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End-of-Episode Silliness

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When a show has resolved all the conflict and tied away every loose end, and now has nothing left to do for the tag, often they bring in End-of-Episode Silliness, a Tag which has no relevance to anything. Usually a bit of random dialogue.

Different from a Deus ex Machina in that all the plot points are already taken care of. If ever a show were to have a Deus ex Machina and End of Episode Silliness, the writers would probably be smitten from above.


Compare Oh, Cisco!.

If you were looking for when a show's silly episodes come to an end, see Cerebus Syndrome.


  • A post-credits scene in The Avengers (2012) has the titular characters eating in silence in a shawarma restaurant.
  • Formerly named "Uncle Herbie" after the tradition in Welcome Back, Kotter of ending every episode with an old joke about one of Kotter's seemingly inexhaustible supply of uncles. ("Did I ever tell you about my Uncle Herbie?", "Did I ever tell you about my Uncle Larry?", "Did I ever tell you about my Uncle Seymour?", etc, etc.)
  • Well before Gabe Kotter, Gracie Allen also had a long line of strange relatives to wrap up episodes of The Burns and Allen Show. All George needed to do was ask "So Gracie, what's new with your Uncle Charlie?", then sit back and react while Gracie spoke for three minutes.
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  • Tony Randall and Jack Klugman reportedly hated doing these on The Odd Couple (1970) because they felt the tag's only reason for being was to make viewers watch the last commercial. An example of one is the episode in which they think a ghost is in the air conditioner. The tag consists of Felix describing his hoped for funeral.
  • This is done a fair bit by The Simpsons (particularly the later episodes; the earlier episodes do have them, but not very often), e.g. the episode where Mr. Burns captures the Loch Ness Monster. The episode ends with the monster working at a casino, and it and Homer talk about the low quality of the casino's cocktails.
    • Another episode ("The Great Money Caper") shows The Summation being interrupted by Otto Mann running in and shouting, "Surf's up!", and then the show ended with some shots of random Simpsons characters surfing.
    • At the end of "Lisa's Sax", after a short montage of Lisa playing her saxophone in previous episodes, we cut to the Simpsons' living room, where Grampa attempts to play peek-a-boo with Maggie, only to declare, "My retinas have detached again!" and start stumbling around the house to the amusement of Marge, Homer, and Apu.
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    • "The Canine Mutiny" ends with Chief Wiggum doing karaoke to reggae music, which continues over the credits.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "My Pretty Seahorse" ends with a random Overly Long Gag of Patrick repeatedly trying to walk through a doorway, only to get stuck because of the wooden plank nailed to his head.
  • Also used occasionally by South Park, Family Guy, Clerks: The Animated Series — it does seem to happen more often in animation, almost always deliberately for humorous effect.
    • "Ladies and Gentlemen, Mister Conway Twitty."
  • The tag for My Name Is Earl runs alongside the credits and often has the titular Earl and his brother Randy lying in bed in their motel room and having hilariously inane discussions. Or, in one episode, dancing "The Robot" to Styx's "Mr. Roboto".
    • The same thing was done in Sea Change in which a father and son would talk about odd things on a beach.
  • Three's Company did this a lot, but these tags are often cut in the syndicated reruns. In particular, when Suzanne Somers was phoning in her part, Chrissy's phone calls were often of the End of Episode Silliness variety.
  • Governor Gatling of Benson would frequently meander off-topic with stories of his Navy and lumber mill friends. On very rare occasions, their relevance to the situation at hand became clear to anyone other than the Governor.
  • The Sarah Silverman Program ends every episode with her talking to her dog, relating the lessons of the episode. Or at least she's supposed to. Sometimes she gets totally off-topic and invokes End of Episode Silliness.
  • Almost every episode of Community ends with a final scene. Sometimes these scenes have some connection to an aspect of the episode. Usually, they will involve Troy and Abed.
  • Most episodes of CHiPs had a teaser that was totally unrelated to the main plot — often, it would be set at a local bar or a party, where someone tells a joke, Ponch kisses his completely hot girlfriend, someone blunders and everyone laughs ... so on and so forth, and the scene would stop several times while the end credits were shown on-screen.
  • At the end of the Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing episode of The Angry Video Game Nerd, after the Nerd gives his ultimate evaluation on the game, he first imagines what a commercial for the game would be like, then tries to find out how fast you could drive the truck in reverse.
  • Maxwell Atoms applied these to the end credits late in the run of his two shows 'The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Evil Con Carne.
  • Common with Scooby-Doo, often involving Scooby or Shaggy or both.
  • This happens in most episodes in the first two seasons of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, including Rebecca and Paula attending a literal Vampire Weekend and a rapper, following a feminist awakening, making a list of "Bitches to Apologize To".
  • The Time Squad episode "The Prime Minister Has No Clothes" ends with a Benny Hill-style chase.
  • Because of the mostly-improvised nature of the show, many episodes of The Monkees ended with a lot of time left over to kill–which they filled with backstage rapping, bloopers and/or another musical number.
  • The Fairly OddParents: "Mind Over Magic" ends with Chip Skylark coming out of Cosmo's head and singing, as Timmy and Wanda eat chocolate and snap their fingers along.
  • Moonlighting: When the fourth season finale wraps up the plot with several minutes to spare, Maddie breaks the fourth wall to tell the viewers it's because there's a Writer's Strike going on. The cast decide to make Herbert Viola sing "Woolly Bully" to fill out their timeslot.

Alternative Title(s): Uncle Herbie


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