- During the episode "Imperfect Harmony" of Selfie, Henry is trying to decide between exploring his feelings for Eliza or staying with his girlfriend Julia, while Raj is trying to decide on a song for karoake night.
Raj: Have you decided what you're going to do?
Henry: No. The truth is I have never felt more conflicted in my life. On there one hand there's this...complicated, beautiful but let's be honest, slightly dangerous option.
'Raj: Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani.
'Henry: Exactly. And I don't know if I can pull that one off. And then there's this warm, safe familiar option that feels very non-threatening and *looks at a picture of Julia*...easy.
Raj: "Uptown Girl", by Billy Joel?
Henry: The thing is, Raj, I've been doing "Uptown Girl" my entire life. And a part of me, a big part of me wants to try something different, something out of my range. I like Hollaback Girl more than I should.
Raj: Its a great song.
Henry: I may have even grow to love it. And even though its scary, and uncertain and several people in this office have performed it on other occassions...
Raj: I'm told two different people did it at last year's party.
Henry Two...? Still, I would never forgive myself if I didn't try. I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna go for it, thank you Raj.
- 3rd Rock from the Sun often uses this trope.
- A memorable example occurred when Harry realized Tommy had grown taller than him. So they went to an enlargement clinic, not realizing, of course, that it was a penis enlargement clinic. Hilarity Ensues.
Tommy: So he used to be bigger than me, but then my aunt realized that I'm the bigger one now. He can't stand it. He makes me measure him like five times a day.
- In another episode, Harry's pet from the Home Planet came to Earth as a human and destroyed one of Sally's shoes. Meanwhile, Don thinks that Sally is pregnant.
Dick: [on the phone about Sally's shoes] Well, it's my sister's problem, why don't you talk to her! [hangs up] So Don, what brings you here?
Don: Sally's... "problem".
Dick: Oh, it's no big deal. It's just going to cost me a lot of money, that's all.
Don: Do you know who's responsible?
Dick: Of course. Harry watched the whole thing happen. His best friend did it.
- Frasier does the equivalent of moving from Newtonian Physics to Quantum Mechanics to this trope. About a third of the episodes from later seasons are built on this.
- The Green Green Grass: Boycie is talking to the local MP. Boycie thinks it's about him getting a knighthood for a charity donation. The MP thinks it's about gay sex...
- This happened in an episode of Blossom in which Joey's dad has a (very indirect) talk with him about some drugs he found in his room. Joey knows nothing about the drugs and thinks his dad found condoms in his room. Hilarity Ensues.
- In Friends, Chandler ends up thinking that Monica intends to get breast enlargement surgery, while Monica thinks Chandler is freaking out about her becoming pregnant. As a result, Chandler barges in and asks that Monica not change at all - she responds that not only her breasts will swell (as a result of pregnancy) but also her hands and feet as well. They talk for a bit, getting more and more confused, until eventually Rachel mentions the baby and they realize what the other was talking about.
- On another episode, Rachel reads a book about female empowerment that refers to women's power as their "wind", which is constantly stolen by men. Ross asks her if she's ready to go to the movies and she says no, she will not let him steal her wind. Ross hasn't read the book and has no clue what she's talking about.
Ross:Excuse me, your, uh, your wind?
Ross:(nervous) Y-you know I don't...I don't have a problem with that.
- On one episode of Just Shoot Me!, Maya gets Elliot a game system for his birthday, while Recurring Character Persky got him sex toys as a gag. Unbeknownst to either of them, Dennis has switched the two gifts. Thus, Elliot interprets Maya's invitation to play a few games as her wanting to engage in S&M (saying that she's going to beat him and make him cry certainly doesn't clear things up any), while Persky thinks Elliot wants to do the same.
- A staple of Arrested Development. The narrator likes to rub it in.
Narrator: At no point were Michael and Maeby talking about the same person. And there were only four people in their group.
- In an episode of Bones, there is an episode where they find the remains of a female victim who was a competitive eater. They get info that she was seen in an apartment often in the company of overweight men. Booth and Sweets interview her husband. He tells how proud he was of her and that she was so good he was able to quit his job. He tells how she could unhinge her her jaw and had no gag reflex. He even saw her once make "a foot-long wiener disappear". Booth and Sweets are shocked until they learn she was a competitive eater NOT a prostitute.
- In Strangers with Candy, when Jerri and Noblet discuss Jellineck's car accident, which they both feel guilty about. Talking about "the person responsible", Jerri thinks Noblet knows she was the one driving the car and Noblet thinks Jerri knows he was there and ran off. They realize when Noblet refers to "the person" as "he".
- One episode of Sister Sister had a genes/jeans confusion. They're Korean.
- iCarly:In iEnrage Gibby, when Carly is talking to Mr. Klemish, She thinks they're talking about a bad review of Spencer's sculptures, while Mr. Klemish thinks they're talking about Spencer's fake death.
- Dear God, all the time on Coupling. Notable examples include: Sally thinking Patrick's girlfriend is stepping out on him with Jeff, while Patrick's girlfriend (who's bisexual and in favor of an open relationship) thinks Sally is hitting on her; Patrick flirting with Jane's therapist, with each one believing the other is gay; and the telephone mess involving a phony bar full of Australians and "Giselle, the French bitch" that leads to Susan and Steve's break-up.
- One favorite is when the guys are having a conversation with Sally's date. He's a butcher, but Sally told everyone he's a surgeon, so they are all shocked when he explains that she's one of his regulars and even more shocked when he states, "Well, you know how it goes. Just a few good cuts and you have the woman of your dreams."
- In Desperate Housewives near the start of season 6, Carlos and Lynette have a conversation where Carlos is talking about Lynette having breast implants while Lynette thinks he is talking about her pregnancy that she is trying to keep a secret from him, no Mistaken Confession resulted though.
- An earlier example (Season 5): Lynette thinks that Tom is using the warehouse where his group rehearse to have sex with another woman. It actually happens that one of his sons is using said warehouse for that. When Lynette confronts Tom, Tom thinks that he's speaking about their son, but after Tom tells her about it, Lynette realizes in horror that his son is having sex with an older woman(much to Tom's shock, as well).
- Grounded For Life: Uncle Eddie is confronting the daughter's boyfriend because he thinks he got her pregnant. It turns out they just got tattoos together.
- This type of conversation happens between Charlie and Mac in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Charlie thinks they are talking about Mac's murderous activities and Mac thinks they are talking about the person he is dating.
- The A Bit of Fry and Laurie sketch "My Dear Boy". It's actually a subversion; the punch line of the sketch is that they were talking about the same thing all along.
- An episode of Leverage, "The Three Nights of the Hunter Job", has a very brief example. The mark for the episode, a journalist, has been steered towards a politician to ask about an alleged government project called "Destiny". The Destiny that he thinks she means is his favourite stripper.
- My Wife and Kids: Michael listens to his daughter and her boyfriend talk about mini-golf. He thinks they're talking about sex, much to his horror.
- Subverted between Brian and Justin in an episode of Queer as Folk. They are both aware of the fact that their discussion concerns two different things at once (namely, whether Brian should accept Justin back on his firm, and whether they should resume their relationship).
- In another episode, Brian and Michael are very upset about the night before; Brian because Babylon was closed down and Michael because he found out that Melanie and Lindsey had broken up months ago without telling anyone. Hilarity Ensues:
Brian: "How could you eat after what happened last night?"
Michael: "You're telling me! Steam's still coming out of my ears."
Brian: "My heart's broken. My soul - crushed."
Michael: "How do you think I feel?"
Brian: "The insensitivity. You know, it's amoral, that's what it is."
Michael: "You're telling me."
Brian: "How could they do this?"
Michael: "You were right. Never trust munchers."
Michael: "Mel and Linds!"
Brian: "What the hell have they got to do with it?"
Michael: "Who do you think's responsible?"
Brian: "For closing Babylon?"
- In "Sorry, Bro" in How I Met Your Mother, Marshall needed a new pair of pants and Lily brought them to the workplace, only to run into Barney. Barney being Barney assumed she was there to give Marshall something else. Their conversation ends with Barney thinking that Lily wanted him to give Marshall that "something else."
- Also in "Mary the Paralegal", when Ted and Mary are retiring to their hotel room. Mary, who really is a paralegal, has no idea that Ted thinks she's a prostitute hired by Barney:
I feel kinda like Richard Gere
Not shy about your looks, are you? Ted:
You know, Mary, I've never, ah, done this before. Mary:
Done what? Ted:
You know...been "on a date". Mary:
Right...wait, you're kidding, right? Ted:
No. Why, is that so odd? Mary:
Well, Ted, I've been going on dates since I was fifteen. Ted: [appalled]
God, you were just a kid! Well, look, let's just...have a few drinks...we'll relax... Mary:
Yeah, that sounds great. I had clients riding me all day long. Ted:
Must be tough. Mary:
Yeah, I mean, this one guy just wouldn't leave me alone. I mean, talk about anal! [Ted is horrified]
- And again in "I'm Not That Guy", when an interviewer from an adult magazine mistakenly calls Ted instead of the porn star who shares Ted's name. Ted thinks he's being interviewed for an architecture magazine:
Ted: Wow, I've been reading your magazine since I was a little kid!
Interviewer: Oh. ...That's a bummer. Anyway, I'm calling to interview you about your latest project.
Ted: Well, I don't want to say it's my project—I'll be working with at least three partners.
Interviewer: Oh. Group scene. Always fun.
Ted: Yeah, yeah, I'm really looking forward to it. I mean, I know they're gonna ride me pretty hard, but they're great guys...
Interviewer: Guys? Whoa, there's a scoop!
[cut to Ted at the bar later, having realized his mistake]
Ted: That interview went on for twenty more minutes.
Lily: [reading from the interview] "This project was so demanding, I can't tell you how many nights I spent bent over a table."
- The Scrubs episode "My Own Private Practice Guy". JD thinks Dr Cox is jealous of the time he's spending with Dr Fischer - he actually hates Fischer for having an affair with Jordan.
Dr Fischer: But you've gotta know, I never made the first move.
JD: That's a lie! You bought me a latte!
- 30 Rock, in an episode where Liz was having trouble with her boyfriend and Jenna was thinking of getting an Important Haircut. More a jab at Jenna's self-centeredness than anything:
Jenna: Liz, you seem really stressed out. You want to talk about what's going on?
Liz: I just hope it's not a mistake.
Jenna: Well maybe it is, but you have to listen to your heart.
Liz: Why meddle with something that was great?
Jenna: Oh Liz, it'll grow back.
Jenna: We're talking about my hair, right?
- Jack prides himself on his ability to hold two conversations in his office, one with the person in the office and one with the person on the phone, by giving a response that answers both questions. In one episode, he does this with Liz. In another, he walks one romantic interest to the elevator as another (who is unaware of the first) arrives in the adjacent car. He addresses them both:
Jack: 'Aloha' means hello and goodbye. So, aloha.
Nancy and Avery, in unison: What?
- One episode revealed Tracy had never heard of the Google search engine and had been using "google" as an Unusual Euphemism for something else. Cue flashblack:
Tracy: Liz Lemon, you mind if I google myself in your office?
Liz: Sure, Tracy!
Tracy: Can I use your computer?
Liz: How else are you going to do it?
- On Modern Family, Claire tries to encourage Haley to break up with her dimbulb boyfriend Dylan, using an analogous couple in the soap opera they're watching. Haley thinks Claire's talking about her own marriage, which happened to start out the same way.
- Also happened when Luke read Haley's diary on the computer, but Claire thought he had stumbled across pornographic pictures.
- And again, when Gloria is trying to apologize to Claire for accidentally sending a rude email, and Claire is talking about the kids walking in on her and Phil having sex. By the end of it, they think Gloria is offering a threesome with them.
- After Jay accidentally insults a pair of vacation acquaintances, Gloria tells them he's going senile. Then they try to talk to Manny about it, beginning with "We hear he's a little off his game," which gets Manny thinking they're talking about Jay's golf skills ("He does swear a lot. The worst is when he goes in the woods.").
- And again, after Phil sticks an advertisement for his business (selling houses) on his van, that makes his wife and Haley look like hookers, and gets a lot of phone calls as a result: "Well, I think the carpeting matches the drapes; I haven't checked in a while. Both of them? Wow. But I guess that makes sense if you're planning to flip one."
- The Spin City episode "The Great Pretender" has Mike being named sexiest man in New York City and finding himself unable to perform after a mistimed comment from the Mayor about not being able to get away from the public eye. He finally asks the Mayor if he had any "problems" when running for office, and he tells him about the time he took his wife on a romantic getaway... only to have his golf game run out the window. Mike ends up running with it and ends up getting great advice, though the Mayor remains oblivious throughout the conversation.
MAYOR: You a golfer, Flaherty?
MIKE: Ah, used to be. Haven't, ah, played much in a while. I'm, ah, thinking of taking it up again.
MAYOR: Well, you should. Best six hours of your life.
MIKE: *beat* I think that might be a little optimistic, sir.
- Spaced: Marsha has seen Tim kissing his girlfriend, believing him to already in a relationship with Daisy. When she confronts him about this, however, Tim —unaware of this — believes her to be talking about a birthday cake he's arranged for Daisy's birthday. Misunderstandings ensue:
Marsha: If you don't tell her... I will.
Tim: But... you'll spoil the surprise.
Marsha: [Appalled] You bastard!
- Thanks to Sir Humphrey's Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness and overall Obstructive Bureaucrat demeanour, a lot of the conversations he has with Jim Hacker in Yes, Minister fall here, but one particularly notable example concerns the time he attempted to inform the Minister that he was leaving the department because he'd received a promotion, only to manage to convince Hacker through his pompous inability to clearly express himself that he was dying.
- In Bottom, Eddie gives Richie his birthday present; a slip of paper with the words "Madame Swish, 3.30" written on it. It's a horse that Eddie's received a good tip on and is planning to put money on. Richie thinks it's referring to... something else. The conversation gets... confused.
- This trope is the basis of the Whose Line Is It Anyway? game "Press Conference", where one of the players plays a certain person holding a press conference, but has no clue who he is or what he's done, whereas everyone else playing reporters does, and must try to clue him in on it.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Done for rare dramatic effect. Buffy and Xander go to talk to Spike, who seems distracted and occasionally says things that don't make sense. Since he's been a bit nuts since getting his soul back, we don't think anything of it. Then we see that Willow is also there, having unconsciously cast a spell that prevents her and the other Scoobies from sensing each other at all.
- Also played for drama when Buffy discovers her little sister Dawn isn't what she appears to be. To Buffy it sounds like Dawn is making an Implied Death Threat, whereas she's just snarking at her big sister as usual.
- In the Season 2 episode "Phases", Xander confronts Larry the bully about his secret, which Xander can understand because he's been there before. Xander's talking about being a werewolf. Larry's talking about being a closeted homosexual. Later on in the episode, Buffy and Xander chat about the day's events, and Xander says he'll have trouble ever looking at him the same way again. Buffy's talking about the werewolf, Oz, but Xander's talking about Larry.
- When Willow starts discussing Buffy's secret affair with Angel in Season 3, Xander immediately deflects the discussion to their sordid tryst. This proves to be consistent behavior between Willow and Xander throughout the season; the stress of being caught cheating is so overwhelming, they keep blurting out psuedo-confessions to anyone in sight.
- A dark, *dark* variant in the last episode of Blake's 7, and a literal example of Poor Communication Kills. Blake assumes he's explaining the situation. His second in command, Avon, assumes he's confessing to a betrayal. It doesn't help that his behaviour towards Avon's fellow crewman Tarrant has been equally open to misinterpretation. The conversation goes something like this:
Avon: Stand still! Have you betrayed us? Have you betrayed *me*?
Blake: Tarrant doesn't understand.
Avon: Neither do I!
Blake: I set all this up! (What he means is that he's set up an anti-Federation network and wants Avon to join. The paranoid Avon thinks it means that Blake has set him up.)
- One episode of Family Matters had Harriette complaining about her husband Carl's bland barbecue technique, so she left him a magazine article on barbecue recipes. Carl thought she wanted him to read the "Rate Your Mate" article a few pages over. The scenario climaxed in a hilarious conversation packed to the brim with double entendres where Harriette was talking about barbecue but Carl thought she was talking about their sex life:
Carl: I read your magazine article. And if you had a problem, why didn't you just come to me?
Harriette: Oh, Carl. I'm sorry. I was just trying to be helpful. I thought it might be fun to try something different.
Carl: Oh, so you're saying that I'm boring.
Harriette: Not you, just your technique.
Harriette: Well, what's the big deal? I talked it over with Laura, and she agrees!
Carl: You talked it over with Laura?!
Harriette: Sure, she's part of the family! Carl, it's just that you do the same thing over and over, all summer long, every single Saturday.
Carl: Well, excuse me, but I think once a week is pretty darn good considering my back problem! And besides, you can help, you know.
Harriette: Well, I would, but you always want to be in control! I thought if you got your act together, we could invite the neighbors over!
Carl: Invite the neighbors over?!
Harriette: Well, why not? It's not like it's a big secret! They know what we're doing! They're doing the same thing, only better!
Carl: Just how do you know that?
Harriette: Because Marge gave Ted the article and he's cooking up a storm. You should taste his burgers!
Carl: What's that supposed to mean?
Harriette: What I said. You should taste his burgers when he barbecues.
Carl: (pause) Barbecue? We're talking about barbecue here?
Harriette: Yeah. What did you think we were talking about?
- Played for drama between Dov and Chris in the second season of Rookie Blue where they open and honestly promise to compete for everything. Chris merely thinks the conversation is about promotions and so forth. Dov on the other hand, is in love with Chris's girlfriend.
- On Boy Meets World Cory and Eric have one of these where Cory thinks Topanga told Eric that she is pregnant and Eric thinks that Cory is talking about Topanga's diet, which is what she actually told Eric about.
- In "Disharmony," Harmony comes to visit Cordelia in LA. Cordelia hasn't seen Harmony since graduation, and doesn't know she's a vampire. So when she wakes up to Harmony lurking in her bedroom, and Harmony apologizes for her "urges," well... Cordelia thinks she's telling Harmony it's okay she's a lesbian, while Harmony is apologizing for nearly killing Cordelia.
- In the episode "Fredless", Fred runs to Lorne, The Empath, for help after panicking and running away from her parents, who have been looking for her for years. Lorne says something about "those monsters" being after her, and both she and the audience are led to think he means her parents... Nope, turns out she was being followed by literal monsters, in the form of demons from what appeared to be just a bit of b-plot - her parents have nothing but good intentions. Interestingly, given how Lorne's powers seem to work, it seems likely that he wasn't entirely sure what the specific threat was, just that something dangerous was after her.
- Happens in a more comedic way in Carpe Noctem, in which a man pulls Grand Theft Me on Angel himself - Cordelia tells him to talk to Fred about her crush on him, and because of her gender blender nickname, he assumes Angel is gay, and later mistakes Wesley for the "Fred" she spoke of. He also initially gets the wrong idea when Cordelia says they're going to "the hotel" together.
- In Walker, Texas Ranger Trevet and Syd wonder if Gage would like Salsa (the dance). After he comes in he claims he loves Salsa, especially on chips.
- In an episode of Castle, Beckett asks the victim's therapist what problems he came to her for. She said he had battled depression, which led to an eating disorder: "His diet was horrible. Scraps from the garbage... dead birds, even his own feces." After a beat, Castle realizes she was actually talking about the victim's dog.
- An early episode of Cheers has this conversation between Diane (talking about meditation) and Rick (talking about sex):
Diane: Wait a minute. Don't say that it's not the answer until you've tried it.
Diane: Excuse me. My name is Diane and I have done this for years. I'll tell you I would be happy to teach you how to do it.
Rick: Well, Diane, this is very kind of you but I don't think...
Diane: No, no no. Please do me the favor of trying it with me.
Rick: (To Sam) Is she serious?
Sam: Oh yes. She's serious. She does it all the time. She just said so.
Diane: That's right.
Rick: (pointing to Sam and Diane) Do you...?
Diane: Are you kidding? Him? He would just make jokes.
Rick: Well okay then. Okay! What time is good for you?
Diane: Well personally I like to get at least half an hour of it in before breakfast. But look anytime is alright with me.
Rick: Golly I like you.
Diane: You know there is something so beautiful about experiencing it outdoors.
Rick: Don't people stare at you?
Diane: Yes, sometimes but they end up learning something. Sometimes people even join in. You know all this talk had gotten me so excited. Hell let's do it now!
Diane: Oh oh no, it's a little cold and I prefer to take my shoes off. Um, Sam could we use your office?
Sam: Wait a minute. I'm sorry I let this go too far.
Diane: (while walking with Rick to the office) No no, we don't need to hear from Mr. Skeptic. Rick here is after something and I can show him where it is.
(They enter Sam's office. Beat
- Dharma and Greg. Shortly before Dharma and Greg's "official" wedding, Dharma and Jane are planning to install a shower into the apartment's bathroom. Kitty calls:
Dharma: You know what, I'd love to, but my maid of honor and I are just out the door trying to get stuff for a shower.
Kitty: You're having a shower?
Dharma: Well, we're hoping today.
Kitty: Today? Well, you just can't do it like that! I mean, how are people supposed to know about it?
Dharma: I just figured they'd just open the door and - bam! - they'd it be!
Kitty: Oh, you... unusual girl. Is your mother going to help you?
Dharma: Yeah, she read up on it in one of those Time-Life Books.
Kitty: Oh my god!
- In ''The Two Ronnies" sketch, Crossed Lines, the two people are actually having separate conversations on different phones, but you'd be easily forgiven for thinking they were talking to each other most of the time. Can be watched here.
- Another, similar sketch has two people having separate conversations on a train, whose remarks (one about his wife, the other about his garden) begin to dovetail. Eventually they find themselves talking to each other.
- Matador has a rather amusing example. The Varnęs family is talking about Hitler's death, when Misse steps in a mentions a death. The Varnęses asumes she's talking about Hitler too, but it turns out that she's talking about her husband, Professor Andersen.
- Played with, as a technique, in House. The characters will often hold two conversations simultaneously, seamlessly seguing from Conversation A to Conversation B, replying, and then seguing back to Conversation A. Lather, rinse, and repeat. However, every time, everyone knows what the other person is talking about, as Conversation A is about the medical case, and Conversation B is usually the cast social dynamics.
- An episode of the Russian medical sitcom Interns has two of Bykov's interns: Lobanov and Romanenko, get together for a drink. Why? Lobanov overheard Bykov and Kisegach (Romanenko's mother and the hospital administrator) discussing her pregnancy with Bykov's child, which Romanenko doesn't know about. Meanwhile, Romanenko is asked by Lobanov's ex-wife Olga to tell Lobanov that she's pregnant from the one night when they got back together. They start talking about kids and how great they are, trying to lead up to the big news. Romanenko ends up dropping the bomb first. Lobanov is too shocked to do the same and leaves. Later, he calls Romanenko on the phone and tells him.
- On The Nanny, Brighton comes home from the first day of Junior High never wanting to go back. Fran asks him why, and he says that he noticed in the gym locker room that he's smaller than everybody. Fran thinks he's referring to penis size. It's revealed later in the episode he's talking about his height, when he begins to talk about his friends that are 5 feet and one that is 6 feet. Awkwardness ensues when Fran tells Maxwell, who then has an "little talk" with him — well not little because the talk may grow later.
- Dexter: At one point, Dexter is presented with some of his blood slides. He thinks he's been found out, but he doesn't know that the slides were found in Doakes' car, so everyone actually thinks he's the Butcher. The conversation proceeds with Dexter thinking he's confessing, but he is thought to be giving his professional opinion of what the slides are. He learns just in time what's really happening, and avoids revealing the truth.
- The Office (US): In the episode "Andy's Ancestry," Darryl and Nellie watch (but can't hear) Pam and Jim having a serious discussion on the other side of a glass wall. Darryl knows that they're talking about a potential new business opportunity that Jim had been keeping a secret from Pam, but Nellie assumes Jim is having an affair:
Nellie: You know what this is all about.
Darryl: Yeah. You too, huh?
Nellie: Yeah. [watching Jim] Go on, spill it. Tell her all the gory details, you snake!
Darryl: Hey! He deserves this. And he said I could get in on it too. Yeah.
Nellie: Ohhh, Pam, nooo! Oh, I can't bear to watch this.
- Twice in The Thin Blue Line, both involving Goody. The first is when Fowler accidentally gets the gift of lingerie he'd meant for Habib, and the second is when he tries to decide whether or not to go to an illegal lock-in.
- In the Fawlty Towers episode "The Psychiatrist", Dr. Abbott, the titular psychiatrist asks Basil about holidays. He thinks Abbott is asking about sex (because that's what psychiatrists are "all obsessed with").
Dr. Abbott: We were just speculating how people in your profession arrange their holidays. How often you can get away. (Basil isn't listening)
Dr. Abbott: How often do you manage it?
Dr. Abbott: How often can you and your wife manage it? You don't mind my asking?
Basil: Not at all. Not at all. About average, since you asked.
Mrs. Abbott: Average?
Dr. Abbott: What would be average?
Basil: Well, you tell me.
Mrs. Abbott: Well, um, couple of times a year?
Dr. Abbott: Once a year? Well, we knew it must be difficult. My wife didn't see how you could manage it at all.
Basil: Well, as you've asked, two or three times a week, actually.
Dr. Abbott: A week?
Basil: Yes. Pretty normal, isn't it? We're quite normal down here in Torquay, you know?