Bob is talking to Alice. Alice may have a problem and be looking for inspiration to solve it; Bob engages in a long and unhelpful monologue while Alice ponders, but one of Bob's comments ignites a EurekaMoment. Alice promptly turns to Bob and says, "Wait. Repeat what you just said." Bob, bemused, repeats the very last thing he said -- which is usually irrelevant. Alice impatiently retorts: "No, what did you say before that?" Bob repeats it, and it's exactly what Alice needed to hear.

Compare ComicallyMissingThePoint and DramaticallyMissingThePoint, when the comment Alice fixates on is much ''less'' important than the other things that Bob says.

Alternatively, Bob's monologue may be an attempt to hide the truth inside a long distraction (see also BreadEggsMilkSquick):

->'''BOB'S DAD''': So what'd you do with Alice?\\
'''BOB''': Not too much, went out for pizza, stopped at the mall, [--got a parking ticket--], hung out at the arcade, went down to the park, same old stuff.\\
'''BOB'S DAD''': Wait... Repeat what you just said.\\
'''BOB''': I went down to the park?\\
'''BOB'S DAD''': Before that.\\
'''BOB''': Stopped at the mall?\\
'''BOB'S DAD''': ''After'' that...\\
'''BOB''': "[[ObfuscatingStupidity comma]], [[ExactWords space?]]"

If he can remember so clearly what it ''isn't'', he could probably save a lot of time by remembering what it ''is'', but that wouldn't be as interesting.

Is very much a case of TruthInTelevision.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Manga/DetectiveConan:
-->'''Policeman:''' *rushes in* Inspector Yamamura! We've finished getting all of the Ryokan employee's alibis! At the time of the crime, it seems everyone was preparing breakfast.
-->'''Yamamura:''' Say that one more time.
-->'''Policeman:''' Umm... At the time of the crime...
-->'''Yamamura:''' No, before that.
-->'''Policeman:''' The Ryokan employee's alibis...
-->'''Yamamura:''' Before that.
-->'''Policeman:''' In- Inspector Yamamura...
-->'''Yamamura:''' Ah! That's it, that's it! Good work!

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* From ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> '''Andy:''' (describing all the times Socrates has been injured) Well, let's see. [[ContinuityNod Your voice has been switched into that of a duck's, you've been electrocuted by the MTM, you've been trapped in the hypercube, a transmitter has been inserted into you, you've been ejected into the clou...]]\\
'''Socrates:''' Wait a minute, what was that last one?\\
'''Andy:''' Uhhh... electrocuted by the MTM?
* ''[[ Terminal Justice]]'':
-->'''Shopkeeper:''' Just the common everyday items: potion ingredients, invisibility cloaks, black dragonhide gauntlets that contain magical cores to allow for hands-free spell casting and sub-dimensional pockets to contain unlimited weaponry, brass cauldrons...\\
'''Harry:''' Wait! What was that last bit?\\
'''Shopkeeper:''' Oh, the brass cauldrons? Size 2 with extra thick bottoms; great for brewing-

* There's an absolutely hilarious version in ''Film/ABronxTale''. An eight year old boy from [[BigApplesauce the Bronx]] witnesses a mob boss kill a man, but follows the code of silence by not telling the police anything. When he goes to confession, however, rather than leaving it out entirely he tries to squeeze it in between sins like missing Sunday Mass and eating meat on Friday. Naturally the priest catches on and responds with this trope. [[ Link to full scene]].
-->'''Young Calogero:''' Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been one month since my last confession, and these are my sins: [[BreadEggsMilkSquick I missed Sunday Mass twice... I lied about witnessing a murder once. I ate meat on Friday...]]\\
'''Priest:''' Wait. Can you back up a bit?\\
'''Young Calogero:''' I ate meat on Friday once?\\
'''Priest:''' Not that one. Back up a little more.\\
'''Young Calogero:''' About witnessing a murder?\\
'''Priest:''' Yeah, that's the one. Do you realize what you said?\\
'''Young Calogero:''' It was only once, Father!
* ''Film/TheGayDivorcee:'' Zigzagged a little by [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers sneaking in the unusual item at the end]], but it's still an attempt to slip something serious into a casual list, which is caught by the listener. When [[Creator/FredAstaire Guy]] finally catches up with [[Creator/GingerRogers Mimi]] in the park, he pulls out a picnic basket and props it on the running board of her car.
--> '''Guy:''' Can I offer you anything? Frosted chocolate? Cointreau? Benedictine? Marriage?\\
'''Mimi:''' What was that last one?\\
'''Guy:''' Benedictine?\\
'''Mimi:''' No, the one after that.\\
'''Guy:''' Oh, marriage?
* In ''Film/IRobot'', the hero's grandmother says, reminiscing, "I could follow your trail of breadcrumbs all the way to school" to which the hero replies, "Breadcrumbs... Gigi, you're a genius!"

* Happens in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', when a chance remark of Leonard's plants the seed of Vetinari's grand plan, and one of his ''definitive'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moments of awesome]]. The two are discussing an island which just rose out the sea a few days ago.
--> '''Leonard: '''Oh, yes, Leshp. I made some sketches there a few years ago.
--> ''Conversation continues. Eventually, a dissatisfied Vetinari leaves. Ten minutes later:''
--> '''Vetinari:''' (coming back in) You did ''what?''

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/FullHouse'' did the second variation in the episode in which Rebecca goes bungie jumping.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'':
-->'''Lisbon:''' Where is everyone?
-->'''Van Pelt:''' Weird, they all called in to sign out. Jane wasn't feeling well, Rigsby's got a hot date, and Cho got Kings tickets.
-->'''Lisbon:''' Son of a--
-->'''Van Pelt:''' What?
-->'''Lisbon:''' Jane doesn't get sick, Rigsby's not on a date because he's in love with you, and the Kings aren't playing tonight.
-->'''Van Pelt:''' You know about that?
-->'''Lisbon:''' Yeah, they're on the East Coast road trip. They're playing the Knicks tomorrow night.
-->'''Van Pelt:''' No, I mean about Rigsby. How do you know about that?
-->'''Lisbon:''' Everybody knows that. The attorney general knows that.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'':
-->'''Suspect:''' When are you people gonna stop hassling me? You've got the real killer here. That dope-smoking, chain-snatching, little thug right over there. He killed her. Everybody knows it.
-->'''Monk:''' Excuse me. Wait a minute. Hey, did you hear what he just said?
-->'''Stottlemeyer:''' Yes, I did. I wonder why you're asking.
-->'''Monk:''' Did you hear what he just said?
-->'''Suspect:''' I didn't say anything.
-->'''Monk:''' You just called that young man "a chain-snatching, dope-smoking little thug."
-->'''Suspect:''' I was being kind.
-->'''Monk:''' [[INeverSaidItWasPoison How did you know about the chain-snatching?]]
* A jarringly awkward one in ''Series/StrangerThings''. Class bully Troy is in the sheriff's office to report a little girl breaking his arm. Sheriff has more important things to worry about, like missing kids and a mysterious bald girl.
-->'''Deputy:''' So what'd this girl look like?
-->'''Troy:''' She had no hair, and she was bleeding from her nose. Like a freak.
-->'''Sheriff [turns around]:''' What'd you just say?
-->'''Troy:''' I said she's a freak!
-->'''Sheriff:''' No, her hair. What did you say about her hair?
If he didn't hear him, why is he suddenly interested... and if he did hear him, why the comedy routine? You been working too hard, sheriff.

* ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'' as a running gag, ending the show as an unfinished punchline:
-->'''Rosemary:''' Darling, I don't care if you work in the mailroom, or you're Chairman of the Board, or you're President of the United States, I love you.
-->'''Finch:''' Say that again.
-->'''Rosemary:''' I love you.
-->'''Finch:''' No, before that.

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[ here]]
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', after Ebbirnoth figures out what's been bugging him about Credomar's structure:
-->'''Ebbirnoth:''' 'Empty inside.' 'Distraction.' [[OhMyGods Eye of the Oth!]] We've been ''blind!'' And Lieutenant Pibald here is a genius.
-->'''Pibald:''' I didn't say anything smart. I was just whining.
-->'''Ebbirnoth:''' [[VerbalBackspace And Lieutenant Pibald here is an idiot-savant.]]
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', [[ between Tai and Dora]]:
-->'''Tai:''' I agree that Sven can be an asshole. And I swear I'm not criticizing you here. I love you just the way you are. But I think the problems between you two are as much to do with you as with him. Does that make sense?
-->'''Dora:''' Did you just say you loved me?

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Katara first notices Aang as a potential romantic interest because of one of these: an offhand comment by Sokka had echoed a FortuneTeller's prediction of her love life.
--> '''Katara:''' Wait, what did you just say?
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
** From the episode "Maternal Instinct"
---> '''Vlad:''' I've forgiven Jack for many things: causing the accident that ruined my life, stealing you, the ''[[NoodleIncident backwash incident]]''-\\
'''Maddie''': Whoa, whoa, whoa, back up. What was that?\\
'''Vlad''': Causing the accident that ruined my life?\\
'''Maddie''': No, after that.\\
'''Vlad''': The backwash incident?\\
'''Maddie''': (Annoyed) No, in the middle!\\
'''Vlad''': You mean the stealing you part? Oh, Maddie, you could always see right through me! I'm just going to come out and say it! Maddie, please dump Jack and stay here!
** And again in "Secret Weapons":
--->'''Jazz:''' Oh, Uncle Vlad, I've runaway from home; my father's an idiot, my brother hates me, and I wanna live with you.\\
'''Vlad:''' Wait, what was that?\\
'''Jazz:''' I've runaway from home?\\
'''Vlad:''' N-No, after that.\\
'''Jazz:''' My brother hates me?\\
'''Vlad:''' No, in the middle!\\
'''Jazz:''' My father's an idiot?\\
'''Vlad:''' *joyous* That's the one!
* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' when Mr. Crocker offers coffee to Cosmo and Wanda who are disguised as Timmy's parents but he knows better:
-->'''Mr. Crocker''': Can I get you anything? Cream? Sugar? Magic?
-->'''Wanda''': What was that last one?
-->'''Mr. Crocker''': Sugar?
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** In the episode "The Son Also Draws":
--->'''Lois:''' I'm sorry Peter. I feel so foolish. It just seemed like such a good cause. Everyone in the tribe gets a share of the casino's profits.\\
'''Peter:''' What did you just say?\\
'''Lois:''' I'm sorry Peter.\\
'''Peter:''' After that.\\
'''Lois:''' I feel so foolish.\\
'''Peter:''' After that.\\
'''Lois:''' Casino's profits.\\
'''Peter:''' Before that.\\
'''Lois:''' Everyone in the tribe.\\
'''Peter:''' Now the whole thing.\\
'''Lois:''' Everyone in the tribe gets a share of the casino's profits.\\
'''Peter:''' That's it! Let's go.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] hilariously in another episode, ''Family Gay''
--->'''Lois''': What exactly did they inject you with?\\
'''Peter''': Hepitis vaccine, some steroids, the gay gene, calcium, a vitamin B extract...\\
'''Lois''': What did you just say?\\
'''Peter''': The gay gene. [[DontExplainTheJoke I assumed that's what you meant, even though it wasn't literally the last thing I said, when you said "What did you just say?", it's just that was clearly the most ununsual.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', "Dinner is Swerved."
* Some beautiful back-tracking in episode 201 of ''Home Movies'':
-->'''Paula Small:''' What were you saying?\\
'''Brendon:''' Can we move the flowers?\\
'''Paula Small:''' Before that.\\
'''Brendon:''' This meatloaf is dry.\\
'''Paula Small:''' Before that.\\
'''Brendon:''' This is meatloaf?\\
'''Paula Small:''' Before that.\\
'''Brendon:''' This fish is dry.
* Variation in ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'', as the thing that's being repeated is actually the one that you'd expect ''should'' be, but the triplets only hear what they want to.
--> '''Huey:''' Uncle D wants us to clean our room.\\
'''Dewey:''' But that's a lot of work!\\
'''Louie:''' So we thought you might have something that would do it for us!\\
'''von Drake:''' Okay, what do I got around here? We got a karaoke simulator, Belgian cheese duster, superhero machine over here, subatomic room cleaner...\\
'''Louie:''' What did you just say?!\\
'''von Drake:''' The subatomic room cleaner! Ho ho, that's it, hoo! You know, if you can [[MadeOfExplodium keep it from exploding and blowing up.]]\\
'''Huey:''' [[AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering No no, this! The superhero machine!]]
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost":
-->'''Patrick:''' He really needs to get to the great beyond.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Patrick, say that again.\\
'''Patrick:''' That again.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' No, the other thing.\\
'''Patrick:''' No, the other thing.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' No, what you said before when you...\\
'''Patrick:''' No, what you said before when you...!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Never mind! I've got an idea.\\
'''Patrick:''' Never mind, I've got an idea.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', by a (maybe purposely) obtuse [[NiceGuy Jeremy]];
--> '''Jeremy''': *to Candace* What I like about you is...\\
[they are interrupted by a giant rainforest growing underneath their picnic spot]\\
'''Jeremy''': Wow, this is incredible!\\
'''Candace''': Um, what was that you were saying?\\
'''Jeremy''': I said "this is incredible!"\\
'''Candace''': No, before that?\\
'''Jeremy''': I said...."wow"!
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'' episode "That's Just Clawful" when they find a crab toy buried in a vegetable garden.