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26th May '18 10:57:07 AM AmuckCricetine
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'': In "Dear Dave", Cat attempts to convey his news to the rest of the crew through charades (because he is bored). His attempt to mime 'the mail-pod has arrived and crashed into my clothes' is construed by the others as everything from 'we're about to fly into a black hole' to 'we're being attacked by zombies'.

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'': In "Dear Dave", "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonXDearDave Dear Dave]]", Cat attempts to convey his news to the rest of the crew through charades (because he is bored). His attempt to mime 'the mail-pod has arrived and crashed into my clothes' is construed by the others as everything from 'we're about to fly into a black hole' to 'we're being attacked by zombies'.
25th May '18 4:31:07 AM AmuckCricetine
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer at the Bat", Homer is playing baseball on the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant team, and Mr Burns is the manager. Unfortunately, Homer zones out while Mr Burns is explaining what the signals are, and later, when Homer is up to bat, Mr Burns starts doing a series of strange actions. Homer has no idea what he's trying to say, and gets hit in the head with the ball and knocked out as a result.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E17HomerAtTheBat Homer at the Bat", Bat]]", Homer is playing baseball on the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant team, and Mr Burns is the manager. Unfortunately, Homer zones out while Mr Burns is explaining what the signals are, and later, when Homer is up to bat, Mr Burns starts doing a series of strange actions. Homer has no idea what he's trying to say, and gets hit in the head with the ball and knocked out as a result.
25th May '18 4:29:17 AM AmuckCricetine
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* "The Unicorn and the Wasp", an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'', has a similar situation of Charades under pressure. [[spoiler:As the Doctor tries to flush cyanide out of his system, he has to silently ask for a list of seemingly random things to help detoxify himself. Donna has a great deal of trouble with this, interpreting "salt" (represented with a shaking fist, i.e. sprinkling salt on food) as a cocktail shaker ("What do you want, a Harvey Wallbanger?") and "a shock" as a song (for which she suggests "Camptown Races?")]]

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* "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E7TheUnicornAndTheWasp The Unicorn and the Wasp", Wasp]]", an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'', has a similar situation of Charades under pressure. [[spoiler:As the Doctor tries to flush cyanide out of his system, he has to silently ask for a list of seemingly random things to help detoxify himself. Donna has a great deal of trouble with this, interpreting "salt" (represented with a shaking fist, i.e. sprinkling salt on food) as a cocktail shaker ("What do you want, a Harvey Wallbanger?") and "a shock" as a song (for which she suggests "Camptown Races?")]]



* An episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' involved demons who stole everyone's ability to speak, forcing the heroes to communicate with each other through pantomime. While brainstorming on how they might slay the demons, Buffy shrugs and nonchalantly pumps her hand up and down in the air in front of her, drawing looks of startled disbelief from her friends. Embarrassed at their reactions, she pulls a wooden stake out of her bag and repeats the motion. Everyone gets it. Later, Buffy tries to signal to Riley that he needs to smash the box on a table that's holding all the voices inside it. Riley thinks she means the crystal next to it and hits that, then grins like a dope at her before an exasperated Buffy makes more specific gestures.

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* An episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E10Hush}} Hush]]" involved demons who stole everyone's ability to speak, forcing the heroes to communicate with each other through pantomime. While brainstorming on how they might slay the demons, Buffy shrugs and nonchalantly pumps her hand up and down in the air in front of her, drawing looks of startled disbelief from her friends. Embarrassed at their reactions, she pulls a wooden stake out of her bag and repeats the motion. Everyone gets it. Later, Buffy tries to signal to Riley that he needs to smash the box on a table that's holding all the voices inside it. Riley thinks she means the crystal next to it and hits that, then grins like a dope at her before an exasperated Buffy makes more specific gestures.
16th May '18 7:43:23 AM Eddy1215
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* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: In a case of both this and ShownTheirWork, this is why the ponies are afraid of Zecora when she first goes to Ponyville. She digs her hoof into the ground, which is something that zebras do in real life to search for water. Unfortunately for her, for horses, this is a threat gesture. When Twilight goes to meet her, the other ponies warn her that Zecora is "scary and threatening". She WAS, it was just due to a misunderstanding rather than malicious intent.

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* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In a case of both this and ShownTheirWork, this is why the ponies are afraid of Zecora when she first goes to Ponyville. She digs her hoof into the ground, which is something that zebras do in real life to search for water. Unfortunately for her, for horses, this is a threat gesture. When Twilight goes to meet her, the other ponies warn her that Zecora is "scary and threatening". She WAS, it was just due to a misunderstanding rather than malicious intent.
7th Mar '18 10:19:17 AM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Jessie}}'': In "101 Lizards", Ravi finds that he cannot handle raising all of Mrs Kibling's 12 babies and eventually gives them away to a nice woman named Cassandra, who claims that the lizards will be be living a farm upstate. Bertram starts talking about a time his goldfish died and his parents flushed it under the pretense of it going to live in a "farm upstate". Jessie waves her hands repeatedly to get him to stop talking, but he continues anyway abd Ravi faints in horror. He then wakes up thinking it was AllJustADream and Jessie repeatedly waves her hands again before Luke can correct him that it wasn't a dream, but Luke does so anyway worrying Ravi even more. Jessie eventually gives up and says "Apparently, I need a new signal!"

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* ''Series/{{Jessie}}'': In "101 Lizards", Ravi finds that he cannot handle raising all of Mrs Kibling's 12 babies and eventually gives them away to a nice woman named Cassandra, who claims that the lizards will be be living a farm upstate. Bertram starts talking about a time his goldfish died and his parents flushed it under the pretense of it going to live in a "farm upstate". Jessie waves her hands repeatedly to get him to stop talking, but he continues anyway abd and Ravi faints in horror. He then wakes up thinking it was AllJustADream and Jessie repeatedly waves her hands again before Luke can correct him that it wasn't a dream, but Luke does so anyway worrying Ravi even more. Jessie eventually gives up and says "Apparently, I need a new signal!"
7th Mar '18 10:16:59 AM Nadim
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* ''Series/DogWithABlog'': Tyler has to pretend to be a dog whisperer so that Niki doesn't find out Stan's secret. He can't figure out what's wrong with Nikki's dog, Evita, but Stan sees that she has a bur in her paw and must tell Tyler without alerting Nikki. He jesticulates his paw but Tyler gets it wrong. Stan then writes it on the wall, but since he's a dog he doesn't know how to write. Finally, Stan calls Tyler.

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* ''Series/DogWithABlog'': Tyler has to pretend to be a dog whisperer so that Niki Nikki doesn't find out Stan's secret. He can't figure out what's wrong with Nikki's dog, Evita, but Stan sees that she has a bur in her paw and must tell Tyler without alerting Nikki. He jesticulates his paw but Tyler gets it wrong. Stan then writes it on the wall, but since he's a dog he doesn't know how to write. Finally, Stan calls Tyler.
7th Mar '18 10:15:07 AM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Jessie}}'': In "101 Lizards", Ravi finds that he cannot handle raising all of Mrs Kibling's 12 babies and eventually gives them away to a nice woman named Cassandra, who claims that the lizards will be be living a farm upstate. Bertram starts talking about a time his goldfish died and his parents flushed it under the pretense of it going to live in a "farm upstate". Jessie waves her hands repeatedly to get him to stop talking, but he continues anyway abd Ravi faints in horror. He then wakes up thinking it was AllJustADream and Jessie repeatedly waves her hands again before Luke can correct him that it wasn't a dream, but Luke does so anyway worrying Ravi even more.
Jessie eventually gives up and says "Apparently, I need a new signal!"

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* ''Series/{{Jessie}}'': In "101 Lizards", Ravi finds that he cannot handle raising all of Mrs Kibling's 12 babies and eventually gives them away to a nice woman named Cassandra, who claims that the lizards will be be living a farm upstate. Bertram starts talking about a time his goldfish died and his parents flushed it under the pretense of it going to live in a "farm upstate". Jessie waves her hands repeatedly to get him to stop talking, but he continues anyway abd Ravi faints in horror. He then wakes up thinking it was AllJustADream and Jessie repeatedly waves her hands again before Luke can correct him that it wasn't a dream, but Luke does so anyway worrying Ravi even more.
more. Jessie eventually gives up and says "Apparently, I need a new signal!"
7th Mar '18 10:13:22 AM Nadim
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-->''Keely:''' X-cowboy....Dosedo...Square dancing (finally gets it right) x2.

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-->''Keely:''' -->'''Keely:''' X-cowboy....Dosedo...Square dancing (finally gets it right) x2.



* ''Series/{{Jessie}}'': In "101 Lizards", Ravi finds that he cannot handle raising all of Mrs Kibling's 12 babies and eventually gives them away to a nice woman named Cassandra, who claims that the lizards will be [[SentToLiveElsewhere be living a farm upstate]]. Bertram starts talking about a time his goldfish died and his parents flushed it under the pretense of it going to live in a "farm upstate". Jessie waves her hands repeatedly to get him to stop talking, but he continues anyway abd Ravi faints in horror. He then wakes up thinking it was AllJustADream and Jessie repeatedly waves her hands again before Luke can correct him that it wasn't a dream, but Luke does so anyway worrying Ravi even more.

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* ''Series/{{Jessie}}'': In "101 Lizards", Ravi finds that he cannot handle raising all of Mrs Kibling's 12 babies and eventually gives them away to a nice woman named Cassandra, who claims that the lizards will be [[SentToLiveElsewhere be living a farm upstate]].upstate. Bertram starts talking about a time his goldfish died and his parents flushed it under the pretense of it going to live in a "farm upstate". Jessie waves her hands repeatedly to get him to stop talking, but he continues anyway abd Ravi faints in horror. He then wakes up thinking it was AllJustADream and Jessie repeatedly waves her hands again before Luke can correct him that it wasn't a dream, but Luke does so anyway worrying Ravi even more.
7th Mar '18 10:08:32 AM Nadim
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* In an episode of ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture'', Keely is enrolled into an advanced maths class after accidentally saying the correct answer to an equation that Phil figured out since it's the maths from ''his'' timeline. To keep up the charade, Phil works as being in charge of the projector in the advanced and gives the answers to Keely; although he trouble giving the answer x2.
-->'''Phil:''' (holds a card in front of the board)
-->'''Keely:''' X-clip.
-->'''Phil:''' (holds up a paper)
-->'''Keely:''' X-paper.
-->''(Phil shows up dressed as a cowboy and does the square dancing)''
-->''Keely:''' X-cowboy....Dosedo...Square dancing (finally gets it right) x2.


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* ''Series/DogWithABlog'': Tyler has to pretend to be a dog whisperer so that Niki doesn't find out Stan's secret. He can't figure out what's wrong with Nikki's dog, Evita, but Stan sees that she has a bur in her paw and must tell Tyler without alerting Nikki. He jesticulates his paw but Tyler gets it wrong. Stan then writes it on the wall, but since he's a dog he doesn't know how to write. Finally, Stan calls Tyler.


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* ''Series/{{Jessie}}'': In "101 Lizards", Ravi finds that he cannot handle raising all of Mrs Kibling's 12 babies and eventually gives them away to a nice woman named Cassandra, who claims that the lizards will be [[SentToLiveElsewhere be living a farm upstate]]. Bertram starts talking about a time his goldfish died and his parents flushed it under the pretense of it going to live in a "farm upstate". Jessie waves her hands repeatedly to get him to stop talking, but he continues anyway abd Ravi faints in horror. He then wakes up thinking it was AllJustADream and Jessie repeatedly waves her hands again before Luke can correct him that it wasn't a dream, but Luke does so anyway worrying Ravi even more.
Jessie eventually gives up and says "Apparently, I need a new signal!"


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* In ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Zack has to pretend to be Cody for an interview and Cody (who can't be himself after accidentally messing up his hair and not wanting to be embarrassed) stands from behind trying to signal his brother over what to say. It didn't go well.
-->'''Interviewer:''' Who's your favourite President?
-->'''Zack:''' That's easy. President Carter.
-->'''Interviewer:''' Why?
-->'''Zack:''' "Why?"? He uh...(Cody raises his hands up) builds...builds houses. Builds houses for... (Cody puts a napkin on his head) nus! Builds houses for nuns. Builds his houses for (Cody walks around with his back down) old people? (Cody shivers) Cold people. Builds houses for (Cody walks around wierdly) poor people? (Cody gives a disapproving look) Builds houses for poor people.
6th Feb '18 4:27:50 AM Omegatron
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* ''Website/NotAlwaysWorking'' provides us [[http://notalwaysworking.com/so-easy-a-caveman-can-work-here/24487 this]] fine example of workplace communication. At least they figured out ''some'' of it.

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* ''Website/NotAlwaysWorking'' provides us [[http://notalwaysworking.com/so-easy-a-caveman-can-work-here/24487 [[https://notalwaysright.com/so-easy-a-caveman-can-work-here/57237/ this]] fine example of workplace communication. At least they figured out ''some'' of it.
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