End On A Sidenote


(permanent link) added: 2011-01-01 17:50:00 sponsor: neoYTPism (last reply: 2011-07-21 09:51:59)

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Penn Jillette: One step; take control of your life, all by yourself, no bullshit.
Gary Busey: It's called a miracle... why don't I take you around the house and show you some things.
- From the ending to the B&T:BS episode about 12-stepping.

Do We Have This One?? Oh, and I am open to title suggestions.

Often it seems that in the context of a work, or a sample of a work, (such as an episode of a show) or something within it, (such as a speech) there will be, near the end of it, a conclusion summing up its overall message in a very general sense... and then after that it will suddenly mention something strangely specific, as to end on a sidenote.

Oh, and by the way, this Needs More Examples.

Examples:

  • The page quotation, of course.
  • Toy Story 3: "So long, partner... oh, hey, Buzz! You haven't met Bonnie's toys yet!" It's the very last spoken line before the credits.
  • The fourth book of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy ends with a completely unrelated story about a brilliant genetic engineer who, due to his absent-mindedness, wound up creating a new breed of fly capable of flying through the open half of a half-open window and an off switch for children instead of focusing on his actual job, which was creating a breed of super soliders to fight off an advancing conquering army. In the end, the conquering army reaches his planet, but is so taken aback with the man's achievements that they call off their attack and offer to form a trade agreement instead. The final line in the book reads, "There was a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler's mind."
  • A few "New Rules" segments from Real Time with Bill Maher seem to end this way; if other users recall specific examples and can cite them that would be appreciated.
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