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Basic Trope: An episode that's much crazier than the rest of the series.

  • Straight: Celestial Adventure is usually a well-thought-out science fiction series, with the main group of characters being quite down-to-Earth, despite one of them being a joker. However in one episode, Lieutenant Alice O'Reilly is holding the Idiot Ball, The Captain is reciting Dr. Seuss, the sci-fi technobabble doesn't make sense, and the aliens the spaceship's crew are encountering are flying pigs.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Out-of-Genre Experience.
    • An entire season is weird and zany.
    • A generally weird and zany show manages to outdo itself for an episode.
  • Downplayed:
    • Lieutenant O'Reilly holds the Idiot Ball and the aliens are a bit zanier than most aliens in Celestial Adventure, but this episode is not that much crazier.
    • A fairly normal episode has a particularly weird sequence.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: A normally zany series has one eerily serious episode.
  • Subverted: The episode begins with Lieutenant O'Reilly looking distracted and Commander Bob Davidson talking like a child, but that turns out to be because they are under mind control.
  • Double Subverted: By flying pigs!
  • Parodied: The episode's title is Insanity.
  • Averted: No episodes are crazier than average.
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  • Zigzagged: Some moments of the episode are inexplicably crazy, others are normal.
  • Enforced:
    • "The fans are complaining too much about how serious everything is, so let's give them an episode to make them appreciate the normal flow!"
    • The writers need to do a filler episode and figure that they may as well go nuts and make the story as off-the-wall and ridiculous as possible.
  • Lampshaded: "This adventure is really crazy!"
  • Invoked: An Eldritch Abomination is bored, so it tries to make the spaceship crew act really goofy for its amusement.
  • Exploited: Captain O'Reilly reasons that since everything is weird, nothing she does will have consequences, and does all the crazy stuff she's always anted to do.
  • Defied: At the soonest sign of weirdness, Captain O'Reilly hightails it out of there.
  • Discussed:
    Captain Delaney: "Flying pigs? This has bound to be the zaniest adventure we've had to date. And as Dr. Seuss said, every day from here to there, funny things are everywhere."
    Commander Harley: "Yeah, and what's with O'Reilly? She's acting really weird."
    Lieutenant McLane: "Interesting."
    Lieutenant Dantè: "On my planet, things were never this random."
    Dr. Dawson: "I wonder if there's a medical reason for all this."
    Lieutenant O'Reilly: "What-what, hmm?"
    Commander Davidson: "Hey, Alice! Remember to look both ways before crossing the solar system."
    Captain Delaney: "Eh?"
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  • Conversed: "Wow, this episode is almost like you're watching the wrong show!"
  • Implied: Though things seem normal enough, there's some odd instances of Out of Character behavior and Series Continuity Error for such a tightly run program.
  • Deconstructed: Since everything is crazy, anything could happen, even Captain Delaney dying.
  • Reconstructed: But because everything is crazy, Commander Davidson could just snap his fingers and The Captain is good as new.
  • Played for Laughs: The zaniness has a comedic aspect to it.
  • Played for Drama: The characters are slipping into insanity and acting goofy as a result.

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