Television loves to give us cliffhangers. A lead character in an exploding building. The good guy arrested on false charges. Kidnappings by serial killers, terminal illnesses, etc, etc. But when we come back from the break they almost always handwave the problem away in an episode or two. This has to stop.
If we had a phrase that indicated a willingness to take the hard way out of a season finale maybe networks would actually do it from time to time. I say showrunners need to "Franco the cliffhanger."