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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': A subtle example in [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]] -- during their conversation, Ezra's talking about the key to destroying the Sith, while [[spoiler:Obi-Wan's]] talking about the Chosen One, neither realizing they're talking about two different people.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': A subtle example in [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E18TwinSuns [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]] -- during their conversation, Ezra's talking about the key to destroying the Sith, while [[spoiler:Obi-Wan's]] talking about the Chosen One, neither realizing they're talking about two different people.
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Stannis talks to Shireen about having to make a difficult choice and needing her help. She assumes that he needs a pep-talk and supports him, but he tells her that she has no idea what he's actually talking about. He's apologizing for his intent to sacrifice her to R'hllor.
* During the episode "Imperfect Harmony" of ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', Henry is trying to decide between exploring his feelings for Eliza or staying with his girlfriend Julia, while Raj is trying to decide on a song for karaoke night.
-->'''Raj''': Have you decided what you're going to do?\\
'''Henry''': No. The truth is I have never felt more conflicted in my life. On there one hand there's this...complicated, beautiful but let's be honest, slightly dangerous option.\\
'''Raj''': Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani.\\
'''Henry''': Exactly. And I don't know if I can pull that one off. And then there's this warm, safe familiar option that feels very non-threatening and *looks at a picture of Julia*...easy.\\
'''Raj''': "Uptown Girl", by Billy Joel?\\
'''Henry''': The thing is, Raj, I've been doing "Uptown Girl" my entire life. And a part of me, a big part of me wants to try something different, something out of my range. I like Hollaback Girl more than I should.\\
'''Raj''': Its a great song.\\
'''Henry''': I may have even grow to love it. And even though its scary, and uncertain and several people in this office have performed it on other occassions...\\
'''Raj''': I'm told two different people did it at last year's party.\\
'''Henry''' Two...? Still, I would never forgive myself if I didn't try. I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna go for it, thank you Raj.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' often uses this trope.
** A memorable example occurred when Harry realized Tommy had grown taller than him. So they went to an enlargement clinic, not realizing, of course, that it was a penis enlargement clinic. HilarityEnsues.
-->'''Tommy''': So he used to be bigger than me, but then my aunt realized that I'm the bigger one now. He can't stand it. He makes me measure him like five times a day.
** In another episode, Harry's pet from the Home Planet came to Earth as a human and destroyed one of Sally's shoes. Meanwhile, Don thinks that Sally is pregnant.
-->'''Dick''': ''[on the phone about Sally's shoes]'' Well, it's my sister's problem, why don't you talk to her! ''[hangs up]'' So Don, what brings you here?\\
'''Don''': Sally's... "problem".\\
'''Dick''': Oh, it's no big deal. It's just going to cost me a lot of money, that's all.\\
'''Don''': Do you know who's responsible?\\
'''Dick''': Of course. Harry watched the whole thing happen. His best friend did it.
** In another episode, Harry and Nina started dating after he took her to the dentist to get her wisdom teeth out. Meanwhile, Harry hears about the tooth fairy and decides to leave Nina some money under her pillow for the removed wisdom teeth. Nina finds it just as they're about to have sex:
-->'''Nina''': What's this?\\
'''Harry''': Oh, you weren't supposed to find that 'til tomorrow morning!\\
'''Nina''': You left me twenty bucks?\\
'''Harry''': Well, that's the going rate, isn't it?\\
'''Nina''': GOING RATE?!\\
'''Harry''': Well, yeah! Five bucks a pop! That seems pretty reasonable to me!
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' does the equivalent of moving from Newtonian Physics to Quantum Mechanics to this trope. About a third of the episodes from later seasons are built on this.
* ''Series/TheGreenGreenGrass'': Boycie is talking to the local MP. Boycie thinks it's about him getting a knighthood for a charity donation. The MP thinks it's about gay sex...
* This happened in an episode of ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' in which Joey's dad has a (very indirect) talk with him about some drugs he found in his room. Joey knows nothing about the drugs and thinks his dad found condoms in his room. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Chandler ends up thinking that Monica intends to get breast enlargement surgery, while Monica thinks Chandler is freaking out about her becoming pregnant. As a result, Chandler barges in and asks that Monica not change at all - she responds that not only her breasts will swell (as a result of pregnancy) but also her hands and feet as well. They talk for a bit, getting more and more confused, until eventually Rachel mentions the baby and they realize what the other was talking about.
** On another episode, Rachel reads a book about female empowerment that refers to women's power as their "wind", which is constantly stolen by men. Ross asks her if she's ready to go to the movies and she says no, she will not let him steal her wind. Ross hasn't read the book and has no clue what she's talking about.
-->'''Ross:'''Excuse me, your, uh, your wind?
-->'''Rachel:'''Yes, my wind. [[AccidentalInnuendo How do you expect me to grow if you won't let me blow?]]
-->'''Ross''':''(nervous)'' Y-you know I don't...I don't have a problem with that.
* On one episode of ''Series/JustShootMe'', Maya gets Elliot a game system for his birthday, while RecurringCharacter Persky got him sex toys as a gag. Unbeknownst to either of them, Dennis has switched the two gifts. Thus, Elliot interprets Maya's invitation to play a few games as her wanting to engage in S&M (saying that she's going to beat him and make him cry certainly doesn't clear things up any), while Persky thinks Elliot wants to do the same.
* One skit done by ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' has Key and Peele texting each other, with Key mistaking Peele's text for rude and apathetic, when Peele mistakes Key's texts for calm and casual. As this escalates, Key begins thinking they're starting a fight, while Peele believes they're going to the bar.
-->'''Key''': ''(angrily)'' You wanna go--\\
'''Peele''': "--Right now"? Hmm. Guess I could do that.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Stannis talks to Shireen about having to make a difficult choice and needing her help. She assumes that he needs a pep-talk and supports him, but he tells her that she has no idea what he's actually talking about. He's apologizing for his intent to sacrifice her to R'hllor.
* During the
''Series/ThirtyRock'', in an episode "Imperfect Harmony" of ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', Henry is trying to decide between exploring his feelings for Eliza or staying where Liz was having trouble with his girlfriend Julia, while Raj is trying to decide on her boyfriend and Jenna was thinking of getting an ImportantHaircut. More a song for karaoke night.
-->'''Raj''': Have
jab at Jenna's self-centeredness than anything:
-->'''Jenna''': Liz,
you decided what you're seem really stressed out. You want to talk about what's going to do?\\
'''Henry''': No. The truth is
on?\\
'''Liz''':
I have never felt more conflicted in my life. On there one hand there's this...complicated, beautiful but let's be honest, slightly dangerous option.just hope it's not a mistake.\\
'''Raj''': Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani.'''Jenna''': Well maybe it is, but you have to listen to your heart.\\
'''Henry''': Exactly. And I don't know if I can pull '''Liz''': Why meddle with something that one off. And then there's this warm, safe familiar option that feels very non-threatening and *looks at a picture of Julia*...easy.was great?\\
'''Jenna''': Oh Liz, it'll grow back.
\\
'''Raj''': "Uptown Girl", '''Liz''': What?\\
'''Jenna''': We're talking about my hair, right?
** Jack prides himself on his ability to hold two conversations in his office, one with the person in the office and one with the person on the phone,
by Billy Joel?\\
'''Henry''': The thing is, Raj, I've
giving a response that answers both questions. In one episode, he does this with Liz, informing her beforehand that he can only give advice that works for both conversations. In another, he walks one romantic interest to the elevator as another (who is unaware of the first) arrives in the adjacent car. He addresses them both:
-->'''Jack''': 'Aloha' means hello and goodbye. So, aloha.
-->'''Nancy''' and '''Avery''', in unison: What?
** One episode revealed Tracy had never heard of the Google search engine and had
been doing "Uptown Girl" my entire life. And a part of me, a big part of me wants to try using "google" as an UnusualEuphemism for [[ADateWithRosiePalms something different, something out of my range. else]]. Cue flashback:
-->'''Tracy''': Liz Lemon, you mind if
I like Hollaback Girl more than I should.\\
'''Raj''': Its a great song.\\
'''Henry''': I may have even grow to love it. And even though its scary, and uncertain and several people in this office have performed it on other occassions...\\
'''Raj''': I'm told two different people did it at last year's party.\\
'''Henry''' Two...? Still, I would never forgive
google myself if in your office?\\
'''Liz''': Sure, Tracy!\\
'''Tracy''': Can
I didn't try. I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna go for it, thank use your computer?\\
'''Liz''': How else are
you Raj.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' often uses this trope.
** A memorable example occurred when Harry realized Tommy had grown taller than him. So they went to an enlargement clinic, not realizing, of course, that it was a penis enlargement clinic. HilarityEnsues.
-->'''Tommy''': So he used to be bigger than me, but then my aunt realized that I'm the bigger one now. He can't stand it. He makes me measure him like five times a day.
** In another episode, Harry's pet from the Home Planet came to Earth as a human and destroyed one of Sally's shoes. Meanwhile, Don thinks that Sally is pregnant.
-->'''Dick''': ''[on the phone about Sally's shoes]'' Well, it's my sister's problem, why don't you talk to her! ''[hangs up]'' So Don, what brings you here?\\
'''Don''': Sally's... "problem".\\
'''Dick''': Oh, it's no big deal. It's just
going to cost me a lot of money, that's all.\\
'''Don''': Do you know who's responsible?\\
'''Dick''': Of course. Harry watched the whole thing happen. His best friend did it.
do it?
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
** In another episode, Harry and Nina started dating after he took her "Disharmony," Harmony comes to the dentist to get her wisdom teeth out. Meanwhile, Harry hears about the tooth fairy and decides to leave Nina some money under her pillow for the removed wisdom teeth. Nina finds it just as they're about to have sex:
-->'''Nina''': What's this?\\
'''Harry''': Oh, you weren't supposed to find that 'til tomorrow morning!\\
'''Nina''': You left me twenty bucks?\\
'''Harry''': Well, that's the going rate, isn't it?\\
'''Nina''': GOING RATE?!\\
'''Harry''': Well, yeah! Five bucks a pop! That seems pretty reasonable to me!
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' does the equivalent of moving from Newtonian Physics to Quantum Mechanics to this trope. About a third of the episodes from later seasons are built on this.
* ''Series/TheGreenGreenGrass'': Boycie is talking to the local MP. Boycie thinks it's about him getting a knighthood for a charity donation. The MP thinks it's about gay sex...
* This happened
visit Cordelia in an episode of ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' in which Joey's dad has a (very indirect) talk with him about some drugs he found in his room. Joey knows nothing about the drugs and thinks his dad found condoms in his room. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Chandler ends up thinking that Monica intends to get breast enlargement surgery, while Monica thinks Chandler is freaking out about her becoming pregnant. As a result, Chandler barges in and asks that Monica not change at all - she responds that not only her breasts will swell (as a result of pregnancy) but also her hands and feet as well. They talk for a bit, getting more and more confused, until eventually Rachel mentions the baby and they realize what the other was talking about.
** On another episode, Rachel reads a book about female empowerment that refers to women's power as their "wind", which is constantly stolen by men. Ross asks her if she's ready to go to the movies and she says no, she will not let him steal her wind. Ross
LA. Cordelia hasn't read the book seen Harmony since graduation, and has no clue what she's talking about.
-->'''Ross:'''Excuse me, your, uh, your wind?
-->'''Rachel:'''Yes, my wind. [[AccidentalInnuendo How do you expect me to grow if you won't let me blow?]]
-->'''Ross''':''(nervous)'' Y-you know I don't...I don't have a problem with that.
* On one episode of ''Series/JustShootMe'', Maya gets Elliot a game system for his birthday, while RecurringCharacter Persky got him sex toys as a gag. Unbeknownst to either of them, Dennis has switched the two gifts. Thus, Elliot interprets Maya's invitation to play a few games as her wanting to engage in S&M (saying that she's going to beat him and make him cry certainly
doesn't clear things know she's a vampire. So when she wakes up any), while Persky to Harmony lurking in her bedroom, and Harmony apologizes for her "urges," well... Cordelia thinks Elliot wants to do she's telling Harmony it's okay she's a lesbian, while Harmony is apologizing for nearly killing Cordelia.
** In
the same.
* One skit done by ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' has Key
episode "Fredless", Fred runs to Lorne, TheEmpath, for help after panicking and Peele texting each other, with Key mistaking Peele's text running away from her parents, who have been looking for rude her for years. Lorne says something about "those monsters" being after her, and apathetic, when Peele both she and the audience are led to think he means her parents... [[spoiler: Nope, turns out she was being followed by ''literal'' monsters, in the form of demons from what appeared to be just a bit of b-plot - her parents have nothing but good intentions]]. Interestingly, given how Lorne's powers seem to work, it seems likely that ''he'' wasn't entirely sure what the specific threat was, just that something dangerous was after her.
** Happens in a more comedic way in "Carpe Noctem", in which a man pulls GrandTheftMe on Angel himself - Cordelia tells him to talk to Fred about her crush on him, and because of her [[GenderBlenderName gender blender nickname]], he assumes Angel is gay, and later
mistakes Key's texts Wesley for calm and casual. As this escalates, Key begins thinking they're starting a fight, while Peele believes the "Fred" she spoke of. He also initially gets the wrong idea when Cordelia says they're going to the bar.
-->'''Key''': ''(angrily)'' You wanna go--\\
'''Peele''': "--Right now"? Hmm. Guess I could do that.
"the hotel" together.



* In an episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'', there is an episode where they find the remains of a female victim who was a competitive eater. They get info that she was seen in an apartment often in the company of overweight men. Booth and Sweets interview her husband. He tells how proud he was of her and that she was so good he was able to quit his job. He tells how she could unhinge her her jaw and had no gag reflex. He even saw her once make "a foot-long wiener disappear". Booth and Sweets are shocked until they learn she was a competitive eater NOT a prostitute.
* In ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'', when Jerri and Noblet discuss Jellineck's car accident, which they both feel guilty about. Talking about "[[IHaveThisFriend the person responsible]]", Jerri thinks Noblet knows she was the one driving the car and Noblet thinks Jerri knows he was there and ran off. They realize when Noblet refers to "the person" as "he".
* One episode of ''Series/SisterSister'' had a genes/jeans confusion. They're Korean.
* ''Series/ICarly'': In ''iEnrage Gibby'', when Carly is talking to Mr. Klemish, She thinks they're talking about a bad review of Spencer's sculptures, while Mr. Klemish thinks they're talking about Spencer's fake death.
* Dear God, ''all the time'' on ''Series/{{Coupling}}''. Notable examples include: Sally thinking Patrick's girlfriend is stepping out on him with Jeff, while Patrick's girlfriend (who's bisexual and in favor of an open relationship) thinks Sally is hitting on her; Patrick flirting with Jane's therapist, with each one believing the other is gay; and the telephone mess involving a phony bar full of Australians and "Giselle, the French bitch" that leads to Susan and Steve's break-up.
** One favorite is when the guys are having a conversation with Sally's date. He's a butcher, but Sally told everyone he's a surgeon, so they are all shocked when he explains that she's one of his regulars and even more shocked when he states, "Well, you know how it goes. Just a few good cuts and you have the woman of your dreams."
* In ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' near the start of season 6, Carlos and Lynette have a conversation where Carlos is talking about Lynette having breast implants while Lynette thinks he is talking about her pregnancy that she is trying to keep a secret from him, no MistakenConfession resulted though.
** An earlier example (Season 5): Lynette thinks that Tom is using the warehouse where his group rehearse to have sex with another woman. It actually happens that one of his sons is using said warehouse for that. When Lynette confronts Tom, Tom thinks that he's speaking about their son, but after Tom tells her about it, Lynette realizes in horror that his son is having sex with an older woman(much to Tom's shock, as well).
* ''Series/GroundedForLife'': Uncle Eddie is confronting Lily's boyfriend because he thinks he got her pregnant. It turns out they just got tattoos together.
* This type of conversation happens between Charlie and Mac in an episode of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. Charlie thinks they are talking about Mac's murderous activities and Mac thinks they are talking about the person he is dating.



* An episode of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', "The Three Nights of the Hunter Job", has a very brief example. The mark for the episode, a journalist, has been steered towards a politician to ask about an alleged government project called "Destiny". The Destiny that he thinks she means is his favourite stripper.
* ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'': Michael listens to his daughter and her boyfriend talk about mini-golf. He thinks they're talking about sex, much to his horror.
* ''Series/QueerAsFolk'':
** Subverted between Brian and Justin in an episode. They are both aware of the fact that their discussion concerns two different things at once (namely, whether Brian should accept Justin back on his firm, and whether they should resume their relationship).
** In another episode, Brian and Michael are very upset about the night before; Brian because Babylon was closed down and Michael because he found out that Melanie and Lindsey had broken up months ago without telling anyone. HilarityEnsues:
--> '''Brian:''' "How could you eat after what happened last night?"\\
'''Michael:''' "You're telling me! Steam's still coming out of my ears."\\
'''Brian:''' "My heart's broken. My soul - crushed."\\
'''Michael:''' "How do you think I feel?"\\
'''Brian:''' "The insensitivity. You know, it's amoral, that's what it is."\\
'''Michael:''' "You're telling me."\\
'''Brian:''' "How could they do this?"\\
'''Michael:''' "You were right. Never trust munchers."\\
'''Brian:''' "Munchers?"\\
'''Michael:''' "Mel and Linds!"\\
'''Brian:''' "What the hell have they got to do with it?"\\
'''Michael:''' "Who do you think's responsible?"\\
'''Brian:''' "For closing Babylon?"
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** In "Sorry, Bro", Marshall needed a new pair of pants and Lily brought them to the workplace, only to run into Barney. Barney being Barney assumed she was there to give Marshall something else. Their conversation ends with Barney thinking that Lily wanted ''him'' to give Marshall that "something else."
** Also in "Mary the Paralegal", when Ted and Mary are retiring to their hotel room. Mary, who really ''is'' a paralegal, has no idea that Ted thinks she's a prostitute hired by Barney:
--> '''Ted:''' I feel kinda like [[Film/PrettyWoman Richard Gere]].\\
'''Mary:''' Not shy about your looks, are you?\\
'''Ted:''' You know, Mary, I've never, ah, done this before.\\
'''Mary:''' Done what?\\
'''Ted:''' You know...been "on a date".\\
'''Mary:''' Right...wait, you're kidding, right?\\
'''Ted:''' No. Why, is that so odd?\\
'''Mary:''' Well, Ted, I've been going on dates since I was fifteen.\\
'''Ted:''' ''[appalled]'' God, you were just a kid! Well, look, let's just...have a few drinks...we'll relax...\\
'''Mary:''' Yeah, that sounds great. I had clients riding me all day long.\\
'''Ted:''' Must be tough.\\
'''Mary:''' Yeah, I mean, this one guy just wouldn't leave me alone. I mean, talk about anal!\\
''[Ted is horrified]''
** And again in "I'm Not That Guy", when an interviewer from an adult magazine mistakenly calls Ted instead of the porn star who shares Ted's name. Ted thinks he's being interviewed for an architecture magazine:
--> '''Ted:''' Wow, I've been reading your magazine since I was a little kid!\\
'''Interviewer:''' Oh. ...That's a bummer. Anyway, I'm calling to interview you about your latest project.\\
'''Ted:''' Well, I don't want to say it's ''my'' project--I'll be working with at least three partners.\\
'''Interviewer:''' Oh. Group scene. Always fun.\\
'''Ted:''' Yeah, yeah, I'm really looking forward to it. I mean, I know they're gonna ride me pretty hard, but they're great guys...\\
'''Interviewer:''' ''Guys?'' Whoa, there's a scoop!\\
''[cut to Ted at the bar later, having realized his mistake]''\\
'''Ted:''' That interview went on for twenty more minutes.\\
'''Lily:''' ''[reading from the interview]'' "This project was so demanding, I can't tell you how many nights I spent bent over a table."
* The ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode "My Own Private Practice Guy". JD thinks Dr Cox is jealous of the time he's spending with Dr Fischer - he actually hates Fischer for having an affair with Jordan.
-->'''Dr Fischer''': But you've gotta know, I never made the first move.
-->'''JD''': That's a lie! You bought me a latte!
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'', in an episode where Liz was having trouble with her boyfriend and Jenna was thinking of getting an ImportantHaircut. More a jab at Jenna's self-centeredness than anything:
-->'''Jenna''': Liz, you seem really stressed out. You want to talk about what's going on?\\
'''Liz''': I just hope it's not a mistake.\\
'''Jenna''': Well maybe it is, but you have to listen to your heart.\\
'''Liz''': Why meddle with something that was great?\\
'''Jenna''': Oh Liz, it'll grow back.\\
'''Liz''': What?\\
'''Jenna''': We're talking about my hair, right?
** Jack prides himself on his ability to hold two conversations in his office, one with the person in the office and one with the person on the phone, by giving a response that answers both questions. In one episode, he does this with Liz, informing her beforehand that he can only give advice that works for both conversations. In another, he walks one romantic interest to the elevator as another (who is unaware of the first) arrives in the adjacent car. He addresses them both:
-->'''Jack''': 'Aloha' means hello and goodbye. So, aloha.
-->'''Nancy''' and '''Avery''', in unison: What?
** One episode revealed Tracy had never heard of the Google search engine and had been using "google" as an UnusualEuphemism for [[ADateWithRosiePalms something else]]. Cue flashblack:
-->'''Tracy''': Liz Lemon, you mind if I google myself in your office?\\
'''Liz''': Sure, Tracy!\\
'''Tracy''': Can I use your computer?\\
'''Liz''': How else are you going to do it?
* ''Series/ModernFamily'':
** Claire tries to encourage Haley to break up with her dimbulb boyfriend Dylan, using an analogous couple in the soap opera they're watching. Haley thinks Claire's talking about her own marriage, which happened to start out the same way.
** Also happened when Luke read Haley's diary on the computer, but Claire thought he had stumbled across pornographic pictures.
** And again, when Gloria is trying to apologize to Claire for accidentally sending a rude email, and Claire is talking about the kids walking in on her and Phil having sex. By the end of it, they think Gloria is offering a threesome with them.
** After Jay accidentally insults a pair of vacation acquaintances, Gloria tells them he's going senile. Then they try to talk to Manny about it, beginning with "We hear he's a little off his game," which gets Manny thinking they're talking about Jay's golf skills ("He does swear a lot. The worst is when he goes in the woods.").
** And again, after Phil sticks an advertisement for his business (selling houses) on his van, that makes his wife and Haley [[MistakenForProstitute look like hookers]], and gets a lot of phone calls as a result: "Well, I think the carpeting matches the drapes; I haven't checked in a while. Both of them? Wow. But I guess that makes sense if you're planning to flip one."
* The ''Series/SpinCity'' episode "The Great Pretender" has Mike being named sexiest man in New York City and finding himself unable to perform after a mistimed comment from the Mayor about not being able to get away from the public eye. He finally asks the Mayor if he had any "problems" when running for office, and he tells him about the time he took his wife on a romantic getaway... only to have his golf game run out the window. Mike ends up running with it and ends up getting great advice, though the Mayor remains oblivious throughout the conversation.
-->'''MAYOR:''' You a golfer, Flaherty?
-->'''MIKE:''' Ah, used to be. Haven't, ah, played much in a while. I'm, ah, thinking of taking it up again.
-->'''MAYOR:''' Well, you should. Best six hours of your life.
-->'''MIKE:''' *beat* I think that might be a little optimistic, sir.
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': Marsha has seen Tim kissing his girlfriend, believing him to already in a relationship with Daisy. When she confronts him about this, however, Tim --unaware of this -- believes her to be talking about a birthday cake he's arranged for Daisy's birthday. [[HilarityEnsues Misunderstandings ensue]]:
--> '''Marsha''': If you don't tell her... I will.
--> '''Tim''': But... you'll spoil the ''surprise''.
--> '''Marsha''': ''[Appalled]'' You ''bastard''!
* Thanks to Sir Humphrey's SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and overall ObstructiveBureaucrat demeanour, a lot of the conversations he has with Jim Hacker in ''Series/YesMinister'' fall here, but one particularly notable example concerns the time he attempted to inform the Minister that he was leaving the department because he'd received a promotion, only to manage to convince Hacker through his pompous inability to clearly express himself that he was dying.
* In ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', Eddie gives Richie his birthday present; a slip of paper with the words "Madame Swish, 3.30" written on it. It's a horse that Eddie's received a good tip on and is planning to put money on. Richie thinks it's referring to... [[TheOldestProfession something else]]. The conversation gets... confused.
* This trope is the basis of the ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' game "Press Conference", where one of the players plays a certain person holding a press conference, but has no clue who he is or what he's done, whereas everyone else playing reporters does, and must try to clue him in on it.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Done for rare dramatic effect. Buffy and Xander go to talk to Spike, who seems distracted and occasionally says things that don't make sense. Since he's been a bit nuts since getting his soul back, we don't think anything of it. Then we see that Willow is also there, having unconsciously cast a spell that prevents her and the other Scoobies from sensing each other at all.
** Also played for drama when Buffy discovers her little sister Dawn isn't what she appears to be. To Buffy it sounds like Dawn is making an ImpliedDeathThreat, whereas [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry she's just snarking at her big sister as usual]].
** In the Season 2 episode "Phases", Xander confronts Larry the bully about his secret, which Xander can understand because he's been there before. Xander's talking about being a werewolf. Larry's talking about being a closeted homosexual. Later on in the episode, Buffy and Xander chat about the day's events, and Xander says he'll have trouble ever looking at him the same way again. Buffy's talking about the werewolf, Oz, but Xander's talking about Larry.
** When Willow starts discussing Buffy's secret affair with Angel in Season 3, Xander immediately deflects the discussion to ''their'' sordid tryst. This proves to be consistent behavior between Willow and Xander throughout the season; the stress of being caught cheating is so overwhelming, they keep blurting out psuedo-confessions to anyone in sight.



* One episode of ''Series/FamilyMatters'' had Harriette complaining about her husband Carl's bland barbecue technique, so she left him a magazine article on barbecue recipes. Carl thought she wanted him to read the "Rate Your Mate" article a few pages over. The scenario [[DoubleEntendre climaxed]] in a hilarious [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCPx01lIFxI conversation]] packed to the brim with double entendres where Harriette was talking about barbecue but Carl thought she was talking about their sex life:
-->'''Carl:''' I read your magazine article. And if you had a problem, why didn't you just come to me?\\
'''Harriette:''' Oh, Carl. I'm sorry. I was just trying to be helpful. I thought it might be fun to try something different.\\
'''Carl:''' Oh, so you're saying that I'm boring.\\
'''Harriette:''' Not you, just your technique.\\
'''Carl:''' Harriette!\\
'''Harriette:''' Well, what's the big deal? I talked it over with Laura, and she agrees!\\
'''Carl:''' You talked it over with Laura?!\\
'''Harriette:''' Sure, she's part of the family! Carl, it's just that you do the same thing over and over, all summer long, every single Saturday.\\
'''Carl:''' Well, excuse me, but I think once a week is pretty darn good considering my back problem! And besides, you can help, you know.\\
'''Harriette:''' Well, I would, but you always want to be in control! I thought if you got your act together, we could invite the neighbors over!\\
'''Carl:''' ''Invite the neighbors over?!''\\
'''Harriette:''' Well, why not? It's not like it's a big secret! They know what we're doing! They're doing the same thing, only better!\\
'''Carl:''' Just ''how'' do you know that?\\
'''Harriette:''' Because Marge gave Ted the article and he's cooking up a storm. You should taste his burgers!\\
'''Carl:''' What's that supposed to mean?\\
'''Harriette:''' What I said. You should taste his burgers when he barbecues.\\
'''Carl:''' ''(pause)'' Barbecue? We're talking about barbecue here?\\
'''Harriette:''' Yeah. What did you think we were talking about?
* Played for drama between Dov and Chris in the second season of ''Series/RookieBlue'' where they open and honestly promise to compete for everything. Chris merely thinks the conversation is about promotions and so forth. Dov on the other hand, is in love with Chris's girlfriend.

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* One This happened in an episode of ''Series/FamilyMatters'' had Harriette complaining ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' in which Joey's dad has a (very indirect) talk with him about her husband Carl's bland barbecue technique, so she left him a magazine article on barbecue recipes. Carl thought she wanted him to read the "Rate Your Mate" article a few pages over. The scenario [[DoubleEntendre climaxed]] some drugs he found in a hilarious [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCPx01lIFxI conversation]] packed to the brim with double entendres where Harriette was talking his room. Joey knows nothing about barbecue but Carl thought she the drugs and thinks his dad found condoms in his room. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'':
** Frankie Yale will often claim he
was talking "visiting a friend" as a euphemism for an assassination.
** In "Two Boats and a Lifeguard", Nucky takes Owen Sleater aside to question Owen
about their sex life:
-->'''Carl:''' I read your magazine article. And if you had a problem, why didn't you just come to me?\\
'''Harriette:''' Oh, Carl. I'm sorry. I was just trying to be helpful. I thought it might be fun to try something different.\\
'''Carl:''' Oh, so you're saying that I'm boring.\\
'''Harriette:''' Not you, just your technique.\\
'''Carl:''' Harriette!\\
'''Harriette:''' Well, what's the big deal? I talked it over with Laura, and she agrees!\\
'''Carl:''' You talked it over with Laura?!\\
'''Harriette:''' Sure, she's part of the family! Carl, it's just that you do the same thing over and over, all summer long, every single Saturday.\\
'''Carl:''' Well, excuse me, but I think once a week is pretty darn good considering my back problem! And besides, you can help, you know.\\
'''Harriette:''' Well, I would, but you always want to be in control! I thought if you got your act together, we could invite the neighbors over!\\
'''Carl:''' ''Invite the neighbors over?!''\\
'''Harriette:''' Well, why not? It's not like it's a big secret! They know
what we're doing! They're he was doing the same thing, only better!\\
'''Carl:''' Just ''how'' do you know that?\\
'''Harriette:''' Because Marge gave Ted the article and he's cooking up
during a storm. You should taste his burgers!\\
'''Carl:''' What's that
time he was supposed to mean?\\
'''Harriette:''' What I said. You should taste his burgers when
be on duty. Owen says that he barbecues.\\
'''Carl:''' ''(pause)'' Barbecue? We're talking
was visiting an old friend. Nucky pointedly asks if that friend was from Ireland. This causes an OhCrap reaction from Owen, because while he ''did'' visit with (and kill) an acquaintance from Ireland that day, he also had sex with Margaret shortly thereafter and thinks Nucky has found out about barbecue here?\\
'''Harriette:''' Yeah. What did you think we were talking about?
* Played
the latter. Fortunately for drama between Dov Owen, Nucky clarifies that he's asking about the assassination and Chris in Owen gives a sigh of relief when Nucky brings up approaching the second season IRA for a business deal.
* In an episode
of ''Series/RookieBlue'' ''Series/{{Bones}}'', there is an episode where they open find the remains of a female victim who was a competitive eater. They get info that she was seen in an apartment often in the company of overweight men. Booth and honestly promise Sweets interview her husband. He tells how proud he was of her and that she was so good he was able to compete for everything. Chris merely quit his job. He tells how she could unhinge her jaw and had no gag reflex. He even saw her once make "a foot-long wiener disappear". Booth and Sweets are shocked until they learn she was a competitive eater, NOT a prostitute.
* In ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', Eddie gives Richie his birthday present; a slip of paper with the words "Madame Swish, 3.30" written on it. It's a horse that Eddie's received a good tip on and is planning to put money on. Richie
thinks the it's referring to... [[TheOldestProfession something else]]. The conversation is about promotions and so forth. Dov on the other hand, is in love with Chris's girlfriend.gets... confused.



* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
** In "Disharmony," Harmony comes to visit Cordelia in LA. Cordelia hasn't seen Harmony since graduation, and doesn't know she's a vampire. So when she wakes up to Harmony lurking in her bedroom, and Harmony apologizes for her "urges," well... Cordelia thinks she's telling Harmony it's okay she's a lesbian, while Harmony is apologizing for nearly killing Cordelia.
** In the episode "Fredless", Fred runs to Lorne, TheEmpath, for help after panicking and running away from her parents, who have been looking for her for years. Lorne says something about "those monsters" being after her, and both she and the audience are led to think he means her parents... [[spoiler: Nope, turns out she was being followed by ''literal'' monsters, in the form of demons from what appeared to be just a bit of b-plot - her parents have nothing but good intentions]]. Interestingly, given how Lorne's powers seem to work, it seems likely that ''he'' wasn't entirely sure what the specific threat was, just that something dangerous was after her.
** Happens in a more comedic way in "Carpe Noctem", in which a man pulls GrandTheftMe on Angel himself - Cordelia tells him to talk to Fred about her crush on him, and because of her [[GenderBlenderName gender blender nickname]], he assumes Angel is gay, and later mistakes Wesley for the "Fred" she spoke of. He also initially gets the wrong idea when Cordelia says they're going to "the hotel" together.
* In ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' Trevet and Syd wonder if Gage would like Salsa (the dance). After he comes in he claims he loves Salsa, especially on chips.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In "Disharmony," Harmony comes Done for rare dramatic effect. Buffy and Xander go to visit Cordelia in LA. Cordelia hasn't seen Harmony talk to Spike, who seems distracted and occasionally says things that don't make sense. Since he's been a bit nuts since graduation, getting his soul back, we don't think anything of it. Then we see that Willow is also there, having unconsciously cast a spell that prevents her and doesn't know the other Scoobies from sensing each other at all.
** Also played for drama when Buffy discovers her little sister Dawn isn't what she appears to be. To Buffy it sounds like Dawn is making an ImpliedDeathThreat, whereas [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry
she's a vampire. So when she wakes up to Harmony lurking in just snarking at her bedroom, and Harmony apologizes for her "urges," well... Cordelia thinks she's telling Harmony it's okay she's a lesbian, while Harmony is apologizing for nearly killing Cordelia.
big sister as usual]].
** In the Season 2 episode "Fredless", Fred runs to Lorne, TheEmpath, for help after panicking "Phases", Xander confronts Larry the bully about his secret, which Xander can understand because he's been there before. Xander's talking about being a werewolf. Larry's talking about being a closeted homosexual. Later on in the episode, Buffy and running away from her parents, who Xander chat about the day's events, and Xander says he'll have been trouble ever looking for her for years. Lorne says something at him the same way again. Buffy's talking about "those monsters" the werewolf, Oz, but Xander's talking about Larry.
** When Willow starts discussing Buffy's secret affair with Angel in Season 3, Xander immediately deflects the discussion to ''their'' sordid tryst. This proves to be consistent behavior between Willow and Xander throughout the season; the stress of
being after her, and both she and the audience are led to think he means her parents... [[spoiler: Nope, turns caught cheating is so overwhelming, they keep blurting out she was being followed by ''literal'' monsters, psuedo-confessions to anyone in the form of demons from what appeared to be just a bit of b-plot - her parents have nothing but good intentions]]. Interestingly, given how Lorne's powers seem to work, it seems likely that ''he'' wasn't entirely sure what the specific threat was, just that something dangerous was after her.
** Happens in a more comedic way in "Carpe Noctem", in which a man pulls GrandTheftMe on Angel himself - Cordelia tells him to talk to Fred about her crush on him, and because of her [[GenderBlenderName gender blender nickname]], he assumes Angel is gay, and later mistakes Wesley for the "Fred" she spoke of. He also initially gets the wrong idea when Cordelia says they're going to "the hotel" together.
* In ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' Trevet and Syd wonder if Gage would like Salsa (the dance). After he comes in he claims he loves Salsa, especially on chips.
sight.



* Dear God, ''all the time'' on ''Series/{{Coupling}}''. Notable examples include: Sally thinking Patrick's girlfriend is stepping out on him with Jeff, while Patrick's girlfriend (who's bisexual and in favor of an open relationship) thinks Sally is hitting on her; Patrick flirting with Jane's therapist, with each one believing the other is gay; and the telephone mess involving a phony bar full of Australians and "Giselle, the French bitch" that leads to Susan and Steve's break-up.
** One favorite is when the guys are having a conversation with Sally's date. He's a butcher, but Sally told everyone he's a surgeon, so they are all shocked when he explains that she's one of his regulars and even more shocked when he states, "Well, you know how it goes. Just a few good cuts and you have the woman of your dreams."
* In ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' near the start of season 6, Carlos and Lynette have a conversation where Carlos is talking about Lynette having breast implants while Lynette thinks he is talking about her pregnancy that she is trying to keep a secret from him, no MistakenConfession resulted though.
** An earlier example (Season 5): Lynette thinks that Tom is using the warehouse where his group rehearse to have sex with another woman. It actually happens that one of his sons is using said warehouse for that. When Lynette confronts Tom, Tom thinks that he's speaking about their son, but after Tom tells her about it, Lynette realizes in horror that his son is having sex with an older woman(much to Tom's shock, as well).
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': At one point, Dexter is presented with some of his blood slides. He thinks he's been found out, but he doesn't know that the slides were found in [[spoiler: Doakes']] car, so everyone actually thinks ''he's'' the Butcher. The conversation proceeds with Dexter thinking he's confessing, but he is thought to be giving his professional opinion of what the slides are. He learns just in time what's really happening, and avoids revealing the truth.



* ''Series/TheTwoRonnies":
** In the sketch Crossed Lines", the two people are actually having separate conversations on different phones, but you'd be easily forgiven for thinking they were talking to each other most of the time. Can be watched [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6jWCVO38iA here.]]
** Another, similar sketch has two people having separate conversations on a train, whose remarks (one about his wife, the other about his garden) begin to dovetail. Eventually they find themselves talking to each other.
* ''Series/{{Matador|1978}}'' has a rather amusing example. The Varnæs family is talking about Hitler's death, when Misse steps in a mentions a death. The Varnæses asumes she's talking about Hitler too, but it turns out that she's talking about [[spoiler: her husband, Professor Andersen.]]
* Played with, as a technique, in ''Series/{{House}}''. The characters will often hold two conversations simultaneously, seamlessly seguing from Conversation A to Conversation B, replying, and then seguing back to Conversation A. Lather, rinse, and repeat. However, every time, everyone knows what the other person is talking about, as Conversation A is about the medical case, and Conversation B is usually the cast social dynamics.
* An episode of the Russian medical sitcom ''Interns'' has two of [[DrJerk Bykov]]'s interns: Lobanov and Romanenko, get together for a drink. Why? Lobanov overheard Bykov and Kisegach (Romanenko's mother and the hospital administrator) discussing her pregnancy with Bykov's child, which Romanenko doesn't know about. Meanwhile, Romanenko is asked by Lobanov's ex-wife Olga to tell Lobanov that she's pregnant from the one night when they got back together. They start talking about kids and how great they are, trying to lead up to the big news. Romanenko ends up dropping the bomb first. Lobanov is too shocked to do the same and leaves. Later, he calls Romanenko on the phone and tells him.
* On ''Series/TheNanny'', Brighton comes home from the first day of JuniorHigh never wanting to go back. Fran asks him why, and he says that he noticed in the gym locker room that he's smaller than everybody. Fran thinks he's referring to penis size. It's revealed later in the episode he's talking about his height, when he begins to talk about his friends that are 5 feet and one that is 6 feet. Awkwardness ensues when Fran tells Maxwell, who then has an "little talk" with him -- well not little because the talk may grow later.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': At one point, Dexter is presented with some of his blood slides. He thinks he's been found out, but he doesn't know that the slides were found in [[spoiler: Doakes']] car, so everyone actually thinks ''he's'' the Butcher. The conversation proceeds with Dexter thinking he's confessing, but he is thought to be giving his professional opinion of what the slides are. He learns just in time what's really happening, and avoids revealing the truth.
* ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]] (US)'': In the episode "Andy's Ancestry," Darryl and Nellie watch (but can't hear) Pam and Jim having a serious discussion on the other side of a glass wall. Darryl knows that they're talking about a potential new business opportunity that Jim had been keeping a secret from Pam, but Nellie assumes Jim is having an affair:
-->'''Nellie''': You know what this is all about.\\
'''Darryl''': Yeah. You too, huh?\\
'''Nellie''': Yeah. ''[watching Jim]'' Go on, spill it. Tell her all the gory details, you snake!\\
'''Darryl''': Hey! He deserves this. And he said I could get in on it too. Yeah.\\
'''Nellie''': Ohhh, Pam, nooo! Oh, I can't bear to watch this.
* Twice in ''Series/TheThinBlueLine'', both involving Goody. The first is when Fowler accidentally gets the gift of lingerie he'd meant for Habib, and the second is when he tries to decide whether or not to go to an illegal lock-in.

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* ''Series/TheTwoRonnies":
** In
One episode of ''Series/FamilyMatters'' had Harriette complaining about her husband Carl's bland barbecue technique, so she left him a magazine article on barbecue recipes. Carl thought she wanted him to read the sketch Crossed Lines", the two people are actually having separate conversations on different phones, but you'd be easily forgiven for thinking they were talking to each other most of the time. Can be watched "Rate Your Mate" article a few pages over. The scenario [[DoubleEntendre climaxed]] in a hilarious [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6jWCVO38iA here.]]
** Another, similar sketch has two people having separate conversations on a train, whose remarks (one about his wife,
com/watch?v=vCPx01lIFxI conversation]] packed to the other about his garden) begin to dovetail. Eventually they find themselves talking to each other.
* ''Series/{{Matador|1978}}'' has a rather amusing example. The Varnæs family is
brim with double entendres where Harriette was talking about Hitler's death, when Misse steps in a mentions a death. The Varnæses asumes she's barbecue but Carl thought she was talking about Hitler too, but it turns out that she's talking about [[spoiler: her husband, Professor Andersen.]]
* Played with, as
their sex life:
-->'''Carl:''' I read your magazine article. And if you had
a technique, in ''Series/{{House}}''. The characters will often hold two conversations simultaneously, seamlessly seguing from Conversation A problem, why didn't you just come to Conversation B, replying, and then seguing back to Conversation A. Lather, rinse, and repeat. However, every time, everyone knows what the other person is talking about, as Conversation A is about the medical case, and Conversation B is usually the cast social dynamics.
* An episode of the Russian medical sitcom ''Interns'' has two of [[DrJerk Bykov]]'s interns: Lobanov and Romanenko, get together for a drink. Why? Lobanov overheard Bykov and Kisegach (Romanenko's mother and the hospital administrator) discussing her pregnancy with Bykov's child, which Romanenko doesn't know about. Meanwhile, Romanenko is asked by Lobanov's ex-wife Olga to tell Lobanov that she's pregnant from the one night when they got back together. They start talking about kids and how great they are,
me?\\
'''Harriette:''' Oh, Carl. I'm sorry. I was just
trying to lead up to the big news. Romanenko ends up dropping the bomb first. Lobanov is too shocked to do the same and leaves. Later, he calls Romanenko on the phone and tells him.
* On ''Series/TheNanny'', Brighton comes home from the first day of JuniorHigh never wanting to go back. Fran asks him why, and he says that he noticed in the gym locker room that he's smaller than everybody. Fran thinks he's referring to penis size. It's revealed later in the episode he's talking about his height, when he begins to talk about his friends that are 5 feet and one that is 6 feet. Awkwardness ensues when Fran tells Maxwell, who then has an "little talk" with him -- well not little because the talk may grow later.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': At one point, Dexter is presented with some of his blood slides. He thinks he's been found out, but he doesn't know that the slides were found in [[spoiler: Doakes']] car, so everyone actually thinks ''he's'' the Butcher. The conversation proceeds with Dexter thinking he's confessing, but he is
be helpful. I thought it might be fun to be giving his professional opinion of what the slides are. He learns just in time what's really happening, and avoids revealing the truth.
* ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]] (US)'': In the episode "Andy's Ancestry," Darryl and Nellie watch (but can't hear) Pam and Jim having a serious discussion on the other side of a glass wall. Darryl knows that they're talking about a potential new business opportunity that Jim had been keeping a secret from Pam, but Nellie assumes Jim is having an affair:
-->'''Nellie''': You know what this is all about.
try something different.\\
'''Darryl''': Yeah. You too, huh?\\
'''Nellie''': Yeah. ''[watching Jim]'' Go on, spill it. Tell her all the gory details, you snake!\\
'''Darryl''': Hey! He deserves this. And he said I could get in on it too. Yeah.
'''Carl:''' Oh, so you're saying that I'm boring.\\
'''Nellie''': Ohhh, Pam, nooo! Oh, I can't bear to watch this.
* Twice in ''Series/TheThinBlueLine'', both involving Goody. The first is when Fowler accidentally gets
'''Harriette:''' Not you, just your technique.\\
'''Carl:''' Harriette!\\
'''Harriette:''' Well, what's
the gift of lingerie he'd meant for Habib, big deal? I talked it over with Laura, and she agrees!\\
'''Carl:''' You talked it over with Laura?!\\
'''Harriette:''' Sure, she's part of
the second family! Carl, it's just that you do the same thing over and over, all summer long, every single Saturday.\\
'''Carl:''' Well, excuse me, but I think once a week
is pretty darn good considering my back problem! And besides, you can help, you know.\\
'''Harriette:''' Well, I would, but you always want to be in control! I thought if you got your act together, we could invite the neighbors over!\\
'''Carl:''' ''Invite the neighbors over?!''\\
'''Harriette:''' Well, why not? It's not like it's a big secret! They know what we're doing! They're doing the same thing, only better!\\
'''Carl:''' Just ''how'' do you know that?\\
'''Harriette:''' Because Marge gave Ted the article and he's cooking up a storm. You should taste his burgers!\\
'''Carl:''' What's that supposed to mean?\\
'''Harriette:''' What I said. You should taste his burgers
when he tries to decide whether or not to go to an illegal lock-in.barbecues.\\
'''Carl:''' ''(pause)'' Barbecue? We're talking about barbecue here?\\
'''Harriette:''' Yeah. What did you think we were talking about?



* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'':
** Earl is expressing concern about Randy, who has run off to prove he can make it on his own. Catalina is expressing concern about Mr. Turtle, who has gotten lost after Joy accidentally drives to the Crab Shack without him. HilarityEnsues as Earl thinks Catalina is talking about Randy, too.
** In the arc where Earl is in a coma, and fantasizing that his life is a perfect DomCom from TheFifties, Earl and Randy do some OutOfContextEavesdropping on Billie and Joy. They come to the conclusion that Billie is talking to Joy about a gigolo that she's hired...when in actuality, she's referring to an ''obstetrician.''
* In ''Series/TheWire'', the Major Crimes Unit overhears Cheese on the wire talking about shooting a 'dawg' and feeling remorse about it. They're ecstatic that Cheese is so openly talking about a murder after having exercised caution for so long a period of time. Bunk and [=McNulty=] end up interrogating Cheese, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhIJkCrRSbE thinking that 'Dawg' is someone's nickname]]. They show him photos of dead bodies and ask him which one is 'Dawg'. Cheese eventually tells them where he left 'Dawg' behind and says he's still there, that is, unless the SPCA has gotten there first. This earns a FlatWhat from [=McNulty=]. We cut to Cedric Daniels and Rhonda Pearlman watching, realizing that they've gotten Cheese to crack. Then Bunk and [=McNulty=] step out.
-->'''Cedric Daniels:''' Tell me something good.
-->'''Bunk Moreland:''' We're charging him.
-->'''Jimmy [=McNulty=]:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Improper disposal of an animal. Discharging a firearm in city limits]].
-->'''Bunk Moreland:''' Animal cruelty if you wanna run wild with it....

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* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'':
** Earl
''Series/{{Frasier}}'' does the equivalent of moving from Newtonian Physics to Quantum Mechanics to this trope. About a third of the episodes from later seasons are built on this.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Chandler ends up thinking that Monica intends to get breast enlargement surgery, while Monica thinks Chandler
is expressing concern freaking out about Randy, who has run off to prove he can make it on his own. Catalina is expressing concern her becoming pregnant. As a result, Chandler barges in and asks that Monica not change at all - she responds that not only her breasts will swell (as a result of pregnancy) but also her hands and feet as well. They talk for a bit, getting more and more confused, until eventually Rachel mentions the baby and they realize what the other was talking about.
** On another episode, Rachel reads a book
about Mr. Turtle, who has gotten lost after Joy accidentally drives female empowerment that refers to women's power as their "wind", which is constantly stolen by men. Ross asks her if she's ready to go to the Crab Shack without him. HilarityEnsues as Earl movies and she says no, she will not let him steal her wind. Ross hasn't read the book and has no clue what she's talking about.
-->'''Ross:'''Excuse me, your, uh, your wind?
-->'''Rachel:'''Yes, my wind. [[AccidentalInnuendo How do you expect me to grow if you won't let me blow?]]
-->'''Ross''':''(nervous)'' Y-you know I don't...I don't have a problem with that.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Stannis talks to Shireen about having to make a difficult choice and needing her help. She assumes that he needs a pep-talk and supports him, but he tells her that she has no idea what he's actually talking about. He's apologizing for his intent to sacrifice her to R'hllor.
* ''Series/TheGreenGreenGrass'': Boycie is talking to the local MP. Boycie
thinks Catalina it's about him getting a knighthood for a charity donation. The MP thinks it's about gay sex...
* ''Series/GroundedForLife'': Uncle Eddie
is confronting Lily's boyfriend because he thinks he got her pregnant. It turns out they just got tattoos together.
* Played with, as a technique, in ''Series/{{House}}''. The characters will often hold two conversations simultaneously, seamlessly seguing from Conversation A to Conversation B, replying, and then seguing back to Conversation A. Lather, rinse, and repeat. However, every time, everyone knows what the other person is talking about, as Conversation A is about the medical case, and Conversation B is usually the cast social dynamics.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** In "Sorry, Bro", Marshall needed a new pair of pants and Lily brought them to the workplace, only to run into Barney. Barney being Barney assumed she was there to give Marshall something else. Their conversation ends with Barney thinking that Lily wanted ''him'' to give Marshall that "something else."
** Also in "Mary the Paralegal", when Ted and Mary are retiring to their hotel room. Mary, who really ''is'' a paralegal, has no idea that Ted thinks she's a prostitute hired by Barney:
--> '''Ted:''' I feel kinda like [[Film/PrettyWoman Richard Gere]].\\
'''Mary:''' Not shy about your looks, are you?\\
'''Ted:''' You know, Mary, I've never, ah, done this before.\\
'''Mary:''' Done what?\\
'''Ted:''' You know...been "on a date".\\
'''Mary:''' Right...wait, you're kidding, right?\\
'''Ted:''' No. Why, is that so odd?\\
'''Mary:''' Well, Ted, I've been going on dates since I was fifteen.\\
'''Ted:''' ''[appalled]'' God, you were just a kid! Well, look, let's just...have a few drinks...we'll relax...\\
'''Mary:''' Yeah, that sounds great. I had clients riding me all day long.\\
'''Ted:''' Must be tough.\\
'''Mary:''' Yeah, I mean, this one guy just wouldn't leave me alone. I mean, talk about anal!\\
''[Ted is horrified]''
** And again in "I'm Not That Guy", when an interviewer from an adult magazine mistakenly calls Ted instead of the porn star who shares Ted's name. Ted thinks he's being interviewed for an architecture magazine:
--> '''Ted:''' Wow, I've been reading your magazine since I was a little kid!\\
'''Interviewer:''' Oh. ...That's a bummer. Anyway, I'm calling to interview you about your latest project.\\
'''Ted:''' Well, I don't want to say it's ''my'' project--I'll be working with at least three partners.\\
'''Interviewer:''' Oh. Group scene. Always fun.\\
'''Ted:''' Yeah, yeah, I'm really looking forward to it. I mean, I know they're gonna ride me pretty hard, but they're great guys...\\
'''Interviewer:''' ''Guys?'' Whoa, there's a scoop!\\
''[cut to Ted at the bar later, having realized his mistake]''\\
'''Ted:''' That interview went on for twenty more minutes.\\
'''Lily:''' ''[reading from the interview]'' "This project was so demanding, I can't tell you how many nights I spent bent over a table."
* ''Series/ICarly'': In ''iEnrage Gibby'', when Carly is talking to Mr. Klemish, she thinks they're
talking about Randy, too.
** In the arc where Earl is in
a coma, and fantasizing that his life is a perfect DomCom from TheFifties, Earl and Randy do some OutOfContextEavesdropping on Billie and Joy. They come to the conclusion that Billie is bad review of Spencer's sculptures, while Mr. Klemish thinks they're talking to Joy about Spencer's fake death.
* An episode of the Russian medical sitcom ''Interns'' has two of [[DrJerk Bykov]]'s interns: Lobanov and Romanenko, get together for
a gigolo drink. Why? Lobanov overheard Bykov and Kisegach (Romanenko's mother and the hospital administrator) discussing her pregnancy with Bykov's child, which Romanenko doesn't know about. Meanwhile, Romanenko is asked by Lobanov's ex-wife Olga to tell Lobanov that she's hired...pregnant from the one night when in actuality, she's referring to an ''obstetrician.''
* In ''Series/TheWire'', the Major Crimes Unit overhears Cheese on the wire
they got back together. They start talking about shooting a 'dawg' kids and feeling remorse about it. They're ecstatic that Cheese how great they are, trying to lead up to the big news. Romanenko ends up dropping the bomb first. Lobanov is so openly too shocked to do the same and leaves. Later, he calls Romanenko on the phone and tells him.
* This type of conversation happens between Charlie and Mac in an episode of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. Charlie thinks they are
talking about Mac's murderous activities and Mac thinks they are talking about the person he is dating.
* On one episode of ''Series/JustShootMe'', Maya gets Elliot
a murder after having exercised caution game system for so long his birthday, while RecurringCharacter Persky got him sex toys as a period gag. Unbeknownst to either of time. Bunk them, Dennis has switched the two gifts. Thus, Elliot interprets Maya's invitation to play a few games as her wanting to engage in S&M (saying that she's going to beat him and [=McNulty=] end make him cry certainly doesn't clear things up interrogating Cheese, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhIJkCrRSbE any), while Persky thinks Elliot wants to do the same.
* One skit done by ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' has Key and Peele texting each other, with Key mistaking Peele's text for rude and apathetic, when Peele mistakes Key's texts for calm and casual. As this escalates, Key begins
thinking that 'Dawg' is someone's nickname]]. They show him photos of dead bodies and ask him which one is 'Dawg'. Cheese eventually tells them where he left 'Dawg' behind and says he's still there, that is, unless they're starting a fight, while Peele believes they're going to the SPCA has gotten there first. This earns a FlatWhat from [=McNulty=]. We cut to Cedric Daniels and Rhonda Pearlman watching, realizing that they've gotten Cheese to crack. Then Bunk and [=McNulty=] step out.
-->'''Cedric Daniels:''' Tell me something good.
-->'''Bunk Moreland:''' We're charging him.
-->'''Jimmy [=McNulty=]:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Improper disposal of an animal. Discharging a firearm in city limits]].
-->'''Bunk Moreland:''' Animal cruelty if you
bar.
-->'''Key''': ''(angrily)'' You
wanna run wild with it.... go--\\
'''Peele''': "--Right now"? Hmm. Guess I could do that.



* An episode of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', "The Three Nights of the Hunter Job", has a very brief example. The mark for the episode, a journalist, has been steered towards a politician to ask about an alleged government project called "Destiny". The Destiny that he thinks she means is his favourite stripper.
* ''Series/{{Matador|1978}}'' has a rather amusing example. The Varnæs family is talking about Hitler's death, when Misse steps in a mentions a death. The Varnæses asumes she's talking about Hitler too, but it turns out that she's talking about [[spoiler: her husband, Professor Andersen.]]



* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'':
** Frankie Yale will often claim he was "visiting a friend" as a euphemism for an assassination.
** In "Two Boats and a Lifeguard", Nucky takes Owen Sleater aside to question Owen about what he was doing during a time he was supposed to be on duty. Owen says that he was visiting an old friend. Nucky pointedly asks if that friend was from Ireland. This causes an OhCrap reaction from Owen, because while he ''did'' visit with (and kill) an acquaintance from Ireland that day, he also had sex with Margaret shortly thereafter and thinks Nucky has found out about the latter. Fortunately for Owen, Nucky clarifies that he's asking about the assassination and Owen gives a sigh of relief when Nucky brings up approaching the IRA for a business deal.

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* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'':
''Series/ModernFamily'':
** Frankie Yale will often claim Claire tries to encourage Haley to break up with her dimbulb boyfriend Dylan, using an analogous couple in the soap opera they're watching. Haley thinks Claire's talking about her own marriage, which happened to start out the same way.
** Also happened when Luke read Haley's diary on the computer, but Claire thought
he was "visiting had stumbled across pornographic pictures.
** And again, when Gloria is trying to apologize to Claire for accidentally sending
a friend" rude email, and Claire is talking about the kids walking in on her and Phil having sex. By the end of it, they think Gloria is offering a threesome with them.
** After Jay accidentally insults a pair of vacation acquaintances, Gloria tells them he's going senile. Then they try to talk to Manny about it, beginning with "We hear he's a little off his game," which gets Manny thinking they're talking about Jay's golf skills ("He does swear a lot. The worst is when he goes in the woods.").
** And again, after Phil sticks an advertisement for his business (selling houses) on his van, that makes his wife and Haley [[MistakenForProstitute look like hookers]], and gets a lot of phone calls
as a euphemism for an assassination.
result: "Well, I think the carpeting matches the drapes; I haven't checked in a while. Both of them? Wow. But I guess that makes sense if you're planning to flip one."
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'':
** Earl is expressing concern about Randy, who has run off to prove he can make it on his own. Catalina is expressing concern about Mr. Turtle, who has gotten lost after Joy accidentally drives to the Crab Shack without him. HilarityEnsues as Earl thinks Catalina is talking about Randy, too.
** In "Two Boats the arc where Earl is in a coma, and fantasizing that his life is a Lifeguard", Nucky takes Owen Sleater aside perfect DomCom from TheFifties, Earl and Randy do some OutOfContextEavesdropping on Billie and Joy. They come to question Owen the conclusion that Billie is talking to Joy about what a gigolo that she's hired...when in actuality, she's referring to an ''obstetrician.''
* ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'': Michael listens to his daughter and her boyfriend talk about mini-golf. He thinks they're talking about sex, much to his horror.
* On ''Series/TheNanny'', Brighton comes home from the first day of JuniorHigh never wanting to go back. Fran asks him why, and
he was doing during a time he was supposed to be on duty. Owen says that he was visiting an old friend. Nucky pointedly asks if that friend was from Ireland. This causes an OhCrap reaction from Owen, because while he ''did'' visit with (and kill) an acquaintance from Ireland that day, he also had sex with Margaret shortly thereafter and thinks Nucky has found out about noticed in the latter. Fortunately for Owen, Nucky clarifies gym locker room that he's asking smaller than everybody. Fran thinks he's referring to penis size. It's revealed later in the episode he's talking about his height, when he begins to talk about his friends that are 5 feet and one that is 6 feet. Awkwardness ensues when Fran tells Maxwell, who then has an "little talk" with him -- well not little because the talk may grow later.
* ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]] (US)'': In the episode "Andy's Ancestry," Darryl and Nellie watch (but can't hear) Pam and Jim having a serious discussion on the other side of a glass wall. Darryl knows that they're talking about a potential new business opportunity that Jim had been keeping a secret from Pam, but Nellie assumes Jim is having an affair:
-->'''Nellie''': You know what this is all about.\\
'''Darryl''': Yeah. You too, huh?\\
'''Nellie''': Yeah. ''[watching Jim]'' Go on, spill it. Tell her all the gory details, you snake!\\
'''Darryl''': Hey! He deserves this. And he said I could get in on it too. Yeah.\\
'''Nellie''': Ohhh, Pam, nooo! Oh, I can't bear to watch this.
* ''Series/QueerAsFolk'':
** Subverted between Brian and Justin in an episode. They are both aware of the fact that their discussion concerns two different things at once (namely, whether Brian should accept Justin back on his firm, and whether they should resume their relationship).
** In another episode, Brian and Michael are very upset
about the assassination night before; Brian because Babylon was closed down and Owen gives a sigh Michael because he found out that Melanie and Lindsey had broken up months ago without telling anyone. HilarityEnsues:
--> '''Brian:''' "How could you eat after what happened last night?"\\
'''Michael:''' "You're telling me! Steam's still coming out
of relief my ears."\\
'''Brian:''' "My heart's broken. My soul - crushed."\\
'''Michael:''' "How do you think I feel?"\\
'''Brian:''' "The insensitivity. You know, it's amoral, that's what it is."\\
'''Michael:''' "You're telling me."\\
'''Brian:''' "How could they do this?"\\
'''Michael:''' "You were right. Never trust munchers."\\
'''Brian:''' "Munchers?"\\
'''Michael:''' "Mel and Linds!"\\
'''Brian:''' "What the hell have they got to do with it?"\\
'''Michael:''' "Who do you think's responsible?"\\
'''Brian:''' "For closing Babylon?"
* Played for drama between Dov and Chris in the second season of ''Series/RookieBlue'' where they open and honestly promise to compete for everything. Chris merely thinks the conversation is about promotions and so forth. Dov on the other hand, is in love with Chris's girlfriend.
* The ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode "My Own Private Practice Guy". JD thinks Dr Cox is jealous of the time he's spending with Dr Fischer - he actually hates Fischer for having an affair with Jordan.
-->'''Dr Fischer''': But you've gotta know, I never made the first move.
-->'''JD''': That's a lie! You bought me a latte!
* During the episode "Imperfect Harmony" of ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', Henry is trying to decide between exploring his feelings for Eliza or staying with his girlfriend Julia, while Raj is trying to decide on a song for karaoke night.
-->'''Raj''': Have you decided what you're going to do?\\
'''Henry''': No. The truth is I have never felt more conflicted in my life. On there one hand there's this...complicated, beautiful but let's be honest, slightly dangerous option.\\
'''Raj''': "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani.\\
'''Henry''': Exactly. And I don't know if I can pull that one off. And then there's this warm, safe familiar option that feels very non-threatening and *looks at a picture of Julia*...easy.\\
'''Raj''': "Uptown Girl", by Billy Joel?\\
'''Henry''': The thing is, Raj, I've been doing "Uptown Girl" my entire life. And a part of me, a big part of me wants to try something different, something out of my range. I like Hollaback Girl more than I should.\\
'''Raj''': Its a great song.\\
'''Henry''': I may have even grow to love it. And even though its scary, and uncertain and several people in this office have performed it on other occassions...\\
'''Raj''': I'm told two different people did it at last year's party.\\
'''Henry''' Two...? Still, I would never forgive myself if I didn't try. I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna go for it, thank you Raj.
* One episode of ''Series/SisterSister'' had a genes/jeans confusion. They're Korean.
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': Marsha has seen Tim kissing his girlfriend, believing him to already in a relationship with Daisy. When she confronts him about this, however, Tim --unaware of this -- believes her to be talking about a birthday cake he's arranged for Daisy's birthday. [[HilarityEnsues Misunderstandings ensue]]:
--> '''Marsha''': If you don't tell her... I will.
--> '''Tim''': But... you'll spoil the ''surprise''.
--> '''Marsha''': ''[Appalled]'' You ''bastard''!
* The ''Series/SpinCity'' episode "The Great Pretender" has Mike being named sexiest man in New York City and finding himself unable to perform after a mistimed comment from the Mayor about not being able to get away from the public eye. He finally asks the Mayor if he had any "problems"
when Nucky running for office, and he tells him about the time he took his wife on a romantic getaway... only to have his golf game run out the window. Mike ends up running with it and ends up getting great advice, though the Mayor remains oblivious throughout the conversation.
-->'''MAYOR:''' You a golfer, Flaherty?
-->'''MIKE:''' Ah, used to be. Haven't, ah, played much in a while. I'm, ah, thinking of taking it up again.
-->'''MAYOR:''' Well, you should. Best six hours of your life.
-->'''MIKE:''' *beat* I think that might be a little optimistic, sir.
* In ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'', when Jerri and Noblet discuss Jellineck's car accident, which they both feel guilty about. Talking about "[[IHaveThisFriend the person responsible]]", Jerri thinks Noblet knows she was the one driving the car and Noblet thinks Jerri knows he was there and ran off. They realize when Noblet refers to "the person" as "he".
* Twice in ''Series/TheThinBlueLine'', both involving Goody. The first is when Fowler accidentally gets the gift of lingerie he'd meant for Habib, and the second is when he tries to decide whether or not to go to an illegal lock-in.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' often uses this trope.
** A memorable example occurred when Harry realized Tommy had grown taller than him. So they went to an enlargement clinic, not realizing, of course, that it was a penis enlargement clinic. HilarityEnsues.
-->'''Tommy''': So he used to be bigger than me, but then my aunt realized that I'm the bigger one now. He can't stand it. He makes me measure him like five times a day.
** In another episode, Harry's pet from the Home Planet came to Earth as a human and destroyed one of Sally's shoes. Meanwhile, Don thinks that Sally is pregnant.
-->'''Dick''': ''[on the phone about Sally's shoes]'' Well, it's my sister's problem, why don't you talk to her! ''[hangs up]'' So Don, what
brings up approaching you here?\\
'''Don''': Sally's... "problem".\\
'''Dick''': Oh, it's no big deal. It's just going to cost me a lot of money, that's all.\\
'''Don''': Do you know who's responsible?\\
'''Dick''': Of course. Harry watched
the IRA whole thing happen. His best friend did it.
** In another episode, Harry and Nina started dating after he took her to the dentist to get her wisdom teeth out. Meanwhile, Harry hears about the tooth fairy and decides to leave Nina some money under her pillow
for the removed wisdom teeth. Nina finds it just as they're about to have sex:
-->'''Nina''': What's this?\\
'''Harry''': Oh, you weren't supposed to find that 'til tomorrow morning!\\
'''Nina''': You left me twenty bucks?\\
'''Harry''': Well, that's the going rate, isn't it?\\
'''Nina''': GOING RATE?!\\
'''Harry''': Well, yeah! Five bucks
a business deal.pop! That seems pretty reasonable to me!
* ''Series/TheTwoRonnies":
** In the sketch Crossed Lines", the two people are actually having separate conversations on different phones, but you'd be easily forgiven for thinking they were talking to each other most of the time. Can be watched [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6jWCVO38iA here.]]
** Another, similar sketch has two people having separate conversations on a train, whose remarks (one about his wife, the other about his garden) begin to dovetail. Eventually they find themselves talking to each other.
* In ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' Trevet and Syd wonder if Gage would like Salsa (the dance). After he comes in he claims he loves Salsa, especially on chips.
* This trope is the basis of the ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' game "Press Conference", where one of the players plays a certain person holding a press conference, but has no clue who he is or what he's done, whereas everyone else playing reporters does, and must try to clue him in on it.
* In ''Series/TheWire'', the Major Crimes Unit overhears Cheese on the wire talking about shooting a 'dawg' and feeling remorse about it. They're ecstatic that Cheese is so openly talking about a murder after having exercised caution for so long a period of time. Bunk and [=McNulty=] end up interrogating Cheese, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhIJkCrRSbE thinking that 'Dawg' is someone's nickname]]. They show him photos of dead bodies and ask him which one is 'Dawg'. Cheese eventually tells them where he left 'Dawg' behind and says he's still there, that is, unless the SPCA has gotten there first. This earns a FlatWhat from [=McNulty=]. We cut to Cedric Daniels and Rhonda Pearlman watching, realizing that they've gotten Cheese to crack. Then Bunk and [=McNulty=] step out.
-->'''Cedric Daniels:''' Tell me something good.
-->'''Bunk Moreland:''' We're charging him.
-->'''Jimmy [=McNulty=]:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Improper disposal of an animal. Discharging a firearm in city limits]].
-->'''Bunk Moreland:''' Animal cruelty if you wanna run wild with it....
* Thanks to Sir Humphrey's SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and overall ObstructiveBureaucrat demeanour, a lot of the conversations he has with Jim Hacker in ''Series/YesMinister'' fall here, but one particularly notable example concerns the time he attempted to inform the Minister that he was leaving the department because he'd received a promotion, only to manage to convince Hacker through his pompous inability to clearly express himself that he was dying.



* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', as quoted above, involves Virgil's description of his superpowers being at first mistaken for referring to puberty, later mistaken for referring to sex.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': In "My Own Private Rodeo", Dale's CampGay father is attempting to come out to him; when he tells Dale that he's been "living a secret life" and that a younger man who lives with him is his "partner", Dale is disgusted and kicks his dad out of the house. In the next scene, we discover the reason for Dale's reaction: he thinks his father was confessing to being a government agent.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In one episode, the boys think they're talking to rival talent agents when they were really talking to the ''mob''. They managed to convince them to give up their life of crime despite the difference.
** The main plot of "Jared has Aides", the joke being that Jared actually means "aides", as in a dietician and a personal trainer, and not "AIDS", the disease. Jared thinks that everyone is angry because he didn't actually lose his weight solely by eating Subway, when, well, why do you think people might be upset when Jared goes around saying that he "wants to give everyone in the world aides"?
** A similar gag worked in "Simpsons Did It", where the boys think that Sea-People and Semen (aka Sea-Men) are interchangeable. This leads to one of these conversations with Chef, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere whose initial reaction is to push the couch (with the boys on it) outside his house and close the door]].
-->'''Stan:''' We think we killed our teacher, and they found our Sea-Men in her stomach!
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Meg develops an [[StalkerWithACrush obsessive crush]] on Brian, and at one point gives him some pie [[{{Squick}} with her hair baked into it]]. When discussing the situation with Lois (who's already mad because she thinks he took advantage of Meg), Brian [[ThatCameOutWrong makes the mistake of saying]] "She made me eat her hair pie", which earns him a punch in the nose. His follow-up "It's okay, Stewie had some too!" only made things worse.
** In another episode, Stewie hears Meg's new "boyfriend", Kent, reveal that he is gay and has a crush on Meg's brother. Stewie is convinced that it's ''him'' he's talking about, though really it's Chris. Later, he and Brian, the latter of whom knowing the truth, have a conversation regarding the topic, and both think the other talker is referring to a different brother.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', as quoted above, involves Virgil's description of his superpowers being at first mistaken for referring to puberty, later mistaken for referring to sex.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': In "My Own Private Rodeo", Dale's CampGay father is attempting to come out to him; when he tells Dale that he's been "living a secret life" and that a younger man who lives
Played with him is in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. In "Crystals Are Powerful," Jake has a flashback of accidentally hurting his "partner", Dale is disgusted and kicks his dad out of the house. In the next scene, we discover the reason for Dale's reaction: he thinks brother during a friendly boxing match, after which his father was confessing to being a government agent.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In one episode, the boys think they're talking to rival talent agents when they were really talking to the ''mob''. They managed to convince them to give up their life of crime despite the difference.
** The main plot of "Jared has Aides", the joke being
laughs and tells him that Jared actually means "aides", as in a dietician and a personal trainer, and not "AIDS", he'll "hurt everyone," causing Jake to try to become an ActualPacifist at the disease. Jared thinks least opportune moment. It takes a vision of his father clarifying that he meant to say that Jake will "hurt everyone ''who's evil''" and that Jake should really let a guy finish next time to snap Jake out of his funk. It is angry because unclear what prevented Jake's father from finishing his sentence or why he didn't actually lose clarify his weight solely by eating Subway, when, well, why do you think people might be upset when Jared goes around saying that he "wants to give everyone intention at some point in the world aides"?
** A similar gag worked in "Simpsons Did It", where the boys think that Sea-People and Semen (aka Sea-Men) are interchangeable. This leads to one of these conversations with Chef, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere whose initial reaction is to push the couch (with the boys on it) outside his house and close the door]].
-->'''Stan:''' We think we killed our teacher, and they found our Sea-Men in her stomach!
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Meg develops an [[StalkerWithACrush obsessive crush]] on Brian, and at one point gives him some pie [[{{Squick}} with her hair baked into it]]. When discussing the situation with Lois (who's already mad because she thinks he took advantage of Meg), Brian [[ThatCameOutWrong makes the mistake of saying]] "She made me eat her hair pie", which earns him a punch in the nose. His follow-up "It's okay, Stewie had some too!" only made things worse.
** In another episode, Stewie hears Meg's new "boyfriend", Kent, reveal that he is gay and has a crush on Meg's brother. Stewie is convinced that it's ''him'' he's talking about, though really it's Chris. Later, he and Brian, the latter of whom knowing the truth, have a conversation regarding the topic, and both think the other talker is referring to a different brother.
years since.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In "Last Exit to Springfield", Homer becomes a labor union boss, and eventually facing a bribe attempt from Mr. Burns. The offer's made with a great deal of InnocentInnuendo, however, and Homer mistakenly assumes Burns is coming on to him, leading to the following refusal (which Burns simply takes as Homer being above bribery and getting righteously indignant at the attempt):
-->'''Homer''': Sorry, Mr. Burns, but I don't go in for these [[UnusualEuphemism backdoor shenanigans]]! Sure, I'm flattered, and [[NoYay maybe even a little curious]], but the answer is still no!
** In the {{LEGO}} episode "Brick Like Me", Lego!Homer sees his 2D-animated counterpart in the Brick-E-Mart window and tells him to "go back where he came from". Apu watches him from inside and [[MistakenForRacist believes it to be a racist remark]].
** In "They Saved Lisa's Brain", Springfield's MENSA members go to Mayor Quimby's office [[ItMakesSenseInContext wanting gazebo reservation laws reformed]]. However, Quimby mistakenly thinks they're about to expose some terrible corruption involving him, prompting him to flee town.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, specifically one of Elmyra's ADayInTheLimelight episodes with her family, she was heartbroken over the death of one of her hamsters, "[[Series/TheBradyBunch Jan Brady]]", which coincidentally happened around the same time her grandmother went on vacation. When she fainted from grief in class, she was sent to the school nurse, where she babbled a bit about her hamster (but in incomplete sentences) and ended by saying "Grandma went bye-bye." The nurse then promptly spread word that Elmyra's grandmother passed, leading to a bunch of people arriving at the Duff household for an impromptu wake. Nearly every conversation with the Duff family regarding the deceased falls into this for the rest of the episode.



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Meg develops an [[StalkerWithACrush obsessive crush]] on Brian, and at one point gives him some pie [[{{Squick}} with her hair baked into it]]. When discussing the situation with Lois (who's already mad because she thinks he took advantage of Meg), Brian [[ThatCameOutWrong makes the mistake of saying]] "She made me eat her hair pie", which earns him a punch in the nose. His follow-up "It's okay, Stewie had some too!" only made things worse.
** In another episode, Stewie hears Meg's new "boyfriend", Kent, reveal that he is gay and has a crush on Meg's brother. Stewie is convinced that it's ''him'' he's talking about, though really it's Chris. Later, he and Brian, the latter of whom knowing the truth, have a conversation regarding the topic, and both think the other talker is referring to a different brother.



* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. In "Crystals Are Powerful," Jake has a flashback of accidentally hurting his brother during a friendly boxing match, after which his father laughs and tells him that he'll "hurt everyone," causing Jake to try to become an ActualPacifist at the least opportune moment. It takes a vision of his father clarifying that he meant to say that Jake will "hurt everyone ''who's evil''" and that Jake should really let a guy finish next time to snap Jake out of his funk. It is unclear what prevented Jake's father from finishing his sentence or why he didn't clarify his intention at some point in the years since.

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* Played ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': In "My Own Private Rodeo", Dale's CampGay father is attempting to come out to him; when he tells Dale that he's been "living a secret life" and that a younger man who lives with in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. In "Crystals Are Powerful," Jake has a flashback of accidentally hurting him is his brother during a friendly boxing match, after which "partner", Dale is disgusted and kicks his dad out of the house. In the next scene, we discover the reason for Dale's reaction: he thinks his father laughs was confessing to being a government agent.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In "Last Exit to Springfield", Homer becomes a labor union boss, and eventually facing a bribe attempt from Mr. Burns. The offer's made with a great deal of InnocentInnuendo, however, and Homer mistakenly assumes Burns is coming on to him, leading to the following refusal (which Burns simply takes as Homer being above bribery and getting righteously indignant at the attempt):
-->'''Homer''': Sorry, Mr. Burns, but I don't go in for these [[UnusualEuphemism backdoor shenanigans]]! Sure, I'm flattered, and [[NoYay maybe even a little curious]], but the answer is still no!
** In the {{LEGO}} episode "Brick Like Me", Lego!Homer sees his 2D-animated counterpart in the Brick-E-Mart window
and tells him to "go back where he came from". Apu watches him from inside and [[MistakenForRacist believes it to be a racist remark]].
** In "They Saved Lisa's Brain", Springfield's MENSA members go to Mayor Quimby's office [[ItMakesSenseInContext wanting gazebo reservation laws reformed]]. However, Quimby mistakenly thinks they're about to expose some terrible corruption involving him, prompting him to flee town.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In one episode, the boys think they're talking to rival talent agents when they were really talking to the ''mob''. They managed to convince them to give up their life of crime despite the difference.
** The main plot of "Jared has Aides", the joke being
that he'll "hurt everyone," causing Jake to try to become an ActualPacifist at Jared actually means "aides", as in a dietician and a personal trainer, and not "AIDS", the least opportune moment. It takes a vision of his father clarifying disease. Jared thinks that he meant to say that Jake will "hurt everyone ''who's evil''" and that Jake should really let a guy finish next time to snap Jake out of his funk. It is unclear what prevented Jake's father from finishing his sentence or why angry because he didn't clarify actually lose his intention at some point weight solely by eating Subway, when, well, why do you think people might be upset when Jared goes around saying that he "wants to give everyone in the years since.world aides"?
** A similar gag worked in "Simpsons Did It", where the boys think that Sea-People and Semen (aka Sea-Men) are interchangeable. This leads to one of these conversations with Chef, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere whose initial reaction is to push the couch (with the boys on it) outside his house and close the door]].
-->'''Stan:''' We think we killed our teacher, and they found our Sea-Men in her stomach!
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': A subtle example in [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]] -- during their conversation, Ezra's talking about the key to destroying the Sith, while [[spoiler:Obi-Wan's]] talking about the Chosen One, neither realizing they're talking about two different people.
* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', as quoted above, involves Virgil's description of his superpowers being at first mistaken for referring to puberty, later mistaken for referring to sex.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, specifically one of Elmyra's ADayInTheLimelight episodes with her family, she was heartbroken over the death of one of her hamsters, "[[Series/TheBradyBunch Jan Brady]]", which coincidentally happened around the same time her grandmother went on vacation. When she fainted from grief in class, she was sent to the school nurse, where she babbled a bit about her hamster (but in incomplete sentences) and ended by saying "Grandma went bye-bye." The nurse then promptly spread word that Elmyra's grandmother passed, leading to a bunch of people arriving at the Duff household for an impromptu wake. Nearly every conversation with the Duff family regarding the deceased falls into this for the rest of the episode.
23rd Mar '17 5:42:44 PM ngh93
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-->'''Ms. Bianca''': Bernard, did you talk to Francois?\\
'''Bernard''': Ah, yes, but uh.. there's... there's something I want--\\
'''Ms. Bianca''': I know exactly what you're going to say. Francois told me all about it.\\
'''Bernard''': He did? How, how... how did he-\\
'''Ms. Bianca''': Oh, it doesn't matter, I think it's a marvelous idea.\\
'''Bernard''': You do? I mean, you... you really want to?\\
'''Ms. Bianca''': I don't think it's a matter of wanting, it's a matter of duty.\\
'''Bernard''': D-duty? I... I never thought of it, well, umm... all right.... all right. How does... how does next ah-April sound to you?\\
'''Ms. Bianca''': Heavens, no! We must act immediately, tonight!\\
'''Bernard''': Tonight? But, but, ah.. wait! ''[cuts to them walking down into the headquarters of the Rescue Aid Society]'' Uh, Bianca, this is so sudden, I mean, don't you at least need a gown or something?\\
'''Ms. Bianca''': No, just a pair of khaki shorts, and some hiking boots.\\
'''Bernard''': Hiking boots???
18th Mar '17 3:09:58 PM Campyone
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* ''Webcomic/ForestHill'': This happens twice to Flora. When she and Benni run into Mr. Verost, who is a paedophile in an incestuous relationship with his daughter, he assumes that she is in on the secret due to her being with Benni, and she doesn't realize what he is talking about. Later when she is talking with Benni, who was forced to work as a prostitute by his abusive father, she does not immediately realize that Benni is actually talking about sex due to him using an UnusualEuphemism, until he makes it very obvious. This makes her suspicious of Benni's relationship with Mr. Verost so she makes Benni explain everything, which reveals to her just how badly Benni and Mr. Verost's daughter have been abused, and reveals to Benni that adults having sex with children isn't normal or legal.

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* ''Webcomic/ForestHill'': This happens twice to Flora. When she and Benni run into Mr. Verost, [[spoiler: who is a paedophile in an incestuous relationship with his daughter, he assumes that she is in on the secret due to her being with Benni, and secret, and]] she doesn't realize what he is talking about. Later when she is talking with Benni, who was forced to work as a prostitute by his abusive father, she does not immediately realize that Benni is actually talking about [[spoiler:having sex with]] Mr. Verost and Talitha due to him using an UnusualEuphemism, until he makes it very obvious. This makes her Flora suspicious of Benni's [[spoiler: pedophilic]] relationship with Mr. Verost so she makes Benni explain everything, which reveals to her just how badly Benni and Mr. Verost's daughter have been abused, and reveals [[spoiler: all the men he knows]], leading to Benni that adults having sex with children isn't normal or legal.confessing [[spoiler:Benni and Taliha's abuse by Mr. Verost, and from his own father, but also hints at a wider cnspiracy.]]
18th Mar '17 11:27:06 AM Premonition45
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* In one ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode, Dale's CampGay father is attempting to come out to him; when he tells Dale that he's been "living a secret life" and that a younger man who lives with him is his "partner", Dale is disgusted and kicks his dad out of the house. In the next scene, we discover the reason for Dale's reaction: he thinks his father was confessing to being a government agent.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': In one ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode, "My Own Private Rodeo", Dale's CampGay father is attempting to come out to him; when he tells Dale that he's been "living a secret life" and that a younger man who lives with him is his "partner", Dale is disgusted and kicks his dad out of the house. In the next scene, we discover the reason for Dale's reaction: he thinks his father was confessing to being a government agent.
14th Mar '17 5:46:05 PM nombretomado
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* ''MoulinRouge'': When Christian and Satine are talking in the Elephant, he's trying to read his poetry to her, but she thinks he's talking about sex.

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* ''MoulinRouge'': ''Film/MoulinRouge'': When Christian and Satine are talking in the Elephant, he's trying to read his poetry to her, but she thinks he's talking about sex.
3rd Mar '17 4:22:27 PM legendaryweredragon
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* 'Webcomic/ForestHill'': This happens twice to Flora. When she and Benni run into Mr. Verost, who is a paedophile in an incestuous relationship with his daughter, he assumes that she is in on the secret, and she doesn't realize what he is talking about. Later when she is talking with Benni, who was forced to work as a prostitute by his abusive father, she does not immediately realize that Benni is actually talking about sex due to him using an UnusualEuphemism, until he makes it very obvious. This makes her suspicious of Benni's relationship with Mr. Verost so she makes Benni explain everything, which reveals to her just how badly Benni and Mr. Verost's daughter have been abused, and reveals to Benni that adults having sex with children isn't normal.

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* 'Webcomic/ForestHill'': ''Webcomic/ForestHill'': This happens twice to Flora. When she and Benni run into Mr. Verost, who is a paedophile in an incestuous relationship with his daughter, he assumes that she is in on the secret, secret due to her being with Benni, and she doesn't realize what he is talking about. Later when she is talking with Benni, who was forced to work as a prostitute by his abusive father, she does not immediately realize that Benni is actually talking about sex due to him using an UnusualEuphemism, until he makes it very obvious. This makes her suspicious of Benni's relationship with Mr. Verost so she makes Benni explain everything, which reveals to her just how badly Benni and Mr. Verost's daughter have been abused, and reveals to Benni that adults having sex with children isn't normal.normal or legal.
3rd Mar '17 4:16:26 PM legendaryweredragon
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* 'Webcomic/ForestHill'': This happens twice to Flora. When she and Benni run into Mr. Verost, who is a paedophile in an incestuous relationship with his daughter, he assumes that she is in on the secret, and she doesn't realize what he is talking about. Later when she is talking with Benni, who was forced to work as a prostitute by his abusive father, she does not immediately realize that Benni is actually talking about sex due to him using an UnusualEuphemism, until he makes it very obvious. This makes her suspicious of Benni's relationship with Mr. Verost so she makes Benni explain everything, which reveals to her just how badly Benni and Mr. Verost's daughter have been abused, and reveals to Benni that adults having sex with children isn't normal.
25th Feb '17 4:20:25 PM nombretomado
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* Played straight in ''FiddlerOnTheRoof'' when Lazar Wolf wants to ask Tevye for permission to marry his daughter, but since Lasar is a butcher, Tevye assumes he wants to buy Tevye's milk cow. See the entry under Theater.

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* Played straight in ''FiddlerOnTheRoof'' ''Film/FiddlerOnTheRoof'' when Lazar Wolf wants to ask Tevye for permission to marry his daughter, but since Lasar is a butcher, Tevye assumes he wants to buy Tevye's milk cow. See the entry under Theater.
25th Feb '17 4:18:11 PM nombretomado
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* ''FiddlerOnTheRoof'': Tevye and Lazar Wolf meet up in a bar in one scene. Lazar Wolf wants to talk about potentially marrying Tevye's daughter Tzeitel. However, Tevye doesn't know that, believing that Lazar Wolf wants to buy one of his cows. Cue an awkward conversation between the two with {{Double Entendre}}s and innuendos abound.

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* ''FiddlerOnTheRoof'': ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'': Tevye and Lazar Wolf meet up in a bar in one scene. Lazar Wolf wants to talk about potentially marrying Tevye's daughter Tzeitel. However, Tevye doesn't know that, believing that Lazar Wolf wants to buy one of his cows. Cue an awkward conversation between the two with {{Double Entendre}}s and innuendos abound.
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