Maybe Mother Nature got fed up with Wisteria Lane and decided to clean house? Though the original five wives made it through the Season 4 tornado relatively unscathed, Ida, Sylvia, and Victor (not to mention Carlos’ eyesight) weren’t so lucky.
Family Ties, “Birth of a Keaton”
Which part of this Season 3 episode is funnier: Elyse’s high note as she begins to go into labor while singing on Steven’s PBS telethon or Skippy’s knit hat as Steven fights the blizzard to get to his wife’s side? Discuss.
All My Children
Was Pine Valley a magnet for tornadoes or what? First, in 1994, a twister gave pretty Julia a pretty bad facial scar and knocked Tad down so hard he had visions of Jenny and Jesse. Then in 2008, a series of cyclones ripped through town and left Kendall in a coma, Babe circling the drain, Erica trapped in a tunnel with Adam and Zach delivering his lesbian sister-in-law’s child – who was biologically his.
The X-Files, “Agua Mala”
In the Season 6 ep, a drenched Scully helps a woman give birth as a water monster looms overhead and Mulder slowly near-dies out on in the hallway — y’know, just another day for the FBI’s Most Unwanted.
Friday Night Lights, “There Goes the Neighborhood”
There’s so much good Riggins-as-Taylor-roommate stuff in this Season 2 episode, we don’t even mind the tornado contrivance. (Tim playing with the baby? We die.)
Falcon Crest, “Stormy Weather”
The phones are down, the pantry’s near empty and the road’s washed out, which can only mean one thing: It’s murder-mystery game time! This classic Season 7 episode finds Angela, Maggie, Richard, Melissa, Dan and a bunch of others stuck in the house with an actual assassin. (Cue dramatic lightning strike… now!)
One Tree Hill, “Darkness on the Edge of Town”
Brooke basically dies after some post-car-crash heroics, and that’s not even the most dramatic thing that happens in this rain-soaked Season 8 episode. (Katie and Quinn, anyone?)
Bones, “The Blackout in the Blizzard”
Booth, Brennan and some authentic stadium seats get stuck in an elevator. Sounds like the set-up for a squintastic joke, but the conversations the pair are forced to have in this Season 6 ep (including when she says she suspects they’re sexually compatible) foreshadow the changes ahead in their relationship.
Dallas, “Winds of Vengeance”
If only JR hadn’t literally left his calling card after sleeping with another man’s wife, Southfork might’ve been spared two strangers looking for justice as a hurricane ravaged Texas in Season 1. (And Miss Texas Sue Ellen might’ve been spared having to re-enact her turn in the swimsuit competition.)
Dawson’s Creek, “Hurricane”
Even with Jen, Grams, Joey, Bessie and Bodie crammed into the Leery household for Season 1’s Hurricane Chris, there’s still room for the awkward! when Dawson’s mom’s affair comes to light.
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