Created By: NateTheGreat on October 19, 2011 Last Edited By: NateTheGreat on December 9, 2012

Surrogate Date Party

I can't ask you out, so let me invent a group activity out of thin air to invite you to

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Alice is interested in Bob, but for some reason she can't ask him out directly. Her solution is declaring that there's a party for someone else that night and inviting Bob. The presence of other people is supposed to mitigate the awkwardness. It's debatable if this actually happens. Up for Grabs.
  • On Friends Rachel invites Joshua to a going-away party for Emily. She can't ask out a customer and he's a recent divorcee who isn't ready to date yet.
  • In Questionable Content Faye creates a pretense of inviting people over to drink beer and watch bad YouTube videos to see more of Angus.
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  • October 19, 2011
    I've also seen it where Alice invites Bob to a party - but it turns out that Bob is the only person Alice invited.
  • October 20, 2011
    • The disastrous dinner party in the Vorkosigan Saga novel A Civil Campaign.
  • October 20, 2011
    Seen in the first episodes of How I Met Your Mother.
  • October 20, 2011
    ^ Second episode, actually. When the date didn't show up for the party, they through another one the night after that, and then another one the night after that.
  • October 20, 2011
    • In An American In Paris the rich lady can't invite Jerry over because he's made it perfectly clear that he's no jiggalo. So she says that she's having a party that night and they need a partner for the "extra girl." Turns out the party is just the two of them and she's the "extra girl."
  • October 20, 2011
    ^ Gigolo.
  • October 20, 2011
    Pardon me, it's not a word I use on a daily basis.
  • October 23, 2011
    Of course it isn't, Nate.

    • Inverted on Scrubs in that the Janitor is the only one who accepts a broad invitation for coffee from Eliot, accidentally freaks her out by turning up dressed for a date and has to make up an excuse for why he was wearing a suit.
  • October 24, 2011
    • The pilot of Community has Jeff inviting Britta to a fake Spanish study group that he invented. Britta sees through his ruse, but takes him up on it, and invites several students from their class to join them, thus making it a real study group.
    • On Megamind, Hal invites Roxanne to a party at his apartment. He makes it sound like it'll be a big party with a lot of people, but when Roxanne says she doesn't feel like being with a bunch of people, Hal says it would just be the two of them.
  • October 27, 2011
    Surrogate Date Party?
  • October 27, 2011
    Close enough?
    • Seinfeld: A man "bets" Elaine that Dustin Hoffman was in Star Wars, with the stakes being the loser takes the winner to dinner. Later:
      Jerry: I feel I must inform you that what happened last night was more than a simple bet.
      Elaine : What are you talking about?
      Jerry : Come on. Dustin Hoffman in Star Wars? He made a bet he knew he was going to lose just to take you to dinner.
      Elaine : If he wanted to ask me out why didn't he just ask me?
      Jerry : Because if he doesn't ask you out he doesn't get rejected. He has found a dating loophole.

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  • January 24, 2012
  • February 3, 2012
    Does visiting the same club, extracurricular, etc for the sole reason of meeting the other party count?
  • February 3, 2012
    No. That's more of a manufactured encounter. This trope is a manufactured date.
  • February 4, 2012
    • In The Great Gatsby, all of Gatsby's lavish parties are an excuse to invite Daisy.
  • March 4, 2012
  • April 11, 2012
    So yeah, huh...
  • December 9, 2012
    No further comment?