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->''"Has there been some kind of chemical leak today? 'Cause right now, everyone's acting like total psychos."''
-->-- '''Darwin''', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', "[[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS2E36TheSweaters The Sweaters]]"

Everything in the episode seems completely [[NegativeContinuity against continuity]], the characters [[IdiotBall act like they're on tranquilizers]], and [[FridgeLogic nothing makes sense within the pre-established context]]. If the show has a continuity, this episode will probably [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain never be mentioned again]], save perhaps as a throwaway joke, and none of the likely wild events will ever be repeated.

Not to be confused with a WhamEpisode, which completely changes the direction of a series. This effect is usually caused by an episode being SomethingCompletelyDifferent or an OutOfGenreExperience. If every episode is like this, a summary may mention that it's [[WidgetSeries That Kind Of Show]]. Rarely, though, a Bizarro Episode may be redeemed if a skillful or cunning writer uses it to construct an InnocuouslyImportantEpisode. Also not to be confused with a BizarroUniverse or the episodes involving one; the BizarroUniverse is justified according to some in-universe logic, while the BizarroEpisode can be equally different from normal continuity but there's not necessarily any in-universe reason for things to be that different from normal.

When the finale of a series is this, it's a GainaxEnding. When TheMovie is this or [[RandomEventsPlot one spontaneous series of events]] [[NegativeContinuity irrelevant to any previously established continuity]] see NonSerialMovie. For a frequent justification, see AllJustADream.

%%'''NOTICE:''' Please do not use Musicals as examples, as the numbers are part of the show and are rarely anymore out of the ordinary than conversation within context. If it's a musical with absolutely no cohesive {{plot}}, ''then'' you have a [[BigLippedAlligatorMovie Bizarro Movie]]. However, a particular song may qualify as a BLAM, such as the {{Trope Namer|s}}; in that case, put it under BigLippedAlligatorMoment. A single MusicalEpisode in a show that is normally ''[[OutOfGenreExperience not]]'' a musical, of course, can qualify (and usually will.)

If you have ever tried to convince other people to tune in to a show you like, and they say, "Okay I'll watch one episode with you if you promise to stop bothering me about it," we {{Troper}}s can [[FinaglesLaw guarantee]] that the one episode you watch together will be that series' Bizarro Episode.

Keep in mind, despite their mixed reception among some fans, these types of episodes [[TropesAreNotBad can be well-regarded.]]

Compare OddballInTheSeries. Has nothing to do with [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}} Superman's reverse counterpart.]]

* BizarroEpisode/{{Literature}}
** ''BizarroEpisode/{{Animorphs}}''


* This has really become a fairly popular {{trope}} to use in ads-- possibly playing off the Internet's fascination with Japanese-crazy ads. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eFvIJ_GD0Y here]] (and if you see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHtMHgzt01k this one]] without seeing that one, it makes even less sense), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6iHCFiSqIw this one]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgSv1SKCteQ this one, though only if you don't watch the last five seconds]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5pBm2UBTF8 This Wine Gums ad]].
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C48BTtAVsK0 The Kia Soul commercial]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnzFRV1LwIo Cadbury are]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVblWq3tDwY&feature=related pretty good]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk4U2uJuFAI at this]].
* The [[DeliciousFruitPies Hostess ads in Marvel and DC Comics]] of the 1970s and 1980s.

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Episode 13 of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', "The Call of Dagomon" (a.k.a. the "Dark Ocean" episode). A tribute to Creator/HPLovecraft written by Creator/ChiakiKonaka that was occasionally referenced, but never fully explained.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'':
** The "Cowbell" and "Nanami's Egg" episodes feel like this compared to the rest of the series, and trust us, that's saying something.
** The rule for Utena seems to be "[=BLAM=]! Every eighth episode ([[WhamEpisode except episode 32]])".
** However, because this is ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', even these episodes contain themes and ideas that help to explain the rest of the series. Not that you're likely to notice the first time in the middle of the giant WTF it induces.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** 10th year anniversary episode 287: Ichigo, Uryuu, Chad, Orihime, Rukia and Renji are in a parody of ''Literature/ArabianNights'' meets ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' which is designed to be a ContinuityCavalcade of the Soul Society Arc. As the OnlySaneMan, Ichigo's convinced it's AllJustADream. The question is, whose dream? [[spoiler: The twist is that this filler episode is cleverly inspired by one canon scene.]]
** This was such a successful episode, a Hallowe'en sequel was done for the Japanese New Year, set in a MonsterMash setting. Ichigo remembers his last dream experience episode all too well. Once again he's the OnlySaneMan. Yet again, the mystery lies with the identity of the dreamer.
** Many {{filler}} episodes will blow the feel of the canon story and setting to pieces. The animators are not above teasing the characters and settings during fillers but even the ones that attempt to be serious can be very much at odds with the official setting and feeling of the show.
** Episode 228's BeachEpisode was a canon example turned into an excuse for {{Fanservice}} overload using both male and female characters. BarelyThereSwimwear, GagBoobs, FemaleGaze, MaleGaze, {{fundoshi}}s, ReluctantFanserviceGirl, ShamelessFanserviceGirl, WalkingShirtlessScene, WardrobeMalfunction, you name it, the episode has it. There are even naughty tentacles.
* The 2003 ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime has "Warehouse 13". The men on Mustang's staff (note, men -- Hawkeye was not involved; nor were Ed or Al) believe they have seen the haunted military warehouse 13 and are terrified to walk by the warehouses at night. Mustang is the only one who really stays in character, denouncing the warehouse as foolishness and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rPF2zt45sg going out at night with his men]] to prove to them that it doesn't exist. What really makes this a Bizarro Episode is the fact that four trained military professionals are suddenly freaking out about an urban legend. That episode consisted of two shorts. The other one was Havoc discovering the girl he had a crush on was dating Mustang, so Havoc tried dating Armstrong's sister. The episode was a BreatherEpisode meant to lighten the mood of fans, as the series was ''seriously'' hitting CerebusSyndrome and would only get darker from on.
* The episode of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' wherein (young) Haruhi suddenly steps into a pastiche of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' with characters from the show in all the major roles. Of course, this is really AllJustADream, but surprisingly, the entire episode is not only entirely in continuity but it actually is important for developing several of the characters. Especially [[spoiler: Haruhi's mom, who doesn't appear in person in any other episode. Because she's dead]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Fairy Tail of The Dead Meeeeeeen.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has its Blammer with episode four: The heroes don't seem to have anything better to do than trying to get some food, Kamina almost kills Simon "to make him more manly", there is a lot of lecturing on how to combine as brotherly as possible and the animation suddenly drops in quality. The only thing relevant to the plot is Kittan and his sisters being introduced, wearing psychedelic costumes while riding cows backwards. The consumption of Boota's tail is instrumental in defeating this episode's enemy mecha, which is piloted by a bunch of pink puffballs that are ''supposedly'' beastmen but look nothing like any of the beastmen seen before or since (which are generally human-animal hybrids to varying degrees). Supposedly episode 4 was made as a jab at other anime that decrease in overall quality after the first few episodes, but it was still effed up.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has too many of these to count:
** The first was the episode "[[Recap/PokemonS1E20GhostOfMaidensPeak The Ghost of Maiden's Peak]]". In this episode Ash and the crew get off a boat on a beach, [[TheLancer Brock]] spots a mysterious girl and falls head-over-heels, but Ash and Misty miss her completely. Team Rocket gets off the same boat, and James suffers the same situation. They run into a strange old woman, who informs them of this condition, and the next day, both of them are kidnapped by the ghost. When they are found, they have become completely obsessed with the girl, and the old woman from the earlier scene explains that the girl is a spirit who wishes to steal their souls. The spirit turns out to be a Pokémon named Gastly, who defeats Ash's and Team Rocket's Pokémon by turning into their weaknesses (AKA: a mousetrap for Pikachu, a ball of yarn for Meowth, a fire extinguisher for Charmander, a real(!) mongoose for Ekans, and he combines an illusionary Venusaur and Blastoise to make a "Venustoise"). However, the sun rises and Gastly vanishes. [[GoKartingWithBowser Ash and co. and Team Rocket party for the night]], and the episode is never mentioned again. [[spoiler:The Gastly was also the old woman, actually working for the sake of [[IWillWaitForYou ''real'' Maiden, who stood watching at a cliff waiting for her lover to return from a voyage]] and promises to one day find her lost lover. [[CutLexLuthorACheck And also to make some money on the side,]] [[VoodooShark but that's never really adequately explained either]]]].
** The one involving {{TIME TRAVEL}}! Brock, May, and Max lose Ash in the woods. Ash meets a cloaked woman in the middle of the woods who is singing a little song about Baltoy and treasure. She has an old book, but Ash doesn't pay it or her much attention at the time. Later, he meets a much younger girl who's searching for a treasure with (you guessed it) her Baltoy. She tells Ash she's searching for a treasure hidden somewhere in the woods, and opens a little book that talks about the treasure. It has a little song in it, which she starts singing. Ash interrupts and starts singing the rest, recognizing the song is the same one the woman was singing. The girl is surprised since the book only just came out. Ash explains about the woman and they eventually find her battling Team Rocket. They win and she takes them to a cave, where they fall down a hole in the floor, leading to a tunnel. As they reach the end of the tunnel, the woman takes off her cloak's hood, revealing herself to be an older version of the girl. She then explains that the giant stone tablet thing at the end of the cave is a time machine activated by a Baltoy. Then she goes back to the future. Then the girl leaves and Ash meets back up with his friends. AND ASH NEVER SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT THE TIME MACHINE!!!
** May and Meowth had a TimeTravel episode too. Only instead of a StableTimeLoop, they end up changing the course of history so that a guy doesn't die anymore and a town expands into a city. And instead of a time machine they get zapped by a magic locket. Because of [[ThePowerOfLove love]], or something. Anyway, neither May nor Meowth sees fit to tell anyone about the whole futzing about with time.
** An episode involving a sadistic Togepi, a rocket, and Rayquaza. It's probably one of the funniest and the second most surreal episode in recent history and [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/DP142 needs to be seen to be believed]]. The episode also marks the first time Pikachu is referred to as male in the Japanese dub. This doesn't stop him from getting shipped with Piplup, especially considering [[HoYay what happened seven episodes later]]...
** One episode has it all: Ash and James dressed up as eggplants, an old man attempting to sell souvenirs at every chance he can, Nurse May, Dancing Queen Jessie, [[WholesomeCrossDresser a crossdressing Meowth and Wobbuffet]], Wobbuffet's flute playing skills, and to top it all off... [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever A GIANT CLAYDOL]]. [[CrackPairing Even funnier is that the Claydol actually falls in love with and chases Wobbuffet!]]
** One episode of X and Y has Ash and Pikachu taken through a mirror into a parallel universe with psychedelic colours and everyone's personality is opposite to the normal world. Mirror!Ash is a timid crybaby, Mirror!Clemont is an athletic wizard, Mirror!Serena is a loud mouthed JerkWithAHeartOfGold (and has a KansaiRegionalAccent in the Japanese dub), Mirror!Bonnie is prim and proper with no sign of her usual LittleMissSnarker attitude and Mirror!Team Rocket are servants of Justice. It's revealed that if someone stays past sunset, they can never return to their original world. Normal!Team Rocket also turn up in the mirror world and are shown to not make it back before sunset, but show up in the next episode anyway with no explanation. The whole thing is never mentioned again.
** Even the "Who's That Pokémon?" {{eyecatch}}es had a few strange moments. In one episode[[note]]"Beauty and the Beach"[[/note]], the WTP of the day was a one-off human character with a VerbalTic, and in another[[note]]"The Bug Stops Here"[[/note]] it was Jessie in a Venomoth costume (the same one she stole earlier in the episode). Note that these oddities were only present in the Japanese version, with the dubbed versions instead showing Pidgeotto and Cubone respectively.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** This show managed to get a [=BLAM=] season. Between the quarter-finals and the semi-finals of the Battle City tournament, they arrive on a submersible military base and have to fight the digitised minds of all previous high ranking officials of [=KaibaCorp=] in a mindscrewed reality, at the behest of Seto Kaiba's {{anime}}-exclusive VirtualGhost half-brother, Noah. The season also introduced the Deck Master to the games, a process that makes no sense whatsoever (but what else is new). And to secure it as a total [=BLAM=], the digital mind of Kaiba's father tries to turn into a giant being of fire and eat their jet as it's leaving. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when Kaiba says [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain he never wants any of them to mention it again]]. And Tristan gets turned into a monkey. Lay off the crazy juice, Japanimators.
** Then there's the "[[RedHerringTwist Abandoned Dorm]]" sub-arc in ''GX''. While "investigated" several times in Seasons 1 and 4, answers about what it actually was were few and far between, and usually resulted in bizarre Shadow Duels that get hardly a mention afterward.
** And finally, there's the "Crashtown" arc of ''5D's''. In the middle of a season-long arc of finding the Three Emperors of Ylliaster, let's intercut a Noah-like arc in the Wild West involving a former villain from Season 2, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and put Yusei in a poncho]]. Needless to say, until the real season started getting hit with Wham after Wham, this was the point in which fans were starting to wonder whether the cast had used their Duel Runners to [[JumpingTheShark jump the shark]].
** {{Bizarro Episode}}s in ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' go as far back as [[Manga/YuGiOh the original manga's]] 21st chapter. The story had just come off its first true StoryArc, which introduced the first Millennium Item wielder other than Yugi and set up a whole bunch of things that wouldn't pay off for years of real-time. The very next chapter is a lighthearted romp about Tamagotchi-style digital pets, and a bully who has his pets kill all his classmates' pets. This wouldn't be all that strange were it not for the strongly implied fact that the digital pets are alive, and even that would be only moderately strange were it not for the fact that not a single Shadow Game is played in this chapter; the Shadow Games have been repeatedly demonstrated to bring the pieces involved to life, but this is the one and only chapter in the series where sentient game pieces seem to exist without a Shadow Game.
* Almost all of episode 7 of ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'', "Lavinia's Lovely {{Plot}}", is markedly different (and far more {{Fanservice}}y) from the dark tone of the series. Very little of what happens here is mentioned again, made especially jarring by the fact that ''Strain'' is only a [[TwelveEpisodeAnime thirteen-episode anime]].
* The zombie episode of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', which has overtly supernatural elements that would be out of place in the rest of the series, and ends with the main characters either dead or undead. A very brief and light LampshadeHanging later, and next episode, it's like none of this ever happened.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'':
** One episode has some sort of alien BlobMonster [[spoiler:[[ItCameFromTheFridge that had come to life in the refrigerator]]]] attack all the crew and it initially appears to kill them (just incapacitating them briefly, instead). {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Ed]] in the "Next Episode" preview on the English dub, which leads to a humorous exchange.
---> '''Edward:''' And so, they all passed away, every one. It was a short series, but thanks for your support. [[BlatantLies That was the last episode.]] May they all rest in peace. Amen. ''[pause]'' And for the next series, we bring you ''Cowgirl Ed'', [[ThirdPersonPerson Ed]] is the main character! ''[giggles]''
---> '''Spike:''' Hey! Wait a minute!
---> '''Faye:''' What kinda selfish thing is that?!
---> '''Jet:''' Next episode, Jupiter Jazz, Part One.
---> '''Spike:''' There really is a next episode!
** "Pierrot Le Fou" feels almost [[OutOfGenreExperience like a straight-up horror episode]] like the aforementioned zombie episode in Champloo.
%%** MushroomSamba, anyone?
* The final episode of ''Anime/ExcelSaga''. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d at the very end when the creator of the {{manga}} shows up, ready to kill the director because of it.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Episode 101. Apparently they were trying to figure out what Kakashi looked like without his mask, but that didn't make sense.
** The "prison escape" arc during the Part 1 {{filler}} also qualifies. Two of the main villains are giant men shaped like giant Russian dolls (tiny at the top and wide at the bottom) and equally bottomless; their battle cry is "Food! Food! Food!", and Naruto plays hide-and-seek with them (?). Meanwhile, it turns out that the BigBad of the day is none other than [[spoiler:Mizuki]], who is now fully AxCrazy and has an old grudge against Iruka. For some reason he has grown giant muscles over the previous year, so the previous {{Bishonen}} now looks like one of those scary bodybuilders with a serious case of TestosteronePoisoning. And [[spoiler:Orochimaru supplied him with a potion that turns him into a sort of tiger-thing]]. Pass the [[BrainBleach mind bleach]], please.
** Many of the one-episode fillers qualify. The first of these was the HotSpringsEpisode 97, which is so different from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' in animation, story and style, it makes you wonder if you're watching the right show
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Many {{filler}} episodes are radically different in tone from the rest of the series, with continuity errors that make you wonder if the writer had even seen the show before.
*** You could practically base a DrinkingGame off of the {{filler}} episodes where one of the characters forgets that he can fly. There's also the episode of DBZ in which Goku and Piccolo learn how to drive, in particular.
** The movie ''Fusion Reborn''. It starts with one of King Enma's workers getting mutated into a giant reality warping baby, that talks like a Pokémon, traps Enma's palace in a barrier, which causes the dead to return to Earth, transforms the clouds into marbles and the blood pond into a giant jelly bean. Goku attempts to fight him while Paikuhan tries to free Enma, by INSULTING the barrier. Then Vegeta shows up, and he and Goku defeat this powerful demon that fights with Atari-esque special effects. All the while, Goten and Trunks have a cartoonish slapstick fight with UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and his army of tanks. Goku and Vegeta fuse as well. HoYay doesn't even describe it.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has Episode 69, a crossover with ''Manga/DrSlump'' that is easily the strangest the franchise has ever gotten since its origins as a GagSeries. Arale provides a CurbStompBattle to Vegeta, the earth randomly cracks in two, characters repeatedly BreakTheFourthWall, and the main conflict is resolved by Bulma telling the people of earth to imagine the most delicious meal they could. Suffice to say, ''Dragon Ball'' fans who weren't familiar with ''Dr. Slump'' were left very, very confused. The episode manages to be bizarre enough that the following episode, a BaseballEpisode that escalates into a brawl that threatens the entire universe, seemed tame in comparison.
* ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'' has zero relation whatsoever to any other expanded media, or even the [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog games]] (besides the characters) and [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot might have meant to have been part of a series]].
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' has the episode in which Dengaku Man is launched up Bo-Bobo's rear end to form a MagicalGirl, who then subdues her enemy by [[MagicMusic singing]]. It was so nice they did it twice, though with a ''picture book'' instead of singing. Also, there are {{meta}}-[=BLAM=]s, when there are scenes that can be considered [=BLAM=]s even within the context of the Bizarro episodes. For instance, during a pointless scene where Bo-bobo is riding a kiddy train ride at an amusement park, a giant baby bursts out of a tunnel, smacks some monkeys, and crawls away without ever being mentioned again.
* The original ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' TV series made some waves at the time of its original broadcast by taking a couple of weeks off from the storyline to air a series of "alternate-universe" vignettes starring the main characters in very different settings (one of which actually [[SpinOff spun off]] into [[Anime/PrettySammy its own franchise]]). Definitely the first time this trope had ever been used in anime, and possibly a first for Japanese television as a whole!
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has ''Sailor Moon R'''s episode 67, a BeachEpisode that features the main characters having an island vacation in which Chibiusa befriends a dinosaur and the main characters use their superpowers to save said dinosaurs from a volcano. Yea, that's right. The main characters fight a volcano to save a pair of dinosaurs. The show normally doesn't venture into such fantastical territory being acceptable, and the existence of ''living dinosaurs'' never comes up in the show again. It's generally considered one of the most pointless episodes of the entire show since absolutely nothing happens to progress the plot or flesh out the main characters. Creator/DiC [[MissingEpisode never dubbed it]] into English and Creator/ADVFilms left it off its English subbed DVD releases entirely, as it wasn't in the masters obtained from Creator/DiC (they initially claimed Creator/ToeiAnimation didn't give them the episode due to Creator/NaokoTakeuchi not liking it). Most people only complained that it made their DVD collections incomplete, as opposed to genuinely missing the episode. Creator/{{Viz}} eventually released the episode stateside as part of their dub of the series.
* The final episode of ''VisualNovel/{{Ookamikakushi}}'' was probably meant as a SliceOfLife DistantFinale... featuring, among other things, Nemuru and Mana fangirling over a weird frog/rabbit character and Hiroshi crossdressing and getting hit on by gangsters.
* The {{filler}} episodes in ''Manga/FairyTail''.
** The first is a series of short bonus stories from the {{manga}} (which are all a BigLippedAlligatorMoment in their own rights) with the added story of a town of mages that accidentally cursed themselves to turn into monsters that the {{main character}}s all try to eat.
** The second is a FreakyFridayFlip that ends up worse than unresolved -- what started with just a few characters switching bodies ends with almost ''all'' of them switching bodies, and the ending explicitly states they will never be able to change back (though they somehow do between episodes). What makes this one even weirder is that it's mentioned again in a later episode; [[spoiler: when Loki is revealed to be the celestial spirit Leo in disguise as a human, Natsu realizes that was why he felt so strange when he was in Loki's body]], so one can't even claim discontinuity.
%%* In ''Manga/ZatchBell'' {{manga}}, there's chapter 277, [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext whose context will only make it ''worse''.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' ''is'' a GagSeries, but a few instances stand out. The first episode of the second series has its own GagSub with the characters speaking gibberish. There's the time that Harumi [[NoFourthWall listens to an episode of ''Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei'' on the radio]] which can be heard indistinctly in the background, and most of all, the instance where Chiri [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion becomes a German-spouting giantess with an unstoppable knife]] and fights off an alien invasion.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' {{manga}} (Jet Black Flower) has... Gate Kitchen Battle.
-->'''[[PlayboyBunny The announcer]]''': Which team will please the palate of Hei-san, the [[BigEater Voracious]] Masked King?
-->'''Hei''': How the hell did this happen?
-->'''[[TalkingAnimal Mao]]''': Beats me, Hei. [[RealityIsOutToLunch This is The Gate]], after all.
%%* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': CHUCK TO THE FUTURE.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** "Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!" is an entire HardWorkMontage episode featuring Shinji and Asuka's attempt to work together as a team to defeat an Angel, with hilarious but, ultimately, successful results. The whole episode parodies itself very heavily and breaks so sharply with the overall feel of the rest of the series that it deserves special mention, mostly because most of the show exists in soul draining depression state, and this one episode practically turns the show into a lighthearted comedy.
** The final two episodes. After a massive buildup, you'd expect a dramatic and conclusive finale, right? WRONG! Due to budget constraints and a CreatorBreakdown, show ends with a surreal, introspective dream sequence that became the {{Trope Namer|s}} for GainaxEnding. The story got back on the rails in time for ''The End of Evangelion'', though. (Well, it was still {{mind screw}}y and controversial as hell, but at least it provided a conclusive ending.)
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' has episode 21, which unlike any other episode in the series is told in non-chronological order, partakes in psychoanalysis of the characters, and features several sequences in a surreal "memory room" where the characters observe each other's repressed memories as Mahjong tiles. In other words, it's the Creator/QuentinTarantino episode.
* "The Hot Spring Planet, Tenrei," an episode of ''Manga/OutlawStar''. The rest of the series is a lighthearted SpaceOpera action show, but this episode briefly turns it into a {{Fanservice}}-laden slapstick comedy. While different in tone to the rest of the series, this episode is noteworthy for actually explaining the backstory of the caster shells, so it's not entirely pointless.
* Episode 22 of the ''Manga/BlackButler'' {{anime}} adaptation was pretty random, though since it was near the final episode it did have something to do with the {{plot}}. In fact, since the {{anime}} OvertookTheManga, it had a lot of stuff which didn't make sense. Anyway, in this episode, Ciel and Sebastian go to Paris for the World's Fair. Ciel reads about how there's a stuffed Angel somewhere there, so they go look at it [[spoiler:due to the fact that they had previously encountered an Angel named Angela]] only to find it's just a taxidermy monkey with wings attached. Suddenly, the monkey COMES TO LIFE! And it ATTACKS SEBASTIAN! And DESTROYS THE LIGHTING! So Ciel runs off to escape the evil winged monkey of doom, and goes to an elevator that leads to the Eiffel Tower. And who should he meet but...THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND! And her butler, Ash! When they go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, the Queen lifts her veil to reveal [[spoiler:that she's all young again. And it turns out that Ash is an Angel too, and had sewn the Queen and her late husband Albert together...which...somehow made her all youthful or something. And of course, it turns out Queen Vicky was secretly behind Ash's evil plans and the murder of Ciel's parents]]. So, Ash is about to attack Ciel or something, but just then, Sebby turns up (obviously finished his epic battle with the evil winged monkey of doom) and fights him off with cutlery. The Queen and Ash escape and our two "heroes" return to their hotel. And the next morning, his faithful butler hath vanished! So, Ciel attempts to find his own way back to London, which he isn't very successful with. And he strokes a cat at one point. Isn't he allergic to them? Anyway, he finally stows away on a ship, where he meets the Undertaker, who feeds him bone-shaped biscuits. They return to London to find... [[spoiler:London is burning!]] The next episode makes it all sillier when you discover [[spoiler:Angela and Ash are one and the same]].
* ''Anime/ErgoProxy'':
** Episode 19 has [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Pino]], in a dream, visiting a theme park called Smile Land, owned and run by a man called [[MrAltDisney Will B. Goode]][[spoiler:, who also happens to be a proxy]]. The episode consists of Pino exploring the park along with a couple of its (presumably also [=AutoReiv=]) characters, and ultimately being convinced by Mr. Goode to avoid visiting the park when she, Re-l, and Vincent pass by it for real, [[spoiler:since Goode doesn't want to fight but knows that Ergo Proxy will try to kill him]]. When Pino wakes up, she succeeds in steering Re-l and Vincent away from the park, which was never seen or heard from again.
** Episode 15 doesn't quite qualify; Vincent winds up as the contestant on a "Nightmare Quiz Show," presumably through the devices of a Proxy, and the entire episode depicts an episode of said quiz show. While this is a vastly different style and tone from the rest of the series (with the possible exception of the aforementioned episode 19), the episode delivers [[InfoDump a lot of important,]] [[JigsawPuzzlePlot if cryptic,]] exposition about the backstory and the creation of the Proxies; moreover, the episode is repeatedly referred to, or even [[FlashBack flashed-back to]], in several later episodes.
* The ''second'' episode of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex 2nd Gig'' focuses on a one-off character, a pilot named Gino, who plans on assassinating one of his most recent clients. The whole episode is something of a MindScrew, since it tends to flash in and out of Gino's fantasies about doing so. The only recurring characters who appear are Major and Batou, who only appear in rather minor roles that are, to add to the weirdness, totally different from who they are. At the end, it's revealed to be something of a sting to determine whether or not Gino would actually go through with the assassination. They just say he would never do it, the episode ends, and the whole thing is never mentioned again. The entire thing is a WholePlotReference to ''Film/TaxiDriver'' and only tenuously linked to the main Individual Eleven plot, as they're also investigating to see if he's a member, something only revealed in the last minute of the episode.
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' episode 100. Hiroto and Kogure get lost in the woods, and are challenged to a match by a pair of Kappas, no character development happens, no new techniques are learned, and it's only mentioned in a blink and you miss it scene during a flashback.
* An [[DeletedScene unaired episode]] of ''Anime/AngelBeats'' has most of the cast [[WorldOfHam transform into crazed hyper-hams]] who [[UpToEleven seem impossibly over-the-top even compared to their normal hammy personalities]]. They continue to [[SerialEscalation top each other and become more and more obnoxious and hyperactive]] throughout the episode, and eventually (though somewhat spontaneously) wear themselves out. And that's it. The episode was never broadcast, so, of course, none of the insanity that happens in it is ever brought up in other episode, even though it clearly takes place sometime in the middle of the main plot.
* ''Anime/DennouCoil'''s beard episode. [[spoiler:A sentient computer virus that manifests as facial hair appears on everyone's face. ItMakesSenseInContext.]]
* ''Uta Koi'''s episode 6 "Uta Hen+". Despite the fact this anime starts off with some weird intros at times, this one is weirder than most and then spirals out of control on the weird scale. Best part? One of the characters points out the weirdness... and then proceeds to make it get even more hilariously and disturbingly weird. The next episode proceeds as normal.
* Episode 9 of ''LightNovel/KonoSubarashiiSekaiNiShukufukuO'' A secret Succubus Club opens up in town, and the whole episode is all about women in lingerie feeling themselves up, nudity, and fanservice. It contributes nothing at all to the series, and succubi are never brought up or shown again. Normally the show is very light on ecchi and focuses equally on the characters. Darkness is supposed to be hyper perverted and Kazuma is basically a Chaste Hero who finds his comrades repugnant. In this episode Kazuma takes the sexual tension up to 11, Darkness is out of character, and the other two main protagonists are barely in focus.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'':
** The series has many of these, but the beach volleyball [=OVA=] episode takes the cake. The characters think they're on a volleyball team instead of a tennis team (in fact, the word "tennis" is ''censored'' even in-universe), InvincibleHero Ryoma is a horrible player, Inui [[NakedPeopleAreFunny gets his swim trunks pulled off]], and let's not even mention [[BrainBleach the old coaches' punishment game]]... note that while this all adds up to a massive Bizarro Episode, [[TropesAreTools it's also one of the funniest]].
** The chibi episodes also count. There will be random filler episodes every so often where the entire main cast becomes SuperDeformed and play out episodes that are weird even in the context of a weird show. [[DudeLooksLikeALady Fuji]] and [[TeamMom Oishi]] usually become women in these episodes.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has the [[ZombieApocalypse Komuvitan D. arc]], where the entire Black Order staff is turned into zombies by one of Komui's many defective inventions during the Science section's cleaning. It notably features Lenalee turning into a cat (sort of), Lavi and Kanda turned into kids, Bookman with rabbit ears, Timcampy getting hair, and a new Komulin robots who is [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots a tad bit too sensitive]] and gets [[EvenTheGuysWantHim seduced by Allen]]. The conclusion is surprisingly moving though: [[spoiler:the culprit was a ghost of one of the girls who died in the Black Order's forbidden experiments. And Komui remembers every one of these victims' names]]. It's sort of a BreatherEpisode, as it comes just after an arc where [[spoiler:the Black Order was nearly wiped out by an Akuma invasion]].
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is already bordering on a WidgetSeries, but the fourth episode closes the gap. The normally good animation [[ArtShift becomes]] [[LimitedAnimation a lot sketchier]], the plot isn't advanced in the slightest, the tone is a lot more overtly slapsticky, and it overall feels a lot closer in style and tone to ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' than the usual ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
* Episode 39 of ''Anime/JewelpetSunshine'' ditches almost the entire cast and its high school setting in favor of a road film plot set in an Arizona-esque landscape and starring two of the more childish characters in the series. And it ends with a failed alien abduction. Go figure. This is never heard from again, not even when Kanon goes WalkingTheEarth to find a clue to defeat the Dark Queen.
* The G8 filler arc in ''Manga/OnePiece'', where the crew suddenly finds themselves landing right in the middle of an inescapable Marine base. There are almost no fights whatsoever, with the crew instead fleeing the Going Merry and infiltrating the base to try and find a way out, while matching wits with the base's [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] Vice Admiral. Surprisingly, it's actually considered one of, if not ''the'' best, filler arc in the series (enough for Vice Admiral Jonathan to make a cameo at Marineford later on).
* The ninth episode of ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' involves two of the main characters landing on a planet composed of giant, intelligent plants, with vibrant, changing colors, that almost looks like they [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs were on an acid trip]].
* The infamous "[[TheOneWith pie episode]]" of the [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa Kirby anime]]. It follows the usual formula, but is centered entirely around the concept of [[PieInTheFace throwing pie at people]]. Even the MonsterOfTheWeek throws pies, which [[LethalChef taste so terrible]] that [[ExtremeOmnivore Kirby]] won't eat them. When it gets angry enough at everyone's disgust at its pies, it turns into a giant, floating stomach that tries to digest a few major characters. It's a very strange creature even by the show's standards, and it's [[FridgeLogic never explained why]] [[BigBad Nightmare]] created it. Nightmare's creations usually either [[DemonicPossession possess someone]], ruin their life somehow, or skip straight to attacking (using things that are more intimidating than nasty food). Naturally, this episode [[{{Filler}} has next to no relevance to]] the show's MythArc.
* Even ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' gets in on the fun with [[StorybookEpisode Nunnally in Wonderland]], which is interesting because it's a 30-minute {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VA that stands on its own and because its characterization is consistent with the show's canon; something you really wouldn't expect in a Bizarro Episode.
* ''{{Anime/Kochikame}}'' has the episode in which a "hard boiled" detective shows up and completely changes the episode in order to make himself feel more hard boiled (eventually chief Ohara gets so upset over having the same scene repeated several times that he [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere has Honda replace him]]). Needless to say, there's NoFourthWall in this episode--he even gets to pop up during the OnTheNext segment (quite literally, too--Ryotsu has to force him out).
* ''ChouKuseNiNarisou'' episode 12 is a VerySpecialEpisode (or a parody of one) about discarded alligators, which left Viga confused when she reviewed the show for WebVideo/IdolsOfAnime:
--> '''Viga:''' Is this a PSA for keeping alligators as pets? Was this ever a problem in Japan? What? There's a message about discarding idols as well? Old waifu pushed away for your new waifu? Remember, keep your idols spayed and neutered.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} Vol 4 #20 ''Wakandian Vacation'' was a BreatherEpisode set after the bleak "The Good, the Bad, and, the Ugly" arc and is one of the strangest issues that Marvel has ever done. After being abandoned by Cable in 1960's Wakanda, Deadpool is soon tasked to find cosmic puzzle pieces by a Watcher and a Giant PungeonMaster Robot known as ''The Ruler of Earth'' (not the kind of ruler you think, he rules nothing) for seemingly no reason. This takes him to a few locations, including the Negative Zone. Along the way, he upsets Mangog, who chases him for the rest of the issue, Ben Grimm, Fin Fang Foom, and Odin. Oh, and he accidentally blows up the moon. Also, a baby Watcher poops, which Odin uses to power Asgard for the next 1000 years. All in all, the issue makes zero sense, especially to newer readers who may not get some of the references.
* Mr. Mxyzptlk was basically an ExcusePlot device to put Franchise/{{Superman}} in bizarre situations, especially since Mxy's returning was a ResetButton putting everything back the way it was.
* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'': The strip "Heroes on the Town" shows us a world where Bob, Dave, and Brian fully roleplay their characters, treat [=NPCs=] with respect, and are generous to a fault. In short, they live up to a lawful good alignment instead of just paying it their usual lip-service. Sara's behavior remains unchanged from canon universe. It can be quite bizarre to any reader used to their normal behaviors. At the end it's shown to be a [[spoiler: [[AllJustADream wish-fulfillment dream of the DM's]]]].
* The ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog''[=/=]Creator/ImageComics {{crossover}} special. Chronologically meant to take place between the ''Return of the King'' special and issue #57 in the ''Sonic'' timeline, it has Particle steal the Master Emerald and bringing it to Dr. Ian Droid, so Sonic, Knuckles, and the Freedom Fighters travel to the Image Comics Earth to reclaim it, and end up joining forces with the Image Heroes. [[ResetButton In the end, Knuckles ends up wishing for everything to be restored to the way it was before,]] and afterwards, all but Particle and Shadowhawk forget the whole thing ever happened. Dr. Droid was supposed to make a return appearance in a later miniseries, as the threat Knuckles was prophesied to defeat. Thanks to ExecutiveMeddling, though, that {{plot}} was dropped and the miniseries got turned into the infamous "Mobius: 25 Years Later" arc.
* Like the above example, almost every intercompany {{crossover}} is a Bizarro Episode. They remain popular because of the potential for an UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny, and if nothing else, there's always the hope that fans of one character will read the {{crossover}} and decide they like the other character as well and start reading that -- basically, companies trying to cross-pollinate their {{fandom}}. However, for legal reasons these {{crossover}}s very rarely have any impact on ongoing continuity (although it happens occasionally), and works set in different universes tend to have different assumptions and physical laws, in particular about PowerLevels. Most intercompany {{superhero}} {{crossover}}s have involved characters casually running into each other even though if they existed in the same universe they really should have had plenty of encounters before now or something, and afterwards are never mentioned again in-story unless there's another {{crossover}}.
* Issue 34 of the first incarnation of Creator/MarvelComics' ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' consisted of nothing but humorous takes on the Franchise/MarvelUniverse and its characters (a good number of them one-panel stories, even), culminating with "What Will Happen When Creator/StanLee Reads This Issue?" [[spoiler:He fires the entire staff. [[{{Catchphrase}} 'Nuff said]].]] Issue 34 of the revived series did it again, although without the epilogue.
* ''Comicbook/XMen'':
** ''Uncanny X-Men'' #153, the classic "Kitty's FairyTale", in which Comicbook/{{Kitty|Pryde}} regaled young Comicbook/IllyanaRasputin with a made-up FairyTale casting herself and Colossus as heroic pirates, and other members of the X-Men as their allies to rescue the Phoenix Genie. Some see this issue as a coda to the Claremont/Byrne era, as it shows Kitty fully assimilating with the team to the point where she can gently rib her teammates for their peccadilloes (as the story progresses the rest of the X-Men listen in and enjoy a good laugh), and even give the Scott and Jean in her story the happy ending which they were denied, making it an in-universe BreatherEpisode.
** Issue #44 took place during a story arc where the team battled the Brotherhood of Evil and had a {{Crossover}} with ''Comicbook/TheAvengers''. However, this specific issue instead featured a largely unrelated plot where Angel battled Red Raven, a forgotten [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero. The story then veered off into a subplot about Red Raven having to prevent the return of the {{Winged Humanoid}}s who raised him, before Angel ultimately left to continue his search for the Avengers. The only real explanation is that Roy Thomas, a well known Golden Age fan, wanted to feature one of his boyhood heroes in one of the books he was writing.
* ''FrancoBelgianComics'':
** The ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' story ''[[Recap/TintinFlight714 Flight 714]]'' starts out normal enough for an adventure of that franchise: Tintin and company are kidnapped by Rastapopulus's henchmen, who later keep them prisoners on a tiny island somewhere in Indonesia. But it soon becomes clear that something weird is going on, and it turns out that aliens have been coming to the island for millennia. And yeah, everybody except for Snowy (Tintin's dog) are forced to forget all about the adventure due to LaserGuidedAmnesia. Even compared to other "Tintin" stories, which acknowledge the existence of things like Voodoo magic or the Yeti, this is generally considered to be the odd one out.
** ''Astérix and the Falling Sky'' is pretty much its equivalent in the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' franchise. Two kinds of aliens (an {{Expy}} of WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and his Franchise/{{Superman}} Expy bodyguards versus {{Manga}}-like insectoids and robots) suddenly turn up in Ancient Gaul to fight over the right to get the magic potion. And it all of course ends with the "good" aliens erasing everybody's memory of the whole episode. Even within a franchise, where there is plenty of magic and several other fantasy elements, this is generally seen as the weirdest "Astérix" story of them all.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' was always a commercially-friendly strip, that clearly knew what its remit was, and wasn't going to confuse its audience by going beyond that. Which makes the one time that it *did* all the more incongruous. In 1989, a multi-strip storyline saw Garfield alone in his apparently long-abandoned house. [[http://www.retrojunk.com/content/article/7218/index/]] What really makes this strange is that it doesn't use this as a setup to a humorous or "safe" conclusion (as happened during a similar storyline elsewhere), but instead leads to [[spoiler:a strange metaphysical/psychological horror ending where it turns out Garfield himself no longer exists and "wills" Jon and Odie back into "existence" through the power of denial, or madness. And that's it, no further explanation]]. Apparently Jim Davis intended this as a Halloween special, and the strip mirrors the 1976 Italian animation Allegro Non Troppo. Still the most unusual Garfield strip that has ever appeared.
* One issue of the Creator/GrantMorrison ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' featured a Lee/Kirby styled version of DC's most prominent magical characters at the time. It turned out to be AllJustADream of one of the characters, [[ItMakesSenseInContext a sentient street named Danny]].
* Every year at Kwanzaa, ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'' runs a two-week-long StoryArc that involves new, made-up characters doing absolutely ridiculous things that resemble African folktales, with little concern for anything other than being awesomely over-the-top, often toeing the line between RuleOfCool and an outright MindScrew. Past arcs have included [[http://joshreads.com/images/07/01/i070102curtis.jpg a golden, telepathic otter and a magic sandal]] and [[http://joshreads.com/images/0601/i060109curtis.jpg bat-winged bears]], among others. Consensus among fans (or at least among Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon and his followers) is that these are among his best works; he even considers the otter "still the gold standard."
* For the German Club Nintendo comics, ''Super Mario in Die Nacht des Grauens'' (Super Mario in the Night of Horror) was this. Okay, the series was already bordering on the bizarre to begin with, but most others at least have something to do with the source material. This one? Had Mario as Van Helsing leading Link and Kirby through an adventure in their now possessed tower home to defeat Wario and Abigor, the latter of which was a demon from hell. It also features a zombie Princess Peach, [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]], [[Film/ChildsPlay Chucky]] and [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]] as characters and an absolute ton of other things from horror films.
* Issue 8 of the Comicbook/{{New 52}} ''Comicbook/{{Superboy}}'' series. It's an entire issue of Superboy fighting Grunge of the Comicbook/{{Gen 13}}, who in the new universe is a Ravager. There was no build up to this issue, has no bearing on the series proper, it's just Superboy and Grunge fighting as Grunge talks about the qualifications of being a Ravager, and it is never mentioned again.
* ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} has had a few, such as the time Alice killed the Pointy Haired Boss then ripped another PHB out of a parallel reality to replace him, or the time Scott Adams himself got stuck in the strip, which lead to a parody of Film/TheWizardOfOz.
* The "Rock Zombies" arc of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' features Chase's new boss, a radio shock-jock, attempting to take over Los Angeles with a cursed song that turns anyone who listens to it (and who has undergone plastic surgery) into a zombie. OutOfCharacter moments abound (like Karolina apparently being over Xavin, Klara becoming a gamer girl, and ''the Staff of One eating someone''), the BigBad just disappears without any real comeuppance, the zombie spell is reversed off-panel, and none of the events of the arc are ever mentioned again. (Granted, this is the penultimate story arc before the series was cancelled.)
* Both issues of the ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} -- Matrix ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'' tie-in, which are written by Keith Giffen, notorious for writing satirical stories about the DC Comics staff, current status quo, and characters.
* Issue 43 of ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', which diverges from the book's typical space adventures to depict a ''{{Series/Community}}''-esque genre homage of sitcom. The characters spend most of the issue in their human holomatter disguises and the tech is [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness even more scientifically soft]] than the anything else in the comic. However it averts the "never mentioned again" symptom thanks to James Roberts' insistence on avoiding filler no matter what; the issue, despite its strangeness, actually develops the plot a bit, furthering Swerve's character development and setting up the Agent 113 subplot.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has "The Five Calvins", a completely out of place adaptation of [[Series/DoctorWho "The Five Doctors"]] which is only referenced once after its conclusion.
* Chapter 122 of ''FanFic/GuardiansOfPokemon''. The cast has just gotten back from a [[TrappedInTVLand Trapped In Video Game Land]] arc, only Ash hasn't lost his HeroicMime status, and then it turns out that Butch and Cassidy stole it just before they all left the video game world and now Butch is calling himself "Smash Ketchum" and using Ash's voice to hypnotize everyone over the radio. Then a battle happens and every time someone gets hit, their voice pops out of their body, leading to everyone switching voices for the rest of the episode.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' fanfic "Fanfic/GodSaveTheEsteem" is usually a bit DarkerAndEdgier than the series. However, it is one of the few canon rewrites to actually adapt "Depth Takes a Holiday" (see below), and [[LighterAndSofter plays up the nonsense even more]], with Jane nearly destroying Holiday Island with a PuffOfLogic and Daria BreakingTheFourthWall to address the reader at the end.

* The entire second half of ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'' is just a long series of gags which don't actually drive the storyline anywhere. In fact, most of the first half of that film is entirely useless, as well. On the commentary, Zach Galligan eventually notes that despite being the nominal [[TheProtagonist main character]], he's only onscreen for about a third of it thanks to all the gags.
* ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'' has nothing to do with Michael Myers and instead has a {{plot}} that involves a mind-control conspiracy. What, you want continuity? Forget it. Not only does the film make no sense on its own, it is a stand-alone film with no connection to any of the other Halloween movies at all. Originally the idea behind the ''Halloween'' movies was they'd have nothing in common except taking place on Halloween. The problem was the first one did too well and Michael Myers became too much of an icon to make the other movies without him. ''Halloween III'' was an attempt to revive their original plans and was so poorly received it killed all possibility of making any other movies not centering around Mr. Myers.
* That TheMovie of ''Film/TankGirl'' would end up as one of these was ''guaranteed'' the minute they decided to cast Ice-T as an anthropomorphic kangaroo[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Because a part like that should go to Snoop Dogg]].
* The spy parody ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967''. Many things in the film are never mentioned again once they happen. It is all completely over the top even for psychedelic sixties spy flicks. Many scenes could be removed from the film with little or no damage to the {{plot}}. There are even some scenes that when seen together have absolutely nothing to do with each other. But somehow it fits together as a whole. You can blame this completely on the film's fascinating TroubledProduction. Those ''five'' directors listed in the credits? None had any contact with each other, and none were working with a complete script. Plus, Peter Sellers was originally supposed to be the star, but either quit or was fired depending on who you believe, prior to filming several important scenes, so the film was awkwardly retooled to center around David Niven instead.
* In the context of ''Franchise/StarWars'' {{canon}}, ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' is essentially a string of [=BLAM=]s. It involves a Wookiee family watching a cooking show, some sort of strange Wookiee porn, a sci-fi action scene in cartoon form, a Wookiee watching an instructional video on how to assemble a transmitter (every step of which is shown to the audience), and Bea Arthur as a singing bartender on Tatooine. The only thing from it that's ever seen or referenced again is Boba Fett, and he only appears in the cartoon the Wookees are watching.
* ''Film/InitiationSilentNightDeadlyNight4'' involved things like a StrawFeminist ReligionOfEvil and BigCreepyCrawlies, among other bits of MindScrew. The previous films were about serial killers prone to dressing up like [[BadSanta Santa Claus]].
* ''Film/TexasChainsawMassacreTheNextGeneration'', where Leatherface is now an effeminate CreepyCrossdresser whose new family (which includes a guy with a bionic leg) are employed by a government group or cult that is possibly controlled by aliens.
* ''Film/SlumberPartyMassacreII'', which is a ''musical'' full of MindScrew where the psycho is a ghostly rockabilly who kills with a drill attached to an electric guitar. [[Film/TheSlumberPartyMassacre The previous film]] was comedic, but not random as fuck like this one, while the proceeding one was completely serious, and the villains of both of those were just crazy, non-supernatural guys.
* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge'' has few thematic elements in common with the rest of the series, going for a DemonicPossession angle over the "dream killer" story of its predecessor. The original and the later sequels work as one continuous storyline, but the events of this one are [[CanonDiscontinuity largely forgotten]].
* ''Film/TheRulingClass'', between the bizarre hallucination scenes, random musical numbers and non-sequitur humor that go unmentioned after occurring, is a self-contained example. Jack's encounter with "the High-Voltage Messiah" manages to stand out.
* ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' is this for the whole ''Franchise/StarTrek'' canon. Many of the rules and conventions of the setting are ignored, the entire premise feels totally out of place ("the Enterprise crew tries to find God!"), it has no impact on the ongoing plot of the films, and the events are never mentioned again. Removing it from continuity entirely would have no effect on anything else in the franchise. It's been noted as feeling a lot like Creator/WilliamShatner wrote his own original sci-fi story, then simply changed the names to ''Trek'' characters.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Over its last two seasons it became clear that Day 6 of ''Series/TwentyFour'' was a Big Lipped Alligator ''Season''. Events like [[spoiler:the detonation of a nuclear device in an American city by foreign terrorists and the attack and incapacitation of an American president while in the White House -- both of which happened within ''hours'' of each other and would have deeply impacted the country's history and internal and international policies -- are never mentioned or even alluded at in the following seasons. Matter of fact, President Wayne Palmer was effectively [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome "brother Chucked"]] without as much as a throwaway line to explain what ultimately became of him. [[WordOfGod Howard Gordon]] has stated he lived, but a prop newspaper from the made-for-TV movie ''Redemption'' mentions his death, thus leaving his fate unknown]]. Day 7 has its couple of bizarro episodes in which [[spoiler:an African tin pot dictator and his five - six at most - bodyguards take the White House and everyone inside hostage - with some help from (what else in Series/TwentyFour?) moles on the inside. Jack Bauer resolves the entire situation in two hours of [[BlatantLies "Real Time"]] and the entire situation does not impact the rest of the season -- the ''second half'' of it -- in any significant way]]. [[SubvertedTrope With the exception of]] [[spoiler:killing off Bill Buchanan, who by that point was one of the show's main characters]]. Although the immediate fallout for that is something of a Big-Lipped Arc itself ([[spoiler:Jack is framed for trying to avenge his death and is wanted dead or alive in the cliffhanger of the following episode, only to have his name cleared ''at the very beginning'' of the episode following that, leaving those events to quickly be forgotten]]), it does later provide a motivating factor for Chloe when she returns and discovers what's happened.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Some viewers consider "[[Recap/AngelS05E20TheGirlInQuestion The Girl in Question]]" to be this -- in the middle of a tense, tragic story arc leading up to the heavily depressing series finale, we get an episode revolving around Spike and Angel gallivanting off to Italy to have wacky, {{hoyay}}-tastic adventures while trying to rescue Buffy from the mistake of dating an [[TheFaceless unseen]], vampiric [[TheCasanova sexual predator]] with whom they apparently have a [[RetCon never-before-mentioned]] complex history; this unapologetically farcical storyline is [[MoodWhiplash played against]] a bitter, tragic Los Angeles subplot in which [[EldritchAbomination Illyria]] assumes Fred's form in order to deceive her parents into believing that their daughter is alive and well, a state of affairs which nearly breaks Wesley and is difficult to watch even for the viewers.
** It also doesn't help that the B-plot indicates that Wesley didn't carry out Fred's final wish that he inform her parents of her death. And that from what we hear, Buffy has turned into TheDitz, having an affair with the evil Immortal, making it come off as a rather petty TakeThat after Creator/SarahMichelleGellar refused to appear in the show's 100th episode. Whedon later made an AuthorsSavingThrow in the ''Buffy'' comics, revealing that it was actually one of several Slayers around the world who are impersonating Buffy to confuse the bad guys.
** "[[Recap/AngelS05E10SoulPurpose Soul Purpose]]" is a better example, which mostly consists of Angel having bizarre hallucinations.
* ''Series/{{Atlanta}}'' is a pretty off-beat show to begin with, but "B.A.N" is strange even by the show's standards. It lacks any sort of plot and is essentially just a series of satirical sketches, with [[ParodyCommercial Parody Commercials]] and segments of a ShowWithinAShow entitled ''Montague'' that satirize issues relating to gender and race identity.
** In season 2, after the first 5 episodes being relatively realistic (at least by that show's standards), the sixth episode, "Teddy Perkins" is totally off the wall. In this one, Darius spends the entire episode in the home of a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Music/MichaelJackson (the titular Teddy Perkins), who has a brother, Benny, that also was formerly a famous musician. [[spoiler: The episode ends with Benny killing Teddy in a murder-suicide.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': "Grey 17 is Missing" is viewed as this by much of the audience, with no future mention of any of the primary plot ever again (although the secondary plot is fondly remembered and represents an essential link in Neroon's character development). J Michael Straczynski has offered to personally apologise to every fan who complains directly to him about the episode, citing it as the bastard offspring of an unholy trinity of Author Brainfart, ExecutiveMeddling, and Ran Out Of Time & Money.
* From ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'':
** The episode "Black Market". Oh, where to begin? We find that Apollo has been seeing a single-mom hooker and her child regularly on Cloud Nine. This was never mentioned before or ever again. He is seeing and helping out her and her kid due to guilt over leaving his former pregnant girlfriend shortly before the Cylons attacked. This was never mentioned before or ever again. He winds up killing the black market's ringleader in a totally out-of-character manner. THEN he declares that the black market can continue because it's necessary or something. And we never hear anything more about it. It's saved from being a complete Bizarro Episode by dint of two factors: 1) [[spoiler:Commander Fisk's murder]] in this episode starts a chain reaction of events that eventually puts Lee in command of ''Pegasus'', and 2) the head of the black market is played by Bill Duke. Ron Moore later discussed ''Black Market'' very frankly both on his blog and in the episode's commentary, admitting that it was completely nonsensical and explaining the logic that went into making it that everyone ''thought'' made sense at the time, only to realize with growing horror that it just didn't work.
** "Black Market" has a third point of relevance: it's the episode where [[spoiler:Baltar decides to run for President when Roslin realizes he could be a thorn in her side and tries to convince him to resign]]. Obviously though, the scene where this happens has ''nothing'' to do with the plot of the episode.
** "The Woman King" came along one season later and stole "Black Market"'s crown. This episode involves a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity well-liked but insanely racist doctor]] who sets about killing citizens of the "poorer" Colonies under the guise of a free clinic he's operating right on ''Galactica''. Helo's tasked by a woman ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin named King]]) to put a stop to the MadDoctor and avenge her son (whom the doc allegedly killed). Helo spends much of the episode on a CassandraTruth wild goose chase because no one believes him, what with the better half of the cast coming down with a sudden case of 24-hour FantasticRacism Disease. Everyone acts OutOfCharacter, the episode just goes in circles, and everyone forgets it even happened by the next episode.
*** It doesn't help that the episode is one of the few remnants of a subplot about the Sagittarons on New Caprica that was soon abandoned (the only other really noticeable one is Baltar's mysterious whisper that causes Gaeta to try to kill him, which was eventually repurposed for another subplot in a webisode series), and scenes in earlier episodes that would have helped explain everyone's refusal to believe Helo were all cut.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** The fourth-season finale features Booth as a nightclub owner, Brennan as his wife, Hodgins as a hard-drinking novelist, Cam as a detective, etc. [[spoiler:Of course, it's [[AllJustADream all in Booth's head as he's actually in a coma]], recovering from the removal of a brain tumor. The dream is "inspired" by a story Brennan is writing, which she is reading aloud to Booth as she sits in vigil by his bedside.]]
** The 200th episode moves all the characters to the 1950's, Booth is a jewel thief and Bones is a detective who faces gender discrimination, and her father is the chief of the L.A.P.D.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' has the episode where Walt becomes obsessed with killing a fly that has somehow gotten into the meth lab. There are a few moments of legitimate character development and overall series value to this episode, but for the most part, it's a big steaming pile of BLAM. [[TropesAreTools It's also considered one of the best episodes of the entire series.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The MusicalEpisode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling Once More With Feeling]]" is a bizarre case of a bizarro episode that '''''is''''' based on an utterly ridiculous premise, '''''is''''' important to the season's major story arcs and remains one of '''''the''''' most loved episodes of the entire series, like a Bizarro Episode and WHAMEpisode mixed together.
** The season 4 [[DenouementEpisode finale]], "Restless", starts like this. Eventually what's going on is clarified, as well as the fact that it contains large amounts of {{foreshadowing}}.
** "Superstar". Season 4, ep 17. Jonathan, a recurring ButtMonkey who'd been the butt of jokes for the past four seasons, rewrites reality to make himself a BlackHoleSue who even takes over the opening credits.
** Also, the season 3 episode "The Zeppo" can be seen as this, diverting from the building plot threads of that season to tell a completely zany, full-out self-parody of every Buffy trope in the book.
** "Normal Again" aka the episode that implies that the series may or may not be the hallucinations of a mental patient.
** All of these just go to show that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]] in the hands of a skilled writer.
* The final episode of ''DarthWiki/CandleCove''. Puppets screaming and crying. For ''30 minutes''.
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'''s episode "Last Salute to the Commodore" definitely qualifies. Not only is it a who-done-it, it also has the weirdest performance by Peter Falk ever. He just walks through without any emotions completely hamming it up. He seems high as a kite. In the bizarre ending, [[spoiler:Columbo goes around showing everyone a watch saying 'Commodore's watch' until someone eventually says 'T'isnt,' thus proving he is the killer]].
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" is a musical Christmas episode done in stop motion and set inside Abed's mind. The characters end up journeying into outer space to find the true meaning of Christmas, and Chang is a talking snowman for some reason.
** "GI Jeff" was mostly animated and centres around ''Franchise/GIJoe'' versions of the characters. [[spoiler:It, too, is in a character's mind, but this time it's Jeff's.]]
** "Epidemiology", in which most of the students become zombies. This is the only confirmed supernatural event in the series, though there are some other instances of MaybeMagicMaybeMundane.
** "App Development and Condiments" has an app beta test turn the school into a '70s sci-fi-movie-esque dystopia, in which people with 5 "[=MeowMeowBeenz=]" rule the school and people with only 1 get exiled to the Outlands.
** "Regional Holiday Music", a ''Series/{{Glee}}'' parody with characters constantly bursting into song.
* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'':
** One [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0547043/ episode]] featured the cast as fairy-tale characters, clothed in costumes made to look like crayon drawings. The in-universe justification: Rudy was [[StoryWithinAStory telling the story, which she'd written, to her parents]]. Interestingly, it ends on a genuine TearJerker, as Cliff and Clair watch news reports of various weapons testings/violent activities and urge Rudy to make the world better, as she did in her fantasy.
** A [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0547076/combined later episode]] had Cosby's character eating a big hoagie/hero/sub before going to bed, and then dreaming that all of the male cast members were pregnant after spores were launched from a volcano. It gets [[UpToEleven even weirder]] when the men go into labor and end up giving birth to things that they've "always wanted," like a toy sports car, toy boat, or, in Cliff's case, an enormous sandwich complete with bottle of soda.
** Still [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0546981/ later]], Cosby has another big sandwich before going to bed. [[CallBack The above episode is actually mentioned]]. This time, the dream is more of a RandomEventsPlot crossed with AndYouWereThere, as all of the family members have different roles: Vanessa is a jazz musician, Clair is dangling from a window and needs rescuing, Denise is a firefighter sent to save the day, Theo is Cliff's Navy superior, Olivia is a genius doctor in the late nineteenth century, and Rudy is a nurse at the hospital. And that's all ''before'' you add the element of The Muppets, who appear to take the dream into fully insane territory. The best part? The episode ends with Cliff opening the fridge and [[OrWasItADream seeing more Muppet food talking to him]]. To say that this episode makes no sense is an understatement.
** Then there's "A Nightmare on Stigwood Avenue." It has elements of a MusicalEpisode, as Vanessa, Pam, and Charmaine serve as a Greek chorus who narrate the events in song: after Olivia and Rudy fight during the day, and Olivia escapes punishment, Rudy dreams that the younger girl takes control of everyone in the family with her cuteness, while Rudy herself is completely ignored (even on her own birthday). It does [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome end awesomely]], though: after Olivia gives Cliff and Clair yet another command, Rudy enters the room and compels them to stop. She then tells the bratty Olivia "It's ''my'' dream" and turns the tables. As the Greek Chorus sings, "There's payback in the Huxtable house tonight!"
* ''Series/CrimeStory'' was stylishly moody and gritty...then there was the 2nd season episode "Pauli Taglia's Dream". It did show how mobster Ray Luca and his goofus flunky Pauli had earlier survived a nuclear bomb test, but through Pauli's point of view -- complete with cartoon sound effects, Three Stooges slapstick, and cuts of him lipsynching Bobby Fuller's "I Fought the Law" wearing impossibly high rockabilly hair and a radiation suit.
* There's a ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' episode where the killer is a vampire. Yes, as in the actual mythological creature.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase "The Chase"]]. A story where each episode takes the characters to a new location at a time where this was not the norm. There is a cameo from Music/TheBeatles. An obnoxious {{Eagleland}}er tourist spends half an episode laughing at a Dalek, and the actor playing him comes back playing a companion (!!) later in the story. They have a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind which turns out to be a horror theme park, in which the ComicTrio Daleks fight Dracula (and lose). The Daleks make an EvilKnockoff of the Doctor said to be indistinguishable and treated as such by the characters, and he [[ObviousStuntDouble looks nothing like him]]. A Dalek falls off a boat for no reason. Giant killer mushrooms are involved. Robots with flamethrowers try to put Barbara in a robot zoo. It's the sort of thing that [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece could only get made in 1965]] -- love it or hate it, they will never make a story like this again.
** "The Feast of Steven", episode 7 of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan "The Daleks' Master Plan"]]. Our heroes have a chase through Hollywood in the 1920s, get arrested by police in the 1960s, and end up BreakingTheFourthWall. This was deliberate, as it aired on Christmas Day and, because it was the '60s, the showrunners thought that very few people would tune in, so they wrote something that had no relevance to the rest of the serial.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber "The Mind Robber"]], in which the TARDIS materialises outside reality and then explodes, and the characters find themselves randomly interacting with fictional characters.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E3RobotOfSherwood "Robot of Sherwood"]]. While comedic episodes are nothing unusual, this episode, in which the Doctor and Clara somehow manage to locate Robin Hood (even though the Doctor is certain he's a fictional character) and engage in comedic goings-on, feels out of place given its placement early in the Twelfth Doctor's first season. It doesn't help that Creator/PeterCapaldi plays the Doctor almost completely differently than he plays the character the rest of the season and the episode as a whole takes on the feeling of something that could easily be explained away as AllJustADream, though it isn't.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] has been pretty much described as this by the producers themselves: an episode with (for all intents and purposes), a single speaking role, the Doctor, with Creator/PeterCapaldi being tasked with keeping an episode moving and interesting virtually all on his own. Amazingly, it works and, while "bizarro episodes" tend to be head-scratchers that rarely add anything to the overall story, "Heaven Sent" ended up being one of the most dramatic episodes in the show's history, and of vital importance to the Doctor's CharacterDevelopment (as well as being the middle chapter of a trilogy, though stylistically it resembles neither of the episodes on either side, which is remarkable when one considers the same writer and director created the third episode).
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' has its annual AprilFoolsDay episode, in which blatant, bizarre goofs are deliberately inserted into the episode, and the sharp-eyed viewer who spotted the most won a prize. Other times the episode was a live CrossOver with ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''. The episode "[=DrugCo=]" is especially odd, with an insect man on a toilet, and a Monkeypotamus.
%%* ''Series/FamilyTies'' "A My Name Is Alex", mentioned on [=RiffTrax=] as "that weird episode".
* At first glance, ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' seems to have a few interesting examples:
** "Crackers Don't Matter" had the entire crew trying to kill each other over some crackers, while "Won't Get Fooled Again" was... Well, TheDragon was wearing bright red pumps at one point. However, even ''these'' Farscape episodes have a bearing on the overall story arc, proving that a sure way to avoid Bizarro Episodes is to make the ''entire series'' bizarre.
** There is also the episode where D'Argo accidentally knocks Crichton out, causing him to hallucinate a series of Looney Tunes-type cartoons... the only plot point of which is to get D'Argo and Crichton to stop falling out over trifles. According to the directors' commentary, they were desperate to do a blend of animation and live-action, but it took a long, long time to do and many of the sequences were made before they had worked out how they were going to tie them in to the main plot. The guys' feud is set up in the previous few episodes, but there's never any real reason for it. Crichton [[LampshadeHanging says]] at one point that he doesn't know why they were arguing in the first place.
** Another episode has the crew spending time on shore leave on a "pleasure planet". It ends up involving heavy drug use, criminal cartels, and human trafficking while the camerawork and editing are quite a bit different than the norm. The ending reveals it's a story an inebriated Crichton is telling Pilot about what happened, which pilot doesn't believe a word of; it's never revealed if any of it really happened, and none of it ever comes up again.
%%* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': "Freudian Sleep", the "unusual dreams" episode.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'':
** ''Hex and the single guy'' has a witch doctor getting angry with Will and putting a hex on him. And when a series of misfortunes happen to the Banks family, Will is forced by Aunt Viv leave the house. He decides to go back to the witch doctor. But he's now just a regular guy, who has no memory of meeting Will and believes that he's insane. Then it turns out that all of this was just a nightmare, except that it seems like the whole plot is about to repeat itself all over again after Will wakes up... But this one at least has the excuse of being a Halloween episode, so it's not ''that'' strange that it's spooky and weird.
** In ''Reality Bites'', Will ends up in a fight with this guy dressed up as the children's show character Dougie the Whale. It just so happens that Will's little cousin Nicky still believes that Dougie is real, so he gets very upset with Will after he beat up his "hero". Will decides to explain to Nicky that Dougie is just a fictional character, and that is when the weird part comes into play: Will gets an random off-season visit from Santa Claus, who asks him to not ruin Nicky's innocence too quickly.
** ''Fresh Prince: The Movie'' has Will and Carlton tell Jazz a story about how Will testified against a ruthless murderer, so he and the Banks family had to go into a witness protection program. They had to leave Bel Air and live among hillbillies in the middle of nowhere. Will had to get engaged to a pregnant girl, who accuses him (falsely) of being her baby's father. All of this is lies, of course. But the episode ends with Jazz somehow finding and wearing this mask, which looks exactly like the murderer from the story.
* Similarly, many of the events of ''Series/FridayNightLights'' Season Two aren't referenced in later seasons, the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} of which would be [[spoiler:Landry KILLING a man to protect Tyra, and even confessing to it]]. Other stuff happened that season, too (Matt and Grandma Saracen's nurse, Buddy raising a ward named Santiago), but the only major event to happen that season with any significant impact on future seasons is Jason Street [[spoiler:getting a woman pregnant]].
* Similar to the ''Series/MadAboutYou'' example noted below, ''Series/{{Friends}}'' had a "what if?" episode that explored the possible consequences of Joey becoming a star with Chandler as his personal assistant, Monica staying fat, Ross's ClosetedGay wife staying in the closet and keeping their marriage going, Rachel having gone through with her marriage (thus never meeting any of the friends) and Phoebe somehow becoming a stock broker.
* The ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' episode "Brown Betty", from season two. Walter Bishop smokes some special dope, and then entertains Olivia's niece Ella by telling her a story in which Olivia is a hard-boiled private detective in a world of AnachronismStew. Walter's story has obvious resonances to the main plot, but the whole episode boils down to him doing some child-minding. Made all the more jarring by coming right after some serious, dramatic episodes about Walter's relationship with his son Peter.
%%* The Series/HannahMontana Forever episode "Kiss It All Goodbye".
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''
** The 4th season episode "... And Fancy Free", in which Hercules enters a dance competition. Nothing rests on this competition other than his partner's self esteem, and a nice trophy. The town magistrate finds this competition important enough that he spends most of the episode sending assassins after Hercules and his partner to stop them from winning. No other motivation is given, he just wants his daughter to win. It guest stars Michael Hurst in drag as the dance instructor.
** "Stranger in a Strange World", which is referred to as a "Bizarro World episode" by the writer in the interviews feature on the DVD. This episode features an alternate universe with Hercules an evil tyrant marrying Aphrodite, the Xena cast in different roles, and a battle using a wedding cake. And Iolaus as a jester.
** There is a later episode featuring the same characters in struggle over fashion...which is about as pointless as "...And Fancy Free". Also no explanation is given as to why the town magistrate has apparently given up his duties to go into the world of ancient Greek fashion.
** The episode set in the present day which is all about Kevin Sorbo having gone missing, and features the memorable and hysterical [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments restroom whistling scene]].
** There was another one where the cast goes on a teamwork-building retreat hosted by Sunny Day (played by Renee O'Connor; normal role Gabrielle). It leads to a Scooby Doo ending where Sunny is revealed to be B.S. Hollinsfoffer (played by Robert Trebor, normal role Salmoneus), who is 1. a lot taller than Sunny, 2. at least a hundred pounds heavier, and 3. male, and concludes with Ares ''revealing himself'' to the cast. On top of that, most of them aren't even all that surprised to learn that Greek god of war is real; one of them even claims "I find the thought rather comforting myself."
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** The two-part episode "The Eclipse", in which an eclipse randomly and inexplicably removes all the characters' powers. We never found out how or why this happened, and none of the events of those episodes were ever mentioned again.
** And this is just the most notorious example. ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has a lot of Bizarro episodes. If you watch the previous seasons, keep track of how many new characters and storylines are introduced vs. [[KudzuPlot how many are still acknowledged in newer episodes]].
* The ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' episode "Honey, I'm Spooked". It involves the spirit of a pint-sized clown showing up and weird things happening to the Szalinskis, such as turning Nick into a ficus and Diane regressing into childhood. The episode is also heavy on the horror, seeing as part of it has a malevolent spirit take over Amy and cause her to talk in EvilSoundsDeep while flashing a SlasherSmile.
* The B-plot of the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "The Mermaid Theory", in which Future!Ted's usually impressive memory breaks down while telling his kids about a fight Lily and Barney once had, and he starts describing things that make no sense, like a motorcycle roaring through [=McLarens=], Barney magically levitating a beer bottle, or Barney and Lily switching personalities; then going "Wait, wait, that's not right" and starting the whole story over again. This causes an unusually high degree of MediumAwareness on the parts of "Barney" and "Lily", who are shown referring to the topic of their fight in-dialogue as "something" ("I'm still mad at you because of something!") because Ted can't remember what they were upset about, and at one point they wind up suspended in limbo, casting glares at the screen and checking their watches impatiently while Future!Ted mutters "um...hang on...let me see..." to himself.
* "iSpace Out" from ''Series/ICarly'' has a [=BLAM=] subplot, with a random little girl wandering into the apartment when Spencer is there, and not doing anything until she walks out again; it takes up half the time of the episode and literally nothing happens or is resolved. "iMake [[ChaoticNeutral Sam]] Girlier"'s entire plot was [[ChaoticNeutral Sam]] wanting to get a boyfriend; [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon she tries to act more girly]], but in the end BeYourself wins out. The guy vanishes and is never spoken of again, not even to explain why. Another Spencer B-Plot (to use the term loosely) just has Spencer wandering around the house doing nothing in between other scenes.
* ''Series/ICarly'' and ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' each aired an AprilFoolsDay episode back to back. Both were utterly nonsensical episodes. Nothing made sense, and it was completely random. There was NoFourthWall.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' is something of a tradition for a couple of episodes around episode 30 of each series to be a bit...different.
** ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' had a two-parter where an amnesiac Hajime gets mistaken for an IdenticalStranger and gets involved in the [[StarCrossedLovers Romeo and Juliet]]-esque feud between their families...[[SeriousBusiness over takoyaki and taiyaki]]. The guy whose life Hajime "stole" ends up teaming up with the rival family and entering a CookingDuel while wearing an electric suit of PoweredArmor, and helps him fight the MonsterOfTheWeek by smacking her in the face with a burning-hot taiyaki pan. This actually got acknowledged in the UsefulNotes/Playstation2 ''Blade'' game, which has the "Taiyaki Master Ultimate Form" as a JokeCharacter.
** ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' had the Dark Kitchen arc, featuring cooking duels and food that can manipulate emotions, and very little actual Kamen Rider action (just one or two obligatory action scenes disconnected from the plot).
** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' had the Nightmare Dopant two-parter, where the MonsterOfTheWeek has power over dreams. Akiko gets a dream where the entire cast (minus Shotaro) is [[TheIdiotFromOsaka Osakan]] and ''she'' gets to be Double, while Shotaro has to fall asleep while transformed into Double (in the middle of a soccer pitch for some reason) to pursue it, ending up in a JidaiGeki story because of the samurai TV series Akiko had recently gotten him into. And that's just the first part!
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' had 2 episodes [[MilestoneCelebration celebrating the 999th and 1000th episodes of the franchise]], which got insanely {{Meta}}. Mr. Kougami announces that he's going to [[NoFourthWall celebrate the 1000th episode of Kamen Rider]] by making a movie with Eiji as the star, Ankh as the villain and Date as the director, but things get derailed when a former [[Series/KamenRider Shocker]] [[{{Mooks}} Combatman]] contracts with Kazari to get revenge for all the monsters and Mooks who've been defeated by the Riders over the decades.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' had three separate episodes where the plot was put on hold so Toei could advertise an upcoming movie. The first had Kouta and friends meet the [[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger Resha Sentai ToQGers]] as a prelude to ''Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai'', the second advertised ''Series/{{Kikaider}} REBOOT'' by having Jiro wander into Zawame City with amnesia and briefly get adopted by Kouta and Akira[[note]]Making this episode even stranger, it actually interrupts the main plot on a {{Cliffhanger}} and jumps back in time two weeks, with the following episode going on as if nothing had happened[[/note]], and the third advertised ''Gaim'''s own Summer movie by having Kaito stumble into a parallel universe where the Armored Riders play soccer and two [[SpecialGuest real-life]] soccer players help fight a monster...by kicking ''a flaming soccer ball'' at it. Needless to say, Creator/GenUrobuchi had nothing to do with these episodes and most ''Gaim'' fans who recommend the show to friends will advise them to skip these episodes outright.
* ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' episode "Chalet 2000" was one long Buddy Cole sketch (with it's own credit sequence), and to top it off, Queen Elizabeth appears and ends up sleeping with a talking beaver.
* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'':
** Part of the charm of the series is that the normal {{status quo|IsGod}} is what would be a Bizarro Episode in most shows, but it still has a few Bizarro episodes by its own standards. The most obvious is the fourth-season episode ''[[Creator/WilliamShakespeare A Midsummer's Nightmare]]'', where the crew is trapped in the fairie kingdom by Oberon, who seeks a new bride to replace Titania. Oberon is gay, Titania is a male midget crossdresser, Puck is CampGay, Kai ends up turning into a tree while dancing and singing, Stanley nearly marries Oberon and gets as far as putting on the wedding dress... Oberon even admits that he has zero understanding of the show's cosmology, {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing how the batshit insanity everyone is going through just plain doesn't fit into it.
** Icing on the cake in ''A Midsummer's Nightmare'' is that the episode was relocated from NewAge hub Glastonbury to Battersea Power Station, due to a real life outbreak of foot and mouth disease
** In the fourth-season episode "Prime Ridge", the crew (having been unable to find the Lexx's key for several episodes) decide that they have nothing to do, and so they buy a house in a small-town neighbourhood (which is being sold by Creator/BrittEkland). 790 hacks an ATM. The crew live in it for several days. Stanley sleeps on the lawn for some unexplained reason, and then gets hit on by said real estate agent and her daughter. Xev gets a job as a stress counsellor (despite having no resume or references) and the whole episode culminates in a giant firefight between the FBI and a pair of stoned teenagers wielding machine guns. Xev, Stan and Kai get in a car and drive away, and never mention the incident again for the rest of the series.
* ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' has the episode where Lizzie and Matt [[FreakyFridayFlip switch bodies]].
* ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' had an episode where each of the major male characters imagined what it would be like if they were married to Mary.
* "The Cycling Tour" episode of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. Not only does it have the same {{plot}} throughout, whereas most episodes were a series of sketches, but it does not begin with the usual theme music and animation.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had a few episodes where both the skits and main plot had the same theme (the Creator/VincentPrice and Music/AliceCooper episodes were both themed around spooky things, for instance), but those weren't nearly as bizarre as episodes where the plot and skits revolved around the Muppets acting out a story as different characters, such as the Liza Minnelli (a murder mystery with Kermit as a detective, Liza as his romantic interest, Fozzie as Patrol Bear, most of the Muppet cast as ''[[spoiler: murder victims]]'', and [[spoiler: JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf as the murderers]]), Brooke Shields (a re-telling of ''Alice in Wonderland''), and Lynn Redgrave (a re-telling of ''Robin Hood'') episodes. Especially weird about the first and last is that the plot continues to play out backstage, when nobody in the Muppet Theater's audience could see what was going on.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
** A sixth season episode featuring ''Film/LastOfTheWildHorses'' has the first segment take place in a MirrorUniverse where Frank and Dr. Forrester are the test subjects.
** ''Film/QuestOfTheDeltaKnights'' had Pearl in the theater quipping with the bots while Mike hung out with Observer and Bobo on the planet below. A subversion, since neither changed their personalities.
** ''Film/PrinceOfSpace'' in a big way: Mike and the Bots end up in a wormhole. Shape-shifting, time displacement and general insanity ensue.
* ''Series/NewsRadio'' had two special episodes that were set out of continuity: one featuring the staff of a radio station in space, and another where they run a radio station on the ''Titanic''.
* The final episode of Shaun Micallef's news parody ''Series/{{Newstopia}}'' was a full episode of "Inspector Herring" the black and white, Russian language show within a show, about a Soviet Police inspector that happens to be a fish. The plot revolved around a plan to assassinate Andre Rieu, which succeeds.
* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' had a flashback episode that parodied the James Bond films and featured Felix and Oscar's fathers.
* Even ''Series/PoliceStop'' isn't immune to this. The episode ''Police Stop! 3'' has subjects [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment that are never mentioned again for the rest of the series]] and doesn't mention the United Kingdom very much. The same can be said for ''Police Stop! 4'', its sequel that followed in 1995, which had no {{ident}}s between episodes. This is surprisingly rare for a documentary to do such things. However, your opinion will differ on this. If you do wish to see the series, watch it on [=ITV4=], it's nearly always shown as reruns.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' had a pretty big one, too: "Lost and Found in Translation", which is Conner, Ethan, and Kira watching a "Japanese show about the world-famous Power Rangers. They even dubbed it in English!" [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger Take a wild guess on what the show really was.]]
** ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' while surfing Tori got into a major wipe out, and wind up in a MirrorUniverse where the Rangers are the bad guys and Lothor and his goons are good guys. She eventually gets back to her own universe by getting wiped out again.
%%** ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. Four words. [[Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]].
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'':
** Significantly, it did this ''twice'', in the episodes "Living In Harmony" and "The Girl Who Was Death" -- both of which massively change the entire format of the show just to fuck with TheProtagonist [[MindScrew and the audience]]. "Girl Who Was Death" wasn't even devised as a ''Prisoner'' episode but was based upon a leftover script for the predecessor series ''Series/DangerMan'' (for which it would have been a bizarro episode, too). The episode, however, isn't completely bizarro as [[spoiler: it was simply No. 6 telling a group of Village children a bedtime story. However, the presence of children in the Village (hitherto and afterwards never referenced) makes the episode a bizarro in another way]].
** There was also "Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling," which Patrick [=McGoohan=] isn't even ''in'', where the Powers That Be basically put Number 6's brain in some other guy and send him on an errand outside of The Village for them. This was sort of a RealLifeWritesThePlot episode; Patrick [=McGoohan=] was off making ''Film/IceStationZebra'' when this episode was filmed.
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' had some of these, to the point where it may not even count anymore. To set out a brief list, there were a few {{Halloween Episode}}s that seemingly broke reality, a few episodes that were AllJustADream, and toward the end of the series, plenty of them, such as episodes where Roseanne posed for Playboy, won Miss Universe, and, well actually the entire final season was this after they won the lottery. Which is actually explained in the finale [[spoiler:as a series of stories written by Roseanne as a way to deal with her grief over losing Dan to his heart attack earlier in the series]].
* ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' "Knight of Shadows". It's a Halloween episode, and does at least ''try'' to give the OOC characters some excuses. But still, it was a low point for the otherwise shining season 1.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** Virtually the trope-namer: the season eight episode "The Bizarro Jerry" posited an alternative world where the show's male characters are re-imagined as sensitive, enlightened and supportive.
** "The Chinese Restaurant" and "The Parking Garage", which place the central characters in an unfamiliar setting from which they spend the full 22 minutes struggling to free themselves.
** "The Opposite", where George takes a vow to suppress all his usual instincts and finds that his life is transformed into an unqualified success. To redress the cosmic balance, Elaine, whose life had always been somewhat successful is suddenly beset by a sequence of failures. She soon realises, "I've become George!"
** "The Chicken Roaster", where Jerry and Kramer switch apartments and, as a result, temporarily develop each others' personality traits.
** "The Butter Shave", where all three main male characters begin the episode with incongruous mustaches.
** "The Merv Griffin Show", where Kramer installs the set from the eponymous talk show in his apartment. As a result, the show's discussion scenes, which usually take place in Jerry's apartment or the coffee shop, follow the formula of a talk show with Kramer as the host.
** "The Betrayal" (also known as "The Backwards Episode"), in which the episode's scenes are played in reverse order.
** And, of course, "The Finale", in which many of the show's past characters are summoned to court to testify against the main group. At the end of the episode, the typical "coffee shop" conversation takes place in a prison lock-up. In the final credits, the show's characteristic "stand-up" set now takes place in a prison rec-room (with a VERY hostile audience).
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' also enters this territory when the main plots are about characters starring in a story. At least two or three episodes from the '90s framed these as the Muppets and humans putting on a play.
* One of the defining traits of ''Series/TheShield'' was its relentless forward momentum... except in "Co-Pilot," a flashback episode which not only stalled out the momentum of Season Two, but also makes no sense, as it tries to explain how all the characters became who they are in a single day. Apparently the Strike Team became corrupt, Dutch and Claudette became friends, and Aceveda developed his political ambition all on the same day, and that day *also* happens to be the first day The Barn is in operation. It's totally unnecessary, and the specific explanations of why everyone is who they are only detract from the show. It's best disregarded as canon, skipped on first watch, and only viewed as a curiosity later.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': "[[Recap/SmallvilleS08E17Hex Hex]]" and "[[Recap/SmallvilleS10E15Fortune Fortune]]", both episodes involving, essentially, ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} screwing with the main cast; the first time is at least largely unintentional and just trying to make them happier. The second, she's flat out trolling them. Both are rather insane, running on RuleOfFun, and provide a great deal of hilarity. "Fortune" does, however, write out Chloe, marrying her to [[Comicbook/GreenArrow Oliver]], so it does connect to the season's plot. Given how important Chloe is to the show previously, it also counts as a WHAMEpisode.
* Episode 200 of ''Series/StargateSG1'', which WordOfGod states is out of continuity. "[[GroundhogDayLoop Window of Opportunity]]" also counts. Golfing through the Stargate, resigning to kiss someone of a lower rank, ''cycling through the tunnels of the base with a bicycle bell''...
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The Mirror Universe episodes, where most of the characters are downright evil or entirely different than what is expected. Just to add to this, there is no Federation; instead, the Terran Empire exists in its place -- [[spoiler:up until Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine, that is, when the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance defeats them and conquers Earth ([[FullCircleRevolution Though they aren't much better]])]].
** ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'''s "In a Mirror, Darkly" two-partner is an excellent example. While the other episodes crossover between the two universes, this one was set entirely in the Mirror Universe. [[spoiler:Except for the ''Defiant'' that had somehow ended up in the Mirror Universe. That's the Defiant from TOS episode "The Tholian Web", not the one from ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''.]] The ''Enterprise'' production team went balls-to-the-wall and combined this trope with a BreatherEpisode full of {{Fanservice}} and soft-core ContinuityPorn, plus the entire cast in LargeHam mode and obviously having tremendous fun.
** Also, three episodes (one in TOS, one in TNG and another in ENT) involve a NegativeSpaceWedgie that causes the crew to do the MushroomSamba.
** The TOS episode "Plato's Stepchildren" is just so freakin' weird that were it not for the interracial kiss, most fans would probably consider it a LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain episode. Notable {{plot point}}s involve alien MindRape, [[TheSpock Spock]] in a toga singing, and [[TheKirk Kirk]] being ridden by a dwarf.
*** And then there was "The Savage Curtain", which started with UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln floating around in space, and -- of course -- the legendarily infamous "Spock's Brain". Say it with us: "Brain and brain! What is ''brain''?!" Season 3 was ''[[SeasonalRot weird]]'', people.
** Certainly a number of first-season episodes of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' would count as this {{trope}}.
*** In the episode "Hide and Q", Q gives Riker the powers of the Q continuum, who grants the characters wishes, and teenage Wesley Crusher wishes to be 10 or so years older. Then suddenly, BAAM he's transformed into a strapping, tall and exceptionally hunky man. We then cut to Geordi [=LaForge=] leering at the new Wesley and saying, "Hey, Wes. Not bad." It has been noted by several sources that [=LeVar=] Burton's character was originally supposed to be gay, but this is the only time it appears to be shown on screen, in this season one episode. Thereafter, it is NEVER EVER EVER EVER mentioned again, and the [=LaForge=] character eventually falls in love with a holodeck character then eventually an actual woman, and they live happily ever after. BLAM.
*** Similarly to "Plato's Stepchildren" mentioned above, this is {{averted|Trope}} in the case of "The Naked Now". Although it fully appears as though this is a LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain episode, the fact that [[TheSpock Data]] and [[SacrificialLion Tasha Yar]] were "intimate" together and implied to have had sex ''is'' mentioned in later episodes, notably in "Measure of a Man" where it is used to help establish [[TheSpock Data's]] sentience. It even gets a CallBack much, ''much'' later in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' with [[TheSpock Data]] telling the Borg Queen that he is "fully functional" in the sex department.
*** "Justice". The crew of the ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]'' is schmoozing with what appears to be a pre-warp culture, when [[ChildProdigy Wesley]] knocks over an outdoor decoration and is sentenced to death. And even though the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]] didn't prevent them from making contact with this planet, all of a sudden it prevents [[TheCaptain Picard]] from saving Wesley. For no plot-relevant reason whatsoever, the inhabitants of this planet all dress in barely-there loincloths and have a preoccupation with sex. Rumor has it that Gene Roddenberry added this to the plot after they changed the planet from a floating military fortress housing incredibly xenophobic aliens to an idyllic paradise. Because naturally Paradise means EveryoneHasLotsOfSex.
*** "Conspiracy" is another ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' example of this. Starfleet command has apparently been infiltrated by parasitic slugs that inhabit the brain of the host creature. This is obviously an event of considerable political magnitude, but it is never again referenced. However, it was {{foreshadow|ing}}ed several episodes earlier, making it a kind of AbortedArc.[[note]]The story was originally intended to have a purely human conspiracy within Starfleet, but Creator/GeneRoddenberry himself vetoed that because of how it clashed with his vision of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' as a {{utopia}} where all humans work towards a common goal in harmony. So they added mind-controlling alien infiltrators to the {{plot}}. It was intended to be the hook for the major villains of the series. The thing was, it [[ParanoiaFuel created too much paranoia]] that they wanted to avoid, so they changed the concept over to the Borg.[[/note]] It is explored a little further in the Expanded Universe.
*** The season 7 episode "Genesis". Everyone except Picard and Data de-evolved into prehistoric creatures, Troi was amphibious, Worf was almost like a rhino-Klingon and considered her his mate, Riker was a caveman, Barclay was a human-spider hybrid, Nurse Ogawa was an ape, and, perhaps the most FridgeLogic-y of all, Spot the cat de-evolved into an ''iguana''.
** The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Threshold". So Tom Paris breaks the "transwarp barrier", right? And this results in being in ''every location in the universe at once''. Somehow this makes him [[GoalOrientedEvolution evolve into a higher order of being]]... which turns out to be a Mudkip-like lizard thing who can't breathe air. He kidnaps TheCaptain and they run away in said transwarp barrier-breaking ship. They are discovered ''within range'' and the crew find them on a beach together having just had a small litter of Mudkip ''babies''. (Repeat: Paris had children with Cap'n Janeway. While they were both Mudkips.) The babies are still out there presumably but everything else is {{reset|Button}} with "antimatter injections." Got all that? Okay, because this is the ''one'' episode out of all the ''Star Trek'' episodes ever made that is considered CanonDiscontinuity, to the point that in "Timeless", Tom Paris himself mentions that he has never traveled in transwarp before. ''Never''.
-->'''''Website/TheAgonyBooth:''''': Chakotay says, "I don't know how I'm going to enter this into the log." Preferably, by [[{{Headdesk}} pounding your head against the console.]]
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' went off the rails a few times late in the series, producing such bizarro episodes as "Take Me Out to the Holosuite", where Sisko drags the [=DS9=] crew into a holodeck baseball game, and "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang", the ''Film/OceansEleven'' knockoff where the main cast ignored their duty in favor of pulling off a heist to save the holodeck lounge singer [[CreatorsPet Vic Fontaine]] from a gangster. (No, it '''''doesn't''''' make sense in context.)
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' has one of the rare examples of [[TropesAreTools this trope churning out a great episode]]: over dinner, T'Pol regales [[TheCaptain Archer]] and Trip with the tale of an ancestor of hers who lived on Earth over a century before First Contact.
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' has had a few over the years. In one episode, the twins travel to a parallel dimension where their parents never divorced. Oddly, this does not have an "AllJustADream" ending. Another episode involves time-travel to a distant future on a cruise ship in space. This episode turned out to be a story Zack made up to explain why he didn't do his homework, but for some reason, clips from this episode comprise most of the final season's TitleSequence, making the show appear to be a sci-fi series.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Once or twice a season the series will include a comedy episode, with a ridiculous {{plot}} which is just an excuse to use situations like 'Sam and Dean are suddenly trapped on the set of this weird TV show called ''Supernatural'', and we are now going to spend 40 minutes making fun of our own premise, crew, actors, and viewing figures'.
** The PoorlyDisguisedPilot "Bloodlines" for a cancelled spinoff stands out. For starter, Sam and Dean [[OutOfFocus barely appear in the episode]] and are uncharacteristically useless. The plot is about the rivalry between five monster families that are secretly running Chicago's underbelly along with an [[StarCrossedLovers impossible romance]] between [[InterspeciesRomance a male shapeshifter and a female werewolf]]. The portrayal of those monsters is drastically divergent with the shows canon (for example: the shapeshifters can change their appearance without having to shed their skins. Only the Alpha shapeshifter had this ability). Because of the cancellation, all plotlines are LeftHanging and the fact that Chicago is secretly run by monsters is ''never'' mentioned again.
* Franchise/SuperSentai has this for its ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' iteration in the form of its Direct to DVD movie. Released after the end of the series run, it talks of the team 'returning,' since they part at the end. The team is together for the whole movie, and then there's the content itself. There's also the now-traditional DVD shorts that both Sentai and its block-mate Kamen Rider give out yearly in Telebi-kun Magazine. A lot of these are very nonsensical even compared to other filler episodes within the series.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' had a surreal, cyborg-free episode where Sarah is in a sleep clinic and is haunted by nightmares [[spoiler:which are actually real, while the clinic is a hallucination caused by a one-off villain probing her mind]].
* The ''Series/TwoPintsOfLagerAndAPacketOfCrisps'' episode "When Janet Killed Jonny" is one of these. It is an episode set outside of the main continuity, and is a "horror special", featuring many parodies of the horror genre (although it does contain many moments of terror, in a [[MoodWhiplash deviation from the show's usual formula]]). The episode features the cast breaking into the deserted Archer pub to drink the leftover beer, only to fall victim to the previously unmentioned "pub curse", which causes them to be "killed by the thing they love the most". As a result, the entire cast is killed off in an assortment of highly gruesome ways, only to later return as zombies.
* ''Series/{{UFO}}'''s episode "Mindbender" had Straker hallucinate that he was an actor in a TV series about [=UFOs=]. One memorable scene had him wandering around the actual ''UFO'' soundstage, showing the HQ and moonbase sets.
* Franchise/UltraSeries examples. All of these are directed by the late Akio Jissoji, beloved in the fanbase for his unorthodox style.
** His work on the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' included such oddities as Episode 15, "Terror of the Cosmic Rays" (in which the MonsterOfTheWeek is a living drawing, prompting one of the most self-aware scenes ever when Ide asks why they simply don't find and erase the picture, only to be chided for suggesting an anticlimactic strategy) and Episode 34, "Gift from the Sky" (a comedic self-parody, in which Science Patrol and Ultraman are faced against a monster so heavy it cannot be moved away from Tokyo).
** In ''Series/UltraSeven'', Jissoji gave us Episode 43 "Nightmare of Planet 4", in which the MonsterOfTheWeek is not a giant monster or a giant alien, but the android dictator of a world with a Nazi Germany-like society in which machines repress humans.
** Episodes 37 "Flower" and 40 "Dream" of ''Series/UltramanTiga'' feature surreal monsters (the kabuki-based alien Manon and the LivingDream Bakugon), nonsensical imagery, dream-like camerawork, and inspiration from Japanese poetry and theater, with one scene in the former episode featuring a brief shot where Tiga and Manon are fighting on a theater stage before switching back to the usual set.
** Episode 22 of ''Series/UltramanMax'' "[[SchrodingersButterfly The Butterfly's Dream]]", in which a writer for ''Ultraman Max'' is having a recurring dream where he is Kaito and keeps encountering a strange woman who creates a {{kaiju}} that will defeat Max -- an amorphous egg-like entity called Madeus. Reality soon starts falling apart for both Kaito and the writer, with imagery of butterfly puppets and weird audio cues like train noises happening everywhere. It must be seen to be believed.
* The 1980s ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'' episode "Candle In The Night". This is a show that thrived on an overarching conspiracy by aliens to overthrow the Earth, interpersonal conflict between the cast and gratuitous violence that pushed the limits of what syndicated television could show...and someone decided that an entire episode should be focused on a supporting character ''having a birthday party''. The plot follows one of the team members, Debi, who sneaks out of the Blackwood Project's headquarters to have a birthday party with a bunch of random kids she meets. There's no real tension or drama in the episode, and none of the characters or events are mentioned again.
* ''Series/WolfLake'' did this in the episode "Leader of the Pack", in which an incident is presented as narrated to a team of investigators by Graham Greene's character [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Sherman Blackstone]]. To say that he's an UnreliableNarrator is an understatement; the episode is hilarious and basically told from first-looney's point of view, with Blackstone admitting to telling the investigators the kind of story he would find fun to hear. Random daydreams and FanService are inserted into the story, and salacious elements such as a [[HoYay married pair of gay]] bank robbers [[IncestSubtext who also happen to be brothers]] are included. Elements that would actually be pertinent to the story are glossed over, such as brushing off murders with comments such as "drinking problem".
-->'''Interviewer:''' According to ''my'' notes, he swallowed two ounces of sulfuric acid, mixed into a White Russian.\\
'''Blackstone:''' [[RunningGag That's the worst thing you can do to someone with a drinking problem]].
* Similarly, Charlie Drake's BritCom ''The Worker'' ended its original black and white run with an episode in which Drake is confused to discover that he's actually a comedian in a BritCom. Drake seemingly liked this ending so much he used a variation of it a few years later when the show was revived in colour. There's another episode in which Drake's character gets hit on the head by a boomerang (a deliberate aversion of Drake's song "My Boomerang Won't Come Back") and suffers some weird hallucinations, ending with a trial in which he is the judge, jury, barrister and defendant.
* The fifth season episode of ''Series/{{Xena|WarriorPrincess}}'' entitled "Married With Fishsticks" which mostly forgets about the story arc going on at the time to do a pointless filler episode where the feuding Aphrodite and Discord accidentally send Gabrielle into this alternate world where she's a mermaid, and is entirely populated with mer people. The whole thing is weird even by this show's standards, and ends with it apparently being AllJustADream as Gabrielle wakes up back with Xena. The people behind the show were well aware that this one wasn't their finest moment, and even did some micromanaging of the schedule to make sure it didn't get the distinction of being the show's 100th episode.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' did this a few times, most notably in its RashomonStyle episodes "[[Recap/TheXFilesS03E20JoseChungsFromOuterSpace Jose Chung's From Outer Space]]" and "[[Recap/TheXFilesS05E12BadBlood Bad Blood]]". Then there's "[[Recap/TheXFilesS05E05ThePostModernPrometheus Post-Modern Prometheus]]", which is filmed entirely in black and white and ends with a song-and-dance number featuring a Cher lookalike (after Mulder had effectively broken the fourth wall because he decided the original ending sucked). And [[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]] was in it, too.
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' could be considered to consist of little else. There are indeed plotlines within episodes, but they don't connect to other episodes, and are often derailed partway through. Sometimes they are not even resolved.

* "Bakerman" on the Music/MidnightOil album ''Red Sails in the Sunset''. It's a Japanese school band playing an instrumental oompa ditty, in the middle of an otherwise pre-alternative rock album. Also very MoodWhiplash.
* ''[[Music/ThePolice Synchronicity]]'': "Mother", a repetitive tune in 7/4 with screamed vocals and weird lyrics, shows up after the comparatively normal "Synchronicity I" and "Walking in Your Footsteps".
* "You're Gonna Die", a 9½-minute song (using the term loosely) at the end of Music/ReelBigFish's ''We're Not Happy Till You're Not Happy'' album. It's essentially nothing but screaming and static in the same vein as [[Music/TheBeatles "Revolution 9"]] and even contains a BigLippedAlligatorMoment of it's own in "Aaron is Made of Babies," a one-minute novelty song thrown smack-dab in the middle of the hectic track.
* "Anyone's Daughter" from Music/DeepPurple's ''Fireball''. The lyrics are typical DP -- a man sleeps with a bunch of women and marries one of them when he gets her pregnant -- but the music is in a Country and Western style that's out of place for this period of the band.
* ''Tell Me What to Swallow'' by Music/CrystalCastles. A dark acoustic song in the middle of electronic stuff. Also MoodWhiplash.
* Music/JudasPriest aren't total strangers to ballads, but even by their standards, the romantic soft rock ballad "Last Rose Of Summer" (from ''Sin After Sin'') is an unexpected number from the metal masters.
* The hidden track in [[Music/MyChemicalRomance My Chemical Romance's]] Music/TheBlackParade, "Blood", is a song about drinking blood done in a vaguely Broadway style with bad sound quality, and it has nothing to do with the rest of the album. Bizzaro indeed.
* "Look Who's Walking On Four Legs Again" by Local H is a twangy country ballad in the middle of a grunge album. It's actually a crossover between Scott Lucas's two bands, Local H and Scott Lucas And The Married Men, but if you're not expecting it, it's quite jarring. (A Local H-only version, titled "Look Who's Rocking On Four Legs Again" appears on the Another February EP.)
* The generally melodic, bubble-gum-pop band Music/SugarRay begins their album "14:59" with 47 seconds of death metal, wherein a singer, not Mark [=McGrath=], bellows "Be nice to your sister! Talk to your grandmother! Paint her a picture! Don't play ball in the house! Don't play with scissors! Be nice to caaaaaaaaaats!". It's sort of a joke about the fact that ''14:59'' was a NewSoundAlbum -- their previous two albums were more in the AlternativeMetal style.
* How exactly does Music/JethroTull bridge the first and second album sides of a dark, jazzy/avant-garde ConceptAlbum (''A Passion Play'') pertaining to the afterlife? [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-wT6fkDg8k With the Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles]].
* "Plexiglas Toilet" on the Music/{{Styx}} album ''The Serpent Is Rising''. It's a HiddenTrack, and is as silly a novelty song as its name implies. It also provides a bit of MoodWhiplash, coming as it does on the heels of "As Bad As This," a depressing BreakupSong. Styx would never again record a song quite like it.

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* Literature/TheBible: Some of the prophet books, like the Literature/BookOfEzekiel, the Literature/BookOfDaniel, and the Literature/BookOfRevelation, contain series of prophecies about the future, which are full of a kind of symbolism (including creatures, who can be only described as {{Eldritch Abomination}}s), which is very alien to most people today. So they will come across as Bizarro Episodes to many modern readers.

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* ''Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH A Night Of Hoopla'', an unauthorized show in a Chicago bar taken over by The House Of Truth, featuring {{Satan}}. Drink as much as you want, just don't drive!
* AKIRA's 30th anniversary show in 2014 ran with a gimmicky theatre theme based on the film ''Film/HeavenCanWait'', and told how AKIRA had died in an accident which was not meant to him, and had to confront the King of Hell (played by Masahiro Chono) and his minions in order to get his body back.[[/folder]]

* You might be surprised to find that such a sane and relatively down to earth series as ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'' would have examples of this.
** The most notable example among listeners is "[[AprilFoolsPlot I Slap Floor]]", where some of the kids can't find Whit and ask Bernard what happened to him. Turns out, he and many of the other main characters are at home recuperating from the week before. The week before, many odd things began to happen, starting off with Whit giving odd or flat-out dangerous advice to the kids ("Look Mr. Whittaker, I pierced my own ears like you told me to!"), before even stranger things begin happening around town, such as Tom Riley, so he can pursue his dream of becoming a rodeo star, selling the Timothy Center to local swindler Bart Rathbone, who plans to turn it into a ''space camp'' that anyone can attend, Eugene and Connie fall in love and are going to get married ASAP, and the normally very incompetent detective Harlow Doyle is flawlessly solving crimes, among other odd things...and then it turns out that BigBad Dr. Regis Blackgaard is behind all this, having returned to Odyssey disguised as a largely unseen minor character, and was using a mind-altering cologne to cause confusion all over town so taking over it would be a cinch. [[spoiler: Turns out none of this happened and Bernard was pulling the kids' leg. Note that rearranging the letters in "I Slap Floor" spells: "April Fools".]]
** Other notable weird episodes include:
*** "Bethany's Flood", where the titular character falls asleep during a bible study session about Noah's Ark and has a dream where the flood was caused by Christopher Columbus leaving the water on in the bath tub for 40 days and nights, among other things.
*** The similar episode "The Seven Deadly Dwarves" where the same girl dreams she is "Snow Dewhite" who runs away from home and is captured by the eponymous characters (who represent the Seven Deadly Sins) but is fortunately rescued by The Good Stepladder Father.
*** The much earlier ([[MissingEpisode and missing]]) episode "Lights Out At Whit's End" which, long story short, ends with the entire cast (yes, including Whit and Tom Riley) ''freestyle rapping''.
*** "The Eternal Birthday", a random GroundhogDayLoop plot where Liz wishes everyday was her birthday. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Guess what happens]]? [[spoiler: It turns out that she was just in the Room Of Consequences the whole time. She went in there to live out her wish.]] Interestingly, the events of this episode were alluded to the next time Liz [[spoiler: went in the Room of Consequences again]] in a later episode.
* ''Radio/TheMenFromTheMinistry'' is a relatively down-to-earth comedy/political satire, but has an episode called ''The Day the Martians Came''. Two LittleGreenMen land on England, hijinx ensue and... that's it. No AllJustADream, no ScoobyDooHoax or anything like that, and the landing is never referred to again at all (admittedly in a series that pretty much runs on NegativeContinuity). Note that this is the only episode where something explicitly supernatural happens.

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* ''Videogame/TheStanleyParable'' puts the player in one if they should deliberately take the wrong paths, basically frustrating the Narrator, and eventually putting the player in a Director's Commentary room, before ''finally'' having them have the only way to escape alive is to turn the game ''off''.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has ''Another Day'', you can access this episode after you complete the main storyline and takes place in an alternate universe where [[MiniGame Tin Pin Slammer]] is SeriousBusiness. And it gets even more confusing when [[spoiler:the Joshua and Hanekoma from the main game show up and challenge AD Neku. The former has a Boss Rush and the latter is the strongest Bonus Boss in the game]].
* Every cutscene in ''VideoGame/CrashMindOverMutant'', which seems to follow a different art style every time.
* The "WhatIf" mode in the UsefulNotes/{{P|laystation}}S1 ''VideoGame/SpiderMan'' game. It took the base plot and added tons of silly lines. "Doc Ock has trapped me... and I can't stop dancing".
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' had two: the secret Giant Ant missions and one multiplayer map set on the moon which randomly reassigned all the units' weapons, so you had helicopters firing flamethrowers and V2 rockets.
* The ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC Old World Blues. You come across a drive-in theater with a strange movie-projecting satellite that teleports you to a strange old-world research facility in a crater, where you have your brain, heart, and spine replaced with cybernetic implants by incompetent MadScientist [[BrainInAJar Brains In Jars]] who are all drugged out of their gourds, an area exhibiting all the craziest pre-War [[ForScience SCIENCE!]] (and since this is ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', that's really saying something), a gun with a living dog brain as a component, a talking stealth suit that calls you her best friend and plays pranks on you, a base full of talking appliances who all hate each other, and a surreal conversation with ''your own brain'' in a tank, who sounds suspiciously like Seth [=McFarlane=] even if you're a woman. Proving that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]], OWB in all its Bizarro glory is often considered one of the best parts of New Vegas, and has won awards above and beyond the base game.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' had this issue with the Mission Architect system. Due to the [[SturgeonsLaw overwhelming amount]] of player-made content in the database and a ratings system that leaves something to be desired, it's inevitable that [=BLAM=] {{Story Arc}}s will come up fairly frequently in any random sample. If the first time a player tries the system results in having one of these thrown at them it can easily be the last time they will ever bother with the Mission Architect. Which is why a number of authors have been taking it upon themselves to review arcs and compile lists in the official forums make it easier to find the "good stuff".
* Atlantica in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' also counts. It has absolutely no {{plot}} relevance and features the characters [[MusicalEpisode singing in order to keep Ariel happy with undersea life]]. Even more [=BLAM=] is the fact that the entire story of the world is based on mini-games and seems to just be an excuse to put the world in the game. Also odd was how nobody seemed to remember any of the events that happened in Atlantica in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI''; except for who Sora is. Ariel just forgot how the last time she made a deal with Ursula ended, and Ursula forgot ''dying''.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Mobile''. It takes place at a weird point in continuity and gives Snake technology that he shouldn't have yet in addition to making him confront The Patriots long before he should even know they exist; Otacon, instead of being chipper Codec support, ''is the "ninja"''; and everything is revealed to be [[AllJustADream All Just A Virtual Reality Simulation]] Snake has been placed in by The Patriots for a reason that is not revealed and never will be. Snake also [[ResetButton gets his memory of the events erased]], but Otacon doesn't, [[FridgeLogic thus implying]] that [[OutOfCharacter in addition to providing needlessly cryptic advice through sinister channels]] he then [[TooDumbToLive kept the entire ordeal and critical information secret from Snake for at least two years]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Star Fox|1}}'' (the 1993 UsefuNotes/{{Super N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES game) combined this with an EasterEgg -- "Out Of This Dimension", where paper airplanes are enemies and the boss is [[spoiler: a Slot Machine]]. Then there's the ending. [[spoiler: An endless minigame. The fate of everything is left unexplained.]]
* Happens halfway through ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', when [[spoiler: the main plot is completely put on hold when an ''utterly random alien invasion'' by a race of beings known as the Aurum forces all of the main characters to work together to stop it]]. This lasts for about 3 chapters and only gets a few mentions afterwards [[spoiler:when the Chaos Kin and Dyntos use their powers to recreate Aurum soldiers to fight and test Pit]].
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' has never placed any priority on accuracy, historical or otherwise, so it has had its share of weirdness. However, by ''far'' the most bizarre battle (which is also [[NintendoHard really, really difficult]]) is the Battle of Jian Ye in [=DW4=]. Your forces start in the north, and you have to fight your way to Sun Jian in the south. In between are Taishi Ci, Zhou Tai, Huang Gai, and Jian's three offspring, Ce, Quan, and Shang Xiang. Just a really big battle, right? Except that almost immediately after it begins, three ''duplicates'' of Sun Jian appear, and dispelling any one merely causes another to appear elsewhere. Furthermore, the Sun kids ''cannot be killed''; if defeated, they simply flee the battlefield and return at full health in about a minute. So, just gotta bite the bullet, charge straight to the real Jian, and cut him down? Well, that is the correct course of action... unfortunately, ''this doesn't end the battle''; it simply switches command to Ce, and although he'll be killable now, Quan and Shang Xiang still won't. Not until you've slain him, Quan, and Shang Xiang...in that order!...do you prevail over this nightmare. Needless to say, good luck finding any kind of justification for this in Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
* The Hildibrand Returns quests added with ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' patch 2.1 most definitely qualify as this. Investigating a group of relatively well dressed zombies, meeting Hildibrand, pursuing a duelist and weapon thief [[spoiler: which seems to be recurring series character Gilgamesh]], and Hildibrand [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext in his restored dapper glory... backlit by the light reflecting off a bald robbery victim's head]].
* The Citadel downloadable mission for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Especially if one decides to play it late in the game when the last thing Shepard and his/her crew should be thinking about is throwing a party. It does get a HandWave in that the entire plot takes place over one, ''maybe'' two days while the ship (which was launched halfway through a refit) is down for maintenance.
* 'Salvation', the 19th mission of ''[[VideoGame/AdvanceWars Advance Wars: Days Of Ruin]]'' is just... ''weird''. Amidst a bunch of rather dark missions about a group of soldiers and civilians fleeing for their lives from a mad dictator in a post-apocalyptic world and a spreading disease that causes [[BodyHorror plants to burst from the victim's skin]], you get a [[BreatherLevel surprisingly easy]] mission where you have to fight a ragtag group of fanatics that worship an earthworm believing it will cure them. As soon as you finish it, it's never mentioned again and you're once again trying to escape Grayfield's men as if it never happened.
* ''Corpse Party--THE ANTHOLOGY--Sachiko's Game of Love ♥ Hysteric Birthday 2U'' from the ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'' series. The main games are about avoiding horrible, bloody deaths at the hands of an EnfantTerrible. In ''2U'' you're throwing her a birthday party, filled with {{Fanservice}}, meta humour, and general wacky hijinks, that every character promptly forgets once they're dumped back into their regular old gore-fest (save for a vague reference here and there in ''Blood Drive'').
* Even by the [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros series']] usual standards, ''VideoGame/MarioPlusRabbidsKingdomBattle'' is just downright insane. The plot involves a portal suddenly opening up over the Mushroom Kingdom, causing the VideoGame/RavingRabbids to come through it and invade the Kingdom. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi then fight back with arm cannons, laser guns, and bazookas as they journey through a [[RealityIsOutToLunch discombobulated version of the kingdom]] alongside four good Rabbids dressed like them, blowing up bad Rabbids all the way, including Rabbid versions of characters like Donkey Kong. While it's just another day for the Rabbids, for the ''Mario'' series, this is unlike anything the series has ever seen.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Episode 20 of ''WebAnimation/AnAkatsukisLife'' is weird. Really, really weird.
* The original ''WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn'' video is merely weird and has two crazy unicorns talking nonsense. Then come episodes two, three and four, which are six minutes of continuous [=BLAM=].
* The WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends episode "I've Got You Under My Skin" could easily count. It starts off relatively understandably (for the show, anyway), but then Giggles sneezes on Lumpy's face... he catches a cold, which Sniffles apparently thinks needs to be dealt with via FantasticVoyagePlot. Whereupon the fact that Giggles is lying on the couch shivering with her brain coming out of the back of her head is almost completely forgotten. And did we mention that Happy Tree Friends isn't the kind of show you'd ''ever'' really expect to involve a FantasticVoyagePlot?
* The WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail ''virus'' involves reality breaking apart after Strong Bad gets emailed a virus. Much mindscrew occurs until [[spoiler: Bubs fixes it by shooting a hole in Strong Bad's computer with a shotgun that appears as Homestar Runner's leg]].

* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2002-09-29 The "alternate paths" Sunday filler]].
** Any of the [[http://egscomics.com/egsnp/ Newspaper strips]], which are specifically not part of EGS continuity.
* "Webcomic/{{Mulberry}}'s [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/mulberry/index.php?issue=21&page=1&seriesID=4 Epic Yarn]]"
* HighFantasy webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'' spends a month at the bizarro as part of an [[OverlyLongGag Overly Long April Fools Gag]] when it is suddenly re-tooled as a group of trendy twenty somethings hanging out at a coffeeshop/strip club.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' brought us Chapter 63: Safehouse, bringing us Torg taking up gardening, and coming up with increasingly surreal plans to protect the garden from chipmunks and deer, that all fail spectacularly, Bun Bun robbing a bank with the help of a talking bear and an old man with a huge mustache, and the entire main cast getting addicted to the latest computing technology and the possibilities it offers, and getting tangled up in weird on-line community shenanigans, and playing a [[SubliminalSeduction suspiciously addictive]] online game which, after a hacker attack, starts a zombie apocalypse that only affects animals.
** While randomness is par the course for Sluggy, what makes this a bizarro episode is that it went on for an extended period of time right after a very dark storyline, and ignores all of the lingering questions, including the fate of a character that the group lost contact with and is on a dangerous mission, a character that refuses to accept that her friends thought to be dead are alive, and a plan to finally get rid of the resident psychopathic, ninja, StalkerWithACrush that caused said friends to become almost dead. WordOfGod seems to indicate the arc will bare no overall importance as well.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''[='=]s Trickster arc revolves around a group of protagonists temporarily being turned into saccharine, sugar-rushing versions of themselves in colorful outfits, which begins during the End of Act 6 Act 5 Act 1. The plot starts getting increasingly bizarre; with the protagonists making equally colorful endgame weapons and [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Santa Statues]] with Alchemy, as well as making plans for quadruple weddings for everyone because they think this will solve all their personal problems and conflicts. Except for [[TheComicallySerious Dirk]] who gets a new outfit but remains as deadpan as before. Officially, this all takes place inside Act 6 Act 5 Act 2 and ends with all the characters waking up hungover and having lost the item that changed them.
* ''Webcomic/MountainTime'''s Bizarro Episode, ''[[http://mountaincomics.com/2012/07/23/mountain-time-375/ River Valley Time]]'', has all of the characters acting opposite to their usual personalities. Since ''Mountain Time'' is a {{Dada Comic|s}}, this means that the Bizarro Episode [[MindScrew is the one strip that makes sense]].

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* [[http://aitormolinagamer.blogspot.com.es/2013/12/hateful-comparisons-vete-la-versh-vs.html The first Hateful Comparisons]] in WebVideo/AitorMolinaVs starts as a regular episode and ends [[VideoGame/YumeNikki too weird]].
%%* [[http://www.11points.com 11Points.com]] presents: [[http://www.11points.com/Books/11_Shades_of_Grey 11 Shades of Grey]]
* Used and lampshaded in the fan sequel of ''FanFic/HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences'': "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noym0ozXyrg What Has Tobe Riped Off]]". [[spoiler:John Freeman creates a StableTimeLoop, by hitting himself and giving himself "amneesha"]]:
-->'''Narrator''': And so what happens means that it was nothing and just...
-->(Scene change)
-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''': Ughhhhh... BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic had one himself with "You're A Dirty Rotten Bastard". Opened and closed by Santa Christ (who after ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' heavily dislikes the Critic) like it was a story, going against a lot of established characterization to make Critic look like the biggest jackass in all the world, and never mentioned again. [[SubvertedTrope Although]] [[spoiler: Roger the angel]] did reappear in the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' [[SeriesFauxnale review]].
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'''s [[http://cinemassacre.com/2007/01/25/tmnt-part-1/ review]] of ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII''. With no warning he abruptly drops reviewing games for an episode and instead targets a movie. He does the entire review as himself (rather than in character as the nerd).
* ''WebVideo/TheNeedleDrop'':
** The review of Yung Lean's ''Unknown Death 2002'', in which instead of reviewing the album, Anthony Fantano repeatedly proclaims in a deadpan voice that his hands have turned into bread, and spends the remainder of the video eating them in silence. The video description lists "BREAD" as his favorite AND least favorite track on the album [[spoiler:(there is no such track)]], and gives an overall score of "BREAD/10".
** Also worth noting are Fantano's reviews of Limp Bizkit's ''Gold Cobra'' in which he spends the entire review eating food, and Big Sean's ''Dark Sky Paradise'' which consists of him repeating the word "no" over and over, ultimately giving the album a score of "NO/no"
* Lampshaded in a video by Daniel Sulzbach, AKA [[WebVideo/MrRepzion Mr Repzion]], titled ''Am I really 19?''. Daniel starts out the video by saying, "Well, hello my fellow tutti-fruits! I thinks I am going insane.". He then spends the rest of the entire video making totally random statements.
* ''Bacon Flavoured Thoughts!'' by [[WebVideo/MatthewSantoro Matt Santoro]]. The usually-sane Matt acts like a crazy person, and rambles about how bacon is fantastic. This contrasts his other videos, where they have some kind of plot, and Matt acts like a normal person.
* Parodied in the ''Website/{{Clickhole}}'' article "[[http://www.clickhole.com/article/when-good-tv-goes-bad-worst-episodes-best-tv-shows-3780 When Good TV Goes Bad: The Worst Episodes Of The Best TV Shows]]," with list entries like a ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' prequel episode... set during the UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'' episode "[=DeVil=]-Age Elder", where the Dearlys, the main pups, and Cruella stumble upon "[=DeVil=] Ville", a Renaissance-era town cursed 1000 years ago by a witch (who resembles Nanny), to make the town only appear every 1000 years a la ''Theatre/{{Brigadoon}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** "Rain Day Daydream". Finn and Jake stay in their tree house during a knife storm. Jake suddenly and inexplicably becomes a RealityWarper which has never happened before nor since.
** "BMO Noire". BMO tries to find Finn's missing sock by imagining himself as a hard-boiled detective "interrogating" such suspects as a mouse, a remote control, and a chicken. [[FlatWhat What.]]
** "King Worm" is even worse. It's a dream episode, and it can be compared to ''Film/{{Inception}}''... but weirder. [[MindScrew Much, much weirder]].
** And then they are both topped by "A Glitch is a Glitch", which is a massive MindScrew even by the show's rather surreal standards. This is because the episode was made by guest animator [[WebAnimation/OctocatAdventure David O'Reilly]].
** "Puhoy". Finn climbs into Jake's pillow fort, and it's a portal to a whole new world. Then he gets married. ''He ages to 40 years'' old in one day, '''and dies'''. [[spoiler:It turns out it was AllJustADream]].
** "Food Chain" is made by another guest animator, Creator/MasaakiYuasa. It is perhaps the most Bizarro of all of ''Adventure Time'''s Bizarro Episodes. It's about [[{{Jerkass}} Magic Man]] turning Finn and Jake into various parts of a plant-catterpillar-bird-cycle after they express a disinterest in a presentation on it. Normally, this wouldn't be ''that'' out of place for this show -- Magic Man's debut did involve turning Finn into a giant foot after all -- except for the more [[DerangedAnimation deranged and minimalistic art style]], the fact that it plays out like and later appears to turn into something of a play about the food chain, and Finn and Jake's [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight being way-too able to roll with being transformed into animals/plants/bacteria]]. And Finn falls in love with a caterpillar. (It probably also qualifies as a [[WidgetSeries Widget Episode]], given the nationality of the animator.)
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' -- "Mothmoose" is the infamous one, but just about anything starring KidAppealCharacter Buzzwang gets filed here.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is already a weird show, but these episodes stick out as being too weird, even by its usual standards:
** "The Job." [[TheSlacker Richard]] gets a job and is [[BumblingDad actually good at it]], which is [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness so unlike him]] [[DivideByZero that the fabric of the universe begins to fall apart]].
** "The Sweaters." While showing a new student [[NegativeContinuity (who had appeared in previous episodes)]] around the school, Gumball and Darwin encounter a pair of humans from said student's old school who [[WrongGenreSavvy thinks that they want to challenge them to a fight (actually a tennis match).]] The humans and the entire court the "fight" takes place [[StylisticSuck look like Filmation-era cartoons,]] and it should be noted that human's only appearance on the show prior (not counting SantaClaus) was as live-action people on television. Gumball and Darwin are also the [[OnlySaneMan only sane men]] -- this is saying a lot -- as just about everyone else seems to play directly into the same type of cliches that the episode spoofs.
** "The World." It's been said on [[AllThereInTheManual official sources]] and [[WordOfGod according to the show creator]] that Elmore is where everything has a chance to come to life. This episode takes that idea and runs with it in the form of a big sketch collection of objects, video game characters, food, and the planets in the solar system coming to life.
** "The Joy": An homage to zombie horror and found footage horror films in which Richard's hug to cheer up a miserable Gumball and Darwin becomes a virus that turns people into mindlessly happy zombies that drool rainbow slime. Miss Simian tries to stop it with a recording of Beethoven's ''Moonlight Sonata'', but ends up infected...then the tape cuts off and reveals that she tried to tape over Principal Brown practicing Jedi moves with a broom ''a la'' The ''Star Wars'' kid viral video.
** "The Extras": After Gumball and Darwin casually comment that today is a slow day, a bunch of background characters launch into a musical number about how the episode will be about them. The rest of the episode is a rehash of "The World," except it focuses on the very minor and one-shot characters that act as background extras and {{living prop}}s having adventures of their own.
** "The Countdown" is about Gumball and Darwin racing to school before they're late to avoid expulsion. What makes this bizarro is the object that gives the episode its name: A timer appears throughout most of it counting down the minutes and seconds they have left, and [[MediumAwareness they notice it.]] Which also seems to be going by the ''show's'' time and not what they've done offscreen (such as them leaving the house only taking a second according to the timer). [[spoiler:Then they interact with it by accidentally stopping time. Trying to start it again, they accidentally travel forwards to the end of the world, backwards to the big bang, and rewrite history several times, making alternate timelines until they finally settle for one where everybody blinks sideways.]]
** "The Signal": The entire episode is shown as scrambled and distorted due to satellite interruptions, often cutting to stock footage and clips from fake TV shows and commercials. The story (what little of it there is) sees Darwin upset that Gumball has a stutter that makes him say offensive things to him, only to learn that the satellite interruptions are real and plaguing Elmore. Just as the two come to the conclusion that Elmore may not be real, the episode ends with an extremely tacked-on happy ending where Richard and the family are sitting around the table and Richard tells the family that Gumball and Darwin resolved their problems and everything is back to normal (and Gumball and Darwin are noticeably frightened and confused about what just happened). Time will tell if there will ever be a SequelEpisode that revisits this.
** "The Test": After a Buzzfeed-style quiz calls Gumball a loser, he decides to try to get people to like him by not insulting them. Not only does this start to literally poison his body, it causes the show itself to warp into a StylisticSuck sitcom with Tobias in the lead, a LaughTrack, lame jokes, and an incoherent plot. Eventually, Tobias starts to take over Gumball's ''life'', and his place in the Watterson family. Eventually, Gumball concedes to being the loser and the amount of bile stored in his body burns off Tobias' face.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** Tear Jerker" and "For Black Eyes Only" (Film/JamesBond parodies)
** "Hot Water" (a MusicalEpisode where a murderous hot tub kills off everyone in the cast. In that episode's defense, it was supposed to be the last episode of the entire series because the writers were afraid FOX was going to cancel the show. When they discovered that FOX wasn't going to cancel ''American Dad'', the episode was put on as a season seven premiere and the deaths were written off as non-canon)
** "Blood Crieth Unto Heaven" (an ''American Dad!'' episode set up like a stage play, featuring Patrick Stewart in live-action)
** "Lost in Space" is this crossed with ADayInTheLimelight: Stan, Francine, and Steve don't appear at all, Hayley appears in a flashback and has no lines, and the only major character to appear is Roger (and even then, it's in another character's mind). The episode focuses mostly on Jeff (Hayley's stoner husband) and is more of a sci-fi adventure with some comedic overtones.
** "Blagsnarst: A Love Story": The final episode on FOX, where the whole story (and possibly the series) turns out to be a story told by Stan about how Creator/KimKardashian was born (which, in the ''American Dad!'' world, depicts Kardashian as a furry, pink alien being whose hair burned off in a car accident after Roger tried to get rid of her).
** "American Fung": The show begins with a live-action ColdOpening depicting Asian billionaire Fung Wah saying that Creator/SethMacFarlane sold ''American Dad!'' to him, and the episode features several moments depicting him in animated form and shilling himself and his products, culminating in him taking over the B-plot, doing the voices of Steve, Hayley and Roger, and hastily making up an ending for the A-plot. The [[GainaxEnding ending]] involves Fung selling the show to another Asian billionaire who transplants the show to China, and the new ''American Chinese Dad!'' show has the family meeting WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and dancing [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]]-style. ''Yeah'', there's a reason why people cite this episode as a sign that ''American Dad!'' is becoming ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''-esque (read: going downhill in a blaze of forced absurdity and vulgarity).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'': The show is already pretty...out there, but the tip of the iceberg would likely be "Brothers...To The End?", which has the premise of the universe suddenly coming to an end right at the turn of the millennium, and Norbert and Daggett are instructed to recreate it all over again. [[DerangedAnimation Words cannot describe the insanity that follows]]. In the end, it turns out the incident was [[AllJustADream just a mass hallucination]] of many of the main characters, [[MushroomSamba brought on by bad martinis]]...[[OrWasItADream or was it]]? [[AmbiguousEnding It's not especially made clear]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode "Animaniacs Stew" has the Warners mixing up all the characters and putting them together in different ways (e.g. switching Dot with Slappy Squirrel), throwing off many familiar premises.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** Much of "Just Desserts" takes place in {{Acid Reflux Nightmare}}s being had by Arthur after eating too much cake for dessert, featuring such strange goings-on as a cake version of Grandma Thora forcing herself down Arthur's throat, malls made out of candy, D.W. getting abducted by seven Tibble twins who claim she is "[[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Dough White]]", and Arthur in a parody of ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'' where the giant is made of all the foods Arthur has ever eaten. Even among episodes of the show that are primarily taken up by the kids' {{Imagine Spot}}s, it's an especially strange one.
** Some of the Pal and Baby Kate episodes (where Pal and Kate can talk to each other and other animals) can get a little...out there. They can range from just MundaneFantastic to things just outlandish for the mostly realistic setting of the show. "The Great Sock Mystery", for example, involves Pal and Kate searching for a missing sock...and come across an underground building where dogs and babies play the "sock market" where they exchange socks. The crazy thing is that this isn't even the strangest of the Pal/Kate episodes.
* The episode "Party All the Time" from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. Frylock contracts melanoma (a form of cancer), which causes him to slowly decay and become sick (which leads to all the fries disappearing from his head, and him dressing in a hat to conceal the fry loss). Shake and Meatwad try a number of tricks to cheer him up (including a performance from Music/AndrewWK), but they find out that it's no use. Suddenly, at the end, Frylock goes to a doctor, who tells him that the melanoma is reversing and that he will eventually get better... and the episode ends, and nothing in it is ever referenced or mentioned again. Of course, since NegativeContinuity is in full effect for this series, that's to be expected. What wasn't to be expected was the more serious tone, or the BigLippedAlligatorMoment where Frylock inexplicably dreams up a scenario in the same doctor's office where the doctor starts jabbering about aliens, who then abduct him.
* There is a version of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' pilot where Archer is a velociraptor. The pilot is otherwise identical. No reason is given.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has several episodes that seem disconnected from the rest of the story ("The Great Divide," "The Fortuneteller," "The Painted Lady"), but a few really stand out as Bizarro Episodes by virtue of being...well...''bizarre''. It should be noted, though, that all these episodes stay true to the characters and to the ''Avatar'' universe.
** "Avatar Day" has the heroes visiting a ''really'' weird village whose inhabitants hate the Avatar because a previous Avatar (Kyoshi) allegedly killed their leader Chin the Great several centuries ago. They arrest Aang for his predecessor's supposed crime, but Aang refuses to escape because he wants to [[ClearMyName clear the Avatar's name]]. Katara and Sokka gather evidence that could prove Kyoshi's innocence, but Aang botches his testimony and subsequently tries to give a last-ditch testimony while disguised unconvincingly as Kyoshi. This somehow summons the spirit of Avatar Kyoshi herself, who admits that she ''did'' kill Chin (but merely by refusing to save him after he [[TheDogShotFirst shot first]], so to speak). This cements the Avatar's guilt, and the villagers choose Aang's punishment by spinning a carnival wheel of various {{Cruel and Unusual Death}}s with "community service" randomly thrown in. The Wheel of Punishment lands on "boiled in oil," but at that moment a gang of Fire Nation goons randomly shows up, and Aang forces the villagers to commute his sentence to "community service" (read: saving their sorry asses from the Fire Nation). After Aang and company defeat the Fire Nation goons, the villagers change their Avatar Day tradition from burning giant effigies of the Avatar to eating raw dough replicas of Aang.
-->Unfried dough! May we eat it and be reminded of how on this day the Avatar was ''not'' boiled in oil!
** "Nightmares and Daydreams" has Aang undergoing a MushroomSamba due to sleep deprivation. And that's the ''least'' weird way to put it. The only normal parts of this episode are the unrelated scenes of Zuko preparing for his coronation.
** "The Ember Island Players" has the main characters watching a ShowWithinAShow [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs detailing their adventures up until that point]]. The show turns out to be Fire Nation propaganda, with Aang and friends depicted in an unflattering manner, and it ends with [[spoiler: Ozai defeating the Avatar and leading the Fire Nation to conquer the world.]]
* ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]'' has always been a little more lighthearted than its predecessor. However, the episode "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE14Critters Critters]]" was just plain out there. A farmer and his daughter genetically engineer farm animals so they can become bigger. After a cow runs amok at an agricultural expo, they're ordered to cease their growth hormone experiments. So they send giant praying mantises, demonic chickens, and a talking goat to attack Gotham City. Website/TheAgonyBooth said it best "I wish I was making all this up, believe me. Its like Creator/DavidLynch made a Batman cartoon and forced the networks to air it." In point of fact, it was written by Creator/SteveGerber (the guy who gave the world ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'' and other strangeness) and horror novelist Joe Lansdale. For the record, the commentary for the episode on the DVD collections reveals that the creators absolutely loved the insanity of the episode (despite acknowledging that many fans hated it), to the point that they regretted not having Farmer Brown later fight the entire Justice League.
* For nearly its entire run, ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' had fairly straightforward adventures. Then came "Poe Pourri", a tribute to the macabre stylings of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, which had none of the series' trademark cornball humor. What it ''did'' have: The poet himself, reduced to eternal wailing laments over his lost Lenore, a gravelly-voiced rapping (both meanings of the word) raven who appears out of nowhere and spouts cryptic verses, a 15-foot-tall wall-crushing human heart, a menacing pendulum scythe which ends up cutting the entire cartoon in half, massive pits appearing out of nowhere, a giant red mask which gives Beetlejuice an incurable disease, and a ferocious green gorilla. On top of that, the whole thing is shown to be a dream, then a dream within a dream, ''then'' a dream within a dream ''within a dream'', until the episode ends...at ''[[HereWeGoAgain exactly the same point it began]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'':
** "Gwen 10". In that episode, they were all back to the first day of summer and Ben was the only person remembering the previous episode's events. As the title episode suggested, Gwen was the one to find the Omnitrix this time. At the end, it got detached from her and Ben thought he'd finally have it like in the original timeline but it went to Max instead. It becomes HilariousInHindsight when it's revealed in a later episode that the person who sent the Omnitrix to Earth expected '''Max''' to have it in the first place. The next episode had Ben with the Omnitrix again with no explanation and "Gwen 10"'s events were never mentioned in any other episodes of the series.
** The start of the episode explained how it worked much like a comic book plot, of different realities and different stories. Gwen 10 (or Max 10) probably went very radically in its own direction, but for the sake of continuity and story of the main plot hook, went with Ben 10 still having the Omnitrix. However, that doesn't explain how the mainstream Ben went to the Gwen 10 reality, how he returned to his own, or what happened to that reality's Ben.
** This was subtly referenced in the ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'' episode "Ben 10,000 Returns" where Paradox mentions a timeline where Gwen got the Omnitrix. That Gwen later appears in the ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'' two-parter "And Then There Was Ben" to help battle Vilgax and Eon's band of evil Bens.
** Supposedly, all episodes that start by displaying a comic book at the start are such episodes. Another one had the series ending with Ben starting school again--except it was just before the actual series ending and contradicted it.
* Early Creator/BobClampett masterpiece ''WesternAnimation/PorkyInWackyland'' abandons any precept of cartoon rules or logic in favor of random creatures and nonsensical gags.
* The GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo''. The episode starts fairly "normally" with Lumpus deciding to replace clothing with body paint and becomes famous because of it, but the end is where the weirdness ensues. Two men from the future tell Lumpus of the utopia created as a result and show the scoutmaster a statue of himself that contains the world's last dirty laundry. Then [[DiabolusExMachina it rains]] and everyone ends up naked with their paint washed off. This causes the statue to revert to a pile of dirty laundry and the time travellers become thin from starvation, before deciding to go back home. Suddenly, as everyone mobs Lumpus, wearing dirty clothes, a police car comes in and a cop steps out accompanied by...[[MythologyGag an older]] [[WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife Heffer]]! Heffer tells everyone that Lumpus is actually a psycho impersonating the real scoutmaster (Heffer) and Lumpus is dragged away. Cut to the Bean Scouts standing around baffled. Samson then sums up why it's the last episode.
--> '''Samson:''' I think we've reached the point where things can't get any weirder.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}'' episode "Core-Uption". When Kimberly gets an 'F' on her science project for saying that the earth's core is made of unicorns and rainbows, Gordon drills to the core and stuffs the project inside it, causing the world to turn into a TastesLikeDiabetes wonderland. In the process, Gordon becomes a [[{{Franchise/Pokemon}} Pikachu]] {{expy}}, Mr. Blik becomes a mouse pull-string doll, Waffle becomes a potted plant and Hovis becomes a gingerbread man.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' episode "The White Board". It starts with Rudy on the phone with Penny after he comes down with the flu on the hottest day of the summer. Things begin to look strange when Penny then comes out of the top of Rudy's endtable while on the phone with him (and even then, more noticeable viewers can point out that his room looks strange as well, such as him having a normal bed instead of a bunk bed with the top bunk only with his desk at the bottom). While he was sick, his mom bought him a portable white board, and he and Penny take it into [=ChalkZone=] with them. Once they get there, Rudy, Penny, Snap, and Blocky end up falling into the white board into a "White Board Zone". When they can't get out of it, they end up falling into "Pencil Zone", and eventually end up back in Rudy's room...only the gang are transparent and they can see Rudy already in the room, but asleep. [[spoiler:Turns out that the entire episode was AllJustADream Rudy had after leaving his electric blanket on too high when he went to sleep.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'': "Rough Riders Elementary" starts off innocently enough, with Clarence's school getting a sponsorship from the InUniverse fast-food joint Rough Riders Chicken, but then things suddenly take a turn for the bizarre when it turns out the restaurant is a cult that manages to brainwash everyone with their cinnamon ranch dressing except Clarence [[note]]who hates the dressing[[/note]] and Sumo [[note]]who was rescued by Clarence at the last minute[[/note]]. Chaos ensues, and it ends with the school [[EverythingExplodesEnding exploding]]. [[spoiler: [[AllJustADream Fortunately, it was just a crazy story written by Clarence]].]]
* Episode 10 of ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' focuses around the death of [[ForgottenFallenFriend Ponce De Leon]], a character who never appears in any other episode. In spite of this, the episode is filled with constant reminders that everyone looks up to Ponce and that he and JFK are inseparable best friends.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'':
** Operation: R.E.P.O.R.T., set entirely in the characters' parody-rich imaginations. Numbuh 4 turns into a [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]].
** Operation: W.H.I.T.E.H.O.U.S.E., which was also AllJustADream, did make self-contained sense until the very end when Numbuh 1 turns into an {{expy}} of the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk for no explained reason.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' was generally based on reality, except with its eccentricities taken UpToEleven. The plot of "[[Recap/DariaS3E04 Depth Takes a Holiday]]," however, begins when [[TheSnarkKnight Daria]] randomly meets the {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of St. Patrick's Day and Valentine's Day, who need her help to get Christmas, Halloween and Guy Fawkes' Day back to "Holiday Island." An uncharacteristically whimsical plot, to say the least, but Daria manages it the same way she does everything else: through [[DeadpanSnarker sarcasm]].
-->"I'm obviously having some kind of nervous breakdown. I'll just ride it out and see where it takes me, Zelda Fitzgerald-style."
* The final two or three episodes of the ''{{WesternAnimation/Darkstalkers}}'' cartoon. It seems the writers knew ahead of time the show had been cancelled and decided to just go wild, because these episodes violently shift from the fairly straight-laced, UrbanFantasy action cartoon it had been to an absurd, screwball comedy that lampshades and mocks everything about the show. The result is things like [[EvilOverlord Pyron]] and [[TheDragon Ship]] turning into a bickering married couple, Dmitri and Morrigan going on a daytime talk show, Lord Raptor trying to become an actor, a dragon with a posh-British accent saving the day, a ridiculous PissTakeRap scene, a wacky sitcom-esque plot involving the heroes and villains pretending to like each other, and Pyron being "defeated" by sheer accidental coincidence. Doubles as a GainaxEnding.
** In an amusing twist on this trope, many fans consider these utterly bizarre episodes the best part [[JustHereForGodzilla of the series]]; the rest of the show is [[SoOkayItsAverage mediocre and forgettable]] at best, but these episodes are found to be [[SoBadItsGood utterly hilarious and fun to watch]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has had a few, such as "Darkwing Doubloon" which re-imagines the entire cast as swashbucklers chasing after Negaduck's band of pirates and "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck," which uses the future as its framing device and reveals that Darkwing was [[Franchise/{{Superman}} sent to Earth as a baby from a dying planet]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' could be a bit weird even in its "normal" episodes. But a few ones deserve a special mention:
** "[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xe8phj_monstory-sexy-dexter-godzilla-trans_na Monstory]]" is about Dexter trying to avoid one of Dee Dee's rambling stories... accidentally turning her and himself into monsters in the process. The two grow to giant size and have an epic {{kaiju}} battle... and then it turns out Dee Dee's story really is a set up for "one of [her] dumb knock-knock jokes" as Dexter feared. Then some kind of giant telescope, [[BookEnds like the one Dexter was using at the start of the episode to observe a miniature civilization]], zooms in on them from outer space.
** "[[http://video.data.bg/349/10710/dexters-laboratory-dexter-and-computress-get-mandark Dexter and Computress Get Mandark]]" was written by a 6-year-old, and is ''psycho-freaking-loco'', with Dexter teaming up with Mandark's robot brother Computress and accidentally inflating Mandark's head until it explodes.
** "The Continuum Of Cartoon Fools" plays out like a typical TheCatCameBack plot, except it opens with Dexter apparently making a storyboard for a cartoon (which involves him making goofy faces and going "BWAAAT!"), and it ends with Dexter giving an epic melodramatic rant [[OverlyLongGag that goes on for roughly a minute]] about how he foolishly locked himself out of his own laboratory.
** "Dee-Dee's Tail" has Dee Dee getting Dexter to turn her into a horse. She flees her friends and her brother, who keep bugging her to let them ride her, and gets an inspiring vision of the main character from [[MyLittlePhony Pony Puffs]] to fight for her freedom.
* The WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck short "WesternAnimation/DuckPimples". Donald listens to scary stuff on the radio, causing his overactive imagination to bring a bunch of shady characters to life. Then a creepy yet silly salesman drops a lot of horror novels on Don's sofa, then vanishes into thin air. As he starts reading one, more weirdos emerge from the book, such as a petty crook and a gruff police officer who accuses Don of stealing a dame's pearls, accompanied by the lady herself. After some {{Big Lipped Alligator| Moment}}-[[BuffySpeak y]] gags, both are about to murder Donald because he hasn't "confessed" yet. Just before they cut his throat in half, ''the author himself'' exits the book and reveals the officer to be guilty. The cop confesses it was indeed him, but he ain't amused, and as he steps back to go back into the book's pages, he "shoots" Donald with a BangFlagGun; Don reacts just as if had been shot for real. Terrified, the dame and the author go back to the novel as well. Donald regains consciousness and immediately shakes the book to confirm it all ended, as some voices from the radio tell him it was all his imagination. He's not convinced, and the cartoon ends with him trembling in fear, slowly muttering to himself "Yeah... Imagination"... Just in time for [[OrWasItADream the pearls to appear on his neck before the iris out.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'':
** Most episodes that focus on the actual dreams produced by the title device end up rather trippy. "The Daydream Bubble" and "The Dream Beam Invasion" for example downplay the usual formula of the Urpneys trying to steal the stone in favour of the two sides warring inside some particularly psychedelic dreams. "Hod" is an especially odd case involving the two sides getting caught inside the spaceship of an amateur dream maker that scoops up the left over bits of other's dreams.
* While ToonPhysics are practically nonexistent as a rule to begin with, ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'' shatters any conception of the fourth wall by having WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck arguing with and being screwed around with by the animator [[spoiler:who turns out to be WesternAnimation/BugsBunny. Bugs later]] got a taste of his own medicine in ''WesternAnimation/RabbitRampage'', with the animator being [[spoiler:WesternAnimation/ElmerFudd]].
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** "1 + 1 = Ed", otherwise known as the episode where Ed asks Edd a bunch of questions, the questions become increasingly philosophical, reality and imagination begin to melt into each other, existential crisis manifests itself into abstract surrealism, and everyone and everything around them becomes horribly deformed and absurd.
--->'''Rolf:''' Hello, Ed-Boys! [[ArcWords Many doors, yes?]]\\
'''[[MultipleHeadCase Rolf's Second Head]]:''' Too much for...\\
'''Rolf's Third Head:''' ...Couch-potato Ed-Boys like yourselves?\\
'''Eddy:''' A three-headed Rolf. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Yawn.]]
** The aforementioned UnusuallyUninterestingSight is after Ed created a PortableHole (which Eddy promptly fell through in a ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''-esque fashion) and after Eddy '''''ate the sun.''''' Although is subverted since [[spoiler: It was just the kids' imagination]].
** Also the episode "They Call Him Mr. Ed", an episode with a barely-existent plot that's spoken almost entirely in "up" puns. It ends with the Eds taking an elevator into space.
** "Hand Me Down Ed" is about a boomerang of an unknown origin that has the power to completely change a person's personality. Jimmy becomes muscular, Sarah acts nicer, Rolf breaks out singing, Ed becomes intellegent, Eddy acts motherly towards a suitcase, and Edd starts complaining about the "heat" and [[NakedPeopleAreFunny begins stripping.]] None of this is ever explained or mentioned again, save for a small cameo of the boomerang itself in a later episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "Crock Talk", where Timmy wishes up a bunch of monsters for no apparent reason, which repeatedly beat up [[TheChewToy Crocker]].
* The episode "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS2E3DaBoom Da Boom]]" in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', which is the episode with the nuclear explosion due to the MillenniumBug. The Griffins try to find a lost Twinkie factory, and decide to form a new town, with Stewie turning into an octopus. (It all [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes sense in context]].) At the end, a ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' character wakes up from a dream and tells Bobby about this weird episode. Bobby doesn't understand what ''Family Guy'' is, which freaks her out even more. And it was the first episode to feature Ernie the Giant Chicken and his fights with Peter.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has its fair share of examples:
** The "Anthology of Interest" episodes are two sets of three WhatIf shorts.
** "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" is a pastiche of holiday specials.
** "Reincarnation" imagines the cast of the show in three different animation styles: old-time "rubber hose" cartoons from TheThirties, early 1980s video game pixel art, and badly-dubbed, stiffly-animated Japanimation from the 1970s.
** "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" is one big TakeThat against Saturday morning cartoons (the popular American ones like ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'', and ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero G.I. Joe]]'') wrapped in a ThreeShorts package with a framing device of UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's head trying to deal with angry {{Moral Guardian|s}} protesters.
** "Naturama" reimagines the characters as wildlife and is structured like an episode of ''Series/MutualOfOmahasWildKingdom''.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' had "Once Upon A Joe," featuring a rather bizarre fairy tale (full of Joes and Cobras of course) being told by Shipwreck to an orphan. The animation style for the tale was totally different. Even the MAIN plot was weird, with the episode's MacGuffin actually being called a [=MacGuffin=] and Zandar beating up on other Dreadknocks ''with an alligator''.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'': The episodes in which Goofy reads to Max the history of various ancestors. Aside from the framing device, there is nothing to tie these into the series continuity and they play more like WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts than ''Goof Troop'' episodes, up to and including putting Pete in the role of a traditional villain in four of them. Peg and Pistol are also used in the stories but multiple times are given roles counter to their canonical characterization, Pistol's character is ''never'' related to Pete's, and PJ is not seen once in ''any'' of these episodes, story or framing device.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" is a collection of three stories openly admitted to be made up by Stan, Soos inexplicably turns into clay near the end of the last one, the plots are odd even by the show's standards (and compared to the previous three shorts episode "Bottomless Pit!"), and [[GainaxEnding it ends with Stan]] [[spoiler:''drugging the viewer'' and making them into an exhibit of the Mystery Shack, which is pretty cold even for him and Dipper and Mabel don't seem to care about saving them]]. To clear some things up, the "key" for this episode[[note]]All episodes of season 2 had a message in the credits that can be decoded by a method involving a key word. This word is hidden in the episode, and can be recognized by a symbol by it shaped like a key.[[/note]] is "NONCANON," implying that the whole thing didn't happen.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' was always a bizarro show, but "Complete and Utter Chaos" was a little out of the ordinary. In fact, the title card begins as "Billy gets Dumber" before Eris shows up and tears it away to reveal the actual one and proceeds to whistle the title card tune in the normal one's place. And who could forget "My Fair Mandy", GainaxEnding and all.
* Skeletor, a classic [[CardCarryingVillain two-dimensional villain with no previous redeeming qualities whatsoever]], abruptly [[PetTheDog turns good]] for no apparent reason other than "the Spirit of Christmas" in the ''[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] and [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]] Christmas Special''. This had no bearing on later evil; it was just something the Eighties did, apparently. This may just be a relatively unexplored side of Skeletor, though. Behold: [[http://wildparticle.com/?p=180 Skeletor, Cake Boss.]]
* In another Filmation show, ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'', main henchman Tex Hex has a similar moment in a YetAnotherChristmasCarol episode. It's subverted in that the woman he saves is his one great love, now lost to him, and when the ending moral is shown, Marshal Bravestarr takes care to tell viewers not to expect Tex Hex to change after this.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'':
** "Going Green". Okay, so Lucius tells the people of Miseryville to deliver their suggestions of how to run Miseryville to Jimmy's house. Jimmy gets a ton of suggestions from a guy named Thorn, who is all about the environment. When Jimmy and Beezy meet Thorn, they notice he looks like a green Beezy. Thorn then splashes himself with tomato juice, impersonates Beezy, and tells the people of Miseryville to be more green, but Lucius tries to cove up the environmentalism by telling the people it was a new TV show. Then Thorn's dad appears and he's a green Lucius with a mustache and drags Thorn away. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io4G84M163E It's probably better if you just see it yourself.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx_cjzXZD-Y "My So-Called Loaf"]] which [[TwoShorts aired alongside "Going Green"]] is just as weird. When Jimmy makes the perfect sandwich, an anthropomorphic sandwich cowboy (bizarre for a setting populated by demons and monsters) named Cowboy Stackhouse wants to take it out for a date and eventually marry. For some reason, the bow tie that Jimmy put on the sandwich like one does with a present is the only reason why Stackhouse doesn't see an inanimate object. Heloise is also mistaken for a boy by Stackhouse and the episode ends with Stackhouse being attacked by birds that [[DisproportionateRetribution Heloise sent for the spite]] while Beezy tries to eat Stackhouse's bride. In a nutshell Episode 220 is strange even for the show's standards.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' is already a weird show, but Episode 66 is really, really weird: it's basically about Quack Quack, Olaf and a bunch of talking yogurts waging war against each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'': In "The Butterfly Effect", Lincoln accidentally breaks Lisa's science equipment with a yo-yo. He decides to not tell her, which results in the family slowly tearing apart. This includes, but not limited to, [[BrainlessBeauty Leni]] suddenly becoming a genius, Luna leaving the family to go on world tour with a rock star, Luan becoming an activist, Lucy becoming a vampire and Lori breaking up with Bobby to start dating Clyde, Lincoln's best friend. Fortunately, [[AllJustADream the episode is revealed to be a hallucination due to Lisa's spilled chemicals]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMask: The Animated Series'' is already a bizarre series, but "Flight as a Feather" was very weird, even by the show's cartoony standards. Stanley didn't appear in the episode (making it seem as if The Mask is his own character), there's no villain (unless you count Cookie [=BaBoom=] and Walter), it had a RandomEventsPlot, and, of course, the Cookie [=BaBoom=] sequence is the most risque scene ever committed to 1990s animation.
* ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' had more than its share of camp, but by far the most bizarre and memorable example is "Curse of the Lion Men" -- a passing comet awakens a group of ancient mummified lion-men who aim to conquer the world by turning every non-robotic human on the planet into lion creatures using EyeBeams. No, it doesn't make any more sense in context.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' had "Robo Frog 3000". The plot has the school board replacing Principal Pixiefrog and the rest of the teachers at Charles Darwin with robots and plan on replacing the students with robots, the teachers and Pixiefrog bringing out a wizard in their trunk to fight them, the school board bringing out a robot wizard that defeats the other wizard, and the robots eventually exploding due to running out of love. Adam and Jake lampshade this while the robots are exploding.
-->'''Jake''': Adam?\\
'''Adam''': Yeah, Jake?\\
'''Jake''': [[MediumAwareness Remember when this show used to be about a human kid going to an animal school?]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** When the show became so unexpectedly popular, there were worries that [[PanderingToTheBase the show would change to please their new demographic]]. It therefore comes off as HilariousInHindsight that the third episode of season 2 was the truly nuts "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]," which dials up the {{zany|Cartoon}} [[UpToEleven to 11]], features some staggeringly violent scenes (Fluttershy kills a bear by breaking its neck![[note]]Which is revealed to actually be a massage[[/note]]), and gives Twilight Sparkle one of the [[SanitySlippage scariest mental breakdowns on the show]].
** "Power Ponies" is about the Mane Six and Spike becoming superheroes after becoming trapped in Spike's comic book. For one thing, we never heard about comic books in the show's universe before the episode and the superhero aspect is out there considering how the Mane Six have defeated villains in the past.
** "Slice of Life", the 100th episode, amounts to a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome completely awesome]] batshit-insane [[FandomNod Fandom Nod-Riddled]] [[AscendedFanon Fanon Ascending]] [[ShipTease Ship Teasing]] wild ride... for the PeripheryDemographic. As even members of the show's crew have pointed out, the intended audience who aren't familiar with the brony fanbase were probably confused and terrified, though admittedly still entertained. Best part: It was ''Creator/{{Hasbro}} themselves'' who demanded this amount of fan-pandering.
** "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?" is about the Mane Six and Princess Luna fighting Tantabus, a monster who turns dreams into nightmares. The first half of the episode doesn't do much to advance the plot since it digs into the worst nightmares of the Mane Six. The second half also applies since it has all of Ponyville controlling their own dreams to stop Tantabus. In contrast, "Sleepless in Ponyville", "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils" and "Bloom & Gloom" are nightmare-themed but the featured characters [[AnAesop learn a lesson from Princess Luna in each]].
** "The Saddle Row Review". The setup is very unusual compared to normal episodes with a flashback in another flashback where the Mane Six recall giving interviews to a newspony in a diner, where they retell the event of the episode.
* The ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'' episode "Back to the Past". Instead of the standard RoadRunnerVsCoyote plot, it's a double episode supernatural-based FountainOfYouth episode, with the rivalry between the two main groups never coming into play whatsoever.
* "Woke Up Drunk" from ''WesternAnimation/PerfectHairForever'', which throws out what little continuity the show had in favor of a number of sketches with the characters. This includes having Gerald live in an ordinary house with a bear as his dad, and has [[BigBad Coiffio]] being the teacher to a class.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** "Rollercoaster: The Musical". It's essentially a MusicalEpisode version of the pilot. But there's random stuff going on, and most of the songs and scenes are never mentioned after they occur, and the barrage of cameos in the final song, which itself is a BLAM.
*** It's very self aware about its Bizarro Episode status. The episode constantly {{lampshade|Hanging}}s its repeating of the original episode, as well as the fact that it's incredibly weird even by the standards of the show.
** "Ferb TV" blows it completely out of the water though. The entire episode just consists of random fictional TV show clips which make little-to-no sense overall.
** "The Remains of the Platypus" opens with Perry running on a hamster wheel surrounded by artificial lightning, a box filled with a bunch of Buckingham guards and a midget dressed up as an alien dancing to techno music landing on Doofenshmirtz's apartment building saying "joy located", Carl in a cage dressed up as a squirrel, a swelled-up Major Monogram running saying "gimme a high-five! Don't leave me hanging!" It gradually [[MindScrewdriver drives its own screw]] though. And that episode ran backwards like the ''Seinfeld'' episode.
** "Lost in Danville" didn't seem to be one at first, but the ending revealed that everything happened in an alternate dimension, being observed by our Phineas and Ferb. Observant viewers might have noted the subtle clue[[note]]Phineas's shirt has a single extra orange stripe[[/note]] in the episode that points that out, and is lampshaded at the end of the episode.
** All of the Time Shift Weekend episodes [[note]]"Tri-Stone Area", "Doof Dynasty", "Excaliferb", and "Phineas and Ferb and the Temple of Juatchadoon"[[/note]] as well as "Steampunx", "The Monster of Phineas and Ferbenstein", and "Phineas and Ferb Star Wars" all count as this for starring alternate dimensions and/or time periods of Phineas and Ferb. But bonus points go to "Tri-Stone Area" for having no discernible dialogue, and having stop motion of Dan and Swampy explaining/critiquing the episode.
** "Mission Marvel" establishes them as being part of one of the Marvelverses. Like any true bizarro episode, this is never mentioned again.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' has "Plan Brain from Outer Space," where Brain has a pen-pal named Zalgar, who turns out to be a [[HongKongDub badly dubbed]] space-man who chases Pinky and the Brain through Area 51 so he can eat their brains. It's ''exactly'' as [[DenserAndWackier bizarre]] as it sounds[[note]]The character actually originated from an entirely different show; when it was scrapped, some animation was re-used, explaining the (intentionally?) bad dubbing[[/note]].
%%* Several of the later post-SeasonalRot ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Powerpuff Girls]]'' episodes like "Mizzen In Action" and "West In Pieces".
* ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'' has the episode "All Hands on Duck", which was about WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck being recruited back into the Navy and later fighting a giant bomber drone. Everyone in this episode besides Donald and Daisy is for some reason a {{Dogface|s}}.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "Big Ol' Mikey", where after Gretchen uses her Galileo PDA to predict what the gang's future heights are going to be as adults, Mikey thinks he's going to grow up to be fifty feet tall, and a majority of the episode consists of {{Imagine Spot}}s where the gang are imagining the advantages of Mikey growing huge, and then Mikey having a bad dream about being a giant and destroying a city.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'':
** In "Rinse and Spit", Rocko's attempts to help Filbert pass a dental school exam lead to [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever a giant molar]] rampaging through O-Town.
** In "Boob Tubed", after Heffer literally gets his brain sucked out by Rocko's new TV, Rocko and Filbert journey into the world beyond the TV snow to retrieve it.
** The second act of "Cruisin'", where Rocko and Heffer get stuck on a senior's cruise that accidentally travels into TheBermudaTriangle, which turns them old and all the seniors young.
** The final season has "Fly Burgers", an episode that strays very far from the original concept about "Modern Life", and is just the writers saying "let's throw in as many surreal plot lines as possible". For example, Rocko getting sued by con artist fly Flecko for fake injuries, and when deemed guilty, has to live the rest of his life as a fly. This shows a rather odd usage of Rocko's catchphrase, "Fly Day is a very dangerous day."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
** "In the Dreamtime". We see Chuckie wake from each dream, and supposedly enter the real world, only to discover slowly that he is still dreaming; with strange settings and weird stuff like Spike talking.
** "Visitors From Outer Space". Tommy and the other babies are abducted by aliens that resemble Stu and Didi, Angelica goes around blowing up planets with a remote for the heck of it before getting stranded on a sand covered planet by an alien fish, the slapstick and physics are more cartoonish than usual (Phil and Lil split the alien's spaceship in two and then back together at one point), and the mess (and the dream) ends with everyone panicking as they fly into the Sun. The episode then turns out to be [[AllJustADream a dream Tommy was having after Grandpa Lou was raving about alien invasions right before bed]]...[[OrWasItADream only to show that]] [[MindScrew Angelica is inexplicably still stranded on the desert planet]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':
** "Chicken Jack." In this episode, instead of a samurai, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Jack is a chicken.]] [[DerangedAnimation That is all]].
** What's really odd about "Chicken Jack" is that it's almost a remake of the previous season's "Jack and the Smackback", but with Jack as a chicken.
** And "Jack Is {{Naked|PeopleAreFunny}}". Oh, ''so'' much. The BigLippedAlligatorMoment with the randomly-appearing elephant-headed fairy is just the tip of the iceberg.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** The ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' episode "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals." It's a bit of a throwback to the original ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' and also features several other Creator/HannaBarbera characters such as WesternAnimation/SpeedBuggy, WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}, WesternAnimation/TheFunkyPhantom and [[WesternAnimation/CaptainCavemanAndTheTeenAngels Captain Caveman]]. It also features an ArtShift and is a bit goofier in this DarkerAndEdgier series. Granted, the episode is AllJustADream, but even during the beginning and ending, it doesn't seem to connect to the show's main storyline (Velma is notably nicer to Scooby).
** "The Punk Rock Scooby" short from the second ''[[WesternAnimation/TheScoobyDooAndScrappyDooShow Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo]]'' series. It starts out normally enough, with Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy auditioning in a Battle of the Bands contest. Then an alien spaceship comes out of nowhere full of aliens that inexplicably look and act exactly like Scrappy and assume that he is one of their own and has been kidnapped by Scooby and Shaggy. And that's only the beginning.
-->'''Alien''': Ta-ta-ta-ta! Plutonian Power.
** While ''WesternAnimation/TheThirteenGhostsOfScoobyDoo'' can be considered a bizzaro ''series'', the episode with Time Slime takes the cake. It starts normally with the gang combatting Time Slime, only to go south when Scooby gets sent into a time vortex where he witnesses his own birth. Things get kinda bizarre from there.
* ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'' had a couple that were strange even by that show's standards. "Waking Quinn" involved Dr. Quinn getting repeatedly electrocuted into unconsciousness, leading to really bizarre dreams. Another episode is actually titled "Bizarro" and involves the crew being kidnapped by Bizarro versions of themselves (which is where the previous page image came from), but that's par for the course on Sealab. And still another ''subverts'' the trope by being a line-for-line remake of one of the original ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2020'' shows, with all the melodrama that implies.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has quite a few. What's weird is that they began as somewhat ordinary episodes and quickly went into weirdness.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E6TheComputerWoreMenaceShoes The Computer Wore Menace Shoes]]": Homer starts a website that reveals peoples' secrets, but when nobody wants to get near him when they find out, he makes up lies. However, one of those lies turns out to be true and he gets sent to a ''[[Series/ThePrisoner Prisoner]]''-esque island for it. He escapes and fights with a German lookalike of him, but he ends up back on the island, this time with his family accompanying him.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E15MissionaryImpossible Missionary: Impossible]]": Homer gets chased by PBS personalities for lying about making a donation to a telethon, so Reverend Lovejoy makes him a missionary and is sent to a South Pacific island. His antics end up putting him in danger and right when the climax hits its peak, [[NoEnding the show stops and it turns out to be a part of a FOX telethon]].
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E13SaddlesoreGalactica Saddlesore Galatica]]": Homer and Bart train a horse to become a racer with Bart as its jockey. However, the other jockeys turn out to be ''elves'' (complete with underground kingdom) and force Homer to throw the race. The episode even calls itself out on being a weird, derivative episode (in the form of Comic Book Guy being an audience surrogate), which led to a lot of real fans branding the episode as the worst ever and some claiming that it's a brilliant work of surrealism and post-modernism.
** Any episode that shows the Simpson family and other Springfield citizens in the future ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E19LisasWedding Lisa's Wedding]]", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E17BartToTheFuture Bart to the Future]]", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E15FutureDrama Future-Drama]]", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS23E9HolidaysOfFuturePassed Holidays of Future Passed]]", and "Days of Future Future")
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS23E12MoeGoesFromRagsToRiches Moe Goes From Rags To Riches]]": The main plot revolves around a talking rag voiced by Creator/JeremyIrons telling its story. The rag's sentience is given no explanation, the episode hops time periods with almost no connectivity between segments, and some of the plot points have no basis in reality, but were played perfectly straight. Much like "Saddlesore Galactica", the episode has been panned by critics.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS26E10TheManWhoCameToBeDinner The Man Who Came to Be Dinner]]": This episode starts out with the Simpsons visiting a CaptainErsatz of Ride/{{Disney|ThemeParks}}land, but as soon as they visit the "Journey to Your Doom" attraction, a GenreShift to ScienceFiction occurs and the family ends up in an adventure on Rigel 7, the home planet of Kang and Kodos. At the end of the episode, the Simpsons were sent home, but they have second thoughts about returning to Earth, so they instead decide to explore the galaxy in a parody of ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** "The Serfsons" reimagines the show taking place in a fantasy medieval version of Springfield.
** And, obviously, the ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** "Not Without My Anus." Purposeful bizarro episode on the part of the writers as an AprilFoolsDay joke, delaying the conclusion of "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" in favor of a ridiculous Terrance and Phillip story.
** "Woodland Critter Christmas" is also off of the board. {{Justified|Trope}} because [[spoiler:[[AllJustADream it's actually just a bizarre story made up by Cartman]]]]. This is brought up in the Imaginationland trilogy.
-->'''[[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]]''': Man, I do not want to meet the kid that dreamt THOSE things up.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' is already an absurd show with quite a few moments of NegativeContinuity, but then there's episodes like "Brilliant Number One" that don't even ''pretend'' to make any sense (Space Ghost acts like even more of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} than usual, the entire episode, bar the first 10 seconds or so, are [[DeliberateMonochrome presented in black-and-white]] with {{Letterbox}}ing, a humming sound plays in the background throughout the whole thing, accompanied by incomprehensible subtitles, the theme song is replaced with a number from Music/{{Rammstein}}, and characters occasionally undergo brief {{Art Shift}}s like being presented in SquiggleVision.) And then there's "Brilliant Number Two", which is literally "Brilliant Number One" with different subtitles and altered sound mixing.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': "Spider With a Top Hat" takes place mostly within some kind of pocket dimension where all the creatures Star summons with her wand (like the narwhals from her "Mega Narwhal Blast") live. The eponymous Spider With a Top Hat makes his living entertaining the other creatures, but dreams of being able to help Star in combat as well. Just when it seems his hopes are in vain, Star summons the Spider into battle against a foe that's beaten every other spell Star could throw at it, some kind of monstrous wolf that has her and Marco pinned down in a one-room cabin. The Spider's hat turns into [[GatlingGood a Gatling gun]] seemingly out of nowhere (apart from a joke where a fellow monster told him he had "the hat of a warrior" when he meant to say "the heart of a warrior"), which he uses to fight off the wolf monster and save the day. Suddenly, the room they're in goes back to normal, with no sight of the fierce battle that had just taken place aside from Star and Marco looking rather beat up. Fans were debating for days whether it was AllJustADream, a ploy on Star's part to cheer up the Spider With a Top Hat, some kind of HolodeckMalfunction, or ''what''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has a few examples. "I Had An Accident", the episode where [=SpongeBob=] breaks his butt and becomes a recluse, gets especially weird at the end, where a plot by Patrick and Sandy to get [=SpongeBob=] out of his house ends with a gorilla who beats up [=SpongeBob=] and rides away on a pantomime horse. The episode ends with a live-action family seeing the end of the episode [[LampshadeHanging looking quizzically at the camera.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/StickinAround'', ''every day'' is a day at the bizarro considering that most of an episode happens in the main character and her friends' [[MrImagination imaginations]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'':
** In season 4 there's "Mercy Mission" and "Nomad Droids" -- episodes that focus on R2-D2 and C-3PO in their own misadventures when they get separated from the army. The episodes pay homage to various works like ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/GulliversTravels'', ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', and ''Film/RealSteel''.
** Also possibly an homage to the 1980s ''Star Wars: Droids'' cartoon, which contained many [=BLAMs=] if not entire episodes (C-3PO blinking and sprinting, R2-D2's hammerspace gadgets and breakdancing).
** Season 3 has the Mortis trilogy of episodes. The basic plot is that Obi-Wan, Anakin and Ahsoka get stranded on a surreal planet whose only three inhabitants -- Father, Son and Daughter -- are the living embodiments/avatars/personifications of the Balance of the Force, the Dark Side and the Light Side, respectively. [[spoiler:During the course of the episodes Father, Son and Daughter either kill each other, or arrange for the Jedi to do so on their behalf.]] Aside from the anvilicious hints that Anakin has more sympathy for the Dark Side than is strictly healthy, it comes off as extreme padding. It gets referenced back to again in the last story arc of "The Lost Missions", when Yoda asks Anakin about his encounter with Qui-Gon Jinn on Mortis after he himself has been hearing Qui-Gon's voice.
* The ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' and ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' AprilFoolsDay CrossOver "Say Uncle" is this (at least for the former show, this kind of stuff is mostly normal for the latter). It [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]], has lots of ZanyCartoon gags, and is [[FakeCrossover non-canon]] (Uncle Grandpa even tells that to the audience and says to "not worry," probably referencing the ''Steven Universe'' {{fandom}}'s worries). The episode includes Pearl, Amethyst, and Garnet all getting stuck in a VoidBetweenTheWorlds, with Steven going to Uncle Grandpa's world. It ends with Uncle Grandpa reading a check-list of classic Creator/CartoonNetwork characters (such as those from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'') he has visited, with the only one unchecked being "WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}," possibly {{foreshadowing}} to another bizarro crossover. And to add more weirdness into the mix, UG's checklist contains one show that predates everything else on the list and [[UnexpectedCharacter nobody expected would show up]]- ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' has the three-part season 5 (and, effectively, the series) finale, "Mutant Apocalypse". Essentially a ''Film/MadMax'' parody, it was set several decades in the future, had a very different tone from the rest of the series, included no established characters besides the turtles and their pets (except a brief appearance of Casey's ''skull''), didn't address April's fate at all, and tied up none of the dangling plot threads.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** As funny and clever as it may be, the episode "[[Recap/TeenTitansS2E11Fractured Fractured]]" feels like this. We learn that there's a whole dimension that exists just for Robin and then the Robin from that dimension (Larry) breaks his finger and everything becomes chaotic. It's hard to believe that no one talks about that ever again. It's possible that [[GreatGazoo he's supposed to be from the 5th dimension]], like other DC characters such as Mister Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite. Apparently, that episode was called back to in ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'', and there was an issue where Larry brings along the Larry versions of the rest of the Titans.
** ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' had at least one completely insane episode per season, and the tone of the average episode wasn't much less wacky. If anything the episodes which focused on continuity and drama were the ones out of place. "Fractured", "[[Recap/TeenTitansS1E10MadMod Mad Mod]]", "[[Recap/TeenTitansS3E11BunnyRaven Bunny Raven/How To Make a Titanimal Disappear]]", "[[Recap/TeenTitansS4E10MotherMaeEye Mother Mae Eye]]", and "[[Recap/TeenTitansS4E1Episode297494 Episode 257-494]]", the episode where Control Freak causes the Titans to become TrappedInTVLand. Well, the last one was referenced in the big finale, when Control Freak was using the lightsabers he got from TV Land. Oddly enough, most Bizarro Episodes are right before the season finale. Going from a deranged Literature/HanselAndGretel WholePlotReference to Raven fulfilling her destiny and ending the world, or from the aforementioned Larry episode to Terra picking off the team one by one led to some absolutely beautiful MoodWhiplash and gave the show its signature schizophrenic tone.
** A good rule of thumb was this: if the opening ThemeTune was in Japanese, as opposed to the usual English, you were about to see some weird shit. Especially when the one singing in Japanese is Larry. Except "Nevermore"- though that one ''is'' weird for a solid chunk in the middle, it's less "crazy and funny" weird and more "MindScrew, UncannyValley, and a side dose of horror" weird, and the central plot about Raven fighting her EnemyWithin is serious.
** "Fear Itself" can function as a fairly good bait-and-switch in terms of this. The episode starts out silly, the first part being the debut of Control Freak, where the Titans fight him in a video store and he brings things like candy to life and turns them evil. ''Then'' things get dark.
** "Employee of the Month" where Beast Boy gets a job at a fast food restaurant. But once inside, he discovers that the restaurant is both a facade and the place of origin of the [=UFOs=]: an alien conqueror made of living tofu, aka The Source, and his creations, the Bobs, are trying to catch as many cows as they can to provide power for their technology and blow up the Earth upon completion of the operation, just out of spite. Beast Boy interrogates the Source how he can defeat the Bobs and shut down the self destruction device, the tofu alien refuses to talk so Beast Boy threatened to eat him for lunch. After The Source was smothered with BBQ sauce, it confesses. With the information the Source has given him on their weakness, which just turns out to be water, Beast Boy is able to single-handedly defeat the Bobs. Then a whole herd of cows suddenly appears out of thin air around the other Titans (Robin asks "Can this day get any weirder?"). Then as Beast Boy explains to the others all the weird events that occurred, [[spoiler: Cyborg then gobbles up the Source.]]
-->'''Robin''': So, what happened to the alien leader?\\
'''Beast Boy''': Oh, he's in the fridge.\\
(''Everyone turns and looks dumbfounded as Cyborg has gobbled up the Source'')\\
'''Cyborg''': [[DefensiveWhat What?]]\\
(''Episode ends'')
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'':
** "Puppets, Whaaaaat?": Robin gets so mad at the other Titans he turns them into puppets...and things just get weirder after that.
** "Smile Bones": Cyborg and Beast Boy eat so much that their over-sized stomachs ''come to life'' and wreak havoc on the city.
** "Kicking a Ball and Pretending to Be Hurt": The Titans discover that all the soccer balls in the world are, in fact, inhabited by soccer trolls that use their magic to make the game of soccer interesting, because nobody would care about it otherwise. At the end of the show, it's revealed that bowling balls contain magical turkeys for the same reason.
* Events of the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'' episode "Camp Castaways" are never mentioned outside of the episode's recap, and the real twist is that there was no challenge in that episode.
* ''Franchise/TheTransformers'':
** Two episodes ("Sea Change" and "A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court") randomly feature fantasy concepts like magic and dragons in what is otherwise an exclusively sci-fi cartoon. "Sea Change" counts especially, given its bizarre plot involving Seaspray falling in love with a shapeshifting mermaid. The events in both episodes are never referenced or alluded to ever again, in the show itself or in any supplementary material.
** "Prime Target", in which Optimus [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame gets hunted]] by an outlandish billionaire GreatWhiteHunter who inexplicably has access to technology beyond anything anyone else on Earth had at the time, including the Autobots. Highlights include a giant lizard and robot spider, the Autobots watching a soap opera on TV, Astrotrain and Blitzwing turning into a pair of bumbling goofballs, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Optimus Prime saying boobies]] in what is possibly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7IJ8QJITGI the greatest moment in television history]].
** Less extreme than the previous examples is "The Girl Who Loved Powerglide", in which Powerglide falls in love with a human woman, the Decepticons' evil scheme is foiled by jewelry, and a bizarre ending shows Powerglide with an LED heart in his chest. Not only is it never mentioned again, but if taken as canon the episode accidentally turns Powerglide into a borderline adulterer, as a previous episode had established him as being in a committed relationship with Moonracer.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' short "Cartoon Canines" sees Big Dog and Little Dog getting drafted into some sort of training camp for cartoon characters, complete with a feline FunnyAnimal DrillSergeantNasty ordering them into stereotypical cartoon personae and then into a series of training scenarios. Little Dog (AKA "Hammy") is pestered by a giant cat, and eventually defeats him by [[HulkingOut going Incredible Hulk on him]] and [[RumpRoast throwing him onto a working toaster]]. Big Dog (AKA "Loafy") finds himself tormented by a feline AbhorrentAdmirer, and after some slapstick he tricks her into kissing her own butt. The woman goes into a rage, then suddenly splits in half to reveal... some kind of energy being shaped like an atom, and a monkey in a dress named Sasha who is apparently the energy being's girlfriend. MissionControl and the dogs are presumably just as confused as the audience as the energy being flies away with Sasha, shouting "We're free! ''Free!''"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has this in the form of "Escape to the House of Mummies! Part II". Doctor Venture and Orpheus have an argument over whether [[MagicVersusScience science or magic]] is better and fill out Mad Libs to pass the time. Meanwhile, Brock and the boys are trapped in Egypt with Edgar Allan Poe, Sigmund Freud, and an alternate timeline Brock in scuba gear. The episode ends in the Arctic as one Brock slices [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack open Poe's carcass and puts the freezing Dean inside for warmth]]. Also, Caligula was there too. And no, none of that makes even the slightest bit of sense. Yes, that title is right. There was no "Escape to the House of Mummies! Part I", and just a preview for "Escape to the House of Mummies! Part III". The point of the episode was to parody instances of one multi-part episode being aired independently as a rerun, leaving viewers with little idea of what is going on.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' has "The Void", in which Wander and Sylvia visit a white space (think Michael Crichton's ''Literature/{{Sphere}}'') where anything either of them dream up comes immediately true, and the rules of logic and common sense do not apply. It's non-stop insanity from start to finish.
* ''WesternAnimation/ZigAndSharko'': "Bottom's Bottom" has the titular characters falling down a pit and finding a city of [[OurMonstersAreWeird weird-looking creatures]].