5 TV Episodes That Answered Big Questions
Published on May 8, 2019
People often love to watch television shows for the continuous mystery. Some series have long-running questions and various episodes tease you with the answers. But the answer is finally revealed in an epic episode that fans will never forget, including these five television episodes that answered all of the questions. Warning, epic SPOILERS ahead.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
The fifth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer brought many questions. Buffy suddenly has a younger sister, Dawn, but Buffy and her mother act like Dawn has always been on the show. Is it a mistake? In “No Place Like Home,” Buffy discovers the Order of Dagon, a group of monks tasked with protecting a mystical energy known as the Key. The monks performed a ritual to hide it in a human form, becoming Dawn. They also altered the memories of everyone in Buffy’s life, making it seem like Dawn was always Buffy’s sister.
Dallas wasn’t a mystery, but it created the biggest question in 1980: Who shot J.R.? The show’s season three finale threw a curveball no one expected: J.R. was gunned down by an unknown assailant. Viewers assumed their favorite villain was dead, but who shot him? Fans speculated about the suspect and it became a pop culture phenomenon. But on the night of November 21, 1980, 90 million fans reunited to watch the episode “Who Done It?”, in which it was revealed J.R.’s scheming sister-in-law and mistress, Kristin, pulled the trigger.
Doctor Who relies on mysteries. In season four, the Doctor meets a mysterious time traveler, known as River Song. She claims to be an old friend of his, yet the Doctor doesn’t remember her. Over the course of the next few seasons, both time travelers continue to cross paths. In the sixth season episode “A Good Man Goes to War,” the Doctor finally discovers that his traveling companion, Amy Pond, had a daughter with similar abilities to his own. He solves the mystery, determining the daughter, Melody, will grow up to be River Song.
When television show characters are private, that usually means they have a dark secret. That’s true for Mad Men’s Don Draper. He seems to be living a double life, and the answers are revealed in “Nixon vs. Kennedy.” The episode features flashbacks to Draper’s time serving in the Korean War. His name was actually “Dick Whitman.” The man he was serving with, Don Draper, was killed and Dick switched the dog tags, faking his own death and impersonating Lieutenant Draper so he could go home. Dick reinvented himself as Draper, but he could never forget his past.
Television shows don’t always need complex mysteries. For example, one of the many unanswered questions on Seinfeld for several seasons was about Kramer’s first name. What was it? This changes in the season six episode “The Switch,” when they enlist the help of Kramer’s mother, Babs. When she sees her son, she calls him by his first name, Cosmo. Kramer learns to accept his unusual name and the rest is history.