Earlier then that, episode 12. The Teams aren't real soldiers. It was all an elaborate training simulation run by Project Freelancer, and the cast are random nobodies who have the lowest test scores in the military, and were unknowingly placed in the program to act as Cannon Fodder for Freelancers to practice on.
Recreation had a more lighthearted mood than the seriousness of Reconstruction but the finale had a major WHAM moment Washington is now working with the Meta, and he shoots both Donut and Lopez and takes Simmons prisoner.
And of course there's always Revelations episode 9 where Tex returns after two and a half seasons, and 18 Tex shoots Church, 19 Tex gets stabbed in the fucking face by the Meta, and 20 Wash joins the blues and Epsilon decides to go looking for Tex within the storage unit, knowingly trapping himself within.
Then there's the latest installment, where yet again the season finale (this time, for season 9) turns out to be a Wham Episode with the surprising appearance of Agent Carolina, previously implied to be dead.
Episode 10 of seasons 8 and 9 have both been this trope in-universe, both times introducing Tex to the characters, and then Tex proceeds to beat up some fraction of the characters, making it a double wham episode.
Season 10 both follows and subverts this pattern — sure, Tex beats up everyone, but it ends on a distinctly sour note.
The latter half of season 10 is pretty much just one wham right after another, but the final episode is enough to rival the end of Recreation: Agent Carolina is the Director and Alison's daughter, Church leaves the Blood Gulch Gang to Walk the Earth with Carolina, and the Director closes the Freelancer Saga by killing himself.
The Final Fantasy crossover series Final Fighting Fantasy really starts to kick the plot into gear around chapter six, Epic. But emotionally, some would say the Wham Episode is chapter three, Gaiden, which was a considerable boost in storytelling style from the first two.
Dead Fantasy — Part V shows us that characters are not in fact invincible and that these are life or dead fights and not some extreme battle exercises as many people thought.
The LeBrons has an episode called "Big Game", in which Kid LeBron loses in a big basketball game because there's seconds left for it.
Email gimmicks, the Tandy 400 explodes, and Email invisibility, Strong Bad replaces "him" with the Compy 386.
Email virus, the Compy gets a virus, destroys the universe, and Bubs kills it to restore order.
Email cliffhangers, the Lappy 486 is kidnapped, starting a month-long arc leading up to Tandy and Compy being the kidnappers, then being killed for good.
Email the paper, The Paper dies of old age, and is replaced with a designated Replacement Scrappy, New Paper.
Email email thunder, it turns out Homestar had been masterminding the series all along for his own email show, which got its own spin off for a few months. The Paper comes back to life and defeats New Paper, only to immediately die again.
Hremail 3184, Strong Bad takes the series back and destroys the Lappy, which he replaces with the Compé in Compy Catalog. New Paper is killed in the crossfire.
A Decemberween Mackerel, Homsar dies. And it's the Series Finale!