History ShootTheShaggyDog / LiveActionTV

22nd Dec '16 2:18:02 PM rafi
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* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'': The penultimate episode of season two. [[spoiler: The gang shows up at Rossum HQ, blows up the supposed doomsday device...only for the end of the world to be going strong ten years later.]]

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* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'': ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': The penultimate episode of season two. [[spoiler: The gang shows up at Rossum HQ, blows up the supposed doomsday device...only for the end of the world to be going strong ten years later.]]



* ''Series/TheLWord'':
** The Dana breast cancer plot in season 3.
** Also all of season 6. In the end it turns out most of the established relationships are shams and Shane and Jenny's relationship is done in with Jenny's murder.



* ''Series/{{Louie}}'':
** Near the beginning of the third season, Louie goes on a date with a parody of a ManicPixieDreamGirl (She spontaneously climbs up long flights of stairs, she convinces Louie to try on a dress, and she claims her name is "Tape Recorder.") Louie is unnerved at first, but grows attached to her by the end of the date, and spends most of the season searching for her. In the season finale, Louie is feeling extra-lonely when suddenly, by chance, he runs into the girl again on a bus. [[spoiler: In the VERY NEXT SECOND, she falls over and dies. In the second after THAT, the New Year kicks in and everybody around Louie starts embracing and kissing each other.]]
* ''Series/TheLWord'':
** The Dana breast cancer plot in season 3.
** Also all of season 6. In the end it turns out most of the established relationships are shams and Shane and Jenny's relationship is done in with Jenny's murder.

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* ''Series/{{Louie}}'':
**
''Series/{{Louie}}'': Near the beginning of the third season, Louie goes on a date with a parody of a ManicPixieDreamGirl (She spontaneously climbs up long flights of stairs, she convinces Louie to try on a dress, and she claims her name is "Tape Recorder.") Louie is unnerved at first, but grows attached to her by the end of the date, and spends most of the season searching for her. In the season finale, Louie is feeling extra-lonely when suddenly, by chance, he runs into the girl again on a bus. [[spoiler: In the VERY NEXT SECOND, she falls over and dies. In the second after THAT, the New Year kicks in and everybody around Louie starts embracing and kissing each other.]]
* ''Series/TheLWord'':
** The Dana breast cancer plot in season 3.
** Also all of season 6. In
''Series/{{Lost}}'': Danielle Rousseau. She spends 16 years on the end it turns out most of the established relationships are shams island, alone, trying to get her daughter back and Shane thinking of little else. Then, she finally meets her...and Jenny's relationship is done in with Jenny's murder.they spend about a week together before they're both killed.
20th Dec '16 9:41:19 AM Peridonyx
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** The Season 4 two-part finale, "To Hell"/"And Back." The villains managed to kill almost ninety people before being detected, the BigBad is killed in cold blood by the brother of one of his victims after overhearing that the villain would likely get off in court since his mentally disabled brother did all the direct killings, the brother in question is mercilessly gunned down by SWAT for charging at them with a knife, even as the FBI beg the SWAT officers not to do it, and the guy who shot the BigBad goes to prison for life despite the fact that he was just trying to do good. The FBI manage to save a grand total of one person, and the ending narration notes [[PyrrhicVictory she'll likely be traumatized for the rest of her days]].

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** The Season 4 two-part finale, "To Hell"/"And Back." The villains managed to kill almost ninety people before being detected, the BigBad is killed in cold blood by the brother of one of his victims after overhearing that the villain would likely get off in court since his mentally disabled brother did all the direct killings, the brother in question is mercilessly gunned down by SWAT for charging at them with a knife, even as the FBI beg the SWAT officers not to do it, and the guy who shot the BigBad goes to prison for life despite the fact that he was just trying to do good. The FBI manage to save a grand total of one person, and the ending narration notes [[PyrrhicVictory she'll likely be traumatized for the rest of her days]].
28th Sep '16 10:33:42 AM lluewhyn
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28th Sep '16 9:34:21 AM lluewhyn
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** Subverted in the First Season. At first, it initially seems like this as Ned Stark spends the entire season trying to investigate the murder of his predecessor and expose the treachery of the Lannisters, only to be ignominiously executed by them. Subverted in that his execution causes major repercussions throughout the entire kingdom, and plunges everyone into war. However, somewhat played straight in both the book and television series in that his efforts to discover and protect Robert's bastards leads absolutely nowhere.

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** Subverted in the First Season. At first, it initially seems like this trope as Ned Stark spends the entire season trying to investigate the murder of his predecessor and expose the treachery of the Lannisters, only to be ignominiously executed by them. Subverted in that his execution causes major repercussions throughout the entire kingdom, and plunges everyone into war.war, so his efforts did have a lot of impact on the story. However, somewhat played straight in both the book and television series in that his efforts to discover and protect Robert's bastards leads absolutely nowhere.
28th Sep '16 9:32:53 AM lluewhyn
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** Subverted in the First Season. At first, it initially seems like this as Ned Stark spends the entire season trying to investigate the murder of his predecessor and expose the treachery of the Lannisters, only to be ignominiously executed by them. Subverted in that his execution causes major repercussions throughout the entire kingdom, and plunges everyone into war. However, somewhat played straight in both the book and television series in that his efforts to discover and protect Robert's bastards leads absolutely nowhere.
31st Aug '16 9:55:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'':
16th Jul '16 6:00:51 AM VoxAquila
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*** Joss Whedon invoked ''WordOfGod'' on this one via the DVD commentary. He stated that the whole episode was open to interpretation, but also made a clear point of saying that he personally believed that the asylum scenes were hallucinations.
*** Given that the spin-off show, Angel, ran to 5 seasons, it is assumed to be a hallucination. Either that, or Angel is itself a spin-off of the hallucinations of Buffy in an asylum.
24th May '16 11:48:22 PM ChristianLaFleur
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** "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics": Neither the audience nor the characters ever figure out who the Asshole Bandit is, and [[spoiler:Pierce Hawthorne]] is KilledOffscreen.

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** "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics": Neither the audience nor the characters ever figure out who the Asshole Ass Crack Bandit is, and [[spoiler:Pierce Hawthorne]] is KilledOffscreen.
12th May '16 12:14:01 PM StarSword
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* ''Series/{{Nova}}'' dramatized a real-life example in [[http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/hitlers-supergun.html "Bombing Hitler's Supergun"]]. Joe Kennedy Jr. (UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's older brother) attempts to fly a remote-controlled bomb (a plane packed with high explosives) into the WaveMotionGun to destroy it, but an electrical fault in the arming system causes the plane to explode in midair before he can bail out of it as planned. Allied troops reach the London Cannon site a month later to discover that an earlier British bombing attack had already destroyed the target.
7th May '16 3:36:44 PM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''TheGoldenGirls'', Rose is telling Dorothy one of her 'St Olaf' stories. As the story goes on, it becomes clear that the characters in the story are [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute very similar]] to the backstory of Dorothy and her ex-husband Stan. Just when the woman's story seems to be approaching a relevant point, Rose ends it by saying "Skylab fell on her".

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* In an episode of ''TheGoldenGirls'', ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Rose is telling Dorothy one of her 'St Olaf' stories. As the story goes on, it becomes clear that the characters in the story are [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute very similar]] to the backstory of Dorothy and her ex-husband Stan. Just when the woman's story seems to be approaching a relevant point, Rose ends it by saying "Skylab fell on her".
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