Best comedy TV stupidity of all time

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The Penguin's a Jinx (2) - S1-E4

Stupidity: Batman and Robin tore apart the umbrella looking for clues to the point of micro-analyzing the fabric and the ribs, but they did not look at all into the largest and most obvious hiding spot; the handle.

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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.

Jon Sandys Premium member
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Suggested correction: Except the 16th century Serbian alphabet isn't available to most people to type into google translate. Plus the script used makes it difficult to distinguish which character is which sometimes even if you could find characters to cut and paste tediously into google translate.

Bishop73
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City Slackers - S3-E11

Stupidity: After Cory and Shawn fish Mr. Feeny's watch from the septic tank, he suggests they jump into the lake to clean off. Cory protests, reasoning that it's only 20° outside, to which Feeny dismissively tells them to take a sweater. They then reluctantly abide. Someone of Feeny's education should know better than to allow them to jump into a freezing cold lake. They could both get hypothermia, and they're all currently isolated in the Pocono Mountains with no nearby medical facilities.

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Mr. Monk and the Airplane - S1-E13

Stupidity: When the pilot asks Monk for some ID, who cannot provide it, and the flight attendant exposes Monk as the passenger that is causing her a lot of trouble, normally Sharona would step in in these type of situations to convince whoever with her voice of reason that Monk is indeed a famous detective and sought after consultant for the SFPD. Her silence in this situation and later when the flight attendant confiscates the lighter and takes the glass with the evidence residue is incredibly out of character. (00:30:40 - 00:32:30)

Prince Eitel Joe
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Free Family Portrait Studio - S8-E24

Stupidity: Dwight is seen walking out of the bathroom with the diaper in the direction of the main part of the office in which Angela sits. If he was to try to stay hidden (which was obviously the whole point), he would have gone through the exit of the annex, waited until she was distracted/or hide it for later and Angela never would have seen. This was done because the plot required for Angela to notice but Dwight could have easily kept it hidden. (00:10:40)

Hemech Rostovsky
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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.

Shay
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The One With All The Rugby - S4-E15

Stupidity: Emily tries to help Ross inflict pain on the other rugby players and tells him about one player who doesn't wear a cup. No one who knows rugby would ever wear a cup, it is more hazardous than helpful to wear a cup in rugby as it involves a lot a grinding, and a simple slip or movement could cause serious damages to the male genitals. Especially if these guys are British and well versed in rugby which they are.

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Long Night's Journey into Day - S5-E23

Stupidity: Rob tells Jerry "I haven't stopped sneezing long enough to take allergy pills" yet right after he says that, he doesn't sneeze anymore till he gives out his home address. He could have just taken his pills then. Someone behind the camera probably reminded him to continue sneezing. (00:16:52 - 00:18:00)

Liz Blue 1970
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Suggested correction: He's exaggerating, but a character not taking a pill in this situation doesn't constitute a stupidly mistake (minor plot hole). I've been in situations where I needed to take an allergy or pain pill and didn't, even though I had a chance, because my mind or focus was somewhere else.

Bishop73
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Turkey Guys - S13-E5

Stupidity: The whole episode revolves on the turkey that Peter ate. Lois sends him and Brian out to get another one. She stalls dinner the whole episode waiting for them to get back. Problem is the turkey is frozen! It will take at least 6 or 7 hours to cook and Lois acts like as soon as they return with it, it won't take long to to cook, so the stalling makes no sense. (00:12:45)

amycamille1975
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Meeseeks and Destroy - S1-E5

Stupidity: When Rick and Morty are in the giant's lair, the giant enters the kitchen, slips and bangs his head on the table which then kills him. The giant's wife then accuses Rick and Morty of attacking her husband and traps the duo in a glass and they get arrested by the police. Rick stated earlier in the scene that he had his portal gun with him, so he could have easily just opened a portal and they could have escaped before the police arrived. They knew the police were coming because they seen the wife calling the police after trapping them.

Casual Person
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Suggested correction: Since Morty was calling the shots, using the portal gun to escape the adventure would've been giving up, and he would've lost the bet.

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Saving Private Leo - S4-E17

Stupidity: The brothers are angry at Leo because they say he's responsible for them dying because he chose to save other soldiers instead of them, Leo also blames himself for the same reason and says he should have stayed and gotten them out. But in the flashback it shows Leo helping them and then running off to help other soldiers, after he runs off the brothers are killed just a few seconds later. Even if Leo had chosen to stay with the brother he couldn't have gotten them out in time, the only difference would have been Leo would have died with them, but Leo dies in the same war so he didn't live much longer. Leo's guilt and the brothers' blame don't make any sense at all.

brianjr0412
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Stupidity: In "Studio Stoops," one mobster ties Larry to a bed and another mobster ties Moe to a chair. The second mobster says, "Boss, why don't you let me plug 'em?" The other replies, "It would make too much noise. Wait till we get 'em outside." If that is the plan, then why tie up Moe and Larry indoors?

Steven Lee
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Jack's Tattoo - S8-E16

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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The Best Burger in New York - S4-E2

Stupidity: Marshall says "The tiniest little burger joint you ever saw, tucked between a taxidermist and a triple-X bookstore."They could have just search all the taxidermists and triple-x bookstores and look for which ones are located together.

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I Worship His Shadow - S1-E1

Stupidity: At the start of the episode, the Brunnen-G planet is about to be under attack by His Shadow in a big ship that is capable of destroying the surface of the planet and everybody on it in under a minute with its fire power. It seems the Brunnen-G had time to respond, seeing as they send a counter measure against His Shadow... Except that they only send a single squadron of 6 fighters. Their planet is about to be obliterated by His Shadow's killer ship, and they only send up 6 fighters. And of course, they fail and all die except for Kai. (00:01:45)

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When in Rome - S1-E3

Stupidity: A supposedly covert camera is placed in plain sight on a wall in a crowded room, with a prominent antenna showing, and a blinking blue light. (00:16:55)

toroscan
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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.

Michael Albert
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Bedlam in the Big Top - S1-E10

Stupidity: The clown does not notice the mirrors Shaggy and Scooby hold as he tries to hypnotize them.

Scott215
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New Couple in Town - S1-E14

Stupidity: Aunt Bee learns that a New York writer and his wife have moved to Mayberry and she invites him to speak at a Literary Club meeting which will be held at her home. By telephone, Aunt Bee gives directions to the writer's wife. She says, "We're a quarter mile outside of town" - but she neglects to say in which direction.

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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. (00:15:00)

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