Bottle Up and Explode
Bottle Up and Explode aims to explore a tradition that is unique to television: the bottle episode. Each installment will examine one such episode to understand the constraints of the form, its particular strengths and weaknesses, and what it says about both the particular television show and about the medium in general.

For ease of navigation, below you will find a collection of the past installments of Bottle Up and Explode. Enjoy!

Firefly, "Objects in Space"

One Foot in the Grave, "The Beast in the Cage"

Star Trek: The Next Generation, "The Next Phase"

24, "Day 5: 7:00 pm-8:00 pm"

The Prisoner, "Once Upon a Time"

Sealab 2021, "In the Closet"

Angel, "Spin the Bottle"

Breaking Bad, "Fly"

Mad About You, "The Conversation"

Californication, "The Apartment"

Frasier, "The Dinner Party"

Homicide: Life on the Streets, "Three Men and Adena"

The Sopranos, "Pine Barrens"

Friends, "The One Where No One's Ready"

Porridge, "A Night In"

The West Wing, "17 People"

Buffy The Vampire Slayer, "Older and Far Away"

The X-Files, "Ice"

Star Trek, "Balance of Terror"

Seinfeld, "The Chinese Restaurant"
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