Created By: MosquitoMan on December 12, 2012

Ending on a running gag

When an instance of a running gag is the final moment of a work

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Do we have a trope for when a movie/book/game/etc. ends on a running gag? Or maybe even when just a particular episode or chapter does? May be related to the Brick Joke, but I think it could possibly be its own trope, given this is supposed to cover a wider period of time.
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  • December 12, 2012
    Here's an example:

    • In an episode of I Dream Of Jeannie, Jeannie makes Tony's house "automatically", meaning any request that's made will autmotically happen; after a series of misfortunes, Roger remarks, "I wish the roof would fall in!" which prompts the roof to do just that. In the end, when Tony and Roger pay Dr. Bellows a visit at his house to make amends, Roger says, "Just because people have a little squabble, doesn't mean the roof has to fall in." Not resisting, Jeannie brings the roof in.
  • December 13, 2012
    In The Muppet Movie, Sweetums, through a misunderstanding, is left behind on the car trip to Hollywood. He chases after the main gang with minor cameos throughout the film, but doesn't catch up with them, then finally at the end breaks through the screen they're watching the movie on. Listed under Brick Joke already on the works page.
  • December 13, 2012
    In one episode of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, the Cardinals hear their summoning phrase, "I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition" (the Running Gag of the episode) but they are miles away from where it is uttered (in a courtroom, if memory serves). Hopping on a double-decker bus, they race across London to get there just as the credits begin to roll, bursting through the doors just as the credits end. The chief Cardinal manages to get out "Nobody expects the..." when the screen goes black and "The End" is displayed, and the Cardinal finishes with, "oh, bugger."