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13th Jan '18 2:46:20 AM TitoMosquito
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' did this every time something happened and he needed advice, usually from his friend Skeeter. One time is when he assumed Skeeter stole something and [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Skeeter thought he was asking a math problem]]; another is when he thought the foreign exchange student is in love with Patty and Skeeter tells Doug he should just tell the exchange student how he feels.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' did this every time something happened and he needed advice, usually from his friend Skeeter. One time is when he assumed Skeeter stole something and [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Skeeter thought he was asking a math problem]]; problem]] (though Doug thought he was playing innocent); another is when he thought the foreign exchange student is in love with Patty and Skeeter tells Doug he should just tell the exchange student how he feels.
7th Jan '18 11:58:06 AM eroock
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See ComicRolePlay for a similar trope. Also compare to ItsForABook. See also AndThatLittleGirlWasMe, for a similar deception regarding someone's backstory. TheConfidant can usually be told the non-hypothetical version without freaking out.

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See ComicRolePlay for a similar trope. Also compare to ItsForABook. See also AndThatLittleGirlWasMe, for a similar deception regarding someone's backstory. TheConfidant can usually be told the non-hypothetical version without freaking out.
out. Compare MistakenDeclarationOfLove.
23rd Dec '17 12:32:06 PM JMQwilleran
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* A variant occurred on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Weekend Update's Really!?! segment:

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
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A variant occurred on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' the Weekend Update's Really!?! segment:


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** In the ''Series/UndercoverBoss'' parody with Creator/AdamDriver appearing as Kylo Ren of ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheForceAwakens'', who is disguised as "Matt," a radar technician, Matt tells a group of stormtroopers that he has a friend who saw Kylo Ren in the shower and that he had an 8-pack and was shredded.
11th Dec '17 11:37:41 PM DrFraud
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* ''A Treasury of Jewish Folklore'', edited by Nathan Ausubel:

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* Nathan Ausubel's ''A Treasury of Jewish Folklore'', edited by Nathan Ausubel:Folklore'':
22nd Nov '17 4:17:49 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': A certain event causes Tuuri to start experiencing a phenomenon that so far seemed exclusive to the setting's mages. She asks her mage cousin Lalli about it, but prentends to be asking on the behalf of Reynir, the other mage who has known he has powers at all for only about a month at this point. Her lie includes claiming Reynir has just started experiencing the phenomenon. Reynir was shown to experience that particular thing (or at least something close enough) about a week ago in-story, and his reaction indicated it was nothing new to him.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': A certain event causes Tuuri to start experiencing a phenomenon that so far seemed exclusive to the setting's mages. She asks her mage cousin Lalli about it, but prentends pretends to be asking on the behalf of Reynir, the other mage who has known he has powers at all for only about a month at this point. Her lie includes claiming Reynir has just started experiencing the phenomenon. Reynir was shown to experience that particular thing (or at least something close enough) about a week ago in-story, and his reaction indicated it was nothing new to him.
15th Nov '17 6:40:13 AM NNinja
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* Inverted and used as DramaticIrony in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Shortly after Lelouch [[spoiler: uses his geass to make Shirley forget him]], he and Shirley talk and he mentions a friend [[spoiler: that he lost]]. Shirley quickly realises that [[spoiler: Lelouch is taling aboug a girl he loved]]. What she doesn't realise is that he was talking about ''her''.
3rd Nov '17 11:34:51 AM TedlyAnderson
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* Variation in that it's a fictional character rather than a "friend": in one of the final issues of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', Creator/WilliamShakespeare is worried that, by making a deal with Morpheus, he's traded away his soul, and talks about damnation and devil's bargains with a priest he knows. The priest wonders why William is asking. He says it's because he's writing ''Theatre/TheTempest'', and his main character, Prospero, has dabbled in the dark arts, but Will would rather have him not damned by the end of the play.
31st Oct '17 5:11:37 AM foxley
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* This is played with on ''Series/{{Suits}}''. Harvey goes to Louis with some documents given to him by "a friend at another law firm" that seem to be showing evidence of embezzlement. Louis falls for this completely and is delightful in digging through another firm's dirty laundry. He does not realize that the documents not only belong to his own firm but that they seem to show that Louis is the one doing the embezzling. He then inverts things by pointing out that the apparent embezzler is just "a shmuck" and is being set up to take the fall for the real thief. He saves himself without even realizing that all along he was talking about himself.



* ''Series/TheWestWing'' demonstrates the inherent limits of this trope when President Bartlet has to deal with a US submarine that the military has lost contact with off the North Korean coast and he has to inform an abrasive curmudgeon from the State Department:
-->'''Bartlet:''' I've gotta tell him I lost a submarine. Can I make something up, like "say a friend of mine hypothetically..."



* ''Series/TheWestWing'' demonstrates the inherent limits of this trope when President Bartlet has to deal with a US submarine that the military has lost contact with off the North Korean coast and he has to inform an abrasive curmudgeon from the State Department:
-->'''Bartlet:''' I've gotta tell him I lost a submarine. Can I make something up, like "say a friend of mine hypothetically..."
* This is played with on ''Series/{{Suits}}''. Harvey goes to Louis with some documents given to him by "a friend at another law firm" that seem to be showing evidence of embezzlement. Louis falls for this completely and is delightful in digging through another firm's dirty laundry. He does not realize that the documents not only belong to his own firm but that they seem to show that Louis is the one doing the embezzling. He then inverts things by pointing out that the apparent embezzler is just "a shmuck" and is being set up to take the fall for the real thief. He saves himself without even realizing that all along he was talking about himself.
31st Oct '17 5:04:16 AM foxley
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* On ''Series/CornerGas'', Hank feels guilty over egging a cable van and getting away with it, and needs guidance. Being [[TheDitz Hank]], he calls a local access TV show, ''Peggy's Pets''.
-->'''Hank:''' Yeah, I got this friend who egged a cable van...\\
'''Peggy:''' We only take questions about pets.\\
''[{{beat}}]''\\
'''Hank:''' I have this pet who egged a cable van...



* In Season 5 of ''Series/{{Engrenages}}'', Captain Berthaud plays it completely straight when asking the coroner for advice about the possibility of [[spoiler:having an abortion after the legal deadline]].



* ''Series/KnowingMeKnowingYouWithAlanPartridge'' has a ''Playboy'' advice columnist as a guest on the second episode. Alan Partridge asks for advice for a hypothetical couple who've been married 15-16 years and have a waning love life. He very quickly blurts out things that make it obvious it's about his own life.



* In ''Series/LittleLunch'', Atticus has a fear of thunderstorms, although he continually denies it. His attempts to tell stories about 'this kid I know who is afraid of thunderstorms' are usually interrupted by Rory going "That's you!".



* In Season 5 of ''Series/{{Engrenages}}'', Captain Berthaud plays it completely straight when asking the coroner for advice about the possibility of [[spoiler:having an abortion after the legal deadline]].
* ''Series/KnowingMeKnowingYouWithAlanPartridge'' has a ''Playboy'' advice columnist as a guest on the second episode. Alan Partridge asks for advice for a hypothetical couple who've been married 15-16 years and have a waning love life. He very quickly blurts out things that make it obvious it's about his own life.
* On ''Series/CornerGas'', Hank feels guilty over egging a cable van and getting away with it, and needs guidance. Being [[TheDitz Hank]], he calls a local access TV show, ''Peggy's Pets''.
-->'''Hank:''' Yeah, I got this friend who egged a cable van...\\
'''Peggy:''' We only take questions about pets.\\
''[{{beat}}]''\\
'''Hank:''' I have this pet who egged a cable van...
21st Oct '17 9:09:43 PM Lloigor
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** A variant; whilst Marge is away on vacation, baby Maggie runs away. Marge calls home, and Homer takes the opportunity to find out what her reaction would be if the dog ran away. Marge is upset. Homer finds this discouraging.
** And in the episode where Homer becomes a mattress salesman, Reverend Lovejoy asks his advice on a new mattress because "I have a friend. Well, a friend ''of'' a friend." Homer loudly replies "Sex problem, eh?"

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** A variant; whilst Marge is away on vacation, baby Maggie runs away. Marge calls home, and Homer takes the opportunity to find out what her reaction would be if the dog ran away. Marge is upset. Homer finds this discouraging.
** And in the episode where Homer becomes a mattress salesman, Reverend Lovejoy asks his advice on a new mattress because "I have a friend. Well, a friend ''of'' a friend." Homer loudly replies replies, "Sex problem, eh?"
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