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People aren't perfect. It's an understandable fact. When a character recognizes this, they might try to improve or eliminate a stock vice ([[TheAlcoholic alcohol]], [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbation]], [[SirSwearsALot swearing]], [[BigEater eating sweets]]), which in any other episode would be portrayed as completely normal. But for this episode, the problem must be ''completely'' eradicated. Beyond clean living, this is a sterilization of a minor imperfection.

Of course, ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere, StatusQuoIsGod, and perfect characters aren't relatable for the audience. So, one end of episode SnapBack later, they're back at square one. And the simple problem is never exaggerated this much again.

This is common in episodes revolving around New Year's Resolutions, dieting, abstinence, re-finding religion, etc. Expect a family character to force others to participate alongside them.

Compare CompressedVice, where a new fault is expanded and eliminated. Consider also FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome and MrViceGuy.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Shelton and Mavrides' ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' (the Frisco hippies with attitude) once try going cold turkey from all recreational chemicals. After three miserable, horrible, tedious, dragging, hours, they give up and are seen snorting and ingesting every drug to hand as if their lives depended on it.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'': Nav being forced to temporarily give up on sex. Somewhat {{Justified|Trope}} due to his current health issues, and he does improve slightly on this after he recovers from his injuries.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In one episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Phil attempts to lose weight, and he and Vivian force the entire family to be more health conscious as well.
* In the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Contest", the characters try to "[[UnusualEuphemism be the master of their domain]]" by spending the longest without... [[ADateWithRosiePalms mastering their domain]]. It doesn't last long. It was called back to, however, even in the series finale.
* The ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One With All The Resolutions", where among other things, Chandler tries and fails to give up sarcasm.
* ''Series/ModernFamily'': The Dunphys have a contest to see who can go the longest without using a computer. [[spoiler:Haley wins by making a fake cell phone out of soap to trick the others into thinking she caved in first.]]
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'': Archie and Mike have a bet over who can last longer (of a 48 hour limit): Archie without a cigar or Mike without eating. (Mike's a BigEater.) They start taunting each other: [[ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere Mike starts smoking in front of Archie and Archie eats in front of Mike]]. They decide to call it a draw, with Archie lighting up & Mike eating on the count of three; but [[spoiler: Archie pulls the lighter away from his cigar just as Mike starts eating, therefore he wins the bet. But then while gloating he accidentally puts the lit end of the [[LaserGuidedKarma cigar in his mouth and burns his tongue]]]]
* In an episode of ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', the titular characters made a bet that they could each quit junk food or videogames respectively longer than the other.
* In ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Hawkeye once took a bet from BJ that he could go a whole 24 hours without making a joke. He barely made it, and celebrated his victory by snarking about everything that had happened that day over the PA system at 12:01 AM.
** Hawkeye also pledged to give up drinking for a week after seeing just how much he was drinking in response to the war. After a rough session in the OR on the seventh day (that involved grappling with a North Korean patient ''holding a live grenade''), he joined the rest of the staff in the Officers Club and ordered a double scotch.
-->'''Hawkeye''': Yes! I admit it! [[INeedAFreakingDrink I need this drink!]] ''[{{beat}}]'' ''[sets the drink down]'' I'll be back when I ''want'' one, not when I need one.
* In ''Series/FatherTed'' for Lent Ted decides to give up cigarettes, Dougal rollerblading, and on Jack's behalf, Ted makes a vow that Jack will give up drinking. After they can't go one day without succumbing they call in a specialist, who turns out to be quite insane, and eventually they do a turnaround and indulge these things to a greater degree than they did before.
* One episode of ''Series/CornerGas'' followed the characters for a year as they tried to follow their New Year's resolutions. Only Lacy managed it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/PuyoPuyo Puyo Puyo 20nth Anniversary]]'': In his story segment, Lemres tried to train without his candy for a few days, due to it contributing to his magic power, possibly trying to wean himself from relying on it. The end result? '''''Candy withdrawal.'''''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/PvP'''s Brent Sienna once resolved to give up sarcasm. He made a crack about his boss' weight-loss resolution a mere five seconds later, which was considered a new personal record for him.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': In [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-08-29 Begin Countdown]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' prohibition episode, brought on by one exceptionally rowdy St. Patrick's Day. This is enforced, as the 200 year old prohibition law is revealed early in the episode, and the 199 year old anti-prohibition law is revealed near the end.
-->'''Narrator:''' And so, one town's brief flirtation with prohibition ended in a joyous remarriage to Lady Liquor. Congratulations, Springfield! We wish you the very best!
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': One episode centers on Spongebob (and Patrick) rejecting all their normal activities and acting as adults (which boils down to becoming StopHavingFunGuys). Patrick snaps first, basically declaring that GrowingUpSucks.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', when Peter almost dies (Death pays him a visit) while driving when drunk, he promises to stop drinking beer. Death shows Peter that his teetotaler self is very intelligent and wealthy but pretentious, so Peter decides to drink in moderation in a StatusQuoIsGod decision.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', after bingeing on cookies gives her a bellyache, Angelica decides to stop eating cookies, enlisting the help of the babies to keep her from eating cookies. She spends the episode {{Angst}}ing, and recalls the role cookies have played in her entire short life. Eventually, she ends up going after cookies that have fallen into a pail of soapy water.