Best TV stupidity of all time

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Medusa - S2-E8

Stupidity: At the beginning, James and Winn argue in whispers about who gets to tell Kara that James is the Guardian, a secret they've been keeping from her, both of them apparently forgetting that she has superhuman hearing.

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Cubs Fan
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Buyout - S5-E6

Stupidity: Toward the end of the episode, MIke uses a plastic zip tie to bind Walt to a radiator. To escape, Walt bites the end off an extension cord and uses the electrical current to burn through the plastic zip tie, but he does so against his wrist, burning himself in the process. It would have been much smarter to burn the plastic zip tie where it wrapped around the metal radiator rather than around his wrist.

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djm
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Crisis on Earth-X, Part 3 - S4-E8

Stupidity: After the power cuts out, Thawne realises an obvious hiding spot and races to the secret room. He sees it's empty and just...stops looking? We literally just saw The Flash take a fraction of a second to scout out an entire enemy base we're told was 22km away! While he's dawdling in the secret room, Iris and Felicity get to Kara, knock out the guards, and get her down the corridor to the lift. He could have checked the entirety of Star Labs 10 times over in that time.

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Jon Sandys
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Lotto - S8-E3

Stupidity: Oscar, Dwight, Jim, Erin, Kelly and Kevin are worried about a dog that have been left in a car, and that the dog will die. After some discussion, Oscar ultimately decides to smash the rear-driver's windows in order to give the dog some fresh air, yet there would be no point in doing this as the sun-roof is open, that's how Dwight pours milkshake into the car.

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BluScorp91
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A Stitch in Time - S1-E1

Stupidity: During a shootout in front of a bank, one of the bank robbers lays his shotgun on the trunk of a car and yells "I'm out!" However, he has 6 additional rounds in a shell holder on the side of the gun.

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Crossfire - S8-E22

Stupidity: When Castle and Beckett discuss the trap LokSat set for them at the dead drop and any forthcoming retribution, Beckett comments that her dad should be relatively safe from reprisal because he's on business out of town. Someone as smart as Beckett would never make such brain-deadly dumb assumption; considering how powerful and how dangerous he's supposed to be, especially with the resources of the CIA at his disposal, LokSat surely would have no trouble finding and getting to, and certainly no qualms about eliminating, Beckett's dad if it stopped her in her pursuit of him.

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Unforgettable - S4-E22

Stupidity: When Kellin is hit with the neurolytic emitter, it erases her memories of the outside world. However, the effects aren't immediate and take some time (enough to get her to sick bay and have time to talk to Chakotay). However, she spends her time telling Chakotay to help her remember their relationship, etc. when her memory is gone instead of just making a recording of herself describing the relationship and her feeling which can then be shown to her after her memory is gone. She might not believe the recording, but seeing herself discuss the situation would be better than just relying on Chakotay (who will soon be a stranger she never met) telling her something so unbelievable.

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Bishop73
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Zoo York - S2-E3

Stupidity: When Mac and Lindsay are reconstructing the stab wound found on their victim on their pig specimen, a couple of the weapons they use are long, thin knives; since the wound is circular, Mac at the very least would know those could be excluded by default.

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The Forecaster (No. 163) - S4-E10

Stupidity: Farnsworth tells Charnquist they've been compromised by a girl listening in on their phone calls and that Charnquist needs to take care of it. He is able to identify the girl, elude FBI, tries to burn his apartment down, is able to gains access to Maggie's apartment and knock out Aram in order to kidnap Maggie. He's a killer who works for someone who has arranged dozen of murders, and knows "take care of her" means kill her. There is absolutely no reason for Charnquist not to have just killed Maggie, Aram, and Fiona. He had opportunity and he ends up killing 3 cops in order to kidnap her and kidnapping Maggie would not have solved anything.

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Bishop73
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Point of Impact - S8-E8

Stupidity: After talking to the bartender Calleigh goes back the lab and talks to Cain, he wonders if they got a false positive from the vic's blood alcohol. Calleigh then gives a detailed description of how that could happen. Cain already knows how (obviously this was done for the audience, to explain it, but in the context of the show it makes no sense).

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brianjr0412
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The Succubus (a.k.a. Chef's Mama) - S3-E3

Stupidity: When Kenny and Cartman are sitting on the bench, Cartman can't start the tape as he has fallen asleep. Kenny then tries to wake him up, but wouldn't it have made far more sense for him to just start it himself, as he is sitting right next to it? Cartman's job was to push the play button. It was not like he had to rewind, fast forward or even eject the tape, so all Kenny had to do was just simply push the play button and tape would have started to play.

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The Secret of the Unicorn: Part 2 - S1-E4

Stupidity: When the Bird brothers are searching the treasure room for Tintin, one of them claims they have found him, and points. The other brother then shoots at him which was turns out to have just been a mirror reflection. The brothers then proceed to find Tintin and start by going straight forward, completely in a different direction than the mirror. If they wanted to find Tintin, wouldn't the more logical thing to do be simply look in the direction the mirror was pointing at? The whole point of a mirror is to reflect what is in front of it, so Tintin would probably have been standing in that direction anyway.

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Casual Person
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Soft Light - S2-E23

Stupidity: After Mulder requests a fingerprint check on light bulb, Scully wipes it down with a napkin, removing any such evidence with no possible useful outcome.

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Monk (2002)

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Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend - S6-E4

Stupidity: Why would Linda kill someone knowing most likely Monk would be investigating it? She knows how good he is and that he solves impossible crimes all the time.

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brianjr0412
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Suggested correction: Characters doing stupid things isn't what qualifies as a stupidity. Why would anyone kill anyone knowing there's a chance they could get caught? Linda's personal motives for killing outweigh the fear of being caught.

Bishop73

New this month Suggested correction: She even goes the "extra mile" and commits the murder in another county making sure it is outside our Stottlemeyer's and i.e. Monk's jurisdiction.

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Rose - S1-E1

Stupidity: During the scene at the restaurant, Rose pulls the fire alarm. Then she and the doctor run through the kitchen, past several chefs who just duck and crouch into corners. This would easily be one of the stupidest ideas ever. If there was a fire, they would evacuate out the back door instead of just sitting there waiting to be choked to death. And if they knew about Auton Mickey, running out the back door would also be a lot more logical than just crouching down and waiting to be battered to death.

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Jack's Tattoo - S8-E16

New this month Stupidity: The fact that the young mother in the hospital would give Janet (a total stranger to her) her baby to watch while visiting her husband in a different area is completely unreal. Nobody would really ever just give their baby to a stranger like that and leave. In addition, Janet took the baby into Jack's room for quite awhile.

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Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence - S4-E8

Stupidity: Once he decided to finally saw into the banister, all Anthony had to do to get Julia's head out was to saw through one of the thin posts on either side of her head. Instead, he saws through an enormous section of the staircase, later causing the governor to accidentally fall through. If he didn't realise that, one of the other designers, all who were looking on, should have. It's a lot to presume they all would have been that careless just for the benefit of a sight gag.

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Michael Albert
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The Night of the Human Trigger - S1-E12

Stupidity: West and Gordon are in the coal cart and rock it until it tips over so they can escape. Neither West nor Gordon had their feet tied up, only their wrists, meaning both could have merely stood up in the cart and jumped out of it, rather than rocking it side to side.

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Scott215

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X-Men (1992)

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Come the Apocalypse - S1-E10

Stupidity: When Cyclops is arguing with Warren Worthington (Mystique in disguise), Worthington says to Cyclops "Look me in the eye and tell me that," to which Cyclops responds "It'll be my pleasure" and gets ready to shoot Worthington in the face until Professor X orders him to stand down. Cyclops is supposed to be the calm and collected field leader of the X-Men. It's pretty out of character for him to try and murder somebody, or even strike a blow, over a philosophical disagreement.

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Serious B
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Pursuit of the Po-Ho - S1-E4

Stupidity: While flying over the jungle in the Dragonfly, Dr. Quest uses the Dragonfly's speakers to tell the Po-Ho tribe he is their Air God and is angry for the tribe taking hostages. While he was at it, Quest should have ordered the Po-Ho's to release the hostages.

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Scott215
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All Eyez on Me - S12-E13

Stupidity: When they are conferring before surgery everyone is keeping scrub except for Avery who has his arms crossed. Shortly afterwards you can see him look around at all his co-stars, realise he screwed up and try to casually raise his arms.

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Radar's Report - S2-E3

Stupidity: Radar takes his glasses off, takes a sip of coffee, then props his clipboard onto the typewriter and accidentally starts typing on the desk calculator. Even if he didn't know his desk well enough to wonder what he laid his clipboard upon AND was so blind he couldn't even orient himself by the desk lamp (which he isn't), he would have felt the difference the instant he touched the keys. Note that he puts his hands on the keys, squints at the clipboard (sic!), then starts typing, he doesn't hammer away right off, which would have added at least a little plausibility to the joke.

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Doc
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Battle of the Bastards - S6-E9

Stupidity: SPOILER: Rickon Stark gets set loose by Ramsay Bolton and told to run to his brother. He knows that arrows are being fired at him, but he still runs in a dead straight line, so of course he gets struck down. If he'd just zig-zagged a bit he'd have been near-impossible to hit.

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The Farting Sex Tourist - S1-E4

Stupidity: Joel finds prints in Serbian and is stressed because they'll never find someone to translate Serbian in Santa Clarita, goes to great lengths to interact with the principal's Serbian grandmother, etc. Google translate can understand Serbian just fine, but this doesn't even occur to him.

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Jon Sandys
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Stupidity: In many of the episodes, when Batman is captured by one of his many enemies such as Joker, Two-Face, the Mad Hatter, etc. and restrained, nobody even bothers to pull off his mask to reveal his secret identity.

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Season 4 generally

Stupidity: Damon and Stefan are trying to get Elena's humanity back - they could have just asked Rebekkah or Klaus or Elijah to compel her to turn it on.

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Trojan Horse - S4-E23

Stupidity: When the bad guys are discussing the plans inside a private jet, the scene finishes and there's a shot of the plane in the sky. The plane immediately veers to the right, and spins almost 90°, as fighter jets do when they turn quickly. If there were three people inside, (one of whom was in the bathroom) they would have been thrown about the cabin quite violently.

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Seeds - S1-E2

Stupidity: Half sack is shown digging up a body at the cemetery in broad day light. Very easy for someone to see and report him.

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Haven (2010)

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Who, What, Where, Wendigo? - S2-E10

Stupidity: Dwight, Audrey, and Nathan all know Dwight's trouble is that all bullets are attracted to him, so why is he with them when they go looking for the killer, knowing every one is using a gun?

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brianjr0412
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How to Win Friends and Influence Nazis - S3-E7

Stupidity: As Burkhalter tries to straighten the picture of the Führer, he stands right in front of it, looking directly at it. A moment later, Klink walks over and fiddles with the thing. It would be absolutely ridiculous to claim they wouldn't instantly notice the difference between a photograph of a microphone and an actual microphone inset into the picture at this distance.

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