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Placebo Eureka Moment


(permanent link) added: 2010-09-10 16:50:20 sponsor: Evalana (last reply: 2010-10-11 20:15:49)

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Needs a Better Title. Alice has a problem and she goes to Bob for some advice. She pours her problems out to him, unaware that he isn't paying attention, or even there, but by the end of their "conversation" she's figured out the answer to her problem and thanks Bob for his help. On the other hand, Bob may be all set to give her some advice, but before he can get a word in, Alice comes up with a solution and runs off, thanking him, and leaving Bob bewildered, though he'll still probably say, "You're welcome."

Basically, this is when a character has a Eureka Moment without being inspired by the other character, but acts like the other character gave them just what they needed.

Examples:
  • In the South Park episode "Are You There, God? It's Me, Jesus," Kyle asks his baby brother Ike for advice and just gets gibberish in response, but he comes to a conclusion on his own.
  • In TinkerBell and the Lost Treasure, Terence vents his frustations with Tink to an owl, and actually answers the owl's hoots ("Who?"), working through his problem this way. After he leaves, Fairy Gary shows up, looking for advice about the guys making fun of his kilt.
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