->I just wanna see the scene where Bruce has to explain his goddamn expense report!"
-->-- [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Noah Antwilter]], ''The Clones of Bruce Lee'' review.

When the past events of the episode or series are revisited via a looking over of damages and expenses. In short, a common FramingDevice for a ClipShow. Often played for laughs.

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* Used explictly in the anime ''SpeedGrapher'' episode "Audit the Wicked".
* In one episode of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', Il Palazzo justifies his decision not to include Excel on the current mission by showing her a ClipShow of all her mission failures from previous episodes.

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* ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' has done this a few times. The story "Lo! And There Shall Come an Accounting!" was about this. In the end, the money-counters let the super-heroes off the hook. Who's going to rag on Captain America for saving them?

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[[folder: Film ]]


* Played with in ''SlumdogMillionaire''.

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* ''Literature/{{Gateway}}'' by Frederik Pohl does this; In the "present", the hero is obscenely wealthy, plagued by guilt, and going through therapy with a computer-generated psychologist. Most of the actual plot of the book is in his explanations to the computer of where the wealth (and guilt) came from.
* The book ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Borders of Infinity]]'' by LoisMcMasterBujold is actually a thinly disguised short story collection, with an audit as framing device for the stories.

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* ''NightCourt'' did this plot once.
* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" is told via flashback as Sisko explains what happened to the Department of Temporal Investigations.
* The ClipShow episodes of ''Series/StargateSG1''.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Doyle asks Angel to snoop around his ex-wife's new fiancée, leading to an awkward scene where Angel spots the beau [[StabTheSalad with a knife]] and tackles him [[DestinationDefenestration through a plate-glass window]]. The next day, Angel grouses that Richard belongs to a family of a harmless restauranteurs "[[NoheroDiscount with some pretty expensive windows]]."
** The episode "Time Bomb" had a suit, Marcus Hamilton, reading off a list of damages caused by Angel's flunky during a rescue mission.
-->"Illyria destroyed 11 torture units before she found your man; 2 troop carriers, an ice cream truck, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking 8 beautifully maintained lawns]]."
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Soul Searching", Harm and Bud goes over the budget request for the office in which it appears that Harm’s [[NeverLiveItDown firing of an H&K in the courtroom]] (two seasons earlier in "Heroes") has caused a structural damage to the roof. Through clever lawyering, Bud makes the outstanding expense go away under a building health plan.

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* The radio drama "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar" used this as the show format. Each of Johnny's adventures was narrated as he went down the list filling out his expense report.

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