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."

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

* ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''
* ''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 ''[[Film/IRobot I, Robot]]'' does the "He was just leaving" version.
* Happends to Danny in ''OceansEleven'' when Terry Benedict walks in on Danny talking to Tess (Danny's ex-wife, Benedict's girlfriend) at a resturant.

* Happens late in [[spoiler:Emi's]] route of KatawaShoujo, during a visit to her home, [[spoiler:if you choose to talk to her mother]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Meiko]]''': [[spoiler:Emi]], Hisao was just-
-->'''[[spoiler:Emi]]''': On his way out of the house? Yeah, I know.