In the Bruces' philosophy department, every odd-numbered rule is: "No poofters."
Not to mention the Déjà Vu sketch.
"Number One: the Larch. The Larch. The Larch. And now... Number Three: the Larch."
"And now, Number One: The Horse chestnut. And now, Number One:"
"Okay, Devious! Don't move!" "The Bishop!"
"The BBC would like to apologize for the constant repetition in this show. The BBC would like to apologize for the constant repetition in this show."
Those responsible for the repetitiveness in this show have been sacked. That is to say, they have been fired for being too repetitive.
Those responsible for the repetitiveness in the above line, which states, "Those responsible for the repetitiveness in this show have been sacked." and then restates this in a somewhat different manner, have been sacked.
The above tropers have been sacked. This comment must now be finished at the last minute and on a budget by Ralph The Wonder Llama.
Not to mention the Déjà Vu sketch.
"And of course, there's sport!"
And now for something completely different: a man with three buttocks.
Anne Elk has a Theory of Brontosauruses. It's her theory, which is hers, and belongs to her.
"And for people who don't like sport, there's sport."
"Well, Brian....................I'm opening up a boutique!"
Also, the Vocational Guidance Counsellor sketch manages this with "dull".
Nobody expects The Spanish Inquisition because their chief weapon is surprise, surprise and fear, fear and surprise. Their two weapons are fear and surprise... and ruthless efficiency. Their three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency... and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope. Their four, no... Amongst their weapons... Amongst their weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, nice red uniforms, and an undeniable redundancy! - Oh damn!
Kryten: ... My short-term memory has been erased. This I ascribe to the proximity of Starbug's magnetic coils. In addition, due to proximity of the magnetic coils, my short-term memory has been erased. This, combined with the erasure of my short-term memory, has left me extremely disoriented.
Kryten: A superlative suggestion, sir, with just two minor flaws. One, we don't have any defensive shields. And two, we don't have any defensive shields. Now I realize that technically speaking that's only one flaw, but I thought that it was such a big one that it was worth mentioning twice.
And in the true spirit of redundancy, the spirit of the gag was recycled for another gag later in the same episode as the first gag:
Cat: Well, I say let's break out the laser cannons and give 'em both barrels. Kryten: An adroit suggestion sir, with just two minor drawbacks— Cat: OK, forget it!
And in a later episode, after the one where he used it twice, Kryten used the same gag that he'd used twice in one episode (before this one) again (possibly because his short term memory had been erased):
Cat: There's only one solution: let's climb into the jet-powered rocket pants and junior-birdman the hell outta here! Kryten: An excellent and inventive suggestion, sir, with just two tiny drawbacks: a) We don't have any jet-powered rocket pants; and b) there's no such thing as jet-powered rocket pants outside the fictional serial Robbie Rocket Pants.
The Rimmer Experience starts off badly and deteriorates from there.
Rimmer: Welcome to the Rimmer Experience: a world of wonder, excitement, and... wonder.
Four thousand six hundred and ninety-one irradiated haggis.
The episode "White Hole" sees time repeat itself, with the crew aware of it as it happens but unable to stop it. Cat asks "what is it?", prompting the robotic android Kryten's exposition in which he explains what is happening. Cat asks again "what is it?" and the entire exposition scene repeats itself. Eventually time stops repeating and Cat says "what is it?...just kidding", but then that gets repeated when the phenomenon recurs (again).
Taylor: Mhmm, just what I thought. This is not the proper permit for this kind of business. This is a type 24B otherwise known as a cart, kiosk, cart/kiosk permit. This is not valid for your business. Troubadour/Veggie Guy: Whys it say it twice? Taylor: Hmm? Babette: You said cart kiosk cart kiosk! Lorelai: It's repetitive. Rory: And redundant. Lorelai: It's repetitive. Rory: And redundant!
In the April Fools' Day episode where Al suspects that Jefferson is a spy, he asks him to play a game of "Name the Presidents" to prove his authenticity as a U.S. Citizen. Jefferson runs through the entire list ten times, but the only one Al can name for him is "Dwight. D. Eisenhower."
Additionally, in the episode where Al is kept from playing by his softball team, he makes his family sing a little song he came up with as penance for their compliance before he's willing to sub in for an injured player. The lyrics? "D is for da many pies he made us... A is for the apple in his eye... D is for da dish he made da pies in... D is for the apple in his eye... Why? Because we love you. Put them all together and it spells Daddy."
Chuck: Ned, do you remember before when I said all the things I learned about you? Ned: Jealous. Romantic. Jealous. I felt I had to say it twice.
Lily and Vivian's synchronized swimming duo is known as the Darling Mermaid Darlings. The travel agency Chuck used in the pilot was the Boutique Travel Travel Boutique.
Sophia from The Golden Girls did this several times. For example: "I know a lot of old people. They're all the same. They're cranky, they're demanding, they repeat themselves. They're cranky, they're demanding."
"Of course, many presenters got their starts on children's TV, including Chris Tarrant, Noel Edmonds, Dennis Nielsen, Philip Schofeld, Cat Deeley, Dennis Nielsen, Jimmy Saville, and Dennis Nielsen."note Dennis Nielsen is a notorious serial killer.
Phyllis: Michael wasn't invited on Ryan's camping trip. Toby went, but Michael couldn't go. (smirk) Michael wasn't invited. Dwight: "Well I don't know about that, because she certainly seems to enjoy making love making with me"
In Deadwood when the newspaper wants to publish that the cure for the plague bothering the town will be distributed gratis, Al Swearingen demands it must say "Free Gratis".
Cable television programs were formerly honored by an annual award ceremony called the CableACE Awards. "ACE" stood for "Awards for Cable Excellence," which would mean that the expanded name of the awards was the Cable Awards for Cable Excellence Awards. In keeping with this redundancy, in some years the awards were simultaneously broadcast on multiple channels (in 1990: American Movie Channel, BET, Bravo, CNBC, the Discovery Channel, the Family Channel, Lifetime, Movietime, Nickelodeon, Sports Channel America, TBS Superstation and TNT). The awards themselves were eliminated in 1998 because they were considered redundant to the Emmys, where cable programs had come to be competitive.
Roseanne actually makes fun of this one at the end of season 8. Darlene & David are doing a ridiculous magazine quiz, with DJ on the couch. One of the questions is "Do you ever feel like you live the same moment twice?" after which NuBecky and Mark walk through. Then the question gets repeated. Then NuBecky and Mark walk through. Then the question gets repeated.
A reporter from a Saturday Night Live skit, reading off the criminal record of the kids from Scooby Doo:
Prior convictions include 4 counts of meddling, 12 counts of meddling in the second degree, 2 counts of vehicular meddling, meddling across state lines, and last, but certainly not least, sodomy! I'm sorry.. I misread that.. it's "meddling", I apologize.
From another episode hosted by Martin Short:
Jackie Rogers Jr: This is the most effective memory enhancement drug on the market. It will improve your short-term memory. It will improve your long-term memory. And most of all, it will improve your short-term memory.
Teal'c: We must act now, and once and for all destroy the Goa'uld image as gods forever.
Also in the episode Memento the hyperdrive buffer has burned out and cannot be fixed.
Colonel William Ronson: There is no redundancy for that particular system. Jack O'Neill: So, you're saying there's no redundancy?
The title of First Prime itself. A Literal translation would be First First.
And the title of the show (what do you think the SG in Stargate SG-1 stands for, anyway?).
In Stargate Universe episode Twin Destinies, the scientists are reporting of Destiny's sustained damage.
Adam Brody: There are dozens of systems at the brink of failure. Weapons, shields. Dr. Lisa Parker: Well, they're operating. Adam Brody: At mission critical levels. We're down to one last... everything. There's practically no redundancy. Dr. Dale Volker: Practically no redundancy. Adam Brody: Wasn't funny the first three times!
Frasier once said to Diane, "So you think that I'm repetitive, that I repeat myself, that I say things over and over?"
In another episode, Dr. Frasier Crane is explaining his son's name to Woody by telling him that his first name is Frederick, his middle name is his wife Lilith's last name, and his last name is Frasier and Lilith's last names, hyphenated. The actual name (Frederick Sternin Sternin-Crane) is bad enough, but since Lilith already hyphenated her maiden name with Frasier's when they got married, Woody interprets this to mean that the child is named Frederick Sternin-Crane Sternin-Crane-Crane.
But, I'm not an alien. Well, then, you can't have a beard. But, he has a beard. Then, he's an alien. No, I'm not. Yes, you are. No. I'm not. Then, you can't have a beard. But, I have a beard. Then, you're an alien. He's not, he's from Pittsburgh.
During the first season of NCIS the show was called Navy NCIS, essentially making it Navy Naval Criminal Investigation Service. The network was initially afraid civilian viewers wouldn't know what "NCIS" stood for. An alternative explanation is that the CBS was worried about viewers mistaking the show for a CSI: Crime Scene Investigation spinoff. This, of course, would require the viewer to misspell an acronym. If it's true, it's lampshaded by Tony early on:
Some guy: NCIS…is that like CSI?
Tony: Only if you're dyslexic.
The Day Today often featured sentences mangled into redundant loops, to add to the appearance that the show was live (and also for Rule of Funny)
"This report from Eugene Fraxby who's got the story with him reports"
"This is Sports Desk, with me, Alan Partridge, and it's a special desk of sport now, as we look back at some of the sporting highlights of the last sporting season. So lie down, relax, and let the sports commence!"
Even the soundtrack was not immune; it would occasionally end episodes with the music repeating like a broken record during the final note.
Babylon 5, Season 4, Episode 2 opens with a voice-over: "Personal Log, January 8th, 2261, Dr Stephen Franklin recording"... Not a classic example of the trope, but a close cousin, unless you typically record entries in other peoples' personal logs.
The Doctor: "I’ve liberated planets and delivered them from total war/ Saved Earth, Manussa, Dulkis, Skonnos, Earth, Tigella, Earth once more..."
On Series 2, Episode 6, titled Age of Steel, there is this conversation on how Cybermen will make everything in life redundant, stopping humans from being human:
Cyber Controller: I will bring peace to the world. Everlasting peace. And unity. And uniformity. The Doctor: And imagination? What about that? The one thing that led you here. Imagination? You’re killing it dead. Cyber Controller: What is your name? The Doctor: I’m the Doctor. Cyber Controller: A redundant title. Doctors need not exist. Cybermen never sicken. The Doctor: But that’s it! That’s exactly the point! Oh, Lumic, you’re a clever man. I’d call you a genius, except I’m in the room… but everything you’ve invented you did to fight your sickness. And that’s brilliant. That is so human. But once you get rid of sickness and mortality, then what’s there to strive for? Eh? The Cybermen won’t advance. You’ll just stop. You’ll stay like this forever. A metal Earth with metal men and metal thoughts. Lacking the one thing that makes this planet so alive. People. Ordinary, stupid, brilliant people!
In "The Poison Sky/The Sontaran Strategem," child prodigy Luke Rattigan gets extermely upset whenever anyone refers to his invention as the "ATMOS System."
Rattigan: Yeah, well, you see, that's a tautology, 'cause ATMOS stands for Atmospheric Omission System, so you're saying "Atmospheric Omission System System". Do you see, Mister "Conditional Clause"?
In "The Happiness Patrol", the Doctor introduces Ace to the Kandyman as an expert in calorificationnote Explosions, incinerationnote Explosions, carbonisationnote Explosions and inflammationnote Explosions.
A misread line by First Doctor William Hartnell while showing Ben & Polly the TARDIS gives us this from "The Smugglers:"
Doctor: You see that scanner? That is what I call a scanner, up there.
Dustin Goolsby: I'm handsome, I'm good-looking and I'm easy on the eyes. Also, I'm gorgeous.
Also, Jesse's line in "Hello"
Jesse: I'm getting a full ride to the University of California, Los Angeles. Maybe you've heard of it. It's in Los Angeles.
The Season Six finale of Bones featured a completely obnoxious young bowling prodigy who, by obsessively keeping track of her progress from game to game, predicted that by 2026 she'd be the bowling "World Champion of the World." Lampshaded by Brennan:
Brennan: That's a redundant statement.
Amber: I'm so good they have to say it twice!
Later, her colleagues list the "telltale signs" for the socially-challenged Brennan:
Booth: Well, look, I’m fine with it, Bones, really. I have zero problems with it, but... that guy is gay.
Brennan: He is not gay.
Booth: Please. Double cheek kiss, tight Italian suit...
Maggie: And now, I'm gonna be looking at what it's like to be a young unemployed adult! Because—more young adults are becoming unemployed on account of they can't find work! Basically, the problem is this: if you haven't got a job, then you outta work! And that means only one thing— unemployment!
Chief: Let's see it. Max: See what? Chief: The blazer you brought back from Hong Kong. Max: The blazer I brought back from Hong Kong? Chief: That blazer is the secret weapon you were sent to Hong Kong for. Max: That blazer is the secret weapon I was sent to Hong Kong for? Chief: That's no ordinary blazer. Max: That's no ordinary blazer? Chief: It's a laser blazer. Max: It's a laser blazer? Do you know what you're saying? Chief: I'm positive! I keep hearing it twice!
Radar from M*A*S*H occasionally employs a variation of this, as when describing how nonplussed he was to enter the showers and encounter "female personnel of the opposite sex" who were "naked without any clothes on".
On one occasion, the P.A. announcer informed the camp that Yom Kippur services would be held "for all Jewish personnel of the Hebrew faith".
Colonel Potter's favorite movie is My Darling Clementine, because it "has the three things that make a movie great: horses, cowboys, and horses."
On Community, Vaughn says his greetings and salutations three different ways every time, a habit that the study group likes to make fun of.
Britta has a tendency towards this, with gems such as "Hm, calling for help. A classic call for help" or "an escaped convict has escaped".
In the Dungeons & Dragons episode this bit of dialogue occurs:
Jeff: I take my throwing knife and I throw it, knife-style.
Invoked by Stiles on Teen Wolf, when Coach Finstock wants to know where Jackson is and why he didn't show up for morning practice.
Coach: Stilinski! Jackson?
Stiles: Sorry, coach, I haven't seen him since the last time I saw him.
Coach: And when was that?
Stiles: Last time I saw him? It was definitely the time I saw him last.
A very early episode of Scrubs explains that since most residents owe a buttload of money, they have to do unconventional things to make ends meet. Stealing things from the hospital (fruit cups, toilet paper, etc) is mentioned a few times, the third time it's "or you can well ... you know." A notable exception is Elliot who, because she had wealthy parents, didn't have any loans to pay and was still being supported by them at the time.
Dr. Forrester: With tongue firmly planted in cheek we move forward with this week's Invention Exchange. TV's Frank: It comes from the crazy mixed-up files of one Dr. Clayton Forrester. Dr. Forrester: And from the button-down mind of TV's Frank. TV's Frank: It's from the breezy irreverent viewpoint of Dr. Clayton Forrester. Dr. Forrester: And from the slightly skewed perspective of TV's Frank. TV's Frank: It's from the twisty, bent brain of Dr. Clayton Forrester. Dr. Forrester: And from the wacky whimsical way of TV's Frank. TV's Frank: It's from the... Crow: WILL YOU JUST GET ON WITH IT?
In an episode of Moonlighting when multiple characters repeat similar stories to Maddie and David, Maddie asks if they're from the Department of Redundancy Department.
When Josh Server describes the audition process on All That he says that the obstacle course was full of obstacles.
And of course the speech for Monica and Chandler's wedding that Joey wrote for Monica and Chandler for their wedding on Friends
Joey: We are gathered here today on this joyous occasion to celebrate the special love that Monica and Chandler share.
[Monica and Chandler look impressed]
Joey: It is a love based of giving and receiving as well as having and sharing. And the love that they give and have is shared and received. And through this having and giving and sharing and receiving, we too can share and love and have... and receive.
Joey: Okay, you guys, I've got a little more written... are you ready?
Chandler: Yeah, yeah. Okay.
Joey: When I think of the love that these two givers and receivers share, I cannot help but envy the lifetime ahead of having and loving and giving... and then I can't think of a good word for right here.