Script Swap


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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 & 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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