Created By: StarSword on October 8, 2013

Apropos Conversation Gag

A joke refers back to a conversation a scene or two earlier.

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''"I swear when it's appropriate."
(two scenes later)
"Son of a bitch!"
Dr. Simon Tam, "Jaynestown", Firefly

Oftentime's a show's teaser will have two or more characters chatting about something innocuous that you don't really expect to have any relevance to the plot. Sometimes the conversation turns out to be very important. Other times, though, the conversation is just briefly called back to for a quick laugh. That's this trope.

Compare Brick Joke, where some detail from earlier that you may have forgotten about returns for humor value. Also compare Meaningful Echo, where an idle line of dialogue is given greater significance later.


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  • The Firefly episode "Jaynestown" opens with Kaylee and Simon bantering about whether or not Simon uses profanity. Unlike most of the crew he's not given to spouting off Mandarin curses frequently. Guess what Simon does upon seeing a statue of Jayne standing in the town square on Higgins' Moon.

Indexes: Comedy Tropes, Dialogue Tropes

Community Feedback Replies: 2
  • October 8, 2013
    What relation does this have with Gag Echo?
  • October 9, 2013
    Ooops. Hadn't heard of that one. Looks like we already have this. Dumping.