From 'Dexter' to 'Castle': TV characters who suffer the very baddest of bad days

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We've all had days where nothing seems to go right. But for some TV characters, a bad day can mean death, betrayal, and other problems that most people would never have to face in a lifetime. Here are some examples of shows where characters are subjected to the ultimate bad days.


Dexter Morgan has gone through a whole slew of bad days, but one of the worst has to be the day that his wife was murdered. Though he does manage to kill a serial murderer, Dex loses his wife to that exact murderer, and also sees his young son scarred for life by the blood coming from his mother's body.

Things get worse: The murder draws the suspicion of Dexter's co-worker, Quinn, while Dexter must also cope with taking care of his two stepchildren (who learn their mom is dead after returning from a trip to Disney World). Worst of all, it takes her death for him to realize that even though he married her to mask his true nature, he loved her deeply.

"Breaking Bad"

There have been episodes with higher stakes, but the early "Breaking Bad" episode "Four Days Out" still stands out as an example of Walt having a truly awful day. He and Jesse take the RV out into the desert to cook, but Jesse accidentally runs down the RV's battery. They are in the middle of nowhere and can't call for help because they're doing something illegal (and also because their phones die).

They have a generator, but it catches fire: Putting out the fire results in Jesse using up the last of their limited water supply. Walt spends hours making a handmade battery out of coins and chemicals, and finally the RV starts. Walt makes it back home and learns that his cancer is in remission. But rather than making him happy, this news just makes him angry.


Things go from bad to worse very quickly in the "Castle" episode "Cuffed." Castle and Beckett wake up and find they have been kidnapped and bound together in a locked room. The room around them is filled with blood-covered weapons. Their phones, wallets, and watches have been removed. And then, a ferocious tiger breaks into the room where they're being held!

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"

In the ultra-creepy episode "Civil Defense," a computer malfunction causes the space station's security system to revert to its original settings. The result: The computer thinks the station is under Cardassian control, and all personnel on board are slaves in revolt. The station threatens the personnel with poison gar, but despite saying that they will surrender, the computer refuses to stand down.

Eventually, former station head (and primary antagonist) Gul Dukat shows up. The computer recognizes his authority at first, but then the computer thinks that Gul Dukat has abandoned his post and revokes his access privileges. The station then starts the countdown to self-destruct.

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