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Dear screenwriters,

Please stop. This thing about getting us invested in storylines only to totally abandon them sucks. I spent three seasons hanging on every episode of The Borgias and then it just ... stopped? That's it? No ending? Showtime got me to root for an murderous relationship and then just ditched me?!? You can't just snatch Jeremy Irons away from people like that. It's hurtful!


And don't even get me started on Family Matters. The show just pretended a whole child never happened! Judy was there for like 3 or 4 seasons and then she just never showed back up and we never talked about her again. Where did she go? Was she in Laura's imagination? Was she a cyborg spy that Steve Urkel invented? What happened!?!

One Reddit user asked:

Which story lines have been abandoned by t.v. shows to the point where viewers are supposed to act like they never happened?


First things first, it's clear I'm not the only one salty about the whereabouts and well-being of the missing young miss Judy Winslow. Secondly, get it together TV people! I had no idea this many shows were this messy with their plot lines. Here are some of the responses that people really agreed with.

Judy?

Judy Winslow went up the stairs and never came back down on Family Matters.

- Hat_Skeleton

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

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I remember in The X-Files where the main characters find a stash of government secrets hidden in a mountain, then next episode they're back at the FBI building ... and it's never mentioned again.

Pissed me off. It took like 60 episodes to get them to the climax in that mountain, just to pretend in the following episode and season that it never happened.

- hightide89

Dog Or Wife?

Brooklyn Nine-nine: is Kelly Skully's dog or his wife? We still don't know!

- totalst8ofeuphoria

Great Friends, Terrible Parents

Every time a character had a child on Friends. They would pop up whenever convenient then vanish. With Ross' son it kind of made sense because his ex had custody, but then Rachel and Ross had their baby and it seemed to barely impact on their lives.

- little_beanpole

Casual Pirates

In Hamlet, Hamlet casually gets kidnapped by pirates. Mentions it once and never again.

- Rose__Queen

All A Dream

In Married with Children season 6, Peggy and Marcy are pregnant. This is a big element of the first half of the season. Then actress Katey Sagal, who was pregnant in real life as well, had a miscarriage and rather than have her work through the remainder of the storyline, they scrapped it altogether. It was explained away in an episode in which Al dreamed he was a detective. At the end, it is revealed that everything up until that point in the season, including the pregnancies, was a dream.

Also, in season 7, the Bundy family adopts their little nephew Seven. He has some small parts in half a dozen episodes, before he mysteriously disappears and is never seen again.

- Jack-A-Roe33

Ghosted By Ghost

Ghost literally just disappeared from the last season of Game of Thrones with no explanation. I had his character for a fantasy league, ugh.

- sydvaca

Zuko's Mom

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Avatar: The Last Airbender totally abandons the story of Zuko's mom. I know they wrapped it up in the comics, but still they paved so much of the back story in the series and then just completely dropped it. We got a whole episode about her disappearance and everything. Also, they mention the Zukos grandfather was Avatar Roku, but aside from one line we don't learn anything else about any of that at all and it's completely irrelevant.

There's even a joke about it in the sequel, Legend of Korra. One of Tenzin's kids asks Katara what happened to Zuko's mom. Katara says something like, "Aahhhh yes, it's an amazing story, it all started when--" but she's immediately interrupted and it's never mentioned again.

- SenecaRoll

Trade With Mexico

In Handmaids Tale, there's an entire episode where June learns that handmaids are going to be traded to Mexico for valuables, since Gilead's economy will only work if they trade. Gilead doesn't have anything of value but Handmaids, since they abandoned all factories and whatnot. Only this super crucial plot point gets abandoned and all we get from the episode is that June learns her husband is alive. They probably could've done more with that.

- CapriciousSalmon

Chicago

In the failed backdoor pilot for a Supernatural spinoff called Bloodlines, it's revealed that Chicago is being run by five monster families. That just never gets mentioned again. Chicago is full of monsters! Shouldn't they be checking up on that?!

- violue

Lifehacks, if applied properly, can really change the course of a single household chore.

Chores can really be such a pain to take care of, and nobody wants to do it. But with a little life hack under your belt, you might be able to turn chore time into something a little fun.

u/rat-avec-london asked:

What is a lifehack that seems fake, but is a true lifesaver?

Here were some of those answers.


My Finger, The Glass

If your ring gets stuck on your finger windex will slide it right off. Worked at a jewelry store for five plus years.

coykoi314

You can also use any oil (cooking, automotive... anything).

You can also reduce the size of your hand (and finger) by holding it up in the air. Chilling your hand in cold water THEN holding it up in the air for a couple minutes whilst rubbing oil &/or dishwashing fluids in there... trifecta of ring removal.

Should work on anyone that just stole Sauron's prize - though biting it off also works, i suppose.

SageSilinous

Multiple Uses

Use shaving cream as anti-fog. I used it on the inside of my motorcycle visor. Smear it on, let it dry, then rinse off and dry. It also works for bathroom mirrors. You can use it on a small spot so you can still see when you get out of the shower.

Caspers_Shadow

Shaving cream also removes the smell of urine. If you ever have to take care of someone who is old and/or sick and who wets the bed, a little shaving cream on a rag wiped over their buttocks after they are thoroughly cleaned up helps them really smell clean again.

It's a bit of a sad tip, I know, but you never know when you might end up caring for someone who needs help with things like this. Nobody wants to smell. A dab of shaving cream to restore a bit of dignity? Priceless.

Gen-Jinjur

Pretty Important For Stage Actors

Every male should know this. If you want to get rid of an awkward boner flex any muscle in your body maybe an arm. For a minute. The blood will rush to that muscle and away from your penis. Crisis averted.

GingerOverseer

These life hacks really don't seem real at all, but if you can swear by them, they can save your life.

Obligatory Poop Hack

I saw a comment on one of these kinda threads that recommended gently rocking back and forth while pooping. I've never had any problems in the bathroom, but I happened to be sitting on the toilet when I read the comment so I decided to give it a test drive. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and effortless the whole experience was and I haven't gone back to my old stationary technique since. As a bonus, #1 and #2 now require the same amount of time in the bathroom!

ASS_LORD_666

It's The Alcohol

If you have funky armpits and need to fix them fast, use hand sanitiser. I figured this out years ago when I remembered that the smell comes from bacteria reactions - which antibacterial hand gel kills stone dead. Instant results and the medical smell lasts only a minute. Don't do this routinely though as it's delicate skin.

ihadanideaonce

But Hopefully It's Just A Playing Puppy

True lifesaver: if you are ever attacked by a dog, push your forearm INTO the bite. This pries the jaws apart and prevents them from clamping down. If a dog is attacking you, the best thing you can do is offer your forearm, push as far back as possible, and then grab the dog by the scruff of its neck with your other hand to hold it. The dog is now functionally muzzled and you have control of its head. The sooner and harder you push into the bite, the less damage the bite will do.

IAlbatross

Get It Off Anything

That rubbing alcohol removes chewing gum.

I'd go through a 20 layer deep marketing funnel to get to that tip because it really does work.

Also wow! Thank you for all of the awards nice Redditors. I completely forgot I left this comment and came back and my notifications had blown up.

omgIamafraidofreddit

And previously impossible situations will give way at long last.

Sayonara Capsaicin

Rubbing vegetable oil (or any cooking oil) on your hands after you cut up jalapeños or other hot peppers. It gets rid of the awfulness that would normally be left on your hands from the peppers. I rub my hands with oil and then wash it off with dish soap. I can totally remove my contacts after doing this. It's crazy how well this works.

PaulRuddsButthole

Crying Crying

Put your onion in the freezer for 10 minutes before chopping it. It freezes the juices just enough to slow down the process of it turning in to a gas, giving you a few minutes to chop the onion without tears. I learnt this tip from a kid's science show years ago and I haven't had to deal with onion tears since. So many people don't believe me, and then are genuinely surprised when it works.

Lost_in_the_Library

Just A Quick Little Base

The cheapest, most effective, and safest insecticide against roaches (especially those huge "water bug" roaches that we have in the South) is a spray bottle of mostly water with just a little liquid dish soap in it.

Shake the bottle & get the water a little foamy, then spray the roaches. They will run, scrabble, and attempt escape, of course, but they will die. The soap film suffocates them faster than any chemicals will.

A friend told me about this, & I thought she was nuts, but I tried it & it works amazingly well. Plus it's very easy to clean up and safe around food (not that you want to spray soapy water ON your food).

SnooPickles3213

Incorporating any of these lifehacks into your home may make a big difference. You'll never want to turn back.

Or you will, whatever. But they're worth a try!

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