Created By: nman on February 1, 2012 Last Edited By: nman on April 3, 2012

Ghost Pottery Scene Reference

Stock Parody of the pottery scene in Ghost.

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Indices: Shout-Outs Index, Stock Parodies

First off, Is This Tropable?? I don't want to get too deeply involved if this winds up not being a trope. I am pretty sure that this would be a Stock Parody, and thus count, but hey, it never hurts to double-check.

A Hands-On Approach that is a Shout-Out and/or Homage to the pottery scene from Ghost. Someone is sitting at a pottery wheel, while someone behind them reaches over and helps out. Bonus points if there are references to ghosts, or if Unchained Melody is playing.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • School Rumble: Tenma imagines that Kurasama's ghost is helping her in this manner while in her ceramics class.
Live-Action Television
  • Community makes a major reference to this scene in the episode Beginner Pottery. The pottery teacher's only rule is to never reenact the scene from Ghost. When Jeff is reaching over another man's shoulder to work at the wheel, the professor becomes enraged, pointing towards a photo of a crossed-out Patrick Swayze and telling Jeff to get out. Jeff then starts singing Unchained Melody....
Film
  • Parodied by Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley in one of the The Naked Gun films with the genders flipped.
Videogame Western Animation
  • In Bob's Burgers ("Synchronized Swimming"), Bob shows his wife Linda how to use the new soft-serve ice cream machine, and she fantasizes that she's in the Ghost scene with both her husband and a shirtless Tom Sellick.
  • Family Guy has a cutaway gag involving Peter Griffin's back fat being used as clay by Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in that scene.
  • In the Futurama movie, Bender's Game, Professor Farnsworth is working at a spinning table with an atomic model, when Mom comes from behind him and starts working while Unchained Melody starts playing.

Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • February 1, 2012
    SharleeD
    The title should be more descriptive, as IIRC, "ghosting" is an actual term used in theater for when an understudy provides the voice for a part from off-stage, e.g. if the star comes down with laryngitis at the last minute.
  • February 1, 2012
    OmarKarindu
    Ghosting Like Swayze?
  • February 1, 2012
    nman
    ^Hey, it's better than what I've got.
  • February 1, 2012
    OmarKarindu
    And the new title may inspire someone to come up with a really good one.

    Film
    • The scene from Ghost was parodied by Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley in one of the Naked Gun films with the genders flipped.
  • February 1, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Still not helpful, as that doesn't indicate this is the pottery scene, which was before he got killed.
  • February 1, 2012
    wanderlustwarrior
    The two first things that come to mind for me had little to do with that pottery scene, actually, and were just shout outs to his role in the movie. The Lonely Island song "Lazy Sunday" has the characters "Ghost like Swayze" when they leave a place, and in Supernatural, when Dean in a near-death experience influences a physical item, he proclaims "I full on Swayze'd that mother!"

    So not really examples. Still, this seems like a specific shout out, but may not warrant its own trope.
  • February 1, 2012
    Maklodes
  • February 2, 2012
    Rognik
    Is this trope specifically for parodies or the pottery scene, or does it include things like a guy teaching a girl how to shoot pool or play golf by getting behind her and wrapping his hands over hers? The pottery scene itself might be too specific, but there are a few different variations if it helps in instruction. Perhaps Literal Hands On Demonstration?
  • February 2, 2012
    nman
    That's a Hands On Approach. This is just a parody.
  • February 2, 2012
    Dcoetzee
    I think there are enough parodies of this specific scene that there's no need to make it more general.
  • February 5, 2012
    foxley
    An Australian sketch comedy show (I think it was Fast Forward) did a parody with Skippy The Bush Kangaroo taking the place of Patrick Swayze.
  • April 2, 2012
    Dcoetzee
    A new one just showed up:
    • In Bobs Burgers ("Synchronized Swimming"), Bob shows his wife Linda how to use the new soft-serve ice cream machine, and she fantasizes that she's in the Ghost scene with both her husband and a shirtless Tom Sellick.
  • April 3, 2012
    dokatron
    Family Guy has a cutaway gag involving Peter Griffin's back fat being used as clay by Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in that scene.
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