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    19 Reallllly Obvious "They Ran Out Of Ideas" TV Plots That Never Should Have Happened

    From Game of Thrones to Law & Order: SVU, these moments were sooooo out of character.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which out-of-character TV moments realllllly annoyed them. Here are the infuriating results.

    🚨 Spoilers ahead, people! 🚨

    1. On The Office, when Andy totally abandoned Erin so he could go sailing on his family's boat, and then he returned as the biggest jerk ever.

    Erin saying goodbye to Andy as he sails away
    NBC

    "He was a dick to Erin and sailed away from her on the boat. He was also so rude to Nellie, which wasn't like his character at all. They really couldn't have found a more creative or cohesive storyline for him during those final seasons?!"

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    2. On That '70s Show, when Jackie started dating Fez even though she showed absolutely zero interest in him throughout the entire series.

    Fez and Jackie about to kiss in the basement
    Fox

    "It was the most out-of-character choice for her! She never showed interest in him. It was such an obvious 'We’ve run out of ideas' move from the writers."

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    3. On Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, when Rafael Barba — who was always soooo by the book — decided to turn off a child's life support, and he was charged with second-degree murder.

    Barba speaking on the stand in court
    NBC

    "Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba left in Season 19 for the most out-of-character reason. This guy was tough as nails and stuck to the letter of the law no matter what the circumstances were, but the way they had him leave was by disconnecting the life support of an infant whose parents had been feuding over whether or not to let him go.

    "This action was completely inconsistent with six years of rule abiding. It had nothing to do with the character and was such a cheap shot. He ended up on trial for murder, got acquitted, and never practiced law again. It was totally random and made no sense. If Barba was going to leave the show, then they should have had it happen in a different way."

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    4. On Grey's Anatomy, when Alex spent 16 years on his redemption arc, fell in love, and became a respected doctor...but then he spontaneously left his wife and the hospital to get back with Izzie.

    Dr. Bailey reading the note Alex left her
    ABC

    "Alex was a dick in the first few seasons of Grey's, but then he had this HUUUGE redemption arc. He basically promised to always be there for his wife, but then he randomly got up and left her without any notice??? He got back with Izzie, who had his children without telling him. He basically did the worst thing his ex did to him."

    Lauren Garafano

    5. On Modern Family, when Haley undid allllll of her character growth by deciding to get back with Dylan, her high school boyfriend, in the final seasons of the show.

    Haley and Dylan outside the Dunphey house
    ABC

    "She matured so much over the series and started having real, substantial relationships. She knew what she wanted in life and was going after it, but then her character randomly got back together with Dylan. No thanks!"

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    6. On Scandal, when Olivia Pope randomly changed her entire personality and became a power-hungry villain in Season 6.

    Olivia sitting on the steps of the Washington Monument
    ABC

    "I feel this 100%! I felt betrayed by the last two seasons of Scandal!"

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    7. On Parks and Rec, when Leslie and Ron literally stopped talking to each other for years just because Leslie forgot to cancel their lunch plans.

    Leslie and Ron making plans at City Hall
    NBC

    "First of all, Leslie would never have forgotten about her plans with Ron, no matter how busy she was. Her thoughtfulness and preparedness were her defining qualities. Second, Ron got so upset with her for standing him up, which wasn't normal. Yes, he was at a low point and was going to ask her for a job, but the falling-out made no sense in relation to their characters' histories."

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    8. On Dexter, when Deb stopped caring about morals and started covering up for Dexter after she found out he was a serial killer.

    Deb and Dexter talking outside her apartment
    Showtime

    "I will NEVER forgive the writers of Dexter for what they did to their core cast in the final season. They flat-out disrespected Deb. They made her progressively emotionally and mentally unstable, and she ended up doing things for Dexter that she never would have done before. To see a character who started out as such a strong, smart, badass person get reduced to a puddle of nonsense is a crime against television. Never have I seen such great material to pull from get botched so badly."

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    9. On Gilmore Girls, when Rory dropped out of Yale because one person told her she wasn't going to make it as a journalist.

    Rory and Jess talking outside
    The WB

    "Rory stole the yacht, moved in with her grandparents, and then decided to drop out of Yale and join the Daughters of the American Revolution. Like, what the hell, Rory?! Lorelai put her dreams on hold and sacrificed so much to make sure Rory went to college and could achieve her dreams. It was so unlike Rory to act that way."

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    10. On Shameless, when Fiona recklessly left her cocaine in the kitchen and Liam got ahold of it.

    Fiona standing over Liam in the kitchen
    Showtime

    "She worked so hard at her own expense to raise those kids, but doing cocaine was completely out of character. Then when she left it in the house where it was easily accessible to the kids...that was too reckless, and she would never have normally put the kids in danger like that. I stopped watching the show because of this moment."

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    11. On Boy Meets World, when Topanga turned down a scholarship at Yale so she could go to a community college and be close with Cory.

    Cory and Topanga graduating from high school
    ABC

    "Topanga was so smart and practical, but this was a severe lack of judgment that never should have happened. She knew better than to uproot her whole life and put her dreams aside so she could be with a boy at community college."

    Kayla Yandoli

    12. On Full House, when Kimmy tried drinking and driving, and even after she sobered up, she continued to act as if it wasn't a big deal.

    DJ scolding Kimmy and drunk driving
    ABC

    "Kimmy's character was always weird and kooky, and I understand that this was part of a special episode to inform kids about the dangers of drinking and driving, but the whole conversation between DJ and Kimmy felt out of place. Kimmy had never done anything dangerous or rebellious before, so this whole thing felt forced."

    Angela

    13. On Friends, when Phoebe easily caved and ate meat, despite being a vegetarian for practically her whole life and even though it was her main personality trait.

    Phoebe eating Chandler's meat sandwich
    NBC

    "Phoebe had such strong morals and had been a vegetarian her whole life, but the writers used it as a punchline. She never would have eaten a cheeseburger because she was heartbroken, worn that damn fur coat just because it looked good, or chowed down on tons of carcass while pregnant (I know that pregnant people get cravings, but still). It was all completely out of character due to the writers' apparent ignorance."

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    14. On Glee, when Blaine had second thoughts about his relationship with Kurt, so he cheated on him with a random guy from Facebook. On a totally separate occasion, he even dated Kurt's biggest bully, which felt so forced.

    Kurt in the school by the lockers
    Fox

    "It felt like such a lazy way for the writers to cause conflict between a main couple, especially after Season 3, when Blaine made it clear that he considered texting another person a form of cheating. To have him turn around and hook up with someone else just for drama felt cheap."

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    15. Also on Glee, when Rachel quit her dream job on Broadway, something she worked really hard for her entire life and talked about nonstop for years, so she could go to LA.

    Rachel sitting on a couch
    Fox

    "Rachel quit her role as Fanny in Funny Girl, which was her dream and all she talked about for years, to be on a TV show. It made no sense. And obviously, the TV gig in Los Angeles had to flop. SMH."

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    16. On Stranger Things, when Eleven decided to track down Kali and then joined her on a vengeful mission to kill employees from the Hawkins Lab.

    Eleven looking emo as hell
    Netflix

    "I’m still perplexed by the whole 'Lost Sister' episode. All of Eleven’s character development was shattered, only for her to just come back to her original life as if nothing ever happened. Like, what was the point? It went NOWHERE. Eleven never would have entertained the idea to just run away, meet up with some random strangers, go on a vengeful 'killing' spree, and then just decide that her original way of life was better. They built the girl up as having HUGE trust issues, and then they had her do this??? Complete opposite of what we know about her."

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    17. On The 100, when Clarke decided to shoot Bellamy, her best friend, during the final season.

    Clarke shooting Bellamy
    The CW

    “Clarke shooting Bellamy on The 100 was so wildly out of character that it still makes me so mad. For seven seasons, Clarke would do anything to save Bellamy, but in the final episodes, she decided to kill him in order to protect Madi and a freakin’ book. Then the mourning period for his death — from Clarke, Raven, and even Octavia — lasted about five seconds. It was so bizarre and really ruined a TV friendship I loved.”

    Nora Dominick

    18. On Game of Thrones, when Daenerys burned down King’s Landing.

    Daenerys burning everything down
    HBO

    "Her whole character was about justice and mercy and empathy, so this decision made absolutely no sense."

    Tessa Fahey

    19. And, of course, on the original Gossip Girl, when it was randomly revealed that Dan was actually Gossip Girl.

    Dan sitting at his laptop
    The CW

    "It just didn't make any sense because there were several scenes throughout the series when Dan genuinely reacted to Gossip Girl's posts, even when no one else was around. If he was Gossip Girl, why would he react that way to his own posts?! Talk about the ultimate out-of-character moment."

    Anna Kopsky

    Did your most infuriating out-of-character TV moment not make the list? Tell us about it in the comments below!

    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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