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Bizarro Episode

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"Has there been some kind of chemical leak today? 'Cause right now, everyone's acting like total psychos."

Everything in the episode seems completely against continuity, the characters act like they're on tranquilizers, and nothing makes sense within the pre-established context. If the show has a continuity, this episode will probably never be mentioned again, save perhaps as a throwaway joke, and none of the likely wild events will ever be repeated.

Not to be confused with a Wham Episode, which completely changes the direction of a series. This effect is usually caused by an episode being Something Completely Different or an Out-of-Genre Experience. If every episode is like this, a summary may mention that it's That Kind Of Show. Rarely, though, a Bizarro Episode may be redeemed if a skillful or cunning writer uses it to construct an Innocuously Important Episode. Also not to be confused with a Bizarro Universe or the episodes involving one; the Bizarro Universe is justified according to some in-universe logic, while the Bizarro Episode can be equally different from normal continuity but there's not necessarily any in-universe reason for things to be that different from normal.

When the finale of a series is this, it's a Gainax Ending. When The Movie is this or one spontaneous series of events irrelevant to any previously established continuity see Non-Serial Movie. For a frequent justification, see All Just a Dream.

If you have ever tried to convince other people to tune in to a show you like, and they say, "Okay I'll watch one episode with you if you promise to stop bothering me about it," we Tropers can guarantee that the one episode you watch together will be that series' Bizarro Episode.

Keep in mind, despite their mixed reception among some fans, these types of episodes can be well-regarded.

Compare Oddball in the Series. Has nothing to do with Superman's reverse counterpart.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • Episode 13 of Digimon Adventure 02, "The Call of Dagomon" (a.k.a. the "Dark Ocean" episode). A tribute to H.P. Lovecraft written by Chiaki Konaka that was occasionally referenced, but never fully explained.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena:
    • The "Cowbell" and "Nanami's Egg" episodes feel like this compared to the rest of the series, and trust us, that's saying something.
    • The rule for Utena seems to be "BLAM! Every eighth episode (except episode 32)".
    • However, because this is Revolutionary Girl Utena, even these episodes contain themes and ideas that help to explain the rest of the series. Not that you're likely to notice the first time in the middle of the giant WTF it induces.
  • Bleach:
  • The 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime has "Warehouse 13". The men on Mustang's staff (note, men — Hawkeye was not involved; nor were Ed or Al) believe they have seen the haunted military warehouse 13 and are terrified to walk by the warehouses at night. Mustang is the only one who really stays in character, denouncing the warehouse as foolishness and going out at night with his men to prove to them that it doesn't exist. What really makes this a Bizarro Episode is the fact that four trained military professionals are suddenly freaking out about an urban legend. That episode consisted of two shorts. The other one was Havoc discovering the girl he had a crush on was dating Mustang, so Havoc tried dating Armstrong's sister. The episode was a Breather Episode meant to lighten the mood of fans, as the series was seriously hitting Cerebus Syndrome and would only get darker from on.
  • The episode of Ouran High School Host Club wherein (young) Haruhi suddenly steps into a pastiche of Alice in Wonderland with characters from the show in all the major roles. Of course, this is really All Just a Dream, but surprisingly, the entire episode is not only entirely in continuity but it actually is important for developing several of the characters. Especially Haruhi's mom, who doesn't appear in person in any other episode. Because she's dead.
  • Fairy Tail: Fairy Tail of The Dead Meeeeeeen.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has its Blammer with episode four: The heroes don't seem to have anything better to do than trying to get some food, Kamina almost kills Simon "to make him more manly", there is a lot of lecturing on how to combine as brotherly as possible and the animation suddenly drops in quality. The only thing relevant to the plot is Kittan and his sisters being introduced, wearing psychedelic costumes while riding cows backwards. The consumption of Boota's tail is instrumental in defeating this episode's enemy mecha, which is piloted by a bunch of pink puffballs that are supposedly beastmen but look nothing like any of the beastmen seen before or since (which are generally human-animal hybrids to varying degrees). Supposedly episode 4 was made as a jab at other anime that decrease in overall quality after the first few episodes, but it was still effed up.
  • Pokémon has too many of these to count:
    • The first was the episode "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak". In this episode Ash and the crew get off a boat on a beach, Brock spots a mysterious girl and falls head-over-heels, but Ash and Misty miss her completely. Team Rocket gets off the same boat, and James suffers the same situation. They run into a strange old woman, who informs them of this condition, and the next day, both of them are kidnapped by the ghost. When they are found, they have become completely obsessed with the girl, and the old woman from the earlier scene explains that the girl is a spirit who wishes to steal their souls. The spirit turns out to be a Pokémon named Gastly, who defeats Ash's and Team Rocket's Pokémon by turning into their weaknesses (AKA: a mousetrap for Pikachu, a ball of yarn for Meowth, a fire extinguisher for Charmander, a real(!) mongoose for Ekans, and he combines an illusionary Venusaur and Blastoise to make a "Venustoise"). However, the sun rises and Gastly vanishes. Ash and co. and Team Rocket party for the night, and the episode is never mentioned again. The Gastly was also the old woman, actually working for the sake of ''real'' Maiden, who stood watching at a cliff waiting for her lover to return from a voyage and promises to one day find her lost lover. And also to make some money on the side, but that's never really adequately explained either.
    • The one involving TIME TRAVEL! Brock, May, and Max lose Ash in the woods. Ash meets a cloaked woman in the middle of the woods who is singing a little song about Baltoy and treasure. She has an old book, but Ash doesn't pay it or her much attention at the time. Later, he meets a much younger girl who's searching for a treasure with (you guessed it) her Baltoy. She tells Ash she's searching for a treasure hidden somewhere in the woods, and opens a little book that talks about the treasure. It has a little song in it, which she starts singing. Ash interrupts and starts singing the rest, recognizing the song is the same one the woman was singing. The girl is surprised since the book only just came out. Ash explains about the woman and they eventually find her battling Team Rocket. They win and she takes them to a cave, where they fall down a hole in the floor, leading to a tunnel. As they reach the end of the tunnel, the woman takes off her cloak's hood, revealing herself to be an older version of the girl. She then explains that the giant stone tablet thing at the end of the cave is a time machine activated by a Baltoy. Then she goes back to the future. Then the girl leaves and Ash meets back up with his friends. AND ASH NEVER SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT THE TIME MACHINE!!!
    • May and Meowth had a Time Travel episode too. Only instead of a Stable Time Loop, they end up changing the course of history so that a guy doesn't die anymore and a town expands into a city. And instead of a time machine they get zapped by a magic locket. Because of love, or something. Anyway, neither May nor Meowth sees fit to tell anyone about the whole futzing about with time.
    • An episode involving a sadistic Togepi, a rocket, and Rayquaza. It's probably one of the funniest and the second most surreal episode in recent history and needs to be seen to be believed. The episode also marks the first time Pikachu is referred to as male in the Japanese dub. This doesn't stop him from getting shipped with Piplup, especially considering what happened seven episodes later...
    • One episode has it all: Ash and James dressed up as eggplants, an old man attempting to sell souvenirs at every chance he can, Nurse May, Dancing Queen Jessie, a crossdressing Meowth and Wobbuffet, Wobbuffet's flute playing skills, and to top it all off... A GIANT CLAYDOL. Even funnier is that the Claydol actually falls in love with and chases Wobbuffet!
    • One episode of X and Y has Ash and Pikachu taken through a mirror into a parallel universe with psychedelic colours and everyone's personality is opposite to the normal world. Mirror!Ash is a timid crybaby, Mirror!Clemont is an athletic wizard, Mirror!Serena is a loud mouthed Jerk with a Heart of Gold (and has a Kansai Regional Accent in the Japanese dub), Mirror!Bonnie is prim and proper with no sign of her usual Little Miss Snarker attitude and Mirror!Team Rocket are servants of Justice. It's revealed that if someone stays past sunset, they can never return to their original world. Normal!Team Rocket also turn up in the mirror world and are shown to not make it back before sunset, but show up in the next episode anyway with no explanation. The whole thing is never mentioned again.
    • Even the "Who's That Pokémon?" eyecatches had a few strange moments. In one episodenote , the WTP of the day was a one-off human character with a Verbal Tic, and in anothernote  it was Jessie in a Venomoth costume (the same one she stole earlier in the episode). Note that these oddities were only present in the Japanese version, with the dubbed versions instead showing Pidgeotto and Cubone respectively.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • This show managed to get a BLAM season. Between the quarter-finals and the semi-finals of the Battle City tournament, they arrive on a submersible military base and have to fight the digitised minds of all previous high ranking officials of KaibaCorp in a mindscrewed reality, at the behest of Seto Kaiba's anime-exclusive Virtual Ghost half-brother, Noah. The season also introduced the Deck Master to the games, a process that makes no sense whatsoever (but what else is new). And to secure it as a total BLAM, the digital mind of Kaiba's father tries to turn into a giant being of fire and eat their jet as it's leaving. Lampshaded when Kaiba says he never wants any of them to mention it again. And Tristan gets turned into a monkey. Lay off the crazy juice, Japanimators.
    • Then there's the "Abandoned Dorm" sub-arc in GX. While "investigated" several times in Seasons 1 and 4, answers about what it actually was were few and far between, and usually resulted in bizarre Shadow Duels that get hardly a mention afterward.
    • And finally, there's the "Crashtown" arc of 5D's. In the middle of a season-long arc of finding the Three Emperors of Ylliaster, let's intercut a Noah-like arc in the Wild West involving a former villain from Season 2, and put Yusei in a poncho. Needless to say, until the real season started getting hit with Wham after Wham, this was the point in which fans were starting to wonder whether the cast had used their Duel Runners to jump the shark.
    • Bizarro Episodes in Yu-Gi-Oh! go as far back as the original manga's 21st chapter. The story had just come off its first true Story Arc, which introduced the first Millennium Item wielder other than Yugi and set up a whole bunch of things that wouldn't pay off for years of real-time. The very next chapter is a lighthearted romp about Tamagotchi-style digital pets, and a bully who has his pets kill all his classmates' pets. This wouldn't be all that strange were it not for the strongly implied fact that the digital pets are alive, and even that would be only moderately strange were it not for the fact that not a single Shadow Game is played in this chapter; the Shadow Games have been repeatedly demonstrated to bring the pieces involved to life, but this is the one and only chapter in the series where sentient game pieces seem to exist without a Shadow Game.
  • Almost all of episode 7 of Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry, "Lavinia's Lovely Plot", is markedly different (and far more Fanservicey) from the dark tone of the series. Very little of what happens here is mentioned again, made especially jarring by the fact that Strain is only a thirteen-episode anime.
  • The zombie episode of Samurai Champloo, which has overtly supernatural elements that would be out of place in the rest of the series, and ends with the main characters either dead or undead. A very brief and light Lampshade Hanging later, and next episode, it's like none of this ever happened.
  • In Cowboy Bebop:
    • One episode has some sort of alien Blob Monster that had come to life in the refrigerator attack all the crew and it initially appears to kill them (just incapacitating them briefly, instead). Lampshaded by Ed in the "Next Episode" preview on the English dub, which leads to a humorous exchange.
      Edward: And so, they all passed away, every one. It was a short series, but thanks for your support. That was the last episode. May they all rest in peace. Amen. [pause] And for the next series, we bring you Cowgirl Ed, Ed is the main character! [giggles]
      Spike: Hey! Wait a minute!
      Faye: What kinda selfish thing is that?!
      Jet: Next episode, Jupiter Jazz, Part One.
      Spike: There really is a next episode!
    • "Pierrot Le Fou" feels almost like a straight-up horror episode like the aforementioned zombie episode in Champloo.
  • The final episode of Excel Saga. Lampshaded at the very end when the creator of the manga shows up, ready to kill the director because of it.
  • Naruto:
    • Episode 101. Apparently they were trying to figure out what Kakashi looked like without his mask, but that didn't make sense.
    • The "prison escape" arc during the Part 1 filler also qualifies. Two of the main villains are giant men shaped like giant Russian dolls (tiny at the top and wide at the bottom) and equally bottomless; their battle cry is "Food! Food! Food!", and Naruto plays hide-and-seek with them (?). Meanwhile, it turns out that the Big Bad of the day is none other than Mizuki, who is now fully Ax-Crazy and has an old grudge against Iruka. For some reason he has grown giant muscles over the previous year, so the previous Bishōnen now looks like one of those scary bodybuilders with a serious case of Testosterone Poisoning. And Orochimaru supplied him with a potion that turns him into a sort of tiger-thing. Pass the mind bleach, please.
    • Many of the one-episode fillers qualify. The first of these was the Hot Springs Episode 97, which is so different from Naruto in animation, story and style, it makes you wonder if you're watching the right show
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Many filler episodes are radically different in tone from the rest of the series, with continuity errors that make you wonder if the writer had even seen the show before.
      • You could practically base a Drinking Game off of the filler episodes where one of the characters forgets that he can fly. There's also the episode of DBZ in which Goku and Piccolo learn how to drive, in particular.
    • The movie Fusion Reborn. It starts with one of King Enma's workers getting mutated into a giant reality warping baby, that talks like a Pokémon, traps Enma's palace in a barrier, which causes the dead to return to Earth, transforms the clouds into marbles and the blood pond into a giant jelly bean. Goku attempts to fight him while Paikuhan tries to free Enma, by INSULTING the barrier. Then Vegeta shows up, and he and Goku defeat this powerful demon that fights with Atari-esque special effects. All the while, Goten and Trunks have a cartoonish slapstick fight with Adolf Hitler and his army of tanks. Goku and Vegeta fuse as well. Ho Yay doesn't even describe it.
  • Dragon Ball Super has Episode 69, a crossover with Dr. Slump that is easily the strangest the franchise has ever gotten since its origins as a Gag Series. Arale provides a Curb-Stomp Battle to Vegeta, the earth randomly cracks in two, characters repeatedly Break The Fourth Wall, and the main conflict is resolved by Bulma telling the people of earth to imagine the most delicious meal they could. Suffice to say, Dragon Ball fans who weren't familiar with Dr. Slump were left very, very confused. The episode manages to be bizarre enough that the following episode, a Baseball Episode that escalates into a brawl that threatens the entire universe, seemed tame in comparison.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie has zero relation whatsoever to any other expanded media, or even the games (besides the characters) and might have meant to have been part of a series.
  • Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo has the episode in which Dengaku Man is launched up Bo-Bobo's rear end to form a Magical Girl, who then subdues her enemy by singing. It was so nice they did it twice, though with a picture book instead of singing. Also, there are meta-BLAMs, when there are scenes that can be considered BLAMs even within the context of the Bizarro episodes. For instance, during a pointless scene where Bo-bobo is riding a kiddy train ride at an amusement park, a giant baby bursts out of a tunnel, smacks some monkeys, and crawls away without ever being mentioned again.
  • The original Tenchi Muyo! TV series made some waves at the time of its original broadcast by taking a couple of weeks off from the storyline to air a series of "alternate-universe" vignettes starring the main characters in very different settings (one of which actually spun off into its own franchise). Definitely the first time this trope had ever been used in anime, and possibly a first for Japanese television as a whole!
  • Sailor Moon has Sailor Moon R's episode 67, a Beach Episode that features the main characters having an island vacation in which Chibiusa befriends a dinosaur and the main characters use their superpowers to save said dinosaurs from a volcano. Yea, that's right. The main characters fight a volcano to save a pair of dinosaurs. The show normally doesn't venture into such fantastical territory being acceptable, and the existence of living dinosaurs never comes up in the show again. It's generally considered one of the most pointless episodes of the entire show since absolutely nothing happens to progress the plot or flesh out the main characters. DiC never dubbed it into English and ADV Films left it off its English subbed DVD releases entirely, as it wasn't in the masters obtained from DiC (they initially claimed Toei Animation didn't give them the episode due to Naoko Takeuchi not liking it). Most people only complained that it made their DVD collections incomplete, as opposed to genuinely missing the episode. Viz eventually released the episode stateside as part of their dub of the series.
  • The final episode of Ookamikakushi was probably meant as a Slice of Life Distant Finale... featuring, among other things, Nemuru and Mana fangirling over a weird frog/rabbit character and Hiroshi crossdressing and getting hit on by gangsters.
  • The filler episodes in Fairy Tail.
    • The first is a series of short bonus stories from the manga (which are all a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment in their own rights) with the added story of a town of mages that accidentally cursed themselves to turn into monsters that the main characters all try to eat.
    • The second is a "Freaky Friday" Flip that ends up worse than unresolved — what started with just a few characters switching bodies ends with almost all of them switching bodies, and the ending explicitly states they will never be able to change back (though they somehow do between episodes). What makes this one even weirder is that it's mentioned again in a later episode; when Loki is revealed to be the celestial spirit Leo in disguise as a human, Natsu realizes that was why he felt so strange when he was in Loki's body, so one can't even claim discontinuity.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • "Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!" is an entire Hard-Work Montage episode featuring Shinji and Asuka's attempt to work together as a team to defeat an Angel, with hilarious but, ultimately, successful results. The whole episode parodies itself very heavily and breaks so sharply with the overall feel of the rest of the series that it deserves special mention, mostly because most of the show exists in soul draining depression state, and this one episode practically turns the show into a lighthearted comedy.
    • The final two episodes. After a massive buildup, you'd expect a dramatic and conclusive finale, right? WRONG! Due to budget constraints and a Creator Breakdown, show ends with a surreal, introspective dream sequence that became the Trope Namer for Gainax Ending. The story got back on the rails in time for The End of Evangelion, though. (Well, it was still mind screwy and controversial as hell, but at least it provided a conclusive ending.)
  • Martian Successor Nadesico has episode 21, which unlike any other episode in the series is told in non-chronological order, partakes in psychoanalysis of the characters, and features several sequences in a surreal "memory room" where the characters observe each other's repressed memories as Mahjong tiles. In other words, it's the Quentin Tarantino episode.
  • "The Hot Spring Planet, Tenrei," an episode of Outlaw Star. The rest of the series is a lighthearted Space Opera action show, but this episode briefly turns it into a Fanservice-laden slapstick comedy. While different in tone to the rest of the series, this episode is noteworthy for actually explaining the backstory of the caster shells, so it's not entirely pointless.
  • Episode 22 of the Black Butler anime adaptation was pretty random, though since it was near the final episode it did have something to do with the plot. In fact, since the anime Overtook the Manga, it had a lot of stuff which didn't make sense. Anyway, in this episode, Ciel and Sebastian go to Paris for the World's Fair. Ciel reads about how there's a stuffed Angel somewhere there, so they go look at it due to the fact that they had previously encountered an Angel named Angela only to find it's just a taxidermy monkey with wings attached. Suddenly, the monkey COMES TO LIFE! And it ATTACKS SEBASTIAN! And DESTROYS THE LIGHTING! So Ciel runs off to escape the evil winged monkey of doom, and goes to an elevator that leads to the Eiffel Tower. And who should he meet but...THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND! And her butler, Ash! When they go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, the Queen lifts her veil to reveal that she's all young again. And it turns out that Ash is an Angel too, and had sewn the Queen and her late husband Albert together...which...somehow made her all youthful or something. And of course, it turns out Queen Vicky was secretly behind Ash's evil plans and the murder of Ciel's parents. So, Ash is about to attack Ciel or something, but just then, Sebby turns up (obviously finished his epic battle with the evil winged monkey of doom) and fights him off with cutlery. The Queen and Ash escape and our two "heroes" return to their hotel. And the next morning, his faithful butler hath vanished! So, Ciel attempts to find his own way back to London, which he isn't very successful with. And he strokes a cat at one point. Isn't he allergic to them? Anyway, he finally stows away on a ship, where he meets the Undertaker, who feeds him bone-shaped biscuits. They return to London to find... London is burning! The next episode makes it all sillier when you discover Angela and Ash are one and the same.
  • Ergo Proxy:
    • Episode 19 has Pino, in a dream, visiting a theme park called Smile Land, owned and run by a man called Will B. Goode, who also happens to be a proxy. The episode consists of Pino exploring the park along with a couple of its (presumably also AutoReiv) characters, and ultimately being convinced by Mr. Goode to avoid visiting the park when she, Re-l, and Vincent pass by it for real, since Goode doesn't want to fight but knows that Ergo Proxy will try to kill him. When Pino wakes up, she succeeds in steering Re-l and Vincent away from the park, which was never seen or heard from again.
    • Episode 15 doesn't quite qualify; Vincent winds up as the contestant on a "Nightmare Quiz Show," presumably through the devices of a Proxy, and the entire episode depicts an episode of said quiz show. While this is a vastly different style and tone from the rest of the series (with the possible exception of the aforementioned episode 19), the episode delivers a lot of important, if cryptic, exposition about the backstory and the creation of the Proxies; moreover, the episode is repeatedly referred to, or even flashed-back to, in several later episodes.
  • The second episode of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig focuses on a one-off character, a pilot named Gino, who plans on assassinating one of his most recent clients. The whole episode is something of a Mind Screw, since it tends to flash in and out of Gino's fantasies about doing so. The only recurring characters who appear are Major and Batou, who only appear in rather minor roles that are, to add to the weirdness, totally different from who they are. At the end, it's revealed to be something of a sting to determine whether or not Gino would actually go through with the assassination. They just say he would never do it, the episode ends, and the whole thing is never mentioned again. The entire thing is a Whole Plot Reference to Taxi Driver and only tenuously linked to the main Individual Eleven plot, as they're also investigating to see if he's a member, something only revealed in the last minute of the episode.
  • Inazuma Eleven episode 100. Hiroto and Kogure get lost in the woods, and are challenged to a match by a pair of Kappas, no character development happens, no new techniques are learned, and it's only mentioned in a blink and you miss it scene during a flashback.
  • An unaired episode of Angel Beats! has most of the cast transform into crazed hyper-hams who seem impossibly over-the-top even compared to their normal hammy personalities. They continue to top each other and become more and more obnoxious and hyperactive throughout the episode, and eventually (though somewhat spontaneously) wear themselves out. And that's it. The episode was never broadcast, so, of course, none of the insanity that happens in it is ever brought up in other episode, even though it clearly takes place sometime in the middle of the main plot.
  • Dennou Coil's beard episode. A sentient computer virus that manifests as facial hair appears on everyone's face. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Uta Koi's episode 6 "Uta Hen+". Despite the fact this anime starts off with some weird intros at times, this one is weirder than most and then spirals out of control on the weird scale. Best part? One of the characters points out the weirdness... and then proceeds to make it get even more hilariously and disturbingly weird. The next episode proceeds as normal.
  • Episode 9 of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! A secret Succubus Club opens up in town, and the whole episode is all about women in lingerie feeling themselves up, nudity, and fanservice. It contributes nothing at all to the series, and succubi are never brought up or shown again. Normally the show is very light on ecchi and focuses equally on the characters. Darkness is supposed to be hyper perverted and Kazuma is basically a Chaste Hero who finds his comrades repugnant. In this episode Kazuma takes the sexual tension up to 11, Darkness is out of character, and the other two main protagonists are barely in focus.
  • The Prince of Tennis:
    • The series has many of these, but the beach volleyball OVA episode takes the cake. The characters think they're on a volleyball team instead of a tennis team (in fact, the word "tennis" is censored even in-universe), Invincible Hero Ryoma is a horrible player, Inui gets his swim trunks pulled off, and let's not even mention the old coaches' punishment game... note that while this all adds up to a massive Bizarro Episode, it's also one of the funniest.
    • The chibi episodes also count. There will be random filler episodes every so often where the entire main cast becomes Super-Deformed and play out episodes that are weird even in the context of a weird show. Fuji and Oishi usually become women in these episodes.
  • D.Gray-Man has the Komuvitan D. arc, where the entire Black Order staff is turned into zombies by one of Komui's many defective inventions during the Science section's cleaning. It notably features Lenalee turning into a cat (sort of), Lavi and Kanda turned into kids, Bookman with rabbit ears, Timcampy getting hair, and a new Komulin robots who is a tad bit too sensitive and gets seduced by Allen. The conclusion is surprisingly moving though: the culprit was a ghost of one of the girls who died in the Black Order's forbidden experiments. And Komui remembers every one of these victims' names. It's sort of a Breather Episode, as it comes just after an arc where the Black Order was nearly wiped out by an Akuma invasion.
  • Kill la Kill is already bordering on a Widget Series, but the fourth episode closes the gap. The normally good animation becomes a lot sketchier, the plot isn't advanced in the slightest, the tone is a lot more overtly slapsticky, and it overall feels a lot closer in style and tone to Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt than the usual Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Episode 39 of Jewelpet Sunshine ditches almost the entire cast and its high school setting in favor of a road film plot set in an Arizona-esque landscape and starring two of the more childish characters in the series. And it ends with a failed alien abduction. Go figure. This is never heard from again, not even when Kanon goes Walking the Earth to find a clue to defeat the Dark Queen.
  • The G8 filler arc in One Piece, where the crew suddenly finds themselves landing right in the middle of an inescapable Marine base. There are almost no fights whatsoever, with the crew instead fleeing the Going Merry and infiltrating the base to try and find a way out, while matching wits with the base's Chessmaster Vice Admiral. Surprisingly, it's actually considered one of, if not the best, filler arc in the series (enough for Vice Admiral Jonathan to make a cameo at Marineford later on).
  • The ninth episode of Space Dandy involves two of the main characters landing on a planet composed of giant, intelligent plants, with vibrant, changing colors, that almost looks like they were on an acid trip.
  • The infamous "pie episode" of the Kirby anime. It follows the usual formula, but is centered entirely around the concept of throwing pie at people. Even the Monster of the Week throws pies, which taste so terrible that Kirby won't eat them. When it gets angry enough at everyone's disgust at its pies, it turns into a giant, floating stomach that tries to digest a few major characters. It's a very strange creature even by the show's standards, and it's never explained why Nightmare created it. Nightmare's creations usually either possess someone, ruin their life somehow, or skip straight to attacking (using things that are more intimidating than nasty food). Naturally, this episode has next to no relevance to the show's Myth Arc.
  • Even Code Geass gets in on the fun with Nunnally in Wonderland, which is interesting because it's a 30-minute OVA that stands on its own and because its characterization is consistent with the show's canon; something you really wouldn't expect in a Bizarro Episode.
  • Kochikame has the episode in which a "hard boiled" detective shows up and completely changes the episode in order to make himself feel more hard boiled (eventually chief Ohara gets so upset over having the same scene repeated several times that he has Honda replace him). Needless to say, there's No Fourth Wall in this episode—he even gets to pop up during the On the Next segment (quite literally, too—Ryotsu has to force him out).
  • Chou Kuse Ni Narisou episode 12 is a Very Special Episode (or a parody of one) about discarded alligators, which left Viga confused when she reviewed the show for Idols Of Anime:
    Viga: Is this a PSA for keeping alligators as pets? Was this ever a problem in Japan? What? There's a message about discarding idols as well? Old waifu pushed away for your new waifu? Remember, keep your idols spayed and neutered.

    Comic Books 
  • Deadpool Vol 4 #20 Wakandian Vacation was a Breather Episode set after the bleak "The Good, the Bad, and, the Ugly" arc and is one of the strangest issues that Marvel has ever done. After being abandoned by Cable in 1960's Wakanda, Deadpool is soon tasked to find cosmic puzzle pieces by a Watcher and a Giant Pungeon Master Robot known as The Ruler of Earth (not the kind of ruler you think, he rules nothing) for seemingly no reason. This takes him to a few locations, including the Negative Zone. Along the way, he upsets Mangog, who chases him for the rest of the issue, Ben Grimm, Fin Fang Foom, and Odin. Oh, and he accidentally blows up the moon. Also, a baby Watcher poops, which Odin uses to power Asgard for the next 1000 years. All in all, the issue makes zero sense, especially to newer readers who may not get some of the references.
  • Mr. Mxyzptlk was basically an Excuse Plot device to put Superman in bizarre situations, especially since Mxy's returning was a Reset Button putting everything back the way it was.
  • Knights of the Dinner Table: The strip "Heroes on the Town" shows us a world where Bob, Dave, and Brian fully roleplay their characters, treat NPCs with respect, and are generous to a fault. In short, they live up to a lawful good alignment instead of just paying it their usual lip-service. Sara's behavior remains unchanged from canon universe. It can be quite bizarre to any reader used to their normal behaviors. At the end it's shown to be a wish-fulfillment dream of the DM's.
  • The Sonic the Hedgehog/Image Comics crossover special. Chronologically meant to take place between the Return of the King special and issue #57 in the Sonic timeline, it has Particle steal the Master Emerald and bringing it to Dr. Ian Droid, so Sonic, Knuckles, and the Freedom Fighters travel to the Image Comics Earth to reclaim it, and end up joining forces with the Image Heroes. In the end, Knuckles ends up wishing for everything to be restored to the way it was before, and afterwards, all but Particle and Shadowhawk forget the whole thing ever happened. Dr. Droid was supposed to make a return appearance in a later miniseries, as the threat Knuckles was prophesied to defeat. Thanks to Executive Meddling, though, that plot was dropped and the miniseries got turned into the infamous "Mobius: 25 Years Later" arc.
  • Like the above example, almost every intercompany crossover is a Bizarro Episode. They remain popular because of the potential for an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, and if nothing else, there's always the hope that fans of one character will read the crossover and decide they like the other character as well and start reading that — basically, companies trying to cross-pollinate their fandom. However, for legal reasons these crossovers very rarely have any impact on ongoing continuity (although it happens occasionally), and works set in different universes tend to have different assumptions and physical laws, in particular about Power Levels. Most intercompany superhero crossovers have involved characters casually running into each other even though if they existed in the same universe they really should have had plenty of encounters before now or something, and afterwards are never mentioned again in-story unless there's another crossover.
  • Issue 34 of the first incarnation of Marvel Comics' What If? consisted of nothing but humorous takes on the Marvel Universe and its characters (a good number of them one-panel stories, even), culminating with "What Will Happen When Stan Lee Reads This Issue?" He fires the entire staff. 'Nuff said. Issue 34 of the revived series did it again, although without the epilogue.
  • X-Men:
    • Uncanny X-Men #153, the classic "Kitty's Fairy Tale", in which Kitty regaled young Illyana Rasputin with a made-up Fairy Tale casting herself and Colossus as heroic pirates, and other members of the X-Men as their allies to rescue the Phoenix Genie. Some see this issue as a coda to the Claremont/Byrne era, as it shows Kitty fully assimilating with the team to the point where she can gently rib her teammates for their peccadilloes (as the story progresses the rest of the X-Men listen in and enjoy a good laugh), and even give the Scott and Jean in her story the happy ending which they were denied, making it an in-universe Breather Episode.
    • Issue #44 took place during a story arc where the team battled the Brotherhood of Evil and had a Crossover with The Avengers. However, this specific issue instead featured a largely unrelated plot where Angel battled Red Raven, a forgotten Golden Age hero. The story then veered off into a subplot about Red Raven having to prevent the return of the Winged Humanoids who raised him, before Angel ultimately left to continue his search for the Avengers. The only real explanation is that Roy Thomas, a well known Golden Age fan, wanted to feature one of his boyhood heroes in one of the books he was writing.
  • Franco-Belgian Comics:
    • The Tintin story Flight 714 starts out normal enough for an adventure of that franchise: Tintin and company are kidnapped by Rastapopulus's henchmen, who later keep them prisoners on a tiny island somewhere in Indonesia. But it soon becomes clear that something weird is going on, and it turns out that aliens have been coming to the island for millennia. And yeah, everybody except for Snowy (Tintin's dog) are forced to forget all about the adventure due to Laser-Guided Amnesia. Even compared to other "Tintin" stories, which acknowledge the existence of things like Voodoo magic or the Yeti, this is generally considered to be the odd one out.
    • Astérix and the Falling Sky is pretty much its equivalent in the Astérix franchise. Two kinds of aliens (an Expy of Mickey Mouse and his Superman Expy bodyguards versus Manga-like insectoids and robots) suddenly turn up in Ancient Gaul to fight over the right to get the magic potion. And it all of course ends with the "good" aliens erasing everybody's memory of the whole episode. Even within a franchise, where there is plenty of magic and several other fantasy elements, this is generally seen as the weirdest "Astérix" story of them all.
  • Garfield was always a commercially-friendly strip, that clearly knew what its remit was, and wasn't going to confuse its audience by going beyond that. Which makes the one time that it *did* all the more incongruous. In 1989, a multi-strip storyline saw Garfield alone in his apparently long-abandoned house. [1] What really makes this strange is that it doesn't use this as a setup to a humorous or "safe" conclusion (as happened during a similar storyline elsewhere), but instead leads to a strange metaphysical/psychological horror ending where it turns out Garfield himself no longer exists and "wills" Jon and Odie back into "existence" through the power of denial, or madness. And that's it, no further explanation. Apparently Jim Davis intended this as a Halloween special, and the strip mirrors the 1976 Italian animation Allegro Non Troppo. Still the most unusual Garfield strip that has ever appeared.
  • One issue of the Grant Morrison Doom Patrol featured a Lee/Kirby styled version of DC's most prominent magical characters at the time. It turned out to be All Just a Dream of one of the characters, a sentient street named Danny.
    • Doom Patrol is essentially this for the DC Universe in general, and considering it exists in the same universe as aliens, gods, sorcerers, and Ambush Bug, that's really saying something. The franchise is often a vehicle for surreal, high-concept ideas, especially under the pen of the aforementioned Grant Morrison.
  • Every year at Kwanzaa, Curtis runs a two-week-long Story Arc that involves new, made-up characters doing absolutely ridiculous things that resemble African folktales, with little concern for anything other than being awesomely over-the-top, often toeing the line between Rule of Cool and an outright Mind Screw. Past arcs have included a golden, telepathic otter and a magic sandal and bat-winged bears, among others. Consensus among fans (or at least among The Comics Curmudgeon and his followers) is that these are among his best works; he even considers the otter "still the gold standard."
  • For the German Club Nintendo comics, Super Mario in Die Nacht des Grauens (Super Mario in the Night of Horror) was this. Okay, the series was already bordering on the bizarre to begin with, but most others at least have something to do with the source material. This one? Had Mario as Van Helsing leading Link and Kirby through an adventure in their now possessed tower home to defeat Wario and Abigor, the latter of which was a demon from hell. It also features a zombie Princess Peach, Jason Voorhees, Chucky and Leatherface as characters and an absolute ton of other things from horror films.
  • Issue 8 of the New 52 Superboy series. It's an entire issue of Superboy fighting Grunge of the Gen¹³, who in the new universe is a Ravager. There was no build up to this issue, has no bearing on the series proper, it's just Superboy and Grunge fighting as Grunge talks about the qualifications of being a Ravager, and it is never mentioned again.
  • Dilbert has had a few, such as the time Alice killed the Pointy Haired Boss then ripped another PHB out of a parallel reality to replace him, or the time Scott Adams himself got stuck in the strip, which lead to a parody of The Wizard of Oz.
  • The "Rock Zombies" arc of Runaways features Chase's new boss, a radio shock-jock, attempting to take over Los Angeles with a cursed song that turns anyone who listens to it (and who has undergone plastic surgery) into a zombie. Out of Character moments abound (like Karolina apparently being over Xavin, Klara becoming a gamer girl, and the Staff of One eating someone), the Big Bad just disappears without any real comeuppance, the zombie spell is reversed off-panel, and none of the events of the arc are ever mentioned again. (Granted, this is the penultimate story arc before the series was cancelled.)
  • Both issues of the Supergirl — Matrix Convergence tie-in, which are written by Keith Giffen, notorious for writing satirical stories about the DC Comics staff, current status quo, and characters.
  • Issue 43 of Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, which diverges from the book's typical space adventures to depict a Community-esque genre homage of sitcom. The characters spend most of the issue in their human holomatter disguises and the tech is even more scientifically soft than the anything else in the comic. However it averts the "never mentioned again" symptom thanks to James Roberts' insistence on avoiding filler no matter what; the issue, despite its strangeness, actually develops the plot a bit, furthering Swerve's character development and setting up the Agent 113 subplot.

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  • The entire second half of Gremlins 2: The New Batch is just a long series of gags which don't actually drive the storyline anywhere. In fact, most of the first half of that film is entirely useless, as well. On the commentary, Zach Galligan eventually notes that despite being the nominal main character, he's only onscreen for about a third of it thanks to all the gags.
  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch has nothing to do with Michael Myers and instead has a plot that involves a mind-control conspiracy. What, you want continuity? Forget it. Not only does the film make no sense on its own, it is a stand-alone film with no connection to any of the other Halloween movies at all. Originally the idea behind the Halloween movies was they'd have nothing in common except taking place on Halloween. The problem was the first one did too well and Michael Myers became too much of an icon to make the other movies without him. Halloween III was an attempt to revive their original plans and was so poorly received it killed all possibility of making any other movies not centering around Mr. Myers.
  • That The Movie of Tank Girl would end up as one of these was guaranteed the minute they decided to cast Ice-T as an anthropomorphic kangaroo… Because a part like that should go to Snoop Dogg.
  • The spy parody Casino Royale (1967). Many things in the film are never mentioned again once they happen. It is all completely over the top even for psychedelic sixties spy flicks. Many scenes could be removed from the film with little or no damage to the plot. There are even some scenes that when seen together have absolutely nothing to do with each other. But somehow it fits together as a whole. You can blame this completely on the film's fascinating Troubled Production. Those five directors listed in the credits? None had any contact with each other, and none were working with a complete script. Plus, Peter Sellers was originally supposed to be the star, but either quit or was fired depending on who you believe, prior to filming several important scenes, so the film was awkwardly retooled to center around David Niven instead.
  • In the context of Star Wars canon, The Star Wars Holiday Special is essentially a string of BLAMs. It involves a Wookiee family watching a cooking show, some sort of strange Wookiee porn, a sci-fi action scene in cartoon form, a Wookiee watching an instructional video on how to assemble a transmitter (every step of which is shown to the audience), and Bea Arthur as a singing bartender on Tatooine. The only thing from it that's ever seen or referenced again is Boba Fett, and he only appears in the cartoon the Wookees are watching.
  • Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 involved things like a Straw Feminist Religion of Evil and Big Creepy-Crawlies, among other bits of Mind Screw. The previous films were about serial killers prone to dressing up like Santa Claus.
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, where Leatherface is now an effeminate Creepy Crossdresser whose new family (which includes a guy with a bionic leg) are employed by a government group or cult that is possibly controlled by aliens.
  • Slumber Party Massacre II, which is a musical full of Mind Screw where the psycho is a ghostly rockabilly who kills with a drill attached to an electric guitar. The previous film was comedic, but not random as fuck like this one, while the proceeding one was completely serious, and the villains of both of those were just crazy, non-supernatural guys.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge has few thematic elements in common with the rest of the series, going for a Demonic Possession angle over the "dream killer" story of its predecessor. The original and the later sequels work as one continuous storyline, but the events of this one are largely forgotten.
  • The Ruling Class, between the bizarre hallucination scenes, random musical numbers and non-sequitur humor that go unmentioned after occurring, is a self-contained example. Jack's encounter with "the High-Voltage Messiah" manages to stand out.
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is this for the whole Star Trek canon. Many of the rules and conventions of the setting are ignored, the entire premise feels totally out of place ("the Enterprise crew tries to find God!"), it has no impact on the ongoing plot of the films, and the events are never mentioned again. Removing it from continuity entirely would have no effect on anything else in the franchise. It's been noted as feeling a lot like William Shatner wrote his own original sci-fi story, then simply changed the names to Trek characters.

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  • Over its last two seasons it became clear that Day 6 of 24 was a Big Lipped Alligator Season. Events like the detonation of a nuclear device in an American city by foreign terrorists and the attack and incapacitation of an American president while in the White House — both of which happened within hours of each other and would have deeply impacted the country's history and internal and international policies — are never mentioned or even alluded at in the following seasons. Matter of fact, President Wayne Palmer was effectively "brother Chucked" without as much as a throwaway line to explain what ultimately became of him. Howard Gordon has stated he lived, but a prop newspaper from the made-for-TV movie Redemption mentions his death, thus leaving his fate unknown. Day 7 has its couple of bizarro episodes in which an African tin pot dictator and his five - six at most - bodyguards take the White House and everyone inside hostage - with some help from (what else in 24?) moles on the inside. Jack Bauer resolves the entire situation in two hours of "Real Time" and the entire situation does not impact the rest of the season — the second half of it — in any significant way. With the exception of killing off Bill Buchanan, who by that point was one of the show's main characters. Although the immediate fallout for that is something of a Big-Lipped Arc itself (Jack is framed for trying to avenge his death and is wanted dead or alive in the cliffhanger of the following episode, only to have his name cleared at the very beginning of the episode following that, leaving those events to quickly be forgotten), it does later provide a motivating factor for Chloe when she returns and discovers what's happened.
  • Angel:
    • Some viewers consider "The Girl in Question" to be this — in the middle of a tense, tragic story arc leading up to the heavily depressing series finale, we get an episode revolving around Spike and Angel gallivanting off to Italy to have wacky, hoyay-tastic adventures while trying to rescue Buffy from the mistake of dating an unseen, vampiric sexual predator with whom they apparently have a never-before-mentioned complex history; this unapologetically farcical storyline is played against a bitter, tragic Los Angeles subplot in which Illyria assumes Fred's form in order to deceive her parents into believing that their daughter is alive and well, a state of affairs which nearly breaks Wesley and is difficult to watch even for the viewers.
    • It also doesn't help that the B-plot indicates that Wesley didn't carry out Fred's final wish that he inform her parents of her death. And that from what we hear, Buffy has turned into The Ditz, having an affair with the evil Immortal, making it come off as a rather petty Take That! after Sarah Michelle Gellar refused to appear in the show's 100th episode. Whedon later made an Author's Saving Throw in the Buffy comics, revealing that it was actually one of several Slayers around the world who are impersonating Buffy to confuse the bad guys.
    • "Soul Purpose" is a better example, which mostly consists of Angel having bizarre hallucinations.
  • Atlanta is a pretty off-beat show to begin with, but "B.A.N" is strange even by the show's standards. It lacks any sort of plot and is essentially just a series of satirical sketches, with Parody Commercials and segments of a Show Within a Show entitled Montague that satirize issues relating to gender and race identity.
    • In season 2, after the first 5 episodes being relatively realistic (at least by that show's standards), the sixth episode, "Teddy Perkins" is totally off the wall. In this one, Darius spends the entire episode in the home of a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Michael Jackson (the titular Teddy Perkins), who has a brother, Benny, that also was formerly a famous musician. The episode ends with Benny killing Teddy in a murder-suicide. The episode itself also feels much more like a psychological horror than a comedy, with the humor greatly downplayed for the most part.
  • Babylon 5: "Grey 17 is Missing" is viewed as this by much of the audience, with no future mention of any of the primary plot ever again (although the secondary plot is fondly remembered and represents an essential link in Neroon's character development). J Michael Straczynski has offered to personally apologise to every fan who complains directly to him about the episode, citing it as the bastard offspring of an unholy trinity of Author Brainfart, Executive Meddling, and Ran Out Of Time & Money.
  • From Battlestar Galactica:
    • The episode "Black Market". Oh, where to begin? We find that Apollo has been seeing a single-mom hooker and her child regularly on Cloud Nine. This was never mentioned before or ever again. He is seeing and helping out her and her kid due to guilt over leaving his former pregnant girlfriend shortly before the Cylons attacked. This was never mentioned before or ever again. He winds up killing the black market's ringleader in a totally out-of-character manner. THEN he declares that the black market can continue because it's necessary or something. And we never hear anything more about it. It's saved from being a complete Bizarro Episode by dint of two factors: 1) Commander Fisk's murder in this episode starts a chain reaction of events that eventually puts Lee in command of Pegasus, and 2) the head of the black market is played by Bill Duke. Ron Moore later discussed Black Market very frankly both on his blog and in the episode's commentary, admitting that it was completely nonsensical and explaining the logic that went into making it that everyone thought made sense at the time, only to realize with growing horror that it just didn't work.
    • "Black Market" has a third point of relevance: it's the episode where Baltar decides to run for President when Roslin realizes he could be a thorn in her side and tries to convince him to resign. Obviously though, the scene where this happens has nothing to do with the plot of the episode.
    • "The Woman King" came along one season later and stole "Black Market"'s crown. This episode involves a well-liked but insanely racist doctor who sets about killing citizens of the "poorer" Colonies under the guise of a free clinic he's operating right on Galactica. Helo's tasked by a woman (named King) to put a stop to the Mad Doctor and avenge her son (whom the doc allegedly killed). Helo spends much of the episode on a Cassandra Truth wild goose chase because no one believes him, what with the better half of the cast coming down with a sudden case of 24-hour Fantastic Racism Disease. Everyone acts Out of Character, the episode just goes in circles, and everyone forgets it even happened by the next episode.
      • It doesn't help that the episode is one of the few remnants of a subplot about the Sagittarons on New Caprica that was soon abandoned (the only other really noticeable one is Baltar's mysterious whisper that causes Gaeta to try to kill him, which was eventually repurposed for another subplot in a webisode series), and scenes in earlier episodes that would have helped explain everyone's refusal to believe Helo were all cut.
  • Bones:
    • The fourth-season finale features Booth as a nightclub owner, Brennan as his wife, Hodgins as a hard-drinking novelist, Cam as a detective, etc. Of course, it's all in Booth's head as he's actually in a coma, recovering from the removal of a brain tumor. The dream is "inspired" by a story Brennan is writing, which she is reading aloud to Booth as she sits in vigil by his bedside.
    • The 200th episode moves all the characters to the 1950's, Booth is a jewel thief and Bones is a detective who faces gender discrimination, and her father is the chief of the L.A.P.D.
  • Breaking Bad has "Fly", where Walt becomes obsessed with killing a fly that has somehow gotten into the meth lab. There are a few moments of legitimate character development and overall series value to this episode, but for the most part, it's a big steaming pile of BLAM. It's also considered one of the best episodes of the entire series.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • The Musical Episode "Once More With Feeling" is a bizarre case of a bizarro episode that is based on an utterly ridiculous premise, is important to the season's major story arcs and remains one of the most loved episodes of the entire series, like a Bizarro Episode and WHAM Episode mixed together.
    • The season 4 finale, "Restless", starts like this. Eventually what's going on is clarified, as well as the fact that it contains large amounts of foreshadowing.
    • "Superstar". Jonathan, a recurring Butt-Monkey who'd been the butt of jokes for the past four seasons, rewrites reality to make himself a Black Hole Sue who even takes over the opening credits.
    • Also, "The Zeppo" can be seen as this, diverting from the building plot threads of that season to tell a completely zany, full-out self-parody of every Buffy trope in the book.
    • "Normal Again" aka the episode that implies that the series may or may not be the hallucinations of a mental patient.
    • All of these just go to show that Tropes Are Not Bad in the hands of a skilled writer.
  • The final episode of Candle Cove. Puppets screaming and crying. For 30 minutes.
  • Columbo's episode "Last Salute to the Commodore" definitely qualifies. Not only is it a who-done-it, it also has the weirdest performance by Peter Falk ever. He just walks through without any emotions completely hamming it up. He seems high as a kite. In the bizarre ending, Columbo goes around showing everyone a watch saying 'Commodore's watch' until someone eventually says 'T'isnt,' thus proving he is the killer.
  • Community:
    • "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" is a musical Christmas episode done in stop motion and set inside Abed's mind. The characters end up journeying into outer space to find the true meaning of Christmas, and Chang is a talking snowman for some reason.
    • "GI Jeff" was mostly animated and centres around G.I. Joe versions of the characters. It, too, is in a character's mind, but this time it's Jeff's.
    • "Epidemiology", in which most of the students become zombies. This is the only confirmed supernatural event in the series, though there are some other instances of Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane.
    • "App Development and Condiments" has an app beta test turn the school into a '70s sci-fi-movie-esque dystopia, in which people with 5 "MeowMeowBeenz" rule the school and people with only 1 get exiled to the Outlands.
    • "Regional Holiday Music", a Glee parody with characters constantly bursting into song.
  • The Cosby Show:
    • One episode featured the cast as fairy-tale characters, clothed in costumes made to look like crayon drawings. The in-universe justification: Rudy was telling the story, which she'd written, to her parents. Interestingly, it ends on a genuine Tear Jerker, as Cliff and Clair watch news reports of various weapons testings/violent activities and urge Rudy to make the world better, as she did in her fantasy.
    • A later episode had Cosby's character eating a big hoagie/hero/sub before going to bed, and then dreaming that all of the male cast members were pregnant after spores were launched from a volcano. It gets even weirder when the men go into labor and end up giving birth to things that they've "always wanted," like a toy sports car, toy boat, or, in Cliff's case, an enormous sandwich complete with bottle of soda.
    • Still later, Cosby has another big sandwich before going to bed. The above episode is actually mentioned. This time, the dream is more of a Random Events Plot crossed with And You Were There, as all of the family members have different roles: Vanessa is a jazz musician, Clair is dangling from a window and needs rescuing, Denise is a firefighter sent to save the day, Theo is Cliff's Navy superior, Olivia is a genius doctor in the late nineteenth century, and Rudy is a nurse at the hospital. And that's all before you add the element of The Muppets, who appear to take the dream into fully insane territory. The best part? The episode ends with Cliff opening the fridge and seeing more Muppet food talking to him. To say that this episode makes no sense is an understatement.
    • Then there's "A Nightmare on Stigwood Avenue." It has elements of a Musical Episode, as Vanessa, Pam, and Charmaine serve as a Greek chorus who narrate the events in song: after Olivia and Rudy fight during the day, and Olivia escapes punishment, Rudy dreams that the younger girl takes control of everyone in the family with her cuteness, while Rudy herself is completely ignored (even on her own birthday). It does end awesomely, though: after Olivia gives Cliff and Clair yet another command, Rudy enters the room and compels them to stop. She then tells the bratty Olivia "It's my dream" and turns the tables. As the Greek Chorus sings, "There's payback in the Huxtable house tonight!"
  • Crime Story was stylishly moody and gritty...then there was the 2nd season episode "Pauli Taglia's Dream". It did show how mobster Ray Luca and his goofus flunky Pauli had earlier survived a nuclear bomb test, but through Pauli's point of view — complete with cartoon sound effects, Three Stooges slapstick, and cuts of him lipsynching Bobby Fuller's "I Fought the Law" wearing impossibly high rockabilly hair and a radiation suit.
  • There's a Diagnosis: Murder episode where the killer is a vampire. Yes, as in the actual mythological creature.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Chase". A story where each episode takes the characters to a new location at a time where this was not the norm. There is a cameo from The Beatles. An obnoxious Eaglelander tourist spends half an episode laughing at a Dalek, and the actor playing him comes back playing a companion (!!) later in the story. They have a Journey to the Center of the Mind which turns out to be a horror theme park, in which the Comic Trio Daleks fight Dracula (and lose). The Daleks make an Evil Knockoff of the Doctor said to be indistinguishable and treated as such by the characters, and he looks nothing like him. A Dalek falls off a boat for no reason. Giant killer mushrooms are involved. Robots with flamethrowers try to put Barbara in a robot zoo. It's the sort of thing that could only get made in 1965 — love it or hate it, they will never make a story like this again.
    • "The Feast of Steven", episode 7 of "The Daleks' Master Plan". Our heroes have a chase through Hollywood in the 1920s, get arrested by police in the 1960s, and end up Breaking the Fourth Wall. This was deliberate, as it aired on Christmas Day and, because it was the '60s, the showrunners thought that very few people would tune in, so they wrote something that had no relevance to the rest of the serial.
    • "The Mind Robber", in which the TARDIS materialises outside reality and then explodes, and the characters find themselves randomly interacting with fictional characters.
    • "Robot of Sherwood". While comedic episodes are nothing unusual, this episode, in which the Doctor and Clara somehow manage to locate Robin Hood (even though the Doctor is certain he's a fictional character) and engage in comedic goings-on, feels out of place given its placement early in the Twelfth Doctor's first season. It doesn't help that Peter Capaldi plays the Doctor almost completely differently than he plays the character the rest of the season and the episode as a whole takes on the feeling of something that could easily be explained away as All Just a Dream, though it isn't.
    • "Heaven Sent" has been pretty much described as this by the producers themselves: an episode with (for all intents and purposes), a single speaking role, the Doctor, with Peter Capaldi being tasked with keeping an episode moving and interesting virtually all on his own. Amazingly, it works and, while "bizarro episodes" tend to be head-scratchers that rarely add anything to the overall story, "Heaven Sent" ended up being one of the most dramatic episodes in the show's history, and of vital importance to the Doctor's Character Development (as well as being the middle chapter of a trilogy, though stylistically it resembles neither of the episodes on either side, which is remarkable when one considers the same writer and director created the third episode).
  • The Drew Carey Show has its annual April Fools' Day episode, in which blatant, bizarre goofs are deliberately inserted into the episode, and the sharp-eyed viewer who spotted the most won a prize. Other times the episode was a live Crossover with Whose Line Is It Anyway?. The episode "DrugCo" is especially odd, with an insect man on a toilet, and a Monkeypotamus.
  • At first glance, Farscape seems to have a few interesting examples:
    • "Crackers Don't Matter" had the entire crew trying to kill each other over some crackers, while "Won't Get Fooled Again" was... Well, The Dragon was wearing bright red pumps at one point. However, even these Farscape episodes have a bearing on the overall story arc, proving that a sure way to avoid Bizarro Episodes is to make the entire series bizarre.
    • There is also the episode where D'Argo accidentally knocks Crichton out, causing him to hallucinate a series of Looney Tunes-type cartoons... the only plot point of which is to get D'Argo and Crichton to stop falling out over trifles. According to the directors' commentary, they were desperate to do a blend of animation and live-action, but it took a long, long time to do and many of the sequences were made before they had worked out how they were going to tie them in to the main plot. The guys' feud is set up in the previous few episodes, but there's never any real reason for it. Crichton says at one point that he doesn't know why they were arguing in the first place.
    • Another episode has the crew spending time on shore leave on a "pleasure planet". It ends up involving heavy drug use, criminal cartels, and human trafficking while the camerawork and editing are quite a bit different than the norm. The ending reveals it's a story an inebriated Crichton is telling Pilot about what happened, which pilot doesn't believe a word of; it's never revealed if any of it really happened, and none of it ever comes up again.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:
    • Hex and the single guy has a witch doctor getting angry with Will and putting a hex on him. And when a series of misfortunes happen to the Banks family, Will is forced by Aunt Viv leave the house. He decides to go back to the witch doctor. But he's now just a regular guy, who has no memory of meeting Will and believes that he's insane. Then it turns out that all of this was just a nightmare, except that it seems like the whole plot is about to repeat itself all over again after Will wakes up... But this one at least has the excuse of being a Halloween episode, so it's not that strange that it's spooky and weird.
    • In Reality Bites, Will ends up in a fight with this guy dressed up as the children's show character Dougie the Whale. It just so happens that Will's little cousin Nicky still believes that Dougie is real, so he gets very upset with Will after he beat up his "hero". Will decides to explain to Nicky that Dougie is just a fictional character, and that is when the weird part comes into play: Will gets an random off-season visit from Santa Claus, who asks him to not ruin Nicky's innocence too quickly.
    • Fresh Prince: The Movie has Will and Carlton tell Jazz a story about how Will testified against a ruthless murderer, so he and the Banks family had to go into a witness protection program. They had to leave Bel Air and live among hillbillies in the middle of nowhere. Will had to get engaged to a pregnant girl, who accuses him (falsely) of being her baby's father. All of this is lies, of course. But the episode ends with Jazz somehow finding and wearing this mask, which looks exactly like the murderer from the story.
  • Similarly, many of the events of Friday Night Lights Season Two aren't referenced in later seasons, the most egregious of which would be Landry KILLING a man to protect Tyra, and even confessing to it. Other stuff happened that season, too (Matt and Grandma Saracen's nurse, Buddy raising a ward named Santiago), but the only major event to happen that season with any significant impact on future seasons is Jason Street getting a woman pregnant.
  • Similar to the Mad About You example noted below, Friends had a "what if?" episode that explored the possible consequences of Joey becoming a star with Chandler as his personal assistant, Monica staying fat, Ross's Closeted Gay wife staying in the closet and keeping their marriage going, Rachel having gone through with her marriage (thus never meeting any of the friends) and Phoebe somehow becoming a stock broker.
  • The Fringe episode "Brown Betty", from season two. Walter Bishop smokes some special dope, and then entertains Olivia's niece Ella by telling her a story in which Olivia is a hard-boiled private detective in a world of Anachronism Stew. Walter's story has obvious resonances to the main plot, but the whole episode boils down to him doing some child-minding. Made all the more jarring by coming right after some serious, dramatic episodes about Walter's relationship with his son Peter.
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
    • The 4th season episode "... And Fancy Free", in which Hercules enters a dance competition. Nothing rests on this competition other than his partner's self esteem, and a nice trophy. The town magistrate finds this competition important enough that he spends most of the episode sending assassins after Hercules and his partner to stop them from winning. No other motivation is given, he just wants his daughter to win. It guest stars Michael Hurst in drag as the dance instructor.
    • "Stranger in a Strange World", which is referred to as a "Bizarro World episode" by the writer in the interviews feature on the DVD. This episode features an alternate universe with Hercules an evil tyrant marrying Aphrodite, the Xena cast in different roles, and a battle using a wedding cake. And Iolaus as a jester.
    • There is a later episode featuring the same characters in struggle over fashion...which is about as pointless as "...And Fancy Free". Also no explanation is given as to why the town magistrate has apparently given up his duties to go into the world of ancient Greek fashion.
    • The episode set in the present day which is all about Kevin Sorbo having gone missing, and features the memorable and hysterical restroom whistling scene.
    • There was another one where the cast goes on a teamwork-building retreat hosted by Sunny Day (played by Renee O'Connor; normal role Gabrielle). It leads to a Scooby Doo ending where Sunny is revealed to be B.S. Hollinsfoffer (played by Robert Trebor, normal role Salmoneus), who is 1. a lot taller than Sunny, 2. at least a hundred pounds heavier, and 3. male, and concludes with Ares revealing himself to the cast. On top of that, most of them aren't even all that surprised to learn that Greek god of war is real; one of them even claims "I find the thought rather comforting myself."
  • Heroes:
    • The two-part episode "The Eclipse", in which an eclipse randomly and inexplicably removes all the characters' powers. We never found out how or why this happened, and none of the events of those episodes were ever mentioned again.
    • And this is just the most notorious example. Heroes has a lot of Bizarro episodes. If you watch the previous seasons, keep track of how many new characters and storylines are introduced vs. how many are still acknowledged in newer episodes.
  • The Honey, I Shrunk the Kids episode "Honey, I'm Spooked". It involves the spirit of a pint-sized clown showing up and weird things happening to the Szalinskis, such as turning Nick into a ficus and Diane regressing into childhood. The episode is also heavy on the horror, seeing as part of it has a malevolent spirit take over Amy and cause her to talk in Evil Sounds Deep while flashing a Slasher Smile.
  • The B-plot of the How I Met Your Mother episode "The Mermaid Theory", in which Future!Ted's usually impressive memory breaks down while telling his kids about a fight Lily and Barney once had, and he starts describing things that make no sense, like a motorcycle roaring through McLarens, Barney magically levitating a beer bottle, or Barney and Lily switching personalities; then going "Wait, wait, that's not right" and starting the whole story over again. This causes an unusually high degree of Medium Awareness on the parts of "Barney" and "Lily", who are shown referring to the topic of their fight in-dialogue as "something" ("I'm still mad at you because of something!") because Ted can't remember what they were upset about, and at one point they wind up suspended in limbo, casting glares at the screen and checking their watches impatiently while Future!Ted mutters "um...hang on...let me see..." to himself.
  • "iSpace Out" from iCarly has a BLAM subplot, with a random little girl wandering into the apartment when Spencer is there, and not doing anything until she walks out again; it takes up half the time of the episode and literally nothing happens or is resolved. "iMake Sam Girlier"'s entire plot was Sam wanting to get a boyfriend; she tries to act more girly, but in the end Be Yourself wins out. The guy vanishes and is never spoken of again, not even to explain why. Another Spencer B-Plot (to use the term loosely) just has Spencer wandering around the house doing nothing in between other scenes.
  • iCarly and Victorious each aired an April Fools' Day episode back to back. Both were utterly nonsensical episodes. Nothing made sense, and it was completely random. There was No Fourth Wall.
  • Kamen Rider is something of a tradition for a couple of episodes around episode 30 of each series to be a bit...different.
    • Kamen Rider Blade had a two-parter where an amnesiac Hajime gets mistaken for an Identical Stranger and gets involved in the Romeo and Juliet-esque feud between their families...over takoyaki and taiyaki. The guy whose life Hajime "stole" ends up teaming up with the rival family and entering a Cooking Duel while wearing an electric suit of Powered Armor, and helps him fight the Monster of the Week by smacking her in the face with a burning-hot taiyaki pan. This actually got acknowledged in the Playstation 2 Blade game, which has the "Taiyaki Master Ultimate Form" as a Joke Character.
    • Kamen Rider Kabuto had the Dark Kitchen arc, featuring cooking duels and food that can manipulate emotions, and very little actual Kamen Rider action (just one or two obligatory action scenes disconnected from the plot).
    • Kamen Rider Double had the Nightmare Dopant two-parter, where the Monster of the Week has power over dreams. Akiko gets a dream where the entire cast (minus Shotaro) is Osakan and she gets to be Double, while Shotaro has to fall asleep while transformed into Double (in the middle of a soccer pitch for some reason) to pursue it, ending up in a Jidai Geki story because of the samurai TV series Akiko had recently gotten him into. And that's just the first part!
    • Kamen Rider OOO had 2 episodes celebrating the 999th and 1000th episodes of the franchise, which got insanely Meta. Mr. Kougami announces that he's going to celebrate the 1000th episode of Kamen Rider by making a movie with Eiji as the star, Ankh as the villain and Date as the director, but things get derailed when a former Shocker Combatman contracts with Kazari to get revenge for all the monsters and Mooks who've been defeated by the Riders over the decades.
    • Kamen Rider Gaim had three separate episodes where the plot was put on hold so Toei could advertise an upcoming movie. The first had Kouta and friends meet the Resha Sentai ToQGers as a prelude to Heisei Rider Vs Showa Rider Kamen Rider Wars Featuring Super Sentai, the second advertised Kikaider REBOOT by having Jiro wander into Zawame City with amnesia and briefly get adopted by Kouta and Akiranote , and the third advertised Gaim's own Summer movie by having Kaito stumble into a parallel universe where the Armored Riders play soccer and two real-life soccer players help fight a kicking a flaming soccer ball at it. Needless to say, Gen Urobuchi had nothing to do with these episodes and most Gaim fans who recommend the show to friends will advise them to skip these episodes outright.
  • The Kids in the Hall episode "Chalet 2000" was one long Buddy Cole sketch (with it's own credit sequence), and to top it off, Queen Elizabeth appears and ends up sleeping with a talking beaver.
  • Lexx:
    • Part of the charm of the series is that the normal status quo is what would be a Bizarro Episode in most shows, but it still has a few Bizarro episodes by its own standards. The most obvious is the fourth-season episode A Midsummer's Nightmare, where the crew is trapped in the fairie kingdom by Oberon, who seeks a new bride to replace Titania. Oberon is gay, Titania is a male midget crossdresser, Puck is Camp Gay, Kai ends up turning into a tree while dancing and singing, Stanley nearly marries Oberon and gets as far as putting on the wedding dress... Oberon even admits that he has zero understanding of the show's cosmology, lampshading how the batshit insanity everyone is going through just plain doesn't fit into it.
    • Icing on the cake in A Midsummer's Nightmare is that the episode was relocated from New Age hub Glastonbury to Battersea Power Station, due to a real life outbreak of foot and mouth disease
    • In the fourth-season episode "Prime Ridge", the crew (having been unable to find the Lexx's key for several episodes) decide that they have nothing to do, and so they buy a house in a small-town neighbourhood (which is being sold by Britt Ekland). 790 hacks an ATM. The crew live in it for several days. Stanley sleeps on the lawn for some unexplained reason, and then gets hit on by said real estate agent and her daughter. Xev gets a job as a stress counsellor (despite having no resume or references) and the whole episode culminates in a giant firefight between the FBI and a pair of stoned teenagers wielding machine guns. Xev, Stan and Kai get in a car and drive away, and never mention the incident again for the rest of the series.
  • Lizzie McGuire has the episode where Lizzie and Matt switch bodies.
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show had an episode where each of the major male characters imagined what it would be like if they were married to Mary.
  • Miami Vice: "Missing Hours," in which Trudy is abducted by an alien played by James Brown while two government agents try to cover up his existence.
  • "The Cycling Tour" episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Not only does it have the same plot throughout, whereas most episodes were a series of sketches, but it does not begin with the usual theme music and animation.
  • The Muppet Show had a few episodes where both the skits and main plot had the same theme (the Vincent Price and Alice Cooper episodes were both themed around spooky things, for instance), but those weren't nearly as bizarre as episodes where the plot and skits revolved around the Muppets acting out a story as different characters, such as the Liza Minnelli (a murder mystery with Kermit as a detective, Liza as his romantic interest, Fozzie as Patrol Bear, most of the Muppet cast as murder victims, and Statler and Waldorf as the murderers), Brooke Shields (a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland), and Lynn Redgrave (a re-telling of Robin Hood) episodes. Especially weird about the first and last is that the plot continues to play out backstage, when nobody in the Muppet Theater's audience could see what was going on.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
    • A sixth season episode featuring Last of the Wild Horses has the first segment take place in a Mirror Universe where Frank and Dr. Forrester are the test subjects.
    • Quest of the Delta Knights had Pearl in the theater quipping with the bots while Mike hung out with Observer and Bobo on the planet below. A subversion, since neither changed their personalities.
    • Prince of Space in a big way: Mike and the Bots end up in a wormhole. Shape-shifting, time displacement and general insanity ensue.
  • NewsRadio had two special episodes that were set out of continuity: one featuring the staff of a radio station in space, and another where they run a radio station on the Titanic.
  • The final episode of Shaun Micallef's news parody Newstopia was a full episode of "Inspector Herring" the black and white, Russian language show within a show, about a Soviet Police inspector that happens to be a fish. The plot revolved around a plan to assassinate Andre Rieu, which succeeds.
  • The Odd Couple had a flashback episode that parodied the James Bond films and featured Felix and Oscar's fathers.
  • Even Police Stop! isn't immune to this. The episode Police Stop! 3 has subjects that are never mentioned again for the rest of the series and doesn't mention the United Kingdom very much. The same can be said for Police Stop! 4, its sequel that followed in 1995, which had no idents between episodes. This is surprisingly rare for a documentary to do such things. However, your opinion will differ on this. If you do wish to see the series, watch it on ITV4, it's nearly always shown as reruns.
  • Power Rangers:
  • The Prisoner (1967):
    • Significantly, it did this twice, in the episodes "Living In Harmony" and "The Girl Who Was Death" — both of which massively change the entire format of the show just to fuck with The Protagonist and the audience. "Girl Who Was Death" wasn't even devised as a Prisoner episode but was based upon a leftover script for the predecessor series Danger Man (for which it would have been a bizarro episode, too). The episode, however, isn't completely bizarro as it was simply No. 6 telling a group of Village children a bedtime story. However, the presence of children in the Village (hitherto and afterwards never referenced) makes the episode a bizarro in another way.
    • There was also "Do Not Forsake Me Oh my Darling", which Patrick McGoohan isn't even in, where the Powers That Be basically put Number 6's brain in some other guy and send him on an errand outside of The Village for them. This was sort of a Real Life Writes the Plot episode; Patrick McGoohan was off making Ice Station Zebra when this episode was filmed.
  • Roseanne had some of these, to the point where it may not even count anymore. To set out a brief list, there were a few Halloween Episodes that seemingly broke reality, a few episodes that were All Just a Dream, and toward the end of the series, plenty of them, such as episodes where Roseanne posed for Playboy, won Miss Universe, and, well actually the entire final season was this after they won the lottery. Which is actually explained in the finale as a series of stories written by Roseanne as a way to deal with her grief over losing Dan to his heart attack earlier in the series.
  • seaQuest DSV "Knight of Shadows". It's a Halloween episode, and does at least try to give the OOC characters some excuses. But still, it was a low point for the otherwise shining season 1.
  • Seinfeld:
    • Virtually the trope-namer: the season eight episode "The Bizarro Jerry" posited an alternative world where the show's male characters are re-imagined as sensitive, enlightened and supportive.
    • "The Chinese Restaurant" and "The Parking Garage", which place the central characters in an unfamiliar setting from which they spend the full 22 minutes struggling to free themselves.
    • "The Opposite", where George takes a vow to suppress all his usual instincts and finds that his life is transformed into an unqualified success. To redress the cosmic balance, Elaine, whose life had always been somewhat successful is suddenly beset by a sequence of failures. She soon realises, "I've become George!"
    • "The Chicken Roaster", where Jerry and Kramer switch apartments and, as a result, temporarily develop each others' personality traits.
    • "The Butter Shave", where all three main male characters begin the episode with incongruous mustaches.
    • "The Merv Griffin Show", where Kramer installs the set from the eponymous talk show in his apartment. As a result, the show's discussion scenes, which usually take place in Jerry's apartment or the coffee shop, follow the formula of a talk show with Kramer as the host.
    • "The Betrayal" (also known as "The Backwards Episode"), in which the episode's scenes are played in reverse order.
    • And, of course, "The Finale", in which many of the show's past characters are summoned to court to testify against the main group. At the end of the episode, the typical "coffee shop" conversation takes place in a prison lock-up. In the final credits, the show's characteristic "stand-up" set now takes place in a prison rec-room (with a VERY hostile audience).
  • Sesame Street also enters this territory when the main plots are about characters starring in a story. At least two or three episodes from the '90s framed these as the Muppets and humans putting on a play.
  • One of the defining traits of The Shield was its relentless forward momentum... except in "Co-Pilot," a flashback episode which not only stalled out the momentum of Season Two, but also makes no sense, as it tries to explain how all the characters became who they are in a single day. Apparently the Strike Team became corrupt, Dutch and Claudette became friends, and Aceveda developed his political ambition all on the same day, and that day *also* happens to be the first day The Barn is in operation. It's totally unnecessary, and the specific explanations of why everyone is who they are only detract from the show. It's best disregarded as canon, skipped on first watch, and only viewed as a curiosity later.
  • Smallville: "Hex" and "Fortune", both episodes involving, essentially, Zatanna screwing with the main cast; the first time is at least largely unintentional and just trying to make them happier. The second, she's flat out trolling them. Both are rather insane, running on Rule of Fun, and provide a great deal of hilarity. "Fortune" does, however, write out Chloe, marrying her to Oliver, so it does connect to the season's plot. Given how important Chloe is to the show previously, it also counts as a WHAM Episode.
  • Episode 200 of Stargate SG-1, which Word of God states is out of continuity. "Window of Opportunity" also counts. Golfing through the Stargate, resigning to kiss someone of a lower rank, cycling through the tunnels of the base with a bicycle bell...
  • Star Trek:
    • The Mirror Universe episodes, where most of the characters are downright evil or entirely different than what is expected. Just to add to this, there is no Federation; instead, the Terran Empire exists in its place — up until Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, that is, when the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance defeats them and conquers Earth (Though they aren't much better).
    • Enterprise's "In a Mirror, Darkly" two-partner is an excellent example. While the other episodes crossover between the two universes, this one was set entirely in the Mirror Universe. Except for the Defiant that had somehow ended up in the Mirror Universe. That's the Defiant from TOS episode "The Tholian Web", not the one from Deep Space Nine. The Enterprise production team went balls-to-the-wall and combined this trope with a Breather Episode full of Fanservice and soft-core Continuity Porn, plus the entire cast in Large Ham mode and obviously having tremendous fun.
    • Also, three episodes (one in TOS, one in TNG and another in ENT) involve a Negative Space Wedgie that causes the crew to do the Mushroom Samba.
    • The TOS episode "Plato's Stepchildren" is just so freakin' weird that were it not for the interracial kiss, most fans would probably consider it a Let Us Never Speak of This Again episode. Notable plot points involve alien Mind Rape, Spock in a toga singing, and Kirk being ridden by a dwarf.
    • Certainly a number of first-season episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation would count as this trope.
      • In "Hide and Q", Q gives Riker the powers of the Q continuum, who grants the characters wishes, and teenage Wesley Crusher wishes to be 10 or so years older. Then suddenly, BAAM he's transformed into a strapping, tall and exceptionally hunky man. We then cut to Geordi LaForge leering at the new Wesley and saying, "Hey, Wes. Not bad." It has been noted by several sources that LaForge was originally supposed to be gay, but this is the only time it appears to be shown on screen, in this season one episode. Thereafter, it is NEVER EVER EVER EVER mentioned again, and the LaForge character eventually falls in love with a holodeck character then eventually an actual woman, and they live happily ever after. BLAM.
      • Similarly to "Plato's Stepchildren" mentioned above, this is averted in the case of "The Naked Now". Although it fully appears as though this is a Let Us Never Speak of This Again episode, the fact that Data and Tasha Yar were "intimate" together and implied to have had sex is mentioned in later episodes, notably in "The Measure Of A Man" where it is used to help establish Data's sentience. It even gets a Call-Back much, much later in Star Trek: First Contact with Data telling the Borg Queen that he is "fully functional" in the sex department.
      • "Justice". The crew of the Enterprise is schmoozing with what appears to be a pre-warp culture, when Wesley knocks over an outdoor decoration and is sentenced to death. And even though the Prime Directive didn't prevent them from making contact with this planet, all of a sudden it prevents Picard from saving Wesley. For no plot-relevant reason whatsoever, the inhabitants of this planet all dress in barely-there loincloths and have a preoccupation with sex. Rumor has it that Gene Roddenberry added this to the plot after they changed the planet from a floating military fortress housing incredibly xenophobic aliens to an idyllic paradise. Because naturally Paradise means Everyone Has Lots of Sex.
      • "Conspiracy" is another TNG example of this. Starfleet command has apparently been infiltrated by parasitic slugs that inhabit the brain of the host creature. This is obviously an event of considerable political magnitude, but it is never again referenced. However, it was foreshadowed several episodes earlier, making it a kind of Aborted Arc.note  It is explored a little further in the Expanded Universe.
      • The season 7 episode "Genesis". Everyone except Picard and Data de-evolved into prehistoric creatures, Troi was amphibious, Worf was almost like a rhino-Klingon and considered her his mate, Riker was a caveman, Barclay was a human-spider hybrid, Nurse Ogawa was an ape, and, perhaps the most Fridge Logic-y of all, Spot the cat de-evolved into an iguana.
    • The Star Trek: Voyager episode "Threshold". So Tom Paris breaks the "transwarp barrier", right? And this results in being in every location in the universe at once. Somehow this makes him evolve into a higher order of being... which turns out to be a Mudkip-like lizard thing who can't breathe air. He kidnaps The Captain and they run away in said transwarp barrier-breaking ship. They are discovered within range and the crew find them on a beach together having just had a small litter of Mudkip babies. (Repeat: Paris had children with Cap'n Janeway. While they were both Mudkips.) The babies are still out there presumably but everything else is reset with "antimatter injections." Got all that? Okay, because this is the one episode out of all the Star Trek episodes ever made that is considered Canon Discontinuity, to the point that in "Timeless", Tom Paris himself mentions that he has never traveled in transwarp before. Never.
    The Agony Booth:: Chakotay says, "I don't know how I'm going to enter this into the log." Preferably, by pounding your head against the console.
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody has had a few over the years. In one episode, the twins travel to a parallel dimension where their parents never divorced. Oddly, this does not have an "All Just a Dream" ending. Another episode involves time-travel to a distant future on a cruise ship in space. This episode turned out to be a story Zack made up to explain why he didn't do his homework, but for some reason, clips from this episode comprise most of the final season's Title Sequence, making the show appear to be a sci-fi series.
  • Supernatural:
    • Once or twice a season the series will include a comedy episode, with a ridiculous plot which is just an excuse to use situations like 'Sam and Dean are suddenly trapped on the set of this weird TV show called Supernatural, and we are now going to spend 40 minutes making fun of our own premise, crew, actors, and viewing figures'.
    • The Poorly Disguised Pilot "Bloodlines" for a cancelled spinoff stands out. For starter, Sam and Dean barely appear in the episode and are uncharacteristically useless. The plot is about the rivalry between five monster families that are secretly running Chicago's underbelly along with an impossible romance between a male shapeshifter and a female werewolf. The portrayal of those monsters is drastically divergent with the show’s canon (for example: the shapeshifters can change their appearance without having to shed their skins. Only the Alpha shapeshifter had this ability). Because of the cancellation, all plotlines are Left Hanging and the fact that Chicago is secretly run by monsters is never mentioned again.
  • Super Sentai has this for its Samurai Sentai Shinkenger iteration in the form of its Direct to DVD movie. Released after the end of the series run, it talks of the team 'returning,' since they part at the end. The team is together for the whole movie, and then there's the content itself. There's also the now-traditional DVD shorts that both Sentai and its block-mate Kamen Rider give out yearly in Telebi-kun Magazine. A lot of these are very nonsensical even compared to other filler episodes within the series.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles had a surreal, cyborg-free episode where Sarah is in a sleep clinic and is haunted by nightmares which are actually real, while the clinic is a hallucination caused by a one-off villain probing her mind.
  • The Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps episode "When Janet Killed Jonny" is one of these. It is an episode set outside of the main continuity, and is a "horror special", featuring many parodies of the horror genre (although it does contain many moments of terror, in a deviation from the show's usual formula). The episode features the cast breaking into the deserted Archer pub to drink the leftover beer, only to fall victim to the previously unmentioned "pub curse", which causes them to be "killed by the thing they love the most". As a result, the entire cast is killed off in an assortment of highly gruesome ways, only to later return as zombies.
  • UFO's episode "Mindbender" had Straker hallucinate that he was an actor in a TV series about UFOs. One memorable scene had him wandering around the actual UFO soundstage, showing the HQ and moonbase sets.
  • Ultra Series examples. All of these are directed by the late Akio Jissoji, beloved in the fanbase for his unorthodox style.
    • His work on the original Ultraman included such oddities as Episode 15, "Terror of the Cosmic Rays" (in which the Monster of the Week is a living drawing, prompting one of the most self-aware scenes ever when Ide asks why they simply don't find and erase the picture, only to be chided for suggesting an anticlimactic strategy) and Episode 34, "Gift from the Sky" (a comedic self-parody, in which Science Patrol and Ultraman are faced against a monster so heavy it cannot be moved away from Tokyo).
    • In Ultraseven, Jissoji gave us Episode 43 "Nightmare of Planet 4", in which the Monster of the Week is not a giant monster or a giant alien, but the android dictator of a world with a Nazi Germany-like society in which machines repress humans.
    • Episodes 37 "Flower" and 40 "Dream" of Ultraman Tiga feature surreal monsters (the kabuki-based alien Manon and the Living Dream Bakugon), nonsensical imagery, dream-like camerawork, and inspiration from Japanese poetry and theater, with one scene in the former episode featuring a brief shot where Tiga and Manon are fighting on a theater stage before switching back to the usual set.
    • From Tiga's Sequel Series Ultraman Dyna is "Monster Drama", where Dyna battles Bundar, a Baroque/alchemy-themed monster kaiju from a theatrical play that warps reality into that of the story it came from. The result is some incredible Mind Screw, including several shots suddenly becoming manga art, weird imagery like a raccoon plush in a Super GUTS uniform and a Creepy Doll, and a conclusion to the fight that can only be described as "What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?"
    • Episode 22 of Ultraman Max "The Butterfly's Dream", in which a writer for Ultraman Max is having a recurring dream where he is Kaito and keeps encountering a strange woman who creates a kaiju that will defeat Max — an amorphous egg-like entity called Madeus. Reality soon starts falling apart for both Kaito and the writer, with imagery of butterfly puppets and weird audio cues like train noises happening everywhere. It must be seen to be believed.
  • The 1980s War of the Worlds episode "Candle In The Night". This is a show that thrived on an overarching conspiracy by aliens to overthrow the Earth, interpersonal conflict between the cast and gratuitous violence that pushed the limits of what syndicated television could show...and someone decided that an entire episode should be focused on a supporting character having a birthday party. The plot follows one of the team members, Debi, who sneaks out of the Blackwood Project's headquarters to have a birthday party with a bunch of random kids she meets. There's no real tension or drama in the episode, and none of the characters or events are mentioned again.
  • Wolf Lake did this in the episode "Leader of the Pack", in which an incident is presented as narrated to a team of investigators by Graham Greene's character Sherman Blackstone. To say that he's an Unreliable Narrator is an understatement; the episode is hilarious and basically told from first-looney's point of view, with Blackstone admitting to telling the investigators the kind of story he would find fun to hear. Random daydreams and Fanservice are inserted into the story, and salacious elements such as a married pair of gay bank robbers who also happen to be brothers are included. Elements that would actually be pertinent to the story are glossed over, such as brushing off murders with comments such as "drinking problem".
    Interviewer: According to my notes, he swallowed two ounces of sulfuric acid, mixed into a White Russian.
    Blackstone: That's the worst thing you can do to someone with a drinking problem.
  • Similarly, Charlie Drake's Brit Com The Worker ended its original black and white run with an episode in which Drake is confused to discover that he's actually a comedian in a Brit Com. Drake seemingly liked this ending so much he used a variation of it a few years later when the show was revived in colour. There's another episode in which Drake's character gets hit on the head by a boomerang (a deliberate aversion of Drake's song "My Boomerang Won't Come Back") and suffers some weird hallucinations, ending with a trial in which he is the judge, jury, barrister and defendant.
  • The fifth season episode of Xena entitled "Married With Fishsticks" which mostly forgets about the story arc going on at the time to do a pointless filler episode where the feuding Aphrodite and Discord accidentally send Gabrielle into this alternate world where she's a mermaid, and is entirely populated with mer people. The whole thing is weird even by this show's standards, and ends with it apparently being All Just a Dream as Gabrielle wakes up back with Xena. The people behind the show were well aware that this one wasn't their finest moment, and even did some micromanaging of the schedule to make sure it didn't get the distinction of being the show's 100th episode.
  • The X-Files did this a few times, most notably in its "Rashomon"-Style episodes "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" and "Bad Blood". Then there's "Post-Modern Prometheus", which is filmed entirely in black and white and ends with a song-and-dance number featuring a Cher lookalike (after Mulder had effectively broken the fourth wall because he decided the original ending sucked). And Jerry Springer was in it, too.
  • The Young Ones could be considered to consist of little else. There are indeed plotlines within episodes, but they don't connect to other episodes, and are often derailed partway through. Sometimes they are not even resolved.

  • "Bakerman" on the Midnight Oil album Red Sails in the Sunset. It's a Japanese school band playing an instrumental oompa ditty, in the middle of an otherwise pre-alternative rock album. Also very Mood Whiplash.
  • Synchronicity: "Mother", a repetitive tune in 7/4 with screamed vocals and weird lyrics, shows up after the comparatively normal "Synchronicity I" and "Walking in Your Footsteps".
  • "You're Gonna Die", a 9½-minute song (using the term loosely) at the end of Reel Big Fish's We're Not Happy Till You're Not Happy album. It's essentially nothing but screaming and static in the same vein as "Revolution 9" and even contains a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment of it's own in "Aaron is Made of Babies," a one-minute novelty song thrown smack-dab in the middle of the hectic track.
  • "Anyone's Daughter" from Deep Purple's Fireball. The lyrics are typical DP — a man sleeps with a bunch of women and marries one of them when he gets her pregnant — but the music is in a Country and Western style that's out of place for this period of the band.
  • Tell Me What to Swallow by Crystal Castles. A dark acoustic song in the middle of electronic stuff. Also Mood Whiplash.
  • Judas Priest aren't total strangers to ballads, but even by their standards, the romantic soft rock ballad "Last Rose Of Summer" (from Sin After Sin) is an unexpected number from the metal masters.
  • The hidden track in My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade, "Blood", is a song about drinking blood done in a vaguely Broadway style with bad sound quality, and it has nothing to do with the rest of the album. Bizzaro indeed.
  • "Look Who's Walking On Four Legs Again" by Local H is a twangy country ballad in the middle of a grunge album. It's actually a crossover between Scott Lucas's two bands, Local H and Scott Lucas And The Married Men, but if you're not expecting it, it's quite jarring. (A Local H-only version, titled "Look Who's Rocking On Four Legs Again" appears on the Another February EP.)
  • The generally melodic, bubble-gum-pop band Sugar Ray begins their album "14:59" with 47 seconds of death metal, wherein a singer, not Mark McGrath, bellows "Be nice to your sister! Talk to your grandmother! Paint her a picture! Don't play ball in the house! Don't play with scissors! Be nice to caaaaaaaaaats!". It's sort of a joke about the fact that 14:59 was a New Sound Album — their previous two albums were more in the Alternative Metal style.
  • How exactly does Jethro Tull bridge the first and second album sides of a dark, jazzy/avant-garde Concept Album (A Passion Play) pertaining to the afterlife? With the Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles.
  • "Plexiglas Toilet" on the Styx album The Serpent Is Rising. It's a Hidden Track, and is as silly a novelty song as its name implies. It also provides a bit of Mood Whiplash, coming as it does on the heels of "As Bad As This," a depressing Break-Up Song. Styx would never again record a song quite like it.

    Mythology and Religion 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • ROH A Night Of Hoopla, an unauthorized show in a Chicago bar taken over by The House Of Truth, featuring Satan. Drink as much as you want, just don't drive!
  • AKIRA's 30th anniversary show in 2014 ran with a gimmicky theatre theme based on the film Heaven Can Wait, and told how AKIRA had died in an accident which was not meant to him, and had to confront the King of Hell (played by Masahiro Chono) and his minions in order to get his body back.

  • You might be surprised to find that such a sane and relatively down to earth series as Adventures in Odyssey would have examples of this.
    • The most notable example among listeners is "I Slap Floor", where some of the kids can't find Whit and ask Bernard what happened to him. Turns out, he and many of the other main characters are at home recuperating from the week before. The week before, many odd things began to happen, starting off with Whit giving odd or flat-out dangerous advice to the kids ("Look Mr. Whittaker, I pierced my own ears like you told me to!"), before even stranger things begin happening around town, such as Tom Riley, so he can pursue his dream of becoming a rodeo star, selling the Timothy Center to local swindler Bart Rathbone, who plans to turn it into a space camp that anyone can attend, Eugene and Connie fall in love and are going to get married ASAP, and the normally very incompetent detective Harlow Doyle is flawlessly solving crimes, among other odd things...and then it turns out that Big Bad Dr. Regis Blackgaard is behind all this, having returned to Odyssey disguised as a largely unseen minor character, and was using a mind-altering cologne to cause confusion all over town so taking over it would be a cinch. Turns out none of this happened and Bernard was pulling the kids' leg. Note that rearranging the letters in "I Slap Floor" spells: "April Fools".
    • Other notable weird episodes include:
      • "Bethany's Flood", where the titular character falls asleep during a bible study session about Noah's Ark and has a dream where the flood was caused by Christopher Columbus leaving the water on in the bath tub for 40 days and nights, among other things.
      • The similar episode "The Seven Deadly Dwarves" where the same girl dreams she is "Snow Dewhite" who runs away from home and is captured by the eponymous characters (who represent the Seven Deadly Sins) but is fortunately rescued by The Good Stepladder Father.
      • The much earlier (and missing) episode "Lights Out At Whit's End" which, long story short, ends with the entire cast (yes, including Whit and Tom Riley) freestyle rapping.
      • "The Eternal Birthday", a random "Groundhog Day" Loop plot where Liz wishes everyday was her birthday. Guess what happens? It turns out that she was just in the Room Of Consequences the whole time. She went in there to live out her wish. Interestingly, the events of this episode were alluded to the next time Liz went in the Room of Consequences again in a later episode.
      • "Push The Red Button", which exists as both a Live Episode and a shorter radio episode. The basic premise is largely the same and features crazy goings-on not seen since "I Slap Floor" in both forms, though: Eugene creates and accidentally activates a program meant to combine all of the programs and inventions at Whit's End into one...while Wooton and Whit are creating a Captain Absolutely story in KYDS Radio and Connie and Penny are in the Imagination Station visiting Michelangelo as he paints the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Havoc ensues as characters and elements begin disappearing from one invention/adventure and appearing in another, which spells trouble as the villain in the Captain Absolutely story (who is bent on eliminating all traces of beauty, goodness, and truth from the world with his ultra-defilation device) decides to eliminate all beauty, goodness, and truth from all time. which somehow begins affecting real life and causing Whit's End itself and everything in it to begin to collapse and vanish (since it was founded upon Whit's belief in God's beauty, goodness, and truth). Fortunately, the villain is vanquished by drawing him back to the present with a painting Penny created, causing his ultra-defilation device to backfire onto him (and turning him handsome in the process) and Captain Absolutely puts him away. However, Whit's End and everything else is still a mess. Matthew tries to fix everything by kicking the main computer...which causes Whit's End and all of Odyssey to explode. Cue Chris closing out the episode like usual. It's directly after that the episode is revealed to be All Just a Dream that Wooton had the previous night and was telling to everyone the next morning. Connie and the others are unimpressed.
  • The Men from the Ministry is a relatively down-to-earth comedy/political satire, but has an episode called The Day the Martians Came. Two Little Green Men land on England, hijinx ensue and... that's it. No All Just a Dream, no "Scooby-Doo" Hoax or anything like that, and the landing is never referred to again at all (admittedly in a series that pretty much runs on Negative Continuity). Note that this is the only episode where something explicitly supernatural happens.

    Video Games 
  • The Stanley Parable puts the player in one if they should deliberately take the wrong paths, basically frustrating the Narrator, and eventually putting the player in a Director's Commentary room, before finally having them have the only way to escape alive is to turn the game off.
  • The World Ends with You has Another Day, you can access this episode after you complete the main storyline and takes place in an alternate universe where Tin Pin Slammer is Serious Business. And it gets even more confusing when the Joshua and Hanekoma from the main game show up and challenge AD Neku. The former has a Boss Rush and the latter is the strongest Bonus Boss in the game.
  • Every cutscene in Crash: Mind Over Mutant, which seems to follow a different art style every time.
  • The "What If?" mode in the PS1 Spider-Man game. It took the base plot and added tons of silly lines. "Doc Ock has trapped me... and I can't stop dancing".
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert had two: the secret Giant Ant missions and one multiplayer map set on the moon which randomly reassigned all the units' weapons, so you had helicopters firing flamethrowers and V2 rockets.
  • The Fallout: New Vegas DLC Old World Blues. You come across a drive-in theater with a strange movie-projecting satellite that teleports you to a strange old-world research facility in a crater, where you have your brain, heart, and spine replaced with cybernetic implants by incompetent Mad Scientist Brains In Jars who are all drugged out of their gourds, an area exhibiting all the craziest pre-War SCIENCE! (and since this is Fallout, that's really saying something), a gun with a living dog brain as a component, a talking stealth suit that calls you her best friend and plays pranks on you, a base full of talking appliances who all hate each other, and a surreal conversation with your own brain in a tank, who sounds suspiciously like Seth McFarlane even if you're a woman. Proving that Tropes Are Not Bad, OWB in all its Bizarro glory is often considered one of the best parts of New Vegas, and has won awards above and beyond the base game.
  • City of Heroes had this issue with the Mission Architect system. Due to the overwhelming amount of player-made content in the database and a ratings system that leaves something to be desired, it's inevitable that BLAM Story Arcs will come up fairly frequently in any random sample. If the first time a player tries the system results in having one of these thrown at them it can easily be the last time they will ever bother with the Mission Architect. Which is why a number of authors have been taking it upon themselves to review arcs and compile lists in the official forums make it easier to find the "good stuff".
  • Atlantica in Kingdom Hearts II also counts. It has absolutely no plot relevance and features the characters singing in order to keep Ariel happy with undersea life. Even more BLAM is the fact that the entire story of the world is based on mini-games and seems to just be an excuse to put the world in the game. Also odd was how nobody seemed to remember any of the events that happened in Atlantica in Kingdom Hearts I; except for who Sora is. Ariel just forgot how the last time she made a deal with Ursula ended, and Ursula forgot dying.
  • Metal Gear Solid Mobile. It takes place at a weird point in continuity and gives Snake technology that he shouldn't have yet in addition to making him confront The Patriots long before he should even know they exist; Otacon, instead of being chipper Codec support, is the "ninja"; and everything is revealed to be All Just A Virtual Reality Simulation Snake has been placed in by The Patriots for a reason that is not revealed and never will be. Snake also gets his memory of the events erased, but Otacon doesn't, thus implying that in addition to providing needlessly cryptic advice through sinister channels he then kept the entire ordeal and critical information secret from Snake for at least two years.
  • Star Fox (the 1993 Super NES game) combined this with an Easter Egg — "Out Of This Dimension", where paper airplanes are enemies and the boss is a Slot Machine. Then there's the ending. An endless minigame. The fate of everything is left unexplained.
  • Happens halfway through Kid Icarus: Uprising, when the main plot is completely put on hold when an utterly random alien invasion by a race of beings known as the Aurum forces all of the main characters to work together to stop it. This lasts for about 3 chapters and only gets a few mentions afterwards when the Chaos Kin and Dyntos use their powers to recreate Aurum soldiers to fight and test Pit.
  • Dynasty Warriors has never placed any priority on accuracy, historical or otherwise, so it has had its share of weirdness. However, by far the most bizarre battle (which is also really, really difficult) is the Battle of Jian Ye in DW4. Your forces start in the north, and you have to fight your way to Sun Jian in the south. In between are Taishi Ci, Zhou Tai, Huang Gai, and Jian's three offspring, Ce, Quan, and Shang Xiang. Just a really big battle, right? Except that almost immediately after it begins, three duplicates of Sun Jian appear, and dispelling any one merely causes another to appear elsewhere. Furthermore, the Sun kids cannot be killed; if defeated, they simply flee the battlefield and return at full health in about a minute. So, just gotta bite the bullet, charge straight to the real Jian, and cut him down? Well, that is the correct course of action... unfortunately, this doesn't end the battle; it simply switches command to Ce, and although he'll be killable now, Quan and Shang Xiang still won't. Not until you've slain him, Quan, and Shang that order! you prevail over this nightmare. Needless to say, good luck finding any kind of justification for this in Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
  • The Hildibrand Returns quests added with Final Fantasy XIV patch 2.1 most definitely qualify as this. Investigating a group of relatively well dressed zombies, meeting Hildibrand, pursuing a duelist and weapon thief which seems to be recurring series character Gilgamesh, and Hildibrand in his restored dapper glory... backlit by the light reflecting off a bald robbery victim's head.
  • The Citadel downloadable mission for Mass Effect 3. Especially if one decides to play it late in the game when the last thing Shepard and his/her crew should be thinking about is throwing a party. It does get a Hand Wave in that the entire plot takes place over one, maybe two days while the ship (which was launched halfway through a refit) is down for maintenance.
  • 'Salvation', the 19th mission of Advance Wars: Days Of Ruin is just... weird. Amidst a bunch of rather dark missions about a group of soldiers and civilians fleeing for their lives from a mad dictator in a post-apocalyptic world and a spreading disease that causes plants to burst from the victim's skin, you get a surprisingly easy mission where you have to fight a ragtag group of fanatics that worship an earthworm believing it will cure them. As soon as you finish it, it's never mentioned again and you're once again trying to escape Grayfield's men as if it never happened.
  • 'Solo' from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance is a very bizarre chapter. It comes just after Ike and co. captured Daein Castle only to find Ashard already abandoned it a while ago. Before they go to seek him out, an NPC tells them to go to Palmeni Temple. It's important they go there for the plot, but since there has to be actual gameplay there, the devs threw in a strange mission where a Filler Villain bandit takes a group of priests hostage and forces them to be literal human shields, and the player is expected to shove them out of the way, sliding puzzle-style, to complete the chapter without killing any. The boss himself also indulges in far more Black Comedy than is usual for the game. You beat him, he dies while ranting that he should've brought more priests... or babies, and this is all never mentioned again. The truly bizarre part is the post-chapter event is a highly emotional and plot-relevant Wham Episode... that has nothing whatsoever to do with the battle itself.
  • Corpse Party—THE ANTHOLOGY—Sachiko's Game of Love ♥ Hysteric Birthday 2U from the Corpse Party series. The main games are about avoiding horrible, bloody deaths at the hands of an Enfant Terrible. In 2U you're throwing her a birthday party, filled with Fanservice, meta humour, and general wacky hijinks, that every character promptly forgets once they're dumped back into their regular old gore-fest (save for a vague reference here and there in Blood Drive).
  • Even by the series' usual standards, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is just downright insane. The plot involves a portal suddenly opening up over the Mushroom Kingdom, causing the Raving Rabbids to come through it and invade the Kingdom. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi then fight back with arm cannons, laser guns, and bazookas as they journey through a discombobulated version of the kingdom alongside four good Rabbids dressed like them, blowing up bad Rabbids all the way, including Rabbid versions of characters like Donkey Kong. While it's just another day for the Rabbids, for the Mario series, this is unlike anything the series has ever seen.

    Web Animation 
  • Episode 20 of An Akatsuki's Life is weird. Really, really weird.
  • The original Charlie the Unicorn video is merely weird and has two crazy unicorns talking nonsense. Then come episodes two, three and four, which are six minutes of continuous BLAM.
  • The Happy Tree Friends episode "I've Got You Under My Skin" could easily count. It starts off relatively understandably (for the show, anyway), but then Giggles sneezes on Lumpy's face... he catches a cold, which Sniffles apparently thinks needs to be dealt with via "Fantastic Voyage" Plot. Whereupon the fact that Giggles is lying on the couch shivering with her brain coming out of the back of her head is almost completely forgotten. And did we mention that Happy Tree Friends isn't the kind of show you'd ever really expect to involve a "Fantastic Voyage" Plot?
  • The Strong Bad Email virus involves reality breaking apart after Strong Bad gets emailed a virus. Much mindscrew occurs until Bubs fixes it by shooting a hole in Strong Bad's computer with a shotgun that appears as Homestar Runner's leg.

  • El Goonish Shive:
  • "Mulberry's Epic Yarn"
  • High Fantasy webcomic Exiern spends a month at the bizarro as part of an Overly Long April Fools Gag when it is suddenly re-tooled as a group of trendy twenty somethings hanging out at a coffeeshop/strip club.
  • Sluggy Freelance brought us Chapter 63: Safehouse, bringing us Torg taking up gardening, and coming up with increasingly surreal plans to protect the garden from chipmunks and deer, that all fail spectacularly, Bun Bun robbing a bank with the help of a talking bear and an old man with a huge mustache, and the entire main cast getting addicted to the latest computing technology and the possibilities it offers, and getting tangled up in weird on-line community shenanigans, and playing a suspiciously addictive online game which, after a hacker attack, starts a zombie apocalypse that only affects animals.
    • While randomness is par the course for Sluggy, what makes this a bizarro episode is that it went on for an extended period of time right after a very dark storyline, and ignores all of the lingering questions, including the fate of a character that the group lost contact with and is on a dangerous mission, a character that refuses to accept that her friends thought to be dead are alive, and a plan to finally get rid of the resident psychopathic, ninja, Stalker with a Crush that caused said friends to become almost dead. Word of God seems to indicate the arc will bare no overall importance as well.
  • Homestuck's Trickster arc revolves around a group of protagonists temporarily being turned into saccharine, sugar-rushing versions of themselves in colorful outfits, which begins during the End of Act 6 Act 5 Act 1. The plot starts getting increasingly bizarre; with the protagonists making equally colorful endgame weapons and Santa Statues with Alchemy, as well as making plans for quadruple weddings for everyone because they think this will solve all their personal problems and conflicts. Except for Dirk who gets a new outfit but remains as deadpan as before. Officially, this all takes place inside Act 6 Act 5 Act 2 and ends with all the characters waking up hungover and having lost the item that changed them.
  • Mountain Time's Bizarro Episode, River Valley Time, has all of the characters acting opposite to their usual personalities. Since Mountain Time is a Dada Comic, this means that the Bizarro Episode is the one strip that makes sense.

    Web Original 
  • Used and lampshaded in the fan sequel of Half-Life: Full Life Consequences: "What Has Tobe Riped Off". John Freeman creates a Stable Time Loop, by hitting himself and giving himself "amneesha":
    Narrator: And so what happens means that it was nothing and just...
    (Scene change)
  • The Nostalgia Critic had one himself with "You're A Dirty Rotten Bastard". Opened and closed by Santa Christ (who after Kickassia heavily dislikes the Critic) like it was a story, going against a lot of established characterization to make Critic look like the biggest jackass in all the world, and never mentioned again. Although Roger the angel did reappear in the Scooby-Doo review.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd's review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. With no warning he abruptly drops reviewing games for an episode and instead targets a movie. He does the entire review as himself (rather than in character as the nerd).
  • The Needle Drop:
    • The review of Yung Lean's Unknown Death 2002, in which instead of reviewing the album, Anthony Fantano repeatedly proclaims in a deadpan voice that his hands have turned into bread, and spends the remainder of the video eating them in silence. The video description lists "BREAD" as his favorite AND least favorite track on the album (there is no such track), and gives an overall score of "BREAD/10".
    • Also worth noting are Fantano's reviews of Limp Bizkit's Gold Cobra in which he spends the entire review eating food, and Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise which consists of him repeating the word "no" over and over, ultimately giving the album a score of "NO/no"
  • Lampshaded in a video by Daniel Sulzbach, AKA Mr Repzion, titled Am I really 19?. Daniel starts out the video by saying, "Well, hello my fellow tutti-fruits! I thinks I am going insane.". He then spends the rest of the entire video making totally random statements.
  • Bacon Flavoured Thoughts! by Matt Santoro. The usually-sane Matt acts like a crazy person, and rambles about how bacon is fantastic. This contrasts his other videos, where they have some kind of plot, and Matt acts like a normal person.
  • Parodied in the Clickhole article "When Good TV Goes Bad: The Worst Episodes Of The Best TV Shows," with list entries like a The Walking Dead prequel episode... set during the Wars of the Roses.

    Western Animation 
  • The 101 Dalmatians: The Series episode "DeVil-Age Elder", where the Dearlys, the main pups, and Cruella stumble upon "DeVil Ville", a Renaissance-era town cursed 1000 years ago by a witch (who resembles Nanny), to make the town only appear every 1000 years a la Brigadoon.
  • Adventure Time:
    • "Rain Day Daydream". Finn and Jake stay in their tree house during a knife storm. Jake suddenly and inexplicably becomes a Reality Warper which has never happened before nor since.
    • "BMO Noire". BMO tries to find Finn's missing sock by imagining himself as a hard-boiled detective "interrogating" such suspects as a mouse, a remote control, and a chicken. What.
    • "King Worm" is even worse. It's a dream episode, and it can be compared to Inception... but weirder. Much, much weirder.
    • And then they are both topped by "A Glitch is a Glitch", which is a massive Mind Screw even by the show's rather surreal standards. This is because the episode was made by guest animator David O'Reilly.
    • "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 one day, and dies. It turns out it was All Just a Dream.
    • "Food Chain" is made by another guest animator, Masaaki Yuasa. It is perhaps the most Bizarro of all of Adventure Time's Bizarro Episodes. It's about Magic Man turning Finn and Jake into various parts of a plant-catterpillar-bird-cycle after they express a disinterest in a presentation on it. Normally, this wouldn't be that out of place for this show — Magic Man's debut did involve turning Finn into a giant foot after all — except for the more deranged and minimalistic art style, the fact that it plays out like and later appears to turn into something of a play about the food chain, and Finn and Jake's being way-too able to roll with being transformed into animals/plants/bacteria. And Finn falls in love with a caterpillar. (It probably also qualifies as a Widget Episode, given the nationality of the animator.)
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers — "Mothmoose" is the infamous one, but just about anything starring Kid-Appeal Character Buzzwang gets filed here.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball is already a weird show, but these episodes stick out as being too weird, even by its usual standards:
    • "The Job." Richard gets a job and is actually good at it, which is so unlike him that the fabric of the universe begins to fall apart.
    • "The Sweaters." While showing a new student (who had appeared in previous episodes) around the school, Gumball and Darwin encounter a pair of humans from said student's old school who thinks that they want to challenge them to a fight (actually a tennis match). The humans and the entire court the "fight" takes place look like Filmation-era cartoons, and it should be noted that human's only appearance on the show prior (not counting Santa Claus) was as live-action people on television. Gumball and Darwin are also the 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.
    • "The World." It's been said on official sources and according to the show creator that Elmore is where everything has a chance to come to life. This episode takes that idea and runs with it in the form of a big sketch collection of objects, video game characters, food, and the planets in the solar system coming to life.
    • "The Joy": An homage to zombie horror and found footage horror films in which Richard's hug to cheer up a miserable Gumball and Darwin becomes a virus that turns people into mindlessly happy zombies that drool rainbow slime. Miss Simian tries to stop it with a recording of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, but ends up infected...then the tape cuts off and reveals that she tried to tape over Principal Brown practicing Jedi moves with a broom a la The Star Wars kid viral video.
    • "The Extras": After Gumball and Darwin casually comment that today is a slow day, a bunch of background characters launch into a musical number about how the episode will be about them. The rest of the episode is a rehash of "The World," except it focuses on the very minor and one-shot characters that act as background extras and living props having adventures of their own.
    • "The Countdown" is about Gumball and Darwin racing to school before they're late to avoid expulsion. What makes this bizarro is the object that gives the episode its name: A timer appears throughout most of it counting down the minutes and seconds they have left, and they notice it. Which also seems to be going by the show's time and not what they've done offscreen (such as them leaving the house only taking a second according to the timer). Then they interact with it by accidentally stopping time. Trying to start it again, they accidentally travel forwards to the end of the world, backwards to the big bang, and rewrite history several times, making alternate timelines until they finally settle for one where everybody blinks sideways.
    • "The Signal": The entire episode is shown as scrambled and distorted due to satellite interruptions, often cutting to stock footage and clips from fake TV shows and commercials. The story (what little of it there is) sees Darwin upset that Gumball has a stutter that makes him say offensive things to him, only to learn that the satellite interruptions are real and plaguing Elmore. Just as the two come to the conclusion that Elmore may not be real, the episode ends with an extremely tacked-on happy ending where Richard and the family are sitting around the table and Richard tells the family that Gumball and Darwin resolved their problems and everything is back to normal (and Gumball and Darwin are noticeably frightened and confused about what just happened). Time will tell if there will ever be a Sequel Episode that revisits this.
    • "The Test": After a Buzzfeed-style quiz calls Gumball a loser, he decides to try to get people to like him by not insulting them. Not only does this start to literally poison his body, it causes the show itself to warp into a Stylistic Suck sitcom with Tobias in the lead, a Laugh Track, lame jokes, and an incoherent plot. Eventually, Tobias starts to take over Gumball's life, and his place in the Watterson family. Eventually, Gumball concedes to being the loser and the amount of bile stored in his body burns off Tobias' face.
  • American Dad!:
    • Tear Jerker" and "For Black Eyes Only" (James Bond parodies)
    • "Hot Water" (a Musical Episode where a murderous hot tub kills off everyone in the cast. In that episode's defense, it was supposed to be the last episode of the entire series because the writers were afraid FOX was going to cancel the show. When they discovered that FOX wasn't going to cancel American Dad, the episode was put on as a season seven premiere and the deaths were written off as non-canon)
    • "Blood Crieth Unto Heaven" (an American Dad! episode set up like a stage play, featuring Patrick Stewart in live-action)
    • "Lost in Space" is this crossed with A Day in the Limelight: Stan, Francine, and Steve don't appear at all, Hayley appears in a flashback and has no lines, and the only major character to appear is Roger (and even then, it's in another character's mind). The episode focuses mostly on Jeff (Hayley's stoner husband) and is more of a sci-fi adventure with some comedic overtones.
    • "Blagsnarst: A Love Story": The final episode on FOX, where the whole story (and possibly the series) turns out to be a story told by Stan about how Kim Kardashian was born (which, in the American Dad! world, depicts Kardashian as a furry, pink alien being whose hair burned off in a car accident after Roger tried to get rid of her).
    • "American Fung": The show begins with a live-action Cold Opening depicting Asian billionaire Fung Wah saying that Seth MacFarlane sold American Dad! to him, and the episode features several moments depicting him in animated form and shilling himself and his products, culminating in him taking over the B-plot, doing the voices of Steve, Hayley and Roger, and hastily making up an ending for the A-plot. The ending involves Fung selling the show to another Asian billionaire who transplants the show to China, and the new American Chinese Dad! show has the family meeting Mickey Mouse and dancing Snoopy-style. Yeah, there's a reason why people cite this episode as a sign that American Dad! is becoming Family Guy-esque (read: going downhill in a blaze of forced absurdity and vulgarity).
  • The Angry Beavers: The show is already pretty...out there, but the tip of the iceberg would likely be "Brothers...To The End?", which has the premise of the universe suddenly coming to an end right at the turn of the millennium, and Norbert and Daggett are instructed to recreate it all over again. Words cannot describe the insanity that follows. In the end, it turns out the incident was just a mass hallucination of many of the main characters, brought on by bad martinis...or was it? It's not especially made clear.
  • The Animaniacs episode "Animaniacs Stew" has the Warners mixing up all the characters and putting them together in different ways (e.g. switching Dot with Slappy Squirrel), throwing off many familiar premises.
  • Arthur:
    • Much of "Just Desserts" takes place in Acid Reflux Nightmares being had by Arthur after eating too much cake for dessert, featuring such strange goings-on as a cake version of Grandma Thora forcing herself down Arthur's throat, malls made out of candy, D.W. getting abducted by seven Tibble twins who claim she is "Dough White", and Arthur in a parody of Jack and the Beanstalk where the giant is made of all the foods Arthur has ever eaten. Even among episodes of the show that are primarily taken up by the kids' Imagine Spots, it's an especially strange one.
    • 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 Mundane Fantastic 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.
  • The episode "Party All the Time" from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Frylock contracts melanoma (a form of cancer), which causes him to slowly decay and become sick (which leads to all the fries disappearing from his head, and him dressing in a hat to conceal the fry loss). Shake and Meatwad try a number of tricks to cheer him up (including a performance from Andrew W.K.), but they find out that it's no use. Suddenly, at the end, Frylock goes to a doctor, who tells him that the melanoma is reversing and that he will eventually get better... and the episode ends, and nothing in it is ever referenced or mentioned again. Of course, since Negative Continuity is in full effect for this series, that's to be expected. What wasn't to be expected was the more serious tone, or the Big-Lipped Alligator Moment where Frylock inexplicably dreams up a scenario in the same doctor's office where the doctor starts jabbering about aliens, who then abduct him.
  • There is a version of the Archer pilot where Archer is a velociraptor. The pilot is otherwise identical. No reason is given.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has several episodes that seem disconnected from the rest of the story ("The Great Divide," "The Fortuneteller," "The Painted Lady"), but a few really stand out as Bizarro Episodes by virtue of being...well...bizarre. It should be noted, though, that all these episodes stay true to the characters and to the Avatar universe.
    • "Avatar Day" has the heroes visiting a really weird village whose inhabitants hate the Avatar because a previous Avatar (Kyoshi) allegedly killed their leader Chin the Great several centuries ago. They arrest Aang for his predecessor's supposed crime, but Aang refuses to escape because he wants to clear the Avatar's name. Katara and Sokka gather evidence that could prove Kyoshi's innocence, but Aang botches his testimony and subsequently tries to give a last-ditch testimony while disguised unconvincingly as Kyoshi. This somehow summons the spirit of Avatar Kyoshi herself, who admits that she did kill Chin (but merely by refusing to save him after he shot first, so to speak). This cements the Avatar's guilt, and the villagers choose Aang's punishment by spinning a carnival wheel of various Cruel and Unusual Deaths with "community service" randomly thrown in. The Wheel of Punishment lands on "boiled in oil," but at that moment a gang of Fire Nation goons randomly shows up, and Aang forces the villagers to commute his sentence to "community service" (read: saving their sorry asses from the Fire Nation). After Aang and company defeat the Fire Nation goons, the villagers change their Avatar Day tradition from burning giant effigies of the Avatar to eating raw dough replicas of Aang.
    Unfried dough! May we eat it and be reminded of how on this day the Avatar was not boiled in oil!
    • "Nightmares and Daydreams" has Aang undergoing a Mushroom Samba due to sleep deprivation. And that's the least weird way to put it. The only normal parts of this episode are the unrelated scenes of Zuko preparing for his coronation.
    • "The Ember Island Players" has the main characters watching a Show Within a Show detailing their adventures up until that point. The show turns out to be Fire Nation propaganda, with Aang and friends depicted in an unflattering manner, and it ends with Ozai defeating the Avatar and leading the Fire Nation to conquer the world.
  • The New Batman Adventures has always been a little more lighthearted than its predecessor. However, the episode "Critters" was just plain out there. A farmer and his daughter genetically engineer farm animals so they can become bigger. After a cow runs amok at an agricultural expo, they're ordered to cease their growth hormone experiments. So they send giant praying mantises, demonic chickens, and a talking goat to attack Gotham City. The Agony Booth said it best "I wish I was making all this up, believe me. It’s like David Lynch made a Batman cartoon and forced the networks to air it." In point of fact, it was written by Steve Gerber (the guy who gave the world Howard the Duck and other strangeness) and horror novelist Joe Lansdale. For the record, the commentary for the episode on the DVD collections reveals that the creators absolutely loved the insanity of the episode (despite acknowledging that many fans hated it), to the point that they regretted not having Farmer Brown later fight the entire Justice League.
  • For nearly its entire run, Beetlejuice had fairly straightforward adventures. Then came "Poe Pourri", a tribute to the macabre stylings of Edgar Allan Poe, which had none of the series' trademark cornball humor. What it did have: The poet himself, reduced to eternal wailing laments over his lost Lenore, a gravelly-voiced rapping (both meanings of the word) raven who appears out of nowhere and spouts cryptic verses, a 15-foot-tall wall-crushing human heart, a menacing pendulum scythe which ends up cutting the entire cartoon in half, massive pits appearing out of nowhere, a giant red mask which gives Beetlejuice an incurable disease, and a ferocious green gorilla. On top of that, the whole thing is shown to be a dream, then a dream within a dream, then a dream within a dream within a dream, until the episode exactly the same point it began.
  • Ben 10:
    • "Gwen 10". In that episode, they were all back to the first day of summer and Ben was the only person remembering the previous episode's events. As the title episode suggested, Gwen was the one to find the Omnitrix this time. At the end, it got detached from her and Ben thought he'd finally have it like in the original timeline but it went to Max instead. It becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when it's revealed in a later episode that the person who sent the Omnitrix to Earth expected Max to have it in the first place. The next episode had Ben with the Omnitrix again with no explanation and "Gwen 10"'s events were never mentioned in any other episodes of the series.
    • The start of the episode explained how it worked much like a comic book plot, of different realities and different stories. Gwen 10 (or Max 10) probably went very radically in its own direction, but for the sake of continuity and story of the main plot hook, went with Ben 10 still having the Omnitrix. However, that doesn't explain how the mainstream Ben went to the Gwen 10 reality, how he returned to his own, or what happened to that reality's Ben.
    • This was subtly referenced in the Ultimate Alien episode "Ben 10,000 Returns" where Paradox mentions a timeline where Gwen got the Omnitrix. That Gwen later appears in the Omniverse two-parter "And Then There Was Ben" to help battle Vilgax and Eon's band of evil Bens.
    • Supposedly, all episodes that start by displaying a comic book at the start are such episodes. Another one had the series ending with Ben starting school again—except it was just before the actual series ending and contradicted it.
  • Early Bob Clampett masterpiece Porky in Wackyland abandons any precept of cartoon rules or logic in favor of random creatures and nonsensical gags.
  • The Grand Finale of Camp Lazlo. The episode starts fairly "normally" with Lumpus deciding to replace clothing with body paint and becomes famous because of it, but the end is where the weirdness ensues. Two men from the future tell Lumpus of the utopia created as a result and show the scoutmaster a statue of himself that contains the world's last dirty laundry. Then it rains and everyone ends up naked with their paint washed off. This causes the statue to revert to a pile of dirty laundry and the time travellers become thin from starvation, before deciding to go back home. Suddenly, as everyone mobs Lumpus, wearing dirty clothes, a police car comes in and a cop steps out accompanied older Heffer! Heffer tells everyone that Lumpus is actually a psycho impersonating the real scoutmaster (Heffer) and Lumpus is dragged away. Cut to the Bean Scouts standing around baffled. Samson then sums up why it's the last episode.
    Samson: I think we've reached the point where things can't get any weirder.
  • The Catscratch episode "Core-Uption". When Kimberly gets an 'F' on her science project for saying that the earth's core is made of unicorns and rainbows, Gordon drills to the core and stuffs the project inside it, causing the world to turn into a Tastes Like Diabetes wonderland. In the process, Gordon becomes a Pikachu expy, Mr. Blik becomes a mouse pull-string doll, Waffle becomes a potted plant and Hovis becomes a gingerbread man.
  • The ChalkZone episode "The White Board". It starts with Rudy on the phone with Penny after he comes down with the flu on the hottest day of the summer. Things begin to look strange when Penny then comes out of the top of Rudy's endtable while on the phone with him (and even then, more noticeable viewers can point out that his room looks strange as well, such as him having a normal bed instead of a bunk bed with the top bunk only with his desk at the bottom). While he was sick, his mom bought him a portable white board, and he and Penny take it into ChalkZone with them. Once they get there, Rudy, Penny, Snap, and Blocky end up falling into the white board into a "White Board Zone". When they can't get out of it, they end up falling into "Pencil Zone", and eventually end up back in Rudy's room...only the gang are transparent and they can see Rudy already in the room, but asleep. Turns out that the entire episode was All Just a Dream Rudy had after leaving his electric blanket on too high when he went to sleep.
  • Clarence: "Rough Riders Elementary" starts off innocently enough, with Clarence's school getting a sponsorship from the In-Universe 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  and Sumo note . Chaos ensues, and it ends with the school exploding. Fortunately, it was just a crazy story written by Clarence.
  • Episode 10 of Clone High focuses around the death of Ponce De Leon, a character who never appears in any other episode. In spite of this, the episode is filled with constant reminders that everyone looks up to Ponce and that he and JFK are inseparable best friends.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Operation: R.E.P.O.R.T., set entirely in the characters' parody-rich imaginations. Numbuh 4 turns into a Super Saiyan.
    • Operation: W.H.I.T.E.H.O.U.S.E., which was also All Just a Dream, did make self-contained sense until the very end when Numbuh 1 turns into an expy of the Incredible Hulk for no explained reason.
  • Daria was generally based on reality, except with its eccentricities taken Up to Eleven. The plot of "Depth Takes a Holiday," however, begins when Daria randomly meets the Anthropomorphic Personifications of St. Patrick's Day and Valentine's Day, who need her help to get Christmas, Halloween and Guy Fawkes' Day back to "Holiday Island." An uncharacteristically whimsical plot, to say the least, but Daria manages it the same way she does everything else: through sarcasm.
    "I'm obviously having some kind of nervous breakdown. I'll just ride it out and see where it takes me, Zelda Fitzgerald-style."
  • The final two or three episodes of the Darkstalkers cartoon. It seems the writers knew ahead of time the show had been cancelled and decided to just go wild, because these episodes violently shift from the fairly straight-laced, Urban Fantasy action cartoon it had been to an absurd, screwball comedy that lampshades and mocks everything about the show. The result is things like Pyron and Ship turning into a bickering married couple, Dmitri and Morrigan going on a daytime talk show, Lord Raptor trying to become an actor, a dragon with a posh-British accent saving the day, a ridiculous Piss-Take Rap scene, a wacky sitcom-esque plot involving the heroes and villains pretending to like each other, and Pyron being "defeated" by sheer accidental coincidence. Doubles as a Gainax Ending. In an amusing twist on this trope, many fans consider these utterly bizarre episodes the best part of the series; the rest of the show is mediocre and forgettable at best, but these episodes are found to be utterly hilarious and fun to watch.
  • Darkwing Duck has had a few, such as "Darkwing Doubloon" which re-imagines the entire cast as swashbucklers chasing after Negaduck's band of pirates and "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck," which uses the future as its framing device and reveals that Darkwing was sent to Earth as a baby from a dying planet.
  • Dexter's Laboratory could be a bit weird even in its "normal" episodes. But a few ones deserve a special mention:
    • "Monstory" is about Dexter trying to avoid one of Dee Dee's rambling stories... accidentally turning her and himself into monsters in the process. The two grow to giant size and have an epic kaiju battle... and then it turns out Dee Dee's story really is a set up for "one of [her] dumb knock-knock jokes" as Dexter feared. Then some kind of giant telescope, like the one Dexter was using at the start of the episode to observe a miniature civilization, zooms in on them from outer space.
    • "Dexter and Computress Get Mandark" was written by a 6-year-old, and is psycho-freaking-loco, with Dexter teaming up with Mandark's robot brother Computress and accidentally inflating Mandark's head until it explodes.
    • "The Continuum Of Cartoon Fools" plays out like a typical The Cat Came Back plot, except it opens with Dexter apparently making a storyboard for a cartoon (which involves him making goofy faces and going "BWAAAT!"), and it ends with Dexter giving an epic melodramatic rant that goes on for roughly a minute about how he foolishly locked himself out of his own laboratory.
    • "Dee-Dee's Tail" has Dee Dee getting Dexter to turn her into a horse. She flees her friends and her brother, who keep bugging her to let them ride her, and gets an inspiring vision of the main character from Pony Puffs to fight for her freedom.
  • The Donald Duck short "Duck Pimples". Donald listens to scary stuff on the radio, causing his overactive imagination to bring a bunch of shady characters to life. Then a creepy yet silly salesman drops a lot of horror novels on Don's sofa, then vanishes into thin air. As he starts reading one, more weirdos emerge from the book, such as a petty crook and a gruff police officer who accuses Don of stealing a dame's pearls, accompanied by the lady herself. After some Big Lipped Alligator-y gags, both are about to murder Donald because he hasn't "confessed" yet. Just before they cut his throat in half, the author himself exits the book and reveals the officer to be guilty. The cop confesses it was indeed him, but he ain't amused, and as he steps back to go back into the book's pages, he "shoots" Donald with a "Bang!" Flag Gun; Don reacts just as if had been shot for real. Terrified, the dame and the author go back to the novel as well. Donald regains consciousness and immediately shakes the book to confirm it all ended, as some voices from the radio tell him it was all his imagination. He's not convinced, and the cartoon ends with him trembling in fear, slowly muttering to himself "Yeah... Imagination"... Just in time for the pearls to appear on his neck before the iris out.
  • The Dreamstone:
    • Most episodes that focus on the actual dreams produced by the title device end up rather trippy. "The Daydream Bubble" and "The Dream Beam Invasion" for example downplay the usual formula of the Urpneys trying to steal the stone in favour of the two sides warring inside some particularly psychedelic dreams. "Hod" is an especially odd case involving the two sides getting caught inside the spaceship of an amateur dream maker that scoops up the left over bits of other's dreams.
  • While Toon Physics are practically nonexistent as a rule to begin with, Duck Amuck shatters any conception of the fourth wall by having Daffy Duck arguing with and being screwed around with by the animator who turns out to be Bugs Bunny. Bugs later got a taste of his own medicine in Rabbit Rampage, with the animator being Elmer Fudd.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • "1 + 1 = Ed", otherwise known as the episode where Ed asks Edd a bunch of questions, the questions become increasingly philosophical, reality and imagination begin to melt into each other, existential crisis manifests itself into abstract surrealism, and everyone and everything around them becomes horribly deformed and absurd.
      Rolf: Hello, Ed-Boys! Many doors, yes?
      Rolf's Second Head: Too much for...
      Rolf's Third Head: ...Couch-potato Ed-Boys like yourselves?
      Eddy: A three-headed Rolf. Yawn.
    • The aforementioned Unusually Uninteresting Sight is after Ed created a Portable Hole (which Eddy promptly fell through in a Portal-esque fashion) and after Eddy ate the sun. Although is subverted since It was just the kids' imagination.
    • Also the episode "They Call Him Mr. Ed", an episode with a barely-existent plot that's spoken almost entirely in "up" puns. It ends with the Eds taking an elevator into space.
    • "Hand Me Down Ed" is about a boomerang of an unknown origin that has the power to completely change a person's personality. Jimmy becomes muscular, Sarah acts nicer, Rolf breaks out singing, Ed becomes intellegent, Eddy acts motherly towards a suitcase, and Edd starts complaining about the "heat" and begins stripping. None of this is ever explained or mentioned again, save for a small cameo of the boomerang itself in a later episode.
  • The Fairly OddParents! episode "Crock Talk", where Timmy wishes up a bunch of monsters for no apparent reason, which repeatedly beat up Crocker.
  • The episode "Da Boom" in Family Guy, which is the episode with the nuclear explosion due to the Millennium Bug. The Griffins try to find a lost Twinkie factory, and decide to form a new town, with Stewie turning into an octopus. (It all makes sense in context.) At the end, a Dallas character wakes up from a dream and tells Bobby about this weird episode. Bobby doesn't understand what Family Guy is, which freaks her out even more. And it was the first episode to feature Ernie the Giant Chicken and his fights with Peter.
  • Futurama has its fair share of examples:
    • The "Anthology of Interest" episodes are two sets of three What If? shorts.
    • "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" is a pastiche of holiday specials.
    • "Reincarnation" imagines the cast of the show in three different animation styles: old-time "rubber hose" cartoons from The Thirties, early 1980s video game pixel art, and badly-dubbed, stiffly-animated Japanimation from the 1970s.
    • "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" is one big Take That! against Saturday morning cartoons (the popular American ones like Scooby-Doo, Strawberry Shortcake, and G.I. Joe) wrapped in a Three Shorts package with a framing device of Richard Nixon's head trying to deal with angry Moral Guardian protesters.
    • "Naturama" reimagines the characters as wildlife and is structured like an episode of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero had "Once Upon A Joe," featuring a rather bizarre fairy tale (full of Joes and Cobras of course) being told by Shipwreck to an orphan. The animation style for the tale was totally different. Even the MAIN plot was weird, with the episode's MacGuffin actually being called a MacGuffin and Zandar beating up on other Dreadknocks with an alligator.
  • Goof Troop: The episodes in which Goofy reads to Max the history of various ancestors. Aside from the framing device, there is nothing to tie these into the series continuity and they play more like Classic Disney Shorts than Goof Troop episodes, up to and including putting Pete in the role of a traditional villain in four of them. Peg and Pistol are also used in the stories but multiple times are given roles counter to their canonical characterization, Pistol's character is never related to Pete's, and PJ is not seen once in any of these episodes, story or framing device.
  • The Gravity Falls episode "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" is a collection of three stories openly admitted to be made up by Stan, Soos inexplicably turns into clay near the end of the last one, the plots are odd even by the show's standards (and compared to the previous three shorts episode "Bottomless Pit!"), and it ends with Stan drugging the viewer and making them into an exhibit of the Mystery Shack, which is pretty cold even for him and Dipper and Mabel don't seem to care about saving them. To clear some things up, the "key" for this episodenote  is "NONCANON," implying that the whole thing didn't happen.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy was always a bizarro show, but "Complete and Utter Chaos" was a little out of the ordinary. In fact, the title card begins as "Billy gets Dumber" before Eris shows up and tears it away to reveal the actual one and proceeds to whistle the title card tune in the normal one's place. And who could forget "My Fair Mandy", Gainax Ending and all.
  • Skeletor, a classic two-dimensional villain with no previous redeeming qualities whatsoever, abruptly turns good for no apparent reason other than "the Spirit of Christmas" in the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special. This had no bearing on later evil; it was just something the Eighties did, apparently. This may just be a relatively unexplored side of Skeletor, though. Behold: Skeletor, Cake Boss.
  • In another Filmation show, Bravestarr, main henchman Tex Hex has a similar moment in a Yet Another Christmas Carol episode. It's subverted in that the woman he saves is his one great love, now lost to him, and when the ending moral is shown, Marshal Bravestarr takes care to tell viewers not to expect Tex Hex to change after this.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes:
    • "Going Green". Okay, so Lucius tells the people of Miseryville to deliver their suggestions of how to run Miseryville to Jimmy's house. Jimmy gets a ton of suggestions from a guy named Thorn, who is all about the environment. When Jimmy and Beezy meet Thorn, they notice he looks like a green Beezy. Thorn then splashes himself with tomato juice, impersonates Beezy, and tells the people of Miseryville to be more green, but Lucius tries to cove up the environmentalism by telling the people it was a new TV show. Then Thorn's dad appears and he's a green Lucius with a mustache and drags Thorn away. It's probably better if you just see it yourself.
    • "My So-Called Loaf" which aired alongside "Going Green" is just as weird. When Jimmy makes the perfect sandwich, an anthropomorphic sandwich cowboy (bizarre for a setting populated by demons and monsters) named Cowboy Stackhouse wants to take it out for a date and eventually marry. For some reason, the bow tie that Jimmy put on the sandwich like one does with a present is the only reason why Stackhouse doesn't see an inanimate object. Heloise is also mistaken for a boy by Stackhouse and the episode ends with Stackhouse being attacked by birds that Heloise sent for the spite while Beezy tries to eat Stackhouse's bride. In a nutshell Episode 220 is strange even for the show's standards.
  • Kaeloo is already a weird show, but Episode 66 is really, really weird: it's basically about Quack Quack, Olaf and a bunch of talking yogurts waging war against each other.
  • The Loud House: In "The Butterfly Effect", Lincoln accidentally breaks Lisa's science equipment with a yo-yo. He decides to not tell her, which results in the family slowly tearing apart. This includes, but not limited to, Leni suddenly becoming a genius, Luna leaving the family to go on world tour with a rock star, Luan becoming an activist, Lucy becoming a vampire and Lori breaking up with Bobby to start dating Clyde, Lincoln's best friend. Fortunately, the episode is revealed to be a hallucination due to Lisa's spilled chemicals.
  • The Mask: The Animated Series is already a bizarre series, but "Flight as a Feather" was very weird, even by the show's cartoony standards. Stanley didn't appear in the episode (making it seem as if The Mask is his own character), there's no villain (unless you count Cookie BaBoom and Walter), it had a Random Events Plot, and, of course, the Cookie BaBoom sequence is the most risque scene ever committed to 1990s animation.
  • Mega Man had more than its share of camp, but by far the most bizarre and memorable example is "Curse of the Lion Men" — a passing comet awakens a group of ancient mummified lion-men who aim to conquer the world by turning every non-robotic human on the planet into lion creatures using Eye Beams. No, it doesn't make any more sense in context.
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey had "Robo Frog 3000". The plot has the school board replacing Principal Pixiefrog and the rest of the teachers at Charles Darwin with robots and plan on replacing the students with robots, the teachers and Pixiefrog bringing out a wizard in their trunk to fight them, the school board bringing out a robot wizard that defeats the other wizard, and the robots eventually exploding due to running out of love. Adam and Jake lampshade this while the robots are exploding.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
    • When the show became so unexpectedly popular, there were worries that the show would change to please their new demographic. It therefore comes off as Hilarious in Hindsight that the third episode of season 2 was the truly nuts "Lesson Zero," which dials up the zany to 11, features some staggeringly violent scenes (Fluttershy kills a bear by breaking its neck!note ), and gives Twilight Sparkle one of the scariest mental breakdowns on the show.
    • "Power Ponies" is about the Mane Six and Spike becoming superheroes after becoming trapped in Spike's comic book. For one thing, we never heard about comic books in the show's universe before the episode and the superhero aspect is out there considering how the Mane Six have defeated villains in the past.
    • "Slice of Life", the 100th episode, amounts to a completely awesome batshit-insane Fandom Nod-Riddled Fanon Ascending Ship Teasing wild ride... for the Periphery Demographic. As even members of the show's crew have pointed out, the intended audience who aren't familiar with the brony fanbase were probably confused and terrified, though admittedly still entertained. Best part: It was Hasbro themselves who demanded this amount of fan-pandering.
    • "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?" is about the Mane Six and Princess Luna fighting Tantabus, a monster who turns dreams into nightmares. The first half of the episode doesn't do much to advance the plot since it digs into the worst nightmares of the Mane Six. The second half also applies since it has all of Ponyville controlling their own dreams to stop Tantabus. In contrast, "Sleepless in Ponyville", "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils" and "Bloom & Gloom" are nightmare-themed but the featured characters learn a lesson from Princess Luna in each.
    • "The Saddle Row Review". The setup is very unusual compared to normal episodes with a flashback in another flashback where the Mane Six recall giving interviews to a newspony in a diner, where they retell the event of the episode.
  • The Oggy and the Cockroaches episode "Back to the Past". Instead of the standard Road Runner vs. Coyote plot, it's a double episode supernatural-based Fountain of Youth episode, with the rivalry between the two main groups never coming into play whatsoever.
  • "Woke Up Drunk" from Perfect Hair Forever, which throws out what little continuity the show had in favor of a number of sketches with the characters. This includes having Gerald live in an ordinary house with a bear as his dad, and has Coiffio being the teacher to a class.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • "Rollercoaster: The Musical". It's essentially a Musical Episode version of the pilot. But there's random stuff going on, and most of the songs and scenes are never mentioned after they occur, and the barrage of cameos in the final song, which itself is a BLAM.
      • It's very self aware about its Bizarro Episode status. The episode constantly lampshades its repeating of the original episode, as well as the fact that it's incredibly weird even by the standards of the show.
    • "Ferb TV" blows it completely out of the water though. The entire episode just consists of random fictional TV show clips which make little-to-no sense overall.
    • "The Remains of the Platypus" opens with Perry running on a hamster wheel surrounded by artificial lightning, a box filled with a bunch of Buckingham guards and a midget dressed up as an alien dancing to techno music landing on Doofenshmirtz's apartment building saying "joy located", Carl in a cage dressed up as a squirrel, a swelled-up Major Monogram running saying "gimme a high-five! Don't leave me hanging!" It gradually drives its own screw though. And that episode ran backwards like the Seinfeld episode.
    • "Lost in Danville" didn't seem to be one at first, but the ending revealed that everything happened in an alternate dimension, being observed by our Phineas and Ferb. Observant viewers might have noted the subtle cluenote  in the episode that points that out, and is lampshaded at the end of the episode.
    • All of the Time Shift Weekend episodes note  as well as "Steampunx", "The Monster of Phineas and Ferbenstein", and "Phineas and Ferb Star Wars" all count as this for starring alternate dimensions and/or time periods of Phineas and Ferb. But bonus points go to "Tri-Stone Area" for having no discernible dialogue, and having stop motion of Dan and Swampy explaining/critiquing the episode.
    • "Mission Marvel" establishes them as being part of one of the Marvelverses. Like any true bizarro episode, this is never mentioned again.
  • Pinky and the Brain has "Plan Brain from Outer Space," where Brain has a pen-pal named Zalgar, who turns out to be a badly dubbed space-man who chases Pinky and the Brain through Area 51 so he can eat their brains. It's exactly as bizarre as it soundsnote .
  • Quack Pack has the episode "All Hands on Duck", which was about Donald Duck being recruited back into the Navy and later fighting a giant bomber drone. Everyone in this episode besides Donald and Daisy is for some reason a Dogface.
  • Recess:
    • The episode "Big Ol' Mikey", where after Gretchen uses her Galileo PDA to predict what the gang's future heights are going to be as adults, Mikey thinks he's going to grow up to be fifty feet tall, and a majority of the episode consists of Imagine Spots where the gang are imagining the advantages of Mikey growing huge, and then Mikey having a bad dream about being a giant and destroying a city.
    • "Recess Is Cancelled", in which recess is canceled as part of a government experiment but no one brings it up.note 
    • "Schoolworld" is the only episode with a Sci-Fi feel to it.
  • Rocko's Modern Life:
    • In "Rinse and Spit", Rocko's attempts to help Filbert pass a dental school exam lead to a giant molar rampaging through O-Town.
    • In "Boob Tubed", after Heffer literally gets his brain sucked out by Rocko's new TV, Rocko and Filbert journey into the world beyond the TV snow to retrieve it.
    • The second act of "Cruisin'", where Rocko and Heffer get stuck on a senior's cruise that accidentally travels into The Bermuda Triangle, which turns them old and all the seniors young.
    • 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."
  • Rugrats:
    • "In the Dreamtime". We see Chuckie wake from each dream, and supposedly enter the real world, only to discover slowly that he is still dreaming; with strange settings and weird stuff like Spike talking.
    • "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 a dream Tommy was having after Grandpa Lou was raving about alien invasions right before bed...only to show that Angelica is inexplicably still stranded on the desert planet.
  • Samurai Jack:
    • "Chicken Jack." In this episode, instead of a samurai, Jack is a chicken. That is all.
    • What's really odd about "Chicken Jack" is that it's almost a remake of the previous season's "Jack and the Smackback", but with Jack as a chicken.
    • And "Jack Is Naked". Oh, so much. The Big-Lipped Alligator Moment with the randomly-appearing elephant-headed fairy is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • The Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals." It's a bit of a throwback to the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and also features several other Hanna-Barbera characters such as Speed Buggy, Jabberjaw, The Funky Phantom and Captain Caveman. It also features an Art Shift and is a bit goofier in this Darker and Edgier series. Granted, the episode is All Just a Dream, but even during the beginning and ending, it doesn't seem to connect to the show's main storyline (Velma is notably nicer to Scooby).
    • "The Punk Rock Scooby" short from the second Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo series. It starts out normally enough, with Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy auditioning in a Battle of the Bands contest. Then an alien spaceship comes out of nowhere full of aliens that inexplicably look and act exactly like Scrappy and assume that he is one of their own and has been kidnapped by Scooby and Shaggy. And that's only the beginning.
    Alien: Ta-ta-ta-ta! Plutonian Power.
    • While The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo can be considered a bizzaro series, the episode with Time Slime takes the cake. It starts normally with the gang combatting Time Slime, only to go south when Scooby gets sent into a time vortex where he witnesses his own birth. Things get kinda bizarre from there.
  • Sealab 2021 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 Sealab 2020 shows, with all the melodrama that implies.
  • The Simpsons has quite a few. What's weird is that they began as somewhat ordinary episodes and quickly went into weirdness.
    • "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes": Homer starts a website that reveals peoples' secrets, but when nobody wants to get near him when they find out, he makes up lies. However, one of those lies turns out to be true and he gets sent to a Prisoner-esque island for it. He escapes and fights with a German lookalike of him, but he ends up back on the island, this time with his family accompanying him.
    • "Missionary: Impossible": Homer gets chased by PBS personalities for lying about making a donation to a telethon, so Reverend Lovejoy makes him a missionary and is sent to a South Pacific island. His antics end up putting him in danger and right when the climax hits its peak, the show stops and it turns out to be a part of a FOX telethon.
    • "Saddlesore Galatica": Homer and Bart train a horse to become a racer with Bart as its jockey. However, the other jockeys turn out to be elves (complete with underground kingdom) and force Homer to throw the race. The episode even calls itself out on being a weird, derivative episode (in the form of Comic Book Guy being an audience surrogate), which led to a lot of real fans branding the episode as the worst ever and some claiming that it's a brilliant work of surrealism and post-modernism.
    • Any episode that shows the Simpson family and other Springfield citizens in the future ("Lisa's Wedding", "Bart to the Future", "Future-Drama", "Holidays of Future Passed", and "Days of Future Future")
    • "Moe Goes From Rags To Riches": The main plot revolves around a talking rag voiced by Jeremy Irons telling its story. The rag's sentience is given no explanation, the episode hops time periods with almost no connectivity between segments, and some of the plot points have no basis in reality, but were played perfectly straight. Much like "Saddlesore Galactica", the episode has been panned by critics.
    • "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner": This episode starts out with the Simpsons visiting a Captain Ersatz of Disneyland, but as soon as they visit the "Journey to Your Doom" attraction, a Genre Shift to Science Fiction occurs and the family ends up in an adventure on Rigel 7, the home planet of Kang and Kodos. At the end of the episode, the Simpsons were sent home, but they have second thoughts about returning to Earth, so they instead decide to explore the galaxy in a parody of Star Trek.
    • "The Serfsons" reimagines the show taking place in a fantasy medieval version of Springfield.
    • And, obviously, the Treehouse of Horror episodes.
  • South Park:
    • "Not Without My Anus." Purposeful bizarro episode on the part of the writers as an April Fools' Day joke, delaying the conclusion of "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" in favor of a ridiculous Terrance and Phillip story.
    • "Woodland Critter Christmas" is also off of the board. Justified because it's actually just a bizarre story made up by Cartman. This is brought up in the Imaginationland trilogy.
    Jason: Man, I do not want to meet the kid that dreamt THOSE things up.
  • Space Ghost Coast to Coast is already an absurd show with quite a few moments of Negative Continuity, but then there's episodes like "Brilliant Number One" that don't even pretend to make any sense (Space Ghost acts like even more of a Cloudcuckoolander than usual, the entire episode, bar the first 10 seconds or so, are presented in black-and-white with Letterboxing, a humming sound plays in the background throughout the whole thing, accompanied by incomprehensible subtitles, the theme song is replaced with a number from Rammstein, and characters occasionally undergo brief Art Shifts like being presented in Squiggle Vision.) And then there's "Brilliant Number Two", which is literally "Brilliant Number One" with different subtitles and altered sound mixing.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: "Spider With a Top Hat" takes place mostly within some kind of pocket dimension where all the creatures Star summons with her wand (like the narwhals from her "Mega Narwhal Blast") live. The eponymous Spider With a Top Hat makes his living entertaining the other creatures, but dreams of being able to help Star in combat as well. Just when it seems his hopes are in vain, Star summons the Spider into battle against a foe that's beaten every other spell Star could throw at it, some kind of monstrous wolf that has her and Marco pinned down in a one-room cabin. The Spider's hat turns into a Gatling gun seemingly out of nowhere (apart from a joke where a fellow monster told him he had "the hat of a warrior" when he meant to say "the heart of a warrior"), which he uses to fight off the wolf monster and save the day. Suddenly, the room they're in goes back to normal, with no sight of the fierce battle that had just taken place aside from Star and Marco looking rather beat up. Fans were debating for days whether it was All Just a Dream, a ploy on Star's part to cheer up the Spider With a Top Hat, some kind of Holodeck Malfunction, or what.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants has a few examples:
    • "I Had An Accident", the episode where SpongeBob breaks his butt and becomes a recluse, gets especially weird at the end, where a plot by Patrick and Sandy to get SpongeBob out of his house ends with a gorilla who beats up SpongeBob and rides away on a pantomime horse. The episode ends with a live-action family seeing the end of the episode looking quizzically at the camera.
    • "Spongehenge" is an all-around odd episode in terms of plot and tone; it starts out with SpongeBob discovering that his holes make music that attracts jellyfish when the "wind" blows through them, which annoys the entire town. In response, SpongeBob leaves Bikini Bottom and creates a number of large obelisks shaped like himself so the jellyfish will be drawn to them instead of himself. Much like "I Had An Accident", it also has an extremely bizarre conclusion where SpongeBob returns to Bikini Bottom...only to discover that it has been been destroyed in the time that he has been gone, to his horror. The scene then skips several thousand years later as aliens tour SpongeBob's statues of himself and wonder what their purpose is.
    • "Whirly Brains" has an especially bizarre plot by the show's standards, as it involves SpongeBob and Patrick flying their own brains out of their heads and sending them zipping around Bikini Bottom using the eponymous novelty, whereupon they get captured by an old man catching all of the brains of those using Whirly Brains and necessitating a rescue by Sandy.
  • In Stickin' Around, every day is a day at the bizarro considering that most of an episode happens in the main character and her friends' imaginations.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • In season 4 there's "Mercy Mission" and "Nomad Droids" — episodes that focus on R2-D2 and C-3PO in their own misadventures when they get separated from the army. The episodes pay homage to various works like Alice in Wonderland, The Lord of the Rings, Gulliver's Travels, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Real Steel.
    • Also possibly an homage to the 1980s Star Wars: Droids cartoon, which contained many BLAMs if not entire episodes (C-3PO blinking and sprinting, R2-D2's hammerspace gadgets and breakdancing).
    • Season 3 has the Mortis trilogy of episodes. The basic plot is that Obi-Wan, Anakin and Ahsoka get stranded on a surreal planet whose only three inhabitants — Father, Son and Daughter — are the living embodiments/avatars/personifications of the Balance of the Force, the Dark Side and the Light Side, respectively. During the course of the episodes Father, Son and Daughter either kill each other, or arrange for the Jedi to do so on their behalf. Aside from the anvilicious hints that Anakin has more sympathy for the Dark Side than is strictly healthy, it comes off as extreme padding. It gets referenced back to again in the last story arc of "The Lost Missions", when Yoda asks Anakin about his encounter with Qui-Gon Jinn on Mortis after he himself has been hearing Qui-Gon's voice.
  • The Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa April Fools' Day Crossover "Say Uncle" is this (at least for the former show, this kind of stuff is mostly normal for the latter). It breaks the fourth wall, has lots of Zany Cartoon gags, and is non-canon (Uncle Grandpa even tells that to the audience and says to "not worry," probably referencing the Steven Universe fandom's worries). The episode includes Pearl, Amethyst, and Garnet all getting stuck in a Void Between the Worlds, with Steven going to Uncle Grandpa's world. It ends with Uncle Grandpa reading a check-list of classic Cartoon Network characters (such as those from The Powerpuff Girls and Ed, Edd n Eddy) he has visited, with the only one unchecked being "Clarence," possibly foreshadowing to another bizarro crossover. And to add more weirdness into the mix, UG's checklist contains one show that predates everything else on the list and nobody expected would show up- SWAT Kats.
    • "Garnet's Universe", where Steven has an extended Imagine Spot depicted in a mix of various Shonen anime and retro gaming animation styles that features Garnet and her talking frog and bunny friends going on a Cliché Storm of an adventure to fight an evil fox man. It's about as far from the main style of the show as possible, but some fans love it for exactly those reasons.
    • "Know Your Fusion", where Steven and Amethyst introduce Pearl and Garnet to their fusion Smoky Quartz, resulting in the other two forming Sardonyx and taking the conversation to her own room in the temple, which she treats like a talk show. There's fourth wall breaking jokes aplenty, and unlike the previous two, this one is fully canon.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) has the three-part season 5 (and, effectively, the series) finale, "Mutant Apocalypse". Essentially a Mad Max parody, it was set several decades in the future, had a very different tone from the rest of the series, included no established characters besides the turtles and their pets (except a brief appearance of Casey's skull), didn't address April's fate at all, and tied up none of the dangling plot threads.
  • Teen Titans:
    • As funny and clever as it may be, the episode "Fractured" feels like this. We learn that there's a whole dimension that exists just for Robin and then the Robin from that dimension (Larry) breaks his finger and everything becomes chaotic. It's hard to believe that no one talks about that ever again. It's possible that he's supposed to be from the 5th dimension, like other DC characters such as Mister Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite. Apparently, that episode was called back to in Teen Titans Go!, and there was an issue where Larry brings along the Larry versions of the rest of the Titans.
    • Teen Titans had at least one completely insane episode per season, and the tone of the average episode wasn't much less wacky. If anything the episodes which focused on continuity and drama were the ones out of place. "Fractured", "Mad Mod", "Bunny Raven/How To Make a Titanimal Disappear", "Mother Mae Eye", and "Episode 257-494", the episode where Control Freak causes the Titans to become Trapped in TV Land. Well, the last one was referenced in the big finale, when Control Freak was using the lightsabers he got from TV Land. Oddly enough, most Bizarro Episodes are right before the season finale. Going from a deranged Hansel and Gretel Whole Plot Reference to Raven fulfilling her destiny and ending the world, or from the aforementioned Larry episode to Terra picking off the team one by one led to some absolutely beautiful Mood Whiplash and gave the show its signature schizophrenic tone.
    • A good rule of thumb was this: if the opening Theme Tune was in Japanese, as opposed to the usual English, you were about to see some weird shit. Especially when the one singing in Japanese is Larry. Except "Nevermore"- though that one is weird for a solid chunk in the middle, it's less "crazy and funny" weird and more "Mind Screw, Uncanny Valley, and a side dose of horror" weird, and the central plot about Raven fighting her Enemy Within is serious.
    • "Fear Itself" can function as a fairly good bait-and-switch in terms of this. The episode starts out silly, the first part being the debut of Control Freak, where the Titans fight him in a video store and he brings things like candy to life and turns them evil. Then things get dark.
    • "Employee of the Month" where Beast Boy gets a job at a fast food restaurant. But once inside, he discovers that the restaurant is both a facade and the place of origin of the UFOs: an alien conqueror made of living tofu, aka The Source, and his creations, the Bobs, are trying to catch as many cows as they can to provide power for their technology and blow up the Earth upon completion of the operation, just out of spite. Beast Boy interrogates the Source how he can defeat the Bobs and shut down the self destruction device, the tofu alien refuses to talk so Beast Boy threatened to eat him for lunch. After The Source was smothered with BBQ sauce, it confesses. With the information the Source has given him on their weakness, which just turns out to be water, Beast Boy is able to single-handedly defeat the Bobs. Then a whole herd of cows suddenly appears out of thin air around the other Titans (Robin asks "Can this day get any weirder?"). Then as Beast Boy explains to the others all the weird events that occurred, Cyborg then gobbles up the Source.
    Robin: So, what happened to the alien leader?
    Beast Boy: Oh, he's in the fridge.
    (Everyone turns and looks dumbfounded as Cyborg has gobbled up the Source)
    Cyborg: What?
    (Episode ends)
  • Teen Titans Go!:
    • "Puppets, Whaaaaat?": Robin gets so mad at the other Titans he turns them into puppets...and things just get weirder after that.
    • "Smile Bones": Cyborg and Beast Boy eat so much that their over-sized stomachs come to life and wreak havoc on the city.
    • "Kicking a Ball and Pretending to Be Hurt": The Titans discover that all the soccer balls in the world are, in fact, inhabited by soccer trolls that use their magic to make the game of soccer interesting, because nobody would care about it otherwise. At the end of the show, it's revealed that bowling balls contain magical turkeys for the same reason.
  • Events of the Total Drama Island episode "Camp Castaways" are never mentioned outside of the episode's recap, and the real twist is that there was no challenge in that episode.
  • The Transformers:
    • Two episodes ("Sea Change" and "A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court") randomly feature fantasy concepts like magic and dragons in what is otherwise an exclusively sci-fi cartoon. "Sea Change" counts especially, given its bizarre plot involving Seaspray falling in love with a shapeshifting mermaid. The events in both episodes are never referenced or alluded to ever again, in the show itself or in any supplementary material.
    • "Prime Target", in which Optimus gets hunted by an outlandish billionaire Great White Hunter who inexplicably has access to technology beyond anything anyone else on Earth had at the time, including the Autobots. Highlights include a giant lizard and robot spider, the Autobots watching a soap opera on TV, Astrotrain and Blitzwing turning into a pair of bumbling goofballs, and Optimus Prime saying boobies in what is possibly the greatest moment in television history.
    • Less extreme than the previous examples is "The Girl Who Loved Powerglide", in which Powerglide falls in love with a human woman, the Decepticons' evil scheme is foiled by jewelry, and a bizarre ending shows Powerglide with an LED heart in his chest. Not only is it never mentioned again, but if taken as canon the episode accidentally turns Powerglide into a borderline adulterer, as a previous episode had established him as being in a committed relationship with Moonracer.
  • The 2 Stupid Dogs short "Cartoon Canines" sees Big Dog and Little Dog getting drafted into some sort of training camp for cartoon characters, complete with a feline Funny Animal Drill Sergeant Nasty ordering them into stereotypical cartoon personae and then into a series of training scenarios. Little Dog (AKA "Hammy") is pestered by a giant cat, and eventually defeats him by going Incredible Hulk on him and throwing him onto a working toaster. Big Dog (AKA "Loafy") finds himself tormented by a feline Abhorrent Admirer, and after some slapstick he tricks her into kissing her own butt. The woman goes into a rage, then suddenly splits in half to reveal... some kind of energy being shaped like an atom, and a monkey in a dress named Sasha who is apparently the energy being's girlfriend. Mission Control and the dogs are presumably just as confused as the audience as the energy being flies away with Sasha, shouting "We're free! Free!"
  • The Venture Bros. has this in the form of "Escape to the House of Mummies! Part II". Doctor Venture and Orpheus have an argument over whether science or magic is better and fill out Mad Libs to pass the time. Meanwhile, Brock and the boys are trapped in Egypt with Edgar Allan Poe, Sigmund Freud, and an alternate timeline Brock in scuba gear. The episode ends in the Arctic as one Brock slices open Poe's carcass and puts the freezing Dean inside for warmth. Also, Caligula was there too. And no, none of that makes even the slightest bit of sense. Yes, that title is right. There was no "Escape to the House of Mummies! Part I", and just a preview for "Escape to the House of Mummies! Part III". The point of the episode was to parody instances of one multi-part episode being aired independently as a rerun, leaving viewers with little idea of what is going on.
  • Wander over Yonder has "The Void", in which Wander and Sylvia visit a white space (think Michael Crichton's Sphere) where anything either of them dream up comes immediately true, and the rules of logic and common sense do not apply. It's non-stop insanity from start to finish.
  • Zig & Sharko: "Bottom's Bottom" has the titular characters falling down a pit and finding a city of weird-looking creatures.

Alternative Title(s): Big Lipped Alligator Episode, A Day At The Bizarro, BLAM Episode