(For the extreme spolierphobes out there, if you haven’t seen the movie or have no idea what I mean by a Groundhog Day Episode, please beware of spoilers below.)
There are lots of television episodes that follow the basic premise of the movie Groundhog Day — a character or characters relive the same day/time period over and over and over and over again until someone pushes a button, says the right thing, learns the right lesson …
I know its evolutionary ancestry has Capra-like roots, but would be surprised if the short-time-period-repetition plot device is as young as Groundhog Day the movie. But I can’t think of an earlier use — can you?
(As much as I love the (relative) Board stability, how awesome would it have been if the hamsters glitched and triple-posted the OP?)