History ObfuscatingStupidity / LiveActionTV

7th Mar '16 11:59:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the WillAndGrace episode ''May Divorce Be with You'', Karen is trying to divorce her husband, [[TheGhost Stan]]. Since Will is Stan's lawyer, Karen has to find one of her own. She ends up with a young, bumbling kid named Jason "J.T." Towne, a.k.a. Soupy (played by Macaulay Culkin). J.T. presents himself as completely incompetent and childish. During a discussion with Will, J.T. has a panic attack about the thousands of dollars Karen has at stake (which Will reminds him is actually ''millions''). Feeling sorry for him, Will reveals some extremely helpful advice to him. Soon after, J.T. reveals it was all an act in order to get the opposing lawyer to do all the work for him.

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* In the WillAndGrace ''Series/WillAndGrace'' episode ''May "May Divorce Be with You'', You", Karen is trying to divorce her husband, [[TheGhost Stan]]. Since Will is Stan's lawyer, Karen has to find one of her own. She ends up with a young, bumbling kid named Jason "J.T." Towne, a.k.a. Soupy (played by Macaulay Culkin). J.T. presents himself as completely incompetent and childish. During a discussion with Will, J.T. has a panic attack about the thousands of dollars Karen has at stake (which Will reminds him is actually ''millions''). Feeling sorry for him, Will reveals some extremely helpful advice to him. Soon after, J.T. reveals it was all an act in order to get the opposing lawyer to do all the work for him.
16th Feb '16 6:27:40 AM LordInsane
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* The Pakleds in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode ''Samaritan Snare'' are to all indications genuinely some of the most stupid aliens featured in ''Star Trek'', but they ''are'' capable of playing it up even more in some areas to appear more harmless than they actually are and manipulate others into doing what they want.
11th Feb '16 9:11:25 AM FordPrefect
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** Creator/SeanConnery on the ''[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Celebrity Jeopardy!]]'' sketches. Originally, he was just as stupid as all the other celebrities, but when the focus shifted to his adversarial relationship with Alex Trebek, it became obvious that he was just faking it to get his goat. (Sometimes, he even admits as much himself.)



* Creator/SeanConnery on the ''[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Celebrity Jeopardy!]]'' sketches on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Originally, he was just as stupid as all the other celebrities, but when the focus shifted to his adversarial relationship with Alex Trebek, it became obvious that he was just faking it to get his goat. (Sometimes, he even admits as much himself.)
11th Feb '16 9:09:09 AM FordPrefect
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* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'''s "In a Mirror Darkly,"Mirror Hoshi pulls it on both the characters and the audience. She seems like nothing more than a willing consort for whoever her captain is at the moment, then at the end she [[spoiler:poisons Mirror Archer and declares herself Empress of the Terrans.]]

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* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'''s "In a Mirror Darkly,"Mirror Darkly," Mirror Hoshi pulls it on both the characters and the audience. She seems like nothing more than a willing consort for whoever her captain is at the moment, then at the end she [[spoiler:poisons Mirror Archer and declares herself Empress of the Terrans.]]
27th Nov '15 11:57:31 AM nombretomado
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* SeanConnery on the ''[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Celebrity Jeopardy!]]'' sketches on ''SaturdayNightLive''. Originally, he was just as stupid as all the other celebrities, but when the focus shifted to his adversarial relationship with Alex Trebek, it became obvious that he was just faking it to get his goat. (Sometimes, he even admits as much himself.)

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* SeanConnery Creator/SeanConnery on the ''[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Celebrity Jeopardy!]]'' sketches on ''SaturdayNightLive''.''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Originally, he was just as stupid as all the other celebrities, but when the focus shifted to his adversarial relationship with Alex Trebek, it became obvious that he was just faking it to get his goat. (Sometimes, he even admits as much himself.)
15th Nov '15 11:47:10 AM nombretomado
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** Im the sketch "Masterbrain," Phil Hartman portrayed then-president RonaldReagan as a doddering-yet-genial goofball (the image that was and still is popular among his detractors) when presenting himself before the press or the public. Behind closed doors however, Hartman's Reagan revealed himself to be a [[MagnificentBastard Machiavellian manipulator]] in full command of the issues of the day (while everyone else in his Cabinet is struggling to keep up).

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** Im the sketch "Masterbrain," Phil Hartman portrayed then-president RonaldReagan UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan as a doddering-yet-genial goofball (the image that was and still is popular among his detractors) when presenting himself before the press or the public. Behind closed doors however, Hartman's Reagan revealed himself to be a [[MagnificentBastard Machiavellian manipulator]] in full command of the issues of the day (while everyone else in his Cabinet is struggling to keep up).
28th Sep '15 1:26:15 PM Divra
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** In-series, it's also revealed that Schultz not only managed to get himself promoted to Hauptfeldtwebel (that's Senior Master Sergeant, or E-8 equivalent), he also ran a highly successful toy company in the interbellum years, and only re-enlisted because he had no better options when his factory was seized for the war effort.
24th Sep '15 12:08:50 AM PetroleumJerry
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** In one episode he has an idea for how to repair the engines while in flight, but doesn't want to actually ''do'' it because it would be dangerous. He wanders on to the bridge drunk and waving a bottle (entirely in character) and ramblingly describes his plan. Avon and Tarrant go to repair the engines and Vila reassures the rest that [[spoiler:you can't get drunk on water]].
6th Sep '15 5:03:56 PM MikeW
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** As a topper, when Lothor returns in "Series/{{Ninja Storm}}", he attacks the Wind Academy where Marah and Kapri are now training and captures all the other ninjas. The two are able to talk their uncle into taking them back, claiming they can be tough now that they're (semi) ninja trained. Lothor agrees, although warning them that one screw-up and they're done. The two go back into their old ditz routine so well that Lothor is annoyed and ignores them...allowing them to rescue Sensei Kanoi right under their uncle's nose.

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** As a topper, when Lothor returns in "Series/{{Ninja Storm}}", "Series/{{DinoThunder}}", he attacks the Wind Academy where Marah and Kapri are now training and captures all the other ninjas. The two are able to talk their uncle into taking them back, claiming they can be tough now that they're (semi) ninja trained. Lothor agrees, although warning them that one screw-up and they're done. The two go back into their old ditz routine so well that Lothor is annoyed and ignores them...allowing them to rescue Sensei Kanoi right under their uncle's nose.
4th Sep '15 8:29:32 PM MikeW
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** As a topper, when Lothor returns in "Series/Ninja Storm}}", he attacks the Wind Academy where Marah and Kapri are now training and captures all the other ninjas. The two are able to talk their uncle into taking them back, claiming they can be tough now that they're (semi) ninja trained. Lothor agrees, although warning them that one screw-up and they're done. The two go back into their old ditz routine so well that Lothor is annoyed and ignores them...allowing them to rescue Sensei Kanoi right under their uncle's nose.

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** As a topper, when Lothor returns in "Series/Ninja "Series/{{Ninja Storm}}", he attacks the Wind Academy where Marah and Kapri are now training and captures all the other ninjas. The two are able to talk their uncle into taking them back, claiming they can be tough now that they're (semi) ninja trained. Lothor agrees, although warning them that one screw-up and they're done. The two go back into their old ditz routine so well that Lothor is annoyed and ignores them...allowing them to rescue Sensei Kanoi right under their uncle's nose.
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