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* The husband (Creator/WoodyAllen) and wife (TraceyUllman) crime team in ''Film/SmallTimeCrooks'' buy property and open a cookie store as the perfect front for their heist (it's crime-scene adjacent). [[spoiler: The wife's excellent cookies become so famous that they make millions and most of the movie has nothing whatsoever to do with the original planned robbery.]]

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* The husband (Creator/WoodyAllen) and wife (TraceyUllman) crime team in ''Film/SmallTimeCrooks'' buy property and open a cookie store as the perfect front for their heist (it's crime-scene adjacent). [[spoiler: The wife's excellent cookies become so famous that they make millions and most of the movie has nothing whatsoever to do with the original planned robbery.]]


* ''RevengeOfTheNerds'' has a long montage when the boys of Lambda Lambda Lambda renovate their new frat house.

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* ''RevengeOfTheNerds'' ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' has a long montage when the boys of Lambda Lambda Lambda renovate their new frat house.



* ''TommyBoy''

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* ''TommyBoy''''Film/TommyBoy''


* ''KimPossible'': Dr Drakken once owned a muffin company. It was more successful than the original evil plan. But he recognised the success and was going to cancel the original plan.
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* ''KimPossible'': ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Dr Drakken once owned a muffin company. It was more successful than the original evil plan. But he recognised the success and was going to cancel the original plan.
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* In ''HouseOfMouse'', Mickey, Donald and Goofy get cast in this kind of cartoon every few episodes. Generally what makes hilarity ensue isn't that they're unfit to do it, it's that the business itself is ridiculously specific, they end up working for a JerkAss, or their efforts only make some problem worse.

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* In ''HouseOfMouse'', ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', Mickey, Donald and Goofy get cast in this kind of cartoon every few episodes. Generally what makes hilarity ensue isn't that they're unfit to do it, it's that the business itself is ridiculously specific, they end up working for a JerkAss, or their efforts only make some problem worse.


* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted and Barney convinced the owner of [=McLaren's=] not to close early and let them lock up. They open the bar for a couple of hotties they had been trying to hook up earlier and a few of their friends... the entire Arizona Tech marching band. Oh, and they break a few glasses imitating TomCruise in ''{{Cocktail}}''.
* ''LaverneAndShirley'': Lenny inherits his uncle's diner ("Laslo's Place"), which he & Squiggy decide to rename ("Dead Laslo's Place") and run themselves, hiring Laverne to be the cook and Shirley as the waitress.

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* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted and Barney convinced the owner of [=McLaren's=] not to close early and let them lock up. They open the bar for a couple of hotties they had been trying to hook up earlier and a few of their friends... the entire Arizona Tech marching band. Oh, and they break a few glasses imitating TomCruise Creator/TomCruise in ''{{Cocktail}}''.
''Film/{{Cocktail}}''.
* ''LaverneAndShirley'': ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'': Lenny inherits his uncle's diner ("Laslo's Place"), which he & Squiggy decide to rename ("Dead Laslo's Place") and run themselves, hiring Laverne to be the cook and Shirley as the waitress.


* TomHanks' character in ''Film/{{Big}}''

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* TomHanks' Creator/TomHanks' character in ''Film/{{Big}}''


* ''DharmaAndGreg'' once broke into a small-town diner to use their phone, but when caught by the police, claimed to be relatives of the owners there to run it while they were away. One thing leads to another, and at closing time, they ended up with quite a bit of money in the till for the owners (despite "Ike's" wooden leg).
* {{Frasier}} and Niles take over a restaurant-- and their father later recounts it as the craziest blunder they ever make.

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* ''DharmaAndGreg'' ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' once broke into a small-town diner to use their phone, but when caught by the police, claimed to be relatives of the owners there to run it while they were away. One thing leads to another, and at closing time, they ended up with quite a bit of money in the till for the owners (despite "Ike's" wooden leg).
* {{Frasier}} Series/{{Frasier}} and Niles take over a restaurant-- and their father later recounts it as the craziest blunder they ever make.


* The husband (WoodyAllen) and wife (TraceyUllman) crime team in ''Film/SmallTimeCrooks'' buy property and open a cookie store as the perfect front for their heist (it's crime-scene adjacent). [[spoiler: The wife's excellent cookies become so famous that they make millions and most of the movie has nothing whatsoever to do with the original planned robbery.]]

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* The husband (WoodyAllen) (Creator/WoodyAllen) and wife (TraceyUllman) crime team in ''Film/SmallTimeCrooks'' buy property and open a cookie store as the perfect front for their heist (it's crime-scene adjacent). [[spoiler: The wife's excellent cookies become so famous that they make millions and most of the movie has nothing whatsoever to do with the original planned robbery.]]


* LucilleBall is a prime example of this.

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* LucilleBall Creator/LucilleBall is a prime example of this.


* The husband (WoodyAllen) and wife (TraceyUllman) crime team in ''SmallTimeCrooks'' buy property and open a cookie store as the perfect front for their heist (it's crime-scene adjacent). [[spoiler: The wife's excellent cookies become so famous that they make millions and most of the movie has nothing whatsoever to do with the original planned robbery.]]

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* The husband (WoodyAllen) and wife (TraceyUllman) crime team in ''SmallTimeCrooks'' ''Film/SmallTimeCrooks'' buy property and open a cookie store as the perfect front for their heist (it's crime-scene adjacent). [[spoiler: The wife's excellent cookies become so famous that they make millions and most of the movie has nothing whatsoever to do with the original planned robbery.]]

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** This (along with, usually, lots of nudity) is the typical "plot" of any movie named anything like "Bikini <type of business>".

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* The husband (WoodyAllen) and wife (TraceyUllman) crime team in ''SmallTimeCrooks'' buy property and open a cookie store as the perfect front for their heist (it's crime-scene adjacent). [[spoiler: The wife's excellent cookies become so famous that they make millions and most of the movie has nothing whatsoever to do with the original planned robbery.]]

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* In ''HouseOfMouse'', Mickey, Donald and Goofy get cast in this kind of cartoon every few episodes. Generally what makes hilarity ensue isn't that they're unfit to do it, it's that the business itself is ridiculously specific, they end up working for a JerkAss, or their efforts only make some problem worse.


* As are TheThreeStooges

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* As are TheThreeStoogesFilm/TheThreeStooges


* The [[DisneyDucksComicUniverse Beagle Boys]] at least once have run a front operation that was more successful than their planned heist.

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* The [[DisneyDucksComicUniverse [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Beagle Boys]] at least once have run a front operation that was more successful than their planned heist.


One member of our [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits rascally group of oddballs]] inherits (or has had a lifelong dream of running) a certain type of business -- something our rascally group is completely inappropriate doing. Maybe it's a biker gang that suddenly has to serve as the fire department, or the strippers run a gas station, or a group of teenagers try to run a ship, laundromat, or house-painting company. Needless to say, HilarityEnsues.

One common variation has the villains taking over the business in order to ambush the heroes or evade capture. The key is that they do so poorly, and usually [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]].

When used as one arc of a longer narrative, it often gives way to a [[HardWorkMontage Montage]]. Also a good opportunity to demonstrate the team bonding.

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One member of our [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits rascally group of oddballs]] inherits (or has had a lifelong dream of running) a certain type of business -- something our rascally group is completely inappropriate doing. Maybe it's a biker gang that suddenly has to serve as the fire department, or the strippers run a gas station, or a group of teenagers try to run a ship, laundromat, or house-painting company. Needless to say, HilarityEnsues.

HilarityEnsues.

One common variation has the villains taking over the business in order to ambush the heroes or evade capture. The key is that they do so poorly, and usually [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]].

laughs]].

When used as one arc of a longer narrative, it often gives way to a [[HardWorkMontage Montage]]. Also a good opportunity to demonstrate the team bonding.
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* During the first season of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'', Giovanni leaves Jessie and James in charge of the Viridian City Gym while he goes out. It ends about as well as you'd expect.

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* During the first season of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Giovanni leaves Jessie and James in charge of the Viridian City Gym while he goes out. It ends about as well as you'd expect.



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* ''{{Revenge of the Nerds}}'' has a long montage when the boys of Lambda Lambda Lambda renovate their new frat house.

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* ''{{Revenge of the Nerds}}'' ''RevengeOfTheNerds'' has a long montage when the boys of Lambda Lambda Lambda renovate their new frat house.



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* On ''HowIMetYourMother'', Ted and Barney convinced the owner of [=McLaren's=] not to close early and let them lock up. They open the bar for a couple of hotties they had been trying to hook up earlier and a few of their friends... the entire Arizona Tech marching band. Oh, and they break a few glasses imitating TomCruise in ''{{Cocktail}}''.

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* On ''HowIMetYourMother'', ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted and Barney convinced the owner of [=McLaren's=] not to close early and let them lock up. They open the bar for a couple of hotties they had been trying to hook up earlier and a few of their friends... the entire Arizona Tech marching band. Oh, and they break a few glasses imitating TomCruise in ''{{Cocktail}}''.



* LucilleBall is a prime example of this.
* As are TheThreeStooges

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* LucilleBall is a prime example of this.
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* As are TheThreeStooges TheThreeStooges



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