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19th Aug '17 7:44:17 PM JoeMerl
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation:'' in one episode, [[MadScientist Doofenshmirtz]]'s FreudianExcuse is unusually long and complicated, including [[CallBack tying in to backstories from previous episodes]]. At one point he notes that there's a whole part that he doesn't want to even get into, but short version: he'd been disowned by [[AbusiveParents his family]] and was temporarily [[RaisedByWolves raised by ocelots]].

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation:'' in one episode, [[MadScientist Doofenshmirtz]]'s FreudianExcuse is unusually long and complicated, including [[CallBack tying in to backstories from previous episodes]]. At one point he notes that there's a whole part that he doesn't want to even get into, but short version: he'd been disowned by [[AbusiveParents his family]] and was temporarily [[RaisedByWolves raised by ocelots]].
19th Aug '17 7:43:20 PM JoeMerl
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* Subverted [[PlayedForLaughs For Laughs]] in ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian:'' Fang reveals that she can play the lute, and says that it's a long story. As she tells it, we get a 10-secondish {{Flashback}} of her about to crush a bug, only for it to offer to teach her to play the lute if she spares it. Cutting back to the present, Fang [[LampshadeHanging admits]] that the story actually wasn't very long.

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* Subverted {{Subverted}} [[PlayedForLaughs For Laughs]] in ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian:'' Fang reveals that she can play the lute, and says that it's a long story. As she tells it, we get a 10-secondish {{Flashback}} of her about to crush a bug, only for it to offer to teach her to play the lute if she spares it. Cutting back to the present, Fang [[LampshadeHanging admits]] that the story actually wasn't very long.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation:'' in one episode, [[MadScientist Doofenshmirtz]]'s FreudianExcuse is unusually long and complicated, including [[CallBack tying in to backstories from previous episodes]]. At one point he notes that there's a whole part that he doesn't want to even get into, but short version: he'd been disowned by [[AbusiveParents his family]] and was temporarily [[RaisedByWolves raised by ocelots]].
19th Aug '17 7:39:30 PM JoeMerl
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* Subverted [[PlayedForLaughs For Laughs]] in ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian:'' Fang reveals that she can play the lute, and says that it's a long story. As she tells it, we get a 10-secondish {{Flashback}} of her about to crush a bug, only for it to offer to teach her to play the lute if she spares it. Cutting back to the present, Fang [[LampshadeHanging admits]] that the story actually wasn't very long.
5th Aug '17 4:38:50 AM JackG
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** In Season 7 when Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister meet up for the first time since Season One, naturally this trope comes into play, with Tyrion adding, "...and I was drunk for most of it."
20th Jun '17 9:02:26 AM erforce
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* From ''Film/TheWickerMan'', "Do sit down, Sergeant. Shocks are so much better absorbed with the knees bent."

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* From ''Film/TheWickerMan'', ''Film/TheWickerMan1973'', "Do sit down, Sergeant. Shocks are so much better absorbed with the knees bent."
1st Jun '17 7:53:11 AM JackG
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** In "The Crimson Horror", the Doctor only shows up halfway through the adventure (which is told from the view of the Paternoster Gang). He gives this trope, then adds, "I'll keep it short." Cue HowWeGotHere [[RetrauxFlashback kinetoscope movie]].
20th Apr '17 7:37:04 AM TargetmasterJoe
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'' had this in ''Twenty Years to Midnight'':
-->'''The Grand Galactic Inquisitor:''' Good news, sample subjects of earth! The glorious moment of judgment is upon you!
-->'''Taxi Driver:''' Hey, it's 8.20 on the meter, Stretch!
-->'''The Grand Galactic Inquisitor:''' [[RunningGag Ignore me!]]
-->'''Jonas Venture Jr.:''' Who the hell is that?
-->'''Rusty Venture:''' Long story. Just ignore him.
9th Apr '17 1:57:44 PM AthenaBlue
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* Shrek says this to Fiona at the end of ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'' after she gets confused by Donkey's desire to make waffles.
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* Awesomely spoofed in ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' when Fozzie starts to reiterate the whole plot so far to the Electric Mayhem. Kermit decides to save time by letting them read the script.
* Played uncomfortably straight in the [[PollyWantsAMicrophone appropriately-titled]] ''Film/{{Paulie}}'' as he is talking to the janitor.
-->'''Paulie:''' I'm warning you, it's a long story.\\
'''Janitor:''' I'm Russian. I like [[Literature/WarAndPeace long]] [[Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov stories]].\\
'''Paulie:''' Okay, Chekhov, sit down.



* Played uncomfortably straight in the [[PollyWantsAMicrophone appropriately-titled]] ''Film/{{Paulie}}'' as he is talking to the janitor.
-->'''Paulie:''' I'm warning you, it's a long story.\\
'''Janitor:''' I'm Russian. I like [[Literature/WarAndPeace long]] [[Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov stories]].\\
'''Paulie:''' Okay, Chekhov, sit down.
* From ''Film/TheWickerMan'', "Do sit down, Sergeant. Shocks are so much better absorbed with the knees bent."
* Awesomely spoofed in ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' when Fozzie starts to reiterate the whole plot so far to the Electric Mayhem. Kermit decides to save time by letting them read the script.



* From ''Film/TheWickerMan'', "Do sit down, Sergeant. Shocks are so much better absorbed with the knees bent."



* Sometimes, an episode of ''Series/OurMissBrooks'' will end with Miss Brooks returning home in the evening, to discuss the events of the day with her landlady, [[CoolOldLady Mrs. Davis]].
* Subverted in ''Series/HappyEndings''; Max puts his typical spin on this trope.
-->'''Max''': Dude, we can do that all for no money at all. Welcome to Max World, TM, circle r.
-->'''Brad''': Really? Wait. You trademarked and registered Max World?
-->'''Max''': It's kind of a long drawn out complicated story with a bunch of different parts. Basically, I didn't. Let's go.



* Functional equivalent: In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Dr. Julian Bashir awakens from a coma (in which he has had a vivid dream about his crewmates and battling through the station to save his own life) with the words "You will never believe where I've been." ''[=DS9=]'' uses it several times, but only rarely plays it straight. Worf in particular uses it more than once--because he doesn't ''like'' talking.
* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Will's "family" spend the evening with an associate who indulges in unending tedious anecdotes, boring them all. So when Will explains that his recent hijinks are "a long story" they just decide not to probe him on it.

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* Functional equivalent: ''Series/DoctorWho''
** "I'll explain later" is a RunningGag in the spoof episode "The Curse of Fatal Death". The early Doctors would use this back when they had more companions, as there was no point explaining something that the audience had already seen, but the companion hadn't because they had been TrappedByMountainLions.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]]: The Doctor re his TimeTravelRomance with River Song: "It's a long story and I don't know most of it."
**
In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Dr. Julian Bashir awakens from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang "The Big Bang"]], Amy says this to her younger self, who's just opened the Pandorica to find her adult self inside. Adult Amy then sees a coma (in which he timeline on the museum wall showing she's been stuck inside the Pandorica for almost 2000 years, and quips that the story is a lot longer than she thought.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"]], Madge Arwell tells her son to let dad know she's found a spaceman in a field (the Doctor) but he's injured and can't get his helmet off, so she
has had a vivid dream about his crewmates and battling through the station to save his own life) take him to find a police telephone box. When dad asks where mum is, her son wisely replies, "Out."
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline "Flatline"]]: Clara responds with this trope after her boyfriend Danny [[KindaBusyHere hears her]] do a SuperWindowJump after she's told him [[BlatantLies she's not doing any more adventures
with the words "You will never believe where I've been." ''[=DS9=]'' uses Doctor]], who notes sarcastically: "And what long story are you going to tell Danny, huh? Or haven't you made it several times, but only rarely plays up yet?"
** "Long story" is a {{catchphrase}} used by the polar scientists in the 2014 Christmas special [[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas "Last Christmas"]] for what the lab is studying and how any of them got there. The Doctor and Clara use
it straight. Worf in particular uses it more than once--because he as well. PlayedForDrama as [[spoiler:these are all details that they ''can't'' provide because the lab doesn't ''like'' talking.
exist. They're all trapped in a DyingDream.]]
* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Will's "family" spend the evening Played with an associate who indulges somewhat in unending tedious anecdotes, boring them all. So when Will explains that ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' where Sheriff Carter is stuck in a time-loop, but every time the loop resets the energy effect injures him. At first it's minor, but after one of the later resets he comes out of his recent hijinks are "a bathroom covered in cuts and scratches and tells his daughter it's a long story" they just decide not to probe him on it.story and he'll explain later.



-->'''Chiana''': What happened to you guys? Why... why didn't you call in?
-->'''D'Argo''': Well, the restaurant, it, uh, sort of burned down - I don't want to talk about it, it's a long story.
* Played with somewhat in ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' where Sheriff Carter is stuck in a time-loop, but every time the loop resets the energy effect injures him. At first it's minor, but after one of the later resets he comes out of his bathroom covered in cuts and scratches and tells his daughter it's a long story and he'll explain later.
* In an episode of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', Arizona and Mark hem and haw about why they're with Callie on her ob/gyn visit, until:
--> '''Callie:''' *points to Arizona* Lesbian lover. *points to Mark* Baby daddy.
--> '''Dr. Fields:''' Aaand everyone's a little wigged out.
* On the ''{{Series/Heroes}}'' series finale, Peter rescues Sylar from a nightmare prison inside Sylar's head. When Parkman, who had put Sylar in the prison, demanded how they escaped, the two of them curtly reply that it's a long story.

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-->'''Chiana''': -->'''Chiana:''' What happened to you guys? Why... why didn't you call in?
-->'''D'Argo''':
in?\\
'''D'Argo:'''
Well, the restaurant, it, uh, sort of burned down - I don't want to talk about it, it's a long story.
* Played with somewhat in ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' where Sheriff Carter is stuck in a time-loop, but every time the loop resets the energy effect injures him. At first it's minor, but after one of the later resets he comes out of his bathroom covered in cuts and scratches and tells his daughter it's a long story and he'll explain later.
* In an episode of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', Arizona and Mark hem and haw about why they're with Callie on her ob/gyn visit, until:
--> '''Callie:''' *points to Arizona* Lesbian lover. *points to Mark* Baby daddy.
--> '''Dr. Fields:''' Aaand everyone's a little wigged out.
* On the ''{{Series/Heroes}}'' series finale, Peter rescues Sylar from a nightmare prison inside Sylar's head. When Parkman, who had put Sylar in the prison, demanded how they escaped, the two of them curtly reply that it's a long story.
story.



* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Will's "family" spend the evening with an associate who indulges in unending tedious anecdotes, boring them all. So when Will explains that his recent hijinks are "a long story" they just decide not to probe him on it.
* In an episode of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', Arizona and Mark hem and haw about why they're with Callie on her ob/gyn visit, until:
--> '''Callie:''' *points to Arizona* Lesbian lover. *points to Mark* Baby daddy.
--> '''Dr. Fields:''' Aaand everyone's a little wigged out.
* Subverted in ''Series/HappyEndings''; Max puts his typical spin on this trope.
-->'''Max''': Dude, we can do that all for no money at all. Welcome to Max World, TM, circle r.
-->'''Brad''': Really? Wait. You trademarked and registered Max World?
-->'''Max''': It's kind of a long drawn out complicated story with a bunch of different parts. Basically, I didn't. Let's go.
* On the ''{{Series/Heroes}}'' series finale, Peter rescues Sylar from a nightmare prison inside Sylar's head. When Parkman, who had put Sylar in the prison, demanded how they escaped, the two of them curtly reply that it's a long story.



* Sometimes, an episode of ''Series/OurMissBrooks'' will end with Miss Brooks returning home in the evening, to discuss the events of the day with her landlady, [[CoolOldLady Mrs. Davis]].
* Functional equivalent: In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Dr. Julian Bashir awakens from a coma (in which he has had a vivid dream about his crewmates and battling through the station to save his own life) with the words "You will never believe where I've been." ''[=DS9=]'' uses it several times, but only rarely plays it straight. Worf in particular uses it more than once--because he doesn't ''like'' talking.



* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** "I'll explain later." is a RunningGag in the spoof episode "The Curse of Fatal Death". The early Doctors would use this back when they had more companions, as there was no point explaining something that the audience had already seen, but the companion hadn't because they had been TrappedByMountainLions.
** In "The Big Bang", Amy says this to her younger self, who's just opened the Pandorica to find her adult self inside. Adult Amy then sees a timeline on the museum wall showing she's been stuck inside the Pandorica for almost 2000 years, and quips that the story is a lot longer than she thought.
** "Long story" is a {{catchphrase}} used by the polar scientists in the 2014 Christmas special "Last Christmas" for what the lab is studying and how any of them got there. The Doctor and Clara use it as well. PlayedForDrama as [[spoiler:these are all details that they ''can't'' provide because the lab doesn't exist. They're all trapped in a DyingDream]].
** The Doctor re his TimeTravelRomance with River Song. "It's a long story and I don't know much of it."
** In "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe", Madge Arwell tells her son to let dad know she's found a spaceman in a field (the Doctor) but he's injured and can't get his helmet off, so she has to take him to find a police telephone box. When dad asks where mum is, her son wisely replies, "Out."
** Clara responds with this trope after her boyfriend Danny [[KindaBusyHere hears her]] do a SuperWindowJump after she's told him [[BlatantLies she's not doing any more adventures with the Doctor]], who notes sarcastically: "And what long story are you going to tell Danny, huh? Or haven't you made it up yet?"

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** "I'll explain later." is a RunningGag in the spoof episode "The Curse of Fatal Death". The early Doctors would use this back when they had more companions, as there was no point explaining something that the audience had already seen, but the companion hadn't because they had been TrappedByMountainLions.
** In "The Big Bang", Amy says this to her younger self, who's just opened the Pandorica to find her adult self inside. Adult Amy then sees a timeline on the museum wall showing she's been stuck inside the Pandorica for almost 2000 years, and quips that the story is a lot longer than she thought.
** "Long story" is a {{catchphrase}} used by the polar scientists in the 2014 Christmas special "Last Christmas" for what the lab is studying and how any of them got there. The Doctor and Clara use it as well. PlayedForDrama as [[spoiler:these are all details that they ''can't'' provide because the lab doesn't exist. They're all trapped in a DyingDream]].
** The Doctor re his TimeTravelRomance with River Song. "It's a long story and I don't know much of it."
** In "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe", Madge Arwell tells her son to let dad know she's found a spaceman in a field (the Doctor) but he's injured and can't get his helmet off, so she has to take him to find a police telephone box. When dad asks where mum is, her son wisely replies, "Out."
** Clara responds with this trope after her boyfriend Danny [[KindaBusyHere hears her]] do a SuperWindowJump after she's told him [[BlatantLies she's not doing any more adventures with the Doctor]], who notes sarcastically: "And what long story are you going to tell Danny, huh? Or haven't you made it up yet?"



* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''
-->'''Mallory:''' And since when do you carry a switchblade?! \\
'''Archer:''' It's a long story, Mother! \\
[flashback to Archer noticing the switchblade in a display window] \\
'''Archer:''' Neat! \\
[End Flashback] \\
'''Archer:''' Well, not so much long as just not very interesting.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode, Penfold basically turns his back for a moment and then sees that D.M. has escaped from the trap he was just in, and fixed their car as well. Penfold asks how he did it, and D.M. says, "I'll explain... later, Penfold." Penfold: "But how did you fix the car?" D.M.: [[LampshadeHanging "I'll explain later, Penfold!"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' episode "Happy Housewife", where Wilma stars in a TV show about making husbands happy through cooking, only she's been neglecting Fred. The president of a rival TV station takes this to mind and visits Fred:
-->'''TV president:''' How is it being married to the Happy Housewife?
-->'''Fred:''' (''slow-burn'') Ya really wanna know? Then sit down, buster, have I got a story to tell you!



* Shrek says this to Fiona at the end of ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'' after she gets confused by Donkey's desire to make waffles.
* In the episode "War Dawn" from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' the Aerialbots go back in time and meet Optimus Prime nine million years in the past. When they return, Optimus remembers the incident. Ratchet asks what they're talking about, and Prime says, "Well, it all started about nine million years ago," prompting Ratchet to quip, "Oh great, it's gonna be one of those ''long'' stories..."
* In one ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode, Penfold basically turns his back for a moment and then sees that D.M. has escaped from the trap he was just in, and fixed their car as well. Penfold asks how he did it, and D.M. says, "I'll explain... later, Penfold." Penfold: "But how did you fix the car?" D.M.: [[LampshadeHanging "I'll explain later, Penfold!"]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' episode "Happy Housewife," where Wilma stars in a TV show about making husbands happy through cooking, only she's been neglecting Fred. The president of a rival TV station takes this to mind and visits Fred:
-->'''TV president:''' How is it being married to the Happy Housewife?
-->'''Fred:''' (''slow-burn'') Ya really wanna know? Then sit down, buster, have I got a story to tell you!
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''
-->'''Mallory:''' And since when do you carry a switchblade?! \\
'''Archer:''' It's a long story, Mother! \\
[flashback to Archer noticing the switchblade in a display window] \\
'''Archer:''' Neat! \\
[End Flashback] \\
'''Archer:''' Well, not so much long as just not very interesting.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': At the end of [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E12Warhead "Warhead"]], after having called the rest of the ''Ghost'' crew back early from a training exercise, and a transmission from [[ReverseMole Fulcrum]] congratulating him, Zeb says this when asked what happened.
* In the
episode "Happy Housewife," where Wilma stars "War Dawn" from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' the Aerialbots go back in a TV show time and meet Optimus Prime nine million years in the past. When they return, Optimus remembers the incident. Ratchet asks what they're talking about, and Prime says, "Well, it all started about making husbands happy through cooking, only she's been neglecting Fred. The president nine million years ago," prompting Ratchet to quip, "Oh great, it's gonna be one of a rival TV station takes this to mind and visits Fred:
-->'''TV president:''' How is it being married to the Happy Housewife?
-->'''Fred:''' (''slow-burn'') Ya really wanna know? Then sit down, buster, have I got a story to tell you!
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''
-->'''Mallory:''' And since when do you carry a switchblade?! \\
'''Archer:''' It's a long story, Mother! \\
[flashback to Archer noticing the switchblade in a display window] \\
'''Archer:''' Neat! \\
[End Flashback] \\
'''Archer:''' Well, not so much long as just not very interesting.
those ''long'' stories..."
7th Apr '17 6:27:48 AM Willbyr
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* In ''RosarioToVampire'' (the anime adaptation, at least), after her introductory arc and a few other episodes, the role of Ruby the witch is basically to appear with a NewJobAsThePlotDemands, the other characters ask what she's doing there, and she says "It's a long story" before going off into a monologue with a [[ShoujoDemographic sparkly-bubbly background]]--[[RuleOfFunny which is even shown around just her when the camera shows her from further away]]--while everyone ignores her. When she's preempted in the ski trip episode, she becomes upset since [[MediumAwareness it's pretty much the only thing she gets to do in each episode]].

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* In ''RosarioToVampire'' ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' (the anime adaptation, at least), after her introductory arc and a few other episodes, the role of Ruby the witch is basically to appear with a NewJobAsThePlotDemands, the other characters ask what she's doing there, and she says "It's a long story" before going off into a monologue with a [[ShoujoDemographic sparkly-bubbly background]]--[[RuleOfFunny which is even shown around just her when the camera shows her from further away]]--while everyone ignores her. When she's preempted in the ski trip episode, she becomes upset since [[MediumAwareness it's pretty much the only thing she gets to do in each episode]].
6th Mar '17 2:29:26 AM JackG
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Gendry has been thrown into the dungeons with Lord Davos Seaworth.
-->'''Gendry:''' So how'd you become a lord?
-->'''Davos:''' Oh, that's a long story.
-->'''Gendry:''' ''[Glances around at his empty cell]'' [[DeadpanSnarker Better not, then. I'm a bit busy.]]
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