"I don't know what happened. I declined his invitation, he started laughing, and then the next thing I knew, we were at lunch. Did he drug me?"The Gilligan Cut is a staple of classic comedy. Simply put, if the character says "I'm not doing this", no matter how many times they say it, chances are the character will do this for the sake of comedic effect, sometimes even while stating "I can't believe I'm doing this". It has two variants, but the staple between them is the sudden shift in scene. No cut, no Gilligan Cut. 1: The Contrary Cut: Somebody actively says something will happen, or will never happen, most determinedly. Directly after them insisting this, there is a Whip Pan showing the contrary happening, generally to their specific detriment. 2: The Order Cut: Somebody is ordered to do something unpleasant by somebody else. There is no discussion or refusal involved, simply the cut to them being shown doing it - but in a way much more unpleasant than we had imagined. For example, they are ordered to 'safely' dispose of a bomb, and then there is an abrupt cut to them having to do so by hand. The Gilligan Cut. Comedy ain't pretty. Often combined with a Smash Cut if the transition is especially quick or the character is cut off mid sentence. Compare Immediate Self-Contradiction and Instantly Proven Wrong where the contradiction is immediate in-universe. Not to be confused with a Description Cut, which is where a description of what a character is probably thinking/doing is immediately contradicted by the character in question. See also Ironic Echo Cut and Cue the Falling Object. Another way of Tempting Fate. Contrast "I Know What We Can Do" Cut. Not to be confused with Cutaway Gag. Note of historical interest: This was the first trope ever to be put on TV Tropes.
— Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation
open/close all folders
- A State Farm insurance commercial (seen here) featured a man with his buddies saying "I'm never getting married." Cut to him buying an engagement ring. While on a plane watching rambunctious children running around, he tells his wife "We're never having kids." Cut to the wife in labor. In their apartment, he tells his wife and son "We're never moving to the suburbs." Cut to them moving to the suburbs where he looks offscreen and says "I'm never buying one of those." Cut to him washing down a minivan. As he cleans up a drawing left by his son, he says "I'm never having another kid." His wife immediately says "I'm pregnant." Finally, he watches television with his family and says "I'm never letting go." Here, the commercial ends.
Anime & Manga
- Ranma ½:
- The second movie has this, and plays with it at the same time. The women of the group are being abducted by unknown shadowy creatures one by one. Currently, Akane is the only one they can use as bait, except everyone's looking at male Ranma. Cut to female Ranma struggling against the pole she's been tied to. Of course, there's a kettle on the top of the pole, it's clearly a trap, and Ranma was only acting like s/he was tied up.
- Happens when Akane becomes injured and unable to participate in the Martial Arts Gymnastics tournament. They try to convince Ranma to change into a girl to take her place but he loudly protests that there is no way he is putting on a leotard. Cut to Ranma wearing a leotard.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Ed and Ling are trapped in Gluttony's stomach. A tired Ling collapses and Ed tries to get him to get up again by starting to walk away while repeatedly saying he's leaving without him. We then cut to Ed carrying Ling over his shoulder.
- In Naruto, right before Jiraiya leaves to investigate Akatsuki's ties to Amegakure, he goes to Tsunade's office, and, instead of just telling her that he thinks their leader is there, suggests they go out for a drink and talk at the bar. Tsunade rightfully points out that as a Hokage with many ninja in the field, she can't just go out and get plastered in the middle of the afternoon. Cut to the two of them at a bar, Tsunade clearly getting plastered, and Jiraiya telling her she should take her own advice.
- Happens in an early episode of Sound of the Sky. Kanata and Noel think that they saw a ghost in the barracks of their base. Kureha disagrees, suggesting that they're seeing things. Rio agrees with Kureha... cut to Kureha and Kanata standing at the entrance to the barracks, with Rio ordering them to investigate before turning around and running herself (and shouting those orders from a safe distance, no less).
- In Minami-ke, after Chiaki laughs at Kana's Teru Teru Bozu idea:
Kana: I'm going to roll you up in a sheet and hang you!
Chiaki: Okay, if you think you can do it, go ahead.
[cut to Chiaki wrapped in a sheet, hanging on a rope tied around her waist]
Chiaki: For real?
- From Kaze no Stigma ("Catherine Returns"):
Jugo: Perhaps if this girl were to challenge her true feelings, Ayano will be a little nicer to Kazuma, before it's too late.
[cut to Ayano punching a drawing of Kazuma taped to her pillow]
Ayano: Stupid Kazuma! I hate you! Do you hear me? You make me sick!
- In a recent chapter of Gamble Fish, Tomu asks Mika if he could sit on her shoulders so he can get a better look at the cracks on the cave's ceiling. She refused, saying that it is usually the woman that sits on top, but he debates that with her being a tennis pro, her legs are stronger to support them. She ultimately suggests they Rock-Paper-Scissors for it. The next scene, she is seen caring him on her shoulders cursing that she should have never gambled with a cheating gambler.
- Fujimura-kun Mates: Fujimura suspects that two of his unwanted girlfriend candidates are up to their usual no good hijinks. But he refuses to spy on them for ethical reasons. Next page, he eventually gives in.
- The first episode of the Universe canon of Tenchi Muyo! has Tenchi's dad, Nobuyuki, vowing to stay up all night to protect Ryoko. One Gilligan Cut later, he's asleep on the couch.
- The first chapter of the very short lived gag manga Chagecha from the creator of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, we get this fine example with Masoto feeling confident about the titular Yankee badass Chagecha taking on a whole Yankee gang from Guerrilla High.
Masoto: This may be foolish talk but... with you, I feel we can win...
[cut to Guerrilla High School where they are facing HUNDREDS of Yankee gang members along with their mechanized leader which is a basically LITERALLY a GIANT head]
Masoto: I'm sorry Senpai... it's really hopeless...
- K, Kuroh is explaining the power of the Kings to Shiro, and when he tells him about the Gold King, who truly controls the country, Shiro says, "And here I thought the prime minster was the most powerful man in the country." Cut to the prime minister on the phone with the Gold King, promising to do what the Gold King wants.
- In episode 2 of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Mashiro tells Sorata to take off his clothes. He protests, but complies when she asks if taking her clothes off would make him comfortable. Later she tells him she wants to touch him, but he adamantly refuses. Then the next scene shows her sitting on top of him on the bed.
- In The Tatami Galaxy, Nameless Protagonist Guy declares that he would never fall for the scam of buying tons of new-age "health products" to gain higher rank in their cultish organization and possibly meet the leader's attractive daughter. Next scene, he's receiving a huge package of the stuff, and has started working several jobs so he can buy it in ever-increasing quantities, all for the sake of his hopeless obsession with said daughter.
Shizuno: So what's the plan? Try to avoid dealer repeats and when you are in tenpai as dealer, say you aren't?
- Just before Shizuno's quarter-finals match begins, she tells everyone to leave things to her. It cuts to late in the match, when Shizuno is behind by a fair margin, and has to desperately struggle to get to second place in order to advance.
- This happens again midway through the lieutenant match in the semi-finals, when Ako discusses her strategy against Takami.
Ako: That's right. A pretty simple counter strategy.
[cut to the match]
Ako: Or so I thought! This is bad!
- In Saki Shinohayu -dawn of age-, Kanna Ishitobi has never encountered anyone who can defeat her at games, not even mahjong. When she goes up against Hayari Mizuhara (who, in the present, is a professional mahjong player), Kanna dismisses her as an airhead and thinks her victory is certain. The next page, Kanna is sitting, shocked, after losing to Hayari.
- In episode 6 of Plastic Memories, Eru tells Isla that they're going to start watching Tsukasa 24/7 after she says she can't stop thinking about him. Michiru claims she's not going to join them. But in the very next scene, she's standing behind them as they watch for him from atop a building. Then it's subverted; she once again announces she won't keep tagging along with them, and follows through this time (and Eru and Isla, lacking their Only Sane Woman, get themselves in trouble by following Tsukasa into the mens' showers).
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica in episode 10, albeit certainly not in a comical way: After Mami, Sayaka, and Kyouko are killed, Homura attempts to calm Madoka down (Madoka had just performed a Mercy Kill on a psychologically broken Mami who found out the true nature of Witches firsthand) by saying they can defeat Walpurgis Night (Walpurgisnacht, Nox Walpurgis, Warupurugisu no Yoru), it cuts to them lying on their backs, close to turning into Witches (though, strictly speaking, they did defeat Walpurgis Night).
- In Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters, this happens early on after Yugi defeats the Trents.
Yugi: I'm sure by now they've realized we're not in India anymore!
Joey: This guide to India is useless!
- In episode 4 of Unlimited Fafnir Iris angrily says she'll go back to the dorms to put on some underwear after Yuu sees her. However, the school bell rings, and she has a shocked look on her face. The scene then transitions to the classroom with her still having the same exact look.
- In one episode of Daily Lives of High School Boys, Tadakuni's sister's bag is stuck in a tree. After several attempts by Hidenori and Motoharu to get it down, they decide they have to "throw things at it until it falls". Cut to all three of their bags now stuck in the tree.
- In Fairy Tail, during the side chapter "Natsu and Asuka", Natsu and Asuka are in a shooting competition, with the stakes being that the loser has to do what the winner says. Natsu gets worked up and declares that he'll win, but after a panel of Lucy and Happy commenting on his immaturity, the next panel cuts to Asuka, victorious. It ultimately turns out that Natsu let her win.
- In chapter 2 of Kishuku Gakkou No Juliet, Percia explains to Inudzuka that disguising herself to go on a date with him would be too risky:
Percia: You can't sway me with your tears! No means no!
(cut to her wearing the disguise)
- Jim Gaffigan had this experience:
Wife: I think I'd like to go blueberry picking. Maybe we should go blueberry picking.
Jim: I remember thinking No. No fucking way. You can't even get migrant workers to do that stuff. But the weird thing is, not even 10 seconds later, there I was picking blueberries.
- Larry the Cable Guy had a running gag of this sort throughout one of his shows. For instance, his wife urged him to shave his balls. Like he was going to do that. "So there I am, shaving my nut sack...."
- The late great Robert Schimmel was another fan of this one too:
"Yeah, like I'm going to stick my dick, which shoots a liquid, into something that plugs into the wall. [Beat] So I'm on the floor fucking this thing..."
"My wife says, 'I don't know! Maybe we should take it to the vet.' I said, yeah, why don't you just let me take him for a drive. We're gonna take a five-dollar rabbit to the vet?! [Beat] So we're at the vet...""'Honey, I don't want a knotted rag up my ass.' 'Well, how about a string of beads?' I said, 'What are you, Monty Hall? This isn't Let's Make a Deal, here.' But then, I figured, you only go around this crazy old world once, and besides, who's gonna know? [Beat] So, I'm at the hospital, getting the beads removed...."
- Garry Shandling, in his HBO Stand Up special:
So she says, "Why don't we put the dogs in the car and take them with us?" I said, "No, no. I'm not putting these dogs, that I don't know, in the car." Right? "No." So I put 'em in the car....
- In the song "Downtown Downers Grove" by Emo Phillips
I went into the clothing store and I made up my mind
I wasn't going to let any pushy salesman
Pressure me into buying something I didn't need
...So after I bought the kilts...
- As shown above, a running gag in Carl Barks's (and, later, other authors') Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics.
- Also a running gag in Bone, where somebody will say, "Those rat creatures would have to be pretty stupid to [fill in the blank]!" In the next frame, we see the rat creatures have done just that, and the same person will say, "Stupid, stupid rat creatures!"
- Sistah Spooky gets one of these during her Back Story. A rather plain black girl in a school full of Blonde Bimbos, she summons a demon to take revenge — only to be told that he can't act against other clients. He then offers her the chance to enroll in the same program to sell her soul for beauty, which she emphatically rejects. The next page has her admiring her new body, and receiving a phone call from Hell saying that there was a minor problem with the spell, making her a Vain Sorceress on top of things.
- There's no way ThugBoy's going to wear his old Sparta-esque "Centurion 3000" minion costume with the breastplate nipples and short skirt. No way in hell. Nuh-uh.
Empowered: Put it on, please.
[cut to him wearing the costume]
- Appears in the second issue of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Mina Murray, Captain Nemo and Allan Quartermain are investigating a school under the guise of a married couple and their manservant. They are given two rooms for the night, one with a couple's bed and another with a shabby servant's bed.
Nemo: [to Murray] The sooner we have a good night's sleep and can be gone from here, the better. You, of course, will take the single room.
[cut to Nemo and Quartermain sitting on the single bed]
- Used in the Swedish comic-strip Rocky when the title-character freaks out when he runs into Martin, the man who stole his ex-girlfriend, only to learn that she in turn had left Martin.
Rocky: Ha, suits him right. If he thinks that I will forgive him, he must think again. Rocky never forgets a wrong-doing.
[cut to the two of them lying in the grass with a empty bottle of vodka in between them, stupidly drunk]
Rocky: All women are WHORES!
Martin: Just what I was going to say.
- This page of a Looney Tunes comic featuring Lola Bunny working at a pizza joint. Her boss offers her to wear a pizza suit while participating in a Delivery Girl Pageant, but she refuses to do so:
Lola: Whotta freak-show!
Boss: You are going, of course.
Lola: Are you nuts, boss? Parade around a stage like a trick Spaniel?
Boss: Sometimes dignity must be sacrificed in the name of free advertising.
Lola: Easy for you to say, Huactui! What's in it for me?
Boss: Oh... not much, I suppose. Just a spotlight in front of movie directors... agents... available millionaires...
Lola: Perhaps I was too hasty?
Boss: That's the spirit! Now put on the outfit!
[cut to Lola wearing the pizza suit in front of a cheering crowd]
Lola: I hate my boss...
- A variant played for incredibly dark comedy appears in Mark Waid and Alex Ross's Kingdom Come. Superman prevents a group of Darker and Edgier heroes from letting a bystander get killed, then gives them a genuinely moving Superman-style lecture about the value of human life. The next panel is Vandal Savage breaking a woman's neck because she put the wrong amount of sugar in his coffee.
- Another dark variant appears in Identity Crisis when Sue's murderer is revealed and argues "You can't just throw me in some cell and toss the key!" Cut to Arkham Asylum.
- Several times in My Little Pony Micro Series Issue #3, typically Rarity commenting on how the next day can't be any worse before she goes to bed and finding out the next panel it is much worse.
- In the first issue of The Order, the fledgling team defeats a villain who was causing a huge wildfire in Los Angeles, and are so happy they decide to have a night on the town. Avona isn't so sure, but Maul doesn't see any harm in it: "What are they gonna do, fire us tomorrow?" The next day, everyone who went out that night is fired — turns out they violated the morality clause in their contracts.
- Subverted and then reaffirmed in Y: The Last Man: Yorrick states confidently that he's sure that his girlfriend Beth has been doing just fine in Australia for the last two years. The next panel is a close-up of a woman's badly rotten corpse in Australia. The panel after that is Beth looking at the corpse, but otherwise just fine. After a few more panels, however, she's kidnapped.
- Suske en Wiske: A Running Gag is that anytime some police officer comes (on-duty) to some bar to adress some issue, when he's leaving the bartender asks him if he wants a drink to which he seemingly refusing replies "I don't drink in uniform". Cut to the next shot where the cop is sitting at the bar in nothing but his underwear and socks, drinking the shot of booze after all.
- The Adventures of Tintin: In Red Rackham's Treasure, Thompson and Thomson, having dutifully manned the wheel of a shipboard oxygen pump for many days on end, swear off pumping when they finally return to their home port and head off to a few days' holiday at a farm. This declaration is immediately followed by a panel showing them working the farmer's thresher with the same arduous pumping motions.
- Calvin and Hobbes:
- Happens often, especially when Calvin refuses to take a bath. The next panel will have him in the bathtub complaining.
- This moist and delicious cookie for the win:
Mom: Time for your bath, Calvin.
Calvin: Sorry, I'm in denial about baths.
(cut to shot of Calvin in the bathtub)
Mom: Fine. Go ahead and deny it.
Calvin: No one respects my denial.
- There was also this memorable exchange:
Calvin: I don't think I'll go to school today.
Mom: I think you will.
Calvin: I think I won't.
[cut to Calvin grudgingly waiting at the bus stop]
- Lampshaded in Daddy's Home. Elliot asks his dad if they can take a pelican home with them. Dad: "We are not bringing that pelican home with us, and that's final!" In the next panel, Elliot says, "Cut to plane ride home ...", and, sure enough, the third panel shows the pelican on a plane going home with the family.
- In France during the Dreyfus affair, this cartoon◊ by Caran d'Ache:
Top: Above all, let's not talk about the Dreyfus affair!
Bottom: (They talked about it...)
- Often a source of Comedy in FoxTrot: Once, Peter gloats to Jason that the torrental downpour would have to force Roger to cancel the day of golfing that Peter had been roped into. It then cuts to Roger and Peter on the golf course, in the middle of a torrential downpour and the latter expressing hatred of Jason's laugh.
- Also, reversed: Peter asks for advice from Roger regarding pulling an all nighter study period, to which Roger cites drinking coffee, splashing cold water on his face, and as a Stop Gap measure, play really loud music. It then cuts to Andy and Roger's bedroom with loud music blaring in the background, and Andy asking irritably if Roger also remembered to tell Peter about why he was expelled from three fraternities with the implication that Roger's all nighter methods got him expelled from them.
- Dykes to Watch Out For 198 "Buffed":
Mo: You shouldn't be naked with someone till you know what her relationship with her mother is like.
["Shortly thereafter..." Mo, Deirdre and a third woman change in the YMCA locker room]
Deirdre: This is my mom Betty.
- Expanding on the second Ranma ½ example above, while there was a bit of time between the protest and the wearing of the leotard in the anime, the above scene was done with a single cut with Gilligan-esque sound effects in Ranma Abridged, complete with appropriate setup.
Ranma: Oh no. There is no way I'm going to be wearing a leotard for the sake of others.
Ranma: I can't believe I'm wearing a leotard for the sake of others.
- In this Team Fortress 2 fan video, Scout has problems with his car. A helpful Engineer drives by, offers a ride, and gets pushed away by Spyper. Scout politely declines.
Scout: Uuh, no. No way! Frickin' no!
[cut to Scout in Spyper's van]
- In this Harry Potter fanfic, Harry and Draco are getting married and Harry has somehow been convinced to let Fred and George officiate the wedding (not the smartest of moves). Draco is not happy about it, but Harry has reassured him that it will be fine.
Harry: [thinking] I'm sure they won't do anything stupid.
George: Queerly beloved...
Draco: [death glare at Harry]
- In the Leviathan fanfic Double Dutch, the author goes from claiming the characters behave in a "chaste, Christian manner" to the first line being two males checking out each others chest hair and not being homoerotic. At all.
- Code MENT:
- It's a running gag for certain parties to comment on Lelouch's effectiveness as a threat, only to cut to him doing something incredibly stupid.
Viceroy Cornelia: This "One" character seems to be our most dangerous threat—
[cut to One balancing dramatically on a tall antenna]
One: HOW DID I GET UP HERE?!
Viceroy Cornelia: —Euphie, you're the only one who's been close enough to him without getting killed. Did he say anything important that might help us understand his motives?
[cut to Euphie's earlier conversation with One]
One: Oh my God... I FORGOT TO PUT AIRHOLES IN THIS HELMET!
- On another occasion:
TV correspondent: This just in! In order to draw out the criminal mastermind known as One—
One: Oh my God— [dramatic close-up] MY SHOES ARE ON FIRE!
- It's a running gag for certain parties to comment on Lelouch's effectiveness as a threat, only to cut to him doing something incredibly stupid.
- The Penguins of Madagascar fic Princess: Julien declares that he will handle the penguins' contempt "the way a king should — with dignity!" The next sentence shows him weeping uncontrollably into a tub of ice cream bigger than he is.
- This occurred in the Bleach fic Uninvited Guests after Hitsugaya snapped, had a massive breakdown, and ran off to try to kill the Big Bad single-handedly.
Matsumoto: Now, Captain Hitsugaya is, well... a Captain. So he's faster than we are, no doubt, but we can probably still catch up to him, just because he's going to be in the living world for a long time. I mean, he'd have to find a gate to Hueco Mundo, and I seriously doubt anyone will actually help him get there! Nobody could be THAT completely irresponsible!
Urahara: Well, yes, I suppose I can get you to Hueco Mundo for your top-secret mission.
- In None Piece:
Nami: Can you do me a favor?
Luffy: Just so long as I'm not roped into anything stupid.
[cut to Luffy being tied up]
Luffy: Wow! I actually felt myself die a little inside!
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged: At the start of episode twenty-seven Goku reflects that everybody is doing just fine without him. Cut to:
Vegeta: Healer's down!
Krillin: Need a res!
Gohan: Out of mana!
[Vegeta starts screaming and they all follow suit]
- When Goku asks where Bulma is after reaching Namek, Krillin comments she's probably doing something girly. Cut to Bulma fighting a giant crab with heavy metal playing.
- When the Ginyus invade King Kai's planet and then insult him, this takes place:
King Kai: Yeah, all of you can just go straight to hell.
Recoome: Oh yeah? And who's gonna make Recoome?
[cut to a Hell with a distant punch sound before the Ginyus crash-land]
- When Gohan asks to go check on his father who has been taken away to receive his heart medication, Piccolo assures him that Goku's fine. Cut to Goku screaming in agony.
- The StarCraft custom campaign, "The Shifters". The pre-mission briefing for Chapter 3, between space-pirate Yvonne and his girlfriend/XO went thusly:
XO: Please tell me you have a plan. We're not just going to walk in the front entrance, are we?
Yvonne: Of course not! I may not have a plan, but I assure you, we won't be walking in the front entrance.
(briefing ends and the mission begins; on-screen text pops up)
"Kel-Morian Sanctity December 2nd Front Entrance"
- In The Detective and the Diplomat, Sherlock Holmes and Ponder Stibbons (long story) are trying to enter a barricaded warehouse. Ponder sees some second-story windows, and the following conversation ensues:
Ponder Stibbons: How much do you weigh?
Sherlock Holmes: ...why?
[cut to Holmes clinging upside-down to the side of the building in sheer terror as Ponder attempts to magically levitate him up to the aforementioned windows]
- In Return to Mystic Falls, Caroline tells Damon that there is nothing he can do to get her to have sex with him. She is next seen getting out of his bed and putting her clothes back on.
- Played for Drama in Hivefled: Gamzee insists they have to get the Child Soldiers of the Sufferist cult away from the hideout before the Grand Highblood comes looking for him. Next chapter, we see the gang failing completely to persuade the insane cult leader not to lead said kids in an attack on the thousands-strong Alternian fleet.
- A rare text-only example happens in chapter 10 of Anthropology. Bon-Bon receives a letter from Lyra stating she is moving out, with enough rent to last a few months. Bon-Bon thinks Lyra has finally gotten over her obsession on humans and has found a high-paying musical career. Cut to Canterlot Castle, where Princess Celestia has turned Lyra into a human and is sending her away to find her real parents.
- Mare of Steel: At the beginning of the second arc, Steel Wing is ranting about how Rainbow Dash/Supermare is a threat, and is probably "in her secret lair, plotting [Celestia's] downfall"... cut to Dash waking up from a nap in one of Applejack's trees.
- This fanvid, "Mulan in 13 Minutes," is made of little else, all with clips from the first movie. It's absolutely brilliant.
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
- From "Naughty Fireworks!":
Calvin: OK, Hobbes. All we have to do is buy a couple of fireworks, and then, set them off tonight. We'll say to Mom and Dad we didn't do it, and Kabaam! A wonderful 4th of July.
Fireworks seller: Sorry Kid, you have to be 18 or older to make a purchase.
- From "Chains":
Calvin: [trying to figure out if a Chain Letter is true to its word] Oh man, my problems are solved! Precious hamster will definitely know what to do!
Sherman: I don't know.
- And from "Pharaoh Andrew":
Calvin: [...] My report is an A plus guarantee.
[some time later]
Calvin: D MINUS? THIS KIND OF WORK DESERVES THE PULITZER PRIZE!
- From "Naughty Fireworks!":
- Hogwarts Exposed tries to play it for drama, but descends into Narm with how unsubtle the cut is:
Hermione: Not even Draco would be low enough to try to take Timmy away from Sam. Besides, he wouldn't have a chance in the world. Sam is a fantastic mother.
Draco's Amoral Attorney: I won't lie to you Professor Malfoy. Taking a child away from its natural mother is not easily accomplished, but I've succeeded on numerous occasions and I feel you have a first-rate case.
- Lamp Shaded in A Day in the Life of a Commissar.
Steeve: Can I have my tank back? I've got a cookie in my pocket...?
Grot: We ain't givin' it to ya for a cookie.
Transition: Ten seconds later...
Grot: [watching Steeve drive away in his Chimera] Damn. He's persuasive.
- In The Life and Times of a Winning Pony, Sparkler makes a Pinkie Promise that she has no romantic interest in Cloud's cousin Star Kicker. "Less than two hours later, I caught Star and Sparkler making out behind the equipment building. So much for Pinkie Promises."
- From A Taste of the Good Life:
Pinkie had been a mistake, of that he was certain. Every restaurant had stumbles the first week, it was just the nature of putting together so many moving parts for the very first time. As soon as they hit the first snag, he'd call her back here, blame it on her, and fire her. She wouldn't be here for more than a quarter hour, then the Knoll could finally get serious.
Four hours later, he was still waiting for something to go wrong. This was inconceivable. Even the best restaurants he'd ever worked at had a few plates sent back, or customer complaints about incorrectly prepared food every night. But somehow, against all odds, everything was working perfectly today. On opening day, when the wheels should have come off within the first hour.
- In episode 44 of Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy.
Pittan: No, no and NO! I am NOT going to school with you guys! I'm staying here and there is nothing you can do to make me change my mind! I'm not going to school, end of story!
Pittan: I can't believe that I'm at school.
- In Sol Invictus, Nami makes a two thousand beli bet with Luffy that there is no way such thing like a forest guardian could exist despite Luffy's insistence of its unfairness,. The very next scene shows Nami very, very reluctantly handing Luffy the money, with Zoro mocking her for it.
- Things Shinigami Are Not Allowed to Do has these three consecutive rules:
343c) Shinigami are hereby forbidden from performing Soul Burial on Optimus Prime's spark for two reasons. One, it is in no danger of becoming a hollow, due to it getting a new body every few months. Two, do you /want/ to see a truck becoming a Shinigami?
343d) The last question of 343c was rhetorical, damn it.
343d) The Shinigami who purified Optimus Prime is now forced to bunk with him. And no, you are not getting a bigger room.
- In This Bites!, during the G-8 arc, Vivi ends up staying in the brig for a bit longer than they planned, and she says she can handle it. Cut to her in the brig, on her last nerve, blowing up at Soundbite for playing the harmonica.
- The New Adventures of Invader Zim:
- At the start of Episode 2, Dib makes a comment about planning for whatever evil plot Zim is up to, and it immediately cuts to Zim and Skoodge simply having breakfast.
- In Episode 11, Zim is bragging to himself about his newest plan, only for it to then cut to the Computer disagreeing:
Zim: I'm a genius!
[cut to the lab]
Computer: You're an idiot.
Films — Animation
- Mulan II. "Fearless, loyal, and disciplined... China's most honorable and noble soldiers..."
- The Emperor's New Groove. When Kuzco and Pacha are on their way back to the palace, Kuzco asks what the chances of Pacha carrying him are, to which Pacha replies "Not good." Lo and behold, the next time they appear on screen, Pacha is carrying Kuzco in his arms (though the cut is preceded by a scene featuring Yzma and Kronk.)
- The Lion King uses a Gilligan Cut just before Simba & Co.'s battle with Scar and his hyena minions.
Simba: C'mon, Timon, you guys have to create a diversion.
Timon: What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?!
- Bonus points to Nathan Lane for ad libbing the "dress in drag and do the hula?" bit.
- In the Broadway Musical version, it becomes "What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the Charleston?" Cut to Timon wearing a flapper hat and doing the Charleston in front of the hyenas; the change makes sense mostly because it's easier for the actor on stage to only have to hide one hat instead of a grass skirt and a lei.
- Made even funnier in The Lion King 1½ sequel, where Timon and Pumbaa are heading to the Pride Lands to help Simba, with Timon saying this is their glorious moment, then it cuts to the "luau" scene.
Timon: Heh heh. Let's just cut to the chase, shall we?
- In The Land Before Time, the main characters have to get rid of the Tyrannosaurus (which they call a "sharptooth") that's been hounding them throughout the movie. They plan to lure it to a very deep pool of water, then push a heavy boulder onto it. But first, they need bait, so Ducky is chosen as the bait.
Ducky: Me? No, no, no, no, no...
(cut to Ducky sneaking up on the sharptooth, trying to get its attention)
- In The Rescuers Down Under, Bernard attempts to recruit Wilbur to sit on Marahute's eggs to keep them warm.
Wilbur: Oh no. Ohhhh no. I know what you're thinking, and you're wrong! Don't even- No! Don't look at me like that! You get "no" from me! No, I will not ever sit on those eggs!
[cut to Wilbur now sitting on the eggs]
Wilbur: Aww, nuts! [to himself] Gotta learn to be more assertive. No is no is NO. [to the eggs] Hey! Quit movin' in there!
- In Monsters, Inc., Sulley and Mike are discussing how to get Boo back to her home:
Mike: What do you expect us to do? March out into public with that thing?! And then I suppose we should just waltz right into the factory, right?!
(Sulley looks thoughtful; cut to outside the factory)
Mike: I can't believe we are just waltzing right into the factory!!!
- In Shrek 2, after Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey are invited to Far Far Away:
Shrek: We're not going, and that's final!
[cut to the last of the luggage being loaded]
- From The Great Mouse Detective:
Basil: Young lady, you are most definitely not accompanying us! And that! Is! Final!
[cut to Olivia sneaking out of the disguised mouse hole with Basil and Dawson]
Basil: And not a word out of you.
- Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon, a short film included in certain versions of the How to Train Your Dragon DVD, has Snotlout doing one of these:
Snotlout: There's no way I'm getting on a boat to go after a fake dragon.
[cut to Snotlout grimacing as he rows the longboat]
- The film features a rapid-fire string of Gilligan Cuts when Rapunzel first escapes her tower, alternating between her feelings of guilt for disobeying her "mother" Gothel, and her feelings of joy over leaving the tower for the first time in her life.
- During the musical number in the Snuggly Duckling:
Big Nose Thug: What's your dream?
Flynn: No no no no, sorry boys. I don't sing.
(sharp weapons are pointed at him from every angle)
Flynn: (cut to him singing) I have dreams like you, no really!
- Used in Cats Don't Dance, when the other animals try to convince Sawyer to take part in the performance for L.B. Mammoth, complete with corresponding dialogue:
Sawyer: I can't do this.
Sawyer: I can't do this!
(cut to Sawyer in the sailor costume)
Sawyer: I can't believe I'm doing this.
- In the first Cars movie, while they're heading for California, Lightning McQueen promises to Mack the truck that he'll keep him awake all night long by talking to him so he can keep driving. Cut to McQueen sleeping soundly in the trailer.
- Happens again in Cars 3 with Lightning protesting claims that he's too old and that he's "not taking a nap". Cut to him, yawning, having woken up from a nap.
- In Finding Nemo, Dory and Nemo are trying to find Marlin at the end and ask a crab for information. He refuses to disclose the information, and says there is no way Dory can make him. After Dory's Death Glare, it cuts to the crab being held above water by Dory to be seen by a flock of seagulls. Naturally, the crab gives in.
- In Toy Story 2, this little exchange when the toys need to get through a ventilation grate to rescue Woody:
Rex: What are we gonna do, Buzz?
Fake Buzz: Use your head.
[cut to Rex being used as a battering ram]
Rex: But I don't wanna use my head!!!
- In the 2005 movie of The Magic Roundabout
Dougal: That's the spirit, Brian! Nothing short of a sea of boiling lava will keep me from that diamond now.
[cut to a sea of boiling lava]
Dougal: Oh, sugar.
- In the The Chipmunk Adventure, when the boys discover that a primitive tribe is going to sacrifice Theodore, Alvin exclaims, "Over my dead body!" Cut to all three of them being sacrificed.
- There's a short series of these played for irony in The Brave Little Toaster when the Master's new appliances have the older ones cornered in front of an open window while the Master is at the old cabin looking for the latter. Each time the Master wonders out loud where one (or more) of them is/are, the scene cuts to the corresponding appliance(s) being knocked out the window and into the dumpster below.
- Pocahontas has this about halfway through the film:
Ben: [sarcastically] Oh, sure, we're havin' loads of fun, right? Look at us, no gold, no food, while Ratcliffe sits up in his tent all day, happy as a clam.
Ratcliffe: I'm doomed. I should be wallowing in riches by now, and I haven't found as much as a speck!
- Tarzan: When Tarzan tries to get Terk and Tantor to distract Kerchak:
- This little gem from The Sponge Bob Movie Sponge Out Of Water:
Mr. Krabs: (acting like crazy) The Krabby Patty is what ties us all together! Without it, there will be a complete breakdown of social order! A war of all against all! Dark times are ahead! Dark times indeed!
Squidward: Seriously? Aren't you overreacting a bit?
(cut to Bikini Bottom in flaming ruins and everyone dressed in punk attire.)
- In Inside Out, Joy proposes that she and Sadness should return to Headquarters through the long-term memory store, saying "This will be easy! This is working!". Cut to Joy saying wearily "This is not working." Cue this trope being mentioned by name on the commentary track.
- Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas: During the story Donald's Gift Daisy is pushing Donald to go out to the mall with Huey Dewey & Louie while he just wants to stay at home and enjoy his hot chocolate.
Donald: I'm not going and that's final!
Daisy: [cut to the mall] Don't dawdle Donald.
- Zootopia does this with Duke Weaselton on his second appearance when Judy learns that she needs to get some crucial information from him.
Weaselton: I ain't talking, rabbit. And there ain't nothing you can do to make me.
[Judy and Nick make knowing looks at each other before the scene cuts to...]
Mr. Big: Ice him!
Weaselton: AAH! AAH! WOAH! WOAH! WOAH! AAH! NO!
- Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie: During the sugar high scene:
George: Harold, I really want some sugar.
Harold: Me too!
[cut to the two spazzing out on a sugar high]
Harold: [uncontrollably fidgeting in a fetal position] WE MADE THE WRONG CHOICE!
George: [running laps around Harold so fast, he creates a mini trench] THIS DID NOT SOLVE ANYTHING!
Films — Live-Action
- In I Think I Love My Wife, this excange with Richard and Nikki:
Richard: You must be out of your fucking mind if you think I'm getting on a plane to Washington, D.C., to go to some guy's house to get your shit! [cut — the plane arrives in Washington DC]]
- In Mystery Men, the Shoveler is completely against holding the Super Hero try outs at his house. Next scene, they are all having a pool party at his house.
- Used with Elizabeth's would-be Rousing Speech in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
- The Living Daylights, when Bond and Kara Milovy, a cellist, need to get out of Bratislava really fast:
Kara Milovy: I must get my cello.
James Bond: No way.
[cut to them picking up the cello]
James Bond: Why couldn't you have learned the violin?!
- Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- Iron Man:
Col. James Rhodes: Now, what am I supposed to tell the press?
Tony Stark: "Training accident", isn't that the usual B.S.?
Col. James Rhodes: It's not that simple.
[cuts to Rhodes delivering a press conference]
Col. James Rhodes: An unfortunate training exercise involving an F-22 Raptor occurred yesterday...
- Earlier in the film, an angry Rhodes lectures Tony on responsibility while rejecting his offer of alcohol during their flight to Afghanistan. Cuts to both of them drunk and the flight attendants dancing around a retractable stripper pole.
- Lampshaded in the RiffTrax:
Kevin: Gilligan's Island had fewer wacky cuts than this movie.
- And even earlier in the film:
Obadiah Stane: You know, the best thing about Tony is also the worst thing: he's always working.
[cuts to Tony throwing dice at a Craps table]
Tony Stark: Work it!
- In The Incredible Hulk, Bruce Banner and Betty Ross are at New York trying to find the fastest way to the university:
Betty Ross: The subway is probably quickest.
Bruce Banner: Me in a metal tube, deep underground with hundreds of people in the most aggressive city in the world?
Betty Ross: Right. Let's get a cab.
[cuts to Bruce and Betty sitting in the back of a cab driven by a reckless Eastern European driver who speeds through the streets, cuts in front of traffic, and nearly hits a pedestrian, with Bruce struggling to maintain his cool to avoid transforming and Betty panicking; the cab screeches to a sudden stop at their destination, at which point they jump out]
Betty Ross: Are you out of your mind?! What is wrong with you?!
Cabbie: It's nothin', baby. You don't like how I drive? [Betty, pissed off, screams as the cabbie promptly speeds away]
Betty Ross: [screams] Asshole!!
Bruce Banner: You know, I know a few techniques that could help you manage that anger effectively.
Betty Ross: You zip it. We're walking.
Bruce Banner: OK.
- Iron Man:
- Teen Beach Movie: Brady and Mac are invited to party that very night while they're in "Wet Side Story." Mac thinks that they should not be going and should not go. Cut to that night with them both dressed up and right outside at the party. Lampshaded brilliantly as while time clearly passed for all the characters from the movie, it literally was a cut to that night for Brady and Mac with no time passing at all!
- From the movie Tootsie:
Michael: Where will I say I got the money? What am I going to do? Tell [Sandy] somebody died and left it to me?
[cut to Sandy's apartment]
Sandy: My God! When did she die?
- From the movie The Girl Next Door: Matthew sees the title girl next door from the window, undressing. He winds up alone in a car with her a short time later. In order to make up for it, she wants him to expose himself to her.
Matthew: I'm not stripping for you.
(cut to him standing in front of the car, wearing only his underwear)
- Happens in This Is Spinal Tap: "We're not going to do a free-form jazz exploration for a festival crowd." Guess what happened next.
- Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis did something like this without a cut at all. Martin's character was trying to convince Lewis' to be a ventriloquist's dummy, Lewis kept refusing until the guy they were trying to convince walked in the door — and Lewis instantly flopped over like an oversized dummy. Hilarity Ensues.
- Clear and Present Danger. Jack Ryan and CIA man Chavez are in Columbia; Ryan wants to meet Escobedo, the drug cartel Big Bad.
Chavez: What are you going to do, just knock on his door?
(Cuts to Ryan knocking on a door in the outer wall of Escobedo's compound and handing the guards a business card)
- In Heathers, Veronica is coerced into going on a date with someone other than JD and agrees: "Okay, just as long as it's not one of those nights when they get shit-faced and take us to a pasture to tip cows." You can guess what happens next.
- Also happens to the chaplain in Von Ryan's Express, the variant where he is clueless as to what the others are planning for him to do.
- Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
- Word of God says their favorite example is when Kumar decides to take a detour at Princeton.
Harold: Forget it. End of discussion. I am not seeing Cindy Kim.
(Whip Pan to Cindy Kim at the East Asian Students Club meeting)
Cindy: Harold! I'm so glad you showed up!
- A later scene has Kumar telling Harold: "You don't have rabies. We're not going to a hospital. You're fine." Guess the setting of the next scene.
- Word of God says their favorite example is when Kumar decides to take a detour at Princeton.
- Hot Fuzz uses this frequently.
Mr. Staker: *Over the phone* Mr. Staker. Mr. Peter Ian Staker.Nick: P.I. Staker? Right, Piss taker! COME ON! [Cuts to him talking to Mr. Staker in person] Right, Mr. Staker...
- Independence Day: "If you feel compelled to leave these cities, please do so in an orderly fashion..."
- The original Italian version of the film Swept Away: The two castaways are approaching their island destination on a rubber raft, and Raffaella brushes aside Gennarino's worries about the raft getting punctured on hidden rocks. Cut to them dragging the shredded remains of the raft up onto the shore.
- In the Loop: Sir Jonathan Tutt, the British Ambassador to the United Nations, informs Malcolm Tucker at length why he cannot and will not reschedule a key U.N vote. So, of course, we immediately cut to Sir Jonathan attempting to smarm the other members into rescheduling. And then, when Malcolm needs the vote re-rescheduled, it happens again.
- Jurassic Park: Ellie Sattler sarcastically replies that the velociraptor she trapped in the maintenance shed is secure, "as long as they haven't figured out how to open doors". The next shot is an extreme close-up of the kitchen door, where one of the other raptors has just figured out exactly how it opens.
- From Thirteen Days, about the Cuban Missile Crisis. JFK has been trying to keep up his schedule to avoid questions from the press, but now he needs to cancel a trip to Chicago.
JFK: You're scared to cancel on Daley?
O'Donnell: You're damn right I'm scared!
JFK: Well, I'm not.
[O'Donnell and Bobby exchange smirks]
JFK: I'm not!
[Cuts to JFK and Daley in Chicago]
Richard Daley: Welcome to Chicago, Mr. President!
- Back to the Future Part II: Marty and Doc are back in 1955, and Marty needs to trail Biff. But first, he needs some Fifties clothes.
Doc: Something inconspicuous!
(cut to Marty wearing a not-so-inconspicuous leather jacket and hat)
- Dreamscape. Alex Gardner is refusing to take part in a dream experiment.
Alex: I'm never going to do this for you, ever!
(Scene cuts to Alex with electrodes taped to his head, about to start the experiment)
- In But I'm a Cheerleader, after Megan's friends and family stage an intervention and tell her that she is going to anti-gay camp, she protests, "There is no WAY I'm going!" Cut to her looking miserable in the back of the car.
- In That Man From Rio, the hero is dragged into an adventure involving a lost civilization, stolen statues, and a kidnapped archaeologist. His girlfriend says "We'll need a car!" The resourceful street kid asks, "What color?" He snarks, "Rose colored with green stars!" Next moment, they're in a roadster — rose colored with green stars.
- In Cop Out, Jimmy wants Paul to give him a boost into a house. Paul's response is "Fuck no!" Guess what Paul is doing next.
- Thank Your Lucky Stars:
Farnsworth: We have decided to make you chairman of the benefit committee. But it is to be clearly understood that the position is entirely honorary, and you are not to interfere with the show.
Eddie Cantor: Me, interfere with the show? Me? Gentlemen, if I ever interfere, I hope I never take a bow again as long as I live! And I won't even come to the rehearsal!
(cut to rehearsal, with Cantor on stage directing Chorus Girls)
- A very direct version occurs in With Six You Get Eggroll. As Abby tells her sister she's not going to wear the red dress to the party, the camera shows her back, then immediately cuts to her back in the red dress at the party.
- Lake Placid: "I'm not going to Maine. I'm NOT going to Maine!" Cut to plane flying over Maine.
- Happens in Lethal Weapon 2, the 'bomb-in-the-toilet' scene. Riggs says he has to call in the bomb squad, and Roger reluctantly agrees, but urges Riggs to keep it quiet. Cuts to Roger's house filled with all sorts of people, a huge crowd outside, and several firetrucks and police cars with their sirens blaring.
- Mel Brooks's To Be or Not to Be:
Mrs. Bronski: Siletski and Earhart have never met, if we could find somebody to play... (looks to her actor husband) Colonel... Erhardt...
Sobinski: A good actor...
Mrs. Bronski: A great actor!
Mr. Bronski: A dead actor! Don't look at me! Don't look at me!
Mr. Bronski: (dressed as Col. Erhardt) Look at me!
- In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry is looking for a date to Slughorn's party:
Harry: I'll ask someone I like. Someone cool.
Cut to Harry greeting Luna Lovegood.
- Twister uses this after Jo's truck is destroyed.
Jo: That's a very nice truck.Bill: Don't even think about it. No way.Cut to Jo, Bill and Melissa in the red truck with the Dorothy equipment in back
Dusty: Red meat. We crave sustenance.
Jo: No, guys. We are not invading my aunt.
Dusty and Rabbit: Food.
Dusty, Rabbit, and Beltzer: FOOOOOOOOD!
Jo: Hey! We are absolutely not going.
Cut to the team pulling into Aunt Meg's yard.
- We're the Millers: Rose Cassie and Kenny want to set off fireworks at a nearby hill, but David refuses reminding them they are on a mission. Cut to the quartret setting one firework at the hill before returning to the van.
- In The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Robert Ford has agreed to bring his friend Jesse James to justice. A lawman warns Robert to never let Jesse get behind him. After a cut, Robert is stocking shelves at a general store and Jesse walks in behind him, startling him.
- From A Fish Called Wanda, hilariously delivered by John Cleese as Archie, and Kevin Kline as Otto:
Otto: Apologize!Archie: (sarcastically) Me to you?
- In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade :
Indy: Brody's got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan. He speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom. He'll blend in disappear — you'll never see him again. With any luck... he's got the Grail already.(cut to Marcus blundering his way helplessly down a street in Iskanderun, Turkey, sticking out like a sore thumb.'')Marcus: Uh, does anybody speak English, or even Ancient Greek?
- The Dark Knight Trilogy
Bruce Wayne What's that?Lucius Fox: The Tumbler? Oh, you wouldn't be interested in that.[Cuts to Bruce driving the Tumbler around an empty warehouse floor with Lucius riding shotgun and explaining the features, culminating with...]Bruce Wayne: Does it come in black?
- In Batman Begins, while Fox is showing Bruce around the R&D department, Bruce notices a camo vehicle:
Bruce Wayne: Must have lost my ticket.Valet: Your wife said you were taking a cab home.Bruce Wayne: [shocked] My wife?[Cuts to Selina speeding through the streets in Bruce's Lamborghini Aventador with a wicked grin on her face. The scene then cuts to Bruce climbing into the backseat of Alfred's car]Alfred Pennyworth: Just you, sir? [Bruce says nothing, and Alfred pulls away from the curb] Don't worry, Master Wayne. Takes a little time to get back in the swing of things.
- Played for Laughs in The Dark Knight: Bruce Wayne is talking with Alfred about what he'll do to capture Lau in Hong Kong and bring him back to Gotham. Bruce asks Alfred if he's thought of an alibi that will explain Bruce's absence in the interim, and Alfred replies, "Oh yes." Cut to Harvey Dent and Rachel Dawes showing up at the opera house, only to find the box office shuttered, and a newspaper article taped in the window reading "Love Boat: Billionaire Absconds With Entire Russian Ballet." Then the scene cuts to Alfred and Bruce on a yacht in the Caribbean with a number of sunning ballerina dancers on deck as a seaplane arrives to pick up Bruce.
- And Rachel giving this, "Oh, Bruce" expression on her face.
- Double cut: In The Dark Knight Rises, we see Bruce and Selina Kyle dance at Miranda Tate's Masquerade Ball. After Bruce takes back his pearl necklace from Selina, she suddenly kisses him and then departs. Later, as Bruce is approaching the valet:
- In Gattaca, when Vincent is leaning how to look like Jerome, he is very adamant about not being willing to have surgery to extend his legs. Cut a surgery buzzsaw and Vincent saying that Jerome never questioned his commitment after that.
- Played for drama in The Day of the Jackal: OAS Lt. Colonel Jean-Bastien Thiry is to be executed for masterminding the attempted assassination of Charles de Gaulle. The night before he's executed, he declares that no French soldier would raise his rifle against him. The scene immediately cuts to him being executed by firing squad.
- In The Five-Year Engagement, every time someone mentioned that a character's grandparents could die at any moment, the character gets annoyed at the implications... then immediately: cut to a grandparent's funeral.
- An un-funny example in Sleeping with the Enemy. Laura dons a white cocktail dress in preparation for a party, only to have her husband suggest that she wear her black one. She mildly protests, saying that it's too chilly, but the next scene is of them arriving at the party , with her wearing the black dress. This rather innocuous scene actually offers a hint both at her husband's controlling nature as well as her need to please him to avoid his anger.
- In Look Who's Talking, Mollie has given birth and is reading about the symptoms of Postpartum Depression. She vows aloud that she will not develop this. Cut to her crying uncontrollably.
- After Tyrus in Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror angrily refuses to stay in the town any longer, the next cut shows walking with others and complaining about "sticking together".
- In Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, pregnant Katya says in a determined tone "There's not going to be any baby", followed immediately by a cut to Katya outside the hospital, carrying her baby.
- In Shanghai Noon, Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon spend an evening at a bordello, and while their bathe, pass their time with a Chinese drinking game. After a very long game, Roy is hungover, but Chon wants another game, leading Roy to say "No mas, no more drinking...". Cut to them playing again.
- In the 1987 film In the Mood Patrick Dempsey as Sonny Wisecarver, 'The Woo-Woo Kid', is before the same judge a second time, for his affairs with older women. He tells the judge "You can't put me in jail for falling a love!". A second later, guess where he is standing in line at.
- In Dirty Dancing, Johnny sarcastically suggests that Baby replace his dance partner Penny in an upcoming performance. When both Penny and his cousin realize that that isn't a bad idea, both Johnny and Baby protest vehemently, with Johnny adamantly saying, "She CANNOT do it!" Sure enough, the next scene is of them during a dance lesson.
- The Adventures Of Shark Boy And Lava Girl is often thought of as one of those movies that's So Bad, It's Good by viewers, but one line at the end was rather hilarious:
Mr. Electricidad: Okay, kids, who's next? Remember, there are no dumb ideas.Linus: Maybe we can freeze his circuits!Mr. Electricidad: That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard. We're in the middle of Texas in August!
- In Home Alone 2, the McCallisters finds out that Kevin has his father's wallet, which has all his money and credit cards in it. When the police officer they are talking to says that they will be able to track Kevin if he uses a credit card, Mrs. Mcallister says that Kevin doesn't even know how to use a credit card. Cut to Kevin using the credit card to check into the Plaza in New York.
- In Truffaut's Shoot The Piano Player, one character vows "May my grandmother drop dead if I'm lying!" Cut to shot of an old lady clutching her heart and falling to the floor.
- Stuart Little 2 has this when Stuart tells his new friend Marglo she can take a nap in Snowbell's catbed:
Marglo: You have a cat?!Stuart: Don't worry about Snowbell; he wouldn't hurt a fly!(Cut to Snowbell swatting a fly and eating it)
- A subtle version in The Trouble with Angels
Mary: (seeing the school) "Oh...it's positively medieval!"Rachel: "The only thing missing is the dragon."(cut to Mother Superior)
- In A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles are scouring a train searching for Paul's grandfather. The eventually find him in a berth sharing champagne with a very young lady.
Grandfather: Congratulate me, boys! I'm engaged! (cut to grandfather in an animal cage in a separate car)Paul: No, you're not!
- In Shish O Besh, Sami adamantly refuses to marry the Dirty Old Woman... until the police are at the house. Cut to the wedding reception.
- In Catch Me If You Can: Frank puts a necklace around around an airline stewardess' neck. She happily says to him, "No! No, no! (cut to shaking hotel room) Yes, yes, yes!"
- In Mrs. Doubtfire: Early in the film, Daniel's brother is trying to console him about his impending divorce, but Daniel assures him that it's just a temporary thing and will soon blow over. Cut to Daniel and family standing in court hearing a judge discuss custody arrangements.
- Doubles as a False Reassurance in Predestination. When the Space Corp counselor assures Jane that her colleagues will "come 'round", the scene cuts to Jane getting her face punched by one of the other girls.
- Speed Zone sees the entrants in an illegal road race get arrested and the team managers quickly looking for replacements. The search doesn't go so well for Leo.
Leo(on phone): Look, it's impossible. (Beat) Every team here is in the same boat. (Beat) Well, how am I supposed to find another driver in twelve hours? Forget about it. I tried everybody. (Beat) I tried him. He doesn't like me. (Beat) I tried him. He doesn't like me. (Beat) Look, I don't want to get into my personal problems on the phone! Alright? (Beat) Well, what do you want me to do? Just grab some moron off the street?Cut to...Charlie: You want me to drive your car during the race?"Leo: I got a lot of confidence in you, Charlie.
- In the 2015 version of Vacation the group finally makes it on the Velociraptor coaster. About halfway through the ride it gets stuck upside-down in the middle of a loop. Which leads to this exchange of confidence:
Kevin: Dad, will we be up here for a long time?Russ: No son, they will be up here to bring us down in just a few minutes.(cut to night. the group is finally being led off of the coaster which has been closed down due to the incident.)
- In Barney's Great Adventure, Cody goes from convincing himself that Barney isn't real to trying to convince his grand parents that he is real.
Cody: Barney the dinosaur is NOT in this barn.(cut to night. Cody is talking to his grandparents)Cody: I'm telling you, Barney's in your barn.
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country uses this after Kirk and McCoy have been sentenced to prison on the penal asteroid of Rura Penthe, while Spock is leading the crew of the Enterprise in an effort to find the real assassins and come up with a rescue plan.
Spock: If I know the captain, he is already deep into planning his escape.
- The deleted opening of Star Trek: Generations had Kirk meeting Scotty and Chekov, who inform him that they've been invited to the launch of the USS Enterprise-B, with Kirk responding "I'm not going", which would have led to the bottle smashing on the ship and Kirk arriving.
- Tommy Boy:
- Richard tells Tommy they can't take no for an answer. Cut to a montage of customers saying "no" and Tommy going, "Okay, then" and getting up to leave.
- The Carpenters' "Superstar" is on the car radio - Tommy and Richard both shrug noncommittally about changing stations. Quick scene cut, and they're both singing the song at the top of their lungs, tears streaming down their cheeks.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events: The illustrator's biographies at the end of The End and Chapter Fourteen:
The End: He [Brett Helquist] is hopeful that...he'll be able to step outside more often in the daytime, and sleep better at night.Chapter Fourteen: Unfortunately, he gets out rarely during the daytime, and sleeps very little at night.
- Happens once in Starfighters of Adumar. Red Flight steals four sets of women's clothing, Hobbie asks Wedge to tell them that they're not going to wear it, Wedge says, "Very well, I'm not putting us in women's clothing"...
Hobbie: You lied to me.
Wedge: You knew, when I said we needed four sets of women's clothing, that we were going to end up in them. You knew. So any hopes you had to the contrary were just self-delusion.
Hobbie: I understand that. But I'd rather blame you than me.
- The Dresden Files
Sanya: "Good,” Sanya said, grinning. “Now we know where to go and have someone to rescue. This part I know how to do."
- From Grave Peril:
Michael: Don't worry. Let me do all the talking.
Michael: I can't believe they arrested us.
- During Dead Beat, Butters wants to take his polka suit with him:
Butters: I'm not leaving it here for God-knows-what to mess with.
Dresden: Yes you are. We are not taking it with us. We don't have time for this.
Dresden: That stupid polka suit filled up most of the back of the SUV.
- Harry appreciates it later, though.
- From Changes:
Sanya: “Admittedly, normally I do not storm headquarters buildings of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And in broad daylight, too.”
- From Grave Peril:
- In the novelisation of Gremlins, one chapter ends with Pete swearing he won't forget to feed Gizmo while Billy is away. The entire next chapter is two words: "Pete forgot."
- My Family and Other Animals
"We are not moving to another villa," said Mother firmly.
- Happens in the two last paragraphs.
- Also at the shift from Part 1 to Part 2:
(Next chapter starts)
The new villa was enormous...
- In Shadowplay, Briony absolutely cannot play the lead in a theater group. Next paragraph, she has only ten days to learn her lines.
- Happens surprisingly often in Tom Clancy's books, though they are infrequently humorous in nature given the tone of the books.
- In The Secrets of Droon, Keeah, Eric, and Neal have to disguise themselves as two girls and a boy to get into Maliban's court. With only one girl in the group, we get this:
Neal pulled a blue gown off a rack and draped it over Eric's shoulder.
"This one even matches your eyes. How about it...Erica?"
Eric stomped his foot and began to shout.
"I won't, I won't, I won't—"
(End of chapter, next chapter...)
"Are you sure this dress matches my eyes?"
- Dr. Seuss' "The Zax" (from his book The Sneetches and Other Stories) featured a Gilligan cut in the last few pages:
"I'll stay here, not budging! I can and I will
If it makes you and me and the whole world stand still!"
Of course the world didn't stand still. The world grew.
In a couple of years, the new highway came through
And they built it right over those two stubborn Zax
And left them there, standing un-budged in their tracks.
- When Locke, the Gentleman Bastard from The Lies of Locke Lamora, encounters the Falconer, a Bondsmage, for the first time, we get a short flashback in which his old mentor explains that one must always be very respectful to a Bondsmage or horrible retribution will occur. The first line of the next chapter is Locke addressing the Falconer with the words "Nice bird, asshole."
- A Song of Ice and Fire
It happened twice again that night and once in the morning.
- There're some from Tyrion's perspective. At one point when things are going very badly, another dwarf who performs a comedy act asks him to join in, and he refuses blatantly. Guess what he's doing the next time we see him?
- A decidedly un-funny one happens mid-chapter during Tyrion's trial for murdering Joffrey. Tyrion thinks to himself how unfortunate it is that Shae has been forced to testify, but reassures himself that she doesn't know anything that can harm him. The next sentence has "the girl he loved" lying to the court about how he planned the assassination and horribly mistreated her (both of which are totally untrue).
- And back to funny, Jon Snow breaks his oath of celibacy and beds his Love Interest. He then swears that it will never happen again.
- In the Discworld novel Hogfather, a posh restaurant has had all the food replaced with old boots and mud. The manager is blase, saying all you need is to get the sauce right and give it a foreign name, but the head waiter insists "We'll never get away with it, sir. Never". A row of asterisks later, the new dishes are proving so popular that the waiter is having to reliquish his own boots.
- In Stephen King's IT, Bill wants to kill the monster who killed his brother. His plan is to steal his father's gun and break into the haunted house where he believes the monster lives. Bill's best friend Richie tries to talk him out of this plan by pointing out that a gun might not kill a monster like this. In an effort to try to convince Bill how wildly out of their depth they would be, Richie says, "After you shoot it and it keeps coming, you can try your slingshot on it. And if that doesn't work, I'll throw some of my sneezing powder at it." Cut to the next section where Bill and Richie are about to head to the haunted house, and Bill reveals that not only has he brought the gun but the slingshot too. The boys laugh about that, then Richie reveals that he brought the sneezing powder too. And on this trip, the sneezing powder proves to be the most effective weapon. On a later trip, one of their other friends uses Bill's slingshot to shoot the monster with a silver slug and nearly kills it.
"Know what I mean? You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours."Yossarian knew what he meant."That's not what I meant," Doc Daneeka said, as Yossarian began scratching his back.
- The narrator gives a description of how great Appleby is and asserts that everybody likes him. In the very next line, Yossarian says, "I hate that son of a bitch."
- Another example occurs in the fourth chapter.
- This moment in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in which the trio discuss how they can get permission to get a book out of the restricted section of the library.
Ron: "Oh, come on, no teacher's gonna fall for that!" said Ron, "they'd have to be really thick..."[Next chapter]Since the disastrous episode with the pixies, Professor Lockhart had not brought live creatures to class...
- In Erich Segal's Love Story, when Oliver and Jennifer first meet, she doesn't think he's as intelligent as she is. This exchange takes place:
"What the hell makes you so smart?""I wouldn't go for coffee with you.""Listen—I wouldn't ask you!""That is what makes you stupid."
"Let me explain why I took her for coffee."
- That closes the chapter. The next one begins,
- In "The Martian", as NASA tries to figure out how to rescue stranded astronaut Mark Watney, the benighted soul in question listens to music and watches TV shows his crewmates left behind.
Teddy swiveled his chair and looked out the window to the sky beyond. Night was edging in. “What must it be like?” he pondered. “He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?”He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.”LOG ENTRY: SOL 61How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.
- Watney also experiences this from one day to the next:
Things are finally going my way. In fact, they're going great! I have a chance to live after all!LOG ENTRY: SOL 37I am fucked, and I'm gonna die!
- Watney also experiences this from one day to the next:
- This Book Is Full Of Spiders: Dave breathes a sigh of relief and asserts, "There will be no outbreak." The next chapter heading is "15 Minutes Before the Outbreak."
- In Assia Djebar's 1985 novel Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade, two 19th-century Algerian rulers, Mohamed ben Kadrouma and Si M'hamed, have a conversation in which Si M'hamed is clearly trying to talk up his son to ben Kadrouma, who has a beautiful and marriageable daughter named Badra. Ben Kadrouma sees right through Si M'hamed's matchmaking scheme and says to himself, "I will never give him my daughter." In the very next scene, Badra is told she is to marry Si M'hamed's son within the week.
- Happens to Bertie Wooster in "Jeeves and the Song of Songs", after he refuses to sing at a concert:
"Once and for all, Aunt Dahlia, nothing will induce me to let out so much as a single note."And so that afternoon I sent a pre-paid wire to Beefy Bingham, offering my services in the cause, and by nightfall the thing was fixed up.
- In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Heavy is the Head", Skye believes there's something wrong with Coulson, only for May to insist there isn't. Cut to her telling him "What is wrong with you?" in reference to choosing to go into the field.
- 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.
- In a segment of Beakman's 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.
- Subverted in A.N.T. Farm. Chyna insists that she won't do Hippo's "String Cheese" video and the scene cuts to Cameron doing the video instead while wearing Chyna's "String Cheese" costume. His face was covered to invoke this trope.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- From the episode "Big Time Demos":
- In Black Sails, the crew of the Walrus has to get the ship ready to hunt for the biggest prize of their lives, and Billy Bones is trying to manage them through this. During the meeting, they keep going on about having a "fuck tent," and he dodges questions until finally they start chanting "Fuck tent, fuck tent, fuck tent," and he appeals to their spirit of cooperation, pointing out that they have a big job to do in a limited amount of time.
Billy: I was hoping we could all, just this once, agree to forego the fuck tent.[The pirates stare at him for several seconds, then Gilligan Cut to the tent being put up while several prostitutes stand by.]
- 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 Schrader: I tell you what: if I can get the groundhog to see his shadownote -Hank Schrader: That’s not gonna happen. I’m sorry.Marie Schrader: I’m betting it will. And if he does, you check out of here.Hank Schrader: [laughs bitterly] I’m not gonna bet "when" on whether or not I can get a boner! There’s no bet, no bet here! No bet!Marie Schrader: You afraid you’ll lose?Hank Schrader: You know what? You’re just—-you’re just being foolish, you know? Come on. What’s the point?Marie Schrader: The point is you’re not completely hopeless. We have a bet?Hank Schrader: You know what? If it’ll get you outta here quicker. You’ve got one minute.Marie Schrader: One minute? Alright. That’s a cakewalk. [starts stroking Hank's junk]Hank Schrader: Yeah. This is just, this is just sad... I mean, I really feel sorry for you, Marie, you know, I really do. It’s just, uh... it’s pathetic.Marie Schrader: That’s good, keep talking. Protest. Struggle.Hank Schrader: Marie, give up. I mean, seriously. It’s... not...gonna happen.[Cuts to an annoyed Hank being wheeled out of the hospital, followed by a smirking Marie]
- Marie is giving a sponge bath to 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:
Steven Gomez: If you did want to talk to this guy, there's no safer place than the office.Skyler White: I don't think this sounds like a good idea.Walter White, Jr.: Yeah, I agree, Uncle Hank.Marie Schrader: It is a ridiculous idea, and there is no way you are going to do it, end of story.[Cuts to Hank at the DEA office]George Merkert: Hank, thanks for coming down.
- In "Face Off": Hank is in protective custody at his house due to Gus making a threat on his life. Gomez tells him that Hector Salamanca is at the DEA office and wants to talk to Hank, and only Hank.
- 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...
- One episode of Cheers had Sam and Robin competing in a series of contests. One of these is who can make the better billiard shot. Robin suggests wagering a dollar on the shot. Sam agrees, but comments "I don't see the big deal over a dollar." They make their shots. Cut to Sam holding the dollar up while he and the gang dance out of the back room chanting "Kiss Him Goodbye".
- 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:
- There is 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.
- There is one in the Tenth Doctor episode "Rise of the Cybermen", combined with Janitor Impersonation Infiltration:
- 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 get me on that bicycle".
Dougal: 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...
- In an episode of Jonas, the gang tries to figure out a way to get rid of Joe's Stalker With a Crush. They agree to start a new rumor about Joe dating a mystery girl. They all look at Stella to use her as the mistress, leading Stella to protest "Oh no! No! No!" (Cut to Stella playing Joe's mistress in a fake photo shoot by Macy)
- 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: In "The One Where Rachel Quits", Rachel is fed up with working as a waitress at the Central Perk and lands a new job as an assistant in the fashion industry. One her last day of work at the Central Perk, she triumphantly states she will never have to make coffee again. Cut to her new job, where a man tells her how her superior wants his coffee.
- Full House has this in "Stephanie's Wild Ride" within the subplot of the whole family's addiction to Michelle's video game, much to her own (and DJ's) dismay. When DJ calls them in for dinner, Jesse suggests they take a short break so that they can have a nice leisurely meal, only for the scene to cut to them rapidly devouring their food so they can quickly get back to the game.
- Game of Thrones: Played for Drama when the ironborn garrison of Moat Cailin are pleased by the prospect of safe conduct home, then we cut to their flayed corpses.
- 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.
Barney: I should probably leave... before I do something I regret...
- 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:
(cut to Barney on the street outside Robin's apartment)
Barney: ROBIN...ROBIN, I LOVE YOU!
(cut to the gang in Barney's mother's house, packing boxes)
- 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...
Lily: How the hell did he do that?
Marshall: 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)
- In the second episode of Season 7:
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.
Ted: (to the gang at McLaren's) Barney's moving in with a stripper who's going to take all his money!!
- 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...
- 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.
- Sonny With a Chance: Occurs when Sonny suggests a camping trip for both So Random! and Mackenzie Falls to get along.
Sonny: We can go camping!Both shows:' NOOOOO!!!!!(cut to the cast of So Random! and Mackenzie Falls on a camping trip)Tawni: I could have sworn we all said no.
- Mama's 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.
- So fast you might miss it: On Mad Men, a flashback features a younger Don Draper offering to buy Roger Sterling a drink and listen to anything he had to say. Roger Sterling snidely retorts "It's 10 a.m.!" Cut to him enjoying a drink with Don.
- Also from Mad Men, English ex-pat Lane drags his feet when his wife tries to take him to an immigrant pub where they can watch an English football game. Lane, who never much liked his home country, only promises grudgingly to pretend to have fun for her sake. Cut to Lane belting "God Save the Queen" with total sincerity as England win the 1966 World Cup.
- Played humourously in Hannah Montana when Miley's grandmother is seen driving a broken old car. Miley worrying about the danger of tje car switches it with a new one leading to this exchange:
Robby Ray: Honey, I don't think Mama's gonna be okay with this.Miley: I know Mama better than anyone. Trust me. The look on her face will be priceless.(cut to Miley Jackson and Robby Ray showing the new car to Mama, who is giving a disapproving look)/Miley: Not the look I was expecting.
- Done constantly in Married... with Children, usually after Al says something to tempt fate.
Peggy: 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—
- 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:
(cut to Al and Peggy entering their house, Al with the record in his hand, and Peggy wiping her mouth)
- Matlock: Matlock, about to go on a fishing trip, gets a letter calling him in for jury duty. Matlock remarks, that as a prominent defense attorney, there's a snowball's chance in hell he'd be selected. Cut to Matlock sitting in the jury box. An example of Artistic License – Law, as in most of the United States and all Canadian provinces lawyer's are ineligible for jury duty.
- 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 (2008) 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)
Uther: If this were a time of war, I would have you flogged.
- From "The Gates of Avalon" comes two slightly more humorous examples:
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.
"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]
- 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:
- Murdoch Mysteries: In "Murdoch Au Naturel", Brackenreid and Murdoch have the bright idea to send in someone undercover at a nudist colony, and since the naturists have already met Murdoch, he and Brackenreid turn to Constable Crabtree, who objects. Cut to Crabtree entering the colony sans clothing.
- 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)Tyler No
- 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)
- Occurs many times on Jessie:
Jessie: Look, Mrs. Chesterfield. I trust my kids. If they say they didn't do it, then they didn't do it.(Cut to the penthouse where Jessie is seen interrogating the kids about the prank)Jessie: Okay, which one of you did it?
- First seen in "Glue: Hoodunnit" when Mrs. Chesterfield's hair gel is switched with glue getting her hands stuck to her head and believes the Ross kids committed the prank.
Zuri: Wait! I have an idea!Luke: Whatever it is, leave me out of it! (Cut to Luke wearing a mop on his head to impersonate the celebrity) And I'm in it.
- Happens again in "Caught Purple Handed", the kids throw a a Wild Teen Party on the roof courtesy of Zuri sending a fake email that a famous celebrity attending and need to make an excuse for the celeb not appearing.
- 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!
- Later in the episode:
- Not common in Peep Show, but there is an example in "The William Morris Years" involving a newly non-drinking Super Hans reluctantly agreeing to a little taste of beer. Just to wet the whistle. Cut to severe drunken antics. Read more.
- 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]
- 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?"
- On M*A*S*H, in the episode "The Trial Of Henry Blake". When Frank tells Hawkeye and Trapper that they're under arrest (to keep them from trying to save Col. Blake from a court-martial), they laugh hysterically - until we cut to the next scene, where they are not only under arrest, but have been relieved of their uniforms as well (presumably to make it harder should they try to escape).
- 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."
- In the property episode of The Apprentice UK Series Nine, the teams both find that they have no customers left to sell property to, and Scott comments that "you can't just go out on the street for stuff like this". Cut to the other team going out on the street to sell property.
- 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.
Brian: Get in the box, Joe.
- 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.
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!
Joe: Come on. Tell us what you know.
- 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.
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.
- "Bad Eggs":
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.
- "First Date":
Doyle: You don't know what Buffy and Angel are doing down there.
- "I Will Remember You":
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)
(Angel and the gang get into a fight)
- 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":
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.
- "The Puppet Show"
(cut to girl discovering the corpse of a girl who has had her organs harvested, and screaming)
Buffy: Follow Dave? What, in dark glasses and a trench coat? Please. I can work this out myself.
- From "I Robot, You Jane"
(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.
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.Dean: Yeah, I realize that.
- In 7.01, when Dean has been caught breaking into a house:
Dean: Sam, Bobby, meet Dr. and Mrs. Weiss.
- Cut to Sam and Bobby coming in to find the doctor and his wife gagged and tied to chairs.
- 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:
Jackson: I am not watching The Notebook again![Cut to Jackson inside the video store]Jackson: Can somebody help me find The Notebook?
- Top Gear
James May: 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?"
- In series 5, episode 2, there are two in rapid succession.
(cut across the studio to Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond)
Jeremy Clarkson: I have absolutely no idea...
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")
(Hammond and May are sitting comfortably in a bar, drinking)
- 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: 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!!
Clarkson: (voiceover) Still, at least I'd been assured it wouldn't rain.
- And from the same episode:
(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?
Clarkson (with his bike having broken down yet again) Still, at least my mates wouldn't leave me behind this time.
- And still from the same episode:
(cut to Hammond and May driving away at top speed)
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.'
- From series 16, episode 3, where they go to Albania:
(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:
Victor: I. Do. Not. Want. A Dog!
(cut to Victor building a kennel)
- 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 seems to have this happen a lot:
- One episode sees him promise 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.
- Another episode (seen in the page quote) sees him lampshade it, as he just says he has no idea what happened and how he managed to be dragged to lunch with a colleague. See it here.
- Lampshaded by Pete in 30 Rock:
Liz Lemon: How could Tracy possibly get in trouble on a walking tour of Boston?
Pete: Smash Cut to...
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.)
- Played straight in season 3, episode 21:
- In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Visionary":
Sisko: 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.
- A rare non-comedic example appears in "Improbable Cause". After an assassin who tried to kill Garak is himself assassinated, Odo deduces that the Romulans may be responsible. Sisko replies that he doubts the Romulans would be forthcoming in admitting such a connection. Cut to subspace communication of a Romulan operative freely admitting that they did indeed execute the assassin.
- 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 Sledge Hammer!, when it's suggested that the police hold a fund-raising telethon:
Captain Trunk: 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.
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 broomstickMildred: 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.
- When Eliot and Carla are discussing the problems they each have with JD and Turk respectively, Carla wonders if Turk and JD could help each other. Eliot replies that they are guys, who don't talk about their feelings. Cue Guy Love song.
- 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.Ally: Why?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?Gilligan Cut to Dez letting people 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.
- Doubly subverted with the final sketch, where a meeting with Russian diplomats involving state secrets goes fine... until the nuke goes off.
- 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:
Jackson I am not watching The Notebook again!(cut to Jackson inside the store)Jackson: Can somebody help me find The Notebook?
- 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")
Mac: There's no way [my dad killed that guy.] He's innocent, and I'm not gonna let the state kill him.Mac: I'm gonna save my dad's life.(Cut to title card: "Mac Kills His Dad")
Dee Reynolds: There's no way I'm dating a retarded person.(Cut to title card: "Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person")
- Or even more bluntly:
- Once Upon a Time:
- In The Cricket Game
Emma: "There's only one name on that list who would resort to killing to get what they want."*cut to a delighted Mr. Gold opening a picnic basket from Belle*
- A darker version in The Outsider. At Archie's funeral, Gepetto says that he's "in a better place." Cut to Archie being held as a prisoner aboard Hook's ship.
- In The Cricket Game
- 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.
- The Many Loves of 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:
Gretchen: 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.)
- Frontier Circus: In "Journey From Hannibal", Casey tells Bertha that there is no way the conductor is going to throw him, her and the elephant off the train. The next shot is off Casey, Bertha and the elephant standing beside the tracks as the train pulls away.
- The Stargate SG-1 episode "Window of Opportunity" has Jack insist to the team that he and Teal'c are caught in a "Groundhog Day" Loop. He says he doesn't know what's going on...
Jack: ... but I do know for a fact that there's no point in having ol' Doc Fraiser examine us again!
(Sam and Gen. Hammond share incredulous looks, then cut to Jack sitting in sickbay with Dr. Fraiser examining him.)
- Can happen thanks to Dash's precognitive abilities in Minority Report (2015). When asked if he's staying for dinner by Vega's mother, he confirms and claims they're having Chinese. Vega stops him, saying that she's cooking. Cut to a burnt lasagne and a beat, followed by Vega declaring that they're ordering Chinese.
- The Muppets openly lampshades this in the first episode with Gonzo talking of how it's an overused device to use one-on-one interviews and then cut to someone saying a totally different thing. Guess what comes next...
- The Thundermans has an episode where Hank & Barb agree to let Chloe come back to sleep with them after fear of a monster in her own room. After Max and Nora say that they enjoy sleeping together, Hank says "Why do we need a five bedroom house? Let's all just sleep in the same room!" Cut to all five family members sharing a bed and Hank saying "I was kidding!"
- In the third episode of Daredevil, hitman John Healy is about to pull the trigger on his pistol to shoot Prohaska. As he does, the show suddenly cuts back to 36 hours earlier when Healy is buying the gun from his arms dealer:
Turk Barrett: [smells the pistol] Mmmm. Love that smell. Metal and oil. Fresh, never been fired. Take a whiff. [Healy picks up the gun and holds it in a firing stance]John Healy: I'd like a good revolver better. No chance of jamming up.Turk Barrett: Man, look at this! [racks the slide] This is top of the line. I guarantee, this baby will not jam, or my name ain't Turk Barrett.[Cuts to Healy pulling the trigger in the bowling alley, and it jams on him]
- Days after Donald Trump's first address to Congress, Late Night with Seth Meyers had a case of this:
Seth Meyers: Obviously, Donald Trump got off to a rough start as president, but he finally had what many pundits considered a good day on Tuesday with his first address to Congress. The speech got glowing reviews from the media and Trump was finally able to reset the narrative of his presidency. And you know what? I have been hard on him, but I think it's only fair that we take a minute to celebrate. In fact, I got some balloons right here and I'm going to start blowing them up to celebrate the fact that Trump finally has everything under control.[As he starts blowing up the balloon, the camera cuts to news clips about reports that attorney general Jeff Sessions had met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. but failed to disclose that in his confirmation hearings. When the camera cuts back to Seth, he's dejectedly letting all the air escape from the balloon]Seth Meyers: And we had [bleep] fireworks, too!
- Done in-universe in the Red Dwarf episode "Skipped": At the start of the episode, every time the crew make a decision, the Negative Space Wedgie of the week shifts them to the timeline where they made the opposite one. The practical effect of which is a series of scenes where the Dwarfers announce their intention not to do something, and are immediately in the process of doing it.
- Parodied in a sketch on John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme about a sitcom character trying to get by in real life. On one occasion, he's asked to do something silly for charity, and outright refuses to do it. He then starts preparing for it anyway, to the confusion of the other characters who've, naturally, already arranged for someone else to do it.
- In the radio play adaptation of Tintin in Tibet, Haddock is reluctant in tagging along on a trip to Kathmandu.
Haddock: I'm not going! And when I say "no", I mean "no"!
Haddock: So, we're in Kathmandu...
- The Burns and Allen Show: George is going to be one of the speakers at a Friars' Club testimonial dinner for Ronald Reagan. While he, Gracie and Harry and Blanche Morton are discussing the upcoming event, Gracie offers to interview the actor to get some facts and help George with his speech. George tells her to stay away from him. She takes Blanche into the kitchen for a cup of coffee. A little while later, Harry goes into the kitchen to check on the two women:
Harry: "Hey, George, I just looked out in the kitchen and our wives are gone. I'll bet anything they went to Reagan's house."George: "Don't be silly, Harry. We gave them orders not to. They wouldn't dare."Harry: "Yeah, I guess you're right. They wouldn't dare."George: "'Course not."[Transition music]Gracie: "Well, here we are, Blanche. This is Ronald Reagan's house."
- Feng Shui, in keeping with the action/comedy genre, actively advised this as a way of resolving disputes with recalcitrant players. If one person adamantly refuses to go along with something, Gilligan Cut to him going along with it anyway.
- Flight of the Amazon Queen. Joe King escapes from the hotel room he was locked up in, but is caught by two goons at the hotel entrance.
Eddy: I don't know how you got out of your room, King, but this time I'm going to make it difficult for you to leave the building!
King: Oh yeah? What are you going to do? Take my clothes from me?
(cut to Joe King back in his room, in underwear)
King: Me and my big mouth...
- There's a text one at the start of Big Shell Evil in Metal Gear Solid 2's "Snake Tales". Otacon wants Snake to go to the Big Shell to look after his sister, Snake tells him no, Otacon continues asking, Snake says "Leave me alone!", and the next paragraph starts "Six hours later, I was standing on the Big Shell".
- In World of Warcraft, the Alliance quest that brings you to the Twilight Highlands has one of these. Fargo Flintlocke, the airplane pilot, tells you to not black out after using the entire fuel supply to get you to the highlands as fast as possible. Then it cuts to you waking up with the dwarf standing in front of you looking at the plane, crashed in a ship's mast. Fargo's response was, "Oh, like you coulda done any better."
- In the "Get Tannen!" episode of the Telltale Games adventure game Back to the Future: The Game, Artie McFly (Marty's grandfather) is hiding from Kid Tannen (Biff's father), a mobster and Artie's former boss. Marty and Doc Brown try to convince him to go to Kid's speakeasy to meet with Kid's singer and lover Trixie (who is secretly in love with Artie). He utterly refuses, which immediately cuts to "I don't know why I let you convince me..." as they are approaching the speakeasy.
- In Halo: Reach, this little conversation:
Catherine-B320: All we need is a green light from Holland.
Carter-A259: Good luck with that.
Catherine-B320: You're the one asking him.
Carter-A259: Oh, there's no way in hell he's gonna go for this.
Jorge-052: Still can't believe Holland said yes to this.
- A flashback in Yesterday includes the titular hero meeting his Love Interest for the first time in a Parisian antique shop. She's hostile from the moment he introduces himself as an expert in satanic studies and tells him to get out, even more when he suggests that the owner of the shop can help him with his research. She angrily spits out that the owner, her father, committed suicide two months before. After pulling his foot from his mouth, the hero awkwardly offers the girl to make it up to her with a cup of coffee. She replies that she should say "no"... cut to them in bed.
- Mass Effect 3: in the Citadel DLC, this can happen if a female Shepard is romancing Traynor. Traynor will notice a hot tub, Shepard will say they don't have to get in, they can catch a recital instead. Immediately afterwards:
Shepard: You're very persuasive.
- Just before the first boss battle for Traverse Town in Kingdom Hearts, a few Shadow Heartless sneak up behind Donald and Goofy. They prepare to fight, with Donald calling out a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner. Cut to them being kick off the balcony and landing on Sora, crushing him, in one of the funniest introductions ever.
- In Kira-Kira, Shikanosuke swears he will not dress as a girl to get into Sarina's mansion. No way. Not happening. Even if he can pull off an extremely effective girl, it will never ever happen again. After that declaration, he gets an entire line before we get a cut to him. You have to hand it to him, he manages to actually look better than any of the real girls.
- In Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side, the Christmas event with Reiichi Himuro in the third year has the protagonist ask him to take her with him to his friend's bar after the school's Christmas party. He adamantly refuses, saying it's no place for him to take a student. Cut to "Yo, welcome. A table for two?"
- Supermarioglitchy4s Super Mario 64 Bloopers: Parodied (and possibly Played for Laughs) in "Boil the Big Bully":
Bully Boss: The only way I can let you live is if you can transform into a Pepsi machine...
(Cut to a room in Peach's Castle, with Mario as a Pepsi machine. Mario barfs out soda and a moment after closes his mouth. He then burps.)
Mario as a Pepsi Machine: Hey! That was pretty good!
- Subverted in the Homestar Runner cartoon "Bug in Mouth Disease". Strong Bad is watching a Caleb Rentpayer marathon, and the announcer says, "And coming up next on Caleb Rentpayer, find out who shot Caleb." "'Who shot Caleb?' Oh, there's no way I'm missing that one. NO. WAY." Fade out and fade in on the couch now empty. It turns out he was just sitting right in front of the TV with his head taped to the screen.
- The first episode: "You're a huntress... can I have your autograph?!" Cue the interrogation...
- Volume 2 Episode 8 has the girls going out on their first mission. Although morale is low, Ruby cheerfully informs them that they will be accompanied by a veteran huntsman. Cue them learning that the huntsman in question is Oobleck. Their faces◊ really say it all.
- One of the Sonic Shorts by the Sonic Paradox Team goes like this:
Shadow: You idiot! You ate all the eggs?
Sonic: Yeah? So what if I did? What are you gonna do? Break my arms?
(cut to Sonic in a hospital bed with casts on his arms)
Knuckles: You really shouldn't give him ideas.
- In Silver Quill's "After the Fact: Slice of Life" review, he makes a joking aside about inviting DustyKatt (the self-proclaimed manliest brony) to a tea party. To which DustyKatt's avatar appears, saying that it's not gonna happen. Except Silver Quill summons the Cutie Mark Crusader to make Puppy-Dog Eyes at him. A cut later, Dusty is attending a tea party with them.
- Gai Gin: "On my honour, I solemnly swear I am not going to sleep with that boy..."
- Goblin Hollow: Never EVER diss the GM at the beginning of a quest about his choice of a party's starting point.
- The Way of the Metagamer likes this trope. It's used at least twice.
- Suicide for Hire: Arcturus doesn't want to go to an acid orgy.
- The Devil's Panties: Jennie's friend lends her a car and warns her, "Just be careful, it's really easy to speed in this thing."
Jennie: Oh, don't worry. We won't have any trouble.
Jennie: What seems to be the trouble, Officer?
- Done while Lampshade Hanging in El Goonish Shive in this strip. A comic book geek rants about how midichlorians ruined the Star Wars prequels because they explained something no-one cared about. Immediately, it cuts to Susan explaining why only women can use Hyperspace Mallets.
- The Order of the Stick
- When Roy finally stands up to Miko, he says, "If you want to bring us to your master, you'll have to drag us there in chains." Cut to the entire party (except Durkon) in chains, being dragged by Miko.
- Also, when Belkar meets an Eye of Fear and Flame.
- Homestuck's Dave Strider insists he doesn't cry. Anachronic Order ensures that in the very next panel we see, he does exactly that. (Although you might blame the onions.)
- A chapter of Fans! involved a court ruling against a polygamist sect. When the judge essentially declared Polyamory as amoral, Rikk and Ally (who are two-thirds of a mutually consenting threesome with Rumy) were concerned about Rumy's response. Rikk told Ally, "We'll follow our usual house rules. No b-s, no sitcommy half-statements, just the truth." Next frame, they start acting overly nice to Rumy, knowing that she will blow her top when she learns that her love for Rikk and Ally is being challenged.
Rain: (thinking) And even if he did, he probably wouldn't even believe what he saw, right? Yeah, I'm sure he wouldn't tell anyone...
Rudy: (to Maria and Gavin) Hey, guys! You'll never guess what I saw!
- And then this comic.
- Bobwhite: Cleo refuses to work at Gameplace.
- A Flashback in Skin Horse has Violet Bee of Anasigma, visiting reculusive and bearded inventor Sergio Mendoza, and telling him they are interested in his inventions. He's horrified by this, and sets off to Anasigma, with the intention of shutting down the one they've actually built. Cut to present day, and he's clean-shaven in an Anasigma office.
- Far earlier, in the "I can Fly" arc, Dr. Lee realized Tip was bullshitting her:
Dr. Lee: You think you can distract me, doctor? Go ahead and try. Hit me with your best shot. (cut to them both in bed)
- Far earlier, in the "I can Fly" arc, Dr. Lee realized Tip was bullshitting her:
- Romantically Apocalyptic: GOD DAMN IT
- There was a running gag for a while in Cyanide & Happiness which had a Mad Scientist creating various things like a robot that could love then cutting to a doctor shouting, "You got electrocuted on your what?!"
- In Bob and George, Protoman is confident that his replacement can handle Dr. Wiley. Cut to Dr. Light musing that Protoman may be right about the folly of uselessly arming household servants.
- Happens twice when Nat is sick in Satan and Me.
- Sketch Comedy: inverted here: three panels of a dramatic duel between Howard the Wizard and Death, then a cut to Karen expressing her relief that the comic lately has been drama-free.
- Subverted in a Times Like This strip:
Cassie: I'm not gonna go Christmas tree shopping and there's nothing you can do about it!!!Cut to tree lot
- Juvenile Diversion has Erin and Kyle's mom sending them to a Catholic school.
- Questionable Content Clinton says the words "uneventful rest of the evening". Chaos ensues, of course.
- The Bedfellows:
Sheen: "Take a seat, buddy. Let's have... dinner. (Maniacal laugh)(Cut to Sheen, Fatigue and Fatigue's mother quietly eating dinner.
- In the second "Mothers Day" episode:
- In "Bubble Gum," Sheen attempts to create a viral video by swallowing as much bubble gum as possible and taping the results. We get a close up of his moaning stomach as he squeals in anticipation... before we cut to him in a hospital bed being told that the gum formed a large blockage in his lower intestine.
- The Narrator's response to a request from a hitchhiker in Alice Isn't Dead:
Narrator: I snorted and shook my head. "Sylvia, I am an adult, okay? I am an adult woman with a job, and that job says that I have to go to the distribution center, not drive a teenager hundreds of miles to a town I've never heard of, for reasons that that kid won't even tell me. I am a responsible goddamn adult!"
(radio cuts out, then back in)
Narrator: Swansea is not the most bustling of towns...
- At the end of the Black Jack Justice episode "How Much is That Gumshoe in the Window?", Trixie is trying to convince Jack to take in one of the mutt puppies that the episode's upper class dog breeders need to get rid of in a hurry.
Jack: It's ridiculous! It's impractical! I absolutely forbid it!
Trixie's Narration: And that's how King, Jr. came to be the agency dog.
- Happens twice in a row in the KateModern episode "Spiders":
Gavin: I've got a plan B.
Tariq: What? We pay in gardening?
(cut to Tariq digging in the garden)
Tariq: I was only joking!
Gavin: Oh, come on! You missed — you missed a bit there. It's not forever! And just think about what we're getting for it.
(cut to a dusty old garage full of cardboard boxes)
Tariq: I thought you said it was perfect!
- When Caveman needs The Time... Guys to find a specific stone:
Timmy: How hard can it be to find one dumb rock?[Cut to Dr. Chronos and Timmy in a boulder field]Timmy: Aw, come on!
- The classic (written) MST3K of The Eye of Argon kind of has this:
The paunchy noble's sagging round face flushed suddenly pale,
Crow: It flushed pale? Did it blanch red after that?
then pastily lit up to a lustrous cherry red radiance.
Crow: Hold me.
- A veritable Running Gag of The Nostalgia Critic. He's constantly thinking that movies could only be made sillier, stupider, or worse if they do the one thing... that they're about to do. An example below from his review of the 1994 film North:
Nostalgia Critic (V/O): I mean, it's not like they got Kathy Bates, spray-painted her face, and slapped on a black wig like a minstrel show...[Cut to Kathy Bates, appearing just as the Critic described]Nostalgia Critic (V/O): ... NO! NO! You go back to your room, movie, until you learn something about being racially sensitive!
- Also happens in Kickassia, when The Cinema Snob agrees to talk to Critic about the twenty tons of dynamite he ordered.
Paw: What if he suspects us going behind his back?
Snob: He won't suspect us, I'll put it very delicately.
Snob: Everybody thinks you're nuts.
- Atop the Fourth Wall:
- This is how Linkara summarizes the plot of JLA: The Obsidian Age Book One in his "Comics in Five Panels":
"We're the Justice League, and we have to go back in time to rescue Aquaman! This certainly won't result in our deaths or anything!"
[cut to panel of Superman's really-most-sincerely-dead skeleton]
- In Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie, Linkara is forced into a deal with a government agent about his spaceship. Afterward, the agent makes some gestures of goodwill to try and gain his trust, to which Linkara responds that he appreciates, but that they're definitely never going to be friends nonetheless. Cut to a drunken Linkara slurring "You are the best friend ever!" A caption show this is four years later.
- This is how Linkara summarizes the plot of JLA: The Obsidian Age Book One in his "Comics in Five Panels":
- Skippy's List has two consecutive entries which form one:
33. Not allowed to chew gum at formation, unless I brought enough for everybody.
34. (Next day) Not allowed to chew gum at formation even if I *did* bring enough for everybody.
- One happens during the Two Best Friends Play video of Portal 2 when Chell is going through GLaDOS's old chamber:
Matt: So nothing bad is going to happen?
Pat: Nothing bad is going to happen.
(cut to GLaDOS crushing Wheatley)
Matt: Oh fuck! You said nothing bad was going to happen!
Pat: To you!
- In We Are Our Avatars, The Grinning General has this as one of his powers. If he tries to invoke this power, his body severely pays the price.
- Occasionally happens in a dark way in The SCP files, as below in an excerpt from File II on SCP-087:
Dr. ______: Thank you. Please continue down.D-9035: Look, Doc. I think I've gone far enough.Dr. ______: Please continue, as per our agreement.D-9035: I don't wanna be doing this, agreement or not.[DATA EXPUNGED]D-9035 steps over the destroyed step and continues down the staircase.
- Cracked likes to do this, which is helped by its usual article format of ordered lists. For example:
(The last paragraph of entry #2)...In order to get away with it, these macaques would have to be capable of premeditated crime, but no monkey would be smart enough to do something like that, right?#1. Monkeys Are Capable of Premeditated Crime.
- Elmer Studios. Delta Invasion. The MSTers are thoroughly annoyed with the fic's Testosterone Poisoning by this point, and...
- "I don't think so!!!" yelled Charlesas he shot one of the soldier's hands. The bullet made the grenade the soldier was holding explode wiping out most of the soldiers around.Tsuneo: I was joking.
- In the Super Mario Logan episode "Bowser Junior Goes To Disney World!", when Bowser Junior, Cody and Chef Pee Pee are looking at the Hollywood Tower ride:
Bowser Junior: It can't be that scary. It's not scary.
(Cut to Junior, Chef Pee Pee and Cody repeatedly screaming on the Hollywood Tower ride)
- The The Wizards Of Aus more or less concludes with a cut such as this. "I have ruined everything."
- This happens to JonTron when he reviews some Disney Bootlegs. When he's informed to look into the website, Dress Up Who, this is his reaction:
- YouTube user Logicked is doing a video called "Hello, My Name is Kent Hovind 5: Full Hyrax o' Ribs" in which a demon from Hell tells Logicked how he's going to have to marry a specific woman, and Logicked says, "no way, no how, I am not getting married." Screen cuts to a title card reading "15 minutes later" then shows Logicked and the woman in a chapel as the minster finishes the wedding ceremony.
- Hey Arnold! absolutely loves this trope. Helga in particular pretty much has it down to a Catch-Phrase, using it in at least three episodes ("Das Subway", "Dinner for Four", "Helga's Locket"):
Helga: I am NOT taking the subway/gonna back in there, tell them the truth, and wind up washing dishes. (cut) I can't believe I'm taking the subway/I told them the truth, and I wound up washing dishes.
Oscar: Don't worry, Arnold, I can't lose. (cut) ...I can't believe I lost.
- "Arnold as Cupid":
Gerald: No way, Arnold. There's no way we're fishing in a swan boat. (cut) I can't believe we're fishing in a swan boat.
- "Big Caesar":
Arnold: Stinky, we are not calling our go-cart the Mauve Avenger. (cut) ...I cannot believe we called our go-cart the Mauve Avenger.Rhonda: You may have lost your dignity, but I certainly haven't lost mine! There is no way I am recycling old bottles and cans to pay for my LUNCH!
- "Grand Prix":
(cut to Rhonda prowling through a dumpster)
Helga: What? Oh, no! I am NOT gonna be part of your dumb little football game! (KAPOW!; cut to Helga with a black eye) I can't believe I'm being part of their dumb little football game.
- "New Bully on the Block": Arnold arranges a football game for Wolfgang and his old rival Ludwig where the winner takes control of the lot. The two agree to the game, but Wolfgang spots the other 4th graders about to play baseball and gets an idea. Instead of injuring each other by playing themselves, he and Ludwig will split the 4th graders into teams and coach them.
Kaeloo: If you find a book of magic spells with funny words in it, whatever you do, don't touch it! Is that clear?
- One episode had Kaeloo claim that she was not in love with Mr. Cat, only for them to be on a date in the very next scene.
- In the same episode, Kaeloo mentions that Quack Quack "happily accepted" when Stumpy asked if he could practice baby-sitting with Quack Quack as the baby. The scene cuts to Quack Quack in a tree trying to get away from Stumpy while the latter throws objects at him to get him to come down.
- In the Halloween Episode, as Stumpy is walking into the forest:
Stumpy: Yeah, whatever.
(Scene cuts to Stumpy in the forest in front of the book)
Stumpy: Wow! A book of magic spells with funny words in it that I mustn't touch! (reading from book) Zombie zombie zom, zombie zombie zombie woo!
- Family Guy
Peter: Forget it, Death, I'm not gonna do your dirty work! There's no way I'm getting on that plane! Absolutely no way, and that's final.
- Double Subversion in the episode "Death is a Bitch". Death asks Peter to take over for him by crashing a plane full of people, and Peter absolutely refuses.
(cut to Peter, still standing in place)
Peter: See, I'm still here and there's nothing you can say that'll change my mind.
Death: Either you kill them or I kill you.
(cut to Peter on the plane)
Lois: Peter, I'm getting a little worried about Chris. All he does lately is sit alone in his room talking to that zit.
- In another episode:
Peter: Relax, Lois. What's a zit gonna do? Talk to him and tell him to sneak out of the house and cause trouble?
(cut to Chris having already snuck out of the house)
The zit: Now light it, ring the doorbell, and run like hell!
- Subverted in the episode "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire". Peter remarks that he and Brian shouldn't tell Cleveland that his wife is having an affair. That's the last thing they want to do. Gilligan Cut to Peter and Brian having done everything else in the world, so since there's nothing left to do, they might as well tell Cleveland that his wife had an affair.
- And in the same episode, after Peter and Brian have found out that Quagmire was the one who slept with Loretta, Quagmire begs them not to tell Cleveland, which Peter says he won't do. Cut to Cleveland at the Griffins' house, where Peter is telling him just that.
- Freakazoid! provides a subversion. Freakazoid declares emphatically he is not going into the sewers after Cobra Queen. We cut to the sewers; the camera pans around, but Freakazoid isn't there. Cut to him sitting at home, watching Animaniacs.
Freakazoid: (to audience) See? I said I'd never go.
Steph: Don't say his name!
- Ultimately double subverted, however; after a commercial break, Freakazoid's down in the sewers on his way to confront Cobra Queen.
- Later Invoked (and outright lampshaded) in "Candlejack", where Freakazoid encounters a villain who can only capture those who say his name aloud.
Freakazoid: You mean, don't say "Candlejack?"
(Cut to Freakazoid being tied up with everyone else.)
Steph: (disappointed) Freakazoid, why did you say his name?
Freakazoid: (overly excited) 'Cuz I wanted to one of those really funny things, like in — you ever watch F Troop where Agarn says, "There's no way I'm wearing a dress! Absolutely not! No dress," and Forrest Tucker's like, "Yeah, you're wearing that dress, you're gonna wear that dress," and then they wipe — blrblrblrbllrbrl — and Agarn's wearing a dress.
(Cut to such a scene from F Troop)
Agarn: (in a high-pitched falsetto) Yoo-hoo! Loco Brothers! Look who's here for you!
(Cut back to Freakazoid)
Candlejack: Oooh, I love that bit!
Fry: What a weird dream! I'll never get back to sleep! (falls back into bed)
- Without a cut in "A Fishful of Dollars":
Sinclair: Why would you wanna watch TV when you can watch a snail crawl for hours on end?Bender: That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.(Cut to the robots watching a snail crawl.)Bender: Oh, man! He's never gonna make it over that next pebble! Wait, wait! Oh, my God! He made it!
- "Obsoletely Fabulous" Has this gem:
Leela: (on Fry loving her) I appreciate it, but nothing you can do will ever, ever make me...
- In the episode "Time Keeps on Slippin'", time-skips are setting up natural Gilligan Cuts. Though oddly this is a bit of a subversion as a subplot is Fry (and the audience) trying to figure out what worked.
Preacherbot: ... man and wife!
Fry: We're 35 points ahead with two minutes left. What could possibly—
- There is also this one, after Fry asks to enter the basketball game against the Harlem Globetrotters:
(Time-skip to Fry holding the ball; the crowd boos as a Globetrotter takes the ball and scores)
Marv Albert's head: Globetrotters win, 244-86.
(Child 1 watches old man walk out of the SSI office)
- The children in a localized skip:
"Stupid senior citizens. Why should we have to pay for their social security benefits?"
(local time skip to them being elderly)
"I deserve free money!"
Hermes: I think I know how to stop the time skips. We'll just...
- Everyone is trying to figure out how to stop the time skips:
(time skip to everyone in a naked conga line)
Hermes: I don't know how this was supposed to work.
- South Park
Narrator: So he [Stan] picked up the cubs and down the mountain he stormed, and took them to where abortions are performed.
- "Woodland Critter Christmas":
Stan: No, he didn't.
Narrator: Yes, he did.
Stan: No, he didn't!
Narrator: Yes, he did.
Stan: No, he didn't!
Narrator: Yes, he... (cut) ...did!
Stan: Aw, God damn it!
Actors: Remember kids, if you smoke, you could grow up to be a failure. Worse yet, you could grow up to be dead! So don't believe what those evil tobacco companies tell you! Yeah, because if you don't smoke, you could grow up to be just like us!
- Used twice in the episode "Butt Out": first, a team of cheesy motivational performers visit the school assembly to discourage smoking:
(cut to the four boys coughing as they desperately smoke behind the school)
Stan: Here, gimme another one, gimme another one!
Kyle: If we go to the tobacco company, I know exactly what will happen: they'll take us in, and then Rob Reiner will show up with all of the townspeople holding torches or something, and there'll be a big showdown until we talk about what we learned, and changed everyone's minds, this is all following a formula!
- Also in "Butt Out":
Stan: So it's either deal with all that, or get grounded for three weeks...
(cut to the townspeople surrounding the tobacco company, holding flaming torches)
Kyle: God dammit!
Cartman: (Who is residing beside a trash bin in the rain) This is BULLCRAP! Mom'll break soon. I can outlast her.
- From "Tsst":
(Cut to his house, where Liane is making a calligraphic painting and he arrives)
Cartman: Alright, I'm back.
Cartman: I have to go home and get in shape.
- "Asspen" opens with all the boys' parents having drinks together, and the Stotches saying how glad they are that Butters finally seems to have finally made some close friends. Cut to the kids watching TV, and Cartman urinating on Butters while he's asleep.
- Done in "Weight Gain 4000":
Stan: Yeah, right! You'll go and sit in front of the TV and eat cheesy poofs, ass-master!
Cartman: Screw you, hippie!
(cut to Cartman snacking on cheesy poofs in front of the TV)
- Drawn Together had one episode where Foxxy Love was vehemently protesting she would not run a suicide hotline, only to have her agree to it after the cut. She lampshades it by muttering "Goddamnit!".
- Played with in Courage the Cowardly Dog. Muriel decides to take Eustace and Courage on vacation, but Eustace insists that he's not getting out of his chair. Cut to a view of the boat sailing off. Then cut to Eustace sitting in the same chair on the deck of the boat. "Nope. Not getting out of this chair."
- This is almost certainly borrowed from The Beverly Hillbillies, as mentioned above.
- The Batman provides a bit of an odd example in "Artifacts":
Mr. Freeze: The cryo-chamber. Cold enough to put me on ice until someone wakes me up and puts me back together.
Gray: (Who is thousands of years in the future) Still can't believe some fool woke Frost up and put him back together.
- George Shrinks. Becky asks George if anyone will mind the fact he's taken a number of parts from household objects to build his ghost catching machine. George says that they won't even miss them. Cut to Junior finding the wheels off his toy car gone, Mom noticing the vacuum cleaner has had parts ripped from it and Dad finding his tape deck has vanished.
- In the Invader Zim episode "Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy", Professor Membrane explains that any attempt to travel back in time and change history is likely to create a future that is worse for the traveler (or cause, say, a giant fish in a bear suit to attack Tokyo). The Professor finishes, "Anyone who would want to build a space-time object replacement device is a complete moron!" Of course, the next thing we see is Zim saying "Gir, the space-time object replacement device is ready!"
- Spongebob Squarepants
Squidward: I have better things to do than pace the floor wondering how you two work that thing!
- Double subverted in the episode "Born Again Krabs". Mr. Krabs prepares to take a bite out of an old, filthy, tainted patty. Just as he is about to bite down on it, the shot cuts to an ambulance, implying that Krabs was now being rushed to the hospital. As it turns out, the ambulance was only passing by the Krusty Krab. Krabs comments on it, then takes a bite out of the patty, and the cut is played straight afterwards.
- In the episode "Idiot Box" Squidward has confronted SpongeBob and Patrick in the box when he hear noises. Squidward lets them know that he is not interested in how the noises are being made.
(cut to Squidward pacing the floor)
Squidward: How do those two work that thing?
Spongebob: Don't worry, Mr. Krabs - I am a prom expert!
- Played straight in "Can You Spare a Dime?". After quitting his job, Squidward claims that the town will soon be eating out of the palm of his hand. Cut to him sitting in a box asking for change from people walking by.
- From the episode "The Chaperone", where Spongebob is asked to take Pearl out to her prom.
(cuts to Spongebob sitting at home, sulking)
Spongebob: Oh, Gary, I'm a prom failure...!
Mr. Krabs: No way! There is no way I'm spending you on diapers, unicrons, and fairy princess outfits!(cut to the mall)Saleswoman: Did you find everything you needed?Mr. Krabs: Unfortunately.
- In the episode "Money Talks" Mr. Krabs' money tells him they'd like to be spent on diapers, unicorns, and fairy princess outfits.
Band Member: Come on guys. We're gonna do this if it kills us. And one, and a two, and a—(cut to their graves at the cemetery)Funeral Director: They wanted you to have this. (presents Spongebob and Patrick with the recorded song).
- In the episode "Sing A Song of Patrick" Spongebob and Patrick have just sent Patrick's new song to a rock band who are about to record it, despite exhaustion from recording a lot of songs in a row.
Spongebob: Maybe I'll go talk to Patrick. I'm sure he could use my guilt.(cut to Patrick outside his house)Patrick: Well it sounds like it's all your fault.
- In the episode "Doing Time" this happens twice in a row. First Spongebob decides to explain his situation to Patrick.
Spongebob: But to get Mrs. Puff out of jail, first we have to get in jail.Patrick: How are we gonna do that?(cut to the bank)Spongebob: All right! Put the money in the bag! Put it in! (Spongebob and Patrick are trying to rob the bank. The scene plays out in hilarious failure.)
- Then a few seconds later we get this:
Spongebob: What do you mean I shouldn't watch this, Gary? Scary movies don't always freak me out!(cut to Spongebob shivering in bed too scared to sleep).
- The episode "Krab-Borg" opens with SpongeBob watching a scary robot movie. Gary questions his wanting to watch the film because it may scare him.
Spongebob: Well you heard the man Gary. Only our closest friends.(cut to a random guy in his house).Guy: Who the barnacles is Spongebob Squarepants? (The guy was a kindergarten classmate of Spongebob's)
- In the episode "Party Pooper Pants" Spongebob is reading the passage in the manual about inviting only very close friends to the party.
Tender: Unless you think you're tough enough to fight me.Spongebob: (opens his mouth as if to say something.)(cut to Spongebob inside Weenie Hut Jr's.)
- In the episode "No Weenies Allowed" Spongebob is talking to the tender of the Salty Spitoon after being denied entry and instead recommends to Super Weenie Hut Jr's.
- Done on Ed, Edd n Eddy in the episode "Sir Ed-A-Lot", where Sarah forces the Eds to play "princess" with her:
Eddy: Next thing you know she's gonna want a throne.
(scene transition to later, with Sarah sitting on a makeshift throne)
Eddy: (raises glass) A toast, to my big mouth!
- Sonic SatAM has this (part of a plan to steal Robotnik's materials):
Sonic: A hedgehog never gives up.
(cuts to middle of Robotropolis)
Sonic: I give up!
- The Simpsons:
Homer: Ooooh. I can't take it anymore! Let's switch back!
- While they're diving in "Sideshow Bob Roberts," Lisa gets tired of listening to the right-wing radio station and asks Homer to change it. He replies that, as driver, he picks the radio station. When she drives, then she can pick the radio station. Cut to Lisa driving the car and listening to "St. Elmo's Fire."
Homer: Larry, there's only one sure way to make him realize how much he loves you, and that is a phony kidnapping!
- Variation on the trope in the episode "Burns Baby Burns". Mr. Burns's son, an uncultured slacker voiced by Rodney Dangerfield, finds his father. Appalled by Larry Burns' antics, Burns disowns him. A saddened Larry walks late at night with Homer, trying to find some way of regaining his father's love.
Larry: Yeah, right. I dunno. Maybe I should just leave town.
Homer: (sing-songy) Phony kidnapping.
Larry: Nah, I know what I gotta do. I gotta clean up my act. (dramatic music swells) No more joking around all the time, no more slacking off at work, and most important, no more booze! I know I can do it!
(cut to Burns at his front door, holding a note)
Burns: (reading) Your son has been kidnapped.
Declan Desmond: Are you two considering children?
- Double Subverted in another episode, when Homer accidentally leaves Maggie at a convent and they won't give her back. When coming up with a plan, Homer says he absolutely won't dress up like a nun. Cut forward to him...reaffirming he isn't dressed as a nun. Then Lisa says they don't need him to, and then he says "You sure?" and goes off screen for a second and comes back dressed as a nun, saying that he has the costume already.
- During a Documentary Episode titled "Springfield Up":
(24-Year-Old) Homer: (scoffs) Kids? No way. You'll never see a couple of rug-rats tying me down.
(cut to 8 years later with baby Bart and Lisa)
(32-Year-Old) Homer: You better not put this shot after the one where I said I won't have kids. That would be a devastating edit.
Ralph: I heard your dad went to a restaurant and ate everything in the restaurant and they had to close the restaurant.Lisa: Hey, my dad may have gained a little weight, but he's not some kind of food-crazed maniac.
- In "King-Size Homer":
Lisa: It's so sad that Krusty is ashamed of his roots.Homer walks into the living room with a plunger on his headHomer: Marge, it happened again!Bart: What are you going to change your name to when you grow up?Lisa: Lois Sandborne.Bart: Steve Bennett.
- Zig-Zagged, maybe, because Homer was actually using the truck to rush to the nuclear power plant to prevent a meltdown (and eventually succeeded), but seeing as Lisa didn't know that, it was still embarrassing.
- In "The Front":
Homer: Wait, Homer. Marge trusted you, so which choice should you make, the one you're supposed to, or the one everybody knows you'll make?(cut to Marge and the kids seeing Homer pulling the barbecue out of the trunk.)
- In "The Princess Guide", Homer is trying to get Carl to disguise himself as a Nigerian princess Homer was meant to be looking after but lost. Cue much protesting from Carl, followed by a quick cut... to the exact same scene, with Carl saying "Thank you for listening to my objections."
- In "Cue Detective" Homer is sent to the store with a reserve bag of money to buy the family a new washing machine. After Homer gets distracted on the way in to the store by the smell of cooking meat, he runs into a hobo who encourages him to buy a treasured barbecue grill he happens to be selling. Homer is about to seal the deal when this thought audibly comes to mind:
- In Super Mario World: "What are they going to do? Banish us to the lava pit?" One cut later....
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius "Out, Darn Spotlight":
Jimmy: Ah, no big deal. I didn't really want to be in this play. (Cut) YOU GOTTA PUT ME IN THIS PLAY! I'LL DO ANYTHING! Even... (clears throat) Stage crew.
- Kim Possible's brothers are suffering a bad cold and she's trying to keep them from sneezing everywhere:
Kim: I do not want to catch this.
(cut to Kim in bed with a cold)
Kim: How did I catch this?
- In the same episode, Ron and Doctor Drakken also catch colds after making similar statements.
- In the Alvin and the Chipmunks episode, "Carsick", Dave and the Chipmunks are coming home from a long car ride. Simon and Theodore are starting to feel ill, but Alvin arrogantly says, "I never get sick!" Then it cuts to show Alvin in bed with a thermometer in his mouth.
- 101 Dalmatians: The Series has several different examples of these:
- In "Home Is Where the Bark Is", after Lucky says, "We are not moving," it cuts to show the pups moving.
- In "Shake, Rattle and Woof", when the pups notice the animals wearing embarrassing costumes, Lucky says, "You'll never see me in one of those get-ups!" Then comes the Gilligan Cut showing Lucky in an Elvis Presley costume.
- In "Walk a Mile In My Tracks", Pug's final test is egg-sitting. At first, Cadpig says that will be "easy-peasy"...that is until after the Gilligan Cut when it is revealed that Pug has to sit on the world's largest egg!
- In one episode of Phineas and Ferb:
Candace: Yes, they're building something. But I've realized that the problem is I always jump the gun. So I'm gonna wait until just the right moment... (stops and looks panicked)
Stacy: Candace? Hello?
(cut to Candace running with her phone in her hand)
Candace: They're on the move, I'll bust them now! I'll bust them now!
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
(an extremely large number of catapults shoot at them)
- In "The Cave of Two Lovers", after the Gaang decides not to go through the tunnel:
All three main characters: AAAAHHHHH!
(cut to them on the ground, singed)
Sokka: Secret love cave, let's go.
- In "Runaway", Aang solemnly gives his "Avatar promise" not to go scamming people again. Cut, and we see a montage of them doing exactly that.
- In "The Puppetmaster", the gang is staying at a creepy inn. After hearing some creaky noises arround the inn, Sokka is, of course, completely scared shitless. Talking to Momo, he says, "I know, Momo, I'm scared too, I'll never be able to sleep like this." Cut, and we see Sokka deep asleep, snoring loudly, and drooling all over the pillow.
- In "Bitter Work", Toph is trying to teach Aang Earthbending, but he's having a little trouble doing it right. When Katara suggests Toph go easy on Aang, giving him "a little nudge in the right direction" to help him learn faster, Toph answers she's going to try that. Cut to an intense Training Montage where Toph is basically going Drill Sergeant Nasty on Aang.
- The Fairly OddParents!
Wanda: How do most ten-year-olds make money?
- A scene from episode "Nectar of the Odds", when Timmy wants to raise money to buy some shockingly expensive tickets from Francis to see Crash Nebula on ice:
Timmy: A lemonade stand...oh no, there's no way, no way I'm selling...
(cut to Timmy at the lemonade stand)
Timmy: ... lemonade, twenty-five cents.
A.J.: What are you gonna do? Make three tickets appear like magic?
- Also, earlier in the same episode, it inverts this:
(Timmy grins; cut to his home)
Timmy: What do you mean I can't make three tickets appear like magic?!
Timmy: Stop laughing at my friend. You're still down by 29 runs with 1 inning left. There's no way you can catch us!
- And in "Foul Balled":
(10 minutes later, the Bankees are one run behind the Losers)
Chester: I can't believe they're about to catch us.
Timmy: Hey, we got two outs.
Chester: Only because one guy laughed himself into a coma, and another guy got traded to Boston as he rounded second.
Timmy's Dad: We'll be out in no time. I'm confident that our American Justice System will see us through.
- In "Parent Hoods" when Timmy's parents are arrested by cops who confused them with the Souvenir Bandits because they look exactly like them:
(cut to Timmy's parents being tortured in prison)
Timmy's Dad: Uh, this may take longer than I thought.
Timmy's Dad: Now, now, darling, snugglebutt, don't worry. It was just an accident.
- And later in that same episode after Timmy's Dad accidentally breaks the Sacred Silver Sharpener:
Timmy: Besides, I'm confident that our Canadian Justice System will see us through.
(cut to Timmy and his parents being tortured in prison)
Timmy: Uh, this may take longer than I thought.
Chet Ubetcha: (as a giant robot is shown on the screen) But, let's be thankful the day will never come when someone can imitate this!
- In the movie "Channel Chasers" when Chet Ubetcha is talking about the dangerously imitatable franchise Maho Mushi:
(Cut to a shot of the robot running down the street with Timmy at the controls)
Timmy: I can't believe the day has come that we can imitate this!
Wanda: Well I for one can't wait to see what magical, deep, and complicated piece of literature you're going to read for your report!"
- In "Shelf Life" Timmy and Wanda are outside the Library as Timmy prepares for his book report when Cosmo appears calling the library "stupid" Wanda however is on Timmy's side and is looking forward to seeing him do his report.
(Cut to inside the library. Timmy is reading "The Rat in the Spats" by Dr. Bruise)
Timmy: Everyone knew Spatsville was a fun little town. There was only one rule: you could not ever frown. There are many morals to this story, but here's what I'd choose: When you come down to Spatsville (turns the page to a big "splat") don't make fun of Rat's shoes!"
Timmy: Don't worry Cosmo. All we need to do is get that pot of gold back from Mr. Crocker before he spends any of it.
- In "Crocker of Gold" when Timmy says that he and Cosmo need to get back the pot of gold from Mr. Crocker who stole it from a leprechaun who also kidnapped Wanda & Poof.
(cut to Mr. Crocker at the store)
Mr. Crocker: I spent all of it!
Timmy: Who knows what kid of horrible Irish torture they're being put through!
- A bit later in the same episode when one of the leprechauns kidnaps Mr. Crocker Timmy gives the recomendation to follow him since he will lead them to Wanda & Poof.
(cut to Ireland where Wanda & Poof are enjoying themselves eating cereal)
Wanda: I love Ireland, Poof! There is all the marshmallow cereal you can eat, and deodorant soap grows on trees!
- In an episode of Danny Phantom, when Danny comes up with an idea involving overshadowing Tucker:
Tucker: No way. Forget it. Absolutely not! NO!
(cut to a scene where Tucker is overshadowed)
Danny: (in bed) Ah...Well, I'm sure everything will be back to normal by tomorrow.*Next day...*Danny: Or not. Maybe it'll be worse.
- The one in "Mystery Meat" has the (in)famous meat vs. veggie related one.
- An episode of DuckTales (1987) has Fenton tell his girlfriend that he'll be able to take a day off of work to go on a date with her. He says, "My boss never says no to me," but then it violently cuts to Scrooge saying "No!" to Fenton.
- From American Dad! Christmas episode "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls":
Stan: I promise I will not buy Steve a gun for Christmas.
(cut to Stan handing Steve a machine gun)
Stan: Happy Wednesday, son!
Roger: Look, I don't know what you've heard about American girls, but we don't just jump into bed with someone we just met.
- From the first season episode "Stan of Arabia (Part II)"
(cut to Hayley in bed with a Saudi she just met)
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Scootaloo: These mamby-pamby stories aren't getting us any closer to getting our cutie marks... We need action, we need Rainbow Dash!
- Done in the episode "Call of the Cutie", without a cut thanks to the Rule of Perception. With the camera close-up on her face, Apple Bloom insists that she isn't going to a party. After this, the camera zooms back out to show that the party had already started in the next room.
- Done again, though with an actual cut, in the episode "Cutie Mark Chronicles," when the kids get bored listening to the adult ponies' various stories.
(cut to Scootaloo looking very bored as Twilight Sparkle is now telling her story)
Rarity: Everything is going to be just fine.
- In an episode from the fifth season, "Made in Manehattan", Applejack and Rarity are discussing how to bring back a former tradition, the Midsummer Theatre Revival, with Coco Pommel. Coco is panicking over the unpreparedness of the whole project. Rarity and Applejack reassure her, however, saying that they're all the help she needs.
(cut to Rarity and Applejack with horrified looks on their faces)Rarity: Perhaps I spoke too soon.
- Codename: Kids Next Door, "Operation: CAKED-THREE". Numbuh Two explains his plan to attack the Delightful Children by using a weapon that uses "a kajillion eggs" as ammunition.
(Next scene, where the team decides to store the eggs in his room.)Numbuh Two: Well, I wasn't gonna put them in my room.
- The Ren & Stimpy Show, "Stimpy's Cartoon". When Stimpy finishes the eponymous cartoon, he rushes to arrange a meeting with (fictional) Golden Age cartoonist Wilbur Cobb. Ren quips "You're living in a dream world if you think the great Cobb'll see you!", which prompts a Match Cut to Ren in a suit, waiting with Stimpy in Wilbur Cobb's office.
- The Problem Solverz
Konishi: I warn you, though, the game is dangerous. Don't let it suck you in.
- Done in "Videogamez".
Horace: No, it'll never suck us in.
(cut to case identification card)
"Case # 00101001: The Video Game That Sucks The Problem Solverz In."
Alfe: Just don't tell Horace I've gone crazy.
- And again in "Fauxboro".
Roba: Okay, I won't.
(cut to Roba in Horace's room)
Roba: He's gone crazy!
- The Penguins of Madagascar
"They took us by surprise that time. Took away our greatest weapons; stealth, and superior tactics. But that ain't gonna happen twice."
- In the episode "Sting Operation", the title characters try to remove a hornets' nest, and fail.
(cut to the penguins being chased by angry hornets)
"It happened twice! IT HAPPENED TWICE!"
- The episode "Herring Impaired" features Private and Kowalski contracting a disease which causes them to babble uncontrollably and crave fish. Skipper, while attempting to control them by repeatedly slapping them, insists that his "iron constitution" has made him immune to the disease. Rico turns away, only to realise seconds later that Skipper has stopped slapping the other two, and turns around just in time to see Skipper get crazy eyes and scream "FIIIIIISH!"
- Batman: The Animated Series
Alfred: I'm being shanghaied.
- Episode "Pretty Poison" has a bunch of these one after the other. In a conversation with Dent and Ivy at dinner talking about Bruce, Dent claims he is late because he is probably busy, cue the shot of Batman trying to catch a bad guy. He then comments he runs with a high class of crowd because of his wealth, cue the shot of Batman running after the bad guy. Lastly he mentions Bruce still gets his kicks, cue Batman kicking the bad guy.
- In "Eternal Youth", Alfred insists he cannot go to the spa with Maggie. Wipe to the next scene where he is being driven by Maggie to the spa.
Harley Quinn: I'm sensing a lack of trust.
- In "Harlequinade", when Batman recruits Harley Quinn to help him stop the Joker from exploding a nuke in Gotham, Harley makes a passionate speech describing herself and Batman as two mortal enemies united in a common cause. Next scene, she's handcuffed in the Batmobile.
- In "The Terrible Trio", Warren declares his money and connections will enable him to escape punishment. Cut to him in prison garb being locked up in a dingy cell.
- From T.U.F.F. Puppy:
Dudley: What's he gonna do? Put us in jail?
(cut to Dudley and Kitty in jail)
Dudley: Wow, he put us in jail.
- Megas XLR:
Jamie: Go get 'em, Kiva! I've got your back!
- In "Battle Royale," Jamie and Kiva are confronted by Magnamous and a number of robot guards.
(cut to Jamie and Kiva being thrown into a holding cell)
Kiva: Thanks for getting my back.
- in the finale "Rearview Mirror, Mirror" Coop is surrounded by other mechs ordering his surrender. His comment is a confident "No prob, I got this!" Immediately cut to Coop chained up and being dragged off.
- In Potsworth & Company episode "When Bubba Rules", the Nightmare Prince's Mother sent Count Bubba Bonebreaker to replace him. When asked about what he'd be, the Nightmare Prince was told he'd be a janitor. He then said he wouldn't be one even in a billion years. Cut to the next scene, where he's already doing janitor duties.
- In Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, as Monkey trains Po to restrain his punches to help Kwan the Unkillable win in his last match using plates...
Po: What if we run out of plates?Monkey: We're not going to run out of plates. (instant cut, Monkey looks miffed) We ran out of plates.
- Gravity Falls:
Stan: Oh look, it's the constable. (sarcastically) What are you gonna do, throw me in ye stocks? Ahahaha!
- During the town's pioneer day, Grunkle Stan causes a minor ruckus which attracts the attention of the two police officers.
(cut to Stan in the stocks)
Stan: Awww, come on!
Dipper:' Yeah, right. I just think Wendy's cool, okay? It's not like I lay awake at night thinking about her. (Cut to him doing just that) Uh oh.
- Then there's when Mabel teases Dipper about having a crush on Wendy.
Stan: Look, I've been around the world, okay? Whatever it is, I'll understand. (Cut) There is nothing about this that I understand!
- In "A Tale of Two Stans", the part in the flashback where Stan is shown the Universe Portal
- On Goof Troop in the episode "Slightly Dinghy," Max tries to talk PJ into asking Pete to take them fishing which he really does not want to do. This happens to him, Lampshading PJ's role in the process.
PJ: No, forget it, Max. No way. You cannot talk me into this one! (cut to PJ about to start talking to Pete) Every time. How does he do it? Every. Single. Time.
Fillmore: I plan to have me a nice relaxing vacation.
(cut to Fillmore chasing a guy riding a pig through the corridors of a Tennesseean middle school)
- To be fair, that might qualify as a nice relaxing vacation to Fillmore. Though the whole dealing with a completely corrupt Safety Patrol and his former partner's degeneration into a bit of a doormat thing probably wasn't.
- The Magic School Bus, in "For Lunch":
Phoebe: Go swimming in Arnold's digestive juice? Not me, no way!(fade to Phoebe swimming in a scuba suit)Phoebe: How was I supposed to know she'd have digestive juice scuba gear?
- In the first episode of Sym-Bionic Titan:
Ilana: (hiding in a cave) If we're going to blend in with these Earthlings we'll need to know more about them. Perhaps we should go down there?
(cut to the two aliens and one semi-transparent robot appearing before a lone woman in a darkened parking lot)
Lance: (back in the cave) Well... that didn't work out so well.
- Strangely enough, this scene is cut from iTunes and reruns.
- In the Cow and Chicken episode "Chicken's First Kiss", after Cow suggests playing "Girls Chase the Boys" at the school playground and sets up a few extra rules for the game.
Chicken: If you think us guys are gonna run around with blindfolded eyes, and get smacked by a stupid doll, and go in a stupid dumpster jail, you got another thing comin'!
(cut to them running and screaming, chased by girls with dolls)
- In Doug when the coach announces tryouts for the school softball team.
Doug: There's no way I'm going Skeet. No way!
Skeeter: Yeah, but...
Doug: And don't think you can change my mind either.
(cut to the tryouts in the field)
- In an episode of The Weekenders where Tino's dad comes to visit, he is dared by Mrs. Dowong to get in a go-kart and when he refuses, she starts making chicken noises at him.
Tino's Dad: Oh, so you guess I'm getting into that thing because you're making chicken noises. (Cut to Tino's dad in the go-kart) Stupid chicken noises.
- In the Recess episode "King Gus":
Gretchen: Vince is right. I suggest we go see Gus again, I'm sure he'll listen to reason.
(cut to Gretchen and the rest of the kids being thrown in the jungle gym prison)
TJ: What happened?
Gretchen: He didn't listen to reason.
- In episode 4 of Sonic Boom:
Amy: You should get a pet. It would help you learn to love animals. Don't you think, Sonic?
Sonic: Yes, absolutely.
Amy: Then you can take Sticks pet-shopping right now.
Sonic: No, absolutely not.
(cut to Sonic taking Sticks pet-shopping)
- The script for the Show Within a Show on Bojack Horseman calls for Bojack to say he would never wear a sweater he got as a gift and, after a Gilligan Cut, be shown wearing it. He doesn't understand the trope and feels the need to overexplain jokes, so he wants to insert a scene in between in which he decides the sweater's not so bad.
- In the Turbo FAST episode "Bumperdome", Chet develops a taste for danger and tries out Skidmark's experimental anti-gravity shell. When the rest of FAST are apprehensive toward letting him put himself in danger again:
Whiplash: And get out of that shell before you crash into something. (takes off)
Chet: I'm not gonna crash into—
(cuts to Chet lying on his back after having crashed through a window and leaving an Impact Silhouette)
Chet: Oh boy.
- Bob's Burgers
Bob: I guess we can stand here for another two seconds.
- In "Housetrap", the Belchers help Teddy at a rich person's summer home. They discover the back door is unlocked.
Linda: Mm-hmm, yeah. And then we'll leave
Bob: Okay, but we're not touching anything.
Gene: Of course not.
(cut to the family playing around with various items in another room in the house)
Louise: No! He's getting on a bus!
- In "Hawk & Chick", Bob and Louise stalk a Japanese monster movie actor.
Bob: Well, we're not getting on a bus to follow this guy.
(cut to Bob and Louise on the bus)
Bob: I don’t like brandy or cigars. One sip, one puff, and then I’ll meet you back in our room.
- In “Zero Larp Thirty,” Bob and Linda partake in a Downton Abbey-style LARP as servants, and Bob is invited to join the rich characters for cigars and brandy.
(cut to Bob enjoying himself with the rich characters)
Bob: I love cigars and brandy! I finally get why people wanna be rich!
- Rocko's Modern Life:
Rocko: What a lovely mess. We're not even supposed to be on this cruise. No money, no tickets, and we're stuck here taking care of Grandpa. Now what are we gonna do, Heff?
- In "Love Spanked", Rocko is horrified to learn Heffer signed him up to be a contestant on a dating show. Heffer then assures Rocko, "You probably won't even get picked." Cut to Rocko shivering nervously while on said dating show.
- Happens in "Cruisin'" when the two get stuck as stowaways on a cruise ship full of senior citizens.
Heffer: Just what we're doing now. Act natural and blend in with the crowd. Who's gonna know?
(cut to the duo in the ship's prison cell, chained to the wall)
Rocko: "Just blend in with the crowd, Rocko. Act naturally, Rocko. Who's gonna know? WHO'S GONNA KNOW?!" WHY DID I EVER-?!! (grunts angrily)
- Elena of Avalor: In "All Heated Up", Luna says she won't go with the others to meet the rock monster. The next scene features her going there.
- M.A.S.K. used this gag in the episode "The Scarlet Empress" when T-Bob refused to convert to his scooter mode so that Scott could ride to the waterfall, but is then seen doing exactly that.
- Inverted in the Mike, Lu & Og episode "Flustering Footwear Flotsam", when Wendell is agonizing over what kind of shoes to wear.
Wendell: For once, I'm going to make a firm decision! I'm going...to choose.(cut to him sitting on a Freudian Couch in Queeks' cave)Wendell: (sobbing) I was petrified with uncertainty!