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  • 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown has host Jimmy Carr performing a few live BLAMs while the countdown is on, and Joe Wilkinson adds improv while "helping" Rachel.
  • "Sushi Roulette" at the start of Season 15 of The Amazing Race. Nearly every task on the show is something that comes out of nowhere and is never mentioned again (barring a Final-Exam Boss challenge at the end), but they usually have some sort of bearing on the plot. This task, however, is a different beast entirely. Set on a Japanese game show, each of the eleven teams was positioned at a roulette wheel divided into eleven pieces, two of which always contained wasabi. When the wasabi landed in front of a team, the chosen person would have to eat it fast enough to receive their next clue. To really cement its BLAM status, there were such additions as falling confetti, a bizarre voice calling out "Eat the wasabi!" for each new round, and surreal animation that included a fire-breathing alligator that appeared whenever the wasabi became overwhelming. And when it was over, it never returned in any flashbacks during the season.
    • Actually 3 seasons later on Unfinished Business upon finding out that the leg will be Japan again Justin mentions having to down a wasabi roll cue a flashback scene.
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  • The last episode of American Horror Story: Coven opens with Stevie Nicks singing "The Seven Wonders" and a montage of the girls preparing for their tests. And then at the end of the song, the girls descend the stairs and Stevie wishes them luck before walking off. It's never mentioned again, which is especially strange considering that Misty is such a huge Stevie Nicks fan.
  • This happened a few times in Are You Being Served?, but it's most notable in the 1978 special. The store is celebrating Mr. Grace's birthday; the staff have rehearsed an extended musical number to perform as entertainment. At the last minute, they have to perform something else, so they break into an impromptu version of "Steppin' Out". Okay. Suddenly, Mr. Grace appears, holding a puppet body under his neck, singing a song about "bread and drippin'" which contains only a couple of intelligible words in it. This weird little ditty doesn't fit with the other music at all, and turns Mr. Grace from guest of honor to entertainment with no explanation. Then, the staff segue into "Happy Birthday to You" as if nothing had happened.
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  • The beginning of the second episode of the third series of Ashes to Ashes (2008) involves Gene, Chris and Ray dressed as mechanics singing "Uptown Girl". It's promptly revealed as a dream.
  • Big Time Rush enjoys this trope from time to time, usually with random cutaway gags. Sometimes it subverts this by mentioning an event that happened in their past but has no connection to the plot save being much like what the episode covers (an example being in "Big Time Jobs" when the boys think back to times when they've destroyed things at the Palm Woods). Others it is played straight, like in "Big Time School of Rocque" when they are looking back to when they were wasting the brochures that Kelly gave them (including playing hockey with them, making cutouts of them and even taking a crap with them).
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • In "Once More, With Feeling", Buffy and some vampires burst into song during some slayage. She then enters the magic shop hesitant to bring it up, seemingly preferring it to leave it in Alligator territory. It even goes a step further, leaving the audience with the same WTF face, wondering if anyone is going to acknowledge it. But once she talks about it is it revealed that all the others were thinking the same about their own musical numbers that happened off-screen.
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    • There's also the Cheese Man in "Restless", who shows up in all the protagonists dreams, and... offers them cheese. Word of God is that it was meant to be utterly nonsensical.
    • A justified example in "The Body". The episode begins with Buffy finding Joyce dead on the couch. After the opening theme, we're shown a flashback to a Christmas dinner at Buffy's house before jump cutting back to the present day. Word of God says it's there because he didn't want the opening credits to be playing over Buffy trying to revive her mother.
  • One episode of The Chew (ABC's old cooking show) had The Grinch show up on set, say something about hating Christmas but liking the food, and then taking a bite of the food before one commercial break. This came out of nowhere and was never mentioned again once the show came back from the break.
  • An episode of The Colbert Report had Stephen lead into a long joke about sheep doing crystal meth getting their own show called Breaking Baaaaaa and then celebrated having executed the Best Pun Ever (BPE) with a balloon drop, music, being carried by men like an Egyptian king, fighting a minotaur to the death with a dagger, and then lying down in the company of several women who feed him grapes.
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has Sqweegel, a murderer who targets people who got away with crimes and orders them to confess before killing them. Not so bad except that he wears a rubber gimp suit, chases them in a hunched four-limb pose because he's a contortionist, and his line delivery is so hammy you can hear bits of the stage between his teeth. Despite escaping and hints at him returning, he is never spoken of again.
  • CSI: NY featured an episode where a murder is witnessed on a ChatRoulette-style website. This leads to the detectives playing around on the site and Jo gets connected to a Marine in Afghanistan. She picks up her laptop and gives him a view of the New York skyline because he's never been to New York.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Daleks' Master Plan": Part 7, "The Feast of Steven", has our heroes picked up by police on Christmas, getting split up on a Roaring Twenties movie set, and finally breaking the fourth wall. It should perhaps be noted that there was a good reason for this. The episode was broadcast on Christmas Day and the production team worried people might not bother tuning in to watch. By making the episode irrelevant to the plot of the complete (12-part) serial as a whole, they didn't have to worry about people tuning back in the week after and not having a clue what was going on. The BLAM aspect is further emphasized when one realizes that the character of Sara Kingdom, featured in the silly goings-on in the episode, killed her own brother only a couple of weeks earlier and is supposed to be working through the guilt related to this.
    • "The Chase" contains a whole scene with a mildly offensive Eaglelander tourist laughing at a Dalek and somehow always turning his back while the TARDIS materialises and dematerialises, followed by Daleks storming the Mary Celeste, followed by a slapstick moment where a Dalek falls into the sea for no reason.
    • At the end of "The Hand of Fear", Sarah Jane's departure is made slightly less sad by the sheer ridiculousness of her outfit, coupled with the items she happens to be carrying. As this blogger described it, "Sarah then exits TARDIS left, clutching a variety of things that seem to be the physical embodiments of non-sequiturs — an owl doll and a tennis racket being the most obvious — as she walks away whistling."
      • Made funnier when a later episode, "School Reunion", reveals that instead of dropping Sarah Jane off near her home in a London suburb (where having oddball clothing and gear wouldn't be so bad) the Doctor leaves her in the wrong city. This is actually mentioned in "The Hand of Fear", but it's not until later that we learn she was dropped off pretty much at the opposite end of the UK!
    • Some moments are so quick you may blink and miss them. Such a one occurs in the 2014 episode "Robot of Sherwood". In the opening sequence, the Doctor and Clara are arguing about trying to meet Robin Hood when, out of nowhere, the Doctor produces a large spoon covered with an unidentified food substance (ice cream? custard? icing?), licks the spoon and then apparently puts the spoon away in his pocket. No explanation is ever given for why he's carrying a spoon around — long shots in the same sequence reveal no food in evidence, and it really does seem as if the Doctor puts the ice cream/custard/icing-covered spoon back in his pocket. Clara doesn't appear to notice (in fact the Doctor appears to lick the spoon with his back turned to her so she can't see). It is a truly puzzling moment. A few minutes later we do see the Doctor use a spoon in his comedic duel with Robin Hood, but the spoon is not only completely clean but it looks like a different coloured spoon than the one from earlier!
    • In an early scene of "In the Forest of the Night", the Doctor's TARDIS is heard to have a speaking satnav system that announces the ship's arrival at a location (in the style of automobile satnavs). It becomes a BLAM because no episode before or since has ever shown the TARDIS using such a feature, and even the episode itself references it only once before it's forgotten about and not activated ever again.
    • A related example, from the spin-off series Class. Towards the end of the show's debut episode, during The Cameo, the Doctor spots Clara's name on a memorial plaque, reflecting the fact that she was Killed Off for Real towards the end of Series 9. His reaction to it is significant, but it becomes a BLAM in the context of the spin-off because viewers who aren't familiar with the recent story arcs on the parent show (and, thus, weren't Just Here for Godzilla) are never clued in as to why, the characters in the episode are left none the wiser, and the moment is never referred to again in any episode of the spin-off series, making it random enough to meet the spirit of BLAM.
  • ER actually has a couple of these moments, most noticeably the man who spontaneously combusted (it's never explained or mentioned again) and the time Carol met a man who may actually have been Santa. For a show with no supernatural elements these are quite unusual occurrences.
  • In Eureka, Henry tries to do something romantic for his wife and ends up asking Fargo for advice. The result is a Crowd Song. Technically not an example, since the entire episode was leading up to it, but gets a free pass since the entire point was for it to be something Henry would never do.
  • Even Reality TV is not averse to this. One episode of Fame Academy, a BBC Talent Show, had footage of a governor/speed limiter for a few brief seconds. Why this happened was never explained. This could possibly be a Stock Footage Failure.
  • The bowling alley scene in Fargo Season Three episode Who Rules the Land of Denial?, where the detective storyline delves into Magic Realism. A mysterious man, known as Paul Marrane and implied to be the Wandering Jew, meets Nikki and Wrench there, and helps them escape from Gurka by giving them a green Volkswagen Beetle; he also shows Nikki a kitten, implying that Ray's soul now lives in it. Then, as Gurka shows up, Paul shows him a vision of his murdered girlfriend and thousands of Jews slaughtered by his Ukrainian Haidamak ancestors during the Uman massacre. Gurka basically disappears from the plot after that; Paul, the bowling alley, and the green Volkswagen are also never mentioned again.
  • Farscape: in one episode John orders Pilot to eject a fanatical woman, who nearly caused the deaths of hundreds, out into space. When he does so, he laughs in a deep, maniacal, and almost demonic way. He does not laugh like this again throughout the series.
  • One Firefly episode has a truly random moment where Badger is aboard the ship. River - who he hasn't met yet - approaches him and starts speaking in a fake Cockney accent. He believes her act but she finishes her little speech and says to Simon "let me know if anyone interesting shows up" before going back to her room. This scene is never referenced later, it's never explained why River chose to do that and it's a bit at odds with her Broken Bird character later on the show. Oh and yeah it has no effect on the plot whatsoever.
    • It was supposed to be a subversion/parody of the We Need a Distraction trope. The crew is being held at gunpoint by Badger's men to keep them from interfering with Mal's duel with Atherton Wing. While planning an escape, they remark about how they need someone to distract the guards. River, who has presumably been following the conversation through her Psychic Powers, wanders in and provides them with the perfect distraction -Only the crew ends up as bewildered by her performance as Badger and forgets they're supposed to be escaping. Still ultimately a pointless scene, but a funny one.
  • Bedford's silent movie dream sequence in the 2010 BBC4 adaptation of The First Men in the Moon, which also doubles as a Shout-Out to A Trip to the Moon
  • Flight of the Conchords, there is a scene in which one of the main characters, Bret, suddenly sings a karaoke song in Korean linking two scenes he does not appear in. The song has lyrics such as "sometimes love is as pure as the milk of a cow that has done nothing wrong." As the song ends, he steps out of the screen and the next scene begins.
  • In one first season episode of Frasier, Daphne admits in a lengthy and somewhat unsettling monologue that she was a child star in the popular British television comedy, Mind Your Knickers, for four years; this is never mentioned again.
  • Robin Williams and Billy Crystal's guest appearance at the beginning of the Friends episode "The One with... the Ultimate Fighting Champion" has no relevance to the plot and is never mentioned again. It wasn't even in the original script, they coincidentally just happened to be in the same building where Friends was filmed and the writers asked if they wanted to make a guest appearance.
    • There's also "The One With the Baby on the Bus", where Rachel cancels Phoebe's gig at Central Perk to make way for a better and more famous singer (played by Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders). This isn't weird by itself, but — in the DVD version — after said better singer is introduced, she proceeds to grind the entire episode to a screeching halt in order to play an entire song (about four minutes long) as though performing in concert for the studio audience. Even showing a snippet of the singer singing — as the broadcast version did — wouldn't have been bad — it's just that she went on... and on... and on... even though it had no bearing on the plot, was never mentioned again, and the song itself had nothing to symbolically or thematically connect itself to the events of the episode.
  • The Full House special where the family went to Disney World had this short sequence where Joey visits an animation studio and draws a sketch of himself on a pad. The sketch suddenly becomes animated, and starts a conversation with Joey before bouncing around playing basketball. Afterwards, Joey leaves the studio to resume the special's actual plot. Soooo... money well spent on paying the Disney animators, guys?
  • Near the end of the George Lopez episode "George of the Rings", George tries to make up for losing Angie's special ring by renewing their wedding vows. Because this is an in-universe Out-of-Character Moment for him, time literally slows down when he says "renew our vows". Then, a ghostly image of George (representing his common sense) tries to talk him out of it, but when George doesn't listen, the Ghost!George kills himself by snapping his neck.
  • Even though the show is about a bunch of singers, Glee has these all the time, some not even musical to begin with:
    • At one point the club is performing one of their songs onstage in front of a closed curtain. At the climax of the song, the curtain opens and an entire gospel choir is revealed and sings along with the cast. This is never brought up again.
    • From the same episode, the Umbrella/Singing in the Rain mash-up featuring the cast performing elaborate choreography in front of a waterfall in their school auditorium. The writers don't even bother trying to explain this.
    • Near the end of "Guilty Pleasures", an episode about... guilty pleasures, Tina reveals her love of Small Wonder. By dressing as Vicki. And chasing Kitty down the hallway.
    • Even in Glee, most of the songs in "Puppet Master" were this. Half of them were gas-induced hallucinations, while the performance of Ylvis' "The Fox" at the end was completely unrelated to anything else in the episode, and was probably included to cash in the song's success.
  • An episode of Season Two of The Good Wife has one at a gala dinner for the Cook County Bar Association where an amateur theater group puts on a strange, poorly-acted play for the lawyers, telling the story of a farm boy who doesn't want his best friend, a cow named Moo Cow, to be drafted to fight in World War II. It is never mentioned again, for obvious reasons.
  • Arguably Chuck's attempted rape of Serena (and to some extent Jenny) in the Gossip Girl pilot. Due to the fact that the pilot was based heavily on the books while the rest of the show, not so much, pilot-Chuck differs from the character we see in the rest of the series. His assault of Serena is not only never mentioned again, but she keeps confiding in him and turning to him with her problems, plus she's highly supportive of his relationship with her best friend. Hardly the kind of relationship you have with someone who tried to rape you.
    • Chuck does eventually apologize to Jenny about it after some major Character Development, and Rufus finally finds out about it in season four.
  • In House, the 7th Season episode where Cuddy is concerned that she might have kidney failure or similar. The episode is filled with these. They are generally shown as dreams she's having, but the two biggest contenders for WTF BLAM moment are the Zombie Apocalypse scenario where House fights his zombified team, trying to rescue Cuddy and the Broadway Musical number towards the end of the episode, with House wearing a tux and dancing, singing and Cuddy is being wheeled around in her hospital bed by a dozen of background dancing show girls.
  • On the final episode of series 19 of Have I Got News for You, after given his Odd One Out group, Paul Merton begins to ponder the answer. Suddenly, the camera fade-cuts to some footage of Paul and fellow captain, Ian Hislop, skipping through a field in slow motion to sappy soft music for several seconds. Camera cuts back to Paul, who's got a day dreamy expression on his face. He then shakes his head and apologising, saying he was "miles away". The footage popped up again in the later seasons when Joan Collins hosted in a Dynasty spoof, but aside from that, there was no explanation for it. According to Paul of the Very Best of HIGNFY DVD commentary, he tried for eight years to get that gag onto the show and was rejected two times by two different producers, the third try helped and the gag was put in.
  • The mute little girl sub-plot from the "iSpace Out" episode of iCarly.
  • On an episode of Jeopardy!, a clue had a pre-recorded visual clue featuring an inflatable shark. Said shark then made an out-of-nowhere appearance going into commercial and was never referenced again.
  • Recent series of Kamen Rider and Super Sentai will occasionally do blatant promotion of an upcoming show within The Movie of the previous show. This is done by having the upcoming Rider or Sentai team randomly appear to defeat one of the minor movie villains to show how awesome they are and get audiences worked up for their own series - all while interrupting the movie's actual plot and contributing little to nothing before running off. The most recent Kamen Rider shows even do it near the finale of the series itself, by having one of the upcoming Kamen Riders fight in the final battle, without actually contributing anything to said battle.
    Sometimes, this trope is subverted, by having the upcoming hero of heroes defeating a main villain that broke away from the others. For example, when the Go-Busters protected the Gokai Galleon from Basco during Gokaiger vs. Gavan.
  • Louie has had a couple of these. In the first episode Louie is going on a date, and as he's standing outside his date's apartment, they yell to each other through the door as she gets ready. As he's waiting for her, an old woman peeks her head out of the apartment next door and tells him to keep it down because she's naked. She stares at him for a while before opening the door to show him her naked body and calls him a pig several times in different voices. Louie panics, knocks on his date's door again, and the old woman retreats back into her apartment. Louie simply says, "Uh, it just got weird out here."
    • At the end of that same episode, when the date finally falls apart, the girl jumps up from the bench they're sitting on and runs across the pavement and jumps into a waiting helicopter. There's no explanation for it at all.
  • On The L Word, Jenny is looking for directors for the movie of her book, Lez Girls. After a series of relatively normal interviews, she shows up at a small theater where a French man describes his vision of her book as a musical, and opens the curtains to reveal his demo. As if this wasn't strange enough (the song being quite slow and trippy, very unlike your typical movie musical), at the end Jenny recognizes one of the performers as her ex-girlfriend, Marina. Episode ends, incident is never mentioned again.
  • Don seeing the deceased Bert Cooper giving a song-and-dance routine (specifically, the old show tune "The Best Things in Life Are Free") at the end of the "Waterloo" episode of Mad Men. Fantasy, break from reality, an ominous visitation, or madness?
  • If documentaries count, the Megastructures episode about the Millau Bridge is mostly about the technical and economic challenges faced by the construction team, except for one segment about a base jumper who sneaks into the construction site and parachutes off the bridge, not to be mentioned for the rest of the show. It's cool, yes, but not really related to the show's theme of the bridge as a feat of engineering at all.
  • Merlin:
    • Lampshaded in one episode that involves a goblin breaking loose from its prison and causing havoc among the citizens of Camelot. Having thoroughly embarrassed everyone, two of the characters meet in a hallway and agree never to discuss it again. And they haven't.
    • In the episode "The Changeling", Princess Elena is fed a live frog by her nursemaid. Presumably, this was because she was possessed by a fairy at birth, but it's still a pointless scene, with no lead-up or explanation, and is never mentioned again.
  • The random dance numbers in The Mighty Boosh, like 'Mod Wolves'.
  • With the crazy and often nonsensical sketches in Monty Python's Flying Circus, it'd be difficult for anything to stand out as a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, but the end of Cycling Tour definitely qualifies. The episode is about Mr. Pither and his crazy adventures during a bicycle trip; at the end, when he and his companion part ways, two cartoon monsters jump out of the bushes and start dancing to Clodagh Rodgers' "Jack in the Box". (Mr. Pither's companion briefly thought he was Clodagh Rodgers after suffering head trauma in an auto accident, making this also qualify as a Brick Joke.)
    • In the middle of the "Restaurant Abuse/Cannibalism" sketch, which was one of the odder onesnote  to begin with, a man in Ancient Groman dress enters, delivers a brief pseudo-Shakespearean speech that has nothing to do with the scene, is told off by the waiter, goes away and is not mentioned again.
  • At the end of one episode toward the end of Moonlighting, the episode was padded by having Herb Viola (Curtis Armstrong) sing "Wooly Bully".
  • In the middle of a segment regarding binge drinking on the talk show The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, a picture of a cat in a high chair eating spaghetti randomly appeared for a few seconds as a Censor Box. The Soup had a field day with the "Spaghetti Cat", noting how it so outlandish and out-of-nowhere.
    • The dialogue they wanted to censor was one of the interviewees saying the word "retarded".
  • A running joke in the fourth season of Nash Bridges had the SIU move into a former disco which would start playing "Disco Inferno" at random intervals without explanation. It's just as weird as it sounds.
  • The Netflix Example Show is completely comprised of such moments, but one that stands out is when a man starts reciting lines from Julius Caesar and then makes popping sounds with his lips and clacks his teeth (The audio for most of the video is the sound of a fountain, except for this scene and a scene of the same man dribbling a ball). Other scenes include the man juggling, shots of a fountain, a time-lapse video of the full moon, and a toy train carrying two toy penguins. Of course, the video was probably never meant to be seen by normal viewers, and was even more probably meant to test codecs. Still, why make a video so random?
  • Kirsty Wark ending a Halloween edition of Newsnight by telling viewers to be careful out there and then dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller".
  • Nick Studio 10 is one in and of itself by nature of its very premise. It interrupted other Nickelodeon shows and featured live-action hosts doing random gags that have nothing to do with whatever cartoon it interrupted. Then it would return to the regularly-scheduled programming as if nothing just happened.
  • Night Man: For no good reason, David Hasselhoff appears as the mastermind of the illegal weapons sale near the end of the pilot. He's on screen for maybe fifteen seconds before NightMan throws him out a window, after which Johnny gets a post-mortem one-liner to underline the supremely pointless cameo ( "Life's a hassle, isn't it?"), delivered to no one. Glen Larson stablemates referenced: one. Impact on the plot: zero.
  • Only Fools and Horses: Rodney's nightmare at the beginning of the first chapter of the 1996 Christmas trilogy, "Heroes and Villians", in which a grown-up Damien not only runs Trotters Independent Traders, but also rules the western world in the year 2026, declaring war on other countries. While Del Boy, Lord of Peckham, and Raquel live a luxurious life in Trotter Towers, Rodney himself is reduced to being an old messenger, Cassandra is a maid after Damien took over her bank and fired her, and Uncle Albert's body has been preserved, repeating his trademark phrase on a constant loop. As Rodney berates Damien for ruining everything, Del wakes him up.
    • It culminates the long Running Gag that Rodney is convinced that Damien is destined to be some kind of Anti-Christ, as the "Son of Del". Everytime he sees Damien "O Fortuna" plays.
  • In the Power Rangers Jungle Fury finale: the furry scene. Granted, in Juken Sentai Gekiranger, the furry suits made sense and actually were an integral plotline in that show at one point, but in the Power Rangers show, they are randomly summoned up during the finale, then suddenly removed within twenty seconds, and nobody mentions the event for the rest of the episode (adding to this is that the characters involved with said furries are reduced to Living Scenery status for the rest of the episode as well, and probably for good measure).
  • In the Psych episode "Let's Get Hairy", Shawn activates a revolving bookcase which traps Gus on the other side. He then activates it again, bringing Gus back to the room everyone is in. Shawn doesn't notice, and it's never mentioned again.
  • Red Dwarf. Tongue Tied from "Parallel Universe". It's a music video is the cold opening to one of the episodes. No context or anything, just that. It's revealed afterwards that it's a recording of one of the Cat's dreams. (One should note that the description of the video isn't even accurate, the scene has nothing to do with "parallel worlds". Apparently even the BBC don't know what was going on with this.)
  • In episode 1 of season 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race, the competing queens are told that they will be given a special shopping spree in anticipation of their first main challenge. When they all board a bus to go shopping, a music video of the queens lip-syncing to host Ru Paul’s "Hollywood USA" from atop the bus traveling along Hollywood Boulevard spontaneously begins. This goes on for about a minute, during which time the queens wave at hilariously green-screened celebrity cameos of the guest judges they'll meet later that season and turn out some crazy choreography (all while remaining safely seated, naturally). They then get off the bus and the episode picks up right where it left off, explaining the components of the main challenge shopping spree. It's not unusual for Ru to challenge her queens to a battle of lip-syncing, but this particular instance is bizarre because it's not a challenge of any kind, has no bearing on the competition whatsoever, and has never been brought up, referenced, or acknowledged in any way since.
  • The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash features a 'clip' of the animated film Yellow Submarine Sandwich featuring the song "Cheese and Onions". Appearing unannounced in the middle of the otherwise entirely live-action film, this series of unintelligible events appears to be pure BLAM, but is actually a dead-on parody of The Beatles' equally bizarre Yellow Submarine. The true BLAM occurs just minutes later with an excerpt of John and Yoko Nasty and Chastity's art-house motion picture A Thousand Feet Of Film. It's Exactly What It Says on the Tin. And it is hilarious.
  • In Sam & Cat, Cat does a one-person play as Abraham Lincoln with a British accent. Even for her that's like... uh... what?
  • On The Secret Life of the American Teenager, there is a scene where Adrian is studying while listening the radio. Then she changes the station and "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" starts playing. This prompts Adrian to get up and dance like a spaz for about 10 seconds before sitting back down and changing the station. No explanation is given.
    • Adrian wears Ricky's shirt to school one day after he's caught on video without it (Makes Sense In Context). She then sees him flirting with Grace so she comes up to them and says something like "This is his shirt! And this is where he left it!" She then proceeds to rip off the shirt, chuck it at Grace, and then walks down the hallway in nothing but her bra.
    • In "Dancing With The Stars", Amy calls Lauren and tells her that she's sending Lauren's old flame over to see her. Lauren reacts by starting to sing, complete with background music. The guy (Jesse) is completely unfazed by a singing Lauren answering the door.
    • Lauren and Madison singing "I Think I Want to Marry You" with a flash mob. Plays like a Disney Acid Sequence from Hell.
  • At the end of the first season of Skins, several characters, including a random bus driver and Tony who is in a coma at the time start singing Cat Stevens' "Wild World". Not just singing it, but as a full-blown musical number, with backing music. See here: [1].
  • In the Smash episode "Publicity", a full-cast Bollywood number appears out of nowhere, completely bereft of context. Even for a show about Broadway musicals, this is strange. It is never mentioned again.
  • Sonny with a Chance has, in season 2, been including musical numbers. On a show that's supposedly about a group of sketch comedy actors. Okay, 3 of the 5 cast members (4 from 6 if you include Marshall, who can do vaudeville) can sing, and sing well, but that's no excuse.
    • Something of a case of Fridge Brilliance and Truth in Television. Both Nick and Disney have it almost as a requirement that their teen/tweener stars (especially the girls) have to be able to sing and dance, so they can push the tie-in Idol Singer CD's and tours.
  • In the first episode of Spaced while Tim and Daisy are looking around the flat, they run into a pair of girlscout Creepy Twins in a closet who freak them out, before being promptly forgotten. Apparently, they were originally going to be recurring characters, until the makers found out that there were similar The Shining-style creepy twins in The League of Gentlemen.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: "Indiscretion" featured Kira and Magnificent Bastard Dukat forced to work together to find a long disappeared prisoner transport ship has a scene with the two of them camping for the night. Dukat sits on a three inch spike, impaling his butt and requiring assistance from Kira. The next three minutes are just Kira giggling to herself as Dukat wiggles his butt around in the air trying to apply some medicine. Immediately after this, they start talking about the plot/mission again and Dukat reveals he plans on killing his own half-Bajoran daughter if she is still alive...
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation, meanwhile, had one in its Cold Open for the episode "Up The Long Ladder". As one blogger put it:
    Worf is shown at his security panel on the bridge, making Klingon discomfort-noises. He then later faints (“Klingons don’t faint,” he complains) and Dr. Pulaski (ugh) keeps it under her hat, so he thanks her by showing her the Klingon Tea Ceremony, which is apparently a thing. All of this happens before the second commercial break. It is then NEVER MENTIONED AGAIN. It doesn’t relate to the rest of the episode, it’s not somehow a parallel, it’s just like “oh, here’s some stuff that happened.”
    • The pre-credit sequence to the second season episode "Where Silence Has Lease" has Picard fretting on the bridge about Riker and Worf. We then see the pair sneaking about in a forest before being attacked by some skeleton guys. They fight and kill them, then Worf tries to attack Riker, Riker tells him not to... and they casually walk off the holodeck as the credits come up. It has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the episode.
    • "Redemption: Part 2": In the midst of all the hullabaloo of the Klingon Civil War, Romulan commander Sela, who's supporting the Duras family, shows up, explains she's the daughter of an alternate timeline's Tasha Yar, tells the story of how that Tasha died, and...that's it. It means nothing to the rest of the episode or even the rest of the series. The main cast doesn't even talk about it amongst themselves or appear to think about it at all, much less angst over their friend's fate. As to Sela's role in the Klingon conflict and her later role in the "Unification" two-parter, she could have been replaced by any generic Smug Snake Romulan and it wouldn't have changed a thing.
  • And then there's that one episode of Star Trek: Voyager involving transwarp, described in detail elsewhere on the wiki, which was basically a 45-minute BLAM. It also has the dubious distinction of being the only episode of any Trek series ever to be made Canon Discontinuity by explicit Retcon.
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special is full of these, most provided by the random television shows that the characters watch.
  • St. Elsewhere: In the final scene of "A Coupla White Dummies Sitting Around Talking", Dr. Craig and Ehrlich are depicted as puppets while having a serious discussion about the death of the artificial heart recipient Henry Spooner and Craig's general lack of empathy. They then break into a rousing rendition of the Johnston Brothers song "Heart". The only previous connection to puppets in this episode (or the series for that matter) is the fact that Mr. Knox, the inventor of the artificial heart, has a ventriloquist's dummy named Herkimer Jerkimer.
  • In the episode of Supernatural, 'Hammer of the Gods' the boys are doing their usual thing of looking for weaknesses in their Monster of the Week when after a few secondary characters have a little conversation the screen suddenly freaks out in a Do Not Adjust Your Set moment, the opening to Ghostfacers plays. It goes nowhere and is never mentioned again. Apparently, this was supposed to be a segue into a trailer for Ghostfacers. Why it was preserved in the commercialless web copies is anyone's guess.
  • Super Store actually uses these as transitions, focusing on the customers in the store. Some notable examples include:
    • Two customers getting into a shopping cart fight
    • A child using one of the training toilets in the middle of the aisle
    • An adult using one of the display toilets
    • And an employee eating food off of the floor.
  • In what was perhaps one of the worst edited seasons of Survivor ever, Redemption Island, this happened to Kristina Kell. She manages to set a Survivor record by finding a hidden immunity idol before day three, before any clues were even handed out. This incident is never mentioned again - even during the season recap, this is conveniently forgotten. Poor Kristina didn't even get to talk to Probst - and he had praised contestants for doing the same in seasons past.
    • In the first episode of Heroes vs. Villains, Russell Hantz and Coach randomly start playing on a makeshift seesaw at camp for no apparent reason, looking ridiculously gleeful the whole time. Courtney walks by them and does a double-take once she realizes what they're doing, and then the episode continues and no further context is ever given.
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun has one in the episode "A Friend Dick". It's somewhat plausible for Harry and Don to stage an impromptu Irish step dance outside the theater where they just saw a step dance show. But having Mary, Judith, and several other people who were leaving behind them join in almost immediately without saying a word? They pull off some pretty fancy footwork, and once their dance is over no one ever acknowledges that it happened.
  • In the 9th season premiere of Two and a Half Men, Evelyn Harper is showing Charlie's house to prospective buyers, when suddenly Dharma & Greg show up. They bicker for a second. Make sarcastic, and substantially darker comments than they did on their original show, including about divorce and suicide. They decide against buying the house and leave. To say that this is out of left field (especially since Dharma & Greg was cancelled 9 years before, aired on another network, and actress Jenna Elfman already played a different role in an earlier season of Two and a Half Men), is an understatement.
  • VR Troopers features Jeb (the talking lab assistant dog) doing the Doggy Rap in Kaitlin's Front Page, an episode where a trap is set and the male troopers have to rescue Kaitlin. It is also done by the Troopers in My Dog's Girlfriend, so it's a slight subversion, but outside of those two moments, it is never done or mentioned again. However, it's such a hilarious and lighthearted break from the serious story, that ironically, it's not only the first thing people think of (or may be everything they remember from it) that remember that episode, but it's one of the more memorable moments from VR Troopers itself, despite the fact that it had nothing to do with anything going on at the time.
  • Watchmen (2019), in the third episode, the series' protagonist Sister Night is disposing of some incriminating evidence against her into a passing train from a bridge. Thinking no one has seen her, she turns to see a man dressed all in silver staring at her across the bridge. After taking a moment to comprehend, she yells at him to stop, and he races off. A quick chase occurs across the city. As they near an open sewer grant, the man grabs bottles of some oily substance and sprays it over his outfit. He then falls on it back, feet first, and slips cleanly in the sewer and disappears, leaving Sister Night only able to utter "the fuck?!". She is briefly teased about the encounter with "Lube Man" in the next immediate scene and never more is brought up, though the show's additional material gave identity and some fate to Lube Man. Showrunnor Damon Lindelof even intended this scene to be just a random thing amid all the other stuff going on in the series.
  • In series 3 of Waterloo Road Mr. Budgen, a champion dancer is his youth (which was a long time ago) is giving a class a ballroom dancing lesson. Bolton, not impressed, takes exception to his dismissive remarks about breakdancing and proceeds to give him a demonstration. Mr Budgen, not to be outdone, proceeds to demonstrate an earlier, related style which he evidently remembers from his youth and which seems completely and utterly out of character for him.
  • One episode of the game show version of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? ended with Rockapella (who did the main theme) suddenly start singing another one of their songs, "Zombie Jamboree." It had absolutely no relevance to the episode, and unless the Zombie Apocalypse version of the game was very well-hidden, no relevance even to any incarnation of the series.
  • The Worst Witch has a couple:
    • "When We Feast At The Midnight Hour" - a completely random moment comes when the girls are eating lunch and suddenly start pretending Mildred is a surgeon operating on her food, complete with ER type music playing over it too.
    • "Monkey Business" opens for absolutely no reason with a daydream from Mildred where the teachers fail her for everything and the entire school starts chanting "worst witch!" at her.
  • The X-Files: It's even possible to watch entire episodes and not be fully sure what the point of some - or all - scenes were.
    • "Improbable" features an episode with Burt Reynolds as a bizarre man who may be God, the devil, or both. Just about every scene with him qualifies, none more so than the very ending in which two characters who occasionally showed up in the background start lip-synching to an Italian folk song, during which the camera pulls away to reveal the area's topography looks just like Reynolds' face.
    • "The Post-Modern Prometheus": Mulder, Scully, and Monster of the Week go to a Cher concert at the end. It was an important plot point though that the Monster loved Cher which made him un-monsterlike, plus in a perfectly post-modern manner, characters ask authors to change the story and write a better ending. Hence he is not arrested and prosecuted, but they go happily to the concert together.
    • "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'": Men In Black supposedly keep showing up randomly, and they look like celebrities. It's explained in-universe that it's supposed to make people who believe in alien abductions and conspiracy theories look confused and stupid.
    • "Bad Blood" has Mulder singing the theme song to Shaft for absolutely no reason other than that he was drugged. The story was told in "Rashomon"-Style so we may choose to believe that he in fact did not sing it.
  • The Young Ones had a real-life explanation: the program-makers had classed it as a "Variety" series, so that The BBC's light entertainment TV department would give them a higher budget than a "Comedy" series. But that meant each episode had to contain at least one musical number and, y'know, sketches. This is not to say that the The Young Ones team didn't like being able to book and stage their favourite bands, but that's the reason why they did it, along with all the non-sequitur scenes.


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