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28th Jan '16 10:07:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''JustGoWithIt'' is about a plastic surgeon's assistant pretending to be his soon-to-be-ex-wife in order to avoid coming clean about his womanizing, which spirals out of control, eventually involving her children, his cousin, her old college rival, and a semi-impromptu Hawaiian vacation. * SexDrive is basically made of this trope, with more than half the characters spending more than half the movie lying, and frantically stacking lies on top of lies.
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* ''JustGoWithIt'' ''Film/JustGoWithIt'' is about a plastic surgeon's assistant pretending to be his soon-to-be-ex-wife in order to avoid coming clean about his womanizing, which spirals out of control, eventually involving her children, his cousin, her old college rival, and a semi-impromptu Hawaiian vacation. * SexDrive ''Film/SexDrive'' is basically made of this trope, with more than half the characters spending more than half the movie lying, and frantically stacking lies on top of lies.
11th Jan '16 8:58:49 PM DreamerCynist2
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* On an early ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode, Peter doesn't want to tell Lois that he's lost his job, which leads to a Fawlty Towers Plot.
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* On an early ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode, In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter doesn't want to tell Lois that he's lost his job, which leads to a Fawlty Towers Plot.
2nd Jan '16 6:11:29 PM nombretomado
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* In a non-comedy example, there is the plot of Season 2 of ''SonsOfAnarchy'', in which Gemma is attacked and raped by a rival gang. She doesn't want to tell the club about it because she knows that it was meant as a message to SAMCRO to stop their gun sales in Charming. It is only when her husband and son have a falling out that she tells them, knowing that they need a common enemy to unite against. After a long wait, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge ass is kicked]].
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* In a non-comedy example, there is the plot of Season 2 of ''SonsOfAnarchy'', ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', in which Gemma is attacked and raped by a rival gang. She doesn't want to tell the club about it because she knows that it was meant as a message to SAMCRO to stop their gun sales in Charming. It is only when her husband and son have a falling out that she tells them, knowing that they need a common enemy to unite against. After a long wait, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge ass is kicked]].
8th Dec '15 12:44:24 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' runs on this--at least until [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore its Season 2 finale]]. Mild-mannered schoolteacher Walter White decides to cook meth behind his family's back so that he'll be able to leave them money after he dies of cancer. Very dark laughs ensue as he's forced to come up with a series of increasingly big lies to explain why he's gone from the house for hours at a time, why he's hanging out with a foul-mouthed twenty-something hoodlum, and where he's getting all of his money. Most memorably, he once [[ItMakesSenseInContext wanders into a convenience store]] ''naked'' so that he can explain a long absence by claiming that he's gone through a fugue state.
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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' runs on this--at least until [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore its Season 2 finale]]. Mild-mannered schoolteacher Walter White decides to cook meth behind his family's back so that he'll be able to leave them money after he dies of cancer. Very dark laughs ensue as he's forced to come up with a series of increasingly big audacious lies to explain why he's gone from the house for hours at a time, why he's hanging out with a foul-mouthed twenty-something hoodlum, and where he's getting all of his money. Most memorably, he once [[ItMakesSenseInContext wanders into a convenience store]] ''naked'' at one point so that he can explain a long absence (when he was kidnapped and taken to Mexico by a rival drug dealer) by claiming that he's gone he went through a random fugue state.
7th Dec '15 9:28:09 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In the episode ''Two-Way Stretch Snodgrass'', when Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin have Walter Denton masquerade as [[DumbJock dumb jock]] Stretch Snodgrass.

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': In the episode ''Two-Way "Two-Way Stretch Snodgrass'', Snodgrass", when Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin have Walter Denton masquerade as [[DumbJock dumb jock]] DumbJock Stretch Snodgrass.
7th Dec '15 4:13:46 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* Walter from ''Series/BreakingBad'' at one point says that is getting hard to keep track of all the lies he needed to tell his family in order to keep cooking Meth.
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* Walter from ''Series/BreakingBad'' at one point says runs on this--at least until [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore its Season 2 finale]]. Mild-mannered schoolteacher Walter White decides to cook meth behind his family's back so that is he'll be able to leave them money after he dies of cancer. Very dark laughs ensue as he's forced to come up with a series of increasingly big lies to explain why he's gone from the house for hours at a time, why he's hanging out with a foul-mouthed twenty-something hoodlum, and where he's getting hard to keep track of all the lies he needed to tell of his family in order to keep cooking Meth.money. Most memorably, he once [[ItMakesSenseInContext wanders into a convenience store]] ''naked'' so that he can explain a long absence by claiming that he's gone through a fugue state.
12th Nov '15 12:06:08 PM FF32
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-->'''Lee''': To always be honest and truthful. Now, get out there and pretend I'm blind, Tim's disabled, Daisy has amnesia and you've got [[TourettesShitcockSyndrome Tourette's]].
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-->'''Lee''': To always be honest and truthful. Now, get out there and pretend I'm blind, Tim's disabled, Daisy has amnesia and you've got [[TourettesShitcockSyndrome [[HollywoodTourettes Tourette's]].
16th Aug '15 9:06:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* LeadBalloon uses this frequently, with Rick digging himself into deep holes in order to save time. One example is when he needs to fax a document to someone and realises not many businesses use fax machines now. He notices a fax machine in a real estate agents and goes in pretending to be interested in a property just so he can use the fax machine. Not wanting the estate agent to realise the real reason he was in there, he agrees to view a house the next day. During the viewing, the estate agent tells him she believes he's being legitimate, despite her boss warning her not to waste her time. In order not to break this image, Rick reluctantly agrees to buy the house and put a deposit on it. Magda (who was acting as his wife) is understandably incredibly confused by all this and tells him "In my country when someone says 'yes' and shakes hands, that means they will buy the house." He claims things are done differently in England. This is all made worse when it turns out the house owner was a client of Mel's who had recently fallen on hard times and was ecstatic that something had finally gone right in his life. It is never revealed how the truth came out.
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* LeadBalloon Series/LeadBalloon uses this frequently, with Rick digging himself into deep holes in order to save time. One example is when he needs to fax a document to someone and realises not many businesses use fax machines now. He notices a fax machine in a real estate agents and goes in pretending to be interested in a property just so he can use the fax machine. Not wanting the estate agent to realise the real reason he was in there, he agrees to view a house the next day. During the viewing, the estate agent tells him she believes he's being legitimate, despite her boss warning her not to waste her time. In order not to break this image, Rick reluctantly agrees to buy the house and put a deposit on it. Magda (who was acting as his wife) is understandably incredibly confused by all this and tells him "In my country when someone says 'yes' and shakes hands, that means they will buy the house." He claims things are done differently in England. This is all made worse when it turns out the house owner was a client of Mel's who had recently fallen on hard times and was ecstatic that something had finally gone right in his life. It is never revealed how the truth came out.
20th Jun '15 2:21:39 PM LentilSandEater
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* Subverted/averted in a few of the historical mystery Literature/BrotherCadfael series by Creator/EllisPeters, in a few ways. One, the truth always comes out to at least Cadfael, and often to his friend the sheriff and his Abbott. Two, at times women need a place to hide/escape and the head of the convent is willing to mislead people by telling parts of the truth. Justified in that marriage by rape--or even the scandal of attempted rape--would cause harm to many.
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* Subverted/averted Played with in a few of the historical mystery Literature/BrotherCadfael series by Creator/EllisPeters, in a few ways. One, the truth always comes out to at least Cadfael, and often to his friend the sheriff and his Abbott. Two, at times women need a place to hide/escape and the head of the convent is willing to mislead people by telling parts of the truth. Justified in that marriage by rape--or even the scandal of attempted rape--would cause harm to many.

** {{Justified}}, in that Sheldon is a notoriously [[BadLiar bad at lying]] and [[CannotKeepASecret keeping secrets]], and his lies are always overly detailed and elaborate.

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had a lot of fun with this in the short segment in "22 Short Films about Springfield" where Principal Skinner accidentally burns the dinner he hoped to impress Superintendent Chalmers with and tries to pass off fast food hamburgers as his own cooking. ("I thought we were having steamed clams." "Oh, no, I said steamed hams. That's what I call hamburgers.") It ends with him trying to pass off a kitchen fire as the Aurora Borealis. ** Subverted in the sense that [[spoiler: it actually works. Chalmers walks away believing everything Skinner said]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had a lot of fun with this in the short segment in "22 Short Films about Springfield" where Principal Skinner accidentally burns the dinner he hoped to impress Superintendent Chalmers with and tries to pass off fast food hamburgers as his own cooking. ("I thought we were having steamed clams." "Oh, no, I said steamed hams. That's what I call hamburgers.") It ends with him trying to pass off a kitchen fire as the Aurora Borealis. ** Borealis. Subverted in the sense that [[spoiler: it actually works. Chalmers walks away believing everything Skinner said]].
20th May '15 3:04:47 AM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In the episode ''Two-Way Stretch Snodgrass'', when Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin have Walter Denton masquerade as [[DumbJock dumb jock]] Stretch Snodgrass.
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