Finish Dialogue in Unison
One character starts saying something, and while completing the sentence, another character (or several) join in.
Alice: I just know this is going to be—
May be done sarcastically (the first character says X so often that everyone can tell what's coming), or as a sign of group solidarity (especially common with the Catch Phrase
). This also often happens with Eureka Moments
that involve two or more characters of similarly high intellectual level. It's played for comedy if the characters aren't really that smart, or they're coming to same ridiculously outlandish Insane Troll Logic
conclusion by complete coincidence
Gags aplenty exist for this one— the people say different things, or there's an Expo Speak Gag
or something. Or one of the characters yells "Jinx!" There's also usually also a coda, because you can't let something like that go.
This is also very common with shows shot before a studio audience; the audience chime-in is usually done out of enjoyment and pleasure of being familiar with the character's Catch Phrase
or Verbal Tic
Closely related to Finishing Each Other's Sentences
. Could be related to Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?
. See also Speak In Unison
, for when characters do more than just finish the thought at the same time.
- Used with Sam and Flint a couple of times in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, first near the beginning when they're deciding what to "make" for breakfast the next day, and then near the end:
Flint: Sentient food? That's impossible!
Sam: Unless its molecular structure's mutated into super food!
Sam and Flint: That's been genetically engineered to protect the FLDSMDFR!
- Aladdin has a variation, where Jasmine trails off near the end:
Sultan: The law says you (Jasmine joins in) must be married to a prince (Jasmine trails off) by your next birthday.
- In the David Tennant film of Hamlet, Polonius, Laertes, and Ophelia all recite the end of Polonius's "never a borrower nor a lender be" speech in unison. It's very clearly the sarcastic version.
- In the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the avid traveler, Grandpa Potts, recounts one of his stories from India, saying "I got up this morning and I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he..." and his son Caractacus, with his two children, Jeremy and Jemima, finish the joke for him: "...ever got in my pajamas I shall never know." Grandpa nonchalantly replies, "You've heard it before." And everyone laughs.
- In Baby Secret Of The Lost Legend, the couple that comes across Baby the dinosaur eventually learn to repeat their Jamaican pilot's oft-repeated Catch Phrase "No problem!!"
- "Orange Mocha Frappucino!!"
- Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle:
Madison Lee: I never wore Kevlar till I took three in the chest...
Natalie, Dylan, and Alex: On the De Soto case - we know!
- Duncan and Jason throughout Mystery Team. Charlie tries to do this as well, but fails with one exception: "Chocolate Milk."
- Muppet Treasure Island, right after Billy Bones finishes telling the story of Captain Flint's treasure...
Billy and other inn patrons: Now isn't that a story worth the hearin'?
Muppet Pig: I' was the first dozen times we heard it.
Live Action Television
- Aunt Dimity series:
"Can we postpone the meet-and-greet?" I said, glancing nervously up the staircase. "There's a fire—"
"There's no fire," Declan interrupted.
"We saw smoke," Kit and I chorused.
"Where there's smoke, there's not always fire," said Declan.
- Happy Endings plays with this quite often. In the opening of one episode, Dave enters Rosalita's and begins explaining his problem to the gang, none of whom speak. When he expresses confusion at this, they slide him notes that show they are in a five-way jinx (they also have a note that says 'yes really' when he asks, 'really?). After he says their names, they have a normal conversation, and then at the end, all six of them say the same thing-ending the scene in a six-way jinx.
- Also, Alex often tries to enforce this trope by asking other people to say what they're thinking out loud, to show they're thinking the same thing, when she clearly isn't. She typically jumps in a second too late.
Penny: Dave, Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Dave: Uh, yeah.
Alex: Me too, I'm also thinking that. Let's all say it at the same time.
Penny: Why do we have to say it if you're thinking it?
Alex: Ssh, I got it.
Penny: Ok. *Simultaneously with Dave* We gotta make Spring Smackdown happen!
Alex: (Right after they finish) Make Spring Smackdown happen! Yesss!
- In one Scrubs teaser, the entire cafeteria finishes Elliot's old jokes for her, which causes her to shriek "STOP FINISHING MY AWESOME JOKES!!!" (And Zach Braff to react to the unexpected shriek with an "Oh my God!")
- Done Once an Episode on You Can't Do That on Television, when they realize the current skit is Just The Introduction To The Opposites.
: What (or who
) do you think's in the burgers?
- Played for laughs on 30 Rock. Jenna and her boyfriend lampshade/outright parody this. The boyfriend suggests they announce their ideas for Halloween costumes at the exact same moment, and just "see what happens." Cue them both rattling off a bizarre idea for matching costumes (Natalie Portman and Pittsburgh Steeler—two 'black swans!') using the exact same wording.
- Mash combined this with a Eureka Moment when Hawkeye realized what Winchester's poker tell was:
Hawkeye: He whistles louder—
All: When he's bluffing!
- Noah's Arc: Happens numerous times to the point of being a Running Gag, three times in the first episode alone. Typically one of the four main cast starts the sentence and the other three finish it together.
- A Saturday Night Live sketch from the 80s involves a TV interview with two members of the American Communist party, who happen to have been friends since childhood. Every time the two of them say the same thing in unison, they immediately shout, "Jinx, buy me a Coke!" and then launch into an elaborate playground song-and-dance routine.
- Happens on Teen Wolf, when Scott and Stiles are discussing the record that Allison's family keeps of everything they've ever hunted, which they think might help them take down the creepy lizard monster that's going around killing people.
Scott: Okay, if we can find it, and it can tell us what this thing is...
Stiles: And who.
In unison: We need that book.
- All That: Amanda Bynes's popular recurring sketch, "Ask Ashley" would alway open with Ashley sitting on her bed, and proudly proclaiming, "Thaaaaat's meeeee!" every time the announcer would introduce her; after a while, the audience began chiming in with her signature, "Thaaaat's meeee!"
- The Andy Griffith Show: On occasion, whenever Barney is on the phone with Juanita at the diner, either reciting his poetry, or little love song to her, Andy will sneak in, waiting for the perfect opportune moment to join in and either reciting, or sing along with Barney, much to Barney's aggravation.
- In an episode of Hogan's Heroes, Schultz repeatedly preaches to the prisoners, "Clean up the barracks! Clean up the compound! And clean up yourselves!" The prisoners chime in the last time he repeats, then, give it to him straight as he exits the scene.
- Kenan & Kel: Kel always kicked off the episode's main storyline with his catchphrase, "Awwwww, here it goes!" For a short time during the show's run, the audience would begin chiming in with him, though it didn't last very long.
- Miranda: At least once, when Penny is about to say "such fun!", the other characters chimed in at the same time.
- The Muppet Musicians Of Bremen: When Leroy the Donkey and T.R. Rooster first encounter Rover Joe, the hound keeps peppering his backstory with, "I'm olllld... I'm beeaat uuuup... I'm woooorn awaaay..." to the point that T.R. eventually started chiming in with the same thing.
- On So You Think You Can Dance, when Cat Deeley introduces the judges, she says, "Here are your...", and everybody in the audience yells out "Judges!" (or, in some cases, "Jidges!", referencing how Cat occasionally pronounces it).
- Wimzie's House: As the theme song suggests, "Horace always has a question to ask", and practically Once an Episode, if some thing confuses him, or he doesn't understand some thing, he'll speak up with, "Uh, question...", and proceeds to ask the obvious questions. After doing this for so long, any time the other kids hear Horace say, "Question?", they would chime in with the exact question he asks, word-for-word.
- Mulder and Scully in "Quagmire" of The X-Files: They are stranded in the middle of a huge lake and talk about various stuff. Scully reminisces about her dearest book, Moby-Dick. Mulder talks about Ahab and his wish to have a peg leg, and shares his favourite line, which they finish in unison.
Scully: And that's not flippant?
Mulder: No, flippant is my favourite line from Moby Dick. Hell is an idea...
Mulder and Scully both: ...first born on an undigested apple dumpling.
- Many wrestlers' Catch Phrases will have the wrestler start his phrase, and then the crowd takes over.
- "Stone Cold" Steve Austin: "...and that's the bottom line, 'cause Stone Cold Said So!"
- D-Generation X: "If you're not down with that, we got Two Words for ya! SUCK IT!"
- Kevin Nash, along with his cohorts in the NWO, had something that was just "too... SWEEEET!!!" Once the crowd caught on to this, they continued the SWEEEEET!!! for them.
- The Rock had several.
- Parodied with the "dozens and dozens of Mankind fans."
- Lampshaded during one of his heel phases: 'This ain't "Sing Along With the Rock!'"
- In the Hamish And Dougal episode "The Fitness Club", Hamish twice asks Dougal questions that are meant to be about whether he's worried about his chances in the "Macathalon", but which could be interpeted as being about sex. Dougal answers both questions with "Not the night before a Macathalon!" Hamish then says "Well, I'm right behind you", and this time they say the punchline together.
- The second time in Of Thee I Sing Diana Devereaux uses her Catch Phrase "I'm just going to throw my arms right around your neck," all the other girls chime in with her.
- In World of Warcraft, before the final battle with Cho'gall starts, his two heads get into an argument over the crazy one interrupting the sane one ("I am trying to speak here!"). However, by the end of the speech, they are talking in unison again, until they deliver the very last line together: "The end has come!"
- In Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Zepar and Furfur do this constantly − it usually goes like this:
There is something everyone needs! Furfur:
And what would that be?! Zepar:
The answer is obvious!
* switch positions with a flash* Both: It's love!!!
*applause coming out of nowhere*
- Justice League Unlimited:
- In the episode "Far From Home," this is used to show how well Brainiac 5 and Supergirl get along. (They're trying to find their teammates by using Supergirl's earpiece.)
Supergirl: It's a shame our Justice League comlinks don't work here— we could track Green Lantern by his transponder. Come to think, we still could if we had a—
Supergirl and Brainiac 5: Quantum tunneling RF transponder!
Brainiac 5: Hold that thought.
- "Patriot Act"
Shining Knight: I'd slay the ogre Blunderbore all over again rather than put myself on display in this manner, even though that ogre turned out to be—
Vigilante, Stargirl, Green Arrow, S.T.R.I.P.E.: Morgan Le Fay.
Green Arrow: We've all heard it.
Shining Knight: (miffed) 'Tis a good story.
- Strange Minds Think Alike on Family Guy when Peter and Chris think of ideas for "Handiquacks"
Chris: Oooh ...oooh! What if they just bought a new wood stove and Red Hynie Monkey says, "Boy, it's so hot in here because we just bought that new wood stove...
Both: and we're sweating, and our hands are all slippery and that's why we can't get the card house to stay up!"
Peter: Thank you, Chris. We have lift off!
- An episode of Clone High had Abe and Gandhi repeatedly do this when designing a mechanized spoon, fork, and knife combination. Then it gets subverted on the last shot when Abe and Gandhi don't say the line in unison, and Abe angrily tells Gandhi something along the lines of "c'mon, we rehearsed this!"
- Kim Possible: Kim and Ron would frequently find themselves saying the same thing, usually followed by Kim saying, "You owe me a soda." At the end of the fanfic Reunion, Kim and Ron, on their honeymoon, say "I love you" in unison, after which Kim tells Ron, "You owe me a baby."
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Best Night Ever":
...I've waited all my life... Fluttershy:
...for this moment... Pinkie Pie:
...and I'm not going to... Applejack:
...let it slip by!... Rainbow Dash:
...If it's the last thing I do... Twilight Sparkle:
...I'm gonna make this... All:
...the best night ever!
- The Top Cat episode "Rafeefleas" has Choo Choo explaining to T.C. what Benny the Ball was doing at the museum:
Choo Choo: He was in front of a display with a big sign that said "Watch This Space."
Choo Choo: So, Benny was just standing there...
Choo Choo and T.C.: Watching the space!
- Darkwing Duck: Negaduck, after capturing Darkwing and all his allies, confined each of them in a different torture device that would be activated "when I throw...'The Switch!' " He uttered a variation on this phrase (always with a dramatic pause) several times, until his captives finally interrupted him with an exasperated "We know, we know - 'The Switch!' "
- On G.I. Joe, Tomax and Xamot frequently did this.
- Rocky and Bullwinkle: Any time Boris enters a scene in his many paper-thin disguises, Rocky always says, "That voice... where have I heard that voice..." Finally, in one episode, all of the characters in the scene, including Narrator, chime in with the same line as Rocky says it again.