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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''. This backfires in the episode "Head" when Blackadder is about to get some...[[UnusualEuphemism head]] (from the wife of Lord Farrow, whom he's impersonating). The Baldrick barges in as arranged (because Blackadder was worried she'd notice the deception if they talked too long) despite Blackadder desperately trying to get rid of him.

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* There's an iPhone app called ''Fake Caller'' that lets a person do this in real life.

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* There's an iPhone app called ''Fake Caller'' that lets a person do this in real life. (It's now also available for Android.)

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* The LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek "Harry and Meghan" has Harry receiving one of these halfway through his first date with Creator/MeghanMarkle. Meghan cottons on immediately and Harry sheepishly admits to having arranged this with his driver, but quickly admits that he's having a great time and doesn't want the date to end.


* ''Series/WillAndGrace'' once opened with Will on a date which ends up not going well. It turns out that he had arranged for Grace to interject with one of these. Sure enough, she calls and frantically tells him that Stan (Karen's husband) had a heart attack. When Will acknowledges the call, Grace tells him that Stan had a heart attack for real. Will doesn't believe it until Grace grabs a nearby staff member and has her same [[BuffySpeak "something hospital"]] down the phone to convince him.

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* ''Series/WillAndGrace'' once opened with Will on a date which ends up not going well. It turns out that he had arranged for Grace to interject with one of these. Sure enough, she calls and frantically tells him that Stan (Karen's husband) had a heart attack. When Will acknowledges the call, Grace tells him that Stan had a heart attack for real. Will doesn't believe it until Grace grabs a nearby staff member and has her same say [[BuffySpeak "something hospital"]] down the phone to convince him.


* In the movie ''The Break-Up'' Jennifer Aniston and her friend arrange for the friend to call during Aniston's date that night, at which point Aniston can either ignore the call or pretend it's an emergency and leave. Her date turns out to be boring, so when the call comes, Aniston pretends there's an emergency on the other end and suddenly abandons her date.

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* In the movie ''The Break-Up'' Jennifer Aniston ''Film/TheBreakUp'': Brooke and her friend arrange for the friend to call during Aniston's Brooke's date that night, at which point Aniston Brooke can either ignore the call or pretend it's an emergency and leave. Her date turns out to be boring, so when the call comes, Aniston Brooke pretends there's an emergency on the other end and suddenly abandons her date.


* ''Series/WillAndGrace'' once opened with Will on a date which ends up not going well. It turns out that he had arranged for Grace to interject with one of these. Sure enough, she calls and frantically tells him that Stan (Karen's husband) had a heart attack. When Will acknowledges the call, Grace tells him that Stan had a heart attack for real.

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* ''Series/WillAndGrace'' once opened with Will on a date which ends up not going well. It turns out that he had arranged for Grace to interject with one of these. Sure enough, she calls and frantically tells him that Stan (Karen's husband) had a heart attack. When Will acknowledges the call, Grace tells him that Stan had a heart attack for real. Will doesn't believe it until Grace grabs a nearby staff member and has her same [[BuffySpeak "something hospital"]] down the phone to convince him.



* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Monica and Phoebe get stuck meeting an annoying old friend for coffee. When Monica arrives at Central Perk she tells Phoebe she's arranged for Chandler to do this so they can start avoiding the woman. When Amanda, the annoying friend, arrives she accidentally reveals that the last time she saw them Phoebe was trying to subtly cut off her friendship with Monica by avoiding her and ducking out of meeting up. Monica is, rather understandably, upset about this and when the escape call comes she takes it but leaves Phoebe behind to deal with Amanda on her own.

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Monica and Phoebe get stuck meeting an annoying old friend for coffee. When Monica arrives at Central Perk she tells Phoebe she's arranged for Chandler to do this so they can start avoiding the woman. When Amanda, the annoying friend, arrives she accidentally reveals that the last time she saw them Phoebe was trying to subtly cut off her friendship with Monica by avoiding her and ducking out of meeting up. Monica is, rather understandably, is understandably upset about this and when the escape call comes she takes it but leaves Phoebe behind to deal with Amanda on her own.own as revenge.

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Monica and Phoebe get stuck meeting an annoying old friend for coffee. When Monica arrives at Central Perk she tells Phoebe she's arranged for Chandler to do this so they can start avoiding the woman. When Amanda, the annoying friend, arrives she accidentally reveals that the last time she saw them Phoebe was trying to subtly cut off her friendship with Monica by avoiding her and ducking out of meeting up. Monica is, rather understandably, upset about this and when the escape call comes she takes it but leaves Phoebe behind to deal with Amanda on her own.

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* ''Series/WillAndGrace'' once opened with Will on a date which ends up not going well. It turns out that he had arranged for Grace to interject with one of these. Sure enough, she calls and frantically tells him that Stan (Karen's husband) had a heart attack. When Will acknowledges the call, Grace tells him that Stan had a heart attack for real.
* The short-lived sitcom ''Built To Last'' had a non-phone variant. The main character agrees to meet a date at his parents' house and arranges for his brother to come in with a fake crisis in case the date doesn't go well. However, the date does go well and when the brother runs in to tell him their father had a heart attack, he tells him he doesn't have to do that. Like the ''Will and Grace'' example, the brother then tells him their father actually did have a heart attack.


* ''Series/TheOffice'': Jim actually does this twice. He does it once to pretend his condo is on fire in order to leave Michael's dinner party, and once to fake a business crisis to avoid lunch with Pam, Michael,and Helene. Both times backfire. Or, more accurately, both times are foiled by Pam immediately figuring out his scheme.

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* ''Series/TheOffice'': ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'': Jim actually does this twice. He does it once to pretend his condo is on fire in order to leave Michael's dinner party, and once to fake a business crisis to avoid lunch with Pam, Michael,and Helene. Both times backfire. Or, more accurately, both times are foiled by Pam immediately figuring out his scheme.


A character knows that there's something coming up that he would love to get out of, so he [[WeNeedADistraction arranges for someone else to phone him]] during the event, pretending that there's an emergency and forcing him to leave. Used most often in comedies, where there's a lot of potential of {{hilarity ensu|es}}ing.

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A character knows that there's something coming up that he would love to get out of, so he [[WeNeedADistraction arranges for someone else to phone him]] during the event, pretending that there's an emergency and forcing him to leave. Used most often in comedies, where there's a lot of potential of {{hilarity ensu|es}}ing.
ensu|es}}ing (including the possibility that his friend will "forget" to call for whatever reason).


* ''TheOffice'': Jim actually does this twice. He does it once to pretend his condo is on fire in order to leave Michael's dinner party, and once to fake a business crisis to avoid lunch with Pam, Michael,and Helene. Both times backfire. Or, more accurately, both times are foiled by Pam immediately figuring out his scheme.

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* ''TheOffice'': ''Series/TheOffice'': Jim actually does this twice. He does it once to pretend his condo is on fire in order to leave Michael's dinner party, and once to fake a business crisis to avoid lunch with Pam, Michael,and Helene. Both times backfire. Or, more accurately, both times are foiled by Pam immediately figuring out his scheme.



* In the British TV movie ''For the Greater Good'' a politician arranges for an "important call" to interrupt another MP whom he assumes wants his help in dealing with a sex scandal. Turns out the politician is reporting that someone's broken into his office, which the MP finds a lot more interesting.

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* In the British TV movie ''For the Greater Good'' a politician arranges for an "important call" to interrupt another MP whom he assumes wants his help in dealing with a sex scandal. Turns out the politician MP is reporting that someone's broken into his office, which the MP politician finds a lot more interesting.


* In the British TV movie ''For the Greater Good'' a politician arranges for an "important call" to interrupt another MP whom he assumes wants his help in deal with a sex scandal. Turns out the politician is reporting that someone's broken into his office, which the MP finds a lot more interesting.

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* In the British TV movie ''For the Greater Good'' a politician arranges for an "important call" to interrupt another MP whom he assumes wants his help in deal dealing with a sex scandal. Turns out the politician is reporting that someone's broken into his office, which the MP finds a lot more interesting.


* In the British TV movie ''For the Greater Good'' a politician arranges for an "important call" to interrupt another MP asking him to get out of a sex scandal. Turns out the politician is reporting that someone's broken into his office, which he finds a lot more interesting.

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* In the British TV movie ''For the Greater Good'' a politician arranges for an "important call" to interrupt another MP asking him to get out of whom he assumes wants his help in deal with a sex scandal. Turns out the politician is reporting that someone's broken into his office, which he the MP finds a lot more interesting.

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* In the British TV movie ''For the Greater Good'' a politician arranges for an "important call" to interrupt another MP asking him to get out of a sex scandal. Turns out the politician is reporting that someone's broken into his office, which he finds a lot more interesting.

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