There were multiple kidnappings, car crashes, murders, coma dreams, runaway brides, dangerous pregnancies, etc...you name it.
But there's one thing in particular I want to talk about. A moment so wild, so utterly unrealistic, so completely ridiculous that it makes anything on Riverdale look tame.
And no, it's not Nanny Carrie. It's not Quinn and Clay hallucinating themselves in a dream world. It's not even Clay FORGETTING HE HAD A SON.
In case you forget, let me set the scene for you: Dan has a heart condition and has been on the list for a transplant for a while. He finally gets to #1 on the list after an actual reverend dies, and he's stoked.
Then, of course, he's hit by a car and kidnapped by Nanny Carrie, meaning he doesn't get the heart.
His luck changes when he comes back and a heart becomes available — he goes to the hospital in great spirits, even having this exchange with Lucas:
But there's trouble: some guy is there with his dog, who's consumed a lot of weed. Dan's petting the dog when suddenly the man with the leash moves, pulling it taut, causing the man holding Dan's heart to trip...
Everything about the scene is perfection, but I have to focus on the reactions here.
But the best reaction in Lucas's. (He's inexplicably back.) He reaches down as if to pet the dog, then looks up and realizes what has happened. And then...
HE LITERALLY GLARES AT DAN AND SHAKES HIS HEAD LIKE "YOU SHOULD'VE KNOWN BETTER."
And then THAT'S IT. It's NEVER mentioned again. Lucas does not tell his fiancé Peyton or his BROTHER (Dan's other son, the one actually raised by him) about this. He does not share this wild story at parties like I do. He is affected in no way but this insane occurence!!!
As for Dan, he goes on to be just fine. He wanders in the ocean to yell at God for his fate, then between Seasons 6 and 7, he and Rachel illegally buy a heart from a still-alive kid. (But that is a story for another time.)
TL;DR: This is the absolute wildest thing to ever happen on a teen drama and other shows have yet to top it. It was a cultural reset and I have not been the same since. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.