History Film / MysteryMen

21st Feb '17 6:06:40 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: The Spleen for The Bowler

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: The Spleen for The BowlerBowler.



-->'''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Shoveller]]:''' God gave me a gift. I shovel well. I shovel ''very'' well.
-->'''[[SassyBlackWoman Shoveller's Wife]]:''' You shovel better than any man I've ever known!

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-->'''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Shoveller]]:''' God gave me a gift. I shovel well. I shovel ''very'' well.
-->'''[[SassyBlackWoman
well.\\
'''[[SassyBlackWoman
Shoveller's Wife]]:''' You shovel better than any man I've ever known!






-->'''Mr. Furious:''' What? Guns? That's your power, you shoot guns?
-->'''The Blue Raja:''' There's no theme at all here.
-->'''Mr. Furious:''' Weak.
-->'''The Blue Raja:''' At best.
-->[a Disco Boy wields a pipe]
-->'''The Shoveller:''' And who are you supposed to be, the Disco Plumber?
-->[another Disco Boy wields a [[ChainPain heavy chain]]]
-->'''Mr. Furious:''' See, you've got a chain, you could at least make it a ''gold'' chain. [[TemptingFate And that's just off the top of my head]].
-->'''Tony C:''' [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Top of your head, huh]]?
-->Cue CurbStompBattle.

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-->'''Mr. Furious:''' What? Guns? That's your power, you shoot guns?
-->'''The
guns?\\
'''The
Blue Raja:''' There's no theme at all here.
-->'''Mr.
here.\\
'''Mr.
Furious:''' Weak.
-->'''The
Weak.\\
'''The
Blue Raja:''' At best.
-->[a
best.\\
[a
Disco Boy wields a pipe]
-->'''The
pipe]\\
'''The
Shoveller:''' And who are you supposed to be, the Disco Plumber?
-->[another
Plumber?\\
[another
Disco Boy wields a [[ChainPain heavy chain]]]
-->'''Mr.
chain]]]\\
'''Mr.
Furious:''' See, you've got a chain, you could at least make it a ''gold'' chain. [[TemptingFate And that's just off the top of my head]].
-->'''Tony
head]].\\
'''Tony
C:''' [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Top of your head, huh]]?
-->Cue
huh]]?\\
Cue
CurbStompBattle.



-->'''Spleen:''' Shotgun!
-->'''Blue Raja:''' Yes, well, I already called it, didn't I?

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-->'''Spleen:''' Shotgun!
-->'''Blue
Shotgun!\\
'''Blue
Raja:''' Yes, well, I already called it, didn't I?



* CardboardPrison: Averted, since what kickstarts the plot is the ''lack'' of free-roaming supervillains for Captain Amazing to fight. A couple of AwesomeMcCoolname types are mentioned as being out of action for good... so he ''[[InvokedTrope invokes]]'' the trope and gets one released - one potent enough to give him a fight worthy of publicising... [[spoiler:one which kicks his ass, leaving the Mystery Men to save the day.]]

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* CardboardPrison: Averted, since what kickstarts the plot is the ''lack'' of free-roaming supervillains for Captain Amazing to fight. A couple of AwesomeMcCoolname types are mentioned as being out of action for good... so he ''[[InvokedTrope invokes]]'' the trope and gets one released - -- one potent enough to give him a fight worthy of publicising... [[spoiler:one which kicks his ass, leaving the Mystery Men to save the day.]]



'''Cpt. Amazing:''' Casanova Frankenstein - now there was a supervillain! You know, he just... he's got those eyes, you know? I can't do it, but... and that voice! Such pure evil! The battles we used to have extraordinary!\\

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'''Cpt. Amazing:''' Casanova Frankenstein - -- now there was a supervillain! You know, he just... he's got those eyes, you know? I can't do it, but... and that voice! Such pure evil! The battles we used to have -- extraordinary!\\



-->'''The Shoveler:''' Oh, don't ''start'' that ''again!'' Lance Hunt wears glasses. Captain Amazing doesn't wear glasses.
-->'''Mr. Furious:''' He takes them off when he transforms.
-->'''The Shoveller:''' That doesn't make any sense. He wouldn't be able to see!

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-->'''The Shoveler:''' Oh, don't ''start'' that ''again!'' Lance Hunt wears glasses. Captain Amazing doesn't wear glasses.
-->'''Mr.
glasses.\\
'''Mr.
Furious:''' He takes them off when he transforms.
-->'''The
transforms.\\
'''The
Shoveller:''' That doesn't make any sense. He wouldn't be able to see!



-->'''Mr. Furious:''' Seems there was a little controversy there regarding your father's death.
-->'''The Bowler:''' Yes, the police said he fell down an elevator shaft. Onto some bullets.
-->'''The Blue Raja:''' You know, I've always suspected a bit of foul play.
** Tony P refers to himself as "the guy who gave your Daddy the shaft" suggesting that the coroner's report was incorrect and that Carmine's death was murder.

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-->'''Mr. Furious:''' Seems there was a little controversy there regarding your father's death.
-->'''The
death.\\
'''The
Bowler:''' Yes, the police said he fell down an elevator shaft. Onto some bullets.
-->'''The
bullets.\\
'''The
Blue Raja:''' You know, I've always suspected a bit of foul play.
** Tony P refers to himself as "the guy who gave your Daddy the shaft" suggesting that the coroner's report was incorrect and that Carmine's death was murder.
play.



-->I'm the '''''Blue Raja!''' I'm not... [[KnifeNut Stab-man,]] I'm not Knifey Boy, I'm the Blue Raja.

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-->I'm -->"I'm the '''''Blue Raja!''' I'm not... [[KnifeNut Stab-man,]] Stab-man]], I'm not Knifey Boy, I'm the Blue Raja."



* DeconstructiveParody: Of the standard super-hero world. If you have a truly successful superhero, eventually they're going to run out of villains. Also, having a superpower and heroic desire is not enough to be a superhero and it's not a glamorous life. On another level, it does this to celebrity-loving culture - what it does to the people who seek it, and the people who have it. Above all, it makes fun of both aspects.

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* DeconstructiveParody: Of the standard super-hero world. If you have a truly successful superhero, eventually they're going to run out of villains. Also, having a superpower and heroic desire is not enough to be a superhero and it's not a glamorous life. On another level, it does this to celebrity-loving culture - -- what it does to the people who seek it, and the people who have it. Above all, it makes fun of both aspects.



** Apparently using a ''gun'' is hilariously gauche in the world of ''Mystery Men.'' The heroes openly mock the Disco Boys for using guns instead of using ''some'' kind of disco-themed weaponry.

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** Apparently using a ''gun'' is hilariously gauche in the world of ''Mystery Men.'' Men''. The heroes openly mock the Disco Boys for using guns instead of using ''some'' kind of disco-themed weaponry.



-->'''The Shoveler:''' Won't even use a knife...
** Dr. Heller only makes non--lethal weapons. (Even the heroes seem dismissive of that, until he shows off his canned tornadoes and blame-thrower.)

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-->'''The --->'''The Shoveler:''' Won't even use a knife...
** Dr. Heller only makes non--lethal non-lethal weapons. (Even Even the heroes seem dismissive of that, until he shows off his canned tornadoes and blame-thrower.)



** Shoveller as Ego; level-headed balancer

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** Shoveller as Ego; level-headed balancerbalancer.



-->'''The Shoveler:''' Doctor, you really are a genius.
-->'''Dr. Heller:''' That's what the card says.

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-->'''The Shoveler:''' Doctor, you really are a genius.
-->'''Dr.
genius.\\
'''Dr.
Heller:''' That's what the card says.



* ICallItVera: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the case of The Bowler, who calls her bowling ball Carmine - because it's possessed by the spirit of her father Carmine (and ''contains his skull''). It talks back, although only she can hear it.
* IceCreamKoan: Most of The Sphinx's teachings are suspiciously predictable word play.
-->'''Sphinx:''' To learn my teachings, I must first teach you how to learn.

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* ICallItVera: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the case of The Bowler, who calls her bowling ball Carmine - because it's possessed by the spirit of her father Carmine (and ''contains his skull''). It talks back, although only she can hear it.
* IceCreamKoan: IceCreamKoan:
**
Most of The Sphinx's teachings are suspiciously predictable word play.
-->'''Sphinx:''' --->'''Sphinx:''' To learn my teachings, I must first teach you how to learn.



-->'''Furious:''' (trying to balance a hammer on his head) What's the point of this?
-->'''Sphinx:''' When you can balance a tack hammer on your head, you will head off your foes with a balanced attack.

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-->'''Furious:''' --->'''Furious:''' (trying to balance a hammer on his head) What's the point of this?
-->'''Sphinx:'''
this?\\
'''Sphinx:'''
When you can balance a tack hammer on your head, you will head off your foes with a balanced attack.



-->'''Sphinx:''' Your temper is very quick, my friend. But until you learn to master your rage
-->'''Furious:''' Your rage will become your master? (beat) That's what you were gonna say, right?
-->'''Sphinx:''' ... Not necessarily.

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-->'''Sphinx:''' --->'''Sphinx:''' Your temper is very quick, my friend. But until you learn to master your rage
-->'''Furious:'''
rage--\\
'''Furious:'''
Your rage will become your master? (beat) That's what you were gonna say, right?
-->'''Sphinx:''' ...
right?\\
'''Sphinx:''' ...
Not necessarily.



-->'''Capt. Amazing:''' I knew you couldn't change.
-->'''Casanova Frankenstein:''' I knew you'd know that.
-->'''Capt. Amazing:''' Oh, I know that. ''And I'' knew you'd know I'd know you knew.
-->'''Casanova Frankenstein:''' But I didn't. I only knew that you'd know that I knew. Did you know that?
-->'''Capt. Amazing:''' . . . of course.

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-->'''Capt. Amazing:''' I knew you couldn't change.
-->'''Casanova
change.\\
'''Casanova
Frankenstein:''' I knew you'd know that.
-->'''Capt.
that.\\
'''Capt.
Amazing:''' Oh, I know that. ''And I'' knew you'd know I'd know you knew.
-->'''Casanova
knew.\\
'''Casanova
Frankenstein:''' But I didn't. I only knew that you'd know that I knew. Did you know that?
-->'''Capt.
that?\\
'''Capt.
Amazing:''' . . . of course.



* InsistentTerminology: The Blue Raja constantly corrects anyone who says that the Sphinx is mysterious - he's actually ''terribly'' mysterious.

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* InsistentTerminology: The Blue Raja constantly corrects anyone who says that the Sphinx is mysterious - -- he's actually ''terribly'' mysterious.



-->'''The Bowler''': You're not well-liked. You're uh, you're abrasive and off-putting. You try and say pithy things, but your wit is a hindrance and therefore nothing is provocative. Just mixed metaphors. Now, doesn't that make you angry? Does it infuriate you?
-->'''Mr. Furious''': No.
-->'''The Bowler''': Well, it should. Aren't you angry? Come on, man!
-->'''The Shoveller''': [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Your penmanship is atrocious!]]
-->'''The Sphinx''': You dress in the manner of a male prostitute!

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-->'''The Bowler''': You're not well-liked. You're uh, you're abrasive and off-putting. You try and say pithy things, but your wit is a hindrance and therefore nothing is provocative. Just mixed metaphors. Now, doesn't that make you angry? Does it infuriate you?
-->'''Mr.
you?\\
'''Mr.
Furious''': No.
-->'''The
No.\\
'''The
Bowler''': Well, it should. Aren't you angry? Come on, man!
-->'''The
man!\\
'''The
Shoveller''': [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Your penmanship is atrocious!]]
-->'''The
atrocious!]]\\
'''The
Sphinx''': You dress in the manner of a male prostitute!



* ItsWhatIDo
-->'''The Shoveler:''' Doctor, you are a genius.
-->'''Dr. Heller:''' That's what the card says.

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* ItsWhatIDo
ItsWhatIDo:
-->'''The Shoveler:''' Doctor, you are a genius.
-->'''Dr.
genius.\\
'''Dr.
Heller:''' That's what the card says.



--> '''Tony P.:''' Hello. I'm the guy who gave your daddy the Film/{{Shaft}}.

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--> ---> '''Tony P.:''' Hello. I'm the guy who gave your daddy the Film/{{Shaft}}.



* [[LethalJokeWeapon Non-Lethal Joke Weapon]]: Dr. Heller's specialty. He's initially written off because all of his inventions are non-lethal, but then he starts showing off what his inventions can do, including subduing foes by shrinking their clothes, causing enemies to drop everything and start bickering with each other, and even ''tornado grenades''.

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* [[LethalJokeWeapon Non-Lethal Joke Weapon]]: LethalJokeWeapon: Dr. Heller's specialty. He's initially written off because all of his inventions are non-lethal, but then he starts showing off what his inventions can do, including subduing foes by shrinking their clothes, causing enemies to drop everything and start bickering with each other, and even ''tornado grenades''.



* MenstrualMenace: The PMS Avenger only works 4 days a month.

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* MenstrualMenace: The PMS Avenger only works 4 four days a month.



-->'''Mr. Furious:''' I don't need a compass to tell me which way the wind shines.

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-->'''Mr.--->'''Mr. Furious:''' I don't need a compass to tell me which way the wind shines.



* MundaneMadeAwesome: Look at the RousingSpeech example below. Who knew making an Egg Salad sandwhich could be so awesome?

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Look at the RousingSpeech example below. Who knew making an Egg Salad sandwhich sandwich could be so awesome?



-->'''The Blue Raja:''' [[spoiler: Oh! My God. Oh, my God. We killed him.]]
-->'''The Shoveler:''' [[spoiler: What do you mean ''we''? I was standing right here.]]

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-->'''The --->'''The Blue Raja:''' [[spoiler: Oh! My God. Oh, my God. We killed him.]]
-->'''The
]]\\
'''The
Shoveler:''' [[spoiler: What do you mean ''we''? I was standing right here.]]



--> '''The Spleen''' ''(of a strange gun):'' It's a shrinker!
--> '''The Bowler:''' How do you know... oh, hey! A ''manual!''

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--> '''The Spleen''' ''(of a strange gun):'' It's a shrinker!
-->
shrinker!\\
'''The Bowler:''' How do you know... oh, hey! A ''manual!''



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: The British Creator/EddieIzzard playing the (kinda) Brooklyn accented Tony P. It's almost unbearable.

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: OohMeAccentsSlipping:
**
The British Creator/EddieIzzard playing the (kinda) Brooklyn accented Tony P. It's almost unbearable.



* PlotTailoredToTheParty: The assault on Chez Casa Casanova. From Invisibility to magic bowling balls to fork throwing etc., everyone's powers are used to solve some problem or obstacle.

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* PlotTailoredToTheParty: The assault on Chez Casa Casanova. From Invisibility invisibility to magic bowling balls to fork throwing etc., everyone's powers are used to solve some problem or obstacle.



'''Blue Raja:''' No. Until the early part of this century, India was in fact part of the British Empire, whose government there was called the British Raj after the Hindi word for "sovereignty". Furthermore \\
'''The Bowler:''' Wait so sorry. ''[to her bowling ball]'' What? ''Dad!'' No, he's not a commie, nor a fruit. ''[to the Blue Raja]'' Sorry. His ignorance embarrasses me.

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'''Blue Raja:''' No. Until the early part of this century, India was in fact part of the British Empire, whose government there was called the British Raj after the Hindi word for "sovereignty". Furthermore \\
Furthermore--\\
'''The Bowler:''' Wait -- so sorry. ''[to her bowling ball]'' What? ''Dad!'' No, he's not a commie, nor a fruit. ''[to the Blue Raja]'' Sorry. His ignorance embarrasses me.



-->'''Mr. Furious:''' Someone must have ripped the "Q" section out of my dictionary, [[{{Determinator}} 'cause I don't know the meaning of the word "quit"]]!

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-->'''Mr.--->'''Mr. Furious:''' Someone must have ripped the "Q" section out of my dictionary, [[{{Determinator}} 'cause I don't know the meaning of the word "quit"]]!



* RummageSaleRejects: Not just the Mystery Men; all the wannabes dress wear mismatched or dirty equipment.

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* RummageSaleRejects: Not just the Mystery Men; all the wannabes dress wear mismatched or dirty equipment.



* SarcasticConfession: As the team is trying to free Captain Amazing from Casanova's machine, the Shoveler asks him if he knows Lance Hunt. Captain Amazing admits to being him, then after a moment claims he was joking and says he [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat always wanted to say that]].



* [[SuperheroPackingHeat Supervillain Packing Heat]]: The Disco Boys, to our heroes' great amusement, use non-disco guns.

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* [[SuperheroPackingHeat Supervillain Packing Heat]]: SuperheroPackingHeat: The Disco Boys, to our heroes' great amusement, use non-disco guns.



* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Played with for Invisible Boy. He can only turn invisible when no one is looking at him, which seems useless [[spoiler: until they encounter an automated defense system.]] Which is not exactly uncommon.

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* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Played with for Invisible Boy. He can only turn invisible when no one is looking at him, which seems useless [[spoiler: until they encounter an automated defense system.]] system]]. Which is not exactly uncommon.



-->'''Mr. Furious:''' I'll have a steak, please, very rare. That means pink, not bloody. And can I get some ice? I had a little mishap defending justice over at the nursing home.
-->'''Monica:''' I thought I heard on TV that that was Captain Amazing.
-->'''Mr. Furious:''' [[SarcasmMode Ooh! Let's all be good automaton droids and believe everything we see on TV!]]
-->'''Monica:''' I'll just go place your order now...

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-->'''Mr. Furious:''' I'll have a steak, please, very rare. That means pink, not bloody. And can I get some ice? I had a little mishap defending justice over at the nursing home.
-->'''Monica:'''
home.\\
'''Monica:'''
I thought I heard on TV that that was Captain Amazing.
-->'''Mr.
Amazing.\\
'''Mr.
Furious:''' [[SarcasmMode Ooh! Let's all be good automaton droids and believe everything we see on TV!]]
-->'''Monica:'''
TV!]]\\
'''Monica:'''
I'll just go place your order now...
30th Jan '17 5:02:19 AM Gosicrystal
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* BaitAndSwitchComment / NoExceptYes: The Bowler sneaks one in.

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* BaitAndSwitchComment / NoExceptYes: DistinctionWithoutADifference: The Bowler sneaks one in.
17th Jan '17 5:22:05 PM LBHills
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* AudibleSharpness: The Bowler's ball makes a loud humming and throbbing noise like a didgeridoo whenever she wields it.
** Blue Rajah's forks and spoons make stereotypical blade "whoosh" noises.

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* AudibleSharpness: The Bowler's ball makes a loud humming and throbbing noise like a didgeridoo whenever she wields it.
**
Blue Rajah's forks and spoons make stereotypical blade "whoosh" noises.
17th Jan '17 5:20:53 PM LBHills
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* InverseLawOfLethalityAndUtility: This law is in full force - guns are actually derided as a lame replacement for powers, and Professor Heller's madcap non-lethal inventions are far more effective. However, reasonable precautions against getting shot are still taken.
5th Jan '17 8:18:21 PM MrDeath
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* GenreSavvy: Downplayed with Casanova Frankenstein. He is GenreSavvy when it comes to dealing with his ArchEnemy, Captain Amazing, but not when dealing with the Mystery Men.
31st Dec '16 9:48:31 AM CheeseDogX
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* HeroismAddict: The impetus of the plot; Captain Amazing gets Casanova Frankenstein released so that Amazing has a real villain to fight and stops losing corporate sponsors.
28th Dec '16 1:28:50 PM lorgskyegon
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** Sphinx is able to cut them in half with his mind, though he isn't seen cutting anything else in half.
14th Dec '16 8:27:30 AM LBHills
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* MadScientist: Dr. Heller combines mad science with a TechnicalPacifist attitude.
14th Dec '16 8:24:02 AM LBHills
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* BaitAndSwitchComment: The Bowler sneaks one in.

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* BaitAndSwitchComment: BaitAndSwitchComment / NoExceptYes: The Bowler sneaks one in.



* NoExceptYes:
--> '''Blue Raja:''' Are we to understand that you inserted your ''father's'' head into that... ball for bowling?
--> '''The Bowler:''' No. (''pause'') The guy at the pro shop did it.
14th Dec '16 8:18:37 AM LBHills
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* BaitAndSwitchComment: The Bowler sneaks one in.
--> '''Blue Rajah:''' Are you saying you inserted your father's ''skull'' inside that... ball for bowling?\\
'''Bowler:''' Nah. The guy at the pro shop did it.
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