Created By: jtabor on June 1, 2012 Last Edited By: jtabor on July 2, 2012

Cancel The Next Meeting

A person of business phones their secretary to cancel their next meeting(s) because the task at hand is so pressing

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Usually in an office or medical setting, the person in charge will intercom their secretary, saying something like "Julie, cancel all my appointments for the rest of the day." This is done because something important has arisen an must be attended to, and the humor is in their unprofessional regard for those who had appointments. The secretary complies and there is no explanation to the canceled meetings.



  • In American Psycho, Bateman, when notified of a meeting at six, tells his secretary "Negative. Cancel it." When she asks, "What should I say?" his only response is "Just... say... no."

[[Western Animation]]

  • In the Simpsons episode "Homer's Triple Bypass", Dr. Hibbert performs a fat analysis test on Homer. When his blubbler won't stop jiggling, Hibbert intercoms: "Nurse, cancel my 1:00."
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  • June 1, 2012
    I thought dialogue-sounding titles were frowned upon? Anyway.... Western Animation: In a Simpson episode ('Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play', 17.22, the one with the baseball player and his singer wife) a starlet comments on dust on a lamp, and dusts it with a pole dance. Bart gets on his cell phone and says something like that or 'Hold my calls'.
  • June 1, 2012
    ^ You thought right.

    No New Stock Phrases, please.
  • June 1, 2012
    Family Guy: When Peter really lets himself go and gains a huge amount of weight, Stewie tries to help him wash in the family's outdoor kiddie pool. At one point he calls in to cancel additional appointments.
    Hello, Doreen? Yeah, I'm still over at the Griffin job. Listen, tell Walter I'm not going to be able to make it to the construction site. I don't know. Have him send Frank, or Glen, or Harelip Steve...I know, it creeps me out too.
  • June 1, 2012
    Just rephrasing the title as something like Canceling All Appointments or Cancel The Next Meeting would fix that.

    This strikes me as something I've Seen It A Million Times, though I can't think of any good examples off the top of my head.
  • June 1, 2012
    This happened in Futurama, episode "Future Stock" when Fry was given an important-seeming desk job and spent a lot of time rearranging meetings to emphasize his status. When he gets something actually important to do, he rushes off and has to postpone his next 'meeting', a stage magician:
    "Believe it or not, I have more important things to do today than laugh and clap my hands. (Beat) Reschedule."
  • June 1, 2012
    How about Clearing The Schedule?

    Can also be done to a person, as someone who wants to monopolize their time uses guile or violence to cancel their appointments. "I have a waiting room full of patients--" "Not any more, Doc."
  • June 2, 2012
    This sounds like something that just happens, People Sit On Chairs.
  • June 3, 2012
    ^ It isn't something that just happens. It usually happens to indicate that something important just happened or is about to happen that is important enough to disrupt normal business. It also suggests that the person saying it is important enough, not only to have a schedule to clear, but a secretary to clear it.
  • June 3, 2012
    Spoofed on Community:
    Dean Pelton: Cancel all my appointments, Agnes.
    Agnes: What appointments?
    Dean Pelton: ...wishful thinking.
  • July 2, 2012
    I have a feeling this happens a few times in the Simpsons.
  • July 2, 2012
    • Frasier, when Frasier visits his mentor Dr. Tewksbury and realizes he's in the middle of a mid-life crisis, he has a breakdown. Tewksbury calls his wife and tells her he'll be a half-hour in spite of their reservations -- when Frasier wails "what does it all mean!?" afterwards, Tewksbury corrects himself to a full hour.