, Diana, and injected with a truth serum so that he will have no choice but to reveal the identity of the spy within her ranks. The serum doesn't work as well as it should and our hero is able to resist it. Does he pretend that it's worked so that he can lie convincingly to Diana and throw her off track? No. He defiantly lets her know that it hasn't worked by answering her first easy question (What colour are my eyes?) wrongly. Unsurprisingly, Diana's response is to inject him again. This time it works fully and he is forced to tell the truth, causing near disaster for the resistance.

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* ''Series/{{V}}'': ''Series/{{V 1983}}'': In the original show, our hero Mike Donovan has been captured by the alien leader, Diana, and injected with a truth serum so that he will have no choice but to reveal the identity of the spy within her ranks. The serum doesn't work as well as it should and our hero is able to resist it. Does he pretend that it's worked so that he can lie convincingly to Diana and throw her off track? No. He defiantly lets her know that it hasn't worked by answering her first easy question (What colour are my eyes?) wrongly. Unsurprisingly, Diana's response is to inject him again. This time it works fully and he is forced to tell the truth, causing near disaster for the resistance.



* ''{{Warehouse 13}}'': Seems to be relying upon this for its plots more and more. You would think that agents who have been tracking down mystical artifacts for three years, seeing everything from earth-tremour causing walking sticks, to density manipulating spandex underwear, to a machine that can bronze people in such away that can be revived with no problems, that whenever shit doesn't make sense, they'd realize it's an artifact that caused and start trying to think of something that could do it, or looking on the computers. What does Pete do? Immediately thinks it's some wicked plot by the baddie du jour, rather than yet another artifact mishap which he seems to attract like moths to an open flame.

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* ''{{Warehouse ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'': Seems to be relying upon this for its plots more and more. You would think that agents who have been tracking down mystical artifacts for three years, seeing everything from earth-tremour causing walking sticks, to density manipulating spandex underwear, to a machine that can bronze people in such away that can be revived with no problems, that whenever shit doesn't make sense, they'd realize it's an artifact that caused and start trying to think of something that could do it, or looking on the computers. What does Pete do? Immediately thinks it's some wicked plot by the baddie du jour, rather than yet another artifact mishap which he seems to attract like moths to an open flame.
22nd Aug '16 10:10:56 AM phoenixy
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** Not to mention that Jessica is utterly dismissive of Malcolm when he suggests that they learn more about how Kilgrave's power works, despite the fact that it is obviously a good idea, and the only plans she's made that have been even slightly successful have been based on information about how Kilgrave's power works.
9th Aug '16 6:01:02 AM LtFedora
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** In "Move Along Home," the station's Starfleet Security liaison does not bother to check on where the senior staff is when none of them show up for work. Odo calls him out on his stupidity, and it should be of no surprise that he never appears again.
10th Jul '16 4:09:41 PM thatsnumberwang
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*** That episode is has since [[WordOfGod officially]] [[{{Retcon}} become]] [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon.]] Which brings up a major problem: we see Hathor again in two more episodes, carrying on after the episode that is no longer "canon." She even directly references the events of this episode; talking about how SG-1 have become immune to the sexual organism she used and showing flashback footage.
25th Jun '16 3:55:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheTenthKingdom''

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* ''TheTenthKingdom''''Series/TheTenthKingdom''
14th May '16 12:30:30 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''{{Reno 911}}'':

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* ''{{Reno ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'':
1st Apr '16 10:15:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheDrewCareyShow'': Lampshades and inverts this by having the characters pick up an object called an Epiphany Ball while snooping around in a laboratory at night. Whoever holds the ball suddenly gains understanding to all their problems. Predictably, after it gets passed around a bit, they fight over the ball and it is shattered as it dropped to the floor.
* ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'': In one episode, Raymond and Debra have both sustained injuries after falling out of bed during sex. To avoid admitting this to Marie, they make up a lie about falling down the stairs. For some reason, Marie is skeptical that they both fell at the same time. The obvious answer would be that they were both going down the stairs, one of them tripped and knocked the other down with them; however Debra instead makes up the ridiculous notion that they were having a race, as part of a "weekly tradition". This is a surprising lapse in judgement considering she's usually portrayed as the brains of their relationship.
* ''FallingSkies'': Has a few in just one episode. Tom tells us a few times that Pope is [[DesignatedVillain a really bad guy]], so when they take him to find motorbikes he's guarded by Dai. Dai and Pope end up in a back of the bike shop and for some reason Dai turns his back on Pope and looks for something. Pope then knocks him out and flees from the group. In the same bike shop one of the skitters {{wall crawl}}s his way to an advantageous spot above Tom and Dai who are completely focused on escape from the {{child soldier}}s, so what does it do? It jumps on the desk below it, makes a bunch of noise and gets filled with lead.
* ''{{Friends}}'': Every now and then, a character would usually have to pick this bad boy up and run it into the endzone for a off-kilter subplot to work. Some of these, though, were probably just PlayedForLaughs.

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* ''TheDrewCareyShow'': ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'': Lampshades and inverts this by having the characters pick up an object called an Epiphany Ball while snooping around in a laboratory at night. Whoever holds the ball suddenly gains understanding to all their problems. Predictably, after it gets passed around a bit, they fight over the ball and it is shattered as it dropped to the floor.
* ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'': ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'': In one episode, Raymond and Debra have both sustained injuries after falling out of bed during sex. To avoid admitting this to Marie, they make up a lie about falling down the stairs. For some reason, Marie is skeptical that they both fell at the same time. The obvious answer would be that they were both going down the stairs, one of them tripped and knocked the other down with them; however Debra instead makes up the ridiculous notion that they were having a race, as part of a "weekly tradition". This is a surprising lapse in judgement considering she's usually portrayed as the brains of their relationship.
* ''FallingSkies'': ''Series/FallingSkies'': Has a few in just one episode. Tom tells us a few times that Pope is [[DesignatedVillain a really bad guy]], so when they take him to find motorbikes he's guarded by Dai. Dai and Pope end up in a back of the bike shop and for some reason Dai turns his back on Pope and looks for something. Pope then knocks him out and flees from the group. In the same bike shop one of the skitters {{wall crawl}}s his way to an advantageous spot above Tom and Dai who are completely focused on escape from the {{child soldier}}s, so what does it do? It jumps on the desk below it, makes a bunch of noise and gets filled with lead.
* ''{{Friends}}'': ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Every now and then, a character would usually have to pick this bad boy up and run it into the endzone for a off-kilter subplot to work. Some of these, though, were probably just PlayedForLaughs.



* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': Peter is meant to be a genius, with an insanely high IQ and perception [[spoiler: enough to realize that he's from another universe. He's also known Olivia for over 2 years now.]] At the end of last season, he and Olivia finally admitted their feelings, to some extent anyway. [[spoiler: Then the two Olivias, the one from the parallel world and the one from our world, switched, and he somehow hasn't noticed even though a) he's noticed how different she is, b) he's surrounded by cases of imposters from Over There, and c) he's spending so much time with her that they've slept together.]] Even Peter's actor admits he's gotten the Idiot Ball this season. When a reckoning came around, [[spoiler:Olivia chewed him out for it, and their relationship was somewhat rocky thereafter, until they finally go together.]]

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* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': Peter is meant to be a genius, with an insanely high IQ and perception [[spoiler: enough to realize that he's from another universe. He's also known Olivia for over 2 years now.]] At the end of last season, he and Olivia finally admitted their feelings, to some extent anyway. [[spoiler: Then the two Olivias, the one from the parallel world and the one from our world, switched, and he somehow hasn't noticed even though a) he's noticed how different she is, b) he's surrounded by cases of imposters impostors from Over There, and c) he's spending so much time with her that they've slept together.]] Even Peter's actor admits he's gotten the Idiot Ball this season. When a reckoning came around, [[spoiler:Olivia chewed him out for it, and their relationship was somewhat rocky thereafter, until they finally go together.]]
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