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Conversation Cut
Steve Pauses Very Dramatically

The characters will be in a conversation when suddenly the scene changes to another location entirely... but the conversation continues as if no time has passed at all, despite how far away the new location was from the original one. Sometimes this will be avoided by a "I still don't get...", to make it seem like the characters have been talking all along, but usually they just scene transition and keep talking.

Subtrope of Time Skip. Related to Traveling at the Speed of Plot. The supertrope of Gilligan Cut and "I Know What We Can Do" Cut.


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     Anime & Manga 
  • In Strawberry Marshmallow, Hiroki Matsui, cosmetics salesman, is punched in the eye, breaking his glasses and causing them to hang under his nose by one ear, thanks to Nobue becoming convinced that he's a pedophile. A few panels later, he's in front of the company president, resigning. For whatever reason, he has not removed his glasses.

  • In the second chapter of My Immortal, Ebony and Willow have a conversation with the line "as we went out of the Slytherin common room and into the Great Hall" thrown in at one point. The Slytherin common room and the Great Hall are hardly next to each other, but Ebony and Willow apparently traversed the whole distance between two lines in their conversation.

  • This is played straight in Speed, where Keanu Reeve's character and his SWAT teammate start a conversation in a skyscraper, then the scene cuts to the roof of the building, where they finish it after running up several flights of stairs.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World jumps around erratically in this manner several times.
  • Played with in Baby's Day Out: Instead of using a jump cut, Eddie simply says the first half of a sentence then runs away, leaving his partners wondering what he's talking about.

  • The Hotel New Hampshire ends with one of these.
  • In 1984, Julia and Winston call this "talking in installments". They will sometimes abruptly cut off their conversations mid-sentence if they think someone could hear them, and continue talking as if nothing had happened the next time they crossed paths.

     Live Action Television 
  • Used as a plot point in an episode of House. A conversation moves from an office to a staircase with no transition, which House promptly Lampshades as violating laws of both physics and reality. This is actually a crucial clue in diagnosing the patient: House himself is in a coma after being shot, and he needs to make himself up from the dream he is trapped in.
  • Sometimes happens in Star Trek when two or more characters carry on a conversation while beaming someplace.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    Joyce: Oh, no, you're about to have a bad dream! A dream that you are grounded for the rest of your natural life!
    (Cut to the next morning in their Jeep pulling to a stop in front of the school.)
    Joyce: Which means: no after school socializing, no Bronze, no nothing. Not until I say so. Do you understand?

     Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner uses this in the sbemail "concert"; Strong Sad and Strong Bad carry on a conversation through several such cuts.


     Western Animation 
  • In one episode of Kim Possible, Drakken and Shego go from a flooding underwater lair to a supermarket and their conversation continues as if they'd never moved.
  • Lampshaded on The Simpsons, where someone who was trying to win Marge's heart said "Why ride when we can [scene switch to plane] glide!". She responds "I'm just glad you're talking. You didn't say anything for 40 minutes".
    • The Simpsons has started to breathe this trope lately. It's now impossible for them to do this straight, but they just love it too much.
  • Used in the second episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, with Twilight Sparkle reading the last known location of the Elements of Harmony, and the scene dissolves from the library into the location as she (and the other ponies) say "...the Everfree Forest!" Pinkie Pie does another one at the end of the episode:
    Pinkie Pie: "Hey, you know what this calls for?" (transitions to Ponyville) "A party!"
  • Spoofed on The Cleveland Show where Freight Train is roped into spending time with Cleveland Jr. Cleveland Jr has a baking class he needs to get too, but Freight Train decides to take him somewhere more manly.
    Freight Train: Forget your cake class. I'm taking you somewhere else.
    Cleveland Jr.: Where?
    Freight Train: Not where...
    *scene cuts to the outside of a YMCA*
    Freight Train: ...Why! (Y)
    Cleveland Jr: You made me sit in silence the entire car ride for that?

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