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** The episode immediately before "[=FarmerBob=]", Season 11's "The String", is also quite weird. The premise is simple enough, [=SpongeBob=] finds a loose thread on Squidward's shirt and starts pulling it. But the pulling of the thread leads to more than just unravelling Squidward's shirt, it unravels the clothes of everyone else in the Krusty Krab, then it starts unravelling decidedly non-thread-based objects, like the vehicles, buildings, Bikini Bottom, a fisherman, Bikini Atoll, and ultimately, the universe. Then Patrick appears and pulls at a loose thread in [=SpongeBob=]'s shirt, unravelling him and then using him as floss.


** [[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E33GarnetsUniverse "Garnet's Universe"]], where Steven has an extended ImagineSpot depicted in [[ArtShift a mix of various Shonen anime and retro gaming animation styles]] that features Garnet and her talking frog and bunny friends going on a ClicheStorm of an adventure to fight an evil fox man who has the same voice actor as Lars. It's about as far from the main style of the show as possible, but [[TropesAreNotBad some fans love it for exactly those reasons]].

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** [[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E33GarnetsUniverse "Garnet's Universe"]], where Steven has an extended ImagineSpot depicted in [[ArtShift a mix of various Shonen anime and retro gaming animation styles]] that features Garnet and her talking frog and bunny friends going on a ClicheStorm of an adventure to fight an evil fox man who has the same voice actor as Lars. It's about as far from the main style of the show as possible, but [[TropesAreNotBad [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools some fans love it for exactly those reasons]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' has a surprising amount of these kind of episodes for a show based on something as chill as ''Winnie-the-Pooh''. Arguably the show's strangest episode (and quite possibly the strangest Pooh story ever told, period) is "[[Recap/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePoohS1E5ThePigletWhoWouldBeKing The Piglet Who Would Be King]]". After Piglet receives a friendship gift (a box spring) from Pooh, Tigger and Rabbit insist that Piglet return the favor by getting Pooh a gift in return and whisk him away on a surreal journey to a place known as "The Land of Milk and Honey" to find such a gift. The Land of Milk and Honey turns out to be populated by a bunch of mini-Piglets who believe Piglet to be [[TheChosenOne their long-lost king who will restart the flow of honey in the kingdom]] by sticking the spring Pooh gave Piglet back onto a giant Piglet statue, and the land is thrown into peril when Rabbit and Tigger carelessly remove the "sacred tail" from the statue and cause a volcanic eruption of honey-lava. Making the episode even stranger is the heavy amount of [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Big-Lipped-Alligator Moments]] involving bizarre characters and elements that never appear in the episode again and stick-in-the-mud Rabbit [[OutOfCharacterMoment acting just as wacky as everyone else]] (except [[OnlySaneMan Piglet]] and, to an extent, Pooh) for most of the episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wunschpunsch}}'' has "Let[='=]s break a deal". Not only is it the only episode in the series where [[StrictlyFormula no Wunschpunsch]] [[SignatureScene is brewed]], but it also [[BolivianArmyEnding ends with Tyranha being trapped in the Realm of Magic and Bubonic being completely incapable of rescuing her]].


** "[=SpongeBob=] In [=RandomLand=]" (also from Season 12) takes this to another level of Surrealism. In it, [=SpongeBob=] and Squidware are sent to deliver a Krabby Patty to an unknown location outside the Bikini Bottom. Sounds like "Pizza Delivery" right? But as they are walking in any random path, they are teleported to a world where the laws of real life don't apply and anything could happen at any given moment.

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** "[=SpongeBob=] In [=RandomLand=]" (also from Season 12) takes this to another level of Surrealism. In it, [=SpongeBob=] and Squidware Squidward are sent to deliver a Krabby Patty to an unknown location outside the Bikini Bottom. Sounds like "Pizza Delivery" right? But as they are walking in any a random path, direction, they are teleported to a world where the laws of real life don't apply and anything could happen at any given moment.


-->'''Libby''': Sorry I'm late. My paddle broke so I had to row my desk to school with a plastic leg.



** "Vanishing Act", one of the later episodes, involves Jimmy holding a magic show using a magic set created by him to impress Betty Quinlin, only for a mishap to get her along with Carl, Cindy, and Sheen lost in a [[AcidTripDimension crazy magic dimension]] that suddenly appears when Cindy attempts to sabotage the magic show. Physics are warped and borderline non-existent, [[LosingYourHead everyone except Jimmy's heads get separated from their bodies]] and a chunk of the episode is spent finding them (after which Sheen's head ends up backwards), Jimmy is flushed down a giant toilet, and other strange things happen. What's especially funny is that this episode actually has bearing on the rest of the show as the on-going Jimmy/Cindy/Betty LoveTriangle subplot is resolved here.



** Some of the Pal and Baby Kate episodes (where Pal and Kate can talk to each other and other animals) can get a little...out there. They can range from just MundaneFantastic to things just outlandish for the mostly realistic setting of the show. "The Great Sock Mystery", for example, involves Pal and Kate searching for a missing sock...and come across an underground building where dogs and babies play the "sock market" where they exchange socks. The crazy thing is that this isn't even the strangest of the Pal/Kate episodes.

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** Some of the Pal and Baby Kate episodes (where Pal and Kate can talk to each other and other animals) can get a little...out there. They can range from just MundaneFantastic to things just outlandish for the mostly realistic setting of the show. "The Great Sock Mystery", for example, involves Pal and Kate searching for a missing sock...and come across an underground building where dogs and babies play the "sock market" where they literally exchange socks. The crazy thing is that this isn't even the strangest of the Pal/Kate episodes.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'': "Rough Riders Elementary" starts off innocently enough, with Clarence's school getting a sponsorship from the InUniverse fast-food joint Rough Riders Chicken, but then things suddenly take a turn for the bizarre when it turns out the restaurant is a cult that manages to brainwash everyone with their cinnamon ranch dressing except Clarence [[note]]who hates the dressing[[/note]] and Sumo [[note]]who was rescued by Clarence at the last minute[[/note]]. Chaos ensues, and it ends with the school [[EverythingExplodesEnding exploding]]. [[spoiler: [[AllJustADream Fortunately, it was just a crazy story written by Clarence]].]]

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"Rough Riders Elementary" starts off innocently enough, with Clarence's school getting a sponsorship from the InUniverse fast-food joint Rough Riders Chicken, but then things suddenly take a turn for the bizarre when it turns out the restaurant is a cult that manages to brainwash everyone with their cinnamon ranch dressing except Clarence [[note]]who hates the dressing[[/note]] and Sumo [[note]]who was rescued by Clarence at the last minute[[/note]]. Chaos ensues, and it ends with the school [[EverythingExplodesEnding exploding]]. [[spoiler: [[AllJustADream Fortunately, it was just a crazy story written by Clarence]].]]]]
** "Tuckered Boys" starts out innocuous enough with Clarence, Sumo, and Jeff wandering Aberdale late at night as they try to stay up long enough to see a comet pass by in the sky, but as the episode goes on and the boys get more tired, things get progressively stranger and stranger until it escalates into a [[DerangedAnimation mass sleep-deprivation-induced freak-out]] that lasts almost the rest of the episode.



** "Visitors From Outer Space". Tommy and the other babies are abducted by aliens that resemble Stu and Didi, Angelica goes around blowing up planets with a remote for the heck of it before getting stranded on a sand covered planet by an alien fish, the slapstick and physics are more cartoonish than usual (Phil and Lil split the alien's spaceship in two and then back together at one point), and the mess (and the dream) ends with everyone panicking as they fly into the Sun. The episode then turns out to be [[AllJustADream a dream Tommy was having after Grandpa Lou was raving about alien invasions right before bed]]...[[OrWasItADream only to show that]] [[MindScrew Angelica is inexplicably still stranded on the desert planet]].

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** "Visitors From Outer Space". Tommy and the other babies are abducted by aliens that resemble Stu and Didi, Angelica goes around blowing up planets with a remote for the heck of it before getting stranded on a sand covered planet by an alien fish, the slapstick and physics are more cartoonish than usual (Phil and Lil split the alien's spaceship in two and then back together at one point), and the mess (and the dream) ends with everyone panicking as they fly into the Sun. The episode then turns out to be [[AllJustADream a dream Tommy was having after Grandpa Lou was raving about alien invasions right before bed]]...[[OrWasItADream only to show that]] [[MindScrew Angelica is inexplicably still stranded on the desert planet]].



** "[=SpongeBob=] In [=RandomLand=]" takes this to another level of Surrealism. In it, [=SpongeBob=] and Squidware are sent to deliver a Krabby Patty to an unknown location outside the Bikini Bottom. Sounds like "Pizza Delivery" right? But as they are walking in any random path, they are teleported to a world where the laws of real life don't apply and anything could happen at any given moment.

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** "[=SpongeBob=] In [=RandomLand=]" (also from Season 12) takes this to another level of Surrealism. In it, [=SpongeBob=] and Squidware are sent to deliver a Krabby Patty to an unknown location outside the Bikini Bottom. Sounds like "Pizza Delivery" right? But as they are walking in any random path, they are teleported to a world where the laws of real life don't apply and anything could happen at any given moment.



* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Season 3 episode 12, "Nigtmare Monkeys". Beast Boy wears a pair of VR Goggles that put him in a trip. Said trip involves his various traumas manifesting themselves as tv shows. He goes through a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody full of heroes who had died as crew members on the ship, a version of the show his FormerChildStar mom was on as a teen, and finally an AffectionateParody of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', complete with an ArtShift to the style of ''TTG''. The parody is ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' (one of DC's trippiest properties) with the ''TTG'' cast voicing the members of the Doom Patrol. Elasta-girl tells Beast Boy that she's sad his mom (her best friend) died and that she'll try to be the best mom she can be to him but then she says they have to go on a mission where they will all die. They all sing a version of the ''TTG'' theme about them dying as Beast Boy tries to save them. The song ,in particular, must really be seen to be believed. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUDbGDCfc3c]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Season 3 episode 12, "Nigtmare Monkeys". Beast Boy wears a pair of VR Goggles that put him in a trip. Said trip involves his various traumas manifesting themselves as tv shows. He goes through a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody full of heroes who had died as crew members on the ship, a version of the show his FormerChildStar mom was on as a teen, and finally an AffectionateParody of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', complete with an ArtShift to the style of ''TTG''. The parody is ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' (one of DC's trippiest properties) with the ''TTG'' cast voicing the members of the Doom Patrol. Elasta-girl tells Beast Boy that she's sad his mom (her best friend) died and that she'll try to be the best mom she can be to him but then she says they have to go on a mission where they will all die. They all sing a version of the ''TTG'' theme about them dying as Beast Boy tries to save them. The song ,in song, in particular, must really be seen to be believed. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUDbGDCfc3c]] com/watch?v=UUDbGDCfc3c must really be seen to be believed.]]


* ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'' had a couple that were strange even by that show's standards. "Waking Quinn" involved Dr. Quinn getting repeatedly electrocuted into unconsciousness, leading to really bizarre dreams. Another episode is actually titled "Bizarro" and involves the crew being kidnapped by Bizarro versions of themselves (which is where the previous page image came from), but that's par for the course on Sealab. And still another ''subverts'' the trope by being a line-for-line remake of one of the original ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2020'' shows, with all the melodrama that implies.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'' had a couple that were strange even by that show's standards. "Waking Quinn" involved Dr. Quinn getting repeatedly electrocuted into unconsciousness, leading to really bizarre dreams. Another episode is actually titled "Bizarro" and involves the crew being kidnapped by Bizarro versions of themselves (which is where the previous page image came from), but that's par for the course on Sealab. And still another ''subverts'' the trope by being a line-for-line remake of one of the original ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2020'' shows, with all the melodrama that implies. [[spoiler:Until the very end, when the ''Aquarius'' runs into Sealab, blowing both up.]]

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** "Cartoon Feud": Control Freak sucks the Titans into their TV and forces them to play ''Series/FamilyFeud'' in order to prevent their show from being cancelled. Yes, ''actual Family Feud'', not a parody of the show. And who are their opponents on ''Family Feud''? ''[[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Mystery Inc.]]''. It's basically as close to a canon CrackFic as you can get.


** And who could forget "My Fair Mandy". The episode follows Mindy entering a beauty pageant just to spite Mindy, so Grim brings a pageant coach from the underworld to help them. While it's on the weird side, what really makes this trope work for that episode, aside a random anthropomorphic crow narrating the story, is the GainaxEnding. [[spoiler:Mandy is coaxed into finally smiling, as part of her presentation, which breaks the laws of the universe and forces it to be re-written in a cosmic acid sequence that transforms the universe of the show into ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', with Grim, Billy and Mandy as Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles, respectively, as well as turning Irwin into Mojo Jojo. Once they realize their new reality, everyone agrees to just roll with it and never talk about it again]].

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** And who could forget "My Fair Mandy". The episode follows Mindy Mandy being goaded into entering a beauty pageant just to spite get back at her rival Mindy, so Grim brings a pageant coach from the underworld to help them. While it's on the weird side, what really makes this trope work for that episode, aside a random anthropomorphic crow narrating the story, is the GainaxEnding. [[spoiler:Mandy is coaxed into finally smiling, as part of her presentation, which breaks the laws of the universe and forces it to be re-written in a cosmic acid sequence that transforms the universe of the show into ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', with Grim, Billy and Mandy as Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles, respectively, as well as turning Irwin into Mojo Jojo. Once they realize their new reality, everyone agrees to just roll with it and never talk about it again]].


** "Puhoy". Finn climbs into Jake's pillow fort, and it's a portal to a whole new world. Then he gets married. ''He ages to 40 years'' old in a matter of days, and eventually '''dies''' and is on his way to the pillow afterlife. [[spoiler:It may [[OrWasItADream or may not]] have been AllJustADream]].

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** "Puhoy". Finn climbs into Jake's pillow fort, and it's a portal to a whole new world. Then world made of pillows and blankets. While struggling to get back to his world, he gets married. ''He ages married and starts a family. Finn eventually decides to 40 years'' old live out the rest of his life in a matter of days, the pillow world, and eventually '''dies''' and is on his way to the pillow afterlife. afterlife when he's intercepted by some big red monster and wakes up back in the tree-house. [[spoiler:It may [[OrWasItADream or may not]] have been AllJustADream]].AllJustADream, but the monster Finn saw does come back in a big way.]]



** "The Sweaters." While showing a new student [[NegativeContinuity (who had appeared in previous episodes)]] around the school, Gumball and Darwin encounter a pair of humans from said student's old school who [[WrongGenreSavvy thinks that they want to challenge them to a fight (actually a tennis match).]] The humans and the entire court the "fight" takes place [[StylisticSuck look like]] Creator/{{Filmation}}[[StylisticSuck -era cartoons,]] and it should be noted that human's only appearance on the show prior (not counting SantaClaus) was as live-action people on television. Gumball and Darwin are also the [[OnlySaneMan only sane men]] -- this is saying a lot -- as just about everyone else seems to play directly into the same type of cliches that the episode spoofs.

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** "The Sweaters." While showing a new student [[NegativeContinuity (who had appeared in previous episodes)]] around the school, Gumball and Darwin encounter a pair of humans from said student's old school who [[WrongGenreSavvy thinks think that they want to challenge them to a fight (actually a tennis match).]] The humans and the entire court the "fight" takes place [[StylisticSuck look like]] Creator/{{Filmation}}[[StylisticSuck -era cartoons,]] and it should be noted that human's the only appearance of humans on the show prior (not counting SantaClaus) was as live-action people on television. Gumball and Darwin are also the [[OnlySaneMan only sane men]] -- this is saying a lot -- as just about everyone else seems to play directly into the same type of cliches that the episode spoofs.


** "Rain Day Daydream". Finn and Jake stay in their tree house during a knife storm. Jake suggests they use their imagination to pass the time, but his imagination proves so powerful he inexplicably becomes a RealityWarper, conjuring up all sorts of bizarre imaginary threats that only he can see.

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** "Rain "Rainy Day Daydream". Finn and Jake stay in their tree house during a [[HostileWeather knife storm.storm]]. Jake suggests they use their imagination to pass the time, but his imagination proves so powerful he inexplicably becomes a RealityWarper, conjuring up all sorts of bizarre imaginary threats that only he can see.


** And who could forget "My Fair Mandy". The episode follows Mandy entering a beauty pageant just to spite Mindy, so Grim brings a pageant coach from the underworld to help them. While it's on the weird side, what really makes this trope work for that episode, aside a random anthropomorphic crow narrating the story, is the GainaxEnding. [[spoiler:Mandy is coaxed into finally smiling, as part of her presentation, which breaks the laws of the universe and forces it to be re-written in a cosmic acid sequence that transforms the universe of the show into ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', with Grim, Billy and Mandy as Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles, respectively, as well as turning Irwin into Mojo Jojo. Once they realize their new reality, everyone agrees to just roll with it and never talk about it again]].

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** And who could forget "My Fair Mandy". The episode follows Mandy Mindy entering a beauty pageant just to spite Mindy, so Grim brings a pageant coach from the underworld to help them. While it's on the weird side, what really makes this trope work for that episode, aside a random anthropomorphic crow narrating the story, is the GainaxEnding. [[spoiler:Mandy is coaxed into finally smiling, as part of her presentation, which breaks the laws of the universe and forces it to be re-written in a cosmic acid sequence that transforms the universe of the show into ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', with Grim, Billy and Mandy as Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles, respectively, as well as turning Irwin into Mojo Jojo. Once they realize their new reality, everyone agrees to just roll with it and never talk about it again]].


** Spongebob In Randomland takes this to another level of Surrealism. In it, Spongebob and Squidware are sent to deliver a Krabby Patty to an unknown location outside the Bikini Bottom. Sounds like Pizza Delivery right? [[spoiler: But as they are walking in any random path, they are teleported to a world where the laws real life don't apply and anything could happen at any given moment.]]

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** Spongebob "[=SpongeBob=] In Randomland [=RandomLand=]" takes this to another level of Surrealism. In it, Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] and Squidware are sent to deliver a Krabby Patty to an unknown location outside the Bikini Bottom. Sounds like Pizza Delivery "Pizza Delivery" right? [[spoiler: But as they are walking in any random path, they are teleported to a world where the laws of real life don't apply and anything could happen at any given moment.]]

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** Spongebob In Randomland takes this to another level of Surrealism. In it, Spongebob and Squidware are sent to deliver a Krabby Patty to an unknown location outside the Bikini Bottom. Sounds like Pizza Delivery right? [[spoiler: But as they are walking in any random path, they are teleported to a world where the laws real life don't apply and anything could happen at any given moment.]]


** The final season has "Fly Burgers", an episode that strays very far from the original concept about "Modern Life", and is just the writers saying "let's throw in as many surreal plot lines as possible". For example, Rocko getting sued by con artist fly Flecko for fake injuries, and when deemed guilty, has to live the rest of his life as a fly. This shows a rather odd usage of Rocko's catchphrase, "Fly Day is a very dangerous day."

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** The final season has "Fly Burgers", an episode that strays very far from the original concept about "Modern Life", and is just the writers saying "let's throw in as many surreal plot lines as possible". For example, Rocko getting sued by con artist fly Flecko for fake injuries, and when deemed guilty, has to live the rest of his life 30 days as a fly. This shows a rather odd usage of Rocko's catchphrase, "Fly Day is a very dangerous day."

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