- In "The Shershow Redemption" episode of Happy Endings, Penny is upset that her safety, Shershow (who is depicted as a pretty big screw-up) is getting married, but she tries to cover it.
Penny: Come on, Max, I was never gonna marry that guy. And anybody who would must be busted in la fache. *laughs and agreement from the gang.*
*Shershow enters with his beautiful fiance.*
Dave: More like awesome in la fache.
- Doctor Who:
- A promoter turns the club from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia into a hot night spot, but they quickly find out that it's because he secretly promoted it as a gay bar. Dee goes to chew him out, saying that the guys are not happy with the new change.
Charlie and Dennis: Look at all this money!!! Wooo!!
- Torchwood got one of these, too. In "Everything Changes":
Jack Harkness: All alien technology stays on the base. No one's allowed to take anything outside.
Cut to Tosh in her apartment, having taken something alien home in her purse.
Cut to Ianto, who has something alien in his cabinet in the shower.
Cut to Suzie, who also took something home in her purse.
- Stargate SG-1, "Cure":
Dollen: They are sending their most respected team of representatives. No doubt the leader of this group will be a brilliant and savvy negotiator.
Tegar: We must be at our best to match the challenge.
Dollen: Personally, I cannot wait to meet a man of such genius.
[SG-1 enters through the Stargate]
O'Neill: Howdy, folks!
- Extra funny in that O'Neill is a brilliant and savvy negotiator. Just highly unorthodox.
- In Heroes, Ando insists that Hiro will never leave his side. He turns to look at Hiro for support, only to find he's walked off. Hilariously, when it cuts to Hiro, the movie playing in the background provides a cymbal crash.
- Similarly on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip:
Matt: Where the hell did you go?
Danny: Sorry about that...
Matt: I said "He's never not been there for me", then there was a follow-spot on a basket of dinner rolls!
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Used in the episode where Spike is introduced: Spike asks about the Slayer, "Is she tough?" And then it cuts to Buffy brushing her hair, saying "Ow. Ow."
- Buffy comes home to find (awkwardly) that her mom has a serious boyfriend. She insists she's fine with it — cut to her whaling on a vampire with enough violent fury to creep out Giles.
- In season 2, Buffy and Angel decide to team up to hunt the Gorches brothers, a duo of evil vampires.
Xander: Yeah, I see a lot of hunting getting done in that scenario.
Buffy: Please. Like Angel and I are slaves to passion. Grow up! (cut to Angel and Buffy passionately making out instead of hunting vampires)
- In "Out of My Mind" Buffy is talking about Spike.
Buffy: Hanging out in that crypt all day, you just know he's doing something nasty.
Cut to Spike and Harmony playing 20 Questions.
- Plus literally a hundred other instances. That is, literal as in 'literal'. Joss Whedon loves this trope.
- In the episode "Waiting in the Wings". When Cordelia and Fred are shopping for dresses to go to the ballet, Cordelia makes a sarcastic comment to the effect of, "Oh, right. Angel's gonna spend the whole day worrying about his outfit." Cut to Angel worrying about his tux, which baby Connor had just spit up on.
- From the episode "I Will Remember You": After Angel temporarily becomes human, Doyle mentions that Angel is now immune to the "perfect happiness" curse (implying he and Buffy can now have sex without repercussions) and says sarcastically that they're eating tea and crackers. Cut to Buffy and Angel enjoying some tea and crackers. Then subverted when after talking for less than a minute, they practically leap into each others' arms.
- Angel is explaining to Connor how, despite having supernatural entities on the payroll, Wolfram & Hart is still a boring lawfirm. Cue Spike getting punched through the doors, swearing bloody murder, and walking back in.
- In iCarly, after Freddie gives up his 6 month cruise to Missy to keep her from trying to split Carly and Sam up and keep Carly for herself, Freddie is somewhat disappointed that Missy gets to go on the cruise. Carly mentions that Missy used to be seasick as a child but likely got over that. Cut to the boat, where Missy is puking and miserable on the boat, obviously seasick.
- Friends: In the episode where Heckles dies, Monica and Rachel feel touched when they are named in his will. Cut to his apartment, which is a dump with a bunch of tacky items, which Monica proceeds to complain about and claim it was his final revenge.
- Done very amusingly in the Top Gear race across London during the middle of rush hour. Not quite the same, as it's not referring to a specific person, but entertaining anyway
Jeremy Clarkson: (in a boat on the Thames, leisurely cruising) This has to be the most stress free and relaxing Monday morning rush-hour commute since the dawn of time.
Cut to the helmet camera of...
Richard Hammond: (on a pedal bike, dodging traffic, lots of noise) Oh no, not another set of sodding lights... Ah, bloody hell!
- He spends a lot of this segment being censored. That was one of the few cases he was actually polite enough to be pre-watershed. (Top Gear generally has an 8pm-9pm slot in the UK - on it's original broadcasts anyway.)
- On another episode, the Parkour one, after driving through Liverpool (and getting a bit lost, needing to ask for directions, getting stuck behind lights), he arrives at the Liver Building, seemingly beating his opponents in a race, commenting on there being "No sign of baggy shorts or camo pants"; cue to his opponents, Parkour runners, on top of the Liver Building, one just staring out over the city, the other doing a railing handstand.
- In a similar challenge, Jeremy competes to with a climber to reach the top of a mountain and return to the base first. Driving back down, he confidently asserts that there's no way the climber can return from to the foot of the mountain before him. Meanwhile, the climber reaches a cliff and BASE jumps from it.
- While showing how rally cross was cheaper than golf:
Jeremy's Description: James was kindly asking the other racers to be nice to me.
James: Don't be nice to him...just muller 'im.
- Fraggle Rock:
"Fraggles are graceful creatures—"
a Fraggle immediately falls into shot
- In Firefly episode The Message, Zoë explains how things work on the battlefield to a new recruit:
Zoë: First rule of battle, little one, don't ever let them know where you are.
Cue Mal coming in, guns blazing and screaming.
Mal: I'm right here! I'm right here! You want some of me? Take it! Come on!
Zoë: 'Course, there are other schools of thought.
- In another episode, the crew are being interrogated separately. When asked why she is deflecting questions about her marriage to Wash, Zoe is stone-faced.
Zoe: Don't see how it's any of your business, is all. We're very private people.
(cut to...) Wash: Her legs. I'll definitely have to say it was her legs. You can write that down!
- On The Office (US), In "PDA", Holly has a talking head in which she describes Michael as basically exuding sex, all the while a montage plays of Michael being anything but sexy, culminating in a shot of him slouched in a chair with his face and bits of his suit smeared with Cheese Puff dust.
- In one episode, Dr Cox's long-suffering psychiatrist is amazed that he has actually made a positive decision that could benefit his career, on JD's advice.
Psychiatrist: If there is anyone in that hellhole who can actually make you listen, then keep them close, because that person is a genius.
(Cut to JD in the elevator) JD: Everybody was kung-fu fighting, hah!
Elliot: Okay, we have to tell them.
Carla: They're so close, maybe they'll help each other through it.
Elliot: Oh come on, Carla. They're guys. They're not going to get all touchy-feely.
(cue the overwrought love song "Guy Love")
- Another example on the same theme as above:
Carla: (To Turk) You're such a guy. You can't even begin to understand anything this deep on any kind of real emotional level.
J.D.: (Comes up to Turk and Carla) Hey, Turk. I'm really sorry about the whole poster thing. It was racially insensitive of me. I should've been more aware of your feelings before I went ahead and spoke for you.
Turk: It's OK. Your intentions were good, and there's never been an issue of race between us. Since the day I met you, you've been nothing but a friend to me.
J.D.: I love you, man. (He leaves)
Turk: (To Carla) We've got some things to work out, but we'll get there ... we'll get there.
- Castle features a few of these:
Castle: [Discussing a suspect's photo]: She's got cruel eyes. I bet she enjoyed watching Wilder suffer.
[Cut to the suspect, crying like a baby and babbling hysterically]
- In the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "The Titans":
Thea: She may appear sweet, but who knows what destructive powers she may possess?
[Cut to Gabrielle fruitlessly trying to break a nut with her fist]
- On Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure, California series, Oz and James ride shotgun for a V8 muscle car drag race between "bone-idle vintners" who have nothing to do when not harvesting except fish and race cars.
Oz : [voiceover shot of him not enjoying himself] Only a simpleton could possibly get any pleasure out of this futile activity.
[cut to James in the other car with a huge grin on his face and laughing with glee]
- Corner Gas, "Tax Man":
Brent: I can't just turn over my father. There's a bond between father and son that's strong and sacred.
[Oscar storms in]
Oscar: [to Brent] Hey! Idiot! You left the lid on the dumpster up last night! Crows have scattered garbage all over the place out there and I'll be damned if I'm gonna clean it. It'll be you out there on your hands and knees scrapin' up crow crap!
Brent: I'll tell you whatever you need to know.
Mrs. Jensen: With him, the customer was always number one. Oscar always treated people with great respect.
: [to Brent]
Hey jackass, stop talking to this old wingnut and pump my gas!
- Note that both of these examples are done without the Cut.
- In The Rockford Files episode "Dirty Money Black Light", Angel Martin is in jail due to being caught with some of the titular dirty money. Jim assures Beth that Angel won't say anything without a lawyer present. Cut to Angel attempting to pin various crimes on Jim and his dad.
- The editors for The Amazing Race especially love this. Their favorite tends to be showing a team who thinks they're way ahead gloating about their position, only to cut to another team that's currently beating them.
- Season 1, Episode 5:
Joe & Bill (wandering around in the desert): The fatties [Kevin & Drew] must have gotten lost.
(cut to Kevin & Drew dancing it up at the Pit Stop oasis)
- Season 10, Episode 8:
Tyler (at the Fast Forward): No team is going to finish a Detour and a Roadblock ahead of us.
Rob: We're going to be so far ahead.
(cut to Dustin finishing the Roadblock, her and Kandice about to take first place on that leg)
- The Man From UNCLE, "The Bat Cave Affair":
Clemency McGill: That was a right fine movie. Do you like spy movies, Mr. Solo? Napoleon?
Napoleon Solo: I'll tell you, they're all right if you like light entertainment. I just think they're... pretty far-fetched.
[cut to Illya Kuryakin tied up in a cage, being attacked by vampire bats]
- The Lost Girl episode "Bloodlines", after Trick, Kenzi, and Dyson determine that Bo's been kidnapped by Aife.
Trick: If Aife has Bo in her grasp, there's no telling what hell she's putting her through.
[cut to Bo waking up in an opulent bedroom with three buff shirtless guys at her beck and call]
- Used as a running gag in Scrapheap Challenge:
Host: Time for a little precision engineering...
[cut to a contestant smashing the crap out of something with a very large hammer]
- The first episode of the second season of Game of Thrones features an entirely nonhumorous example:
Bran Stark: Dragons are all dead. Been dead for centuries.
[cut to a very not-dead baby dragon]
- In M*A*S*H, after being informed that Hawkeye and Margaret are stuck behind enemy lines in the midst of heavy shelling, BJ, Radar, and Potter are extremely distressed about what's happening to them.
BJ: They must be going through hell out there!
[cut to Hawkeye and Margaret passionately making out in a hut while bombs rumble in the distance]'
- From Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sisko suspects that a ship was blown up by the Romulan Empire. Garak suggests he confront them directly, but Sisko remarks bitterly than he doesn't expect the notoriously secretive and untrustworthy Romulans to be forthcoming.
Romulan: Yes, we destroyed the Flaxian's ship.
- From Muppets Tonight;
When Heather Locklear agreed to guest star here on Muppets Tonight
, she said she wanted to do something cultured and sophisticated. This is what we came up with. (cue Stylistic Suck B-Movie parody)
- The Canadian Made-for-TV Movie Net Worth has a lawyer defend the new NHL players association to the press by saying that they have reasonable requests "so we expect a reasonable response." Cut to the Detroit Red Wings general manager storming into the dressing room throwing things and screaming to his players about how they betrayed him.
- How I Met Your Mother:
Lily: How come Marshall isn't doing anything crazy?
[cut to Marshall and Barney in the midst of an Escalating War with a guy across the street]
Marshall: So all we need is one large shipping box, and one hundred white mice!
- On Married... with Children Bud dates Alpha Bitch Heather McCoy, who put his underwear on the flagpole in sixth grade. He plans to get his revenge only to be humiliated again. Kelly tells him she took care of the situation as she talked to Heather in the hall and they worked things out like ladies. Cut to Heather Bound and Gagged next to a sign reading "Don't mess with a Bundy".
- In the Frasier Whole Episode Flash Back "Crock Tales", in a scene set shortly after Niles and Daphne's Relationship Upgrade, Niles alludes to the fact he and Daphne have been "a bit distracted" and then says "If Daphne knew I was speaking so indiscreetly, she'd be mortified." Cut to Daphne describing the sex in detail to Roz.
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Mirror, Mirror," Kirk, Bones, Scotty, and Uhura are transported into the Mirror Universe. Kirk briefly wonders what sort of horrors their mirror selfs are doing on their Enterprise, only to cut to the prime Enterprise and showing that Spock has the situation well in hand.
- In the Full House episode "Joey Gets Tough", Joey feels bad about having to punish D.J. the previous night, but Danny tells him that he had to do it and that she can't be mad at him forever. D.J. then walks in and greets everyone cheerfully except for Joey, who she speaks to with a stern "Hello, Joseph".
- Played for Drama in an episode of Babylon 5 where Sheridan mentions how he believes that Londo is back on Centauri Prime celebrating and partying over his coronation as Emperor. Cut to Londo sitting on his throne, contemplating quietly, and utterly alone.
- Adam Adamant Lives: Adam refers to Georgina as a 'poor, frail, defenceless girl.' Immediate cut to Georgina smashing a teapot over her captor's head and making her escape.