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13th Nov '15 4:55:56 AM TheUsualSuspect
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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Malcolm in the Middle}}''. After spending hours cleaning up the house after learning (they think) that Francis will be allowed to come home if they don't mess up their time spent alone in the house, the kids realize their parents will never believe it and proceed to make things messier than they were before.

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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Malcolm in the Middle}}''. After spending hours cleaning up the house after learning (they think) that Francis will be allowed to come home if they don't mess up their time spent alone in the house, the kids realize their parents will never believe it they kept everything so clean and proceed to make things messier than the room moderately messy so they were before.won't investigate.
4th Sep '15 4:46:21 PM nombretomado
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* In Robert Asprin's ''[[MythAdventures Hit or Myth]]'', the protagonist's mentor is MIA for the first half of the book. Upon returning, he discovers that his student has resolved all his problems by himself and feels upset and useless...but he gets over it pretty quickly when loose ends start appearing.

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* In Robert Asprin's ''[[MythAdventures ''[[Literature/MythAdventures Hit or Myth]]'', the protagonist's mentor is MIA for the first half of the book. Upon returning, he discovers that his student has resolved all his problems by himself and feels upset and useless...but he gets over it pretty quickly when loose ends start appearing.
12th Jul '15 4:57:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheAndyGriffithShow'', "Andy and Opie Housekeepers": Aunt Bee leaves the boys to mind the house, which is in ruins within hours, but a friend cleans the house before Aunt Bee gets back. Aunt Bee mopes until Andy has Opie recreate the disaster area. She catches Opie in the process of recreating the disaster, but thinks he's instead trying to clean up to hide his mess.

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* ''TheAndyGriffithShow'', ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'', "Andy and Opie Housekeepers": Aunt Bee leaves the boys to mind the house, which is in ruins within hours, but a friend cleans the house before Aunt Bee gets back. Aunt Bee mopes until Andy has Opie recreate the disaster area. She catches Opie in the process of recreating the disaster, but thinks he's instead trying to clean up to hide his mess.



* Subverted in {{Malcolm in the Middle}}. After spending hours cleaning up the house after learning (they think) that Francis will be allowed to come home if they don't mess up their time spent alone in the house, the kids realize their parents will never believe it and proceed to make things messier than they were before.
* {{Scrubs}}' Dr. Kelso was certain that what he wanted was to "not be needed" around the hospital. He got his wish in ''His Story IV'', much to his chagrin.
* On an episode of ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'', Raymond takes maternity leave to help Deborah. When he goes back to work during his break to check on things, he is disappointed and put out when he finds out his temporary replacement is doing fine.

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* Subverted in {{Malcolm ''Series/{{Malcolm in the Middle}}.Middle}}''. After spending hours cleaning up the house after learning (they think) that Francis will be allowed to come home if they don't mess up their time spent alone in the house, the kids realize their parents will never believe it and proceed to make things messier than they were before.
* {{Scrubs}}' ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' Dr. Kelso was certain that what he wanted was to "not be needed" around the hospital. He got his wish in ''His "His Story IV'', IV", much to his chagrin.
* On an episode of ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'', ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', Raymond takes maternity leave to help Deborah. When he goes back to work during his break to check on things, he is disappointed and put out when he finds out his temporary replacement is doing fine.
29th Mar '15 6:18:35 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{The Fairly Oddparents}}'', Wanda returns from vacation and is delighted to discover that in her absence, Timmy and Cosmo [[spoiler: nearly allowed the world to end]], and covered it up (unsuccessfully!) in order to make sure she had a good time.
* Done in an episode of ''TheSimpsons'', where Mr. Burns wants Bart to stay with him forever. He shows Bart a video that's allegedly a surveillance video of the house, where the family is sitting on the couch acting wooden. They're actually bad actors, and one of them messes up Homer's trademark "D'oh!".

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* In ''{{The ''WesternAnimation/{{The Fairly Oddparents}}'', Wanda returns from vacation and is delighted to discover that in her absence, Timmy and Cosmo [[spoiler: nearly allowed the world to end]], and covered it up (unsuccessfully!) in order to make sure she had a good time.
* Done in an episode of ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where Mr. Burns wants Bart to stay with him forever. He shows Bart a video that's allegedly a surveillance video of the house, where the family is sitting on the couch acting wooden. They're actually bad actors, and one of them messes up Homer's trademark "D'oh!".
16th Mar '15 10:30:25 AM nombretomado
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* {{Futurama}} used this as the setup for an episode: The Planet Express crew goes out on a delivery without Fry. Even though he is the delivery boy, everything went fine without him, better than usual even.

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* {{Futurama}} ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' used this as the setup for an episode: The Planet Express crew goes out on a delivery without Fry. Even though he is the delivery boy, everything went fine without him, better than usual even.
3rd Mar '15 11:12:25 PM Chabal2
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* ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'': One strip has our hero returning from two week's vacation to his magazine job, pontificating all the while on the difficulties they must have faced without him. His triumphant return falls flat when no one notices, even running into DaEditor who's surprised to see him there, as he had approved his request for two weeks off. Then he tells someone else to find out whatever it is that's been boosting sales for the past two weeks and make sure it keeps happening.
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23rd Feb '15 1:33:11 PM TheUnsquished
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* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', downplayed. [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1583 Satan concludes that humanity was still evil without him]], but he's still a ManOfWealthAndTaste.

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* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', downplayed. [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1583 Satan concludes that humanity was still evil without him]], but he's still a ManOfWealthAndTaste.
9th Dec '14 12:30:53 PM dalek955
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* In ''Webcomic/TurnSignalsOnALandRaider'', after Kren and Frep were missing for a while, they came back to find that their army had won six games in their absence, which is probably their first six wins ever.
11th Oct '14 1:08:48 AM FoominBlue
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* In one episode of ''Anime/MonsterRancher'', Hare storms off after an argument. When he comes across the rest of the Searchers later, he sees them all seemingly laughing, running around and enjoying themselves without him. However, they were actually reacting to the illusions cast by Joker.
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25th Nov '13 1:41:05 PM VicGeorge2011
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' cartoon show "Papa's Day Off", the Smurfs try to show how self-reliant they are in taking care of their own problems in order to encourage Papa Smurf to take a day off. During his day off, Papa Smurf feels like his little Smurfs would be better off without him -- until Homnibus shows him through his Imaginarium that in dire situations like Bigmouth eating up their smurfberry patches, they're still in need of him. And upon Papa Smurf's return to the village, he proves just how much he is needed by the other Smurfs when a log floating downstream nearly destroys the village dam.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' cartoon show episode "Papa's Day Off", the Smurfs try to show how self-reliant they are in taking care of their own problems in order to encourage Papa Smurf to take a day off. During his day off, Papa Smurf feels like his little Smurfs would be better off without him -- until Homnibus shows him through his Imaginarium that in dire situations like Bigmouth eating up their smurfberry patches, they're still in need of him. And upon Papa Smurf's return to the village, he proves just how much he is needed by the other Smurfs when a log floating downstream nearly destroys the village dam.
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