Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on March 14, 2013 Last Edited By: HiddenFacedMatt on June 28, 2014

Blame It On The Drugs

When circumstances believed to involve drugs are attributed to them.

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Peter: Who's to blame?
Crowd: Who's to blame?
Peter: What's his name?
Crowd: We know his name, his name is... Mr. Booze!
- From a Family Guy parody of the song Mr. Booze

When trying to explain what caused a given problem, there's often a lot of nuance to what kinds of blame certain factors get.

When drugs are involved, though... or even when some simply think they're involved... you can often expect some or even all of this nuance to be thrown out the window, with a prevailing assumption that whatever happened, it must have been the drugs.

Compare with Drugs Are Bad, except that sometimes one can have a problem with drug use while still not blaming it for everything. See also No More for Me and Alcohol-Induced Idiocy.

Let's try to focus on gathering fictional examples first, just in case this ends up getting the NRLEP treatment later.

Examples:

  • The quoted example from Family Guy is a parodical version of this trope; he forgot the library book for years, but forgetting it on amnesty day in particular was something he blamed on the wine.
    • In another Family Guy example, Death blames on drugs the fact that he thought he looked good in the seventies fashion.
  • Jon Tom of Spellsinger was smoking pot just before he got sucked into another world. So he initially thinks that the antropomorphic otter he meets is a drug-induced hallucination.
  • Indirect example: in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Jack responds to an accusation that he got a girl pregnant and doesn't remember due to being drunk, that he was never that drunk.
  • Parodied in Nikita when Alex, a recovered heroin addict, jokingly explains her proficiency at firearms assembly as being due to the drugs.
  • An episode of The Simpsons where a tribute to Krusty The Clown is showing retrospects of his decades on TV, and one clip causes Krusty to mutter off-mike "what the Hell was I on?!"
    • Also from The Simpsons, Krusty tries to blame his sexual harrasment behavior on prescription pills.
    Bart: [watching] I'm surprised he doesn't try to blame his problems on his Percodan addiction.
    Krusty: [on TV] It wasn't my fault, it was the Percodan. If you ask me, that stuff rots your brain. And now a word from our new sponsor...[reads cue card] Percodan?! Aw, crap!
  • When the corrections officers from The Green Mile arrive at the sanitarium to collect William "Wild Bill" Wharton, they find their man standing in a catatonic state. The officers presume that the sanitarium staff had "doped him up." In fact, Wharton was playing the Wounded Gazelle Gambit as part of an escape attempt.
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode Doppelgangland, the gang believes Willow has been turned into a vampire. When Willow walks in completely unharmed, they are so relieved to see her alive that they all rush over to hug her, leaving Willow rather bewildered as to what's going on:
    Willow: It's really great that you guys missed me. Say, you didn't all happen to do a bunch of drugs, did you?
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • March 14, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    Compare No More For Me.
  • March 15, 2013
    aurora369
    Jon Tom of Spellsinger was smoking pot just before he got sucked into another world. So he initially thinks that the antropomorphic otter he meets is a drug-induced hallucination.
  • March 15, 2013
    Chabal2
    Indirect example: in the fourth Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, Jack responds to an accusation that he got a girl pregnant and doesn't remember due to being drunk, that he was never that drunk.
  • March 15, 2013
    Larkmarn
    • In an episode of Archer, after finding out that his mother switches labels on her drugs, Archer takes something labelled as baby aspirin. Immediately after, he hears a voice from a compact on the table, and then a rotund Russian man appears on the screen, who then disappears. Archer assumes that his mother put PSD in the baby aspirin bottle. She didn't; turns out that the compact was left by a Russian spy.
  • March 15, 2013
    StarSword
    TV:
    • Parodied in Nikita when Alex, a recovered heroin addict, jokingly explains her proficiency at firearms assembly as being due to the drugs.
  • March 15, 2013
    Lawman592
    Compare with Alcohol Induced Idiocy.
  • March 16, 2013
    RoseBride
    In another Family Guy example, Death blames on drugs the fact that he thought he looked good in the seventies fashion
  • April 29, 2013
    MonaNaito
    Does this cover examples in which a character asks if someone's weird behavior is due to drugs, even if it turns out not to be the case?
  • April 29, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    An episode of The Simpsons where a tribute to Krusty The Clown is showing retrospects of his decades on TV, and one clip causes Krusty to mutter off-mike "what the Hell was I on?!"

  • April 29, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • When the corrections officers from The Green Mile arrive at the sanitarium to collect William "Wild Bill" Wharton, they find their man standing in a catatonic state. The officers presume that the sanitarium staff had "doped him up." In fact, Wharton was playing the Wounded Gazelle Gambit as part of an escape attempt.
  • April 30, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • The Simpsons: Krusty tries to blame his sexual harrasment behavior on prescription pills.
      Bart: [watching] I'm surprised he doesn't try to blame his problems on his Percodan addiction.
      Krusty: [on TV] It wasn't my fault, it was the Percodan. If you ask me, that stuff rots your brain. And now a word from our new sponsor...[reads cue card] Percodan?! Aw, crap!

  • May 3, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Indeed it does. @ Mona Naito
  • May 3, 2013
    MonaNaito
    ^ Well, in that case:

    • In the Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode Doppelgangland, the gang believes Willow has been turned into a vampire. When Willow walks in completely unharmed, they are so relieved to see her alive that they all rush over to hug her, leaving Willow rather bewildered as to what's going on:
      Willow: It's really great that you guys missed me. Say, you didn't all happen to do a bunch of drugs, did you?
  • May 9, 2013
    DunDun
    I thought this was an audience reaction a la What Do You Mean It Wasnt Made On Drugs (when I saw the name). Should this have a better name to keep it away from stockphrase territory? Drug Excuse, Booze Excuse, Blame It On The Alcohol (though that's Trope Namer Syndromey, which is a whole other problem)?
  • May 9, 2013
    Lawman592
    ^ How about Controlled Substance Excuse? That would cover both alcohol and drugs (both legal and illegal).
  • May 10, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Except it isn't strictly meant as an excuse.

    Blame It On The Drugs might be a good one, though.
  • June 27, 2014
    MonaNaito
    Another "assuming drugs is the explanation for weirdness" example:

    • Happens on The Office (US) in the episode "Paper Airplane", when Jim and Pam keep using the strange buzzwords they learned in couples therapy:
      Pam: I appreciate the sacrifice.
      Jim: Okay, to "speak my truth", that was a little sarcastic. I think that's a little unfair.
      Pam: Really? I've been putting the kids to bed by myself every night for a months. And you had to miss one phone call. Is that your truth, Jim? That's really your truth?
      Jim: I guess I will swallow my truth.
      Clark: Are you guys high? Because if so, to "speak my truth", I would "appreciate the sacrifice" of including me in some hits off your kind buds.
  • June 27, 2014
    DAN004
  • June 28, 2014
    TonyG

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