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** Another episode, essentially a RecycledScript of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' episode "The Break In", has Carol buying a gun after the house is robbed and nearly killing Charlie with it.

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This plot may involve LivingIsMoreThanSurviving if the protagonist becomes so terrified they begin to close themselves off from the world to ensure their safety, messing up their quality of life.



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* ''Series/SpacePrecinct'': After Lt. Brogan's family gets caught up in a robbery, his teenage son Matt somehow manages to get hold of a handgun and stashes it in his bedroom closet. His father absolutely hits the roof when he finds it, with some justification given that it was acquired illegally ''and'' stored loaded, but backs off a bit when he realises just how badly shaken Matt was by the experience.



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* ''Series/LALaw''. DA Grace Van Owen is shot by a vengeful gangbanger (she'd just sent a fellow gangbanger to death row). She deteriorates to the point of being afraid to even walk into a courtroom and becomes dependent on alcohol and the painkillers prescribed to her. Her boyfriend, fellow attorney Michael Kuzak, forces her to snap out of it by telling her that they're through unless she gets professional help. She disappears for a few days, resurfacing after finally getting herself together.


* A really seriously twisted version of this is part of an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' with a serial rapist that not only attacks women once, but [[InescapableHorror keeps track of them and rapes them again, even years later]] in order to make sure they stay afraid of him for the rest of their lives. The VictimOfTheWeek was a woman that had been attacked several times already and had been traumatized to the point she never left her home, changed her address and her name, shunned all human contact, made her home practically a fortress and constantly had a HandCannon by her side and practically had to be begged by the police to so much as open the door, let alone provide information for the case. [[spoiler:By the time {{=SVU=}} finally obtained enough evidence to arrest the rapist, the man had managed to get to the woman and killed her.]]

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* A really seriously twisted version of this is part of an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' with a serial rapist that not only attacks attacked women once, but [[InescapableHorror keeps kept track of them and rapes raped them again, even years later]] in order to make sure they stay stayed afraid of him for the rest of their lives. The VictimOfTheWeek was a woman that had been attacked several times already and had been traumatized to the point she never left her home, moved across several states and changed her address and her name, shunned all human contact, made her home practically a fortress and fortress, constantly had a HandCannon by her side and practically had to be begged by the police to so much as open the door, let alone provide information for the case. [[spoiler:By the time {{=SVU=}} [=SVU=] finally obtained enough evidence to arrest the rapist, the man had managed to get to the woman and killed her.]]



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* A really seriously twisted version of this is part of an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' with a serial rapist that not only attacks women once, but [[InescapableHorror keeps track of them and rapes them again, even years later]] in order to make sure they stay afraid of him for the rest of their lives. The VictimOfTheWeek was a woman that had been attacked several times already and had been traumatized to the point she never left her home, changed her address and her name, shunned all human contact, made her home practically a fortress and constantly had a HandCannon by her side and practically had to be begged by the police to so much as open the door, let alone provide information for the case. [[spoiler:By the time {{=SVU=}} finally obtained enough evidence to arrest the rapist, the man had managed to get to the woman and killed her.]]


* ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. The titular character is shot by a man who hates doctors. She becomes agoraphobic for the remainder of the episode before finally snapping out of it.

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* ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. The titular character ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''.
** Dorothy's son, a morphine addict, breaks into Dr. Mike's home, looking to steal some. Dr. Mike handles it okay, even after shooting him in self-defense, but daughter Colleen is severely traumatized to the point of being afraid to leave the house.
** In the final season, Dr. Mike herself
is shot by a man who hates doctors. She too becomes agoraphobic for the remainder of the episode before finally snapping out of it.


* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'', Doogie and Vinnie are robbed by a home invader and actually admit that they're pretty freaked out by the whole thing, especially when the intruder ''returns'' and steals Doogie's car this time. They just don't realize how much or seeks any help until Doogie nearly attacks a guy he mistook for a mugger.

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* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'', Doogie and Vinnie are robbed by a home invader and actually admit that they're pretty freaked out by the whole thing, especially when the intruder ''returns'' and steals Doogie's car this time. They just don't realize how much or seeks seek any help until Doogie nearly attacks a guy he mistook for a mugger.mugger.
* Similarly on ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', when the Peach Pit is robbed. Like Doogie, Brenda (the victim) admits how terrified she was, but insists that she's feeling better as time goes on even though she is actually getting worse. She finally flips out in the middle of an exam when a sound reminds her of the robber's gun cocking.
* ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. The titular character is shot by a man who hates doctors. She becomes agoraphobic for the remainder of the episode before finally snapping out of it.


* ''DiffrentStrokes'': Arnold is traumatized after he is robbed at knifepoint. His coping mechanism is to bluff to his friends that he held his own and that he isn't scared, but Mr. Drummond suspects that his son is deeply upset. Eventually, he is able to get Arnold to admit he was scared for his life and a classroom exercise in self-defense exposes the truth.
* ''{{Ellen}}'': After a break-in, Ellen is given a gun by Audrey and tries to learn self-defense. She also has bars installed in her windows, and takes to sleeping cuddled up with a life-sized mannequin meant to give intruders the illusion that she lives with a man.
* ''SuddenlySusan'': After Susan's apartment gets robbed, she decides to get a gun and ends up accidentally shooting her elderly neighbor.
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* ''TheGoldenGirls'', "Break In": The house is robbed while the Girls are out for an evening. Terrified, Rose buys a gun for protection. Rose accidentally shoots Blanche's very expensive vase, thinking that the burglar has returned when it was just Blanche and her date returning to the house.

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* ''DiffrentStrokes'': ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'': Arnold is traumatized after he is robbed at knifepoint. His coping mechanism is to bluff to his friends that he held his own and that he isn't scared, but Mr. Drummond suspects that his son is deeply upset. Eventually, he is able to get Arnold to admit he was scared for his life and a classroom exercise in self-defense exposes the truth.
* ''{{Ellen}}'': ''Series/{{Ellen}}'': After a break-in, Ellen is given a gun by Audrey and tries to learn self-defense. She also has bars installed in her windows, and takes to sleeping cuddled up with a life-sized mannequin meant to give intruders the illusion that she lives with a man.
* ''SuddenlySusan'': ''Series/SuddenlySusan'': After Susan's apartment gets robbed, she decides to get a gun and ends up accidentally shooting her elderly neighbor.
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%%* ''GrowingPains''
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* ''TheGoldenGirls'', ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', "Break In": The house is robbed while the Girls are out for an evening. Terrified, Rose buys a gun for protection. Rose accidentally shoots Blanche's very expensive vase, thinking that the burglar has returned when it was just Blanche and her date returning to the house.



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* On LifeGoesOn, the family returns from an evening out to find that they've been robbed. They all freak out to varying degrees, with the father eventually buying a gun. Unfortunately, son Corky nearly shoots a presumed intruder with it--he was a classmate of Paige's stopping by to help her with an assignment--and it forces the family to realize that they haven't been handling the situation very well.
* DoogieHowserMD Doogie and Vinnie are robbed by a home invader and actually admit that they're pretty freaked out by the whole thing, especially when the intruder ''returns'' and steals Doogie's car this time. They just don't realize how much or seeks any help until Doogie nearly attacks a guy he mistook for a mugger.
* On {{ER}}, although he isn't robbed, Mark gets the daylights beaten out of him by a never-identified attacker. For the next several months he acts like a {{Jerkass}}, to varying, sometimes understandable degrees--jumping out of his skin when approached in the hospital parking lot, pulling a gun on several youths who he thought (possibly correctly) were going to mug him, snapping at his coworkers and finally humiliating himself by screaming at the bereaved widow of a patient. His is the most extreme example--all other staff members who went through similar traumas appeared to recover quite rapidly--in that very same season, Carol was held hostage during a grocery store robbery, yet suffered no lingering effects, and neither did Sam after having been kidnapped and raped by her ex and finally more-or-less forced to shoot him in self-defense.

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* On LifeGoesOn, ''Series/LifeGoesOn'', the family returns from an evening out to find that they've been robbed. They all freak out to varying degrees, with the father eventually buying a gun. Unfortunately, son Corky nearly shoots a presumed intruder with it--he was a classmate of Paige's stopping by to help her with an assignment--and it forces the family to realize that they haven't been handling the situation very well.
* DoogieHowserMD ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'', Doogie and Vinnie are robbed by a home invader and actually admit that they're pretty freaked out by the whole thing, especially when the intruder ''returns'' and steals Doogie's car this time. They just don't realize how much or seeks any help until Doogie nearly attacks a guy he mistook for a mugger.
* On {{ER}}, ''Series/{{ER}}'', although he isn't robbed, Mark gets the daylights beaten out of him by a never-identified attacker. For the next several months he acts like a {{Jerkass}}, to varying, sometimes understandable degrees--jumping out of his skin when approached in the hospital parking lot, pulling a gun on several youths who he thought (possibly correctly) were going to mug him, snapping at his coworkers and finally humiliating himself by screaming at the bereaved widow of a patient. His is the most extreme example--all other staff members who went through similar traumas appeared to recover quite rapidly--in that very same season, Carol was held hostage during a grocery store robbery, yet suffered no lingering effects, and neither did Sam after having been kidnapped and raped by her ex and finally more-or-less forced to shoot him in self-defense.


* ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' used this for drama. Will and Carlton were robbed; Will was shot, which set up a long recovery arc, and Carlton got paranoid and bought a revolver. Guess how well ''that'' went over...
* ''HomeImprovement'' did this once, though it was actually neighbor Wilson that got robbed. In any case, imagine TimTaylorTechnology applied to a home security system and... yeah.
* ''SeventhHeaven'', after Annie and Matt are robbed at gunpoint. Matt reacted in the usual terrified way, suffering a HeroicBSOD the next morning, while Annie remained calm and strong as usual. However, later on Matt was getting better thanks to a support group while Annie unexpectedly broke down in tears a few nights later, and freaked out when she mistook a stranger giving back a pair of dropped sunglasses for an assailant.

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* ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' used this for drama. Will and Carlton were robbed; Will was shot, which set up a long recovery arc, and Carlton got paranoid and bought a revolver. Guess how well ''that'' went over...
* ''HomeImprovement'' ''Series/HomeImprovement'' did this once, though it was actually neighbor Wilson that got robbed. In any case, imagine TimTaylorTechnology applied to a home security system and... yeah.
* ''SeventhHeaven'', ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', after Annie and Matt are robbed at gunpoint. Matt reacted in the usual terrified way, suffering a HeroicBSOD the next morning, while Annie remained calm and strong as usual. However, later on Matt was getting better thanks to a support group while Annie unexpectedly broke down in tears a few nights later, and freaked out when she mistook a stranger giving back a pair of dropped sunglasses for an assailant.


* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Squid Defense" has Squidward wanting to learn karate after he is mugged for his groceries. He later uses his newfound skills to beat up the mugger, despite Sandy's warnings of not using karate for revenge.[[spoiler: It turns out that the "mugger" was actually someone trying to return Squidward's groceries, and Squidward is arrested for assault]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Squid Defense" has Squidward wanting to learn karate after he is mugged for his groceries. He later uses his newfound skills to beat up the mugger, despite Sandy's warnings of not using karate for revenge.[[spoiler: It turns out that the "mugger" was actually someone trying to return Squidward's groceries, and so Sandy strips Squidward of his karate belt and he is arrested for assault]].


* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Squid Defense" has Squidward wanting to learn karate after he is mugged for his groceries. He later uses his newfound skills to beat up the mugger, despite Sandy's warnings of not using karate for revenge[[spoiler: and it turns out that the "mugger" was actually someone trying to return Squidward's groceries]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Squid Defense" has Squidward wanting to learn karate after he is mugged for his groceries. He later uses his newfound skills to beat up the mugger, despite Sandy's warnings of not using karate for revenge[[spoiler: and it revenge.[[spoiler: It turns out that the "mugger" was actually someone trying to return Squidward's groceries]].groceries, and Squidward is arrested for assault]].



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* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Squid Defense" has Squidward wanting to learn karate after he is mugged for his groceries. He later uses his newfound skills to beat up the mugger, despite Sandy's warnings of not using karate for revenge[[spoiler: and it turns out that the "mugger" was actually someone trying to return Squidward's groceries]].


When a sitcom protagonist has an encounter with crime they will become paranoid of everyone around them. They will take a self-defense class ([[HilarityEnsues you know what ensues]]) or buy a gun. In the latter case a trigger-happy random shootfest inevitably follows, and somebody gets shot in the foot. This usually turns into a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop about the dangers of attempting to defend oneself for any reason.

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When a sitcom protagonist has an encounter with crime they will become paranoid of everyone around them. They will take a self-defense class ([[HilarityEnsues you know what you-know-what ensues]]) or buy a gun. In the latter case a trigger-happy random shootfest inevitably follows, and somebody gets shot in the foot. This usually turns into a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop about the dangers of attempting to defend oneself for any reason.



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* On {{ER}}, although he isn't robbed, Mark gets the daylights beaten out of him by a never-identified attacker. For the next several months he acts like a {{Jerkass}}, to varying, sometimes understandable degrees--jumping out of his skin when approached in the hospital parking lot, pulling a gun on several youths who he thought (possibly correctly) were going to mug him, snapping at his coworkers and finally humiliating himself by screaming at the bereaved widow of a patient. His is the most extreme example--all other staff members who went through similar traumas appeared to recover quite rapidly--in that very same season, Carol was held hostage during a grocery store robbery, yet suffered no lingering effects, and neither did Sam after having been kidnapped and raped by her ex and finally more-or-less forced to shoot him in self-defense.

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