Created By: RavenWilder on November 17, 2010 Last Edited By: RavenWilder on November 18, 2010
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An episode in a series that serves as a sequel to a previous episode. Different from a Two-Part Episode, in that there may be several episodes (if not several years) inbetween the first episode and the one that picks up the plot again.

To qualify, it's not enough to simply have an object, setting, or character from one episode appear in another, otherwise any series with a Rogues Gallery would consist almost entirely of Sequel Episodes. If Cop Show has the Main Characters arrest a thief and recover some stolen jewels in one episode, and a later episode has the thief break out of prison and cause some more havoc, that's just a One-Shot Character moving up to Recurring Character status. If, on the other hand, a later episode has the cops discover that the stolen jewels they recovered were actually fakes, and they have to interrogate the thief to find out where she hid the real jewels, that is a Sequel Episode; the plot resolved in an earlier episode is reopened and explored again in a new episode.

Obviously this only applies to series where Stand Alone Episodes occur somewhat regularly. If the whole show is one long Story Arc, there's not enough seperating the plot of one episode from another to make labelling it a "sequel" meaningful. However, if a series has multiple Story Arcs, it is possible for a later Story Arc to be a sequel to an earlier one.


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Live-Action TV
  • On How I Met Your Mother the episode "Slap Bet" had Marshall win a bet that allowed him to slap Barney in the face five times, as hard as he can, at any moment he chooses. Next season, we got the episode "Slapsgiving", where Marshall decides to dole out one of his slaps on Thanksgiving Day and spends the whole episode putting Barney through a Paranoia Gambit. Then, two seasons later, they gave us "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap", where it's Thanksgiving again and Marshall decides to let Ted and Robin slap Barney in his place; once more Barney spends the whole episode tortured by the knowledge of what's to come.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer had the episode "The Wish" where the vengeance demon Anyanka creates an Alternate Universe where vampires rule Sunnydale. By the end of the episode The Verse is returned to normal and Anyanka is left powerless. Later that season, the episode "Dopplegangland" was driven by Anyanka's attempts to regain her powers, and maybe warp reality back into a vampire run hellhole while she's at it.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • November 17, 2010
    mack
    If I'm getting this description right:
  • November 17, 2010
    Duncan
    Related to Continuity Nod and Call Back.
  • November 17, 2010
    thegrenekni3t
    • The fifth-season Quantum Leap episode "Deliver Us From Evil" is a sequel to the second-season episode "Jimmy": Sam leaps into Jimmy LaMotta a second time, a couple years after his first leap, and finds that the happy future he should have caused is failing to occur (thanks to an Evil Counterpart whose goal is to Make Wrong What Once Went Right). This episode gets its own sequel later that season when the evil leaper returns in "Return of the Evil Leaper".
  • November 17, 2010
    LoopyChew
    Anime
  • November 17, 2010
    randomsurfer
    • The X Files first season episode "Tooms" was a sequel to an episode earlier in the season, "Squeeze," one of the few they did like that. In the first ep they caught the Monster Of The Week and in the later ep he was released from prison.
    • In the Flash Live Action TV series the episodes "The Trickster" and "Trial of the Trickster" were several episodes apart but they were combined into one two-hour (minus commercials) "movie" for VHS release.
    • Bones's Gravedigger: first appearance in the 2nd season, caught in the fourth, put on trial in the fifth.
  • November 17, 2010
    SalFishFin
    Literature Example:

    The Redwall series currently consists of several vaguely related stories that take place in the same universe. However, there are a few cases of Direct Sequels. Mattimeo was sequel to the Original book; Mossflower has a sequel in Legend of Luke and a prequel in Marting the Warrior. and The Bellmaker is a direct sequel to Mariel of Redwall.
  • November 17, 2010
    Cuchulainn
    Doctor Who does this a lot. One notable example is "The Curse Of Peladon", and its sequel episode, "The Monster Of Peladon".
  • November 18, 2010
    RavenWilder
    Wow, glad to see this is getting some good response.

    On an unrelated note, I can't believe we don't have page for Two Part Episode. That's gonna have to be next on my to-do list.
  • November 18, 2010
    EricDVH
    I wonder how many of the “returning obscure villain” episodes from Batman The Animated Series and Stargate SG-1 might count?
  • November 18, 2010
    Duncan
    Molly Shannon guest-starred on Will And Grace, and her character was so popular, they brought her back for another episode the next season.
  • November 18, 2010
    highcastle
    • Psych had an episode called "Extradition: Canada" and another more recent one called "Extradition: Canada 2 (The Actual Extradition Part)".
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