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24th Jan '16 9:14:52 AM nombretomado
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* After one of the fallings out of Katchoo and Francine, the main characters of the comic ''StrangersInParadise'', their mutual friends David and Casey trick them into a sound booth at a small record studio, then handcuff them together, lock them in, drop the key down Casey's front, and watch from the two-way mirror until the two reconcile. Again.
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* After one of the fallings out of Katchoo and Francine, the main characters of the comic ''StrangersInParadise'', ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'', their mutual friends David and Casey trick them into a sound booth at a small record studio, then handcuff them together, lock them in, drop the key down Casey's front, and watch from the two-way mirror until the two reconcile. Again.
21st Nov '15 1:42:44 PM Scorpion451
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See also ChainedHeat, RatsInABox.
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See also ChainedHeat, RatsInABox.RatsInABox, and RoomEscapeGame.
16th Nov '15 10:16:18 PM SuperbowserX
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Two characters, usually two characters sharing a large amount of animosity, get locked in a room (safe, elevator, etc.) and must spend the episode alone together. During which time they learn a new appreciation for each other.
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Two Multiple (often two) characters, whom usually two characters sharing share a large amount of animosity, get locked in a room (safe, elevator, etc.) and must spend the episode alone together. During which time they learn a new appreciation for each other.
6th Sep '15 5:38:55 PM nombretomado
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** An episode by NeilGaiman had several people locked in different rooms with ghosts. Some were lost loves, some were friends they lost, at least one had a mortal foe giving snarky advice.
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** An episode by NeilGaiman Creator/NeilGaiman had several people locked in different rooms with ghosts. Some were lost loves, some were friends they lost, at least one had a mortal foe giving snarky advice.
5th Sep '15 8:19:04 PM Odon
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. An EnforcedTrope in "Aletheia". John Reese and Detective Fusco get thrown into the clink by a local sheriff after having a punch-up, with Fusco complaining that the sheriff doesn't respect his badge. But after giving Reese the PullYourselfTogetherMan speech he didn't want to listen to before, Fusco just tells the sheriff to let them out.
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. An EnforcedTrope in "Aletheia". John Reese and Detective Fusco get thrown into the clink by a the local sheriff after having a punch-up, with Fusco complaining that the sheriff doesn't respect his NYPD badge. But after giving Reese the PullYourselfTogetherMan GetAHoldOfYourselfMan speech he didn't want to listen to before, Fusco just tells the sheriff to let them out.
5th Sep '15 8:11:58 PM Odon
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. An EnforcedTrope in "Aletheia". John Reese and Detective Fusco get thrown into the clink by a local sheriff after having a punch-up, with Fusco complaining that the sheriff doesn't respect his badge. But after giving Reese the PullYourselfTogetherMan speech he didn't want to listen to before, Fusco just tells the sheriff to let them out.
25th Aug '15 8:41:09 AM Prfnoff
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* This trope occurs on nearly every single episode of ''VicTORIous''. * In one episode of ''DrakeAndJosh'', Megan locks Drake and Josh in a tree house.
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* This trope occurs on nearly every single episode of ''VicTORIous''. ''Series/VicTORIous''. * In one episode of ''DrakeAndJosh'', ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', Megan locks Drake and Josh in a tree house.

* In ''GreysAnatomy'', George and Alex are trapped in an elevator and are forced to perform an emergency operation on a patient with a gunshot wound. Leads to the first prominent case of CharacterDevelopment in the show.
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* In ''GreysAnatomy'', ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', George and Alex are trapped in an elevator and are forced to perform an emergency operation on a patient with a gunshot wound. Leads to the first prominent case of CharacterDevelopment in the show.

* A variation of this occurred in ''KenanAndKel'', where people arriving in said room ended up getting locked in by the closing door.
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* A variation of this occurred in ''KenanAndKel'', ''Series/KenanAndKel'', where people arriving in said room ended up getting locked in by the closing door.

* In the "Earthquake" episode of ''NightCourt'', Dan and Roz are trapped in an elevator with two sumo wrestlers.
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* In the "Earthquake" episode of ''NightCourt'', ''Series/NightCourt'', Dan and Roz are trapped in an elevator with two sumo wrestlers.

* ''{{Eastenders}}'' has done about fifteen of these. * UK comedy ''OneFootInTheGrave'' has episodes with the main character alone in his house, or in the dark with a power cut and there is one episode where he and his wife are stuck in a traffic jam.
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* ''{{Eastenders}}'' ''Series/{{Eastenders}}'' has done about fifteen of these. * UK comedy ''OneFootInTheGrave'' ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' has episodes with the main character alone in his house, or in the dark with a power cut and there is one episode where he and his wife are stuck in a traffic jam.

* ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' had one of these, only different: Jordan and Danny were trapped on the roof of a building. They [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] it as something out of the plot of a sitcom, but it still follows the traditional form. * A tenth season episode of ''MurphyBrown'', "From the Terrace," has many characters trapped on the terrace of their new space. * Daphne and Niles in ''{{Frasier}}'' spend an episode trapped on their roof, where they were supposed to be having a romantic date. * In the ''DawsonsCreek'' episode ''The Tao of Dawson'', Joey gets locked in a storage closet with the hated Drue Valentine, and ends up softening towards him... only for it to turn out that he could have called for help whenever he wanted.
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* ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' had one of these, only different: Jordan and Danny were trapped on the roof of a building. They [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] it as something out of the plot of a sitcom, but it still follows the traditional form. * A tenth season episode of ''MurphyBrown'', ''Series/MurphyBrown'', "From the Terrace," has many characters trapped on the terrace of their new space. * Daphne and Niles in ''{{Frasier}}'' ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' spend an episode trapped on their roof, where they were supposed to be having a romantic date. * In the ''DawsonsCreek'' ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' episode ''The Tao of Dawson'', Joey gets locked in a storage closet with the hated Drue Valentine, and ends up softening towards him... only for it to turn out that he could have called for help whenever he wanted.

* ''AllInTheFamily'' - In "Two's a Crowd", Archie and Mike get locked in the storeroom of Archie's bar. (This, after Archie had locked himself in the basement of his house a few seasons earlier; you'd think he would have learned...)
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* ''AllInTheFamily'' ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' - In "Two's a Crowd", Archie and Mike get locked in the storeroom of Archie's bar. (This, after Archie had locked himself in the basement of his house a few seasons earlier; you'd think he would have learned...)

* ''TheBobNewhartShow'' - Bob and Emily spend the 1976 Bicentennial locked in their apartment building's storage room. * Played straight with a twist on the '80s Nell Carter sitcom ''{{Gimme a Break}}''. Nell is trapped in a basement after an earthquake with a Hispanic woman who only understands Spanish. To top it off, she's also deaf. * In the third and final chapter of the 1996 ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' Christmas trilogy, "Time On Our Hands", Del Boy deliberately stops an elevator in order to force Rodney to open up to him about his wife Cassandra's miscarriage. As a nod to the frequency of the trope, Del then repairs the lift, revealing that it was never broken in the first place.
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* ''TheBobNewhartShow'' ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' - Bob and Emily spend the 1976 Bicentennial locked in their apartment building's storage room. * Played straight with a twist on the '80s Nell Carter sitcom ''{{Gimme a Break}}''.''Series/GimmeABreak''. Nell is trapped in a basement after an earthquake with a Hispanic woman who only understands Spanish. To top it off, she's also deaf. * In the third and final chapter of the 1996 ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' Christmas trilogy, "Time On Our Hands", Del Boy deliberately stops an elevator in order to force Rodney to open up to him about his wife Cassandra's miscarriage. As a nod to the frequency of the trope, Del then repairs the lift, revealing that it was never broken in the first place.

* [[DoubleSubversion Doubly Subverted]] in ''MyNameIsEarl''. The heads of two rival prison gangs were locked in a solitary cell together by a GenreSavvy warden. Once they got out, the fighting was worse than ever, but Earl later discovers that[[spoiler: not only did the two leaders secretly make up, they became StarCrossedLovers]].
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* [[DoubleSubversion Doubly Subverted]] in ''MyNameIsEarl''.''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. The heads of two rival prison gangs were locked in a solitary cell together by a GenreSavvy warden. Once they got out, the fighting was worse than ever, but Earl later discovers that[[spoiler: not only did the two leaders secretly make up, they became StarCrossedLovers]].

* Masterfully subverted in the episode "Dawg Days" from ''TheShield''. After an escalating feud between two gang members threatens to spiral out of control, a group of police officers lock them together in a storage container overnight, they jokingly assume that the normal course of events will occur and the two will settle their differences. However, when they return the next morning one of the gang members walks out and proclaims of his 'container-mate' "he ain't coming". * ''Hancock'' (i.e. ''HancocksHalfHour'', after it was shortened to 25 minutes) episode "The Lift", with nine people in a lift designed for eight (though at the end the lift breaks down ''again'' with only two people in it).
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* Masterfully subverted in the episode "Dawg Days" from ''TheShield''.''Series/TheShield''. After an escalating feud between two gang members threatens to spiral out of control, a group of police officers lock them together in a storage container overnight, they jokingly assume that the normal course of events will occur and the two will settle their differences. However, when they return the next morning one of the gang members walks out and proclaims of his 'container-mate' "he ain't coming". * ''Hancock'' (i.e. ''HancocksHalfHour'', ''Series/HancocksHalfHour'', after it was shortened to 25 minutes) episode "The Lift", with nine people in a lift designed for eight (though at the end the lift breaks down ''again'' with only two people in it).

* In ''{{Moonlighting}}'', David Addison and Maddie Hayes get stuck in an elevator, and finally have to deal with Maddie's pregnancy and her avoidance of David going on for months prior to this.
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* In ''{{Moonlighting}}'', ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', David Addison and Maddie Hayes get stuck in an elevator, and finally have to deal with Maddie's pregnancy and her avoidance of David going on for months prior to this.

* In the {{Britcom}} ''PeepShow'', Mark and Jeremy spend the best part of an episode locked in a stairwell. * Happens more than once on ''{{Diagnosis Murder}}'' . One episode sees Steve and Jack locked in a room where Jack proceeds to have a panic attack due to his severe {{Claustrophobia}}. Another episode sees Steve and Jesse trapped in a room in the hospital after [[spoiler: the hospital is blown up by a bomber]] and the door is blocked. The latter lead to the pair discussing what careers they would have chosen had they not became a policeman and a doctor. Jesse mentions that he wanted to own a BBQ restaurant, which he and Steve then do in the following episode and continue to do for the next 3 seasons. * On ''{{Benson}}'', this seemingly happened at least once per season.
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* In the {{Britcom}} ''PeepShow'', ''Series/PeepShow'', Mark and Jeremy spend the best part of an episode locked in a stairwell. * Happens more than once on ''{{Diagnosis Murder}}'' .''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' . One episode sees Steve and Jack locked in a room where Jack proceeds to have a panic attack due to his severe {{Claustrophobia}}. Another episode sees Steve and Jesse trapped in a room in the hospital after [[spoiler: the hospital is blown up by a bomber]] and the door is blocked. The latter lead to the pair discussing what careers they would have chosen had they not became a policeman and a doctor. Jesse mentions that he wanted to own a BBQ restaurant, which he and Steve then do in the following episode and continue to do for the next 3 seasons. * On ''{{Benson}}'', ''Series/{{Benson}}'', this seemingly happened at least once per season.

* "Series/Supernatural" has a variation in season 3. Dean traps a demon in a devil's trap in a basement, but she triggers a storm that blocks the door out. Because he lost his exorcism handbook and can't remember the incantation, they are trapped together until Sam comes to the rescue. * "Series/FallingSkies" has another "trapped beneath rubble" version with Tom and Dingaan trapped in the rubble beneath an alien ship after a battle. They manage to climb up into the crashed ship. Then they accidentally trip the self-destruct sequence...
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* "Series/Supernatural" ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has a variation in season 3. Dean traps a demon in a devil's trap in a basement, but she triggers a storm that blocks the door out. Because he lost his exorcism handbook and can't remember the incantation, they are trapped together until Sam comes to the rescue. * "Series/FallingSkies" ''Series/FallingSkies'' has another "trapped beneath rubble" version with Tom and Dingaan trapped in the rubble beneath an alien ship after a battle. They manage to climb up into the crashed ship. Then they accidentally trip the self-destruct sequence...

* Played straight in the popular television series Breaking Bad's episode 4 Days Out, White and Jesse elect to go out to the middle of nowhere to cook for four straight days. Little did they suspect that the battery on their car would run out, trapping the boys out in the wilderness. What's worse, the backup generator they brought would be ruined by Jesse, leaving them without water in the middle of the hot New Mexico desert. After all attempts fail to get back, White and Jesse are forced to come to terms with each other, through delirious dehydration, and work together. When all hope seems lost, the boys collectively figure out how to create a battery and jump the RV, making it back home.
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* Played straight in the popular television series Breaking Bad's ''Series/BreakingBad''[='s=] episode 4 Days Out, White and Jesse elect to go out to the middle of nowhere to cook for four straight days. Little did they suspect that the battery on their car would run out, trapping the boys out in the wilderness. What's worse, the backup generator they brought would be ruined by Jesse, leaving them without water in the middle of the hot New Mexico desert. After all attempts fail to get back, White and Jesse are forced to come to terms with each other, through delirious dehydration, and work together. When all hope seems lost, the boys collectively figure out how to create a battery and jump the RV, making it back home.

* The play ''NoExit'' (''Huis Clos'', in the original, by Jean Paul Sartre) has three people, each with their own issues, trapped together in a room in hell. But not only can't they help each other, but they were specially chosen to keep each other company for eternity, tormenting each other's weaknesses with their own character defects.
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* The play ''NoExit'' (''Huis Clos'', in the original, by Jean Paul Sartre) ''Theatre/NoExit'' has three people, each with their own issues, trapped together in a room in hell. But not only can't they help each other, but they were specially chosen to keep each other company for eternity, tormenting each other's weaknesses with their own character defects.

* In the first level of ''SecondSight,'' John Vattic has the opportunity to lock two security guards in the isolation cell he just escaped from; very quickly, the two of them discover that neither of them owns a working radio, and help will not be arriving for hours. Since the windows of the cell are large and shatterproof, the [[VideogameCrueltyPotential player has the luxury of watching the two guards slaughter each other]]. [[PassThePopcorn Bring some popcorn.]]
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* In the first level of ''SecondSight,'' ''VideoGame/SecondSight'', John Vattic has the opportunity to lock two security guards in the isolation cell he just escaped from; very quickly, the two of them discover that neither of them owns a working radio, and help will not be arriving for hours. Since the windows of the cell are large and shatterproof, the [[VideogameCrueltyPotential player has the luxury of watching the two guards slaughter each other]]. [[PassThePopcorn Bring some popcorn.]]

* In the ''KateModern'' episode "Trait Positive", Charlie and Gavin get locked in the G&T IT office together over the course of a weekend, spanning seven episodes. Over that time, they bond. In the later episode "False Alarm", it is revealed that they also slept together that weekend.
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* In the ''KateModern'' ''WebVideo/KateModern'' episode "Trait Positive", Charlie and Gavin get locked in the G&T IT office together over the course of a weekend, spanning seven episodes. Over that time, they bond. In the later episode "False Alarm", it is revealed that they also slept together that weekend.

* Used as the FramingDevice in the ''{{Rugrats}}'' Passover special: Tommy, Chuckie, and Angelica (and eventually the rest of their families) get locked in the attic with Grandpa Boris, and Boris passes the time by telling the story of Passover, WholePlotReference style.
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* Used as the FramingDevice in the ''{{Rugrats}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' Passover special: Tommy, Chuckie, and Angelica (and eventually the rest of their families) get locked in the attic with Grandpa Boris, and Boris passes the time by telling the story of Passover, WholePlotReference style.

* The same happened to most of the cast on ''{{Sealab 2021}}'', in the episode "Trapped In The Closet". One by one, over the course of the episode, they were locked into a storage closet by a malfunctioning hatch. In an ironic inversion of LockedInAFreezer, the ''outside'' of the closet turns out to be the dangerous area, with angry attack dogs running around.
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* The same happened to most of the cast on ''{{Sealab ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'', in the episode "Trapped In The Closet". One by one, over the course of the episode, they were locked into a storage closet by a malfunctioning hatch. In an ironic inversion of LockedInAFreezer, the ''outside'' of the closet turns out to be the dangerous area, with angry attack dogs running around.

* In ''AngelsFriends'' - Raf and Sulfus get trapped in the Caves of Obscurity.
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* In ''AngelsFriends'' - ''WesternAnimation/AngelsFriends'', Raf and Sulfus get trapped in the Caves of Obscurity.
14th Jul '15 9:25:29 AM nombretomado
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* The second episode of ''ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' revolved around this. The old friends locked in an industrial refrigerator together started to reminisce about their wacky adventures, turning the trope into the framework for a ClipShow...except, since this was the ''second episode'', there was only one episode to show clips from. This got even more surreal when the second episode was broadcast first, meaning viewers had never seen the clips it kept referencing.
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* The second episode of ''ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' revolved around this. The old friends locked in an industrial refrigerator together started to reminisce about their wacky adventures, turning the trope into the framework for a ClipShow...except, since this was the ''second episode'', there was only one episode to show clips from. This got even more surreal when the second episode was broadcast first, meaning viewers had never seen the clips it kept referencing.
1st Jul '15 2:22:41 AM Koveras
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* The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' episode "War for Two" sees Athrun and Cagalli (then-enemies on the verge of [[DatingCatwoman becoming love interests]]) stranded on an unnamed Pacific island, where they confront each other and themselves about things they have done and mistakes they have committed until then. * One episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' sees Lelouch, Suzaku, Kallen, and Princess Euphemia stranded pairwise on an uninhabited island. Lelouch gets to spend time with his half-sister Euphemia, while the piloting rivals Suzaku and Kallen get to work out their differences.
30th Jun '15 10:37:56 AM nombretomado
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* In the re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' episode "No Exit", [[spoiler:Ellen Tigh,]] a Sharon, and a Cavil are in one room together for the whole episode, with the point being Cavil getting his existential issues off his chest. [[spoiler:It doesn't work]]
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* In the re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' Galactica|2003}}'' episode "No Exit", [[spoiler:Ellen Tigh,]] a Sharon, and a Cavil are in one room together for the whole episode, with the point being Cavil getting his existential issues off his chest. [[spoiler:It doesn't work]]
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