- In the episode "Silver War", Tony and Ziva reference a specific page of a fictional men's magazine, with Ziva saying that "it works every time", which culminated in this line later in the episode:
Ziva: You were thinking that you want to "page 57" me right now.
- Ducky does this pretty much every time he rambles. It's usually because he gets interrupted, though sometimes he just doesn't elaborate. From the episode "Hiatus, Part 1":
Palmer: Who would sit on an explosive?
Ducky: ... I did it myself once— no, twice. The first time, I was young; second time foolish.
Palmer: Why were you sitting on an explosive, doctor?
Ducky: I just told you: I was young and foolish. Haven't you been listening?
- And the season five episode "Family," when Tony has just discovered that a dead petty officer has been moonlighting as an exotic dancer:
Tony: I'm going with stripper.
Ducky: This is not an uncommon way for young servicemen to complement their incomes. In fact, when I was young, I used to...
Tony: Used to what?
Ducky: Oh, my.
- And there's the time Ducky pushed a French police officer off a cliff. In his defense, there was water at the bottom. In the same episode as this is mentioned ("Smoked"), the man who found the body of the week tells Gibbs that this is the first time he's found a human in a chimney, though he's used to finding all sorts of animals in there, including cats and birds "and once even a St. Bernard!"
- There's also a bachelor party that Gibbs would really rather that Palmer would not know about.
- Abby has one from "Ships in the Night" when she is downing her twentieth Caff-Pow during a multi-day all-nighter.
Agent Borin: Is this a record?
Abby: No. We don't talk about the record. It got ugly.
- In the season seven episode "Code of Conduct", Gibbs wants to know why Abby doesn't have a costume for Halloween this year:
After last year's Jonas Brothers
debacle, Vance banned costumes. McGee? Skinny jeans? Didn't work.
- The king of all NCIS Noodle Incidents is a Crowning Moment Of Funny. In "Truth or Consequences," Tony, in a daze with Ziva gone, hears Gibbs say this.
Gibbs: Some idiot smuggled a koala onto a submarine. Grab your gear.
- NCIS: Los Angeles: Hetty's entire life is a series of unelaborated incidents, such as the time she was in charge of Nicaragua for 72 hours.
- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide:
This is your worst
No, wait. Cheese pants
was your worst idea ever, but this is close.
- Harry's mentally-unstable father on Night Court, played by John Astin, often mentioned incidents that kept him the mental institution, like "the Mister Potato Head" and "that little setback with the Cheez Whiz". But, as he always said afterward with Astin's trademarked smile, he's feeling much better now!
- He even accidentally discovers a few he has no coherent memory of, such as where he spent a mysterious block of time in the past that he could never account for...until the photo of him with Mao turned up.
- The Not Going Out episode with the art exhibition has Tim berating Lee:
Lee: It's not my fault!
Tim: Oh yeah. When my grandmother ended up in a ditch, it wasn't your fault. When my aunt could only eat soft fruit for a week, it wasn't your fault!
- On an episode of the American version of The Office, the character Dwight remarks that his cousin Mose has had nightmares "ever since the storm".
- In the British version of The Office, David Brent is invited by to speak at some seminars. The seminar representatives mention having had Brent recommended to them by a guy named Andy Hitchcock...
Brent: Oh my God...Cockles. Cocky. The Big Cock. Hey, do me a favor: next time you see him, ask if he got the grass stains out of his trousers. But not in front of his wife because...(looks at the camera then immediately goes into an awkward silence)
- A running noodle-incident gag in On the Buses was Arthur's operation.
- Orange Is The New Black has this line during an AA meeting confession:
Taystee: So there I am, topless, sittin' there on this bulldozer at this construction site. I'm sittin' there, barbecue sauce on my titties, and I'm like, what the fuck, again?
- From The Originals:
In the thousand years that we have been together, my brother has commited numerous, unspeakable acts, but then again so has Rebekah, so have I...
So have I the last time I was in Cabo...
- The whole series is full of hints at Ben and Karen's wacky antics - for example, a reference to the fact that Google Maps' aerial photographs of the family's house show Ben on the roof.
- 8-year-old Ben asks why they can't have the same babysitter as last time; "You know why," his dad says darkly. Later Ben's little sister says that the last babysitter "went home to Poland, where children are nice."
- There are dozens and dozens of these, that apply to every member of the family, and the family as a whole. The episode they went on the outing to the farm resulted in about 4 references to outings that went worse than that one, and the same applied to the holiday episode.
- Happens in-universe in Parks and Recreation. In "The Bubble", Tom and Chris are moved to a small room on the 4th floor, which is where divorce filings and drug tests happen. Some guy asks if it's Mark Jansen's office, walks in, pours all the coffee out of the coffee pot, breaks said coffee pot, then says, "Tell Mort I said, your move."
- Peep Show has quite a few.
- Person of Interest has collected a few.
- In one episode, Fusco is sent on his own to guard a PoI. The exact details are never disclosed, save that he ended up in a gunfight with the Romanian mob and managed to get a kiss from a supermodel who had originally maced him.
- Referenced in another episode after a rather unlikely event.
John: A drug smuggler shot a spear gun at me last night.
Finch: Was that the first time that's happened to you?
John: I wish I could say yes.
- Power Rangers has the great war 10,000 years ago and a lesser, likewise unnamed war 3,000 years ago. Numerous unrelated characters in numerous unrelated seasons make reference to signifiant wars occurring on those two "dates", but no flashback or explanation is ever given for either.
- Power Rangers Megaforce gives us the reasoning why Jake's Legendary Ranger form is green instead of black. He asks Gosei about this, Gosei says that there's a simple explanation for it... then the base is rocked with explosions and we never find out what it is.
- Press Gang has several people making comments in its first episode about Spike's "incident at the school dance."
- Pilot episode, Gus isn't going into anything blindly with Shawn again.
Gus: I learned that at the Mexican border. Twice.
- In the first season (episode fourteen, "Poker? I Barely Know Her"), the chief tries to dissuade Juliet O'Hara from throwing a surprise birthday party for her partner, Carlton Lassiter, because he doesn't like surprises. Further explanation includes the mention of a "Secret Santa Debacle of 2005."
- In a later episode, Chief Vick cites the "Prosthetic Nose Debacle of 2005" as the reason why Detective Lassiter won't be going undercover for the present case.
- There was that time Lassiter made Shawn and Gus duck when they were snooping around the chief's desk when a woman passed by.
Lassiter: I made out with her on the company picnic. Duck! (a long-haired man walks by)
Shawn: That was a dude.
Gus: Must have been a hell of a picnic.
- From "Shawn (and Gus) of the Dead", the Season 2 finale:
Shawn: This isn't my first time alone in a coffin.
- And in Season 5, episode 11, "In Plain Fright", Shawn has this exchange with Juliet when talking about telling Gus that the two of them are dating.
Shawn: If I don't handle this delicately, he's bound to go on another caramel binge.
Juliet: He went on one before?
Shawn: Yes. Hot and cold.
- QI had Stephen Fry mentioning something about fanmail he'd received.
Stephen: We'd finally get some [fanmail], other than that one... *looks at audience* Well, you know who you are. And I tried it, and it was a disaster.
- QuantumLeap occasionally talks of The Starbright Project, which was apparently the first major scientific project Dr. Beckett worked on and is where he first met Al and his future wife Donna Elisi.
- On Raising Hope, Sabrina asks Maw Maw how she lost her virginity. We don't get to hear the whole story, but it includes a lot of weird faces and gesturing, and ends with:
Maw Maw: ...and then, the four of us put our clothes back on, put the horse back in the stable, and agreed never to speak of it again. It's probably my favorite Christmas memory.
- On Reba, it's hinted that Lori Ann, Reba's friend, and Brock, Reba's ex-husband, actually dated each other before. Brock never mentions it, and Lori Ann reacts defensively when Reba even tries to refer to it once. And then there's this verbal exchange between Reba and her son, with regard to Reba's "dating", while they are at the front porch:
Jake: Mom, am I going to have a new daddy?
Reba: Jake, can you keep a secret?
Jake: Sure, what is it?
Reba: I'm not even seeing anybody. I just pretended to go out on dates to get away from the loony bin.
Jake: I hear ya. Dad and I didn't really join the scouts.
Reba: So what have you two been doing all these Saturday afternoons?
Jake: Hey, are we keeping secrets or not? (walks into the house)
- Red Dwarf:
- Subverted with the Gazpacho Soup Incident which tormented Arnold Rimmer, who blamed it for stalling his career and ruining his chances of promotion to such an extent that his last words were "Gazpacho soup!" It turned out to be merely an incident where Rimmer, sitting at the captain's table at a formal luncheon, sent a bowl of Gazpacho soup back to the kitchen to be warmed up because he didn't know it was supposed to be served cold. Of course, the reality didn't live up to the imagination, but that was the point; both that it was an extremely minor embarrassment that the insecure Rimmer blew up to insane proportions, and that it was just yet another example of him blaming something else for his own screw-ups and failed life.
- A straight example occurs in the first episode when Captain Hollister, in reference to smuggling animals on board spaceships, makes angry reference to what happened "on board the Oregon with the rabbits".
- One other instance of a noodle incident occurs when Lister, believing that his crew members have seen his thighs, describes an evening with another crew member, Peterson, in which he got so drunk that he got a tattoo proclaiming his love for Peterson.
- Another possible incident is referred to in "Emohawk: Polymorph 2" when Lister is trying to avoid getting marrying a GELF bride so the crew can get a part for the Starbug. Rimmer tries to convince him to go marry the yeti creature because "you've dated worse." Lister angrily retorts "Only due to bad disco lighting!"
- Only The Good ended the series on a downer with everyone about to be killed off. After the show's revival, the final episode of season X includes the characters disagreeing over who gets to claim the credit for saving them, which turns into a heated argument and gets shushed before they actually get to explaining how they were saved.
- When the staff of Retro Game Master was asked in an interview who they thought the worst AD of all time was, several named Tsuruoka, who was responsible for quite a few screw-ups during his time on the show. Abe, however, named Yamada, the very first, redacted AD, who he called a 'failure as a human being'. He didn't elaborate on exactly what Yamada did to make him think this.
- On an episode of Richard Hammond's Blast Lab, we are told that You Don't Want To Know what the catapults from the game were originally designed for, but "Suffice it to say, the cats were not pleased."
- The "Bad Language" sketch in Rutland Weekend Television has a script for the beginning and end of one of these, while they discuss what they have to remove. It takes up 4 pages, making it an In-Universe example of an Overly Long Gag.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch, in the episode Teenager Years. The characters have been waiting in line to meet the Violent Femmes band, only to be told by a security guard that the band are no longer accepting visitors. The following conversation ensues:
to let us in. I mean- talk about Violent Femmes? (points at the group)
don't meet the band, they will be four extremely
violent femmes. And I'm the one who has to drive them all back to Westbridge, along with one lovesick dude. Do not
make me do that. You know what I'm saying, you've been there, right?
- In The Sarah Jane Adventures episode "Mona Lisa's Revenge" has Clyde mention to Luke he does not want to know how he was thrown out of Cub Scouts.
- Saturday Night Live"
- In the Zack Galifanakas episode, there was a skit in which Galifanakas and Kristen Wiig had a strange fixation with a hotel bidet. At the end of the sketch, they gave the bellboy a tip of wet dollar bills. They explain "It had something to do with the bidet."
- Also frequently used as the opening gag in the Celebrity Jeopardy sketches, with Alex Trebek apologizing for "what happened before the commercial..."
"I would like to apologize now to all blind people and children."
"I would like to apologize, and assure our viewers that all our contestants are now wearing pants."
"I would like to apologize, and remind our contestants to please refrain from using ethnic slurs."
- On the Ben Stiller episode from season 37, Stefon (Bill Hader's Camp Gay city correspondent character) returns to Weekend Update. Seth Meyers mentions that the two had a bizarre summer together. When Stefon asks Meyers how his back is doing, Meyers dodges the question completely. Subverted in that Meyers' vacation with Stefon actually was set up at the end of the Justin Timberlake episode from season 36 (making the mention of it in season 37 the punchline to a Brick Joke), but what happened after that is never mentioned any further (or ever again, though given the Running Gag of Stefon hitting on Seth Meyers, it was probably something sexual and of dubious consent).
- The famous "What the hell is that?" sketch with Steve Martin and Bill Murray. We never do find out what the hell that was.
- In Saved by the Bell, every time Zack says "Screech, I have a great idea!", Screech replies with something like "Gee, I dunno, Zack. The last time you had a great idea, I ended up (in a very odd and improbable situation)". Examples include "naked in a jar of jelly beans" and "with my tongue stuck to a moving airplane". Of course, none of these scenarios are shown on the show, or discussed ever again.
- The episode "My Absence" is seen from another POV and when the regular hero (only heard on phone throughout the whole episode) goes through one of his visions, he only says about it "And that's why you should never trust a camel".
- There's an earlier one in the third-season episode "My Self-Examination," in the scene wherein J.D. and Elliot are getting ready to attend Turk and Carla's wedding rehearsal dinner, and the latter remarks to the former that she cannot recall the last time she had seen him in the suit he was wearing.
J.D.: How can you not remember that time we were with those—
Elliot: Oh, God! With the two guys!
J.D.: —the two guys, and their mom was trying to sing that song!
Elliot: (laughs) It was so funny!
J.D.: So funny. (Elliot imitates the song and laughs) Till they had to...put their horse down.
Elliot: Oh, yeah...
Together: Poor Cinnamon.
Elliot: He could run like the wind, but his tail couldn't put out that fire.
- There's also the story of how the game "Play-Doh Pants" became all about the money...
- "We'd have to find a whole lot of gnomes..."
- Seinfeld: The time Jerry opened for Kenny Rogers.
Elaine: Didn't he throw you off the bus in the middle of Alabama?
Jerry: Oh, I had that coming to me.
- There was that time Sherlock came home, covered in blood and carrying a harpoon. Apparently, it had something to do with dead pigs, and was very "tedious." note
- Sherlock's many experiments would probably also apply. We know they are experiments because Sherlock says so, but what sorts of experiments require you to put human eyes in the microwave, or store thumbs in a plastic bag in the fridge?
- When explaining why there is absolutely no talking at the Diogenes Club (with "three quarters of the diplomatic services and half of the government front bench"), Mycroft leaves it at "They don't want a repeat of 1972."
- Sherlock's getting a special discount on his rent — because he helped his landlady's husband get executed. And that's all we ever find out.
- Sherlock's speech at John's wedding in "The Sign of Three" included mentions to several cases he worked on, among them The Elephant in The Room... which was an actual elephant in a room... Later he regrets the case he chose to talk about and mentions "I should have told you about the Elephant in the Room".
- The online material has several. None of the links on "Science of Deduction" to Sherlock's pre-"Study in Pink" cases work, but all have intriguing titles (including Mythology Gag references to Noodle Incidents from The Canon). Similarly, on John's blog he's taken down the entry "Tilly Briggs Cruise of Terror" for legal reasons; this is a reference to the Matilda Briggs and the Giant Rat of Sumatra, "a story for which the world is not yet prepared".
- The Shield:
- Ronnie's love life; it's implied that he is very much clumsy when it comes to women. His work in an undercover sting targeting strippers that moonlighted as prostitutes went badly (with him going on a tangent about golf mid-lap dance due to nervousness). We are never shown it but we see the aftermath as Shane and Lem give him hell for it.
- Vic Mackey once implied that Shane Vendrell has engaged in date rape, when Shane claimed ignorance about how roofies work.
- The main characters in Sliders frequently mention Earths they've slid to that were never seen onscreen.
- In the Smallville episode "Homecoming":
Clark: Look, I...
Future Lois: Blue
? Not green
? Please tell me it's not the black
. Because that was a disaster.
- Sons of Anarchy featured one. When one character is captured by Bounty Hunters, he finds out he's been grabbed for a warrant involving 'Indecent Exposure in a Livestock Conveyance'.
- In the first season of Spaced we constantly hear about "The Deal" between Brian and Marsha, and at least once per episode Tim and Mike start to go into a childhood flashback about an incident involving them and a tree (utilising music reminiscent of the flashback themes in Final Fantasy VII) before being interrupted. However, both get fully explained at the end of the season (Brian paid Marsha her rent in the form of sexual favours when his benefits were late and Tim encouraged Mike to jump from a high tree branch, resulting in his retinas detaching, preventing him from fulfilling his life's ambition of joining the army).
- In Special Unit 2, Nick mentions a job he had waiting tables... until the pastrami incident, which got him banned from Rhode Island and a very limited number of neighboring states.
- Sports Night references one when Casey's son Charlie visits:
Dan: Who's your friend?
Holly: Hi, I'm Holly. I'm the new nanny. Deborah—
Dan: I lived through the trauma.
- Stargate SG-1:
- Vala's entire past is made up of Noodle Incidents. It probably doesn't help that it's difficult to tell when she's lying, especially in her earlier episodes. Later on, it's mostly that she rambles and over-exaggerates:
Mitchell: How many times have you been married?
Vala: Legally? Hmm... well, it's hard to keep track. Let's see. The first one was a part of a band of traveling entertainers. He was a good cook, too. Couldn't make pie though...
- A smaller incident in the episode "Emancipation":
Jack O'Neill: Remember that time on P3X-595, and you drank that stuff that made you take off....
Samantha Carter: We won't get into that right now.
- Before the start of "Window of Opportunity", Daniel asked Jack a question, and we hear the tail end of the question every time the timeline resets. Only problem is, Jack wasn't listening to the question the first time around.
- Anubis was exiled from the Goa'uld Empire millennia ago for unspecified crimes the other System Lords considered unspeakable. Given that the Goa'uld think nothing of depopulating planets, the specifics of something even they considered out of line was probably too much trouble for the writers to think up.
- From the entire Star Trek franchise:
- We never actually see the Eugenic Wars.
- Or the Earth-Romulan War! That conflict is the ultimate Noodle Incident of the Trekverse.
- Nor do we learn the details of the Tomed Incident, a disaster which made the Federation decide to ban the use of cloaking devices and caused the Romulans to become quite isolationist for 50 years until they reappeared in TNG. (The Lost Era novel Serpents Among the Ruins explores it in detail, though.)
- Many of these Noodle Incidents have been the subjects of the novels, however. See Star Trek Expanded Universe and Star Trek Novelverse for more details.
- Star Trek: The Original Series:
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
- Star Trek: The Next Generation:
- In several episodes, we hear mention of a Federation-Cardassian war (Cpt. Maxwell is supposed to take revenge because of it), but in terms of details all we get is O'Brien's story how he accidentally killed a Cardassian soldier by overpowered phaser.
- During "Tin Man", the telepath reveals that in an earlier mission (which became known as the "Gorushda Disaster" due to having resulted in several deaths, including two of Riker's friends) he "was completely attentive, and if the captain had listened to me, it would have been fine".
- In "Ensign Ro", all we learn about why Ro was in the stockade was that she disobeyed orders during an incident on Garon II, that eight of her shipmates died as a result, and that she refused to speak in her own defense at her court-martial.
- In "The Big Goodbye", the viewer never learns exactly what horrible thing(s) the insectoid Jarada did to a visiting Federation ship that inadvertently offended the overly-strict Jaradan sense of diplomatic protocol. Even though Data is ready and willing to share.
- During "Relics," Scotty tries telling stories of his days on the original Enterprise to various people, all of whom treat them as uninteresting Noodle Incidents. Too bad he never tried telling them to Riker, who might have been both interested and have heard of some of them before.
- At the end of the episode "Tapestry", we learn that the heart-stabbing incident wasn't Picard's first encounter with Nausicaans. The episode ends before we get to hear it.
- In "Data's Day", Dr. Crusher explains to Data why she wants her dancing skills kept quiet about: "I don't want to be known as 'The Dancing Doctor'...again."
- Star Trek: Voyager:
- Tom Paris mentions that he lied to cover up the deaths of three officers, and that he was cashiered out of Starfleet when he admitted the truth. He then signed up with the Maquis, and got caught on his first mission. Neither incident is ever explained in greater detail.
- In an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody where Jesse McCartney guest stared, London is forbidden by her father from seeing him because 'he doesn't want a repeat of the Orlando Bloom Incident.'
- This exchange:
June third, 1997. Louis:
That day means nothing to me. Donna:
Doesn't it? Louis:
* Who told you? Donna:
Is the important thing how I know, or that I know? Louis:
Does Harvey know? Donna:
He can. Louis:
... I was not here.
- There's also the thing that Harvey and Donna do whenever Harvey has court. All we know is that it involves a can opener.
- Jessica and Harvey did something in her office that was comparable to smoking pot. It was excusable because they were celebrating.
- In an episode of Superhuman Cyber Squad, three of the protagonists kidnap their friend via stuffing him in a sack and hauling him off when they believe he is in love with an ugly substitute teacher. His response?
Amps: Help! I'm being abducted by aliens again! Someone call the air force!
- It's now generally assumed that the waitress in Tampa referred to below was the "truck stop waitress with the bizarre rash" Dean refers to in the Season 4 episode "Yellow Fever".
Sam: This is the dumbest thing you've ever done.
Dean: I don't know about that. Remember that waitress in Tampa?
- Another example shows up in "When the Levee Breaks" when Bobby receives a phone call from Rufus:
Bobby: Suck dirt and die, Rufus. You call me again and I'll kill you. [hangs up phone]
Dean: What's up with Rufus?
Bobby: He knows.
- On a somewhat more serious note, whatever happened to Martin in Albuquerque that landed him in a mental ward for the next several years, and that time Bobby got someone killed that Rufus has never forgiven him for.
- Apparently Garth's first case ended in him killing The Tooth Fairy.
- In the terribly edited twenty second season of Survivor, there were a couple that were referenced but not aired:
- The plan to throw a challenge to get rid of Russell. Whose idea was that? Nope, it actually wasn't Steve - it was Sarita.
- Jeff Probst says that Dave is good at challenges, but we don't know from the editing.
- Steve hitting Phillip's Berserk Button off-screen, making it seem like he had just exploded onto Steve for almost no good reason.
- It takes until the series finale to find out how Fez ended up naked in that episode of That '70s Show, although he keeps trying to tell the story. It was revealed that Red Foreman did in fact put his foot in someone's ass, once in Iwo Jima. Red does not want to go any further details.
- Several references in The Thin Blue Line are made to Gladstone's marriage, including his objecting at his own ceremony.
- On the Today show of May 27, 2013, Kathie Lee Gifford tells Hoda Kotb that she has been banned from returning to Santori Island, Greece, and claims there is a big photo of her at the airport with the caption, "Do not admit." Kathie claims the reason why is because of a plumbing problem. When Hoda asks her what plumbing problem, she says, "I'll tell you at the commercial break."
- In one episode of Top Gear, the second part of The Stig's introduction mentions a super injunction to prevent them from mentioning an incident that is mostly blanked out but involves "an enormous goat".
- In the Too Close for Comfort episode "Don't Shoot the Piano Movers", Monroe suggests that they use butter to get a piano unstuck from the back stairs, saying that is how he got his toe out of a bowling ball, leading to this exchange:
Monroe: "Good, 'cause I can't tell you anyway."
Monroe: "It was a secret initiation."
- In the Torchwood episode "Everything Changes", Captain Jack is complaining about contraceptives in the rain. Then he adds, "Still, at least I won't get pregnant. Never doing that again."
- The second-season episode "Sleeper" also gives us this gem after a victim of the week tells Jack he has an awful bedside manner:
Gwen: That's nothing. You should see his manners in bed- they're dreadful. Or so I've heard.
Ianto: Oh they are. I remember this one time... (Jack coughs)
- Also, this exchange from the episode "Meat":
Gwen: Have you ever eaten alien meat?
Gwen: What was it like?
Jack: Well, he seemed to enjoy it.
- Two and a Half Men
- The episode "A Weekend in Bangkok with Two Olympic Gymnasts" gives us this exchange in one episode after Alan cripples himself falling off a ladder:
Alan: Do me a favor and call Judith and tell her not to bring Jake over.
Charlie: How come?
Alan: Look at me, Charlie! I have abrasions, contusions, a severely sprained neck, two fractured fingers, and I'm hopped up on pain pills. Does that spell "weekend dad" to you?
Charlie: Well, actually, to me it spells "weekend in Bangkok with two Olympic gymnasts". But that's a whole other story.
- Another one involving Bangkok in the episode "A Pudding-Filled Cactus", where Charlie finds Alan cheating on his girlfriend distasteful:
Alan: Oh, this you find distasteful? The man who was asked to leave Bangkok for moral turpitude finds this distasteful?
Charlie: That was a misunderstanding. I had no idea it was an endangered species.
Alan: Well, nothing I'm doing requires a ten day quarantine and a series of rabies shots.
- Ugly Betty has an episode where Daniel nearly kisses Molly in the Mode closet. Marc manages to acquire CCTV footage of the incident and tells Wilhelmina that she does not want to know what he did to get it. He then decides to start telling but Wilhelmina tells him to shush.
- Veronica Mars has a series in a row in the Season 2 episode "Rat Saw God":
Veronica: Cliff, come on, you owe me.
I owe you? Who un-confiscated all your fake college I Ds
Veronica: Who got the Lincoln out of your ex's name?
Cliff: Well, who helped put that lien against Lee's Walk-In Donut?
Veronica: And who proved that stripper was color-blind?
Cliff: Okay, who am I calling and what am I giving them?
- Warehouse 13:
- There was the "Denver incident" that involved Myka and her former partner. It's fully explained in later episodes, though (namely, "Regrets" in Season 1 and "Past Imperfect" in Season 3).
- Another episode ("Claudia") begins by showing a very disheveled Myka and Pete, with the latter angrily claiming that, "The next time we find an object in a zoo, we leave it there!"
- Artie committed treason before he joined the Warehouse. Like the Denver incident, fully explained in later episodes (Season 2's "Vendetta").
- Pete did not start that fire which got him kicked out of the Scouts.
- Let's not forget Helena G. Wells' infamous, "Many of my lovers were men."
- Also, H.G.'s, "No. What I did to those men after I tracked them down? That's the worst pain you can experience." This referring to the men who killed her daughter in a burglary.
- Pete was a drunkard at some point in the past. Many of the details remain shrouded in mystery, though it was revealed that it got him divorced. The only thing known in full detail is what made him quit, revealed in season 4's seventeenth episode, "What Matters Most": he got into a car accident while driving drunk, and it resulted in his close friend breaking both of his legs. Pete was horrified that he almost killed him, and hasn't had so much as a virgin daiquiri since that night.
- The Distant Finale reveals that the future Warehouse has identified a basketball belonging to Barack Obama and an entire ship (presumed to be the Titanic) as artifacts, but being that this is the finale, we are given no explanation as to what either one does or how something as large as a boat was neutralized and brought in.
- The West Wing:
- Sam is repeatedly told by other characters to 'stay in the boat this time' or 'hang onto a rope' when he has plans to spend his weekend off sailing. We can infer he had an incident the last time he went sailing, but nothing more is said about it.
- In the fourth season episode "Guns Not Butter", Donna mentions some things that Josh has had her do over the years. It's all stuff we've either seen or are aware of... until she mentions a time he made her dress as an East German cocktail waitress.
- In "The Crackpots and These Women", Sam refers to having enough problems with Mrs. Bartlett and her Ouija board, though we never get any further details.
- White Collar:
- This show gives us the Antioch manuscripts, first mentioned in the Season 1 episode "Vital Signs." Neal clarifies in Season 2 that the pigeons carried codes, not the manuscripts themselves, but everything else remains a mystery.
Neal: Remember the Antioch manuscripts?
Peter: You took those? How?
Neal: Carrier pigeons! Think about it.
- Mozzie was kicked out of Boy Scouts. Pinewood derby, magnets, it was a whole...thing.
- The players on Whose Line Is It Anyway? love to make the process of getting onto the show sound like this. They usually fall into the same vein though.
- Wings did this more than once:
Brian: Relax. I will take care of everything. Trust me.
Joe: Brian, the last time you said, "Trust me," I wound up naked on I-95 trying to flag down oncoming traffic.
Brian: But who pulled over for you?
Brian: I'm gonna make you my personal project.
Joe: No. No. No. Not again. The last time you had a project, I had to go to court.
Brian: Oh, yeah. Thanks a lot, Mr. Witness for the Prosecution.
Brian: Lowell, tell us your deepest, most darkest secret.
Lowell: Once, when I was out of underwear... [Everyone in the airport protests]
Brian: Lowell, what is your fondest memory?
Lowell: Once, when I was out of underwear...
Budd Bronski, Lowell's replacement after Thomas Haden Church left the series, once mentioned "The Incident" in which he was involved while in the military. He wasn't allowed to divulge specifics, but did say that as a result two Senators and a Congressman had to hit the silk, and there's no longer a town called Taterville in Kentucky...
- In The Wire, we never get any specifics on a certain misdeed that Daniels committed early in his career. It only matters to the story as something to blackmail him with at the end, when he refuses to play ball with the politicians after becoming police commissioner.
- Wizards of Waverly Place:
- The episode "Saving Wiz Tech Part I", Justin is being mocked by Dean for being a teenager wearing a suit without any special reason —he thinks. Justin then replies that he could tell people he was going to advocate him, for what Dean happily answers:
"Would you do that?! Great! Now we just have to prove I couldn't throw that thing so far..."
- There was the time Alex accidentally sucked the substation into a black hole.
Alex: What's the worst that could happen if we're not chaperoned for four minutes?
Teresa: Oh, I don't know. A magic black hole could open up and suck the substation down into it.
Alex: That doesn't happen twice, Mother.
- In The Movie, we never do find out what it was Giselle did that caused her to be turned into a parrot.
- In a 2006 X-Play episode, we learned that they've made fun of Adam Sessler since "The Tommy Tallarico Incident", which apparently happened on April 19, 2003. Blair Butler still has rayon burns.
- The Young Ones: What do you know about the beans?
- Young Dracula:
Dracula: They are no match for the might of Count Dracula!
Renfield: That is what you said about the porcupine, sir.