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10th Apr '17 1:43:12 PM mariofan1000
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''. After Season 2 ended with Rick put into an intergalactic prison, Season 3 starts with him at a Shoney's, saying "And that's how I escaped from space prison!" to his family. However, he then asks Jerry to fold himself 12 times, which he does. It then turns out that Rick hasn't actually escaped yet, and he's been placed in a simulation based on his memories.
7th Apr '17 11:15:17 AM SeanMurrayI
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* ''Comicbook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' was infamous for this. One such instance features [[ComicBook/TheFlash Wally West]] employing a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique on Pied Piper and the Trickster by yanking a pair of cuffs attached to the two that's programmed to shock the both of them if something happens to it, and threatens to continue it until they tell him what happened to his murdered cousin Bart Allen. The following issue reveals that Piper and Trickster just imagined Wally pulling on the cuffs.

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* ''Comicbook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' was infamous for this. One In ''Comicbook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'', one such instance features [[ComicBook/TheFlash Wally West]] employing a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique on Pied Piper and the Trickster by yanking a pair of cuffs attached to the two that's programmed to shock the both of them if something happens to it, and threatens to continue it until they tell him what happened to his murdered cousin Bart Allen. The following issue reveals that Piper and Trickster just imagined Wally pulling on the cuffs.
5th Apr '17 1:58:08 PM MisterCPC
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* ''Comicbook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' was infamous for this. One such instance features [[ComicBook/TheFlash Wally West]] employing a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique on Pied Piper and the Trickster by yanking a pair of cuffs attached to the two that's programmed to shock the both of them if something happens to it, and threatens to continue it until they tell him what happened to his murdered cousin Bart Allen. The following issue reveals that Piper and Trickster just imagined Wally pulling on the cuffs.
14th Mar '17 3:11:00 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** The episode [[Recap/HeroesS02E10TruthAndConsequences "Truth & Consequences"]] from Volume 2, for example, ends with Hiro charging at Peter, who refuses to believe Hiro's claims that Adam Monroe is dangerous and is even willing to protect him, suggesting that the two characters were going to fight each other. The beginning of the following episode, [[Recap/HeroesS02E11Powerless] "Powerless"]], shows Hiro, after his charge, deciding to just teleport around Peter and try and talk to him some more to convince him that Adam is evil.

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** The episode [[Recap/HeroesS02E10TruthAndConsequences "Truth & Consequences"]] from Volume 2, for example, ends with Hiro charging at Peter, who refuses to believe Hiro's claims that Adam Monroe is dangerous and is even willing to protect him, suggesting that the two characters were going to fight each other. The beginning of the following episode, [[Recap/HeroesS02E11Powerless] [[Recap/HeroesS02E11Powerless "Powerless"]], shows Hiro, after his charge, deciding to just teleport around Peter and try and talk to him some more to convince him that Adam is evil.
3rd Mar '17 10:34:17 AM SeanMurrayI
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** The episode "[[{{Recap/HeroesS02E10TruthAndConsequences}} Truth & Consequences]]" from Volume 2, for example, ends with Hiro charging at Peter, who refuses to believe Hiro's claims that Adam Monroe is dangerous and is even willing to protect him, suggesting that the two characters were going to fight each other. The beginning of the following episode, [[{{Recap/HeroesS02E11Powerless}} Powerless]]", shows Hiro, after his charge, deciding to just teleport around Peter and try and talk to him some more to convince him that Adam is evil.

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** The episode "[[{{Recap/HeroesS02E10TruthAndConsequences}} Truth [[Recap/HeroesS02E10TruthAndConsequences "Truth & Consequences]]" Consequences"]] from Volume 2, for example, ends with Hiro charging at Peter, who refuses to believe Hiro's claims that Adam Monroe is dangerous and is even willing to protect him, suggesting that the two characters were going to fight each other. The beginning of the following episode, [[{{Recap/HeroesS02E11Powerless}} Powerless]]", [[Recap/HeroesS02E11Powerless] "Powerless"]], shows Hiro, after his charge, deciding to just teleport around Peter and try and talk to him some more to convince him that Adam is evil.



** The most (in)famous, not to mention [[LiteralCliffhanger literal]], example is probably from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]"; in which the Doctor ''dangles himself over a precipice'' for no obvious reason other than because the episode was coming to an end, and [[PseudoCrisis just... climbs out of it next episode. Of course, given the episode never gave the viewer any reason to believe the Doctor couldn't just climb up, this is less of a copout and more just confusing.]] The new series pulled an AuthorsSavingThrow on this one, revealing it as one of several cases where the Great Intelligence altered events in the Doctor's timeline to try to kill him.
** Also, famously, in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani]]", when you actually see The Doctor and Peri get shot, execution style, and [[WhatCliffhanger fall down dead]]. The following episode resolves the conflict [[PseudoCrisis ten seconds]] in, when it is revealed that [[spoiler: the executed parties were [[ActuallyADoombot actually robot look-a-likes]]]].

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** The most (in)famous, not to mention [[LiteralCliffhanger literal]], example is probably from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]"; [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire "Dragonfire"]]; in which the Doctor ''dangles himself over a precipice'' for no obvious reason other than because the episode was coming to an end, and [[PseudoCrisis just... climbs out of it next episode. Of course, given the episode never gave the viewer any reason to believe the Doctor couldn't just climb up, this is less of a copout and more just confusing.]] The new series pulled an AuthorsSavingThrow on this one, revealing it as one of several cases where the Great Intelligence altered events in the Doctor's timeline to try to kill him.
** Also, famously, in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani "The Caves of Androzani]]", Androzani"]], when you actually see The Doctor and Peri get shot, execution style, and [[WhatCliffhanger fall down dead]]. The following episode resolves the conflict [[PseudoCrisis ten seconds]] in, when it is revealed that [[spoiler: the executed parties were [[ActuallyADoombot actually robot look-a-likes]]]].



** The new series episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor The Name of the Doctor]]" suggests an in-story justification for ''every single case'' where a seemingly inescapable death was resolved in anticlimactic fashion: [[spoiler: the Great Intelligence trying to sabotage the Doctor's timeline only for one of Clara's temporal doppelgangers to undo the damage.]]

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** The new series episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor]]" Doctor"]] suggests an in-story justification for ''every single case'' where a seemingly inescapable death was resolved in anticlimactic fashion: [[spoiler: the Great Intelligence trying to sabotage the Doctor's timeline only for one of Clara's temporal doppelgangers to undo the damage.]]



** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut The Impossible Astronaut]]" ends with [[spoiler:Amy shooting the person in the spacesuit...aka the little girl]]. In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon Day of the Moon]]", it turns out that [[spoiler:she missed]], and the episode begins six months after the event.

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut]]" Astronaut"]] ends with [[spoiler:Amy shooting the person in the spacesuit...aka the little girl]]. In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon Day [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon "Day of the Moon]]", Moon"]], it turns out that [[spoiler:she missed]], and the episode begins six months after the event.



** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]" ends with the Doctor locked in an inescapable prison specifically designed to hold him. Next week, the pre-credit teaser actually adds an ''extra'' cliffhanger to the excitement by revealing that somehow Amy and the Doctor exchanged places. Post credits, the Doctor from the future, already out of the Pandorica, just goes back in time and lets himself out (putting dead Amy inside the preserve her). He only got out in the first place because [[StableTimeLoop Rory was able to let him out using the Doctor's sonic screwdriver (which only happened because the Doctor got let out)]].
** At the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen Rise Of The Cybermen]]", the Doctor tries to convince the Cybermen who've cornered his group that they're surrendering, only for the Cybermen to ignore this and ominously chant "Delete! Delete!" as the episode ends; when the following episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel The Age of Steel]]" begins, the Doctor suddenly pulls a tool out of nowhere which kills the Cybermen then and there. Because if the Doctor had this tool at his disposal, there was little reason to try and surrender and even less to hesitate for about 10 seconds before killing the enemy; they don't even suggest that he was possibly trying to buy enough time until the tool was fully charged to destroy the Cybermen, which actually ''make sense'' if it's the case. [[JustifiedTrope This is justified by the "tool" actually being the TARDIS's charging power cell, whose use as a weapon started the charging process all over again. For obvious reasons, the Doctor was reluctant to cut off his ultimate escape route.]]

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens]]" Opens"]] ends with the Doctor locked in an inescapable prison specifically designed to hold him. Next week, the pre-credit teaser actually adds an ''extra'' cliffhanger to the excitement by revealing that somehow Amy and the Doctor exchanged places. Post credits, the Doctor from the future, already out of the Pandorica, just goes back in time and lets himself out (putting dead Amy inside the preserve her). He only got out in the first place because [[StableTimeLoop Rory was able to let him out using the Doctor's sonic screwdriver (which only happened because the Doctor got let out)]].
** At the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen Rise [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen "Rise Of The Cybermen]]", Cybermen"]], the Doctor tries to convince the Cybermen who've cornered his group that they're surrendering, only for the Cybermen to ignore this and ominously chant "Delete! Delete!" as the episode ends; when the following episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel "The Age of Steel]]" Steel"]] begins, the Doctor suddenly pulls a tool out of nowhere which kills the Cybermen then and there. Because if the Doctor had this tool at his disposal, there was little reason to try and surrender and even less to hesitate for about 10 seconds before killing the enemy; they don't even suggest that he was possibly trying to buy enough time until the tool was fully charged to destroy the Cybermen, which actually ''make sense'' if it's the case. [[JustifiedTrope This is justified by the "tool" actually being the TARDIS's charging power cell, whose use as a weapon started the charging process all over again. For obvious reasons, the Doctor was reluctant to cut off his ultimate escape route.]]



* The second episode of ''Series/TwinPeaks'' "[[Recap/TwinPeaksS1E02TracesToNowhere Traces to Nowhere]]" ends with Agent Cooper having a dream from which he learns the identity of [[MysteryArc who killed Laura Palmer]]. Cooper immediately wakes up from the dream to call up Sheriff Truman that he knows who the murderer is but teases that the answer could "wait 'till morning." Come the next episode "[[Recap/TwinPeaksS1E03ZenOrTheSkillToCatchAKiller Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer]]", taking place that following morning, Cooper recaps all the events from the dream that ended with Laura Palmer whispering the name of her killer in his ear. Then, once he's asked who the killer is, Cooper nonchalantly responds "I don't remember."

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* The second episode of ''Series/TwinPeaks'' "[[Recap/TwinPeaksS1E02TracesToNowhere Traces [[Recap/TwinPeaksS1E02TracesToNowhere "Traces to Nowhere]]" Nowhere"]] ends with Agent Cooper having a dream from which he learns the identity of [[MysteryArc who killed Laura Palmer]]. Cooper immediately wakes up from the dream to call up Sheriff Truman that he knows who the murderer is but teases that the answer could "wait 'till morning." Come the next episode "[[Recap/TwinPeaksS1E03ZenOrTheSkillToCatchAKiller Zen, [[Recap/TwinPeaksS1E03ZenOrTheSkillToCatchAKiller "Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer]]", Killer"]], taking place that following morning, Cooper recaps all the events from the dream that ended with Laura Palmer whispering the name of her killer in his ear. Then, once he's asked who the killer is, Cooper nonchalantly responds "I don't remember."



* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Series/StargateSG1'''s infamous "[[Recap/StargateSG1S10E6200 200]]" episode. The alien scriptwriter has the characters running away from some aliens with 11 seconds to get to the gate. The team runs up to a cliff face and see a massive army of Jaffa between them and the gate. The real SG-1 call the writer out on such an obvious copout and provide the page quote for ViewersAreGeniuses.

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* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Series/StargateSG1'''s infamous "[[Recap/StargateSG1S10E6200 200]]" [[Recap/StargateSG1S10E6200 "200"]] episode. The alien scriptwriter has the characters running away from some aliens with 11 seconds to get to the gate. The team runs up to a cliff face and see a massive army of Jaffa between them and the gate. The real SG-1 call the writer out on such an obvious copout and provide the page quote for ViewersAreGeniuses.



** The Season 4 episode "[[{{Recap/AngelS04E14Release}} Release]]" ends with Angelus defeating Faith, drinking her blood, and declaring that he's going to turn her into a vampire. The following episode, "[[{{Recap/AngelS04E15Orpheus}} Orpheus]]", [[OnceMoreWithClarity opens with a flashback]] of Faith drugging herself with the titular drug as a back-up plan for defeating Angelus.

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** The Season 4 episode "[[{{Recap/AngelS04E14Release}} Release]]" [[Recap/AngelS04E14Release "Release"]] ends with Angelus defeating Faith, drinking her blood, and declaring that he's going to turn her into a vampire. The following episode, "[[{{Recap/AngelS04E15Orpheus}} Orpheus]]", [[Recap/AngelS04E15Orpheus "Orpheus"]], [[OnceMoreWithClarity opens with a flashback]] of Faith drugging herself with the titular drug as a back-up plan for defeating Angelus.
3rd Mar '17 7:39:49 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** The episode "Truth & Consequences" from Volume 2, for example, ends with Hiro charging at Peter, who refuses to believe Hiro's claims that Adam Monroe is dangerous and is even willing to protect him, suggesting that the two characters were going to fight each other. The beginning of the following episode, "Powerless," shows Hiro, after his charge, deciding to just teleport around Peter and try and talk to him some more to convince him that Adam is evil.

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** The episode "Truth "[[{{Recap/HeroesS02E10TruthAndConsequences}} Truth & Consequences" Consequences]]" from Volume 2, for example, ends with Hiro charging at Peter, who refuses to believe Hiro's claims that Adam Monroe is dangerous and is even willing to protect him, suggesting that the two characters were going to fight each other. The beginning of the following episode, "Powerless," [[{{Recap/HeroesS02E11Powerless}} Powerless]]", shows Hiro, after his charge, deciding to just teleport around Peter and try and talk to him some more to convince him that Adam is evil.



** The most (in)famous, not to mention [[LiteralCliffhanger literal]], example is probably from ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]''; in which the Doctor ''dangles himself over a precipice'' for no obvious reason other than because the episode was coming to an end, and [[PseudoCrisis just... climbs out of it next episode. Of course, given the episode never gave the viewer any reason to believe the Doctor couldn't just climb up, this is less of a copout and more just confusing.]] The new series pulled an AuthorsSavingThrow on this one, revealing it as one of several cases where the Great Intelligence altered events in the Doctor's timeline to try to kill him.
** Also, famously, in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani]]'', when you actually see The Doctor and Peri get shot, execution style, and [[WhatCliffhanger fall down dead]]. The following episode resolves the conflict [[PseudoCrisis ten seconds]] in, when it is revealed that [[spoiler: the executed parties were [[ActuallyADoombot actually robot look-a-likes]]]].

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** The most (in)famous, not to mention [[LiteralCliffhanger literal]], example is probably from ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]''; "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]"; in which the Doctor ''dangles himself over a precipice'' for no obvious reason other than because the episode was coming to an end, and [[PseudoCrisis just... climbs out of it next episode. Of course, given the episode never gave the viewer any reason to believe the Doctor couldn't just climb up, this is less of a copout and more just confusing.]] The new series pulled an AuthorsSavingThrow on this one, revealing it as one of several cases where the Great Intelligence altered events in the Doctor's timeline to try to kill him.
** Also, famously, in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani]]'', Androzani]]", when you actually see The Doctor and Peri get shot, execution style, and [[WhatCliffhanger fall down dead]]. The following episode resolves the conflict [[PseudoCrisis ten seconds]] in, when it is revealed that [[spoiler: the executed parties were [[ActuallyADoombot actually robot look-a-likes]]]].



** Part Two of ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]'' is another well-known example. Sarah Jane is leading a prison escape up a giant scaffolding tower, when she slips and falls in a dramatic freeze-frame. Unfortunately, Part Three begins with her landing on a previously-unmentioned plank just below. The most frustrating thing is that she clearly fell on the outside of the tower, but the plank could only have been on the inside.

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** Part Two of ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]'' Daleks]]" is another well-known example. Sarah Jane is leading a prison escape up a giant scaffolding tower, when she slips and falls in a dramatic freeze-frame. Unfortunately, Part Three begins with her landing on a previously-unmentioned plank just below. The most frustrating thing is that she clearly fell on the outside of the tower, but the plank could only have been on the inside.



** This happened in regards to Donna in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]''. [[ItMakesSenseInContext The Doctor had previously wiped her memories of him and warned if she ever started to remember she would burn to death.]] At the end of episode one she starts to remember and her head starts to hurt... and at the beginning of episode two she just gets knocked out. Turns out it was all just a defense mechanism.

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** This happened in regards to Donna in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]''.Time]]". [[ItMakesSenseInContext The Doctor had previously wiped her memories of him and warned if she ever started to remember she would burn to death.]] At the end of episode one she starts to remember and her head starts to hurt... and at the beginning of episode two she just gets knocked out. Turns out it was all just a defense mechanism.



** At the end of ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen Rise Of The Cybermen]]'', the Doctor tries to convince the Cybermen who've cornered his group that they're surrendering, only for the Cybermen to ignore this and ominously chant "Delete! Delete!" as the episode ends; when the following episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWho28E6TheAgeOfSteel The Age Of Steel]]'' begins, the Doctor suddenly pulls a tool out of nowhere which kills the Cybermen then and there. Because if the Doctor had this tool at his disposal, there was little reason to try and surrender and even less to hesitate for about 10 seconds before killing the enemy; they don't even suggest that he was possibly trying to buy enough time until the tool was fully charged to destroy the Cybermen, which actually ''make sense'' if it's the case. [[JustifiedTrope This is justified by the "tool" actually being the TARDIS's charging power cell, whose use as a weapon started the charging process all over again. For obvious reasons, the Doctor was reluctant to cut off his ultimate escape route.]]

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** At the end of ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen Rise Of The Cybermen]]'', Cybermen]]", the Doctor tries to convince the Cybermen who've cornered his group that they're surrendering, only for the Cybermen to ignore this and ominously chant "Delete! Delete!" as the episode ends; when the following episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWho28E6TheAgeOfSteel "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel The Age Of Steel]]'' of Steel]]" begins, the Doctor suddenly pulls a tool out of nowhere which kills the Cybermen then and there. Because if the Doctor had this tool at his disposal, there was little reason to try and surrender and even less to hesitate for about 10 seconds before killing the enemy; they don't even suggest that he was possibly trying to buy enough time until the tool was fully charged to destroy the Cybermen, which actually ''make sense'' if it's the case. [[JustifiedTrope This is justified by the "tool" actually being the TARDIS's charging power cell, whose use as a weapon started the charging process all over again. For obvious reasons, the Doctor was reluctant to cut off his ultimate escape route.]]



* Episode Two in the first season of ''Series/TwinPeaks'' ends with Agent Cooper having a dream from which he learns the identity of [[MysteryArc who killed Laura Palmer]]. Cooper immediately wakes up from the dream to call up Sheriff Truman that he knows who the murderer is but teases that the answer could "wait 'till morning." Come the next episode, taking place that following morning, Cooper recaps all the events from the dream that ended with Laura Palmer whispering the name of her killer in his ear. Then, once he's asked who the killer is, Cooper nonchalantly responds "I don't remember."

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* Episode Two in the first season The second episode of ''Series/TwinPeaks'' "[[Recap/TwinPeaksS1E02TracesToNowhere Traces to Nowhere]]" ends with Agent Cooper having a dream from which he learns the identity of [[MysteryArc who killed Laura Palmer]]. Cooper immediately wakes up from the dream to call up Sheriff Truman that he knows who the murderer is but teases that the answer could "wait 'till morning." Come the next episode, episode "[[Recap/TwinPeaksS1E03ZenOrTheSkillToCatchAKiller Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer]]", taking place that following morning, Cooper recaps all the events from the dream that ended with Laura Palmer whispering the name of her killer in his ear. Then, once he's asked who the killer is, Cooper nonchalantly responds "I don't remember."



* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Series/StargateSG1'''s infamous "200" episode. The alien scriptwriter has the characters running away from some aliens with 11 seconds to get to the gate. The team runs up to a cliff face and see a massive army of Jaffa between them and the gate. The real SG-1 call the writer out on such an obvious copout and provide the page quote for ViewersAreGeniuses.

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* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Series/StargateSG1'''s infamous "200" "[[Recap/StargateSG1S10E6200 200]]" episode. The alien scriptwriter has the characters running away from some aliens with 11 seconds to get to the gate. The team runs up to a cliff face and see a massive army of Jaffa between them and the gate. The real SG-1 call the writer out on such an obvious copout and provide the page quote for ViewersAreGeniuses.



** The Season 4 episode "Release" 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 drug as a back-up plan for defeating Angelus.

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** The Season 4 episode "Release" "[[{{Recap/AngelS04E14Release}} Release]]" ends with Angelus defeating Faith, drinking her blood, and declaring that he's going to turn her into a vampire. The following episode, Orpheus, "[[{{Recap/AngelS04E15Orpheus}} Orpheus]]", [[OnceMoreWithClarity opens with a flashback]] of Faith drugging herself with the titular drug as a back-up plan for defeating Angelus.



* ''LondonsBurning'' subverts and uses the trope straight in the same situation. One episode finished with a sewer explosion knocking one of the firemen on his back and sending a manhole cover flying into the air. Viewers saw a shot of the cover flying end over end... and landing straight on the hapless firemen's head, all from his point of view. The next episode opened with the same shot but finished with him waking up, as it was AllJustADream. Then it turned out it really '''had''' happened (subverting this trope), but the cover only landed near him despite how it looked previously (looping back to play the trope straight), causing him to have recurring nightmares.

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* ''LondonsBurning'' ''Series/LondonsBurning'' subverts and uses the trope straight in the same situation. One episode finished with a sewer explosion knocking one of the firemen on his back and sending a manhole cover flying into the air. Viewers saw a shot of the cover flying end over end... and landing straight on the hapless firemen's head, all from his point of view. The next episode opened with the same shot but finished with him waking up, as it was AllJustADream. Then it turned out it really '''had''' happened (subverting this trope), but the cover only landed near him despite how it looked previously (looping back to play the trope straight), causing him to have recurring nightmares.
20th Jan '17 1:02:44 PM SeanMurrayI
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* InUniverse: Annie Wilkes of ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' absolutely ''hates'' it when authors do this, telling the story about her favorite cliffhanger serial from when she was a kid, quoted above, to Paul Sheldon after he did a similar thing while writing the manuscript for Annie's personal ''Misery'' novel. Paul had ended the last novel with Misery's burial, so Annie insisted that the new novel would start with a way of getting the heroine out of her grave, fair and square.

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* InUniverse: Annie Wilkes of ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' absolutely ''hates'' hates it when authors do this, telling the story about her favorite cliffhanger serial from when she was a kid, quoted above, to Paul Sheldon after he did a similar thing while writing the manuscript for Annie's personal ''Misery'' novel. Paul had ended the last novel with Misery's burial, so Annie insisted that the new novel would start with a way of getting the heroine out of her grave, fair and square.
20th Jan '17 7:00:04 AM Dravencour
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* ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' has two InUniverse examples of this. Annie was telling the story about her favorite cliffhanger serial from when she was a kid, quoted above, to Paul Sheldon after he did a similar thing while writing the manuscript for Annie's personal ''Misery'' novel. Paul had ended the last novel with Misery's burial, so Annie insisted that the new novel would start with a way of getting the heroine out of her grave, fair and square.

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* InUniverse: Annie Wilkes of ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' has two InUniverse examples of this. Annie was absolutely ''hates'' it when authors do this, telling the story about her favorite cliffhanger serial from when she was a kid, quoted above, to Paul Sheldon after he did a similar thing while writing the manuscript for Annie's personal ''Misery'' novel. Paul had ended the last novel with Misery's burial, so Annie insisted that the new novel would start with a way of getting the heroine out of her grave, fair and square.
20th Jan '17 6:55:42 AM Dravencour
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->''"The bad guy stuck [Rocketman] in a car on a mountain road and knocked him out and welded the door shut and tore out the brakes and started him to his death, and he woke up and tried to steer and tried to get out, but the car went off a cliff before he could escape! And it crashed and burned, and I was so upset and excited, and the next week, you better believe I was first in line. And they always start with the end of the last week. And there was Rocketman, trying to get out, and here comes the cliff, and just before the car went off the cliff, he jumped free! And all the kids cheered! But'' I ''didn't cheer. I stood right up and started shouting, 'This isn't what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? They just cheated us! This isn't fair! '''HE DIDN'T GET OUT OF THE COCK-A-DOODIE CAR!'''"''

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->''"The bad guy stuck [Rocketman] in a car on a mountain road and knocked him out and welded the door shut and tore out the brakes and started him to his death, and he woke up and tried to steer and tried to get out, but the car went off a cliff before he could escape! And it crashed and burned, and I was so upset and excited, and the next week, you better believe I was first in line. And they always start with the end of the last week. And there was Rocketman, trying to get out, and here comes the cliff, and just before the car went off the cliff, he jumped free! And all the kids cheered! But'' I ''didn't cheer. I stood right up and started shouting, 'This isn't what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? They just cheated us! This isn't fair! '''HE DIDN'T GET OUT OF THE COCK-A-DOODIE CAR!'''"''CAR!''''"''
20th Jan '17 6:51:58 AM Dravencour
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->''"The bad guy stuck [Rocketman] in a car on a mountain road and knocked him out and welded the door shut and tore out the brakes and started him to his death, and he woke up and tried to steer and tried to get out, but the car went off a cliff before he could escape! And it crashed and burned, and I was so upset and excited, and the next week, you better believe I was first in line. And they always start with the end of the last week. And there was Rocketman, trying to get out, and here comes the cliff, and just before the car went off the cliff, he jumped free! And all the kids cheered! But'' I ''didn't cheer. I stood right up and started shouting, 'This isn't what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? They just cheated us! This isn't fair! '''HE DIDN'T GET OUT OF THE COCK-A-DOODIE CAR!''''"''

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->''"The bad guy stuck [Rocketman] in a car on a mountain road and knocked him out and welded the door shut and tore out the brakes and started him to his death, and he woke up and tried to steer and tried to get out, but the car went off a cliff before he could escape! And it crashed and burned, and I was so upset and excited, and the next week, you better believe I was first in line. And they always start with the end of the last week. And there was Rocketman, trying to get out, and here comes the cliff, and just before the car went off the cliff, he jumped free! And all the kids cheered! But'' I ''didn't cheer. I stood right up and started shouting, 'This isn't what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? They just cheated us! This isn't fair! '''HE DIDN'T GET OUT OF THE COCK-A-DOODIE CAR!''''"''CAR!'''"''
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