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Basic Trope: An event that would change an important part of or end the show is undone by the next episode with no explanation.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob lose their jobs at the end of an episode. By the next episode, they have them back with no explanation.
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  • Downplayed: While there is no explanation, the characters do repeatedly mention the event despite the snap back.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob keep their jobs throughout the episode. Next episode, they're inexplicably unemployed.
  • Subverted: The next episode is about how Alice and Bob get their jobs back...
  • Double Subverted: ...Except that's All Just a Dream, and they really do have their jobs back for no reason...
  • Parodied: The universe blows up at one point during the episode. Next scene, everything is back to normal with no explanation.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice and Bob lose their jobs at the end of an episode, but the next episode is about how they get their jobs back, but that's All Just a Dream and they really are now inexplicably employed, only they do explain it, but they were just making that up, and the real way they got their jobs back was completely different.
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  • Averted: Nothing ever happens that would change the canon of the show.
  • Enforced: "We can't end the show like that. We'll just have to revive them without explanation".
  • Lampshaded: "Remember that time Alice and Bob lost their jobs?" "Yeah, what happened to that?"
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob don't care about their jobs, because everything'll be fine by the next episode.
  • Exploited: Alice and Bob snap and go out of their way to destroy their careers, knowing everything will be fine by the next episode.
  • Defied: Next time, the two quit their jobs because they remember losing them.
  • Discussed: "No matter what TV has taught you, in the real world, you can't just expect everything to inexplicably be fine by next week".
  • Conversed: "Hey! Didn't they lose their jobs in the last episode. Now Bob's going to work? What's up with that?!"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: This is the premise of the show, and is Played for Laughs.
  • Played For Laughs: See Amusing Injuries.
  • Played For Drama: See "Groundhog Day" Loop.

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