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- The DiC dub of Sailor Moon had this added on occasion. Sailor Moon Abridged parodies this with Venus's entrance.
Commercial break! Let's recap!
- Saban's dub of Digimon Adventure did this a lot. One of the more notorious examples is from early on, with Matt saying "We're caught between a rock and two sets of teeth!" both before and after the commercial break.
- Done a few times in Samurai Pizza Cats. One of the Clip Show episodes parodied this, by having the repeating clips be the result of a projector fault.
- Common in 80s Strontium Dog, where the first panel of each installment would often be a repeat of the previous week's final panel.
- Lampshaded in Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, when one comic begins with the same dialogue from just before the end of the previous issue, drawn from a different angle and labeled "At the risk of repeating ourselves..."
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang follows up its intermission with a replay of the scene preceding it.
- Fox Family airing of Mumfie's Quest played the scene where Whale blows to take Mumfie, Scarecrow and Pinkey to the island, the scene where Eel recharges her batteries, and the scene where Mumfie goes to the holding cell before and after ad breaks.
Live Action TV
- Project Runway: during runway elimination.
- The Biggest Loser: during weigh-ins, repeatedly.
- Human Target (the latest one) likes this trope, and oftentimes the double-take is paraphrased a bit.
- How I Met Your Mother has very few commercial breaks without the double take.
- Ice Road Truckers exemplifies this trope. In the tense seconds leading up to the commercial break, it will frequently look like some unexpected event that caught a driver off guard is about to lead them to their death at the bottom of a frozen lake or an icy cliff. Cut to commercial, come back, and we find out that there's a loose bolt on one of their back wheels or something.
- Storage Wars has two versions of this: a cliffhanger during bidding that leaves viewers wondering if, say, Jarrod will get the locker or Dave will throw in a last-second bid; and the setup for a reveal - for example, Barry looks in the box and exclaims "Whoa, check THIS out!"... cut to commercial... show comes back, we see what was in the box. In both instances the scene-ending dialogue is repeated upon rejoining.
- Any Food Network reality series, including Restaurant: Impossible and Mystery Diners which usually seem to imply some kind of takedown or confrontation is about to take place... only for a big letdown in the end when the confrontee agrees with the observation made.
- Happens all the time in Supernatural, esp if the Winchester boys fall through windows or the screen goes white.
- Doctor Who had a variation of this throughout the classic era. As each individual story was told across several episodes (with two exceptions), each episode within a story except the last one would end in a cliffhanger. The following episode would start by repeating the cliffhanger, revealing the resolution, then continuing on with the story. The cliffhanger was to make the audience want to come back, the repeat was to remind the audience why they came back.
- It also didn't hurt that when the show started in the 1960s, most episodes only ran once with little to no way to view it again.
- On My Cat From Hell, it is very common for the very last thing that was shown going to break to be repeated coming back afterwards. This can be somewhat distracting when watching from a digital episode without commercials.
- In the Kingdom Hearts II manga, or at least the Yen Press version, scenes shown at the very end of each chapter seem to be repeated at the beginning of the next.
- In Tales of Monkey Island, at the end of episode 1 and beginning of episode 2, Morgan Le Flay apparently says "Guybrush Threepwood! I've been waiting a long time for this!" twice, as his response is different in each episode.
- Being a love letter to Anime, Asura's Wrath uses this after returning from a loading screen (which look like an Eye Catch themselves).
- Parodied in Friendship is Witchcraft, when lightning strikes a tree next to Twilight's house (and Spike, who's on the roof holding the lightning rod in place).
Spike (first time): Augh!Spike (second time): Augh! Not again!
- Parodied by this Cracked video.
- Pan-Pizza from Rebel Taxi has started doing this in his recent videos that aren't Top 10 lists.
- Two Best Friends Play:
- Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog lampshades this in the episode "Over the Hill Hero" when Robotnik gloats that Sonic is trapped and "Mobius is mine! All mine!" Fade to commercial break. In the next scene, Robotnik says that Sonic is trapped and "Mobius is mine! (pause) Did I say that already?"
- South Park:
- Stan aiming a gun at a disguised Cartman in "Volcano".
- The bus splitting in two and falling off a cliff in "City on the Edge of Forever".
- Done many times in The Simpsons:
- The season 3 episode "Separate Vocations" spoofs this when Bart is about to be run down by a car. After the break, the action returns with the announcement of "Act II: Death drives a stick" and Snake repeats his cry of "See you in hell, punk!"
- Spoofed in the season 7 episode "Lisa The Iconoclast" when the group unearthing Jebediah Springfield's grave, upon opening the coffin, give a collective melodramatic "OOOOOH!" gasp. The shot then fades out, then fades back in to repeat the same gasp without any ad break.
- The season 15 episode "Simple Simpson" repeats Homer's unmasking. In fact, this trope often goes hand-in-hand with unmasking, especially in Western Animation.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Particularly obvious with Momo's introduction.
- Happens in several The Land Before Time movies, which is OK when you watch them on TV, but especially awkward when you watch them on video.
- My Little Pony:
Applejack: What?Rarity: You already said that, darling.
- Parodied in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "Sweet and Elite": Rarity is surprised by her friends greeting her unexpectedly and faints, as they may catch her in a lie, and we go to commercial. When the show returns, Rarity wakes up, and Pinkie Pie says "Hi again!" Played straight in "Bridle Gossip" with "What if she's making Apple Bloom soup?".
- When The Hub aired My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, the scene of Twilight screaming was repeated when the show came back from its' first commercial break.
- Lampshaded in "Honest Apple":
- Centurions, such as when a lava flow is encroaching on a prone character, then has receded again after the commercial break, as if to give the character a second chance to roll away.
- The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, like in "Robo Koopa" when the title villain pushes over an electronic tower to crush the heroes. When viewed without commercial breaks, the tower looms at the audience twice in a row!
- Played straight in Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, where Phineas says, "So far it's not going as well as we'd hoped" twice.
- Clarence parodies this trope in "Rise and Shine" when Clarence sees a mountain lion in his backyard:
Clarence: Oh no, a bear!
Clarence: Oh no, a bear!
- Done in Gravity Falls, especially in "Tourist Trapped."
- Sometimes used on Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot, such as in "Sleuth of Bears" when the group encounters the supposed ghost of Benefair.
- This happened twice in the Beavis and Butt-Head episode, "Washing the Dog". First when the titular duo arrive at the laundromat and the other when they were chanting "Washing the dog, washing the dog". Averted when the episode was released on home video, where the double takes were edited out.
- One of the strangest examples is Cyberchase. It doesn't even make sense for the show, since it aired on PBS Kids, which doesn't even have commercials, yet for some reason, it featured fade outs and fade ins as if there were, and a few times (for example, showing the kids screaming at impending danger) repeated things after the fade in.