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*In "Control" from ''Series/TalesFromTheLoop'', Ed's wife Kate takes their daughter Beth and leaves home to go stay with her brother Henry after Ed gets out of control with the Scrapper, a giant robot that he purchased to try to protect his family following break-ins in the local area. Later, Ed calls Henry to try to talk with Kate, but ends up only talking with Henry and we only hear Ed's side of the conversation, and his pain at having alienated his wife and daughter.

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* In "Arthur's First Sleepover" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Arthur asks his mother, Mrs. Read, to call Buster's mother, Bitzi Baxter, after finding out she told Buster he couldn't come to Arthur's sleepover because she's worried he'll be scared due to the recent talk of alien spaceships. We don't hear what Bitzi says other than her answering "Hello?" and a sped-up babble and Mrs. Read barely gets a word in edgewise, but the upshot is that Buster can come.


-->'''Candace:''' "What are the boys doing? Why do you ask? ''What do you mean you can see it from your house?'' SEE WHAT?!"

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-->'''Candace:''' "What are the boys doing? they doing right now? Why do you ask? ''What do you mean you can see it from your house?'' SEE WHAT?!"


--> No, I don't know ''where'' he would get [[EuropeansAreKinky German pornography]].

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--> No, I don't know ''where'' have no idea where he would get could've gotten a hold of [[EuropeansAreKinky German pornography]].

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* Done twice in ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'' involving station manager Ed Harken (played by Creator/FredWillard) having trouble with his son.
--> No, I don't know ''where'' he would get [[EuropeansAreKinky German pornography]].


* A recurring gag on ''Series/BarneyMiller''. One episode in which a heavy rainstorm hit New York:

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* A recurring gag on ''Series/BarneyMiller''. One episode in which a heavy rainstorm hit New York:York is experiencing a severe drought:


** Also used in a skit where [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget The Claw]] learns that his cat is dying of cancer.

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** Also used in a skit where [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget The Dr. Claw]] learns that his cat is dying of cancer.

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* ''Theatre/BlackFriday'': Exaggerated to the point of hilarity with Linda, who's on the phone with her husband Gerald ''the entire show''. At first it's believable, since he's keeping the car warm while she gets in line and expects to be out in ten minutes, but then she keeps right on blathering at him even as an all-out riot breaks out, a HatePlague infects everyone -- herself included -- and she ends up becoming the leader of a cult.
-->'''Linda:''' I dislike that word, Gerald, ''cult''. No, it's an [[InsistentTerminology exciting new religion]] that I started!
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* An episode of ''Series/{{Becker}}'' has a running gag where Linda's soon-to-be-divorced parents keep calling the office, with Linda, Margaret and eventually Becker blowing various secrets that the other parent was keeping, each time adding "Okay, I did not know you didn't know about that."

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* Literature/GodelEscherBachAnEternalGoldenBraid has the "Sonata for An Unaccompanied Achilles", which consists of Achilles' half of a telephone conversation with the Tortoise.


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[[caption-width-right:350:"Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue", from ''The Button-Down Mind of Creator/BobNewhart'']]


Simply put, a phone call in which only one half of the conversation is heard. This trope is sometimes used in conjunction with a NoodleIncident or NoodleImplements (see the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' example below).

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Simply put, a phone call in which only one half of the conversation is heard.heard, though this trope [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible isn't limited to just phone calls]]. This trope is sometimes used in conjunction with a NoodleIncident or NoodleImplements (see the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' example below).

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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' comics play this trope horrendously straight. If you could actually hear both sides of the conversation it would be a very tedious affair. "The Captain went out for a stroll in the garden, and should be back by 2:00." "The Captain went out for a stroll in the garden, and should be back by 2:00?" Late in ''Cigars of the Pharaoh'', at the KKK-like reunion of the drug cartel, TheDragon initially averts it in his phone call with the leader, but lapses back into it when he learns there is an impostor. In the animated version, it's inverted.
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It can involve RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear, if the audience is intended to understand both sides of the conversation. It becomes quite funny when the speaker repeats the exact words from the other side of the line, for no other reason other than this. Alternatively, the audience can be deliberately left in the dark and forced to imagine what the person on the other end is saying. This can lead either to drama and tension, or to [[HilarityEnsues hilarious misunderstanding]].

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It can involve RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear, if the audience is intended to understand both sides of the conversation. It becomes quite funny when the speaker repeats the exact words from the other side of the line, for no other reason other than this. Alternatively, the audience can be deliberately left in the dark and forced to imagine what the person on the other end is saying. This can lead either to drama and tension, or to [[HilarityEnsues hilarious misunderstanding]].
[[NothingIsFunnier be played for laughs]].

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