History Main / IRememberBecause

8th Feb '16 1:17:59 AM WillBGood
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This is essentially ScotchTape. It saves everyone the trouble of long, boring scenes where witnesses consult their calendars, go through receipts, or any of the other activities one might do in real life to reconstruct such details. On occasion, though, the witness's offhand statement turns out to be a clue, or sets off a EurekaMoment.

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This is essentially ScotchTape.a HandWave. It saves everyone the trouble of long, boring scenes where witnesses consult their calendars, go through receipts, or any of the other activities one might do in real life to reconstruct such details. On occasion, though, the witness's offhand statement turns out to be a clue, or sets off a EurekaMoment.
17th May '15 9:56:27 PM nombretomado
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* In an (in)famous episode of ''ThePractice'' a witness on the stand Remembered Because she was about to go inside to watch ''Series/BostonPublic'' at the time - both produced by David E. Kelley. Infamous because earlier that same season there was a {{Crossover}} between the two shows, despite them being on different {{Networks}}.
* ''HillStreetBlues:'' A court witness with transactional immunity (meaning he couldn't be prosecuted for any crimes related to his testimony) when asked why he was so sure about a date said "because that was the same day I killed a cop."

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* In an (in)famous episode of ''ThePractice'' ''Series/ThePractice'' a witness on the stand Remembered Because she was about to go inside to watch ''Series/BostonPublic'' at the time - both produced by David E. Kelley. Infamous because earlier that same season there was a {{Crossover}} between the two shows, despite them being on different {{Networks}}.
* ''HillStreetBlues:'' ''Series/HillStreetBlues:'' A court witness with transactional immunity (meaning he couldn't be prosecuted for any crimes related to his testimony) when asked why he was so sure about a date said "because that was the same day I killed a cop."
20th May '14 4:13:39 PM Malimar
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** The same reason is used in an episode of ''Series/VeronicaMars''.
27th Jan '14 12:30:31 PM StFan
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* In ''{{StarWars/Allegiance}}'' a young captured pirate says this phrase, but the stormtroopers who captured him don't care why he remembers which day it had been, so they cut him off.

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* In ''{{StarWars/Allegiance}}'' ''Literature/{{Allegiance}}'' a young captured pirate says this phrase, but the stormtroopers who captured him don't care why he remembers which day it had been, so they cut him off.
29th Sep '13 4:13:29 PM TheComicScholar
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* In "MyCousinVinny",one of the witnesses testifies that the two Youts., [[spoiler: I'm sorry, the two youths]] took five minutes in the store because he was cooking his breakfast when they went in and eating when the gun shots were heard. Vinny discredits this because he learned earlier it takes twenty minutes to cook grits properly.

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* In "MyCousinVinny",one ''MyCousinVinny'',one of the witnesses testifies that the two Youts., [[spoiler: I'm sorry, the two youths]] took five minutes in the store because he was cooking his breakfast when they went in and eating when the gun shots were heard. Vinny discredits this because he learned earlier it takes twenty minutes to cook grits properly.
9th Jun '13 7:05:33 PM ArcadesSabboth
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[[AC: Literature]]
* An inversion in the Isaac Asimov short story ''What's in a Name?'', where the suspect [[spoiler:who works at the science reference library claims they don't remember the name of a furrier named Ernest Beilstein who inquired at the reference desk at the alibi moment. The detective alleges that she could not possibly have forgotten this due to the coincidence of his sharing a name with ''Beilstein's Handbook of Organic Chemistry,'' the canonical sixty-volume encyclopedia of chemical compounds and reactions]].
* In Chrystine Brouillet's French novel, ''Les Neuf Vies d'Edouard'', a witness remembers the exact time he saw a suspect because he was very worried of running late for his plane at the time. This is particularly unnecessary detail repeated as third-hand information to the reader.
* OlderThanTelevision: In the Franchise/SherlockHolmes story "The Retired Colourman" (1926), Watson remembers the number of a theatre ticket because it was his old school number.
* In the novel ''Anastasia Absolutely'', there is an investigation into a bomb found in a mailbox. It's mentioned that one of the letters underneath the bomb was a birthday card, and the police could pinpoint the time it was mailed because the woman who mailed it remembered the song that had come on the radio a moment before.
* In ''{{StarWars/Allegiance}}'' a young captured pirate says this phrase, but the stormtroopers who captured him don't care why he remembers which day it had been, so they cut him off.
* An interview with a man who claims to have seen red and green UFOS chasing his car, from Otis G. Firefly's Phantasmagoric Almanac and Calendar: "I remember it real good 'cos it the Fourth of July!"



[[AC: Literature]]
* An inversion in the Isaac Asimov short story ''What's in a Name?'', where the suspect [[spoiler:who works at the science reference library claims they don't remember the name of a furrier named Ernest Beilstein who inquired at the reference desk at the alibi moment. The detective alleges that she could not possibly have forgotten this due to the coincidence of his sharing a name with ''Beilstein's Handbook of Organic Chemistry,'' the canonical sixty-volume encyclopedia of chemical compounds and reactions]].
* In Chrystine Brouillet's French novel, ''Les Neuf Vies d'Edouard'', a witness remembers the exact time he saw a suspect because he was very worried of running late for his plane at the time. This is particularly unnecessary detail repeated as third-hand information to the reader.
* In the Franchise/SherlockHolmes story "The Retired Colourman", Watson remembers the number of a theatre ticket because it was his old school number. [[OlderThanRadio Making this...]]
* In the novel ''Anastasia Absolutely'', there is an investigation into a bomb found in a mailbox. It's mentioned that one of the letters underneath the bomb was a birthday card, and the police could pinpoint the time it was mailed because the woman who mailed it remembered the song that had come on the radio a moment before.
* In {{StarWars/Allegiance}} a young captured pirate says this phrase, but the stormtroopers who captured him don't care why he remembers which day it had been, so they cut him off.
* An interview with a man who claims to have seen red and green UFOS chasing his car, from Otis G. Firefly's Phantasmagoric Almanac and Calendar: "I remember it real good 'cos it the Fourth of July!"



* Parodied in a ''[[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Far Side]]'' cartoon -- a woman points out a man in a police line-up, saying "''That's'' him! ''That's'' the one! I'd remember that dinky little hat ''anywhere!''" The man in question is twice the size of everyone else, with three eyes and a trunk.

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* Parodied in a ''[[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Far Side]]'' cartoon -- a woman points out a man in a police line-up, saying "''That's'' him! ''That's'' the one! I'd remember that dinky little hat ''anywhere!''" The man in question is twice the size of everyone else, with three eyes and a trunk. trunk.
9th May '13 7:46:09 AM notburt
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* An interview with a man who claims to have seen red and green UFOS chasing his car, from Otis G. Firefly's Phantasmagoric Almanac and Calendar: "I remember it real good 'cos it the Fourth of July!"
12th Mar '13 7:29:12 PM JIKTV
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* In the SherlockHolmes story "The Retired Colourman", Watson remembers the number of a theatre ticket because it was his old school number. [[OlderThanRadio Making this...]]

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* In the SherlockHolmes Franchise/SherlockHolmes story "The Retired Colourman", Watson remembers the number of a theatre ticket because it was his old school number. [[OlderThanRadio Making this...]]
12th Mar '13 7:28:37 PM JIKTV
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* Parodied in a ''FarSide'' cartoon -- a woman points out a man in a police line-up, saying "''That's'' him! ''That's'' the one! I'd remember that dinky little hat ''anywhere!''" The man in question is twice the size of everyone else, with three eyes and a trunk.

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* Parodied in a ''FarSide'' ''[[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Far Side]]'' cartoon -- a woman points out a man in a police line-up, saying "''That's'' him! ''That's'' the one! I'd remember that dinky little hat ''anywhere!''" The man in question is twice the size of everyone else, with three eyes and a trunk.
12th Mar '13 7:28:02 PM JIKTV
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* Used regularly in the ''LawAndOrder'' franchise.
* Can be played for comedy, too. On ''{{Friends}}'', Monica tells Joey that Chandler met a woman named Ginger. "I remember because when he told me, I said "[[GilligansIsland the movie star]]."

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* Used regularly in the ''LawAndOrder'' ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise.
* Can be played for comedy, too. On ''{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Monica tells Joey that Chandler met a woman named Ginger. "I remember because when he told me, I said "[[GilligansIsland "[[Series/GilligansIsland the movie star]]."



* In an episode of ''{{CSI}}'', a man can recall the exact time he heard something suspicious due to having rented a porno pay-per-view movie scheduled to start at that time.
* An episode of {{Monk}} has a competitive eating champion who tells Stottlemeyer and Disher that an all you can eat buffet he was at at the time of the crime can back him up because: "Oh, they'll remember me."
* In an (in)famous episode of ''ThePractice'' a witness on the stand Remembered Because she was about to go inside to watch ''BostonPublic'' at the time - both produced by David E. Kelley. Infamous because earlier that same season there was a {{Crossover}} between the two shows, despite them being on different {{Networks}}.

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* In an episode of ''{{CSI}}'', ''Series/{{CSI}}'', a man can recall the exact time he heard something suspicious due to having rented a porno pay-per-view movie scheduled to start at that time.
* An episode of {{Monk}} ''Series/{{Monk}}'' has a competitive eating champion who tells Stottlemeyer and Disher that an all you can eat buffet he was at at the time of the crime can back him up because: "Oh, they'll remember me."
* In an (in)famous episode of ''ThePractice'' a witness on the stand Remembered Because she was about to go inside to watch ''BostonPublic'' ''Series/BostonPublic'' at the time - both produced by David E. Kelley. Infamous because earlier that same season there was a {{Crossover}} between the two shows, despite them being on different {{Networks}}.
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