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Wham Line: Live-Action TV

  • The 4400
    • When we finally find out why Isabelle exists:
    • This exchange been Tom Baldwin and Dennis Ryland:
      Tom Baldwin: These soldiers you're creating... Are you really going to use them to defend the country? Or are you just going to send them after the 4400?
      Dennis Ryland: Is there a difference?
    • Maia's Journal entry
      Mommy's bosses will be punished for betraying us.
    • In the episode appropriately titled Mommy's Bosses
      Maia Skouris: Nothing is over. It's just starting
      Diana Skouris: Sweetie, what are you talking about? What's started?
      Maia Skouris: The War.
    • Maia's final words to Diana in the series finale

  • 24. Almost every episode had one due to Mandatory Twist Ending.
  • 30 Rock
  • 100 Deeds For Eddie McDowd: Has the exchange in the first episode:
    Justin: I still don't get how I'm the only one who can hear you talk.
    Eddie: I think it's because I hung you up from that flagpole.
  • Alias:
    • "I've waited almost thirty years for this." "MOM?!" (Irina to Sydney, "Almost Thirty Years")
    • "Congratulations sir. Phase one is complete. The Alliance is gone." (Sark to Sloane, "Phase One")
      • And from the same episode: "Yes, I'm in position. Everything's in place." (Double!Francie to Sark, "Phase One")
    • "Syd...since that night...you were missing. You've been missing for almost two years." (Vaughn to Sydney, "The Telling")
    • "Well, for starters, my name's not Michael Vaughn." (Vaughn to Sydney, "Before the Flood") This is a Wham Line for another reason: The car they're riding in is immediately hit by a truck. End scene.
  • In American Idol Season 8, the top 12 had just been chosen, leaving Anoop Desai, standing on the stage looking upset about being chosen
    Simon: Anoop, I think we're going to make it a top 13.
  • On Angel:
    • Cordelia and Angel:
      Cordelia: That...you have to get. Oh, and you're welcome.
      Angel: [picks up phone] Hello? Yes, I know, she’s... But that’s impossible, she’s standing right...I’m sorry. Yeah. Did, um, so when did she die? Did, she, um... She never did wake up? I see. [hangs up] Thank you.
    • From one episode:
      Connor: [bursts through a portal and kills a monster with little effort before pointing a crossbow at Angel] Hi, Dad.
    • From one episode:
      Cordelia: Why do you think I let him out, you stupid bitch?
    • From one episode:
      Angel: You thought I was going to turn evil and kill my son. I didn't. It's important you know that. This isn't Angelus talking. It's me. Angel. You know that, right? Good. [starts smothering Wesley with a pillow] Son of a bitch, you are going to pay for what you did! You took my son, you son of a bitch! You bastard! You think I forgive you? Never! You're going to die, you hear me?! You're going to pay! You took my son! You took my son! You took my son! Never. Never. Never! I'll kill you! You're dead! You're a dead man, Pryce! You're dead! I'll kill you! I'll kill you! You're a dead man! Dead! Dead!
    • From one episode:
    • From one episode:
      Fred: So what are you lyin' about?
      Sahjhan: I don't like to brag but... read any good prophecies lately?
    • From one episode:
      Fred: "Cavemen win. Of course the cavemen win."
  • Arrested Development has a few:
    • Let Them Eat Cake:
      Reporter: The mini-castles appear to be of American construction and also appear to be very shoddily constructed.
    • Out On A Limb:
      Narrator: And then a loose seal bites off Buster's hand.
    • Spring Break-Out:
      Michael: This cooler full of evidence is going straight to the police.
      George: Go ahead. That should prove I'm innocent.
    • Mr. F (revealing the secret from For British Eyes Only):
      Agent: So, this is the Leeds girl.
      Frank: Don't bother. She's an MR-F.
      Agent: What does that mean?
      Frank: Mentally Retarded-Female.
    • Blockheads
    George Michael: How'd you know about the photo booth.
  • Arrow In the episode "Betrayal"
    The Hood: "Moira Queen! You have failed this city!"
  • Ashes to Ashes:
    • "What? You expected us to disappear? In a puff of smoke? Matter meets anti-matter, time imploding on itself, that sort of thing?" (Martin Summers, 2x07, telling the Blinovitch Limitation Effect to go eff itself.)
    • "Bolls! Bolly! Listen, I don't know if you can hear me, Bolls. The nurses are going to be back in a minute. I need you to wake up. What about if I gave you a slap? Would that help?" (Gene Hunt, on the television in 2008)
    • "I say yes." "It's a godawful small affair, to the girl with the mousey hair..." (Shaz, 3x02)
    • This bit of dialogue from the finale, though most viewers had caught on already:
      Gene: He didn't deserve a shallow grave, did he? Did he, Alex?
      Alex: No. No you didn't.
  • The series one finale of Series/Atlantis
    Pasiphae: Who is this?
    Leper Leader: That is our son
  • Babylon 5:
    • From the third season's penultimate episode: "Hello, I'm Anna Sheridan. John's wife."
    • "The Babylon project was our last, best hope for peace... It failed."
    • "It's a trank. Don't fight it, or they'll hurt you." ( Garibaldi to Sheridan, as he's betraying him to the enemy)
      • It's worth noting that this is only a Wham Line from Sheridan's point of view. The audience knew what was coming. However, the scene was so well constructed that the emotional impact was certainly there.
  • Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined) (2003):
    • "Crossroads, Part II": "We're Cylons. And we have been from the start."
    • Kara: "Hi Lee...It's gonna be OK. I've been to Earth. I know where it is. And I'm gonna take us there."
    • Season 3's "The Eye of Jupiter" had a whopper.
      Tigh: They're testing us. Want to know if we're bluffing about nuking the planet.
      Roslin: Well, unfortunately we are bluffing.
      Adama: Are we. Mr. Hoshi... Order nuclear ground-strike missiles into launch tubes 4 through 10.
      Roslin: What are you doing?
      Adama: Getting ready to nuke the planet.
    • From the original Battlestar Galactica pilot, after Zack's Viper is destroyed:
      Adar: What was that?
      Adama: That was my son, Mr. President.
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • After Raj and Penny apparently slept together.
      Raj: You might like to know that, um, we didn't have sex in the conventional sense... I had trouble putting (the condom) on and you tried to help and... that was all she wrote.
    • In season six, Penny finally says to Leonard those three words that he needed to hear. Important because she really means it.
      Penny: (to Leonard) You know I love you...
    • Raj originally wasn't able to talk to women without alcohol due to selective mutism. In the season six finale, Raj says to Penny that he's sober. This means that he has finally been cured of his selective mutism.
      Raj: (to Penny) No, it's not! I haven't had a drink since last night!
  • Blackadder:
    • Paraphrased from the pilot episode, just as Lord Percy is carrying the (unbeknownst to him) head of King Richard as spoils of war and believing it to be the head of another nobleman from which he can claim manhood.
      Blackadder(seething with anger): And just whose head is that?
    • There are two in the final episode:
    • While they're discussing Darling's arrival in their dugout. To this point in the episode, George has happily awaited the order to advance, going so far as to turn down an offer to leave with General Melchett before the battle.
    George: Well, this is splendid, comradely news! Together, we'll fight for king and country, and be sucking sausages in Berlin by teatime.
    Edmund: Yes, I hope their cafes are well stocked; everyone seems determined to eat out the moment they arrive.
    George: No, really, this is brave, splendid and noble! ...Sir?
    Edmund: Yes, Lieutenant?
    George: I'm... scared, sir.
    Darling: I say, listen - our guns have stopped.
    George: You don't think...
    Baldrick: ...perhaps... the war's over? Perhaps it's peace.
    Darling: Thank God. We lived through it. The Great War, 1914 to 1917.
    • By this time in the war, the guns would still have been firing since the "Creeping Barrage" was standard practice - the artillery gradually extended the aiming point at roughly the same speed as the advancing infantry. The Artistic License involved adds to the impact of the scene because it sounds like the war's just ended - then Darling's line hits you, and you know what's just happened.
  • Blake's 7: "Star One", after Vila and Jenna discover that an alien invasion fleet is approaching the galaxy:
    Vila: Do you think Blake knows what's happening? Why hasn't he come back yet? What are we supposed to do, Jenna?
    Jenna: Give the alarm.
    Vila: Terrific idea, who do you suggest we tell?
    Jenna: Servalan.
  • Boardwalk Empire:
    • Two from "A Return to Normalcy":
      Lucy: (to Van Alden) You got me pregnant.

      Eli: (after walking into the Commodore's home) You tell him about our plan?
    • From "To the Lost":
      "Welcome to Cicero!"
    • Two from "Two Imposters":
    Eddie: "There is no one. The line is dead."

    Al Capone: We've been on the road for eighteen hours. I need a bath, some chow...and then you and me sit down, and we talk about who dies."

  • Bones: From the first season finale: "That... is Christine Brennan." And again in the sixth season finale. "I'm pregnant. And you're the father."
  • Boy Meets World: Had "Cory, will you marry me?" from the episode "Graduation".
  • Breaking Bad:
    • In season 1's Crazy Handful Of Nothin':
    Walt: This... is not meth.
    • In the Season 2 finale "ABQ", while Walt is under anesthesia:
    Skyler: Walt, did you bring your cell phone?
    Walt: Which one?
    • In the season 3 premiere:
    Skyler: You're a drug dealer.
    • Forms the name of the episode "I.F.T.":
    Skyler: I fucked Ted.
    • The last line of the Season 4 episode "Cornered":
    Hank: Since when do vegans eat fried chicken?
    • From "Crawl Space":
    Gus: If you interfere, the problem becomes much simpler. I will kill your wife. I will kill your son. I will kill your infant daughter.
    • From "Face Off":
    Walt: I won.
    • From "Fifty-One":
    Skyler: "[I'm waiting] for the cancer to come back".
    • A flashback version that Hank recalls in "Gliding Over All":
    Hank: "To W.W. My star, my perfect silence." W.W. I mean, who do you figure that is, y'know? Woodrow Wilson? Willy Wonka?...Walter White?
    Walt: You got me.
    • From "Blood Money":
    Walt: If you don't know who I am, then maybe your best course would be to tread lightly.
    • From "Confessions":
    Marie: Why don't you just kill yourself, Walt?
    • Another one from the same episode:
    Walt: If you're watching this tape, I'm probably dead, murdered by my brother-in-law, Hank Schrader. Hank has been building a meth empire for over a year now and using me as his chemist.
    • From "Rabid Dog":
    Skyler: "We've come this far. For us. What's one more?"
    • Also:
    Walt: "I think I might have another job for your uncle".
    • From "Ozymandias":
    Walter: I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And, I was really...I was alive.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • In one episode, Angel has once again turned into his evil alter ego Angelus and helps Faith with luring the others into a trap:
    Faith: What can I say, I'm the world's best actor.
    Angel: Second best.
    • A couple episodes before, after Faith accidentally kills Allan Finch, Buffy confronts her about it in her motel room.
    Buffy: You don't get it, Faith. You killed a man.
    Faith: No, you don't get it. I. Don't. Care.
    Riley: But she doesn't love me.
    • In the middle of season 5, Quentin Travers gets to supply the episode-ending Wham Line: "Glory isn't a demon. She's a god."
    Buffy: ... oh. (cut to black)
    • From What's My Line, Part 1: "I am Kendra the Vampire Slayer."
    • A textbook one comes at the end of "Buffy vs. Dracula":
    Joyce: "Buffy, if you're going out, why don't you take your sister?"
    Buffy and Dawn: "Mom!"
    • "You're a very stupid girl." — Giles, starting a massive What the Hell, Hero? speech to Willow.
    • "You think you can just do that to me? You think I'd let you get away with that? Think again!" (opens fire)
    • "We shall give back your soul!" (To Spike)
    • "What'cha doing? ...Mom? ...Mom? ...Mommy?"
    • Two from "Earshot":
    "I came up here to kill myself."
    • In "Who Are You" Tara is fretting that the Scoobies don't even know she exists. Willow assure her that she will introduce her to them, but for the moment she wants something that is just hers.
    Tara: I am, you know.
    Willow: What's that?
    Tara: Yours.
    • Spike in Season 2: "Oh, I will. Sooner than you think."
    • Spike in Season 5: "Buffy, I love you. God, I love you so much. ...Oh, God, no. Please, no."
    • Dawn has an inadvertent one when talking to Riley about Buffy's relationship with Angel:
    Dawn: "Everyday was like the end of the world. She doesn't get worked up like that over you."
    • Dawn has another inadvertent one which she says to her sister.
    Dawn: "Buffy, Spike's completely in love with you."
  • Burn Notice:
    • A number of episodes, including:
    • "False Flag": "I'll do whatever you want, just don't go after my son!" or, just in case you didn't get that one, "It's a great technique, as long as you're not the someone else."
    • "Breaking and Entering": "But we did meet, Michael! Tell Sam thanks for the help with the crossword."
    • "Friends and Family": "They're not coming for Rufino. They're coming for you."
    • "End Run": "What about Bel-Anna? I mean, Annabel."
    • "Friends Like These": "The only one who knows where that ledger is is her!"
    • "Enemies Closer": "I left you like three messages!"
    • "Friends and Enemies": "Mike, you just burned a spy."
    • "Reckoning": "This one’s for my boys"
  • Call the Midwife: "This... has my name on it." That's Sister Bernadette, looking at an x-ray that's positive for tuberculosis.
  • Caprica: "Zoe?"
  • Carnivàle:
    • "Tipton" - "There's rules, boy. To give life, you gotta take it from someplace else." (Rebecca Donovan, to Ben Hawkins)
    • "The River" - "Privyet, Ira." (Justin to Iris, using her Russian name)
    • "Day of the Dead" - "I did it for you." (Iris to Justin, confessing to setting the ministry fire)
    • "New Canaan, CA" - "This is your house." (Omega!Sofie to Sofie)
  • Castle, "Always":
    Castle: Beckett, what do you want?
    Beckett: You.
    • "Watershed": "Katherine Houghton Beckett, will you marry me?"
  • Chuck vs The Ring:
    • A combination of Wham Line, Wham Episode given how it completely changes the dynamic for the characters.
    Chuck: That's completely insane, who told you this?
    Daniel Shaw: I did.
    • "Okay. I got this." Spoken by Sarah, as she's given no other option than to upload the brain-damaging version of Intersect to her head, in order to save a kidnapped Chuck at the end of ''Chuck Versus Bo".
      • Almost every season 5 episode ended with a wham for example, in episode 7, Sarah visits Shaw in prison.
      Shaw: Does Chuck know about you, and the baby?
  • Community:
    • Season 2 finale:
    • when the study group are sent to a fake psychiatrist. He was actually desperate to cover his own ass because the study group was too close to the truth.
      Dr. Heidi: But you can't go back to Greendale!
      Britta: Why, because is isn't healthy?
      Dr. Heidi: Because it doesn't exist.
    • A few minutes later when the gang realises the jig is up, he tries again:
      Dr. Heidi: Greendale is purgatory and I am the Devil.
      Troy: I knew it...
      Jeff: *Slaps him* Stop letting him make you realize stuff!
    • The previous episode has a genuine Wham Line:
      Director: Then, by order of this board, Jeff Winger, Annie Edison, Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Abed Nadir, Pierce Hawthorne, and Britta Perry, you are hereby expelled from Greendale Community College.
    • Season 4 finale:
      Pierce: I'm graduating, too!
    • Season 5 premiere:
      Shirley: Andre left again.
    • From Basic Intergluteal Numismatics:
      Shirley: Pierce is dead.
  • Criminal Minds:
    • "God is in all of us." "So is Tracy Lambert." ("Lucky")
    • "Hey Garcia? I've been waiting all night to do this." ("Lucky")
    • "Did you get all that?" ("Masterpiece")
    • "Don't tell them about your brothers." ("Bloodline")
    • "You really should have taken the deal." ("...And Back")
    • "There! Were! Rules!" (First season finale)
    • "There won't be anyone to open that door for at least 13 minutes." Picks up picture of a previous victim "It took me less than five to do this." ("Damaged")
    • From "Proof":
    Reid: What if I had started taking Dilaudid again?
    JJ: But...you didn't...
    Reid: Yeah, but I thought about it.
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation:
    • "Living Doll", in a line that casts the previous two seasons in an entirely new light:
    Grissom: [about Sara] I took away the only person she ever loved, so she's going to do the same thing to me.
    • On a smaller scale, there's this bit from "And Then There Were None." The team are pursuing Darin Hanson, a casino robber suspected of murdering his two accomplices, when they discover the one of the casino's pit bosses was in on the heist. They get more than they bargained for when interrogating him.
    Pit boss: Look, Darin was the only one I talked to; I never even met the other three!
  • Dallas:
    • Many episodes ended with one of these:
    • "New Beginnings":
    Jeremy: I want you to call our offices in the Far East, I want every available man sent to work, have them send you every document they can get. I want Cliff Barnes to have all he needs for a full investigation.
    Dave: We're changing sides? We're getting into bed with Cliff Barnes?
    Jeremy: I want Ewing Oil involved in a scandal so big that their charter will be revoked. I want to see the end of Ewing Oil so that I can pick up the pieces, and if J.R. Ewing goes to jail, so much the better.
    • "It's Kristin, calling from California. She just gave birth to a baby boy. You have another son."
    • And, of course, the series' most infamous Wham Line was one of the most innocuous two-word phrases in the English language:
    Bobby: (in shower) Good morning!
  • David Letterman: "And now we get to, what was all the creepy stuff that he was going to put into the screenplay and the movie. And the creepy stuff was, that I have had sex with women who work for me on this show. Now, my response to that is...yes I have."
  • Desperate Housewives: In the season 6 finale: "It's in the detonator."
  • Dexter: "Seeing Red": "Mommy loves you, Dexter."
  • Dinosaurs: "Considering the thickness of the cloud cover, scientists predict it may be tens of thousands of years before the sun shines over Pangaea again." That's when you realize they're killing off the dinosaurs.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The final scene of "The Space Museum", leading into "The Chase":
      Dalek: They cannot escape! Our time machine will soon follow them. They will be exterminated! Exterminated! Exterminated!
    • "The Green Death"
      BOSS: I am the BOSS. I'm all around you. Exactly! I am the computer!"
      • And when Jo reveals that she doesn't intend to go with the Doctor.
    • "Image of the Fendahl":
      The Doctor: There are four thousand million people here on this planet and, if I'm right, within a year there'll be one. Just one.
    • "Castrovalva":
      The Doctor: Show me where the pharmacy is on this map.
      Man: Well, it's here, and here, and here, and... oh.
    • From "The Ultimate Foe"
      The Master: They made a deal with the Valeyard, or as I've always known him, the Doctor...
    • "The Curse of Fenric":
      Fenric/Judson: We play the contest again, Time Lord.
    • "Dalek": When Rose, Adam, and a Red Shirt are fleeing from a Dalek, and manage to leave it at the bottom of a flight of stairs...
      Dalek: El-E-Vate!
    • "Army of Ghosts":
      Cyberman: The sphere is not of Cybermen design.
    • "Doomsday":
      The Doctor: Time Lord science... It's bigger on the inside!
    • "Utopia":
      Professor Yana: I... am... the Master...
    • "Last of the Time Lords":
      The Doctor: Right across the world. One word, just one thought, at one moment, but with fifteen satellites!
      • Not as influential, but later on:
      Jack Harkness: ..."The Face of Boe", they called me.
    • "Forest of the Dead": "You knew my name. You whispered my name in my ear!" - The Doctor.
    • "The Stolen Earth" has a few.
      "Why don't you ask her yourself?"
      "Exterminate!"
      "Your voice is different. Yet its arrogance remains unchanged." - One for the Doctor, as well as Sarah-Jane.
      • Earlier, there's this, but more because of who's saying it: "Supreme one. Is there news of him?"
    • From "The End of Time", Part 1'': "This was the day the Time Lords returned."
    • "Victory of the Daleks": "Brace-well is a bomb."
    • This little crap-inducing exchange from "The Time of Angels":
      The Doctor: Bob, keep running, but tell me: how did you escape?
      Bob: I didn't, sir. The angels killed me too.
      • And arguably "The aplans! They have two heads!" "So?" "So why don't the statues?"
    • From "The Pandorica Opens":
      Sontaran: The Pandorica is ready!
      The Doctor: Ready for what?
      Dalek: Ready for you.
    • From "The Impossible Astronaut":
      Amy: I'm pregnant.
    • "The Doctor's Wife":
      The Doctor: You didn't always take me where I wanted to go!
      The TARDIS: But I ALWAYS took you where you NEEDED to go!
    • "The Almost People":
      The Doctor: Whatever happens, however hard, however far, we will find you.
      Amy: I'm right here.
      The Doctor: No, you're not. You haven't been here for a long, long time.
    • "A Good Man Goes To War":
      River Song: It's me. I'm Melody. I'm your daughter.
    • And a big one from "The Wedding of River Song":
      Dorium: Doctor who? Doctor WHO? DOC-TOR WHO?!
    • From "Hide":
      The Doctor: (near-whisper) I am The Doctor... and I am very afraid.
    • Although it is not a line of spoken dialogue, the on-screen credit "Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor" at the end of "The Name of the Doctor" changes the entire course of the series and its history in six words.
    • From "The Day of the Doctor":
      1st Doctor: Calling the War Council of Gallifrey – this is the Doctor.
      • And just afterward:
        Androgan: No sir, all thirteen!
      • And later:
        The Curator: Gallifrey Falls... No More!
    • From "The Time of the Doctor":
      • The Doctor is told by Handles that the source of the signal is Galifrey
      • When the Doctor finds out what planet they're on:
        The Doctor: Mother Superious, there is only one thing I need from you. This planet, what's it called?
        Tasha: Trenzalore.
      • When Tasha Lem declares the new purpose of the Papal Mainframe:
        Tasha: From this moment on, I dedicate this church to one cause: Silence.
      • When Tasha tells the Doctor about the Dalek attack:
        The Doctor: Why didn't you call me? I could have helped you.
        Tasha: I did! I died in this room screaming your name!
  • Dollhouse:
  • Downton Abbey:
    • The WHAM line that kicked off the plot, when Lord Grantham reads about the Titanic.
      It seems James and Patrick were on board.
    • The line that changed Mary's life forever. She lost her virginity to Pam UK, then.
      He's dead. I think he's dead. Oh, I know he's dead.
    • Even if you knew this was coming, the last line from the first series changes everything:
      Robert: I am sorry to announce that we are at war with Germany.
    • The Reveal of Sybil and Branson's secret relationship in the season 2 premiere.
      Sybil: It's hard letting you go. My last link with home.
      Branson: Not as hard as it is for me.
  • Elementary: "Then a few hours ago, she tried to have me killed." (Not so much who says it than who they're talking about.)
  • Farscape:
    • Noranti whispers in Crichton's ear : "Aeryn...is...with child." Naturally this is followed seconds later by Moya being swallowed into a wormhole, and then John is unable to contact Aeryn for "some time" (long enough for him to grow an impressive beard, at least).
    • "I condemn you, John Crichton...to live! So that your lust for unfulfilled revenge...will consume you."
    • Crichton attempts to return to Moya from Einstein's realm via wormhole fails, taking him to (1980s) Earth instead. "Whoops."
  • Father Ted: Dear Ted you have an until next week to . . . kick Bishop Brennan up the arse!
  • Firefly: At the end of "Heart of Gold": "I'm leaving."
  • FlashForward (2009):
    • D. Gibbons is a bad man.
    • Message received.
  • Frasier: Frasier is high on painkillers as Daphne gives him a massage in "Back Talk". The following lines even shocked the studio audience, who gave out a loud GASP!
    Daphne: When I said to your father "Dr. Crane's in love with me," he said it's been going on for six years now. What did he mean by that?
    Frasier: (dreamily) Oh that... he meant Niles.
    (Kaboom!)
    Daphne: What?!
    Frasier: (dreamily) Niles... he's crazy about you.
    • What makes Frasier's line particularly whammy is that it comes in the middle of a comedy of misunderstandings plot (Daphne overhears Frasier saying he loves her, not realizing he didn't mean it in a romantic sense), which were very typical of Frasier, and which were usually resolved by the end of the episode so that status quo could return. The viewers most likely didn't predict that a simple line in a seemingly throwaway scene in a seemingly generic episode would finally lead to resolving the UST between Niles and Daphne that had been going on for over six seasons.
    • Later, after Frasier tells Niles that Daphne is in love with him in the second part of "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue", another wham line caused the studio audience to GASP! again, even more shocked. After Daphne told Niles how upset she was that Frasier told him how she felt about him, Niles responded, "No, Daphne, I'm glad he told me - because I love you."
    • In "Halloween", when everyone is speculating on who Roz's baby's father is, after Frasier blows the secret that Roz might be pregnant.
    Frasier: No! Listen, everybody, I am not the father of Roz's baby! In fact, we don't even know for sure if there is a baby!
    Roz: (appearing) We do now.
    • Not to mention the words the series ends on:
    Pilot: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Chicago.
    Frasier: ...wish me luck.
  • Friends:
    • Season 1 - "Remember when Ross first fell in love with Carol and he bought her this ridiculously expensive crystal duck?"
    • Season 2 - "You're over me?"
    • Season 3 - "You told Rachel?" "Was I not supposed to?"
    • And: "I'm your mother."
    • Season 4 - "I take thee, Rachel".
      • Which was preceded by another wham in the very same episode - "Do you think he knew I was here?"
    • Season 5 - "Well, hello, Mrs. Ross!"
      • Preceded by - "It's a four."
    • Season 6 - "I can't believe you're gonna propose to Monica."
      • Also: "You wanted it to be a surprise"
    • Season 7 - "I didn't take a pregnancy test."
    • Season 8 - "OK." note 
      • "Hey, my sweater!"
    • Season 9 - "There's a good chance this may never happen for us." note 
    • Season 10 - "Did she get off the plane?!" "I got off the plane."
      • Preceded by - "The next baby should be along in a minute."
  • Fringe: During the third season's 19th episode, after Peter and Walter successfully rescued Olivia from the confines of her mind, Peter comes to visit her to see if she's okay. He notices a drawing of "Man X" whom they met aboard the zeppelin, and Peter asks who he is...
    Olivia: "I dunno, I never met him before. But, I think he's the man who's gonna kill me."
    • Which turns out to be one of the only plot threads not resolved series by the end, never coming to anything even during the final season's time skip
  • Game of Thrones:
    • 01x04: "Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things":
    Catelyn about Tyrion: "This man came into my house as a guest and there conspired to murder my son, a boy of ten. In the name of King Robert and the good lords you serve, I call upon you to seize him and help me return him to Winterfell to await the king's justice."
    • 01x07: "You Win Or You Die":
    Littlefinger: I did warn you not to trust me.
    • 01x09: "Baelor":
    Joffrey: Ser Ilyn, bring me his head.
    • 02x07:
    Pyat: When I learned you were coming to our city, I made an arrangement with the king of Qarth. He procured them for me.
    Dany: There is no king of Qarth.
    • 02x09: "Blackwater":
    • 02x10: "Valar Morghulis":
    Grenn: Three blasts.
    • 03х05: "Kissed by Fire":
    Tywin: (to Cersei)' Tyrion will do as he's bid. As will you. [...] You'll marry Ser Loras.
    • 03x04:
      'Daenerys: Zaldrīzes buzdari iksos daor.'''note .
    • 03x09: "The Rains of Castamere":
    Walder Frey: My king is married and I owe my new queen a wedding gift.
    • A bit earlier, the execution of Rains of Castamere counts as Wham Music.
    • 4x04: "Oathkeeper":
    Olenna Tyrell: You didn't think I would let you marry that beast, did you?
    • 4x05: "First of his name":
    Lysa Arryn: "[to Littlefinger] What wife would've done for you the things I've done for you? What wife would trust you the way I trusted you? When you gave me those drops and told me to pour them into John's wine, my husband's wine? When you told me to lie to Cath that it was the Lannisters...
  • In the Good Luck Charlie episode "Girl Bites Dog":
    Teddy: ... I didn't know you were hisnote  cousin.
  • Glee:
    • From the episode "Furt":
      Kurt: It's good to know that I have friends here at McKinley, as well as a true brother. Which is why it's so difficult to leave.
    • Also from "Rumours":
      Finn: Then why were you in that motel?!
      Sam: Because that's where I live now! My dad lost his job a few months ago, then we lost our house, so now we live in that motel in one room.
    • Hilariously a Subverted Trope in a first season episode, however. When asked if she and Puck are dating, Santana replies "Sex is not dating." Brittany adds, "If it were, Santana and I would be dating." There's a long silence...then everyone else continues as if she never said anything, apparently not wanting to touch Brittany's contribution with a ten-foot pole. Brittany and Santana's relationship is barely even mentioned again until nearly a season later.
  • Grey's Anatomy:
    • In the last five minutes of the series 5 finale. "Oh... oh... seven. Double-oh seven?"
    • "I'm Lexie. Lexie Grey."
  • Haven:
    • Said to Audrey in "Spiral": "I'm Special Agent Audrey Parker. Who the hell are you?"
    • The letter Duke finds in "Business As Usual": "Duke- If you’re reading this, then I haven’t survived. You are my Son. My heir. It’s up to you to finish my work. You must kill her." Attached to the letter is a picture of Audrey.
    • Two in "301". The kidnapper telling Audrey, "Did you think you're the only one who loved the Colorado Kid!?" When the group finds "Find him before The Hunter." inscribed in the Colorado Kid's empty coffin, they question who wrote it, and Audrey answers, "I did. This is my handwriting."
    • Duke explaining to Audrey in "Stay" that when a meteor shower called "The Hunter" occurs in 49 days, she will disappear again.
  • Hawaii Five-0: At the very end "Ua Hala", the second-season finale of the reimagined show, McGarrett finally gets the answer to that season's Driving Question: Who is Shelburne?
    McGarrett: Mom?note .
  • Heroes:
    • "I work for your father." Said by the supposedly mute Hatian.
    • "Tou-san?" Said by Hiro to the mysterious man who has just kidnapped him.
    • "We need to talk, Nathan." Said by Claire's biological mother when she manages to track her biological father down on the phone.
    • "I already have you... Mr. Sylar." Said by Mohinder to Sylar, who he has up to now been tricked into believing is named Zane Taylor.
    • "You may as well come inside, Claire." Said by Mama Petrelli the first time she meets Claire, the granddaughter she supposedly knew nothing about.
    • "There are things you need to hear. Things I know about you. ... That you can fly, for instance?" Said by Mr. Linderman to Nathan.
    • "I know you're there, Peter." Said by one of the characters when Peter is having what appears to be a Pensieve Flashback.
    • "Turns out you're the villain. I'm the hero." Said by Sylar to Peter.
  • House:
    • "Three Stories", "God, you were right... it's House."
    • "Cain and Able", "God doesn't limp."
    • "Finding Judas", Wilson to Tritter: "I'm gonna need my thirty pieces of silver."
    • "House's Head'', "What's my necklace made of?"
    • "Saviors", Amber to House: "Solved another case, busted Wilson. Looks like you're not losing it after all."
    • "Both Sides Now", Amber: "So this is the story you made up about who you are. It's a nice one." Kutner: "Too bad it isn't true."
    • "Body and Soul", Wilson: "I have cancer."
    • "Everybody Dies" (series finale), House: SHUT UP YOU IDIOT.
    • Many episodes featured the Wham Line "you're dying" or something to that effect. Sometimes they really were dying, but it was usually the penultimate diagnosis and was followed by a Wham Moment in which House had an epiphany and came up with the correct diagnosis. Cue happy, or, at worst, Bitter Sweet Ending.
  • House of Anubis:
    • Towards the beginning of Season 1, while Nina, Fabian and Amber are listening to the recordings:
      Young Sarah: He's coming!
      Victor: It's ten O'clock. You have five minutes precisely, and then I want to hear a pin drop.
    • Towards the end of the first season:
      Jerome: (On the phone) Hello, is this Rufus Zeno?
    • The beginning of season 2:
      Vera: (on the phone) Hello? I'm in.
    • Jerome and Mara reading a letter from Trudy in the middle of season 2:
      Mara: Jerome, look! The first letter of each line.
      Jerome: ...Help Me.
    • The finale of season 2, discussing Senkhara wanting the Mask of Anubis, despite not having a body to wear it with:
      Patricia: She's not going to wear it. She's going to make Nina wear it.
    • The middle of season 3:
      KT: Why would Victor let me leave so easily, if they needed me for the ceremony?
    • Eddie having a vision in the middle of the season:
      Frobisher-Smythe: There's a viper in your nest.
    • The end of season 3, after Eddie and KT plant the Staff of Osiris to defeat Team Evil:
      Frobisher-Smythe: (laughing the rest of the sinners) I needed that staff to awaken Ammut, and you two just completed it for me!
    • Halfway through The Touchstone Of Ra:
      Fabian: Anyone who's ever held the stone...Turns to stone.
  • House of Cards (US):
    • Towards the end of Chapter 12, the penultimate episode of Season 1.
    Raymond Tusk: The President values my advice, and he tends to follow it. Like when I advised him not to make you Secretary of State.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • From "Bad News":
    Lily: Something's happened. Your father had a heart attack, and... he didn't make it.
    Marshall: M-my dad's dead?
    • And prior to that, in "Canning Randy", Zoey has got Ted's architecture class to abandon him and turn against him after he wanted the Arcadian to be blown up while they didn't. When asked if he has anything to say for himself, what's his response? "Anyone not in class tomorrow gets an F." And it works.
    • An absolutely heartbreaking one at the end of Symphony of Illumination. The episode features Robin telling her kids how she met their father, despite the entire episode revolving around Robin finding out she can't have kids. The audience sees Robin's kids as she tells the story. At the very end...
    Robin: Whatever. It's better this way. No one holding me back, no one preventing me from travelling where I want to travel, going where I want to go. That's why I'm glad you're... not... real...
    {the kids fade away, leaving Robin all alone)
    Robin: Really glad.
    • In The Final Page Part 2
    Barney: Turn it over
    The words written on the back of Barney's Final Play "The Robin" are: '''Step 16: Hope she says 'yes'"
    Robin: Yes
    • In "The Time Travelers"
    Barney: Ted, this moment is already gone.
    • The very end of "Something New"
    The Mother: Hi. One ticket to Farhampton please?
    • Several in the last season, and the finale "Last Forever", but the series can probably be boiled down to one last revelation...
    Penny: No. This is a story about how you're totally in love with Aunt Robin... C'mon, Dad. Mom's been gone for six years now. It's time.
  • I Dream of Jeannie: Major Tony Nelson almost blew it in one of the final episodes when he introduced Jeannie to Gen. Schaffer and Dr. Bellows:
    Tony: I'd like you to meet my fiancee.
  • The Inside:
    • "Everyone is here. The ninth victim is Margaret Alvarez." - Web, "New Girl in Town"
      • And later in the episode: "You expect us to believe Alvarez did this to herself?" - Danny
    • "Him! That's the voice! Real distinctive voice." - The witness in "Thief of Hearts" fingers Web as the guy who bribed her.
  • JAG: In "Desert Son", after Boone has been found to blame for the mishap, Williams is out spotting for artillery strikes again, and remarks that he never knew how much better he'd be at spotting artillery simply by doing it while sober. The corporal riding in the humvee with him is stricken speechless by the implications of this remark.
  • Jekyll:
    • Wham Line Generator of a miniseries. "They've turned off the cameras... all of them. Nobody can see or hear us... suckers."
    • "I'd forgotten the room number," "You know what? HE didn't..."
    • "I don't own a black van."
    • (To Claire, after her sons have been taken away, supposedly to get breakfast) "In the meantime, I’d offer you breakfast, but the truth is…we don’t have any."
    • "Tom Jackman isn’t a clone, Claire. You are."
    • "Hyde... is love. And love is a psychopath."
    • "Oh I expect I did, I must check."
  • Jericho:
    • After Denver is nuked, a group of people are listening to an answering machine message where Dale's mother describes seeing the explosion, cut off as she's incinerated. "I didn't even know your mother was in Denver." "She was in Atlanta." Cue freakout.
    • In Black Jack, as they're looking at the map of the US. "But there are six stars up there? Where's the president?" "Which one?"
  • Kamen Rider Decade:
    • Connected to Shinkenger below: Genta encounters Kaito, who steals the Ika Origami and calls himself a "passing-through Kamen Rider". Genta's response? "What's a Kamen Rider?" The World of Shinkenger/Super Sentai World is a World Without a Kamen Rider.
    • Wataru has just revealed that by Decade's efforts the nine Riders Decade has aided will live through their stories. When asked about Decade, his answer: "Decade... does not have a story."
    • Additionally, his line towards Decade in the finale regarding his mission: "Do you remember my words? You needed to destroy all Kamen Riders. Instead you became comrades with them. That was...a big mistake."
  • Kamen Rider Faiz: "On that day, we all died."
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent:
    • "Monster":
    Goren: "If you can't remember anything about the attack, then who told you about the sand?"
    Jane Stevens: "Detective Marston."
    • "A Murderer Among Us."
    Deakins: "They're all Jewish. Brody's killing Jews."
  • Leverage:
    • From "The Lost Heir Job":
    Nate: Ms. Walton, what color is my tie?
    • Also from "The Lost Heir Job":
    Ruth Walton: My lawyer? I never met her before this week. She told me she was with you.
    • The Season 2 finale:
    Nate: My name is Nathan Ford...and I am a thief.
    • From "The Big Bang Job":
    Damien Moreau: That's no way to treat an old friend.
    • "The Radio Job":
    Jimmy Ford: I took this job for you, dammit!
    • Another one from "The Radio Job":
    Jimmy: Tell 'em stories about me. Tell 'em… tell 'em how much Jimmy Ford loves his son.
    • "The Long Goodbye Job":
    Ellen Casey: Mr. Ford, how did your friends die?
  • "The League of Gentlemen'':
    Iris: At least my husband's still alive.
    • —>Hilary Briss: One of us had to stay in control.
  • Life on Mars (2006):
    • "Series 2, Episode 8":
      Sam Tyler: I can't feel anything.
  • LOST:
    • "I need to talk to you."
    • "Jack! One of them isn't on the manifest. He wasn't on the plane."
    • It belonged to the man I killed!!!
    • "The Others are coming."
    • "Only, the thing is...we're gonna have to take the boy."
    • "I think I crashed your plane."
    • "Ignore everything I'm saying."
    • "Interesting theory... LIGHT 'EM UUUUUUPPPPPP!!!!"
    • "What-what boat?"
    • "What... friends?"
    • "Who's Aaron?"
    • "We have to move the island."
    • "Yes, I was here 30 years ago. And I do. I remember these people. I remember meeting them very clearly because...I watched them all die."
    • - "Why are we going to Jacob?" - "So I can kill him."
    • "It's good to see you out of those chains, Richard."
    • "Always nice talking to you, Jacob."
    • "I'm sorry you had to see me like that."
    • "LaFleur."
    • "You don't have a son."
    • "We have to go back, Kate... we have to go back!"
    • "Are you Jack? My name's Daniel Farraday; I'm here to rescue you..."
    • "I'm here Charles to tell you that I'm going to kill your daughter."
    • "How are you here?"
  • Mad Men:
    • "Hello. This is Dick. I want to talk to you."
    • "She has cancer, Don."
    • "Would you say I know something about you, Don?" with the follow up: "After all, who's really signing this contract anyway?"
    • "Well, if you want to break your contract agreement and sell insurance, go ahead." "I don't have a contract."
    • From the first season : "Mr. Campbell ... who cares?"
  • Magnum, P.I.: "Ivan...Did you see the sun rise this morning?"
  • M*A*S*H:
  • The Mentalist:
    • Season three, episode nine (Red Moon):
    Todd Johnson: Tyger, tyger. note 
    • Season five, episode nine (Red Sails in the Sunset):
      Lorelei Martins (about Red John and Jane): I only wonder why the two of you didn't become lifelong friends the moment you shook hands.
  • Merlin:
    • The young druid boy's words "My name is Mordred" ends the scene with a sinister reminder that this little boy will one day kill Arthur.
    • "You can't control my feelings anymore than I can. I won't deny them any longer - I love her. I love Guinevere." There was no going back after that outburst.
    • "There can be no place for magic in Camelot." It's not so much the line as who's saying it.
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood:
    • Not the main show itself, but in a night-time 6-minute sketch made in response to the death of Bobby Kennedy. The sketch starts off with Daniel Striped Tiger asking Lady Aberline if people are like balloons; if they lose all their air when they breathe out, do they go limp, like the balloon he had her blow up, then deflate. She explains that no, people aren't like balloons - when they breathe out, they also breathe in new air, which she demonstrates for Daniel by blowing up the balloon, then inhaling through her nose. After doing this three times, Daniel asks the question that we thought we'd never hear him say: "What does 'assassination' mean?" Wow.
  • Mortal Kombat: Conquest:
    Shao Khan: You're already in Outworld!
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
  • Nash Bridges:
    Nick: Nice girl. Tell me, where do we know her from? note 
  • Nashville:
    Olivia Wentworth: (to Juliette) I know you're sleeping with my husband. But what I don't understand is why you're not sleeping with me. (She then kisses her.)
  • NCIS:
    • "Tell me everything you know about this...NCIS." Saleem to a captive Ziva at the end of season 6.
    • "It's nice to meet you, Antony DiNardo." A freaking international arms dealer to Tony, proving that his relationship with Jeanne was an undercover assignment.
    • A quieter one from Abby: "But they would have adopted a child. And they did. Me... I'm adopted, Gibbs."
  • NUMB3RS:
    • In "The Janus List", someone is reading off the eponymous master list of double agents:
      "Colby Granger, FBI, also working for the Chinese."
  • The Office:
    Brian (aka boom-mic guy): Hey Pam... you ok?
    • And of course, the infamous season three finale "Casino Night." Jenna Fischer's reaction was so convincing that there was a rumor that she hadn't been given that page of the script and was unaware of what John Krasinski was about to say, like her character:
    Jim: [to Pam] Hey, can I talk to you about something? (...) I was just...I'm in love with you.
  • One Foot in the Grave:
    • In "The Man In The Long Black Coat", when Pippa is in hospital following a road accident and Margaret says that drunk drivers should be locked away for life, this Wham Line (which actually gets a big laugh):
    Pippa: No, I don't think you understand, Margaret. My breath test was positive.
    • The opening scene of the final episode.
    Margaret: And thirdly, as my husband's now been dead for five months...
  • Orphan Black:
    • "I had twins".
    • "We're clones... and they're killing us off." Averted by the fact that the ad campaign for the show spoiled this like crazy.
  • Person of Interest:
    • At the end of Zero Day: Can...you...hear...me?
  • Power Rangers:
    Jason: Not all of them. Still have one. (holds up the weakened Dragonzord coin.)
    (back at the Youth Center...)
    Billy: What I'm trying to say is that I think its time to pass the power to someone else. Tanya, I'm giving my Zeo crystal to you.
    Justin: Guys, I'm the new Blue Ranger!! Isn't that cool or what?
    • "Chase Into Space"
    Justin: He... he can't go with you, there's reasons.
    Andros (to Astronema): You are my sister
    Zordon: Andros, I've always known that you're such a fool! (reveals self as Dark Spectre)
    Maya: We've landed on Miranoi!
    Carter: Why, sir? Why did you stop us?
    Cpt. Mitchell: Because, he's my son.
    Mack: Good thing. (laughs) Good thing. (laughs) Good thing. (laughs) Good thing. (laughs) Good thing. (laughs) Good thing. (laughs) Good thing...
    Gem: But we don't...
    Gemma: ...have access to Alphabet Soup's security computers.
    Dr. K: I don't need access, I just need to blind the servers for a few minutes, with this: (opens laptop) a wireless upload of the Venjix virus. It's a self-aware, self-generating computer virus. Meet Project Venjix.
    Gosei: "Rangers, morph now!"
    Troy: [visibly confused] What? Why?
  • Princess Returning Pearl:
  • Profit: In the pilot, Jim Profit is visited in his office by a mysterious sultry-looking woman who immediately walks up to him and shoves her tongue down his throat. His following response is exactly this trope:
    Jim Profit: Hi mom.
  • Punky Brewster: From the episode "Accidents Happen," Punky runs to Henry's arms the day her class watched the Space Shuttle Challenger lifts off, and she sobs "It blew up."
  • Quantum Leap:
    • The very last words of the finale — Dr. Beckett never returned home.
    • The end of "The Leap Home, Part 2" — "I'm alive, and it's all thanks to you, little brother."
  • Revenge:
    • "Infamy":
      David: Six months ago, Victoria gave birth to a baby girl. Her name is Charlotte. You want proof I'm telling the truth? Ask her who the father is.
    • "Reckoning"; Nolan and Emily are watching a recording of Victoria, Conrad, and the white-haired man. Victoria brings up David's dead wife:
      Victoria: If you look a little deeper, you'll find there's much more to the story.
      Emily: What is she saying? That they killed my mother, too?
      Nolan: No. What she's saying is that your mother's alive.
    • "Secrecy":
      Margaux: Thanks for meeting with me, Ms. Davis.
      Lydia: It's Lydia, and believe me, the pleasure is all mine.
    • "Exodus":
      Daniel: I heard everything.
  • Revolution: The last line of the first season finale, as the power is restored and Randall's superiors are revealed:
    Mook: It's time to go home, Mr. President.
  • Ringer: 4th episode of the 1st season:
    Gemma: What, Siobhan, what, because there is nothing you could possibly say to make this okay!
    Bridget: I am not who you think I am! I'm not Siobhan... I-I'm Bridget.
  • Robot Wars Extreme:
    • Little Joe Watts of Bigger Brother revealed that his team's Vengeance match against Comengetorix was all based on lies:
    Craig Charles: (After Bigger Brother wins) "They really upset you, didn't they, Joe?"
    Joe Watts: "No"
    (everyone, including the audience, bursts out laughing)
    • It was later revealed that there was no grudge between them and that they just wanted to fight Sir Killalot.
  • Rome : Caesar, suspecting that Brutus is allied with his political enemies, tries to virtually exile him. Brutus sees right through it and burns all the bridges between them, making Caesar's fate inevitable.
    Caesar: Be reasonable! You're on every wall with a knife at my throat! It would be foolish to ignore it.
    Brutus: Only tyrants need worry about tyrant slayers.
  • Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: Act 20. Genta has just caught someone taking the Ika Origami. When he asks who he thinks he is, Daiki Kaito holds up the DiEnd card] and says "...well, you can say I'm just a passing through Kamen Rider." And thus the Kamen Rider and Super Sentai meet for the first time.
    • "Ikkan Kenjou!" With that, we learn that there is a sixth Shinkenger in the world.
    • "This glorious person is the 18th head of the Shiba Clan: Shiba Kaoru!"
  • The Sarah Connor Chronicles:
    • "Know a lot of people, kid. Don't know you. Anyone ever heard of John Connor?"
    • Also from the finale: "You're building Skynet". "No. I was building something to fight it."
    • "Will you join us?"
  • Scrubs: The episode My Screw Up:
    Dr. Cox: Aren't you going to take some pictures?
    JD: Pictures of what?
    Dr. Cox: You know. Crying babies covered in chocolate. People singing happy birthday to my son who've never even met him before. You know, the whole routine.
    JD: ...Where do you think we are?
    • From "My Lunch"
    Dr. Cox: She died of rabies?
  • Seinfeld: From "The Invitations":
    Doctor: "I'm sorry, she's gone."
  • Sesame Street:
    • When Will Lee, the actor who played Mr. Hooper, died, the creators were debating what to do with Mr. Hooper, because they knew the kids would notice he was gone. Their decision was made known with the line "Big Bird... don't you remember we told you? Mr. Hooper died." Nobody expected Mr. Hooper to die as well, and tackling the issue of death head-on while completely averting Never Say "Die" is still considered a milestone in children's programming.
  • Sherlock:
    • "The Reichenbach Fall" starts with one:
    John: Sherlock Holmes, my best friend... Is dead.
    • And another good one near the end of the same episode:
    Moriarty: Well, good luck with that! (Shoots himself)
    • A Scandal in Belgravia has another fantastic one.
    Irene: Oh, dear God. Look at the poor man! You didn't actually think I was interested in you? Why? Because you're the great Sherlock Holmes, the clever detective in the funny hat?
    Sherlock: No. Because I took your pulse.
    • A Study in Pink has a brilliantly comical, subverted take on this trope, when Sherlock and John encounter the mysterious and ominous man who has introduced himself as Sherlock's arch-enemy.
    Mycroft: This petty feud between us is simply childish; people will suffer... And you know how it always upset Mummy.
    • And the line that introduces us to our villain in The Great Game.
    Moriarty: I gave you my number. I thought you might call.
    • The end of Series 3:
    Moriarty: Did you miss me?
  • Sister Sister: From the episode when the twins meet a photographer named Matt who knew their biological mother and shows them a photograph of her:
    Tia: She's so beautiful.
    Matt: I thought you knew her.
    Tamera: We never met her, but she was our biological mother.
    Matt (shocked): This is unbelievable. If Rachelle Gavin is your mother, then I'm your father.
  • Sleepy Hollow. There are two in the finale, both from Henry Parrish aka Jeremy Crane aka the Horseman of War.
    "He's here. I assure you." (In reply to Katrina's assertion that War isn't in his grave.)
    "Half-mortal. After all, I am what you made me. Mother... and Father.
  • Smallville:
    • Episode 3x16: "I've been, um, diagnosed with a rather unique...liver disease and I'm running out of options."
    • Episode 4x16 "Lucy": "How does he know you don't like tomatoes?"
    • Season 4, episode 6, Freak: "Regarding our most recent subject...keep a close eye on her."context 
    • "I was raised in your shadow. Now you're gonna die in mine. No one will even remember your name."
    • Last line of Season 8: "Zod!"
    • Episode 10x8: "Abandoned". Not so much a Wham Line as a Wham Birth Certificate. "Lutessa Lena Luthor"
  • Sports Night:
    • "You're wearing my shirt, Gordon."
    • "Isaac's at Columbia Presbyterian. He's had a stroke."
  • Stargate Atlantis:
    • "Progeny":
      Rodney McKay: They're machines. Replicators.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • "The Devil You Know Part 2":
      "From this day forth I will reclaim my real name." (removes helmet) "Apophis."
    • "Threads":
      Jim: Who, me? I have nothing against Oma. I think she's great! Hell, she's the one who helped me ascend.
    • "Unending":
      Thor: Very soon, we will all be dead.
  • Stargate Universe:
    • "Common Descent":
      Jason: You're the ancestors.
    • "Epilogue":
      Alternate!TJ: It's ALS. Lou Gehrig's Disease.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • The Search, part 2:
    Kira: You belong to the Dominion, don't you?
    Female Changeling: Belong to it? Major, the Changelings are the Dominion.
    • "The Die is Cast":
    Odo: Why are you helping us?
    Lovok: Because no Changeling has ever harmed another.
    • Earlier, after the Cardassians and Romulans attack the Founders homeworld:
    Romulan Officer: The first barrage is complete.
    Enabran Tain: Effect?
    Romulan Officer: 30% of planetary crust destroyed in open volley. No change in lifeform readings...
    Tain: What? That's impossible. Some of them have to be killed.
    Romulan Officer: Our sensor readings have been confirmed by 3 other warbirds. There's no change in the number of life signs on the surface.
    Garak: They're using an automated transponder to send back false sensor readings! THE PLANET'S DESERTED!
    • "In the Pale Moonlight" has "The Dominion have invaded Betazed.".
    Vreenak: "It's a FAAAAAAAAAKE!"
  • Star Trek: Enterprise: One episode revisits the first contact between Zefram Cochrane and the Vulcans:
    Vulcan: Live long and prosper.
    Cochrane: *tries to do the Vulcan salute*
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • In the episode, "Remember Me", the computer's definition of the universe: The universe is a spheroid region, 705 meters in diameter.
    • "The Best of Both Worlds":
      • "I am Locutus of Borg."
      • As well as "Mr. Worf, FIRE!" from the cliffhanger of that episode.
    • From "I, Borg":
    Picard: You will assist us to assimilate this vessel. You are Borg. You will assist us.
    Third of Five/Hugh: I will not.
    Picard: What did you say?
    Hugh: I will not assist you.
    Picard: "I"?
    Hugh: Geordi must not be assimiliated.
    Picard: But you are Borg.
    Hugh: No. I am Hugh.
  • In State of Play: "She'd fallen in love with Collins. She'd gotten herself pregnant to him."
    • Also, "Sonia meeting Paul Canning on a daily basis down at the Trocadero, telling him everything!"
  • Supernatural:
    • "I'm an angel of the Lord."
    • "For thirty years." And now we know why Dean wouldn't talk about hell.
    • "You!" Mary Winchester to the Yellow-Eyed Demon
    • "You're going to have to... sweeten the pot." YED to John, before John makes the deal to save Dean's life.
    • From the Season 6 finale, "I'm not an angel anymore. I'm your new God. A better one. So you will bow down and profess your love unto me, your Lord... or I shall destroy you."-Castiel to Sam, Dean, and Bobby after he absorbs all the souls in purgatory.
      • And in the following season premiere, "Cas... is gone. He's dead."-the Leviathans, after taking over Castiel's body.
    • And, of course, the line that took Poor Communication Kills Up to Eleven: "You don't understand! Lilith is the final seal!"
    • A big one from Crowley: "I'm killing everyone you ever saved.
    • Season 8 finale: "She told you I lied, didn't she? You should have listened to the bitch." - Metatron after Castiel learns he's been played the whole time.
  • Survivor:
    • Happens about Once a Season, usually coinciding with a Shocking Elimination. Examples are:
    • Borneo: "The Merger" - this line at Tribal Council is considered by a few long-time fans as the line that changed the entire course of the series itself:
      Gretchen: "Oh my god... it's me."
    • The Australian Outback:
      • "The Killing Fields":
      Tina: "This was not my original intended vote. However, on the way here to Tribal Council, a new scheme was developed. In the spirit of the Olympics, let the games begin."
      • "Trial By Fire'':
      Nick: "He's burned. He's burned real bad."
    • Marquesas: "Jury's Out" - With Boston Rob eliminated from the game, it looks like nothing can stop John Caroll and the Rotu 4 from cruising all the way to the end of the game. The next immunity challenge is the coconut chop challenge, and the Rotu 4 gang up and eliminate their main target, Sean Rector, first. It looks like Sean is doomed at the next tribal council. The Rotu 4 then proceed to eliminate Vecepia ... then Kathy ... then Neleh. Sean then observes aloud:
      Sean: "This is the order, how it's gonna go?"
      • With that, Kathy, Neleh and Paschal realize that Rotu is showing their planned order of voting, and that they are at the bottom of the former Rotu hierarchy. This is compounded by another Wham Line later on in the episode:
      Neleh: "I just had this feeling, especially after today's immunity challenge. I saw 'em hack down Paschal's coconuts so fast, and inside I'm just like...there's gotta be something changed here."
      • They proceed to join forces with Sean and Vecepia, blindside the arrogant John at the next Tribal Council, and wipe out the rest of the Rotu 4 at the next 3 votes.
    • Thailand: "Assumptions"
      Jeff Probst: "You said 'merge.'"
      Erin: "Yes?"
    • The Amazon: "The Amazon Heats Up":
    • Pearl Islands:
      • "The Great Lie":
      • "Mutiny" - Jonny Fairplay appears to have the game in hand - he and Burton are one tribal council away from the final four for both of them. To make sure that they're both a lock for the endgame, he approaches Sandra to make sure that she's going to vote along with him. She appears to agree, but just so Jon is sure that Sandra's going along with his plans, he makes her swear on her two kids, which she does. Satisfied, he walks away, and we cut to a Sandra confessional...
      Sandra: "And in my head, and mumbling under my breath, I was like 'I swear on my two kids that I'm gonna screw you [Jon] and Burton.'"
      • What follows is Jon and Burton's game completely collapsing on itself.
    • All-Stars: "Mad Scramble and Broken Hearts" :
      • Which leads perfectly into this line from the following episode, "Anger, Tears, and Chaos":
      Rob M.: "As soon as we merged, Lex comes running over to me... 'Rob, make me feel comfortable. Tell me that I'm safe. Tell me that I'm safe...' What, I'm making the deal — save Amber, and I'm gonna help you later on? You guys really didn't believe that, did you?"
    • Vanuatu: "Gender Wars...It's Getting Ugly":
      Chris: "I will burn every one of them. Just let 'em open the door. This vote is for you, not against you."
    • Fiji: "It's a Turtle?!" - The Four Horsemen are one vote away from controlling the game, and all they need to do is play the idol for whomever the other five are voting for. They try to make it seem like either Mookie or Alex has the idol. However...:
      Stacy: "If they think we're voting between Mookie and Alex why don't we vote off Edgardo?
      Earl: "Why don't we vote off Edgardo? That'd come out of nowhere."
    • Micronesia: Fans vs. Favourites:
      • "If It Smells Like A Rat, Give It Cheese" - Erik is the last man standing in a Final Five of him and four women. The main reason he's still in the game is because he's the strongest challenge competitor and has had individual immunity for the past two Tribal Councils. The only thing that they can even think of to overcome this is...
      Cirie: "I wonder if he would give Nat his necklace...probably not, huh?"
    • Heroes vs. Villains:
      • "Banana Etiquette" - The majority alliance is planning to take out Russell or Parvati at the tribal council that night, and decide to split their votes between the two, while Parvati, Russell, and Danielle vote for Tyson. At the tribal council, Russell plays the hidden immunity idol for Parvati, and...:
      Jeff Probst: (revealing the third vote for Parvati) Parvati, does not count. We're still at two votes Russell. (reveals next vote) Parvati, does not count.
      • "Anything can Happen" - Russell has just told Sandra that he wants her sitting in the finals with her. Once again, we cut to a Sandra confessional:
      Sandra: "Russell wants me sitting next to him because he knows I'm not gonna get a single vote. (beat) But I don't know about thaaaaaat..."
    • Redemption Island: "This Game Respects Big Moves" - The minority alliance is planning to weaken Rob and his majority alliance by convincing Matt (who had returned from the titular island after being blindsided) to go along with them and taking out Grant. Rob gets wind of this and immediately starts taking countermeasures by talking Matt back onto his side, secretly planning to have his alliance cut him loose immediately. The minority alliance anticipates the majority outvoting them, so at the tribal council, the immunity idol is played on Mike, the most obvious target. All of the votes from the minority come up Grant, and then...
      Jeff Probst: (pulls out the sixth vote) Steve (Steve goes Oh Crap, Julie Face Palms, Matt nods smugly) That's five votes Grant, one vote Steve. (reveals next vote) Matt.
    • South Pacific:
      • "I Need Redemption"
      Brandon: The lady next to me, she goes, "Oh my god, I hope it's not Russell Hantz." I will never, ever tell them my last name.
      • "Double Agent" - Ozzy's bold gambit to get himself voted to Redemption Island in order to take out Christine, betting that they were about to merge and his play would bring his tribe into the merge even with the other tribe, actually works when he defeats Christine in the challenge and they do in fact merge, bringing him back into the game. The second part of his plan involves Ozzy acting at the Redemption Island challenge like Cochran betrayed the whole tribe by playing the immunity idol. This would allow Cochran to infiltrate the other tribe as a double agent. Later, Cochran is playing up being on the outs with his tribe to Coach to try to get more information. It seems to be going well, until:
      Coach: “I’m gonna tell you right now, our tribe isn’t budging ... and I feel like you guys are trying to play us.”
    • Philippines: "Million Dollar Question".
      Jeff: "Lisa, is there a reason you should take Malcolm to the end?"
      (beat)
      Malcolm: "...don't hesitate that long..."
  • Taxi: "Could I say just one word? SELTZER!" (From the episode "Jim's Mario's")
  • Teen Wolf:
    • The season 2 episode "Frenemy":
    Allison: Are you sure? Ms. Morell said that word means friend; "the kanima seeks a friend."
    Lydia: She was wrong. It means master.
    • Then in episode 3x11 "Alpha Pact"
    Stiles: (to Scott) By the way, if I don't make it back and you do, you should probably know something. Your dad's in town.
    • Episode 3x18 "Riddled"
    Scott: Stiles... why are you whispering?
    Stiles: Because I think there's someone in here with me.
  • Top Gear: The 2010 Christmas special has one in the first 5 minutes:
    Clarkson: [Reading the challenge] Oh, god. "You have landed in Iraq".
  • Torchwood: Children of Earth:
    • When the 456 reveal their interest in human children: "They release a chemical, it feels... good."
    • Also Day Four, because all of the buildup makes you think that this is going to be a Big Damn Heroes moment for the Torchwood team to save the day. It's not.
    The 456: The human infant mortality rate is 29,158 deaths per day. Every three seconds, a child dies. The human response is to accept, and adapt.
    Jack: We’re adapting right now, and we’re making this a war.
    The 456: Then the fight begins.
    Jack: We’re waiting for your reply.
    The 456: Action has been taken.
    Alarms begin to sound.
    The 456: You wanted a demonstration of war. A virus has been released. It will kill everyone in the building.
    • Heck, they manage to condense the WHAM into a word at the end of Day One.
    Children of Earth: We Are Coming... Back.
  • True Blood:
    • Season 1:
    The Magister: However, I'm feeling a bit creative. [mooks bring out Jessica] Meet your maker.
    Sam: I'm not the killer, I swear.. I'm a shapeshifter.
    Sookie: [to Rene] How come your thoughts don't have an accent?
    • Season 2:
    Daphne: [about Maryann] She's a god.
    Eric: Godric is my Maker.
    [Tara: We ain't got nothing to do with it.] Maryann: Nothing to do with it? You summoned me.
    Maryann: [to Sookie] If you were human.. [beat] I would have taken you over by now.
    • Season 3:
    Sookie: I'm a fairy? How fucking lame.
    Claudine: Do not fear the water. It wasn't the water that killed them.
    Eric: Russell took my family. Now I take his.
    Eric: [to Bill] Did you tell her you were originally sent by the Queen of Louisiana to procure her because of what she might be?
    Eric: What about you letting two psychos beat her within an inch of her life so you could feed her your blood - the night you met, did she forgive you for that?
    • Season 4:
    Jason: Sookie.. you've been gone for nine months.
    • Season 5:
    Salome: I dug Russell up.
    Hadley: [to Jason, about vampires and Sookie] They'll kill her just like they killed your parents!
    Lilith: I choose you.
    Bill: I told you the first night we met. Vampires often turn on those they love the most.
  • The Twilight Zone:
    • "Mr. Chambers, don't get on that ship. The rest of the book...'To Serve Man'...It's a cookbook!"
    • As well as: ""Whatever gave you the idea you were in Heaven, Mr. Valentine? This is the other place!"
  • Ugly Betty: "I see that ski accident has been pretty kind to you, Alexander Meade." "My name is Alexis."
  • V-2009:
    • We have: "John May is dead."
    • Also, "I believe you've just experienced your first human emotion." To cap off an already intense Wham Episode.
  • The Vampire Diaries:
    • In the Season 3 finale after Elena has just apparently died in a car crash, Meredith lays this bombshell:
      Meredith: Damon, there's something you need to know. Elena's injuries were worse than I let on... she had a cerebral hemorrhage, bleeding from the brain.
      Damon: What are you saying?.
      Meredith: I helped her.
    • Elijah saying he wants to keep Elena safe.
      Rebekah Because my mother was also a witch. The witch of the original family. The original witch.
    • From "Graduation":
      Silas: (to Stefan) Hello my shadow self
  • Victorious: In the episode "Wok Star":
    Cat: Jade's dad is only coming to the play on the first night, right?
    Tori: Yeah.
    Cat: So then why don't we just do it the way Jade wrote it for that one night?
    Tori: 'Cause, Mrs. Li is gonna be there and she wants it done her way.
    Cat: But what if she's not there?
    Andre: I think Cat just said something pretty smart.
  • The Walking Dead:
    • From "Better Angels":
    • From "Beside the Dying Fire":
    • "Made To Suffer" has two is succession:
    The Governor: "There's a traitor among us! Merle, a man I trusted!"
    The Governor: "We also captured one of those terrorists! Merle's own brother!"
    • "Isolation" :
    Rick: "Did you kill Karen and David?"
    Carol: "Yes."
    • "Too Far Gone":
    The Governor: "Liar!"
  • Warehouse 13:
    • The 40th Floor:
    Pete: Mom!
    • "What Hurts The Most" ends on a fairly high note (aside from the reveal of a mole now in their midsts)... then cuts to Myka at their medical exam:
    Doctor: I think we might be looking at ovarian cancer.
  • The West Wing:
    • "Did... you put ecstasy in my drink?"
    • And: "He has multiple sclerosis, Leo."
    • From the first season finale: "WHO'S BEEN HIT? WHO'S BEEN HIT?"
    • "I have a dead agent on the scene."
    • "You're relieved, Mr. President."
    • And let's not forget:
      Charlie: There was an accident at 18th and Potomac. Mrs. Landingham was driving her car back here and was hit by a drunk driver.
      Leo: Is she all right?
      Charlie: No. She's dead.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?:
    • Played for Laughs: In the game called (oddly enough) Whose Line, Colin and Ryan are given slips of paper with pre-written lines to incorporate into the scene, and since the writing is usually done before the show starts, the Wham Line aspect of taking the scene in a different direction is unavoidable... but Colin and Ryan don't even miss a beat.
    • An outright Lampshade Hanging occurs in Scenes from a Hat when the suggestion "The worst Soap Opera cliffhanger lines leading into a commercial" is pulled out.
  • WKRP in Cincinnati: "As God is my witness...I thought turkeys could fly."
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: From the episode "Chakram":
    Gabrielle - I don't think we can get that fixed from an ordinary blacksmith.
  • The X-Files:
    • "I'm sorry... but you've got something I need." That's a mutant who survives by eating cancerous tumors, talking to Scully.
    • Still regarding Scully, a lesser example from "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose": "All right, how do I die?" "You don't."

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