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19th May '18 11:19:14 PM JackG
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* Lampshaded in one of ThoseMeddlingKids novels (think it was ''The Case of the Silver Egg'' by Desmond Skirrow) when a kid muses that jumping into a cab and saying in his best Creator/BasilRathbone imitation, "Follow that car, and it's double the fare!" won't work.
17th May '18 3:17:10 PM GoblinCipher
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* On [[TabletopGame/OverTheEdge Al Amarja]], an expensive cab service called Total Taxi caters specifically to spies. For the right price they'll foil pursuit by pulling into a garage and changing cabs, their cabs are completely bulletproof, they can go anywhere -- there's only one thing they won't ever do. A Total Taxi will ''never'' follow another Total Taxi.
31st Mar '18 11:12:48 PM nombretomado
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* ''SexAndTheCity'' parodies this in one episode:

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* ''SexAndTheCity'' ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' parodies this in one episode:
13th Mar '18 3:31:00 PM Ccook1956
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* A standard device on episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow'', but taken a step further in "The Venetian Bind" as Joe Jitsu and an Italian policeman chase Sketch Paree and the Mole through Venice's Grand Canal in gondolas.
25th Feb '18 8:53:20 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ShakespeareInLove'', Will gets to say, "Follow that boat!"

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* In ''ShakespeareInLove'', ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'', Will gets to say, "Follow that boat!"
22nd Feb '18 3:29:29 AM JackG
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* ''Series/MrBean'' shouts out the line in one of his sketches, trying to catch a baby he placed into a bumper cat at a funfair, leaping onto the back of another dodgem and shouts at the driver to follow the baby.

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* ''Series/MrBean'' shouts out the line in one of his sketches, trying to catch a baby he placed into a bumper cat car at a funfair, leaping onto the back of another dodgem and shouts at the driver to follow the baby.
22nd Feb '18 3:28:51 AM JackG
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* Likewise in ''The Specialist'' by Gayle Rivers. He mentions that French cab drivers love to follow people, and gives the "standard line about the guy having it off with my wife" to explain why he's following a man who's actually a terrorist he's planning to assassinate.
21st Feb '18 5:04:46 PM foxley
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* Happens in the first issue of ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance''. The cabbie is so amused by asking him to do this for the first time in his career he doesn't even charge for the ride.

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* Happens in the first issue of ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance''. The cabbie is so amused by Jon asking him to do this for the first time in his career he doesn't even charge for the ride.



* This was played for laughs in a ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story from 1985, where Spidey was trying to nab the Commuter, a theef named Ron who commuted to crimes from Scarsdale. Unable to use his favored mode of transportation to follow Ron, given the lack of web-accessible buildings, the hero flagged a cab down, but the cabbie barely spoke English, making the chase difficult. (He eventually did manage to nab Ron, and resolved to stay in the city from then on.)



* This was played for laughs in a ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story from 1985, where Spidey was trying to nab the Commuter, a theef named Ron who commuted to crimes from Scarsdale. Unable to use his favored mode of transportation to follow Ron, given the lack of web-accessible buildings, the hero flagged a cab down, but the cabbie barely spoke English, making the chase difficult. (He eventually did manage to nab Ron, and resolved to stay in the city from then on.)



* During the EscalatingChase scene in ''Film/AHardDaysNight'', one of the policemen jumps into a random car for this purpose. Hilariously, the guy in the driver's seat was actually in the process of ''stealing'' the car.



* During the EscalatingChase scene in ''Film/AHardDaysNight'', one of the policemen jumps into a random car for this purpose. Hilariously, the guy in the driver's seat was actually in the process of ''stealing'' the car.



* In ''Film/{{Mustang}}'', the five girls asks a truck to follow a coach bringing the fans to a football match.



* Played with in ''Film/RunningScared1986''; Danny, [[ItMakesSenseInContext pretending to be a passenger]], tells Ray, who's driving [[ItMakesSenseInContext an undercover police vehicle disguised as a taxi]], to follow the cab containing their nemesis, Julio Gonzalez, which they were planning to do anyway even before real passengers showed up.



* In ''Film/{{Mustang}}'', the five girls asks a truck to follow a coach bringing the fans to a football match.
* Played with in ''Film/RunningScared1986''; Danny, [[ItMakesSenseInContext pretending to be a passenger]], tells Ray, who's driving [[ItMakesSenseInContext an undercover police vehicle disguised as a taxi]], to follow the cab containing their nemesis, Julio Gonzalez, which they were planning to do anyway even before real passengers showed up.



* Kathleen Ann Goonan's ''The Bones of Time'' trades off the chase order with self-imposedeness. Jehu takes it upon himself to overtake the bus that inadvertently leaves Lynn and Akamu behind on their rush to cross the Nepalese border. Actually it's a matter of honour to him not to have a bus before his operating-like-a-taxi car. The overtaking is as dramatic as it can be predictably imagined. Can this get a Drive like Jehu please!



* Kathleen Ann Goonan's ''The Bones of Time'' trades off the chase order with self-imposedeness. Jehu takes it upon himself to overtake the bus that inadvertently leaves Lynn and Akamu behind on their rush to cross the Nepalese border. Actually it's a matter of honour to him not to have a bus before his operating-like-a-taxi car. The overtaking is as dramatic as it can be predictably imagined. Can this get a Drive like Jehu please!



* Inverted in the pilot of ''Series/AcapulcoHEAT''; the cab driver tells the good guys to get in so they can follow the bad guys. It develops that he's an undercover government agent.



* Inverted in the pilot of ''AcapulcoHEAT''; the cab driver tells the good guys to get in so they can follow the bad guys. It develops that he's an undercover government agent.
* ''Series/MrBean'' shouts out the line in one of his sketches, trying to catch a baby he placed into a bumper cat at a funfair, leaping onto the back of another dodgem and shouts at the driver to follow the baby.



* Deconstructed in one episode of ''Series/PerfectStrangers''. Larry relates to Balki that he tried to use this method to follow Dolly Parton, but, "in case you ever wondered, they don't do that."
* In the Norwegian Series/BrodreneDal og Legenden om Atlant-is, the not-too-bright protagonists tries to follow the villain's car... By jumping into a trolley and telling its driver to follow that car. The trolley driver actually tries his best but predictably loses the villains rather quickly.

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* Deconstructed in one episode of ''Series/PerfectStrangers''. Larry relates to Balki that he tried to use this method to follow Dolly Parton, but, "in case you ever wondered, they don't do that."
* In the Norwegian Series/BrodreneDal ''Series/BrodreneDal og Legenden om Atlant-is, Atlant-is'', the not-too-bright protagonists tries to follow the villain's car... By jumping into a trolley and telling its driver to follow that car. The trolley driver actually tries his best but predictably loses the villains rather quickly.



* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Cockroaches", Warwick arrives back at the strip club in a cab (after having been ordered away). Seeing the woman he wants to talk to getting in another cab, he immediately tells his driver "Follow that girl".



* ''Series/MrBean'' shouts out the line in one of his sketches, trying to catch a baby he placed into a bumper cat at a funfair, leaping onto the back of another dodgem and shouts at the driver to follow the baby.
* Deconstructed in one episode of ''Series/PerfectStrangers''. Larry relates to Balki that he tried to use this method to follow Dolly Parton, but, "in case you ever wondered, they don't do that."



* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Cockroaches", Warwick arrives back at the strip club in a cab (after having been ordered away). Seeing the woman he wants to talk to getting in another cab, he immediately tells his driver "Follow that girl".



* In one of the game paths in ''VideoGame/SpyFox in Dry Cereal'', you have to track down Russian Blue's car in your [[CoolCar Asti-Spumoni]], by following the radar trail your literal "tracking bug" Walter Wireless left whilst in her car.



* In one of the game paths in ''VideoGame/SpyFox in Dry Cereal'', you have to track down Russian Blue's car in your [[CoolCar Asti-Spumoni]], by following the radar trail your literal "tracking bug" Walter Wireless left whilst in her car.



* In the "Adventure in China" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', Jerrica says, "Follow that rickshaw!"



* Brilliantly subverted in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' in the episode "Not What He Seems" [[spoiler:When Grunkle Stan is being pursued by government agents he gives a wallet to a cab driver and tells them to drive as far away from the Mystery Shack (the place he needed to go) as possible and then hides behind a nearby car while the government agents run after the cab.]]
-->'''Agent Powers:''' ''Obviously'' follow that cab!



* Pictured above is Goofy in the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShort "How to Be a Detective" hailing a cab to chase a crime suspect. Two more characters follow suit, leading to a four-car chase.
* In the "Adventure in China" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', Jerrica says, "Follow that rickshaw!"



* Pictured above is Goofy in the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShort "How to Be a Detective" hailing a cab to chase a crime suspect. Two more characters follow suit, leading to a four-car chase.

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* Pictured above is Goofy in the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShort "How to Be a Detective" hailing a cab to chase a crime suspect. Two more characters follow suit, leading to a four-car chase.''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'':
--> [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext After that slow-moving street sweeper!]]



* Brilliantly subverted in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' in the episode "Not What He Seems" [[spoiler:When Grunkle Stan is being pursued by government agents he gives a wallet to a cab driver and tells them to drive as far away from the Mystery Shack (the place he needed to go) as possible and then hides behind a nearby car while the government agents run after the cab.]]
-->'''Agent Powers:''' ''Obviously'' follow that cab!
* ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'':
--> [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext After that slow-moving street sweeper!]]
21st Feb '18 4:51:07 PM foxley
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* While tailing the suspects from the toy store in ''Film/DressedToKill1946'', Sgt. Thompson hails a cab and says "Follow that cab" to the driver, who gives him a dubious look and starts to object until Thompson shows him his warrant card, at which point the cabbie complies.
9th Feb '18 2:08:11 PM RedScharlach
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* An European ad from the nineties had a movielike "Follow That Car" scene, subverted when the driver gets off the taxi and chases the getaway car on foot.

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* An A European ad from the nineties had a movielike "Follow That Car" scene, subverted when the driver gets off the taxi and chases the getaway car on foot.



* Subverted in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. April spots Amber, who [[AluminumChristmasTrees the SIS]] has been looking for, getting into a car with a little boy. April runs over to where they were, flags down a cab, and tells the driver to follow the car-- [[spoiler:[[StuffBlowingUp then the cab explodes]]. Said little boy was Maki, a Contractor with the power to blow up anything he's marked with hand prints, which in this case meant the street where the cab pulled in.]]

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* Subverted in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. April spots Amber, who [[AluminumChristmasTrees the SIS]] has been looking for, getting into a car with a little boy. April runs over to where they were, flags down a cab, and tells the driver to follow the car-- car -- [[spoiler:[[StuffBlowingUp then the cab explodes]]. Said little boy was Maki, a Contractor with the power to blow up anything he's marked with hand prints, which in this case meant the street where the cab pulled in.]]



** Happens a second time as well. Tintin and another man both get into the cab, each insisting its his. Tintin eventually gets the other man out by saying that he had to go to the hospital after being bitten by Snowy (who he called a 'mad dog' -- admittedly Snowy was a bit mad at the moment), but when he said "Follow that car!" to the driver, they found the car had long since disappeared.

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** Happens a second time as well. Tintin and another man both get into the cab, each insisting its it's his. Tintin eventually gets the other man out by saying that he had to go to the hospital after being bitten by Snowy (who he called a 'mad dog' -- admittedly Snowy was a bit mad at the moment), but when he said "Follow that car!" to the driver, they found the car had long since disappeared.



* In ''Film/{{Arabesque}}'', after David Pollock (Gregory Peck) says this the taxidriver immediatly answers: "All my life I have waited for somebody to say that!".

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* In ''Film/{{Arabesque}}'', after David Pollock (Gregory Peck) says this this, the taxidriver immediatly taxi driver immediately answers: "All my life I have waited for somebody to say that!".that!"



* In the Norwegian Series/BrodreneDal og Legenden om Atlant-is, the not to bright protagonists tries to follow the villain's car... By jumping into a trolley and telling it's driver to follow that car. The trolley driver actually tries his best but predictably loses the villains rather quickly.

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* In the Norwegian Series/BrodreneDal og Legenden om Atlant-is, the not to bright not-too-bright protagonists tries to follow the villain's car... By jumping into a trolley and telling it's its driver to follow that car. The trolley driver actually tries his best but predictably loses the villains rather quickly.



* Brilliantly subverted in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' in the episode "Not What He Seems" [[spoiler:When Grunkle Stan is being pursued by government agents he gives a wallet to a cab driver and tells them to drive as far away from the Mystery Shack (the place he needed to go) as possible and then hides behind a nearby car whilst the government agents run after the cab.]]

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* Brilliantly subverted in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' in the episode "Not What He Seems" [[spoiler:When Grunkle Stan is being pursued by government agents he gives a wallet to a cab driver and tells them to drive as far away from the Mystery Shack (the place he needed to go) as possible and then hides behind a nearby car whilst while the government agents run after the cab.]]
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