A person is coached through a conversation of some kind by someone else who feeds them the right lines through an earpiece.

This will inevitably lead to a situation where the prompter is distracted by something and says or does something not meant to be heard and repeated, but the person on the other end [[RepeatAfterMe faithfully mimics it anyway]]. The IdiotBall is promptly passed to the person wearing the earpiece as they do as they were instructed, never considering even for a second that screaming out [[NotInTheFace "OH GOD! NOT THE FACE!"]] might not be the best thing to do while you're trying to impress your dream date in a crowded restaurant.

Sometimes a variant occurs where the receiver's connection goes bad, and what would otherwise be the perfect thing to say gets misheard as something else.

Often overlaps with PlayingCyrano. If the prompter manages to talk to his buddy on the airwaves AND the people around him at the same time, it's a MultitaskedConversation.

Compare MimingTheCues. See also MissionControl, VoiceWithAnInternetConnection. A variation of IsThisThingStillOn.


* There is one Priceline commercial featuring William Shatner advising a husband speaking to his wife on travel deals. Taken literally by the husband, who starts speaking like Shatner.
* A Canadian credit union has an ad where a young girl applies for their unlimited savings account featuring unlimited withdrawals, deposits, transfers, inquiries, and sugar cubes in the bank's coffee. The teller asks if she's using this trope when she begins grilling him, and her dad says "Tell him 'no'" through her earpiece.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/SchoolRumble'', Itoko does this to help Harima talk to Tenma while in the hospital.

[[folder: Fan Fic]]
* ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has a non-comedic example. It's seen early in episode 11, as [[spoiler:Wily coaches [=ProtoMan=] in a conversation with Mega Man]].

[[folder:Films - Live Action]]
* In ''Film/NowYouSeeMe2'', the CEO of Octa, Owen Case, is hyponotized by Merritt to repeat whatever Merritt says to him through an earpiece and set up in front of a camera. The Horsemen's show begins, and Owen is placidly repeating everything Merritt says. Suddenly the show is interrupted by both a mysterious voice and the FBI and the Horsemen have to make a quick escape which involves sliding down a chute from the top of the building. The wild ride causes all the Horsemen, including Merritt to scream as they go. Owen, still hypnotized, stands in front of the camera, screaming.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Roxanne}}'' (basically a remake of ''Cyrano De Bergerac''), Charlie (Steve Martin) talks to Roxanne (Daryl Hannah) through the [[TheDitz ditzy]] Chris, who is wearing a goofy hat to hide the earpiece. They're using a Fire Department radio, so it ends up like this:
-->'''Charlie:''' ''(coaching Chris)'' Reach out your hand.\\
'''Chris:''' My hand, out reaching to - car three, car three! Proceed to the 279.\\
'''Roxanne:''' What?
* ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'' has a goofy example of this. When Martin gets surprised by the mistress of the man whose office he's breaking into, his [[SpiesInAVan backup team]] starts feeding him plausible excuses to use on her for his being there. And then some less plausible stuff...
-->'''Whistler''': And give him head whenever he wants.\\
'''Martin''': And give him he... [[LastSecondWordSwap help]]. Be a beacon in his sad and lonely life.
* ''Film/{{Primer}}'' has a plot-central instance of this, where Aaron is being instructed on what to say [[spoiler:by recordings made by himself in alternate timelines, in an attempt to keep divergence between the iterations to a minimum. It doesn't work]].
* A variant occurs twice in ''Film/{{Dave}}'', with the title character mistaking his handlers' stage directions for the next line he should say. "Go, go go." "And Go! Go! Go!"
* ''Film/ManOfTheHouse'' has a date where five girls navigate a man almost until the end. Almost. The girls even have vote about the romantic value of candles during the act.
* A variant in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' has two British Secret Service agents communicating over earpieces while on a mission. Bond has to remind the younger agent not to put his finger in his ear while using the earpiece, a nervous tic which of course gives the younger agent away and spooks the guy they're tailing.
** This gets a CallBack in ''Film/SkyFall'', when Bond reminds Eve to keep her finger out of her ear just as they split up on a mission.
* This spectacularly fails at the end of ''Film/TheTuxedo'', where Jimmy asks the secret agency to help him get the woman he's been pining for. Just as Jimmy prepares to talk to her, the Film/JamesBond {{Expy}} Clark Devlin starts trying to feed him suave lines, only for others on the line to start butting in with their own advice. With half a dozen voices in his earpiece, Jimmy ends up looking insane in front of the girl, unable to focus.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', Gaius Baltar is often being instructed in this manner by [[spoiler: Virtual Six]].
* There's an episode of ''Series/RadioActive'' wherein Kevin is being coached through an oral exam by a hidden microphone with Morgan on the other end.
* In ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', Jeff is being talked through a possibly-a-date with a co-worker, which ends up in a MultitaskedConversation.
* Another PlayingCyrano example from ''Series/WillAndGrace'', where Jack was hitting on a man while working in a retail store where he wore an earpiece. Will feeds him lines so he can look smart. The guy isn't taken in, finds Will, and asks ''him'' out.
* ''TheDGeneration'' did a sketch of them attempting to feed answers to Jane Kennedy during her appearance on the celebrity edition of ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury''.
* On one episode of ''Series/MuppetsTonight'' with guest star Cindy Crawford, mumbling security guard Bobo the Bear develops a crush on her. They hook him up an earpiece so that Rizzo the Rat can feed him the lines, but Rizzo's niece and nephew walk in with balloons they got from the fair, leading Bobo to hear and repeat: [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "Hey, that's a nice set of balloons you got there. Maybe you'll let me play with them later."]], followed by getting PunchedAcrossTheRoom.
-->'''Bobo''': I wasn't supposed to say that one, was I?
* In ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', this is done by having Josh feed information to Drake through an earpiece in a Quiz Bowl-esque contest to impress a smart girl. Just when he's about to win, the feed is intercepted by a hamburger restaurant's drive-thru.
* Since the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' gang literally wear earpieces all the time, this happens periodically.
** For example, in the pilot, Sophie is pretending to work for an African consortium that wants to buy a bunch of airplanes from the mark of the week:
--->'''Sophie''': I represent a group of investors who are looking to start an airline for short tour flights in Africa.\\
'''Dubenich''': Out of Johannesburg?\\
'''Nate''': Okay, hes testing you. You want Bloemfontein.\\
'''Sophie''': Keep away from the hubs. Revitalize the regional airports. In South Africa Bloemfontein for example. But really its Nigeria were focused on.\\
'''Nate''': Yeah, perfect.
** See "The Stork Job" for one of many incidents of this leading to hilarity:
--->'''TheMark''': Where are you from?\\
'''Nate''': Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta\\
'''[[CloudCuckoolander Parker]]''': [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta.]]\\
'''Nate''': No, pick one, Parker.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': The episode "The Moose" had Hawkeye playing poker against a soldier who had a Korean woman in subservience. Hawkeye had an earpiece into which Radar would relay what hand the soldier had so Hawkeye could play and wager accordingly.
* Captain Jack Harness wore a huge glowing not-Bluetooth earpiece all the time in Series One of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', which is kind of strange considering everyone else at Torchwood Three had the standard invisible earpieces. They got rid of the thing for Series Two, because, to quote Creator/RussellTDavies, "it ruined Barrowman's excellent jawline."
* Parodied on the Community episode ''Recap/CommunityS6E11ModernEspionage'' in which the various characters use obvious bluetooth headsets while talking. [[StageWhisper They also encounter the obvious problem of being overheard.]]
* Used in the ''Series/BreakingBad'' episode "Open House". Since Walt and Skyler aren't able to get Bogdan to sell his car wash to them at the price they want to buy at, they have Saul send his henchman Patrick Kuby posing as an environmental inspector, with Kuby naturally wearing an earpiece through which Skyler feeds him lines.
* Several instances in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', given that [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Harold Finch]] usually communicates with John Reese via a hidden earpiece, often feeding him information while Reese is giving some cover story (including a PlayingCyrano scene in "Bury the Lede"). In "Prisoners Dilemma", Reese is being interrogated by [[FriendOnTheForce Detective Carter]], who is wearing an earpiece so [[InspectorJavert FBI agent Donnelly]] can feed her the questions he wants answered. Finch secretly hacks into the earpiece so he can also talk to Carter whilst providing a fake background on the internet that matches Reese's answers.
** The Machine and Root pull off a couple of time-delayed versions in "Mors Praematura" thanks to PrescienceByAnalysis, providing Shaw with the correct responses before the relevant conversations have even begun.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A side quest in ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong'' involves the PlayerCharacter being on the floor of a tech conference, guiding your team's very socially inept decker as she goes undercover through the hotel's facilities by feeding her lines across a really bad commlink connection that frequently blacks out. HilarityEnsues. Inevitably, somebody will accost you wanting to use the booth you're utilizing while the decker is accosted by a ranking member of the hotel staff. This is usually the part the stealthy option goes sideways as the player tries to juggle two conversations, but a [[TheSocialExpert good face]] can do it, and let the mission finish smoothly.
* In episode 3 of ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'', Strong Bad discovers Pom Pom and Homestar Runner are using this for their act in the BattleOfTheBands, with Pom Pom using an earpiece to help Homestar remember the lyrics to their songs. Strong Bad proceeds to sabotage their act with interference from [[TalkativeLoon the Drive-Thru Whale]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SixTeen'': Catelyn did this once.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' there was a gag where Kent Brockman was being fed lines this way even when he was socializing.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' episode "The Pink Candidate," Brain coaches Pinky through his presidential campaign speeches this way. While Pinky is holding a press conference, the wireless earpiece fails and starts picking up other random transmissions (a bank intercom, a drive-thru, a sports announcer), but by coincidence the answers still please everybody.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' Patrick coaches [=SpongeBob=] through his boating test by a walkie-talkie hidden under a cowboy hat. Mrs. Puff compliments [=SpongeBob=] on his improvement, joking that it's as if someone were telling him all the answers. But when she mentions that that would be cheating, [=SpongeBob=] freaks out and confesses... and crashes the boat, failing the test once again.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' episode "Spike", Lilo discovers that the reason for her rival Myrtle always getting the answers correct at a quiz show was because one of the members of her posse had been giving her the answers through an earpiece that she had been wearing the whole time, which is cheating. Fortunately, Lilo sends Experiment 319 aka "Spike" to lower that girl's IQ, causing Myrtle to lose the second round to Lilo.
* Two WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons used a candlestick phone receiver in a scheme of manipulation, both by Friz Freleng. "Stooge For A Mouse" had the mouse turning the bulldog against Sylvester when up to then the two had been friends. "Bugsy And Muggsy" had Bugs making Rocky paranoid that Muggsy was out to off him.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' sketch, it's revealed that the entire U.N uses these. Unfortunately, HilarityEnsues when Big Fat Baby disrupts the prompters.