Created By: SonicLoverMarch 23, 2011 Last Edited By: SonicLoverApril 3, 2011
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Swapping sheet music is a common variant.
"Okay. The game is Cue Card Rummy. I deal."
--Garfield, preparing to invoke this trope, Garfield And Friends (episode: Health Feud)

A Script Swap occurs when either by accident or by external mischief, someone winds up reading or following a different document than what they're supposed to, and does so without at any point noticing the mixup.

Setting one of these up is a common Adventure Game-exclusive Stock Puzzle. The structure is simple: you've got a character in the middle of reading a speech/playing a song/giving someone instructions. Your life would be a whole lot easier if that speech/song/set of instructions was different. So you inform the character of the three-headed monkey sneaking up behind them, then swap their speech/lyrics sheet/instructions booklet with another one you acquired by irrelevant means.

A common trick to pull on the Cartoon Conductor. Whether or not this is Truth In Television is a question someone more psychologically educated than myself will have to answer.


Examples

Video Games
  • Telltale Games loves this trope.
    • Episode 102 of the Sam And Max game series does this when swapping a set of game show question cards with an easier set of questions. Possibly justified in that since Hugh Bliss isn't the normal host, he probably has no idea what the questions are supposed to be.
      • Episode 104 of the same series does the same thing with a series of cue cards for Abraham Lincoln's statements on the issues. Abe must REALLY not be paying attention, since the poster and the sign used for the swaps look nothing like the normal cue cards in terms of font and layout... maybe this one relies on Rule Of Funny.
      • Episode 205 has a grocery list swapped with a list of swear words. To be fair, both of them ARE written on official stationery.
    • The third game of SBCG4AP has this done with a series of records for the Two-O Duo's dance routines, including introducing two new ones. Coach Z is smart enough not to dance off the stage if that's what the music suggests, but he's not smart enough not to air-punch his partner square in the face.
    • This is done on two levels in the second Back To The Future game, where Marty has to swap the sheet music at the piano so Cue Ball plays just the right music to change the mood so a drunken officer will get in the mood to talk to him. Then when he needs a more inspirational song than the club has to offer, Marty gets the lyrics to such a song, swaps them for Trixie's lyrics to her own song, then changes the piano music so Trixie's song is played. Possibly justified in the latter case in that the two songs have really similar lyrics, and Trixie explicitly hasn't memorized hers.
  • The screenshot is from the first Spy Fox game, where this has to be done to get tango music playing so Russian Blue will dance.

Uncategorized
  • This is a favorite trick of Garfield in his animated TV series. He's done it with the cue cards for an exercise show (page quote), a disc jockey's advertisement, and a list of pet tricks for a cat show.
  • A slightly inventive version is performed with two typewriters in a Spy Vs Spy comic.
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  • March 23, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    • In A Night At The Opera, Chico and Harpo swap the sheet music of an entire orchestra so that they all start playing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" in the middle of the opera.
  • March 23, 2011
    Prfnoff
    We already have a variation of this as Cartoon Conductor. But it's clearly hardly exclusive to either cartoons or video games.
  • March 23, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ON The Simpsons Bart distributed the hymn "In the Garden of Eden" by I. Ron Butterfly. Presumably he replaced the previously chosen hymn with that one.
  • March 23, 2011
    Fanra
    Victor Borge, Danish comedian, conductor and pianist, would switch around his own sheet music during his comedy act.
  • March 23, 2011
    Crazylarry
    anchorman: when veronica switches the Tele Promp Ter to read "go f*** yourself San Diego" and Ron reads it without missing a beat.
  • March 24, 2011
    RainyDayNinja
    This should definitely be expanded to include any time people read the wrong script without noticing.

    • In Seinfeld, when Jerry and George got their mentoring notes mixed up, Bania ends up doing a brilliant stand-up routine about corporate risk management, and George gives a lecture to his colleagues about Ovaltine.
  • March 24, 2011
    Grain
    Real life: This was how the Berlin Wall was destroyed.
  • March 24, 2011
    SonicLover
    Erm... if I expand it as Rainy Day Ninja suggests, I'll probably have to rewrite the whole description.
  • March 24, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In The Secuction Morgan Fairchild plays a news anchorwoman named Jamie who is being stalked. At one point the stalker gets into the newsroom and replaces her Teleprompter feed. She starts to read it in her bland newswoman's voice until she realizes what she's saying.
    "Jamie, I'm watching you..."breaks down on live TV He's gonna kill me... Please help me... Please!
  • March 24, 2011
    SonicLover
    ...Hm. I'm getting absolutely no video game examples. I wonder if there's a reason for that.
  • March 24, 2011
    Fanra
    Real life: This was how the Berlin Wall was destroyed.

    I believe this is more an example of Poor Communication Kills. Specifically, it seems like One Dialogue Two Conversations. Along with Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness where he Can Not Spit It Out because he was trying to deceive.
  • March 25, 2011
    Ryusui
    I want to say this should be called Cue Card Rummy, from the Garfield example, but I suppose it'd be too restrictive.
  • March 25, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    I hate to say it, but I don't think that Example As A Thesis will do, because there is already a trope called Oh Wait This Is My Grocery List.
  • March 25, 2011
    Bisected8
    In an episode of The Simpsons, Bart replaces the hymn sheets and music at the local church with those of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (using the common joke that it's a mondegreen of In The Garden Of Eden) by Iron Butterfly.
  • March 25, 2011
    MetaFour

  • March 26, 2011
    SonicLover
  • March 26, 2011
    Lysythe
    Variation: In the manga Cat Street, Keito's script is wrongly transcripted for her by rival auditionees in order to improve their own chances of being selected. Keito cannot read kanji and asked them for help, resulting in a completely nonsensical monologue.
  • March 26, 2011
    neoYTPism
    What Sonic Lover said.
  • April 1, 2011
    TonyG
    • A classic accidental example from Friends: Rachel is making English trifle for dessert, but two pages on the recipe book stick together, so she ends up making a mince meat trifle that tastes like feet.
    • On Rocky And Bullwinkle, Boris switches the game plans from Bullwinkle's football team with battle plans from the Civil War. Bullwinkle ends up winning anyway.
    • In Tiny Toon Adventures, Buster switches the lyrics on a bossy kid's performer so that his song about a monkey who looks both ways to cross the street ends with the monkey being run over.
  • April 2, 2011
    IronLion
    The sheet music variant occurs in the South Park episode "Worldwide Recorder Concert", when the boys discover the Brown Note which makes the listener crap their pants, and attempt use this fact to get back at the New York kids who had been humiliating them. This goes horribly wrong.
  • April 2, 2011
    SonicLover
    Just to be clear: if the person following the switched instructions notices the swap, it's not this trope.
  • April 3, 2011
    Rolf
    I remember some tv live show had had recipe book being flipped by fan and cook didn't notice and kept following it, making a messed up meal.

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