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House Amnesia
Father: Get out of my house!
Son: But this is my house, father.
Father: Then get out of your house!
Traditional joke.

A character angrily orders someone to leave the house, only to be reminded that the house they're in belongs to the other person. Alternately a character announces that he is leaving, and either before reaching the door or (more often) after leaving and coming back through the door says something to the effect of, "Wait a minute. This is my house." (Sometimes followed up by some variation on "You guys get out!")

Compare The Exit Is That Way. Unrelated to a certain jerky doctor.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Azumanga Daioh, construction noise drives Yukari to Minamo's house. Once there, she immediately commandeers the bed and discovers an oddly-shaped pillow. Upon learning that it cost 10000 yen:
    Yukari: You damn bourgeois! Get out!

    Comic Book 
  • In an issue of The Punisher Frank is investigating a pair of cops, and meets with his police contact Soap. Soap tells him in no uncertain terms that while he'll help him take down criminals, if he does anything to harm either cop he will do everything he can to bring Frank down. Soap tries to dramatically leave, but Frank calmly reminds him that they're meeting in his car.

    Film 
  • This happens in Salaam-E-Ishq. Young man and his fiance are having a fight, as he didn't show up to the engagement party (commitment phobic) and she's come by to return all of his gifts. He ends up storming out of the house in fury, and a moment later knocks on the door, as she looks on, knowing he'll have to come right back.
    "Um, sorry, this *is* my house."
  • Keeping The Faith:
    Anna: Well, you're gonna regret it even more when you realize that I'm walking out this door and I'm never coming back!
    [She storms out. A moment's pause later, she storms back in]
    Anna: This is my house. You get out.
  • In Titanic: Rose tells Jack that she is leaving, and then turns back and says "I don't have to leave! This is my part of the ship. You leave!"
  • In Adam's Rib, two arguing characters wind up in each other's apartment by mistake.
  • In K-9 James Belushi tries to throw his girlfriend out of her own house.
  • Happens with John Travolta in Look Who's Talking.
  • A variant in Lilo & Stitch:
    Lilo: I'M ALREADY IN MY ROOM!
  • A much more serious example: In Sling Blade, Doyle, being his usual mean self, is even more so when drunk. He orders his band, Karl, and Vaughan out of his girlfriend's house, and there is no humor in this interchange:
    Vaughan Cunningham: It's not your house, Doyle, it's Linda's.
    Doyle: I'll whip the dog shit out of you, Vaughan. I will fucking kill you if you talk to me again!
  • In The Tender Trap, Julie storms out after an argument with Charlie before remembering it was her apartment, walking back in and telling him to Get Out.

    Literature 
  • In Bleak House, Mr. Guppy's mother does this to Esther and Mr. Jarndyce, forgetting that she and her son are visiting them in their own home.

    Live Action TV 
  • This happens during one of Ross and Rachel's (many) arguments on Friends.
    Ross: What are you doing?
    Rachel: I'm storming out.
    Ross: Rach, this is your apartment.
    Rachel: Yeah, well, that's how mad I am!
  • On the Gilmore Girls, Rory is annoyed that every time she bumps into her ex-boyfriend who's in town, she's the one who hurried off awkwardly. After all, she announces, this is her town. The next time she bumps into said ex?
    "I'm leaving first!"
  • In an episode of Family Matters, Eddie dates the daughter of the owner of a chain of restaurants, a franchise of which he happens to work with. When he finds out, in Eddie's house, he immediately fires Eddie, and then has an argument with his daughter about her dating habits. Eddie tries to interject.
    Owner: You're fired! What are you still doing here?!
    Eddie: This is my house. I live here.
    Owner: Oh. Right.
  • Frequently played with on Stella, so much so that an entire episode is devoted to this single joke.
  • One episode of M*A*S*H had Lt. Col. Henry Blake do this in his office, leaving Hawkeye and Trapper there while he stormed out before coming back in and saying, "What am I doing? This is my office! You guys get out!"
  • Used in an episode of That '70s Show, when Red is talking to Leo, who has come over to the Foreman's house to explain Hyde's situation. When they finish talking, Leo lays out on the couch and tells Red to get out. Needless to say, Red didn't react kindly.
  • Sort of used in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when Buffy and Spike are arguing. Buffy doesn't forget it's her house, but when Spike refuses to leave she angrily says she will. Then it turns out neither can leave because of a vengeance demon's curse.
  • Happened a couple of times on The West Wing (with offices rather than houses, because of the workaholic cast of characters).
  • Happened in episode of Monk. An actor hired to play Monk in a movie lost his mind and became convinced that he was Monk, leading to a scene where he asked Monk to leave, despite the fact that it was Monk's house. Monk complied.
  • In one Episode of NCIS Abby, when visiting Ducky's lab, at one point tells Ducky and Gibbs to get out of her lab so she can process evidence, only to realize three seconds late that she's not in her lab.
    Abby: All right, I need you all to get out so I can get to work. Major Mass Spectrometer is gonna throw a fit... This isn't my lab... I'll go now.
  • In the House episode "House Divided", Dr. Wilson leaves the wild bachelor party that House is throwing for Dr. Chase and attempts to walk home. He's too drunk to remember that the party is being held at his home.
  • iCarly: When Carly and Sam have an argument over a boy in Carly's apartment, Carly gets fed up and walks out...only to return and kick Sam out instead.
  • Married... with Children: A three-part episode featured the Bundys (minus Lucky) going to England. There, Al gets in a fight with a man named Igor and Kelly was heard telling Igor to get back to England.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Used in a classic Peanuts strip. Violet throws Charlie Brown out of the house, tossing his coat and hat out afterward, telling him she doesn't want him there anymore. He starts to leave, then develops a look of dawning comprehension, goes back to the door, and rings the doorbell. When she answers the door and snottily asks him what he wants, he says, "This is MY house!"
    • Also a variation after Lucy breaks off her (non-existent and imaginary) relationship with Schroeder:
    Lucy: Now that you and I are through, Schroeder, I'm returning all the gifts I was going to give you.
    Schroeder: ...Thank you?
    Lucy: That didn't even make sense!
    • A very early strip had a variant where Charlie Brown tried to prevent Snoopy from following him home, until Shermy pointed out that Snoopy also lived that way. (Yes, he didn't own Snoopy very early in the strip.)

    Stand Up Comedy 
  • Jeff Foxworthy warns against doing this during an argument with your spouse, especially if you're not carrying your keys.
    "They did a study—85% of all homeless people are people who got pissed and walked out without their keys. You can't get back in. And if you're the one who walked out, you will be the one apologizing. *knocks* "I'm an asshole. Unlock the door." *knocks* "It's raining. Come on.""

    Visual Novels 
  • A scene in Katawa Shoujo has Rin get angry at Hisao and tell him to Get Out...but Hisao points out they're in his dorm room, so she storms off. A different path has a similar argument occur in Rin's studio, so that excuse doesn't apply and Hisao leaves instead. Neither scene is Played for Laughs (the latter is her Bad End).

    Web Animation 
  • In the 82nd episode of Bonus Stage, Joel and Phil get in a heated fight, ending with Joel demanding that Phil get out of his house. Cut to the door slamming in Joel's face and Joel remembering that Phil owns the house. "Oh, right."
  • Inverted in an episode of I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC; rather than leaving his own house in an argument...
    Batman: What are you doing?
    Iron Man: Oh, like you care. I'm drowning my sorrows in alcohol. What does it look like I'm doing?
    Batman: No, I mean what are you doing in my house?
  • In one Strong Bad email, Homestar wonders if Strong Bad's house is his own. Strong Bad says that if he did live there, he'd have "fewer non-broken bones".

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • In The Review Must Go On, Doug Walker attempts to throw off The Nostalgia Critic's constant interference by clicking to different websites. He gets to a review by Todd in the Shadows in which the Nostalgia Critic crashes and this exchange occurs.
    Todd: What the hell are you doing in my video?
    Nostalgia Critic: Oh piss off, Alfred Hitchcock!
    Todd: Get the hell out!
    Nostalgia Critic: You get the hell out!
    Todd: I live here.
    Nostalgia Critic: You know what, bite me, Hamburglar! [Gets cut off by Doug clicking off the video]

    Western Animation 
  • The second variety was used in an episode of The Weekenders, after Tino's friends came to his house to show him a slideshow of his faults.
  • Variant in Futurama where the Grand Midwife says, "I will now take my leave. I live here, so I won't actually be going anywhere, but you don't have to talk to me anymore." She then stands completely stock still for the rest of the scene, without moving or interacting with the others.
  • Subverted on The Simpsons where Homer is kicked out of the NRA for unsafe gun usage at a meeting he's hosting in his house and he ends up sitting on the curb outside for the next four hours.
    • After Ralph Wiggum delivers Lisa's homework when she's sick, he asks if this is his house.
    • Another Simpsons example during the Mr. Sparkle episode, after learning why Homer's face is on the box:
    Homer: Well, it was a good run while it lasted. C'mon, kids. Let's go home.
    Bart: We are home.
    Homer: That was fast.
    • And from the same episode, when the family plus Reverend Lovejoy go to a gas station to try to find information on the missing Ned Flanders:
      Homer: Thanks for swinging by the house, Reverend.
    • The episode "There's No Disgrace Like Home" had a variation on this trope. Homer believes (rightly) that the family is embarrassingly dysfunctional, and Marge believes they're no worse than any other family. To settle the argument, Homer takes the family to go spy on the neighbors. After nearly getting killed by a man with a shotgun, they peek into yet another house.
    Bart: Whoa, look at this place. What a dump.
    Homer: That's what you think. I just trampled this poor sap's flower bed.
    Marge: Homer, this is our house.
    Homer: D'oh!
    Moe: Go home, science girl!
    Lisa: I am home.
    Moe: Good, stay there.
    • Slight variation with Grandpa, after an incident with Bart broke his false teeth:
    Grandpa: (Mumbles incoherently while trying to straighten out his teeth)
    Homer: If you don't start making sense we're gonna put you in a home.
    Grandpa: (finally gets teeth straight) You already put me in a home!
    Homer: Then we'll put you in the crooked home we saw on 60 Minutes!
    Grandpa: (Contrite) I'll be good.
  • Played for Laughs like everything else in Animaniacs.
    Yakko: If you don't want any cookies, then just leave.
    Albert Einstein: I'm not going to leave. This is my house.
    Yakko: All right then, you leave.
    Albert Einstein: Fine!
  • Perhaps the strangest example of all from The X's when the family get into an argument with the house's A.I. computer
    Mr X: Get out of our house.
    The House: I am your house!
  • King of the Hill: Luanne was putting a Communist party sign at her yard when someone told her to go home. She responds "okay" and simply entered the house.
  • In the second part of the Goof Troop pilot, Goofy and Pete have an argument and tells Max they're leaving, only to remember they live there and kick Pete and his family out.
  • Inversion in The Looney Tunes Show:
    Walter: Go to your room!
    Lola: I don't even live here anymore.
    Walter: Well, go to your old room that your mother turned into a scrapbooking room!
  • From The Powerpuff Girls episode "Sweet 'N Sour", the girls are being ostracized for targeting a trio of very cute animal criminals.
    Man: Go home, Powerpuff Girls!
    Bubbles: We are home, doodoobrain!
  • In the Sonic Boom episode "Buster", Sticks refuses to get rid of her new robot dog Buster, so her friends are ready to walk out on her, only for Tails to stop himself and say, "Wait... This is my house."


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