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1st May '17 3:09:01 AM Nadim
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*In ''Film/{{Grownups 2}}'', Lenny Eeic Kurt and Marcus pretend to get drunk to hang out with a frat gang.


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*''Series/{{Chuck}}'': In the episode "Chuck vs the Balcony", Sarah plays drunk to knock out a couple of mooks in a wine cellar.


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*''Series/{{How I Met Your Mother}}'': Barney's father Jerome pretends to be drunk to get back at Barney for trying to get him to be his crazy old self again.
12th Apr '17 12:17:58 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', the [[TheSpymaster Spymaster]] of the Blades in Morrowind and the primary QuestGiver for the first act of the main quest, Caius Cosades, is doing this along with ObfuscatingStupidity and [[OfuscatingInsanity Insanty]] as part of his cover identity as a poor, senile [[FantasticDrug Skooma addict]]. Given that he is: a) the Imperial Spymaster, b) said to hold his "liquor" fairly well, and c) implied to have killed people who have underestimated him, it can be assumed it is an act.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', the [[TheSpymaster Spymaster]] of the Blades in Morrowind and the primary QuestGiver for the first act of the main quest, Caius Cosades, is doing this along with ObfuscatingStupidity and [[OfuscatingInsanity Insanty]] [[ObfuscatingInsanity Insanity]] as part of his cover identity as a poor, senile [[FantasticDrug Skooma addict]]. Given that he is: a) the Imperial Spymaster, b) said to hold his "liquor" fairly well, and c) implied to have killed people who have underestimated him, it can be assumed it is an act.
12th Apr '17 12:17:06 PM BeerBaron
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* Caius Cosades of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' claims to be addicted to the drug "moon sugar" (and its refined variant, Skooma). Given that he is: a) the imperial spymaster, b) said to hold his "liquor" fairly well, and c) implied to have killed people who have underestimated him, it can be assumed it is an act.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', the [[TheSpymaster Spymaster]] of the Blades in Morrowind and the primary QuestGiver for the first act of the main quest, Caius Cosades Cosades, is doing this along with ObfuscatingStupidity and [[OfuscatingInsanity Insanty]] as part of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' claims to be addicted to the drug "moon sugar" (and its refined variant, Skooma). his cover identity as a poor, senile [[FantasticDrug Skooma addict]]. Given that he is: a) the imperial spymaster, Imperial Spymaster, b) said to hold his "liquor" fairly well, and c) implied to have killed people who have underestimated him, it can be assumed it is an act.
5th Apr '17 7:34:07 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E07EmpireDay "Empire Day"]] Kanan plays drunk [[WeNeedADistraction in order to distract a stormtrooper]] during a parade that the gang is about to crash. Ezra gets the assist by claiming that Kanan is his dad and is just overexcited.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E07EmpireDay [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E06EmpireDay "Empire Day"]] Kanan plays drunk [[WeNeedADistraction in order to distract a stormtrooper]] during a parade that the gang is about to crash. Ezra gets the assist by claiming that Kanan is his dad and is just overexcited.
5th Apr '17 7:33:44 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this trope in an episode where Jeff Winger's lame attempts to play drunk quickly give way to his being genuinely very drunk thanks to Abed's EnforcedMethodActing.
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael points out that appearing to be drunk is a very effective tool for numerous different types of operations. Once, when he needs to be seen ''getting'' drunk instead of just showing up already-drunk, he explains the three simple steps he uses to make it seem like he is drinking more than he is: 1) Order drinks with lots of ice, lowering the total amount of alcohol present. 2) Order refills before you have finished your drink. 3) Spill.
* Claire Bennet from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has NighInvulnerability, which extends to her liver. In one scene she is in a DrinkingContest, and wins because she was only pretending that the drink was affecting her. Although she did wait until her father Nathan had gotten completely blitzed on tequila in the ''first'' drinking contest of the episode before stepping up. Swell kid you got there.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{House}},'' the title character does this to try and break up the relationship between Cuddy and her boyfriend.

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this trope in In ''Series/TheAmericans'', Philip and Elizabeth attack an episode where Jeff Winger's lame attempts to play drunk quickly give way to his being genuinely very drunk thanks to Abed's EnforcedMethodActing.
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael points out that appearing to be drunk is a very effective tool for numerous different types of operations. Once,
Israeli operative and are dragging him away when he needs to be seen ''getting'' drunk instead of they're stopped by a cop. They claim they're just showing up already-drunk, he explains the three simple steps he uses escorting their too-drunk friend home. The Israeli, not wanting to make it seem like he is drinking more than he is: 1) Order drinks a bad situation even worse, plays along by slurring through a few bars of Kenny Rogers's "The Gambler" along with lots of ice, lowering the total amount of alcohol present. 2) Order refills before you have finished your drink. 3) Spill.
* Claire Bennet from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has NighInvulnerability, which extends to her liver. In one scene she is in
a DrinkingContest, and wins because she was only pretending that the drink was affecting her. Although she did wait until her father Nathan had gotten completely blitzed on tequila in the ''first'' drinking contest of the episode before stepping up. Swell kid you got there.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{House}},'' the title character does this to try and break up the relationship between Cuddy and her boyfriend.
nearby jukebox.



* In ''Series/VeronicaMars'', Veronica walks into a poker game, picks up a half-empty bottle that the clearly inebriated Duncan has been drinking from all night, and drains it in a single gulp. It was iced tea, and he was faking drunkenness as part of his poker strategy.
* In an episode of ''Series/GetSmart'', Max has to pretend to be an alcoholic. He is issued a pill to keep under his tongue that absorbs all the alcohol he drinks. As he puts it, "I'll look drunk, act drunk, even ''smell'' drunk, but I'll be stone sober!" Then he accidentally swallows the pill, causing all the alcohol it absorbed to be introduced into his system at once.
* In ''Series/TheAmericans'', Philip and Elizabeth attack an Israeli operative and are dragging him away when they're stopped by a cop. They claim they're just escorting their too-drunk friend home. The Israeli, not wanting to make a bad situation even worse, plays along by slurring through a few bars of Kenny Rogers's "The Gambler" along with a nearby jukebox.

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* In ''Series/VeronicaMars'', Veronica walks into a poker game, picks up a half-empty bottle that the clearly inebriated Duncan has been drinking from all night, and drains it in a single gulp. It was iced tea, and he was faking Alistair feigns drunkenness in ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'' in the episode where everyone tries to surprise Jean with a trip to Barbados. It's all a bit involved.
* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': In a flashback, Mike pretends to be drunk
as part of a complex BatmanGambit to [[spoiler:kill the two {{Dirty Cop}}s who killed his poker strategy.
* In an
son. Mike drunkenly accuses them of the murder of his son while they were in the bar, then continues to act drunk so that they will "helpfully" offer to drive him home as part of ''their'' plan to drive to a secluded area to execute him. Unbeknownst to them, the episode of ''Series/GetSmart'', Max has to pretend to be an alcoholic. He is issued a pill to keep under his tongue that absorbs all the alcohol he drinks. As he puts it, "I'll look drunk, act drunk, even ''smell'' drunk, but I'll be stone sober!" Then he accidentally swallows the pill, causing all the alcohol it absorbed to be introduced had earlier shown Mike breaking into his system at once.
* In ''Series/TheAmericans'', Philip and Elizabeth attack an Israeli operative and are dragging him away when they're stopped by a cop. They claim they're just escorting
their too-drunk friend home. The Israeli, not wanting patrol car and stashing a gun in the seats, allowing him to make a bad situation even worse, plays along by slurring through a few bars kill them both after they had already taken care of Kenny Rogers's "The Gambler" along with a nearby jukebox.getting away from bystanders and witnesses]].



* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael points out that appearing to be drunk is a very effective tool for numerous different types of operations. Once, when he needs to be seen ''getting'' drunk instead of just showing up already-drunk, he explains the three simple steps he uses to make it seem like he is drinking more than he is: 1) Order drinks with lots of ice, lowering the total amount of alcohol present. 2) Order refills before you have finished your drink. 3) Spill.
* ''Series/{{Chicago PD}}'' often employs this, using one of their cops to pretend to be high in order to get into a drug dealer's place.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this trope in an episode where Jeff Winger's lame attempts to play drunk quickly give way to his being genuinely very drunk thanks to Abed's EnforcedMethodActing.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Tenth Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl In The Fireplace"]], complete with NecktieHeadband.
-->"Have you met the French? My ''GOD'' they know how to party!"
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Possibly Tyrion Lannister during his wedding; it's difficult to tell as he's [[DrowningMySorrows quite drunk already]] but after Tyrion threatens to cut King Joffrey's balls off, his father Lord Tywin calls attention to his drunkeness as a JustJokingJustification. Tyrion agrees, then grabs his newly-wed and staggers off, crashing into various bits of furniture and talking loudly of how he once [[TooMuchInformation threw up on a girl during sex]].
* In an episode of ''Series/GetSmart'', Max has to pretend to be an alcoholic. He is issued a pill to keep under his tongue that absorbs all the alcohol he drinks. As he puts it, "I'll look drunk, act drunk, even ''smell'' drunk, but I'll be stone sober!" Then he accidentally swallows the pill, causing all the alcohol it absorbed to be introduced into his system at once.
* In ''Series/{{Graceland}}'', the federal agents often have to pretend to use drugs in order to convince criminals that they are not cops. The episode "O-Mouth" is named after Johnny's criticism of Charlie's technique at playing high.
* Claire Bennet from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has NighInvulnerability, which extends to her liver. In one scene she is in a DrinkingContest, and wins because she was only pretending that the drink was affecting her. Although she did wait until her father Nathan had gotten completely blitzed on tequila in the ''first'' drinking contest of the episode before stepping up. Swell kid you got there.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{House}},'' the title character does this to try and break up the relationship between Cuddy and her boyfriend.
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': When [=DeeDee McCall=] investigates the trailer of a suspected cop killer parked next to a bar, he comes back earlier than expected so she acts like a drunken patron who just stumbled into the wrong place.



* The Tenth Doctor in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Girl In The Fireplace".
--> Have you met the French? My ''GOD'' they know how to party.

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* The Tenth Doctor in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Girl In The Fireplace".
--> Have you met the French? My ''GOD'' they know how to party.
Jessica Fletcher did this once on ''Series/MurderSheWrote''.



* Alistair feigns drunkenness in ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'' in the episode where everyone tries to surprise Jean with a trip to Barbados. It's all a bit involved.
* Jessica Fletcher did this once on ''Series/MurderSheWrote''.



* Sherlock Holmes pretends to be completely drunk in the unaired pilot "A Study in Pink" of the BBC series ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' in order to approach the murderer.



* Sherlock Holmes pretends to be completely drunk in the unaired pilot "A Study in Pink" of the BBC series ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' in order to approach the murderer.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Possibly Tyrion Lannister during his wedding; it's difficult to tell as he's [[DrowningMySorrows quite drunk already]] but after Tyrion threatens to cut King Joffrey's balls off, his father Lord Tywin calls attention to his drunkeness as a JustJokingJustification. Tyrion agrees, then grabs his newly-wed and staggers off, crashing into various bits of furniture and talking loudly of how he once [[TooMuchInformation threw up on a girl during sex]].
* ''Series/{{Chicago PD}}'' often employs this, using one of their cops to pretend to be high in order to get into a drug dealer's place.
* In ''Series/{{Graceland}}'', the federal agents often have to pretend to use drugs in order to convince criminals that they are not cops. The episode "O-Mouth" is named after Johnny's criticism of Charlie's technique at playing high.
* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': In a flashback, Mike pretends to be drunk as part of a complex BatmanGambit to [[spoiler:kill the two {{Dirty Cop}}s who killed his son. Mike drunkenly accuses them of the murder of his son while they were in the bar, then continues to act drunk so that they will "helpfully" offer to drive him home as part of ''their'' plan to drive to a secluded area to execute him. Unbeknownst to them, the episode had earlier shown Mike breaking into their patrol car and stashing a gun in the seats, allowing him to kill them both after they had already taken care of getting away from bystanders and witnesses]].
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': When [=DeeDee McCall=] investigates the trailer of a suspected cop killer parked next to a bar, he comes back earlier than expected so she acts like a drunken patron who just stumbled into the wrong place.

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* Sherlock Holmes pretends to be completely drunk in the unaired pilot "A Study in Pink" of the BBC series ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' in order to approach the murderer.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Possibly Tyrion Lannister during his wedding; it's difficult to tell as he's [[DrowningMySorrows quite drunk already]] but after Tyrion threatens to cut King Joffrey's balls off, his father Lord Tywin calls attention to his drunkeness as a JustJokingJustification. Tyrion agrees, then grabs his newly-wed and staggers off, crashing into various bits of furniture and talking loudly of how he once [[TooMuchInformation threw up on a girl during sex]].
* ''Series/{{Chicago PD}}'' often employs this, using one of their cops to pretend to be high in order to get
In ''Series/VeronicaMars'', Veronica walks into a drug dealer's place.
* In ''Series/{{Graceland}}'', the federal agents often have to pretend to use drugs in order to convince criminals
poker game, picks up a half-empty bottle that they are not cops. The episode "O-Mouth" is named after Johnny's criticism of Charlie's technique at playing high.
* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': In
the clearly inebriated Duncan has been drinking from all night, and drains it in a flashback, Mike pretends to be drunk single gulp. It was iced tea, and he was faking drunkenness as part of a complex BatmanGambit to [[spoiler:kill the two {{Dirty Cop}}s who killed his son. Mike drunkenly accuses them of the murder of his son while they were in the bar, then continues to act drunk so that they will "helpfully" offer to drive him home as part of ''their'' plan to drive to a secluded area to execute him. Unbeknownst to them, the episode had earlier shown Mike breaking into their patrol car and stashing a gun in the seats, allowing him to kill them both after they had already taken care of getting away from bystanders and witnesses]].
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': When [=DeeDee McCall=] investigates the trailer of a suspected cop killer parked next to a bar, he comes back earlier than expected so she acts like a drunken patron who just stumbled into the wrong place.
poker strategy.



* Contrary to popular opinion, the lyric "What's in this drink?" in ''Baby, It's Cold Outside'' is an invocation of this trope. At the time of the song's publication, that line was a stock joke in sitcoms- the punchline being that nothing, not even much alcohol, was in the drink. It aligns with other excuses the singers suggest using (that the weather is dangerous, that there are no cabs running, etc) so that the female singer can...stay the night...at a man's house. Contemporary listeners often interpret this lyric as a mention of date rape.

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* Contrary to popular opinion, the lyric "What's in this drink?" in ''Baby, "Baby, It's Cold Outside'' Outside" is an invocation of this trope. At the time of the song's publication, that line was a stock joke in sitcoms- the punchline being that nothing, not even much alcohol, was in the drink. It aligns with other excuses the singers suggest using (that the weather is dangerous, that there are no cabs running, etc) so that the female singer can...stay the night...at a man's house. Contemporary listeners often interpret this lyric as a mention of date rape.



* On ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', Kanan plays drunk once [[WeNeedADistraction in order to distract some stormtroopers]] during a parade that the gang is about to crash. Ezra gets the assist by claiming that Kanan is his dad and is just overexcited.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E07EmpireDay "Empire Day"]] Kanan plays drunk once [[WeNeedADistraction in order to distract some stormtroopers]] a stormtrooper]] during a parade that the gang is about to crash. Ezra gets the assist by claiming that Kanan is his dad and is just overexcited.
25th Feb '17 1:12:37 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', BradPitt's character pretends to be drunk and wanders into a room full of targets, asking for a round of poker. He sits down and plays cards with them, tricking them into letting their guards down and eventually shooting them all to death.

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* In ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', BradPitt's Creator/BradPitt's character pretends to be drunk and wanders into a room full of targets, asking for a round of poker. He sits down and plays cards with them, tricking them into letting their guards down and eventually shooting them all to death.
7th Feb '17 10:58:21 AM lipranzer
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** Pitt also plays drunk in ''Film/SpyGame (complete with VomitIndiscretionShot) to throw suspicion off him and the asset he's trying to get across the border ({{spoiler:or so he thinks]]).

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** Pitt also plays drunk in ''Film/SpyGame ''Film/SpyGame'' (complete with VomitIndiscretionShot) to throw suspicion off him and the asset he's trying to get across the border ({{spoiler:or ([[spoiler:or so he thinks]]).
7th Feb '17 10:57:27 AM lipranzer
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** Pitt also plays drunk in ''Film/SpyGame (complete with VomitIndiscretionShot) to throw suspicion off him and the asset he's trying to get across the border ({{spoiler:or so he thinks]]).
21st Jan '17 2:24:41 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': When [=DeeDee McCall=] investigates the trailer of a suspected cop killer parked next to a bar, he comes back earlier than expected so she acts like a drunken patron who just stumbled into the wrong place.
26th Dec '16 3:55:20 AM StarTropes
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* On ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', Kanan plays drunk once [[WeNeedADistraction in order to distract some stormtroopers]] during a parade that the gang is about to crash. Ezra gets the assist by claiming that Kanan is his dad and is just overexcited.
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