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3rd Jul '16 1:19:43 PM gewunomox
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* The 1965 film ''The Girls on the Beach'' features not 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 ''The Girls on the Beach'' features not TheBeachBoys 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.
30th May '16 11:51:19 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''AGoofyMovie'': Max can't go to Roxanne's viewing party for pop star Powerline's concert because his father is taking him on a fishing trip. Naturally, Max tells her he can't come because they're going to be ''at'' the concert because Powerline and Goofy are friends from way back. At the end, Goofy and Max do break into the concert and appear on TV, but Max still feels the need to confess to Roxanne. She forgives him. (What do you expect? It's a Disney movie.)

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* ''AGoofyMovie'': ''Western/AGoofyMovie'': Max can't go to Roxanne's viewing party for pop star Powerline's concert because his father is taking him on a fishing trip. Naturally, Max tells her he can't come because they're going to be ''at'' the concert because Powerline and Goofy are friends from way back. At the end, Goofy and Max do break into the concert and appear on TV, but Max still feels the need to confess to Roxanne. She forgives him. (What do you expect? It's a Disney movie.)



* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceofBelAir'' has Will lying to his aunt and uncle that he can get Boyz II Men to sing at Nicky's christening because he grew up with them in Philly. He goes to their studio where they are doing some recording sessions and begs them to come, which works at first until events lead up to clarifying what is a slight subversion of the trope: Will actually did know one of the members, Wanya Morris, but only because he stole his girlfriend, which leads to the group saying no. After this fails, he returns to the studio dressed in a Santa suit and gets them to come, until he accidentally reveals himself. Later on, when it seems they won't show up, Will begins to confess and it seems everyone is about to be disappointed, but the group shows up at the last minute singing "Silent Night" and their first names, in turn, are used as Nicky's middle name.

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* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceofBelAir'' ''Series/TheFreshPrinceofBelAir'':
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has Will lying to his aunt and uncle that he can get Boyz II Men to sing at Nicky's christening because he grew up with them in Philly. He goes to their studio where they are doing some recording sessions and begs them to come, which works at first until events lead up to clarifying what is a slight subversion of the trope: Will actually did know one of the members, Wanya Morris, but only because he stole his girlfriend, which leads to the group saying no. After this fails, he returns to the studio dressed in a Santa suit and gets them to come, until he accidentally reveals himself. Later on, when it seems they won't show up, Will begins to confess and it seems everyone is about to be disappointed, but the group shows up at the last minute singing "Silent Night" and their first names, in turn, are used as Nicky's middle name.



* Inverted on ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''. Sabrina ends up alienating her co-workers and they're convinced she's crazy. One day she pays for a woman's coffee and talks casually about it to her, not knowing it is actually Music/{{Ashanti}}. Ashanti later comes into the magazine office while it's empty and sings for Sabrina to prove who she is. The rest of the magazine refuse to believe Sabrina but then Ashanti comes back in and references their conversation earlier, making it seem like they know each other. Sabrina then makes it seem like they have known each other a while in order to save her reputation.

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* Inverted on ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''.''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'':
** Inverted.
Sabrina ends up alienating her co-workers and they're convinced she's crazy. One day she pays for a woman's coffee and talks casually about it to her, not knowing it is actually Music/{{Ashanti}}. Ashanti later comes into the magazine office while it's empty and sings for Sabrina to prove who she is. The rest of the magazine refuse to believe Sabrina but then Ashanti comes back in and references their conversation earlier, making it seem like they know each other. Sabrina then makes it seem like they have known each other a while in order to save her reputation.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride'' Larry the Lion claims to know Donkey from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' in order to impress his son's classmates. A ZanyScheme ensues (involving kidnapping what turns out to be Donkey's stunt double), before Donkey decides to play along.
** It should be noted that in this case, Larry actually tries to get help from the "real celebrity" much ''earlier'' than the usual examples of this trope. However, Donkey keeps adamantly refusing. The only reason Donkey eventually decides to help is because [[spoiler: he walks in on Larry's son's classmates laughing at him...which causes Donkey to have a painful flashback to ''his own'' foalhood days of his classmates laughing at him, so Donkey sympathizes with Larry's son enough to play along.]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Lisa becomes popular when Bart tells everyone that she is best friends with a {{Hannah Montana}} {{Expy}}. Lisa plays along with the lie but eventually has to come clean.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride'' Larry the Lion claims to know Donkey from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' in order to impress his son's classmates. A ZanyScheme ensues (involving kidnapping what turns out to be Donkey's stunt double), before Donkey decides to play along.
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along. It should be noted that in this case, Larry actually tries to get help from the "real celebrity" much ''earlier'' than the usual examples of this trope. However, Donkey keeps adamantly refusing. The only reason Donkey eventually decides to help is because [[spoiler: he walks in on Larry's son's classmates laughing at him...which causes Donkey to have a painful flashback to ''his own'' foalhood days of his classmates laughing at him, so Donkey sympathizes with Larry's son enough to play along.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Lisa becomes popular when Bart tells everyone that she is best friends with a {{Hannah Series/{{Hannah Montana}} {{Expy}}. Lisa plays along with the lie but eventually has to come clean.



* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's animated series]] of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' had Hercules claiming to know the master bard Orpheus and could get him to play at their dance to impress the amazon princess he had a crush on. Parodied in that Hades claimed the same thing to get Lastrigon, the Titan, to join his forces.
* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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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* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's animated series]] of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' had Hercules claiming to know the master bard Orpheus and could get him to play at their dance to impress the amazon princess he had a crush on. Parodied in that Hades claimed the same thing to get Lastrigon, the Titan, to join his forces.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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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* Jetta from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is an English woman who lies about her celebrity status in America. She eventually becomes an actual celebrity by joining The Misfits but she constantly tells her bandmates how she's friends with the queen and is wealthy. It isn't until several episodes later that her lie is exposed, after she almost weasels Pizzazz out of a million dollars.
15th May '16 1:28:24 AM DarkStorm
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* 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 staying as 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 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 staying as remaining the thing Thing and going to the show. In the end, the Thing never makes it to the show.
4th May '16 8:39:59 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazzin%27_for_Blue_Jean Jazzin' for Blue Jean]]'': DavidBowie plays a man who tries to impress a woman by claiming (falsely) to be friends with a rock star she seems interested in, who is also played by David Bowie. [[spoiler: Turns out that she and the rock star knew each other -- ''as lovers'' -- all along.]]

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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazzin%27_for_Blue_Jean Jazzin' for Blue Jean]]'': DavidBowie Music/DavidBowie plays a man who tries to impress a woman by claiming (falsely) to be friends with a rock star she seems interested in, who is also played by David Bowie. [[spoiler: Turns out that she and the rock star knew each other -- ''as lovers'' -- all along.]]



* The plot of Music/DavidBowie's short film/music video, ''Jazzin' For Blue Jean'', is about this. Bowie plays a guy who tries to impress a girl by claiming he knows rock star Screamin' Lord Byron (also played by Bowie).
7th Apr '16 8:13:09 PM TheBookWasBetter
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** George was fond of bragging that the previous owner of his car was Jon Voight. This was technically true in that it belonged to someone with that name, but it wasn't the famous actor, as he wanted people to believe.
31st Mar '16 5:09:05 PM ObsidianFire
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** It should be noted that in this case, Larry actually tries to get help from the "real celebrity" much ''earlier'' than the usual examples of this trope, in a case of GenreSavvy. However, Donkey keeps adamantly refusing. The only reason Donkey eventually decides to help is because [[spoiler: he walks in on Larry's son's classmates laughing at him...which causes Donkey to have a painful flashback to ''his own'' foalhood days of his classmates laughing at him, so Donkey sympathizes with Larry's son enough to play along.]]

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** It should be noted that in this case, Larry actually tries to get help from the "real celebrity" much ''earlier'' than the usual examples of this trope, in a case of GenreSavvy.trope. However, Donkey keeps adamantly refusing. The only reason Donkey eventually decides to help is because [[spoiler: he walks in on Larry's son's classmates laughing at him...which causes Donkey to have a painful flashback to ''his own'' foalhood days of his classmates laughing at him, so Donkey sympathizes with Larry's son enough to play along.]]
24th Mar '16 10:23:31 AM DarkStorm
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* Subverted in [[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 staying as the thing and going to the show. In the end, the Thing never makes it to the show.

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* Subverted in [[FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing [[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 staying as the thing and going to the show. In the end, the Thing never makes it to the show.
24th Mar '16 10:22:32 AM DarkStorm
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* Subverted in [[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 staying as the thing and going to the show. In the end, the Thing never makes it to the show.
20th Dec '15 11:51:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted on ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''. Sabrina ends up alienating her co-workers and they're convinced she's crazy. One day she pays for a woman's coffee and talks casually about it to her, not knowing it is actually {{Ashanti}}. Ashanti later comes into the magazine office while it's empty and sings for Sabrina to prove who she is. The rest of the magazine refuse to believe Sabrina but then Ashanti comes back in and references their conversation earlier, making it seem like they know each other. Sabrina then makes it seem like they have known each other a while in order to save her reputation.

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* Inverted on ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''. Sabrina ends up alienating her co-workers and they're convinced she's crazy. One day she pays for a woman's coffee and talks casually about it to her, not knowing it is actually {{Ashanti}}.Music/{{Ashanti}}. Ashanti later comes into the magazine office while it's empty and sings for Sabrina to prove who she is. The rest of the magazine refuse to believe Sabrina but then Ashanti comes back in and references their conversation earlier, making it seem like they know each other. Sabrina then makes it seem like they have known each other a while in order to save her reputation.
13th Oct '15 2:18:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* Appeared repeatedly on ''ILoveLucy''.
* ''ArchieBunkersPlace'' (the 1979 sequel series to ''AllInTheFamily'') displayed an early inversion of this trope in the episode "The Return of Sammy", when Archie fails to convince his friends at his bar that he actually knows Sammy Davis Jr. (Which he did, thanks to an episode of ''AllInTheFamily'' from years earlier -- see IgnoreTheDisability.) Even a call to a live TV show where Archie speaks directly to Sammy seems destined to paint him a liar until Archie gives enough detail about their earlier encounter, prompting Sammy's enthusiastic recognition and subsequent visit to the bar.
* Likewise the ''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.

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* Appeared repeatedly on ''ILoveLucy''.
''Series/ILoveLucy''.
* ''ArchieBunkersPlace'' ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace'' (the 1979 sequel series to ''AllInTheFamily'') ''Series/AllInTheFamily'') displayed an early inversion of this trope in the episode "The Return of Sammy", when Archie fails to convince his friends at his bar that he actually knows Sammy Davis Jr. (Which he did, thanks to an episode of ''AllInTheFamily'' ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' from years earlier -- see IgnoreTheDisability.) Even a call to a live TV show where Archie speaks directly to Sammy seems destined to paint him a liar until Archie gives enough detail about their earlier encounter, prompting Sammy's enthusiastic recognition and subsequent visit to the bar.
* Likewise the ''MaryTylerMoore'' ''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.



* ''TheVicarOfDibley'' did a variation on this. A local offers to secure the services of his distant cousin, a musician named Reginald Dwight (the real name of Elton John), for a town event. The vicar assumes this Reginald Dwight to actually be Elton John, only to discover at the last moment that he is simply an accordion player with the same name. In this case, it is not so much a celebrity lie as a celebrity mistake, as the person making the claim did not actually know.

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* ''TheVicarOfDibley'' ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' did a variation on this. A local offers to secure the services of his distant cousin, a musician named Reginald Dwight (the real name of Elton John), for a town event. The vicar assumes this Reginald Dwight to actually be Elton John, only to discover at the last moment that he is simply an accordion player with the same name. In this case, it is not so much a celebrity lie as a celebrity mistake, as the person making the claim did not actually know.



* ''TheBradyBunch'' had two examples:

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* ''TheBradyBunch'' ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' had two examples:



* Played with on ''TheSteveHarveyShow'': Steve meets Michael Jordan (who doesn't appear in the episode) after a fender-bender and convinces him to speak at the school's entrepreneur day event. Regina does not believe Steve at first but a call to the school from the insurance company convinces her and she is thrilled. Later, Michael Jordan cancels his appearance, leaving Steve to tell Regina the bad news. He couldn't bring himself to disappoint her so he hires an MJ look-alike to come to the school. HilarityEnsues when the agency sends ''Music/MichaelJackson'' instead.

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* Played with on ''TheSteveHarveyShow'': ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow'': Steve meets Michael Jordan (who doesn't appear in the episode) after a fender-bender and convinces him to speak at the school's entrepreneur day event. Regina does not believe Steve at first but a call to the school from the insurance company convinces her and she is thrilled. Later, Michael Jordan cancels his appearance, leaving Steve to tell Regina the bad news. He couldn't bring himself to disappoint her so he hires an MJ look-alike to come to the school. HilarityEnsues when the agency sends ''Music/MichaelJackson'' instead.



* Subverted repeatedly as a RunningGag in ''GavinAndStacey''; Vanessa is constantly namedropping celebrities she's met (and often slept with) in her MysteriousPast -- and she's apparently telling the truth every time.
* In one episode of ''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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* Subverted repeatedly as a RunningGag in ''GavinAndStacey''; ''Series/GavinAndStacey''; Vanessa is constantly namedropping celebrities she's met (and often slept with) in her MysteriousPast -- and she's apparently telling the truth every time.
* In one episode of ''SaturdayNightLive'', ''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]].



* On ''TheWayansBros'', Busta Rhymes is in town for a concert and Dee's church needs $3,000 to stave off foreclosure due to Shawn and Marlon losing the money because they got arrested for scalping tickets to said concert. At that point they meet Busta and try to get him to remember them from their school days. He says that he does and that's because they insulted his girlfriend who is now his wife. He refuses to help them. Later, they raise money for Dee's church by lying that Busta will do a benefit concert. Marlon hijacks Busta's limo and takes him and his crew to the church instead of the airport. Busta's angry at first, but when Marlon and Shawn apologize to him, he agrees to do the benefit and Dee's church is saved.

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* On ''TheWayansBros'', ''Series/TheWayansBros'', Busta Rhymes is in town for a concert and Dee's church needs $3,000 to stave off foreclosure due to Shawn and Marlon losing the money because they got arrested for scalping tickets to said concert. At that point they meet Busta and try to get him to remember them from their school days. He says that he does and that's because they insulted his girlfriend who is now his wife. He refuses to help them. Later, they raise money for Dee's church by lying that Busta will do a benefit concert. Marlon hijacks Busta's limo and takes him and his crew to the church instead of the airport. Busta's angry at first, but when Marlon and Shawn apologize to him, he agrees to do the benefit and Dee's church is saved.



* ''SilverSpoons'': Alfonso claims to know Michael Jackson, and when called on it he hires a Jackson look-alike to show up. Everybody is convinced but he ends up telling the truth.
* ''{{Cheers}}'': Woody has an extra role on ''SpenserForHire'' and claims to have become good friends with its star Robert Urich. Nobody believes him, but it's true as shown in TheStinger of the episode.

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* ''SilverSpoons'': ''Series/SilverSpoons'': Alfonso claims to know Michael Jackson, and when called on it he hires a Jackson look-alike to show up. Everybody is convinced but he ends up telling the truth.
* ''{{Cheers}}'': ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': Woody has an extra role on ''SpenserForHire'' and claims to have become good friends with its star Robert Urich. Nobody believes him, but it's true as shown in TheStinger of the episode.



* 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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* TheSuiteLifeOnDeck: ''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).



* A variation in ''KenanAndKel'' - Kenan mistakenly thinks Sharla is going to the dance with some "special guy" (she means him) and lies saying he's taking R&B singer Tamia. Realising his mistake, he goes to a signing and eventually persuades Tamia to say yes. She is forced to cancel at the last minute - but Kenan has already left for the dance so she tells Sharla instead.

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* A variation in ''KenanAndKel'' ''Series/KenanAndKel'' - Kenan mistakenly thinks Sharla is going to the dance with some "special guy" (she means him) and lies saying he's taking R&B singer Tamia. Realising his mistake, he goes to a signing and eventually persuades Tamia to say yes. She is forced to cancel at the last minute - but Kenan has already left for the dance so she tells Sharla instead.
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