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27th Aug '16 2:12:58 PM DaibhidC
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* In the autobiography of former UK Cabinet Minister Ed Balls, he describes phoning UsefulNotes/GordonBrown in response to a pager alert at the same moment as he realised the joint of beef they were supposed to take to his parents for Christmas was still in the fridge at home. He largely forgot about the phone call as he discussed this with his wife, with the result that the PM interpreted "Where's the beef?" and "Is it too late to turn back?" as being Balls' reaction to the political situation.

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* In the autobiography of former UK Cabinet Minister Ed Balls, he describes phoning an occasion in 1998, when he phoned UsefulNotes/GordonBrown in response to a pager alert at the same moment as he realised the joint of beef they were supposed to take to his parents for Christmas was still in the fridge at home. He largely forgot about the phone call as he discussed this with his wife, with the result that the PM Chancellor interpreted "Where's the beef?" and "Is it too late to turn back?" as being Balls' reaction to the political situation.
27th Aug '16 2:11:37 PM DaibhidC
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* In the autobiography of former UK Cabinet Minister Ed Balls, he describes phoning UsefulNotes/GordonBrown in response to a pager alert at the same moment as he realised the joint of beef they were supposed to take to his parents for Christmas was still in the fridge at home. He largely forgot about the phone call as he discussed this with his wife, with the result that the PM interpreted "Where's the beef?" and "Is it too late to turn back?" as being Balls' reaction to the political situation.
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12th Aug '16 1:09:17 AM PaulA
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* In "[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Borders of Infinity]]" by LoisMcMasterBujold, some of Miles' more oblique comments to his fellow prisoners are really instructions to his Dendarii Mercenaries, who he knows are listening in, telling them that he's changing the plan in mid stream. The reader is kept in the dark about that until late in the story.

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* In "[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Borders of Infinity]]" "Literature/TheBordersOfInfinity" by LoisMcMasterBujold, Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold, some of Miles' more oblique comments to his fellow prisoners are really instructions to his Dendarii Mercenaries, who he knows are listening in, telling them that he's changing the plan in mid stream. The reader is kept in the dark about that until late in the story.
27th Jun '16 9:23:23 AM longWriter
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* In ''Webcomic/TouhouNekokayou'', Sanae has a [[http://dizzy.pestermom.com/?p=thcomic102 conversation]] which sounds like "I'm not treating you as a serious threat" to Meimu and a sort of in-character "StopHelpingMe" to Suwako.

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* In ''Webcomic/TouhouNekokayou'', Sanae has a [[http://dizzy.pestermom.com/?p=thcomic102 conversation]] which sounds like "I'm not treating you as a serious threat" to Meimu and a sort of in-character "StopHelpingMe" "[[UnwantedAssistance stop helping me]]" to Suwako.
7th May '16 12:02:04 AM nombretomado
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* In ''GeneratorRex'' Cesar notices that someone cloaked is following him and the providence agents, since they plan on blowing up the area after they're done searching it, he loudly announces it for the sake of the cloaked followers

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* In ''GeneratorRex'' ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' Cesar notices that someone cloaked is following him and the providence agents, since they plan on blowing up the area after they're done searching it, he loudly announces it for the sake of the cloaked followers
13th Apr '16 1:38:38 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' by NoelCoward, Charles talks several times to the ghost of his first wife, and his second wife thinks he's talking to ''her''.
* Willy Loman from ''DeathOfASalesman'' does this while talking to his neighbor Charley: he imagines that his dead brother Ben is present and gets confused trying to converse with them both at once.

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* In ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' by NoelCoward, Creator/NoelCoward, Charles talks several times to the ghost of his first wife, and his second wife thinks he's talking to ''her''.
* Willy Loman from ''DeathOfASalesman'' ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' does this while talking to his neighbor Charley: he imagines that his dead brother Ben is present and gets confused trying to converse with them both at once.
26th Mar '16 9:08:23 AM JackG
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* Happens in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Bobby tries to walk Sam and Dean through killing a lamia over the phone with other people in the room, by pretending he's talking to his mother.

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* Happens in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Bobby tries to walk Sam and Dean through killing a lamia over the phone with other people an FBI agent in the room, by pretending he's talking to his mother.mother asking for a cooking recipe.
18th Mar '16 2:03:14 PM Morgenthaler
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* This happens a fair amount in ''SlingsAndArrows'', with Geoffrey talking to his SpiritAdvisor Oliver. He doesn't seem to worry much about being comprehensible to anyone else, but he often is anyway (if not necessarily politic--at one point he screams "For the love of God, will you please ''shut up''!?" at Oliver in the middle of a rehearsal).

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* This happens a fair amount in ''SlingsAndArrows'', ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'', with Geoffrey talking to his SpiritAdvisor Oliver. He doesn't seem to worry much about being comprehensible to anyone else, but he often is anyway (if not necessarily politic--at one point he screams "For the love of God, will you please ''shut up''!?" at Oliver in the middle of a rehearsal).



* A variation occurs in ''TheSarahConnorChronicles''. Charlie calls Sarah for help rescuing his wife from a Terminator, and she answers with John standing right there. She wants to help Charlie but doesn't want John coming with her, which he will want to if he knows what's going on. So she acts angry toward Charlie, repeatedly insisting that she ''does not'' want to know where he is, and how dare he have this conversation with her when John is standing right there. He hesitates and asks "Wait, are you asking me where I am?" She replies "Yes, yes I am," still in an angry tone, which John doesn't find suspicious. This enables her to get out and help him while still keeping John out of harm's way.
* In season one of ''{{Roswell}}'', Michael needs Maria's car to get to a big geodesic dome, while she needs to interview him for English. Things go a bit wrong, he ends up driving her there against her will, and she manages to surreptitiously call Liz on her cell phone and have a conversation like this (saying things along the lines of "Boy, Michael, it's really strange to be alone with you... in my car... going to the dome...").

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* A variation occurs in ''TheSarahConnorChronicles''.''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. Charlie calls Sarah for help rescuing his wife from a Terminator, and she answers with John standing right there. She wants to help Charlie but doesn't want John coming with her, which he will want to if he knows what's going on. So she acts angry toward Charlie, repeatedly insisting that she ''does not'' want to know where he is, and how dare he have this conversation with her when John is standing right there. He hesitates and asks "Wait, are you asking me where I am?" She replies "Yes, yes I am," still in an angry tone, which John doesn't find suspicious. This enables her to get out and help him while still keeping John out of harm's way.
* In season one of ''{{Roswell}}'', ''Series/{{Roswell}}'', Michael needs Maria's car to get to a big geodesic dome, while she needs to interview him for English. Things go a bit wrong, he ends up driving her there against her will, and she manages to surreptitiously call Liz on her cell phone and have a conversation like this (saying things along the lines of "Boy, Michael, it's really strange to be alone with you... in my car... going to the dome...").
28th Feb '16 11:20:25 AM nombretomado
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* This trope is basically the entirety of Rummy's interactions with Ed III in the ''[[TheBoondocks Boondocks]]'' episode "Thank You For Not Snitching", due to Ed III's affinity for his new Bluetooth earpiece.

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* This trope is basically the entirety of Rummy's interactions with Ed III in the ''[[TheBoondocks ''[[WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks Boondocks]]'' episode "Thank You For Not Snitching", due to Ed III's affinity for his new Bluetooth earpiece.
6th Feb '16 11:10:55 PM nombretomado
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* Occurs in ''{{Frasier}}'', albeit with a fairly complicated set-up. His newly-married brother, realizing he's in love with another woman, is being forced to maintain a sham relationship with his wife Mel in order for them to both maintain some dignity in the break-up - but she insists on dragging it out and humiliating him. At a party, Mel [[PushedInFrontOfTheAudience forces Frasier to give a speech]] honoring the marriage - and he manages to give a full-length speech worded vaguely enough that anyone knowing the full situation can tell it's a toast to Niles and Daphne instead. Mel isn't amused...

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* Occurs in ''{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', albeit with a fairly complicated set-up. His newly-married brother, realizing he's in love with another woman, is being forced to maintain a sham relationship with his wife Mel in order for them to both maintain some dignity in the break-up - but she insists on dragging it out and humiliating him. At a party, Mel [[PushedInFrontOfTheAudience forces Frasier to give a speech]] honoring the marriage - and he manages to give a full-length speech worded vaguely enough that anyone knowing the full situation can tell it's a toast to Niles and Daphne instead. Mel isn't amused...
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