Surprise Birthday Ploy


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I wonder why mom sent me to get milk on my birthday.
Dee Dee, "The Laughing" episode

It is a Bob's birthday! However, somehow everyone forgets about it or doesn't even know that it is his birthday. Everyone treats it like it is a normal day. Bob ends up shocked, surprised, or worse - depressed, about the thought of everyone forgetting that it is his special day. As it turns out however, the people knew about Bob's birthday! They just want to keep it a surprise. But because Poor Communication Kills, this may lead to some sort of plot that involve Bob trying to face the fact that everyone has forgotten his special day.


Western Animation
  • Parodied in the Dexter's Laboratory episode "The Laughing", where Dee Dee was sent to do chores. While she does wonder why people somehow forgot her birthday, it simply went over her head.
  • In 101 Dalmatians animated series, the episode "You Say It's Your Birthday", the pups think they are going to be sold away, whereas Cruella thinks Anita is going to work for another company.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (80's) has the episode "Michelangelo's Birthday", with Mikey running away after thinking that his brothers forgot his birthday.
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