In this thread, people have been voicing their opinions on the “Very Special Episodes” that invariably crop up in TV sitcoms.
It was noted that while a few series manage to pull off such episodes pretty well, most of them end up producing episodes that are “glurge” at best, and heavy-handed propaganda at worst.
Now, that said, I’d like to ask some of my fellow Dopers who have less than “mainstream” tastes or senses of levity…what are some “very special episodes” that YOU’D like to see, if only for novelty, but that would or could NEVER be produced? Y’know, what would be the “very special episodes” in an evil parallel universe™?
A specific series isn’t necessary, just the plot/message of the episode.
To start with, my suggestions…
•A character loses their faith in god, permanently. And remains faithless by the end of the episode.
•Someone takes the law into their own hands, leaving the world a safer and more just place, and goes unpunished.
•A hated senior officer is fragged.
•A hopelessly tragic “love triangle” is resolved by the formation of a “threesome” relationship, to the satisfaction—if not delight—of all.
•Someone learns how it is always wrong to compromise your ideals, even if all of contemporary society disagrees with you.
•A non-caucasian admits to being a bigot.
•Casual sex between good friends is shown in a positive light.
•“Mutually Assured Destruction” is shown as a valid, even beneficial, world policy.
•The plucky yet insecure junior high school girl who’s the center of a show decides that, instead of striving for popularity, she’d rather become a hard core geek. The local nerd community accepts her with open arms and understanding.