Created By: NoirGrimoir on May 17, 2011 Last Edited By: NoirGrimoir on July 31, 2011

Class Reunion Crasher

Someone attends a Class Reunion that isn't theirs and poses as an old classmate of the attendees

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Basically, someone attends a Class Reunion that isn't theirs by posing as someone who belongs there. Reasons for doing this vary, but among the most popular are solving an investigation and picking up chicks. Usually the crasher is mistaken for someone who is actually supposed to be there, possibly because of a convenient uncanny resemblance, and then they just go with it the rest of the party. Almost invariably someone catches on when the crasher gets something wrong about the past and doesn't seem to remember their best friend, or the real Alice Robinson shows up. Expect to see an inordinate amount of high school melodrama dredged up, and the crasher desperately skimming the year book for clues as to how they are supposed to act.

Subtrope of Class Reunion, obviously. Compare The Infiltration which is in general much more dangerous than this, but along the same lines.

Examples:

Live-Action TV
  • Happens in one episode of Leverage where Sophie goes undercover as a nerd turned hottie to help deal some Karma to a security company owner who did something to deserve it and planned on 'getting back'' at everyone during the reunion.
  • Rigsby does this in The Mentalist to help catch a killer.
  • Jim does this in The Glades to investigate a spree killer during a hurricane.
  • In Taxi, Louie De palma got struggling actor Bobby Wheeler to pose as him at his class reunion.
  • In 30 Rock Liz went to her high school reunion with Jack, and Jack was misidentified as a former student.
  • Bones did this as well in one episode.
  • Happens on an episode of Psych. I think Shaun and Gus were the classmates and Carlton and Jules were the crashers.
  • One episode of The Pretender has Broots attending a class reunion, and deliberately impersonating one of the former students (who is actually out of the country) to find out more about another student who grew up to become one of the series' recurring villains.
  • The pilot episode of The Riches involves Eddie Izzard's character crashing a high school reunion as a ploy to rob them all. The family urges him to leave early and quickly, but of course Izzard is wrangled into giving a speech to the entire class.
  • An episode of CSI had an insurance salesman who appeared to be doing this. However it turned out that he was actually a dropout (thanks to a "prank" done by the Victim of the Week in his days as a Jerk Jock) and killed the victim when he realised he ruined his life but didn't even remember who he was after being confronted and called out.
  • An episode of Stargate SG-1 did this. Mitchell returned home for his High school reunion (with Vala) but some bounty hunters from the Lucian Alliance infiltrated it to catch them. There were actually two of them, but one took the other out.
  • The Golden Girls: In one of the last episodes, Rose misses her high school reunion and Blanche convinces all of them to attend a random class reunion in the city. Rose finds nametags on the "no show" table that the girls use to impersonate classmates that didn't come and Hilarity Ensues.

Western Animation
  • On The Looney Tunes Show: Bugs shows up at Daffy's high school reunion, ostensibly to help the latter keep track of the lies he tells his classmates. Bugs, however, makes no bones about indicating that it's not his reunion and that he's just there to see what it's like, oh and to help out his friend.

Real Life
  • In real life, Andrea Wachner sent a stripper to impersonate her at her high school reunion, then released a video of the prank on Youtube.

Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • May 17, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    I'm leaning towards Too Specific To Trope. Although, Bones did this as well in one episode.

    Thing is, Class Reunion isn't the only situation that can apply. Case in point: Wedding Crashers. Also, the live-action Starsky And Hutch had Bar Mitzva Crashers.

    Is there a reason why this should be limited to Class Reunion?
  • May 17, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In 30Rock Liz went to her high school reunion with Jack, and Jack was misidentified as a former student.
  • May 17, 2011
    foxley
    In Taxi, Louie De palma got struggling actor Bobby Wheeler to pose as him at his class reunion.
  • May 17, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^^^It definitely doesn't appear to be Too Specific To Trope, since we already have six examples of it in this specific type of thing. Those others are closely related, though. Maybe this should just be a general Party Crashing trope? It doesn't appear we have one. I don't know, what do you guys think?
  • May 17, 2011
    ElaineRose
    Happens on an episode of Psych. I think Shaun and Gus were the classmates and Carlton and Jules were the crashers.
  • May 17, 2011
    PaulA
    • One episode of The Pretender has Broots attending a class reunion, and deliberately impersonating one of the former students (who is actually out of the country) to find out more about another student who grew up to become one of the series' recurring villains.
  • June 16, 2011
    jaytee
    The pilot episode of The Riches involves Eddie Izzard's character crashing a high school reunion as a ploy to rob them all. The family urges him to leave early and quickly, but of course Izzard is wrangled into giving a speech to the entire class.

    (Come to think about it, the whole "forced to give a speech" thing is pretty common to this trope).
  • June 17, 2011
    Bisected8
    An episode of CSI had an insurance salesman who appeared to be doing this. However it turned out that he was actually a dropout (thanks to a "prank" done by the Victim Of The Week in his days as a Jerk Jock) and killed the victim when he realised he ruined his life but didn't even remember who he was after being confronted and called out.
  • June 17, 2011
    shuaksky
    Not sure where this fits in -- reality TV? -- but in real life, Andrea Wachner sent a stripper to impersonate her at her high school reunion, then released a video of the prank on Youtube.
  • June 18, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • On The Looney Tunes Show: Bugs shows up at Daffy's high school reunion, ostensibly to help the latter keep track of the lies he tells his classmates. Bugs, however, makes no bones about indicating that it's not his reunion and that he's just there to see what it's like, oh and to help out his friend.
  • June 18, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    An episode of Stargate SG 1 did this. Mitchell returned home for his High school reunion (with Vala) but some bounty hunters from the Lucian Alliance infiltrated it to catch them. There were actually two of them, but one took the other out.
  • July 31, 2011
    ryanasaurus0077
    A variation in Inspector Gadget: the identity Dr. Claw uses to crash the gala held in Gadget's honor is actually his real identity, Sanford Scolex, and he's merely there to woo Brenda and spy on Gadget, convincing Brenda to work for Scolex Industries while at the gala. Brenda plays along, not knowing of Scolex's true colors (as the murderer of her father) at the time.
  • July 31, 2011
    PaulA
    ^ Is it a class reunion?
  • July 31, 2011
    ryanasaurus0077
    ^ No, but since Scolex and Brenda were classmates at Harvard it may as well be.
  • July 31, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    • The Golden Girls: In one of the last episodes, Rose misses her high school reunion and Blanche convinces all of them to attend a random class reunion in the city. Rose finds nametags on the "no show" table that the girls use to impersonate classmates that didn't come and Hilarity Ensues.
  • July 31, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^^Meh, I'll put it, and Wiki Magic can decide.
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