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* In ''Manga/BungoStrayDogs'', Atsushi has just heard that there might be a mole, and realizes that [[spoiler:Mister Tonan]] is lying to him. He ends up flustered and then quickly excuses himself by claiming that he has to go feed a chameleon.


-->'''Bugs:''' (''nervously'') Who, me?? Oh, uh, I'm just waiting for a streetcar. (''An ocean liner suddenly pulls up'') But in a spot like this, a boat will do! (''he boards it and it leaves'')

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-->'''Bugs:''' (''nervously'') Who, me?? Oh, uh, I'm just waiting for a streetcar. (''An (''[[DeusExMachina An ocean liner suddenly pulls up'') up]]'') But in a spot like this, a boat will do! (''he boards it and it leaves'')


** In "Homer Badman", when a salesman at a candy convention realizes he can't actually think of a thousand uses for wax lips, he excuses himself with "I'm needed in the basement."



** In "Homer the Great", Homer needs a reason to excuse himself and spy on Lenny and Carl, something he'd promised not to do.
--->'''Homer:''' I'm going...outside...to...[[SubvertedTrope stalk...''Lenny and Carl'']]... [[{{Catchphrase}} D'oh!]]

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** In Played with in "Homer the Great", when Homer needs a reason to excuse himself and spy on Lenny and Carl, something he'd promised not to do.
--->'''Homer:''' I'm going...outside...to...[[SubvertedTrope [[SayingTooMuch stalk...''Lenny ]]''Lenny and Carl'']]...Carl''... [[{{Catchphrase}} D'oh!]]


->''"I'm busy right now, working on this... excuse."''

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->''"I'm busy right now, working on this... excuse."''



Usually the mundane "Well, I'm off to work," "I think I'll call it a night," "Gotta use the head", "GoingToTheStore" type of comment, rarely related to the plot. The British or TheRoaringTwenties equivalent would be "I have to see a man about a horse (or dog)."[[note]]This was also an UnusualEuphemism for needing to use the toilet.[[/note]] If the character is TheDitz, a BadLiar, or simply ''desperate'' to get away, they may come up with a less plausible excuse, like "I think I hear my mother calling me" or "I need to take my goldfish to the vet." Particularly desperate and/or dimwitted characters might even [[BuffySpeak come up with something absolutely nonsensical]], or might just abandon the whole "reason" part of the reason ("I have to go over there, for... some reason." or "I have to go be somewhere else"). Alternatively, a clever DeadpanSnarker may offer a blatantly nonsensical excuse as a form of deliberate snub. When a character wants the remaining characters to [[LampshadeHanging know what they are up to]], they'll often go with a blatantly transparent "I have a thing with a guy" excuse. The desire to ''Iron the Dog'' usually comes on very quickly. Sometimes the dog ironer may appear on the verge of a panic attack.

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Usually the mundane "Well, I'm off to work," "I think I'll call it a night," "Gotta use the head", "GoingToTheStore" type of comment, rarely related to the plot. The British or TheRoaringTwenties equivalent would be "I have to see a man about a horse (or dog)."[[note]]This was also an UnusualEuphemism for needing to use the toilet.[[/note]] If the character is TheDitz, a BadLiar, or simply ''desperate'' to get away, they may come up with a less plausible excuse, like "I think I hear my mother calling me" or "I need to take my goldfish to the vet." Particularly desperate and/or dimwitted characters might even [[BuffySpeak come up with something absolutely nonsensical]], or might just abandon the whole "reason" part of the reason ("I have to go over there, for... some reason." or "I have to go be somewhere else"). Alternatively, a clever DeadpanSnarker may offer a blatantly nonsensical excuse as a form of deliberate snub. When a character wants the remaining characters to [[LampshadeHanging know what they are up to]], they'll often go with a blatantly transparent "I have a thing with a guy" excuse. The desire to ''Iron the Dog'' usually comes on very quickly. Sometimes the dog ironer may appear on the verge of a panic attack.



** "I... am just going... to go... to the Bahamas... I left my... cat in the... refrigerator there..."

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** "I... am just going... going...to go... go...to the Bahamas... Bahamas...I left my... my...cat in the... the...refrigerator there..."



* In ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', Scott uses the not-even-trying version of this: "We have to go, uhh... thing the... thingy."

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* In ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', Scott uses the not-even-trying version of this: "We have to go, uhh... thing the... thingy."



** "I'd love to, but... uh... I'm clinically dead. What you're seeing is merely the last few movements before I stiffen."

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** "I'd love to, but... uh... uh...I'm clinically dead. What you're seeing is merely the last few movements before I stiffen."



** Well, possum babies are rather small... But why would you let them play on there in the first place?

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** Well, possum babies are rather small... But why would you let them play on there in the first place?



* Kroton in the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip once escaped an uncomfortable situation by claiming he wanted to go get some fresh air. Being a Cyberman (although a friendly and easygoing one), he left muttering to himself, "Brilliant excuse, Kroton... since when did you start breathing?"

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* Kroton in the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip once escaped an uncomfortable situation by claiming he wanted to go get some fresh air. Being a Cyberman (although a friendly and easygoing one), he left muttering to himself, "Brilliant excuse, Kroton... since when did you start breathing?"



-->'''Kanae:''' We have to take care of that ... thing in the kitchen, right Asahina-san?

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-->'''Kanae:''' We have to take care of that ... that...thing in the kitchen, right Asahina-san?



-->'''[=McGee=]:''' I, uh, need to be... somewhere else. Labby's ab. I mean, Abby's lab. I need to be -- helping Abby. In her lab. She needs my help with... converting the gigabytes into RAM and disguising them in a Boolean operator to slip past the firewall.\\
'''Ziva:''' I, ah... also need to be somewhere else. The director has personally requested that I... go somewhere else. Not here. Do you hear [=McGee=] calling for help? I hear him calling for help. I'll go help him. Somewhere else.\\
'''Tony:''' Eh, boss, I'm not feeling so good. I must becoming down with a serious case of... papertosis.

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-->'''[=McGee=]:''' I, uh, need to be... somewhere else. Labby's ab. I mean, Abby's lab. I need to be -- helping Abby. In her lab. She needs my help with... converting the gigabytes into RAM and disguising them in a Boolean operator to slip past the firewall.\\
'''Ziva:''' I, ah... also need to be somewhere else. The director has personally requested that I... go somewhere else. Not here. Do you hear [=McGee=] calling for help? I hear him calling for help. I'll go help him. Somewhere else.\\
'''Tony:''' Eh, boss, I'm not feeling so good. I must becoming down with a serious case of... papertosis.



'''Fluttershy:''' It does. Wouldn't you know it? I have to go feed my... bed!\\

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'''Fluttershy:''' It does. Wouldn't you know it? I have to go feed my... bed!\\



---->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Um... well... uh-oh, looks like visiting hours are over! Catch ya' later Nix!\\
'''Phoenix Wright:''' Hey! No they aren't! There are still five minutes left!... She's gone...

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---->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Um... well... well...uh-oh, looks like visiting hours are over! Catch ya' later Nix!\\
'''Phoenix Wright:''' Hey! No they aren't! There are still five minutes left!... She's gone...



---->'''Spike:''' Oh!? You're back Twilight! I-um... uh... I was just on my way to... um... organize those awesome books my intelligent and smart friend reads! Uh... later!

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---->'''Spike:''' Oh!? You're back Twilight! I-um... uh... uh...I was just on my way to... um... to...um...organize those awesome books my intelligent and smart friend reads! Uh... Uh...later!



** The Blog/ReadingRainbowverse is a collection of blogs about ponies reading webcomics. The askers frequently give them awkward questions... to which they respond by saying "Let's read the comic, hahahaha!" It's practically a RunningGag.

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** The Blog/ReadingRainbowverse is a collection of blogs about ponies reading webcomics. The askers frequently give them awkward questions... to which they respond by saying "Let's read the comic, hahahaha!" It's practically a RunningGag.



--->'''Vegeta:''' Yeah, that's just great. If you'll excuse me though, I've gotta... Bye.

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--->'''Vegeta:''' Yeah, that's just great. If you'll excuse me though, I've gotta... Bye.



-->'''Rupert:''' You know, on second thought... [[HesitationEqualsDishonesty we, um, left the, er, iron on.]] We've gotta go!
* In ''Star Wars'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2372876/3/It-s-Ok-Master-the-Force-hates-me-too It's OK Master, the Force Hates Me Too,]]'' Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi responds to Master Yoda's requests for guests to come over for his "famous stew" is "I'd love to, but I have to… go… study… something. Bye!" Which His Master, Qui-Gon follows up by saying ""I have to help him. Being his Master and all that. Bye!"

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-->'''Rupert:''' You know, on second thought... [[HesitationEqualsDishonesty we, um, left the, er, iron on.]] We've gotta go!
* In ''Star Wars'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2372876/3/It-s-Ok-Master-the-Force-hates-me-too It's OK Master, the Force Hates Me Too,]]'' Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi responds to Master Yoda's requests for guests to come over for his "famous stew" is "I'd love to, but I have to… go… study… something.to…go…study…something. Bye!" Which His Master, Qui-Gon follows up by saying ""I have to help him. Being his Master and all that. Bye!"



* In ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'', as ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Nite Owl]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMhn10cG_BU see the next event]] ([[Comicbook/FantasticFour The Thing]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}}... [[WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens Monster vs. Alien]]), Cyclops leaves with a bizarre excuse (that's also an in-joke): "Excuse me, I think I heard [[ComicBook/JeanGrey my girlfriend]] [[NeverLiveItDown/ComicBooks dying]]."
* ''WebVideo/WeddingPeachAbridged'': "Hmmm... got to think of a lie."

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* In ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'', as ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Nite Owl]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMhn10cG_BU see the next event]] ([[Comicbook/FantasticFour The Thing]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}}... [[WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens Monster vs. Alien]]), Cyclops leaves with a bizarre excuse (that's also an in-joke): "Excuse me, I think I heard [[ComicBook/JeanGrey my girlfriend]] [[NeverLiveItDown/ComicBooks dying]]."
* ''WebVideo/WeddingPeachAbridged'': "Hmmm... got to think of a lie."



-->'''Shad:''' Excuse me, Link. I'm going to go somewhere and... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not have sex with this book.]]

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-->'''Shad:''' Excuse me, Link. I'm going to go somewhere and... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not have sex with this book.]]



-->'''Dean:''' We should... we have that...\\

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-->'''Dean:''' We should... we have that...\\



-->'''Lavender:''' I um... need to be going... somewhere. Bye Harry!

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-->'''Lavender:''' I um... need to be going... going...somewhere. Bye Harry!



-->'''Bandana Dee:''' I--uh--have an appointment. With--the... grass!\\

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-->'''Bandana Dee:''' I--uh--have an appointment. With--the... grass!\\



'''Bandana Dee:''' Yeah. Um. Well. Fertilizing, you see. With... cow shit?\\
'''Kirby:''' Oh. Yeah. Yeah! But... you're having a day off? So there wouldn't be any work?\\
'''Bandana Dee:''' Voluntary... work? They—like—um. We're short on botanists. Kind of.\\

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'''Bandana Dee:''' Yeah. Um. Well. Fertilizing, you see. With... cow shit?\\
'''Kirby:''' Oh. Yeah. Yeah! But... you're having a day off? So there wouldn't be any work?\\
'''Bandana Dee:''' Voluntary... work? They—like—um. We're short on botanists. Kind of.\\



* In ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'', Owen sees his crush heading towards the bar just as the rest of the team is turning in for the night. He excuses himself by saying, "I gotta have a bathroom ... I mean ... go to the-- drink. ...in the bathroom." Dwight gives him a look and replies, "Whatever you do, wash your hands."
* In the film ''Film/TheWeddingPlanner,'' self-appointed matchmaker Penny must contrive a reason to abandon the leads at a movie. "I just remembered that I promised my friend's brother's godmother that I would help her change her fax cartridge because she's going out of town tomorrow... on an African safari!"

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* In ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'', Owen sees his crush heading towards the bar just as the rest of the team is turning in for the night. He excuses himself by saying, "I gotta have a bathroom ... I mean ... mean...go to the-- drink.the--drink. ...in the bathroom." Dwight gives him a look and replies, "Whatever you do, wash your hands."
* In the film ''Film/TheWeddingPlanner,'' self-appointed matchmaker Penny must contrive a reason to abandon the leads at a movie. "I just remembered that I promised my friend's brother's godmother that I would help her change her fax cartridge because she's going out of town tomorrow... on an African safari!"



* ''Film/DirtyWork'': "I have to go... lift weights. ''[[LampshadeHanging What]]?!''"

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* ''Film/DirtyWork'': "I have to go... lift weights. ''[[LampshadeHanging What]]?!''"



* ''Film/ShesTheMan'': When caught in an awkward moment with Olivia and "Sebastian" (i.e. Viola), Duke says, while DistractedByTheSexy, "I gotta go change my ... feet."

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* ''Film/ShesTheMan'': When caught in an awkward moment with Olivia and "Sebastian" (i.e. Viola), Duke says, while DistractedByTheSexy, "I gotta go change my ... feet."



* Michele from ''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion'' does this a couple of times. On one occasion she asks to be excused because "I cut my foot earlier and my shoe is filling up with blood"; the second time the situation is so awkward that she simply declares "I have to go... away."

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* Michele from ''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion'' does this a couple of times. On one occasion she asks to be excused because "I cut my foot earlier and my shoe is filling up with blood"; the second time the situation is so awkward that she simply declares "I have to go... away."



--->'''Duane:''' Can I confess something? I tell you this as an artist, I think you'll understand. Sometimes when I'm driving... on the road at night... I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car. I can anticipate the explosion. The sound of shattering glass. The... flames rising out of the flowing gasoline.\\

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--->'''Duane:''' Can I confess something? I tell you this as an artist, I think you'll understand. Sometimes when I'm driving... on the road at night... night...I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car. I can anticipate the explosion. The sound of shattering glass. The... flames rising out of the flowing gasoline.\\



'''Guest:''' And... we... have a train to catch.\\
'''Wife:''' Yes... of course. We have a train to catch. And I don't want to start bleeding over the seats.

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'''Guest:''' And... we... we...have a train to catch.\\
'''Wife:''' Yes... of course. We have a train to catch. And I don't want to start bleeding over the seats.



'''Phil:''' Ummm... something else.

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'''Phil:''' Ummm... something else.



* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book, ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'', when Roland came to wish Tiffany well on her apprenticeship, Miss Tick [[LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone immediately declared in a sticky-sweet voice]] that she saw "a very fine and interesting example of a... a... a big stone over there," so she'll just go and have a look at it. Tiffany felt like pinching her for that. Then when she turns out to have been eavesdropping the whole time, she cheerfully explains that the stone wasn't ''that'' interesting.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book, ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'', when Roland came to wish Tiffany well on her apprenticeship, Miss Tick [[LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone immediately declared in a sticky-sweet voice]] that she saw "a very fine and interesting example of a... a... a...a big stone over there," so she'll just go and have a look at it. Tiffany felt like pinching her for that. Then when she turns out to have been eavesdropping the whole time, she cheerfully explains that the stone wasn't ''that'' interesting.



* In one of the original ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'' stories, Piglet absolutely has to go and do... something... that only he can do... and that has to be done right now!

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* In one of the original ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'' stories, Piglet absolutely has to go and do... something... something...that only he can do... do...and that has to be done right now!



** Going to the bathroom is pretty much the fail-safe excuse for Harry to go follow somebody/eavesdrop/escape a situation. His friends must be concerned about his bladder problem by now.... Finally lampshaded in the seventh book when Hermione and Ron have disappeared with the excuse of a bathroom, leaving Harry to try to figure out their real destination. [[spoiler:He eventually finds them emerging from the chamber of secrets... in the girl's bathroom.]]

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** Going to the bathroom is pretty much the fail-safe excuse for Harry to go follow somebody/eavesdrop/escape a situation. His friends must be concerned about his bladder problem by now....now... Finally lampshaded in the seventh book when Hermione and Ron have disappeared with the excuse of a bathroom, leaving Harry to try to figure out their real destination. [[spoiler:He eventually finds them emerging from the chamber of secrets... in the girl's bathroom.]]



'''Howard:''' You know... the ''thing''?\\

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'''Howard:''' You know... the ''thing''?\\



--->'''Topper:''' I've just remembered... my father's just died! I've got to be at the funeral in ten minutes! Dem sorry! Goodbye, Your Highness.\\

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--->'''Topper:''' I've just remembered... my father's just died! I've got to be at the funeral in ten minutes! Dem sorry! Goodbye, Your Highness.\\



--->'''Bones:''' I need to go... do... scientific things to catch a serial killer.

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--->'''Bones:''' I need to go... do... do...scientific things to catch a serial killer.



--->'''Willow:''' Strangely, I feel like staying at home... and doing my homework... and flossing... and dying a virgin.
** "Something Blue": Under a spell, Buffy tells Riley that she is marrying Spike. Flustered, Riley responds "It's late. And I'm very tired. So I'm just going to go far away and be... away."

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--->'''Willow:''' Strangely, I feel like staying at home... and doing my homework... homework...and flossing... flossing...and dying a virgin.
** "Something Blue": Under a spell, Buffy tells Riley that she is marrying Spike. Flustered, Riley responds "It's late. And I'm very tired. So I'm just going to go far away and be... away."



--->'''Xander:''' I'm gonna go get that... phone you probably don't hear. High-pitched ring, ears like a dog.\\

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--->'''Xander:''' I'm gonna go get that... phone you probably don't hear. High-pitched ring, ears like a dog.\\



--->'''Ryan:''' Oh, hey, uh... don't we have that thing?\\

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--->'''Ryan:''' Oh, hey, uh... don't we have that thing?\\



* ''Series/CovertAffairs'' has Auggie left with Jai after accidentally insulting him. He makes his escape by saying "I'm going to do... anything else."

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* ''Series/CovertAffairs'' has Auggie left with Jai after accidentally insulting him. He makes his escape by saying "I'm going to do... anything else."



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]], the Doctor and Amy tell Professor Bracewell that they have to go and do an important ''thing'' before [[spoiler:deactivating the Professor for being a Dalek android]], something that's going to take at ''least'' 15 minutes... no, more like half an hour realistically... to do, then Bracewell [[spoiler:will be so very deactivated]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]], the Doctor and Amy tell Professor Bracewell that they have to go and do an important ''thing'' before [[spoiler:deactivating the Professor for being a Dalek android]], something that's going to take at ''least'' 15 minutes... no, more like half an hour realistically... realistically...to do, then Bracewell [[spoiler:will be so very deactivated]].



--->'''Niles:''' Yes, and I'd love to stay but I... have my therapy group meeting, and last time I was late the, er, compulsive gamblers were betting the passive aggressives that they couldn't make the over-eaters... cry.
** Once, Martin excuses himself from Lilith's presence by saying, "Time to go... practice my signature."

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--->'''Niles:''' Yes, and I'd love to stay but I... have my therapy group meeting, and last time I was late the, er, compulsive gamblers were betting the passive aggressives that they couldn't make the over-eaters... over-eaters...cry.
** Once, Martin excuses himself from Lilith's presence by saying, "Time to go... practice my signature."



** And the former {{Trope Namer|s}}. Which is a subversion because... well, that's what he really went for and brought back.

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** And the former {{Trope Namer|s}}. Which is a subversion because... well, that's what he really went for and brought back.



--->'''Chandler:''' This is so good, that I'm gonna go enjoy it on the balcony... so that I can enjoy the view whilst I enjoy my dessert.\\

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--->'''Chandler:''' This is so good, that I'm gonna go enjoy it on the balcony... so that I can enjoy the view whilst I enjoy my dessert.\\



'''Lily:''' Sorry, I'm... ah, I dunno, washing my hair.\\

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'''Lily:''' Sorry, I'm... ah, I dunno, washing my hair.\\



--->'''Robin:''' Oh, I ''just remembered'', I can't go tonight, I've got that... uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... ''[escapes out the door]''
* Desperate to escape the affections of a pair of swingers, the eponymous character of ''Series/ImAlanPartridge'' tries to leave with the excuse that "I've just remembered that my dad is... ...still dead."

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--->'''Robin:''' Oh, I ''just remembered'', I can't go tonight, I've got that... uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... uh...that uh...that uh...that uh...that uh...that uh... ''[escapes out the door]''
* Desperate to escape the affections of a pair of swingers, the eponymous character of ''Series/ImAlanPartridge'' tries to leave with the excuse that "I've just remembered that my dad is... ...still dead."



* Played for drama on ''Series/MadMen'' when [[TheHypotenuse Henry Francis]] comes to see Betty at home in the middle of the day, and her housekeeper Carla sees them. They're just standing there talking to each other, so it should be easy to cover up the romantic undertones, but Betty's a BadLiar and completely botches her attempt. At the end of the scene she claims she left the bathtub running and heads upstairs... leaving the basket of laundry she just brought down.

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* Played for drama on ''Series/MadMen'' when [[TheHypotenuse Henry Francis]] comes to see Betty at home in the middle of the day, and her housekeeper Carla sees them. They're just standing there talking to each other, so it should be easy to cover up the romantic undertones, but Betty's a BadLiar and completely botches her attempt. At the end of the scene she claims she left the bathtub running and heads upstairs... leaving the basket of laundry she just brought down.



--->'''Earl:''' Sorry, I just ate a big meal and my doctor says I have to wait at least three hours before swimming or... humping so... Don't wait up.\\\
'''Earl:''' There's a bunch of birds unfairly attacking a squirrel on the lawn. I have to get involved... Don't wait up.\\\

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--->'''Earl:''' Sorry, I just ate a big meal and my doctor says I have to wait at least three hours before swimming or... humping so... so...Don't wait up.\\\
'''Earl:''' There's a bunch of birds unfairly attacking a squirrel on the lawn. I have to get involved... Don't wait up.\\\



** In another episode, when Crow and Servo want to get away from Mike, Crow says "We need to go... feed the cat. Well, get a cat, then... feed it."

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** In another episode, when Crow and Servo want to get away from Mike, Crow says "We need to go... feed the cat. Well, get a cat, then... feed it."



'''TV's Frank:''' Getting a... piece of... water.\\

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'''TV's Frank:''' Getting a... piece of... of...water.\\



** [=McGee=]: "... And I'm going to do that... after I get... a Nutter Butter..." (''eyeroll, exit'')
** From the same character: "I'm gonna go... get a haircut.":
** And again with: "Oh, look! There's... a... cat outside. I'm going to go help it."

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** [=McGee=]: "... And I'm going to do that... that...after I get... get...a Nutter Butter..." (''eyeroll, exit'')
** From the same character: "I'm gonna go... get a haircut.":
** And again with: "Oh, look! There's... a... a...cat outside. I'm going to go help it."



** Another has newcomer Bishop chewing Gibbs out for [[ItMakesSenseInContext not chewing her out over an error she made.]] Tony claims, "I... have to... do something." Tim claims, "I... have to... help him with it."

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** Another has newcomer Bishop chewing Gibbs out for [[ItMakesSenseInContext not chewing her out over an error she made.]] Tony claims, "I... have to... to...do something." Tim claims, "I... have to... to...help him with it."



* ''Series/{{Pixelface}}'': In "Two Aethelwynnes", Alexia and Clairpearker get away from Kiki from by announcing that they "Have to do some extra training...in that other room... with the thing".
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', Rimmer manages to come out with: "I'll be in the stern, correlating the, uh... in the stern."

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* ''Series/{{Pixelface}}'': In "Two Aethelwynnes", Alexia and Clairpearker get away from Kiki from by announcing that they "Have to do some extra training...in that other room... with the thing".
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', Rimmer manages to come out with: "I'll be in the stern, correlating the, uh... in the stern."



* This gem from ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', when Eliza decides to return Henry's coat by removing it in front of him... with very little underneath and then asking him to spend the night.

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* This gem from ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', when Eliza decides to return Henry's coat by removing it in front of him... with very little underneath and then asking him to spend the night.



'''Clark:''' Well, I better... go feed Shelby.\\

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'''Clark:''' Well, I better... go feed Shelby.\\



** In one episode, various characters had excuses such as kel'no'reem (Teal'c) important translation (Daniel) writing a report (Sam) and... something important (Jack).

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** In one episode, various characters had excuses such as kel'no'reem (Teal'c) important translation (Daniel) writing a report (Sam) and... something important (Jack).



* ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'': "I just remembered I left the light on in my... other life."

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* ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'': "I just remembered I left the light on in my... other life."



-->'''Sam:''' Oh yeah, um, I've gotta... uh, I've gotta go. Over there. Right now.

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-->'''Sam:''' Oh yeah, um, I've gotta... uh, I've gotta go. Over there. Right now.



--->'''Kitty:''' I left the stove on the ironing... I left the iron on, on the stove, which is also on, and that just cannot be safe.

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--->'''Kitty:''' I left the stove on the ironing... I left the iron on, on the stove, which is also on, and that just cannot be safe.



-->'''Hammond:''' I can't, I'm painting... my horse.
* An amusing example in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': Chelsea wants Charlie to meet her parents, so he makes up a vague excuse about being unable to go because he has an appointment. This quickly escalates into him needing a colonoscopy. By the end of the episode, he actually goes through with it... and then Chelsea reveals that she knew he was lying all along and has invited her parents to come to his house anyway.
* In an episode of the Singaporean sitcom ''Series/UnderOneRoof'', a sleazy university professor makes several advances towards Denise, who stammers "I left my iron on in my... car."

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-->'''Hammond:''' I can't, I'm painting... my horse.
* An amusing example in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': Chelsea wants Charlie to meet her parents, so he makes up a vague excuse about being unable to go because he has an appointment. This quickly escalates into him needing a colonoscopy. By the end of the episode, he actually goes through with it... and then Chelsea reveals that she knew he was lying all along and has invited her parents to come to his house anyway.
* In an episode of the Singaporean sitcom ''Series/UnderOneRoof'', a sleazy university professor makes several advances towards Denise, who stammers "I left my iron on in my... car."



-->'''Joe:''' I have to, uh... go get my foot measured.\\

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-->'''Joe:''' I have to, uh... go get my foot measured.\\



-->'''Alison:''' I'm going to... drink.

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-->'''Alison:''' I'm going to... drink.



* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever''. Some of the mooks do this, such as one mook reacting to an extremely envious mook's jealousy with, "Uh... I have to stand over ''here'' now."

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* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever''. Some of the mooks do this, such as one mook reacting to an extremely envious mook's jealousy with, "Uh... I have to stand over ''here'' now."



** In an early mission, Ned Flanders tells Homer that he's been robbed and he's ready to call the police to look for whoever stole his belongings. This reminds Homer that he "borrowed" them a while ago, and attempts to sneak off to his car to find them by sheepishly telling him, "I have to go... shuck some corn."
** While it's not really an excuse to leave, one of the quotes Homer says when requesting a new vehicle is, "I need your help, my car is... sleeping."

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** In an early mission, Ned Flanders tells Homer that he's been robbed and he's ready to call the police to look for whoever stole his belongings. This reminds Homer that he "borrowed" them a while ago, and attempts to sneak off to his car to find them by sheepishly telling him, "I have to go... shuck some corn."
** While it's not really an excuse to leave, one of the quotes Homer says when requesting a new vehicle is, "I need your help, my car is... sleeping."



-->'''[=Skid McMarx=]:''' Hey uhh... dudes... I uhh..forgot to feed my goldfish.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Imperial Agent's companion Doctor Lokin excuses himself because of the cold weather in order to escape an uncomfortable conversation. Reasonable enough, right? Except he was going outside... on ''[[SlippySlideyIceWorld Hoth]]''.

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-->'''[=Skid McMarx=]:''' Hey uhh... dudes... dudes...I uhh..forgot to feed my goldfish.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Imperial Agent's companion Doctor Lokin excuses himself because of the cold weather in order to escape an uncomfortable conversation. Reasonable enough, right? Except he was going outside... on ''[[SlippySlideyIceWorld Hoth]]''.



* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' some of Count Bleck's henchmen leave the castle against his orders to attack the heroes. Mr. L's excuse is that 'I need to go deflavourise the [[HumongousMecha Brobot's]], uh... Flavouriser.'

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* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' some of Count Bleck's henchmen leave the castle against his orders to attack the heroes. Mr. L's excuse is that 'I need to go deflavourise the [[HumongousMecha Brobot's]], uh... Flavouriser.'



* In ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon DS Cute,'' one Heart Event for Carter has him desperate to get away from [[LethalChef Flora's]] cooking. He swears up, down, and sideways that he, uh... Promised to eat lunch with the player character! Didn't he? If you play along with his ruse, you gain [[RelationshipValues Love Points]] with him.

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* In ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon DS Cute,'' one Heart Event for Carter has him desperate to get away from [[LethalChef Flora's]] cooking. He swears up, down, and sideways that he, uh... Promised promised to eat lunch with the player character! Didn't he? If you play along with his ruse, you gain [[RelationshipValues Love Points]] with him.



-->'''Mai:''' Well, I need to head in to class because I have a... test... I gotta talk to...

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-->'''Mai:''' Well, I need to head in to class because I have a... test... test...I gotta talk to...



** When Strong Bad introduces Li'l Brudder, a one-legged dog whose catch-phrase is "Don't worry; I can make it on my own," Strong Bad initially says that said picture cracks him up. However, at the end, when Strong Bad is musing on the "tough little guy" he catches himself and tells the viewers "Umm, I think I've got a... food... in the oven.... Igottago." and leaves the room. (Li'l Brudder's triumphs in the face of adversity often make everyone cry.)
** On a more meta level, having come to the conclusion that his imagination is broken, Strong Bad ends an email with "I'm gonna go... place". [[spoiler:Clicking on that phrase shows a postcard from Place.]]
* In Issue Ten of ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'', Cheerleader claims the other girls can't go to The Ugly One's Sweet Someteenth birthday because "We have... the... Olympics... tonight." Though once The Ugly One tells them it's a "boy/girl party," Cheerleader tells her the coach just called and says the Olympics are dumb, so she can come to the party after all. It then cuts to an Olympic coach being glared at by an Olympic Man, who says "I don't know what they're talking about, I swear!"
* There is a ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'' [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/64772 parody]] in which Brad, upon hearing about the killer zombie dogs, says the following: "Well, I just remembered that I left the, uh, oven on in the, uh, helicopter, and... [[GoLookAtTheDistraction LOOK! BEHIND YOU!]] [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland A THREE-HEADED MONKEY!]]" He then proceeds to dash off, followed shortly after by the sound of a helicopter taking off. Subverted, in that Brad is trying to distract Wesker so he can flee. Wesker doesn't look away. Brad flees anyway.

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** When Strong Bad introduces Li'l Brudder, a one-legged dog whose catch-phrase is "Don't worry; I can make it on my own," Strong Bad initially says that said picture cracks him up. However, at the end, when Strong Bad is musing on the "tough little guy" he catches himself and tells the viewers "Umm, I think I've got a... food... food...in the oven....oven... Igottago." and leaves the room. (Li'l Brudder's triumphs in the face of adversity often make everyone cry.)
** On a more meta level, having come to the conclusion that his imagination is broken, Strong Bad ends an email with "I'm gonna go... place". [[spoiler:Clicking on that phrase shows a postcard from Place.]]
* In Issue Ten of ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'', Cheerleader claims the other girls can't go to The Ugly One's Sweet Someteenth birthday because "We have... the... Olympics... the...Olympics...tonight." Though once The Ugly One tells them it's a "boy/girl party," Cheerleader tells her the coach just called and says the Olympics are dumb, so she can come to the party after all. It then cuts to an Olympic coach being glared at by an Olympic Man, who says "I don't know what they're talking about, I swear!"
* There is a ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'' [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/64772 parody]] in which Brad, upon hearing about the killer zombie dogs, says the following: "Well, I just remembered that I left the, uh, oven on in the, uh, helicopter, and... [[GoLookAtTheDistraction LOOK! BEHIND YOU!]] [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland A THREE-HEADED MONKEY!]]" He then proceeds to dash off, followed shortly after by the sound of a helicopter taking off. Subverted, in that Brad is trying to distract Wesker so he can flee. Wesker doesn't look away. Brad flees anyway.



* In ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' Episode 16, Sun tries to get out of Yang's [[HurricaneOfPuns open mic comedy act]] by saying "I just remembered! I'm supposed to be... uh... not here!" Ren forces him to stay.

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* In ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' Episode 16, Sun tries to get out of Yang's [[HurricaneOfPuns open mic comedy act]] by saying "I just remembered! I'm supposed to be... uh... uh...not here!" Ren forces him to stay.



-->'''Anakin:''' Sorry, I... need to wash my hair.\\

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-->'''Anakin:''' Sorry, I... need to wash my hair.\\



-->'''Antimony:''' ''Well then!'' If you will excuse me. I have to... find... a... book. ''[BeatPanel] [Marches away]''\\

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-->'''Antimony:''' ''Well then!'' If you will excuse me. I have to... find... a... find...a...book. ''[BeatPanel] [Marches away]''\\



* [[http://www.out-at-home.com/archives/303 I left my... house... running.]] from ''Webcomic/OutAtHome''.

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* [[http://www.out-at-home.com/archives/303 I left my... house... house...running.]] from ''Webcomic/OutAtHome''.



** [[http://www.lackadaisycats.com/comic.php?comicid=86/ I think I left my hat in the car. I should go... be with my hat... in the car.]]

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** [[http://www.lackadaisycats.com/comic.php?comicid=86/ I think I left my hat in the car. I should go... be with my hat... hat...in the car.]]



--->'''Lantern Archon #1:''' Um, yeah, so, we have to go take care of this... thing.\\

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--->'''Lantern Archon #1:''' Um, yeah, so, we have to go take care of this... thing.\\



* ''Webcomic/AntiHeroes'' (a comic inspired by ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'') has the not-even-trying version with [[http://antiheroescomic.com/comic/38 "I have to... go over here, now."]]

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* ''Webcomic/AntiHeroes'' (a comic inspired by ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'') has the not-even-trying version with [[http://antiheroescomic.com/comic/38 "I have to... go over here, now."]]



** A flustered Tedd needs "to go check on... the thing... that's upstairs."
** [[spoiler:Susan]] [[DeadpanSnarker of all people]]. "I'm sorry, I have a thing on Friday at a place where I'll be preoccupied with some stuff that will unfortunately make it impossible for me to, uh... '''Bye!'''"

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** A flustered Tedd needs "to go check on... the thing... thing...that's upstairs."
** [[spoiler:Susan]] [[DeadpanSnarker of all people]]. "I'm sorry, I have a thing on Friday at a place where I'll be preoccupied with some stuff that will unfortunately make it impossible for me to, uh... '''Bye!'''"



* From ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'': [[http://rakugakiwall.com/blip/archive/923 We... need to go... wash our... cat.]]

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* From ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'': [[http://rakugakiwall.com/blip/archive/923 We... need to go... go...wash our... our...cat.]]



** "[[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2545 I gotta ... go. Do a thing. Away. From here.]]"

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** "[[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2545 I gotta ... go. Do a thing. Away. From here.]]"



-->'''Girl:''' We're gonna... go to the restroom and check on our drinks.\\

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-->'''Girl:''' We're gonna... go to the restroom and check on our drinks.\\



* WebVideo/JesuOtaku has a review where WebVideo/BennettTheSage manages to get him to watch ''Eiken'', much to his distress. By the time it's over, however, he says it wasn't ''that'' torturous... at which point Bennett pulls out ''Anime/GarzeysWing''. His response? "Sorry, Sage, I can't hear you. I'm going through a tunnel... in the bathroom."
* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows and WebVideo/PawDugan were able to worm their way out of helping WebVideo/PushingUpRoses review ''33 and 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee'' by claiming to be "on fire" and "drowning", respectively. After Roses invites the two of them to return for more [=LPs=] after ''Putt Putt Goes to the Moon'', Todd attempts to escape with "I have to... go... mow the carpet."

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* WebVideo/JesuOtaku has a review where WebVideo/BennettTheSage manages to get him to watch ''Eiken'', much to his distress. By the time it's over, however, he says it wasn't ''that'' torturous... at which point Bennett pulls out ''Anime/GarzeysWing''. His response? "Sorry, Sage, I can't hear you. I'm going through a tunnel... in the bathroom."
* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows and WebVideo/PawDugan were able to worm their way out of helping WebVideo/PushingUpRoses review ''33 and 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee'' by claiming to be "on fire" and "drowning", respectively. After Roses invites the two of them to return for more [=LPs=] after ''Putt Putt Goes to the Moon'', Todd attempts to escape with "I have to... go... go...mow the carpet."



--->'''Ringo:''' I need to go... uh... put out a fire... in the bathroom.

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--->'''Ringo:''' I need to go... uh... uh...put out a fire... fire...in the bathroom.



* When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick showed up on WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows' doorstep trying to get him to review ''Crossroads'' with her, he tries to get out of it by saying, "Yeah, I gotta go wash the dog... the fish... so...", but he gets dragged into it anyway.

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* When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick showed up on WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows' doorstep trying to get him to review ''Crossroads'' with her, he tries to get out of it by saying, "Yeah, I gotta go wash the dog... the fish... fish...so...", but he gets dragged into it anyway.



--> "Sorry I'm running late, I had to go... wash... my... cat" I'm the worst liar ever.

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--> "Sorry I'm running late, I had to go... wash... my... cat" wash...my...cat." I'm the worst liar ever.



** In "The Kids Run the Restaurant", the Belcher kids' botched attempt to sell a lady sailor a burger leads to her getting weirded out and excusing herself with "I... think I left the meter running."

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** In "The Kids Run the Restaurant", the Belcher kids' botched attempt to sell a lady sailor a burger leads to her getting weirded out and excusing herself with "I... think I left the meter running."



--->'''Leela:''' Uh, excuse me, I have to... someplace.

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--->'''Leela:''' Uh, excuse me, I have to... someplace.



-->'''Ron:''' Oh no, Dad's locked in the garage, better get him out before he runs out of... clothes!

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-->'''Ron:''' Oh no, Dad's locked in the garage, better get him out before he runs out of... clothes!



--->'''Homer:''' I'm going... outside... to... [[SubvertedTrope stalk... ''Lenny and Carl'']]... [[{{Catchphrase}} D'oh!]]

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--->'''Homer:''' I'm going... outside... to... outside...to...[[SubvertedTrope stalk... stalk...''Lenny and Carl'']]... [[{{Catchphrase}} D'oh!]]



--->'''Homer:''' Well... I guess I'll be going to my home now and... sleep.\\
'''Chief Wiggum:''' Me too... I will also go home. For... sleep.

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--->'''Homer:''' Well... I guess I'll be going to my home now and... and...sleep.\\
'''Chief Wiggum:''' Me too... I will also go home. For... sleep.



--->'''Lisa:''' ... Mom, can we go to bed early tonight?\\

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--->'''Lisa:''' ... Mom, can we go to bed early tonight?\\



--->'''Jessica:''' I have to... go over there now.

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--->'''Jessica:''' I have to... go over there now.



--->'''Dr. Hibbert:''' Well, I'd...I'd love to help you, Homer. But... I have darn too much to live for. I just discovered Thai food.\\

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--->'''Dr. Hibbert:''' Well, I'd...I'd love to help you, Homer. But... I have darn too much to live for. I just discovered Thai food.\\



-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I have to, um...um... go get my hair cut!\\

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-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I have to, um...um... go get my hair cut!\\



-->'''Mr. Kelley:''' Come on, get out of the way! I've got a pregnant... goat, that I need to get to... the airport! (''to Ian's brother'') Quick, make a sound like a pregnant goat!

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-->'''Mr. Kelley:''' Come on, get out of the way! I've got a pregnant... goat, that I need to get to... to...the airport! (''to Ian's brother'') Quick, make a sound like a pregnant goat!



-->'''Daffy:''' Well, I gotta go. I think my judge is burning, fudge... My fudge is burning, judge... I mean, my mother wants me. I got to crochet a cake. Uh, uh, goodbye!

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-->'''Daffy:''' Well, I gotta go. I think my judge is burning, fudge... My fudge is burning, judge... judge...I mean, my mother wants me. I got to crochet a cake. Uh, uh, goodbye!



--->'''Grim:''' I, uh... I have to meet somebody.\\

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--->'''Grim:''' I, uh... I have to meet somebody.\\



* Carl on ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' says "My shoe's untied... OVER THERE!"

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* Carl on ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' says "My shoe's untied... OVER THERE!"



** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]", both Rarity and Applejack try to get out of Twilight's slumber party (or rather, spending time with each other) by suddenly remembering pressing engagements. Rarity's is plausible but vague, but Applejack's is simply, "I'm powerful late for... somethin'."

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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]", both Rarity and Applejack try to get out of Twilight's slumber party (or rather, spending time with each other) by suddenly remembering pressing engagements. Rarity's is plausible but vague, but Applejack's is simply, "I'm powerful late for... somethin'."



** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite]]", Rarity has a series of them whilst trying to make excuses so she can switch between a fancy garden party and Twilight Sparkle's birthday party. Whilst initially she goes with sensible ones like "I need the little filly's room", she runs out of scenarios quickly and finally winds up just saying "I have to... to go to [[BuffySpeak the-to the thing with the... stuff, you know...]]"
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2]]", Twilight, who is trying to control her new powers gained from the other three princesses, says "Gotta go... somewhere... else." to avoid talking to Spike.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E12FlutterBrutter Flutter Brutter]]", Rainbow Dash excuses herself from a meeting with Fluttershy's obnoxious brother[[note]]After he blatantly [[RefugeInAudacity groped]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar her]] in front of Fluttershy[[/note]], Zephyr Breeze, by saying, "I just remembered I promised to help Pinkie Pie... sprinkle... something."

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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite]]", Rarity has a series of them whilst trying to make excuses so she can switch between a fancy garden party and Twilight Sparkle's birthday party. Whilst initially she goes with sensible ones like "I need the little filly's room", she runs out of scenarios quickly and finally winds up just saying "I have to... to go to [[BuffySpeak the-to the thing with the... the...stuff, you know...]]"
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2]]", Twilight, who is trying to control her new powers gained from the other three princesses, says "Gotta go... somewhere... somewhere...else." to avoid talking to Spike.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E12FlutterBrutter Flutter Brutter]]", Rainbow Dash excuses herself from a meeting with Fluttershy's obnoxious brother[[note]]After he blatantly [[RefugeInAudacity groped]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar her]] in front of Fluttershy[[/note]], Zephyr Breeze, by saying, "I just remembered I promised to help Pinkie Pie... sprinkle... sprinkle...something."



** In one episode Sunny ditches Kim so he can change into a superhero (don't ask) with the excuse "I gotta go... can some peaches."

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** In one episode Sunny ditches Kim so he can change into a superhero (don't ask) with the excuse "I gotta go... can some peaches."



-->"I need to go... wash my hair... or something."

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-->"I need to go... wash my hair... hair...or something."



-->'''Mumm-ra:''' Oh! Wow! Um... Mrs. Mumbletipeg needs to go masturbate. I mean um... uh... see... uh... Mrs. Mum... What I meant was, Mrs. Mumbletipeg... Fuck it, I'm gonna go masturbate.

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-->'''Mumm-ra:''' Oh! Wow! Um... Mrs. Mumbletipeg needs to go masturbate. I mean um... uh... see... uh... uh...see...uh...Mrs. Mum... What I meant was, Mrs. Mumbletipeg... Fuck it, I'm gonna go masturbate.



-->'''Bogus:''' Uh, uh, Bogus can't go! [[{{Big Eater}} Got lots of foodies to eat!]] (''yawns'') [[{{Sleepy Head}} Bogus beauty sleep]], uh... uh... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking gotta wash hair!]]\\

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-->'''Bogus:''' Uh, uh, Bogus can't go! [[{{Big Eater}} Got lots of foodies to eat!]] (''yawns'') [[{{Sleepy Head}} Bogus beauty sleep]], uh... uh... uh...[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking gotta wash hair!]]\\



--->'''Pepper:''' Sorry, Happy. My dad's pet, uh... lemur is stuck in a tree.\\

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--->'''Pepper:''' Sorry, Happy. My dad's pet, uh... lemur is stuck in a tree.\\



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', in order to avoid hearing one of Grandpa's war stories, Ernie gave the plausible excuse that he left his underwear in the dryer. Oscar then followed up by claiming that he also left his underwear in Ernie's dryer... interpret that how you will.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', in order to avoid hearing one of Grandpa's war stories, Ernie gave the plausible excuse that he left his underwear in the dryer. Oscar then followed up by claiming that he also left his underwear in Ernie's dryer... interpret that how you will.



* In the premiere of ''WesternAnimation/{{Littlest Pet Shop|2012}}'', Blythe gets out of talking to [[AlphaBitch the Biskit twins]] by telling them "I... have to go do ''anything'' else" and beating a hasty retreat.

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* In the premiere of ''WesternAnimation/{{Littlest Pet Shop|2012}}'', Blythe gets out of talking to [[AlphaBitch the Biskit twins]] by telling them "I... have to go do ''anything'' else" and beating a hasty retreat.



'''Luigi:''' ME? But... but I can't! I'm, uh... I'm gonna have a baby! ''[walks away and squats]''\\

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'''Luigi:''' ME? But... but I can't! I'm, uh... uh...I'm gonna have a baby! ''[walks away and squats]''\\



-->'''Eddy:''' Uh... maybe some other time. Right now I have to... go... change the newspaper under Ed's bed!\\

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-->'''Eddy:''' Uh... maybe some other time. Right now I have to... go... go...change the newspaper under Ed's bed!\\



--->'''Eggman:''' ''[after his anti-firefighter bot is destroyed]'' I... erm... left the oven on. ''[runs away]''

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--->'''Eggman:''' ''[after his anti-firefighter bot is destroyed]'' I... erm... erm...left the oven on. ''[runs away]''



--->'''Tails:''' Oh! ...Look at the time! I gotta go do something... somewhere else!

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--->'''Tails:''' Oh! ...Oh!...Look at the time! I gotta go do something... somewhere else!



--->'''Tails''': ''[while trying to be manly to impress Zooey, he's given a "Hello Doggy" pencil by Dave]'' Ooh! A "Hello Doggy" pencil to go with my notebook! ''[realizes what he just said, resumes his manly voice]'' Uh... I think I left my band saw running. ''[runs off]''

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--->'''Tails''': ''[while trying to be manly to impress Zooey, he's given a "Hello Doggy" pencil by Dave]'' Ooh! A "Hello Doggy" pencil to go with my notebook! ''[realizes what he just said, resumes his manly voice]'' Uh... I think I left my band saw running. ''[runs off]''



--->'''Amy:''' Uh, no-- I gotta... water my cat. Yeah, I'm gonna go with that. See ya! ''[dashes off]''\\

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--->'''Amy:''' Uh, no-- I gotta... water my cat. Yeah, I'm gonna go with that. See ya! ''[dashes off]''\\



-->'''Toiletnator:''' Uh, may I be excused? I've, uh... got some quiche in the oven. I've got--''(gets transformed)''

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-->'''Toiletnator:''' Uh, may I be excused? I've, uh... got some quiche in the oven. I've got--''(gets transformed)''


Usually the mundane "Well, I'm off to work," "I think I'll call it a night," "Gotta use the head", "GoingToTheStore" type of comment, rarely related to the plot. The British or TheRoaringTwenties equivalent would be "I have to see a man about a horse (or dog)."[[note]]This was also an UnusualEuphemism for needing to use the toilet.[[/note]] If the character is TheDitz, a BadLiar, or simply ''desperate'' to get away, they may come up with a less plausible excuse, like "I think I hear my mother calling me" or "I need to take my goldfish to the vet." Particularly desperate and / or dimwitted characters might even [[BuffySpeak come up with something absolutely nonsensical]], or might just abandon the whole 'reason' part of the reason ("I have to go over there, for... some reason." or "I have to go be somewhere else"). Alternatively, a clever DeadpanSnarker may offer a blatantly nonsensical excuse as a form of deliberate snub. When a character wants the remaining characters to [[LampshadeHanging know what they are up to]], they'll often go with a blatantly transparent "I have a thing with a guy" excuse. The desire to ''Iron The Dog'' usually comes on very quickly. Sometimes the dog ironer may appear on the verge of a panic attack.


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Usually the mundane "Well, I'm off to work," "I think I'll call it a night," "Gotta use the head", "GoingToTheStore" type of comment, rarely related to the plot. The British or TheRoaringTwenties equivalent would be "I have to see a man about a horse (or dog)."[[note]]This was also an UnusualEuphemism for needing to use the toilet.[[/note]] If the character is TheDitz, a BadLiar, or simply ''desperate'' to get away, they may come up with a less plausible excuse, like "I think I hear my mother calling me" or "I need to take my goldfish to the vet." Particularly desperate and / or and/or dimwitted characters might even [[BuffySpeak come up with something absolutely nonsensical]], or might just abandon the whole 'reason' "reason" part of the reason ("I have to go over there, for... some reason." or "I have to go be somewhere else"). Alternatively, a clever DeadpanSnarker may offer a blatantly nonsensical excuse as a form of deliberate snub. When a character wants the remaining characters to [[LampshadeHanging know what they are up to]], they'll often go with a blatantly transparent "I have a thing with a guy" excuse. The desire to ''Iron The the Dog'' usually comes on very quickly. Sometimes the dog ironer may appear on the verge of a panic attack. \n\n



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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "Stiletto", when Lois Lane is operating as a superheroine.
-->'''Police Scanner:''' Attention downtown units. Silent alarm at Riverside Jewelry on 5th and Water, handle code 10-38.\\
''[Clark and Lois stands up abruptly to leave]''\\
'''Clark:''' Well, I better... go feed Shelby.\\
'''Lois:''' Uh, I should hit the gym.
** Note that this is late at night and Shelby, Clark's dog, is in Smallville, not Metropolis.
* ''Series/KeenEddie'': Various versions of this were used by Insp. Monty Pippin, as an excuse to escape the room after Eddie sasses their scary, Dracula-esque boss. It never works for him, though.

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "Stiletto", when Lois Lane is operating as a superheroine.
-->'''Police Scanner:''' Attention downtown units. Silent alarm at Riverside Jewelry on 5th and Water, handle code 10-38.
''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
** Dick tries to get Nina to do something for him:
--->'''Nina:''' That's the night I'm having my eyes gouged out.
\\
''[Clark '''Dick:''' [[SarcasmBlind Can't you reschedule it?]]
** Played for laughs in another episode, in which Tommy
and Lois stands his girlfriend want to talk alone and everyone makes up abruptly an excuse to leave]''\\
'''Clark:''' Well,
leave, except for Harry, who stays on the couch:
--->'''Tommy:''' What about you?\\
'''Harry:''' I'm just delaying my exit to make it seem more natural. (''slowly gets up and leaves'')
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** When Liz confronts Floyd with the fact that a woman answered the phone when she called him, he pretends to get a text message telling him he has a flight to catch, or he'll miss his meeting with "[[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Peter Venkman]]". When Liz later catches on, she is livid, but not entirely for the reasons you'd expect.
--->'''Liz:''' That's from ''Ghostbusters''! ''[[FelonyMisdemeanor You used Ghostbusters for evil!]]''
** There's also the episode where Toofer discovers that Jack was a member of a secret Princeton society, where one of the rules is that if anyone ever yells out the name of the society, you have to immediately find an excuse to leave the room, and the writers use this fact several times.
--->'''Jack:'''
I better... go feed Shelby.don't know who the hell told you to say that, Rossitano, but you have no idea what you're--\\
'''Frank:''' Twig and Plums.
\\
'''Lois:''' Uh, '''Jack:''' I should hit the gym.
** Note
have to go to an intervention for my travel agent.
* ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' has a lot of these to end Amanda's closing monologue. Including such gems as: "I gotta go water my lobsters!" "I have to go alphabetize my sister!" and "I have to go bodyslam my grandmother."
* ''Series/ANTFarm'': Olive (who is wearing a black outfit) and Fletcher (who is dressed as a cat) both do this when they, along with Chyna, are caught by Chyna's dad.
-->'''Fletcher:''' I think I see a mouse.\\
'''Olive:''' Oh look! My cat got out!
* Centauri Ambassador Londo Mollari on ''Series/BabylonFive'' once told someone "I intend to have other plans" in response to an invitation.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Howard, desperate to get out of a fishing date with his father-in-law, claims
that this is late at night he and Shelby, Clark's dog, is Bernadette already have "a thing" for that day.
-->'''Bernadette:''' What thing?\\
'''Howard:''' You know... the ''thing''?\\
'''Bernadette:''' Oh! That thing! ''[beat]'' I cancelled it.
* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'''s vox pops had Creator/StephenFry
in Smallville, drag realizing he'd left the iron on, and in non-drag saying his wife was being towed away.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'':
** Lords Topper and Smedley, explaining why they can't go to [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution Revolutionary France]] with Blackadder:
--->'''Topper:''' I've just remembered... my father's just died! I've got to be at the funeral in ten minutes! Dem sorry! Goodbye, Your Highness.\\
'''Smedley:''' Oh, dem! I'm the best man!
** Played with in the Comic Relief special "The Cavalier Years" where it's
not Metropolis.
* ''Series/KeenEddie'': Various versions of this were used by Insp. Monty Pippin, as
an excuse to escape leave, but rather an explanation Baldrick makes up to Charles I explaining why Blackadder can't comfort him before his execution.
--->'''King Charles:''' (''speaking to his executioner, who's actually Blackadder himself'') I was so hoping my good friend Edmund Blackadder could be with me, but you see, his wife's sister's puppy fell into a strawberry patch, so naturally he couldn't be here.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}''
** In "The Sense in the Sacrifice", after Brennan declared her absolute faith in Booth, Booth kissed her breathless in the FBI bullpen, reducing her from SpockSpeak to BuffySpeak:
--->'''Bones:''' I need to go... do... scientific things to catch a serial killer.
** There’s also Hodgins telling Cam in one episode “I’m...going to go look at very small things through my very large microscope...” when Cam questions him about evidence and none of it is specific enough to help.
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'': Detective Rosa Diaz provides this trope's page quote when trying to avoid talking to a citizen who calls himself "Super Dan".
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** A variation figures in the episode "Dopplegangland", where Willow still feels weirded out by her encounter with her vampire counterpart when Buffy asks if she'd like to meet her at the Bronze:
--->'''Willow:''' Strangely, I feel like staying at home... and doing my homework... and flossing... and dying a virgin.
** "Something Blue": Under a spell, Buffy tells Riley that she is marrying Spike. Flustered, Riley responds "It's late. And I'm very tired. So I'm just going to go far away and be... away."
** "Tabula Rasa". Willow and Tara are having an argument; Xander and Anya make themselves scarce.
--->'''Xander:''' I'm gonna go get that... phone you probably don't hear. High-pitched ring, ears like a dog.\\
'''Anya:''' I'm gonna help you with that.
** "Ted" - Buffy tries to duck out of miniature golf with her mom's new suitor. Willow backs her up but Xander will have none of it.
--->'''Buffy''': ...but, we have to do that ''thing''.\\
'''Willow''': The thing? ...oh, right, the thing!\\
'''Xander''': Hey. We can do that thing any time. I'm ''tired'' of doing that thing. We're in!
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'' Madeline needs to get Sam to leave
the room so Fiona and Michael can have a moment alone.
-->'''Madeline:''' Would you like a bottle opener, Sam?\\
'''Sam:''' Oh no no, I've got one. Thanks, yeah, never leave home without it.\\
'''Madeline:''' Sam. You need a bottle opener. Why don't I show you where it is?\\
'''Fiona:''' (''sigh'')\\
'''Sam:''' OK. Sure. Alright Madeline, where's the bottle opener?
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** In the season 2 opener, Ryan and Esposito excuse themselves from the room to let Castle and Beckett talk in private by saying they have to go do "[[BuffySpeak that thing with the guy]]", repeating the above conversation almost verbatim.
--->'''Ryan:''' Oh, hey, uh... don't we have that thing?\\
'''Esposito:''' ...No?\\
'''Ryan:''' Yeah, you know, that thing with that guy?\\
'''Esposito:''' ''Oh.'' Yeah. The thing with the guy.\\
'''Ryan:''' Excuse us.
** In "Nikki Heat" Beckett finds herself embroiled in a teeth-grindingly awkward conversation (from her point of view) with Natalie Rhodes, the actress portraying the character based on her, about how Rhodes needs to sleep with Castle because of the relationship Castle wrote between Beckett's character and his own AuthorAvatar. It gets to the point where Rhodes has completely deconstructed the [[EveryoneCanSeeIt relationship between Beckett and Castle]] and is begging Beckett to give Castle "permission" to sleep with her that Beckett feels the need to flee:
--->'''Beckett:''' I need to go. Over there. (''points at random and scurries off'')
** In an episode in season 8, Alexis is flirting with the suspect for information. After he gives her some, he asks her out. Her response: "I'd love to, but I'm actually getting fitted for an iron lung in the morning."
* On the episode of ''Series/ChappellesShow'' where Dave loses his show to Wayne Brady following a HostileShowTakeover, he calls up Big Boi from Music/{{Outkast}}, who lies to Dave about being operated on just to avoid hanging out with him. And when that doesn't work:
-->'''Big Boi:''' I'm s'posed to be hookin' up with [[Series/SoulTrain Don Cornelius]] tomorrow.\\
'''Dave:''' A-all right...\\
'''Big Boi:''' Yeah. We playin' tennis, man.\\
'''Dave:''' Um, well you know, I'm around, man. Just give me a call.\\
'''Big Boi:''' We playin' on the moon, bitch! Peace. Don't call me no more.
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', when Chuck realizes there's an emergency in progress and has to escape from a conversation with his sister's oblivious boyfriend:
-->'''Chuck:''' Excuse me, I think I see a kid crawling into an oven over in housewares.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** In the episode "Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy" Jeff, ever the pragmatist, dismisses himself with "Oh hey, is that a reason to leave?"
** Professor Ian Duncan does a good old edition of "have to get something in my car", and then [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome NEVER COMES BACK]]. [[TheBusCameBack Until Season 5, that is.]]
** In "Basic Crisis Room Decorum", Jeff excuses himself by saying "Y'know, I think Britta crapped in ''my'' pants too."
* In the ''Series/CornerGas'' episode "Oh, Baby", Wanda asks Brent if he wants to babysit her son. Brent ducks the question by saying, "Ding ding! Oh, someone's at the pumps!" and walking out of the gas station.
* ''Series/CovertAffairs'' has Auggie left with Jai
after Eddie sasses their scary, Dracula-esque boss. It never works accidentally insulting him. He makes his escape by saying "I'm going to do... anything else."
* Sally says this sarcastically to Buddy in an episode of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'':
-->'''Sally:''' And I have to go, uh, wash my cat.\\
'''Buddy:''' You just washed your cat last week.\\
'''Sally:''' So I'll iron him!
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]], the Doctor and Amy tell Professor Bracewell that they have to go and do an important ''thing'' before [[spoiler:deactivating the Professor
for him, though.being a Dalek android]], something that's going to take at ''least'' 15 minutes... no, more like half an hour realistically... to do, then Bracewell [[spoiler:will be so very deactivated]].
* On ''Series/FakingIt'', when [[CampGay Shane]] is talking to a guy at a gay bar because Liam is trying to pick up the guy's straight female friend:
-->'''Shane:''' So, what's your favorite movie?\\
'''[[{{Hipster}} Guy]]:''' My favorite ''films'' explore the [[TrueArtIsAngsty emotional destruction]] caused by [[PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie 9/11]].\\
'''Shane:''' [[{{Beat}} ...]] You know what, I just realized [[FreudianExcuse my parents are getting a divorce]] and I no longer believe in love, please excuse me.
* UK Comedy ''Series/TheFastShow'' created an entire recurring sketch around a variant of this. A particularly dim character would be involved in a conversation or situation that was above his head. He'd inevitably spoil the illusion that he was one of them by saying something stupid. And then immediately announce [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3OM2MA1pic "I'll get me coat."]]
* In the second season of ''Series/{{Felicity}}'', Felicity is dating David, a guy that her boss, Javier, doesn't trust. When David stops by the coffee shop while Felicity and Javier are talking, Javier makes an arch excuse to walk away.
-->'''Javier:''' Ah. 'Scuse me, I have to, um, dust the scones.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': "I have [[BuffySpeak captain-ey]] things to do."
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** It's a RunningGag that whenever Niles feels awkward enough that he has to leave the room, he'll make up some excuse about a patient he has to see, whose malady is usually tangentially related to the situation at hand.
--->'''Niles:''' Yes, and I'd love to stay but I... have my therapy group meeting, and last time I was late the, er, compulsive gamblers were betting the passive aggressives that they couldn't make the over-eaters... cry.
** Once, Martin excuses himself from Lilith's presence by saying, "Time to go... practice my signature."



* Desperate to escape the affections of a pair of swingers, the eponymous character of ''Series/ImAlanPartridge'' tries to leave with the excuse that "I've just remembered that my dad is... ...still dead."
* Sally says this sarcastically to Buddy in an episode of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'':
-->'''Sally:''' And I have to go, uh, wash my cat.\\
'''Buddy:''' You just washed your cat last week.\\
'''Sally:''' So I'll iron him!
* ''Series/That70sShow'':
** In the episode "Pinciotti vs. Forman" has Eric set Bob on Donna so everyone will want to stay with him. When he catches up to everyone at the end, Hyde (a guy who hates the government) says he has to register for the draft, Jackie says "Me too!", Eric says he has to count his G.I. Joes, and Donna will be in the oven.
** Another one was during an awkward moment with the Forman family, when Donna, cups her ear, and yells "What's that, Dad? I'll be right there!" and runs out of the kitchen as fast as she can.
** Then there's the time Kitty realizes she and Red are at a swinger party, and is just at such a loss she flubs the line.
--->'''Kitty:''' I left the stove on the ironing... I left the iron on, on the stove, which is also on, and that just cannot be safe.
** In another episode, Bob and Midge bring separate dates to Red's birthday dinner (they were separated at the time). Over the course of the dinner, they actually start flirting with one another, culminating in them kissing, then this:
--->'''Bob:''' I, uh, left my wallet in the car. Midge?\\
'''Midge:''' Oh, I left my... [[DumbBlonde sex with Bob in the car]].

to:

* Desperate to escape Perhaps the affections purest example of a pair of swingers, the eponymous character of ''Series/ImAlanPartridge'' tries to leave with the excuse that "I've just remembered that my dad is... ...still dead."
* Sally says this sarcastically to Buddy
trope, in an episode of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'':
-->'''Sally:''' And I have to go, uh, wash my cat.\\
'''Buddy:''' You just washed your cat last week.\\
'''Sally:''' So I'll iron him!
* ''Series/That70sShow'':
** In the episode "Pinciotti vs. Forman" has Eric set Bob on Donna so everyone will want to stay with him. When he catches up to everyone at the end, Hyde (a guy who hates the government) says he has to register for the draft, Jackie says "Me too!", Eric says he has to count his G.I. Joes, and Donna will be in the oven.
** Another one was during an awkward moment with the Forman family, when Donna, cups her ear, and yells "What's that, Dad? I'll be right there!" and runs out of
''Series/GreysAnatomy'', Meredith enters the kitchen as fast as she can.
** Then there's
to talk to her latest suitor while Callie is cooking, leading to this response:
-->'''Callie:''' Excuse me, I have to leave
the room for a short period of time Kitty realizes she for no reason whatsoever.
* One episode of ''Series/HannahMontana'' has the dad being grilled for something
and Red are at escaping by miming a swinger party, and is just at such a loss she flubs the line.
--->'''Kitty:''' I left the stove on the ironing... I left the iron on, on the stove, which is also on, and that just cannot be safe.
** In another episode, Bob and Midge bring separate dates to Red's birthday dinner (they were separated at the time). Over the course of the dinner, they actually start flirting with one another, culminating in them kissing, then this:
--->'''Bob:''' I,
fax machine (in 2008).
-->'''Billy Ray:''' Uh,
uh, left my wallet ''(covering his mouth)'' reeeeee uh-oh, I seem to be getting a fax! reeeee oh man, sounds like a big one, hope I got enough paper in the car. Midge?\\
'''Midge:''' Oh, I left my... [[DumbBlonde sex with Bob in the car]].
there!



* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** In an episode:
--->'''Ted:''' Zoey just told me about this great Frank Lloyd Wright retrospective tonight, who's in?\\
'''Lily:''' Sorry, I'm... ah, I dunno, washing my hair.\\
'''Marshall:''' Running the water.\\
'''Robin:''' Holding the towel.\\
'''Barney:''' And I'll be home, trying to get over the fact that no-one invited me to the big hairwashing party.
** When Barney discovers that Robin thinks fighting is sexy, he convinces Ted to fake having had one with some guys. When Robin shows up with tickets to a hockey game and asks if Barney wants to go with her, Marshall reveals that Ted and Barney faked the fight, resulting in Robin rescinding her offer.
--->'''Robin:''' Oh, I ''just remembered'', I can't go tonight, I've got that... uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... ''[escapes out the door]''
* Desperate to escape the affections of a pair of swingers, the eponymous character of ''Series/ImAlanPartridge'' tries to leave with the excuse that "I've just remembered that my dad is... ...still dead."
* In the ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' episode "Krumping Crunching", Emma uses this excuse when she Jessie and Luke are caught by Christina.
-->'''Emma:''' I have to watch something really educational...on the fashion channel.
** However, unlike other examples, Christina is fully aware that Emma is using this trope but simply pretends to buy it.
--->'''Christina:''' [[LampshadeHanging That was an obvious excuse just to leave the room. We all know that the fashion channel has nothing left to teach her.]]
* In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', Don stammers that he has to get dinner ready to not join [[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Jan Kandou's Jyuken class]] with Ahim. Although flimsy, at least this is a believable example since Don is one of the Gokaigers' resident {{Team Chef}}s (along with [[HiddenDepths Joe]] and Gai).
* ''Series/KeenEddie'': Various versions of this were used by Insp. Monty Pippin, as an excuse to escape the room after Eddie sasses their scary, Dracula-esque boss. It never works for him, though.
* In the ''Series/KenanAndKel'' episode "Corporate Kenan", when Kenan gets mistaken for an executive vice president, Kenan tries to get out of doing a speech at a big corporate meeting by having Kel barging in and interrupting him.
-->'''Kenan:''' Just make something up. Like I've got an emergency phone call or something.\\
'''Kel:''' Nobody will ever believe that. See, what I do is, I come in and I'll say, "Your Grandmother got eaten by lions!"\\
'''Kenan:''' (''beat'') Keep working on it.\\
(''later'')\\
'''Kel:''' (''rehearsing'') Reggie! Your daddy has been attacked by circus clowns! Yeah, that sounds pretty good.



* Richard Hammond resorted to this on ''Series/TopGear'' to not drive the Gumpert Apollo upside-down in a wind tunnel.
-->'''Hammond:''' I can't, I'm painting... my horse.

to:

* Richard Hammond resorted On ''Series/LostGirl'', when Trick gets a dose of TooMuchInformation about what Bo and Lauren are up to:
-->'''Trick:''' So many glasses. Must polish.
* Played for drama on ''Series/MadMen'' when [[TheHypotenuse Henry Francis]] comes
to this on ''Series/TopGear'' to not drive see Betty at home in the Gumpert Apollo upside-down middle of the day, and her housekeeper Carla sees them. They're just standing there talking to each other, so it should be easy to cover up the romantic undertones, but Betty's a BadLiar and completely botches her attempt. At the end of the scene she claims she left the bathtub running and heads upstairs... leaving the basket of laundry she just brought down.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
** Radar got himself out of a line of questions he didn't really wish to answer with a simple "Oh! I forgot!" and a quick exit.
** Played straight and then subverted
in the episode "Margaret's Engagement"; everyone at the staff meeting in the mess tent know Margaret's engaged to someone else except Frank, who assumes he's getting promoted, so as soon as the meeting is over, Hawkeye says, "Why don't we all go into the den and watch TV." Except instead of leaving the mess tent, they merely move over to the other side of the room.
* In an early episode of ''Series/MelissaAndJoey'', Joe meets
a wind tunnel.
-->'''Hammond:'''
web designer who bolts as soon as he tells her he's a nanny.
-->'''Ashley:''' Work emergency! My website just caught on fire!
** Subverted at the end of the episode in that her server hosting the website really did catch fire and she was genuinely interested in Joe.
* On ''Series/TheMillers'', Nathan, during a particularly awkward dinner with his mother, sister and brother-in-law, gets and says:
-->'''Nathan:''' Let's see what's behind Door Number One. ''[opens door]'' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Why, it's an exit!]]
I can't, win! ''[leaves]''
* In an episode of ''Series/TheMonkees'', the four boys have fallen in love with the same girl and want to get away from the apartment to go see her. Micky suddenly declares that his aunt is ill and leaves. Mike announces he is going to the store to get dog food. When informed that they don't have a dog, he says that he'll pick up a dog too while he's out. Davy announces a desire to become a boxer and leaves immediately to start doing road work. Peter, who has believed every excuse, isn't sure what to do now that he's all alone, and decides without a hint of irony that he'll go visit the girl.
* In the ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' episode "[[Recap/MurderSheWroteS4E11DoomWithAView Doom with a View]]", a friend of Grady's tries to screw him over and then makes a half-hearted apology and invites Grady to his wedding. Grady's response is less a lame excuse and more a statement that he wants nothing more to do with his "friend":
-->'''Grady:''' Sorry, buddy, but I'll be busy that week.\\
'''Grady's now former friend:''' But we haven't even set the date.\\
'''Grady:''' I know.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'':
** While Earl and Randy's Mom is talking to Randy [[TooMuchinformation about bad sex with their dad,]] Randy throws a beer bottle against the wall and goes "Oh, look, we're out of beer. I'll get some more."
** In the episode "Van Hickey", Earl ended up marrying his friend's older mom ''(long story)'' and kept making up excuses every night to escape from doing his "new husbandly duties"
--->'''Earl:''' Sorry, I just ate a big meal and my doctor says I have to wait at least three hours before swimming or... humping so... Don't wait up.\\\
'''Earl:''' There's a bunch of birds unfairly attacking a squirrel on the lawn. I have to get involved... Don't wait up.\\\
'''Earl:''' The string came out of my sweatpants, it's gonna be an all nighter.\\\
'''Earl:''' The Chinese are on the march.\\\
'''Earl:'''
I'm painting... on hold with [[OperatorFromIndia Mike from Bombay]]. He's trying to walk me through using the new toaster.\\\
'''Earl:''' Randy got out. Gotta go find him.\\\
'''Earl:''' I gotta drive three counties over to get some rubbers. I'm an odd size.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
** When Tom Servo has something backfire on him with Mike, he tells him, "Look! A huge distracting thing!" and runs off.
** In another episode, when Crow and Servo want to get away from Mike, Crow says "We need to go... feed the cat. Well, get a cat, then... feed it."
** In yet another episode, when nervously excusing themselves from Gypsy, Crow says he has to go clean his room. Servo? "I'm gonna go clean your room too."
** In yet another episode:
--->'''Dr. Forrester:''' Frank, what are you doing?\\
'''TV's Frank:''' Getting a... piece of... water.\\
'''Dr. Forrester:''' "A piece of water"?\\
'''TV's Frank:''' I mean, a glass of cake.
** In the Invention Exchange for the "Wizards of the Lost Kingdom" episode, Jonah invents "Verbal Smoke Bombs", a list of bizarre excuses guaranteed to end any awkward conversation, including "Gotta go, I can't feel
my horse.arms!"



* ''Series/{{ANT Farm}}'': Olive (who is wearing a black outfit) and Fletcher (who is dressed as a cat) both do this when they, along with Chyna, are caught by Chyna's dad.
-->'''Fletcher:''' I think I see a mouse.
-->'''Olive:''' Oh look! My cat got out!

to:

* ''Series/{{ANT Farm}}'': Olive (who ''Series/TheOA'': BBA makes a call, but the conversation turns awkward, so she hastily cuts it short by saying that she can't talk right now because she's busy eating a sandwich.
* In ''Series/PieInTheSky'', episode "Passion Fruit Fool", Margaret
is wearing a black outfit) trying to give Henry some private time to talk to their friend Alec.
-->'''Margaret:''' I'll just go
and Fletcher (who feed the chickens.\\
'''Henry:''' You just have.\\
'''Margaret:''' Then I'll sit and I'll tell them a story!
* ''Series/{{Pixelface}}'': In "Two Aethelwynnes", Alexia and Clairpearker get away from Kiki from by announcing that they "Have to do some extra training...in that other room... with the thing".
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', Rimmer manages to come out with: "I'll be in the stern, correlating the, uh... in the stern."
* An early episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' features an ''[[Film/TheExorcist Exorcist]]'' parody where two priests come to the house of a possessed girl. Upon entering and hearing [[HellIsThatNoise unearthly shrieks]] from upstairs, one of the priests (played by Creator/RichardPryor) turns to bolt. The other priest admonishes him, saying "Where
is dressed your faith, brother?" and he answers "It's in the car; I'm gonna go get it."
%%* Elaine used this excuse at least once or twice on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
* This gem from ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', when Eliza decides to return Henry's coat by removing it in front of him... with very little underneath and then asking him to spend the night.
-->'''Henry:''' I have to go feed my cat.\\
'''Eliza:''' You don't have a cat.\\
''[long {{beat}}]''\\
'''Henry:''' I have to go purchase a cat and then feed it. Generously.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** In the minisode, Sherlock can't make it to John's birthday dinner because he has a "thing". Remarkable imprecision for such a precise speaker as Sherlock, but when Lestrade questions it, Sherlock explains that the more detailed and precise it is, the more it would sound like a lie.
** Much earlier, in "A Study in Pink", he vaguely comments that he's going to "get some air" in order to escape from the flat to pursue a serial killer. Nobody really buys it, but since they don't realise what he's actually doing, nobody stops him, either.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheSlammer'', Melvin poses as Lionel Blair in order to get back into the Slammer. When asked to tap dance, he first claims that he can't because the carpet is too brown, and then claims that he injured his wrist peeling a tangerine.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "Stiletto", when Lois Lane is operating
as a cat) both do superheroine.
-->'''Police Scanner:''' Attention downtown units. Silent alarm at Riverside Jewelry on 5th and Water, handle code 10-38.\\
''[Clark and Lois stands up abruptly to leave]''\\
'''Clark:''' Well, I better... go feed Shelby.\\
'''Lois:''' Uh, I should hit the gym.
** Note that
this when they, along is late at night and Shelby, Clark's dog, is in Smallville, not Metropolis.
* On an episode of ''Series/SportsNight'', Isaac walks into Casey's office in the middle of [[ShipperOnDeck Natalie]] trying to get Casey and Dana together:
-->'''Natalie:''' Isaac. Don't you think, don't you '''know''' that Dana isn't happy
with Chyna, are caught by Chyna's dad.
-->'''Fletcher:'''
Gordon, and that Gordon is about to break up with Dana and Dana only '''thinks''' she cares?\\
'''Isaac:''' You know what? I'm gonna step out now and it'll be like
I think I see a mouse.
-->'''Olive:''' Oh look! My cat got out!
never came in. (''leaves'')



** In the episode 200, Martin employs this to get away from Teal'c, lifting an entirely silent cell phone and beginning a conversation.

to:

** In the episode 200, "200", Martin employs this to get away from Teal'c, lifting an entirely silent cell phone and beginning a conversation.



* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'':
** Lords Topper and Smedley, explaining why they can't go to [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution Revolutionary France]] with Blackadder:
--->'''Topper:''' I've just remembered... my father's just died! I've got to be at the funeral in ten minutes! Dem sorry! Goodbye, Your Highness.\\
'''Smedley:''' Oh, dem! I'm the best man!
** Played with in the Comic Relief special "The Cavalier Years" where it's not an excuse to leave, but rather an explanation Baldrick makes up to Charles I explaining why Blackadder can't comfort him before his execution.
--->'''King Charles:''' (''speaking to his executioner, who's actually Blackadder himself'') I was so hoping my good friend Edmund Blackadder could be with me, but you see, his wife's sister's puppy fell into a strawberry patch, so naturally he couldn't be here.
* UK Comedy ''Series/TheFastShow'' created an entire recurring sketch around a variant of this. A particularly dim character would be involved in a conversation or situation that was above his head. He'd inevitably spoil the illusion that he was one of them by saying something stupid. And then immediately announce [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3OM2MA1pic "I'll get me coat."]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** A variation figures in the episode "Dopplegangland", where Willow still feels weirded out by her encounter with her vampire counterpart when Buffy asks if she'd like to meet her at the Bronze:
--->'''Willow:''' Strangely, I feel like staying at home... and doing my homework... and flossing... and dying a virgin.
** "Something Blue": Under a spell, Buffy tells Riley that she is marrying Spike. Flustered, Riley responds "It's late. And I'm very tired. So I'm just going to go far away and be... away."
** "Tabula Rasa". Willow and Tara are having an argument; Xander and Anya make themselves scarce.
--->'''Xander:''' I'm gonna go get that... phone you probably don't hear. High-pitched ring, ears like a dog.\\
'''Anya:''' I'm gonna help you with that.
** "Ted" - Buffy tries to duck out of miniature golf with her mom's new suitor. Willow backs her up but Xander will have none of it.
-->'''Buffy''': ...but, we have to do that ''thing''.
-->'''Willow''': The thing? ...oh, right, the thing!
-->'''Xander''': Hey. We can do that thing any time. I'm ''tired'' of doing that thing. We're in!
* ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' has a lot of these to end Amanda's closing monologue. Including such gems as: "I gotta go water my lobsters!" "I have to go alphabetize my sister!" and "I have to go bodyslam my grandmother."

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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'':
** Lords Topper and Smedley, explaining why they can't go to [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution Revolutionary France]] with Blackadder:
--->'''Topper:''' I've
''Series/StrangersWithCandy'': "I just remembered... my father's just died! I've got to be at remembered I left the funeral light on in ten minutes! Dem sorry! Goodbye, Your Highness.\\
'''Smedley:''' Oh, dem! I'm the best man!
** Played with in the Comic Relief special "The Cavalier Years" where it's not an excuse to leave, but rather an explanation Baldrick makes up to Charles I explaining why Blackadder can't comfort him before his execution.
--->'''King Charles:''' (''speaking to his executioner, who's actually Blackadder himself'') I was so hoping my good friend Edmund Blackadder could be with me, but you see, his wife's sister's puppy fell into a strawberry patch, so naturally he couldn't be here.
* UK Comedy ''Series/TheFastShow'' created an entire recurring sketch around a variant of this. A particularly dim character would be involved in a conversation or situation that was above his head. He'd inevitably spoil the illusion that he was one of them by saying something stupid. And then immediately announce [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3OM2MA1pic "I'll get me coat."]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** A variation figures in the episode "Dopplegangland", where Willow still feels weirded out by her encounter with her vampire counterpart when Buffy asks if she'd like to meet her at the Bronze:
--->'''Willow:''' Strangely, I feel like staying at home... and doing my homework... and flossing... and dying a virgin.
** "Something Blue": Under a spell, Buffy tells Riley that she is marrying Spike. Flustered, Riley responds "It's late. And I'm very tired. So I'm just going to go far away and be... away.
my... other life."
** "Tabula Rasa". Willow * In one episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam uses this to leave Jo and Tara Dean alone.
-->'''Sam:''' Oh yeah, um, I've gotta... uh, I've gotta go. Over there. Right now.
* ''Series/That70sShow'':
** In the episode "Pinciotti vs. Forman" has Eric set Bob on Donna so everyone will want to stay with him. When he catches up to everyone at the end, Hyde (a guy who hates the government) says he has to register for the draft, Jackie says "Me too!", Eric says he has to count his G.I. Joes, and Donna will be in the oven.
** Another one was during an awkward moment with the Forman family, when Donna, cups her ear, and yells "What's that, Dad? I'll be right there!" and runs out of the kitchen as fast as she can.
** Then there's the time Kitty realizes she and Red
are having an argument; Xander at a swinger party, and Anya make themselves scarce.
--->'''Xander:'''
is just at such a loss she flubs the line.
--->'''Kitty:''' I left the stove on the ironing... I left the iron on, on the stove, which is also on, and that just cannot be safe.
** In another episode, Bob and Midge bring separate dates to Red's birthday dinner (they were separated at the time). Over the course of the dinner, they actually start flirting with one another, culminating in them kissing, then this:
--->'''Bob:''' I, uh, left my wallet in the car. Midge?\\
'''Midge:''' Oh, I left my... [[DumbBlonde sex with Bob in the car]].
* Richard Hammond resorted to this on ''Series/TopGear'' to not drive the Gumpert Apollo upside-down in a wind tunnel.
-->'''Hammond:''' I can't,
I'm gonna go get that... phone you probably don't hear. High-pitched ring, ears like a dog.\\
'''Anya:''' I'm gonna help you with that.
** "Ted" - Buffy tries
painting... my horse.
* An amusing example in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': Chelsea wants Charlie
to duck out of miniature golf with meet her mom's new suitor. Willow backs her parents, so he makes up but Xander will have none of it.
-->'''Buffy''': ...but, we have to do that ''thing''.
-->'''Willow''': The thing? ...oh, right, the thing!
-->'''Xander''': Hey. We can do that thing any time. I'm ''tired'' of doing that thing. We're in!
* ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' has
a lot of these to end Amanda's closing monologue. Including such gems as: "I gotta go water my lobsters!" "I have vague excuse about being unable to go alphabetize my sister!" because he has an appointment. This quickly escalates into him needing a colonoscopy. By the end of the episode, he actually goes through with it... and "I have then Chelsea reveals that she knew he was lying all along and has invited her parents to go bodyslam my grandmother."come to his house anyway.



* Elaine used this excuse at least once or twice on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'':
** While Earl and Randy's Mom is talking to Randy [[TooMuchinformation about bad sex with their dad,]] Randy throws a beer bottle against the wall and goes "Oh, look, we're out of beer. I'll get some more."
** In the episode "Van Hickey", Earl ended up marrying his friend's older mom ''(long story)'' and kept making up excuses every night to escape from doing his "new husbandly duties"
--->'''Earl:''' Sorry, I just ate a big meal and my doctor says I have to wait at least three hours before swimming or... humping so... Don't wait up.\\\
'''Earl:''' There's a bunch of birds unfairly attacking a squirrel on the lawn. I have to get involved... Don't wait up.\\\
'''Earl:''' The string came out of my sweatpants, it's gonna be an all nighter.\\\
'''Earl:''' The Chinese are on the march.\\\
'''Earl:''' I'm on hold with [[OperatorFromIndia Mike from Bombay]]. He's trying to walk me through using the new toaster.\\\
'''Earl:''' Randy got out. Gotta go find him.\\\
'''Earl:''' I gotta drive three counties over to get some rubbers. I'm an odd size.
* In the ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' episode "Krumping Crunching", Emma uses this excuse when she Jessie and Luke are caught by Christina.
-->'''Emma:''' I have to watch something really educational...on the fashion channel.
** However, unlike other examples, Christina is fully aware that Emma is using this trope but simply pretends to buy it.
-->'''Christina:''' [[LampshadeHanging That was an obvious excuse just to leave the room. We all know that the fashion channel has nothing left to teach her.]]
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** It's a RunningGag that whenever Niles feels awkward enough that he has to leave the room, he'll make up some excuse about a patient he has to see, whose malady is usually tangentially related to the situation at hand.
--->'''Niles:''' Yes, and I'd love to stay but I... have my therapy group meeting, and last time I was late the, er, compulsive gamblers were betting the passive aggressives that they couldn't make the over-eaters... cry.
** Once, Martin excuses himself from Lilith's presence by saying, "Time to go... practice my signature."
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
** Dick tries to get Nina to do something for him:
--->'''Nina:''' That's the night I'm having my eyes gouged out.\\
'''Dick:''' [[SarcasmBlind Can't you reschedule it?]]
** Played for laughs in another episode, in which Tommy and his girlfriend want to talk alone and everyone makes up an excuse to leave, except for Harry, who stays on the couch:
--->'''Tommy:''' What about you?\\
'''Harry:''' I'm just delaying my exit to make it seem more natural. (''slowly gets up and leaves'')
* Played for drama on ''Series/MadMen'' when [[TheHypotenuse Henry Francis]] comes to see Betty at home in the middle of the day, and her housekeeper Carla sees them. They're just standing there talking to each other, so it should be easy to cover up the romantic undertones, but Betty's a BadLiar and completely botches her attempt. At the end of the scene she claims she left the bathtub running and heads upstairs... leaving the basket of laundry she just brought down.

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* Elaine used this excuse at least once or twice on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'':
** While Earl and Randy's Mom is talking to Randy [[TooMuchinformation about bad sex with their dad,]] Randy throws a beer bottle against
''Series/USAHigh''. On "Fraulein Winnie", Ashley has taught herself the wall and goes "Oh, look, we're German for "My uncle's monkey is very sick," since Christian's parents are visiting. At one point, the gang runs out of beer. I'll get some more.the room, in front of the parents, with no explanation, leading to the following, with the translation coming up as a subtitle.
-->'''ASHLEY''': ''[[GratuitousGerman "Der Affe meines Onkels ist sehr krank."]]''
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'':
** In an episode, Beck doesn't even bother coming up with an excuse: (wandering toward door) "I...have to go..." (walks out)
** Tori also claims in another episode that "I just got a text, I have to go pee.
"
** In When Robbie asks the episode "Van Hickey", Earl ended up marrying others if they think his friend's older mom ''(long story)'' and kept making up excuses every night to escape from doing his "new husbandly duties"
--->'''Earl:''' Sorry, I just ate a big meal and my doctor says I have to wait at least three hours before swimming or... humping so... Don't wait up.\\\
'''Earl:''' There's a bunch of birds unfairly attacking a squirrel on the lawn. I have to get involved... Don't wait up.\\\
'''Earl:''' The string came out of my sweatpants,
blog is boring:
--->'''Beck:''' Hey look,
it's gonna be an all nighter.\\\
'''Earl:''' The Chinese are on the march.\\\
'''Earl:''' I'm on hold with [[OperatorFromIndia Mike from Bombay]]. He's trying to walk me through using the new toaster.\\\
'''Earl:''' Randy got out. Gotta go find him.\\\
'''Earl:''' I gotta drive three counties
that guy over to get some rubbers. I'm an odd size.
* In the ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' episode "Krumping Crunching", Emma uses this excuse when she Jessie and Luke are caught by Christina.
-->'''Emma:''' I have to watch something really educational...on the fashion channel.
** However, unlike other examples, Christina
there!\\
'''Cat:''' It
is fully aware that Emma is using this trope but simply pretends to buy it.
-->'''Christina:''' [[LampshadeHanging That was an obvious excuse just to leave the room. We all know that the fashion channel has nothing left to teach her.]]
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** It's a RunningGag that whenever Niles feels awkward enough that he has to leave the room, he'll make up some excuse about a patient he has to see, whose malady is usually tangentially related to the situation at hand.
--->'''Niles:''' Yes, and I'd love to stay but I... have my therapy group meeting, and last time I was late the, er, compulsive gamblers were betting the passive aggressives that they couldn't make the over-eaters... cry.
** Once, Martin excuses himself from Lilith's presence by saying, "Time to go... practice my signature."
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
** Dick tries to get Nina to do something for him:
--->'''Nina:''' That's the night I'm having my eyes gouged out.
guy...\\
'''Dick:''' [[SarcasmBlind Can't you reschedule it?]]
** Played for laughs in another episode, in which Tommy and his girlfriend want
'''Andre:''' Wait up guy!\\
'''[[DeadpanSnarker Jade]]:''' (''getting up'') There's no guy.
* On ''Series/WhatAboutBrian'', Adam uses this
to talk alone and everyone makes up get out of an excuse to leave, except for Harry, who stays on the couch:
--->'''Tommy:''' What about you?\\
'''Harry:''' I'm
embarrassing moment (it just delaying my exit to make it seem more natural. (''slowly gets up and leaves'')
* Played for drama on ''Series/MadMen'' when [[TheHypotenuse Henry Francis]] comes to see Betty
got out that [[spoiler:Adam secretly slept with Brian's sister]]):
-->'''Adam:''' ''[looking
at home in the middle of the day, and her housekeeper Carla sees them. They're just standing there talking to each other, so it should be easy to cover up the romantic undertones, but Betty's a BadLiar and completely botches her attempt. At the end of the scene she claims she left the bathtub running and heads upstairs... leaving the basket of laundry she just brought down.his phone]'' I gotta take this.\\
'''Brian:''' It didn't ring!\\
'''Adam:''' I know. ''[leaves]''



* In an episode of ''Series/TheMonkees'', the four boys have fallen in love with the same girl and want to get away from the apartment to go see her. Micky suddenly declares that his aunt is ill and leaves. Mike announces he is going to the store to get dog food. When informed that they don't have a dog, he says that he'll pick up a dog too while he's out. Davy announces a desire to become a boxer and leaves immediately to start doing road work. Peter, who has believed every excuse, isn't sure what to do now that he's all alone, and decides without a hint of irony that he'll go visit the girl.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** In the season 2 opener, Ryan and Esposito excuse themselves from the room to let Castle and Beckett talk in private by saying they have to go do "[[BuffySpeak that thing with the guy]]", repeating the above conversation almost verbatim.
-->'''Ryan:''' Oh, hey, uh... don't we have that thing?\\
'''Esposito:''' ...No?\\
'''Ryan:''' Yeah, you know, that thing with that guy?\\
'''Esposito:''' ''Oh.'' Yeah. The thing with the guy.\\
'''Ryan:''' Excuse us.
** In "Nikki Heat" Beckett finds herself embroiled in a teeth-grindingly awkward conversation (from her point of view) with Natalie Rhodes, the actress portraying the character based on her, about how Rhodes needs to sleep with Castle because of the relationship Castle wrote between Beckett's character and his own AuthorAvatar. It gets to the point where Rhodes has completely deconstructed the [[EveryoneCanSeeIt relationship between Beckett and Castle]] and is begging Beckett to give Castle "permission" to sleep with her that Beckett feels the need to flee:
--->'''Beckett:''' I need to go. Over there. (''points at random and scurries off'')
** In an episode in season 8, Alexis is flirting with the suspect for information. After he gives her some, he asks her out. Her response: "I'd love to, but I'm actually getting fitted for an iron lung in the morning."
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
** When Tom Servo has something backfire on him with Mike, he tells him, "Look! A huge distracting thing!" and runs off.
** In another episode, when Crow and Servo want to get away from Mike, Crow says "We need to go... feed the cat. Well, get a cat, then... feed it."
** In yet another episode, when nervously excusing themselves from Gypsy, Crow says he has to go clean his room. Servo? "I'm gonna go clean your room too."
** In yet another episode:
--->'''Dr. Forrester:''' Frank, what are you doing?\\
'''TV's Frank:''' Getting a... piece of... water.\\
'''Dr. Forrester:''' "A piece of water"?\\
'''TV's Frank:''' I mean, a glass of cake.
** In the Invention Exchange for the "Wizards of the Lost Kingdom" episode, Jonah invents "Verbal Smoke Bombs", a list of bizarre excuses guaranteed to end any awkward conversation, including "Gotta go, I can't feel my arms!"
* ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'': "I just remembered I left the light on in my... other life."
* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'''s vox pops had Creator/StephenFry in drag realizing he'd left the iron on, and in non-drag saying his wife was being towed away.
* ''Series/CovertAffairs'' has Auggie left with Jai after accidentally insulting him. He makes his escape by saying "I'm going to do... anything else."
* In the ''Series/CornerGas'' episode "Oh, Baby," Wanda asks Brent if he wants to babysit her son. Brent ducks the question by saying, "Ding ding! Oh, someone's at the pumps!" and walking out of the gas station.
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'':
** In an episode, Beck doesn't even bother coming up with an excuse: (wandering toward door) "I...have to go..." (walks out)
** Tori also claims in another episode that "I just got a text, I have to go pee."
** When Robbie asks the others if they think his blog is boring:
--->'''Beck:''' Hey look, it's that guy over there!\\
'''Cat:''' It is that guy...\\
'''Andre:''' Wait up guy!\\
'''[[DeadpanSnarker Jade]]:''' (''getting up'') There's no guy.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** In the episode "Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy" Jeff, ever the pragmatist, dismisses himself with "Oh hey, is that a reason to leave?"
** Professor Ian Duncan does a good old edition of "have to get something in my car", and then [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome NEVER COMES BACK]]. [[TheBusCameBack Until Season 5, that is.]]
** In "Basic Crisis Room Decorum", Jeff excuses himself by saying "Y'know, I think Britta crapped in ''my'' pants too."
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** In an episode:
--->'''Ted:''' Zoey just told me about this great Frank Lloyd Wright retrospective tonight, who's in?\\
'''Lily:''' Sorry, I'm... ah, I dunno, washing my hair.\\
'''Marshall:''' Running the water.\\
'''Robin:''' Holding the towel.\\
'''Barney:''' And I'll be home, trying to get over the fact that no-one invited me to the big hairwashing party.
** When Barney discovers that Robin thinks fighting is sexy, he convinces Ted to fake having had one with some guys. When Robin shows up with tickets to a hockey game and asks if Barney wants to go with her, Marshall reveals that Ted and Barney faked the fight, resulting in Robin rescinding her offer.
--->'''Robin:''' Oh, I ''just remembered'', I can't go tonight, I've got that... uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... ''[escapes out the door]''
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
** Radar got himself out of a line of questions he didn't really wish to answer with a simple "Oh! I forgot!" and a quick exit.
** Played straight and then subverted in the episode "Margaret's Engagement"; everyone at the staff meeting in the mess tent know Margaret's engaged to someone else except Frank, who assumes he's getting promoted, so as soon as the meeting is over, Hawkeye says, "Why don't we all go into the den and watch TV." Except instead of leaving the mess tent, they merely move over to the other side of the room.
* On ''Series/WhatAboutBrian'', Adam uses this to get out of an embarrassing moment (it just got out that [[spoiler:Adam secretly slept with Brian's sister]]):
-->'''Adam:''' ''[looking at his phone]'' I gotta take this.\\
'''Brian:''' It didn't ring!\\
'''Adam:''' I know. ''[leaves]''
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', Rimmer manages to come out with: "I'll be in the stern, correlating the, uh... in the stern."
* In ''Series/PieInTheSky'', episode "Passion Fruit Fool", Margaret is trying to give Henry some private time to talk to their friend Alec.
-->'''Margaret:''' I'll just go and feed the chickens.\\
'''Henry:''' You just have.\\
'''Margaret:''' Then I'll sit and I'll tell them a story!
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam uses this to leave Jo and Dean alone.
-->'''Sam:''' Oh yeah, um, I've gotta... uh, I've gotta go. Over there. Right now.
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'' Madeline needs to get Sam to leave the room so Fiona and Michael can have a moment alone.
-->'''Madeline:''' Would you like a bottle opener, Sam?\\
'''Sam:''' Oh no no, I've got one. Thanks, yeah, never leave home without it.\\
'''Madeline:''' Sam. You need a bottle opener. Why don't I show you where it is?\\
'''Fiona:''' (''sigh'')\\
'''Sam:''' OK. Sure. Alright Madeline, where's the bottle opener?
* Perhaps the purest example of the trope, in ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', Meredith enters the kitchen to talk to her latest suitor while Callie is cooking, leading to this response:
-->'''Callie:''' Excuse me, I have to leave the room for a short period of time for no reason whatsoever.
* In the second season of ''Series/{{Felicity}}'', Felicity is dating David, a guy that her boss, Javier, doesn't trust. When David stops by the coffee shop while Felicity and Javier are talking, Javier makes an arch excuse to walk away.
-->'''Javier:''' Ah. 'Scuse me, I have to, um, dust the scones.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** When Liz confronts Floyd with the fact that a woman answered the phone when she called him, he pretends to get a text message telling him he has a flight to catch, or he'll miss his meeting with "[[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Peter Venkman]]". When Liz later catches on, she is livid, but not entirely for the reasons you'd expect.
--->'''Liz:''' That's from ''Ghostbusters''! ''[[FelonyMisdemeanor You used Ghostbusters for evil!]]''
** There's also the episode where Toofer discovers that Jack was a member of a secret Princeton society, where one of the rules is that if anyone ever yells out the name of the society, you have to immediately find an excuse to leave the room, and the writers use this fact several times.
--->'''Jack:''' I don't know who the hell told you to say that, Rossitano, but you have no idea what you're--\\
'''Frank:''' Twig and Plums.\\
'''Jack:''' I have to go to an intervention for my travel agent.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': "I have [[BuffySpeak captain-ey]] things to do."
* ''Series/{{Pixelface}}'': In "Two Aethelwynnes", Alexia and Clairpearker get away from Kiki from by announcing that they "Have to do some extra training...in that other room... with the thing".
* An early episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' features an ''[[Film/TheExorcist Exorcist]]'' parody where two priests come to the house of a possessed girl. Upon entering and hearing [[HellIsThatNoise unearthly shrieks]] from upstairs, one of the priests (played by Creator/RichardPryor) turns to bolt. The other priest admonishes him, saying "Where is your faith, brother?" and he answers "It's in the car; I'm gonna go get it."
* In an episode of ''Series/TheSlammer'', Melvin poses as Lionel Blair in order to get back into the Slammer. When asked to tap dance, he first claims that he can't because the carpet is too brown, and then claims that he injured his wrist peeling a tangerine.
* In the ''Series/KenanAndKel'' episode "Corporate Kenan", when Kenan gets mistaken for an executive vice president, Kenan tries to get out of doing a speech at a big corporate meeting by having Kel barging in and interrupting him.
-->'''Kenan:''' Just make something up. Like I've got an emergency phone call or something.\\
'''Kel:''' Nobody will ever believe that. See, what I do is, I come in and I'll say, "Your Grandmother got eaten by lions!"\\
'''Kenan:''' (''beat'') Keep working on it.\\
(''later'')\\
'''Kel:''' (''rehearsing'') Reggie! Your daddy has been attacked by circus clowns! Yeah, that sounds pretty good.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}''
** in "The Sense in the Sacrifice", after Brennan declared her absolute faith in Booth, Booth kissed her breathless in the FBI bullpen, reducing her from SpockSpeak to BuffySpeak:
-->'''Bones:''' I need to go... do... scientific things to catch a serial killer.
** There’s also Hodgins telling Cam in one episode “I’m...going to go look at very small things through my very large microscope...” when Cam questions him about evidence and none of it is specific enough to help.

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* In an episode of ''Series/TheMonkees'', ''Series/WithoutATrace''. As two agents interview a victim's mother, the four boys have fallen in love with the same girl and want to get away from the apartment to go see her. Micky suddenly declares that his aunt is ill and leaves. Mike announces he is going to the store to get dog food. When informed that they don't have a dog, he says that he'll pick up a dog too while he's out. Davy announces a desire to become a boxer and leaves immediately to start doing road work. Peter, who has believed every excuse, isn't sure what to do now that he's all alone, and decides without a hint of irony that he'll go visit the girl.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** In the season 2 opener, Ryan and Esposito excuse themselves from the room to let Castle and Beckett talk in private by saying they have to go do "[[BuffySpeak that thing with the guy]]", repeating the above conversation almost verbatim.
-->'''Ryan:''' Oh, hey, uh... don't we have that thing?\\
'''Esposito:''' ...No?\\
'''Ryan:''' Yeah, you know, that thing with that guy?\\
'''Esposito:''' ''Oh.'' Yeah. The thing with the guy.\\
'''Ryan:''' Excuse us.
** In "Nikki Heat" Beckett finds herself embroiled in a teeth-grindingly awkward conversation (from her point of view) with Natalie Rhodes, the actress portraying the character based on her, about how Rhodes needs to sleep with Castle because of the relationship Castle wrote between Beckett's character and his own AuthorAvatar. It gets to the point where Rhodes has completely deconstructed the [[EveryoneCanSeeIt relationship between Beckett and Castle]] and is begging Beckett to give Castle "permission" to sleep with her that Beckett feels the
male agent hurriedly claims, "I need to flee:
--->'''Beckett:''' I need to go. Over there. (''points at random and scurries off'')
** In an episode in season 8, Alexis is flirting with the suspect for information. After he gives her some, he asks her out. Her response: "I'd love to, but I'm actually getting fitted for an iron lung in the morning."
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
** When Tom Servo has something backfire
check on him with Mike, he tells him, "Look! A huge distracting thing!" and runs off.
** In another episode, when Crow and Servo want to get away from Mike, Crow says "We need to go... feed the cat. Well, get a cat, then... feed it."
** In yet another episode, when nervously excusing themselves from Gypsy, Crow says he has to go clean his room. Servo? "I'm gonna go clean your room too."
** In yet another episode:
--->'''Dr. Forrester:''' Frank, what are you doing?\\
'''TV's Frank:''' Getting a... piece of... water.\\
'''Dr. Forrester:''' "A piece of water"?\\
'''TV's Frank:''' I mean, a glass of cake.
** In the Invention Exchange for the "Wizards of the Lost Kingdom" episode, Jonah invents "Verbal Smoke Bombs", a list of bizarre excuses guaranteed to end any awkward conversation, including "Gotta go, I can't feel my arms!"
* ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'': "I just remembered I left the light on in my... other life."
* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'''s vox pops had Creator/StephenFry in drag realizing he'd left the iron on, and in non-drag saying his wife was being towed away.
* ''Series/CovertAffairs'' has Auggie left with Jai after accidentally insulting him. He makes his escape by saying "I'm going to do... anything else."
* In the ''Series/CornerGas'' episode "Oh, Baby," Wanda asks Brent if he wants to babysit her son. Brent ducks the question by saying, "Ding ding! Oh, someone's at the pumps!" and walking out of the gas station.
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'':
** In an episode, Beck doesn't even bother coming up with an excuse: (wandering toward door) "I...have to go..." (walks out)
** Tori also claims in another episode that "I just got a text, I have to go pee."
** When Robbie asks the others if they think his blog is boring:
--->'''Beck:''' Hey look, it's that guy over there!\\
'''Cat:''' It is that guy...\\
'''Andre:''' Wait up guy!\\
'''[[DeadpanSnarker Jade]]:''' (''getting up'') There's no guy.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** In the episode "Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy" Jeff, ever the pragmatist, dismisses himself with "Oh hey, is that a reason to leave?"
** Professor Ian Duncan does a good old edition of "have to get
something in my car", the car" and then [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome NEVER COMES BACK]]. [[TheBusCameBack Until Season 5, that is.]]
** In "Basic Crisis Room Decorum", Jeff excuses himself by saying "Y'know, I think Britta crapped in ''my'' pants too."
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** In an episode:
--->'''Ted:''' Zoey just told me about this great Frank Lloyd Wright retrospective tonight, who's in?\\
'''Lily:''' Sorry, I'm... ah, I dunno, washing my hair.\\
'''Marshall:''' Running the water.\\
'''Robin:''' Holding the towel.\\
'''Barney:''' And I'll be home, trying to get over the fact that no-one invited me to the big hairwashing party.
** When Barney discovers that Robin thinks fighting is sexy, he convinces Ted to fake
leaves, having had one with some guys. When Robin shows up with tickets deduced that she'd be more comfortable talking to a hockey game and asks if Barney wants to go with her, Marshall reveals that Ted and Barney faked the fight, resulting in Robin rescinding her offer.
--->'''Robin:''' Oh, I ''just remembered'', I can't go tonight, I've got that... uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... that uh... ''[escapes out the door]''
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
** Radar got himself out of a line of questions he didn't really wish to answer with a simple "Oh! I forgot!" and a quick exit.
** Played straight and then subverted in the episode "Margaret's Engagement"; everyone at the staff meeting in the mess tent know Margaret's engaged to someone else except Frank, who assumes he's getting promoted, so as soon as the meeting is over, Hawkeye says, "Why don't we all go into the den and watch TV." Except instead of leaving the mess tent, they merely move over to the other side of the room.
* On ''Series/WhatAboutBrian'', Adam uses this to get out of an embarrassing moment (it just got out that [[spoiler:Adam secretly slept with Brian's sister]]):
-->'''Adam:''' ''[looking at his phone]'' I gotta take this.\\
'''Brian:''' It didn't ring!\\
'''Adam:''' I know. ''[leaves]''
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', Rimmer manages to come out with: "I'll be in the stern, correlating the, uh... in the stern."
* In ''Series/PieInTheSky'', episode "Passion Fruit Fool", Margaret is trying to give Henry some private time to talk to their friend Alec.
-->'''Margaret:''' I'll just go and feed the chickens.\\
'''Henry:''' You just have.\\
'''Margaret:''' Then I'll sit and I'll tell them a story!
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam uses this to leave Jo and Dean alone.
-->'''Sam:''' Oh yeah, um, I've gotta... uh, I've gotta go. Over there. Right now.
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'' Madeline needs to get Sam to leave the room so Fiona and Michael can have a moment alone.
-->'''Madeline:''' Would you like a bottle opener, Sam?\\
'''Sam:''' Oh no no, I've got one. Thanks, yeah, never leave home without it.\\
'''Madeline:''' Sam. You need a bottle opener. Why don't I show you where it is?\\
'''Fiona:''' (''sigh'')\\
'''Sam:''' OK. Sure. Alright Madeline, where's the bottle opener?
* Perhaps the purest example of the trope, in ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', Meredith enters the kitchen to talk to her latest suitor while Callie is cooking, leading to this response:
-->'''Callie:''' Excuse me, I have to leave the room for a short period of time for no reason whatsoever.
* In the second season of ''Series/{{Felicity}}'', Felicity is dating David, a guy that her boss, Javier, doesn't trust. When David stops by the coffee shop while Felicity and Javier are talking, Javier makes an arch excuse to walk away.
-->'''Javier:''' Ah. 'Scuse me, I have to, um, dust the scones.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** When Liz confronts Floyd with the fact that a woman answered the phone when she called him, he pretends to get a text message telling him he has a flight to catch, or he'll miss his meeting with "[[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Peter Venkman]]". When Liz later catches on, she is livid, but not entirely for the reasons you'd expect.
--->'''Liz:''' That's from ''Ghostbusters''! ''[[FelonyMisdemeanor You used Ghostbusters for evil!]]''
** There's also the episode where Toofer discovers that Jack was a member of a secret Princeton society, where one of the rules is that if anyone ever yells out the name of the society, you have to immediately find an excuse to leave the room, and the writers use this fact several times.
--->'''Jack:''' I don't know who the hell told you to say that, Rossitano, but you have no idea what you're--\\
'''Frank:''' Twig and Plums.\\
'''Jack:''' I have to go to an intervention for my travel agent.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': "I have [[BuffySpeak captain-ey]] things to do."
* ''Series/{{Pixelface}}'': In "Two Aethelwynnes", Alexia and Clairpearker get away from Kiki from by announcing that they "Have to do some extra training...in that other room... with the thing".
* An early episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' features an ''[[Film/TheExorcist Exorcist]]'' parody where two priests come to the house of a possessed girl. Upon entering and hearing [[HellIsThatNoise unearthly shrieks]] from upstairs, one of the priests (played by Creator/RichardPryor) turns to bolt. The other priest admonishes him, saying "Where is your faith, brother?" and he answers "It's in the car; I'm gonna go get it."
* In an episode of ''Series/TheSlammer'', Melvin poses as Lionel Blair in order to get back into the Slammer. When asked to tap dance, he first claims that he can't because the carpet is too brown, and then claims that he injured his wrist peeling a tangerine.
* In the ''Series/KenanAndKel'' episode "Corporate Kenan", when Kenan gets mistaken for an executive vice president, Kenan tries to get out of doing a speech at a big corporate meeting by having Kel barging in and interrupting him.
-->'''Kenan:''' Just make something up. Like I've got an emergency phone call or something.\\
'''Kel:''' Nobody will ever believe that. See, what I do is, I come in and I'll say, "Your Grandmother got eaten by lions!"\\
'''Kenan:''' (''beat'') Keep working on it.\\
(''later'')\\
'''Kel:''' (''rehearsing'') Reggie! Your daddy has been attacked by circus clowns! Yeah, that sounds pretty good.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}''
** in "The Sense in the Sacrifice", after Brennan declared her absolute faith in Booth, Booth kissed her breathless in the FBI bullpen, reducing her from SpockSpeak to BuffySpeak:
-->'''Bones:''' I need to go... do... scientific things to catch a serial killer.
** There’s also Hodgins telling Cam in one episode “I’m...going to go look at very small things through my very large microscope...” when Cam questions him about evidence and none of it is specific enough to help.
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* In an episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Howard, desperate to get out of a fishing date with his father-in-law, claims that he and Bernadette already have "a thing" for that day.
-->'''Bernadette:''' What thing?\\
'''Howard:''' You know... the ''thing''?\\
'''Bernadette:''' Oh! That thing! ''[beat]'' I cancelled it.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** In the minisode, Sherlock can't make it to John's birthday dinner because he has a "thing". Remarkable imprecision for such a precise speaker as Sherlock, but when Lestrade questions it, Sherlock explains that the more detailed and precise it is, the more it would sound like a lie.
** Much earlier, in "A Study in Pink", he vaguely comments that he's going to "get some air" in order to escape from the flat to pursue a serial killer. Nobody really buys it, but since they don't realise what he's actually doing, nobody stops him, either.
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', when Chuck realizes there's an emergency in progress and has to escape from a conversation with his sister's oblivious boyfriend:
-->'''Chuck:''' Excuse me, I think I see a kid crawling into an oven over in housewares.
* On an episode of ''Series/SportsNight'', Isaac walks into Casey's office in the middle of [[ShipperOnDeck Natalie]] trying to get Casey and Dana together:
-->'''Natalie:''' Isaac. Don't you think, don't you '''know''' that Dana isn't happy with Gordon, and that Gordon is about to break up with Dana and Dana only '''thinks''' she cares?\\
'''Isaac:''' You know what? I'm gonna step out now and it'll be like I never came in. (''leaves'')
* On ''Series/FakingIt'', when [[CampGay Shane]] is talking to a guy at a gay bar because Liam is trying to pick up the guy's straight female friend:
-->'''Shane:''' So, what's your favorite movie?\\
'''[[{{Hipster}} Guy]]:''' My favorite ''films'' explore the [[TrueArtIsAngsty emotional destruction]] caused by [[PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie 9/11]].\\
'''Shane:''' [[{{Beat}} ...]] You know what, I just realized [[FreudianExcuse my parents are getting a divorce]] and I no longer believe in love, please excuse me.
* On ''Series/LostGirl'', when Trick gets a dose of TooMuchInformation about what Bo and Lauren are up to:
-->'''Trick:''' So many glasses. Must polish.
* In the ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' episode "[[Recap/MurderSheWroteS4E11DoomWithAView Doom with a View]]", a friend of Grady's tries to screw him over and then makes a half-hearted apology and invites Grady to his wedding. Grady's response is less a lame excuse and more a statement that he wants nothing more to do with his "friend":
-->'''Grady:''' Sorry, buddy, but I'll be busy that week.\\
'''Grady's now former friend:''' But we haven't even set the date.\\
'''Grady:''' I know.
* An amusing example in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': Chelsea wants Charlie to meet her parents, so he makes up a vague excuse about being unable to go because he has an appointment. This quickly escalates into him needing a colonoscopy. By the end of the episode, he actually goes through with it... and then Chelsea reveals that she knew he was lying all along and has invited her parents to come to his house anyway.
* This gem from ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', when Eliza decides to return Henry's coat by removing it in front of him... with very little underneath and then asking him to spend the night.
-->'''Henry:''' I have to go feed my cat.\\
'''Eliza:''' You don't have a cat.\\
''[long {{beat}}]''\\
'''Henry:''' I have to go purchase a cat and then feed it. Generously.
* On ''Series/TheMillers'', Nathan, during a particularly awkward dinner with his mother, sister and brother-in-law, gets and says:
-->'''Nathan:''' Let's see what's behind Door Number One. ''[opens door]'' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Why, it's an exit!]] I win! ''[leaves]''
* In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', Don stammers that he has to get dinner ready to not join [[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Jan Kandou's Jyuken class]] with Ahim. Although flimsy, at least this is a believable example since Don is one of the Gokaigers' resident {{Team Chef}}s (along with [[HiddenDepths Joe]] and Gai).
* One episode of ''Series/HannahMontana'' has the dad being grilled for something and escaping by miming a fax machine (in 2008).
-->'''Billy Ray:''' Uh, uh, ''(covering his mouth)'' reeeeee uh-oh, I seem to be getting a fax! reeeee oh man, sounds like a big one, hope I got enough paper in there!
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'': Detective Rosa Diaz provides this trope's page quote when trying to avoid talking to a citizen who calls himself "Super Dan."
* On the episode of ''Series/ChappellesShow'' where Dave loses his show to Wayne Brady following a HostileShowTakeover, he calls up Big Boi from Music/{{Outkast}}, who lies to Dave about being operated on just to avoid hanging out with him. And when that doesn't work:
-->'''Big Boi:''' I'm s'posed to be hookin' up with [[Series/SoulTrain Don Cornelius]] tomorrow.\\
'''Dave:''' A-all right...\\
'''Big Boi:''' Yeah. We playin' tennis, man.\\
'''Dave:''' Um, well you know, I'm around, man. Just give me a call.\\
'''Big Boi:''' We playin' on the moon, bitch! Peace. Don't call me no more.
* In a similar vein as the ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' example above, Centauri Ambassador Londo Mollari on ''Series/BabylonFive'' once told someone "I intend to have other plans" in response to an invitation.
* In an early episode of ''Series/MelissaAndJoey'', Joe meets a web designer who bolts as soon as he tells her he's a nanny.
-->'''Ashley:''' Work emergency! My website just caught on fire!
** Subverted at the end of the episode in that her server hosting the website really did catch fire and she was genuinely interested in Joe.
* ''Series/WithoutATrace''. As two agents interview a victim's mother, the male agent hurriedly claims, "I need to check on something in the car" and leaves, having deduced that she'd be more comfortable talking to a woman.
* ''Series/TheOA'': BBA makes a call, but the conversation turns awkward, so she hastily cuts it short by saying that she can't talk right now because she's busy eating a sandwich.
* ''Series/USAHigh''. On "Fraulein Winnie," Ashley has taught herself the German for "My uncle's monkey is very sick," since Christian's parents are visiting. At one point, the gang runs out of the room, in front of the parents, with no explanation, leading to the following, with the translation coming up as a subtitle.
-->'''ASHLEY''': ''[[GratuitousGerman "Der Affe meines Onkels ist sehr krank."]]''



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* In the ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' stories young Davy is full of malapropisms and unique opinions that could make you smile, but it's his opinions on religion that push Anne over the edge...
--->'''Davy:''' There'll be plenty of jam in heaven, that's one comfort.
--->'''Anne:''' Perhaps there will...if we want it. But what makes you think so?
--->'''Davy:''' Why, it's in the catechism.
--->'''Anne:''' Oh, no, there is nothing like THAT in the catechism, Davy.
--->'''Davy:''' But I tell you there is. It was in that question Marilla taught me last Sunday. "Why should we love God?" It says, "Because He makes preserves, and redeems us." Preserves is just a holy way of saying jam.
--->'''Anne:''' I must get a drink of water.


* ''Series/{{Bones}}''; in "The Sense in the Sacrifice", after Brennan declared her absolute faith in Booth, Booth kissed her breathless in the FBI bullpen, reducing her from SpockSpeak to BuffySpeak:

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** There’s also Hodgins telling Cam in one episode “I’m...going to go look at very small things through my very large microscope...” when Cam questions him about evidence and none of it is specific enough to help.


* In ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', Rhino the hamster gives excuses on leaving whenever Mittens and Bolt have serious discussions. The first time actually works as a pretty good gag when he ''does'' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments come back with a ladder!]]

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* In ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', Rhino the hamster gives excuses on leaving whenever Mittens and Bolt have serious discussions. The first time actually works as a pretty good gag when he ''does'' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments come back with a ladder!]]ladder!


'''Peter:''' Boy, you said it. (''runs out the house and up a tree'')

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': In the TV movie ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'', the Toiletnator meekly tries this when Grandfather announces to a terrified group of adults that he's going to turn everyone in the world into "senior citi-zombies".
-->'''Toiletnator:''' Uh, may I be excused? I've, uh... got some quiche in the oven. I've got--''(gets transformed)''


* The Teensies in ''VideoGame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc'' are full of these excuses. For example, "I have to go invent chocolate toothpaste."

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* The Teensies in ''VideoGame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc'' are full of these excuses. For example, "I have to go invent chocolate toothpaste."" or "I have to walk my flowers and water my dog." Though whether these are excuses or the Teensies just being ''utterly insane'' has yet to be decided.


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* Ninja Sex Party's "No Reason Boner" includes one of these.
-->"I have to go, I have a doctor's appointment at the dentist's."\\
Now things are a little awkward\\
Between my mailman and I\\
That was not my best lie, I was just covering up for my\\
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* Literature/TheBible features the Parable of the Great Banquet, where the guests all start to offer lame excuses for not attending. These include needing to see a field he just bought (who buys a field without seeing it?), try out oxen he just bought (who buys oxen without trying them?), or having just gotten married (which may be variously interpreted as [[HenpeckedHusband "my wife won't let me go"]] or [[InsatiableNewlyweds "I'm too busy having sex."]])
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