YMMV Feetof Clay Discussion

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11:45:07 AM Dec 9th 2014
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Our mileage really did vary on this one!
  • Shout-Out. A strange one, which is why it's here and not in main. (Note:YMMV). Fred Colon, a long-time copper coming up to retirement and hoping he makes it in one piece, is placed in a difficult situation with an escaped bull on the city street and discovers it can still out-run him. In American sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, Sergeant Robert Barone is a New York police sergeant coming up to his last year before he can legitimately retire on a pension. One day he has to pick up the pieces following an ineptly-run street rodeo where the animals escape. He discovers he cannot outrun a bull called Nestor, that gores him in the "upper thigh". Hmm. The problem is, that episode of ELR aired four years after the release of this book. Is it just possible that the scriptwriters of ELR were trawling for an unlikely and embarrassing injury to Robert and one of them reads Pratchett? Which makes this a "Reverse Shout-Out"....

11:56:49 AM Dec 9th 2014
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Shout-Out is not a YMMV trope. It either is a deliberate shout-out on the part of the writers, or it isn't. It's not used to start a discussion or speculation about whether or not something may or may not count from another series.

Which is to say that it just plain is not an example.
12:37:07 PM Dec 9th 2014
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Didn't we just discuss this?

EDIT: Ah, here it is.

Anyway, as Sr. Muerte mentions, Shout-Out isn't YMMV. It was either intentional or it wasn't. And it takes some major mental gymnastics to even see a connection there.
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