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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

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Stupid is as stupid does. And it’s pretty obvious when some poor, misinformed, potentially ignorant soul needs to be put in their place. Luckily, there are a lot of witty ways to do just that. We love a good euphemism.

Wanna know the best way to call out stupidity when you see it? Stay tuned.

U/lientubay asked: What's the best euphemism for telling people that they're stupid?

​Get a load of these sick burns. I swear, the people of Reddit are harsh.

Call outs are a universal language.

In Russian we have "intelligent thoughts have always followed him, but he was faster".

Humphr1es

We have something similar in German: "Intelligence is chasing you, but you are faster."

Tatsukishi

Be your own Easter Bunny.​

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You could hide your own Easter eggs.

Bdiz78

The great Harvey Korman had some Alzheimer's @ 2005, and he still went on a talk show. They asked him how he was doing and he said he was OK. "Now I can hide my own Easter eggs." RIP.

Gas-Blaster

That’s cold.​

“At this point, you can only impress me."

Roman_Suicide_Note

This reminds me of something I saw in a show recently. One character said "Would you think less of me if ____." The other character said "I could never think less of you."

Catty_wampus

​I lol’d.

I think I saw this one here previously "You aren't the biggest idiot in the world but you better hope they don't die".

Soalindie

Once told this to my brother, his immediate response was "hey, please don't die".

Srakrn

It takes a very intelligent person to properly call out a dumb person. Weird how that works, huh?​

When the bears are smarter than the tourists.​

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Now I know what Douglas Adams was talking about.

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."

BerenTheBold

As the park rangers in Yellowstone say- making a bear-proof trash can is very difficult due to the considerable overlap between the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists.

Lahmmom

​That’s a gross mental image.

In Greece we say "when it was raining brains, you had an umbrella".

GSavvage

In German we ask God for help. "God, let there be raining brains" this sounds so weird but idk how to express it better lol.

Edit: In German it's "Gott, lass Hirn regnen".

Foxpawdot

It’s probably a bad sign when your lawyer calls you dumb.

Lawyer to client who shared detailed attorney-client privileged strategy memorandum with a whole bunch of people, including an adverse party:

Client: "Is there anything you can do to fix this?"

Attorney: "No, you've pretty much waived the privilege and now they know everything."

Client: "Is there anyway to put a positive spin on this?"

Attorney: "Well, I suppose the judge might buy that this proves that you lack the mental capacity to form specific intent."

Malibulobo

These next ones are just plain cold, but probably very much deserved.​

Meanness from a Canadian is probably well-earned.

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On a Canadian jobsite

Ahh Terry, having you around is like losing three good men.

StrykerSeven

Oof, that’s harsh.

He's so far behind he thinks he's first.

Perstn

I had a keychain as a kid that said, "She who laughs last thinks slowest.”

KatieSedai

Those are some gross socks.

Once heard someone say "Well he's about as sharp as a sock full of soup".

Angrypunishment

"Sharp as a marshmallow" was one that went around my friend circle.

Rubywolf27

In the words of the great prophets Smash Mouth, “I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed”. That self-burn is perhaps one of the most classic euphemisms. And I just almost misspelled “euphemism”. So I can definitely relate to that lyric.

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