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24th Aug '16 11:36:29 AM tromag
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* There was an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' wherein [[spoiler: Reese ran away from home and joined the army with the help of a fake ID]]. When Lois goes to fix the problem [[spoiler: ( i.e. forcibly bring him back)]] the army refuses to release information on his whereabouts. Fortunately, Lois and his Drill Sargent bond over their [[DrillSargentNasty similar personalities and worldviews]], causing him to offer this gem:

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* There was an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' wherein [[spoiler: Reese ran away from home and joined the army with the help of a fake ID]]. When Lois goes to fix the problem [[spoiler: ( i.e. forcibly bring him back)]] the army refuses to release information on his whereabouts. Fortunately, Lois and his Drill Sargent drill sergeant bond over their [[DrillSargentNasty [[DrillSergeantNasty similar personalities and worldviews]], personalities]], causing him to offer this gem:
24th Aug '16 11:33:48 AM tromag
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* There was an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' wherein [[spoiler: Reese ran away from home and joined the army with the help of a fake ID]]. When Lois goes to fix the problem [[spoiler: ( i.e. forcibly bring him back)]] she is basically informed that that's impossible. She is told this by [[spoiler: Reese's drill sergeant]] who sympathizes with Lois's desire to protect her child (in her own trademark, sadistic way) and so he offers up this gem:
-->'''[[spoiler:Drill Sergeant]]''': "I wish I could help you. I wish I could just open this drawer up [opens drawer] and show you the information you need. But I can't. [gets up to go to the window] It's got me so frustrated that I just want to stare intently out this window for, oh, say, a hundred and twenty seconds."

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* There was an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' wherein [[spoiler: Reese ran away from home and joined the army with the help of a fake ID]]. When Lois goes to fix the problem [[spoiler: ( i.e. forcibly bring him back)]] she is basically informed that that's impossible. She is told this by [[spoiler: Reese's drill sergeant]] who sympathizes with Lois's desire the army refuses to protect her child (in her own trademark, sadistic way) release information on his whereabouts. Fortunately, Lois and so he offers up his Drill Sargent bond over their [[DrillSargentNasty similar personalities and worldviews]], causing him to offer this gem:
-->'''[[spoiler:Drill Sergeant]]''': "I really do wish I could help you. I wish I could just open this drawer up [opens drawer] ''[opens drawer]'' and show you the information you need. But I can't. [gets ''[gets up to go to the window] window]'' It's got me so frustrated that I just want to stare intently out this window for, oh, say, a hundred and twenty seconds."
12th Aug '16 4:25:23 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''[[{{Halo4}} Halo 4]]'', Captain Del Rio orders Commander Lasky to prevent the Master Chief from leaving the ''Infinity'' to pursue the Didact. Lasky informs the Chief of this and then mentions that, just in case the Chief had gone already, Lasky had ordered a Pelican readied to pursue him. A fully fueled, armed, and prepped for launch Pelican that was currently moving into launch position in the landing bay they're looking at. And then he strolls away.

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* In ''[[{{Halo4}} Halo 4]]'', ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', Captain Del Rio orders Commander Lasky to prevent the Master Chief from leaving the ''Infinity'' to pursue the Didact. Lasky informs the Chief of this and then mentions that, just in case the Chief had gone already, Lasky had ordered a Pelican readied to pursue him. A fully fueled, armed, and prepped for launch Pelican that was currently moving into launch position in the landing bay they're looking at. And then he strolls away.
6th Jul '16 2:58:41 PM Morgenthaler
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See also DonutMessWithACop. Also compare IllPretendIDidntHearThat (an authority figure ignores an infraction while making it clear that it ''was'' noticed) and FakeStatic (a character pretends to not hear inconvenient orders or statements over a "noisy" communications channel). Not to do with a father [[DisappearedDad stepping out for coffee]].

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See also DonutMessWithACop.CopsNeedTheVigilante for when the cops actively enlist civilians to work outside the law. Also compare IllPretendIDidntHearThat (an authority figure ignores an infraction while making it clear that it ''was'' noticed) and FakeStatic (a character pretends to not hear inconvenient orders or statements over a "noisy" communications channel). Not to do with a father [[DisappearedDad stepping out for coffee]].
6th Jul '16 7:55:24 AM thatother1dude
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* ''TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Duck!" deals with a phantom duck that torments the show's main characters by making sounds of breaking wind in the worst possible spots at the worst possible times. When the duck tries to do it to Mandy, she plays it cool until a library confrontation has her sent to Principal Goodvibes' office. When Goodvibes sees Sperg committing mischief, he excuses himself to take care of it and tells Mandy to not touch the intercom button. The duck, naturally takes advantage of this situation to make fart noises over the intercom and frame Mandy for it.
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6th Jul '16 5:15:33 AM LondonKdS
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* The British pulp novelist Stephen Frances (aka Hank Janson) claimed in his memoirs (unpublished, but quoted in a biography of him) that while he was living in Spain, a local Spanish cop who liked him did this to him practically word for word when some British cops who had a grudge against him sent a letter to the Spanish falsely accusing him of being a criminal.
6th Jun '16 1:32:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the 2004 version of {{Jackie Chan}}'s ''Film/NewPoliceStory'', Jackie and his sidekick are in a jail cell, with the entire police force sympathizing with him. Their guard makes a show of announcing that he needs to go take a piss, "carelessly" dropping his keys on the floor as he walks out. His partner (who is also his daughter) makes a big show of chasing him out, nagging that he drinks too much coffee, kicking the keys into the jail cell just in case Jackie didn't get the hint. Once Jackie and his partner unlock the door and try to quietly sneak out of the station, they come [[OhCrap face to face]] with DaChief, a vocal critic of theirs. [[IWasNeverHere Who turns around and walks back into his office without comment.]]

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* In the 2004 version of {{Jackie Chan}}'s Creator/JackieChan's ''Film/NewPoliceStory'', Jackie and his sidekick are in a jail cell, with the entire police force sympathizing with him. Their guard makes a show of announcing that he needs to go take a piss, "carelessly" dropping his keys on the floor as he walks out. His partner (who is also his daughter) makes a big show of chasing him out, nagging that he drinks too much coffee, kicking the keys into the jail cell just in case Jackie didn't get the hint. Once Jackie and his partner unlock the door and try to quietly sneak out of the station, they come [[OhCrap face to face]] with DaChief, a vocal critic of theirs. [[IWasNeverHere Who turns around and walks back into his office without comment.]]



* Happens in ThomasPynchon's ''Literature/InherentVice'', except that cop Bigfoot Bjornson does this at a GreasySpoon with the protagonist.

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* Happens in ThomasPynchon's Creator/ThomasPynchon's ''Literature/InherentVice'', except that cop Bigfoot Bjornson does this at a GreasySpoon with the protagonist.



* In ''[[HoratioHornblower Hornblower and the Hotspur]]'', Hornblower's [[HypercompetentSidekick new steward]], Doughty, is due to hang because he struck an officer in a rare fit of anger. Hornblower ends up [[ChessMaster arranging a series of seeming coincidences]] such that Doughty is unrestrained, unguarded, and most of the crew's attention is directed forward when Hornblower leaves him alone in his cabin at the stern of the ship with the window open, and an American ship, the USS ''Constitution'', a short distance away.
* In ''[[TheDresdenFiles Proven Guilty]]'', Harry needs to illegally pick a lock, so tells Murphy (a police detective) to "look at that zeppelin" while he does so. She concedes to necessity and turns her back, but isn't happy about it.

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* In ''[[HoratioHornblower ''[[Literature/HoratioHornblower Hornblower and the Hotspur]]'', Hornblower's [[HypercompetentSidekick new steward]], Doughty, is due to hang because he struck an officer in a rare fit of anger. Hornblower ends up [[ChessMaster arranging a series of seeming coincidences]] such that Doughty is unrestrained, unguarded, and most of the crew's attention is directed forward when Hornblower leaves him alone in his cabin at the stern of the ship with the window open, and an American ship, the USS ''Constitution'', a short distance away.
* In ''[[TheDresdenFiles ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Proven Guilty]]'', Harry needs to illegally pick a lock, so tells Murphy (a police detective) to "look at that zeppelin" while he does so. She concedes to necessity and turns her back, but isn't happy about it.
6th Jun '16 1:32:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* A variant happens in ''Film/TheGamers: Dorkness Rising''. The GMPC paladin wouldn't allow the characters to torture an NPC, so they fool him into thinking there are more evil doers outside.

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* A variant happens in ''Film/TheGamers: Dorkness Rising''.''Film/TheGamersDorknessRising''. The GMPC paladin wouldn't allow the characters to torture an NPC, so they fool him into thinking there are more evil doers outside.
5th Jun '16 8:03:07 PM TedlyAnderson
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* In one issue of ''Comicbook/JusticeLeague Quarterly'', the [[PunchClockHero corporate superteam]] Conglomorate is told by their manager that their sponsors won't let them fight an actual supervillain because of the risk. However, if she went for coffee and when she came back they were gone, well, there's not much she could do about that.

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* In one issue of ''Comicbook/JusticeLeague Quarterly'', the manager of the [[PunchClockHero corporate superteam]] Conglomorate is told by their manager tells the heroes that their sponsors won't let them fight an actual supervillain supervillain, because of the risk. However, if she went for coffee and when she came back they were gone, well, there's not much she could do about that.''that.''
5th Jun '16 6:01:40 PM eroock
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* In ''VideoGame/TexMurphy: The Pandora Directive'', the pathologist at the morgue is "taking a long lunch break" so Tex can have the place for himself.
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