Created By: StolenByFaeries on October 24, 2011 Last Edited By: StolenByFaeries on January 24, 2012

Walking With The Car

People in a car fight. One gets out to walk while the other drives the car alongside them.

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A couple of people are in a vehicle, most often a car, and they're having an argument. Enraged one of them will get out of the car, slam the door, and start storming down the footpath while the other person drives slowly along while asking them to get back in.

Occasionally the argument will start before the couple gets into the car, and other times the "argument" will be closer to one person being silly and the other person trying to encourage them back into the car. However the main point is, traffic is going to slow.

The person in the car will be either very concerned, frustrated, or embarassed. Note that in romantic examples it is usually the female is the one walking but male examples do occur.

Sister Trope to Get Out Of The Vehicle

Needs a better title

Film:

Live Action TV:
  • That '70s Show: Both played straight and subverted in one episode where Kelso and Jackie have an argument over her keeping stuffed animals in his van. When she gets out of the car, Kelso drives alongside her until she gets back in. In the credits the roles are reversed during a new argument and after becoming impatient Jackie drives away.

Web Original:
  • Lightbringer: Gavin and Karris are in an argument, and Karris attempts to take a separate boat to escape. Gavin destroys the other boat and lampshades how impractical it is, particularly when they are fleeing enemies and Gavin's boat is hundreds of times faster.

Western Animation:
  • Arthur: when Buster decides to become Amish after a Field Trip to an Amish community, he walks home from school because Amish people don't use cars. His mother is in the car driving very slowly along the street next to him, trying to convince him to get in.
  • Simpsons episode: (searching)
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • October 25, 2011
    Aruelle2
    I'm pretty sure this has happened in a Simpsons episode, does anyone remember when?
  • October 25, 2011
    Ninjat126
    • A variation of this happens in the Lightbringer series. Gavin and Karris are in an argument, and Karris attempts to take a separate boat to escape. Gavin destroys the other boat and Lampshades how impractical it is, particularly when they are fleeing enemies and Gavin's boat is hundreds of times faster.
  • October 25, 2011
    NetMonster
    How is Clueless a subversion? It sounds like they played it straight.
  • October 26, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^Not having seen it, I think it's because he only asks her to get in once before driving off leaving her walking home.

    • Arthur: when Buster decides to become Amish after a Field Trip to an Amish community, he walks home from school because Amish people don't use cars. His mother is in the car driving very slowly along the street next to him, trying to convince him to get in. (Tropes Are Flexible)
  • October 29, 2011
    StolenByFaeries
    Ok, suppose it would be a good idea to change the description to be broad enough to included arguments of any sort not just between couples. I hadn't actually seen it apply to other types of relationships before but now that I know, there may be more so would it be appropriate to change the description?

    And I had considered Clueless a subversion because the guy only asked once before driving off and wasn't even very insistent.
  • October 29, 2011
    AFP
  • October 30, 2011
    GuyIncog
    Seems like there's room for the inverse Trope as well - where the passenger gets out of the car (or is pushed out) and the driver promptly floors it, leaving the stunned/enraged passenger behind.
  • October 31, 2011
    StolenByFaeries
    @ Guy: That's a good idea!

    Errr, should I start that or someone else?
  • October 31, 2011
    shan
    Home for the Holidays. But that's a variation where the driver of the car takes off when the person tries to get back in.
  • January 24, 2012
    StolenByFaeries
    Okay, it's been suggested to me that the version were the person gets kicked out should be a Sister Trope.

    However, I'm curious as to whether this would be better if it covered arguing people taking what effectively amounts to seperate modes of transport despite starting (and going) to the same place. Or should I stick to this?
  • January 24, 2012
    JonnyB
    Happened a lot in Seventies cop shows like The Streets Of San Francisco and Starsky And Hutch. One cop would be driving the car, the other walking beside the car using the door as a shield.

    Paid homage to in The Bestie Boys' music video "Sabotage".
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