Do We Have This One?
So you're a television producer, and you make a wonderful episode. Then - through either Executive Meddling
, or maybe Real Life Writes the Plot
- your episode gets scrapped.
What do you do?
You take the episode you spent all that money shooting and use it to make another episode.
Sometimes scenes get re-cut into a new episode via flashback or framing device. However, it's not to be confused with a Whole Episode Flashback
where it's just an episode that's a flashback.
This trope deals with episodes that were shot, scrapped, and with the existing footage incorporated into a new storyline.
's "The Menagerie" is possibly the Trope Maker
. Originally a pilot episode called "The Cage", it was rejected by execs at NBC, for being "too cerebral", forcing Gene Roddenberry to come up with the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" as a replacement pilot. "The Cage" was then reused to form the back story of the episode "The Menagerie".