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29th Nov '16 3:43:14 PM Pinokio
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* In the ''Series/ILoveLucy'' episode "Lucy Fakes Illness", Ricky discovers Lucy is faking a nervous breakdown, and hires an actor playing as a doctor to diagnose Lucy with "the go-bloots", a rare and lethal tropical disease. As the doctor says she has minutes to live, Lucy fakes her impending death until Ricky's orchestra starts playing the upbeat song, "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You".
11th Nov '16 6:08:22 PM Unicorndance
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* In a story from the Andy Griffith book ''Just Crazy'', Andy doesn't want to be in a play so he does this. It doesn't work so he tries to actually get sick.


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* In ''Animation/PororoTheLittlePenguin'', Eddy does this in "Achoo, I Got a Cold", and Pororo does this in "Is Pororo Sick?".
1st Nov '16 1:28:21 PM jccw227
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* Budnick and Michael pretend to get sick in an episode of ''Series/SaluteYourShorts'' in order to get out of instructional swim class. Budnick had a recipe for convincing looking fake vomit, and Ug wouldn't let them out of class unless they were blowing chunks. They quickly regret this when they realize that Ug was taking the class to the beach as a surprise.
16th Aug '16 5:51:02 PM eowynjedi
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* ''Film/ThirteenDays'': During the CubanMissileCrisis, Press Secretary Pierre Salinger, who is LockedOutOfTheLoop, is told that the next day the president's going to have a cold. He isn't told anything else, except how bad it is is up to him. The reason is that Kennedy needs to get back to Washington so he can deal with he crisis without letting on what's going on.

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* ''Film/ThirteenDays'': During the CubanMissileCrisis, UsefulNotes/CubanMissileCrisis, Press Secretary Pierre Salinger, who is LockedOutOfTheLoop, is told that the next day the president's going to have a cold. He isn't told anything else, except how bad it is is up to him. The reason is that Kennedy needs to get back to Washington so he can deal with he crisis without letting on what's going on.


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* In ''Series/WolfHall'', Anne Boleyn accuses Thomas Cromwell of faking because he didn't want to carry out her command of arranging a French marriage for her daughter {{UsefulNotes/Elizabeth|I}}. Cromwell ''was'' ill and says so, having ended the previous episode with a delirious fever so bad that Henry went so far as to actually visit him (albeit in cut scenes, but in the book he's noted to have a dread of contagion). Anne just replies that Cromwell wouldn't be ill unless he wanted to be.
25th Jun '16 11:38:10 AM eroock
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-->--"Sick," by '''ShelSilverstein'''

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-->--"Sick," -->-- "Sick," by '''ShelSilverstein'''
4th Jun '16 4:11:35 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* In Part 4 of ''[[WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan Super Mario Logan's]]'' "Bowser Junior's Summer School" story arc, Junior pretends to be sick so he doesn't have to go to summer school. [[LaserGuidedKarma Karma soon catches up with Junior]], as on this particular day, the teacher, Jackie Chu, decides to give out cupcakes and cookies for the class, along with no homework that night. Meanwhile, Junior [[AbusiveParents gets a beating from his father]] when he's caught playing ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' when he should have been in bed.
18th May '16 8:05:20 AM Pichu-kun
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* One episode of ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' has Nate pretending to be sick so he can stay home to play video games. He gets a {{youkai}} to help pretend he has a fever. Duchoo gives Nate an in-depth explanation on how to fake being sick. It fails when Nate is unable to heat the thermometer as his mother is watching. Another yokai named Coughkoff comes around and helps Nate fake a cough, which works. However it works a bit too much and he ends up with a fever. Nate ends up too sick to play video games.



* Subverted in a ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip. Calvin won't get up because he's too sick to go to school. His mother mentions that it's Saturday and he won't miss school, but Calvin's only response is to curl up further in his blankets and mutter "I know". [[OOCISSeriousBusiness Cue final scene of his frantic mother dashing to the phone to call a doctor.]]

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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
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Subverted in a ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip. Calvin won't get up because he's too sick to go to school. His mother mentions that it's Saturday and he won't miss school, but Calvin's only response is to curl up further in his blankets and mutter "I know". [[OOCISSeriousBusiness Cue final scene of his frantic mother dashing to the phone to call a doctor.]]



* This is done in a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip where Dogbert describes sick days as "Vacation days with sound effects", and depicts Dilbert with a makeshift slingshot made out of kitchen furniture loaded with a chicken calling his boss and saying "Don't be surprised if I cough and you hear my lungs hit the refrigerator".

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'':
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This is done in a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip where Dogbert describes sick days as "Vacation days with sound effects", and depicts Dilbert with a makeshift slingshot made out of kitchen furniture loaded with a chicken calling his boss and saying "Don't be surprised if I cough and you hear my lungs hit the refrigerator".
8th May '16 9:32:08 PM nombretomado
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* In ''HomeImprovement'', Jill is enjoying finishing her classes and getting some time off when her dad calls wanting to visit. Believing he wouldn't accept a simple "no, I'd like some time to myself" (which her mom later agrees would be the case), she fakes a cough and warns him away. Soon after, Dad has a heart attack and passes away, burdening Jill with the guilt that she not only passed up a last chance to see him, but that the last things she said to him were lies.

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* In ''HomeImprovement'', ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Jill is enjoying finishing her classes and getting some time off when her dad calls wanting to visit. Believing he wouldn't accept a simple "no, I'd like some time to myself" (which her mom later agrees would be the case), she fakes a cough and warns him away. Soon after, Dad has a heart attack and passes away, burdening Jill with the guilt that she not only passed up a last chance to see him, but that the last things she said to him were lies.



* From ''{{Reba}}'', two of the title character's kids each try to use this trick once. They both fail.
* In "[[ValentinesDayEpisode Valentine's Day III]]" on ''TheMiddle'', Axl, stumped for an assignment where he has to give a speech about a life-changing moment, makes a video where Brick fakes being terminally ill.

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* From ''{{Reba}}'', ''Series/{{Reba}}'', two of the title character's kids each try to use this trick once. They both fail.
* In "[[ValentinesDayEpisode Valentine's Day III]]" on ''TheMiddle'', ''Series/TheMiddle'', Axl, stumped for an assignment where he has to give a speech about a life-changing moment, makes a video where Brick fakes being terminally ill.



* An episode of ''ThatsSoRaven'', after Raven's principal breaks his back and it looks like he'll be leaving, she faking sick to avoid putting up with him for one more day. However, the principal's back healed, [[ShaggyDogStory meaning that he's staying]]. And to add insult to injury, he took the school on a field trip to a water park to celebrate his recovery.

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* An episode of ''ThatsSoRaven'', ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', after Raven's principal breaks his back and it looks like he'll be leaving, she faking sick to avoid putting up with him for one more day. However, the principal's back healed, [[ShaggyDogStory meaning that he's staying]]. And to add insult to injury, he took the school on a field trip to a water park to celebrate his recovery.
7th May '16 3:49:47 PM nombretomado
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* In one episode of ''CSINewYork'', most of the police officers of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity call in sick. They're striking due to not being paid.

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* In one episode of ''CSINewYork'', ''Series/CSINewYork'', most of the police officers of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity call in sick. They're striking due to not being paid.



* In one episode of ''TheGoldenGirls'', Sophia really is injured and must stay in a wheelchair, so Dorothy hires a nurse to look after her mother. The nurse takes excellent care of Sophia but makes life miserable for the other three housemates, who want to fire her. Sophia fakes being injured long after she recovers in order to go on being pampered by the nurse, noting that the way she treats the other three characters is 'just a bonus'.

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* In one episode of ''TheGoldenGirls'', ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Sophia really is injured and must stay in a wheelchair, so Dorothy hires a nurse to look after her mother. The nurse takes excellent care of Sophia but makes life miserable for the other three housemates, who want to fire her. Sophia fakes being injured long after she recovers in order to go on being pampered by the nurse, noting that the way she treats the other three characters is 'just a bonus'.



* In an episode of ''LizzieMcGuire'', Matt tries to pull this, but his mom sees through the act from the start. Rather than send him off to school anyway, she cheerfully proceeds to make Matt miserable by feeding him borscht and sweating out his "fever" by swaddling him in a wool blanket with the heater on. Ironically, this and Matt's further attempts to fake sick did end up making him genuinely sick by the end of the episode.

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* In an episode of ''LizzieMcGuire'', ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'', Matt tries to pull this, but his mom sees through the act from the start. Rather than send him off to school anyway, she cheerfully proceeds to make Matt miserable by feeding him borscht and sweating out his "fever" by swaddling him in a wool blanket with the heater on. Ironically, this and Matt's further attempts to fake sick did end up making him genuinely sick by the end of the episode.
1st May '16 4:24:28 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', Asuka plays sick right after [[PeggySue returning to the past.]] Shinji and she are ''not'' ready to go to school and face their classmates, so Shinji tells Misato that Asuka shouldn't go to the school because she isnít feeling well, and he wants to stay home to take care of Asuka. Misato buys it.
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