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8th May '16 12:19:29 PM Evalana
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* Lincoln does this in ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' episode "Get the Message" with his friend Clyde, who had passed out just a few moments before.
29th Dec '15 1:16:46 PM CorahsUncle
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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda Holiday Special'' has this one where Po thinks of a way to make sure he and his dad spend time together during the Winter Festival, so he mumbles in front of the guard who remained stoic. He figures out a solution regardless and thanks the guard who still remained stoic.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda Holiday Special'' has this one where Po thinks of a way to make sure he and his dad spend time together during the Winter Festival, so he mumbles in front of the guard guard, who remained stoic. He figures out a solution regardless and thanks the guard guard, who still remained stoic.



* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel," with Mabel asking Wendy for advice on breaking up with someone, but as Wendy keeps listing all the guys she's dumped, Mabel realizes what she has to do and thanks Wendy for their talk.
* At least once on ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid The Little Mermaid: The Series]]'', King Triton would ask Dudley for advice, but since Dudley is a turtle and talks very slowly he can't get a single word in as Triton keeps interrupting him and Triton ends up coming to the conclusion himself.
* In an early episode (possibly the pilot) of Archer, the protagonist heads down to Kreiger's lab to ask him for advice on something. Kreiger doesn't actually say anything throughout this exchange (though he has been shown to talk normally in other episodes), but Archer somehow understands everything he's "saying", thanking him with "Seriously. You're my Oprah."

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* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel," Mabel", with Mabel asking Wendy for advice on breaking up with someone, but as Wendy keeps listing all the guys she's dumped, Mabel realizes what she has to do and thanks Wendy for their talk.
* At least once on ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid The Little Mermaid: The Series]]'', King Triton would ask Dudley for advice, but since Dudley is a turtle and talks very slowly slowly, he can't get a single word in as Triton keeps interrupting him and Triton ends up coming to the conclusion himself.
* In an early episode (possibly the pilot) of Archer, ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', the protagonist heads down to Kreiger's lab to ask him for advice on something. Kreiger doesn't actually say anything throughout this exchange (though he has been shown to talk normally in other episodes), but Archer somehow understands everything he's "saying", thanking him with with, "Seriously. You're my Oprah."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals'' episode "The Zero Hero", Alfalfa does this while examining Buckwheat's latest invention after Darla and the other boys have left:
-->'''Alfalfa:''' If I were a superhero, I could show Darla just how super I am. That's a great idea! Thanks, Pete. You've been a big help.
29th Dec '15 12:58:32 PM roothorick
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In short, this is when a character has a EurekaMoment without being inspired by the other character, but acts like the other character gave them just what they needed or thought they needed. Sometimes the other character isn't actually listening in the first place - they're asleep, or they've left the room, etc. Sometimes it's an animal, a person who they share no languages with, or TheSilentBob. When [[InvokedTrope invoked]], an outright inanimate object, such as a stuffed animal or the famous rubber duck, is another common alternative. A common variation is for a character to be visiting their therapist, who doesn't say much more than "hmm," and "I see," yet they leave the session [[EpiphanyTherapy feeling much better]] (in fact, [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian psychoanalysis]] actually ''recommends'' that the therapist say as little as possible, partly to prevent them from putting words in the patient's mouth and partly to encourage the patient to talk themselves).

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In short, this is when a character has a EurekaMoment without being inspired by the other character, but acts like the other character gave them just what they needed or thought they needed. Sometimes the other character isn't actually listening in the first place - they're asleep, or they've left the room, etc. Sometimes it's an animal, a person who they share no languages with, or TheSilentBob. When [[InvokedTrope invoked]], an outright inanimate object, such as a stuffed animal or the famous rubber duck, is another common alternative. alternative.

A common variation is for a character to be visiting their therapist, who doesn't say much more than "hmm," and "I see," yet they leave the session [[EpiphanyTherapy feeling much better]] (in fact, [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian psychoanalysis]] actually ''recommends'' that the therapist say as little as possible, partly to prevent them from putting words in the patient's mouth and partly to encourage the patient to talk themselves).
29th Dec '15 12:58:00 PM roothorick
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In short, this is when a character has a EurekaMoment without being inspired by the other character, but acts like the other character gave them just what they needed or thought they needed. Sometimes the other character isn't actually listening in the first place - they're asleep, or they've left the room, etc. Sometimes it's an animal, a person who they share no languages with, or TheSilentBob. A common variation is for a character to be visiting their therapist, who doesn't say much more than "hmm," and "I see," yet they leave the session [[EpiphanyTherapy feeling much better]] (in fact, [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian psychoanalysis]] actually ''recommends'' that the therapist say as little as possible, partly to prevent them from putting words in the patient's mouth and partly to encourage the patient to talk themselves).

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In short, this is when a character has a EurekaMoment without being inspired by the other character, but acts like the other character gave them just what they needed or thought they needed. Sometimes the other character isn't actually listening in the first place - they're asleep, or they've left the room, etc. Sometimes it's an animal, a person who they share no languages with, or TheSilentBob. When [[InvokedTrope invoked]], an outright inanimate object, such as a stuffed animal or the famous rubber duck, is another common alternative. A common variation is for a character to be visiting their therapist, who doesn't say much more than "hmm," and "I see," yet they leave the session [[EpiphanyTherapy feeling much better]] (in fact, [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian psychoanalysis]] actually ''recommends'' that the therapist say as little as possible, partly to prevent them from putting words in the patient's mouth and partly to encourage the patient to talk themselves).
28th Nov '15 11:37:36 AM nombretomado
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* The second episode of ''{{Scrubs}}'' did this, where first J.D. and then Elliot did this with Dr Cox. This cemented Dr. Cox as the guy people (especially J.D.) came to with problems, much to his annoyance (''especially'' when it involved J.D.).

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* The second episode of ''{{Scrubs}}'' ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' did this, where first J.D. and then Elliot did this with Dr Cox. This cemented Dr. Cox as the guy people (especially J.D.) came to with problems, much to his annoyance (''especially'' when it involved J.D.).
22nd Oct '15 8:32:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* The therapist in ''{{Phantasmagoria 2}}'' had surprisingly little to say about Curtis's various revelations: everything from being dressed as a girl by his horrifically abusive mother, to his attraction to both his female co-worker and male best friend, to his interest in bondage. You'd think there would've at least been a comment of note. Oh well, Curtis seemed pleased with the sessions.

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* The therapist in ''{{Phantasmagoria ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria 2}}'' had surprisingly little to say about Curtis's various revelations: everything from being dressed as a girl by his horrifically abusive mother, to his attraction to both his female co-worker and male best friend, to his interest in bondage. You'd think there would've at least been a comment of note. Oh well, Curtis seemed pleased with the sessions.
26th Sep '15 4:54:07 PM nombretomado
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* In ''OnceUponAMattress'', the Queen asks the wizard to help her think of a test to give Princess Winifred, but ends up just complaining without letting him get a word in edgewise. She ends up coming up with the idea all on her own, but still calls the wizard "a genius" for it.

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* In ''OnceUponAMattress'', ''Theatre/OnceUponAMattress'', the Queen asks the wizard to help her think of a test to give Princess Winifred, but ends up just complaining without letting him get a word in edgewise. She ends up coming up with the idea all on her own, but still calls the wizard "a genius" for it.
4th Jul '15 6:37:11 AM val
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* Ancient oracles might also have had a psychologist-effect, instead of being just mere fortune-tellers. They listened to the supplicant, let them tell their whole story, and at the end they only said a very short, cryptic answer. This could allow the supplicant to think through his problem and find a solution.
22nd Jun '15 6:39:16 PM eroock
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Also known as [[http://www.c2.com/cgi/wiki?RubberDucking Rubber Ducking]] IRL. At the other extreme we have GladIThoughtOfIt. Compare ExplainExplainOhCrap for another situation where the act of describing the situation leads a character to a (much less helpful) understanding.

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Also known as [[http://www.c2.com/cgi/wiki?RubberDucking Rubber Ducking]] IRL. At the other extreme we have GladIThoughtOfIt. Compare ExplainExplainOhCrap for another situation where the act of describing the situation leads a character to a (much less helpful) understanding.
understanding. See also RepeatWhatYouJustSaid.
9th Mar '15 4:49:18 PM TechnoDragon64
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* In an early episode (possibly the pilot) of Archer, the protagonist heads down to Kreiger's lab to ask him for advice on something. Kreiger doesn't actually say anything throughout this exchange (though he has been shown to talk normally in other episodes), but Archer somehow understands everything he's "saying", thanking him with "Seriously. You're my Oprah."
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