Created By: erforce on November 30, 2012 Last Edited By: erforce on December 6, 2012

Left His Bag

A covert item exchange is interrupted by an unexpected third party.

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A bag is left for another character to receive, usually a one with a bomb or filled with money. The exchange is interrupted by a do-gooder who thinks that the leaving of the bag was an accident, grabs it, and goes after the dropper in order to return it.

A form of Spanner in the Works.

Examples:

Film
  • A bag with a bomb in it is left to a cafe that refuses to buy mob's alcohol in The Untouchables. A little girl notices that its owner left without it, and tries to get his attention.
  • Harry and Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber become involved with Mary's problems when the former tries to return her the bag full of ransom money which she left at the airport.
  • A bomb is left to a mall by a terrorist in Invasion U.S.A. (1985). One holiday shopper tries to return it, but after a short chase, the bomb explodes. This is then followed shortly by Chuck Norris arriving on the scene and starting a shootout with the bad guys.
  • Variation in Mission: Impossible: Luther is on a train, using a signal blocker disguised as a mobile phone to stop an arms dealer accessing sensitive information, when he realises there are IMF agents on the train who will arrest him if they find him. He decides to leave the phone/blocker on the table and hide in the train's toilet, but one of the train staff follows him to inform him he left his phone unattended, forcing him to take it with him and allowing the arms dealer's laptop to start working normally again.
Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • November 30, 2012
    Astaroth
    Variation in Mission Impossible: Luther is on a train, using a signal blocker disguised as a mobile phone to stop an arms dealer accessing sensitive information, when he realises there are IMF agents on the train who will arrest him if they find him. He decides to leave the phone/blocker on the table and hide in the train's toilet, but one of the train staff follows him to inform him he left his phone unattended, forcing him to take it with him and allowing the arms dealer's laptop to start working normally again.
  • November 30, 2012
    KZN02
  • December 1, 2012
    Arivne
    I've seen a variant of this in cartoons: someone leaves a bomb somewhere and an animal helpfully retrieves it and brings it back to the person. BOOM.
  • December 6, 2012
    Chernoskill
    • In Total Recall, Quaid gets a phonecall from a stranger who tells him he'll leave a suitcase for him next to the building Quaid's in. When he goes out to retrieve the suitcase, an old lady comes along who sees the case and tries to take it herself, only for Quaid to forcibly take it from her.
  • December 6, 2012
    nielas
    How about examples where the person taking the bag is not a do-gooder but a thief?

    • On Castle a thief is stealing from people attending a protest when he notices an unattended backpack. He grabs it and makes a run for it but gets spooked and drops it. The backpack contained a bomb that was supposed to go off in an isolated area where noone would get hurt but now explodes near a crowd of people.
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