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  • The episode "The Tear Collector" ends with Prudence happily walking off with the cab driver she met after running out of Ambrose's house with her tear bottle, which she dropped and smashed due to the cab.
    • The episode in general counts. They don't use the word, but Prudence is clearly suffering from depression. And Ambrose's desire to collect tears is implied to be him wanting to end depression.
      Ambrose: Prudence! There's too much sadness in the world already! Please let go!
  • The ending of "Word Processor of the Gods". Richard finally got the life he wanted.
  • The ending to "The Spirit Photographer" in a... weird sense... Algernon Colesbury is 100% okay with the fact that he died, and moves on with a smile on his face.
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  • "Ring Around The Redhead". Billy is about to be executed for a murder he didn't do. Before the execution, he is interviewed by a journalist named Adele. He tells a strange tale about finding an inter-dimensional portal and then caring for a beautiful woman named Keena who falls through it. Eventually, her people took her and the portal back by force and killed Billy's friend for trying to exploit the portal for profit and killing someone with it. Adele dismisses this as nonsense. Billy is strapped to the electric chair and the switch is flipped, but Keena appears and freezes time. She explains that she told her people that she loved him and convinced them to let her save him. They teleport back to her home world. As time unfreezes, everyone is baffled that Billy vanished, but Adele smiles and realizes he was telling the truth all along. She calls her superior, who asks how the execution went, and she says, "I've got a better story. It's a love story..."
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  • The ending of "Do Not Open This Box". Ruth's soul is taken instead of Charlie's, and Charlie's invention is useful to the mailman (thus fulfilling his dream of inventing something helpful). Although it's somewhat bittersweet that the mailman, the only friend Charlie's ever made in 35 years, has to leave, something better comes along. Clarissa Sanderson, who Ruth has a one-sided rivalry with, visits Charlie. It's implied that she and Charlie begin a relationship after their visit. All in all, after years of humbly putting up with Ruth's verbal abuse, Charlie earns one big Earn Your Happy Ending.
  • The ending to "Distant Signals". Even if the show was unpopular on Earth, "Max Paradise" is beloved and popular on a distant planet, where they'll be happy to know the series has been given a proper conclusion. In fact, the last shot of the episode is of Van and the show's director discussing the prospect of it all. Van recognizes the reason Smith and his people love the show very much is because, as a constantly orbiting planet, they understand what it's like to be wanderers like Max Paradise. And they treasure that more than anything.
    • At one point, Van's alcoholism gets the worse the him, making him decide to abandon the revival. Smith, in turn, heads over to his apartment and actually removes his alcoholism, giving him the clear head needed to continue.
  • The ending of "Trick or Treat". Billy, whose father doesn't want him to put him through a cruel Halloween game that will pay off their debts, goes anyway without his parents knowing. Since Mr. Hackles is out of the way, the Witch answers the door instead. What she does next is surprisingly nice on her part. For his good karma, she gives Billy his father's IOUs, the whole town's IOUs, and then some from Mr. Hackle's treasury before flying off on her broom. Billy smiles at seeing a live witch, and a generous one at that. If there ever were such thing as a Halloween Miracle, this was it.
    • Even better, everyone who's ever been in debt and owes Mr. Hackles is free from him. Now, they don't have to force their children to visit his haunted house, or live with their family's past generations of debt.
  • "My Ghostwriter— the Vampire" has a good ending. Not only does Count Draco get back at Peter for stiffing him any royalties and trying to kill him, but Jayne (who has more passion in vampire lore) offers a mutually beneficial partnership where the two will generously share the royalties together: Not only does he get the credit he so deserved, but Jayne gets to write about vampires like she always wanted. Count Draco rewards her with a benign kiss on the neck.
  • "The Serpent's Tooth" has Pearl's "from your mouth to God's ears" comment. Although Played for Laughs, it's notably one of the few hyberboles she made come true that wasn't malicious.

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