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14th May '16 12:30:30 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''{{Reno 911}}'':

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1st Apr '16 10:15:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheDrewCareyShow'': Lampshades and inverts this by having the characters pick up an object called an Epiphany Ball while snooping around in a laboratory at night. Whoever holds the ball suddenly gains understanding to all their problems. Predictably, after it gets passed around a bit, they fight over the ball and it is shattered as it dropped to the floor.
* ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'': In one episode, Raymond and Debra have both sustained injuries after falling out of bed during sex. To avoid admitting this to Marie, they make up a lie about falling down the stairs. For some reason, Marie is skeptical that they both fell at the same time. The obvious answer would be that they were both going down the stairs, one of them tripped and knocked the other down with them; however Debra instead makes up the ridiculous notion that they were having a race, as part of a "weekly tradition". This is a surprising lapse in judgement considering she's usually portrayed as the brains of their relationship.
* ''FallingSkies'': Has a few in just one episode. Tom tells us a few times that Pope is [[DesignatedVillain a really bad guy]], so when they take him to find motorbikes he's guarded by Dai. Dai and Pope end up in a back of the bike shop and for some reason Dai turns his back on Pope and looks for something. Pope then knocks him out and flees from the group. In the same bike shop one of the skitters {{wall crawl}}s his way to an advantageous spot above Tom and Dai who are completely focused on escape from the {{child soldier}}s, so what does it do? It jumps on the desk below it, makes a bunch of noise and gets filled with lead.
* ''{{Friends}}'': Every now and then, a character would usually have to pick this bad boy up and run it into the endzone for a off-kilter subplot to work. Some of these, though, were probably just PlayedForLaughs.

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* ''TheDrewCareyShow'': ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'': Lampshades and inverts this by having the characters pick up an object called an Epiphany Ball while snooping around in a laboratory at night. Whoever holds the ball suddenly gains understanding to all their problems. Predictably, after it gets passed around a bit, they fight over the ball and it is shattered as it dropped to the floor.
* ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'': ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'': In one episode, Raymond and Debra have both sustained injuries after falling out of bed during sex. To avoid admitting this to Marie, they make up a lie about falling down the stairs. For some reason, Marie is skeptical that they both fell at the same time. The obvious answer would be that they were both going down the stairs, one of them tripped and knocked the other down with them; however Debra instead makes up the ridiculous notion that they were having a race, as part of a "weekly tradition". This is a surprising lapse in judgement considering she's usually portrayed as the brains of their relationship.
* ''FallingSkies'': ''Series/FallingSkies'': Has a few in just one episode. Tom tells us a few times that Pope is [[DesignatedVillain a really bad guy]], so when they take him to find motorbikes he's guarded by Dai. Dai and Pope end up in a back of the bike shop and for some reason Dai turns his back on Pope and looks for something. Pope then knocks him out and flees from the group. In the same bike shop one of the skitters {{wall crawl}}s his way to an advantageous spot above Tom and Dai who are completely focused on escape from the {{child soldier}}s, so what does it do? It jumps on the desk below it, makes a bunch of noise and gets filled with lead.
* ''{{Friends}}'': ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Every now and then, a character would usually have to pick this bad boy up and run it into the endzone for a off-kilter subplot to work. Some of these, though, were probably just PlayedForLaughs.



* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': Peter is meant to be a genius, with an insanely high IQ and perception [[spoiler: enough to realize that he's from another universe. He's also known Olivia for over 2 years now.]] At the end of last season, he and Olivia finally admitted their feelings, to some extent anyway. [[spoiler: Then the two Olivias, the one from the parallel world and the one from our world, switched, and he somehow hasn't noticed even though a) he's noticed how different she is, b) he's surrounded by cases of imposters from Over There, and c) he's spending so much time with her that they've slept together.]] Even Peter's actor admits he's gotten the Idiot Ball this season. When a reckoning came around, [[spoiler:Olivia chewed him out for it, and their relationship was somewhat rocky thereafter, until they finally go together.]]

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* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': Peter is meant to be a genius, with an insanely high IQ and perception [[spoiler: enough to realize that he's from another universe. He's also known Olivia for over 2 years now.]] At the end of last season, he and Olivia finally admitted their feelings, to some extent anyway. [[spoiler: Then the two Olivias, the one from the parallel world and the one from our world, switched, and he somehow hasn't noticed even though a) he's noticed how different she is, b) he's surrounded by cases of imposters impostors from Over There, and c) he's spending so much time with her that they've slept together.]] Even Peter's actor admits he's gotten the Idiot Ball this season. When a reckoning came around, [[spoiler:Olivia chewed him out for it, and their relationship was somewhat rocky thereafter, until they finally go together.]]
19th Mar '16 4:12:52 AM Hossmeister
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19th Mar '16 3:30:45 AM Hossmeister
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15th Mar '16 5:18:59 AM Morgenthaler
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*** Not leaving Teyla unconscious until they're clear of Atlantis by stunning her repeatedly or even restraining her while she's awake so she can't, say, take her mission-critical baby and flee from your grasp at the first opportunity.
*** Leaving all the gate room people, two dozen or so stunned humans (including TheBigGuy Ronon), in an unmonitored room with an accessible door panel and a single guard posted at the ''other'' side of the door. [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim The Hybrids could have just killed them all]] to save themselves the trouble of bothering to seclude them after they've been knocked unconscious. They were already planning on blowing up Atlantis anyway, so they had no believable reason to keep them alive beyond plot-required stupidity.
*** After Teyla escapes with her baby, she hides in an easily openable/concealable alcove from the Hybrids. While looking for her, one of them notices the baby crying, but [[ItsProbablyNothing doesn't bother to investigate the sound any further for no particular reason]], instead reporting to Michael that they simply can't find Teyla anywhere.
*** After Michael's plan went completely awry and he has no hopes of survival anymore, [[BondVillainStupidity he fails to kill John Sheppard in a last act of spite]] right when he has him dangling off the top of Atlantis' main tower. This one again overlaps with VillainBall because he wants to beat Sheppard to a pulp first.

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*** ## Not leaving Teyla unconscious until they're clear of Atlantis by stunning her repeatedly or even restraining her while she's awake so she can't, say, take her mission-critical baby and flee from your grasp at the first opportunity.
*** Leaving ## Putting all the gate room people, two dozen or so stunned humans (including TheBigGuy Ronon), [[TheBigGuy Ronon]]), in an unmonitored room with an accessible door panel and a single guard posted at the ''other'' side of the door. [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim The Hybrids could have just killed them all]] to save themselves the trouble of bothering to seclude them after they've been knocked unconscious. They were already planning on blowing up Atlantis anyway, so they had no believable reason to keep not kill them alive beyond plot-required stupidity.
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after they were stunned.
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After Teyla escapes with her baby, she hides in an easily openable/concealable alcove from the Hybrids. While looking for her, one of them notices the baby crying, but [[ItsProbablyNothing doesn't bother to investigate the sound any further for no particular reason]], instead reporting to Michael that they simply can't find Teyla anywhere.
*** ## After Michael's plan went completely awry and he has no hopes of survival anymore, [[BondVillainStupidity he fails to kill John Sheppard in a last act of spite]] right when he has him dangling off the top of Atlantis' main tower. This one again overlaps with VillainBall because he wants to beat Sheppard to a pulp first.
7th Feb '16 4:45:31 PM JamesAustin
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* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'': On a OnceAnEpisode basis.
17th Jan '16 10:32:09 AM nombretomado
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* ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':

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* ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
1st Jan '16 12:17:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheMentalist'': Way to go, Jane. It's a brilliant idea to ''break into a suspect's house'' to get proof he's a hitman. Jane would have gotten away with it if he hadn't ''made himself a cup of tea and left his fingerprints and DNA on the cup''. [[SarcasmMode Shockingly, the suspect was released]].

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* ''TheMentalist'': ''Series/TheMentalist'': Way to go, Jane. It's a brilliant idea to ''break into a suspect's house'' to get proof he's a hitman. Jane would have gotten away with it if he hadn't ''made himself a cup of tea and left his fingerprints and DNA on the cup''. [[SarcasmMode Shockingly, the suspect was released]].
7th Dec '15 11:15:41 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'':

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Series/OurMissBrooks'':



** The idiot ball also passes into Walter Denton clutches on occasion, i.e. "Living Statues", "Cure That Habit".

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** The idiot ball also passes into Walter Denton Denton's clutches on occasion, i.e. "Living Statues", "Cure That Habit".
6th Dec '15 3:33:34 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'':
** As befitting a [[DumbJock student athlete]], whenever Stretch Snodgrass appears he has idiot ball firmly in hand. i.e. "The Auction", "Stuffed Gopher".
** The same applies to Stretch's brother [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Bones]], i.e. "Marinated Hearing".
** The idiot ball also passes into Walter Denton clutches on occasion, i.e. "Living Statues", "Cure That Habit".
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