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3rd Dec '17 10:11:12 AM nombretomado
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* TheABC series ''HungryBeast'' swaps between sketches and serious current affairs, so in one episode you may have [[http://hungrybeast.abc.net.au/stories/asbestos-deaths-and-james-hardie an exposé on the continuing problems of asbestos in Australia]] and [[http://hungrybeast.abc.net.au/stories/great-pigeon-race a hilarious competition between Australian broadband and a pigeon]] in the same episode.

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* TheABC Creator/TheABC series ''HungryBeast'' swaps between sketches and serious current affairs, so in one episode you may have [[http://hungrybeast.abc.net.au/stories/asbestos-deaths-and-james-hardie an exposé on the continuing problems of asbestos in Australia]] and [[http://hungrybeast.abc.net.au/stories/great-pigeon-race a hilarious competition between Australian broadband and a pigeon]] in the same episode.
30th Nov '17 2:48:27 PM CrypticMirror
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* The ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' episode "Guns Don't Die" seems to have a standard EverybodyLaughsEnding with Quincy and pals celebrating the happy wrap-up of the episode's case at Danny's. Then cut to [[spoiler: a little boy playing at home who finds a gun in his parents' bedroom; he approaches his sister while holding it pretending to be a science fiction bad guy, counts to three... and fires, a big grin on his face. Freeze-frame on the kid as the gunshot echoes, roll credits, the end.]]

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* The ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' ''Series/QuincyME'' episode "Guns Don't Die" seems to have a standard EverybodyLaughsEnding with Quincy and pals celebrating the happy wrap-up of the episode's case at Danny's. Then cut to [[spoiler: a little boy playing at home who finds a gun in his parents' bedroom; he approaches his sister while holding it pretending to be a science fiction bad guy, counts to three... and fires, a big grin on his face. Freeze-frame on the kid as the gunshot echoes, roll credits, the end.]]
29th Nov '17 10:04:08 AM ClintEastwood
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*** Oh, where to start... could it be with the part in Innocence where it goes from [[spoiler: passionate love story to "zomg, Angel is EVIL!"?]] Or how about season six, where it went from a musical episode [[spoiler:to a magical addiction fueled angst-fest?]]

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*** Oh, where to start... could it be with the part in Innocence "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E14Innocence}} Innocence]]" where it goes from [[spoiler: passionate love story to "zomg, Angel is EVIL!"?]] Or how about season six, where it went from a musical episode [[spoiler:to a magical addiction fueled angst-fest?]]



*** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E2MissionToTheUnknown Mission to the Unknown]]" is a genteel and funny social comedy about the Greeks and Trojans until the Greeks invade Troy, [[KillEmAll everyone gets slaughtered horribly]] and Vicki leaves the TARDIS to start a new life.

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*** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E2MissionToTheUnknown Mission to the Unknown]]" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E3TheMythMakers The Myth Makers]]" is a genteel and funny social comedy about the Greeks and Trojans until the Greeks invade Troy, [[KillEmAll everyone gets slaughtered horribly]] and Vicki leaves the TARDIS to start a new life.
29th Nov '17 7:46:23 AM ClintEastwood
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*** The "The man's psychotic!" scene in the pilot is particularly epic.

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*** The "The man's psychotic!" scene in the pilot "[[Recap/FireflyE01Serenity Serenity]]" is particularly epic.



*** "You're Welcome", where after the day is won and everyone is celebrating, Cordy and Angel have one last kiss. She says, "You're welcome.", the phone rings, and Angel finds out she died that morning. Let the tears commence!
*** "Spin the Bottle" which is Angel's equivalent of Buffy's "Tabula Rasa" is a perfect example of this. The majority of the episode has the Angel Investigations crew all having their memories regressed to their teenage years and all sorts of wacky hijinx going on: Wesley returns to his wussy self from Buffy's third season, Fred is revealed to have been a pothead as a teenager, Angel's memories go back to before he even became a vampire and he mistakes a [[CallBack group of cars for demons]]... and then the end happens where everyone gets their memories restored. [[spoiler: we get our first glimpse of the first major antagonist for the season, Cordelia leaves the group and Angel is alone and heart-broken, and Lorne, who's also been [[BreakingtheFourthWall directly addressing the audience the whole episode]] closes things out by delivering one of the most somber, heart-breaking monologues on television.]]
*** The episode "The Magic Bullet" begins with Music/TheBeachBoys playing as complete strangers share the love of Jasmine. A commuter happily stops his car to allow some pedestrians to cross only for a wide-eyed Fred to slam into his window before fleeing, [[ItMakesSenseInContext pursued by Wes and Gunn.]]

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*** "You're Welcome", "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E12YoureWelcome}} You're Welcome]]", where after the day is won and everyone is celebrating, Cordy and Angel have one last kiss. She says, "You're welcome.", the phone rings, and Angel finds out she died that morning. Let the tears commence!
*** "Spin "[[{{Recap/AngelS04E06SpinTheBottle}} Spin the Bottle" Bottle]]" which is Angel's equivalent of Buffy's "Tabula Rasa" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E8TabulaRasa}} Tabula Rasa]]" is a perfect example of this. The majority of the episode has the Angel Investigations crew all having their memories regressed to their teenage years and all sorts of wacky hijinx going on: Wesley returns to his wussy self from Buffy's third season, Fred is revealed to have been a pothead as a teenager, Angel's memories go back to before he even became a vampire and he mistakes a [[CallBack group of cars for demons]]... and then the end happens where everyone gets their memories restored. [[spoiler: we get our first glimpse of the first major antagonist for the season, Cordelia leaves the group and Angel is alone and heart-broken, and Lorne, who's also been [[BreakingtheFourthWall directly addressing the audience the whole episode]] closes things out by delivering one of the most somber, heart-breaking monologues on television.]]
*** The episode "The "[[{{Recap/AngelS04E19TheMagicBullet}} The Magic Bullet" Bullet]]" begins with Music/TheBeachBoys playing as complete strangers share the love of Jasmine. A commuter happily stops his car to allow some pedestrians to cross only for a wide-eyed Fred to slam into his window before fleeing, [[ItMakesSenseInContext pursued by Wes and Gunn.]]



*** The Puppet Show has one in-universe mentioned by Cordelia. In the talent show, her song about 'dignity, and human feeling, and personal... hygiene, or something like that' is set up to occur just after a band's rock song. She says something along the lines of, "The point is, my song is sappy, and no-one is going to feel sappy after all that rock and roll?" Giles quickly makes her go away by mentioning her hair.
*** Once More with Feeling contains an enormous one in addition to all the song-specific ones listed below. The episode begins with cheery singing and dancing and fabulous songs and end with ''the main character's attempting suicide!'' And then it ends with a kiss...

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*** "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E9ThePuppetShow}} The Puppet Show Show]]" has one in-universe mentioned by Cordelia. In the talent show, her song about 'dignity, and human feeling, and personal... hygiene, or something like that' is set up to occur just after a band's rock song. She says something along the lines of, "The point is, my song is sappy, and no-one is going to feel sappy after all that rock and roll?" Giles quickly makes her go away by mentioning her hair.
*** "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More with Feeling More, With Feeling]]" contains an enormous one in addition to all the song-specific ones listed below. The episode begins with cheery singing and dancing and fabulous songs and end with ''the main character's attempting suicide!'' And then it ends with a kiss...



*** Or how about the zany madcap jaunt about a geek and his robot girlfriend that ends with [[spoiler: Buffy finding her mother's ''dead body''?]] And then, of course, the geek turns out to be the bastard son of Lex Luthor and Max Cady.
*** Even without [[spoiler:Joyce's death]], "I Was Made to Love You" is still pretty whiplashy - like the part where April nearly kills Katrina after the latter "lies" about being Warren's current girlfriend, or when she "dies", still believing that Warren would come back to her.
*** Everything to do with the Geek Trio in Season Six has Whiplash. Just one example is in "Dead Things," when they start with a zany plan to acquire a sex slave then accidentally murder her and try to frame Buffy for it.
*** "Storyteller" is pure comedy (One scene features [[UnreliableNarrator Andrew]] narrating the story of Faith fighting Spock). Then they get to the seal, and Buffy threatens to kill Andrew:

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*** Or how about the zany madcap jaunt about a geek and his robot girlfriend that ends with [[spoiler: Buffy finding her mother's ''dead body''?]] And then, of course, the geek turns out to be the bastard son of Lex Luthor ComicBookLexLuthor and [[Film/CapeFear Max Cady.
Cady]].
*** Even without [[spoiler:Joyce's death]], "I "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E15IWasMadeToLoveYou}} I Was Made to To Love You" You]]" is still pretty whiplashy - like the part where April nearly kills Katrina after the latter "lies" about being Warren's current girlfriend, or when she "dies", still believing that Warren would come back to her.
*** Everything to do with the Geek Trio in Season Six has Whiplash. Just one example is in "Dead Things," "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E13DeadThings}} Dead Things]]", when they start with a zany plan to acquire a sex slave then accidentally murder her and try to frame Buffy for it.
*** "Storyteller" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E16Storyteller}} Storyteller]]" is pure comedy (One scene features [[UnreliableNarrator Andrew]] narrating the story of Faith fighting Spock). Then they get to the seal, and Buffy threatens to kill Andrew:



*** "End of Days" has a serious dialogue where Buffy and Faith contemplate the loneliness of being a Slayer ending with the following line:

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*** "End of Days" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E21EndOfDays}} End Of Days]]" has a serious dialogue where Buffy and Faith contemplate the loneliness of being a Slayer ending with the following line:



*** Or in Selfless where we go from Anya singing about how she'll be Xander's Missus, to her impaled upon Buffy's sword? (She [[GoodThingYouCanHeal gets better]])

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*** Or in Selfless "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E5Selfless}} Selfless]]" where we go from Anya singing about how she'll be Xander's Missus, to her impaled upon Buffy's sword? (She [[GoodThingYouCanHeal gets better]])



*** In the Season One finale, the Master is [[LargeHam hamming it up]] during an earthquake. After the shaking stops, he turns to the Anoited One and asks:

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*** In the Season One finale, "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E12ProphecyGirl}} Prophecy Girl]]", the Master is [[LargeHam hamming it up]] during an earthquake. After the shaking stops, he turns to the Anoited One and asks:



*** Or (told you Joss loved these), the whole ending scene of "Bad Girls", where the Mayor goes through the ritual to become invulnerable.

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*** Or (told you Joss loved these), the whole ending scene of "Bad Girls", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E14BadGirls}} Bad Girls]]", where the Mayor goes through the ritual to become invulnerable.



*** An unintentional example occurs in "The Body": the episode has no score, which adds to the harsh realism of an emotionally devastating story. Except nobody bothered to remove the loud, upbeat theme song from the end credits. It's somewhat jarring.
*** Another good example is the episode "Seeing Red" from season 6. [[spoiler: Willow and Tara finally get back together after being apart for the entire season and are shown incredibly happy for the whole episode. Amber Benson (Tara's actress) ''finally'' gets to be in the opening credits, too! Everything's going great... [[TooHappyToLive then Warren kills Tara.]]]]
*** The Wish offers a good one - the alternate Sunnydale is ruled by vampires, the Master's still alive and kicking and now factory processing humans, and just about every main character dies. And then Giles undoes the wish and we're back to Cordelia, who'd died around the halfway point and was the one who made the wish, gleefully rattling off a series of wishes of what horrible fate should fall on Buffy, Xander, and Willow, and eventually all men while Buffy, Xander, and Willow cheerfully chat in the sunlight.
*** There's a pretty good moment that fits this trope well in the third season episode "Helpless." After learning that Giles is responsible for [[spoiler: her temporarily losing her Slayer powers]], Buffy directly confronts her mentor over his betrayal of her trust. The scene gets more and more dramatic as Buffy becomes more horrified and Giles tries to do anything he can to make it up to her, and then suddenly at the end Cordelia comes in completely oblivious as to what's going on. As Buffy coldy tells Giles, "I don't know you," Cordy takes her literally and believes some demon has given her amnesia, as well as wondering from their serious expressions if the world's supposed to end again and whether or not she should bother studying for an exam if that's the case.

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*** An unintentional example occurs in "The Body": "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody}} The Body]]": the episode has no score, which adds to the harsh realism of an emotionally devastating story. Except nobody bothered to remove the loud, upbeat theme song from the end credits. It's somewhat jarring.
*** Another good example is the episode "Seeing Red" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E19SeeingRed}} Seeing Red]]" from season 6. [[spoiler: Willow and Tara finally get back together after being apart for the entire season and are shown incredibly happy for the whole episode. Amber Benson (Tara's actress) ''finally'' gets to be in the opening credits, too! Everything's going great... [[TooHappyToLive then Warren kills Tara.]]]]
*** "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E9TheWish}} The Wish Wish]]" offers a good one - the alternate Sunnydale is ruled by vampires, the Master's still alive and kicking and now factory processing humans, and just about every main character dies. And then Giles undoes the wish and we're back to Cordelia, who'd died around the halfway point and was the one who made the wish, gleefully rattling off a series of wishes of what horrible fate should fall on Buffy, Xander, and Willow, and eventually all men while Buffy, Xander, and Willow cheerfully chat in the sunlight.
*** There's a pretty good moment that fits this trope well in the third season episode "Helpless." "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E12Helpless}} Helpless]]". After learning that Giles is responsible for [[spoiler: her temporarily losing her Slayer powers]], Buffy directly confronts her mentor over his betrayal of her trust. The scene gets more and more dramatic as Buffy becomes more horrified and Giles tries to do anything he can to make it up to her, and then suddenly at the end Cordelia comes in completely oblivious as to what's going on. As Buffy coldy tells Giles, "I don't know you," Cordy takes her literally and believes some demon has given her amnesia, as well as wondering from their serious expressions if the world's supposed to end again and whether or not she should bother studying for an exam if that's the case.



*** In "Man on the Street" handler Joe Hearn is sexually abusing his BlankSlate charge Sierra while telling her they need to be very quiet. At that moment [[spoiler: Boyd]] enters and knocks Hearn through a plate glass window.

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*** In "Man "[[Recap/DollhouseS01E06 Man on the Street" Street]]" handler Joe Hearn is sexually abusing his BlankSlate charge Sierra while telling her they need to be very quiet. At that moment [[spoiler: Boyd]] enters and knocks Hearn through a plate glass window.



*** In "Omega", Echo's line upon arriving at Alpha's lair:

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*** In "Omega", "[[Recap/DollhouseS01E12 Omega]]", Echo's line upon arriving at Alpha's lair:



*** Episode 2.11, ''Getting Closer'': Topher and Bennett's [[spoiler: [[FirstKiss kiss scene]]]], which leaves them both giddily happy; it manages to be both Crowning Moments of [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Heartwarming]] and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Funny]] alike. Topher steps out for a minute and Claire walks in to have a conversation with Bennett that does nothing to lessen the charming atmosphere. [[spoiler: Then Topher comes back and Claire immediately pulls out a gun and blasts Bennett's brains all over him.]]

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*** Episode 2.11, ''Getting Closer'': "[[Recap/DollhouseS02E11 Getting Closer]]": Topher and Bennett's [[spoiler: [[FirstKiss kiss scene]]]], which leaves them both giddily happy; it manages to be both Crowning Moments of [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Heartwarming]] and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Funny]] alike. Topher steps out for a minute and Claire walks in to have a conversation with Bennett that does nothing to lessen the charming atmosphere. [[spoiler: Then Topher comes back and Claire immediately pulls out a gun and blasts Bennett's brains all over him.]]



*** "The Chase" is mostly a ridiculous comedy with {{Slapstick}} and a ComicTrio of Daleks who don't seem all that threatening. The atmosphere is very loopy and comfortable. Then Ian and Barbara, two very, very loved companions who'd been there since the beginning of the series, realise they can use the Daleks' time-ship to return to their home time and inform the Doctor they're leaving, and [[HurtingHero he snaps at them both out of selfish grief]].
*** "The Myth Makers" is a genteel and funny social comedy about the Greeks and Trojans until the Greeks invade Troy, [[KillEmAll everyone gets slaughtered horribly]] and Vicki leaves the TARDIS to start a new life.
*** "The Massacre of St Bartholemew's Eve" ends with the darkest sequence of events in the entire series thus far. The Doctor forcibly transports his companion Steven to 1960s London to escape an impending 17th Century genocide he'd been powerless to prevent, abandoning Steven's TemporaryLoveInterest Anne (a member of the group being massacred). He [[WhatTheHellHero rages at the Doctor about how amoral he is]] and [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere storms out of the TARDIS]], leaving the Doctor behind to perform a {{Soliloquy}} about how everyone leaves him and [[DespairEventHorizon he has no control and nowhere to go]]. This is suddenly interrupted by a CloudCuckooLander ManicPixieDreamGirl named Dodo accidentally walking in on him, deciding to travel with him in about two minutes of conversation, and then Steven returning with no explanation to suggest that Dodo might be one of Anne's descendants.
*** "The Pirate Planet" is a goofy, playful, high-{{Camp}} Creator/DouglasAdams romp with [[EvilIsHammy enormously over-the-top]] SpacePirates as villains, all PlayedForLaughs. Until the moment when the Doctor finds out how pointlessly, selfishly evil the pirates actually are, and [[UnstoppableRage absolutely blows his top]] in a scene that is played perfectly straight.

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*** "The Chase" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase The Chase]]" is mostly a ridiculous comedy with {{Slapstick}} and a ComicTrio of Daleks who don't seem all that threatening. The atmosphere is very loopy and comfortable. Then Ian and Barbara, two very, very loved companions who'd been there since the beginning of the series, realise they can use the Daleks' time-ship to return to their home time and inform the Doctor they're leaving, and [[HurtingHero he snaps at them both out of selfish grief]].
*** "The Myth Makers" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E2MissionToTheUnknown Mission to the Unknown]]" is a genteel and funny social comedy about the Greeks and Trojans until the Greeks invade Troy, [[KillEmAll everyone gets slaughtered horribly]] and Vicki leaves the TARDIS to start a new life.
*** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E5TheMassacre The Massacre of St Bartholemew's Eve" Bartholomew's Eve]]" ends with the darkest sequence of events in the entire series thus far. The Doctor forcibly transports his companion Steven to 1960s London to escape an impending 17th Century genocide he'd been powerless to prevent, abandoning Steven's TemporaryLoveInterest Anne (a member of the group being massacred). He [[WhatTheHellHero rages at the Doctor about how amoral he is]] and [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere storms out of the TARDIS]], leaving the Doctor behind to perform a {{Soliloquy}} about how everyone leaves him and [[DespairEventHorizon he has no control and nowhere to go]]. This is suddenly interrupted by a CloudCuckooLander ManicPixieDreamGirl named Dodo accidentally walking in on him, deciding to travel with him in about two minutes of conversation, and then Steven returning with no explanation to suggest that Dodo might be one of Anne's descendants.
*** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet The Pirate Planet" Planet]]" is a goofy, playful, high-{{Camp}} Creator/DouglasAdams romp with [[EvilIsHammy enormously over-the-top]] SpacePirates as villains, all PlayedForLaughs. Until the moment when the Doctor finds out how pointlessly, selfishly evil the pirates actually are, and [[UnstoppableRage absolutely blows his top]] in a scene that is played perfectly straight.



*** The revival series embraces this trope wholeheartedly whenever it would cause the Doctor the most angst. See "Journey's End", which has triumph, reunion and celebration followed by [[spoiler:the Doctor being forced to erase the memory of one of his companions to prevent her from dying and being all alone again as a result]]. The whiplash occurs in mid-scene, as [[spoiler: Donna is babbling her newfound Time Lord knowledge in a rapidfire manner and just generally being hilarious as the Doctor starts to look sadder and sadder, and then, in mid babble, Donna starts to repeat the same word over and over in a stuck-record fashion and you start to realize that something is very very ''not right.'']]
*** An example in "The Stolen Earth" is the [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming beautiful reunion scene]] where the Doctor and Rose notice each other and start running into each other's arms when suddenly, out of the blue, a Dalek rolls up and shoots the Doctor.
*** A few of the regenerations could count as this, as we're basically witnessing a death and a birth at the exact same time. For this reason they typically take place right at the end or beginning of an episode/serial, as it means they can start fresh and avoid this trope. But other good examples of Whiplash would be Five's regeneration into Six (we go from his hallucinatory death scene right to Six snarking at Peri) and Nine's regeneration into Ten (his tearful goodbye to Rose right into a joke about having "new teeth"). Ten himself had one of the sadest regenerations with that look of his horror on his face when he says "I don't want to go." Then Eleven kisses his knees out of joy that he still has legs and then checks if he's ginger this time.
*** "Doomsday" goes from a tearful farewell between Rose and the Doctor to the Doctor and Donna, wearing a bridal gown, shouting "What?!" at each other at increasing volume when she suddenly appears in the TARDIS.
*** The episode before, "Army of Ghosts," had a very large mood whiplash as well, with the Doctor being told by the Cybermen that "The Sphere is not ours." [[spoiler: It was made by the Daleks, so the whiplash is from "This is bad," to "We're all gonna die."]]
*** Amy Pond goes through one herself in "Cold Blood" [[spoiler: her fiancé Rory is killed, causing her to become inconsolable from grief. But then he is absorbed by the [[BuffySpeak time-absorby-lightpasta-thing]] and he is made to have never existed, so she doesn't remember him or his death, leading to her cheerfully continuing despite the huge loss which just happened (or not)]]. It's disconcerting, to say the least.
*** "The Big Bang" does this so much, it'll leave your head spinning [[spoiler: that is, if your head isn't already spinning from all the timey-wimey bits. Seriously, the episode starts with the universe in shambles and Rory holding Amy's body, [[TearJerker begging her to laugh]], when the Doctor pops out of midair holding a mop and wearing a fez. He pops in and out three times while explaining that Amy is actually not entirely dead, [[CaptainObvious it's the end of the universe,]] and Rory needs to go down to the Pandorica to let the Doctor out. The rest of the episode consists of the Doctor getting killed in the future, the TARDIS exploding with River in it, River getting rescued, more fez jokes, the Doctor getting killed, the Doctor actually not being dead, but he's going to be erased from time instead, the actual process of being erased from time, and then the Doctor gets unerased from time, and gets to come to Amy's wedding and dance really extremely badly.]] It's hard work, this show is.
*** Also, in "Partners in Crime", when Donna and the Doctor are both chasing the head of Adipose and her hostage. Donna is watching through the door window, and the Doctor is watching through the window in the wall across from the door. There's a very serious questioning going on. Then the Doctor and Donna catch sight of each other. HilarityEnsues. Then, mid-word, Donna realizes that they've been noticed. Cue chase scene.
*** "The Doctor's Wife" cuts from [[spoiler: the Doctor in tears (and Amy and Rory nearly so) as the TARDIS loses her human form, to the Doctor working on the TARDIS's machinery, chatting with Amy and Rory about bunk beds, and asking the ship, "What do you think, dear? Where should we take the kids this time?"]]
*** Despite being somewhat dark, "The Almost People" wraps things up on a fairly hopeful note... [[spoiler: and then the Doctor unexpectedly melts Amy into a pile of goo, and she wakes up in prison about to give birth...]]
*** "A Good Man Goes to War", the mid-series finale, ends with (among other things) everyone finally learning just who River is. Cut to a card telling us the Doctor will return in Autumn with "[[RefugeInAudacity LET'S KILL HITLER]]."
*** In "The God Complex" not only do the viewers experience it at every turn but so do the characters when they are possessed.
*** In "The Sound of Drums", we cut from The Doctor, Martha, and Jack running down an alleyway to televised news reports about the first contact with the Toclafane to... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the Master watching the Teletubbies]], which he marvels at the concept of television "in their stomachs". Even better, right before the Teletubbies, we had "This is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home" playing in the background. And then, bluegrass-type music.
*** ''The Angels Take Manhattan''... hooBOY! [[spoiler: Rory has decided to jump off the hotel to kill himself and create a paradox that will ruin the Weeping Angels' food supply, and Amy decides to go with him, not being able to bear to live without him. The paradox [[ResetButton resets]] the events of the story, taking them all back to present day New York, ready to embark with The Doctor and River on a family voyage. Rory, however, gets distracted by his own gravestone and is transported back to 1938 by a surviving Angel. Despondent, Amy allows herself to be sent back with him, leaving the Doctor and River helpless to save them.]]
*** Both ''The End of Time'' and ''The Time of the Doctor'' were were fairly grim stories which saw the end of their respective Doctors and the conclusion of many long-running story arcs. They were immediately followed by ''The Eleventh Hour'' and ''Deep Breath'', which, while not without some scary moments, were generally very light-hearted romps.
*** "Kill the Moon" proceeds as a "base under siege" tale until it pivots twice: first when [[spoiler: the Doctor unexpectedly abandons Clara, forcing her to make a difficult decision on behalf of earth]] and again [[spoiler: at the end when Clara becomes the first companion to have a full-scale blow-up at the Doctor since the mid-1960s.]]
*** "The Girl Who Died" is a comedic episode up until its final 10 minutes when [[spoiler: the title comes into play and the Doctor bares his soul to Clara about it before coming up with a fix that he almost instantly regrets.]]
*** "Face the Raven" is very much an uber-example. The episode begins on a lighthearted note and (despite the jeopardy involved) continues as a relatively standard light-hearted story based on a cool premise until [[spoiler: without warning it pivots to full out tragedy as longstanding character Clara Oswald learns that she only has minutes to live and spends the remainder of her time giving an emotional goodbye to the Doctor before dying, screaming in agony leaving the Doctor struck monotone with anger.]]
*** "Heaven Sent:" Near the end, the Doctor is faced with a wall twenty feet thick made of a material four hundred times stronger than diamond, with a monster bearing down on him. He futilely punches it until his hands are bloody and the monster catches him and [[TouchOfDeath kills him]]. But it takes Time Lords a while to die, so he spends a day and a half dragging himself back up to the teleporter room, where he burns his own body as fuel to recreate the last teleport stored in the hard drive: Himself. Since the castle resets when he leaves a room for long enough, the new Doctor does the exact same things as the previous one, all the way up to punching the wall and dying and creating a new Doctor. This happens countless times, and the audience thinks he's trapped in a never-ending hell... [[spoiler:and then we see that he's actually ''making progress through the wall''. Suddenly one of the most horrifying moments of the series becomes the most awesome]].

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*** The revival series embraces this trope wholeheartedly whenever it would cause the Doctor the most angst. See "Journey's End", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]", which has triumph, reunion and celebration followed by [[spoiler:the Doctor being forced to erase the memory of one of his companions to prevent her from dying and being all alone again as a result]]. The whiplash occurs in mid-scene, as [[spoiler: Donna is babbling her newfound Time Lord knowledge in a rapidfire manner and just generally being hilarious as the Doctor starts to look sadder and sadder, and then, in mid babble, Donna starts to repeat the same word over and over in a stuck-record fashion and you start to realize that something is very very ''not right.'']]
*** An example in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth" Earth]]" is the [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming beautiful reunion scene]] where the Doctor and Rose notice each other and start running into each other's arms when suddenly, out of the blue, a Dalek rolls up and shoots the Doctor.
*** A few of the regenerations could count as this, as we're basically witnessing a death and a birth at the exact same time. For this reason they typically take place right at the end or beginning of an episode/serial, as it means they can start fresh and avoid this trope. But other good examples of Whiplash would be Five's regeneration into Six (we go from his hallucinatory death scene right to Six snarking at Peri) and Nine's regeneration into Ten (his tearful goodbye to Rose right into a joke about having "new teeth"). Ten himself had one of the sadest saddest regenerations with that look of his horror on his face when he says "I don't want to go." Then Eleven kisses his knees out of joy that he still has legs and then checks if he's ginger this time.
*** "Doomsday" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday Doomsday]]" goes from a tearful farewell between Rose and the Doctor to the Doctor and Donna, wearing a bridal gown, shouting "What?!" at each other at increasing volume when she suddenly appears in the TARDIS.
*** The episode before, "Army "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts Army of Ghosts," Ghosts]]", had a very large mood whiplash as well, with the Doctor being told by the Cybermen that "The Sphere is not ours." [[spoiler: It was made by the Daleks, so the whiplash is from "This is bad," to "We're all gonna die."]]
*** Amy Pond goes through one herself in "Cold Blood" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E9ColdBlood Cold Blood]]" [[spoiler: her fiancé Rory is killed, causing her to become inconsolable from grief. But then he is absorbed by the [[BuffySpeak time-absorby-lightpasta-thing]] and he is made to have never existed, so she doesn't remember him or his death, leading to her cheerfully continuing despite the huge loss which just happened (or not)]]. It's disconcerting, to say the least.
*** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Big Bang" Bang]]" does this so much, it'll leave your head spinning [[spoiler: that is, if your head isn't already spinning from all the timey-wimey bits. Seriously, the episode starts with the universe in shambles and Rory holding Amy's body, [[TearJerker begging her to laugh]], when the Doctor pops out of midair holding a mop and wearing a fez. He pops in and out three times while explaining that Amy is actually not entirely dead, [[CaptainObvious it's the end of the universe,]] and Rory needs to go down to the Pandorica to let the Doctor out. The rest of the episode consists of the Doctor getting killed in the future, the TARDIS exploding with River in it, River getting rescued, more fez jokes, the Doctor getting killed, the Doctor actually not being dead, but he's going to be erased from time instead, the actual process of being erased from time, and then the Doctor gets unerased from time, and gets to come to Amy's wedding and dance really extremely badly.]] It's hard work, this show is.
*** Also, in "Partners "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E1PartnersInCrime Partners in Crime", Crime]]", when Donna and the Doctor are both chasing the head of Adipose and her hostage. Donna is watching through the door window, and the Doctor is watching through the window in the wall across from the door. There's a very serious questioning going on. Then the Doctor and Donna catch sight of each other. HilarityEnsues. Then, mid-word, Donna realizes that they've been noticed. Cue chase scene.
*** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife" Wife]]" cuts from [[spoiler: the Doctor in tears (and Amy and Rory nearly so) as the TARDIS loses her human form, to the Doctor working on the TARDIS's machinery, chatting with Amy and Rory about bunk beds, and asking the ship, "What do you think, dear? Where should we take the kids this time?"]]
*** Despite being somewhat dark, "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E6TheAlmostPeople The Almost People" People]]" wraps things up on a fairly hopeful note... [[spoiler: and then the Doctor unexpectedly melts Amy into a pile of goo, and she wakes up in prison about to give birth...]]
*** "A "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar A Good Man Goes to War", War]]", the mid-series finale, ends with (among other things) everyone finally learning just who River is. Cut to a card telling us the Doctor will return in Autumn with "[[RefugeInAudacity LET'S KILL HITLER]]."
*** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex The God Complex" Complex]]" not only do the viewers experience it at every turn but so do the characters when they are possessed.
*** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums The Sound of Drums", Drums]]", we cut from The Doctor, Martha, and Jack running down an alleyway to televised news reports about the first contact with the Toclafane to... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the Master watching the Teletubbies]], which he marvels at the concept of television "in their stomachs". Even better, right before the Teletubbies, we had "This is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home" playing in the background. And then, bluegrass-type music.
*** ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan The Angels Take Manhattan''...Manhattan]]" ... hooBOY! [[spoiler: Rory has decided to jump off the hotel to kill himself and create a paradox that will ruin the Weeping Angels' food supply, and Amy decides to go with him, not being able to bear to live without him. The paradox [[ResetButton resets]] the events of the story, taking them all back to present day New York, ready to embark with The Doctor and River on a family voyage. Rory, however, gets distracted by his own gravestone and is transported back to 1938 by a surviving Angel. Despondent, Amy allows herself to be sent back with him, leaving the Doctor and River helpless to save them.]]
*** Both ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time'' Time]]" and ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor'' Doctor]]" were were fairly grim stories which saw the end of their respective Doctors and the conclusion of many long-running story arcs. They were immediately followed by ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour The Eleventh Hour'' Hour]]" and ''Deep Breath'', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath Deep Breath]]", which, while not without some scary moments, were generally very light-hearted romps.
*** "Kill "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon Kill the Moon" Moon]]" proceeds as a "base under siege" tale until it pivots twice: first when [[spoiler: the Doctor unexpectedly abandons Clara, forcing her to make a difficult decision on behalf of earth]] and again [[spoiler: at the end when Clara becomes the first companion to have a full-scale blow-up at the Doctor since the mid-1960s.]]
*** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died" Died]]" is a comedic episode up until its final 10 minutes when [[spoiler: the title comes into play and the Doctor bares his soul to Clara about it before coming up with a fix that he almost instantly regrets.]]
*** "Face "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven Face the Raven" Raven]]" is very much an uber-example. The episode begins on a lighthearted note and (despite the jeopardy involved) continues as a relatively standard light-hearted story based on a cool premise until [[spoiler: without warning it pivots to full out tragedy as longstanding character Clara Oswald learns that she only has minutes to live and spends the remainder of her time giving an emotional goodbye to the Doctor before dying, screaming in agony leaving the Doctor struck monotone with anger.]]
*** "Heaven Sent:" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]": Near the end, the Doctor is faced with a wall twenty feet thick made of a material four hundred times stronger than diamond, with a monster bearing down on him. He futilely punches it until his hands are bloody and the monster catches him and [[TouchOfDeath kills him]]. But it takes Time Lords a while to die, so he spends a day and a half dragging himself back up to the teleporter room, where he burns his own body as fuel to recreate the last teleport stored in the hard drive: Himself. Since the castle resets when he leaves a room for long enough, the new Doctor does the exact same things as the previous one, all the way up to punching the wall and dying and creating a new Doctor. This happens countless times, and the audience thinks he's trapped in a never-ending hell... [[spoiler:and then we see that he's actually ''making progress through the wall''. Suddenly one of the most horrifying moments of the series becomes the most awesome]].



*** "Hell Bent" begins with the Doctor seemingly seeking revenge for the death of [[spoiler: Clara]] and the events of "Heaven Sent", but soon it becomes clear that everything in "Heaven Sent" and the opening of "Hell Bent" [[spoiler: was simply a gambit by the Doctor to get Clara pulled out of time just before her death.]] The moment this occurs, the episode changes tone completely and focuses exclusively on [[spoiler: the relationship between the Doctor and Clara, effectively becoming a two-hander for its second half.]]

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*** "Hell Bent" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" begins with the Doctor seemingly seeking revenge for the death of [[spoiler: Clara]] and the events of "Heaven Sent", but soon it becomes clear that everything in "Heaven Sent" and the opening of "Hell Bent" [[spoiler: was simply a gambit by the Doctor to get Clara pulled out of time just before her death.]] The moment this occurs, the episode changes tone completely and focuses exclusively on [[spoiler: the relationship between the Doctor and Clara, effectively becoming a two-hander for its second half.]]



** ''...and Mary Cherry chains Gwyneth Paltrow's personal shopper to a pipe in the school boiler room.''

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** ''...and Mary Cherry chains Gwyneth Paltrow's Creator/GwynethPaltrow's personal shopper to a pipe in the school boiler room.''



* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' - "Sometimes a Great Notion": after discovering [[spoiler:that Earth is a radioactive wasteland]] Dualla cheerfully reconciles with her estranged husband [[spoiler:then puts a bullet in her brain.]]

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* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' - "Sometimes a "[[{{Recap/BattlestarGalactica2003S04E11SometimesAGreatNotion}} Sometimes A Great Notion": Notion]]": after discovering [[spoiler:that Earth is a radioactive wasteland]] Dualla cheerfully reconciles with her estranged husband [[spoiler:then puts a bullet in her brain.]]
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* The main plot of the ''Series/{{Psych}}'' Halloween special "Tuesday the 17th" features Shawn, Juliet, and Gus investigating a Jason style serial killer at a summer camp while the B-plot is about Lassiter meeting up with his estranged wife for dinner.
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* ''Series/TheOrville'' uses this so often that she show might be best described as a bait and switch. Switching from a BrickJoke about calling a NegativeSpaceWedgie a "glory hole" to a nasty plot about a ZombieApocalypse? Having a protagonist tortured by the bad guys? Well, one of them makes a YourMom insult, followed by a [[TeenyWeenie dick joke]], then the captors ''really'' get serious and inject a drug causing agonizing pain, leaving the badass a shrieking wreck.
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* This happens at the end of the seventh season finale of ''Series{{Seinfeld}}'' when [[spoiler: Susan dies.]]
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* TheDoctorOzShow tends to do this in episodes with serious topics. It may start off with somber conversations with women who have lost family members to cancer...and one tiny commercial break later, audience members are passing brightly colored balls representing poop through a plastic tube representing the colon, with everyone laughing and cheering at a successful "bowel movement" into a plastic bucket.

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* TheDoctorOzShow tends ''Series/TheDoctorOzShow'': Tends to do this in episodes with serious topics. It may start off with somber conversations with women who have lost family members to cancer...and one tiny commercial break later, audience members are passing brightly colored balls representing poop through a plastic tube representing the colon, with everyone laughing and cheering at a successful "bowel movement" into a plastic bucket.



** In the same episode, a humorous scene in which Tyrion, Bronn, and Shae play a drinking game leads into the tragic story of [[spoiler: Tyrion's first love, and how it turned out that she was actually a prostitute his brother had hired to make a man of him, and how as punishment for marrying her, Tyrion's father made him watch as she was gang-raped by his entire garrison.]]

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** In the same episode, a humorous scene in which Tyrion, Bronn, and Shae play a drinking game leads into the tragic story of [[spoiler: Tyrion's [[spoiler:Tyrion's first love, and how it turned out that she was actually a prostitute his brother had hired to make a man of him, and how as punishment for marrying her, Tyrion's father made him watch as she was gang-raped by his entire garrison.]]
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* ''Tonight, on a very special episode of ''{{Popular}}'', Harrison must resolve his mixed feelings about his mother when his friends discover that she's gay...''

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* ''Tonight, on a very special episode of ''{{Popular}}'', ''Series/{{Popular}}'', Harrison must resolve his mixed feelings about his mother when his friends discover that she's gay...''
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* An episode of AmericasGotTalent featuring 6 year old Aaralyn and her 9 year old brother Issaiah. The entire intro plays them as an extremely cutesy brother-sister duo... and then they start singing their song, "Zombie Skin", a death metal ballad featuring Aaralyn screaming her lungs out. The looks on the judges' and audience's faces makes it clear they were NOT expecting that.

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* An episode of AmericasGotTalent ''Series/AmericasGotTalent'' featuring 6 year old Aaralyn and her 9 year old brother Issaiah. The entire intro plays them as an extremely cutesy brother-sister duo... and then they start singing their song, "Zombie Skin", a death metal ballad featuring Aaralyn screaming her lungs out. The looks on the judges' and audience's faces makes it clear they were NOT expecting that.
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