Was Just Leaving

John Doe is being harassed by Richard Roe, and just as the conversation reaches a climax, a third character walks in and says, "Is Richard bothering you?", to which John replies, "No, Richard was just leaving." Then Richard leaves.

One common variant has Richard himself say, "No, I was just leaving."

Examples:

Live-Action TV
  • Alias - Authorized Personnel Only: Part 2
  • Heroes - Daphne is the victim, Matt is the harasser and Daphne's dad is the eavesdropper.
  • German series Liebling Kreuzberg had the protagonist (a somewhat unconventional lawyer) do this.
    Secretary: "Is there a problem?"
    Liebling: "No, <troublemaker> just wanted to leave. Didn't you hear? You just wanted to leave!"

Film
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • The Family That Preys
  • Subverted in Animal House, when a coed says, "He was just leaving," Boone replies, "No I'm not."
  • Susan Calvin of I, Robot does the "He was just leaving" version.
  • Happends to Danny in Ocean's Eleven when Terry Benedict walks in on Danny talking to Tess (Danny's ex-wife, Benedict's girlfriend) at a resturant.

Visual Novels
  • Happens late in Emi's route of Katawa Shoujo, during a visit to her home, if you choose to talk to her mother.
    Meiko: Emi, Hisao was just-
    Emi: On his way out of the house? Yeah, I know.