"This is a fucking bizarre episode!"
A Bizarro Episode is what you get when a Big Lipped Alligator Moment
spans the entire screen time. Everything seems completely against continuity, the characters act like they're on tranquilizers, and nothing makes sense within the pre-established context. If the show DOES have a continuity, this episode will probably never be mentioned again
, save perhaps as a Mythology Gag
, and none of the likely wild events will ever be repeated.
When the finale of a series is this, it's a Gainax Ending
. When The Movie
is this or one spontaneous series of events irrelevant to any previously established continuity
see Non-Serial Movie
. For a frequent justification, see All Just a Dream
Not to be confused with a Wham Episode
, which completely changes the direction of a series. This effect is usually caused by an episode being Something Completely Different
or an Out-of-Genre Experience
. If every episode is like this, a summary may mention that it's That Kind Of Show
. Rarely, though, a Bizarro Episode may be redeemed if a skillful or cunning writer uses it to construct an Innocuously Important Episode
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
you have a Bizarro Movie
. However, a particular song may qualify as a BLAM, such as the Trope Namer
; in that case, put it under Big Lipped Alligator Moment
. A single Musical Episode
in a show that is normally not
a musical, of course, can qualify (and usually will.)
Very Important Corollary:
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 Tropers
that the one episode you watch together will be that series' Bizarro Episode. note
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Anime & Manga
- Deadpool Vol 4 #20 Wakandian Vacation was a Breather Episode 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 Pungeon Master 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 Grim, 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 that may not get some of the references.
- Mr. Mxyzptlk was basically an Excuse Plot device to put Superman in bizarre situations, especially since Mxy's returning was a Reset Button putting everything back the way it was.
- Knights of the Dinner Table: 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 wish-fulfillment dream of the DM's.
- Countdown to Final Crisis is effectively a BLAM series for the entire DCU. With Out of Character moments, random deaths, nonsensical and time-wasting plotlines, it firmly cemented itself as a BLAM when Grant Morrison, the author of Final Crisis (the event Countdown was supposed to lead up to) ignored it completely and effectively put the entire thing into Canon Discontinuity. Just ask Linkara.
- The Sonic the Hedgehog/Image Comics 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. 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 Executive Meddling, 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 a Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, 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 crossovers 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 Power Levels. Most intercompany superhero crossovers 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 Marvel Comics' What If? consisted of nothing but humorous takes on the Marvel Universe and its characters (a good number of them one-panel stories, even), culminating with "What Will Happen When Stan Lee Reads This Issue?" He fires the entire staff. 'Nuff said.
- Issue 34 of the revived series did it again, although without the epilogue.
- Another example is Uncanny X-Men #153, the classic "Kitty's Fairy Tale", in which Kitty regaled young Illyana Rasputin with a made-up Fairy Tale 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.
- Issue #44 of X-Men took place during a story arc where the team battled the Brotherhood of Evil and had a Crossover with The Avengers. However, this specific issue instead featured a largely unrelated plot where Angel battled Red Raven, a forgotten Golden Age hero. The story then veered off into a subplot about Red Raven having to prevent the return of the Winged Humanoids 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.
- Astérix and the Falling Sky is a Bizarro book. Aliens (Disney-like cartoons character using superheroes and manga-like characters using robots) fight over the village. And it ends up with the good, toon-like aliens, erasing the villagers' memories of this episode.
- Garfield was always a commercially-friendly strip. While it *could* be genuinely funny, it 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.  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 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 Grant Morrison Doom Patrol featured a Lee/Kirby styled version of DC's most prominent magical characters at the time. It turned out to be All Just a Dream of one of the characters, a sentient street named Danny.
- Every year at Kwanzaa, Curtis runs a two-week-long Story Arc 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 Rule of Cool and an outright Mind Screw. Past arcs have included a golden, telepathic otter and a magic sandal◊ and bat-winged bears◊, among others. Consensus among fans (or at least among The Comics Curmudgeon 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, Jason Voorhees, Chucky and Leatherface as characters and an absolute ton of other things from horror films.
- Issue 8 of the New 52 Superboy series. It's an entire issue of Superboy fighting Grunge of the 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.
- 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 The Wizard of Oz.
- The "Rock Zombies" arc of 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. Out of Character moments abound (like Karolina apparently being over Xavin, Klara becoming a gamer girl, and the Staff of One eating someone), the Big Bad 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.
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series has "The Five Calvins", a completely out of place adaptation of "The Five Doctors" which is only referenced once after its conclusion.
- ''Zero 2: A revision, a Digimon 02 fan fiction has chapter 18 where the new digidestined and Shaun heads to the Digimon emperor's old base only to awaken sci-fi robotic terminators as well as a xenomorph clone called Alienmon, completely out of place in a world. It is a lot more gory compared to the other chapters and serves little purpose other than the author being in steroids after recently watching both Terminator and Alien vs Predator movie. Davis also suddenly becomes more cowardly than before as he almost considers letting TK die simply so that he can have Kari all by himself only to be called out by Shaun for this (Despite the fact that he left Cody to die just moments before).
- The Legend of Total Drama Island has the Seventeenth Night. The story is mostly realistic, but this chapter heavily features the supernatural. The fabled Boney Island curse turns out to be real; a wendigo is lurking in the camp; and not one, but two Magical Girls note strut their stuff. Dawn note works high sorcery, including a fairly elaborate magical ritual, sings a Gilbert & Sullivan patter song (from The Sorcerer, naturally) and essentially acts out an entire Gilbert & Sullivan scene. note Ella, canonically a Disney Princess parody, is introduced, and her songs have explicitly magical effects in addition to the canonical one of taming animals. Her singing can even make Heather and Leshawna get along!
- The entire second half of Gremlins 2: The New Batch 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 main character, he's only onscreen for about a third of it thanks to all the gags.
- Halloween III: Season of the Witch 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 bad it killed all possibility of making any other movies not centering around Mr. Myers.
- That The Movie of Tank Girl would end up as one of these was guaranteed the minute they decided to cast Ice-T as an anthropomorphic kangaroo… Because a part like that should go to Snoop Dogg.
- The spy parody Casino Royale (1967) . 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 Troubled Production. 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 Star Wars canon, The Star Wars Holiday Special is essentially a string of BLAMs. 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.
- Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 involved things like a Straw Feminist Religion of Evil and Big Creepy-Crawlies, among other bits of Mind Screw. The previous films were about serial killers prone to dressing up like Santa Claus.
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, where Leatherface is now an effeminate Creepy Crossdresser 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.
- Slumber Party Massacre II, which is a musical full of Mind Screw where the psycho is a ghostly rockabilly who kills with a drill attached to an electric guitar. 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.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge has few thematic elements in common with the rest of the series, going for a Demonic Possession 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 largely forgotten.
- The Ruling Class, 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.
- Shusaku Endo's short story anthology Stained Glass Elegies consists of deadly serious examinations of Catholic faith in everyday life...and an over-the-top, sidesplitting parody of Fantastic Voyage. It was apparently the only comedy story Endo ever wrote, which makes the transition from thoughtful treatises to enema jokes all the more jarring.
- The Sweet Valley Twins: The Magic Christmas, a book best described as "Elizabeth and Jessica go to Narnia." Even in a series that occasionally acknowledged the existence of the supernatural, this one was weird.
- Dexter in the Dark, the third Dexter novel, shifted the series from crime thriller to supernatural horror, revealing the reason Dexter kills is because the spawn of an Eldritch Abomination (which comes complete with its own cult) has taken him as its host. The later novels make only minor references to these events, if that.
- Animorphs had a few examples, but a special shout-out goes to the 39th book, The Hidden. The Helmacrons return, forcing the Animorphs to go on the run with the blue box. Along the way a buffalo and an ant acquire morphing powers, in violation of all previous continuity about how the blue box works. Thankfully, none of these events are ever mentioned again.
- The second, third, and fourth Megamorphs books. Time-Travel involving Ancient Astronauts ("In the Time of the Dinosaurs"), Time-Travel involving a time machine which may be a piece of the Ellimist, with Nazi who aren't Nazis and Hitler as a random jeep driver, and the It's a Wonderful Life episode in which the Animorphs never got their powers (and don't know what's going on until the end). And #41, which was just the author trying to see how far she could stretch suspension of disbelief before the readers snapped, with a mysterious Sufficiently Advanced Alien or something running a test on one of the character, which we never find out the results of.
- The third story in Flashman and the Tiger, where the title character runs into Sherlock Holmes, Watson and their antagonist Sebastian "Tiger" Moran. For a series otherwise confined to real historical events, it's a jarring entry that's considered a Base Breaker among Flashman fans.
- Relativity has at least two:
- "Legend of the Cheese Maidens", which the authors admit was originally intended to be a non-canon erotic story that went off the rails, starts in the bedroom of two of the heroes (a married couple) talking about their sexual turn-ons, but then devolves into a peculiar story involving cheerleaders, space aliens, and urban legends.
- "Lady Luck" is about a pair of thieves who take their pet goldfish, in a bowl, with them on a bank robbery because they believe it will bring them good luck. Opinion is divided on whether it is more strange or less than "Cheese Maidens".
Live Action TV
- Community has some episodes that are surprisingly bizarre, "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" is a musical Christmas episode done in stop motion, another episode was mostly animated in 8-bit, and The Zombie episode certainly came out of left field.
- 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, Columbo goes around showing everyone a watch saying 'Commodore's watch' until someone eventually says 'T'isnt,' thus proving he is the killer.
- 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.
- Similarly, Charlie Drake's Brit Com 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 Brit Com. 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.
- Lizzie McGuire has the episode where Lizzie and Matt switch bodies.
- 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 Episodes that seemingly broke reality, a few episodes that were All Just a Dream, 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 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.
- Wolf Lake 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 Sherman Blackstone. To say that he's an Unreliable Narrator 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 married pair of gay bank robbers 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".
- Mystery Science Theater 3000
- A sixth season episode featuring Last of the Wild Horses has the first segment take place in a Mirror Universe where Frank and Dr. Forrester are the test subjects.
- Quest Of The Delta Knights 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.
- Prince of Space in a big way: Mike and the Bots end up in a wormhole. Shape-shifting, time displacement and general insanity ensue.
- The B-plot of the How I Met Your Mother 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 Medium Awareness 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.
- From Battlestar Galactica: 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) 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 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 well-beloved 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 (named King) to put a stop to the Mad Doctor and avenge her son (who the doc allegedly killed). Helo spends much of the episode on a Cassandra Truth 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 Fantastic Racism Disease. Everyone acts Out of Character, 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 Saggitarons 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 towards 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.
- Babylon 5 - 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. 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 Brianfart, Executive Meddling, and Ran Out Of Time & Money.
- Doctor Who.
- "The Feast of Steven", episode 7 of The Daleks' Master Plan. Our heroes have a chase through Twenties Hollywood, get arrested by police in the 1960s, and end up Breaking the Fourth Wall.
- And then there's The Chase.
- Also The Mind Robber, in which the TARDIS materialises outside reality and then explodes, and the characters find themselves randomly interacting with fictional characters.
- And Amy's Choice turned out to all be a dream.
- The final episode of Shaun Micallef's news parody 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.
- The Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 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 Evil Sounds Deep while flashing a Slasher Smile.
- The Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 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 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.
- Some viewers consider the Angel episode "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 unseen, vampiric sexual predator with whom they apparently have a never-before-mentioned complex history; this unapologetically farcical storyline is played against a bitter, tragic Los Angeles subplot in which 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 The Ditz, having an affair with the evil Immortal, making it come off as a rather petty Take That after Sarah Michelle Gellar refused to appear in the show's 100th episode. Whedon later made an Author's Saving Throw 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.
- "Soul Purpose" is a better example, which mostly consists of Angel having bizarre hallucinations.
- The Young Ones 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.
- The two-part Heroes 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. 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. how many are still acknowledged in newer episodes.
- Heroes had an entire SEASON of this. Remember season two? The writer's strike? Micah's cousin who could learn anything she saw on TV? Maya got a bit of a sendoff, but her brother was unceremoniously dropkicked out of the show. Claire's flying boyfriend who hated her father? And best of all, the girlfriend Peter forgot in the future?
- Maya's brother got Sylared.
- West is mentioned again in Season Four. He and Claire are apparently Facebook friends.
- seaQuest DSV "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.
- Once or twice a season Supernatural 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'. This does not necessarily make these episodes bad, and these episodes are both insanely popular and widely considered to be the best episodes of the series in terms of sheer entertainment value, once again proving that tropes are most definitely not bad.
- Significantly, The Prisoner 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 The Protagonist, not to mention 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 Danger Man (for which it would have been a bizarro episode, too). The episode, however, isn't completely bizarro as it was simply No. 6 telling a group of Village children a bedtime story. However, the presence of children in the Village (hitherto and afterwords 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.
- Most people would have just mentioned the series finale and moved on.
- The fifth season episode of Xena entitled "Married With Fishschticks" 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 All Just a Dream 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.
- Star Trek has 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 - up until Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, that is, when the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance defeats them and conquers Earth.
- 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. 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 Deep Space Nine. The Enterprise production team went balls-to-the-wall and combined this trope with a Breather Episode full of Fanservice and soft-core Continuity Porn, not to mention the entire cast in Large Ham mode and obviously having tremendous fun; it's one of the most entertaining episodes in the series.
- Also, three episodes (one in TOS, one in TNG and another in ENT) involve a Negative Space Wedgie that causes the crew to do the Mushroom Samba.
- 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 Let Us Never Speak of This Again episode. Notable plot points involve alien Mind Rape, Spock in a toga singing, and Kirk being ridden by a dwarf.
- Certainly a number of first-season episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation would count as this trope.
- In the episode "Hide and Q", the character Q 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 Lavar 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 in the case of "The Naked Now". Although it fully appears as though this is a Let Us Never Speak of This Again episode, albeit an absolutely hilarious one, what with Data getting drunk and Dr. Crusher grabbing Picard's crotch just offscreen, the fact that Data and Tasha Yar had intercourse is mentioned in later episodes, notably in "Measure of a Man" where it is used to help establish Data's sentience. It even gets a Call Back much, much later in Star Trek: First Contact with Data telling the Borg Queen that he is "fully functional" in the sex department.
- "Justice". The crew of the Enterprise is schmoozing with what appears to be a pre-warp culture, when Wesley knocks over an outdoor decoration and is sentenced to death. And even though the Prime Directive didn't prevent them from making contact with this planet, all of a sudden it prevents 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 Everyone Has Lots of Sex.
- "Conspiracy" is another 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 foreshadowed several episodes earlier, making it a kind of Aborted Arc.note It is explored a little further in the Expanded Universe.
- TNG has a number of oddball episodes that qualify for this, most notably some of the truly god-awful episodes of the final season. There are plots like Beverly's inherited ghost lover and everyone on the Enterprise "devolving" into things that make absolutely no fucking sense.
- The Star Trek: Voyager 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 evolve into a higher order of being... which turns out to be a Mudkip-like lizard thing who can't breathe air. He kidnaps The Captain 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 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 Canon Discontinuity, to the point that in "Timeless", Tom Paris himself mentions that he has never traveled in transwarp before. Never.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine went off the rails a few times late in the series, producing such bizarro episodes as the holodeck baseball game and the Oceans Eleven knockoff where the main cast ignored their duty in favor of pulling off a heist to save the holodeck lounge singer from a gangster. (No, it doesn't make sense in context.)
- Star Trek: Enterprise has one of the rare examples of this trope churning out a great episode: over dinner, T'Pol regales Archer and Trip with the tale of an ancestor of hers who lived on Earth over a century before First Contact.
- The final episode of Candle Cove. Puppets screaming and crying. For 30 minutes.
- What episode were you watching? The real BLAM is why everyone suddenly loved watching static, of all things…
- Power Rangers
- On the subject, Super Sentai has this for its Samurai Sentai Shinkenger 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.
- Speaking of Kamen Rider, it is something of a tradition for a couple of episodes around episode 30 of each series to be a bit...different.
- Kamen Rider Blade had Hajime losing his memory and meeting a man identical to himself. They swap lives and have cooking duels, culminating in Hajime's lookalike making himself a suit of armour and beating the monster of the week.
- Kamen Rider Kabuto 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).
- Kamen Rider Double had Shoutaro and Phillip chasing a Dopant that sent people into comas through lucid dreams. To catch him, they fall asleep (while transformed, in the middle of a football pitch) and went into the dream world, where they were samurai. Or something. Even one of the villains point out how odd that is. And that's just the first part!
- Kamen Rider OOO had 2 episodes celebrating the 999th and 1000th episodes of the franchise, featuring loads of old monsters, the cast trying to make their own Kamen Rider Movie, and Kougami watching Kamen Rider on about 50 different screens.
- Kamen Rider Gaim had it's plot interrupted by a Crossover with the Kikaider REBOOT movie. (The movie premiered a couple of days after the episode.) The crossover takes place two weeks before the previous episode...which ended on a Cliffhanger. The cliffhanger is then resolved in the episode after the crossover. A few episodes later, the plot was derailed again by a prelude to the Non-Serial Movie. One of the characters is brought to a world where everyone is playing soccer. There are also two real-life soccer players who help fight a monster...by kicking a flaming soccer ball at it. And before those two, Gaim ended up having its plot interrupted halfway through by a crossover with Resha Sentai ToQGer, who was also derailing its plot for the crossover, though it mostly served as a prequel to Heisei Rider Vs Showa Rider Kamen Rider Wars Featuring Super Sentai.
- The Cosby Show:
- One episode was narrated by Rudy, which featured the cast as fairy-tale characters, clothed in costumes made to look like crayon drawings.
- A 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 were pregnant.
- Still later, Cosby has another big sandwich before going to bed. The above episode is actually mentioned. This time, his dream involves Vanessa being a jazz musician, Denise is a firefighter, Clair is threatening to jump out of a window, and then the Muppets show up. To say that this episode makes no sense is an understatement.
- Then there's "A Nightmare on Stigwood Avenue," which explores Rudy's bad dream of Olivia holding Cliff and Clair completely in thrall and always getting her way (with Vanessa and her friends as a sort of Muse chorus providing vocal commentary). Rudy turns the tables on Olivia at the end—itis her dream, after all.
- The Bones fourth-season finale features Booth as a nightclub owner, Brennan as his wife, Hodgins as a hard-drinking novelist, Cam as a detective, etc. Of course, it's 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 Mary Tyler Moore Show had an episode where each of the major male characters imagined what it would be like if they were married to Mary.
- At first glance, 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, The Dragon 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 says at one point that he doesn't know why they were arguing in the first place.
- Part of the charm of Lexx is that the normal status quo 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 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 Camp Gay, 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, lampshading 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 New Age 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 Britt Ekland). 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.
- "The Cycling Tour" episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. 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.
- "iSpace Out" from 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 Sam Girlier"'s entire plot was Sam wanting to get a boyfriend; she tries to act more girly, but in the end Be Yourself 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.
- iCarly and Victorious each aired an April Fools' Day episode back to back. Both were utterly nonsensical episodes. Nothing made sense, and it was completely random. There was No Fourth Wall. They were both pretty much aware of this trope all the way through
- Even Police Stop! isn't immune to this. The episode Police Stop! 3 has subjects 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 idents 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.
- Hercules The Legendary Journeys
- 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.
- Speaking of Hercules, the episode set in the present day which is all about Kevin Sorbo having gone missing, and features the memorable and hysterical 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."
- Similar to the Mad About You example noted above, 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 Closeted Gay 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 X-Files did this a few times, most notably in its The Rashomon episodes "Jose Chung's from Outer Space" and "Bad Blood". Then there's 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 Jerry Springer was in it, too.
- 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.
- Episode 200 of Stargate SG-1, which Word of God states is out of continuity. "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...
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- The Musical Episode "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 WHAM Episode mixed together.
- The season 4 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 Butt Monkey who'd been the butt of jokes for the past four seasons, rewrites reality to make himself a Black Hole Sue 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.
- All of these just go to show that Tropes Are Not Bad in the hands of a skilled writer.
- Crime Story 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.
- Over its last two seasons it became clear that Day 6 of 24 was a Big Lipped Alligator Season. Events like 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 "brother Chucked" without as much as a throwaway line to explain what ultimately became of him. 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 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 24?) moles on the inside. Jack Bauer resolves the entire situation in two hours of "Real Time" and the entire situation does not impact the rest of the season - the second half of it - in any significant way.
- With the exception of 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 (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.
- Similarly, many of the events of Friday Night Lights Season Two aren't referenced in later seasons, the most egregious of which would be Landry KILLING a man to protect Tyra, and even confessing to it. Other stuff happened that season, too (Matt and Grandma Saracen's maid, 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 getting a woman pregnant.
- Breaking Bad 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. It's also considered one of the best episodes of the entire series.
- Merlin. In the middle of the season that also included Merlin losing his first love, Arthur discovering the truth about his mother, Morgana's Start of Darkness and the introduction of two of the most powerful/terrifying villains the show had ever showcased (Morgause and the Witchfinder), two utterly superfluous episodes were devoted to a troll successfully marrying King Uther and becoming Queen. It was a great performance by Sarah Parish, but the humor was made up of pratfalls and Toilet Humour, Arthur, Gwen and Morgana were utterly (and uncharacteristically) useless, the audience was scarred for life by being forced to watch Uther go to bed with a troll, and after the episode ends, no one ever again thinks to mention that a shit-eating troll had been the Queen of Camelot for an extended period of time.
- The 1980s War of the Worlds 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.
- The Sarah Connor Chronicles had a surreal, cyborg-free episode where Sarah is in a sleep clinic and is haunted by nightmares which are actually real, while the clinic is a hallucination caused by a one-off villain probing her mind.
- The Odd Couple had a flashback episode that parodied the James Bond films and featured Felix and Oscar's fathers.
- The Kids in the Hall 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.
- The Suite Life of Zack and Cody 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 "All Just a Dream" 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 Title Sequence, making the show appear to be a sci-fi series.
- There's a Diagnosis: Murder episode where the killer is a vampire. Yes, as in the actual mythological creature.
- Smallville: "Hex" and "Fortune", both episodes involving, essentially, 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 Rule of Fun, and provide a great deal of hilarity. "Fortune" does, however, write out Chloe, marrying her to Oliver, so it does connect to the season's plot. Given how important Chloe is to the show previously, it also counts as a WHAM Episode.
- 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. However, the show had experimented with such alternative formats all through its run. Some examples include,
- "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).
- The 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 Anachronism Stew. 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 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has a weird episode, where Will and Carlton tell Jazz a story about how Will testified against a dangerous murderer, so he and the Banks family had to go into a witness protection program and live among hillbillies in the middle of nowhere.
- The Drew Carey Show has its annual April Fools' Day episode, in which blatant, bizarre goofs are deliberately inserted into the episode, and the sharp-eyed viewer who spotted the most won a prize.
- The first-season finale of Blackadder features Prince Edmund, after his latest humiliation, firing Baldrick and Percy, and deciding to gather the seven most evil men in the kingdom together to overthrow his father, only to discover that his never-before-mentioned nemesis has infiltrated his little band, resulting in him getting locked away in a prison, his plans getting subverted, and the deaths of him, his entire family, and probably a good portion of their household.
- "Bakerman" on the Midnight Oil 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 Mood Whiplash.
- 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 9˝-minute song (using the term loosely) at the end of Reel Big Fish's We're Not Happy Till You're Not Happy album. It's essentially nothing but screaming and static in the same vein as "Revolution 9" and even contains a Big Lipped Alligator Moment 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 Deep Purple'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 Crystal Castles. A dark acoustic song in the middle of electronic stuff. Also Mood Whiplash.
- Judas Priest 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 My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade, "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 Sugar Ray 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!"
- How exactly does Jethro Tull bridge the first and second album sides of a dark, jazzy/avant-garde Concept Album (A Passion Play) pertaining to the afterlife? With the Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles.
- "Plexiglas Toilet" on the Styx album The Serpent Is Rising. It's a Hidden Track, and is as silly a novelty song as its name implies. It also provides a bit of Mood Whiplash, coming as it does on the heels of "As Bad As This," a depressing Breakup Song. Styx would never again record a song quite like it.
- You might be surprised to find that such a sane and relatively down to earth series as Adventures in Odyssey would have examples of this. The most notable example among listeners being "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 too!"), 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 in flawlessly solving crimes, among other odd things...and it turns out that Big Bad Dr. Regis Blackgaard is behind all this, having returned to Odyssey disguised as a largely unseen minor character, and was using a mind-altering colonge to cause confusion all over town so taking over it would be a cinch. 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; and the much earlier (and missing) episode "Lights Out At Whit's End" which, long story short, end with the entire cast (yes, including Whit and Tom Riley) freestyle rapping.
- The Stanley Parable 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.
- The World Ends with You has Another Day, you can access this episode after you complete the main storyline and takes place in an alternate universe where Tin Pin Slammer is Serious Business. And it gets even more confusing when 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 Crash Mind Over Mutant, which seems to follow a different art style every time.
- The "What If?" mode in the PS1 Spider-Man game. It took the base plot and added tons of silly lines. "Doc Ock has trapped me... and I can't stop dancing".
- Command & Conquer Red Alert 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 Fallout: New Vegas DLC Old World Blues has your brain, spine and heart being stolen by incompetent Mad Scientist Brains In Jars who are all drugged out of their gourds, an area exhibiting all the craziest pre-War SCIENCE! (and since this is 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 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.
- City of Heroes had this issue with the Mission Architect system. Due to the 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 Arcs 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 Kingdom Hearts II also counts. It has absolutely no plot relevance and features the characters 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 Kingdom Hearts; except for who Sora is. Ariel just forgot how the last time she made a deal with Ursula ended, and Ursula forgot dying.
- Metal Gear Solid 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 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 gets his memory of the events erased, but Otacon doesn't, thus implying that in addition to providing needlessly cryptic advice through sinister channels he then kept the entire ordeal and critical information secret from Snake for at least two years.
- Star Fox (the 1993 Super NES game) combined this with an Easter Egg — "Out Of This Dimension", where paper airplanes are enemies and the boss is a Slot Machine. Not to mention the ending. An endless minigame. The fate of pretty much everything is left unexplained.
- Happens halfway through Kid Icarus: Uprising, when the main plot is completely put on hold when an utterly random alien invasion forces all of the main characters to work together to stop it. This lasts for about 3 chapters and then it is never mentioned about again when its done.
- Dynasty Warriors 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 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 Final Fantasy XIV patch 2.1 most definitely qualify as this. Investigating a group of relatively well dressed zombies, meeting Hildibrand, pursuing a duelist and weapon thief which seems to be recurring series character Gilgamesh, and Hildibrand in his restored dapper glory... backlit by the light reflecting off a bald robbery victim's head.
- The Citadel downloadable mission for Mass Effect 3. 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.
- 'Salvation', the 19th mission of 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 plants to burst from the victim's skin, you get a 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.
- El Goonish Shive:
- "Mulberry's Epic Yarn"
- High Fantasy webcomic Exiern spends a month at the bizarro as part of an Overly Long April Fools Gag when it is suddenly re-tooled as a a group of trendy twenty somethings hanging out at a coffeeshop/strip club.
- Sluggy Freelance 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 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 pretty much 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, Stalker with a Crush that caused said friends to become almost dead. Word of God seems to indicate the arc will bare no overall importance as well.
- 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 bizzare; with the protagonists making equally colorful endgame weapons and 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 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.
- Mountain Time's Bizarro Episode, River Valley Time, has all of the characters acting opposite to their usual personalities. Since Mountain Time is a Dada Comic, this means that the Bizarro Episode is the one strip that makes sense.
- Teen Titans
- As funny and clever as it may be, the episode "Fractured" feels like that. 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 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 Teen Titans Go!, and there was an issue where Larry brings along the Larry Versions of the rest of the Titans.
- Teen Titans 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", "Mad Mod", "Bunny Raven/How To Make a Titanimal Disappear", "Mother Mae Eye", and "Episode 257-494", the episode where Control Freak causes the Titans to become Trapped in TV Land. 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 Hansel and Gretel Whole Plot Reference 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 Mood Whiplash and gave the show its signature schizophrenic tone.
- A good rule of thumb was this: if the opening Theme Tune 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 "Mind Screw, Uncanny Valley, and a side dose of horror" weird, and the central plot about Raven fighting her Enemy Within 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.
- Codename: Kids Next Door Operation: R.E.P.O.R.T. set entirely in the character's parody rich imagination's... Numbuh 4 turns into a super saiyan. Operation: W.H.I.T.E.H.O.U.S.E. which was also All Just a Dream did make self-contained sense until the very end when Numbuh 1 turns into a big monster for no explained reason.
- Samurai Jack: "Chicken Jack". 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". Oh, so much. The Big Lipped Alligator Moment with the randomly-appearing elephant-headed fairy is just the tip of the iceberg.
- Daria was generally based on reality, except with its eccentricities taken Up to Eleven. The plot of "Depth Takes a Holiday," however, begins when Daria randomly meets the Anthropomorphic Personifications 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 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 Donald Duck short "Duck Pimples". 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-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 "Bang!" Flag Gun; 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 the pearls to appear on his neck before the iris out.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: "1 + 1 = Ed", otherwise known as the episode where Ed asks Double-D 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's Third Head: ...Couch-potato Ed-Boys like yourselves?
A three-headed Rolf. Yawn.
- The aforementioned Unusually Uninteresting Sight is after Ed created a Portable Hole (which Eddy promptly fell through in a Portal-esque fashion) and after Eddy ate the sun. Although is subverted since 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.
- Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers — "Mothmoose" is the infamous one, but just about anything starring Kid-Appeal Character Buzzwang gets filed here.
- Dexter's Laboratory: Monstory. Really, what? It has competition: "Dexter and Computress Get Mandark" was written by a 6-year-old, and is psycho-freaking-loco; "The Continuum Of Cartoon Fools", and "Dee-Dee's Tail", where Dee-Dee becomes a horse. Surprisingly, it ends in a very heartwarming way.
- Phineas and Ferb
- "Rollercoaster: The Musical". It's essentially a Musical Episode 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 Lampshades 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 drives its own screw though. And that episode ran backwards like the Seinfield episode.
- South Park: "Not Without My Anus." Purposeful bizarro episode on the part of the writers as an April Fools' Day joke, delaying the conclusion of "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" in favor of a ridiculous Terrance and Phillip story.
: Man, I do not want to meet the kid that dreamt THOSE things up.
- Skeletor, a classic two-dimensional villain with no previous redeeming qualities whatsoever, abruptly turns good for no apparent reason other than "the Spirit of Christmas" in the He-Man and 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: Skeletor, Cake Boss.
- In another Filmation show, Bravestarr, main henchman Tex Hex has a similar moment in a Yet Another Christmas Carol 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.
- The Venture Bros. has this in the form of "Escape to the House of Mummies! Part II." While Doctor Venture and Orpheus have an argument over whether 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 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.
- The episode "Party All the Time" from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. 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 Andrew W.K.), 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 Negative Continuity 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 Big Lipped Alligator Moment where Frylock inexplicably dreams up a scenario in the same doctor's office where the doctor starts jabbering about aliens, who then abduct him.
- The New Batman Adventures has always been a little more lighthearted than its predecessor. However, the episode "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. The Agony Booth said it best "I wish I was making all this up, believe me. It’s like David Lynch made a Batman cartoon and forced the networks to air it." In point of fact, it was written by Steve Gerber (the guy who gave the world Howard the Duck and other strangeness) and horror novelist Joe Lansdale.
- Quack Pack has the episode "All Hands on Duck", which was about Donald Duck 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.
- American Dad!: "Tear Jerker" and "For Black Eyes Only" (James Bond parodies), "Hot Water" (a Musical Episode where a 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), and "Blood Crieth Unto Heaven" (an American Dad episode set up like a stage play). "Lost in Space" is this crossed with A Day in the Limelight: Roger the Alien is a regular member of the cast, but he lives on Earth and acts more-or-less like a (crazy, psychopathic) human. This episode features Jeff, recently abducted by Roger's species, entirely immersed in a sci-fi setting and, unlike the above episodes, is canon.
- In Stickin' Around, every day is a day at the bizarro considering that most of an episode happens in the main character and her friends' imaginations.
- While Toon Physics are practically nonexistent as a rule to begin with, Duck Amuck shatters any conception of the fourth wall by having Daffy Duck arguing with and being screwed around with by the animator who turns out to be Bugs Bunny.
- Bugs later got a taste of his own medicine in Rabbit Rampage, with the animator being Elmer Fudd.
- Early Bob Clampett masterpiece Porky In Wackyland was another one, abandoning any precept of cartoon rules or logic in favor of random creatures and nonsensical gags.
- The Rugrats episode "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.
- Ben 10 has the episode "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 Hilarious in Hindsight 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" 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 "Ultimate Alien" episode "Ben 10,000 Returns" where paradox mentions a timeline where Gwen got the Omnitrix.
- 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.
- In Star Wars: The Clone Wars season four 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 homages to various works like Alice in Wonderland, The Lord of the Rings, Gullivers Travels, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Real Steel.
- Also possibly an homage to the 1980s Star Wars: Droids cartoon, which contained many BLAM moments 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. 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. Unsurprisingly it is never referred back to and, aside from the anvilicious hints that Anakin has more sympathy for the Dark Side than is strictly healthy, comes off as extreme padding.
- It later gets tied into the story of Fate of the Jedi's Eldritch Abomination Big Bad Abeloth. With mixed results.
- 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.
- Mega Man 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 Eye Beams. No, it doesn't make any more sense in context.
- The episode "Da Boom" in Family Guy, which is the episode with the nuclear explosion due to the Millennium Bug. The Griffins try to find a lost Twinkie factory, and decide to form a new town, with Stewie turning into an octopus. (It all makes sense in context.) At the end, a 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.
- Futurama has its fair share of examples:
- The "Anthology of Interest" episodes are two sets of three What If? 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 The Thirties, early 1980s video game pixel art, and badly-dubbed, stiffly-animated Japanimation from the 1970s.
- "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" is one big Take That against Saturday morning cartoons (the popular American ones like Scooby-Doo, Strawberry Shortcake, and G.I. Joe) wrapped in a Three Shorts package with a framing device of Richard Nixon's head trying to deal with angry Moral Guardian protesters.
- "Naturama" reimagines the characters as wildlife and is structured like an episode of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.
- "The Six Million Dollar Mon", in which Hermes Conrad gradually turns himself into a cyborg, has no real relevance to anything and has several plot points that don't make any sense even by Futurama's rather lax standards. A recurring character is also dramatically Killed Off for Real...only to appear alive and well a few episodes later.
- The Simpsons has quite a few. What's weird is that they began as somewhat ordinary episodes and quickly went into weirdness.
- "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, he makes up lies. However, one of those lies turns out to be true and he gets sent to a 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.
- "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, the show stops and it turns out to be a part of a FOX telethon.
- "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 The 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 ("Lisa's Wedding", "Bart to the Future", "Future-Drama", "Holidays of Future Passed", and "Days of Future Future")
- "Moe Goes From Rags To Riches": The main plot revolves around a talking rag voiced by Jeremy Irons 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 Galactia, the episode has been panned by critics.
- "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner": This episode starts out with the Simpsons visiting a Captain Ersatz of Disneyland, but as soon as they visit the "Journey to Your Doom" attraction, a Genre Shift to Science Fiction 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 Star Trek.
- Sealab 2021 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 page image comes 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 Sealab 2020 shows, with all the melodrama that implies.
- For nearly its entire run, Beetlejuice had fairly straightforward adventures. Then came "Poe Pourri", a tribute to the surrealist stylings of Edgar Allan Poe, 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 exactly the same point it began.
- Episode 10 of Clone High focuses around the death of 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.
- Adventure Time:
- "Rain Day Daydream". Finn and Jake stayed in their tree house during a knife storm. Jake suddenly and unexplicably becomes a Reality Warper which has never happened 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. What.
- "King Worm" is even worse. It's a dream episode, and it can be compared to Inception... but weirder. Much, much weirder.
- And then they are both topped by "A Glitch is a Glitch", which is a massive Mind Screw even by the show's rather surreal standards. This is because the episode was made by guest animator 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. It turns out it was All Just a Dream.
- "Food Chain" is made by another guest animator, Masaaki Yuasa. It is perhaps the most Bizarro of all of Adventure Time's Bizarro Episodes. It's about 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 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 being way-too able to roll with being transformed into animals/plants/bacteria. And Finn falls in love with a catterpillar. (It probably also qualifies as a Widget Episode, given the nationality of the animator.)
- The Mask: 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 Random Events Plot, and, of course, the Cookie BaBoom sequence is the most risque scene ever committed to 1990s animation.
- The Fairly OddParents episode "Crock Talk", where Timmy wishes up a bunch of monsters for no apparent reason, which repeatedly beat up Crocker.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy was always a bizarro show, but "Complete and Utter Chaos" was a little out of the ordinary.
- The 101 Dalmatians: The Series 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 Brigadoon.
- The 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 Spots 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.
- Rocko's Modern Life:
- In "Rinse and Spit", Rocko's attempts to help Filbert pass a dental school exam lead to 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 the Bermuda Triangle, which turns them old and all the seniors young.
- Spongebob Squarepants 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 looking quizzically at the camera.
- The Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals." It's a bit of a throwback to the original Scooby Doo series and also features several other Hanna-Barbera characters such as Speed Buggy, Jabber Jaw, The Funky Phantom and Captain Caveman. It also features an Art Shift and is a bit goofier in this Darker and Edgier series. Granted, the episode is All Just a Dream, 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 Jimmy Two-Shoes episode "Going Green". Okay, so Lucius tells the people of Miseryville to deliver their suggestions of how to run Miseryville to Jimmy's house. He gets a ton of suggestions from a guy named TGF, who is all about the environment, and then he splashes himself with tomato juice, impersonates Beezy, and tells the people of Miseryville to be more green, but Lucius tells people it was all just a TV show. It's probably better if you just see it yourself. The next episode is pretty weird too, centering around someone trying to marry Jimmy's sandwich.
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero 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 episodes Macguffin actually being called a Macguffin and Zandar beating up on other Dreadknocks WITH AN ALLIGATOR.
- The Pink Panther short "Sherlock Pink".
- The 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 Tastes Like Diabetes wonderland. In the process, Gordon becomes a Pikachu expy, Mr. Blik becomes a mouse pull-string doll, Waffle becomes a potted plant and Hovis becomes a gingerbread man.
- Darkwing Duck 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 sent to Earth as a baby from a dying planet.
- The Oggy and the Cockroaches episode "Back to the Past". Instead of the standard Road Runner vs. Coyote plot, it's a double episode supernatural-based Fountain of Youth episode, with the rivalry between the two main groups never coming into play whatsoever.
- Zig And Sharko: "Bottom's Bottom" has the titular characters falling down a pit and finding a city of weird-looking creatures.
- The Amazing World of Gumball is already a weird show, but these episodes stick out as being too weird, even for this show:
- "The Sweaters." While showing a new student (who had appeared in previous episodes) around the school, Gumball and Darwin encounter a pair of humans from said student's old school who thinks that they want to challenge them to a fight (actually a tennis match). The humans and the entire court the "fight" takes place look like Filmation-era cartoons, and it should be noted that human's only appearance on the show prior (not counting Santa Claus) was as live-action people on television. Gumball and Darwin are also the 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 official sources 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.
- "The Job." Richard gets a job and is actually good at it, which is so unlike him that the fabric of the universe begins to fall apart.
- "The Joy" is about a virus that causes perpetual joyness spreading through Elmore Jr. High started from when Richard hugged his sons in attempt to cheer them up and caused a giant rainbow explosion. Everything after that plays out like a parody of zombie films, with Ms. Simian trying to avoid getting caught. To top it all off, it has a Downer Ending with Simian herself being captured just before being able to broadcast the potential cure to it.
- In "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 consists of short skits going into the lives of characters who had only been in the background until then.
- "The Void" starts out as a standard-fare mystery episode: Records of Molly (the gray sauropod who was a part of Penny's circle of friends in season one, but hasn't been seen since) are missing, nobody can remember her, she's not completely edited out of pictures, and there even the spot where her locker was is gone, and the school seems to be cut there and clumsily mashed together. Then it turns out that the world itself is behind this. That's not part of the school cut out: It's space folded over. Gumball, Darwin, and Mr. Small find a similar "fold" by where her treehouse used to be, and pull it open to reveal a monochromatic world that's full of things that were deemed "mistakes" somehow. Clippit and the Crazy Frog mascot also make cameoes by way of Take That, and as a whole this is probably one of the most meta episodes of the show thus far.
- Events of the Total Drama Island episode "Camp Castaways" is never mentioned outside of the episode's recap, and the real twist is that there was no challenge in that episode.
- There is a version of the Archer pilot where Archer is a Velociraptor. The pilot is otherwise identical. No reason is given.
- "Woke Up Drunk" from Perfect Hair Forever, 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 Coiffio being the teacher to a class.
- The 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. Turns out that the entire episode was All Just a Dream Rudy had after leaving his electric blanket on too high when he went to sleep.
- The Gravity Falls 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 it ends with Stan 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 episodenote is "NONCANON," implying that the whole thing didn't happen.
- The 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.
- After Season 1 of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic became so unexpectedly popular, there were worries that the show would change to please their new demographic. It therefore comes off as epic trolling that the first real episode of season 2 was the truly nuts “Lesson Zero” which dials up the zany to 11, features some staggeringly violent scenes (Fluttershy kills a bear by breaking its neck!note ), gives Twilight Sparkle one of the scariest breakdowns on the show, and goes wild with memes and ship tease. Three seasons on, and the show has still never featured a episode quite as strange as this one.