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6th Feb '16 11:01:49 PM nombretomado
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* Done many, many times in ''{{Frasier}}'', when a scene that is initially PlayedForLaughs becomes, upon further elaboration, much darker or more emotional than before. For example, Niles discovers that his wife Maris is cheating on him with his marriage counselor through a hilarious scene of MissedHimByThatMuch where both he and the counselor think they are preparing for a steamy night with Maris. This leads to an equally hilarious confrontation, and an even more hilarious scene where Niles' anger at his wife boils over while coaching a group therapy session; only for the scene to turn into a TearJerker halfway through when he bursts into tears and starts screaming at an absent Maris that he has never, ever cheated on her despite being tempted by Daphne, who treats him well and is a far better person than Maris is, for years, and finally breaking down sobbing that "I wanted to believe that [Maris has been always faithful to him] more than anything in the world, but now...now...I just can't see how I can...Now I just want to ''die.''"
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* Done many, many times in ''{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', when a scene that is initially PlayedForLaughs becomes, upon further elaboration, much darker or more emotional than before. For example, Niles discovers that his wife Maris is cheating on him with his marriage counselor through a hilarious scene of MissedHimByThatMuch where both he and the counselor think they are preparing for a steamy night with Maris. This leads to an equally hilarious confrontation, and an even more hilarious scene where Niles' anger at his wife boils over while coaching a group therapy session; only for the scene to turn into a TearJerker halfway through when he bursts into tears and starts screaming at an absent Maris that he has never, ever cheated on her despite being tempted by Daphne, who treats him well and is a far better person than Maris is, for years, and finally breaking down sobbing that "I wanted to believe that [Maris has been always faithful to him] more than anything in the world, but now...now...I just can't see how I can...Now I just want to ''die.''"
25th Jan '16 12:54:37 PM skidoo23
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*** "Face the Raven" is very much an uber-example. The episode begins on a lighthearted note and (despite the jeopardy involved) continues in this vein 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.]]

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*** "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.]]
23rd Jan '16 10:23:14 PM amphiboly
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* Series/FullHouse does this in episodes "Honey, I Broke the House", "Just Say No Way", "The Last Dance", and "Silence Is Not Golden".
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* Series/FullHouse ''Series/FullHouse'' does this in episodes "Honey, I Broke the House", "Just Say No Way", "The Last Dance", and "Silence Is Not Golden".
15th Jan '16 7:59:32 AM TheDoolio
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Incorrect and frankly offensive
*** 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 ''MindRape 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.'']]
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*** 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 ''MindRape erase the memory of one of his companions'' 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.'']]
13th Jan '16 9:36:43 PM jormis29
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* ScreamQueens acknowledges this very trope in its second series when John Homa is teaching the girls how to cry in scenes. One girl is told to laugh hysterically about stories she's telling at Christmas, when Homa suddenly tells her to imagine that the stories are about people who aren't alive anymore.
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* ScreamQueens ''Series/ScreamQueens2008'' acknowledges this very trope in its second series when John Homa is teaching the girls how to cry in scenes. One girl is told to laugh hysterically about stories she's telling at Christmas, when Homa suddenly tells her to imagine that the stories are about people who aren't alive anymore.
30th Nov '15 12:31:27 PM Discar
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*** "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'']].
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*** "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'']].wall''. Suddenly one of the most horrifying moments of the series becomes the most awesome]].
30th Nov '15 7:32:45 AM Discar
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* The hands down funniest scene in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' Season 3 episode "Endgame": Reviewing surveillance footage in the Library, Reese and Finch realize that the person who has potentially started a war between [[TheMafiya the Russian mob]] and the [[CorruptCop corrupt police organization known as "HR"]] by [[FalseFlagOperation attacking a Russian mob drug shipment using a grenade launcher and wearing a gas mask]] is a woman. They immediately suspect that it's Shaw. Shaw promptly walks in, notices she's getting funny looks, and calls them weird. They show her the video and she starts fangirling over the tactics used, which reveals to Finch that it's actually Detective Joss Carter, because Shaw has no other friends. Shaw reveals that she loaned Carter some of John's weapons and equipment, leading to Reese's bemused reaction: "[[SkewedPriorities Wait, that's ''my'' grenade launcher?]]" From there, the scene quickly devolves into John all but commanding Shaw and Finch to get eyes on all 38 of the HR members whose numbers came up, despite there only being two of them, because if HR or the Russians discover who's really behind the attack, Carter is the only person who is going to die.
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* The hands down funniest scene in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' Season 3 episode "Endgame": Reviewing surveillance footage in the Library, Reese and Finch realize that the person who has potentially started a war between [[TheMafiya the Russian mob]] and the [[CorruptCop corrupt police organization known as "HR"]] by [[FalseFlagOperation attacking a Russian mob drug shipment using a grenade launcher and wearing a gas mask]] is a woman. They immediately suspect that it's Shaw. Shaw promptly walks in, notices she's getting funny looks, and calls them weird. They show her the video and she starts fangirling over the tactics used, which reveals to Finch that it's actually Detective Joss Carter, because Shaw has no other friends. Shaw reveals that she loaned Carter some of John's weapons and equipment, leading to Reese's bemused reaction: "[[SkewedPriorities Wait, that's ''my'' MY grenade launcher?]]" From there, the scene quickly devolves into John all but commanding Shaw and Finch to get eyes on all 38 of the HR members whose numbers came up, despite there only being two of them, because if HR or the Russians discover who's really behind the attack, Carter is the only person who is going to die.
30th Nov '15 7:32:12 AM Discar
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--->'''The Doctor:''' There's this emperor, and he asks this shepherd's boy... 'How many seconds in eternity?' And the shepherd's boy says... 'There's this mountain of pure diamond. It takes an hour to climb it, and an hour to go around it. Every hundred years, a little bird comes and sharpens its beak on the diamond mountain. And when the entire mountain is chiseled away, the first second of eternity will have passed.' You must think that's a hell of a long time. [[{{Determinator}} Personally, I think that's a hell of a bird]].
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--->'''The ---->'''The Doctor:''' There's this emperor, and he asks this shepherd's boy... 'How many seconds in eternity?' And the shepherd's boy says... 'There's this mountain of pure diamond. It takes an hour to climb it, and an hour to go around it. Every hundred years, a little bird comes and sharpens its beak on the diamond mountain. And when the entire mountain is chiseled away, the first second of eternity will have passed.' You must think that's a hell of a long time. [[{{Determinator}} Personally, I think that's a hell of a bird]].
30th Nov '15 7:30:44 AM Discar
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** It's a wacky musical episode with songs about guy love written by the people who made Avenue Q! Oh by the way, there's a brain aneurysm too. *** Particularly the last couple of songs--an upbeat, energetic song reminiscent of ''Greece'''s "You're the One That I Want", which then cuts abruptly into a somber, haunting melody about the aneurysm patient asking what will happen to her, and being afraid she's going to die. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGbQpw-B_EQ Enjoy]].
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** It's a wacky musical episode with songs about guy love written by the people who made Avenue Q! Oh by the way, there's a brain aneurysm too. *** too. Particularly the last couple of songs--an upbeat, energetic song reminiscent of ''Greece'''s "You're the One That I Want", which then cuts abruptly into a somber, haunting melody about the aneurysm patient asking what will happen to her, and being afraid she's going to die. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGbQpw-B_EQ Enjoy]].

-->'''JD:''' [[DeadAllAlong Where do you think we are]]? [[spoiler:Ben's funeral]].
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-->'''JD:''' --->'''JD:''' [[DeadAllAlong Where do you think we are]]? are]]?\\ '''Dr. Cox:''' ''[sobers, and attends [[spoiler:Ben's funeral]].funeral]]]''

*** The start of the Fred/Illyria episode also qualifies. It starts off on a light note--Wesley and Fred are [[OfficialCouple together]], while Angel and Spike are arguing over [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny whether cavemen or astronauts would win in a fight]]. Then Fred starts coughing up blood... **** Specifically, she has just had a whole battery of tests, all of which say she's fine. She starts to sing "You are my sunshine" to Wesley, Lorne whirls around with a look of complete horror, and she starts coughing up blood.
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*** The start of the Fred/Illyria episode also qualifies. It starts off on a light note--Wesley and Fred are [[OfficialCouple together]], while Angel and Spike are arguing over [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny whether cavemen or astronauts would win in a fight]]. Then Fred starts coughing up blood... **** blood... Specifically, she has just had a whole battery of tests, all of which say she's fine. She starts to sing "You are my sunshine" to Wesley, Lorne whirls around with a look of complete horror, and she starts coughing up blood.

**** And then at the end of that arc, Angel returns to earth and gets the news that ''Buffy died'' while he was away. ***** "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!
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**** *** And then at the end of that arc, Angel returns to earth and gets the news that ''Buffy died'' while he was away. ***** *** "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!

** ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' is rife with examples. 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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** ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' is rife with examples. examples. *** 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?]]

**** 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.
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**** *** 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.

--->'''Buffy:''' When your blood pours, it might save the whole world. What do you think about that? Does it buy it all back? Are you redeemed? --->'''Andrew:''' No. Because... I killed him. Because I listened to Warren and I wanted to believe it was him, but I knew it wasn't. So I killed him, and now you're gonna kill me, and... this is what Jonathan felt. ''(he starts to cry)''
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--->'''Buffy:''' ---->'''Buffy:''' When your blood pours, it might save the whole world. What do you think about that? Does it buy it all back? Are you redeemed? --->'''Andrew:''' redeemed?\\ '''Andrew:''' No. Because... I killed him. Because I listened to Warren and I wanted to believe it was him, but I knew it wasn't. So I killed him, and now you're gonna kill me, and... this is what Jonathan felt. ''(he starts to cry)''

** 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 ''MindRape 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. ** [[spoiler:Part of what makes the above scene so drastic in mood is that not only to we switch Doctors, and their behavior is utterly different, but the music changes with them. Ten's final song is Vale Decem, and it's a good-bye song from the universe to him, very sad and tragic. Then, Eleven leaps onto the picture, and the music is drastically different, a rock-and-roll, jumpy, energetic beat that you could dance to.]]
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** Revival series: *** 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 ''MindRape 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. ** Doctor. [[spoiler:Part of what makes the above scene so drastic in mood is that not only to we switch Doctors, and their behavior is utterly different, but the music changes with them. Ten's final song is Vale Decem, and it's a good-bye song from the universe to him, very sad and tragic. Then, Eleven leaps onto the picture, and the music is drastically different, a rock-and-roll, jumpy, energetic beat that you could dance to.]]

** "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.
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** *** "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.

** Amy Pond goes through one herself in "Cold Blood" [[spoiler: her fiancÚ 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.
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** *** Amy Pond goes through one herself in "Cold Blood" [[spoiler: her fiancÚ 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". *** 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.romps. *** "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'']]. --->'''The Doctor:''' There's this emperor, and he asks this shepherd's boy... 'How many seconds in eternity?' And the shepherd's boy says... 'There's this mountain of pure diamond. It takes an hour to climb it, and an hour to go around it. Every hundred years, a little bird comes and sharpens its beak on the diamond mountain. And when the entire mountain is chiseled away, the first second of eternity will have passed.' You must think that's a hell of a long time. [[{{Determinator}} Personally, I think that's a hell of a bird]].
9th Nov '15 7:20:38 AM BabyM
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* ''Series/NightAndDay'' does this deliberately and in spades, never taking itself especially seriously despite some relatively dark (for a soap opera) subject matter - and punctuating pathos-driven scenes with madcap fantasy sequences or comical interludes.
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* ''Series/NightAndDay'' does this deliberately and in spades, never taking itself especially seriously despite some relatively dark (for a soap opera) subject matter - and punctuating pathos-driven scenes with madcap fantasy sequences or comical interludes.interludes. * ''Series/HawaiiFive0:'' The episode "Ina Paha" alternates between Wo Fat's brutal and ColdBloodedTorture of [=McGarrett=]--using [[PsychoSerum mind-altering drugs]], [[ElectricTorture electrodes]], and good old fashioned [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique physical brutality]]--and [=McGarrett=]'s drug-induced [[FeverDreamEpisode hallucinations]] of a LighterAndSofter alternate universe version of the pilot episode where Victor Hess is stopped from killing John [=McGarrett=] at the last second, Chin Ho is still on the force, Danny is a happily-married CowboyCop who loves living in Hawaii, [[LargeAndInCharge Kamekona]] is an imprisoned crime lord, and [[MsFanservice Kono is a four-time world surfing champion doing TV commercials for lip gloss]].
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