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5th Nov '16 6:18:41 PM nombretomado
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* The competitive cooking series IronChef plays this up as hard as it possibly can. Particularly in the American version.

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* The competitive cooking series IronChef ''Series/IronChef'' plays this up as hard as it possibly can. Particularly in the American version.
4th Oct '16 7:58:20 AM Morgenthaler
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** One episode has Alex and Steven become so obsessed with beating each other at {{Scrabble}} that, at the end, they sneak downstairs at night in their pajamas for "one more game. The winner gets the deed to the house."

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** One episode has Alex and Steven become so obsessed with beating each other at {{Scrabble}} TabletopGame/{{Scrabble}} that, at the end, they sneak downstairs at night in their pajamas for "one more game. The winner gets the deed to the house."
27th Sep '16 12:36:23 PM SomberCaelifera
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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "Our Mrs. Reynolds": Shepard Book suggests you do not talk at the theater unless you want to end in a very SPECIAL level of hell, one also reserved for child molesters.

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "Our Mrs. Reynolds": Shepard Shepherd Book suggests you do not talk at the theater unless you want to end in a very SPECIAL level of hell, one also reserved for child molesters.



* in S2 Ep6 of ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'' most of the action revlolves around the murder of a rugby player and the immediate suspicion that the rival team killed of the player. Throughout the episode everyone carries on as if this was all about winning the rugby match, including the deputy commissioner intervening with the investigation because he was a fan of one of the two teams.

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* in S2 Ep6 Episode 6 of Season 2 of ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'' most of the action revlolves around the murder of a rugby player and the immediate suspicion that the rival team killed of the player. Throughout the episode everyone carries on as if this was all about winning the rugby match, including the deputy commissioner intervening with the investigation because he was a fan of one of the two teams.
25th Sep '16 1:38:35 AM foxley
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* In one episode of ''Series/NickyRickyDickyAndDawn'', the quadruplets' parents refused to take them to an amusement park because one of them ''forgot to flush the toilet''.

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* In one episode of ''Series/NickyRickyDickyAndDawn'', the quadruplets' parents refused to take them to an amusement park because one of them ''forgot to flush the toilet''.toilet''.
* ''Series/AgathaRaisin'': In "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener", the village's annual open garden, and the competition for best garden, day leads to vandalism and murder.
9th Sep '16 5:14:02 PM GodzillaGuy92
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-->'''Pam''': Once a year they bring in a little cart and they give away free pretzels. [[LampshadeHanging It's really not a big deal.... To some people it is.]]

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-->'''Pam''': Once a year they bring in a little cart and they give away free pretzels. [[LampshadeHanging It's really not a big deal.... deal. [[LampshadeHanging ...To some people it is.]]



** One day, when Michael is out of the office, every employee spends hours debating over whether or not Creator/HilarySwank is hot. Simple attractiveness and willingness to have sex with her are apparently not necessarily part of the equation, and an organized debate ensues. The real icing on the cake is Oscar creating and presenting a detailed diagram analyzing Swank's facial symmetry.

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** One day, when Michael is out of the office, every employee the entire staff spends hours debating over whether or not Creator/HilarySwank is hot. Simple attractiveness and willingness to have sex with her are apparently not necessarily part of the equation, and an organized debate ensues. The real icing on the cake is comes when Oscar creating creates and presenting presents a detailed diagram analyzing Swank's facial symmetry.
14th Aug '16 2:44:41 PM laserviking42
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* ''Series/BreakingBad'': In the appropriately titled episode "Fly", Walter White encounters a fly buzzing around the meth-cooking laboratory he's working at, and he spends most of the episode hunting it down, deeming it a "contamination" that could ruin his cook. Jesse Pinkman, his partner in crime, is understandably puzzled as to why Walt is making such a fuss over a common housefly.

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'': In the appropriately titled episode "Fly", Walter White encounters a fly buzzing around the meth-cooking laboratory he's working at, and he spends most of the episode hunting it down, deeming it a "contamination" that could ruin his cook. Jesse Pinkman, his partner in crime, is understandably puzzled as to why Walt is making such a fuss over a common housefly.housefly, considering that they are manufacturing what is quite literally poisonous to the end users.
26th Jul '16 3:14:41 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* On ''Series/TheWire'', the annual basketball game between the East Side and West Side drug crews is such serious business that the entire neighborhood in which it is held shuts down for the day, and the leader of one of the crews thinks nothing of paying $20,000 to hire a ringer for his team.

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* On ''Series/TheWire'', the ''Series/TheWire'':
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annual basketball game between the East Side and West Side drug crews is such serious business that the entire neighborhood in which it is held shuts down for the day, and the leader of one of the crews thinks nothing of paying $20,000 to hire a ringer for his team.



* On ''Series/TheCosbyShow,'' Cliff takes petanque with Dr. Harmon very seriously.
** Pinochle, too. The episode featuring a pinochle tournament shows him coming in second as a serious blow to his pride.

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* On ''Series/TheCosbyShow,'' Cliff takes petanque with Dr. Harmon very seriously.
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seriously. Pinochle, too. The episode featuring a pinochle tournament shows him coming in second as a serious blow to his pride.



* Just about any sitcom episode focused on an upcoming dance will portray it as SeriousBusiness. Expect the main character to be practicing day and night for the event, and for the sake of conflict, expect to see some boastful {{Jerkass}} in direct competition with him to claim the name of "Best Dancer." Even if the dance in question is just a simple charity event for the main character's workplace.
* Just about any KidCom episode focused on an upcoming Student Council election will treat it this way. Expect the candidates (except, of course, for the show's main character) to all have these ridiculously elaborate campaigns that would put even a U.S. Presidential Campaign to shame. Expect one of these competing candidates to be a {{Jerkass}} or AlphaBitch plotting to blackmail the main character (for whatever reason). And expect the election results to be practically nationally televised. See also: AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil.
** On an episode of ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', this is taken UpToEleven. The editor of the school paper grills the candidates on their positions on administration policies ranging from the dress code to anti-drug locker sweeps before settling on an endorsement, while one of the candidates plots to assassinate her rivals to clear the field. Though in that candidate's defense, [[GreenRocks she wasn't that]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity mentally stable]].

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* Just about any sitcom episode focused on an upcoming dance will portray it as SeriousBusiness. Expect the main character to be practicing day and night for the event, and for the sake of conflict, expect to see some boastful {{Jerkass}} in direct competition with him to claim the name of "Best Dancer." Even if the dance in question is just a simple charity event for the main character's workplace.
* Just about any KidCom episode focused on an upcoming Student Council election will treat it this way. Expect the candidates (except, of course, for the show's main character) to all have these ridiculously elaborate campaigns that would put even a U.S. Presidential Campaign to shame. Expect one of these competing candidates to be a {{Jerkass}} or AlphaBitch plotting to blackmail the main character (for whatever reason). And expect the election results to be practically nationally televised. See also: AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil.
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On an episode of ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', this is taken UpToEleven. The the editor of the school paper grills the student council candidates on their positions on administration policies ranging from the dress code to anti-drug locker sweeps before settling on an endorsement, while one of the candidates plots to assassinate her rivals to clear the field. Though in that candidate's defense, [[GreenRocks she wasn't that]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity mentally stable]].
5th Jun '16 2:15:07 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' has Pretzel Day. What's Pretzel Day, you ask?

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* ''[[TheOfficeUS ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' has Pretzel Day. What's Pretzel Day, you ask?



* Anything that is the subject of an episode of ''PushingDaisies'' is extremely serious business (enough to make people commit murder over it), including but not limited to dog breeding, circus performance, and fried chicken.

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* Anything that is the subject of an episode of ''PushingDaisies'' ''Series/PushingDaisies'' is extremely serious business (enough to make people commit murder over it), including but not limited to dog breeding, circus performance, and fried chicken.
2nd Jun '16 12:10:40 PM Eddy1215
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* ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'': The first mystery has the gang unraveling a secret conspiracy of middle-schoolers who run an organized criminal enterprise... to fuel their arcade game addiction. They have built an actual cult around the game, in which they trade secret codewords to organize, hold ominous rallies in abandoned warehouses and take on the identities of their favorite characters from the game.

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* ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'': The first mystery has the gang unraveling a secret conspiracy of middle-schoolers who run an organized criminal enterprise... to fuel their arcade game addiction. They have built an actual cult around the game, in which they trade secret codewords to organize, hold ominous rallies in abandoned warehouses and take on the identities of their favorite characters from the game.game.
* In one episode of ''Series/NickyRickyDickyAndDawn'', the quadruplets' parents refused to take them to an amusement park because one of them ''forgot to flush the toilet''.
19th May '16 4:23:02 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* On many television shows, HighSchool is depicted as SeriousBusiness. Though, to be fair, this is a NewerThanTheyThink trope. It only really began around the time SavedByTheBell premiered.

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* On many television shows, HighSchool is depicted as SeriousBusiness. Though, to be fair, this is a NewerThanTheyThink trope. It only really began around the time SavedByTheBell Series/SavedByTheBell premiered.
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