Do Not Pass Go

Culturally ingrained from Monopoly (the most commercially successful American board game of all time), this has become a Stock Phrase for anything that must happen immediately with no waiting, no intermissions, no detours, stops or breaks until it is completed.

In normal Monopoly play, the starting corner square is marked "Go" and instructs the player to collect $200 each time they pass over it. The "Go to Jail" card (as pictured) makes it very clear that any player who draws this card (or lands on the "Go to Jail" space) must move their token directly to the "Jail" square, and may not pass over "Go" en route or collect their salary.

See also the "Get out of Jail Free" Card.


  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls:
    Ace: Alrighty then! [smacks man in the face which knocks him unconscious, drapes him over his shoulders and begins to sing and dance exotically] [shakes man] Do not pass go! Do not collect $200!
    • Added bonus, the guy he did this to did kinda look like the Monopoly guy.
  • Free Willy 3: The Rescue:
    Randolph: The penalty for "borrowing" a boat that doesn't belong to you. It's called piracy. Do not pass Go. Do not collect 200 dollars.
  • Homicide: The Movie (Made-for-TV Movie of Homicide Life On The Street):
    Det. Frank Pembleton: Good. "Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go."
  • Meet the Deedles:
    Mo: Do not pass go! Do not collect 2 shiny ranger badges!
  • Short Circuit 2:
    Johnny Five: You will book me, Danno? I will make your day? Do not pass go?
  • The Core:
    Dr. Josh Keyes: Blindfolded. Do not pass go. Go directly to PhD.
  • In Swordfish, Stanley says this to Ginger when she tries to persuade him to come work for Gabriel.
    Stanley: You're wasting your time. If I so much as touch a computer I go straight back to Leavenworth. Do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars.
  • Recited word for word in Der Wixxer, when Scotland Yard turns up to arrest a perp during a game of Monopoly.

  • The Westing Game has a message left like this by Westing (who, by the way, is dead) when the person in charge of opening the envelopes with his messages inside is late in opening the next envelope. It essentially tells the players where to go with the addition of, "Do not collect $200."

Live-Action TV
  • On an episode of CHiPs, Ponch says this to a group of criminals he and John are arresting at the end.
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun, in the episode "Dick Behaving Badly":
    Harry Solomon: Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 and do not, I repeat, do not drop the soap.
  • An episode of John Doe has Doe confronting a serial killer with all his abilities (living Photographic Memory, monochromatic vision) after faking his death and appearing behind him to tell him he has been caught. The killer was faking it, by the way.
  • One Finnish video game review show had the host parody a Star Wars game with this (loosely translated) line:
    Luke, use the Force. Use the Force without passing Go or collecting $200.
  • Said very seriously at the end of a Law and Order: SVU episode by Stabler to a perp when he's finally been caught and is going to jail. It's not...actually relevant to the plot, but whatever.
    • The person Stabler says this to is one of three men who raped a young girl at a summer camp 14 years ago. The girl then sought revenge by attacking all three of the men. The first guy, at the beginning of the episode, was sodomized with board game pieces intended for use in a board game night with his family.
  • Dr. Kurt Mendel of Odyssey 5 uses the phrase in a letter written to his future amnesiac self (it makes sense in context) to underscore the importance of locating and watching a certain videotape explaining his loss of memory.
  • Supernatural:
    Alastair: Go to Hell. Go directly to Hell. Do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars.
    • Ruby also uses it when she possesses a maid when instructing Sam and Dean where to go to meet her.

  • Tom Lehrer, "We Will All Go Together When We Go" (singing about the global nuclear holocaust):
    You will all go to your respective Valhallas.
    Go directly, do not pass Go, do not collect 200 dollas.


Video Games
  • NetHack displays the message "Do not pass go. Do not collect 200 zorkmids." if you die on your first turn.
  • In the translation for Lunar: The Silver Star, the attendant at the teleporter will mention that after you pass the Cave of Trials, the warp will now take you directly to Vane. "You'll not pass Go. You'll not collect 200S."

Web Original
  • Israeli singer Eyal Golan is currently accused of having used his status as a celebrity to sleep (consensually) with a lot of teenage girls. The police called the file ‘Tabletop Games’. Famous Israeli memester Amir Schiby made this in response.note 

Western Animation
  • In the Valentine's Day special episode of Muppet Babies, Scooter has his computer generate a Valentine's Day poem, but it's not what he was expecting:
    Roses are red
    Pickles are blue
    Have a nice banana
    You live at the zoo.
    Do not pass Go, do not collect $200 (over an image of a banana behind jail bars)
  • Top Cat used a variation of this phrase in one episode of Yogi's Treasure Hunt in summoning the treasure hunters to the assembly room.
  • In an episode of Total Drama Island, Chris describes a challenge where the last person to cross the finish line is instantly eliminated.
    Chris: Do not pass Go, do not collect a marshmallow.