- In Selfie, the episode "Untag My Heart", Henry is grilling Eliza on her "relationship" with coworker Freddy. There is a direct cut revealing Eliza's lies. "Do you two ever make advance plans" "Kind of" *Cut to Eliza in bed recieving a text of 'Sup?' from Freddie. She jumps out of bed to go meet him.* "Have you and Freddy ever been on an actual date?" *Cut to Eliza dancing at a club when she gets another "Sup?" text from Freddy. She rushes out of the club* "Eliza, have you and Freddy ever even been outside together?" "For the most part" *Cut to making out in his apartment* "Does his wraparound terrace count?"
- Babylon 5:
- Londo and G'Kar are on Centauri Prime just when yet another conflict between the Centauri and the Narns starts, and a Centauri official demands G'Kar to be imprisoned as a security liability until the crisis is over. Londo responds "Where he goes, I go", and turns to G'Kar to comment that even one as arrogant as him wouldn't dare to imprison his own Prime Minister. Scene cut, and they're both standing in a cell, and Londo shouts "Shut up!" to G'Kar before he can say anything.
- Played for Drama in a later episode 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.
- In a segment of Beakmans World on magic, Phoebe complains how they're gonna make her the bubble-brained assistant just because she's a girl. Beak says, "If anyone around here is going to be humiliated, it certainly won't be you." Everyone agrees, including Lester... until he realizes what that means. A half second later, Whip Pan to the stage, and Lester as the bubble-brained assistant, complete with costume.
- Big Time Rush
- From the episode "Big Time Demos":
Kelly: What are you gonna do, chimp-nap Lolo and train him to like Big Time Rush?
(cut to the studio where Lolo is across from them)
Kelly: I WAS BEING SARCASTIC!
- Subverted in "Big Time Wedding", when Mrs. Knight says that she absolutely refuses to marry Buddha Bob. Cut to the two at the Palm Woods pool in wedding clothes, where a "sermon" is reciting a passage and asks Mrs. Knight if she's sure about this...and she refuses.
- And lastly, in the pilot, a Gilligan Cut without the cut. Gustavo yells at Kendall, saying that he absolutely refuses to take James, Carlos, and Logan with him to Los Angeles. Kendall says, "So... we have a deal." And Gustavo agrees.
- In "Big Time Pranks" Gustavo and Kelly just pranked each other, Gustavo suggested that they should call it even and shook hands. "Ten minutes later" Kelly's hair is messed up, Gustavo is ducked taped to a chair, and the room is trashed.
- Also, in "Big Time Superheroes", after an officer bails the boys and Gustavo out of jail, he warns them to stay away from Hawk Records. Gustavo promises to do so...then we cut to Rocque Records, where Gustavo asks how they're gonna get back into Hawk Records.
- On Boy Meets World, Cory wants to dress up as a girl as part of a "Chick Like Me" plot, but when he tries it out he looks very unconvincing. He and Topanga then suggest that Shawn do it instead, to which Shawn refuses. Cut to school the next day where Shawn is dressed as a girl.
- On Breaking Bad, Marie is giving a sponge bath to her husband, Hank, while he's recuperating from surgery after being shot. He's reluctant to leave the hospital, while Marie wants him home, so Marie strikes up a deal: if she can make his... you know... stand up, salute, and... you know... within one minute, he will leave the hospital. He laughs at her, saying that there is no way, just no w—... jump cut to an annoyed Hank being wheeled out of the hospital, followed by a smirking and, presumably, triumphant Marie.
- Similarly in episode "Face Off": when Hank is in protective custody asked to go to the DEA office to help with an interview, Marie says there is "No way he is going, end of story." Cut to Hank down at the office.
- Breakout Kings would use these as scene cuts, usually with a Whip Pan.
- In the pilot episode of Californication, when Hank and Mia met in the bookstore she said this "Well, now I'm definitely, for sure, absolutely not going to sleep with you." One cut later...
- Chef did this all the time.
- Dexter has one of these when the title character goes after a new killer who poses as a car salesman. He's duped quite well in a funny moment.
Dexter: I go in there to hunt a serial killer, I come out with a new car. How the hell did that happen?
- In his defence, it was a great car for his purposes (transporting his victims).
- Doctor Who has one in the Tenth Doctor episode "Rise of the Cybermen", combined with Janitor Impersonation Infiltration:
[The Doctor and Rose are on a hillside outside the Tyler estate. A limo passes them.]
The Doctor: They've got visitors.
Rose Tyler: February the 1st. Mum's birthday. Even in a parallel universe, she still loves a party.
The Doctor: Well, given Pete Tyler's guest list, I wouldn't mind a look. And there is one guaranteed way of getting inside. [flips his psychic paper]
Rose Tyler: Psychic paper!
The Doctor: Who do you want to be?
[Cuts to the Doctor and Rose, dressed as waiters, carrying trays out of the kitchen with the rest of the wait staff]
Rose Tyler: [annoyed] We could have been anyone.
The Doctor: It got us in, didn't it?
Rose Tyler: You're in charge of the psychic paper. We could have been guests, celebrities, Sir Doctor, Dame Rose. We end up serving. I had enough of this back home.
The Doctor: If you want to know what's going on, work in the kitchen.
- Another one happens in the Eleventh Doctor episode "Cold War", with the Doctor telling Clara that there is absolutely no way she is going into the room to negotiate with the Ice Warrior. The next scene has Clara entering the room.
- One with a tiny, although cryptic bit of lead-in happens in "Robot". Harry blocks the door and orders the Doctor to go back to sickbay and sleep because he isn't going to leave this room. The Doctor looks around in obvious distress, trying to prove he isn't sick, then finds a skipping rope and starts skipping while counting a rhyme. Cut to Sarah and the Brigadier discovering Harry banging on the inside of the cupboard in which the Doctor had tied him up with the skipping rope and hung him upside down before leaving in the TARDIS.
- In one commentary on Father Ted, Graham Linehan called this trope the "bicycle joke", giving an example that begins with the line "You'll never catch me riding a bicycle".
If you're a solicitor, then I'm Boy George
! (cut to Dougal sitting in a crypt, rocking in a traumatized fashion) Dougal:
Karma karma karma karma chameleon...
- The first episode of Frasier has Frasier closing a scene by refusing to let Eddie, his father's dog, move in with them. The very next scene opens with Eddie staring at Frasier on the couch.
- Friends has one in the One Where Rachel Quits, when she says that it feels so good that she doesn't have to serve coffee ever again. Cut to her new job, where a man tells her how her superior wants his coffee.
- Gavin and Stacey:
Bryn: There is no way you are getting me out clubbing in Cardiff tonight!
Bryn: I never thought you'd get me out clubbing in Cardiff tonight!
- Used for an extremely rare dramatic effect in the HBO Miniseries Generation Kill. The Marines of First Recon is stopped in the middle of the night at the edge of the Euphrates River, preparing to launch an assault into Nasiriya.
Lt. Nathaniel Fick: I promise you, we will move out under cover of darkness.
(cut to a nervous-looking Cpl. Harold James Trombley as 2nd Platoon's Humvees drive over the bridge into Nasiriya in broad daylight)
- The trope namer, Gilligan's Island, has a number of these. The best known is probably in "Gilligan The Goddess", where a group of natives — who presumably have contact with civilization — visit the island searching for a "White Goddess" to Appease the Volcano God. Mrs. Howell volunteers, but the Goddess must be a maiden. Ginger and Mary Ann simply refuse to take part. The men decide that one of them should dress up in drag allowing the castaways to follow the procession and look for possible visiting ships. When it becomes apparent that the task will fall to Gilligan, he immediately protests, "I'm not gonna dress up like a girl, and you can't make me!". Immediate cut to Gilligan dressed as a woman (and still saying "You can't make me, you can't make me!"). This scene was used in promos for the syndicated show for years.
- Hogan's Heroes. In "Everyone loves a Snowman", Hogan and his men are trying to hide a recently downed bomber crew and the Gestapo finds and needs to fill a false tunnel in the barracks. Hogan tells the airmen not to worry, "There are twenty barracks on this base and we have tunnels to all but one, barracks 4." Cut to the men standing in front of Barracks #4.
- From one episode of Home and Away:
Cassie: I am not getting in Brad's car with you! (cut) I don't know how you talked me into this.
- And Jules doesn't know either.
- How I Met Your Mother uses this from time to time.
- Subverted in Season 2: the gang sits on a bench and Lily says "I'm sure we won't be waiting long." Dissolve to a group of five elderly people (of the corresponding genders) in exactly the same positions. Of course, the old people had simply taken their place when the group had taken a trip to the vending machine.
- In the episode where Ted and Barney drunkenly talk about getting Robin back:
Barney: I should probably leave... before I do something I regret...
(cut to Barney on the street outside Robin's apartment)
Barney: ROBIN...ROBIN, I LOVE YOU!
- Another example is in early season 6. Barney needs help moving, and asks for help. The gang point out that not even he, the master manipulator, can get them to help him move. Barney smiles, loosens his tie, cricks his neck, flexes his knuckles, takes a breath and...
(cut to the gang in Barney's mother's house, packing boxes)
Lily: How the hell did he do that?
- In the second episode of Season 7:
I wanna be the kind of man my child can look up to. So, sweeping declaration, I am never getting drunk again as long as I live. (the rest of the gang laughs)
I'm serious! (scene briefly stops so Future Ted can narrate) Future Ted:
Kids, it's not that your Uncle Marshall had a drinking problem. But whenever he made a sweeping declaration like that, you pretty much knew
... (the next day, Marshall walks in drunk) Marshall:
I DID IT AGAIN! Future Ted:
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
- In the Season 7 episode "The Broath," Barney swears Ted to secrecy that he is going to move in with Quinn, a stripper who had just taken him for over $700 and "whatever my Rolex is worth." Cue...
Ted: (to the gang at McLaren's) Barney's moving in with a stripper who's going to take all his money!!
- Justified: Arlo to Raylan: "You're not gonna arrest me!" Cut to Raylan dragging him off in handcuffs.
- "The bicycle joke" happens about Once per Episode on Last of the Summer Wine, exactly as Linehan describes.
- LOST has a couple of darkly humorous examples:
Abaddon: Everything relies on you getting them in, getting them out, and preventing anyone from getting killed. Think you can do that?
Naomi: Sure. Why not?
Cut to Naomi's corpse.
Miles: If Faraday said get people off the Island... I'd do it.
Dr. Chang: Well, then let's hope he knows what he's doing.
Cut to Faraday's corpse.
- Mamas Family pulls this move in season 1 episode 2. Vint declares to his mother that nothing can make him stop seeing (his mother's mortal enemy & neighbor) Naomi Oates. Immediate cut has Vint doing the very thing. They're married by episode 4.
- Done constantly in Married... with Children, usually after Al says something to tempt fate.
- In one instance, Marcy was telling him he needed to see a dentist due to his bad teeth, but Al reassures her that his teeth do not hurt and never have. Gilligan Cut to later in the night as Al screams "Now my teeth hurt!"
- In the episode "Oldies but Young 'Uns", Al becomes obsessed with finding an old song. When he eventually sees it in a record store, the cashier says that it costs 60 dollars:
60 dollars?! For a record? Hey, look. You must look at my husband, and mistake crazy for stupid. He's not paying sixty dollars for a record, and if he does, I'll kiss your
— (cut to Al and Peggy entering their house, Al with the record in his hand, and Peggy wiping her mouth)
- Men Behaving Badly writer Simon Nye has declared his hatred for this trope, considering it a sitcom cliché, and managed to get away with only using it once in the entire run of MBB (Ken has taken over the pub; Gary declares that he and Tony will not set foot in there again until Les is restored as barman — Gilligan Cut to him and Tony convivially sharing a drink with Ken inside the pub).
- From Merlin in the episode "To Kill the King", Morgana challenges Uther.
Uther: Take care child, or I'll have you restrained.
Morgana: You just try.
(scene cuts to Morgan being dragged into a cell by the guards and chained to a wall)
- From "The Gates of Avalon" comes two slightly more humorous examples:
Uther: If this were a time of war, I would have you flogged.
Merlin: (overeager grin) And as it's not, we'll forget it just this once?
(cut to Merlin in the stocks)
Merlin: I'd forgotten how much fun this is.
and then again, later:
Merlin: You know, I think I'm starting to get the hang of this whole deception lark.
(cut to Merlin in the stocks. Again.)
- Monk has a number of interesting Gilligan Cuts.
- In "Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny", Monk and Sharona are seen at a homeless shelter. Monk asks if there is a more subtle disguise that will prevent them from standing out. Cuts to Monk and Sharona at the serving counter.
- In Mr. Monk Is on the Run Part Two, Stottlemeyer makes Natalie promise not to look for Monk after he fakes his death. Natalie promises to leave him as is. She promises and....the scene cuts to her hurriedly packing a suitcase.
- In "Mr. Monk Buys a House", it happens twice in the same conversation between Monk and "Honest" Jake Phillips, when he announces he needs to repair some frayed wiring that's a fire hazard:
"Honest" Jake Phillips: Adrian, I'm a surgeon. It's just gonna be like taking out an appendix - a little incision, snip, snip, snip, pop over with the wire, and the fixture, a little spackle, a little paint... [smiles while indicating "and then, good as new"]
Adrian Monk: Is it going to be, you know, like [imitates the sound of a drill] messy?
"Honest" Jake Phillips: Nah, no way. You won't even know I was here!
[Cuts to Jake punching a large and very messy hole all the way through the wall with his hammer, sending debris flying everywhere while Monk wears a face protector and cringes with every swing of Jake's hammer. After a few swings, Jake stops]
"Honest" Jake Phillips: Uh-oh.
Adrian Monk: Uh-oh? Uh, again uh-oh? [Jake shakes his head vigorously]
"Honest" Jake Phillips: I do not like the look of this. All right, we've got a little problerino. It's what we call a "glitch".
Adrian Monk: Yeah, yeah, okay.
"Honest" Jake Phillips: You see this pipe? [taps at the one in question with his hammer] Right there? That's your primary water line. It's corroded.
Adrian Monk: Of course it is.
"Honest" Jake Phillips: Almost all the way through. Could burst any time. [turns to Monk] I thought-I thought that you got this place inspected!
Adrian Monk: I did! I did!
"Honest" Jake Phillips: [incredulous] What, was the guy blind in both eyes? All right, listen to me, Adrian, I've gotta be honest with you, because I respect you very much: [points] this whole section has to go...
Adrian Monk: Oh no!
"Honest" Jake Phillips: ...right here, which means this wall, that wall, and this half of the floor.
Adrian Monk: What about that half?
"Honest" Jake Phillips: That's gonna have to come up, too. But I know a great plumber. His name is Ramone. They call him "Honest Ramone".
Adrian Monk: Of course they do. [Cuts to Monk and Natalie sitting on the stairs, cringing as Jake and Ramone hack away at the wall]
- My Hero season 1 episode 3 when George is trying to wash his super hero outfit.
George Tyler! Do you know how to work washing machines?
Tyler Do I know how to work washing machines?
(cut to kitchen filled with bubbles)
- A rare dramatic Gilligan Cut occurs in the My So-Called Life episode "Life of Brian":
Brian: (voiceover) I vow to never again show up at Angela's door with some lame excuse!
(cut to Brian at Angela's door talking to her dad about something he supposedly borrowed from her)
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 loves to put this trope in the mouths of the victim-movie's characters.
Character in Mitchell
: I am not bringing that shipment in and that is final.
Tom Servo: Doo-dle-oo-dle-oo-dle-oo, the shipment's in!
- The Mentalist: When Jane suggests to Lisbon that she should blackmail Ardiles in the fifth season, she asks how would she do that, since she has nothing on him. Jane then recommends her to turn to the most gossipy person she knows in search for a rumor that could get her leverage on Ardiles. Cue Gilligan Cut to Lisbon talking with Brenda.
- Reversed in an episode where they tested a bulletproof plexiglass, because Jamie said it was bulletproof. Jamie: "I never said it was bulletproof". Cut to an older episode, with Jamie gesturing to the substance and saying "It'll stop a bullet". Repeated for comic effect.
- Also reversed on Adam during the American Graffiti myth with his prediction of the outcome, which led to him popularizing the now-famous "I Reject Your Reality And Substitute My Own" line.
- In an episode of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, to cheer Ned up and get him to stop thinking about Susie, Cookie and company intend to take Ned to a part of the school devoid of girls and flowers: the gymnasium. Cut to them arriving at the gym doors and entering...only to find that the Garden Club is using the space to build an Arbor Day float. In short, the room is filled with flowers and populated by girls.
Ned: Well then, I'm going to write Martin that tip. (Cut.) I can't think of one!
- Psych uses this sometimes. One example from Season 5, episode 14, "The Polarizing Express" (and yes, it's a Christmas Episode), when Shawn and Gus are on a stakeout:
Gus: Shawn, you need to try to take a nap. You look tired.
Shawn: (scoffs) Gus. Don't be Keith Sweat now. I'm sharp as a tack.
(scene fades to Shawn sleeping, with a superscript: "Exactly 7 minutes later")
- In the Rumpole of the Bailey episode "Rumpole at Sea," Hilda wants to take a Mediterranean cruise. Rumpole doesn't. He tells Hilda to get one thing clear: that he is not going on any cruise ship, no, no, NO...[ship's foghorn blows]
- Stephen Colbert does this right before the interview with his first-act "mini guests". First, he furiously rails against something or someone in the intro, and then he cuts straight to welcoming that person to his show. "[...] I will never, in a million years, ever understand what Jake Tapper was thinking! Here to tell me what Jake Tapper was thinking, please welcome the host of 'This Week', Jake Tapper."
- Subverted in The Mighty Boosh when Howard refuses to dress as a panda, saying no man should ever be forced to do that. Cut to Vince dressed as a panda instead.
- In one episode of Sherlock, Sherlock is testifying in court against Moriarty, and launches into his typical lightning-fast deductions, stepping on the toes of almost everyone in the room. The judge finally calls him out on it, saying "Do you think you could go for just a few minutes WITHOUT SHOWING OFF?!" Sherlock opens his mouth to reply, and... the scene cuts to him being led into a cell.
- Variation both in the original series and The Movie of The Beverly Hillbillies: Granny loudly declares her opposition to leaving, stating that they won't get her out of her rockin' chair. The next scene shows the truck packed and loaded, including Granny's rocker. Granny's still in it.
- In the episode "Death Becomes Him", Joe and Brian accidentally fly the wrong corpse in for a funeral. Brian suggests that Joe masquerade as the dead man until they have time to switch the bodies.
Brian: Get in the box, Joe.
Joe: No! There is no way I am getting in that box.
(cut to Joe in the casket at the funeral)
Joe: (thinking) I can't believe I got in the box!
- Subverted in the episode "I've Got a Secret". Alex confides to Helen and Antonio that she once posed in Playboy. When Joe and Brian discover that Antonio knows a secret about Alex, they begin to badger him.
Come on. Tell us what you know. Antonio:
I can't. I won't. There is no way you're ever getting this out of me. (Cut to Lowell walking into the office later that day with a large stack of magazines) Lowell
Okay, this is the last of them. Every Playboy
from '85 to '89.
- However, the cut ends up being deceptive, as it was not Antonio who blabbed, but Helen.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel made frequent use of these.
Willow: Maybe you could get Angel to help you find the Gorches.
Giles: Good idea. Strength in numbers.
Xander: Oh yeah. I see a lot of hunting getting done in that scenario.
Buffy: Please. Like Angel and I are just helpless slaves to passion. Grow up!
(cut to Buffy and Angel making out in the cemetery)
Buffy: You know, this isn't hunting in the classical sense...
Xander: (captured by a demon he'd been dating after his tendency to date dangerous demons was pointed out once again) I knew it. See? I knew it.
Flashback!Anya: I'm the Mrs.! I will be his Mrs.! I'll be...
(cut to Anya impaled on Buffy's sword)
Doyle: You don't know what Buffy and Angel are doing down there.
Cordelia: They've got the forbidden love of all time. They've been apart for months. Now he's suddenly human. I'm sure they're down there just having tea and crackers.
(cut to Angel pouring himself some tea while Buffy munches on some crackers)
- Plus, there's the scene that references the title of the episode. Buffy is in tears, and swear she will never forget that day. Then, the Elders press the Reset Button, and Buffy (along with everybody else except Angel) has forgotten everything that happened that day.
- "Over The Rainbow":
(Angel and the gang get into a fight)
Wesley: I think we're winning!
(cut to them tied up in the town square)
Snyder: From now on, you're going to see a very different Sunnydale High; a tight ship. Clean, orderly... and quiet.
(cut to girl discovering the corpse of a girl who has had her organs harvested, and screaming)
Follow Dave? What, in dark glasses and a trench coat? Please. I can work this out myself. (cut to Buffy dressed in a Conspicuous Trenchcoat and sunglasses, lurking behind Dave)
- In the 3rd Halloween episode, during Season 6 of Buffy, Dawn's friend Janice didn't want her and her friends to go into the creepy old man's house. Sure enough...
- A flashback in "A Hole in the World" shows Fred packing up and moving to L.A., against the wishes of her parents. Fred promises them she'll live a boring life — cut to the present day where Fred is screaming while incinerating wall-hugging demon eggs in a sewer with a backpack flamethrower.
- From Supernatural 6.07 "Family Matters", as Dean wants to get involved in the hunt on the Alpha Vampire:
Dean: (to Samuel) Big Daddy bloodsucker? I ain't gonna miss that. But this is your deal, I get it. I'll follow your lead. I trust you.
Dean: (outside) I don't trust him.
- In 7.01, when Dean has been caught breaking into a house:
Dr. Weiss: Don't move.
Dean: Look, I don't want to hurt you.
Dr. Weiss: (after a pause) I'm the one holding a shotgun, son.
Yeah, I realize that.
- Cut to Sam and Bobby coming in to find the doctor and his wife gagged and tied to chairs.
Dean: Sam, Bobby, meet Dr. and Mrs. Weiss.
- In the first season of Teen Wolf, Jackson is telling Lydia about a bunch of movies that he heard were good, but she keeps replying no to all of them, until Jackson finally snaps:
[Cut to Jackson inside the video store]
Jackson: Can somebody help me find The Notebook?
- Top Gear
- In series 5, episode 2, there are two in rapid succession.
All you have to do [to enter the competition] is answer this very, very tricky automotive question: "Which Italian super car maker features a prancing horse on its logo?" (cut across the studio to Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond) Jeremy Clarkson:
I have absolutely no idea... (pause) Jeremy Clarkson:
Uh, anyway... Ferrari! A couple of years ago, they introduced this amazing new hyper car called the F60, and we've been trying ever since to get hold of one. (assorted talk about the trouble they had, getting their hands on one to drive) Jeremy Clarkson:
And then, out of the blue, Nick Mason, who's the drummer with Pink Floyd
, telephoned to say that he's got an F60 which we could borrow, if we promised to plug his new book. Well, we aren't really allowed to plug stuff on Top Gear
, but I said to him, "Look, if we can have your F60, I'll slide a couple of references in, and I don't think any of the bigwigs'll notice... (cut to segment backed by the Pink Floyd track "Astronomy Domine")
- It should be noted the rest of the segment was packed full of Pink Floyd tracks, as well as numerous "The only thing as awesome as this car is this book I've been reading" lines.
- Another example, from the Vietnam episode:
(Hammond and May are sitting comfortably in a bar, drinking)
Hammond: Do you think he's enjoying his first biking experience?
(cut to Clarkson, riding a beat-up Vespa, decked out with a plethora of mirrors, most of which are reflecting the headlight directly into his eyes)
Clarkson: I AM THE MOST MISERABLE HUMAN BEING ALIVE!!
- And from the same episode:
Clarkson: (voiceover) Still, at least I'd been assured it wouldn't rain.
(fast cut to Clarkson, Hammond, and May riding their motorbikes in a teeming Vietnamese monsoon)
Clarkson: Name an upside to this, mate! Name ONE upside!
May: Well, you're not hot anymore, are you?
- And still from the same episode:
Clarkson (with his bike having broken down yet again) Still, at least my mates wouldn't leave me behind this time.
(cut to Hammond and May driving away at top speed)
- From series 16, episode 3, where they go to Albania:
Clarkson: (After reading a letter requesting a car test for the Albanian Mafia) This caused one hell of a row in the office. The producers said, 'We should go out to Albania and do the test,' and we said, 'No! We can't be seen to be helping the Mafia!' We were adamant. We said, 'this is our line in the sand. We will, not, go.'
(Cut to ferry from Corfu to Albania)
- Episode 4 of Kamen Rider Dragon Knight has Maya tell her friend she will not get coffee for anyone. The next scene has her getting coffee for the woman she is working with.
- Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire has an episode where Matt Lucas's character says to his girlfriend (who has just contracted a serious illness) that he is not going to let her die. The next scene has him crying over her grave.
- One Foot in the Grave enjoys these. Example:
- The West Wing: Josh has made a political deal that helps the White House but screws over Mandy, his old girlfriend:
Mandy: You know what the worst part about this is?
Lloyd Russell: Well, I think you dinged up your suspension pretty good.
Mandy: No, Lloyd, it's the party they're having, right now, in the West Wing, at my expense.
Russell: They're not having a party in the West Wing.
Mandy: I've worked with these people for two and a half years. They like to win and they like to gloat.
Russell: These people are professionals. A blow was struck against party unity today. No one is going to be gloating.
(scene cut to Josh's office)
Josh: Victory is mine, victory is mine. Great day in the morning, people, victory is mine!
(everyone applauds as Josh dances and pounds on his chest)
- The West Wing also had a variation with no actual cut. For example, when Joey is first introduced she repeatedly tells Josh she wants to meet the President, Josh tells her that absolutely will not happen, then the President walks in and introduces himself to Joey.
- 60 Second Sitcoms were minute-long sitcom parodies (complete with opening and ending titles) that TV Land used to show between programs. One called Spin and Cutter was a parody of this trope.
(spin and Cutter trudge into the living room)
Spin: Thank goodness that's over!
Cutter: Yea. Well, one good thing...
Both together: At least YOU got that letter back!
(they both look at each other as we cut to... both of them in a two-man horse costume)
Spin: Wait, these aren't security guard costumes!
(cut to the two of them in security guard uniforms breaking into an office)
Spin: Someone's coming! Quick, out on the ledge!
Cutter: That's dangerous! We're on the 40th floor!
Spin: More dangerous than the Boss finding us in his office after hours?
(cut to Spin and Cutter as angels)
Spin: Well, at least it can't get any worse.
Cutter: Spin, old buddy, for once I think you're right.
- Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation promises Leslie that he and his psychotic ex-wife Tammy are just going outside for a quiet talk. Cut to them making out through the bars of their holding cells the next morning.
- Lampshaded by Pete in 30 Rock:
- Played straight in season 3, episode 21:
Kenneth: (showing several guests of Jack's around) And this is the backstage area.
Jack: Kenneth, I'd like to speak with Mr. Green for a moment.
Kenneth: And as head of this tour, I'm going to deny your request.
(Smash Cut, almost before Kenneth even finishes the word "request", to Jack's office where he's sitting with Milton Green.)
- In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Visionary":
And Major, when you're with the Romulans, try to be... diplomatic. Kira: I'm always diplomatic! (cut to Major Kira meeting with Romulans) Kira:
That is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard and I resent the implication!
- In "Take Me Out to the Holosuite," Sisko has assembled his own baseball team to take on his Academy rival, Solok. When Cassidy asks him why he's taking it so seriously, he tells her about how Solok has spent his life flaunting his own superiority, and then makes her promise not to tell the team. One scene transition later, she's told the team everything.
- Yes, Prime Minister does this in the episode "One of Us":
Hacker: Don't discuss this with Arnold until I've spoken to him.
Humphrey: (indignant) Of course not, Prime Minister, I wouldn't dream of it.
(cut to a visibly-distraught Humphrey taking a sip of wine)
Humphrey: So what do you think I should do, Arnold?
- In an episode, Reba's son-in-law becomes a driver in a pizza joint while having no vehicle of his own, so he requests Reba to drive him for deliveries. Reba refuses and refuses...and cut! In the next, scene she is driving her son-in-law for deliveries, albeit reluctantly.
- In an earlier episode, her ex-husband begs her to come with him to help him spread his father's ashes on a golf course. She declares, "Uh-uh! Those puppy-dog eyes aren't gonna work on me anymore!" Cut to the golf course, where she stands next to him holding a rake.
- The iCarly special iQuit iCarly had this:
Spencer: NO! WE NEVER SURRENDER THIS BOAT!
(cut to Spencer and Gibby being thrown into a garbage dumpster)
Spencer: ...They have our boat.
- In the Victorious episode "The Wood":
Beck: The producers took two seperate phone conversations and cut them together!
Jade: I want to hear that from them!
(Tori holds her hands out in questioning; cut to the Black Box theater)
Producer: Yeah, we took two seperate phone calls and cut them together.
- The Sarah Jane Adventures episode "The Nightmare Man Part 1" features this exchange:
Luke: Are you really gonna make scrambled egg? Remember what happened last time?
Sarah Jane: I think I can manage.
(cut to Clyde reading a text message from Luke)
Clyde: "Mum just set the kitchen on fire again."
- Done in reverse order in the Back to Front Seinfeld episode "The Betrayal":
FDR: Are—are you dense? I said I wanted you to drop dead. Now... drop dead!
(slams the door in Kramer's face)
Kramer: I knew it... Stupid Jerry...
(cut to Jerry's apartment, ten minutes earlier)
Jerry: Kramer, I know what I'm talking about. There's no way FDR wants you to drop dead.
- Taxi. A Gilligan Cut without the cut: the gang is helping Jim out at his new bar. Jim hears that Alex plays piano and loudly introduces him as a performer. Alex adamantly states that he won't play — a gorgeous woman sidles up to him and purrs "I'd love to hear 'Ebb Tide'." Alex promptly launches into "Ebb Tide".
- In the No Ordinary Family episode "No Ordinary Quake", Jim & Stephanie are talking about how to test their son JJ for superpowers
Jim: So what're you going to do, honey? You gonna tell your son you don't believe him and, what, ask him for his DNA?
Stephanie: I think I can come up with a more subtle approach.
(cut to Stephanie the next day, placing a cup on the table in front of JJ)
JJ: You want me to pee in a cup?
- Played with, perhaps unintentionally, in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Spectre of the Gun": the group decide they'll wait right here until 5:00, when they're scheduled for the shootout at the OK Corral (It Makes Sense in Context), but are instantly teleported there.
- This happened at least once per episode in Johnny Tolengo, where Juan Carlos Calabró played a snarky pop singer half his own age.
- In the US version of Shameless, Sheila gets upset when Frank asks her to make some phonecalls for him without asking questions (it makes sense in context). To make it right and get his way, Frank offers to disguise himself any way she likes, and there would be no safe word. Cut to Sheila happily making the phonecalls after that.
- From an episode of Sledgehammer, when it's suggested that the police hold a fund-raising telethon:
That is the most preposterous thing that I have ever heard! We will have a telethon over my dead body! (cut to Trunk singing "Hava Nagila" at the telethon)
- In the Spartacus: Blood and Sand episode "The Thing in the Pit", Spartacus is condemned to fight in the pits, as is Kerza.
I'm not dying in the pits. I'll show these cunts. My cock was forged in Vulcan's flames! I will fuck! Them! All!! (cut to Kerza in the Pit, getting beaten to death)
- In the BBC adaptation of The Body in the Library, Colonel Bantry's "I am not going downstairs to ask if there is a body in my library" is instantly disproved.
- In part two of the Power Rangers Dino Thunder/Ninja Storm crossover episode, Blake insists that there's absolutely no way he's going to follow Hunter and Cam into the Abyss of Evil to reclaim their powers. Cut to him wearing a helmet and rappelling gear, stating once more for the record that he thinks this is a bad idea before they begin climbing down.
- From The Worst Witch when Mildred is having trouble with her part in the broomstick tableau:
Maud: It'll be fine, you'll see. Everything will go click.
Cut to Mildred crashing into the bins on her broomstick
Mildred: You call that 'going click'?
- Rizzoli & Isles: In "Seventeen Ain't So Sweet", we cut from Jane telling Maura that there is no way she is going to her high school reunion, to Jane and Maura at Jane's high school reunion.
- Law & Order: UK DS Ronnie Brooks is musing over the possible location of evidence in an assault case. His gaze turns towards a Dumpster. Following his gaze and realizing what he's thinking, his partner DS Matt Devlin yelps, "NO! No way, Ron!" Sure enough, the next scene is of the two of them at the garbage dump, sifting through the trash, with Matt griping and complaining the entire time while Ronnie gleefully teases him.
- In another episode, the detectives want to review evidence from an old case and realize that they need to discuss things with the CPS. Their superior mentions that CP Alesha Phillips was the prosecutor on the case, at which point, she and Brooks give Devlin a look, to which he gives a very startled Double Take. The next scene is of Devlin trying to sweet-talk Alesha into giving them the necessary files. (To be fair, we never see him refusing to do this, but he's clearly not thrilled about having to use their mutual attraction to garner information from her).
- Scrubs: In the episode "My Porcelain God", the Janitor accuses J.D. of telling people about the roof toilet (after he had asked him not to earlier in the episode). J.D. responds, "first of all, why would I tell anyone? And secondly, no one has epiphanies on the john!" Cut to Dr. Cox having an epiphany on the roof toilet, presumably giving him the idea to put a patient in Dr. Kelso's office when there are no beds elsewhere.
- In one episode, Elliot talks about how great her fiancee Keith is, saying he would walk through fire for her. A Gilligan Cut shows the Janitor trying to convince Keith to literally walk through fire to prove the his love for Elliot, though Keith refuses to.
- Austin & Ally: A staple of the comedy on the show. They happen repeatedly and often back to back in the same scene. Sometimes they don't even do a cut, they just have the person wander into the shot doing the Gilligan action. An example from My Tab & My Pet where the group have to wait in line for a new computer tablet:
Ally: I wish I didn't have to work today, I need to be in that line.
Trish: Relax, it's not like Dez is there by himself, Austin is with him and Austin would never leave the line.
Austin: *Enters Sonic Boom* Hey guys. I left the line.
Austin: I needed a break.
Ally: You left Dez there by himself?
Austin: It's only been 5 minutes, do you think Dez is just gonna let people go in front of him?
- A recurring bit in That Mitchell and Webb Look, is "Get Me Hennimore!" an Affectionate Parody of seventies sitcoms, every sketch beginning with Hennimore's boss setting up an obvious opportunity for Hennimore to botch (such as showing a recovering alcoholic a set of antique golf clubs with an identical-looking novelty liquor cabinet nearby) and getting his assurance that he'll get it right this time, at which point the sketch immediately cuts to the "end of the episode," with the boss walking in on the extremely predictable disaster.
- In the Boardwalk Empire episode "Family Limitations", Margaret asks Eddie whether Nucky is nice man, which Eddie confirms he is. Then we cut to Nucky in his office insulting Luciano.
- One episode of Teen Wolf starts with Jackson and Lydia sitting in Lydia's car outside a video rental store, Jackson trying and failing to convince Lydia to watch Hoosiers. Finally, he gets frustrated with her complete dismissal of his opinion, and this happens:
(cut to Jackson inside the store)
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia loves to play with this trope with the episode title cards. For example:
Mac: You guys have nothing outside this bar.
Dennis Reynolds: Don't worry, Mac. We'll be just fine.
(Cut to title card: "Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare")
Dee Reynolds: There's no way I'm dating a retarded person.
(Cut to title card: "Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person")
- Once Upon a Time:
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Series star Will Smith is hosting a behind-the-scenes episode that starts with him arriving at NBC Studios. He mentions that he forgot his pass, but shrugs it off, "I'm like royalty around here." Cut to him being roughed up by three security guards.
- A very early episode of Zoey 101 had this, when Zoey is telling Chase about how living with Quinn is giving her a hard time:
Chase: You can't just look a girl in the face and say, "I don't want to live with you anymore."
(cut to Quinn's room where she is looking at Zoey)
Quinn: Zoey, I don't want to live with you anymore.
- Cold Case: In "Saving Sammy", Valens and Vera go to interview a witness who is autistic. Valens tells Vera to take his yellow tie as the witness does not like the colour yellow. Vera refuses. The next shot has them walking into the autistic boy's room. Vera is not wearing his tie.
- Hustle: In "Picasso Finger Painting", we cut from Sean protesting there is no way he is going back to Mad Dolly's to Sean at Mad Dolly's, still protesting.
- Dobie Gillis was the first American TV show to use this extensively. In fact it could be argued that it deserves to be called a Dobie Cut, since almost all of them happened as a reaction to something said while addressing the audience.
- Done in the Doctor Who bio-documentary special An Adventure in Space and Time, when Verity is trying to sell William Hartnell on the idea of the series. When she describes the "state of the art facilities", we cut to the Lime Grove studio in disrepair and when she talks about how the sound effects are created with the latest technology, we cut to FX wizard Delia Derbyshire scraping metal keys across piano strings to create the signature TARDIS sound effect.
- Raising Hope features one of the darkest takes on this trope in the pilot episode, when Lucy, eight months pregnant and on Death Row, tells Jimmy, "There's no way they're gonna kill the mother of a six-month old baby!" Cut to the witness area, with Jimmy and the baby in attendance as she gets put in the electric chair.
- Red Dwarf uses this in the Tyrant Takes the Helm episode when Queeg forces everyone to work in order to get food.
Queeg: From now on, everybody works.
Cat: Nuh-uh, not this kitty!
(Cut to Lister and The Cat scrubbing floors)
- Partly Played for Drama in You're The Worst:
: Can you believe Becca and Vernon said we were Toxic? Jimmy
: What a joke! (Cut to a montage of everyone Jimmy and Gretchen interacted with during the episode, about to have their hearts broken/lives ruined.)