Is this turning into one of those shows where we sit around and reminisce, thereby recouping eighty percent of the episode cost, via the use of clips and archive footage? Sam:
Yes it is, Max. Now stop talking, stupid, it's costing money.
An episode which consists mainly of fragments (clips) of previous episodes. Usually has a theme: for example, to highlight a character's development over the years, or show the relationship between characters. Sometimes, however, it won't be shown that the events take place in the past, but they are shown as appearing directly one after another.
Clip shows can be used to stretch the budget — they utilize footage already shot, thus needing only narrative glue money for the episode. In that sense, they are similar to a Bottle Episode
When a clip show is used to sum up a season or storyline, it is a Recap Episode
Clip shows were more appreciated by viewers in the days before reruns, syndication, and videotapes/DVDs
provided an alternative way for them to revisit the old moments of their shows. There were even theatrical films that served as these (most famously the That's Entertainment!
films) in the 1970s. In those days, they were less likely to get today's cynical reaction, "They've just done it to save money." They still occasionally emerge in today's TV productions, though mainly in children's programming. In the rare occasion where they manifest in adult scripted programming (such as occurred with Alias
) they are usually built into an ongoing story arc. Otherwise, bottle shows are more likely to be produced these days.
A variant on the clip show are the recap or catch-up specials that often precede new-season premieres for arc-heavy series that serve to help new and returning viewers understand the storyline so far. Shows that have done these sorts of specials in recent years (they are rarely considered regular episodes) have included Farscape
(several), Once Upon a Time
, Doctor Who
and Game of Thrones
. Often, these specials are documentaries, with narration or on-screen introductions by cast members; occasionally, however, the actors appear in character (or, as occurred with the Farscape: Undressed
, there was a mixture of both).
When previous clips of a single character's line or action are played out in rapid succession (such as Homer's "D'oh" sequence in So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show
), that's a Fully Automatic Clip Show
Compare this to the use of the Magical Security Cam
. Also, the Voiceover Clip Show
, which is simply a cheap/lazy way of making factual entertainment shows.
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- Robotech had an expertly edited dream sequence episode formed mainly of clips, with new dialogue, which flowed into each other in a very accurate rendition of dream logic.
- They did it twice, actually. Once in the episode that linked the Macross segment to the Robotech Masters segment. Then again in a New Generation episode called "Sandstorm". The first one was particularly notable because it was created entirely from other episode content by the American translation company.
- A more traditional example can be found in the season one episode Gloval's Report, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: Captain Gloval reporting the major milestones of the series thus far to his superiors. This was a direct adaptation of the Super Dimension Fortress Macross episode Global Report.
- Around the middle of Transformers: Energon, there was a mostly clip episode for no particular reason.
- Ditto for the original series (at least the dub) of Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Another famous example: Martian Successor Nadesico plays with this trope by using its Show Within a Show Gekiganger 3 as a Framing Device — with the Gekiganger characters watching the episode as their own Show Within a Show (Within A Show... my puzzler hurts). The Gekiganger characters freely hang a lampshade on this trope. And just to completely demolish the Fourth Wall, the second half of the episode reveals that Gekiganger's trademark Forgotten Superweapon, the Gekigan Flare, was inspired by Nadesico. Which has already had its hero come up with a Finishing Move based on Gekiganger. This editor will just lie down now...
- Pokémon held out for eight years before creating a clip show — a mash of scenes from the current arc's important battles that wasn't even edited to make the music flow. The dub just skipped it, and its three later successors.
- The last episode of the first Story Arc of Revolutionary Girl Utena was a clip show narrated by the as-yet-unrevealed Big Bad.
- And the last episode of the second arc was a joke clip show about a secondary character. And the last episode of the third arc was a clip show interspersed with a narration by the main character revealing that she slept with Akio.
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED uses this a few times during the show's run. 3 episodes out of 50 are clip shows. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny has even more. Some are really annoying. Episode 29 is a decent example of how to do one of these right.
- You're not going to believe this one. Wolf's Rain had FOUR OF THESE IN A ROW. That's right. FOUR. Episodes 15-18. It seems several months passed after episode 14, so it was deemed necessary to recap pretty much the whole thing (or was it the budget?). On the American DVDs, the four episodes filled an entire volume (vol. 4: "recollections"). Well, at least the name is accurate. It retails for $30, and the average rating on amazon is one and a half stars (as opposed to five stars for vol. 3).
- The Transformers series Car Robots has three clip shows; when it was dubbed into Transformers: Robots in Disguise those episodes remained clip shows, but the clips involved were completely different. In at least one case this was probably an attempt to show scenes that hadn't aired because the episode came Too Soon after 9/11.
- Transformers Victory had no less than six over the course of its run, with another four added for the video release. Since these episodes contributed nothing to the plot, they were omitted from the UK/Australian DVD releases.
- Trigun's 13th episode, "Vash the Stampede", is a clip show episode wherein Meryl is typing her report on Vash and summarizing all that she has witnessed since following him.
- One Piece has a particularly aggravating example: right after a dramatic moment in the CP9 arc, preceded by a three-episode flashback, the arc decides to pause again with the heroes falling in mid-air for five Clip Show episodes in a row.
- To be fair, when originally broadcast, these episodes were aired during the offseason. So they were really more of a fancy way of doing reruns. They didn't soak up any of the season's actual episodes.
- Original broadcast version of Gurren Lagann replaced the infamously fanservicey episode 6 with one of these. The unedited episode was included on the DVDs.
- Episode 16 is actually a clip show.
- Same goes for Gurren-Hen and Lagann-Hen, the two Compilation Movies, though they add new scenes as well.
- Excel Saga had two of these despite only running for 26 episodes. The first was halfway through the series and was about half and half between old and new content (with the premise of a New Year's gameshow that had clips for some reason), while the second was about five episodes later and recapped the Pedro storyline, consisting almost entirely of recycled content up until the end when the storyline was expanded on a bit.
- Naturally, since this is Excel Saga, it was parodied: Not all the clips shown play out like they did in the episodes which turns "remember that time" into a form of Unreliable Narrator.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing had a pair of back-to-back clip show episodes, 27 ("The Locus of Victory and Defeat") and 28 ("Passing Destinies"), which have Relena and Treize (respectively) each recapping half of the story so far. It was later revealed that these episodes were going to show important moments from the main characters' pasts, but those plans fell through; these stories were later turned into the manga Episode Zero.
- The first half of episode 14 of Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of these, with the SEELE committee narrating the events of the series so far.
- The first 70 minutes of Death and Rebirth is a clip movie.
- Eureka Seven's episode 14 is one of these, with the events narrated in the form of various reports written by two cast members.
- The first Fist of the North Star anime series had a clip show for its series finale, actually called "A Look Back! The 2000 Year History of Hokuto"... despite only recapping the series' events; the "proper" series finale had been the penultimate episode. Fist of the North Star is rife with these, unfortunately, with each episode after the first having a recap Clip Show, and with several episodes that were nothing but clip shows, including one notorious incident where five episodes in a row were just clip shows. Fully half of the penultimate episode was a recap clip show of the antepenultimate episode. It's one of the reasons the series is basically not watched today.
- Throughout the two-year filler period that Naruto Part 1 aired, only one episode, 202, was a clip show. It was based on a viewer vote of the best five fight scenes, and ended with cameos of Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Sasuke.
- Naruto Shippuden gave us a double-length clip show with episodes 212 and 213. A handful of plot developments were thrown in between the flashbacks, but the two episodes had barely 10 minutes of new footage between them.
- Code Geass had two Clip Show episodes in the first season, but unlike many such examples, the staff outright admitted that they were Filler episodes intended to buy them some "breathing room" so they could work on more plot-relevant episodes. These two episodes didn't even make it into the American release, becoming Missing Episodes.
- Chobits managed to have three clip episodes, two of which aired with the original broadcast, and one of which was made for home video. And at least in the North American DVD release, all three were included on the final volume, which also included the "Chibits" short.
- Kare Kano had a clip show that actually lasted one and 1/2 episodes of it's 26 episode run.
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood had an interesting take on this for episode 27, with a clip show brought on by the framing device of a very strange dream by Hohenheim.
- Akazukin Chacha had 4.
- Samurai Champloo had one in episode 13 when Mugen and Jin read Fuu's diary, which sees her personally recapping the events of the past 12 episodes.
- A notable one happened in episode 89 of Sailor Moon. It featured only voiceovers of the five main senshi discussing the events of the season and pondering the future while clips from the entire series played out.
- Although Dragon Ball Z never had an entire clip show, it played with the idea a little. For filler the anime would often have scenes taking place away from the action where characters would reminisce about events from both DBZ and Dragon Ball and could range anywhere from five to ten minutes. For example, late during the Goku/Freeza fight after everyone else gets teleported back to Earth by Porunga there's an episode that devotes a little bit of time to have Piccolo think back on his past with Goku, which then features clips of mainly from the Piccolo storylines from Dragon Ball. Another episode has Muten Roshi explain the history of the Red Ribbon Army to some of the supporting cast hanging out on his island early on during the Artificial Human saga, which in turn features clips from the entire Red Ribbon Army arc from the original Dragon Ball.
- Given the length of the series, those flashbacks were probably included because the people making the anime thought people legitimately wouldn't remember (or wouldn't even have seen) stuff that was important to a new plot. They became particularly important when the show was exported, because the original Dragon Ball hadn't been aired outside of Japan.
- The first half of episode 12 in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is a Clip Show episode. The episode does add to the plot, though.
- Miami Guns did a clip show for its second episode, though in this case it was entirely new content with no flashbacks to the first episode. It also broke the fourth wall inconsistently, with the lead characters sometimes talking about behind the scenes stuff like Animated Actors and sometimes treating the clips as the actual events of their lives.
- A portion of episode 73 of the Fairy Tail anime (adapted from the manga's "Rainbow Sakura" omake) features Lucy reminiscing a bunch of events from the previous 72 episodes while she's sick in bed.
- The first half of episode 26 of Death Note is this, through the frame of L's reports on the Kira case, which Light subsequently finds and deletes.
Films — Animated
- Oddly enough, this is Older than Television; there are old animated theatrical shorts composed mainly of footage from other shorts. Tom and Jerry is very guilty of this, having six shorts composed mainly of footage from earlier T&J cartoons. One of the T&J "clipshows" takes it a bit further: after the usual schtick of having Tom watch older T&J cartoons, it then tries to pass off a scene of Tom working at a drawing board from an earlier short as being part of the actual story.
- Popeye cartoons from both Fleischer Studios and Famous Studios are also very guilty of this.
- "Adventures of Popeye" (1935: Popeye leaps out of a book to tell a live-action boy his adventures, using clips from "I Eats My Spinach", "Popeye the Sailor" (the pilot short), "Wild Elephinks" and "Axe Me Another".
- "I'm in the Army Now" (1936): Popeye and Bluto prove they're Army material by showing scenes from "Blow Me Down", "Shoein' Hosses", "Choose Yer Weppins" and "King of the Mardi Gras".
- "Customers Wanted" (1939): Popeye and Bluto show Wimpy clips from "Let's Get Movin'" and "The Twisker Pitcher".
- "Doing Imposskible Stunts" (1940): Popeye auditions to be a stuntman by showing clips from "I Never Changes My Altitude", "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard" and "Bridge Ahoy", while Swee'pea shows a clip of his heroics from "Lost and Foundry".
- "Spinach-Packin' Popeye" (1944): After losing a boxing match, Popeye tries to win Olive back by showing scenes from Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor and Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves. It turns out to be All Just a Dream.
- "Spinach vs. Hamburgers" (1948): Popeye tries to show his nephews the benefits of eating spinach by showing clips from "The Anvil Chorus Girl", "Pop-Pie a la Mode" and "She-Sick Sailors".
- Popeye's Premier (1949): Popeye and Olive Oyl watch Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp.
- "Popeye Makes a Movie" (1950): Popeye shows his nephews the making of ''Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves".
- "Friend or Phony" (1952): Bluto fakes an injury to he can make Popeye give up spinach and relates the events of "I'll Be Skiing Ya" and "Tar with a Star".
- "Big Bad Sindbad" (1952): Popeye tells his nephews the story of his encounter with Sindbad the Sailor.
- "Popeye's 20th Anniversary" (1954): Popeye celebrates 20 years in show business with clips from "Rodeo Romeo" and "Tops in the Big Top".
- "Penny Antics" (1955): Popeye and Bluto show Wimpy clips from "Silly Hillbilly", "Wotta Knight" and "The Fistic Mystic".
- "Assault and Flattery" (1956): Bluto sues Popeye for beating him up all the time and relates the events of "The Farmer and the Belle" and "How Green is My Spinach", while Popeye defends his case with a scene from "A Balmy Swami".
- "The Crystal Brawl" (1957): Popeye poses as a sooth seer and shows Bluto and Olive scenes from "Quick on the Vigor" and "Alpine for You" from a crystal ball.
- The Betty Boop short "Betty Boop's Rise to Fame", using clips from "Stopping the Show" (cut from modern prints), "Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle" and "The Old Man of the Mountain".
- The Trope Codifier (if not the outright Trope Maker) is likely an Out of the Inkwell short from 1925, Koko's Thanksgiving. Koko shows Max Fleischer clips from earlier cartoons in order to score some turkey.
Films — Live Action
- 1974's That's Entertainment! is a collection of highlights from MGM musicals, hosted by performers who had appeared in those films. Released as a Milestone Celebration for MGM's 50th anniversary, it was a surprise box-office hit. There would be two follow-ups: 1976's Part 2 included scenes from musicals and non-musicals, and 1993's Part III included Deleted Scenes and rehearsal/test footage from musicals along with finished scenes. The 1984 Spin-Off That's Dancing! didn't restrict itself to MGM movies. On top of all this, several variations were made well into The Eighties, such as America at the Movies (a tie-in to the U.S. Bicentennial), It's Showtime (animals), It Came from Hollywood (So Bad, It's Good) and Terror in the Aisles (thriller and horror films). This was also the inspiration for the Looney Tunes compilation movies described below.
- 1982's Trail of The Pink Panther is a variation that uses the format to make a movie starring Peter Sellers two years after he had died. The first half of the film uses then-unseen deleted scenes of Sellers as Inspector Clouseau from the series' 5th film (The Pink Panther Strikes Again) with new material filmed with the other actors to change the context and create a new storyline. When Clouseau goes missing at about the halfway mark, a reporter interviews people who knew him, triggering flashbacks to previously-seen clips from all of Sellers' previous PP films. The poor taste of the exercise led to a successful lawsuit by Sellers' widow against the studio and director/writer/producer Blake Edwards.
- The 1943 musical short Three Cheers for the Girls is based on clips from 1930s Warner Bros. . movie musicals, mostly Busby Berkeley Numbers.
- Gamera Tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu (which translates to So It's Come To This: A Gamera Clip Show); it's filled with stock footage recounting fights in the previous movies. Hope you really liked those previous films! It's perhaps only bested by 1980's even lazier Uchu Kaijū Gamera ("Another Gamera Clip Show"), which was the last entry in the series until 1995.
- One or two entries in the Guinea Pig series of gore films.
- Some Mondo film series will do this, an example being The Worst of Faces of Death.
- When Double Helix Films went bankrupt in 1992, their last effort Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor was left unfinished. The film finally saw a release in 2012 when a fan of the series edited the shot footage together with 35 minutes worth of clips from the three previous films.
- Half of the running time of Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 makes an extensive use of the clips from the previous movie.
Live Action TV
- Generally of dubious quality, but Andromeda's "Unconquerable Man" proved a deft use of the mechanism, changing the context of every clip.
- After the death of actor Jack Soo (Det. Yemana), Barney Miller aired a tribute in the form of a clip show, with the actors breaking character and recalling their favorite Yemana scenes.
- iCarly: iBloop is a clip show of bloopers, which makes it easier to digest than a normal clip show.
- Big Wolf on Campus did this twice. The first time was during the Season Two finale to show the Grim Reaper that Tommy Dawkins was too good to die. The second time was during the Third Season finale in which the ACTORS presented clips of the fans' favorite moments as well as clips of their favorite villains.
- Charmed also did an innovative clip show in season 5's "Cat House", by having Piper cast a spell before recounting (with her hubby, Leo) many memories to a shrink... which has the side effect of putting Phoebe and Paige into scenes of those memories (although some of the memories have been tweaked to excise Prue... Phoebe sort of hangs a lampshade on how Paige replaced Prue by noting, "You wanted to meet Prue," while they're in a memory featuring her as a wolf).
- The CSI episode "Lab Rats" served as both a Clip Show and a Recap Episode for the Miniature Killer arc.
- Dinosaurs did two clip shows, both having the framing device of a modern-day paleontologist making conclusions about dinosaur society that are shown to be completely wrong by the interspersed clips.
- The episode of Drake & Josh where the title characters go on "Dr. Phyllis"'s talk show.
- Due South ended its second season with a clip show. Until the show was resurrected that fall, it also served as the series finale, to the annoyance of fans.
- Friends is the master of the clip show. They have had so many, but they are so good. The first one was in Season 4, episode 21, where Ross's decision whether or not to invite Rachel and her decision whether or not to attend are accompanied by flashbacks of every memorable scene in their relationship over four seasons. There are about a total of four new scenes, period, including the two bookends.
- Subverted in "The one where everyone turns 30" which showed clips of what the gang did when they each turned 30.
- "The One With Christmas in Tulsa" in Series 9 played with this: half of the episode was a clip show, but the rest was new footage, and contained a very plot-relevant development. Namely Chandler quitting his job.
- Ending an entire series with a Clip Show is just asking for trouble. Naturally, people who write sitcoms do it all the time. Full House did it (using Michelle getting amnesia from a fall from a horse as a Framing Device). Growing Pains did it. The Facts of Life did it. Home Improvement did it. Leave It to Beaver did it, pioneering not only many clip shows to come but setting an early precedent for series finales altogether. When Seinfeld did it, there was rioting in the streets even though Seinfeld used the most interesting framing device in years (the gang was put on trial for, well, not being pleasant people). Sometimes, the series finale Clip Show is framed as the reminiscences of the characters as they prepare to move.
- The reason for the outrage over Seinfeld's clip show finale was that just prior to the finale, NBC aired a 70 minute clip show. So they gave us back to back clip shows. And since it was the most popular syndicated show of all time at that point, it was clips that everyone had seen 50 times already.
- Each of the four series of ''SClub'' ends this way... which is very annoying as they often used clips used in previous series finale clip shows. Though, given that the rest of the series finales revolves around being as depressing as possible, it may not have been such a bad thing. They also did this when Paul left, if I recall correctly.
- Kenan & Kel had a lampshade-hung clip show, with Kenan explaining how the concept worked: "All you have to do is stare into the distance, and everything gets all blurry."
- Because of the massive number of storylines running at any given time and the fact that networks have moved away from actually airing reruns for long-running serialized shows, ABC produced a good number of clip-shows for LOST and Desperate Housewives, usually airing them whenever the show's new season starts or after a brief hiatus between new episodes during the season. The purpose for these clip shows are to get returning fans up to speed with the plotlines or in the case of LOST, to clarify plot-points for viewers.
- MacGyver did at least three: "Friends", "Unfinished Business" and "Hindsight".
- The Incredible Hulk had a clip show centering around Jack McGee talking to his new boss, trying to justify his continued pursuit of the Hulk.
- Another episode, "Interview with the Hulk," another reporter manages to get an interview with David Banner and several clips are shown during the story.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 has an episode, The Hellcats, where the host segments were in Clip Show form; it was admitted in the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide that doing the narrative glue took up just as much time and money as making wholly new ones.
- The Outer Limits revival has quite a number of clip shows. Of course, being Sci-Fi, and seeing as these clips usually involved aliens, Time Travel or a potential end of the world, the framing devices were slightly above average in uniqueness (they even had the near-obligatory Cruel Twist Ending); but they were still clip shows.
- An unusual example occurs in the third act of the Frasier episode "Daphne Returns"; over the course of the episode, Niles and Daphne have been experiencing difficulties in their relationship, and in an effort to help, Frasier talks Niles through some of the significant moments in their relationship (their first meeting, their first dance, etc) — however, both the current Frasier and Niles are inserted into the scenes with their past selves, thus allowing the characters (and audience) to view the scenes in question from different perspectives. Not only are the clips worked into the episode in a logical and interesting fashion, but they only appear towards the end.
- Crock Tales also subverted the trope, in which new scenes depicting the cast in previous seasons were shot, with the cast recreating their mannerisms, and in some cases, wearing wigs.
- Power Rangers tends to play it straight with its seasonal clip shows, generally either as a form of recap or an attempt by the Rangers to piece together several past clues they originally missed to try and figure out what the enemy is really planning.
- The "Missing Episode" of Power Rangers Dino Thunder, really a promotional video for the next season (Power Rangers S.P.D.), was composed as a Clip Show with characters being shown images from the future.
- Of particular note is the 500th episode, "Legacy of Power", in which the incumbent team (Dino Thunder) is caught up on the entire history of the Power Rangers in a series of archived videos narrated by Tommy Oliver. Dino Thunder later had its own clip show, "A Test of Trust", after an Internal Reveal shook the team up a bit.
- Power Rangers Samurai had two in its first year, both as holiday specials. The Halloween one consisted of previous Monsters of the Week retelling their past battles against the heroes.
- MythBusters has done several clip shows:
- The "Buster Special" blends several clips of Buster getting trashed with footage of the rebuild.
- The "Outtakes Special" is just what it says — clips that didn't make it into the show.
- One could argue that "MythBusters Revealed" qualifies as well, with clips mixed in to interviews with the team.
- During the first season(s), several myths with similar themes (explosions, animals, etc.) were combined into one episode, while sacrificing some of the "filler" material from the original segments.
- As part of Discovery Channel's 25th anniversary celebration, MythBusters did a two-hour "Top 25 Moments" Clip Show special.
- One "Shark Week" special was a collection of shark-themed clips.
- Saved by the Bell does this three times. One episode uses a framing device of the gang hanging around the Max reminiscing about various scenes/episodes related to dating and romance. Another has Mr. Belding with a group of students from a class many years in the future, watching a video time capsule made by the "present" group of kids. The last has the gang at Zack's house remembering the wacky hijinks of their summer working at the beach club (the 8-episode summer season).
- A very unusual variant is the Scrubs episode "My Deja Vu, My Deja Vu", in which, after J.D. comments that at this stage of his career it seems like everything's happened before, much of the rest of the storyline consists of re-recorded scenes from earlier episodes. Scrubs also did a regular clip show in season 6 — really more of a montage show, with sequences of "people dancing", "people falling over", etc. The season six clip show is notable for its lampshade hanging and self-mockery. Fans in aggregate have rated it the series's worst episode.
- The funny thing is that in the re-recorded scenes of My Deja Vu, My Deja Vu, there are minor differences in the dialogue, such as the Janitor claiming to have been from Yale instead of Harvard. The entire point of the episode is that while things can repeat themselves, it's the little differences that matter.
- Unsurprisingly for a show made by the creators of The Outer Limits revival mentioned above, Stargate SG-1 has several clipshows, usually in the context of one of SG-1's political enemies trying to convince their superiors to fire SG-1.
- "Politics" at the end of Season 1 — the Stargate team tries to persuade a politician to keept funding the project
- "Out of Mind", last episode of Season 2 — the heroes have been captured by the enemy pretending to be friends and asking about past missions.
- "Disclosure" — the Stargate program is presented to representatives from other countries.
- "Inauguration" — the new President being briefed about the Stargate program. Interestingly enough, one of the clips of this Clip Show is from an original segment of the aforementioned Clip Show episode — "Disclosure".
- In Season 8 episode "Citizen Joe", they do a quite delightful clip show that actually has very few clips in it — the eponymous Joe is a regular guy who has picked up an alien device seven years ago that gives him a psychic connection to SG-1's Colonel O'Neill. Most of the episode is Joe recounting the events of various SG-1 episodes to the customers in his barber shop, and eventually trying to sell them as short stories. Joe's friends and wife get to play the role of the SG-1 fan as they make comments and complaints that real-life fans have made. They comment on Jonas Quinn, a temporary replacement for Dr. Daniel Jackson (because the actor playing Jackson took a year off from the show), for example.
- The second episode of season 5, Threshold, is something of a "fake-out". The setup of the show is that the characters have to stay awake with Teal'c, talking to him. Just when the viewer is certain it's going to be a boring clip-show, it turns out every one of Teal'c's past memories is brand-new footage containing tons of character development.
- Stargate Atlantis also has a clip show episode, "Letters from Pegasus". The characters record messages to be sent to Earth before they die, and footage from earlier in the season is aired again. It was mainly used to drive in the poignancy of that time in their lives as they were unable to describe all the things that had happened to them because the Stargate program is a secret. One memorable scene is footage of Atlantis rising from the ocean with an added voice-over entirely in Czech from Dr. Zelenka. However, the plot is still continued in-between the recorded messages.
- They have another clip show in the final season, in which the characters are put on trial by the inhabitants of the Pegasus Galaxy; the clips are flashbacks to the things they're accused of. (See SGA's Moral Dissonance section to find out just how much trouble they were in.) They got off by basically saying "Yeah, well, we're still the only ones who can save your asses from the Wraith."
- Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Voyager both do what could be considered a "reverse" clip show, where clips feature events that would come to pass later in the series. (In the former case, care is taken to make the clips come to pass exactly as shown. In the latter, thanks to the character's foreknowledge — the clips are events one character lived through as she travelled back in time to the present — the events which came to pass are similar, but not identical.)
- Star Trek: Voyager:
- While not strictly a clip show, there is an episode where the ship itself became a clip show of sorts, with different parts of it reverting to moments from different points in time, in a hilarious send-up of clip shows. You can recognize the episodes and even guess them, through all the seasons, reusing all the old hairstyles and everything that changed season to season. It was amazing :)
- Voyager also has the sixth season episode "The Voyager Conspiracy", which see Seven of Nine hypothesising that various unconnected events over the course of the series are linked together into some big conspiracy theory, dating all the way back to the pilot episode. Extensive use of clips of events from several former episodes are used to help illustrate her points. It was TNG's "Shades of Grey" done right.
- Meanwhile, Star Trek: The Next Generation has one of the most abysmal clip shows ever in its second-season finale, "Shades of Grey" It was almost literally, "Riker's got a fever and the only prescription is A CLIP SHOW!"
- On the other hand, Star Trek: The Original Series has a (much better) two-part episode, "The Menagerie", which is often named as a clip show, although all of the clips were from the unaired Pilot episode. This fact is lampshaded in-universe due to the impossibility of things such as overhead shots of the Enterprise and alternating camera angles.
- Stroker and Hoop made an interesting use of this trope during its season one finale (although it didn't get a second season). The heroes were being held in a Death Trap by someone who swore revenge on them. He would only release them if they could identify him. All the clips focused on a minor character who appeared in some (but not all) of the episodes in the series, whom they unwittingly wronged in every episode, either directly or indirectly.
- Lexx's Clip Show was also a Wham Episode, with The Reveal and a major character's death.
- War of the Worlds uses a clip show near the end of its first season, framed as the Blackwood project's presentation to a international conference on alien-fighting. The clip show section only takes up about half of the episode, however, as the aliens besiege the conference in order to prevent the producers from needing to magic up clips to go along with the presentations of the other countries involved.
- In the early WKRP in Cincinnati episode, "Mama's Review", Mama Carlson comes to review the progress of the radio station and Andy and Arthur Carlson ineffectually try to explain the bizarre disasters that have occured as seen in the clips. Unlike similar shows, this episode also features significant character development of both Mama and Son Carlson as each own up to their mistakes.
- Small part of The X-Files series finale, "The Truth," feels like a Clip Show. In the episode, the characters recap the series Myth Arc as part of Mulder's trial, and the clips accompany their recaps, but the after the trial, there are new scenes.
- Xena: Warrior Princess has several. The most memorable is the bard one, which has Gabrielle at bard school, where she sings the praises of Xena. This clip show also uses footage from the Steve Reeves movie sung by the bard Stallonus (as an actor called Sylverster), and footage from Spartacus sung by the bard Homer, who wins the competition by closing his eyes before singing (thus earning the nickname "the blind bard").
- Another Gabrielle-based clip show was very well done by going over the current Arc, which has Xena and Gabby's relationship straining, and put a new spin on the events of a pivotal two-parter by exploring Gabrielle's motives. It also uses cut footage to good effect AND serves to close a Plot Hole that had been hanging (namely, how did Gabby get to China before Xena?).
- There is also a rather unusual example in the fourth season episode "Lifeblood"; the production company had filmed an hour-long pilot for a new series, Amazon High, which never got picked up (among other reasons, it doesn't appear to have been very good). So, instead, they edited a bunch of the footage into a X:WP episode that explained the "origin" of the Amazons through a series of vision quest flashbacks. Ergo: a Clip Show that didn't look like a Clip Show. Clever, yes?
- The episodes of both Xena and Hercules that are based in the present day are almost always clip shows, but it's understandable why those aren't discussed offen.
- Three's Company has a "best of" clip show hosted by Lucille Ball.
- The Season 7 M*A*S*H episode "Our Finest Hour" has reporter Clete Roberts, previously used in the acclaimed Season 4 episode "The Interview", returning to the 4077th to interview the doctors and nurses for a black-and-white TV documentary. However, whereas the earlier episode featured all-new material and never broke from its concept, "Our Finest Hour" awkwardly inserts a large number of (color) clips from earlier episodes in a manner that destroys any kind of narrative flow in the Roberts segments. All of this goes a long way toward explaining why "Our Finest Hour" is regarded by many M*A*S*H fans as one of the weakest episodes in the show's run, making its title more than a little ironic.
- In its very first season, Diff'rent Strokes has an episode where Mr. Drummond reminisces with Arnold and Willis while they prepare to celebrate their first Christmas together. That's right: not only did they give us a Clip Show a mere nine episodes into the series' run, they combined it with a Christmas Episode in the bargain! And it was a two-part episode, to boot. In the framing sequence, Mr. Drummond wakes up the kids in the middle of the night to remind them that it's the 8-week anniversary of their arrival.
- The Pretender, "Mr. Lee": Mr. Lee tries to find Jarod by interviewing people from past episodes.
- Forever Knight, "Close Call": Schanke starts putting together all the strange things he's noticed about Nick (and comes this close to confirming that Nick is a vampire).
- The twelfth episode of Legend of the Seeker is a recap of the events of the early episodes, using the frame of Rahl tapping into Richard's mind with a spell and trying to get information out of him.
- The second season has another one, this time the frame being The Creator putting Richard on trial.
- Kamen Rider Dragon Knight has a rare and completely ridiculous example of a clip show that flashes back to another clip show.
- The show actually has three in its run, a bit much for the amount of episodes the show has. What's worse, the final battle and main resolution of the story takes place in the penultimate episodes, with the actual final episode being a clipshow of the whole series, which tied up some of the loose ends in passing. "Kit's dad and Sting? Oh yeah, they got better." No wonder the series was cancelled before either of these got to air...
- Panel Shows such as Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You and Would I Lie to You?? record upwards of 2 hours' footage for every programme, which is then edited down to half an hour. They thus get a lot of mileage out of clip shows showing highlights as well as some Deleted Scenes.
- The Cosby Show has some clip shows, including one which aired outtakes, bloopers, and deleted scenes.
- Family Ties had several of these. In one, the family members share stories with Alex's girlfriend Ellen; another has Alex's second girlfriend, Lauren, asking family members to relate past stories while working on a research paper ; still another has the men and women of the family rehashing past incidents while arguing at a restaurant; finally, there's one where everyone reminisces while Andy works on a time capsule he's planning to bury.
- Spoofed by Saturday Night Live when Justine Bateman hosted and they did a "Family Ties" skit. The Keatons would reminisce about a previous episode which was another clip show which would flash back to another episode.
- Which then flash backed into an episode of The Jeffersons which was itself a clip show...
- All in the Family:
- The 100th episode, aired in December 1974, was a "best of" clip show hosted by Henry Fonda. Unlike many clip shows before or after, there was no plot per se; it was merely Fonda introducing clips and providing commentary.
- The 200th episode, which came in early 1979, was an updated "best of" clip show, this time hosted by series creator Norman Lear. As was the case with the original, the plot was discarded in favor of a montage of clips and commentary from Lear.
- The Jeffersons' clip show came midway through the fourth season (1977-1978), when George and Louise – after interrupting a burglary at their apartment, are tied to chairs while the robbers get away – reminisce about their first three years in Manhattan. As a bonus, the show flashes back to their days on All in the Family and their conflicts with Archie Bunker.
- The season 6 episode of The Office, "The Banker". Though one of the first known mockumentaries to have a clip show, the episode followed a fairly standard clip show format, having characters recall past moments and grouping clips into accidents and injuries, Jim's pranks, romantic moments, etc. Though at least a third of the episode was new footage, the show got flack for being on hiatus for over a month and coming back to a clip show rather than a new episode.
- Night Court did a two-part clip show where a city auditor(played by Les Nesman) demanded an explanation for the outrageous expenses filed by the people in Harry's court. Then Judge Harry's office is taken hostage by a clown with a gun played by Mr. Carlin.
- The Steve Harvey Show did this when Byron came to do a Where Are They Now-esque show featuring Steve. Unfortunately, everyone wanted to talk about themselves. Byron became frustrated that Steve did not have any juicy secrets and when the show aired, all it said was that Steve was a music teacher.
- In the first season of Dead Like Me they had a clip show episode. But still managed to be interesting because it gave some insight on Daisy for the first time, and tried their best to make the time between the clips interesting to watch.
- The Eureka episode "You Don't Know Jack", which centers around a memory-recording device that starts erasing people's memories.
- Malcolm in the Middle actually titled its clips shows Clip Show, and Clip Show 2.
- The 3rd Rock from the Sun episode "Seven Deadly Clips", in which the clips were loosely themed around the Seven Deadly Sins. It includes Harry mistakenly identifying "falling down" as a deadly sin so that they could show a bunch of Slapstick clips. Also, a clip of Evil Dick is included at one point, as though it were demonstrating the behavior of the "real" Dick.
- Home Improvement had two: "Tool Time After Dark", where Tim watches tapes of the Show Within a Show Tool Time, and the second part of the three part finale, where Tim, Brad and Mark reminisce about their life in Detroit while preparing to move.
- The 3000th and 4000th episodes of Wheel of Fortune were clip shows giving glimpses at the show's history, also including some memorable moments (five words: "A group of pill-pushers"). Sister show Jeopardy also did this for its 4000th.
- Hannah Montana's clip show was in the form of an interview, and not subtle at all.
- The series finale of Boy Meets World, although it had a plot going on at the same time.
- Young Dracula has the episode "Fangs for the Memories", which is somewhat helpful since the show was cancelled then Un-Cancelled, meaning much of the footage was from four years ago.
- Sons Of Guns had one — Sons Of Guns: Guns of Glory on Thanksgiving 2011 listed the crew's favorite projects from the previous episodes.
- JAG had only one: "Lifeline" in season 6. Though there were a couple of brief clip-show-style moments in a few other episodes.
- The season ending episodes of seasons three and four of Punky Brewster when it went into first-run syndication were clip shows. "Remember When" (season three) featured clips as the gang dealt with a power outtage during a blizzard. while "Wedding Bells For Brandon" (season four and series finale) used clips from past episodes as a wedding for Punky's dog Brandon and a female golden retriever named Brenda was arranged.
- Pee-Wee's Playhouse marks yet another series that used a clip show as its finale. Miss Yvonne mistakenly thinks that Pee-wee is selling the Playhouse and thinks back to all the fun everyone's had there in the past.
- There was another episode that was a clip show, as well: when Cowboy Curtis comes over to visit, the Playhouse characters think back to all the fun they had with Curtis in the past.
- The Young and the Restless has had a number of these over the years, often involving Victor Newman reminiscing on his on-and-off romance with Nikki and/or the importance of family.
- "The Stoop Sessions" from Impractical Jokers comprised of this and some behind-the-scene footage.
- Minder did one as a Christmas Episode, with the principals sitting around the pub remembering the events of the year.
- "Horrible Histories" has ended each series after the first with a clip show of the ten best music videos (in chronological order) from that series under the title "Savage Songs".
- Mr. Show had three mid-season specials that acted as this. The first was about them appearing on an infomercial, the second was them doing a press conference (which wasn't include on any of the DVDs), the third was the cast dubbing over an old news program.
- Pair Of Kings had one in the shape of a Courtroom Episode. a magic stone showed memories of people holding it.
- Imagination Movers combined this with Remember When You Blew Up a Sun? in "Mouse Scouts Clip Show," in which the Movers remind Warehouse Mouse of various great things he's done in the past and clips of those things are shown.
- "HAL" in Pixelface. An incomplete update cause the Console to go insane. As she torments the characters, she keeps playing clips from her "archive" to illustrate her points.
- Castle, "Still": Used to reminisce about Castle and Beckett while the latter is standing on a Pressure Plate with a bomb attached.
- In My Name Is Earl, Earl was in a coma, and his coma dream consisted of a Dom Com where he was married to Billie Cunningham. A clip show (where Earl and Billie and all their friends are now elderly and reminiscing) marks the episode where Earl finally comes out of the coma in the "real" world.
- The Golden Girls featured a clip show in every season between seasons 3 and 7 - and every one was a double episode!
- Air Crash Investigation: The "Science of Disaster" episodes can be counted as this, as it's usually half a recap of air disasters centering around a theme (ATC, bad weather, pilot errors, etc.) and half an explanation about the theme itself and how to prevent similar disasters in the future.
- The final episode of Warehouse 13 centers entirely on the Warehouse agents reliving their 'most defining Warehouse moment.' The best part? This is a complete subversion of the "reusing old footage" part of the trope. All of the old footage that is used is only seen for a moment before the new content is introduced. All of the major flashback sequences were filmed especially for this episode, and actually end up being the most satisfying part.
- The '70s show Emergency! ended its run with a clip show, The Greatest Rescues of Emergency! as part of the two main characters reminiscing when they both get promoted to Captain. However, it was NOT a Grand Finale, as two further movies aired after it.
- Tracker had 'Remember When' where Cole is zapped by his fugitive storage device and loses his memory. It returns by the end, but serves as a convenient Clip Show Plot Device.
- The NCIS season 12 episode "House Rules" is both this and a Christmas Episode.
- The Time Team episode "Greatest Discoveries" is just the main presenters (Tony, Phil, Mick Aston, Helen Geake, and Tony) discussing past shows and clips thereof.
- The Kids Praise series had a clip album: Psalty's Singalongathon Maranatha Marathon Hallelujah Jubilee, set up as a TV special where viewers at home could phone in their votes for their favorite songs from the previous albums, which Psalty and the Kids would then perform.
- In a way, The music equivalent of a clip show is the Greatest Hits Album.
- The BBC's Top of the Pops 2 which mostly focussed on selected archive performances from the show's history, as well as showcasing the odd bit of new music.
- This folder could just be called "Gerry Anderson Shows" - they were generally made towards the end of production:
- Stingray1964: "Aquanaut Of The Year" (in which Troy is being honoured as part of This Is Your Life - cue flashbacks to previous missions).
- Thunderbirds: "Security Hazard" (in which a little boy named Chip stows away on Thunderbird 2 and when found is put in the care of the brothers and Jeff - cue flashbacks to previous missions as Virgil, Alan, Scott and Gordon explain how their craft are important).
- Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons: "The Inquisition" (in which Captain Blue is being interrogated by a representative of Spectrum Intelligence - cue flashbacks to previous missions as Blue tries to show he is who he says he is). He eventually realises it's a Mysteron plot.
- Joe90: "The Birthday" (in which Joe finally celebrates his 10th birthday - cue flashbacks to previous missions).
- Terrahawks: "Ma's Monsters" (in which Zelda is unhappy over her constant failures to wipe out the Terrahawks - cue flashbacks to... you know).
- Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri: The cutscene for "The Voice of Planet" Secret Project consists primarily of sped-up clips from all the previous cutscenes in the game to represent the entire contents of their version of the internet being forcibly uploaded into the Planet brain with the force of every reactor on the planet.
- Brawl in the Family has done this in the "Turnabout Kirby" plot, where Dedede shows several pictures of Kirby's eating mishaps from past comics (amidst newly created ones)
Subversions and Parodies
Anime and Manga
- The second episode of Miami Guns was a Clip Show that reviewed episodes from an imaginary first season.
- Subverted in Seitokai Yakuindomo. The final episode starts its second half with what appears to be a regular clip show. Then things start getting strange when characters flash back to events that didn't happen the way they happened. In Mutsumi's case, events that weren't even in the same genre. And it gets Up to Eleven weirder; apparently Tsuda's souvenir actually changed to conform to Shino's warped memory, causing Tsuda to go into a short Heroic BSOD. That the whole thing is topped off with a preview for the show that will be taking their time slot (that also doesn't exist) cements the show taking a sledgehammer to the fourth wall.
Live Action TV
- Parodied in Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger Episode 13. The Akibarangers are sent a DVD of their previous adventures in order to find out what they did wrong in order to get a second season. This episode features enough humorous commentary by the team to be a parody alone. Eventually they figure out it was just the producer's way to force a clip show episode.
- Subverted with Doctor Who's season 23, the four serials (or one, or three, depending on who you ask) are set out like a clip show but it's all new footage.
- The Terror of the Vervoids section is a bit of a Double Subversion, in that the clips shown are of events that have yet to happen, from the point of view of the characters in the courtroom.
- Parodied in Community twice, in "Paradigms of Human Memory" and "Curriculum Unavailable". In both episodes, the study group recall past events in a similar set-up to a Clip Show, but all the clips are new scenes, resulting in more of a Noodle Incident Show. In addition there are a couple segments that take place — but not actually in — a few episodes. One example in "Paradigms of Human Memory" is them having a flashback to "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" but not done in claymation, or an extra scene not shown in the episode, and in "Curriculum Unavailable" the whole Greendale Asylum segment.
- Stargate SG-1: lampshaded and parodied in episode "200"
- Subverted in the 30 Rock episode "The Bubble" when Jack mentions that Tracy's contract is up and Liz responds that they sure do have some crazy memories of Tracy. They stand quietly for a moment with Liz remarking "I'm picturing them right now", but no clip starts and both characters shake it off and continue with the episode.
- The April Fools' Day episode of iCarly starts out like a typical clip show episode...but soon turns into absolute madness.
- The season 1 finale of Taxi has a standard clip show format with everyone reminiscing about their times driving a cab that's just been wrecked. However, it's entirely new material.
- In the penultimate episode of Supernatural season eight (actually called "Clip Show"), Crowley starts killing people Sam and Dean have saved, threatening to destroy their entire lives' work unless they stand down. Clips from previous episodes are used so we know who all these people coming Back for the Dead are, but they actually don't take up a large part of the episode.
- One episode of the disney show "Kickin It" ended up with Jack getting amnesia, and the rest of the dojo having to jog his memory by reminding him of his life.
- In the Hamish And Dougal episode "Trapped!", Hamish and Dougal find themselves trapped on an escalator (yes, it's that kind of show), and Hamish reminisces about the events of the previous episode, because that's what you do when you're trapped somewhere. Dougal doesn't quite get the concept, becoming confused as to which of him is when halfway through a line from the clip, and then remembering a scene from Friends instead.
- Spoofed on Homestar Runner: Strong Bad, when asked about his favorite emails, lists two real examples, "invisibility" and "gimmicks", but then starts making ones up (like the time he got drunk on soy sauce and tried to fly Bubs' Concession Stand, or the time Coach Z and Pom Pom got in a knife fight). This caused a lot of confusion when some people thought they were real excerpts, and that they had missed emails.
- Similarly referenced in "email thunder" when Homestar explains that Strong Bad was in a bunch of his hremails, listing the two real sbemails "caper" and "long pants" before following them up with a fake one where he dressed up like Coach Z.
- In a cartoon that never aired on the site (originally seen at the Flash Forward convention), Homestar misinterprets the name of the con as "The Flashback Show". Strong Bad's response: "I love a good cop-out!" He then has "flashbacks" to previous cons in the style of a clip show.
- Also done in Strong Bad's "Sbemailiarized" series, where Strong Bad bookends an old cartoon between scenes of himself reading an email and tries to pass it off as a new episode.
- The Insecticomics has a clip webcomic, in which Tarantulas uses a device to show Megatron past and future comic panels. Oddly enough, some of the panels never actually happened and were probably thrown in for the heck of it.
- In 8-Bit Theater, at one point Black Mage asks "Have I mentioned that I hate Thief?" Which cues a montage of the times Black Mage said that he hates Thief in response to Thief screwing the team over. One of these is from an event where Black Mage doesn't actually use the phrase, but it's got a lampshade along the lines of "I'm not saying it, but I'm certainly thinking it." The last of these is just a scene from Boondock Saints with the faces of the Light Warrior pasted on.
- Basic Instructions provides a "how to".
- Satirized in The Nostalgia Critic's 100th Episode special, where the Critic appears on-camera to tell the audience that they can watch some lame clips of his past episodes while he goes backstage to smoke a joint... until the characters in the clips call him out on it and insist that he review Battlefield Earth.
- In the commentary for that episode, Mr. Walker said he planned to do a clip show... but with all the clips not being from any episode. Seems like he wanted to do some personal favorites...
- Avatar: The Last Airbender's penultimate episode had another variation: the characters attend a play about their adventures, which provides a more-or-less accurate summary of the series so far while somehow managing to get the details comically wrong and accurately poke fun at itself at the same time.
- Spoofed in the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "The Good Ol' Ed", which had the Eds collecting things from previous episodes for a time capsule and reminiscing about past misadventures. While events of actual episodes were mentioned, all the "flashbacks" were to events never seen in previous episodes (a fake time machine scam, Edd getting a bad case of the hiccups, and the Eds trying to make the world's biggest pancake). The only real flashback was Ed remembering something that happened earlier in the current episode, and that was interrupted by Eddy smacking Ed with a fish and protesting "I hate clip shows!"
- The Phineas and Ferb episode "Phineas's Birthday Clip-o-Rama" is both a straight example and a subversion, because there is at least one clip in each segment that didn't come from any episode and makes no sense at all.
- The second episode of Clerks is a clip show that flashes back to a single scene of the first episode several times and then starts making up clips from episodes that had never happened.
- As well as showing clips from that episode that happened 5 minutes ago.
- Made even better by the fact that the series was shown out of production order and as such there are no clips or references to the fourth episode of the series which was actually the first to air.
- Spoofed in an episode of The Powerpuff Girls ("The City of Clipsville"): The episode starts out looking like a clip show, but the clips quickly turn into outrageous, bizarre events that never took place. Ultimately it turns out the clip show was a clip, with them at the end saying "Remember when we were remembering things?"
- Spoofed again in the final episode of the Sam & Max: Freelance Police cartoon. While captured by the most memorable villains of the series, Sam and Max reminisce about things that never happened in the show. They continue to do this while escaping.
- South Park parodies this in "City on the Edge of Forever", where the children recall incidents from past episodes, but their stories increasingly diverge from the original episodes. Eventually the kids starts lampshading the fact that the original stories didn't happen quite like that. Ultimately the episode is explained away as All Just a Dream of Cartman's, which then turns out to be a Dream Within a Dream of Stan's, who notes, "I must have some serious emotional problems!"
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Grim Reaper Gutters" started out as a subversion of a clip show where at least a couple of the flashback turned out to be camera footage secretly compiled by Frylock and Meatwad. Their clip show ends when Meatwad, faced with his depressing and meaningless life, kills himself
- Duck Dodgers uses a subversion in "Deconstructing Dodgers", where specific episodes and incidents are mentioned, but the actual clips shown are outtakes, unused gags or even one-shot jokes with no setup or context whatsoever.
- Subverted in Total Drama Action, where they briefly return to Camp Wawanakwa from the first season.
Chris: If you need to take a moment to reminisce about the great times you had here...
Everyone else: [laugh for a rather long time]
Chris: Fine. We'll skip the good memories montage.
- There's an episode of The Fairly OddParents in which Wanda and Timmy show clips to prove what a good godparent, friend, and humor generator Cosmo is — but they're all things that must've happened between episodes.
- Motorcity did this with the episode "Threat Level: Texas" in which Texas retells events that happened in "Power Trip," "The Duke of Detroit" and "Going Dutch" only to match his Self-Serving Memory, so believes that all the good ideas and KaneCo attacks were performed by him instead of Mike. Everyone in these flashbacks are incredibly out of character and can't stop talking about how "awesome" Texas is.
- The The Amazing World of Gumball episode, "The Finale" starts off as a clip show by showing scenes from previous episodes as the Wattersons look through their photo album. However, this quickly gets dropped after Hector's Mom reminds the Wattersons that they owe the town large amounts of money to pay for the damages caused by their past actions. Afterwards, while events from past episodes are constantly mentioned, only twice are clips from past episodes shown, the first of which is a Fully Automatic Clip Show of Richard's reckless driving.