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10th Aug '17 9:11:28 AM Gosicrystal
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** Another episode contained an extended space battle scene... in which the scene was depicted without CGI-- or even seeing the battle at all-- but rather by the reactions of the bridge crew to the audio of the space battle.

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** Another An episode contained an extended space battle scene... in which the scene was depicted without CGI-- or even seeing the battle at all-- but rather by the reactions of the bridge crew to the audio of the space battle.



* UK cop drama ''Series/TheBill'' often invoked this in the old days, when the "cheapie" episode could be distinguished by the fact that it would take place entirely within the confines of the police station, and (usually) had a plot focused on characters doing their daily paperwork/avoiding doing their daily paperwork. In other words, the bottle episodes were usually the ones which focused a lot on 'character interaction' rather than on story.
** One award-winning episode was set entirely in the back of a police van.
** Another notable episode was set entirely in the Interview Room.

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* UK cop drama ''Series/TheBill'' often invoked this in the old days, when the "cheapie" episode could be distinguished by the fact that it would take place entirely within the confines of the police station, and (usually) had a plot focused on characters doing their daily paperwork/avoiding doing their daily paperwork. In other words, the bottle episodes were usually the ones which focused a lot on 'character interaction' rather than on story.
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story. One award-winning episode was set entirely in the back of a police van.
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van, and another notable episode was set entirely in the Interview Room.



* ''Series/BreakingBad''

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' ''Series/BreakingBad'':



** To a lesser extent [[Recap/BreakingBadS1E3AndTheBagsInTheRiver "...And the Bag's in the River"]] in season 1 which takes place mostly in Jesse's house.

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** To a lesser extent [[Recap/BreakingBadS1E3AndTheBagsInTheRiver "...And the Bag's in the River"]] in season 1 which takes place mostly in Jesse's house.



** There's also season 6's "Older and Far Away", where Halfrek tricks Dawn into wishing nobody can leave the Summers house. Hilarity and drama ensue.

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** There's also season Season 6's "Older and Far Away", where Halfrek tricks Dawn into wishing nobody can leave the Summers house. Hilarity and drama ensue.



** Also, the second season episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E14AdvancedDungeonsAndDragons Advanced Dungeons and Dragons]]" took place almost entirely in the study room with the group playing D&D. Like, dice-rolls-and-described-actions D&D, not elaborate-dream-sequence D&D.
** And [[Recap/CommunityS2E22AppliedAnthropologyAndCulinaryArts Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts]], the entire episode was shot in the anthropology room, due to the two/three expensive episodes it was between.

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** Also, the The second season episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E14AdvancedDungeonsAndDragons Advanced Dungeons and Dragons]]" took place almost entirely in the study room with the group playing D&D. Like, dice-rolls-and-described-actions D&D, not elaborate-dream-sequence D&D.
** And [[Recap/CommunityS2E22AppliedAnthropologyAndCulinaryArts Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts]], the entire episode Arts]] was shot in the anthropology room, due to the two/three expensive episodes it was between.



** There's also the Season 3 episode "You Don't Know Jack" (people start to lose their memories), which consists of maybe 40% footage from previous episodes, and only requires one explosion as far as FX go. However, it is not entirely self-contained, as [[spoiler: Allison's daughter is born]] in this episode.

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** There's also the The Season 3 episode "You Don't Know Jack" (people start to lose their memories), which memories) consists of maybe 40% footage from previous episodes, and only requires one explosion as far as FX go. However, it is not entirely self-contained, as [[spoiler: Allison's daughter is born]] in this episode.



* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''

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* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'':



* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'''s main premise are elaborate cons, but they manage to fit a few Bottle Episodes into the format.

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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'''s main premise are elaborate cons, but they manage to fit a few Bottle Episodes into the format.format:



** Similarly, "The Broken Wing Job" features Parker with a broken leg foiling a [[spoiler: kidnapping]] while the rest of the team is doing [[NoodleIncident God-knows-what]] in Japan.

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** Similarly, "The Broken Wing Job" features Parker with a broken leg foiling a [[spoiler: kidnapping]] while the rest of the team is doing [[NoodleIncident God-knows-what]] in Japan.



** There's also the episode "Fairy Tale", which takes place on a minimalist cardboard set.

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** There's also the The episode "Fairy Tale", which Tale" takes place on a minimalist cardboard set.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'':



* By the same token, the episode "A Third Dad Cartoon" from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' uses a ''single'' camera angle, and consists entirely of Dad setting up a golf shot while the kids watch. Luckily, this was one of the shorts.

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* By the same token, the The episode "A Third Dad Cartoon" from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' uses a ''single'' camera angle, and consists entirely of Dad setting up a golf shot while the kids watch. Luckily, this was one of the shorts.



** A later episode, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E3TheGiftOfTheMaudPie The Gift of the Maud Pie]]" is this in terms of the number speaking roles (five characters by four voice actors). However, there is a ton of new designs and settings present throughout.
** Another example is "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]]", in terms of speaking roles, as it is centered mostly on Rarity, Applejack, Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle. Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie are absent, and Spike is given a cameo in the ending.

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** A later episode, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E3TheGiftOfTheMaudPie The Gift of the Maud Pie]]" is this in terms of the number speaking roles (five characters by four voice actors). However, there is a ton of new designs and settings present throughout.
** Another example is "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]]", in terms of speaking roles, as it is centered mostly on Rarity, Applejack, Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle. Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie are absent, and Spike is given a cameo in the ending.



* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has several.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has several.several:



** "Still" is also one, as evident by the fact that Finn and Jake are frozen the entire episode. One of the workers on the show even ''called'' it a Bottle Episode.

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** "Still" is also one, "Still", as evident by the fact that Finn and Jake are frozen the entire episode. One of the workers on the show even ''called'' it a Bottle Episode.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' had "Lights Out", following action mostly by sound-effects and following the characters ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes.
** "Desperate Without Housewives" has shades of this, taking place mostly in one room of the Turner house with a static background despite the fact that 24 hours pass.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' had ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
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"Lights Out", following action mostly by sound-effects and following the characters ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes.
** "Desperate Without Housewives" has shades of this, taking takes place mostly in one room of the Turner house with a static background despite the fact that 24 hours pass.



** "Killing Time", the only three minute episode, consists of the guys having to just talk to Nicholas Copernicus about becoming an astronomer for 30 seconds, while the rest is just them waiting for Larry's transport device to reboot.

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** "Killing Time", the only three minute three-minute episode, consists of the guys having to just talk to Nicholas Copernicus about becoming an astronomer for 30 seconds, while the rest is just them waiting for Larry's transport device to reboot.
10th Aug '17 8:56:48 AM Gosicrystal
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* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "Cuffed" takes place almost entirely in [[LockedInARoom a little room]] where Castle and Beckett are [[ChainedHeat handcuffed to each other]], with a few flashbacks as they tried to remember [[HowWeGotHere how they'd gotten there.]] In the DVD commentary, writers Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller acknowledged that they'd deliberately planned a bottle episode because they needed it to be under-budget after the last few episodes had gone over-budget.

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* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
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The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "Cuffed" takes place almost entirely in [[LockedInARoom a little room]] where Castle and Beckett are [[ChainedHeat handcuffed to each other]], with a few flashbacks as they tried to remember [[HowWeGotHere how they'd gotten there.]] In the DVD commentary, writers Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller acknowledged that they'd deliberately planned a bottle episode because they needed it to be under-budget after the last few episodes had gone over-budget.
10th Aug '17 8:31:08 AM jamespolk
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* The classic sitcom ''Series/BarneyMiller'' was nothing BUT bottle episodes. Every episode took place in the same squad office at the police station, which consisted of three small rooms: the main office, the holding cell, and Barney's office. That's it. Characters would come and go, but their interactions with the world outside the office were almost always implied and not shown. About once a year they would do an episode where characters actually went outside, but after a few seasons, even this was dropped. The show was never a big ratings hit but managed to last eight seasons because it was incredibly inexpensive to make. WordOfGod says that the whole philosophy behind ''Barney Miller'' was to make a show that resembled a classic stage play. The economic benefits were just a happy side effect. If the Internet Movie Database's trivia page is to be believed, only thirteen episodes over the whole course of the series (1975-82) showed scenes outside the station: "Ramon", "Graft", "The Stakeout", "Hair", "The Hero", "Film/GrandHotel", "Fish", "Wojo's Girl" part 2, "Contempt" parts 1 & 2, "Chinatown" parts 1 & 2, and "Eviction" part 2.

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* The classic sitcom ''Series/BarneyMiller'' was nothing BUT bottle episodes. Every episode took place in the same squad office at the police station, which consisted of three small rooms: the main office, the holding cell, and Barney's office. That's it. Characters would come and go, but their interactions with the world outside the office were almost always implied told and not shown. About once a year they would do an episode where characters actually went outside, but after a few seasons, even this was dropped. The show was never a big ratings hit but managed to last eight seasons because it was incredibly inexpensive to make. WordOfGod says that the whole philosophy behind ''Barney Miller'' was to make a show that resembled a classic stage play. The economic benefits were just a happy side effect. If the Internet Movie Database's trivia page is to be believed, Of 175 episodes produced 1975-1982, only thirteen episodes over the whole course of the series (1975-82) showed scenes outside the station: "Ramon", "Graft", "The Stakeout", "Hair", "The Hero", "Film/GrandHotel", "Fish", "Wojo's Girl" part 2, 2 (itself a Bottle Episode as the whole episode took place in Wojo's apartment), "Contempt" parts 1 & 2, "Chinatown" parts 1 & 2, and "Eviction" part 2.
8th Aug '17 11:35:35 AM Abodos
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' was made with fewer resources and in a shorter period of time compared to most other Zelda games (which typically suffer ScheduleSlip). The development team accomplished this by recycling the engine and many assets from ''Ocarina of Time''. This tactic was repeated with ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages and Seasons]]'' (by reusing the ''Link's Awakening'' set) and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' (by reusing the ''Phantom Hourglass'' set); and in both cases it was done to aim the greater resources at bigger installments (''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Skyward Sword'', respectively).

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' was made with fewer resources and in a shorter period of time compared to most other Zelda games (which typically suffer ScheduleSlip). The development team accomplished this by recycling the engine and many assets from ''Ocarina of Time''. This tactic was repeated with ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages and Seasons]]'' (by reusing the ''Link's Awakening'' set) and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]'' set), ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' (by reusing the ''Phantom Hourglass'' ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]'' set), and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriForceHeroes'' (by reusing the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'' set); and in both cases each case it was done to aim the greater resources at bigger installments (''Ocarina (''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time'' Time]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', and ''Skyward Sword'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', respectively).
7th Aug '17 9:25:47 AM Folamh3
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* Many EnvironmentalNarrativeGames are made by small indie developers with limited staff and budgets, and hence meet many of the conditions for this trope:
** ''VideoGame/DearEsther'', the TropeCodifier, started the trend: set on a single, small island; no onscreen characters besides the PlayerCharacter; a much shorter runtime than a typical video game (1-2 hours).
** ''VideoGame/GoneHome'': set in a single house; no onscreen characters besides the PlayerCharacter; short runtime (2-3 hours).
6th Aug '17 11:25:49 AM dcutter2
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*Cabin Pressure had one in nearly every series, generally featuring the main cast's interactions for most of the episode with one or no guest stars. First season finale 'Fitton', second series' 'Limmerick' and the foruth series episode 'Xinhou'
4th Aug '17 9:44:51 AM CobaltJacket
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* The bulk of ''Film/GlengarryGlenRoss'' takes place in the confines of the office. This makes sense as it was derived from ''[[Theatre/GlengarryGlenRoss a play]]''.


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* The satirical World War II Prisoner of War film ''Film/Stalag17'' has the cast largely filmed within their barracks. Aside from making sense due to the characters being prisoners, the film was based upon a play.
30th Jul '17 2:39:25 PM bt8257
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* ''Music/{{Heroes}}'' by Music/DavidBowie: All action of this concept album takes place in Berlin.

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* ''Music/{{Heroes}}'' ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'' by Music/DavidBowie: All action of this concept album takes place in Berlin.
19th Jul '17 1:45:08 PM slvstrChung
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Subverted by "Blackwater", "The Watchers on the Wall", and "Battle of the Bastards", which were easily the most expensive episodes of the show despite featuring fewer locations than the usual FourLinesAllWaiting. Those cases are, more accurately, examples of ShootTheMoney: when the production staff pulls out all the stops for a truly expensive action sequence like the Battle of the Blackwater, the defense of the Wall, or [[spoiler: the liberation of Winterfell]], they're going to make ''damn'' sure they get a whole episode's worth of material out of it.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Subverted by "Blackwater", "The "[[Recap/GameOfThronesS2E9Blackwater Blackwater]]", "[[Recap/GameOfThronesS4E9TheWatchersOnTheWall The Watchers on the Wall", Wall]]", and "Battle "[[Recap/GameOfThronesS6E9BattleOfTheBastards Battle of the Bastards", Bastards]]", which were easily the most expensive episodes of the show show, despite featuring far fewer locations than the usual and discarding most of the show's FourLinesAllWaiting. Those cases are, more accurately, examples of ShootTheMoney: when the production staff pulls out all the stops for a truly expensive action sequence like the Battle of the Blackwater, the defense of the Wall, or [[spoiler: the liberation of Winterfell]], they're going to sequences, they make ''damn'' sure they get a whole episode's worth of material out of it.it. (Even then, there were some complaints that "Battle of the Bastards" had to write out Jon's direwolf, Ghost, due to budget constraints.)
9th Jul '17 8:48:00 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** "Desperate Without Housewives" has shades of this, taking place mostly in one room of the Turner house with a static background [[TheyJustDidntCare despite the fact that 24 hours pass.]]

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** "Desperate Without Housewives" has shades of this, taking place mostly in one room of the Turner house with a static background [[TheyJustDidntCare despite the fact that 24 hours pass.]]
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