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Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell . It didn't bother him during the show. It wasn't until he discovered he was running short of beer that it became an issue.

Fridge Logic has been the writer's-room term for these little InternalConsistency issues for a good while, as in "Don't sweat the Fridge Logic, we've got bigger fish to fry. We've only got 20 minutes left to work in ." It refers to some illogical or implausible plot point that the audience doesn't realize during the show, but only long afterwards. This naming is highly subjective, since not every person follows the same train of thought. Some people will never even realise there was a problem, while others will call it a PlotHole, since they already noticed the problem during the show.

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Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell .hell [[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]] went from Hungary to Melbourne, Australia, then to LA, all within 24 hours. It didn't bother him during the show. It wasn't until he discovered he was running short of beer that it became an issue.

Fridge Logic has been the writer's-room term for these little InternalConsistency issues for a good while, as in "Don't sweat the Fridge Logic, we've got bigger fish to fry. We've only got 20 minutes left to work in ." in [[NoodleImplements three costume changes, a foreign language, and a weird wig]]" It refers to some illogical or implausible plot point that the audience doesn't realize during the show, but only long afterwards. This naming is highly subjective, since not every person follows the same train of thought. Some people will never even realise there was a problem, while others will call it a PlotHole, since they already noticed the problem during the show.


Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell [[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]] went from Hungary to Melbourne, Australia, then to LA, all within 24 hours. It didn't bother him during the show. It wasn't until he discovered he was running short of beer that it became an issue.

Fridge Logic has been the writer's-room term for these little InternalConsistency issues for a good while, as in "Don't sweat the Fridge Logic, we've got bigger fish to fry. We've only got 20 minutes left to work in [[NoodleImplements three costume changes, a foreign language, and a weird wig]]." It refers to some illogical or implausible plot point that the audience doesn't realize during the show, but only long afterwards. This naming is highly subjective, since not every person follows the same train of thought. Some people will never even realise there was a problem, while others will call it a PlotHole, since they already noticed the problem during the show.

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Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell [[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]] went from Hungary to Melbourne, Australia, then to LA, all within 24 hours.hell . It didn't bother him during the show. It wasn't until he discovered he was running short of beer that it became an issue.

Fridge Logic has been the writer's-room term for these little InternalConsistency issues for a good while, as in "Don't sweat the Fridge Logic, we've got bigger fish to fry. We've only got 20 minutes left to work in [[NoodleImplements three costume changes, a foreign language, and a weird wig]].in ." It refers to some illogical or implausible plot point that the audience doesn't realize during the show, but only long afterwards. This naming is highly subjective, since not every person follows the same train of thought. Some people will never even realise there was a problem, while others will call it a PlotHole, since they already noticed the problem during the show.


Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow went from Hungary to Melbourne, Australia, then to LA, all within 24 hours. It didn't bother him during the show. It wasn't until he discovered he was running short of beer that it became an issue.

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Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell Series/{{Alias}} [[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow Bristow]] went from Hungary to Melbourne, Australia, then to LA, all within 24 hours. It didn't bother him during the show. It wasn't until he discovered he was running short of beer that it became an issue.


* It has a long history as a famous French idiom: “l’esprit de l’escalier“ — “the wit of the stairs”. It’s the clever remark that occurs to you only as you are going down the stairs at the end of a party.

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* It has a long history as a famous French idiom: “l’esprit de l’escalier“ — “the wit of the stairs”. [[ComebackTomorrow It’s the clever remark that occurs to you only as you are going down the stairs at the end of a party.
party.]]


Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell [[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]] went from Hungary to Melbourne, Australia, then to LA, all within 24 hours, or why [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Zordon]] thought recruiting [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude a bunch of teenagers]] was a viable option for getting help to save the world rather than hiring expert martial artists or trained mercenaries. It didn't bother him during the show. It wasn't until he discovered he was running short of beer that it became an issue.

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Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell [[Series/{{Alias}} Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]] Bristow went from Hungary to Melbourne, Australia, then to LA, all within 24 hours, or why [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Zordon]] thought recruiting [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude a bunch of teenagers]] was a viable option for getting help to save the world rather than hiring expert martial artists or trained mercenaries.hours. It didn't bother him during the show. It wasn't until he discovered he was running short of beer that it became an issue.



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* It has a long history as a famous French idiom: “l’esprit de l’escalier“ — “the wit of the stairs”. It’s the clever remark that occurs to you only as you are going down the stairs at the end of a party.


Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell Sydney Bristow in ''{{Series/Alias}}'' went from Hungary to Melbourne, Australia, then to LA, all within 24 hours. It didn't bother him during the show. It wasn't until he discovered he was running short of beer that it became an issue.

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Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell [[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow in ''{{Series/Alias}}'' Bristow]] went from Hungary to Melbourne, Australia, then to LA, all within 24 hours.hours, or why [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Zordon]] thought recruiting [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude a bunch of teenagers]] was a viable option for getting help to save the world rather than hiring expert martial artists or trained mercenaries. It didn't bother him during the show. It wasn't until he discovered he was running short of beer that it became an issue.


Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill the Hills]] went from Arlen, Texas to Mexico and back all in the course of one day.

It didn't bother him during the show. It wasn't until he discovered he was running short of beer that it became an issue.

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Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill the Hills]] Sydney Bristow in ''{{Series/Alias}}'' went from Arlen, Texas Hungary to Mexico and back Melbourne, Australia, then to LA, all in the course of one day.

within 24 hours. It didn't bother him during the show. It wasn't until he discovered he was running short of beer that it became an issue.


Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell [[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]] went from Hungary to Melbourne, Australia, then to LA, all within 24 hours.

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Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell [[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]] [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill the Hills]] went from Hungary Arlen, Texas to Melbourne, Australia, then to LA, Mexico and back all within 24 hours.
in the course of one day.


See also FridgeBrilliance for when there's actually a really good explanation when you think about it, and FridgeHorror when something is incredibly [[NightmareFuel nightmarish]] when you think about it. Sometimes Fridge Logic (and/or a heaping helping of ValuesDissonance) can turn an otherwise happy ending into a {{bittersweet|Ending}} or outright DownerEnding; for this, see EsotericHappyEnding, as well as InferredHolocaust. This is also related to the MST3KMantra, which allows you to just go along for the ride and not sweat the details. When fans notice these ''during'' the show, it's a plain old PlotHole. Not related to StuffedIntoTheFridge. Also not to be confused with BridgeLogic, the un-tasty OvenLogic, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begriffsschrift Frege logic]] or Bathroom Logic. If the characters themselves fail to ask questions about a given plot development or device, then it's because ApathyKilledTheCat.

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See also FridgeBrilliance for when there's actually a really good explanation when you think about it, and FridgeHorror when something is incredibly [[NightmareFuel nightmarish]] when you think about it. Sometimes Fridge Logic (and/or a heaping helping of ValuesDissonance) can turn an otherwise happy ending into a {{bittersweet|Ending}} or outright DownerEnding; DownerEnding (such as by pointing out the possibility of an InferredHolocaust); for this, see EsotericHappyEnding, as well as InferredHolocaust.EsotericHappyEnding. This is also related to the MST3KMantra, which allows you to just go along for the ride and not sweat the details. When fans notice these ''during'' the show, it's a plain old PlotHole. Not related to StuffedIntoTheFridge. Also not to be confused with BridgeLogic, the un-tasty OvenLogic, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begriffsschrift Frege logic]] or Bathroom Logic. If the characters themselves fail to ask questions about a given plot development or device, then it's because ApathyKilledTheCat.


See also FridgeBrilliance for when there's actually a really good explanation when you think about it, and FridgeHorror when something is incredibly [[NightmareFuel nightmarish]] when you think about it. Sometimes Fridge Logic (and/or a heaping helping of ValuesDissonance) can turn an otherwise happy ending into a {{bittersweet|Ending}} or outright DownerEnding; for this, see EsotericHappyEnding. This is also related to the MST3KMantra, which allows you to just go along for the ride and not sweat the details. When fans notice these ''during'' the show, it's a plain old PlotHole. Not related to StuffedIntoTheFridge. Also not to be confused with BridgeLogic, the un-tasty OvenLogic, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begriffsschrift Frege logic]] or Bathroom Logic. If the characters themselves fail to ask questions about a given plot development or device, then it's because ApathyKilledTheCat.

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See also FridgeBrilliance for when there's actually a really good explanation when you think about it, and FridgeHorror when something is incredibly [[NightmareFuel nightmarish]] when you think about it. Sometimes Fridge Logic (and/or a heaping helping of ValuesDissonance) can turn an otherwise happy ending into a {{bittersweet|Ending}} or outright DownerEnding; for this, see EsotericHappyEnding.EsotericHappyEnding, as well as InferredHolocaust. This is also related to the MST3KMantra, which allows you to just go along for the ride and not sweat the details. When fans notice these ''during'' the show, it's a plain old PlotHole. Not related to StuffedIntoTheFridge. Also not to be confused with BridgeLogic, the un-tasty OvenLogic, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begriffsschrift Frege logic]] or Bathroom Logic. If the characters themselves fail to ask questions about a given plot development or device, then it's because ApathyKilledTheCat.


The phrase was technically coined by Creator/AlfredHitchcock. When asked about the scene in ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'' when Madeleine mysteriously, and impossibly, disappears from the hotel that Scottie saw her in, he responded by calling it an "icebox" scene, that is, a scene that "hits you after you've gone home and start pulling cold chicken out of the icebox."

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The phrase concept was technically coined first suggested by Creator/AlfredHitchcock. When asked about the scene in ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'' when Madeleine mysteriously, mysteriously and impossibly, impossibly disappears from the hotel that Scottie saw her in, he responded by calling it an "icebox" scene, that is, "icebox scene": a scene that "hits you after you've gone home and start pulling cold chicken out of the icebox."


* The writer David Gerrold refers to this as the "refrigerator door question" in his book on writing, ''Worlds of Wonder''. He also gives an example: If Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}} can make the bicycle fly, why didn't he use it in the beginning of the film to avoid pursuit?

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* The writer David Gerrold refers to this as the "refrigerator door question" in his book on writing, ''Worlds of Wonder''. He also gives an example: If Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}} can make the bicycle fly, why didn't he use it in at the beginning of the film to avoid pursuit?


* The writer David Gerrold refers to this as the "refrigerator door question" in his book on writing, ''Worlds of Wonder''. He also gives an example: In the movie ''Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}}'', if E.T. can make the bicycle fly at the end, why doesn't he use it in the beginning of the film to avoid pursuit?

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* The writer David Gerrold refers to this as the "refrigerator door question" in his book on writing, ''Worlds of Wonder''. He also gives an example: In the movie ''Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}}'', if E.T. If Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}} can make the bicycle fly at the end, fly, why doesn't didn't he use it in the beginning of the film to avoid pursuit?


Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Zordon]] thought recruiting [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude a bunch of teenagers]] was a viable option for getting help to save the world rather than hiring expert martial artists or trained mercenaries.

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Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into his refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that his six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to him to wonder how in the hell [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Zordon]] thought recruiting [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude a bunch of teenagers]] was a viable option for getting help [[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]] went from Hungary to save the world rather than hiring expert martial artists or trained mercenaries.
Melbourne, Australia, then to LA, all within 24 hours.

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