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->''"Why is it the phone only rings when I'm in the bath?"''
-->-- '''Jon''', ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''

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->''"Why is it ->''"It's always the phone only rings same! Someone comes and disturbs me when I'm in my bath. Last year, and the bath?"''
year before that. It never fails!"''
-->-- '''Jon''', ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''
'''Vitalstatistix''', ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}''



* ''Recap/AsterixAtTheOlympicGames'': Chief Vitalstatistix is in his bath when a Roman centurion comes to call. Unwilling to get out when he just got in, he has his bearers put the tub on the shield and carry him before the centurion. The centurion thinks this a Gallic custom, so when Vitalstatistix comes to the camp, he finds the centurion ready to parley in his own tub.

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* ''Recap/AsterixAtTheOlympicGames'': Chief Vitalstatistix is in his bath when a Roman centurion comes to call. call, leading to the page quote. Unwilling to get out when he just got in, let another one of his yearly baths be disturbed, he has his bearers put the tub on the shield and carry him before the centurion. The centurion thinks this a Gallic custom, so when Vitalstatistix comes to the camp, he finds the centurion ready to parley in his own tub.



** The page quote is from the title panel of [[https://garfield.com/comic/1987/09/06 this Sunday comic]].

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** The page quote is from Happens to Jon in the title panel of [[https://garfield.com/comic/1987/09/06 this Sunday comic]].comic]].
--->'''Jon''': Why is it the phone only rings when I'm in the bath?


->''"Why is it the phone only rings when I'm in the bath?"''
-->-- '''Jon''', ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''



* One ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip had Jon in the tub with Garfield joining in to clean his rubber chicken, Odie jumping in, a mailman asking for him to sign a delivery and a paperboy throwing a newspaper at him.

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* One ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''
** The page quote is from the title panel of [[https://garfield.com/comic/1987/09/06 this Sunday comic]].
** [[https://garfield.com/comic/1984/09/16 This strip]]
had Jon in the tub with Garfield joining in to clean his rubber chicken, Odie jumping in, a mailman asking for him to sign a delivery and a paperboy throwing a newspaper at him.

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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. Captain Archer is taking a shower when the ArtificialGravity goes off-line.

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* Deconstructed in ''Film/{{Recovery}}''. Alan takes a shower at the hospital under supervision by a nurse. After lathering soap on dry skin, the nurse opens the shower curtain while he's drying off, reminding him to turn on the water.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' episode "Flowers For Hordak", Mantenna, perpetual ButtMonkey of the Evil Horde, is called into Hordak's throne room over an issue, as per the norm. This time, he was in the middle of a shower, so he's dripping wet and only in a shower cap and ModestyTowel. Hordak's more irritated over the fact he's dripping water on the floor, and sends him down the trapdoor, as always.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/HeyDuggee'', one of the CouchGag openings has Happy in the bath, only to be asked "Isn't it time for.... DUGGEE!"

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* At the beginning of the ''Series/MannAndMachine'' episode "Water, Water Everywhere," Mann tries to take a shower but is interrupted first by a phone call from Captain Claghorn and then by a reporter knocking at his door. Los Angeles is having a years-long drought, so Mann's water shuts off before he can finish, and he ends up having to rinse the soap out of his hair with bottled water.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]], the Doctor, having been separated from the TARDIS and staying in a flat, is taking a shower when his flatmate Craig mentions through the door that he's going to see the mysterious, sinister upstairs neighbour that the Doctor is investigating. When the Doctor realizes what Craig's going to do, thereby putting himself in danger, he jumps out of the shower in a hurry and goes to help, wearing a towel and wielding... Craig's electric toothbrush, grabbed by accident instead of the sonic screwdriver.


* ''Series/Zoey101'': In "Webcam", the girls get back at Logan for secretly taping them by staging a scene where they knock out Kazu. When Logan watches the scene on his computer, he retrieves Dean Rivers from his shower and takes him to the girls' dorm, only to see that everything's fine and that he just exposed his scheme. An infuriated Rivers then takes him to his office for interrupting his shower for nothing.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' : A whole episode is based on this in 'The One Where Chandler Takes A Bath", where Chandler's baths are continuously interrupted to increasing comedic effect, resulting in a borderline StateroomSketch.

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* ''Series/Zoey101'': In "Webcam", the girls get back at Logan for secretly taping them by staging a scene where they knock out Kazu. When Logan watches the scene on his computer, he retrieves Dean Rivers from his ''Series/{{Eureka}}'': The season four premiere has Fargo's shower and takes him to the girls' dorm, only to see that everything's fine and that he just exposed get interrupted by his scheme. An infuriated Rivers then takes him cellphone ringing. When he answers, he is abruptly [[TimeTravel dragged back in time to his office for interrupting his shower for nothing.
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' : A whole episode is based on this in 'The "The One Where Chandler Takes A Bath", where Chandler's baths are continuously interrupted to increasing comedic effect, resulting in a borderline StateroomSketch.



* ''Series/{{Taboo}}'': Zilpha's bath is interrupted by her abusive husband when he brings news of a job offer in Australia. She's not impressed and asks him to leave.




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* ''Series/{{Taboo}}'': Zilpha's bath is interrupted by her abusive husband when he brings news of a job offer in Australia. She's not impressed and asks him to leave.
* ''Series/Zoey101'': In "Webcam", the girls get back at Logan for secretly taping them by staging a scene where they knock out Kazu. When Logan watches the scene on his computer, he retrieves Dean Rivers from his shower and takes him to the girls' dorm, only to see that everything's fine and that he just exposed his scheme. An infuriated Rivers then takes him to his office for interrupting his shower for nothing.



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* In ''WebComic/OzyAndMillie'', Millie's mother is relaxing in the tub, only for Millie to show up with an ominous warning about something she lost being a "non-poisonous variety."
* In ''WebComic/{{Freefall}}'', Florence has almost no luck taking a shower uninterrupted. At one point, she even goes so far as to put the ''Savage Chicken'' in lockdown just so she can get through one shower without interruptions.

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* In ''WebComic/OzyAndMillie'', ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', Millie's mother is relaxing in the tub, only for Millie to show up with an ominous warning about something she lost being a "non-poisonous variety."
* In ''WebComic/{{Freefall}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Florence has almost no luck taking a shower uninterrupted. At one point, she even goes so far as to put the ''Savage Chicken'' in lockdown just so she can get through one shower without interruptions.


** In "Drone", the holographic Doctor wakes up B'Elanna Torres with a VideoPhone call, then after she goes into the shower and undresses, tries to continue the conversation via the VideoPhone there.

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** In "Drone", the holographic Doctor wakes up B'Elanna Torres with a VideoPhone call, then after she goes into the shower and undresses, tries to continue the conversation via the VideoPhone there.
there. She throws her ModestyTowel over the screen.


* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In the episode "[=Q2=]", Q intrudes on Captain Janeway enjoying a bath by teleporting into the tub, annoying her greatly.

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''
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In the episode "[=Q2=]", Q intrudes on Captain Janeway enjoying a bath by teleporting into the tub, annoying her greatly.
** In "Drone", the holographic Doctor wakes up B'Elanna Torres with a VideoPhone call, then after she goes into the shower and undresses, tries to continue the conversation via the VideoPhone there.


* This is the basic premise of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Maisy}}'' picture book ''Maisy Takes a Bath'' and associated [[AnimatedAdaptation animated story]] titled simply "Bath." Maisy Mouse is trying to take a relaxing bubble bath, but keeps getting interrupted by her friend Tallulah ringing the doorbell because they want to play. The story ends with them [[BathtubBonding playing in the bath together]].

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* This is the basic premise of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Maisy}}'' picture book ''Maisy Takes a Bath'' and associated [[AnimatedAdaptation animated story]] titled simply "Bath." Maisy Mouse is trying to take a relaxing bubble bath, but keeps getting interrupted by her friend Tallulah ringing the doorbell because they want she wants to play. The story ends with them [[BathtubBonding playing in the bath together]].


In part, this is due to the LawOfConservationOfDetail. The only reason to show somebody doing something as mundane as bathing is because something [[PlotPoint narratively important]] is going to happen during that bath -- unless it's ''just'' for the {{Fanservice}}, or on occasion if its a SliceOfLife work.

This trope is usually played for laughs when it's not a DeadlyBath; a bath is supposed to be relaxing and being naked is embarassing, which makes the addition of stress and/or visitors all the more annoying for the character (and therefore funnier for the audience).

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In part, this is due to the LawOfConservationOfDetail. The only reason to show somebody doing something as mundane as bathing is because something [[PlotPoint narratively important]] is going to happen during that bath -- unless it's ''just'' for the {{Fanservice}}, or on occasion if its it's a SliceOfLife work.

This trope is usually played for laughs when it's not a DeadlyBath; a bath is supposed to be relaxing and being naked is embarassing, embarrassing, which makes the addition of stress and/or visitors all the more annoying for the character (and therefore funnier for the audience).

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* This is the basic premise of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Maisy}}'' picture book ''Maisy Takes a Bath'' and associated [[AnimatedAdaptation animated story]] titled simply "Bath." Maisy Mouse is trying to take a relaxing bubble bath, but keeps getting interrupted by her friend Tallulah ringing the doorbell because they want to play. The story ends with them [[BathtubBonding playing in the bath together]].
* The picture book ''[[https://www.amazon.com/Five-Minutes-Peace-Jill-Murphy/dp/0698117875/ Five Minutes Peace]]'', written and illustrated by Jill Murphy, is about an elephant mother who just wants five minutes peace from her children to take a bath, but keeps getting interrupted.


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* The website Website/TelevisionWithoutPity had the often-used phrase "God is in the tub." This phrase was typically used in association with contestants on reality shows such as ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' or ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' praying to God to help them in getting ahead on the show, the idea being that doing so is like interrupting your mother when she's trying to take a bath. Praying to God for a safe flight to the next leg of the race, or to calm your fears before a task? Okay. Praying that you beat the other teams? Not okay.
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' : A whole episode is based on this in 'The One Where Chandler Takes A Bath", where Chandler's baths are continuously interrupted to increasing comedic effect, resulting in a borderline StateroomSketch

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' : A whole episode is based on this in 'The One Where Chandler Takes A Bath", where Chandler's baths are continuously interrupted to increasing comedic effect, resulting in a borderline StateroomSketchStateroomSketch.
** An earlier episode sees Chandler and Monica [[BathtubBonding sharing a bath]] in Chandler's apartment when Joey comes home and knocks on the bathroom door. Since Joey doesn't know about their SecretRelationship yet Monica has to hide under the water until he leaves.

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