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19th May '16 9:45:07 AM Doug86
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* An arc of ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' had a RunningGag/subplot of Peter Parker attempting to explain to his boss his injuries from battling super villains the night before. His excuses included a pot exploding in the microwave, to falling into the gorilla cage at the zoo.

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* An arc of ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' had a RunningGag/subplot of Peter Parker attempting to explain to his boss his injuries from battling super villains the night before. His excuses included a pot exploding in the microwave, to falling into the gorilla cage at the zoo.
18th May '16 11:39:28 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''{{CSINY}}'' when Mac finds blood on a suspect's cuff:

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''{{CSINY}}'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' when Mac finds blood on a suspect's cuff:
29th Apr '16 3:03:51 PM eroock
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** In "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind", Marge says her black eye is due to walking into a door. Wiggum voices his skepticism and then walks into a door himself.

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** In "Eternal "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E9EternalMoonshineOfTheSimpsonMind Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind", Mind]]", Marge says her black eye is due to walking into a door. Wiggum voices his skepticism and then walks into a door himself.
20th Apr '16 2:32:01 AM Pichu-kun
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' fanfic ''FanFic/MoreThanMyFriend'' Mac is being abused by his older brother Terrence and his peers. Terrence uses Mac to get him his drugs and beats him up near daily. Their mother is too busy with work to notice, but Frankie does. When she questions Mac about his unusual behavior and bruises he makes up various excuses such as having to do homework or the bruises being from roughhousing with his friends.
15th Apr '16 11:22:42 AM johnnye
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Umbridge asks Hagrid how he came to be covered in blood and bruises. He responds, "I tripped."
** After Harry's first detention with Umbridge, he heads back to the Gryffindor dormitory and on his way, Ron intercepts him and asks him how it went. Harry tries to cover up his hand with the words "I must not tell lies" cut into his hand but Ron notices, and doesn't believe Harry when he tells him that "it's nothing".

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Umbridge asks Hagrid how he came to be covered in blood and bruises. He responds, "I tripped."
** After Harry's first detention with Umbridge, he heads back to the Gryffindor dormitory and on his way, Ron intercepts him and asks him how it went. Harry tries to cover up his hand with the words "I must not tell lies" cut into his hand but Ron notices, and doesn't believe Harry when he tells him that "it's nothing".
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7th Apr '16 1:32:58 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', when Dr. Tenma finds Dieter on the floor screaming in pain, his legal guardian claims that he fell while standing on a chair. This excuse works for all but thirty seconds before Tenma lifts the boy's shirt and discovers that he is ''covered with scars''.
** And it takes less than ten seconds for Tenma to call bullshit on the guardian's "the ambulance is coming, you can leave now" spiel.

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* In ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', when Dr. Tenma finds Dieter on the floor screaming in pain, his legal guardian claims that he fell while standing on a chair. This excuse works for all but thirty seconds before Tenma lifts the boy's shirt and discovers that he is ''covered with scars''.
** And it
scars''. It takes less than ten seconds for Tenma to call bullshit on the guardian's "the ambulance is coming, you can leave now" spiel.



* Satoko in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' tries to explain some of the results of her uncle's abuse this way.



* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' is quite fond of this. For example, in the comics, Bruce Wayne was once in the hospital and the doctor notes that for a supposed lazy MillionairePlayboy, he has considerable scarring (which is from his work as Franchise/{{Batman}}, WesternAnimation/{{Batman|TheAnimatedSeries}}, and WesternAnimation/{{Batman|Beyond}}). Wayne responded with:

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' is quite fond of this. this:
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For example, in the comics, Bruce Wayne was once in the hospital and the doctor notes that for a supposed lazy MillionairePlayboy, he has considerable scarring (which is from his work as Franchise/{{Batman}}, WesternAnimation/{{Batman|TheAnimatedSeries}}, and WesternAnimation/{{Batman|Beyond}}). Wayne responded with:



* In an old, '50s-era ''{{Archie|Comics}}'' strip, Archie has a black eye. Everyone assumes he got into a fight and lost, despite his vociferous protests. Even his mother doesn't understand how someone could walk into a door. He demonstrates...and blacks his ''other'' eye, prompting him to decide not to leave the house for a week, as no one will believe he walked into ''two'' doors.
** Another Archie universe story inverted this trope with Alex Cabot, one of the managers of JosieAndThePussycats. When Alex gets a black eye, he claims that he got it in a fistfight, while everyone else thinks that he walked into a door. Alex continually denies it, but when he gets up to leave he gets nailed in the ''other'' eye by a door. The last panel shows a dazed Alex sitting on the floor with two black eyes, mumbling that it was the same door that got him the first time.
** Yet another Archie comic strip had a surprisingly dark example, when you think about it. Archie is ''forced'' by his friends to date Betty because they feel bad for her since Archie always snubs her for Veronica. She's in such a flip to get ready that she slams her cheek AND her forehead and bruises them, but just covers it with makeup. Then her and Archie have to jog through the rain which washes off her makeup, and all the guys at the dance assume he ''roughed her up on the way''. It ends with the guys taking Archie out back and beating him up.

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
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In an old, '50s-era ''{{Archie|Comics}}'' strip, Archie has a black eye. Everyone assumes he got into a fight and lost, despite his vociferous protests. Even his mother doesn't understand how someone could walk into a door. He demonstrates...and blacks his ''other'' eye, prompting him to decide not to leave the house for a week, as no one will believe he walked into ''two'' doors.
** Another Archie ''Archie'' universe story inverted this trope with Alex Cabot, one of the managers of JosieAndThePussycats.''ComicBook/JosieAndThePussycats''. When Alex gets a black eye, he claims that he got it in a fistfight, while everyone else thinks that he walked into a door. Alex continually denies it, but when he gets up to leave he gets nailed in the ''other'' eye by a door. The last panel shows a dazed Alex sitting on the floor with two black eyes, mumbling that it was the same door that got him the first time.
** Yet another Archie ''Archie'' comic strip had a surprisingly dark example, when you think about it. Archie is ''forced'' by his friends to date Betty because they feel bad for her since Archie always snubs her for Veronica. She's in such a flip to get ready that she slams her cheek AND her forehead and bruises them, but just covers it with makeup. Then her and Archie have to jog through the rain which washes off her makeup, and all the guys at the dance assume he ''roughed her up on the way''. It ends with the guys taking Archie out back and beating him up.



* In [[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Barks/show.php?s=date&loc=1951/W_WDC_128-02R This]] DonaldDuck story, Donald and Gladstone get into a fistfight against Daisy's wishes. Gladstone excuses his black eye by saying he walked into a door, while Donald says he walked into the same door trying to save Gladstone. Daisy is less than convinced.

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* In [[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Barks/show.php?s=date&loc=1951/W_WDC_128-02R This]] DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck story, Donald and Gladstone get into a fistfight against Daisy's wishes. Gladstone excuses his black eye by saying he walked into a door, while Donald says he walked into the same door trying to save Gladstone. Daisy is less than convinced.



* Invoked in ''Film/DrStrangelove''. When Mandrake tells Colonel Guano that General Ripper shot himself in the bathroom, Guano skeptically asks if it was "while he was shaving?"
** Notable in this instance that Mandrake was telling the truth; knowing that Mandrake was the one person who could provide a full explanation for what was really going on, Ripper deliberately lathered up his face before committing suicide to make it seem as though Mandrake had shot him.
* Also in ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'', repeated shenanigans are explained by a character saying "he slipped on a bar of soap." At one point, the chief MP complains that "Everybody's slipping on soap."

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* Invoked in ''Film/DrStrangelove''. When Mandrake tells Colonel Guano that General Ripper shot himself in the bathroom, Guano skeptically asks if it was "while he was shaving?"
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shaving?" Notable in this instance that Mandrake was telling the truth; knowing that Mandrake was the one person who could provide a full explanation for what was really going on, Ripper deliberately lathered up his face before committing suicide to make it seem as though Mandrake had shot him.
* Also in In ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'', repeated shenanigans are explained by a character saying "he slipped on a bar of soap." At one point, the chief MP complains that "Everybody's slipping on soap."



* In ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'', Dre excuses his black eye to Mr. Han as tripping and hitting a pole. Mr. Han responds that it's an "Interesting" pole.

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* In ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'', Dre excuses his black eye to Mr. Han as tripping and hitting a pole. Mr. Han responds that it's an "Interesting" "interesting" pole.



* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'': An inconvenient political officer "slips on his tea."
** Although Sean Connery's character at least has the foresight to actually spill some tea, giving his story some plausibility.

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* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'': An inconvenient political officer "slips on his tea."
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" Although Sean Connery's character at least has the foresight to actually spill some tea, giving his story some plausibility.



* Standard excuse of brawling pages in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' because it's dishonorable to tattle.

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* Standard excuse of brawling pages in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' because it's dishonorable to tattle. tattle:



* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Umbridge asks Hagrid how he came to be covered in blood and bruises. He responds, "I tripped."
** Also, after Harry's first detention with Umbridge, he heads back to the Gryffindor dormitory and on his way, Ron intercepts him and asks him how it went. Harry tries to cover up his hand with the words "I must not tell lies" cut into his hand but Ron notices, and doesn't believe Harry when he tells him that "it's nothing".

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Umbridge asks Hagrid how he came to be covered in blood and bruises. He responds, "I tripped."
** Also, after After Harry's first detention with Umbridge, he heads back to the Gryffindor dormitory and on his way, Ron intercepts him and asks him how it went. Harry tries to cover up his hand with the words "I must not tell lies" cut into his hand but Ron notices, and doesn't believe Harry when he tells him that "it's nothing".



* In ''[[{{Holes}} Stanley Yelnats's Guide to Surviving Camp Green Lake]]'', the default answer to how one got an injury, if ever asked, is: "I slammed the tent door on it." No other answers. Never mind that the tents don't actually ''have'' doors, just canvas flaps -- that is still what you must say. This point is further emphasized when a quiz is held asking the reader how you got a black eye. Was it from a fight? Stepping on a shovel? Not bathing? The right answer is ''still'' "The tent door slammed in your face."

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* In ''[[{{Holes}} ''[[Literature/{{Holes}} Stanley Yelnats's Guide to Surviving Camp Green Lake]]'', the default answer to how one got an injury, if ever asked, is: "I slammed the tent door on it." No other answers. Never mind that the tents don't actually ''have'' doors, just canvas flaps -- that is still what you must say. This point is further emphasized when a quiz is held asking the reader how you got a black eye. Was it from a fight? Stepping on a shovel? Not bathing? The right answer is ''still'' "The tent door slammed in your face."



* Happens quite frequently on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' (such as in the episode "Family Friend") and its spinoffs.

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* Happens quite frequently on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' (such as in the episode "Family Friend") and its spinoffs.spinoffs:



* ''FullHouse'', episode "Silent is Not Golden" has the abused child version.
** "I ran into a door. [[Narm/LiveActionTV A door named Dad.]]"

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* ''FullHouse'', ''Series/FullHouse'', episode "Silent is Not Golden" has the abused child version.
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version.
-->"I
ran into a door. [[Narm/LiveActionTV A door named Dad.]]"



* ''TheMiddleman'' attempts to use this excuse on Lacey. Since [[spoiler: he was ''bitten by a vampire puppet,'']] it doesn't go over too well.
** Please tell me the above MakesSenseInContext.
** It always does. Vampire puppets, trout zombies, a boy-band bent on returning to their home galaxy through a portal powered by tweens' screams, and Sensei Ping's feud with los luchadores. It all makes sense in context. The context may not make sense.

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* ''TheMiddleman'' ''Series/TheMiddleman'' attempts to use this excuse on Lacey. Since [[spoiler: he was ''bitten by a vampire puppet,'']] it doesn't go over too well.
** Please tell me the above MakesSenseInContext.
** It always does. Vampire puppets, trout zombies, a boy-band bent on returning to their home galaxy through a portal powered by tweens' screams, and Sensei Ping's feud with los luchadores. It all makes sense in context. The context may not make sense.
well.



* One episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' features a throwaway scene where J.D. observes two parents checking their (very badly bruised) daughter into Sacred Heart. Explaining, the father says in a disconcertingly offhand fashion: "She fell again."

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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
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One episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' features a throwaway scene where J.D. observes two parents checking their (very badly bruised) daughter into Sacred Heart. Explaining, the father says in a disconcertingly offhand fashion: "She fell again."



* In a rarely-aired episode of ''Series/ILoveLucy'', Lucy gets a black eye accidentally. She jokingly tells Fred and Ethel "Ricky slugged me!" But they believe her. And not her later protestations.
** This episode had some of the creeeepiest dialogue in the history of the show. "Well, Fred, nobody's going to believe this story. You're probably the only person in history who *actually* got a black eye from walking into a door." Oh, the Fifties - you so crazy!

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* In a rarely-aired episode of ''Series/ILoveLucy'', Lucy gets a black eye accidentally. She jokingly tells Fred and Ethel "Ricky slugged me!" But they believe her. And not her later protestations.
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protestations. This episode had some of the creeeepiest dialogue in the history of the show. "Well, Fred, nobody's going to believe this story. You're probably the only person in history who *actually* got a black eye from walking into a door." Oh, the Fifties - you so crazy!



* On an episode of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' called "Waiting To Exhale", a gangster named "Little Chino" (see former pic) walks into the police station with a scar [[spoiler: from when Dexter tried to murder him the previous night and failed]]. When questioned about it, he paraphrased this tropes title.

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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'':
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On an episode of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' called "Waiting To Exhale", a gangster named "Little Chino" (see former pic) walks into the police station with a scar [[spoiler: from when Dexter tried to murder him the previous night and failed]]. When questioned about it, he paraphrased this tropes title.



** In ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', when Paige walks in while Ellie is [[SelfHarm cutting herself]] in the school bathroom, Ellie says she "hit her arm, on the... thing." Given how weak her excuse is, it doesn't work.

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** * In ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', when Paige walks in while Ellie is [[SelfHarm cutting herself]] in the school bathroom, Ellie says she "hit her arm, on the... thing." Given how weak her excuse is, it doesn't work.



* A particularly impressive example (played for laughs) appears in ''Series/{{Castle}}'' when a knifeman for a local drug cartel blithely insists to Castle and Beckett that his severe injuries -- otherwise consistent with a very bad beating -- were sustained during a fall. And that his horrifically swollen and near-useless black eye was injured when it connected with a door during the fall. And his mangled hand is the result of him putting his hand out to stop his fall, only for it to get caught in a grate. What makes this a particularly impressive example, however, is that Castle and Beckett actually ''walked in on him'' being very badly beaten by a rather pissed off rival member of the local Irish mob.

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* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
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A particularly impressive example (played for laughs) appears in ''Series/{{Castle}}'' when a knifeman for a local drug cartel blithely insists to Castle and Beckett that his severe injuries -- otherwise consistent with a very bad beating -- were sustained during a fall. And that his horrifically swollen and near-useless black eye was injured when it connected with a door during the fall. And his mangled hand is the result of him putting his hand out to stop his fall, only for it to get caught in a grate. What makes this a particularly impressive example, however, is that Castle and Beckett actually ''walked in on him'' being very badly beaten by a rather pissed off rival member of the local Irish mob.



* Music/SuzanneVega's "Luka," a song very obviously about child abuse, runs with the "walked into the door again" approach in amidst claims of being clumsy and recommendations not to ask.
** Complete with LyricalDissonance, since the song is very upbeat and happy sounding until you hear the lyrics.

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* Music/SuzanneVega's "Luka," a song very obviously about child abuse, runs with the "walked into the door again" approach in amidst claims of being clumsy and recommendations not to ask.
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ask. It's complete with LyricalDissonance, since the song is very upbeat and happy sounding until you hear the lyrics.



* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Sakura apparently often tries to explain her suspicious bruises (courtesy of her brother) this way.
** Shirou, at least once, beat the ever-loving crap out of Shinji for it. He's not stupid. He's seriously pondering doing it again.
** Although the incident where Shirou asks Sakura about her bruises early in the game is used to help establish Shinji's character, it is also [[spoiler:a CassandraTruth: These specific bruises ''weren't'' inflicted by Shinji. They're Sakura's still-forming Command Seals, which look like a formless red mark all up and down the arm until a Servant is actually summoned]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' Sakura apparently often tries to explain her suspicious bruises (courtesy of her brother) this way.
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way. Shirou, at least once, beat the ever-loving crap out of Shinji for it. He's not stupid. He's seriously pondering doing it again.
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again. Although the incident where Shirou asks Sakura about her bruises early in the game is used to help establish Shinji's character, it is also [[spoiler:a CassandraTruth: These specific bruises ''weren't'' inflicted by Shinji. They're Sakura's still-forming Command Seals, which look like a formless red mark all up and down the arm until a Servant is actually summoned]].


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* Satoko in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' tries to explain some of the results of her uncle's abuse this way.
5th Apr '16 11:16:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* Marv from ''SinCity'' uses the "cut myself shaving" excuse with his blind mom after the fight at the apartment complex against the dirty cops sent to take him in when he was framed for killing Goldie.

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* Marv from ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' uses the "cut myself shaving" excuse with his blind mom after the fight at the apartment complex against the dirty cops sent to take him in when he was framed for killing Goldie.
19th Mar '16 4:47:22 AM Hossmeister
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An unlikely excuse used to explain away a suspicious wound or injury.

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An unlikely excuse A form of ImplausibleDeniability used to explain away a suspicious wound or injury.
injury. The work also makes it clear that no one buys it, or at least has serious doubts that the "shaving" victim is telling the truth.
9th Mar '16 11:30:14 PM jormis29
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* Subverted in a ''[[RockyAndBullwinkle Mr. Peabody and Sherman]]'' short. When Mr. Peabody asks Sherman where he got a black eye, he says he ran into a door. Sherman really meant Eddie Door from across the street.
* ''Series/BobsBurgers'' - the kids gang up on their babysitter, tickling her, but she has issues with tickling and reflexively punches Tina, giving her a black eye. To save her job, Louise suggests everyone gets black eyes, so they all punch each other, later giving no explanation how it happened.

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* Subverted in a ''[[RockyAndBullwinkle ''[[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Mr. Peabody and Sherman]]'' short. When Mr. Peabody asks Sherman where he got a black eye, he says he ran into a door. Sherman really meant Eddie Door from across the street.
* ''Series/BobsBurgers'' ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' - the kids gang up on their babysitter, tickling her, but she has issues with tickling and reflexively punches Tina, giving her a black eye. To save her job, Louise suggests everyone gets black eyes, so they all punch each other, later giving no explanation how it happened.
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