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There. You look… [[UnresolvedSexualTension very fine]]. You need help with that [[MementoMacGuffin necklace]], too? Okay. Whew. Oh look, [[MomentKiller there's our ride]]. We'd better be off. [[TemptingFate We wouldn't want to run into that]] ClassyCatBurglar [[TemptingFate that's been about.]]

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There. You look… look... [[UnresolvedSexualTension very fine]]. You need help with that [[MementoMacGuffin necklace]], too? Okay. Whew. Oh look, [[MomentKiller there's our ride]]. We'd better be off. [[TemptingFate We wouldn't want to run into that]] ClassyCatBurglar [[TemptingFate that's been about.]]






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* Used in ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', with a fencing instructor's corset:
--> '''Madonna:''' Do you mind? I've come undone.
** As the commentary alludes; the fencing instructor is a lesbian.

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* ''Film/JamesBond'':
**
Used in ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', with a fencing instructor's corset:
--> '''Madonna:'''
corset. As the commentary alludes, the fencing instructor is a lesbian.
--->'''[[Music/{{Madonna}} Verity]]:'''
Do you mind? I've come undone.
** As the commentary alludes; the fencing instructor is a lesbian.
undone.



* ''Film/{{Smarty}}'': Vicki isn't the least bit subtle about it, asking for help buttoning up her dress--which is a SexyBacklessOutfit, so guess where the buttons are--then asking for Tony to do it instead of Anita on the dubious grounds that Anita's hands are too cold.
--> '''Vicki''': You've always been a great hooker-upper.

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* ''Film/{{Smarty}}'': Vicki isn't the least bit subtle about it, asking for help buttoning up her dress--which dress -- which is a SexyBacklessOutfit, so guess where the buttons are--then are -- then asking for Tony to do it instead of Anita on the dubious grounds that Anita's hands are too cold.
--> '''Vicki''': -->'''Vicki:''' You've always been a great hooker-upper.



* ''[[Literature/{{Dinoverse}} I Was A Teenaged T-Rex]]'', which had four teenagers flung back in time and into the bodies of dinosaurs, had the girl who'd become a Protoceratops--and who wanted to wear clothes despite having nothing to cover--tell this line to the boy who'd become a TyrannosaurusRex. He couldn't tie her shell brassiere with his tiny arms, so the girl who'd become a Quetzalocoatlus did it instead. The first girl ended up with the boy who'd become an Ankylosaur.
* Occurs between spouses [[{{Expy}} Nick and Nora Charles]] in the Sharon Lee and Steve Miller short story "A Night at the Opera".
* This leads to Nathan and Clarissa's first night in bed together in the ''Literature/{{Sword of Truth}}'' books
* A somewhat disturbing example of this occurs in Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's ''Literature/{{Haunted 2005}}'': Mother Nature asks her self-appointed love interest to help zip her up… because she doesn't have enough fingers to do it herself. She and her companions have been [[{{Fingore}} cutting off parts of their fingers]] to [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} garner sympathy from others.]]

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* ''[[Literature/{{Dinoverse}} I Was A a Teenaged T-Rex]]'', which had four teenagers flung back in time and into the bodies of dinosaurs, had the girl who'd become a Protoceratops--and Protoceratops -- and who wanted to wear clothes despite having nothing to cover--tell cover -- tell this line to the boy who'd become a TyrannosaurusRex. He couldn't tie her shell brassiere with his tiny arms, so the girl who'd become a Quetzalocoatlus did it instead. The first girl ended up with the boy who'd become an Ankylosaur.
* Occurs between spouses [[{{Expy}} Nick and Nora Charles]] Charles in the Sharon Lee and Steve Miller short story "A Night at the Opera".
* This leads to Nathan and Clarissa's first night in bed together in the ''Literature/{{Sword of Truth}}'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' books
* A somewhat disturbing example of this occurs in Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's ''Literature/{{Haunted 2005}}'': ''Literature/{{Haunted|2005}}'': Mother Nature asks her self-appointed love interest to help zip her up… because she doesn't have enough fingers to do it herself. She and her companions have been [[{{Fingore}} cutting off parts of their fingers]] to [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} garner sympathy from others.]]



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* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' the most frequent person Lucille asks to zip her up is her ''sons''. Their reactions are characteristic of their personalities. MommasBoy Buster always dutifully obliges; G.O.B., TheUnfavorite, finds her request "utterly macabre".

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* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' the ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** The
most frequent person Lucille asks to zip her up is her ''sons''. Their reactions are characteristic of their personalities. MommasBoy Buster always dutifully obliges; G.O.B., TheUnfavorite, finds her request "utterly macabre".



--->'''Michael''': Buster, you can't zip-line over there.\\
'''Buster''': Either I zip down, or he zips up, and that is a mighty long zipper on Mother's Cher jumpsuit. You have to get on your knees to start it.\\
'''Michael''': This is much less scary. Godspeed, Buster.

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--->'''Michael''': --->'''Michael:''' Buster, you can't zip-line over there.\\
'''Buster''': '''Buster:''' Either I zip down, or he zips up, and that is a mighty long zipper on Mother's Cher jumpsuit. You have to get on your knees to start it.\\
'''Michael''': '''Michael:''' This is much less scary. Godspeed, Buster.



* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', it was used to show how Seven of Nine has NoSocialSkills (as well as give some {{fanservice}}):
-->"I am unfamiliar with how to wear such a garment. ''[goes to un-do her zipper]'' Assist me."

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
**
In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', it was is used to show how Seven of Nine has NoSocialSkills (as well as give some {{fanservice}}):
-->"I --->'''Seven of Nine:''' I am unfamiliar with how to wear such a garment. ''[goes to un-do her zipper]'' Assist me."



* In ''Series/MadMen'', Joan Holloway always asks her lovers to zip her up when she's getting dressed.

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* In ''Series/MadMen'', ''Series/MadMen'':
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Joan Holloway always asks her lovers to zip her up when she's getting dressed.



* ''MySoCalledLife'', where Delia has Rickie help her zip up her jacket… just moments before she opens his [[TransparentCloset closet door]].

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* ''MySoCalledLife'', ''Series/MySoCalledLife'', where Delia has Rickie help her zip up her jacket… just moments before she opens his [[TransparentCloset closet door]].



* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' played this trope perfectly straight in "The Wedding Job" when Parker enlists Hardison to zip up her bridesmaid's dress.

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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' played this trope ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
** Played
perfectly straight in "The Wedding Job" when Parker enlists Hardison to zip up her bridesmaid's dress.



* Played with in one episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' where Rachel asks Joey to help zip her dress. Of course, [[LoveableSexManiac Joey being Joey]] her next line is simply, "UP!"

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
**
Played with in one episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' where Rachel asks Joey to help zip her dress. Of course, [[LoveableSexManiac Joey being Joey]] her next line is simply, "UP!"



-->'''Phoebe:''' Can you believe no one from my place to here offered to do that for me?\\

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-->'''Phoebe:''' --->'''Phoebe:''' Can you believe no one no-one from my place to here offered to do that for me?\\



* Used straight on ''Series/UglyBetty'' with Daniel and Molly, even though it was a ''side'' zipper that she should have been able to zip up herself.
** It can be challenging for women with large breasts to zip things on the side--less maneuverability and if the zipper comes up to your waist or higher you can't even see it. It's doable, but gets awkward.
* Done in ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' after Tom and Meghan had sex. She mocks his squeamishness, pointing out that he'd "seen it all before."
** HilariousOuttakes from that scene: Joel Gretsch (Tom) was struggling with the zipper, and after the line "this will only be weird if we let it," complains "well, we won't, 'cause I can't get this thing up! (beat) The zipper." They both nod seriously for a moment and then crack up.
* In the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode ''Shalom'', the female assassin gets her male partner (whom she is about to double-cross) to help her put on her necklace. Little does he know that while her back is turned, she is readying her gun. "Careful… it's delicate…" are the last words he ever hears.

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* Used straight on ''Series/UglyBetty'' with Daniel and Molly, even though it was a ''side'' zipper that she should have been able to zip up herself.
**
herself. It can be challenging for women with large breasts to zip things on the side--less side -- less maneuverability and if the zipper comes up to your waist or higher you can't even see it. It's doable, but gets awkward.
* Done in ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' after Tom and Meghan had sex. She mocks his squeamishness, pointing out that he'd "seen it all before."
**
" HilariousOuttakes from that scene: Joel Gretsch (Tom) was struggling with the zipper, and after the line "this will only be weird if we let it," complains "well, we won't, 'cause I can't get this thing up! (beat) The zipper." They both nod seriously for a moment and then crack up.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
**
In the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode ''Shalom'', "Shalom", the female assassin gets her male partner (whom she is about to double-cross) to help her put on her necklace. Little does he know that while her back is turned, she is readying her gun. "Careful… "Careful... it's delicate…" delicate..." are the last words he ever hears.



* Averted by Liz Lemon on ''Series/ThirtyRock''--Liz offers as evidence of her self-sufficiency that she can zip up her own dresses. A CutawayGag reveals this involves inventive use of her treadmill's panic clip.
** Also employed in a ShipTease moment--Jack follows Liz into her apartment after attending a fancy birthday party together. He leans into her and she believes a kiss is coming--but he's only reaching behind her neck to remove the necklace he loaned her for the night.

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* * ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
**
Averted by Liz Lemon on ''Series/ThirtyRock''--Liz Lemon. Liz offers as evidence of her self-sufficiency that she can zip up her own dresses. A CutawayGag reveals this involves inventive use of her treadmill's panic clip.
** Also employed in a ShipTease moment--Jack moment -- Jack follows Liz into her apartment after attending a fancy birthday party together. He leans into her and she believes a kiss is coming--but coming -- but he's only reaching behind her neck to remove the necklace he loaned her for the night.



* ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'' had Alan help Josie untangle a long chain that was part of her (very backless) dress.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'' had has Alan help Josie untangle a long chain that was part of her (very backless) dress.
7th Nov '17 9:48:07 AM Willbyr
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* Quon in ''Anime/{{RahXephon}}'', as pictured above. She had just come out of a medical checkup and already had on a dress, but needed another person to secure her medical vest. Not that this was apparent to Ayato. Odd, considering said clasps are on the ''front'' of her vest, yet she needs someone else to help her, and the clasps must be fastened from behind.

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* Quon in ''Anime/{{RahXephon}}'', as pictured above.''Anime/{{RahXephon}}''. She had just come out of a medical checkup and already had on a dress, but needed another person to secure her medical vest. Not that this was apparent to Ayato. Odd, considering said clasps are on the ''front'' of her vest, yet she needs someone else to help her, and the clasps must be fastened from behind.



* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' made a joke out of this in ''Sailor Stars''--Kou Seiya is introduced to Michiru by Usagi, and later goes into her dressing room by himself. When he says he wants to get to know her better, she asks him to help zip up her dress. After Haruka comes in and essentially drives Seiya out, Michiru makes the same request of her.

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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' made a joke out of this in ''Sailor Stars''--Kou Stars''. Kou Seiya is introduced to Michiru by Usagi, and later goes into her dressing room by himself. When he says he wants to get to know her better, she asks him to help zip up her dress. After Haruka comes in and essentially drives Seiya out, Michiru makes the same request of her.
6th Apr '17 7:52:57 PM randomtroper89
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* Used to ShipTease [[CoolBigSis Catherine]] and [[TeamDad Grissom]] in ''Series/{{CSI}}'': at a fancy dinner, Grissom has trouble with a bowtie, so Catherine steps in to help with a dry "you need a woman" comment.
20th Nov '16 2:00:09 PM StFan
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* Parodied in ''[[WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife Rocko's Modern Life]]'' when a lonely Mrs. Bighead tried to seduce Rocko using this (and other) stunts. [[MediaWatchdog Parents]] thought this was too risque for a cartoon and the offending episode was quickly pulled off air, and taken out of syndication (at least in the US).
* ''JosieAndThePussycats'' had Alan help Josie untangle a long chain that was part of her (very backless) dress.
* ''VentureBrothers'': Dr. Girlfriend angrily tells Dr. Venture to zip her dress up after debating with the persistent [[CasanovaWannabe Casanova Wannabe]] about whether or not she was legitimately in love with him during a mission where she had to seduce him and inject him with a serum that would convert his body into that of a giant butterfly as per the orders of her fiance, the villainous Monarch, only to give him the antidote after feeling guilty about the whole thing. Their relationship gradually improves to an amiable acquaintanceship later on.

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* Parodied in ''[[WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife Rocko's Modern Life]]'' ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' when a lonely Mrs. Bighead tried to seduce Rocko using this (and other) stunts. [[MediaWatchdog Parents]] thought this was too risque for a cartoon and the offending episode was quickly pulled off air, and taken out of syndication (at least in the US).
* ''JosieAndThePussycats'' ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'' had Alan help Josie untangle a long chain that was part of her (very backless) dress.
* ''VentureBrothers'': ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Dr. Girlfriend angrily tells Dr. Venture to zip her dress up after debating with the persistent [[CasanovaWannabe Casanova Wannabe]] about whether or not she was legitimately in love with him during a mission where she had to seduce him and inject him with a serum that would convert his body into that of a giant butterfly as per the orders of her fiance, the villainous Monarch, only to give him the antidote after feeling guilty about the whole thing. Their relationship gradually improves to an amiable acquaintanceship later on.



30th Jun '16 11:04:56 AM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''Film/{{Phffft}}'', a very flustered Creator/JackLemmon has to zip up the tantalizing Kim Novak.
13th Jun '16 4:47:02 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' the most frequent person Lucille asks to zip her up is her ''sons''. Their reactions are characteristic of their personalities.

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* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' the most frequent person Lucille asks to zip her up is her ''sons''. Their reactions are characteristic of their personalities. MommasBoy Buster always dutifully obliges; G.O.B., TheUnfavorite, finds her request "utterly macabre".
11th Jun '16 4:18:18 PM nombretomado
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* This leads to Nathan and Clarissa's first night in bed together in the ''{{Sword of Truth}}'' books

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* This leads to Nathan and Clarissa's first night in bed together in the ''{{Sword ''Literature/{{Sword of Truth}}'' books
27th May '16 3:23:23 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Played with in one episode ''{{Friends}}'' where Rachel asks Joey to help zip her dress. Of course, [[LoveableSexManiac Joey being Joey]] her next line is simply, "UP!"

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* Played with in one episode ''{{Friends}}'' of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' where Rachel asks Joey to help zip her dress. Of course, [[LoveableSexManiac Joey being Joey]] her next line is simply, "UP!"



* In the ''{{Spin City}}'' episode "Dick Clark's Rockin' Make-Out Party '99", Priscilla Presley's character Marie asks for James to unzip the back of her red dress as a seduction technique.

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* In the ''{{Spin City}}'' ''Series/SpinCity'' episode "Dick Clark's Rockin' Make-Out Party '99", Priscilla Presley's character Marie asks for James to unzip the back of her red dress as a seduction technique.
27th May '16 3:21:17 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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6th Apr '16 11:13:39 PM Eievie
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[[caption-width-right:300:... no, wait, I'll do it myself..]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:... no, [[caption-width-right:300:…no, wait, I'll do it myself..]]
myself…]]



There. You look... [[UnresolvedSexualTension very fine]]. You need help with that [[MementoMacGuffin necklace]], too? Okay. Whew. Oh look, [[MomentKiller there's our ride]]. We'd better be off. [[TemptingFate We wouldn't want to run into that]] ClassyCatBurglar [[TemptingFate that's been about.]]

A very common element of a ShipTease, when a man helps a woman zip up or down her dress. Has the charm of being innocuous and platonic on the surface, but brings the TheissTitillationTheory into full effect -- the fact that the dress is just partially on lends a great deal of tension. May also work with necklaces, clasps, buttons, snaps, or anything that could possibly reveal her back. Compare the HandsOnApproach.

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There. You look... look… [[UnresolvedSexualTension very fine]]. You need help with that [[MementoMacGuffin necklace]], too? Okay. Whew. Oh look, [[MomentKiller there's our ride]]. We'd better be off. [[TemptingFate We wouldn't want to run into that]] ClassyCatBurglar [[TemptingFate that's been about.]]

A very common element of a ShipTease, when a man helps a woman zip up or down her dress. Has the charm of being innocuous and platonic on the surface, but brings the TheissTitillationTheory into full effect -- the effect--the fact that the dress is just partially on lends a great deal of tension. May also work with necklaces, clasps, buttons, snaps, or anything that could possibly reveal her back. Compare the HandsOnApproach.



* In ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' the main character Wataru does this to Sakuya... one of his sisters... [[BrotherSisterIncest huh...]]

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* In ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' the main character Wataru does this to Sakuya... Sakuya… one of his sisters... sisters… [[BrotherSisterIncest huh...]]huh…]]



* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' made a joke out of this in ''Sailor Stars'' - Kou Seiya is introduced to Michiru by Usagi, and later goes into her dressing room by himself. When he says he wants to get to know her better, she asks him to help zip up her dress. After Haruka comes in and essentially drives Seiya out, Michiru makes the same request of her.

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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' made a joke out of this in ''Sailor Stars'' - Kou Stars''--Kou Seiya is introduced to Michiru by Usagi, and later goes into her dressing room by himself. When he says he wants to get to know her better, she asks him to help zip up her dress. After Haruka comes in and essentially drives Seiya out, Michiru makes the same request of her.



* ''[[Literature/{{Dinoverse}} I Was A Teenaged T-Rex]]'', which had four teenagers flung back in time and into the bodies of dinosaurs, had the girl who'd become a Protoceratops - and who wanted to wear clothes despite having nothing to cover - tell this line to the boy who'd become a TyrannosaurusRex. He couldn't tie her shell brassiere with his tiny arms, so the girl who'd become a Quetzalocoatlus did it instead. The first girl ended up with the boy who'd become an Ankylosaur.

to:

* ''[[Literature/{{Dinoverse}} I Was A Teenaged T-Rex]]'', which had four teenagers flung back in time and into the bodies of dinosaurs, had the girl who'd become a Protoceratops - and Protoceratops--and who wanted to wear clothes despite having nothing to cover - tell cover--tell this line to the boy who'd become a TyrannosaurusRex. He couldn't tie her shell brassiere with his tiny arms, so the girl who'd become a Quetzalocoatlus did it instead. The first girl ended up with the boy who'd become an Ankylosaur.



* A somewhat disturbing example of this occurs in Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's ''Literature/{{Haunted 2005}}'': Mother Nature asks her self-appointed love interest to help zip her up...because she doesn't have enough fingers to do it herself. She and her companions have been [[{{Fingore}} cutting off parts of their fingers]] to [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} garner sympathy from others.]]

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* A somewhat disturbing example of this occurs in Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's ''Literature/{{Haunted 2005}}'': Mother Nature asks her self-appointed love interest to help zip her up...up… because she doesn't have enough fingers to do it herself. She and her companions have been [[{{Fingore}} cutting off parts of their fingers]] to [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} garner sympathy from others.]]



* ''MySoCalledLife'', where Delia has Rickie help her zip up her jacket...just moments before she opens his [[TransparentCloset closet door]].

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* ''MySoCalledLife'', where Delia has Rickie help her zip up her jacket...jacket… just moments before she opens his [[TransparentCloset closet door]].



-->'''Phoebe:''' Can you believe no-one from my place to here offered to do that for me?
-->'''Ross:''' People.

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-->'''Phoebe:''' Can you believe no-one no one from my place to here offered to do that for me?
-->'''Ross:'''
me?\\
'''Ross:'''
People.



** It can be challenging for women with large breasts to zip things on the side - less maneuverability and if the zipper comes up to your waist or higher you can't even see it. It's doable, but gets awkward.

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** It can be challenging for women with large breasts to zip things on the side - less side--less maneuverability and if the zipper comes up to your waist or higher you can't even see it. It's doable, but gets awkward.



* In the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode ''Shalom'', the female assassin gets her male partner (whom she is about to double-cross) to help her put on her necklace. Little does he know that while her back is turned, she is readying her gun. "Careful... it's delicate..." are the last words he ever hears.

to:

* In the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode ''Shalom'', the female assassin gets her male partner (whom she is about to double-cross) to help her put on her necklace. Little does he know that while her back is turned, she is readying her gun. "Careful... "Careful… it's delicate..." delicate…" are the last words he ever hears.



* Averted by Liz Lemon on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' - Liz offers as evidence of her self-sufficiency that she can zip up her own dresses. A CutawayGag reveals this involves inventive use of her treadmill's panic clip.
** Also employed in a ShipTease moment - Jack follows Liz into her apartment after attending a fancy birthday party together. He leans into her and she believes a kiss is coming - but he's only reaching behind her neck to remove the necklace he loaned her for the night.

to:

* Averted by Liz Lemon on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' - Liz ''Series/ThirtyRock''--Liz offers as evidence of her self-sufficiency that she can zip up her own dresses. A CutawayGag reveals this involves inventive use of her treadmill's panic clip.
** Also employed in a ShipTease moment - Jack moment--Jack follows Liz into her apartment after attending a fancy birthday party together. He leans into her and she believes a kiss is coming - but coming--but he's only reaching behind her neck to remove the necklace he loaned her for the night.
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