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Playing With: Ambulance Cut
Basic Trope: A character does something dangerous, but rather than explicitly show it, we Gilligan Cut to an ambulance racing down the street
  • Straight: Bob asks Alice, "What could possibly go wrong?" Next scene or panel is an ambulance with lights and sirens on.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The next panel shows paramedics working frantically inside of the ambulance to keep Bob in stable condition.
    • Rather than an ambulance, the next scene or panel shows a hearse.
  • Downplayed: We see Bob injure himself and cry out "call an ambulance!" Cut to the ambulance parked outside the house as an EMT checks Bob over.
  • Justified: Bob is doing/has done something so dangerous that a visit by the EMTs is necessary.
  • Inverted:
    • The ambulance rushes by, then Bob suggests doing something stupid.
    • An ambulance driver does something stupid, cut to Bob running to rescue them.
  • Subverted: The ambulance drives straight past, and the camera pans to Bob, who's just finishing up the job having done nothing wrong at all.
  • Double Subverted: Until his handiwork suddenly and inexplicably bursts into flames, and we cut to a fire engine.
  • Parodied:
    • First Bob's attempt at making cereal goes Horribly Wrong. Cut to the ambulance racing down the road, and getting into a crash. Cut to a motorcade of ambulances rushing to deal with all the crash victims.
    • After ambulance, cut back to Bob. "Where the hell's that ambulance?" Cut to tow truck.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: We see Bob get injured and the ambulance doesn't come for him.
  • Enforced: Rule of Funny
  • Lampshaded: "Wait, Bob. Before you start your latest project, let me get the ambulance on the line."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Evil Alex injures Bob so the ambulances will rush and drive over his landmines.
  • Defied: The paramedics have been taking Bob to the hospital so many times, they just don't bother coming anymore.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Bob is mentioned taking up woodcarving at the beginning of the episode. Halfway through the episode an ambulance races down towards his street during another event.
  • Played For Drama: The abrupt-cut works as a Gory Discretion Shot, because Bob's accident was so horrifying and disastrous, that most people would not have the stomach to tolerate it; and his injuries are so serious and there's slim chance that he may survive.

What could possibly go wrong with linking? *Cue ambulance sirens* Ouch lets just head back to Ambulance Cut.

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