->''"Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice"''...
-->-- '''''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'''''

A phrase for cutting between different storylines. The phrase itself probably originated in theater, then became common in radio drama, where all scene changes had to be signaled verbally. Also a very common StockPhrase in ComicBooks.

From "Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch," the narrator's CatchPhrase announcing such a scene-change in ''{{Series/Bonanza}}''.

A side effect of TwoLinesNoWaiting.

MeanwhileInTheFuture is a related trope. See also MeanwhileScene, which only happens for a short scene rather than an entire plot thread. Sometimes brought home with an EstablishingShot.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', when the scene switches to England (both the character and country).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Used hilariously in the ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfiction ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6904903/15/Chasing_An_Empty_Dream Chasing an Empty Dream]]'', when Prussia tries to get Germany to call Italy and tell him [[spoiler:that Germany knows about his past as the Holy Roman Empire.]]
--> Prussia blinked. "I called him by his name. You really gonna think he'll believe that?"
--> (In Italy)
--> "Hey fratello, who was that?"
--> [[TheDitz "Wrong number!"]]
--> [[BreakingTheFourthWall (Back in the plotů)]]
* Adventures of the writer mentions [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6818097/2/Adventures_of_the_Writer "Scene change time."]]
* Parodied in ''[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Movie]]'': "Meanwhile, thousands of miles away" was stated at [[RunningGag almost every scene change]], even when the scene was shifting between two rooms in a building. This is [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/index.php?title=Yu-Gi-Oh:_The_Abridged_Movie_-_Transcript&diff=309642&oldid=309637 alleged]] (anonymously) to be yet another ''Creator/MontyPython'' reference, but the closest actual ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' quote would be "Meanwhile, not very far away..."
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhGXTheAbridgedSeries'': Meanwhile, At the toolshed...
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
** The narrator says the Bonanza line to cue a scene of the all the side characters talking about the earlier series when they actually, y'know, did things besides watch fights on TV and collect the corpses afterward. The subsequent scene shift is the narrator delivering a deadpan "Meanwhile, back at the ''plot''..."
** Done a few other times, too, including the Hall of Justice version once.
* In ''Fanfic/TheSecretLifeOfDolls'', Creator/CleolindaJones parodies this, linking to this trope page:
-->''I will leave behind the Middle-earthers (and the annoyerist fugitives) for a moment, if only so that I get to say, "Meanwhile, back at the ranch" and mean it literally. So. Meanwhile, back at the ranch..."''

* In ''Film/SilentHill'', Rose's husband is seen wandering the non-Dark version of Silent Hill as Rose descends further and further into the Dark version.
* Parodied in the film ''Film/SpacedInvaders'' as Blaznee spins through the radio dial while stuck on board the spaceship while it's hidden in the barn as "Meanwhile, elsewhere on the planet..." which lets him discover that the whole invasion [[spoiler: was caused by misinterpreting the Orson Welles ''War of the Worlds'' Halloween radio broadcast being done by a local radio station]].
* Spoofed too in the French comedy ''La Cité de la Peur''; at some point during an action scene, we cut for a few seconds to a bar in Vera Cruz and a few characters that haven't been seen once so far. It's used as a BrickJoke at the end of the film. The phrase "Pendant ce temps, à Vera Cruz..."[[note]]Meanwhile, in Vera Cruz[[/note]] has reached MemeticMutation in France.

* The second book of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' repeats the Bonanza line several times - each time swearing to never use it again afterward.
* Creator/PhilipPullman's ''Spring-Heeled Jack'' begins every chapter with a quote. "Meanwhile, back at the ranch..." begins the second chapter, and names the first book in which it appears. Later in the book, the line "Meanwhile, back at the orphanage..." is used. The source? "Philip Pullman, ''Spring-Heeled Jack.'"
* There's a children's book titled ''Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch'', about a farmer who takes a trip into town while his wife stays home. Guess who has a more exciting day.
* The children's book called 'The Meanwhile adventures', part of the Rover's adventures series by Roddy Doyle, is riddled with this trope, as is the basis of the plot.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'': "[[AllInTheFamilyS8E3EdithsFiftiethBirthday Edith's 50th Birthday]]" cuts between the attempted rape scene in the Bunkers' living room and the Stivic house, where Archie and Mike are arguing over the whereabouts of a punchbowl for the surprise party they've got planned for Edith.
* ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'': The Season 14 premiere, "Forever," uses this very darkly. When Mr. Sloan, a ruthless gambler, is unable to convince Little Joe's wife, Alice, to give up her music box and she attempts to flee, Sloan sics his giant muscleman on her to brutally beat her up. Viewers are spared watching a one-sided beating; instead, we see the trope kick in with Joe, Candy and Ben at work on the Ponderosa, anticipating what they think will be a hearty supper and an evening of visiting and fellowship with family over at Joe's new home.
* Parodied on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
** When a scene change results in an EstablishingShot characteristic of some other show, they'll mention it, as in "Meanwhile, on ''Film/TrapperJohnMD''."
** And in ''Film/HighSchoolBigShot'':
--->'''Crow:''' (as excited newsreel announcer) "Meanwhile, in the same room, across town!"
* Also parodied in ''Series/{{MASH}}'', when during a break in another character's long and serious speech, Hawkeye leans to Trapper and solemnly intones, "Meanwhile Aunt Martha, after taking a tramp through the woods, is lying in a ditch at the edge of town."
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity'': Meanwhile, across town...
* The Creator/AdamWest ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series used it.

* In the Music/RayStevens song "Shriner's Convention", the cut from the refrain back to the next verse is always "Meanwhile, back at the motel..."
* The Cadets' song "Stranded in the Jungle" (covered by the Music/NewYorkDolls) contains this, transitioning between verses and choruses using "Meanwhile, back in the jungle" and "Meanwhile, back in the States"
* Also done in "Meanwhile Back at the Ranch" by the Clark Family Experience, a short-lived country music band composed of six brothers (who are also cousins to Ryan Tedder of Music/OneRepublic).
* "Meanwhile Back At The Ranch/Should I Smoke" is the last song on {{Badfinger}}'s ''Wish You Were Here'' album.
* "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" by Music/TimMcGraw. The song is about a city boy who wants to move back to the country because "meanwhile back at mama's" things are so much nicer. [[spoiler:He does move back at the end.]]

* Frequently played with in ''Radio/TheGoonShow'', often cutting away to places that hadn't been seen before and wouldn't be seen again:
-->'''Greenslade''': Meanwhile, in a teahouse in Saigon...\\
''[A few seconds of music and wordless singing]''\\
'''Greenslade''': We just thought you'd be interested... We return you now to our story.

* Used as a one-liner in ''Theatre/TheBoysInTheBand'':
-->'''Michael''': Meanwhile--back at the Evelyn and Walt Syndrome.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Abused in ''VideoGame/TheTownWithNoName''. '''''MEANWHILE!'''''
* EVO Search For Eden: [[spoiler: You barely escaped. However, at that time the world of Dinosaurs was...]]
* In ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', the screen repeatedly cuts to [[BigBad LeChuck's]] fortress. Each time, the subtitles get more bored and snarkey sounding, ending in "BlahBlahBlah..."

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Played for laughs in [[http://underpower.non-essential.com/index.php?comic=20041112 this]] ''UnderPower'' strip.
* [[Webcomic/AxeCop Meanwhile, inside a nearby swordfish]]... (Yeah, it's ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot that]]'' kind of comic.)
** Ethan has said that this is one of his favorite jokes.
* [[Webcomic/SchlockMercenary Meanwhile, near the galactic core...]]
* One ''Webcomic/MountainTime'' [[http://mountaincomics.com/2010/12/16/sledgehammer-of-truth/ episode]] demonstrates the importance of the "Back At The" portion of this trope.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebComic/DragonBallZAbridged'' does this a few times in the Saiyan saga. One of them actually goes to the [[WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} Hall of Justice]], which sets up a joke for Episode 8.
* Slowbeef of {{WebVideo/Retsupurae}} is fond of parodying this trope, particularly when {{MST}}ing video games with silly or nonsensical plots. It's gotten to the point that, in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6a4y1axHsk Resident Seavil 2]]," he mentions that several comments on the previous installment complained about his overuse of the joke. He subsequently spends the rest of the video trying not to say it, only to grow increasingly frustrated with himself as [[RunningGag he repeatedly does so]] [[VerbalTic without meaning to]].
* The last post in ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers: Ship of State'' starts with "[[http://z7.invisionfree.com/thegangoffive/index.php?showtopic=8223&view=findpost&p=9213125 Meanwhile, back at the bridge]]"...
* The '[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/meanwhile-in-x Meanwhile, in X]]' meme (X filling in for any location.)
** [[Memes/ValveSoftware Meanwhile at]] Creator/{{Valve|Software}} (picture of random people doing inane things, usually involving [[Memes/TeamFortress2 hats]])...
** Memes/UminekoWhenTheyCry: Meanwhile, at [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Witch Hunt]]...
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony.'' The very first words in the series are the narrator's "Meanwhile, in Equestria. ''Oh yeah...''" Then the second episode opens with "Meanwhile, in [[PreviouslyOn the previous episode...]]"
* "[[NextGPoop Meanwhile, at the presidential debates...]]"

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* As suggested by the quote at the top of the page, played straight on ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}''.
** And also its companion, "Meanwhile, at the Hall of Doom..."
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodied this (and of course ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'') in the episode "Super Best Friends", including "Meanwhile, at the exact same location..."
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' did this in the episode "Perfect Castaways" with a Creator/FrankWelker soundalike dating Meg. "Meanwhile, under Meg Griffin's bra..."
* Lampshaded on the original run of ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' on at least one episode:
-->'''Narrator''': Meanwhile...[[BreakingTheFourthWall Is that all I have to say at this bit, "Meanwhile"?]]...I mean, I ''was'' on my tea break...
* ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster'' always starts with TheNarrator saying: ''Meanwhile, on the other side of the Universe...''