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"God. I've watched this episode several times now, and I still just wince in pain at this scene every time."
Agony Booth's recap of "Threshold"

It's kinda hard to "just relax" when something extraordinarily stupid happens in a TV show that could easily have been fixed in other ways.

No Real Life examples including news broadcasts, Executive Meddling and Fan Dumb. The former one is just asking for trouble and the latter two should be posted on their own pages.

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  • 24:
    • Towards the end of season 3, during a round of Xanatos Speed Chess in which the only leverage CTU had against Saunders was his daughter. To get his daughter back, he had Michelle kidnapped to force Tony to bring his daughter to him and arrange a hostage exchange. Jack manages to catch up with Tony who reluctantly agrees to have CTU show up at the hostage exchange in the vain hope of catching Saunders (who could have easily just sent his goons to the trade). Luckily, Michelle escapes custody of the terrorists and relays back her location. You'd think that would be a golden opportunity to catch the villain, but Jack Bauer, who is usually very smart thought it would be a better idea to tell her Michelle to let herself get recaptured to let the trade go through. And the kicker? it actually worked. Saunders, a villain who successfully stayed hidden all these years didn't consider the possibility that CTU would show up at the trade.
    • During season 7, President Taylor and her cabinet prepare for an airstrike on a villain's base. As their planes approach, everyone present is confident that the strike will succeed. Suddenly, President Taylor gets a phone call from the very villain they're about to bomb, and this is announced to everyone in the room. Taylor leaves to take the call. Minutes later, she comes back in, totally panicked, all traces of the confidence she was just displaying gone, and orders the airstrike aborted. After the strike is aborted, everybody in her cabinet just stares at her in total confusion. Nobody thinks to ask her "Alright, what did he tell you?" They are all aware that she just took a phone call from the villain they were just about to bomb. A villain known to be carrying a biological weapon. And nobody can figure out why she's suddenly panicked and ordered the strike aborted. And she won't tell them. It should be painfully obvious that the villain has just threatened her with something, but somehow this never occurs to anybody.
  • Among many, examples found on Seventh Heaven one of the most troubling occurs in Season 6 when Mary returns to Glenoak following her banishment to Buffalo, New York. Annie welcomes her back with open arms as "the prodigal daughter," even offering her the apartment above the garage. When Matt, Lucy, Simon and Ruthie all raise the legitimate, reasonable concern that maybe Mary hasn't changed for the better and is taking advantage of Annie's kindness, Annie responds by banishing all four of them to the (unfinished) garage apartment, refusing to care for them at all until they apologize to her and Mary. It's a week before they do. Keep in mind, both Simon and Ruthie are minors (which makes this a matter for Child Protective Services). Eric does nothing at all to put a halt to this act of child abuse at the hands of his insane wife.
  • In the Christian kids show The Adventures of Gospel Bill, a glaring one happens in the episode "The Fugitive, Part 1". Specifically, a political candidate the title character had a run in with years ago, teams up with the show's recurring arch nemesis, in order to have Sheriff Bill removed from office, so that they can swoop in and turn the town into a gambling and mining town. To do this, the candidate sends his nephew, pretending to be a tax auditor, in with 3 crooked Texas Rangers, with the intent of claiming that Bill (who is also the tax collector in that town) has been embezzling funds, and summarily arresting him, and then killing him when he attempts to escape. The wallbanger comes in when Bill's friend and occasional deputy Nicodemus decides to go rescue Bill from the armed rangers and crooked auditor: Nicodemus only has a broken gun, so he decides to simply fake a hold up while the crooks are marching Bill to his doom. This works, and all the crooks throw down their perfectly working weapons. Bill then orders Nicodemus to help him take these men back to jail, at which point Nicodemus reveals that he can't, because the gun he used to free him doesn't work. As opposed to leaving well enough alone, or simply kicking a working gun over to Bill (who is standing not even 6 inches away from both him and at least 3 working guns). Because of this, the episode turns into a two parter, as the criminals pick up their guns, and chase the protagonists into the wilderness.
  • On All My Children, the writers retconned Erica Kane's abortion (which occurred right after Roe v. Wade) by saying that the ob/gyn who performed the procedure saved the fetus by implanting it in his infertile wife. Who then carried it to term and gave birth to a healthy baby boy.'' Even putting aside the sheer absurdity of such a procedure being performed in the mid 1970's, it retconned out of existence one of the show's signature and most groundbreaking stories.
  • Season 5 of The A-Team. Especially how the A-Team ended up working for'the government in order to earn a pardon under General Stockwell's terms. The show's whole point was that they were running from the government. If the writers wanted them to get pardoned, they should have saved that whole arc for the series's last couple of episodes, not the beginning of a season.
  • The lie detector scene from the Agents Of Shield episode 'The Only Light in the Darkness' is one Wallbanger after another. So S.H.I.E.L.D. has fallen thanks to Captain America's actions in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the team is on the run, with Ward being revealed to the audience as a Hydra traitor. The team manages to find sanctuary in a S.H.I.E.L.D. base staffed by a Genre Savvy agent who forces them all to go through a superscience lie detector test to prove they aren't Hydra agents. When he gets to Ward he naturally gets caught lying, and the agents pulls a gun on him and starts pressing him for more answers. This is where the banging starts. Ward is clearly dodging the questions, and the machine isn't buying it, until he sticks his finger with a sliver of metal and tells the truth From a Certain Point of View which somehow convinces the machine that he's not lying and the agent lets him go. How could he not tell he was doing all sorts of verbal gymnastics to avoid giving a straight answer? Real life polygraph operators stick to a straight 'Yes or no' answer policy for that exact reason. Also sticking himself with a sliver of metal shouldn't have let him pass the test. At best, it would be inconclusive, at worst it would make him fail harder from the stress. No wonder the agent giving the test ends up dead later on.
  • Body of Proof has Megan and one of the guys discussing their Victim of the Week. Spermless semen was found inside her, and Megan asks her guy if he can think of any single man who'd have a vasectomy instead of just using a condom. The guy of course says no, there's no way that any single man would ever have a vasectomy, and they conclude that she absolutely must have been having an affair with a married man (which she was, but it's their logic that causes foreheads to be introduced to hard objects). Single guys never have vasectomies, riiiiiiight...
  • Bones:
    • On the trail of a cannibal killer, the third season of ended with the Character Derailment of Zack, in a last-second reveal that he was an apprentice cannibal killer. With no lead-in or explanation whatsoever. The writers admitted they made their decision at random, and it was hastily written in two months before the shooting.
    • Booth having a brain tumor that let him see Stewie from Family Guy, among other problems. There are a few who were furious that an apparent sex scene between Bones and Booth in the finale is somehow half Bones's writing and half Booth's hallucinating in a coma. The producers said it would not be All Just a Dream, but they appear to have used a loophole — apparently, it isn't just a dream if Booth is acting on the memories of his hallucinations in real life. The tumor is in and of itself a major Wall Banger. It was used to explain Booth's "hallucinations" in earlier episodes, even though they were clearly portrayed as having happened! When Booth sees the ghost of an old friend who died, Brennen thinks it's ridiculous. Then later, without knowing it's a ghost, she sees him too and has a conversation; then when she looks away, he disappears. This strongly suggests that the ghost was real. The point was to show one of Brennan's flaws — that she couldn't understand how Booth could have faith in something less tangible. But they ruined that by Doing In the Wizard and having Booth have a brain tumor. They may have meant for the ghost to still be real and just do in everything else, but One Shot Revisionism (or one-shot non-revisionism) is hard to keep out of this section.
    • Christopher Pelant's Villain Sue status from his first appearance until Booth shot him in the throat in "The Sense of the Sacrifice". He can put malware on bones, is shilled as a super-genius by the main cast, and was a Karma Houdini of the highest order.
  • Brainiac: Science Abuse:
    • One episode had a viewer mail question, "Will those things that make your bike sound like a motorcycle make it run faster". They did a test of it. When they did the bike run with the motorcycle sound device, the run was faster by the previous run (without the device) by one second. They instantly stated that the device will make your bike run faster. Yeah. Studies include margins of error for a reason...
    • They tested the Brown Note and outright lied about the results to make it funnier. They gave up any shadow of being a scientific or educational show right there.
    • They also faked the results of dropping Alkaline Metals in water, as proven on MythBusters. (The one that, in theory, should've produced the biggest explosion was so heavy that it produced only a little explosion. So Brainiac Science Abuse goosed it with another explosive when they filmed it...)
  • Charmed got a huge one in the fifth season. Phoebe suddenly decided Cole was the reason for all her problems and after a while never gave him another chance. She blamed him for being The Source of All Evil but conveniently forgot he was about to exchange the powers with someone else and she killed said person meaning Cole kept the powers and had to be killed. When he returned with a whole array of new demon powers resulting in him being invincible Phoebe decided he had to be vanquished without provocation purely after having a bad dream. Although later on he did bring it on himself. In fact Phoebe's entire character over the next three seasons was so unbearable that fans have even dubbed her PhoeME. She got better in the eight season though. What makes this even worse is that Season 4 made it quite clear that Cole didn't choose to be the Source at all. The old Source possessed Cole to save himself after the sisters seemingly vanquished him. Cole's true mind was quickly suppressed and the Source merely pretended to be him until the time was right. The Source even referred to Cole as a (technically) separate person from himself. What sends this into Wall Banger territory is that the sisters eventually learned this - a wizard (without naming names) explicitly told them that the old Source had found an "escape hatch." After everything goes down and the Source is defeated, Cole is still referred to in a positive light... until Season 5. Then all of a sudden, the sisters acted like Cole had willingly betrayed them and was evil. Negative Continuity on a truly epic scale.
  • In the Cheers episode "Cheers Fouls Out", the protagonists, who are ordinarily so wary of a trick from Gary (especially when they're in the midst of a feud with him as they are now) that they'll err on the side of jumping at their own shadows seeing tricks where they are not, do not consider for one single instant that the stranger randomly showing up after they won a basketball match with Gary's Tavern, showing a supposedly real X-ray for an injury they could be sued for (after he provides no references or credentials proving he's a real doctor, no less) and claiming that he'll settle for a check right now—for a sum that just happens to be exactly twice the sum they won in the match—just might be an imposer sent by Gary. Even the recurring regulars in the background don't speak up or find anything wrong with this situation. Can you say "out of character?"
  • The new show on A&E, The Cleaner features a main character who forces people to go into rehab. Problem is that people only get clean when they admit that they have hit rock bottom and are willing to get help. If you apply Fridge Logic, those that the main character "helps" will likely just wind up being tortured by withdrawal symptoms before going back to the drugs.
  • Coronation Street:
    • In one episode Graeme flirted with Rosie and told her she was "premiership material" (she'd recently been fooled into thinking her boyfriend was a local football star when he worked in a fast food restaurant) and she ignored him. Later on he flirted with Natasha as well and used the same line on her. She didn't give him the time of day either and she and Rosie compared stories casually and both were enraged to find this out. Never mind the fact it was just a pick up line, that neither of them swallowed it or that Rosie can apparently act like a tease to all the boys in the country, what they do next is a Dethroning Moment of Suck. Natasha calls Graeme up and accepts his date only to meet him in the pub and have Rosie pour a pint over his head. This whole skit was presented as two girls getting their own back on a sleazy guy when Graeme had done nothing wrong. And to top the moment off, Michelle made Graeme mop up the mess despite Rosie pouring the pint.
    • The Molly/Kevin affair storyline was just one long Wall Banger after another. Kevin did have affairs in the past but he and Sally had gotten back together for the sake of their two kids. And Molly had been portrayed as a sensible enough woman who would do anything for her man. Forget continuity, we need draaaaaaaaaamaaaaa. Insert Character Derailment and you have six months of an awful storyline which culminated in Sally getting breast cancer and Kevin opting to leave Molly to support her. Molly's reaction is one of shock that he's leaving her and she later accuses him of lying. It gets worse: she gets pregnant and she's not sure whether it's Kevin's or Tyrone's (her husband) and Kevin demands she have an abortion. This troper has yet to find a person who thought the storyline was good.
    • Following Molly's death in the tram crash and everyone finding out that Molly's son was Kevins, Sally and the girls throw him out of the house. They're kind enough to let him back in for Christmas, but he leaves again to his own place. The Wallbanger comes in in the new year, he has an estate agent value the house, freezes his and Sally's joint bank account, and says he's divorcing her over her unreasonable behaviour! He completely fails to take any responsibility for what he's done, and appears to have no problem with making his two daughters homeless.
  • Criminal Minds:
    • In the episode where Reid got kidnapped, Hankel spies on people through their webcams. This troper may not be computer-savvy enough to judge how silly that part is, but even I know that sensible people close up their laptops when they're not using them, to protect the keyboard from dust, cat footsteps, etc. Yet the screens in Hankel's hideout shows views from laptops which have evidently been left sitting open, conveniently positioned to catch sight of their owners' transgressions. Did Mr. Tech Support convince them that closing the screens would wear out the hinges or something? Reality Is Unrealistic as seen here.
    • At one point in "Zoe's Reprise" they suggest the copycat's latest murder was based on Altemio Sanchez ("The Bike Path Rapist"). Sanchez raped women in the woods, and manually strangled some of them. The copycat's victim was a man garroted with a wire on or near a bridge, dumped in the water, and discovered fully clothed. The way they conclude the copycat's first victim was based on The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run was also highly questionable, since the butcher never shot any of his victims, and there's nothing really supporting the assumption he lured his male victims from gay bars.
    • "Proof" is an overall good episode, yet at one point Reid states en passant that sulphuric acid is used to turn fat into soap. Anyone who has studied chemistry knows that sodium (or potassium) hydroxide has this effect on fat, while sulphuric acid digests organic matter. What makes this a Wall Banger is that: 1) Reid has a Ph.D. in Chemistry; 2) The effects of sulphuric acid on human tissues are shown correctly later in the episode.
  • Dark Shadows: After watching nearly an entire series of vengeful witch Angelique trying to undermine every piece of happiness Barnabas Collins gets, Barnabas decides that he loves her based on a vision where he saw Josette's son making out with a woman who bears a physical resemblance to Angelique, never mind that Angelique is responsible for the death of Jossette, as well as most of his family, along with several Kick the Dog moments thrown in there as well.
  • Degrassi The Next Generation:
    • Manny's decision to return to her parents house after her father threw her out because she got drunk and took her top off in front of a guy with a camera who made the video go viral around the school and called her a slut. Granted he had clearly mellowed in the year since, the fact that she later spends time trying to live up to his standards is particularly wallbang-inducing.
    • The second movie. Since the show no longer focuses on Degrassi grads, they needed a send-off for Spinner and Emma. This resulted in one of the worst cases of being Strangled by the Red String in TV history: Spinner and Emma, who have barely even interacted during their years on the show have a drunken Accidental Marriage. This wouldn't be as much of a wall banger if they had decided to dissolve the marriage immediately, but they actually decide to STAY MARRIED. What's really bad about this is that Spinner had JUST broken up with Jane, who he was head over heels for, yet he gets over her in about two seconds for Emma (probably because the writers believe she can do no wrong, despite being the poster child for the Jerk Sue). They seriously couldn't think of a better and REALISTIC send-off for these characters?
    • Season 6 begins with Sean coming back to Toronto to be with his middle-school girlfriend. The last time they broke up, he stole her dad's laptop and she perjured herself. It gets worse. Ever wanted to see an all-yandere love triangle? Yeah. It gets worse still. Jay getting a blowjob from Emma is so much worse than Jay's role in the school shooting that traumatized Sean so badly, you know, when Sean killed somebody?
  • Desperate Housewives:
    • During the otherwise fine season 5 finale: Susan has had her fair share of wallbanging moments, but her Dethroning Moment of Wallbangery is this: A now-psychotic David Williams tells Susan to get out of the car and says he'll let her son, MJ, go after her. Does she see right through his bluff, grab MJ, and run? Nope. She thinks he's serious. She discovers that he was bluffing just as she is being tied to the telephone pole. And now...* bang* * bang* * bang*
    • Season 6 finale had a tremendously embarrassing Wall Banger. Sam has found out that Andrew ran over Juanita Solis ten years before and blackmails Bree in order to get her catering company. Keep in mind that: 1) Every evidence has probably gone lost, since the housewives even cleaned the tire signs off the asphalt; 2) Sam learned the fact from a drunken Danielle; 3) Despite having done several questionable deeds, Bree is re-asserting her strict moral code. So, of course, what does she do? She gives up and signs the company off to Sam. Orson even pointed out how stupid and out-of-character that thing was. No wonder he left her.
    • Add on to that Susan's actions in season 8, where she's acting like covering up Carlos killing his wife's abusive stepfather in self defense was an unforgivable sin, and started moping around and committing petty crimes to get herself punished. Really Susan, why don't you just wear a shirt that says "I am a murderer?"
  • Eureka pulled a wallbanger that even the show's limitless Phlebotinum couldn't excuse. When a temporal disruption causes objects from the 1940s to appear in present-day Eureka, these objects are specifically stated to displace existing 21st-century objects in their path, not overlap or merge with them. Places where these time-displaced objects appear include the chest of a living woman, who has a massive aircraft-ammo bullet appear close to her heart. She inexplicably doesn't hemorrhage to death in seconds, even though the bullet's arrival should've displaced several large blood vessels as well as sizeable chunks of lung.
  • Family Matters:
    • In an episode Carl hires a maid who happens to be very attractive. His wife Harriet doesn't like this and, at the end of the episode, manages to convince Carl that it's wrong for them to have an attractive maid, even though Harriet herself admits there was nothing wrong with her work. In the happy ending, Carl agrees to fire the maid. Apparently, attractive people deserve to be punished for their appearance regardless of whether they've done anything wrong. Not to mention that they treat the maid drawing Carl's bath as if she was sponge bathing him. What really hits this one is the Double Standard shown in other episodes, where Carl was just as wrong when a guy comes into their house to teach Harriet piano lessons and is hitting on her and laying it on as thick as he could without outright saying what he wanted.
    • What about every episode where Steve gets yelled at/thrown out/disparaged by Carl, Laura or Eddie? All in good fun early on, when Steve was being a pest. Sure, Status Quo Is God, but it started to wear thin - especially after all the times Steve went out of his way to help out the Winslows (including saving their lives on separate occasions). Yeah, Steve could be the most annoying person on the planet, but he genuinely didn't mean any harm. Can't say the same about certain members of his favorite family.
  • In an episode of The Famous Jett Jackson, Jett goes to his first day of school. (He was previously home-schooled because he was a highly-paid television teen actor). Long story short, he makes friends with a guy who used to be the popular kid in school until Jett came. The old popular kid wants Jett out of the way, and so he forms a half-assed revenge scheme. His plan is to frame Jett for stealing Jett's own cell phone, which a teacher had confiscated earlier. Not only is this beyond stupid, but it also works; Jett gets "caught" and is suspended, all before lunch. WTF!?! Even the character questions the sheer idiocy of his crime to his father later, in a montage scene.
  • In the first-season finale of Farscape, the crew of Moya inadvertently allow their mortal enemy Krais to steal Moya's baby spaceship (don't ask), with Aeryn earlier having given him a tour of the ship's interior. Krais has broken his word, killed his second in command despite her obvious and illogical loyalty towards him, and thrown his career in the bin to get revenge on Crichton for killing his brother despite his knowing it was an accident. But they still let him walk around Moya as much as he wants and then act surprised when he screws them over once again.
    • No, no: Crais spent most of his first stay onboard Moya in a prison cell or under guard. They were largely surprised because he'd chosen to steal a ship that's not mature enough to go to hyperspace, which is suicidal, considering that the new mortal enemy was patrolling the area in a massive battleship - one of the reasons he had to return to help the crew again in the next episode.
      • Yes, it was suicidal, but why is that surprising? This is Crais. Crais already had a history of malicious idiocy, including trying to kill Crichton in circumstances that would end up making Maldis, a being that lives off misery and death, more powerful. Despite there being every likelihood Maldis would kill Crais afterward. They let Crais out of his cell and then stopped even watching what the maniac was doing.
  • While much of the third season of Forever Knight was this, one standout was the episode "The Human Factor". Janette falls in love with a human and feeds from him, finding she needs less and less of his blood each night to satisfy herself. Eventually, an emotional shock-his death-triggers her to become human. It did not fit at all with the series canon, and the characterization was way different from how she was usually written. And it got even more annoying when Nick and Natalie decided to try it in the finale.
  • The Frasier episode "Dr. Nora" had a particularly bad case of the Idiot Ball. Even though they were in the right, it's rather unlikely that Frasier and Roz would be the only ones angry about Dr. Nora's on-air antics. Especially in an LGBT-friendly city like Seattle (calling a bisexual woman an "equal opportunity slut", anyone?). In reality, her antics wouldn't rake in ratings; it would make KACL ground zero for a great many lawsuits, as well as cause serious public relations problems. On the other hand, it was worth it to watch her get her comeuppance at the end.
  • Fresh Meat in the usual style of most sit-coms has some very unsympathetic characters but in the second season episode one character (Josie) turns into a borderline sociopath. Firstly she lies to the police about leaving her keys in the house door (which lets in a burglar). So far so reasonable for a comedy (these are meant to be naive students after all) but then she sticks a dental drill through a patient's mouth while hungover — no Fawlty Towers Plot-style misunderstanding causes her accident, she's just dangerously irresponsible — gets removed from her course, and then begs her supposed "best friend" to do the same thing so that the course professor will decide to reinstate her. (True another character (JP) technically shot and killed a man, but it was an accident during one of his father's pheasant hunts). Seeing a young woman completely screw up her life, try to exploit her best friend, and then spending the rest of the series drinking heavily in a state of denial is less comedic than quite disturbing. Then at the end of the season the writers have to pull an Ass Pull by getting her a place at another university anyway thus rendering the whole subplot a bit pointless.
  • Inn the second season premiere of Friday Night Lights, Landry and Tyra killing a man who had tried to rape Tyra and then dumping the body. Within minutes, fans were lighting up message boards about how this development completely went against the realistic, intimate portrayal of small town life the show's first season had done so well. It was highly unpopular with critics, also; not one has yet come forward to defend it.
  • One particular episode of Future Weapons features the "revolutionary IAR" meant to replace the M249 SAW due to multiple deficiencies such as an open bolt design, the light 5.56mm NATO round, horrifically unwieldy belt-feeding, overheating problems, and rounds cooking off in the barrel. How did they fix this? They slapped a heavier barrel on the M4 and Future Weapons decides the weapon is brilliant. The IAR is just as long and unwieldy as the SAW, still uses the 5.56mm NATO round, fires off an open bolt when in full auto, gets just as hot as a regular M4 (they just didn't "test" it the same way), and has 170 less rounds worth of suppressive fire than the original SAW (which, by the way, is designed to take M4/M16 magazines already). BRILLIANT!!! One wonders how much the network is paying the "ex-Navy SEAL" to lie through his teeth so badly. Quite a bit less then it must have cost to bribe the United States Marine Corp to adopt either it or a very similar worthless piece of shit on a massive scale. The Army out and out said an automatic rifle with a magazine would lower the effectiveness and firepower of a squad. The SAW is supposedly going to be retained in smaller numbers for use "at the company commanders discretion" in the Marine Corp. If it really is left to them then will probably be mean "The SAW is still carried and used at all times with the automatic rifle being used only to replace a riflemen normal weapon". This was a lesson we learned 60 years ago in World War II: a bulky select fire automatic rifle is NOT an effective replacement for a real light machine gun. How the normally sensible Marines managed to come up with the utterly daft idea that less firepower at the squad level during an ongoing low intensity conflict were most combat happens at that level with only the weapons on hand readily available is a good idea escapes me!
  • On General Hospital Jax leaving Brenda at the altar in 2003. Why, why would he do that, especially since he knew what had happened the last time someone (Sonny) had left her at the altar years earlier!?! Full stop.
  • Glee:
    • It's amazing that anyone (bar the cheerleaders) took Sue Sylvester's power trip seriously in the episode where she becomes glee club co-director. They act as if her group, "Sue's Kids", is some elite club that's a big deal, instead of a corral for the minorities (which she OUTRIGHT SAID it was.) The auditory pain they call "Keep Holding On" didn't help. And then there's the fact that the entire episode was about how the majority of the glee club was pissed off that Finn and Rachel get all the solos. And in the end Mr. Schu gives a big speech about how they are all wonderful people. And the show ends with the aforementioned "Keep Holding On." Sung entirely by Finn and Rachel. Even though it's supposed to be about Quinn. Head. Wall. I believe you two are acquainted.
    • Quinn found out the sex of her baby at the ten week ultrasound. And then gave a month premature to a six month old. And she went through labor so fast that Rachel was able to tell Shelby that the baby was "a beautiful baby girl" before the next glee club was finished their performance. And despite Mercedes being in the delivery room when Beth was born she's able to get back to the competition in time for the results to be announced. Someone seriously needs to buy the writing staff a copy of "What to Expect When You're Expecting.". Not exactly. The child would have been conceived in September. Quinn gave birth at the end of the school year, so the baby would have been born at 8 months, approximately. I can't defend the rest though. The writers have obviously never taken a sex-ed course that covered pregnancy.
  • Greys Anatomy:
    • The 3-part season 2 finale, in which one of the characters goes ballistic and kills a patient on purpose. Do her coworkers try to stop her? Do they report her to the authorities? No, they all play along and cover for her when it goes foul.
    • That's a little unfair. She didn't kill him "on purpose", in fact, she broke all the rules to try and save someone she loves. Okay, it was a stupid plan, and completely insane, but Love Makes You Crazy and Love Makes You Dumb. Despite all this, the plan nearly worked...except for that pesky blood clot. There are plenty of Wallbangers on Grey's, but this isn't one of them... it's just a storyline about The Power of Friendship between the residents and The Power of Love between Izzie and Denny.
    • She killed the other patient who was supposed to get the heart.
      • ... who later becomes a tumour-hallucination who sleeps with Izzie. THAT was a wallbanger.
    • Other wallbanger related to Denny is what happened after his death - Izzy got suspended for a ridiculously short amount of time and after she goes back to the hospital... which shouldn't happen at all... she's all surprised and angry when the chief tells her that she will be watched and controlled for some time. And it is shown as perfectly understandable that she's furious, hurt and whiny about it! Yeah girl, you've just stolen a heart which was supposed to be given to another, sicker patient who probably died because of it, to give it to your Tru Wuv (because we all know that he is more deserving!), then you put said Tru Wuv in danger on purpose, you broke practically every existing rule of medical ethics, so why are they so mean to you? Those bastards!
    • Basically anything involving Izzy, Denny, and Alex. After Izzy recovers from her brain cancer and Denny goes away, she and Alex get married. Even though she was still obviously love with her dead hallucination/ghost fiance who she imagined she had sex with regularly. While still involved with Alex. It's not wonder that when she comes back to him after she abandons him, he tells her, basically, to get the hell away from her. And fans rejoiced because that meant Katherine Heigl was gone forever!
    • And then Lexie chooses Alex over Sloan. Even though Sloan had obviously matured and was ready to be her husband, she picked Alex, who decided they were officially dating in that episode. Oh and Alex is still a jerk.
    • The abrupt death of George. Why didn't you kill off Izzy instead? She was three times as annoying as George and at least George didn't screw up all the time. And how is it in character for George at ALL to up and decide that he wanted to be in the army?? He failed his intern test the first time, finally became a resident, and then decided to leave...?
    • Hahn's No Bisexuals moment, so gloriously quoted and documented on said page.
  • In the Haven episode "Sketchy", Richards, the killer of the week, is killing people by doing things to Vicki's drawings of them. Someone drawn and then the paper folded up, folds him up as well. Someone draws a man, and then erases his eyes and mouth, he loses his eyes and mouth. Near the end, a drawing of a Richards is falls in the water after he attacks Duke Crocker to get it back. Richards falls over, starting to drown while out of water. The paper is nearby a dock and Nathan Wournos has time to heft up a long stick and try and draw the paper out. He stops however, and says rather blandly, "I can't get it." He then watches quietly as it drifts down into the deep. I cannot be the only one that shouted "JUMP INTO THE WATER AND GRAB IT!" Head. Wall. Pain. All for the better, really. By the time Nathan got that paper out it would be so manhandled that Richards would have died from his injuries anyway. The slightest touch can send someone across a room, which happened when Audrey Parker touched a sketch of Nathan. Imagine the damage from wet paper. Richards totally deserved it, though.
  • Highlander:
    • The "Rules" of cause a wallbanger whenever they are brought up: with the possible exception of "No Immortal shall fight on Holy Ground," none of the rules seem to have any consequence, nor any enforcement by anyone, immortal or otherwise. This causes the shows to be sharply divided into two categories: Idiot Plots, driven by McCleod or some other protagonist insisting on sticking to said unenforced, inconsequential rules while fighting an antagonist who has racked up a considerable killstreak using anything they can get their hands on and every dirty trick in the book, while getting away with it; and Protagonist-Centered Morality plots, where otherwise decent people become Designated Villains for taking extreme measures to avoid/survive a bloody ritual that they had no desire to participate in, and were forced into by "The Rules", or for following anything resembling a moral compass if it should interfere with said rules (IE killing serial killers, mass murderers, etc who aren't immortals). Made even stupider in that a good deal of the good immortals, think that the rules are stupid, and despise them, yet follow them anyway, despite there being no benefit for doing so, and clear, demonstrable benefits for refusing to do so.
    • The season 5 finale (and by extension, the first two eps of season 6). Aside from it making no sense to introduce entirely new things to the mythology at that point, there's the matter of Richie himself. You would think that he'd have learned from Something Wicked not to come near Duncan when he was in a sword-swinging haze, but he apparently didn't. Some fans also feel that Joe should have taken the opportunity to tell Duncan that Richie was with him while they were talking on the phone.
  • Home Improvement, towards the end, when the eldest son has to make a Friend or Idol Decision between going to college straight out of High School and accepting an offer to play pro soccer in England. Everyone acts as though the former was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the latter could wait four years. If anything, the opposite is true. It proved to be even more of a WallBanger when you remember that Jill, the boy's mother, re-entered college successfully as a middle-aged woman, thus making the claim that college is a once-in-a-lifetime a total lie.
  • The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "Dennis Gets Divorced". In the last episode, Dennis married his High School girlfriend and at the end realises he probably made a bad decision. One night he comes back from drinking with Mac and she doesn't like him drinking at all. What does she do? Tells him he's got to leave HIS HOUSE (yes, his house and she doesn't make money at all) or she'll call the cops saying he hit her, then proceeds to hit herself to "have evidence against him". And takes his apartment. It gets worse, the lawyer that hates the gang takes Dennis' wife's case and, here's the big Wall Banger: He can only have the apartment back if he pays her not only alimony but pays HER debt that she's accumulated over the years. I'm sorry, but what? I'm hoping Dennis took it to court and got it revoked. Especially since the next episode has him buying a fishing boat with Charlie and Mac.
  • Kamen Rider Faiz contained a running rivalry between hero Takumi (and his alterego, Kamen Rider Faiz) and Kiba (and his alterego, the Horse Orphenoch). This began as a case of Living with the Villain (even though both are basically nice guys), but soon descended into pure farce. The Faiz Transformation Trinket was frequently stolen and used by the bad guys just long enough for Kiba to assume that THE Faiz had done it. Eventually, they each found out who the other was; even then, the rivalry wouldn't stop. At one point, they're trying to make up with each other, but things just get worse because their friends can't be bothered to accurately memorise one simple message. By the fifteenth skirmish between Takumi and Kiba, it starts looking a bit contrived. Made all the worse by the fact that just two years before, Kamen Rider Agito had a similar Rider rivalry storyline that was resolved with actual logic and intelligence: one person believes that Agito is a murderer while befriending him in his civilian identity. When he learns they're one and the same, he drops the murderer idea because he knows the man behind the mask well enough to realize that he'd never do such a thing.
  • 2008 revival of Knight Rider. Pilot movie? Not bad. Could've done without the nanites; then again, turning KITT's CPU off disables the nanites. Then the series itself starts ... with the worst misuse of fire ever, capped by a person who inserted the key to an unbreakable code into his own DNA. "Genes don't work that way!!" KITT is armed in this series, but he steadfastly does not use his bevy of guns even when they would be useful. Apparently, having events proceed in a logical fashion is less a concern of the writers as padding out 60 minutes' worth of Shelby Cobra commercial - which is why the show didn't get canceled after four episodes.
  • Life on Mars (2006):
    • The ending of the UK counts as a Wall-Banger when you find out that you're supposed to consider it a happy ending. Should we be happy to see Sam so deluded and unhappy with his life that he would fall to a painful death just so he could get back to a fantasy? Especially since he had spent the last fifteen episodes whining about how he wanted to go home? This is not the way to manage a Friend or Idol Decision. Both shows spend ~15 episodes showing Sam in the throes of an existentialist crisis. The UK ending posits that it was up to Sam to choose which reality was real. In the US ending, Sam does choose a reality, but his choice is overturned by those in a third, realer reality. EXISTENTIALISM FAIL. In the US version, Sam's choice ultimately didn't matter; in the UK version, it was all that mattered.
    • The epic misuse of the title. is both a metaphor for Sam's alienation and reference to the popular David Bowie song of the era. He. Doesn't. Go. To. Mars.
  • Life on Mars (2008):
    • American vs., "Things to Do in New York City when You're Thinking You're Dead." Or does the equivalent British episode also introduce a paint gun from left field? If it were a literal Deus ex Machina, it wouldn't be here, but it's played like a step in an unspoken plan of Sam's. There's no paint gun in that episode. Gene fires his gun into the empty air and they use Angel's paint to fake a blood stain on his shirt. Dude was a painter, that's why he hung out on the roof all the time.
    • The ending of the US version of counts. The finale episode was awesome until the last five minutes, when the writers pull an All Just a Dream (or rather, All Just a Matrix) ending on us and leave it uncertain how much of what we got invested in meant anything. It's full of lame puns to boot - some of which the characters know are lame. Still, it's a lovely Voodoo Shark because it explains all possible previous Wallbangers.

  • In the fourth season The Man From UNCLE episode "The Prince of Darkness Affair, Part II", the villain steals a U.S. military rocket being transported by railroad. As if that wasn't enough, the plot really hit the wall hard when the villain sets up his launch complex on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, in a medium sized office building (using the interior as a missile silo). Not only that, he sets up his control consoles literally 25 feet or so away from the rocket (attempted justification was that the villain, an genius engineer, had created a miracle alloy and used it in a shield around the rocket exhaust, however that shield was only about 6 feet or so tall). But the plot starts to ricochet all over the room when Napoleon Solo, after a last second, nail-biter fight scene on the rocket gantry, dashes to safety approximately 10 feet away from the missile when it launches.
  • In a late-season episode of M*A*S*H "The Joker Is Wild," BJ, tired of hearing of the prankster exploits of Trapper, sets Hawkeye up in a major way. Problems abound:
    • Trapper was never a solo prankster and was Hawkeye's second banana. And neither of them could have pulled off their greatest stunts without Radar.
    • Pierce is undone by the 'joke that is never pulled'. Cool, except it was supposed to be BJ's physical prank that got him. No eggs in helmet, no victory.
    • BJ pulled this off with the aid of almost everyone. Not a solo prank.
    • Potter is also in on it. All in good fun, except his Chief Surgeon is now exhausted and has slept out in a field with no cover from shell or sniper fire, protected only against BJ's prank. This, from a man who ripped Pierce those few times he wasn't on the ball for surgery, in a place where, lull or cluster shelling, massive amounts of wounded can arrive at any time.
  • The 1998 Merlin miniseries climaxes with the Good Guys defeating the Evil Queen, who had just fought Merlin to a stalemate in a cool magical battle, by turning their backs and disbelieving. It is set up, but it's still an anticlimax.
  • Merlin:
    • Morgana by the beginning of season 3. If they'd kept her as she was in the first two seasons, it would have been alright, but now she's just power hungry and annoying.
    • Also Uther's death. The dragon clearly said that Uther dying by magic would turn Arthur against it forever. So what do the writers do in season 4? Yeesh.
    • The episode Lancelot du Lac. In a nutshell: Morgana decides to sabotage Arthur and Guinevere's wedding by resurrecting Lancelot and sending him to Camelot to seduce Gwen on the eve of her wedding. When this (obviously) doesn't work, she has Lancelot give Gwen a bracelet that causes her old feelings for him to reawaken, leading her to make out with him, get caught by Arthur, and get exiled from her home. Where to start with this one? 1) Why would Morgana send Lancelot after Gwen when it would make more far sense for her to instruct him to assassinate Arthur, thereby killing two birds with one stone (removing Arthur from the throne, and preventing Gwen from becoming queen). 2) Why would she waste her soul coin on bringing back Lancelot instead of her beloved half-sister Morgause? 3) Having realized that Lancelot is a shade, Merlin decides not to warn anyone that a dangerous threat is wandering around Camelot. 4) Neither does it occur to him - or anyone - that Guinevere's ridiculously out of character behaviour was the result of an enchantment. 5) Agravaine calls Guinevere's crime "adultery", even though Arthur and Gwen weren't married. 6) Because the audience is aware that Guinevere was under a spell, the entire population of Camelot appears utterly heartless in their treatment of her: Arthur, Gaius, Merlin, Elyan, the knights - all of them allow her to leave home by herself and enter an extremely dangerous environment teeming with bandits and magical creatures (and sure enough, two episodes later she is nearly raped). 7) Finally, although Arthur eventually takes Gwen back, no one ever clears her name. The bracelet is never found, and the enchantment never revealed. As far as the citizens of Camelot are concerned, their Queen cheated on her husband on the eve before their wedding. How could she ever be taken seriously as a ruler? How could Arthur ever be allowed to marry her? How is their relationship supposed work with a complete lack of trust on both sides? Forcing Guinevere and Arthur to live out their lives believing that she willingly cheated on her husband, simply because the writers couldn't be bothered wrapping up this massive story-arc or dealing with the ramifications of it, is failing Storytelling 101.
    • King Odin's castle is full of suits of plate armour yet his guards fight unarmoured.
    • Merlin makes the choice to let his childhood best friend, the man who treated and loved him as a brother, as well as loving Merlin's mum, die to protect his (Merlin's) secret. This is could have been interesting but is never touched on. Maybe he didn't consciously make the decision, but unless he's intended to be a sociopath, the question of whether he did on some level make such a call should have eventually presented itself and haunted him. Most people, never mind heroes, upon being told to let their best friend die so that they (the hero) don't get in trouble would have a reaction along the lines of, 'Shut up, I'm going to try to heal you, and if this doesn't work, I'm so sorry.'
    • The entire of the 5th Series finale. As the last two episodes of the show, it was up to this series to cap off everything, leaving us with a happy feeling of satisfaction. Which it completely fucking fails to do! Let us count the ways that this thing blows in every sense of the word:
      • Merlin's loss of magic in the first part is simply there as an excuse to get Merlin away from the action, and serves no other story purposes.
      • The climactic battle of Camlann, the final event in the Arthur myth, that was built up all throughout the series, accomplishes fuck all. No main characters die aside from Mordred, who was already insultingly shafted in this series and now serves as nothing more than something else for Morgana to wangst about. No major events take place and it doesn't severely affect anyone in Camelot. No, seriously, after the battle's over Gwen is waiting for Arthur to return and attempting to root out a spy in Camelot, something she was doing in the first episode of this series. Speaking of which:
      • Gawain, one of the biggest badasses in the show, dies. Not in the battle. Not even in the way he does in the myths, which would be kind off depressing and a lot more poignant. No. He dies over a girl. A girl we've had all of three fucking seconds to know. Y'know, for us to give a shit about this random bitch we don't know dying, wouldn't it be prudent to give her things like Character? Motivation? Conflict? Another thing, why is it every woman in this series is or has been a spy at some point? That's a little fucking sexist!
      • Merlin is attempting to get Arthur to the Lake of Avalon before he dies, and he doesn't think to do what we would in this situation: Use. The. Fucking. Dragon. I guess you could argue that Kilgarrah is dying, but I don't think Mr. Fate and Destiny will begrudge you this one flight to save the Once and Future King Of All England.
      • Merlin finally reveals his powers to Arthur, which gives us leave to see all the magic he possesses come out in full. So, Mr Emrys, what are you going to do with all your magical might? Umm, move leaves and shit? Seriously, he gets one badass scene at the end of the battle, then he just sorta... stops using magic throughout the rest of the episode. Really disappointing.
      • Morgana claims, when Merlin threatens her with Excalibur, that as a Priestess Of The Old Religion (TM) 'no weapon can harm her'. wait, WHAT??? First of all, this is Witch King and Macbeth levels of stupid right here, which is compounded by my second point: IT GOES NOWHERE! Seriously, within two seconds of that line, Morgana's dead. What was the point of that? Did they just forget to give Morgana a pre-death speech, so they decided to make her that annoying 5 year old that says 'You can't touch me' when you're playing tag? Third, if no weapon can harm a Priestess Of The Old Religion (TM) then how dis Morgause, Morgana's sister and also a Priestess Of The Old Religion (TM) start dying when she was thrown against a wall by Gaius, of all people? How dis Nimue, the High Priestess Of The Old Religion (TM), get killed by a fucking lightning bolt. Finally, you might argue that it's only weapons that are mentioned, and magic and blunt force trauma don't technically count as weapons. Whilst I would immediately point you in the direction of Harry Potter, I might concede the point... If it weren't for the fact that she's telling Merlin this! Fecking Merlin, who she knows is also a sorcerer and Her Destiny And Her Doom AND isn't particularly pleased with her at the moment. If anything, if this didn't go nowhere, the conversation would go like
      Morgana: That sword won't work on me!
      Merlin: Okie Dokie.
      Merlin sets Morgana on fire, then calls the fucking Dragon and gets Arthur to Avalon. The End.
      • Finally, after 5 series of conflict, and over years of anticipation, what did the story achieve? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Arthur's dead, the whole of Camelot is probably doomed from other countries attempting to conquer it and the ban on magic, that Merlin set out to desperately lift, remains in place. I know, it is hinted that Gwen'll lift the ban because she knows Merlin's secret, but it's not confirmed. This finale is the classic example of rushing to a climax and having no idea what to do with the story afterwards. [[Web Video/Nostalgia Critic I'm the Nostalgia Critic, I remember it so you don't-wait a minute...]]
  • Monk:
    • "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut" Civilians are allowed to wander around an air force base and handle live Sidewinder missiles (which aren't left lying around like that) without being shot; one of the Air Force security personnel wields an AK-47 rifle, even though the rest hold M4s and AK-47s are a Russian type of rifle; Monk runs right behind an active jet engine without being fried... They get pretty much everything else wrong, too. But at least it had Burn Notice's Michael Westen as the astronaut. That counts for something.
    • "Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank": You can dress up in tin and be allowed to ignore a police detective's requests for information.
  • Mork and Mindy:
    • The Season 2 premiere, "Mork in Wonderland," combined outlandish fantasy with tragic drama in an attempt to change the tone of the show. All it did was confuse new viewers, and the writers quickly returned to the more sitcomesque complications that the show remains renowned for.
  • MythBusters:
    • Their first Viewer's Choice special. The myths were all so easy to test that they could easily have been used as "extra scenes" on the Discovery website. That doesn't make the average viewer look good.
    • The producers of admitted to trying to make sure something is destroyed dramatically in every episode. Because we poor drooling fans can't be happy unless we see a "big boom" every week. The underlying science has become less and less important as time progresses - as has the engineering and much else. Big explosions are nice but more explanation would be nice.
  • One episode of My Wife and Kids involves the Kyle women inventing a holiday, "Sweethearts Day", expressly for the purpose of forcing their men to buy them diamonds. Michael gets Jaye pearls when she displays a bad attitude over the phone and encourages the other men to do the same; of course, they don't, and Michael spends the rest of the episode attempting to apologize. What made the episode a Wall Banger was that it made Jaye look completely faultless, ignoring the fact that she invented the whole thing because, as she declared, Michael needed to prove how much he loved her by buying her diamonds — completely ignoring the years of happy marriage and their three children. Quite aside from making Michael look like an idiot for going along with such bullshit, Jaye comes off as an ungrateful materialist, and is held up as the protagonist in the story for it. What an uplifting message for female viewers. And it isn't like he got her feces. Pearls cost money too. Should given her a homemade gift. A liquid home made gift. The problem with this one is that Michael's Jerk Ass actions gave Jay a valid point, but they chose to have her act even worse. She implied that diamonds compared to pearls was equivalent to a damn near endless supply of family-legendary blueberry pancakes compared to a few strips of raw bacon. Actually no, it wasn't equivalent. The pearls compared to diamonds was a 3/10 compared to a 10/10. The latter was a 4/10 compared to a 10/10.
  • NCIS:
    • In the episode "Jeopardy", Ziva is suspected of accidentally killing a druglord's brother. How does Gibbs, who has been shown to care for the team like a second family react? Does he back Ziva up? NO! He completely turns on her, treating her like absolute garbage for almost the entire episode. And no one ever calls him on it. In Gibbs' defense, he was dealing with a very dangerous agent who only came to his team recently, who often makes off-hand comments about killing someone or breaking bones/doing large amounts of damage to them (often to her fellow agents), and who he doesn't entirely trust- when he found out that the brother died, he probably thought that Ziva killed him intentionally or didn't realise that the blow she gave him was fatal- meaning that he was dealing with someone who might kill or hurt someone on his team, who he's known for a lot longer and does trust. Plus, things got a lot more out of hand once the Director was abducted. If that'd happened in conjunction with another case, things would have gone differently, but Ziva killed someone they really needed- yes, she didn't know they'd need him and it was an accident, but the fact remains that she killed the one person they needed more than anyone. I always thought the bigger problem with this episode was the fact that, at the end, the inconclusive autopsy indicates that Ziva likely was responsible for the suspect's death, but this is brushed aside by Director Shepard, and Ducky and Gibbs appear to have no problem with it. There is never any implication that Ziva suffers any consequences for striking a handcuffed man in her custody, regardless of death resulting. IIRC, that episode had a scene where Ducky gives Gibbs his conclusions on the cause of death, and he says that he can't make a definite statement as to the cause as the condition the dead man had could have been set off by a number of natural things such as a cough or a sneeze. Gibbs then asks 'A blow to the throat?' and Ducky reluctantly says something like 'Well, yes, but we can't be sure...' and what I got from that was that no matter what, Gibbs would always think of Ziva as the cause of death, even if he couldn't prove it.
    • Anytime anything happens with Tony's father or Ziva's father. The message seems to be "family is important", but ends up more like "abuse or neglect your children as much as you like, since they have to love and forgive you anyway". And the fact that Abby, otherwise a very nice character, is the biggest supporter of forgiving abusive parents.
  • In No Ordinary Family, the parents made a huge fuss out of the daughter wanting to tell her best friend that she can read minds, supposedly because they need to keep their abilities secret even though they've told their friends. And yet the hero-wannabe dad jumps around the city in broad daylight without any sort of disguise, leaving behind mysterious craters. He even did this right in front of a popular, packed restaurant. Are we supposed to believe that thousands and thousands of people never once looked up, looked out a window, or just plain notice a man flying off in the middle of the road?
  • Oliver Beene. The first episode establishes that Lenny Bruce is Oliver's idol. We're then treated to Oliver re-enacting one of Lenny's routines in front of his delighted classmates. The bit? The celebrated 'Tits and Ass' routine, lampooning censorship, bowdlerism and all forms of hypocrisy regarding sexual expression. The Wall Banger? Oliver delivers a routine about... "Boobs and Ass." It appears that the writers didn't get the skits... Yes, "tits" is one of the seven words that can't be said on television, but still…
  • "Once Upon a Time." From Cora's first appearance, it is made clear that she is a complete psychopath. She has ripped out hundreds, if not thousands, of hearts and keeps them. Even in a magical land, that's serial killer behavior. Yet when Snow ensures her demise, both the writers AND Regina treat it like a Moral Event Horizon. Seriously, Cora had killed before, she would kill again, and yet killing a serial killer is unforgivable?
  • Person of Interest has Samantha Shaw. It's not so much the character as it is the way they forced out some of the main cast to shoehorn her in. In her introduction episode, she was the full focus, Reese and Finch were Demoted to Extra, and Carter and Fusco only had one scene in the end. Now that she's a main character, Reese has less action scenes, finch doesn't do much, and Fusco has only a few scenes per episode (if any at all). For a show that had the perfect blend of characters, it's frustrating to see them get pushed aside for a character they didn't even need to begin with.
  • Raising Hope season 2 finale, "I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back Baby Back"'s entire premise. Lucy survives her execution and attempts to escape, resulting in the police taking severe action. This somehow allows her to sue and get her death sentence commuted and the record of the murders nullified, allowing her to sue for custody of Hope. The legal system doesn't work that way!
  • On Rob & Big they hook Drama up to a lie detector to ask him a few questions. Drama says he heard that it doesn't actually detect lies and you can beat it, at which point the professional lie detector operator says this is complete crap and questions why law enforcement and the government would still use it if it could be beaten and didn't actually detect lies (as well as stating that a polygraph is 90% effective). Hmm... well, let's tackle this one at a time. The reason the still use it if it can be beaten is the same reason they still use speed cameras (which can also be beaten), yes you can do it, but it's not easy to do (lie detectors can be tricked by sending false signals, among other things, which isn't easy to do or common knowledge. Speed cameras can be beaten by going around 170 mph, which isn't possible in most cars and isn't exactly subtle). And no, lie detectors don't detect lies themselves but rather the physiological responses that go with it (which can be faked if you know what you're doing and only show up if you're consciously lying). And no, it's far from 90% effective due to various issues that can lead to false readings. Note that this troper literally wallbanged upon hearing the professional's response.
  • New BBC series of Robin Hood:
    • The S2 finale is one awful, inexplicable decision after another. Out of nowhere, Marian decides to kill the sheriff in cold blood. Instead of immediately executing her for this, the sheriff drags her along on a covert mission to assassinate the king. Robin travels all the way to the Holy Land for just this one episode, and it only takes him five minutes to get there. King Richard turns out to be a complete imbecile who condemns Robin and his men to exposure in the desert after he takes the word of a shifty-eyed Saracen spy that Robin has come to kill him. Popular guest-star Carter returns only to be killed off in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment. The sheriff shoots the king with an arrow but doesn't make sure the job is done before galloping away. And then IT happens. A weaponless Marian runs up to Guy and, for no reason at all, starts shouting: "I could never marry you! I love Robin Hood!" Guy responds by running her through with his sword.
      • To be fair, the often given description of events (as shown above) is slightly inaccurate; she tells him to 'stop' initially, and only when it is clear that he intends to carry on and take her for himself whether she likes it or not does she begin shouting "I could never marry you, etc."; it also doesn't mention that Marian puts herself between Guy and the injured, helpless King. It's still a wall banger by all accounts, but not quite as bad as described above.
    • There are Wall Bangers galore throughout the third season, culminating in the tenth episode, in which Robin's father (who has never been spoken of before and was presumed dead by both Robin and the audience) drugs both Robin and Guy with blow-darts as all three of them just happen to come across each other in the forest. He then tells the men the story of their past, revealing that he fathered a son with Gisbourne's mother. This infant was called Archer because of an arrowhead-shaped birthmark on his chest and was fostered away in secret. Robin's father is only now revealing himself and this information because Archer is about to be executed in York. He wants them to team up to save him. Why would Gisbourne care about any of this? (Does he look like the sort of fella who'd care about a half-brother?) Why would Robin need Gisbourne's help? And why on earth would Robin agree to team up with the man who brutally murdered his wife? No one knows, least of all the writers.
    • What makes matters worse is that the introduction of this half brother was to make Robin Hood a Legacy Character and ensure that the series could continue; but since the show was cancelled after the season 3 finale, the whole contrived mess becomes a complete waste of time.
    • Let us not forget Kate, a character who deserves a seat of honor next to Lana Lang and Bella Swan in the Mary Sue hall of fame. The Replacement Scrappy of Maid Marian, Will Scarlett and the Saracen Djaq, a Faux Action Girl who is always getting kidnapped or injured as well as a Damsel Scrappy for always having to depend on a man to extract her from the situation, not to mention The Load who never does anything that could not have been achieved just as easily by one of the other outlaws, the Satellite Love Interest and Clingy Jealous Girl who follows Robin around like a demented cheerleader, a victim of Dawson Casting considering a thirty year old woman was being asked to play the part of a teenager, making her seem a odd Woman Child, storylines that constantly pushed her into center-stage at the cost of the original cast members and were usually started by having her act Too Dumb to Live. As the Creator's Pet, a huge amount of shilling went on, most of it to do with Kate's Informed Attributes, and to top it all off, no one could ever figure out why she was even necessary in the story itself. She wasn't even a character in the Robin Hood legends!
  • In the Robocop The Series episode Robo Vs. Commander Cash, a scene has OCP employee Rex Jones (posing as Commander Cash) telling kids at a toy store to take everything for free, over the protests of the toy store's owner. When Robo arrives on the scene and attempts to arrest Jones, the store owner goes behind the cash register, pulls out a shotgun and shoots Jones in the chest - in front of a group of kids. Several questions arise: why would the owner need a shotgun in a toy store, why would he endanger the lives of children by firing it in their proximity, and why does he shoot Jones right in front of Robo? He should have been arrested on the spot, but he instead gets off scot-free. The Detroit featured in the Robocop series is an extremely violent Crapsack World, so a toy store manager probably would need a shotgun for protection, but that still doesn't explain how he's able to whip it out in front of Robocop and shoot a guy.
  • seaQuest DSV: In the first season episode "Nothing But The Truth", the nearly-deserted SeaQuest is taken over by a group of commandoes looking to get vital codes out of her systems. Lieutenant Hitchcock is taken hostage on the bridge, whereupon Commander Ford, who's evaded capture, gives her a direct order to truthfully answer anything her captors ask. He somehow justifies this as "controlling what they know", but nothing he does after this is based on the commandoes having accurate information—instead Hitchcock has to keep endangering him and everyone else when asked about the things he is doing. Even worse, she'd declared her intention to escape at the first opportunity, and he orders her to stay put and do this instead—so he's risking her life for no good reason. Nice one, Commander.
  • Blossom's mother left her kids because she needed to fulfill her own dreams, and didn't get considered a terrible mom for it. People seemed very understanding of her personal needs, instead of considering that once you have kids, THEIR needs come first.
  • "Sherlock"
    • The pilot. Sherlock is shown to be an increidbly intelligent individual and yet there is one point in the pilot where viewers are in awe of how incredibly stupid he was, made worse by how most viewers independently figured out the problem and assumed Sherlock had as well until his moment of stupidity. Sherlock deduces that the culprit is someone is a taxi and accurately pinpoints which one he and Watson stalk. At this point, most viewers with any semblence of brain function would realise its the taxi driver they need to subdue, however for whatever bizarre lapse in judgement both Sherlock and Watson assumed it was the taxi customer they needed, becoming awestruck upon reaching them that the customer couldn't be guilty and go home scratching their heads. It appeared like a crummy way to introduce a plot twist because not only was it so obvious but accusing the customer makes no lick of sense because that would imply they somehow smuggled dead bodies onto the taxi without the drivers knowing.
  • Skins:
  • The finale leaving pretty much 50% of the storylines completely unresolved.
  • Season Six. The first episode was pretty much a giant retcon of everything that had been established before, with exactly zero explanation. Franky turned from a Bifauxnen to being very feminine with no explanation (despite her episode in S5 focusing on her wish to be herself, and her androgynous style representing that), as well as turning into a pretentious bitch. Alo turned from a Lovable Loser to a self-entitled, arrogant douche. Mini forgot her established crush on Franky and hooked up with Alo (also conveniently forgetting all her issues surrounding sex, intimacy, and her body). And the season just gets worse from then on, leading the fans to abandon the show in droves.
  • Sliders:
    • The episode where they arrive in a world where the gender statuses are reversed: women dominate, men are relegated to an inferior position. But worse, while the feminist movement appeared during the 60's and allowed for an evolution of mentalities in our world, a similar movement of gender equality never happened on this world. Arturo ends up becoming the first male candidate in an election in history. At first, it was for somewhat selfish reasons, as he just couldn't adjust to this world's value (and as he's definitely a real macho), but as time passes, he really starts to believe in his fight, as he witnesses that no man in this world has a chance - or even the will - to get past the cliches about gender in their world. This makes for good Character Development, and this could make a good aesop about gender equality (it doesn't matter who's oppressed : oppression is fundamentally wrong). So where's the wallbanger ? The only female member of the group grabs the Idiot Ball and becomes a harpy that constantly say that Arturo is wrong, and that this world is way better than ours. Easy to say for her, she gets a respected position in this world with a good paycheck while her companions are stucked as receptionists or as "that-guy-I-fucked-because-I-felt-like-it-and-then-threw-away-like-a-tissue". Arturo's fight is perfectly legitimate, but she keeps telling him he's wrong. When a man tries to assassinate him, as Arturo mourningly comment on his gender, she replies in the most serious tone "Of course ! Have you ever seen a woman assassinate somebody ?" Uh, yeah, it happened, girl, more than once. The worst part ? Looking at the final scene, she never gets any punishment. Note to the writers: reversing sexism doesn't make it more tolerable.
    • Season 3 introduced the dubious idea that Rembrandt had been in the Navy. This ran counter to what had been established about Rembrandt's past, with fans questioning when he could have possibly found time to serve. This goes beyond Characterization Marches On, however, because of one thing that was definitively established in Season 1: per "Summer of Love," Rembrandt doesn't know how to swim. Good grief. Additionally, rather than commit to this change in character, the writers dealt with it in poor fashion - just having one odd line about it inserted arbitrarily into random episodes. Unsurprisingly, this was quietly dropped by Season 4.
    • In "Slither," snakes knock down a door. No, you read that right. Snakes knock down a door. In an interview, Cleavant Derricks would later say that he interrupted a script reading to complain about the implausibility of such an action. According to him, the explanation given was that the snakes possessed "a force."
    • In "Revelations," after supposedly finding Kromagg Prime, what does Quinn do after finding his parents? Seek out the anti-Kromagg weapon to free the conquered Earth Prime, thus fulfilling the point of Season 4? No, he's perfectly content to settle down, as are Maggie and Colin. Oh, but Rembrandt isn't willing to abandon Earth Prime. Too bad all he gets for his good will is the timer itself - no anti-Kromagg weapon, no help from his friends, not even a damn handgun! Worst of all, Rembrandt completely accepts this and acts touched by the "passing the torch" moment. Thud, thud...
    • At least half the problems the Sliders have ever faced is due almost entirely to their inability to either learn from their past mistakes and/or to apply common sense to their situation. For example despite the fact that at least 75% of all episodes involve losing or damaging the timer they never seem even consider the simple steps of attaching some form of strap, making sure it is always kept in a zipped pocket or bag and carrying emergency tools and parts for those times when they slide into a world more backward than our own such as Gillian of the Spirits. And that leads us onto the fact that the team seem to feel no need whatsoever to carry basic survival supplies from one world to the next. Remember they have as much chance of landing in some safe happy urban environment as they do landing in the middle of a lifeless desert wasteland. Yet despite this extreme risk of death every time they jump through the vortex; filling a couple of bags full of water, food, clothes, medical supplies and other miscellaneous survival equipment is apparently an utterly ludicrous concept to a group containing at various times a child prodigy, a professor and a former soldier.
    • The fact that 80% of the episodes revolve around Quinn's inability to grasp the fact that by definition, parallel universes are not guaranteed to have the same customs, morals, or even basic laws of physics as ours. As a result, he winds up getting in fistfights with the locals when he sees that they aren't in agreement with his late 90's White Surburban American limited morality. Cue whole gang being thrown into prison or running for their lives because a) Quinn interrupted some super duper important ritual, b) Quinn assaulted some super duper important/powerful/influential person, c) Quinn does something that offends the whole populace, d) all of the above. Even the superidealistic storylines of Star Trek acknowledge that sometimes, people are carrying pitchforks and torches for valid reasons, that you can't save everyone, and on some occasions, more is done by keeping one's mouth shut and observing the surroundings than rushing headlong into danger for idealism's sake. It's not a stretch to say that almost all of their problems are caused by Quinn.
  • Spike TV's Surviving Disaster:
    • The show seems to like to use the Goofus and Gallant style of teaching the viewer what they should and shouldn't do during a crisis, with the dumbasses getting debilitatingly injured or killed for doing the wrong thing. Some of them you could marginally believe (like a whole crowd of panicked office workers getting flash-fried when trying to escape a building fire through its elevators), but the idiot halfway into their Earthquake episode has to take the Too Dumb to Live cake: seeing an SUV full of people tangled up in downed and possibly live power lines, what does he do? He calmly walks up to the driver's side door and tries to open it, all without making a single sound to let the people inside know he's coming, or to see if they're alright. Naturally, he gets electrocuted. What's worse, the five or so people in the car didn't even try to warn the guy until he was literally two seconds away from grabbing the door handle. Though people doing things like that is Truth in Television, and I don't think they noticed until he was two seconds away.
    • Speaking of which, during their Pandemic episode, one of the members of the group being focused on accidentally contracts the deadly flu by helping one of their neighbors unpack. To keep him isolated from the rest of the household, it's determined (and shown) that a quarantine room needs to be made. One problem: the quarantine room is made upstairs. Ignoring that the safest thing to do in that situation is being a dick to your friend and baring him from your house, having the quarantine room upstairs not only means you're forced to expose the rest of the household to your possibly sick friend for a longer period getting him up there than you would if the room was downstairs or in the garage or something, but it also means you'd have unnecessary and possibly lethal complications with disposing of the guy's body when he dies of the virus (as he does, in the scenario).
    • Let's not also forget about the two highly illegal tips that the show gives its viewers: how to break into and hotwire a car (complete with breaking the steering wheel lock and manually shifting the car into gear), and how to build a one-shot homemade silencer out of carpet and duct tape. Yes, they do give a token warning that the tips shown should only be used in the life-threatening disasters shown, and at your own risk, and they were used in appropriate ways (escaping from nuclear fallout and taking down a mall sniper, respectively), but really, it's rather hard to believe that even a channel that regularly treat its viewers like morons (MA Nswers, anyone?) would think showing you how to do stuff like that would be a good idea and not consider that maybe someone wouldn't heed their warning of Do Not Try This at Home.
  • Survivor: Samoa
    • The fact that Russell Hantz will claim howeasy it is to win Survivor, ignoring the fact that he was rather lucky to not only be the Fan Favourite (and therefore have the producers trying to slant the show to keep him around), was fortunate enough to have found a hidden fruit tree that nobody else found, was lucky enough to not be caught emptying canteens and burning Jaison's sock, and most egregiously, had one of the stupidest casts in Survivor history. (First season not counting - they didn't know) Lessee how many errors they made...Galu decided to vote off Erik before touching Foa Foa who they had a 100% Majority over (Nevermind that even the minority tribe has made it to the end several times-That's the Aitu Four on the telephone right now), John changing his vote, Shambo voting personally, Brett, John, and Laura not taking the opportunity of practically being shown a map TO the idol and letting Russell find it again, Erik not using his idol, Shambo jumping ship, etc. Yep - it's definitely quite easy considering how often Survivor recruits maybe one or two Genre Savvy folks and a bunch of people who have never at all sen the show.
    • And regarding one of those bone-headed mistakes, John mentioned he did it because of the Purple Rock. The fact that Surivivor still does the Purple Rock despite how much controversy followed the one time they DID use it is definitely a Wall Banger. You'd think that they would try and give something like a nature quiz or a firemaking tiebreaker challenge...both of which have been done before. (Remember in Africa? Yeah - they had a nature quiz tiebreaker because they didn't have any vote countbacks) Apparently, they either don't realize how much of an impact the Purple Rock has on the game, or they do and want to keep it on in hopes of slanting the show towards the ratings machine. (Several players have betrayed their alliance in order to keep a purple rock from being drawn - Most notably shown in All Stars in which Rupert was voted out to avoid the Purple Rock and when Cochran flipped on his old tribe to avoid the purple rock in South Pacific.)
    • What just recently transpired may possibly be the king of reality show Wall Bangers fused with an overwhelming Dethroning Moment of Suck; two players quitting within minutes of each other, with only 9 people and 11 days left, all basically because they couldn't stand a little rain. Their tribemates, both current and former, were well within their rights to be visibly disgusted with them. At least Jeff got yet another Crowning Moment of Awesome out of it by not only delivering a stealth "The Reason You Suck" Speech to both of 'em at once, but then put their torches on display at the Tribal Council site to remind them of their Epic Failure for the rest of the season.
  • A few in a new Terra Nova episode which had flying reptiles attack Terra Nova. First off when they're discussing them with the person trying to figure out why they're attacking they leave out how they only attacked when the person they attacked threw a rock at them. Second they decided to build their colony where it is after they found eggshells in the dirt (turns out it's their mating ground). Third, one of the reptiles (whose species previously killed three guys who were right next to a car and swooped down on people pretty quick) lands near Zoe, and then proceeds to slowly inch toward her. It gets kicked out of the way before it can get to her.
  • True Blood:
    • How the hell is the Fellowship of the Sun not on the list of most wanted terrorist organizations after sending a suicide bomber to a vampire gathering and then gloating about it in public television? It's clear that vampires are considered people under the law, and there were many human participants as well. How the hell is FBI not on their tail with charges of domestic terrorism?
    • Also there was that one ad for the show that said that "A vampire only cares about one thing... drinking... your... '''blood!" Despite the fact that the show's entire premise is basically that vampires are people too. People who are nonetheless capable of doing and often do do incredibly bad things. Perhaps the idea is to deliver a message from an in-universe perspective, that of the people bigoted against vampires.
  • Several moments in the seventh season of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps count as Wall Bangers, including the incredibly forced relationship between Gaz and Janet. These two did indeed sleep together a couple of seasons back, but it was firmly established that it was a one-time thing; they both regretted it immensely afterwards, and they felt nothing romantic for each other - it was purely a moment of lust brought on by the two of them feeling lonely. It is also established that they feel no attraction towards each other afterwards (aside from Gaz being his usual pervy self). It also severely damaged Gaz's relationship with Donna, but they later reconcile after they realise just how much they love each other. The affair is rarely mentioned from that point onward (aside from the whole "who-is-the-father-of-Janet's-baby" dilemma). Until the seventh season, that is. Cue the Wall Banger when, pretty much immediately after the funeral of Jonny, Janet's husband, who is killed off-screen, Gaz and Janet start feeling attracted towards each other again, completely out of the blue. Gaz and Donna get married, but their relationship fizzles out, also pretty much out of the blue, and then Gaz and Janet suddenly realize that they are in love with each other, sleep together again, and, instead of reacting furiously like she did the first time around, Donna just accepts the whole thing... and moves to London to be with Wesley, who she had, at the time, only known for a short while. The Gaz/Janet relationship does work, and is a major plot point (two-thirds of a triangle), once it's forced into existence; but still...
  • The Unit:
    • In one episode, the Unit is called in to help defuse a hostage situation. Instead of bringing in a team of expert soldiers to clear the building out like expected, they send a few troops to train the local SWAT team in basic room-clearing tactics. When the issue comes up about shooting around hostages, the Unit has the SWAT officers train to deal with this by firing between their moving teammates with live ammunition(!). Then, when the time comes for the assault on the terrorists, the Unit troops (who are supposed to be advising the SWAT team and haven't participated in any of their clearing exercises up until this point) lead the way wearing civilian clothing and armed with pistols when the rest of the SWAT officers are properly armored and armed with submachineguns. Isn't this show supposed to be somewhat realistic?
    • In another episode, terrorists used chlorine gas pumped through the municipal water system. The average municipal water system already has some chlorine pumped into it. And chlorine is neither tasteless nor odorless — people would smell it before it could kill them (else no one could chlorinate the municipal swimming pools). And if the pipes were completely dry, it would take an obscene amount of chlorine to get it to ground level. Chlorine hugs the ground, which is why it was used in WWI to target trenches. Combine with it being an open air environment, and.... ouch! Understood, they don't want to give real terrorists any ideas that would work, but still...
  • V-2009:
    • In "Pound of Flesh", Anna presents Visitors who failed an empathy test with instant-death pills, the idea being that her mindless drones will swallow them while the Fifth Columnists won't. That's exactly what happens. Now, ask yourself, what kind of moron doesn't swallow an instant-death pill when they know they'll be executed by being SKINNED ALIVE if they don't?
    • A scene from "Heretic's Fork" in which Kyle attempts to read some names stored in a hard drive. According to him, most data "has been wiped" and then he hands Jack a paper with whatever data he has managed to retrieve, in text form. First off, the page is mostly black for no conceivable reason, making it a horrible waste of ink (although the paper does look a little cooler). Then, if the data had been "wiped", the whole page would have been filled with zeros or ones (and not random combinations of them), which clearly isn't the case (unless that part of the disk hadn't been wiped). But under no circumstances could an output that is obviously in binary form (as one can deduce by the background binary digits) possibly contain anything else but zeros and ones, like other digits or letters, not to mention (heaven forbid) color information for the "important" pieces of data. Although the colors could have been added by Kyle, the content of the page is just wrong.
    • Ryan preventing Anna's assassination to save his daughter's life - when he was the one who started it in the first place, his motivation being that after Anna died his daughter would no longer be in danger. And this was supposed to be his big Face-Heel Turn moment. Ugh.
  • Veronica Mars:
    • The Lily Kane murder trial. Even the shows most strident fans can't defend the ways the show bent over backwards to make sure Aaron Echolls got away with Lily's murder. From Logan inexplicably arranging to have the smoking gun sex tape stolen (A tape which the cops never copied, BTW. Nor was it in a vault at the local's DA's office), to the charges for Aaron trying to kill Veronica dropped as a case of "He said, she said," to the Defense destroying Veronica's credibility as a witness by revealing her medical records (a move that is patently illegal under American law and should've garnered a mistrial and criminal charges). The only thing they even tried to explain was why the owner of the home Aaron tried to burn down to kill Veronica didn't testify (He as "suddenly moved away", suggesting he was bought off). Yes, Aaron died a Karmic Death thanks to Duncan, Lily's brother, but people still think he was a Karma Houdini since he got away with the murder. I'm pretty sure it was stated that the tapes were copied but Logan got a hold of them too.
    • While not as bad,there is the the entirety of the serial rape case in season three. The Pi Sigma fraternity is suspected of the rapes by Straw Feminists, who want every single fraternity kicked off campus because of it. Then a girl finally accuses a Pi Sig of raping her - only for Veronica to discover she completely lied about it. This leads the dean of students to not only expel the lying accuser but sack the editor of the student paper for covering up the lie while stirring up the propaganda against the Pi Sigs. Despite this, the regents still vote to ban the frats. Let's summarize: The university kicks out the entire Greek system because ONE fraternity is suspected of rape, and even then the only outright accusation against them was false. Find wall, bang head, repeat.
  • Walker, Texas Ranger:
    • The whole 2-part episode about AIDS — especially Haley Joel Osment saying, completely deadpan, "Walker told me I have AIDS." At least it made for a great Walker, Texas Ranger Lever.
    • That one episode about Satanism. A boy is setting up Halloween decorations. His mother goes inside and turns on the TV. AT ONCE (as usual on the show) the desired program comes on without a channel change or a commercial. The news guy says something to the effect of "CRAZY KIDNAPPING SATANISTS ARE KIDNAPPING AND SACRIFICING PEOPLE" in about three seconds. The mom panics and runs outside immediately. In the twenty seconds (maximum) she's gone, the satanists grab the boy, paint a perfect pentagram verrrry slowly, and drive off slowly without being seen and while cackling.
    • There was one episode where teenage girls are being auctioned off over the internet. If you know ANYTHING about computers, then this may be more hilarious than the average Guilty Pleasure "Walker"... The auctioning page was encrypted. The method? All the letters and symbols were randomly switched. No multiple redundant passwords — just random gibberish. They spend upwards of forever figuring that out — but then, who wants to use an encryption system that has no decryption system? How would the bidders get at the site? The heroes also have to guess a password. You'd think that an international slave ring's site would, after three incorrect password guesses AT MOST, activate a kill-switch or send fake information. It wouldn't be that hard, even when the show was running. After all, the alternative is life in prison.
  • The West Wing
    • One of the subplots in the episode "The Women Of Qumar" features C.J's bad reaction upon hearing that the United States is selling arms to Qumar, a Quracian Throw-Away Country with a poor record for observing women's human rights. Whilst the overall point that the episode is making - that women in several Middle Eastern countries are subject to outrageously barbaric and inhumane treatment as second-class citizens, and that the United States' record of maintaining relations with these nations means that it shares some degree of complicity in this - is valid, the writers unfortunately choose to stress this point by having C.J behave in an unreasonably immature and unprofessional near-Straw Feminist manner about it to her male colleagues in general and to Toby in particular - whom she seems to blame for the treatment of women in this region, despite his sole connection to the arms deal in question being that he informed her that it was happening; he had not displayed any kind of pleasure about or sympathy with what is going on. She gatecrashes a completely unrelated meeting Toby is having with some World War II veterans to beat her drum further about the issue with a simplistic application of Godwin's Law and tells Toby to screw himself before he can not-entirely-unreasonably call out her unprofessional behaviour. And it seems that we are supposed to agree with C.J here, since Toby is a man and therefore directly to blame for what is happening. This all has the effect of less making us consider what effect U.S foreign policy is having on women in developing nations, and more on what an irrational and unlikeable person C.J is. The slightly Narmy ending where C.J wails that "They beat the women!" doesn't help.
    • "The Long Goodbye." Class reunion! Family repression! Fly fishing! Alzheimers is sad! Wait, what show is this?
    • In an early season 5 episode (while they were still adjusting to Sorkin's abrupt departure) where Leo has ordered the EPA to edit a memo in order to promote "clean coal" and downplay the findings of environmental damage because they might hurt the industry. Now, editing scientific findings for political reasons seems like a prime example of corruption, and since when does the Bartlet administration fight to protect the coal industry? But when CJ confronts him, saying "We have a responsibility to the country," Leo responds: "We are the country." Louis XIV couldn't have said it better... The show eventually recovered, and had a very good final season, but I'm not sure anyone post-Sorkin ever wrote Leo right.
    • Toby's Character Derailment in the last season. Toby's betrayal of the President went against everything in his character. Even his actor refused to accept it.
  • The Will and Grace episode "A Gay/December Romance" contains two wall-banging scenes in a row. In the episode, Will goes to an event at an art gallery, even though Jack tells him that it's known as a pick-up spot for young, attractive gay men who are looking for rich, older "sugar daddies," and vice/versa. Will is approached at the event by an older man named Alan (played by Hal Linden), who mentions right away that he's rich, and offers to take Will to all sorts of posh destinations. Will agrees, and starts spending all of his time with Alan, who buys him more and more extravagant gifts, and it gets to the point where Alan takes Will to a stable and buys him a racehorse. Will keeps justifying the situation to Grace, insisting that the two of them are "just friends," but when he mentions that Alan bought him a designer swimsuit and then insisted on staying in the dressing room when he tried it on, he FINALLY realizes that Alan is a sugar daddy who wants more than just friendship. But when he confronts Alan and very, very gently says he hopes that Alan isn't expecting anything, Alan acts shocked and outraged, and insists that he's just a generous man who likes being generous with his friends. Not only does Will buy this hook, line, and sinker, but the audience is expected to believe that Will was a jerk for even suggesting otherwise. That's the first Wall Banger, but the next scene is even worse. Will runs into Alan, who has a new, younger boy toy, and the boy toy is wearing an outfit identical to the one that Alan bought Will earlier. One might reasonably conclude that now, Will has realized that Alan really is a sugar daddy, and he'll call him out on it. No...instead we're supposed to think that this encounter is humiliating for Will, who now has to accept that not only did he ruin a worthwhile friendship, but that there are plenty of guys who are younger and more desirable than him who are glad to take his former place. Wait, what?
  • Wings:
    • Joe the Butt Monkey/Doormat suffers a moment that even his wishy-washy nature can't fully account for. His and Brian's mother returns years after she abandoned them, having finished serving prison time for embezzlement. Brian is mostly just happy to see her; Joe, much less so. She casually ascribes this to Joe being 'tight-cheeked, even in the womb'. Later, Joe calls her out, saying his uptight nature came from having to take care of Brian and their addled father when she left. She responds that she is 'just a lousy mother,' and she is forgiven. So, to review: It is all right to spring up unannounced after two decades, deride a child you abandoned, and then squirm out of being responsible for the thing you derided them for by merely admitting your painfully obvious deficiencies as a parent. Yeah, Joe could stand to man up a degree or two, but the writers forced him to carry an Idiot Ball here.
    • A similiar wall-banger is when Helen forgives her mother for gambling away her wedding fund because... Helen is independent and doesn't need her mother as much or something and therefore losing 10,000 dollars in Vegas meant for your daughter is okay.
    • What's worth noting for both examples, by the way, is that neither mother ever appears again. The Hackett brothers' mother is forgiven for being a lousy mother and then makes no effort to be involved in their lives, even though the two were receptive to the idea in the end. Talk about Karma Houdini. Helen's mother also isn't for the wedding she lost the money to. Of course, maybe that is Fridge Brilliance - suggesting that Helen didn't forgive her after all.
  • There is an episode of Wishbone in which Wishbone is wrongly accused of knocking over trash cans and covering yards with their contents. The culprit is a much larger, more foul-smelling dog (though in the humans' defense, Wishbone is the only character who specifically mentions the smell, so it's possible that only his sensitive nose can detect it). His primary accuser is a female dog catcher who appears married to the idea of "he was there; therefore, he is guilty." The height of the stupidity in that episode is a scene in which Wishbone, chasing after the other dog, passes in front of the porch ... and immediately, the dog catcher steps down, snaps a photo, and says "They always return to the scene of the crime!" The closeup shot of Wishbone, sitting there and staring up at the camera, without any of the garbage visible, is treated as conclusive proof by the other human characters. This is exacerbated by the fact that the tip of the actress's shoe was visible in the shot of the porch as Wishbone passed in front of it. So she only saw Wishbone, and didn't notice the much larger brown dog right in front of him, and didn't even consider the possibility that it might be someone else? It gets better, though — when Wishbone finally catches up with the other dog, and contrives that the humans see it at the same time as a garbage-covered yard ... they automatically point their finger at the larger dog, and Wishbone is cleared of all suspicion. The other dog is guilty, and Wishbone is not, but really The episode was meant to illustrate the dangers of relying on circumstantial evidence. If memory serves, Wishbone's human "friends" began to collect hard evidence which strongly suggested that a larger dog had made the messes, such as bite marks clearly much larger than Wishbone's mouth. Guess how far that got them.
  • The X-Files
    • The season 9 episode "Jump The Shark" (one can only presume the title was meant to be ironic) gave the initial appearance of being a tongue-in-cheek comedy episode centred on fan favourites The Lone Gunmen, only to end up killing off all three of them in the most shamelessly moronic manner imaginable. They quite clearly had enough time to escape between pulling the alarm lever and the emergency doors sealing them in, and yet they didn't even try. And if for some reason that wasn't possible, why would all three of them need to stay behind? And what the hell was the point the bad guys' plan in the first place: killing thousands of people with a virus . . . just for kicks?
    • "Audrey Pauley", from the same season, the one where Reyes spends most of the show in a dollhouse. Seems to have been filmed from five completed pages of script. Nor does it help that the villain may as well have the word "EVIL" tattooed on his forehead, yet no one suspects him
    • The cover story for Fallen Angel. Not the episode in general, just the cover story. So the Conspiracy is expecting FBI agents or, well, anyone to believe that the crashed ship is a downed nuclear-armed Libyan fighter jet. In Wisconsin. Which is nearly six thousand miles away from Libya. And even assuming this jet could make the trip across the Atlantic, which it probably couldn't, it also has people not questioning that it wouldn't have been intercepted at any point along its path which would have had to bring it over the very important American government and military locations all over the East Coast.

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