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10th Jun '17 4:35:57 PM nombretomado
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* In the made-for-TV adaptation of ''AWrinkleInTime,'' a commercial break comes just as Meg, her father, and Calvin have landed on the planet Ixchel, just barely escaping from the grasp of The Black Thing. Suddenly, over the horizon comes horrible eyeless monsters! The music rises, oh no! Commercial. Come back, and Calvin and Dr. Murry are calmly discussing their plight with the sightless creatures, whom we automatically understand are just really ugly good guys.

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* In the made-for-TV adaptation of ''AWrinkleInTime,'' ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime,'' a commercial break comes just as Meg, her father, and Calvin have landed on the planet Ixchel, just barely escaping from the grasp of The Black Thing. Suddenly, over the horizon comes horrible eyeless monsters! The music rises, oh no! Commercial. Come back, and Calvin and Dr. Murry are calmly discussing their plight with the sightless creatures, whom we automatically understand are just really ugly good guys.
25th Apr '17 5:45:33 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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** It's hard to find a two-part episode of the revived ''Doctor Who'' that doesn't do this. Of note is the beginning of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet The Impossible Planet]]": at the start of the episode, the Doctor and Rose are wandering though a planetary base and are suddenly cornered by a crowd of [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Lovecraftian-looking aliens]] chanting "WE MUST FEED! WE MUST FEED!" and we cut to the opening credits. When we cut back:

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** It's hard to find a two-part episode of At the revived ''Doctor Who'' that doesn't do this. Of note is the beginning start of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet The Impossible Planet]]": at the start of the episode, the Doctor and Rose are wandering though a planetary base and are suddenly cornered by a crowd of [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Lovecraftian-looking aliens]] chanting "WE MUST FEED! WE MUST FEED!" and we cut to the opening credits. When we cut back:
11th Apr '17 11:28:10 AM NESBoy
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* In one Corn Pops commercial, a man is eating cereal on a balcony with skyscrapers in the background. The cereal box, on the rail, suddenly begins to topple and fall. In dramatic slow-motion he reaches for it but is too late, screaming, in a deep voiced, slow motion, [[BigNo Noooooooo!]]. Then it turns out that he wasn't on a balcony at all, he was just on a hill overlooking the city and the ground was right on the other side of the rail.
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* In the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon ''Hare Remover'', Elmer Fudd is trying to create a JekyllAndHyde formula and tests in on WesternAnimation/BugsBunny. After going through a few seconds where it seems the formula worked, Bugs just looks at Elmer and says, "No soap, Doc."


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* PlayedForLaughs in the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' MultiPartEpisode "Where's Perry?". Linda and Lawernce spend most of it offscreen on a date. Then, amid a series of cliffhangers for Part 2, we suddenly see them discovering that they have no reservation at a restaurant. Oh, no!! Part 2 opens with the head waiter notifying them that their reservation is still valid, since they simply got their surname wrong. They then go back out of focus for the rest of the episode, returning at the end to reunite with the kids.
21st Jan '17 11:37:47 AM BKelly95
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* Midway through the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Anne," Buffy gets hit by a car. At the end of the commercial break, she gets right back up and keeps walking.

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Midway through the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Anne," Buffy gets hit by a car. At the end of the commercial break, she gets right back up and keeps walking.walking.
** In "Lovers Walk" (the one where Spike returns to Sunnydale), Joyce steps into the kitchen at the Summers house and finds Spike standing there. He gives her a sinister greeting before going to commercial. We come back from commercial to reveal Spike sitting at the kitchen table lamenting his breakup with Drusilla while Joyce serves him tea.



* John Wayne made his TV debut in a 1950s episode of "Screen Directors Playhouse" directed by John Ford. Wayne plays a sportswriter covering a scandal about a baseball player. The PseudoCrisis occurs at the ActBreak, when a character we've never seen before (played by Janet Leigh) bursts into Wayne's office and, without saying a word, aims a pistol at his head. Immediately after the commercial, Wayne simply disarms Leigh, and she sits down and explains herself.

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* John Wayne made his TV debut in a 1950s episode of "Screen Directors Playhouse" directed by John Ford. Wayne plays a sportswriter covering a scandal about a baseball player. The PseudoCrisis Pseudo Crisis occurs at the ActBreak, when a character we've never seen before (played by Janet Leigh) bursts into Wayne's office and, without saying a word, aims a pistol at his head. Immediately after the commercial, Wayne simply disarms Leigh, and she sits down and explains herself.
24th Nov '16 8:38:58 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** At one cliffhanger in "The Ice Warriors", the Doctor is in the airlock of the Ice Warrior ship trying to open up negotiations with them. The Ice Warriors ask him who he is. He responds in a generically evasive sort of way. The Ice Warriors tell him that unless he reveals who he is they will drain the oxygen out of the airlock. We see the oxygen pressure gauge draining - !! ...and the next episode has the Doctor say "I'm the Doctor and I'm here to open up negotiations", so the Ice Warrior switches the air back on.
** One Third Doctor-era cliffhanger culminates in the Master throwing a knife at the Doctor!! ...with the next episode revealing it just casually missed.

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** At one cliffhanger in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E3TheIceWarriors The Ice Warriors", Warriors]]", the Doctor is in the airlock of the Ice Warrior ship trying to open up negotiations with them. The Ice Warriors ask him who he is. He responds in a generically evasive sort of way. The Ice Warriors tell him that unless he reveals who he is they will drain the oxygen out of the airlock. We see the oxygen pressure gauge draining - !! ...and the next episode has the Doctor say "I'm the Doctor and I'm here to open up negotiations", so the Ice Warrior switches the air back on.
** One Third Doctor-era cliffhanger in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E3TheSeaDevils The Sea Devils]]" culminates in the Master throwing a knife at the Doctor!! ...with the next episode revealing it just casually missed.



** "The Ark in Space" has Sarah Jane opening a cupboard and suddenly being sprung upon by some sort of horrible wasp thing!! ...and at the start of the next episode it immediately turns out it was dead - it wasn't launching at her, it was just falling.
** "The Android Invasion" has a cliffhanger where Sarah and the Doctor are getting blasted off into space and are overcome by the G-force... and then they escape the planet's gravity and everything's fine. Particularly sloppy since the scene immediately after this shows a pod opening to reveal an [[EvilKnockoff evil robot Doctor]].

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkInSpace The Ark in Space" Space]]" has Sarah Jane opening a cupboard and suddenly being sprung upon by some sort of horrible wasp thing!! ...and at the start of the next episode it immediately turns out it was dead - it wasn't launching at her, it was just falling.
** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E4TheAndroidInvasion The Android Invasion" Invasion]]" has a cliffhanger where Sarah and the Doctor are getting blasted off into space and are overcome by the G-force... and then they escape the planet's gravity and everything's fine. Particularly sloppy since the scene immediately after this shows a pod opening to reveal an [[EvilKnockoff evil robot Doctor]].



** It's hard to find a two-part episode of the revived ''Doctor Who'' that doesn't do this. Of note is the beginning of "The Impossible Planet": at the start of the episode, the Doctor and Rose are wandering though a planetary base and are suddenly cornered by a crowd of [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Lovecraftian-looking aliens]] chanting "WE MUST FEED! WE MUST FEED!" and we cut to the opening credits. When we cut back:

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** It's hard to find a two-part episode of the revived ''Doctor Who'' that doesn't do this. Of note is the beginning of "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet The Impossible Planet": Planet]]": at the start of the episode, the Doctor and Rose are wandering though a planetary base and are suddenly cornered by a crowd of [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Lovecraftian-looking aliens]] chanting "WE MUST FEED! WE MUST FEED!" and we cut to the opening credits. When we cut back:
9th Nov '16 1:49:40 PM Kid
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** 'Episode "The Trouble With Tribbles". In TheTeaser the Enterprise receives a Priority One distress call from space station K7, indicating a disaster has occurred. During the first act, they learn that a Federation bureaucrat sent the message because he thought a cargo of grain at the station was endangered. In a variant, this is actually a Pseudo Crisis in-universe; Kirk is angry, and refuses to take the diplomat seriously from then on.

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** 'Episode Episode "The Trouble With Tribbles". In TheTeaser the Enterprise receives a Priority One distress call from space station K7, indicating a disaster has occurred. During the first act, they learn that a Federation bureaucrat sent the message because he thought a cargo of grain at the station was endangered. In a variant, this is actually a Pseudo Crisis in-universe; Kirk is angry, and refuses to take the diplomat seriously from then on.
29th Oct '16 8:05:36 AM BKelly95
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* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' is absolutely horrible with these. Occasionally there will be a real CommercialBreakCliffhanger, but for every other commercial break, there well be a PseudoCrisis.

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* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' is absolutely horrible with these. Occasionally there will be a real CommercialBreakCliffhanger, but for every other commercial break, there well be a PseudoCrisis.this will happen.


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** Another episode had one team picking out a nitrous system and a flamethrower kit for their car, but not using either due to time constraints. In the preview of the judging portion, we see Jimmy lashing out at them for not using the items. In the actual judging portion, he follows up by saying that was the right move since the things they focused on turned out well.
23rd Sep '16 10:49:52 PM thatother1dude
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A subtrope of CliffhangerCopout.
23rd Aug '16 2:03:36 PM Willbyr
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* In ''BusouRenkin'', Kazuki [[spoiler: sends himself and the villain Victor up to the moon]] at the end of an episode, effectively [="killing"=] the both of them. The other characters spend an entire episode angsting about it, until the beginning of the next episode, when they [[spoiler: simply send some people up to get him]]. Of course it doesn't end that easily, but you have to wonder why they didn't just do that in the first place.

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* In ''BusouRenkin'', ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', Kazuki [[spoiler: sends himself and the villain Victor up to the moon]] at the end of an episode, effectively [="killing"=] the both of them. The other characters spend an entire episode angsting about it, until the beginning of the next episode, when they [[spoiler: simply send some people up to get him]]. Of course it doesn't end that easily, but you have to wonder why they didn't just do that in the first place.
2nd Aug '16 11:13:27 AM SeanMurrayI
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* An in-universe one was a focal point in the movie ''{{Film/Misery}}'', when Annie remembers seeing an old movie serial where the hero was caught in his car as it exploded, only to find next week that he got out of the car ahead of time. This triggers her BerserkButton in a serious way.
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