When someone is showing a movie, episode of a TV show, educational film, whatever, the film audio starts disorting and the screen burns abruptly. It then shows the character working the projector caught up in the film beyond repair.
A VHS variation also exists, where the same thing happens to someone trying to work a VHS tape.
- In SpongeBob SquarePants, this has happened to Patchy twice.
- The VHS variation occurs at the end of "The Sponge Who Could Fly". After watching the episode, Patchy talks about how great the episode was, and decides to watch it again. However, he can't find the "Rewind" button on the remote, and ends up getting tangled in the VHS film. ("I HATE TECHNOLOGY!") He then mourns that he destroyed the lost episode, and now it's lost forever.
- In "Truth or Square", Patchy is in a whale and showing some rejected SpongeBob clips, when this happens to him. The fire then upsets the whale, causing him to sneeze Patchy out.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Hurricane Fluttershy", this happens to Spike while showing an educational film about the yearly water transfer to Cloudsdale. He then sheepishly says "Umm...intermission?".