Taking It Well

When something really horrible happens or someone tells a character really bad news. It can happen two ways, but it usually played for comedy.

  1. Bob tells Alice horrible news. Bob says to Claire, 'I think she's taking it well'. Alice then starts freaking out. (Yelling, getting a weapon, screaming, hurting herself or others, etc)
  2. Bob tells Alice horrible news. Alice immediately starts freaking out. Bob says to Claire: 'I think she's taking it well.'


Film - Animated
  • Aladdin: When Jafar tells Jasmine that Aladdin has been executed.

Film - Live-Action
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Roger Rabbit has just learned that his wife Jessica was caught in the act (of playing patty-cake) with Marvin Acme:
    R.K. Maroon: Roger, I know this seems pretty painful now, but you'll find someone new. Won't he, Mr. Valiant?
    Eddie Valiant: Good-looking guy like that? Dames will be breaking his doors down.
    Roger Rabbit: Dames? What dames?! Jessica's the only one for me! You'll see! We'll rise above this piddling pecadillo! We're gonna be happy again! You got that? Happy. Capital H-A-P-P-I! [Runs through the window, leaving a rabbit-shaped hole]
    Eddie: At least he took it well.
  • In the 2004 movie The Stepford Wives, type 1 happens to Joanna after she loses her job.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows when Harry protests the use of Polyjuice Potion so his friends can pose as decoys. Hermione tells Mad Eye Moody "I told you he'd take it well."

Live Action TV
  • M*A*S*H: The episode "Change Of Command" has Frank Burns, who is now running the 4077th following Col. Blake's death, being informed he is being replaced as commander. He takes it very well until he gets to Margaret's tent. There he throws a tantrum.

Web Comics
  • An example at the end of this Order of the Stick, Miko is stopped from attacking the order and swears a vicious, angry blood threat. Elan's response: "Whew! And here I thought she was going to be upset."

Western Animation
  • On The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror V segment "The Shinning", Homer finds that the cable has been cut and there's no beer in the fridge and responds with a cheerful "Well, whaddya know!" As Marge compliments him for taking it so well, he immediately snaps and threatens to kill everyone. He only gets more violent from there.
  • A different form is seen in Futurama episode "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back", as seeing that the bureaucrat officer was about to see Hermes's office torn apart by Bender, Leela calls up to him and tells him, "You are taking it pretty well." Hermes answers, "Don't worry, I've got a plan." He plans to commit suicide from the top of the PE bulding, but the bureaucrat forbids him from doing so as Hermes has not filed the required forms.
  • In Justice League Unlimited, where most of the Justice League plan to give themself in, Batman refuses, calling it the dumbest plan he's ever heard. Wonder Woman comment that he took it rather well.
  • Type 2 happens on occasion in Garfield and Friends. For example, in one episode where Binky the Clown is fired and becomes a handyman, Jon faints upon seeing the "renovations" he's done. Garfield, who's narrating at the time, remarks, "Jon took it rather well, I thought."