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May involve an EmergencyImpersonation. Compare CelebrityLie. Also see MockMillionaire, PrincessForADay. Not to be confused with HoldTheLine.

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May involve an EmergencyImpersonation. Compare CelebrityLie. Also see MockMillionaire, PrincessForADay. Not to be confused with HoldTheLine.
PrincessForADay.


May involve an EmergencyImpersonation. Compare CelebrityLie. Also see MockMillionaire, PrincessForADay.

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May involve an EmergencyImpersonation. Compare CelebrityLie. Also see MockMillionaire, PrincessForADay.
PrincessForADay. Not to be confused with HoldTheLine.


* ''Series/TheNanny'' features Fran pretending that she is the wife of millionaire Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield, and not his nanny, in order to impress relatives to whom her mother has been bragging. In another episode, the butler Niles pretends that he is Maxwell Sheffield, that Fran is his wife, and that the actual Maxwell Sheffield is the butler in order to fool visitors from the butlers' guild.

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* ''Series/TheNanny'' features ''Series/TheNanny'': In "The Butler, The Husband, The Wife And Her Mother", Fran pretending has to pretend that she is the wife of millionaire Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield, and not his nanny, in order to impress relatives to whom her mother has been bragging. In another During the same episode, the butler Niles pretends has to pretend that he is Maxwell Sheffield, Maxwell, that Fran is his wife, and that the actual Maxwell Sheffield is the butler Niles in order to fool visitors both the in-laws and the inspectors from the butlers' guild.association evaluating Niles' performance.


* ''The Ray Bradbury Theater'' episode "The Tonybee Convector" has reporter Roger Shumway coming to talk to the revered 130 year old Craig Bennett Stiles. A century earlier, Stiles had traveled into the future and returned with videos of a utopian world. This would inspire the entire world to match his view and in 2100, the world is a peaceful planet with little crime or disease and a well-kept environment. After decades of silence, Stiles is about to grant an interview on the day his past self appears in the skies. The time comes...and nothing happens. Stiles reveals to Shumway that the entire thing was a massive hoax. The "time machine" was literally smoke and mirrors. The video he showed was actually the best parts of the world of 2000. The entire "journey" was Stiles' desperate attempt to correct humanity's self-destruction by making the world believe in a future that they would end up creating for real. Stiles says he had prepared to fake the "time ship" arriving in the future but has decided to simply tell the world the truth. Shumway is upset the "golden age" was built on a lie with Stiles saying it was needed. He ends up passing away and Stiles tells the world the truth while sharing Stiles' message of hoping for the future. Shumway then sets off Stiles' secondary hoax which is passed off as an "orbital shift." He then destroys the evidence Stiles gave him, agreeing it's better the world believe in Stiles' lie.

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* ''The Ray Bradbury Theater'' episode "The Tonybee Convector" has reporter Roger Shumway coming to talk to the revered 130 year old Craig Bennett Stiles. A century earlier, Stiles had traveled into the future and returned with videos of a utopian world. This would inspire the entire world to match his view and in 2100, the world is a peaceful planet with little crime or disease and a well-kept environment. After decades of silence, Stiles is about to grant an interview on the day his past self appears in the skies. The time comes...and nothing happens. Stiles reveals to Shumway that the entire thing was a massive hoax. The "time machine" was literally smoke and mirrors. The video he showed was actually the best parts of the world of 2000. The entire "journey" was Stiles' desperate attempt to correct humanity's self-destruction by making the world believe in a future that they would end up creating for real. Stiles says he had prepared to fake the "time ship" arriving in the future but has decided to simply tell the world the truth. Shumway is upset the "golden age" was built on a lie with Stiles saying it was needed. He ends up passing away and Stiles tells the world the truth while Shumway sharing Stiles' message of hoping for the future. Shumway then sets off Stiles' secondary hoax which is passed off as an "orbital shift." He then destroys the evidence Stiles gave him, agreeing it's better the world believe in Stiles' lie.

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* Happens early and often in ''Series/OrphanBlack'' particularly when one of the clones is impersonating another clone, i.e. Sarah pretending to be Beth for days or weeks at the start.
* One episode of ''Series/DesigningWomen'' has Mary Jo telling an out-of-town friend that the mansion the firm is decorating is hers. It falls apart rather spectacularly.


* In the French 1969 movie ''{{Hibernatus}}'', a man is found frozen in Greenland near the remains of a ship that wrecked in 1905. The man is revived and turns out to be the grandfather of the wife of a wealthy industrialist. At the behest of his wife (who threatens to disinherit him) he kidnaps the "Hibernatus" and brings him to his mansion. They are caught, but are forced to let the "grandfather" live with his granddaughter under one condition. In order to avoid giving him a heart attack, the government re-creates the early 20th century in the industrialist's neighborhood in order to convince the frozen man that no time has passed. [[spoiler:Then he finds a TV]].

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* In the French 1969 movie ''{{Hibernatus}}'', ''Film/{{Hibernatus}}'', a man is found frozen in Greenland near the remains of a ship that wrecked in 1905. The man is revived and turns out to be the grandfather of the wife of a wealthy industrialist. At the behest of his wife (who threatens to disinherit him) he kidnaps the "Hibernatus" and brings him to his mansion. They are caught, but are forced to let the "grandfather" live with his granddaughter under one condition. In order to avoid giving him a heart attack, the government re-creates the early 20th century in the industrialist's neighborhood in order to convince the frozen man that no time has passed. [[spoiler:Then he finds a TV]].



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* ''The Ray Bradbury Theater'' episode "The Tonybee Convector" has reporter Roger Shumway coming to talk to the revered 130 year old Craig Bennett Stiles. A century earlier, Stiles had traveled into the future and returned with videos of a utopian world. This would inspire the entire world to match his view and in 2100, the world is a peaceful planet with little crime or disease and a well-kept environment. After decades of silence, Stiles is about to grant an interview on the day his past self appears in the skies. The time comes...and nothing happens. Stiles reveals to Shumway that the entire thing was a massive hoax. The "time machine" was literally smoke and mirrors. The video he showed was actually the best parts of the world of 2000. The entire "journey" was Stiles' desperate attempt to correct humanity's self-destruction by making the world believe in a future that they would end up creating for real. Stiles says he had prepared to fake the "time ship" arriving in the future but has decided to simply tell the world the truth. Shumway is upset the "golden age" was built on a lie with Stiles saying it was needed. He ends up passing away and Stiles tells the world the truth while sharing Stiles' message of hoping for the future. Shumway then sets off Stiles' secondary hoax which is passed off as an "orbital shift." He then destroys the evidence Stiles gave him, agreeing it's better the world believe in Stiles' lie.



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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' has Flora befriending a hypo girl as pen pal and exaggerating her role in palace, helped by her brothers without the adults finding out. It turns out [[spoiler:the hypo girl also lied and she wasn't even a princess]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'', Gentlemen Starkey lies to his mother about his role in the ship, presenting himself as the actual captain and speaking ill of Hook himself. Weird thing is, he sends the letter inside a bottle just assuming they'll arrive to his mother. One of them actually end in a fishing net and is discovered by Captain Hook who is naturally furious, but as the Lost Boys decide to play a prank to the pirates by ''responding'' one of the letters announcing that his mother would visit the Jolly Roger. Hook, as the mamma's boy he is, decides to pretend to be all Starkey said in the letters in order to not break Starkey's mother's heart.

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* The entire theme of ''Series/{{Suits}}'' is that Mike isn't a lawyer and never even attended law school. His genius at the law makes up for it so Harvey hires him on as his associate. Thus, the entire series is Mike, Harvey (and later Donna, Jessica and Rachel) all keeping up the act with Mike trying to hide he's not a real lawyer. Eventually [[spoiler: he is exposed and briefly going to jail but manages to be freed and become a real lawyer after all.]]
** In season 8, Louis is afraid to tell girlfriend Sheila he's not managing partner. He talks to his shrink about it.
-->'''Shrink''': How long are you planning to hide the fact you're not really managing partner?"
-->'''Louis''': I don't know, two to three years. My father convinced my mother he was a vice president for a decade, it can be done!


May involve an EmergencyImpersonation. Compare TheCelebrityLie. Also see MockMillionaire, PrincessForADay.

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May involve an EmergencyImpersonation. Compare TheCelebrityLie.CelebrityLie. Also see MockMillionaire, PrincessForADay.


* ''Series/BosomBuddies'' was about two men who dressed up as women to get a cheap apartment in a women's only building. The first season focused on MaintainingTheLie, including obligatory episodes with visits from a parent of each character. The second season more or less dispensed with it, by having the supporting cast learn the truth and going along with it, but the scenes in drag became few and far between.

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* ''Series/BosomBuddies'' was about two men who dressed up as women to get a cheap apartment in a women's only building. The first season focused on MaintainingTheLie, Maintaining The Lie, including obligatory episodes with visits from a parent of each character. The second season more or less dispensed with it, by having the supporting cast learn the truth and going along with it, but the scenes in drag became few and far between.



* ''Series/MASH'' did this twice. In a Season 1 episode, Hawkeye claims a Captain Tuttle made a large donation to a local orphanage, and everyone wants to meet him. Later in the series, a rumor that Marilyn Monroe is going to visit the camp snowballs.

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* ''Series/MASH'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' did this twice. In a Season 1 episode, Hawkeye claims a Captain Tuttle made a large donation to a local orphanage, and everyone wants to meet him. Later in the series, a rumor that Marilyn Monroe is going to visit the camp snowballs.

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* On ''Series/LivAndMaddie'' Liv invites the cast of her TV show over for Christmas, bragging on how Karen always prepares a lavish meal for the family. When a deli calls on a big order on Christmas Eve, Liv cancels it, sending Karen into a panic. It turns out all these years, Karen has been using the deli for her "home-cooked meals" and faking cooking and cleaning up. Liv gets her AbhorrentAdmirer Artie to help cook it up and keep the truth quiet from the rest of the family.



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* On ''Series/Dynasty2017'', rich Fallon has been having an on/off affair with Michael, the family's limo driver. On Thanksgiving, she tracks down Michael to a soup kitchen where he's helping his parents serve dinner to homeless people. Fallon soon realizes Michael's family believes that he's a Vice-President at the Carrington's company. Michaels confesses to Fallon that his parents sacrificed so much to get him through college and he doesn't have the heart to tell them he's just a chauffeur. In a rare show of selflessness, Fallon talks of how great a worker for the company Michael is to keep his family proud.

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** In the episode "The Entertainer", Manny turns out to be a excellent pianist. Bernard and Fran convince him to crawl inside the piano and operate the hammers so that they can pretend to be able to play in order to impress different people. He's even able to convincingly simulate a duet between the two. That last task takes too much out of him and he crawls out of the piano to lie down. The lie falls apart when Bernard and Fran decide to ramp it up a notch, thinking Manny is still there.

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