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28th Nov '17 1:15:39 PM Pichu-kun
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Another use in media is if a character ([[DisappearedDad usually a]] [[DaddyDidntShow father]]) says they're just going to the store, but then [[ParentalAbandonment never comes back]]. It can be used this way seriously or not, but in either case it shows the the person cares nothing about the people they're leaving behind.

See also INeedToGoIronMyDog.

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Another use in media is if a character ([[DisappearedDad usually a]] [[DaddyDidntShow father]]) says they're just going to the store, but then [[ParentalAbandonment never comes back]]. It can be used this way seriously or not, but in either case it shows the the person cares nothing about the people they're leaving behind.

See also INeedToGoIronMyDog.INeedToGoIronMyDog and ParentNeverCameBackFromTheStore.



* In the ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' OVA "Jeffrey's Knighthood", Jeffrey's father left to get milk and disappeared for ten years. Presumably he was trying to get away from his [[AxCrazy crazy]] wife [[MyBelovedSmother Josephine]].



* ''Quartier Lointain'' (the film adaptation of ''Manga/ADistantNeighborhood''): The protagonist's father says he's going out to buy some bread on the night of his 40th birthday, but in fact he is leaving never to return.



* Will's dad in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' left him for 14 years with this trope.
* Same for [[Series/{{Friends}} Phoebe's]] dad for his 2nd family. He went to the drugstore 4 years ago, so he should be back any minute now.



* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Seven's parents went to "get cigarettes". Al notices they used the excuse to leave town and leave Seven with them.



* ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** Played straight when Tracy associates the scent of Liz's hair product with his absent father:
-->"You're still here! You didn't go to the store for milk and heroin and then never come back!"
** Subverted when Jack is talking about his father:
-->“Thirty-five years ago my father, Jimmy Donaghy, went out for a pack of cigarettes, came back, smoked one, told my mother he was leaving forever, and walked out the door.”
** In the SeriesFinale, Tracy discusses this trope when he compares the goodbyes the cast and crew of his show to his father's abandonment. He eventually says goodbye to Jenna by saying exactly this. [[spoiler: [[BrickJoke Then his father comes back with cigarettes]].]]
* This was how Series/PunkyBrewster wound up living alone before being found at the beginning of the series. Her mom had gone to the store and never came back. In a slight twist, Punky and her dog were waiting outside the store instead of at home. The mystery of her mom's fate served as an occasional plot point for the rest of the series.



* [[Music/GoodCharlotte Benji and Joel Madden]]'s father deserted them this way. They've written several songs which are either about it ("The Story of My Old Man") or mention it in passing ("The Little Things").



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* ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'': In "Jeffy's Parents!", [[spoiler:this is [[AbusiveParent Nancy's]] excuse for leaving Jeffy.]]
-->'''Mario:''' [[LampshadeHanging ...It took you a year to go to the grocery store?]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Nancy:]]''' [[BlatantLies It-it was--It was VERY hard to find.]]
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* Nelson's dad from ''TheSimpsons'' went to the store a few years back and never came back. It is later revealed that he didn't intend to disappear, but he ate peanuts, causing him to puff up and get abducted by a circus passing by.



* It's revealed in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Man", [[spoiler: [[DisappearedDad Richard's father]] "left home to get some milk". ''Forty-two years ago.'' When Richard discovers the truth, he breaks down bawling.]]

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* It's revealed in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Man", [[spoiler: [[DisappearedDad Richard's father]] "left home to get some milk". ''Forty-two years ago.'' When Richard discovers ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'': Craig's bandmates make an excuse and leave the truth, he breaks down bawling.]]room when Craig introduces his sister Stormer to his girlfriend [[RelativeError in a way that]] [[MistakenForCheating makes it look like Stormer is his wife]].



* This happened with Creator/StephenKing's father when Stephen was two years old. [[ParentalAbandonment He didn't]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King#Early_life come back.]] King later joked he must have been looking for a rare brand.
20th Apr '17 4:46:57 AM VoxAquila
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* This happened with Creator/StephenKing's father when Stephen was two years old. [[ParentalAbandonment He didn't]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King#Early_life come back.]]

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* This happened with Creator/StephenKing's father when Stephen was two years old. [[ParentalAbandonment He didn't]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King#Early_life come back.]]]] King later joked he must have been looking for a rare brand.
27th Mar '17 8:47:23 AM AlbertCole
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* Music/CarlyRaeJepsen does a variation of this on "Store" (from her ''E•MO•TION: Side B'' EP). Unlike most uses of this trope, it's from the point of view of the person who's leaving.
--> Oh, I can't talk about it, can't talk about it cause
--> I'm just goin' to the store, to the store
--> I'm just goin' to the store
--> You might not see me anymore, anymore
--> I'm just goin' to the store
17th Mar '17 8:39:57 PM Monolaf317
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-->'''[[spoiler:Nancy:]]''' [[BlatantLies It was--It was VERY hard to find.]]

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-->'''[[spoiler:Nancy:]]''' [[BlatantLies It It-it was--It was VERY hard to find.]]
15th Feb '17 8:55:42 AM Monolaf317
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'': In "Jeffy's Parents!", [[spoiler:this is [[AbusiveParent Nancy's]] excuse for leaving Jeffy.]]
-->'''Mario:''' [[LampshadeHanging ...It took you a year to go to the grocery store?]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Nancy:]]''' [[BlatantLies It was--It was VERY hard to find.]]
[[/folder]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Cosmo's mother didn't approve of his relationship with Wanda. To hide their marriage, Cosmo had to give her an excuse to leave. He told her he was going out to get milk. Cosmo and Wanda have been married for [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 10,000 years.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Cosmo's mother didn't approve of his relationship with Wanda. To hide their marriage, Cosmo had to give her an excuse to leave. He told her he was going out to get milk. Cosmo and Wanda have been married for [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 10,000 years.]]
10th Nov '16 11:41:17 PM NWolfman
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* [[Music/GoodCharlotte Benji and Joel Madden]]'s father deserted them this way. They've written several songs which are either about it ("The Story of My Old Man") or mention it in passing ("The Little Things").
3rd Oct '16 5:41:01 AM Monolaf317
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* Will's dad in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.

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* Will's dad in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' left him for 14 years with this trope.
29th Sep '16 2:15:59 PM Monolaf317
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Another use in media is if a character (usually a [[DaddyDidntShow father]]) says they're just going to the store, but then [[ParentalAbandonment never comes back]]. It can be used this way seriously or not, but in either case it shows the the person cares nothing about the people they're leaving behind.

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Another use in media is if a character (usually a ([[DisappearedDad usually a]] [[DaddyDidntShow father]]) says they're just going to the store, but then [[ParentalAbandonment never comes back]]. It can be used this way seriously or not, but in either case it shows the the person cares nothing about the people they're leaving behind.
26th Sep '16 5:38:57 AM Monolaf317
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Another use in media is if a character (usually a father, sometimes in a DaddyDidntShow case) says they're just going to the store, but then [[ParentalAbandonment never comes back]]. It can be used this way seriously or not, but in either case it shows the the person cares nothing about the people they're leaving behind.

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Another use in media is if a character (usually a father, sometimes in a DaddyDidntShow case) [[DaddyDidntShow father]]) says they're just going to the store, but then [[ParentalAbandonment never comes back]]. It can be used this way seriously or not, but in either case it shows the the person cares nothing about the people they're leaving behind.
25th Sep '16 3:51:36 PM Monolaf317
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Another use in media is if a character (usually a father) says they're just going to the store, but then [[ParentalAbandonment never comes back]]. It can be used this way seriously or not, but in either case it shows the the person cares nothing about the people they're leaving behind.

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Another use in media is if a character (usually a father) father, sometimes in a DaddyDidntShow case) says they're just going to the store, but then [[ParentalAbandonment never comes back]]. It can be used this way seriously or not, but in either case it shows the the person cares nothing about the people they're leaving behind.
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