Created By: justanid on September 14, 2013 Last Edited By: justanid on September 14, 2013

No Segue

When a segue is expected, yet doesn't happen.

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An expected Flashback or Fantasy Sequence fails to appear. Medium Aware characters will comment on this, otherwise awkward silence occurs as nothing happens when a character stares into space (because normally other people can't see thoughts).

The in-universe version gets the same reactions after a segue, when it is revealed that only the audience saw it and not the other characters. If the audience is left out while characters reminisce, then it's a Noodle Incident.

Contrast with Imagine Spotting & Third-Person Flashback.


Live Action Television
  • In the 30 Rock episode "Klaus and Greta", after three characters have flashbacks, Tracy Morgan starts his own only to have it stopped by other characters mid-transition.
    Tracy: "I had a pretty amazing New Years too. My wife and I are trying for a daughter, and on New Years Eve I think I got Angie pregnant."
    Others: "No! No."

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Family Guy episode "Saving Private Brian":
    Stewie: "They'll come after you like Peter went after that hockey coach! [beat] Oh? No clip? Oh. Thought we had a clip. Nope. Ok..."

Indexes: Comedy Tropes, Fourth Wall, Flashbacks and Chronology
Community Feedback Replies: 1
  • September 14, 2013
    I think this is the opposite of No Segue since the setup (the segue) occurs but we don't see the followthrough.

    • In the Family Guy episode "Back to the Pilot" Present!Stewie and Brain watch from a window as the Past!Griffin family set up a cutaway gag, then just stand there while the gag happens.
      Past!Lois: Remember when you got drunk off the communion wine at church?
      At the spot where we expect to see a cutaway gag, the Pilot Griffins just stand around staring
      Brian: Wait, what are they doing?
      Stewie: I dunno, they're just...standing there like zombies.
      Brian: I know we're not supposed to mess with the timeline, but should an ambulance?
      Stewie: Oh, they're setting up goddamn cutaways.
      Brian: Oh, my God, is that what we did back then?
      Stewie: Yeah, now we just return text messages and screw around and whatnot.
      Cutaway to Present!Griffins during a Cutaway Gag
    • In another 30 Rock Liz just stares into space, saying she's remembering [whatever they set up].