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    15 Tiny Details In TV Shows That Took Seasons To Pay Off

    I've watched "Frasier" like a dozen times and am only just noticing this.

    There's nothing like a good callback or long-running gag in a TV show.

    I especially like the ones that are subtle or unexpected. (I had personally never noticed that Hopper's daughter's blue hair tie had appeared in every season.)

    hopper's daughter sara's blue hair tie reappearing throughout stranger things

    It got me thinking about some other TV callbacks and running gags that took seasons to pay off, including:

    1. The Beetlejuice joke in Community

    beetlejuice on community

    2. The random child who appears in both the Superstore series premiere and finale

    shots of a child sitting on a potty in both the premiere and finale of superstore

    3. The Schrute family's wedding tradition in The Office

    dwight from the office saying we usually marry standing in our own graves. It makes the funerals very romantic, but the weddings are a bleak affair

    4. Saul Goodman's cross-series career goals

    5. And this Nathan Fillion one in Castle

    nathan fillion in serenity and castle

    6. George and Jerry's identical conversation in Seinfeld

    george and jerry having the same conversation about buttons on seinfeld

    7. The Art (Vandelay) of a good running gag in Seinfeld

    jerry and george introducing art vandelay for the first time and judge arthur vandelay from the finale

    8. The foreshadowing of Buster Bluth's missing hand in Arrested Development

    buster examining a hand-shaped chair and sitting on a bench advertising army uniforms

    9. Penny's shirt in The Big Bang Theory

    Penny wearing the same shirt over various Big Bang Theory episodes

    10. And, similarly, Kitty's outfit in That '70s Show

    kitty wearing the same outfit in the series premiere and finale of that 70s show

    11. The libraries of Parks and Recreation

    leslie knope telling a librarian you're pretty cocky for someone whose job is obsolete because of the internet and later having a library dedicated to her while she mutters a fucking library under her breath

    12. The familiar mover in Frasier

    the same deliveryman in the series premiere and series finale of frasier

    13. Xander Harris' betrayal in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    xander telling buffy willow said for her to kick angel's ass in season 2 then buffy asking him if he remembers giving him that message in season 7 and willow saying she never said that

    14. The Slap Bet in How I Met Your Mother

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    In the "Slap Bet" episode of Season 2 of How I Met Your Mother, Barney loses a "slap bet" with Marshall, meaning the latter can slap the former across the face as hard as he can. By the end of the episode, this has become five slaps total, at any time of Marshall's choosing.

    During Season 7 episode "Disaster Averted," Marshall is given three more slaps in exchange for Barney getting out of a bet that required him to wear a tie covered in cartoon ducks.

    The final slap is administered during one of the last episodes of the series, right before Barney's about to get married to Robin.

    15. The Tom Hanks news in Veep

    mike from veep saying anything could happen tom hanks could die in the series premiere and then a news report chyron saying tom hanks dead at 88 in the series finale

    What are some callbacks and running gags that you've noticed in your favorite shows? Sound off in the comments!