- After much denial the truant party (you are probably picturing Stephanie Tanner) admits to an earlier wrong-doing.
- The more morally upright person (this time let us picture Chandler) imparts some wisdom that transcends the issue at hand and reaches the hearts of us, the viewers.
- (And this is an essential but forgotten rule) The mood is broken with a hilarious joke. (e.g. Joey walks in and demands a sandwich)
Which brings us to the new most important scene in television, which is the hour-long drama wrap-up montage. The rules are as follows:
- It has to start when there are only five minutes left in the show.
- All of the story lines that you have just seen in the last fifty-five minutes are wrapped up in a single shot where you see that even though everyone was whining about their problems they are secretly kind of happy. (e.g. The people who are probably going to get a divorce still like to smile while looking at their dog.)
- In the background, the main female character says things that are very broad and might apply our lives.
- Also in the background, a beautiful song is sung by a woman wearing mascara and a cashmere tunic.
- (Optional) Something very surprising and terrible happens in the last shot. (e.g. Meredith falls into a pool!)