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10th Nov '15 5:57:09 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Friends}}'' "The One Where Everyone Finds Out": Phoebe finds out Monica and Chandler are seeing each other, but they don't know she knows. Then they find out, but she doesn't know they know she knows. Then she finds out, but [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow they don't know she knows they know she knows]]...
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* ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' "The One Where Everyone Finds Out": Phoebe finds out Monica and Chandler are seeing each other, but they don't know she knows. Then they find out, but she doesn't know they know she knows. Then she finds out, but [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow they don't know she knows they know she knows]]...

* ''MurphyBrown'': Murphy makes Frank think he's found [[RichardNixon Deep Throat]]. Frank catches on and makes Murphy think he's given up an important interview to do the Deep Throat story. Miles makes Murphy and Frank think their plots have gotten him fired. And so on...
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* ''MurphyBrown'': ''Series/MurphyBrown'': Murphy makes Frank think he's found [[RichardNixon [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Deep Throat]]. Frank catches on and makes Murphy think he's given up an important interview to do the Deep Throat story. Miles makes Murphy and Frank think their plots have gotten him fired. And so on...
26th Mar '15 9:50:19 AM case
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cancelled last edit
Differs from the EscalatingWar, which is a series of unrelated pranks attempting to top one another. ZanySchemeChicken is a series of reversals of one prank. A distant relative of the GambitPileup. Sometimes involves IKnowYouKnowIKnow for added zany.
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Differs from the EscalatingWar, which is a series of unrelated pranks attempting to top one another. ZanySchemeChicken is a series of reversals of one prank. A distant relative of the GambitPileup. Sometimes involves IKnowYouKnowIKnow for added zany. GambitPileup.
26th Mar '15 9:49:54 AM case
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Differs from the EscalatingWar, which is a series of unrelated pranks attempting to top one another. ZanySchemeChicken is a series of reversals of one prank. A distant relative of the GambitPileup.
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Differs from the EscalatingWar, which is a series of unrelated pranks attempting to top one another. ZanySchemeChicken is a series of reversals of one prank. A distant relative of the GambitPileup. GambitPileup. Sometimes involves IKnowYouKnowIKnow for added zany.
10th Mar '14 7:51:38 PM Geoduck
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* This trope is the premise of the ''SpyVsSpy'' comic strip series.
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* This trope is the premise of the ''SpyVsSpy'' ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy'' comic strip series.
26th Feb '14 9:17:46 PM shawnvw
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Modified Dick Van Dyke Show
* ''TheDickVanDykeShow'' "A Surprise Surprise Is a Surprise" : Laura schemes a surprise party for Rob. He snoops on her and finds out about it, but counter-schemes by pretending not to. That evening, guest after guest calls and says they won't make it. Late that evening, after the last phone call, Laura breaks down crying and apologizes for ruining his birthday. Rob consoles her by saying he knew about the party all along. Laura then counter-counters by saying she knew he would find out about it, but the real surprise party is about to start. Yelling "Surprise!", all the guests come into the living room wearing pajamas.
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* ''TheDickVanDykeShow'' "A Surprise Surprise Is a Surprise" : Laura schemes a surprise party for Rob. He snoops on her and finds out about it, but counter-schemes by pretending not to. That evening, guest after guest calls and says they won't make it. Late that evening, after the last phone call, Laura breaks down crying and apologizes for ruining his birthday. Rob consoles her by saying he knew about the party all along. Laura then counter-counters by saying she knew he would find out about it, but jokes that "next year" he'll be surprised for real, because she'll have the real surprise party is about to start. -- right now! Yelling "Surprise!", all the guests come into the living room wearing pajamas.
9th Feb '14 3:27:40 PM dyson88
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* In an episode of ''Series/GetSmart'', Max and 99 (who were by then married) were protecting a prince who looked exactly like Max. To test her loyalty, Max pretends to be the prince and flirts with her. 99 is first appalled, but then realizes the ruse and starts to flirt back. Max then realizes that 99 knows, so he leaves and comes back as himself, to make her think that she really was flirting with the prince after all.
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* In an episode of ''Series/GetSmart'', Max and 99 (who were by then married) were protecting a prince who looked exactly like Max. To test her loyalty, Max pretends to be the prince and flirts with her. 99 is first appalled, but then realizes the ruse and starts to flirt back. Max then realizes that 99 knows, so he leaves and comes back as himself, to make her think that she really was flirting with the prince after all. Of course while they're busy playing tricks on each other,[[NiceJobBreakingitHero the real prince is kidnapped.]]
29th Nov '13 6:55:45 AM StFan
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* In ''Anime/{{Mao-chan}}'', the new Prime Minister starts a MonsterProtectionRacket to promote his "Three Aces" team... whereupon the Defense Force leaders launch their own fake alien at the same time to try to get the Defense Corps girls back in the public's good graces. At the same time, Yuriko launches a real alien for the girls to fight... and ''all'' of the aliens look like pandas.
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* In ''Anime/{{Mao-chan}}'', ''Anime/MaoChan'', the new Prime Minister starts a MonsterProtectionRacket to promote his "Three Aces" team... whereupon the Defense Force leaders launch their own fake alien at the same time to try to get the Defense Corps girls back in the public's good graces. At the same time, Yuriko launches a real alien for the girls to fight... and ''all'' of the aliens look like pandas.
10th Jul '13 3:35:10 PM BibsDibs
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A ZanyScheme is hatched. The mark figures it out and launches a CounterZany. The original schemer [[IknowYouKnowIKnow catches onto]] the CounterZany and counters with a Counter-Counter Zany.
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A ZanyScheme is hatched. The mark figures it out and launches a CounterZany. The original schemer [[IknowYouKnowIKnow [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow catches onto]] the CounterZany and counters with a Counter-Counter Zany.
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