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9th Jul '17 6:37:07 AM allboyband
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** Another episode has Sophia claim that she has a date with Julio Iglesias. The other women think she's lying and just doesn't want to admit that she doesn't want to admit that she, like the others, doesn't have a date scheduled for Valentine's Day. After Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose leave for their dates (their dates just cancelledto surprise them later), Iglesias does show up and goes out with Sophia.
** In "Mrs. George Devereaux", Dorothy says that she met Sonny Bono and Lyle Waggoner and they both fell for and were fighting for her, but as she was HollywoodDatelesss, no one believes her. While she was telling the truth, the episode turns out to be a BizzaroEpisode that was AllJustADream.

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** Another episode has Sophia claim that she has a date with Julio Iglesias. The other women think she's lying and just doesn't want to admit that she doesn't want to admit that she, like the others, doesn't have a date scheduled for Valentine's Day. After Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose leave for their dates (their dates just cancelledto cancelled to surprise them later), Iglesias does show up and goes out with Sophia.
** In "Mrs. George Devereaux", Dorothy says that she met Sonny Bono and Lyle Waggoner and they both fell for and were fighting for her, but as she was HollywoodDatelesss, HollywoodDateless, no one believes her. While she was telling the truth, the episode turns out to be a BizzaroEpisode BizarroEpisode that was AllJustADream.
9th Jul '17 6:34:38 AM allboyband
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* Done oddly on an episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', in which the girls are working to put together a variety show to raise money for charity. Their scheduled emcee cancels, and Rose offers to get Bob Hope to fill in. She doesn't claim to actually know him, however; she claims to believe he's her biological father, and admits that they've never even met. Through a bizarre coincidence, Bob Hope really ''does'' show up to host the event for them, although no indication is given that he's been made remotely aware of Rose's conviction.

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* Done oddly on an episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', in which the girls are working to put together a variety show to raise money for charity. Their scheduled emcee cancels, and Rose offers to get Bob Hope to fill in. She doesn't claim to actually know him, however; she claims to believe he's her biological father, and admits that they've never even met. Through a bizarre coincidence, coincidence (Hope was Sophia's new boyfriend's old vaudeville partner), Bob Hope really ''does'' show up to host the event for them, although no indication is given that he's been made remotely aware of Rose's conviction.conviction.
** Another episode has Sophia claim that she has a date with Julio Iglesias. The other women think she's lying and just doesn't want to admit that she doesn't want to admit that she, like the others, doesn't have a date scheduled for Valentine's Day. After Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose leave for their dates (their dates just cancelledto surprise them later), Iglesias does show up and goes out with Sophia.
** In "Mrs. George Devereaux", Dorothy says that she met Sonny Bono and Lyle Waggoner and they both fell for and were fighting for her, but as she was HollywoodDatelesss, no one believes her. While she was telling the truth, the episode turns out to be a BizzaroEpisode that was AllJustADream.
8th Jun '17 7:01:47 AM jormis29
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* In one episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', Jon Lovitz's Pathological Liar character was trying to pick up Jerry Hall in a bar, with increasingly absurd lies ranging from being a Senator, inventing Rock'n'Roll, to knowing Mick Jagger. Mick Jagger then walks in to pick up his girlfriend, and [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/85/85jliar.phtml uses Lovitz as his excuse for not coming home some nights]].

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* In one episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', Jon Lovitz's Creator/JonLovitz's Pathological Liar character was trying to pick up Jerry Hall in a bar, with increasingly absurd lies ranging from being a Senator, inventing Rock'n'Roll, to knowing Mick Jagger. Mick Jagger then walks in to pick up his girlfriend, and [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/85/85jliar.phtml uses Lovitz as his excuse for not coming home some nights]].
14th Mar '17 3:46:00 PM FF32
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the boys become talent agents and decide to pretend to publicly receive a phone call from a famous person to increase their credibility. Unfortunately, Cartman decides to get calls from UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and Colonel Sanders.
26th Feb '17 9:18:52 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'': In another effort to impress Bailey, Cody tells her that he is friends with HannahMontana and can get them tickets for the concert she was going to hold. Subverted because he actually does know Hannah (they met at the Tipton when they were younger) but Hannah doesn't remember Cody. Cody does everything he could to win the tickets for him and Bailey and when he fails, he tells the truth to Bailey but she is touched that Cody was willing to go through so much trouble for her. Then, Hannah and Lola skip by and Hannah finally remembers Cody (Woody getting cake all over Cody's shirt helped) and gives them tickets and backstage passes. Cody and Bailey then have a RelationshipUpgrade (prompting a hilarious BrickJoke from the beginning of the season).

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* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'': In another effort to impress Bailey, Cody tells her that he is friends with HannahMontana Series/HannahMontana and can get them tickets for the concert she was going to hold. Subverted because he actually does know Hannah (they met at the Tipton when they were younger) but Hannah doesn't remember Cody. Cody does everything he could to win the tickets for him and Bailey and when he fails, he tells the truth to Bailey but she is touched that Cody was willing to go through so much trouble for her. Then, Hannah and Lola skip by and Hannah finally remembers Cody (Woody getting cake all over Cody's shirt helped) and gives them tickets and backstage passes. Cody and Bailey then have a RelationshipUpgrade (prompting a hilarious BrickJoke from the beginning of the season).
16th Jan '17 10:13:50 AM StFan
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It usually ends up with apparent failure (and thus disgrace to the one who uttered the Celebrity Lie) suddenly rescued at the last minute by the celebrity in question, who sometimes goes so far as to help maintain the liar's deception. Usually requires a SpecialGuest or a CelebrityStar, although fictional celebrities are sometimes employed with sufficient exposition for the audience (see ''TheWeekenders'', "Band").

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It usually ends up with apparent failure (and thus disgrace to the one who uttered the Celebrity Lie) suddenly rescued at the last minute by the celebrity in question, who sometimes goes so far as to help maintain the liar's deception. Usually requires a SpecialGuest or a CelebrityStar, although fictional celebrities are sometimes employed with sufficient exposition for the audience (see ''TheWeekenders'', ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', "Band").






* Subverted in a strip from the British girls' comic ''Bunty''. A group of girls are unpleasant to a classmate whom they perceive as delusional because she makes wild, exaggerated claims about her life such as being the sister of a famous pop star. It turns out she really ''is'' his sister and the moral of the story was not to make cruel judgements about people.

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* Subverted in a strip from the British girls' comic ''Bunty''. A group of girls are unpleasant to a classmate whom they perceive as delusional because she makes wild, exaggerated claims about her life such as being the sister of a famous pop star. It turns out she really ''is'' his sister and the moral of the story was not to make cruel judgements judgement about people.



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* Subverted in, of all things, the ''HannahMontana'' movie. Miley tries impressing people in her hometown by telling them she "knows" Hannah Montana.
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Played straight, subverted and then played straight again]] with Joey 'The Lips' Fagan in ''TheCommitments''. He claims to have been a session trumpeter who has played with all the greats including Elvis. The trope comes into play when Wilson Pickett comes to Dublin and Jimmy Rabbitte asks Joey if he can get him to play with the Commitments on stage (Joey having claimed with Wilson Pickett on a number of occasions). Joey claims to do so (we never see the meeting) but then Wilson Pickett never turns up to the Commitments' concert so Jimmy Rabbitte assumes that Joey was lying.....until later on as he's going home, he's stopped by the driver of a large limousine asking for directions to the club. Then later on Jimmy gets a postcard from Joey saying he's on tour with a musician...who died five years ago.

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* Subverted in, of all things, the ''HannahMontana'' ''Series/HannahMontana'' movie. Miley tries impressing people in her hometown by telling them she "knows" Hannah Montana.
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Played straight, subverted and then played straight again]] with Joey 'The Lips' "The Lips" Fagan in ''TheCommitments''.''Film/TheCommitments''. He claims to have been a session trumpeter who has played with all the greats including Elvis. The trope comes into play when Wilson Pickett comes to Dublin and Jimmy Rabbitte asks Joey if he can get him to play with the Commitments on stage (Joey having claimed with Wilson Pickett on a number of occasions). Joey claims to do so (we never see the meeting) but then Wilson Pickett never turns up to the Commitments' concert so Jimmy Rabbitte assumes that Joey was lying.....until later on as he's going home, he's stopped by the driver of a large limousine asking for directions to the club. Then later on Jimmy gets a postcard from Joey saying he's on tour with a musician...who died five years ago.



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* Appeared repeatedly on ''Series/ILoveLucy''.

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*** The Gary Coleman example was more of a CloudCuckooLander or IRejectYourReality situation. He'd previously been having an imaginary argument with the employee of a Chinese restaurant through said unplugged phone, again with no knowledge that anyone was there.

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*** The Gary Coleman example was more of a CloudCuckooLander {{Cloudcuckoolander}} or IRejectYourReality situation. He'd previously been having an imaginary argument with the employee of a Chinese restaurant through said unplugged phone, again with no knowledge that anyone was there.



** Played with in the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite "Sweet and Elite"]]. Rarity really ''does'' know Princess Celestia, which is what initially turns the Canterlot upper class' heads towards her; however, an incident involving some upper class ponies shunning her earlier in the day for coming from Ponyville drives her to put out a few fibs here and there to mask her origins. Eventually comes to a head when her friends from Ponyville show up at Canterlot, end up merging Twilight's birthday party with the upper class one Rarity was invited to, and inadvertently force Rarity to admit where she really came from. [[spoiler:Fortunately for her, one of the most influential ponies she befriended finds the whole thing "delightfully rustic", so she gets to keep her celebrity status despite the earlier lies.]]

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** Played with in the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite "Sweet "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite"]]. Elite]]". Rarity really ''does'' know Princess Celestia, which is what initially turns the Canterlot upper class' class's heads towards her; however, an incident involving some upper class ponies shunning her earlier in the day for coming from Ponyville drives her to put out a few fibs here and there to mask her origins. Eventually comes to a head when her friends from Ponyville show up at Canterlot, end up merging Twilight's birthday party with the upper class one Rarity was invited to, and inadvertently force Rarity to admit where she really came from. [[spoiler:Fortunately for her, one of the most influential ponies she befriended finds the whole thing "delightfully rustic", so she gets to keep her celebrity status despite the earlier lies.]]



* Subverted in [[WesternAnimation/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing The Thing]] cartoon. Benji Grimm says the Thing will show up for a high-school talent show, which should be easy (since he ''is'' the Thing), but every time he transforms, he accidentally scares a janitor and then changes back to try to calm him down instead of just remaining the Thing and going to the show. In the end, the Thing never makes it to the show.

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* Subverted in [[WesternAnimation/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing ''[[WesternAnimation/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing The Thing]] Thing]]'' cartoon. Benji Grimm says the Thing will show up for a high-school talent show, which should be easy (since he ''is'' the Thing), but every time he transforms, he accidentally scares a janitor and then changes back to try to calm him down instead of just remaining the Thing and going to the show. In the end, the Thing never makes it to the show.
15th Jan '17 3:05:57 PM RAS310
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' episode "Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl", Courtney's father Doug promises teacher Ms. [=LaBonz=] that if the school performs his daughter's proposed musical adaptation of ''Film/WorkingGirl'', he can get Music/CarlySimon to attend. At the show, [=LaBonz=] sits next to Simon's reserved seat while wearing a T-shirt reading "You're Still Vain Tour '85". The performance comes to a halt near the end and Simon still has not shown up while Doug makes various excuses for her tardiness. When it becomes obvious the whole thing was a lie just to ensure putting on his daughter's show, [=LaBonz=] confronts him and says "You probably think this slap is about you." (referencing Simon's hit song "You're So Vain") before slapping him in the face. After this, a re-written musical is performed [[spoiler:and Simon shows up in time for the curtain call, and sings with the cast during the episode's credits. Simon voiced herself for this appearance.]]
30th Dec '16 3:12:30 PM AgProv
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* Creator/JamesHerriot met a farm labourer who claimed, despite the sarcastic derision of his mates, to know ''lots'' of famous people. Herriot reluctantly agrees to go with him to a Yorkshire county cricket match where the unpreposessing farmhand claims to know the star players. There is no sign of recognition of him on their part and Herriot is steeling himself for the fact he will very soon witness humiliation on the part of the Walter Mitty farmhand, as he is brought down by reality. As the players leave the field at the end of play, an England international star, the Ian Botham or the Freddie Flintoff of the day, does a double-take and stops, exclaiming "Walter! how are you? sorry I didn't see you sitting there or I'd have said hello earlier..." and rushes over to shake hands with Herriot's companion. Several other players also recognise Walter....
28th Nov '16 5:38:44 PM PaulA
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* Likewise the ''Series/MaryTylerMoore'' episode that takes place in Washington, where Lou can't convince Mary that he knows important politicians. She refuses to believe that Gerry Ford left his pipe in Lou's hotel room, even after Betty Ford (playing herself) calls to inquire about it.
-->'''Betty Ford''': Hello Mary, this is Betty Ford.
-->'''Mary Richards''': Hi, Betty. This is Mary -- Queen of Scots!

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* Likewise the ''Series/MaryTylerMoore'' ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' episode that takes place in Washington, where Lou can't convince Mary that he knows important politicians. She refuses to believe that Gerry Ford left his pipe in Lou's hotel room, even after Betty Ford (playing herself) calls to inquire about it.
-->'''Betty Ford''': Ford:''' Hello Mary, this is Betty Ford.
-->'''Mary Richards''':
Ford.\\
'''Mary Richards:'''
Hi, Betty. This is Mary -- Queen of Scots!
24th Oct '16 6:56:03 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* The 1965 film ''The Girls on the Beach'' features not Music/TheBeachBoys (who appear and perform in the film) but [[Music/TheBeatles their trans-Atlantic rivals]] (who do not). A beach bum trying to impress sorority sisters promises a Fab Four performance for their fundraising concert, and fails spectacularly to deliver.

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* The 1965 film beach movie ''The Girls on the Beach'' features not Music/TheBeachBoys (who appear and perform in the film) but [[Music/TheBeatles their trans-Atlantic rivals]] (who do not). A beach bum has a bunch of guys trying to impress sorority sisters promises a by promising to get [[Music/TheBeatles the Fab Four performance for Four]] to perform at their fundraising concert (apparently, Music/TheBeachBoys and Lesley Gore, who perform in the film, weren't good enough). When the girls uncover the lie just before the concert, they dress up and fails spectacularly to deliver.go on stage as "The Beatles", which surprisingly goes over well with the audience.
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