History LoopholeAbuse / LiveActionTV

20th Jun '16 7:37:42 PM Twentington
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** A very common loophole abuse on the show is to pick clues from random spots on the board, instead of top-to-bottom. This is known as the "Forrest Bounce" by the fandom, and was notoriously employed by champion Arthur Chu.
** If a contestant gives an incorrect response, but corrects themself before the judges or Creator/AlexTrebek make a ruling, then the correct response is accepted.
** One episode had a contestant attempt to respond to Final Jeopardy! with the correct response "What is oxygen?", but only got as far as writing "What is O?" before time ran out. The judges decided to accept the answer since "O" is the symbol for oxygen on the periodic table.
9th Jun '16 7:08:33 PM StarSword
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* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Enigma", the NID wants force the Tollans that SG-1 rescued to build weapons for Earth. Daniel Jackson gets away with helping the Tollans escape because he's a civilian, so he can't be court-martialed for disobeying orders, and they couldn't try him in civilian court without revealing the stargate program. And that's before you consider the problem of what, exactly, they could charge him with: as O'Neill put it, "it'd be hard to find a civilian law to cover this."
** This is to counter Colonel Maybourne's abuse of this trope. He argues that, since the Tollans are aliens, and their nation is not a signatory to any agreements, they have no rights on Earth.

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* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' ''Series/StargateSG1'':
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episode "Enigma", the "Enigma":
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NID wants force the Tollans that SG-1 rescued to build weapons for Earth. Daniel Jackson gets away with helping the Tollans escape because he's a civilian, so he can't be court-martialed for disobeying orders, and they couldn't try him in civilian court without revealing the stargate program. And that's before you consider the problem of what, exactly, they could charge him with: as O'Neill put it, "it'd be hard to find a civilian law to cover this."
** *** This is to counter Colonel Maybourne's abuse of this trope. He argues that, [[InhumanableAlienRights since the Tollans are aliens, and their nation is not a signatory to any agreements, they have no rights on Earth.Earth]]. An infuriated Daniel retorts, "How about ''basic human rights?!''"
3rd Jun '16 5:39:23 AM MrItty
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* On ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', vampires cannot enter building unless they are invited. Evil vampire Angellus manages to enter the local highschool by pointing out that the sign on the school reads "Formatia trans sicere educatorum", which translates to "Enter all ye who seek knowledge". As Angellus tells a character who asked how he got in: "What can I say? I'm a knowledge seeker."
26th May '16 10:00:36 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'', Les Fortune gets tired of Nukus ordering him around, so he steals the Astral Axe and heads out to the park. After summoning Boron, he decides to have some fun, and play a game of "Simon says" with the mecha, quickly explaining the rules (as in, "only do what I tell you if I say 'Simon says' first"). Eventually, Nukus and Horribelle notice the theft and go to find him; Les tells them off, then tells Boron to crush them. Boron doesn't obey, however; he forgot to say "Simon says" first! Nukus quickly grabs the axe back and Les runs for his life.
10th May '16 11:17:31 PM erforce
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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' Cameron is specifically ordered by Sarah not to kill two people who may be a lead to Skynet. When they're later murdered by gangsters, within earshot of Cameron, she nonchalantly points out to Sarah that saving them wasn't an order.


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* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' Cameron is specifically ordered by Sarah not to kill two people who may be a lead to Skynet. When they're later murdered by gangsters, within earshot of Cameron, she nonchalantly points out to Sarah that saving them wasn't an order.
24th Apr '16 3:47:39 PM EponymousKid
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* In the ''Series/TopGearUS'' episode "Need for Speed", the hosts go to Germany for some high-speed racing, with the instruction to bring Volkswagen cars. Tanner chose a VW Golf R, described as a "really fast hatchback"; Adam and Rutledge show up with sleeker, speedier cars from Lamborghini and Porsche, respectively. When Tanner objects, they quickly point out that Volkswagen Group owns Lamborghini and Porsche.
20th Mar '16 6:08:27 PM nombretomado
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* On ''BoyMeetsWorld'', Cory and Shawn [[RiddleForTheAges somehow]] move Rachel's car into her dorm room as part of an EscalatingWar and Rachel tries to get them in trouble with Mr. Feeny but he refuses to punish them because there aren't any rules against parking a car in a dorm room.

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* On ''BoyMeetsWorld'', ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', Cory and Shawn [[RiddleForTheAges somehow]] move Rachel's car into her dorm room as part of an EscalatingWar and Rachel tries to get them in trouble with Mr. Feeny but he refuses to punish them because there aren't any rules against parking a car in a dorm room.
18th Mar '16 8:31:13 PM Hossmeister
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4th Mar '16 5:41:28 PM PlasmaTalon
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In the Fourth Doctor episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]", The Doctor is accused of killing the Lord President of Gallifrey, the punishment for which is execution. However, the president had not named a successor before he was killed so an election must be held. So to put off his execution long enough to figure out what's really going on, the Doctor invokes some obscure law that lets him ''submit himself as a candidate'' so the Time Lords can't execute him until after the election.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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the Fourth Doctor episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]", The Doctor is accused of killing the Lord President of Gallifrey, the punishment for which is execution. However, the president had not named a successor before he was killed so an election must be held. So to put off his execution long enough to figure out what's really going on, the Doctor invokes some obscure law that lets him ''submit himself as a candidate'' so the Time Lords can't execute him until after the election.election.
**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.
20th Feb '16 5:26:11 PM Kolic
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** Joe uses this in a contest where one joker has to find a single item the other placed in someone else's cart. Joe waited until the customer wasn't looking...then grabbed a handful of stuff. [[EpicFail None of them were right.]]
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