->'''Bird-Watching Woman:''' Wait! that's not a woodpecker. It looks like someone's--
-->''[cut to a boot camp]''
->'''Army Sergeant:''' PRIVATES! We have reports of an unidentified flying object! It is a long, smooth shaft, complete with--
-->''[cut to a baseball game]''
->'''Umpire:''' 2 BALLS! [looks up from game] What is that? That looks just like an enormous--
-->''[cut to a Chinese school]''
->'''Teacher:''' WANG! Pay attention!
-->-- [[OverlyLongGag Succession of people]] being distracted by Dr. Evil's penis-shaped rocket in ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe''

When a subject is being discussed by one group and the 'camera' cuts to another where the dialogue seemingly continues, is in answer to, or is vaguely linked to the first scene...but isn't really linked except on a stylistic level.

'''For example:'''

-> '''Bob:''' I'm sorry Samantha, I don't think I can see you anymore. We just aren't right for each other.\\
''Cut to a different group of characters''\\
'''Leslie:''' You can't see me?\\
'''Jessie:''' Yeah! You've turned completely invisible!

The context and subject have been changed, but an element of the last conversation has been carried over, creating the impression of a clever link when none actually exists. Often takes the form of a question.

See also: SwitchingPOV and AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption. Contrast AnswerCut, IronicEchoCut and TwoScenesOneDialogue, where the dialogue is intrinsically linked. Compare MatchCut, when it's done with an object.

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%%* A 90's commercial for Denny's featured a long string of these among the various patrons.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* In the second to last chapter of ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', Tohru and Kyo affirm their love in front of her mother's grave and walk off hand-in-hand, followed by a "''NO!''" from the direction of the grave, and two pages of disembodied dialogue lamenting Tohru's fate...[[spoiler: which is revealed to be a flashback to Kyoko's dying thoughts as she panicked that her daughter would be left alone, and reveals she actually wanted Kyo to watch over her.]]

[[folder: Comics and Graphic Novels ]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' uses this repeatedly, especially at scene changes from the [[ShowWithinAShow comic-within-a-comic]] Tales of the Black Freighter to the main plot-- for example, from the newsstand owner talking about how newsvendors are tough survivors, to a shipwreck survivor standing on a beach crying. Or from Nite Owl saying "It'll be like coming home," to the shipwrecked man finally arriving on the mainland. "I could be no more than twenty miles from Davidstown. I was home."
** Creator/AlanMoore ''loves'' using these as much as visual {{Match Cut}}s. Read his run on ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' and take a drink every time this happens.

[[folder: Fan Works ]]
* From ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> '''Calvin:''' ''[to the [[LiteralSplitPersonality dark Socrates]]]'' You borrowed bits of that speech from something, didn't you? I don't know what, but you did.\\
'''Sherman:''' ''[outside, trying to fix Socrates' transmitter chip]'' I borrowed bits from an old software. I should be able to trick the chip's systems into thinking it's an all-new upgrade.
* ''FanFic/ThisBites'': Immediately after Trafalgar Law states that Luffy's fight with Lily Carnation isn't over, the story cuts to Basil Hawkins wondering how could it possibly not be over despite being many miles away. Law as using AwesomeByAnalysis while Hawkins was using TarotTroubles to reach the same conclusion.
* ''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' Used at one point in "Nightmares Yet to Come"
-->'''Falling Star:''' ''(on volunteering for what she thinks is a government job)'' I'm in.
-->''(cut to four years later, on the roof of the Manehatten Museum of Natural History)''
-->'''Sunset Shimmer:''' ''(in the midst of anti-heroic burglary, for Falling Star)'' We're in.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/AustinPowers'':
** In ''The Spy Who Shagged Me'', two {{Hurricane of Euphemism|s}} {{Overly Long Gag}}s cover a succession of people being distracted by Dr. Evil's rocket, and being [[CurseCutShort cut off just before they can remark]] that it looks like a giant-- Johnson!
** They do the same gag in ''Goldmember'' with the satellite that looks like a pair of big-- Bazookas? And so on.
* At the very beginning of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'', Finn [=McMissile's=] interrupted dialogue while escaping the Lemons' oil rig is suddenly finished by Mater in Radiator Springs.
* A non-verbal example in ''Film/LetterNeverSent'', a movie about four geologists searching for diamond deposits deep in the Siberian forests. Tanya and Sergei are digging in the trench when he seems to lose his senses, and approaches her menacingly as if to rape her. A clearly frightened Tanya says "Sergei, you're tired", and he snaps out of it and leaves the trench. The next shot shows Tanya sobbing in the trench, seemingly frightened by her experience--but in fact she is sobbing from joy and overwhelming emotion, as she has just found the diamonds.

[[folder: Literature ]]
%%* ''Literature/{{Aquila}}'' was very fond of this.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' has a cut from Keli telling Cutwell, "I think there's something I ought to tell you" to Death saying [[AC:THERE IS?]] because Mort has just said the same to him -- then lampshades it with a passage about the technique.
* Common in the novel ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo''. Often, it's done so subtly that you don't even realize you've changed scenes until a few sentences in.

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' uses this sometimes. A character will be walking through the hospital and pondering their predicament, and their thoughts fluidly pass into another character's thoughts by sharing the same dialogue. This happens a few times in a row and the characters' problems are pretty much entirely unrelated. Here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6P57A7kVUs&t=7m36s one bit]] of one of the better examples:
--> '''Carla's Narration:''' ...In a lot of ways, I guess I'm as stubborn as he is. I wish I could make some sense out of...\\
'''Janitor's Narration:''' ...this. Thirty cents to be exact. Damn riddle! Easy, Janitor. You'll get this.
%%* ''Series/OneTreeHill'': Many episodes use this with a single word, as well as with questions.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Buffy is hallucinating that she's insane.
-->'''Willow:''' "Dawnie, you can help me research. We'll hop on-line, check all the--"
-->[SmashCut to Buffy in an asylum, a doctor talking to her parents.]
-->'''Doctor:''' "--possibilities for a full recovery, but we have to proceed cautiously."
** Used for GettingCrapPastTheRadar when vengeance demon Anya is trying to get someone to unwittingly curse Xander.
-->'''Buffy:''' Anya, Xander's my friend. I know what he did was wrong, and ... if it had happened to me, I'd--
-->'''Anya:''' (hopefully) Wish his penis would explode?
-->''[SmashCut to the Magic Box.]''
-->'''Dawn:''' I never use that word anymore. [[note]]The word 'wish' that is.[[/note]]
** This is a RunningGag in "Pangs" when Buffy is trying to organize a Thanksgiving Dinner and hunt down the MonsterOfTheWeek at the same time. Conversations on the latter keep cutting to [[SeriousBusiness equally serious]] conversations that turn out to be about food.
-->'''Buffy:''' ''(noticing something has been stolen from a museum case)'' Early 1800 Chumash knife. There's a picture.
-->'''Willow:''' What's it look like?
-->''(Cut to Buffy in Giles' kitchen)''
-->'''Buffy:''' Pretty darn scary...it more like a riot than a Ralph's. I thought I was going to have to use Slayer moves on this one woman who was completely hoarding the pumpkin pie filling.
* Likewise on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' when the action cuts between one of Crichton's hallucinations and what's happening in real time.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had an episode where a TV reporter was trying to find out Superman's identity, repreatedly calling it "the story of the century", one of which cuts to Perry at the Daily Planet talking to his reporters about an unrelated story of the century.
* Happens twice in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode [[Recap/SherlockS03E01TheEmptyHearse "The Empty Hearse"]] when scenes of John dealing with his patients is intercut with scenes of Sherlock dealing with his humdrum clients:
** Sherlock learns from a client that her email pen-pal has broken it off with her and that she's now too heartbroken to date anyone else; he realises (in a ShoutOut to the original Holmes story "A Case of Identity") that the woman's stepfather has been posing as her online boyfriend in order to break her heart and ensure that she won't leave the household and take her income with her:
-->'''Sherlock''': Mr. Windibank, you are a complete and utter-\\
''[cut to John Watson in his doctor's room]''\\
'''John''': ''[holding up an empty urine sample jar to a patient]'' Pisspot.
** Before that, Mrs. Hudson asked Sherlock to talk to John.
-->'''Sherlock''': I tried talking to him. He made his position quite clear. \\
''(cut to John inserting his hand into a pair of surgical gloves, [[FlippingTheBird middle finger first]])''\\
''[cut back to Sherlock]''\\
'''Mrs. Hudson''': What did he say?\\
'''Sherlock''': "[[CurseCutShort Fu-]]"\\
'''John''': "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar -cough]]".

[[folder: Music ]]
* The ''Miss Susie song'' could be considered this. Each verse has a LastSecondWordSwap which leads into the next, unrelated verse. Such as:
-->Miss Susie had a steamboat\\
The steamboat had a bell\\
Miss Susie went to Heaven\\
The steamboat went to\\
Hello operator\\
Please give me number nine...

[[folder: Theatre ]]
* There's an {{Improv}} Theater Game called "Freeze" that has this as its base. It uses two pairs of people: one pair starts a scene and at some point "freeze" or another stop word is called, the other pair go up and start their own completely unrelated scene using the last line from the first scene as their first line. Then back again, with both scenes continuing.
* In the song [[https://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/shelovesme/soundswhileselling.htm "Sounds While Selling"]] from ''Theatre/SheLovesMe'', overlapping conversations between the sales assitants and their customers result in seeming non-sequiturs. For instance:
-->'''Georg:''' If you want to clip your...
-->'''Kodaly:''' ...earlobes...
-->'''Sipos:''' You may want to dye your...
-->'''Georg:''' ...hangnails...
-->'''Kodaly:''' Dab a little on your...
-->'''Sipos:''' ...husband's face.
-->'''Women:''' Won't he be surprised!

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1622 These]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1623 two]] consecutive comics take place in different rooms, and the characters can't hear each other. But:
-->'''Rhoda:''' I don't know. Grace abruptly changed the subject after telling me.
-->''(Next comic)''
-->'''Ellen:''' Speaking of changing the subject, ...

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' occasionally does this to tie an episode together. Sometimes, they'll cut between two plots repeatedly like this.
* ''WebVideo/CommodoreHustle'' does this sometimes, most notably in "Mustache You a Question."
-->'''Kathleen:''' James! Why are you wearing a scarf?
-->Cut to Matt playing with his cell phone while Paul scolds him for it.
-->'''Matt:''' I'm not!
-->'''Paul:''' Yes you are! You're doing it right now!
* The ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' episode "The Longest What Now?" uses one of these to [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] an IronicEchoCut.
-->'''Foreign leader:''' You have insulted me and my country. Good day, sir.
-->'''Twilight:''' Well, crap. Hope that doesn't come back to bite me in the ass.
-->'''Celestia:''' Twilight, I'm here to bite you in the ass!
-->'''Twilight:''' Princess Celestia! Oh crap, you're probably upset about the waving incident, aren't you?
-->'''Celestia:''' What? What waving incident?

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Featured at least once in every episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. It's practically a trademark of the show's comedy.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
--> '''Cartman:''' ''(watching the Queef Sisters at his house with his friends)'' "Dude! What the hell is this disgusting crap?!"
--> '''Philip:''' ''(watching the Queef Sisters at CBC with Terrance)'' "What the hell is this disgusting crap?!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "SPHINX Rising", after the O.S.I. defectors who had become the new Team SPHINX return to O.S.I. under new management, Gary is left behind as the sole SPHINX member. Both teams do a recruitment drive, and their orientation speeches are presented simultaneously. The result is a string of Twisted Echo Cuts built into a parody of TwoScenesOneDialogue to highlight the difference in priorities and seriousness.
-->'''SPHINX recruit:''' Where's the bathroom?\\
'''SPHINX Commander:''' [...] Well, if it's wicked bad--\\
'''O.S.I. General:''' There's the door. You're afraid of blood? There's the door.
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}'' on the episode "Father and Son Camp Out":
-->'''Eddie''': (''reading a clue'') "Ancient as the earth itself." It's easy! They're—
-->(''cut to Betty and Steffy at home'')
-->'''Betty''': —your father's underwear!
-->'''Betty''': And since it's almost lunchtime, why don't you gather the tools while I cook us up a nice, juicy—
-->'''Eddie''': —fossilized rock!