Created By: CarlosNZ on September 27, 2011

Not Who You Expect

"Hey baby, can't wait to feel you inside me tonight.... Oh god, MOM!!"

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Maybe you've just been speaking to them, maybe they've told you they'll be calling whatever, you're pretty sure you know who it is that's making your phone ring right now. Sure enough that you pick up the phone in a very specific manner aimed at just that person. Except it's not who you expect. Hilarity/Embarrassment/Accidental-Disclosure ensues.

Less common now in the days of Caller ID.

Examples please?

(Note: Not on the PhoneTropes page. Recommended to start here from LostAndFound.)
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  • September 27, 2011
    • Friends, Ross implies that Monica's boyfriend has just called, and hands her the phone. She starts to ask him about her diaphragm. It's her mom. Ross is gleeful, Monica horrified.
    • Chuck is annoyed that Morgan keeps calling him very late at night and yells into the phone. ... It's a customer who needs her computer fixed.

    I'd suggest "You're Not Watson" as the title to refer to the first phone call ever being between Bell and Watson, but that's too obscure. Perhaps, "Oh Hi Mom".
  • September 27, 2011
    To avoid modrage, I'd suggest not using anything for a title that sounds like dialogue...
  • September 27, 2011
  • September 27, 2011
    Can someone who remembers the movie of Bridget Jones better than I help me recall if I'm not imagining Bridget getting a post-sex phone call, giving a stupid greeting along the lines of "Hello, this is a sex goddess and she's just had a gorgeous man inside her", and then adding, "Oh, hi Mum."
  • September 27, 2011
    • In one Married With Children episode, No Ma'am have fallen for the voice of a phone sex operator. She is eventually revealed to be Peggy's incredibly overweight (but The Unseen) mom.
  • September 27, 2011
    Sydney manages to do this twice in the same conversation in The American President. She first thinks it's the person she was just talking to, then her friend (who does a good impersonation of the president). The conversation goes like this:
    Sydney Ellen Wade: Hello?
    President Andrew Shepherd: Yeah, hi, is this Sydney?
    Sydney: Leo?
    Shepherd: No, this is Andrew Shepherd.
    Sydney: Oh! It's Andrew Shepherd! Yeah, you're hilarious, Richard, you're just a regular riot!
    Shepherd: No, this isn't Richard, this is Andrew Shepherd.
    Sydney: Oh! Well, I'm so glad you called, because I forgot to tell you today what a nice ass you have. I'm also impressed that you were able to get my phone number given the fact that I don't have a phone. Good night, Richard.
    Shepherd: Uh, this isn't Richard- [Sydney hangs up] This used to be easier.

  • September 27, 2011
    Needs A Better Title that indicates that this is a about phone conversations.
  • September 27, 2011
    • Implied in the Borderlands DLC The Secret Armoury Of General Knoxx when you go to see Mad Moxxi;
      "I've told you before Mr. Shanks, your money's no good here! ...oh it's you..."
  • September 27, 2011
    Trope name suggestion: "Caller ID Failure"
  • September 27, 2011
    • One of the Nightmare On Elm Street films -- I think it's Wes Craven's New Nightmare -- has a sequence where the heroine has been receiving a string of sinister phone calls. When the phone rings again, she picks it up and tells the caller exactly what she thinks of him. So of course this time it's a genuine phone call.
    • Dirk, the stage adaptation of Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency, has a gag where Dirk's secretary gets angry at him and decides to tell the next person who phones that Dirk's shut down the detective agency and started (something embarrassing I don't recall offhand) instead. This is another one where the punchline is "...oh, hi, Mum."
  • September 27, 2011
    There's a related trope where instead of a phone call it's somebody knocking on the door, and the person inside calls out something and/or strikes a pose for the person they think it is.
  • September 28, 2011
  • September 28, 2011
    How about No Caller ID?