History IdiotPlot / LiveActionTV

14th Jun '16 7:01:31 PM LeahJ
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** "Who is Harrison Wells?" While the subplot that gave episode it's name was handled more or less inteligently, the VillainOfTheWeek was not. Said villain was a ShapeShifter. And even after learning it every single character suffered from severe GenreBlindness, never ''once'' questioning if guy with whom they're talking might be bad guy in disguise, even when guy was the place he couldn't possibly be or acting blatantly suspicious. And what stopped the guy from becoming KarmaHoudini? ''Him'' grabbing IdiotBall and changing in Barry's plain view. It's no wonder that episode earned no less than ''four'' entries on WhatAnIdiot page.
** "Welcome to Earth Two" had another IdiotBall thrown around a lot. Team Flash goes to titular Earth Two to locate Zoom and rescue DamselInDistress but initial plan to locate him fails. Barry then decides it would be good idea to impersonate his Earth 2 counterpart to search for info about Zoom at local police department despide being told that Earth Two is ''nothing'' like his own even if it will look similar. Once again no one even Earth2!Barry's ''wife'' (who is ''detective'') recognises imposter and Barry, rather that sticking to his "great" idea, decides to spend time with his Earth 2 counterpart's wife(despite having strict time imit on getting back to Earth One) resulting in getting into fight with two local metahumans and [[spoiler: death of local Barry's father-in-law.]]

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** "Who is Harrison Wells?" While the subplot that gave episode it's name was handled more or less inteligently, the VillainOfTheWeek was not. Said villain was a ShapeShifter. And even after learning it that fact, every single character suffered from severe GenreBlindness, never ''once'' questioning if guy the person with whom they're they were talking might be bad guy the villain in disguise, even when guy said person was the in a place he they couldn't possibly be or acting in a blatantly suspicious. suspicious manner. And what stopped the guy shapeshifter from becoming a KarmaHoudini? ''Him'' grabbing the IdiotBall and changing in Barry's plain view. view of Barry. It's no wonder that episode earned no less fewer than ''four'' entries on the WhatAnIdiot page.
** "Welcome to Earth Two" had another IdiotBall thrown around a lot. Team Flash goes to the titular Earth Two to locate Zoom and rescue the DamselInDistress but the initial plan to locate him fails. Barry then decides it would be good idea to impersonate his Earth 2 counterpart to search for info about Zoom at the local police department despide despite being told that Earth Two is ''nothing'' like his own even if it will look appears similar. Once again no one one, not even Earth2!Barry's ''wife'' (who is a ''detective'') recognises the imposter and Barry, rather that sticking to his "great" idea, decides to spend time with his Earth 2 counterpart's wife(despite wife (despite having a strict time imit limit on getting back to Earth One) resulting in getting into a fight with two local metahumans and [[spoiler: the death of local Barry's father-in-law.]]
10th Jun '16 6:39:02 AM Mullon
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* ''That70sShow''

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10th Jun '16 6:38:38 AM Mullon
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** "Happy Jack". After looking at pictures of Donna's mom Eric goes to get food from the Donna's kitchen, and while down there decides to jerk off in Donna's bathroom instead of waiting until he's somewhere more private, and doesn't even bother to lock the door. Naturally Donna wonders what is taking Eric so long and goes to look for him, setting up the conflict of the episode when she walks in on him.
6th Jun '16 1:54:29 PM PhiSat
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* ''Series/DropDeadDiva'': An episode features a teen idol needing to make sure nude pictures of her were not circulated because they would result in her getting fired. The photographer was trying to extort thousands of dollars from her. For some reason, Owen, a former judge and usually competent lawyer, is unable to realize the obvious solution to this case: these pictures are child pornography and thus the photographer could be arrested simply for having them in his possession. He doesn't use this until the very end of the episode.
** The entire season 4 romantic subplot could have been solved by Jane explaining [[PoorCommunicationKills Grayson kissed her out of the blue and his advances were unwelcome.]]
30th May '16 10:38:20 AM NNinja
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
** "Who is Harrison Wells?" While the subplot that gave episode it's name was handled more or less inteligently, the VillainOfTheWeek was not. Said villain was a ShapeShifter. And even after learning it every single character suffered from severe GenreBlindness, never ''once'' questioning if guy with whom they're talking might be bad guy in disguise, even when guy was the place he couldn't possibly be or acting blatantly suspicious. And what stopped the guy from becoming KarmaHoudini? ''Him'' grabbing IdiotBall and changing in Barry's plain view. It's no wonder that episode earned no less than ''four'' entries on WhatAnIdiot page.
** "Welcome to Earth Two" had another IdiotBall thrown around a lot. Team Flash goes to titular Earth Two to locate Zoom and rescue DamselInDistress but initial plan to locate him fails. Barry then decides it would be good idea to impersonate his Earth 2 counterpart to search for info about Zoom at local police department despide being told that Earth Two is ''nothing'' like his own even if it will look similar. Once again no one even Earth2!Barry's ''wife'' (who is ''detective'') recognises imposter and Barry, rather that sticking to his "great" idea, decides to spend time with his Earth 2 counterpart's wife(despite having strict time imit on getting back to Earth One) resulting in getting into fight with two local metahumans and [[spoiler: death of local Barry's father-in-law.]]
** "Versus Zoom" manages to top ''both'' of the above. Flash ''finally'' is fast enough to fight Zoom on equal footing and has a plan to beat him. [[spoiler: And he does. And ''when'' he does, instead of taking him to the pipeline ASAP, he has a casual conversation with Zoom [[BondVillainStupidity that would make Blofeld proud]]. Zoom uses this to escape, but before he does, he states that "family is a weakness". Barry doesn't take the hint; instead of going to his house where Zoom obviously went, he searches the city, giving Zoom enough time to capture Wally, to use him as a bargaining chip to [[HostageForMacguffin exchange for Barry's speed]]. When Vibe find out the exact location of both Wally AND Zoom, they agree to Zoom's deal rather than trying to rescue Wally. Zoom then grabs the IdiotBall and releases Wally before Barry's speed is even extracted, leaving himself with no bargaining chip, and yet NO ONE considers double-crossing him. They follow the deal to a T, knowing perfectly well what kind of monster Zoom is and how dangerous he would be with Barry's speed AND that without it they'd have no way to stop it. And after releasing one hostage, Zoom immediately takes another before leaving.]]
14th May '16 9:31:35 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''MadAboutYou'' episode "The Caper", several different couples go into the Buckmans' neighbor's apartment to fetch food. Each couple, when they return, comments on the neighbor's gorgeous painting. When the painting goes missing, each couple in turn is accused of having stolen it while they were fetching the food -- ''despite the fact that the later couples reported it was still there when they saw it.''

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* In the ''MadAboutYou'' ''Series/MadAboutYou'' episode "The Caper", several different couples go into the Buckmans' neighbor's apartment to fetch food. Each couple, when they return, comments on the neighbor's gorgeous painting. When the painting goes missing, each couple in turn is accused of having stolen it while they were fetching the food -- ''despite the fact that the later couples reported it was still there when they saw it.''
31st Mar '16 2:26:56 AM IronInfidel
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** Not to mention that she could have figured it out with simple math -- while Fran was always shaving years off her age, she still wasn't more than thirty-five at the time. Since Maggie was around nineteen at this point, Max would have married his first wife about twenty years prior (possibly earlier), which would have made Fran about ''fifteen'' when he was on his honeymoon with Sara.
30th Mar '16 9:38:47 AM Silverblade2
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** It's entirely fair to say that, as of this writing, the fact that it is [[Recap/SupernaturalS10E21DarkDynasty one of the only two episodes of the series to be lacking a recap]] could well be a protest over how stupid it is.
24th Mar '16 3:03:40 PM Wyldchyld
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** Another Angel example was when they needed to bring back Angelus to get information from him. Early in the series (an episode called "Eternity") it had been shown that Angel could be temporarily turned into Angelus by being drugged and entering a fake state of happiness. Then once the drug wore off he'd be back to normal. No one seemed to come up with the idea of using this same technique again as opposed to permanently unleashing a psychotic vampire who then had to be cured.
4th Mar '16 9:41:31 AM SorPepita
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* The 2014 ''Series/TheLottery'' (not to be confused with the unrelated short story) starts with Dr. Alison Lennon successfully creating 100 fertilized embryos for the first time in ten years. She tells the government that she isn't entirely sure how it happened and more research needs to be done. The government fires her under suspicious circumstances, which starts her on a long path of distrusting the government and finding ways to subvert them. After a whole bunch of drama (and even water torture), the government decides to hire her back ''the very next episode'' and force her to...continue the very research she was planning on doing anyway. Seriously, all the subversive things that she does in every episode that follows wouldn't have happened had the government not decided to fire her and then forcibly rehire her a few days later.

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* The 2014 ''Series/TheLottery'' (not to be confused with the unrelated short story) starts with Dr. Alison Lennon successfully creating 100 fertilized embryos for the first time in ten years. She tells the government that she isn't entirely sure how it happened and more research needs to be done. The government fires her under suspicious circumstances, which starts her on a long path of distrusting the government and finding ways to subvert them. After a whole bunch of drama (and even water torture), the government decides to hire her back ''the very next episode'' and force her to... continue the very research she was planning on doing anyway. Seriously, all the subversive things that she does in every episode that follows wouldn't have happened had the government not decided to fire her and then forcibly rehire her a few days later.
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