Character A shows his conviction on a matter by quoting something. Character B then counters it with another quote, provoking a response (realization, anger, etc.) from Character A and depending on the response, shows which one of them is on the right.
- There is a scene in The West Wing episode "The Midterms", where a Christian fundamentalist quotes The Bible (Leviticus, in particular) to support her stance against homosexuality. President Bartlett then produces even more quotes from Leviticus, demonstrating how outdated and inapplicable those particular commandments are in the modern society.
- Parodied on The Simpsons episode "Homer The Heretic", with this exchange between Reverend Lovejoy and Homer:
Reverend Lovejoy: Homer, I'd like you to remember Matthew 7:26. "The foolish man who built his house upon the sand."
Homer: And you remember...Matthew...21:17.
Lovejoy: "And he left them and went out of the city, into Bethany, and he lodged there"?
Homer: ...Yeah. Think about it.
- In "Like Father Like Clown", Bart and Lisa exchange verses from the Torah with Rabbi Krustofski when trying to convince him to reconcile with his son, Krusty the Clown, but for every verse they produce the Rabbi has one to back up his own viewpoint. Bart wins by producing a quote which touches the Rabbi at how well it summed up Jewish history. Bart the reveals that it was said by Sammy Davis Jr., which makes Rabbi Krustofski realize that Krusty's choice of the career wasn't anything to be ashamed of.
- The King of the Hill episode "Hilloween" parodies this when this conversation happens between Hank and an overzealous priest:
Judy Harper: "The complacency of fools will destroy them." Proverbs.
Hank: "Get out of my house!" Exodus.