History LoopholeAbuse / LiveActionTV

22nd Aug '17 3:10:16 PM ANTMuddle
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* The series finale of ''Series/TheShield'' averted this one hard. In order for Vic to qualify for immunity from prosecution, he had to fulfill all of the terms of his immunity deal to the letter, without any deviations whatsoever. In other words, the Feds left him no loopholes.

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* The series finale of ''Series/TheShield'' averted this one hard. hard, at least on Vic's end. In order for Vic to qualify for immunity from prosecution, he had to fulfill all of the terms of his immunity the three-year deal to the letter, without any deviations whatsoever. In with no mistakes or deviations. On the other words, hand, the deal didn't determine in which capacity the Feds left were required to employ him no loopholes.(giving them countless loopholes against him).
12th Aug '17 7:07:39 AM Fiendish
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* The detectives of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' once raided a place selling mail-order "used Homecoming Queen undergarments". The Homecoming Queens in question were senior citizens, and making a ''bundle''. They didn't say that the undergarments belonged to young girls, after all.

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The detectives of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' once raided a place selling mail-order "used Homecoming Queen undergarments". The Homecoming Queens in question were senior citizens, and making a ''bundle''. They didn't say that the undergarments belonged to young girls, after all.all.
** In "Svengali," ADA Novak arranges for an AttentionWhore serial killer to provide testimony against another defendant in exchange for -- at the serial killer's request -- being transferred to serve out his time in a cushy federal prison. Novak agrees, and as soon as the trial is over, smugly informs him just ''how'' she intends to uphold her end of the deal:
--->'''Novak:''' You're gonna love Florence Super Max. 23-hour lockdown, no visitors, no mail, no phone calls. No human contact for the rest of your life.
16th Jul '17 4:26:51 PM TheGreatSkrond
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** During "Voyage of the Damned" the Tenth Doctor uses the robotic servants exacting orders to save himself. Confirming that they were ordered to kill the crew and passengers, he argues that he should be spared. Reasoning that he is a stowaway, and does not fall under either category.

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** During "Voyage of the Damned" the Tenth Doctor uses the robotic servants exacting servants' exact orders to save himself. Confirming that they were ordered to kill the crew and passengers, he argues that he should be spared. Reasoning that spared because he is a stowaway, and does not fall under either category.
23rd Jun '17 7:04:31 AM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Wizards of Waverly Place}}'': Stevie's brother deliberatly faints and gives Justin a marker telling him to keep it away from Alex (who wants to draw a moustache on him). Since he only told him he wouldn't give it Alex, Justin lets Max do the {{Face Doodling}} instead.
6th Jun '17 7:23:17 PM Nicoaln
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* In earlier seasons of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', it was common to see teams like Rob & Amber (Seasons 7 & 11) and Charla & Mirna (Seasons 5 & 11) convince locals to go along with them on legs, helping them navigate past the other teams. Luckily, this loophole was closed after All-Stars.

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* In the ''Series/TheAmazingRace'':
** During the
earlier seasons of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', seasons, it was common to see teams like Rob & Amber (Seasons 7 & 11) and Charla & Mirna (Seasons 5 & 11) convince locals to go along with them on legs, helping them navigate past the other teams. Luckily, this loophole was closed after All-Stars.All-Stars.
** During the final leg, there usually is a large task wherein the racers must put the locations they visited in order of which they visited it. In Season 17, the winners Nat and Kat whipped out a notebook they filled out and breezed through the task. This actually as not against the rules at the time, but the next time a similar task appeared, there was a rule added specifically saying that you are not allowed to use your notes ''during'' the task. (There is no rule saying you can't take notes, just that you cannot use them during a task)
** One team had nicked another team's cab in season 10, which was not against the rules.
** At the beginning of season 14, the task was to transport cheese wheels down a ledge. However, the racers were not penalized for simply rolling the cheese down the hill or carrying it. (Especially since the equipment broke)
28th May '17 9:53:47 AM gb00393
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* An extremely subtle example from ''Series/GameOfThrones'', in which Arya Stark forces Jaqen H'ghar to help her escape Harrenhal by naming him as his own next target. Jaqen pleads with her to retract his name[[note]]he is obliged by debt of honour to kill whoever she names[[/note]], but she will not relent so he is forced to help her[[note]]having previously claimed to have offered her three kills, not help, and helping her escape would require more even more kills[[/note]]. Shortly after her escape however, he reappears in front of her, changes his face, and declares that [[ThatManIsDead Jaqen H'ghar is dead]]. In other words, he deliberately allowed her to blackmail him, instead of just rules-lawyering his way out -- presumably because he genuinely likes her and wants to see her cleverness rewarded.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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An extremely subtle example from ''Series/GameOfThrones'', example, in which Arya Stark forces Jaqen H'ghar to help her escape Harrenhal by naming him as his own next target. Jaqen pleads with her to retract his name[[note]]he is obliged by debt of honour to kill whoever she names[[/note]], but she will not relent so he is forced to help her[[note]]having previously claimed to have offered her three kills, not help, and helping her escape would require more even more kills[[/note]]. Shortly after her escape however, he reappears in front of her, changes his face, and declares that [[ThatManIsDead Jaqen H'ghar is dead]]. In other words, he deliberately allowed her to blackmail him, instead of just rules-lawyering his way out -- presumably because he genuinely likes her and wants to see her cleverness rewarded.


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** This is practically Roose Bolton's specialty. When Bolton suggests flaying the prisoners for information, Robb tells him that Ned outlawed flaying in the North. Bolton counters that they're not in the North. When Walder Frey proposed a marriage deal to him, Frey offered to pay Bolton the girl's weight in silver as a dowry, and so Bolton picked the fattest Frey granddaughter he could find.
23rd May '17 6:23:58 PM ANTMuddle
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* The series finale of ''Series/TheShield'' averted this one hard. In order for Vic to qualify for immunity from prosecution, he had to fulfill all of the terms of his immunity deal to the letter, without any deviations whatsoever. In other words, the Feds left him no loopholes.
19th Feb '17 9:52:37 AM eowynjedi
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* In the third ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' series, by-the-book Bush does this a couple of times. When Horatio goes spying ashore, he tells Bush to take ''Hotspur'' home if he's not back after a certain time. Bush ''does'' retreat once a French frigate shows up, but by that time Horatio's made good his escape; Bush claims that he thought the sandglasses were running too fast. Later, the flagship signals a retreat and Bush (again in command because Horatio is salvaging a pear-shaped operation) orders the inept Midshipman Hammond to double-check the signal using the book because he thinks that the shore battery's sudden quiet is a result of Horatio's party and not a convenient lull. The boy has it right for once, but it gives time for Horatio to succeed, resulting in a change in orders.
30th Jan '17 2:50:27 PM hyphz
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* On ''Series/BritainsGotTalent'', singer Christian Spridon was not popular with the judges, and three of them pressed their buzzers to halt the act. The remaining judge, David Walliams, encouraged him to continue while interacting with the crowd, only for Simon Cowell to reach over and press David's buzzer, shutting down the act. David, in response, reached over and hit the ''golden'' buzzer which automatically sends a contestant into the live shows. The Golden Buzzer was intended to be used after successful acts to resolve ties in the final voting; but since the rules state that activation of the golden buzzer overrides the votes of all other judges, it was assumed that it could also override the shutting down of an act, and Christian became the only act in the run to receive a direct ticket to the live shows in spite of his act technically failing.
** After this, Walliams became so infamous for using the golden buzzer to send bizarre rejected acts into the live shows that he was banned from pushing it.

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* On ''Series/BritainsGotTalent'', The later series of ''Series/BritainsGotTalent'' introduced the "Golden Buzzer". Unlike the regular judges' buzzers, which signify rejection of an act, any judge pressing the golden buzzer causes the act to ''instantly pass the round'' (regardless of the other judges' opinions) and be granted a bye in future rounds up until the live shows. It was usually used to break ties between the judges or as an additional bonus for particularly good acts. However, when singer Christian Spridon was not popular with the judges, and performed, three of them the judges pressed their buzzers to halt the act. The remaining judge, David Walliams, encouraged him to continue while interacting with the crowd, only for Simon Cowell to reach over and press David's buzzer, shutting down the act. David, in response, reached over and hit the ''golden'' buzzer which automatically sends golden buzzer. Since there Ain't No Rule against a contestant into the live shows. The Golden Buzzer was intended to be used after successful acts to resolve ties in the final voting; but since the rules state judge pushing ''both'' buzzers, nor that activation of an act has to have successfully completed to receive the golden buzzer overrides the votes of all other judges, it buzzer, Spridon was assumed that it could also override the shutting down of an act, and Christian became the only act in the run to receive a direct ticket sent straight to the live shows in spite to the chagrin of his act technically failing.
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Simon Cowell and the other judges. After this, Walliams became so infamous for using the golden buzzer to send bizarre rejected acts into the live shows that he was eventually banned from pushing it.
30th Jan '17 2:31:21 PM hyphz
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** Sheldon's agreement states that the shower can be occupied by only one person at a time, making Leonard and Priya showering together forbidden. However, it also stated that when Sheldon showered second, all reasonable adjustments must be made to ensure adequate hot water; thus, Priya argued that by sharing a shower they had ensured there would be enough hot water for Sheldon, superseding the occupancy limit.


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** After this, Walliams became so infamous for using the golden buzzer to send bizarre rejected acts into the live shows that he was banned from pushing it.
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