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1st Apr '16 11:44:04 AM ObsidianFire
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* Spoofed on ''Series/TheGoodies'' when our three heroes escape a DeathTrap set up by MadScientist Rat Fink Petal via the entirely unexplained use of Graham's fruit peeler. Unfortunately Petal is [[GenreSavvy waiting outside the door]], so they end up strapped to another deathtrap and have to escape on screen (though [[RuleOfFunny no less improbably]]).

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* Spoofed on ''Series/TheGoodies'' when our three heroes escape a DeathTrap set up by MadScientist Rat Fink Petal via the entirely unexplained use of Graham's fruit peeler. Unfortunately Petal is [[GenreSavvy waiting outside the door]], door, so they end up strapped to another deathtrap and have to escape on screen (though [[RuleOfFunny no less improbably]]).
23rd Mar '16 4:41:49 PM DevinMeenan
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** Another example occurs in the Season 4 episode "Release"; the episode ends with Angelus defeating Faith, drinking her blood, and declaring that he's going to turn her into a vampire. The following episode, Orpheus, [[OnceMoreWithClarity opens with a flashback of Faith drugging herself with the titular psychedelic substance as a back-up plan if she can't defeat Angelus in battle]].

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** Another example occurs in the Season 4 episode "Release"; the episode ends with Angelus defeating Faith, drinking her blood, blood and declaring that he's going to turn her into a vampire. The following episode, Orpheus, [[OnceMoreWithClarity opens with a flashback of Faith drugging herself with the titular psychedelic substance as a back-up plan if she can't defeat Angelus in battle]].
22nd Mar '16 10:06:43 AM DevinMeenan
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** Another example occurs in the Season 4 episode "Release"; the episode ends with Angelus defeating Faith, drinking her blood, and declaring his intentions to turn her into a vampire. The following episode, Orpheus, [[OnceMoreWithClarity opens with a flashback of Faith drugging herself with the titular psychedelic substance as a back-up plan if she can't defeat Angelus in battle]].

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** Another example occurs in the Season 4 episode "Release"; the episode ends with Angelus defeating Faith, drinking her blood, and declaring his intentions that he's going to turn her into a vampire. The following episode, Orpheus, [[OnceMoreWithClarity opens with a flashback of Faith drugging herself with the titular psychedelic substance as a back-up plan if she can't defeat Angelus in battle]].
22nd Mar '16 7:47:25 AM DevinMeenan
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** Another example occurs in the Season 4 episode "Release"; the episode ends with Angelus defeating Faith, drinking her blood, and declaring his intentions to turn her into a vampire. The following episode, Orpheus, [[OnceMoreWithClarity opens with a flashback of Faith drugging herself with the titular drug as a back-up plan if she can't defeat Angelus in battle]].

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** Another example occurs in the Season 4 episode "Release"; the episode ends with Angelus defeating Faith, drinking her blood, and declaring his intentions to turn her into a vampire. The following episode, Orpheus, [[OnceMoreWithClarity opens with a flashback of Faith drugging herself with the titular drug psychedelic substance as a back-up plan if she can't defeat Angelus in battle]].
22nd Mar '16 7:39:17 AM DevinMeenan
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** Another example occurs in the Season 4 episode "Release"; the episode ends with Angelus defeating Faith, drinking her blood, and declaring his intentions to turn her into a vampire. The following episode, Orpheus, {{OnceMoreWithClarity opens with a flashback of Faith drugging herself with the titular substance as a back-up plan if she can't defeat Angelus in battle}}.

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** Another **Another example occurs in the Season 4 episode "Release"; the episode ends with Angelus defeating Faith, drinking her blood, and declaring his intentions to turn her into a vampire. The following episode, Orpheus, {{OnceMoreWithClarity [[OnceMoreWithClarity opens with a flashback of Faith drugging herself with the titular substance drug as a back-up plan if she can't defeat Angelus in battle}}.battle]].
22nd Mar '16 7:37:23 AM DevinMeenan
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**Another example occurs in the Season 4 episode "Release"; the episode ends with Angelus defeating Faith, drinking her blood, and declaring his intentions to turn her into a vampire. The following episode, Orpheus, {{OnceMoreWithClarity opens with a flashback of Faith drugging herself with the titular substance as a back-up plan if she can't defeat Angelus in battle}}.
6th Mar '16 2:52:52 PM LondonKdS
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* At the end of one episode of the second season of ''Series/BronBroen'', a group of armed AnimalWrongsGroup terrorists attack Saga in her hotel room. At the beginning of the next episode, she [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps them]] in seconds.
29th Feb '16 8:24:42 PM Kayube
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** Then there's the transition between seasons 1 and 2 of the show. At the end of season 1, everyone [[NoticingTheFourthWall figures out that they're in a TV show]] and try, unsuccessfully, to keep the show from ending. When the show did eventually get a second season, it would be pretty hard to keep a good plot going with the characters actively trying not to resolve the plot, so the second season began by shamelessly {{Retcon}}ning out all the metafictional stuff from the first season's plot and changing the ending entirely. Only at the end of the second season is the fictional nature of the world brought back into play.
24th Feb '16 9:29:58 PM SeanMurrayI
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* The "Moldavian Massacre" on ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'' is an (in)famous case of this. At the end of the fifth season, two major characters (Amanda and Prince Michael) get married in a ceremony attended by nearly the entire main cast in the fictional country of Moldavia. However, a group of terrorists crash the ceremony and spray the entire audience and newlyweds with bullets, with the final image of the season being everyone lying on the ground motionless. This cliffhanger was done ostensibly so the producers had an out if any cast members wanted to leave. When the show, returned, however, it was revealed that only two minor characters had died. This is often cited as the reason for the show's ratings decline, as it slid from first to seventh place after the conclusion to the cliffhanger was revealed.



* The "Moldavian Massacre" on ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'' is an (in)famous case of this. At the end of the fifth season, two major characters (Amanda and Prince Michael) get married in a ceremony attended by nearly the entire main cast in the fictional country of Moldavia. However, a group of terrorists crash the ceremony and spray the entire audience and newlyweds with bullets, with the final image of the season being everyone lying on the ground motionless. This cliffhanger was done ostensibly so the producers had an out if any cast members wanted to leave. When the show, returned, however, it was revealed that only two minor characters had died. This is often cited as the reason for the show's ratings decline, as it slid from first to seventh place after the conclusion to the cliffhanger was revealed.
24th Feb '16 3:53:07 PM crazyrabbits
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* The "Moldavian Massacre" on ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'' is an (in)famous case of this. At the end of the fifth season, two major characters (Amanda and Prince Michael) get married in a ceremony attended by nearly the entire main cast in the fictional country of Moldavia. However, a group of terrorists crash the ceremony and spray the entire audience and newlyweds with bullets, with the final image of the season being everyone lying on the ground motionless. This cliffhanger was done ostensibly so the producers had an out if any cast members wanted to leave. When the show, returned, however, it was revealed that only two minor characters had died. This is often cited as the reason for the show's ratings decline, as it slid from first to seventh place after the conclusion to the cliffhanger was revealed.
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