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20th Jan '17 11:21:47 AM Morgenthaler
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** Leslie holds a town hall meeting to get public support for her plan to turn Lot 48 into a park, but the only people who show up hate the idea. To avoid an inevitable negative vote, she gives a brief history of the town which eventually degenerates into her attempting to read ''ThePhantomTollbooth'' aloud in its entirety.

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** Leslie holds a town hall meeting to get public support for her plan to turn Lot 48 into a park, but the only people who show up hate the idea. To avoid an inevitable negative vote, she gives a brief history of the town which eventually degenerates into her attempting to read ''ThePhantomTollbooth'' ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'' aloud in its entirety.
25th Dec '16 8:37:10 AM Gregzilla
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* In ''Dead Famous'' by Creator/BenElton, Inspector Coleridge talks on television for five and a half minutes to delay the end of the show so his colleagues can arrive with [[spoiler: faked]] evidence to prompt a confession from the murderer.

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* In ''Dead Famous'' by Creator/BenElton, Inspector Coleridge talks on television for five and a half minutes to delay the end of the show so his colleagues can arrive with [[spoiler: faked]] [[spoiler:faked]] evidence to prompt a confession from the murderer.



* The Gatekeeper does this in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book Proven Guilty. The death sentence on Molly is not considered final until all members of the senior council present have voted, so by delaying the casting of his vote he gives time for those members who aren't present to arrive and overturn the guilty verdict.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': The BigBad of ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'' doesn't explain his EvilPlan to gloat or MotiveRant but to buy time for his reserve troops to show up and subdue the heroes who have cornered him.

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* The Gatekeeper does this in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book Proven Guilty.''Literature/ProvenGuilty''. The death sentence on Molly is not considered final until all members of the senior council present have voted, so by delaying the casting of his vote he gives time for those members who aren't present to arrive and overturn the guilty verdict.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': The BigBad of ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'' ''Literature/AMagesPower'' doesn't explain his EvilPlan to gloat or MotiveRant but to buy time for his reserve troops to show up and subdue the heroes who have cornered him.
29th Nov '16 8:32:44 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/DianeDuane's ''[[Literature/{{Rihannsu}} The Romulan Way]]'', [=McCoy=] gets his chance to engage in the Romulan Right of Statement (after being sentenced to death) and promptly turns it into a "good old Southern filibuster" until another Starfleet agent reaches the city, allowing him to escape. Much of his dialogue is genuine filibuster material--irrelevant side trips onto topics like whiskey and chili that leave the Romulans scratching their heads, though he gets in a number of subtle jabs at the Romulan government.

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* In Creator/DianeDuane's ''[[Literature/{{Rihannsu}} The Romulan Way]]'', ''Literature/TheRomulanWay'', [=McCoy=] gets his chance to engage in the Romulan Right of Statement (after being sentenced to death) and promptly turns it into a "good old Southern filibuster" until another Starfleet agent reaches the city, allowing him to escape. Much of his dialogue is genuine filibuster material--irrelevant side trips onto topics like whiskey and chili that leave the Romulans scratching their heads, though he gets in a number of subtle jabs at the Romulan government.
26th Nov '16 1:16:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* It happened in ''Series/CriminalMinds'' once, where Hotch and Reid are locked in a room with a serial killer and the guards won't be back for fifteen minutes. [[{{Badass}} Hotch]] takes off his suit jacket and tie to prepare to fight the guy, but then [[TheSmartGuy Reid]], true to his nature, starts babbling about all of the possible factors contributing to the killer's sociopathy. For [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1m1mrn9wxc fifteen minutes]].\\

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* It happened in ''Series/CriminalMinds'' once, where Hotch and Reid are locked in a room with a serial killer and the guards won't be back for fifteen minutes. [[{{Badass}} Hotch]] Hotch takes off his suit jacket and tie to prepare to fight the guy, but then [[TheSmartGuy Reid]], true to his nature, starts babbling about all of the possible factors contributing to the killer's sociopathy. For [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1m1mrn9wxc fifteen minutes]].\\
23rd Nov '16 5:15:58 PM SteveMB
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Perhaps he is a politician and must perform a ''genuine'' filibuster.[[note]]in the U.S. Senate at least, every senator has the right to talk for as long as he likes; abusing this power by talking without end is a "filibuster".[[/note]] Perhaps he's been cornered by the BigBad and is [[AintTooProudToBeg pretending to surrender]] in the hope that the BigDamnHeroes or TheCavalry will turn up [[ISurrenderSuckers to rescue him]]. Perhaps TheHero is doing something critical in the next room and Bob [[WeNeedADistraction has offered to hold]] the bad guys off or at least hold the attention of the audience. Perhaps two groups in the room each know OneSideOfTheStory and he simply can't let [[RightHandVersusLeftHand them talk to each other]]. Perhaps Alice is on next and she hasn't turned up yet, but Bob [[JustInTime knows she will]] if he can hang on for a bit.

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Perhaps he is a politician and must perform a ''genuine'' filibuster.[[note]]in the U.S. Senate at least, every senator has the right to talk for as long as he likes; abusing this power by talking without end is a "filibuster".[[/note]] Perhaps he's been cornered by the BigBad and is [[AintTooProudToBeg pretending to surrender]] surrender and plead for mercy]] in the hope that the BigDamnHeroes or TheCavalry will turn up [[ISurrenderSuckers to rescue him]]. Perhaps TheHero is doing something critical in the next room and Bob [[WeNeedADistraction has offered to hold]] the bad guys off or at least hold the attention of the audience. Perhaps two groups in the room each know OneSideOfTheStory and he simply can't let [[RightHandVersusLeftHand them talk to each other]]. Perhaps Alice is on next and she hasn't turned up yet, but Bob [[JustInTime knows she will]] if he can hang on for a bit.
8th Oct '16 1:19:28 AM jormis29
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** In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the Inquisitor does this to the BigBad while everyone else escapes. They then proceed to drop an avalanche on him.

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** In Dragon Age: Inquisition, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the Inquisitor does this to the BigBad while everyone else escapes. They then proceed to drop an avalanche on him.
7th Oct '16 8:43:01 AM FullmetalHeart20
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** In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the Inquisitor does this to the BigBad while everyone else escapes. They then proceed to drop an avalanche on him.
29th Aug '16 7:38:45 PM somebob
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* In the ''Series/SchoolOfRock'' episode "Video Killed the Speed Debate Star", the gang needed to erase a video in the principal's office while she was coaching the Speed Debate team tryouts. They needed more time so Summer slowed her speech way down.
3rd Aug '16 2:14:37 PM LinusEitname
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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** The second half of case 2-4 breaks down to this, as, just before the trial, [[spoiler:Detective Gumshoe starts tracking down Maya's kidnapper]], and Phoenix has to stall for time--making the trial last as long as possible--because [[spoiler:the verdict is the kidnapper's ransom]].
** Case I2-5 has both the defense ''and'' (substitute) prosecution trying to do this, because the real prosecutor is missing (along with crucial evidence), and meanwhile Edgeworth has to find him.
3rd Aug '16 12:29:36 PM Kafkesque
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* The ''{{Series/Leverage}}'' episode "The Boiler Room Job" has a long and elaborate example; [[spoiler: the entire con turns out to be an elaborate distraction to keep the mark's attention away from Hardison pilfering his accounts.]]
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