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Tropes that apply to a particular single episode of a TV show. Not to be confused with the British sitcom of the same name.

Significant date episode

Episodes that revolve around what the characters do (or not) to celebrate culturally significant dates, especially holidays.

Genre shift episode

The show switches genres for one episode, but keeps the main cast.

Unusual location episode

Episode where the main cast goes to places they don't usually hang out at.

Unusual situation episode

Episodes where the main cast is placed into unusual situations.

Illness episode

Episodes where members of the main cast fall ill or are injured.

Unusual activity episode

Episodes where members of the main cast engage in unusual (for them) activities.

Contest/sports/game episode

Episodes where the main cast participates in sports or other kinds of games and contests.

  • Baseball Episode
    The characters train for and participate in a baseball game.
  • The Boxing Episode
    The characters train for, participate in, or attend a boxing match.
  • Evasive Fight Thread Episode
    The characters compete in some discipline but the outcome is never revealed.
  • The Olympics
    The characters partake in the Olympics, whether a local version or the real deal.
  • Paintball Episode
    The characters train for and participate in a paintball game.
  • RPG Episode
    The characters play a role-playing game for most of the episode.
  • Town Contest Episode
    The characters participate in a town-wide contest in some discipline.

Character-centered episode

Episodes focusing on secondary characters, personality traits of the main cast, exotic creatures, or even inanimate objects.

(Non-)Continuity episode

Episodes important (or completely irrelevant) to the show's overall continuity.

Production trivia episode

Episodes notable for unusual format or production details.

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