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Everybody Must Get Stoned: 9 Of The Greatest TV Episodes Featuring Altered States

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | May 20, 2013 | Comments ()


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9. "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" - "The Gang Gets Invincible": I often get sniped for not including "It's Always Sunny" on my TV lists but buck up campers, I actually saw this episode. And it was amazing. I'm a huge fan of both Charlie Day and spandex so the combination of the two (fueled by acid) yielded some magnificent comedy.
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8. "Felicity" - "Finally": Scott Foley (aka Jennifer Garner's first husband) is an absolute treasure. But when the writers had him let loose in Season 1 after an allergic reaction to beets, the result was extraordinary. Whisper yelling in a hushed library, twitching and generally freaking out this was some serious, grade-A Noel. Is this actually how a beet allergy would manifest itself? Don't care.
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7. "Mad Men" - "Far Away Places": What's better than Roger Stering on Scotch? Well, it turns out, Roger Sterling on LSD.
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6. "Freaks and Geeks" - "Chokin' and Tokin'": I didn't include an episode from "That 70s Show" because the entire show was produced in a cloud of marijuana smoke. And while the Freaks half of the cast was often high, this episode highlighted Lindsay's foray into marijuana.
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5. "Roseanne" - "Stash From The Past": This is essentially a Bottle Episode and highly reminiscent of my favorite episode of "Mad About You." But there is nothing NOTHING better than some good old fashioned John Goodman physical comedy.
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4. "Mad Men" - "The Crash": Last night's episode was so. much. fun. From Cosgrove's frenetic tap routine to the Alice In Wonderland reenactment, I don't think I've ever laughed so hard. They spelled "Chevy" wrong, folks. "Chevy."
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3. "Parks & Recreation" - "The Fight": For the most part I left alcohol-fueled episodes off this list but I think we can all agree that Snake Juice is no ordinary drink.
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2. "Dollhouse" - "Echoes": I got some flak last week for criticizing "Dollhouse" but as I said then (and I'll say again), there is nothing wrong with the supporting cast. This episode, featuring a mysterious pathogen. The work Frank Kranz and Olivia Williams do in their few scenes make this my favorite episode of the show. By a long shot. In it we got one of the Whedon-iest lines of all time: "You haven't seen my drawer of inappropriate starches?" Fantastic.
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1. "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" - "Band Candy": It's fitting this list should pop onto my radar today, on the 10th Anniversary of the last episode of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer." (We "Buffy" fans will find any excuse to celebrate.) There is nothing finer that watching a straight-laced character you love absolutely lose their sh*t. Of course, the star of this episode is Anthony Stewart Head's Ripper but full marks to Kristin Sutherland and Armin Shimerman. Twice? ON A COP CAR?
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  • aud

    No love for "Field Trip," the X-Files episode where Mulder and Scully go trippin' on a giant mushroom?

  • Three_nineteen

    You could have included the That '70s Show where the parents accidentally eat the hash brownies. Red kills me in that.

  • Return of Santitas

    Apparently I have a crush on Stan, because every time I look at that header pic, I start thinking about my bunk...

  • "IS THIS THE SINK? Am I shrinking?"

    I adore "Stash from the Past." One of my favorites not included is the episode "Office Campout" from Workaholics where the boys eat mushrooms and try to escape the burglars.

    "Catherine Zeta-Jones...she dips beneath the lasers..."

  • kildarepaul

    More recently, the MDMA episode of bbc's cuckoo with Andy samberg and Greg Davies was a riot which as I think of it featured Dexy's Come on Eileen perhaps as a homage to the spaced episode

  • Snake Juice is basically rat poison.

  • "The Fight" is my favorite episode of any comedy of the past ten years. I regularly tell my bf to "go get me another snork juice" no matter what we're drinking. I love how they're all so hungover and Ben says he threw up in the shower lol

  • It's hands-down one of the funniest things I've ever seen. The drunken montage slays me every single time I watch it.

    But I think my favorite bit from that is Jean Ralphio's sad "I'm SO ALONE" at the very end when they're driving away in Donna's car. It's magical.

  • I love Jerry just staring into the camera and busting into laughter. And I love how Anne's sweater is on inside out

  • rezcat11

    Barney Miller and the gang eating the the treat brought in by Wojo, brownies secretly laced with pot by his hippie girlfriend. Anyone?

    Get off my lawn.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • aud

    A classic!

  • This is the first one that popped into my mind. The best episode of one of my favorite series.

    "Anybody seen my legs?"

  • rezcat11

    Mooshi Mooshi

  • Uriah_Creep

    Nick Yemana was SO funny in this.

    "Hey Barney... let's go down to the beach and shoot some clams!"

  • hM

    The omission of the clubbing episode of Spaced is almost criminal in its negligence.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Soooo many good SPACED options.

  • toblerone

    Win Some, Dose Some - Better Off Ted

  • toblerone

    + I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can / Weekend at Burnsie's - Simpsons

    The Unnatural - Bob's Burgers

  • Uriah_Creep

    One of my favorite episodes from one of my all-time favorite comedies.

    Linda: No, I can't be a chicken lady. I have so much I want to do in my life. I want to get married and have children and glue feathers to my back to mess with idiot scientists who are careless with experimental drugs.

    Phil: You can still do all those things! Oh, wait

  • toblerone

    Yup. Damn ABC for taking B.o.T. from us.

  • JJ

    A beet allergy? But not Party Down's Ron getting high and discussing his dream of Soup 'R Crackers, The Out of Towner from The League including both Painkiller Ruxin and everyone on cocaine, Peter and Walter Bishop going into Olivia's mind on LSD in Fringe, or take your pick of Breaking Bad?

    I feel like I've sat in gum all over again.

  • PerpetualIntern

    corndogcorndogcorndogcorndog

  • Arran

    Party Down was pretty good for "drug freak-outs" in general. Don't forget Roman writing his masterpiece in the finale or Casey on ecstasy at the porn awards. Or Lydia on coke at the Hollywood party ("Wesley Snipes!"). Throw in Roman's "pan-sexual frenzy" as well, even though that was just wine.

    Though YES to everyone on coke in The League. That was sensational.

  • Tinkerville

    No mention of President Bartlett on painkillers?
    "I'm thinking about getting a dog."

  • MrsAtaxxia

    "Kiss Rocks? Why would anyone want to kiss rocks?" Oh Willow. How I love and miss thee.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Nothing will ever unseat the great Snake Juice debacle, but I would also submit the more recent example of "Ben Wyatt has a kidney stone and gets some super strong pain meds at the hospital".

    http://themothchase.files.word...

  • Uriah_Creep

    I loved that episode, but it also pisses me off a bit, because I've had kidney stones (yes, plural) and the painkillers didn't make me nearly as fun as they did Ben. I feel cheated.

  • The way he says "HI LESLIE" at the TV just gave me a gigglefit.

  • atoz15

    benjy crying at 'the price is right' was sensational

  • Arran

    "The eagle is bronze."

    "WHY?"

  • BendinIntheWind

    "Ben, what are you doing?"
    "Feeding your eagle - he's starving!"

  • rabbi

    you forgot the best Dream On episode...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • rabbi
  • simplysarah

    The Roseanne episode will always be one of my all time favorites.

  • PaddyDog

    There was lots of fun in last night's MM, but how can Don Draper be the only guy to use speed and go into an introspective visit to the whorehouse? Maybe because I hate Don Draper so much at this stage I can't be objective, but enough already: we get it. He was raised in a brothel, he has issues. Let's move forward with some story please.

    And don't get me started on Hattie McDaniel: Cat Burglar!!!

  • I'm with you on Don Draper. I can't tolerate anymore DD backstory. Enough already!

  • BWeaves

    Hattie McDaniel: Cat Burglar!

    I can't believe they went there. At first I thought maybe Sally was having a little trip of her own.

  • Mrs. Julien

    That last sentence is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

    I'm still on the casting of young Don Draper who could not possibly have ever been anything less than really, really good-looking.

  • PaddyDog

    I couldn't agree more. Even if he wasn't immediately good-looking as a youth, there would have been some hint of the man to be. The kid they have playing the role looks like he grew up to be Ray Romano.

  • PerpetualIntern

    If we're interpreting "altered state" broadly, I submit The Office episode "The Injury" with Dwight's concussion. The scene in the car with the spray bottle is the hardest I laughed in any episode.

    "Ugh, I'm so sick of Chuck E Cheese"

  • DeltaJuliet

    I love that episode and it is probably one of my favorites. The spray bottle in the van kills me every time.

  • prestocaro

    Him calling Pam Pan still cracks me up, just thinking about it is making me chuckle.

  • Mrs. Julien

    You can't fire me. I don't work in this van.

  • PDamian

    That Roseanne episode is my absolute favorite. Laurie Metcalf huddled in the bathtub, muttering, "Nobody loves me ... it's just me and my ganja," had Roseanne and John Goodman breaking character to laugh, it was that hilarious.

  • Three_nineteen

    Is this the sink? AM I SHRINKING?!

  • prestocaro

    I love Roseanne's response to DJ's inquiry:
    "it's in that ROOOOM in that BUILDINNNG? IN THE BACK YAAARRRRD? Where your dad keeps his tools and stuff?"

    And then she turns to Dan: "I don't even know where I sent my kid!"

  • Mrs. Julien

    Look at height Stan is getting. Is that what is known as "catching air"? It's pretty impressive.

    Neil Simon's autobiography has a hilarious story about going to see a doctor for back trouble during the late 60s or early 70s and having QTips but up his nose with "medicine" on them. He felt great! Everyone in the doctor's office felt GREAT!

  • BWeaves

    Oh, I just discovered that Cutler, who hires the whacko Doctor on Mad Men, is Harry Hamlin. I did not recognize him at all.

  • The best part is that he and Roger disappear off into Manhattan and have unseen adventures while crazy high.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Did you think he was perhaps Michael Nouri or Chris Sarandon? I mentioned the similarity on another thread.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Yeah between that and "Shameless" he's having a total dramatic acting renaissance. (Aaron Echolls Forever.)

  • Band Candy gives me the same dopamine release that dark chocolate does. Well, the same as if I eat an entire bag.

  • periwinkled

    I'd also nominate Suits "High Noon," which is just perfection.

  • GINGER

    Whoa, Summers, you drive like a spaz.

  • PerpetualIntern

    This line makes me want to go home immediately and watch this episode.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Beer Bad.

  • Curbstone

    I'm extremely disappointed to find none of the Workaholics drug episodes included in this list. Very loose butthole.

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  • prestocaro

    The loosest of buttholes.

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