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* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'': Danny and Lindsay agree to this on vacation, though Lindsay sneaks hers along anyway to take pictures. The trouble is, the rest of the team find out there's a serial killer hunting the family for revenge. Since Lindsay doesn't have her phone on for calls, someone has to come find them - just in time to save them, naturally.

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* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'': ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': Danny and Lindsay agree to this on vacation, though Lindsay sneaks hers along anyway to take pictures. The trouble is, the rest of the team find out there's a serial killer hunting the family for revenge. Since Lindsay doesn't have her phone She turns it on for calls, someone has to come find them - just in time for someone to save them, naturally.

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* ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'': In Book 5, when Greg attends a Lock-in at the school, the chaperones make all the participants surrender their phones. During the night, the confiscated phones started ringing, forcing the chaperones to turn them off. Hours later, the parents came to the school to take their children back home, leaving behind Greg, who doesn't ''have'' a phone.

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See also CuttingTheElectronicLeash.

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See also CuttingTheElectronicLeash.CuttingTheElectronicLeash, CellPhonesAreUseless.


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* Happened in the ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''.

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* An ad for Famous Footwear shows a family seated at the dinner table, and the husband/father collects everyone's devices in a basket before they begin eating.



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* ''Series/FullerHouse'': In the third episode, "Funner House," Joey forces the kids to put down their devices.


* In Film/Sharknado2TheSecondOne, Martin Brody promised his son that he won't be distracted by work so he turned off his phone. Unfortunately, that was right before the Sharknado hit New York City.

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* In Film/Sharknado2TheSecondOne, ''Film/Sharknado2TheSecondOne'', Martin Brody promised his son that he won't be distracted by work so he turned off his phone. Unfortunately, that was right before the Sharknado hit New York City.
* In ''Film/MomsNightOut'', Alysson takes everyone's cell phones away and locks them in the minivan so they'll have an uninterrupted night. Then, the minivan disappears...

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*The vocal theme tune for the game show ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'' had the lyrics "''You said you went home early last night / The book you read's outta sight / And that's why you took the phone off the hook and never did get my call.''"



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* In an early episode of the ''Series/TheMiddle'', Frankie is stressed out from doing so much for everybody else, so she takes fifteen minutes just for her in the bathroom at Ehlert's, turning off her phone. When she turns it back on, she has numerous messages and finds out that all sorts of bad things have happened.
** [[spoiler:A police officer]] is then shocked to hear that she, a mom, thought she could have time to herself.


* An episode of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' titled "60 Minutes" dealt with a RealTime hostage crisis wherein the cast rushed all over L.A. to save a kidnapped boy. The episode's B-Plot involved Don seeing an FBI-appointed psychologist (mandatory because of a shooting that had happened in an earlier episode), who asked Don to turn off his phone for the duration.

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* An episode of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' titled "60 Minutes" "One Hour" dealt with a RealTime hostage crisis wherein the cast rushed all over L.A. to save a kidnapped boy. The episode's B-Plot involved Don seeing an FBI-appointed psychologist (mandatory because of a shooting that had happened in an earlier episode), who asked Don to turn off his phone for the duration.



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* An episode of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' titled "60 Minutes" dealt with a RealTime hostage crisis wherein the cast rushed all over L.A. to save a kidnapped boy. The episode's B-Plot involved Don seeing an FBI-appointed psychologist (mandatory because of a shooting that had happened in an earlier episode), who asked Don to turn off his phone for the duration.



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* In Film/Sharknado2TheSecondOne, Martin Brody promised his son that he won't be distracted by work so he turned off his phone. Unfortunately, that was right before the Sharknado hit New York City.




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* In ''{{Film/Apollo13}}'', Mattingly takes his phone off the hook, an older variant of this trope. It forces NASA to send someone to his home after the spacecraft explodes and they need his help.

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* In Film/Sharknado2TheSecondOne, Martin Brody promised his son that he won't be distracted by work so he turned off his phone. Unfortunately, that was right before the Sharknado hit New York City.

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