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19 Times TV Shows Brought Back Old Storylines



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The Umbrella Academy lastly remembered that Diego was once a vigilante, nevertheless it took them two years.

TV exhibits are likely to overlook issues from previous seasons, resulting in dropped storylines and unanswered questions that may be actually irritating.

However each infrequently, they randomly decide again up a storyline from seasons earlier than, or make a nod to a disappeared character that tells us they did not truly overlook. Typically, it is just a bit reference to the storyline, and typically, they absolutely decide it again up.

Listed below are 19 instances TV exhibits lastly appeared to recollect outdated storylines, and both picked them again up, gave them some decision, or simply supplied a cute nod to them:


Keep in mind how Diego began out The Umbrella Academy as a vigilante? He was a way more critical character, and it appeared like this is able to be a serious plot level, however then it was simply form of…dropped.

However to not fear! As a result of the present lastly remembered the second in the course of Season 3, when Diego briefly mentions his previous to Allison.


You most likely wish to overlook, however I am certain all of us keep in mind El’s sister Kali from that one Stranger Issues episode everybody hates.

The writers well selected to not revisit the plot-line, however Kali did get a blink-and-you-miss-it reference two seasons after she appeared, when Henry briefly mentions a time when El and Eight (Kali) have been rising up collectively:


One other character that primarily vanished into skinny air was Seven from Married… with Kids. He was launched in Season 7, however then just a few episodes later, it was like he’d by no means even existed.

Till a short second in Season 8, when you possibly can see his face on the again of a milk carton. To me, this instance is much less cute than wildly creepy. It is actually one of many weirdest TV mysteries ever.


One other character to primarily disappear was Rachel on One Tree Hill. After turning into a sequence common in Season 4, it was bizarre to not have her in Season 5. She did come again for just a few episodes, throughout which Brooke vowed to assist her together with her drug habit. However then she stole cash from Brooke for medication and left.

And that was all we noticed of her for 2 seasons!!! This was tremendous irritating as a result of not solely was she a essential character, nevertheless it appeared extraordinarily unlikely Brooke would not strive more durable to search for her after combating so exhausting for her. She actually is not even talked about for years. When she does come again, she apologizes to Brooke, however then that is mainly all we see of the Brooke/Rachel friendship that was so large in Season 4.


Typically, it is relationships that disappear. Like Cordelia and Wes, who had a factor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However when Wes confirmed up on Angel, turning into a sequence common with Cordy, there was mainly no reference to this truth. For seasons.

Till lastly, Cordy and Wes are speaking about his emotions for Fred, and Cordy lastly brings up the truth that they as soon as nearly had a relationship. In Season 3, 4 years after their relationship first aired.


One other relationship that appeared to vanish was Caroline and Nick’s relationship on New Woman. They get again collectively on the finish of Season 1 and plan to maneuver in collectively.

Jess does not assume Nick ought to go, and tries to cease him, however Nick decides to do it anyhow…till he exhibits up on the finish of the episode, making it clear he is modified his thoughts. Besides there’s actually no point out of what occurred between him and Caroline.

Till two seasons later, when Caroline randomly exhibits again up and asks Nick why he left. Because the present favored to convey again exes, I suppose this wasn’t shocking, nevertheless it was bizarre Caroline went so lengthy earlier than being talked about.


This one was extra of a enjoyable reference to an outdated storyline, however I at all times thought it was bizarre that after Shelby and Winston broke up on New Woman, she was actually by no means talked about once more — particularly for the reason that present did convey again numerous different exes.

However in rewatching the present, I seen she truly did get a fast reference in the identical “Exes” episode when Caroline comes again.


Keep in mind how Elena began out The Vampire Diaries at all times writing in her diary? Therefore the title of the present? After which that simply form of…stopped?

Six years later, the writers appeared to recollect their present was referred to as The Vampire Diaries. In Season 7, they lastly determined to convey diaries again, and have Caroline preserve a journal so Elena knew what she’d missed when she wakened.

And Caroline did! For an episode. Then…it was shortly dropped once more.


One other TVD storyline that was shortly glossed over was Damon compelling Caroline right into a sexual relationship with him/mainly being his blood bag. Which is fairly unforgivable.

However apart from Caroline telling Damon he “sucks” when she remembers this upon turning into a vampire in Season 2, and a series-long coldness towards him, it is by no means talked about once more. For years.

It is lastly introduced it up within the present’s ultimate season, when Caroline enters Damon’s thoughts and forgives him for what he did to her. Even then, it isn’t talked about explicitly.


That is not the one time a present appeared primed to deal with a critical situation…earlier than forgetting about it utterly. In Gossip Woman, Blair’s bulimia was featured in a single episode. It wasn’t even named. After which the present fully forgot about it.

Till Season 4 — three years later — when Blair brings it as much as Serena after Juliet medication her. Nonetheless, she calls it her “drawback.”

There’s additionally a Season 5 reference the place Dan (after which Beatrice) thinks Blair is bulimic, nevertheless it’s performed for humor.


Gossip Woman truly dropped fairly just a few storylines. Like that point Serena’s dad pretended her mother had most cancers.

He actually flees from the police over this. Then he returns a yr later, and A) Rufus is the one one who appears to recollect what he did to Lily, and B) the truth that he must be on the run from the police is totally ignored.


One final Gossip Woman one — Poppy, Gabriel, and the Ponzi scheme. The entire plot goes fairly unresolved on the finish of Season 2, when it is interrupted by some Serena/Lily drama.

We do have a particularly temporary reference to Georgina getting Dan’s a reimbursement and deporting Poppy, nevertheless it’s a fairly unsatisfying conclusion to the arc. Till it is talked about once more 4 years/seasons later, when Poppy has a trend line, and nobody apart from Blair appears to care that, like Serena’s dad, Poppy must be on the run from the regulation.

To present credit score to the writers, each these storylines have been talked about extraordinarily briefly by Eric within the Season 4 finale, in one in every of my favourite GG strains ever that clearly pokes enjoyable at these wild storylines that all of us forgot about.


One character who actually disappeared on a present was Marcie in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However I am much less involved with the truth that we did not see Marcie once more than with the truth that an FBI unit utilizing invisible folks to commit assassinations was clearly launched, then by no means talked about once more. Like, it is established that this entire invisibility factor is a standard prevalence that’s exploited by the federal government. Then it is forgotten…

…for six entire years. In Season 7, we do lastly have it occur once more, although it is very temporary and unresolved, as Buffy will get distracted with different resurfacing points from earlier seasons.


Again to a different large character who form of disappeared on a present — Izzie on Gray’s Anatomy. Whereas her character did go away city in her final episode (Season 6, Episode 12), it wasn’t anticipated that she’d by no means come again on the present. She was nonetheless a giant a part of quite a few characters’ lives when she left.


Not solely was the character dropped, however so was the storyline the place she froze her eggs utilizing Alex’s sperm. This was introduced up in a Season 12 episode (seven seasons after it was final introduced up) when Jo finds out about it.

The storyline is as soon as once more dropped…till Season 16, when each Izzie’s departure and the destiny of her frozen eggs are resolved in a controversial storyline the place Alex left to be with Izzie.


Typically, exhibits truly reference the truth that they utterly forgot a couple of character. Boy Meets World did this just a few instances. One concerned Morgan, Cory, and Eric’s joke-cracking little sister who disappeared after the Season 2 finale.

Nonetheless, halfway via Season 3, the present remembers her. Cory makes a humorous reference to her, and he or she exhibits up once more — performed by a unique actress.

Joking that she’s been in her room this entire time, she then turns into an vital character on the present once more.


The entire Mrs. Grunwald storyline on Fairly Little Liars was ridiculous, particularly as a result of PLL...wasn’t a supernatural present. And Mrs. Grunwald was a creepy psychic.

Fortunately, they largely dropped it after the supernatural spin-off Ravenswood failed…although they did not precisely give the storyline a lot closure. Then, randomly, three seasons later, Mrs. Grunwald exhibits up once more to be creepy and go away city once more.

Most notably, she will get a bloody nostril when taking a look at Noel, which is fairly explicitly supernatural. Did this imply the present was embracing the supernatural once more? Nope! It is as soon as once more dropped for the remainder of the present’s run.


An enormous focus of Ugly Betty Season 2 was Amanda’s seek for her organic father, and her perception that it was Gene Simmons. Nonetheless, it seems he isn’t her father, and the entire Amanda-looking-for-her-dad storyline form of disappears.

Till the final moments of the second-to-last episode of the whole sequence two years later, when a fast second reveals her dad to be Spencer Cannon. The storyline is hurriedly wrapped up within the sequence finale.


And at last, very similar to the notorious dropped storyline of Gendry crusing away on a ship, Recreation of Thrones Season 3 featured a distinguished storyline that utterly disappeared after that season: that of Osha and Rickon Stark.

After their story diverged from Bran’s, the 2 characters utterly disappeared till Season 6. It was like there wasn’t even a youngest Stark. Till he is captured by Ramsay and killed. Which is form of underwhelming, since most of us had forgotten he existed and/or assumed he was already useless.

What different random storylines have been dropped then picked again up once more? Tell us within the feedback!