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* Back when [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Robin]], Tim Drake, was still dating Arianna, he would occasionally team-up with would-be girlfriend Stephanie Brown to fight criminals on the street. He keeps on insisting that "it's not a date," but that does not stop Stephanie from shamelessly flirting with him. It also doesn't help that he was giving out mixed messages anyways.

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* Back when [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Robin]], Tim Drake, Drake]] was still dating Arianna, Ariana, he would occasionally team-up with would-be girlfriend Stephanie Brown to fight criminals on the street. He keeps on insisting that "it's not a date," but that does not stop criminals. Stephanie from shamelessly flirting with him. It also doesn't help jokingly referred to their team-ups as "dates," but Tim insisted that they weren't dating, even as he flirted back and wouldn't disclose that he was giving out mixed messages anyways.had a girlfriend.


** Then there was chapters 251-252, again with Konoka and Setsuna, which sort of inverts this. Setsuna treats it as a a Not a Date, then by the end [[spoiler: Konoka turns it into a genuine date by doing a Pactio with Setsuna. One gets the idea that she wasn't really going for the pactio and was simply using as an excuse to [[SchoolgirlLesbians make out with Setsuna]], who [[BodyguardCrush most definitely didn't mind]].]]

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** Then there was chapters 251-252, again with Konoka and Setsuna, which sort of inverts this. Setsuna treats it as a a Not a Date, then by the end [[spoiler: Konoka turns it into a genuine date by doing a Pactio with Setsuna. One gets the idea that she wasn't really going for the pactio and was simply using as an excuse to [[SchoolgirlLesbians make out with Setsuna]], who [[BodyguardCrush most definitely didn't mind]].]]mind]]]].



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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'': [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] but [[AvertedTrope averted]] when Yolei/Miyako teasingly suggests to Davis/Daisuke that Kari/Hikari and TK/Takeru are out on a date when both were not present in a group meeting. It turns out that both weren't even at the same place, with the former hanging out with her Digimon and the latter napping.

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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'': [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] {{Invoked|Trope}} but [[AvertedTrope averted]] {{averted|Trope}} when Yolei/Miyako teasingly suggests to Davis/Daisuke that Kari/Hikari and TK/Takeru are out on a date when both were not present in a group meeting. It turns out that both weren't even at the same place, with the former hanging out with her Digimon and the latter napping.



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* In episode 8 of the ''Manga/KotouraSan'' anime, Yuriko forces Manabe to have a date with Haruka as a punishment for his perverted thoughts towards [[{{telepathy}} Haruka]] earlier that episode. Haruka insisted that's ''not'' a date, just Manabe's "assigned punishment." The people on the streets disagrees. [[LampshadedTrope It's even the title of that episode]].

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* In episode 8 of the ''Manga/KotouraSan'' anime, Yuriko forces Manabe to have a date with Haruka as a punishment for his perverted thoughts towards [[{{telepathy}} Haruka]] earlier that episode. Haruka insisted that's ''not'' a date, just Manabe's "assigned punishment." The people on the streets disagrees. [[LampshadedTrope [[LampshadeHanging It's even the title of that episode]].



* In ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', Eli and Kate go on a not-date in the park, where they are assaulted by a mugger (kind of). Kate continues to deny that they are on an actual date, much to Eli's annoyance.
* In ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'', Beast Boy took ComicBook/{{Raven}} out; but when she asked if it was a date, he denied it. If that was the case, why was the issue advertised as "date night", BB? And yes, they're madly in love with each other, but going through too much {{Angst}} to admit it.

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* In ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', Eli and Kate ComicBook/{{Kate|Bishop}} go on a not-date in the park, where they are assaulted by a mugger (kind of). Kate continues to deny that they are on an actual date, much to Eli's annoyance.
* In ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'', Beast Boy took ComicBook/{{Raven}} out; but when she asked if it was a date, he denied it. If that was the case, why was the issue advertised as "date night", BB? And yes, they're madly in love with each other, but going through too much {{Angst}} to admit it.



* In ''Comicbook/MsMarvel2014,'' Kamala's religious brother, Aamir, is seeing a girl named Tyesha according to traditional Islamic standards--i.e., no touching and no being alone without a chaperone (occasionally Kamala herself). Kamala cheerfully refers to these are their "not-dates."

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* In ''Comicbook/MsMarvel2014,'' Kamala's religious brother, Aamir, is seeing a girl named Tyesha according to traditional Islamic standards--i.e., no touching and no being alone without a chaperone (occasionally Kamala herself). Kamala cheerfully refers to these are their as "not-dates."



* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' Mikuru tried to deny to Haruhi that going to see a movie with Kyon and Yuki was a date, despite asking Haruhi for permission about this appointment ''as a date''. In truth [[spoiler:Haruhi and the rest of the girls explained to Mikuru their plan to acheive a [[MarryThemAll polyamorous]] relationship, making the attempt to hide it was a date a moot point]].

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* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' Mikuru tried to deny to Haruhi that going to see a movie with Kyon and Yuki was a date, despite asking Haruhi for permission about this appointment ''as a date''. In truth [[spoiler:Haruhi and the rest of the girls explained to Mikuru their plan to acheive achieve a [[MarryThemAll polyamorous]] relationship, making the attempt to hide it was a date a moot point]].



* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', the sidestory Yancy Interlude has her waiting at the Nimbasa amusement park for someone to give her back her lost Xtransceiver, trying to convince herself that it's not a date. However, [[ValentinesDayEpisode since it's Valentine's Day]], the romantic atmosphere and [[AloneAmongTheCouples being self-conscious of her loneliness among so many dating couples]] prompts her to ask Nate to have a date with her.

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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', the sidestory Yancy Interlude has her waiting at the Nimbasa amusement park for someone to give her back her lost Xtransceiver, trying to convince herself that it's not a date. However, [[ValentinesDayEpisode [[ValentinesDayEpisodes since it's Valentine's Day]], the romantic atmosphere and [[AloneAmongTheCouples being self-conscious of her loneliness among so many dating couples]] prompts her to ask Nate to have a date with her.



* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Vincent Vega has been asked by his boss Marsellus Wallace to take his wife, Mia, out for dinner one night when he is out of town to make sure she does not get bored or lonely. To everybody who knows of this plan, this is obviously a date and they mock Vincent about it mercilessly, particularly since there are rumors that Marsellus has had people beaten in the past for inappropriate activities with his wife. The evening itself is absolutely filled with romantic and sexual overtones, to the point where Vincent needs to speak to himself in the mirror to talk himself out of trying anything with Mia. [[spoiler:Ultimately, their ability to resist temptation is taken out of both of their hands, as Mia overdoses on Vincent's heroin at the end of the night]].

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* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Vincent Vega has been asked by his boss Marsellus Wallace to take his wife, Mia, out for dinner one night when he is out of town to make sure she does not get bored or lonely. To everybody who knows of this plan, this is obviously a date and they mock Vincent about it mercilessly, particularly since there are rumors that Marsellus has had people beaten in the past for inappropriate activities with his wife. The evening itself is absolutely filled with romantic and sexual overtones, to the point where Vincent needs to speak to himself in the mirror to talk himself out of trying anything with Mia. [[spoiler:Ultimately, their ability to resist temptation is taken out of both of their hands, as Mia overdoses on Vincent's heroin at the end of the night]].night.]]



* In ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues,'' between [[CreepyChild Wednesday]] and her LoveInterest Joel.

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* In ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues,'' between [[CreepyChild Wednesday]] and her LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} Joel.



* ''Series/AlteredCarbon''. Takeshi Kovacs mentions this trope when Detective Ortega takes him for a drink in order to grill Kovacs for information. This doesn't foreshadow them becoming lovers [[spoiler:although they do. It actually hints at TheReveal that Kovacs has been [[BodySurf resleeved in the body]] of Ortega's former lover, which is why she's subconsciously acting in a familiar manner with him.]]

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* ''Series/AlteredCarbon''. Takeshi Kovacs mentions this trope when Detective Ortega takes him for a drink in order to grill Kovacs for information. This doesn't foreshadow them becoming lovers [[spoiler:although they do. It actually hints at TheReveal that Kovacs has been [[BodySurf resleeved in the body]] of Ortega's former lover, which is why she's subconsciously acting in a familiar manner with him.]]him]].



* In an episode of ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'', Beau asks Teddy to come with him and another girl to karaoke night to prove to the girl that they are not on a date. For some reason, the girl doesn't show up leaving Teddy and Beau alone and they end up having a good time. This is revealed to be a {{Subversion}} as Beau made the girl up to trick Teddy into going on a date with him.

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* In an episode of ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'', Beau asks Teddy to come with him and another girl to karaoke night to prove to the girl that they are not on a date. For some reason, the girl doesn't show up leaving Teddy and Beau alone and they end up having a good time. This is revealed to be a {{Subversion}} {{subver|tedTrope}}sion as Beau made the girl up to trick Teddy into going on a date with him.



* Done in ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' where Sonny and Chad go out on a not-date, so she can make a friend of his who dumped her jealous, he's going on it because he doesn't want her dating his friend, and Nico and Grady who missed the entire subplot think that they've admitted the {{UST}} and are on an actual date. Later, in season two, when [[TheyDo they actually are on a date]], they insist that they aren't. [[BadLiar For some reason]], her friends believe them.

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* Done in ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' where Sonny and Chad go out on a not-date, so she can make a friend of his who dumped her jealous, he's going on it because he doesn't want her dating his friend, and Nico and Grady who missed the entire subplot think that they've admitted the {{UST}} {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST and are on an actual date. Later, in season two, when [[TheyDo they actually are on a date]], they insist that they aren't. [[BadLiar For some reason]], her friends believe them.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' has an episode with the title character fiercely denying that going to the movies alone with Patty Mayonnaise was a date. (It totally was.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' has [[https://dougfunniesjournal.tumblr.com/post/14159998183/episode-41-part-2-doug-patti-sittin-in-a-tree an episode episode]] with the title character fiercely denying that going to the movies alone with Patty Mayonnaise was a date. (It totally was.)



** [[{{Rule 63}} Fionna and Prince Gumball]] are just meeting in the park; it's ''not'' a date. Except then it totally is. [[spoiler:Except then it's actually [[AnIcePerson the Ice Queen]]'s trap]].

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** [[{{Rule 63}} [[RuleSixtyThree Fionna and Prince Gumball]] are just meeting in the park; it's ''not'' a date. Except then it totally is. [[spoiler:Except then it's actually [[AnIcePerson the Ice Queen]]'s trap]].trap.]]



* Occurs, unsurprisingly enough, in the ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' episode "Not a Date". Puss and Dulcinea want to spend some time at the lake, but are very clear it isn't a date, just two friends going to relax together. Unfortunately, first Toby, and then ''the entire town'' decide that in that case, it can just as easily be ''more'' than two friends going to relax together.

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* Occurs, unsurprisingly enough, in the ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' episode "Not a Date". Puss and Dulcinea want to spend some time at the lake, but are very clear it isn't a date, just two friends going to relax together. Unfortunately, first Toby, and then ''the entire town'' decide that in that case, it can just as easily be ''more'' than two friends going to relax together.

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** At the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones "Smith and Jones"]], when the Doctor invites Martha along for what he intends as one trip to thank her for saving his life earlier, she teases him about taking her on a date. He's not particularly amused, and Martha decides to set the record straight by claiming [[BlatantLies that she's not remotely interested]].


* ''Manga/KingOfIdol''
** Sena and Mahoro going out to buy their favorite idol's ([[spoiler: the latter's mother]]) song in chapter 39. Both of them denied that was a date.

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* ''Manga/KingOfIdol''
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''Manga/KingOfIdol'': Sena and Mahoro going out to buy their favorite idol's ([[spoiler: the latter's mother]]) song in chapter 39. Both of them denied that was a date.
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* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: Ben goes to a romantic play with Erowin and no one else. He is the only one ''not'' aware that this is a date. This gets him in trouble with Erowin later on, who was unaware that he was unaware.



* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Ben goes to a romantic play with Erowin and no one else. He is the only one ''not'' aware that this is a date. This gets him in trouble with Erowin later on, who was unaware that he was unaware.



* In an episode of ''Series/{{Good Luck Charlie}}'', Beau asks Teddy to come with him and another girl to karaoke night to prove to the girl that they are not on a date. For some reason, the girl doesn't show up leaving Teddy and Beau alone and they end up having a good time. This is revealed to be a {{Subversion}} as Beau made the girl up to trick Teddy into going on a date with him.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Good Luck Charlie}}'', ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'', Beau asks Teddy to come with him and another girl to karaoke night to prove to the girl that they are not on a date. For some reason, the girl doesn't show up leaving Teddy and Beau alone and they end up having a good time. This is revealed to be a {{Subversion}} as Beau made the girl up to trick Teddy into going on a date with him.



** On ''Series/{{The Suite Life of Zack and Cody}}'', Zack asks Bob to help him sabotage Cody's date with a French girl and keeps trying to convince him that they are not a date.
** In ''Series/{{The Suite Life on Deck}}'', Zack wins a coupon to a dinner for two for his girlfriend Maya (who is out of town at the moment) only to find out that it expires tonight and ends up taking Woody instead.

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** On ''Series/{{The Suite Life of Zack and Cody}}'', ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Zack asks Bob to help him sabotage Cody's date with a French girl and keeps trying to convince him that they are not a date.
** In ''Series/{{The Suite Life on Deck}}'', ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'', Zack wins a coupon to a dinner for two for his girlfriend Maya (who is out of town at the moment) only to find out that it expires tonight and ends up taking Woody instead.



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* In the musical version of ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'', the two not-in-lovebirds get an entire song, titled "Not That Kind of Thing."

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* In the musical version of ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'', the two not-in-lovebirds get an entire song, titled "Not That Kind of Thing."Thing".



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* In a {{Canon}} side-story of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', called "Not A Date At The Mall," a man, in return for a favor, buys dinner for his closeted lesbian best friend, with the bisexual female duplicate (don't ask) of her favorite ex-boyfriend mooching. Once the money's changed hands, guess who decides to make ''him''self scarce…

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* In a {{Canon}} side-story of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', called "Not A Date At The Mall," Mall", a man, in return for a favor, buys dinner for his closeted lesbian best friend, with the bisexual female duplicate (don't ask) of her favorite ex-boyfriend mooching. Once the money's changed hands, guess who decides to make ''him''self scarce…


* Stormer from ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' insists that her being with Kimber at a bookstore wasn't a date. Her bandmates disagree and are mad she's dating a member of Jem And The Holograms. Kimber and Stormer meet again however Stormer says she loves her music too much to risk being kicked out of the band. Kimber gives her a BigDamnKiss and they begin secretly dating.

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* Stormer from ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' insists that her being with Kimber at a bookstore wasn't a date. Her bandmates disagree and are mad she's dating a member of Jem And The Holograms. Kimber and Stormer meet again however Stormer says she loves her music too much to risk being kicked out of the band. Kimber gives her a BigDamnKiss TheBigDamnKiss and they begin secretly dating.


* Series/SchittsCreek: Patrick invites David for a birthday dinner date, but David doesn't realize it's a date and invites Stevie. Stevie arrives and notices how surprised Patrick is at her presence and that Patrick has brought a wrapped gift for David. When Patrick is in the restroom, Stevie points all this out to David, who is skeptical.

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* Series/SchittsCreek: ''Series/SchittsCreek'': Patrick invites David for a birthday dinner date, but David doesn't realize it's a date and invites Stevie. Stevie arrives and notices how surprised Patrick is at her presence and that Patrick has brought a wrapped gift for David. When Patrick is in the restroom, Stevie points all this out to David, who is skeptical.

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* Series/SchittsCreek: Patrick invites David for a birthday dinner date, but David doesn't realize it's a date and invites Stevie. Stevie arrives and notices how surprised Patrick is at her presence and that Patrick has brought a wrapped gift for David. When Patrick is in the restroom, Stevie points all this out to David, who is skeptical.
-->'''Stevie:''' So, I think I'm crashing a date.\\
'''David:''' Oh, no-no.\\
'''Stevie:''' He thinks you guys were here, one on one. He bought you a present. I didn't even get you a present.


# It ''really'' isn't a date, but several other people are convinced enough to [[DatePeepers meddle]].

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# It ''really'' really isn't a date, but several other people are convinced enough to [[DatePeepers meddle]].



* Inverted in this story from Creator/KevinSmith's ''Evening With 2: Evening Harder'': His friend, ''Film/DrawingFlies'' director Creator/MalcolmIngram came out of the closet to him by telling him about how he had dinner with a guy, then found out halfway through it was date. This led to the following question:

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* Inverted in this story from In Creator/KevinSmith's ''Evening With 2: Evening Harder'': His friend, ''Film/DrawingFlies'' director Creator/MalcolmIngram came out of the closet to him by telling him about how he had dinner with a guy, then found out halfway through it was date. This led to the following question:


* ''Series/FamilyMatters'': The Season 1 episode "The Big Fix," where Laura agrees to go on a "non-date" with Urkel. Despite being told several times that the two really weren't on a date, the nerd gleefully insists otherwise! The non-date was the result of Urkel asking Eddie to do him a favor in return for helping him study for a tough math test. He also holds Eddie's Music/{{Prince}} concert tickets as collateral to ensure his date wish comes true.
* In the pilot of ''Series/LoisAndClark'', Lois needs an escort to avoid going to Luthor's party alone. After trying every other man she knows, she picks Clark.
-->'''Clark:''' So, this would be like a date?\\
'''Lois:''' A date? Oh, you mean like in Smallville, where you meet my parents and try to give me a hickey in the back of your dad's pickup. No, this is not a date.
* Daniel and Vala have one of these the ''Series/StargateSG1'' season 10 episode "Memento Mori". The quote is too funny to leave out:
-->'''Vala''': Well I don't mind telling you, I've been looking forward to this little date all week.\\
'''Daniel:''' Uhh, I wouldn't exactly call it a date. It's...\\
'''Vala:''' Oh, I've watched enough of your television to know what a date is. It's a romantic event, typified by dinner, movie and/or karaoke, and usually culminating in a night of...\\
'''Daniel:''' Uhh, okay, this is definitely not a date.

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* ''Series/FamilyMatters'': The Season 1 episode "The Big Fix," where Laura agrees to go on a "non-date" with Urkel. Despite being told several times that the two really weren't on a date, the nerd gleefully insists otherwise! The non-date was the result of Urkel asking Eddie to do ''Series/AlteredCarbon''. Takeshi Kovacs mentions this trope when Detective Ortega takes him a favor in return for helping him study for a tough math test. He also holds Eddie's Music/{{Prince}} concert tickets as collateral drink in order to ensure his date wish comes true.
* In the pilot of ''Series/LoisAndClark'', Lois needs an escort to avoid going to Luthor's party alone. After trying every other man she knows, she picks Clark.
-->'''Clark:''' So, this would be like a date?\\
'''Lois:''' A date? Oh, you mean like in Smallville, where you meet my parents and try to give me a hickey
grill Kovacs for information. This doesn't foreshadow them becoming lovers [[spoiler:although they do. It actually hints at TheReveal that Kovacs has been [[BodySurf resleeved in the back body]] of your dad's pickup. No, this Ortega's former lover, which is not a date.
* Daniel and Vala have one of these the ''Series/StargateSG1'' season 10 episode "Memento Mori". The quote is too funny to leave out:
-->'''Vala''': Well I don't mind telling you, I've been looking forward to this little date all week.\\
'''Daniel:''' Uhh, I wouldn't exactly call it a date. It's...\\
'''Vala:''' Oh, I've watched enough of your television to know what a date is. It's a romantic event, typified by dinner, movie and/or karaoke, and usually culminating
why she's subconsciously acting in a night of...\\
'''Daniel:''' Uhh, okay, this is definitely not a date.
familiar manner with him.]]



* In an episode of ''Series/{{Good Luck Charlie}}'', Beau asks Teddy to come with him and another girl to karaoke night to prove to the girl that they are not on a date. For some reason, the girl doesn't show up leaving Teddy and Beau alone and they end up having a good time. This is revealed to be a {{Subversion}} as Beau made the girl up to trick Teddy into going on a date with him.
* In ''Series/GossipGirl'', Dan is accused of having a sexual relationship with his new teacher Rachel Carr. For some reason, they decide the only solution to this problem is to go on Not a Date at a quiet romantic restaurant. Even though it isn't a date, Dan's girlfriend accidentally sees them and gets the wrong idea, and when she decides to take a picture and send it to everybody, [[HilarityEnsues hilarity/drama ensues]].
* Done in ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' where Sonny and Chad go out on a not-date, so she can make a friend of his who dumped her jealous, he's going on it because he doesn't want her dating his friend, and Nico and Grady who missed the entire subplot think that they've admitted the {{UST}} and are on an actual date. Later, in season two, when [[TheyDo they actually are on a date]], they insist that they aren't. [[BadLiar For some reason]], her friends believe them.
* This happens to Zack twice on The Suite Life.
** On ''Series/{{The Suite Life of Zack and Cody}}'', Zack asks Bob to help him sabotage Cody's date with a French girl and keeps trying to convince him that they are not a date.
** In ''Series/{{The Suite Life on Deck}}'', Zack wins a coupon to a dinner for two for his girlfriend Maya (who is out of town at the moment) only to find out that it expires tonight and ends up taking Woody instead.
--->'''Zack:''' You know this isn't a date, right?
--->'''Woody:''' Call it what you want.
* In an episode of ''Series/CafeAmericain'', Holly keeps insisting that her night out with Marcel is not a date until her friend says:
-->"Is he paying? Did you shave your legs? Then it's a date."
* In a first-season episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', the title doctor gets a pair of tickets to go see a Monster Truck rally. Naturally, his first choice is Wilson, who declines for various reasons. His next choice is Cameron.
-->'''Cameron:''' Like a date?\\
'''House:''' Sure. Except for the date part.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** This pops up when the owner of a restaurant is intent on setting a nice, romantic mood at John and Sherlock's table, despite the former's protests. It doesn't help that [[CloudCuckooLander Sherlock doesn't bother denying it]], since he doesn't care what other people think about...well, anything.
** A variation in the second episode when Sherlock thinks he's proposing that he and John go on a date, owing to the fact that he [[GeniusDitz has no idea what the term means]]. John's description of it as an occasion "where two people who like each other go out and have fun" wasn't all that explanatory.



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Garak, who has visions of Ziyal presenting his head to her father (Dukat, Garak's {{archenemy}}) as a birthday gift, insists that his appointment to visit a Cardassian sauna with Ziyal in the holosuite isn't a date. Quark isn't buying it. Their sauna appointment starts out with him bringing a phaser along for self-defence and her giving him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech but, in the end, Quark is right and Garak is wrong.
-->'''Quark:''' So, are you cancelling your date with Ziyal?\\
'''Garak:''' It's not a date! And how do you know about that anyway?\\
'''Quark:''' You're a man. She's a woman. It's a date. And they are my holosuites, after all.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Garak, who has visions In an episode of Ziyal presenting his head to her father (Dukat, Garak's {{archenemy}}) as a birthday gift, insists ''Series/CafeAmericain'', Holly keeps insisting that his appointment to visit a Cardassian sauna with Ziyal in the holosuite isn't a date. Quark isn't buying it. Their sauna appointment starts her night out with him bringing a phaser along for self-defence and her giving him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech but, in the end, Quark Marcel is right and Garak is wrong.
-->'''Quark:''' So, are you cancelling your date with Ziyal?\\
'''Garak:''' It's
not a date! And how do date until her friend says:
-->"Is he paying? Did
you know about that anyway?\\
'''Quark:''' You're
shave your legs? Then it's a man. She's a woman. It's a date. And they are my holosuites, after all.date."



** Invoked in the episode "Boom Town" where Blon tells the Doctor that they are on a date and he hasn't even asked her name. The Doctor points out it's not a date. It's supposed to be her last meal, as he plans on hauling her off to her home planet for trial and execution.
** The Twelfth Doctor keeps taking Clara on TimeTravel adventures in-between her dates with fellow schoolteacher Danny Pink, [[YearInsideHourOutside seriously exhausting her in the process]]. At the end of "Time Heist" after Clara leaves the TARDIS he boasts to himself, "Beat ''that'' for a date!"
* In the Season Three opener of ''Series/TeenWolf'' Lydia arranges for her and Allison to go on a double date - and then insists to Allison that it's a group thing and not a double date, when Allison says she's not ready to date. She finally admits that it is a double date, but at least, "It's not an orgy."

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** Invoked in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E11BoomTown "Boom Town" Town"]], where Blon tells the Doctor that they are on a date and he hasn't even asked her name. The Doctor points out it's not a date. It's supposed to be her last meal, as he plans on hauling her off to her home planet for trial and execution.
** The Twelfth Doctor keeps taking Clara on TimeTravel adventures in-between her dates with fellow schoolteacher Danny Pink, [[YearInsideHourOutside seriously exhausting her in the process]]. At the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist "Time Heist" Heist"]], after Clara leaves the TARDIS he boasts to himself, "Beat ''that'' for a date!"
* In the ''Series/FamilyMatters'': The Season Three opener of ''Series/TeenWolf'' Lydia arranges for her and Allison 1 episode "The Big Fix", where Laura agrees to go on a double date - and then "non-date" with Urkel. Despite being told several times that the two really weren't on a date, the nerd gleefully insists otherwise! The non-date was the result of Urkel asking Eddie to Allison do him a favor in return for helping him study for a tough math test. He also holds Eddie's Music/{{Prince}} concert tickets as collateral to ensure his date wish comes true.
* In the very first episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Monica insists
that it's her going out with the "wine guy" is not a group thing date, just two people having dinner and not a double date, when Allison says she's not ready having sex, to date. She finally admits that it is which Chandler responds: "Sounds like a double date, but at least, "It's not an orgy." date to me."



* In the very first episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Monica insists that her going out with the "wine guy" is not a date, just two people having dinner and not having sex, to which Chandler responds: "Sounds like a date to me."
* In the ''Series/LostGirl'' episode "Food For Thought", Bo insists that she and Lauren are meeting so that Lauren can help her control her powers, and that it's not a date. Despite their clear mutual attraction, Bo fretting about what to wear for it, and that they are meeting in a bar. Kenzi doesn't buy it.

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* In the very first an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Monica insists that her going out ''Series/{{Good Luck Charlie}}'', Beau asks Teddy to come with him and another girl to karaoke night to prove to the "wine guy" is not a date, just two people having dinner and not having sex, to which Chandler responds: "Sounds like a date to me."
* In the ''Series/LostGirl'' episode "Food For Thought", Bo insists that she and Lauren are meeting so that Lauren can help her control her powers, and that it's not a date. Despite their clear mutual attraction, Bo fretting about what to wear for it, and
girl that they are meeting in not on a bar. Kenzi date. For some reason, the girl doesn't buy it.show up leaving Teddy and Beau alone and they end up having a good time. This is revealed to be a {{Subversion}} as Beau made the girl up to trick Teddy into going on a date with him.
* In ''Series/GossipGirl'', Dan is accused of having a sexual relationship with his new teacher Rachel Carr. For some reason, they decide the only solution to this problem is to go on Not a Date at a quiet romantic restaurant. Even though it isn't a date, Dan's girlfriend accidentally sees them and gets the wrong idea, and when she decides to take a picture and send it to everybody, [[HilarityEnsues hilarity/drama ensues]].
* In a first-season episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', the title doctor gets a pair of tickets to go see a Monster Truck rally. Naturally, his first choice is Wilson, who declines for various reasons. His next choice is Cameron.
-->'''Cameron:''' Like a date?\\
'''House:''' Sure. Except for the date part.



* In the pilot of ''Series/LoisAndClark'', Lois needs an escort to avoid going to Luthor's party alone. After trying every other man she knows, she picks Clark.
-->'''Clark:''' So, this would be like a date?\\
'''Lois:''' A date? Oh, you mean like in Smallville, where you meet my parents and try to give me a hickey in the back of your dad's pickup. No, this is not a date.
* In the ''Series/LostGirl'' episode "Food For Thought", Bo insists that she and Lauren are meeting so that Lauren can help her control her powers, and that it's not a date. Despite their clear mutual attraction, Bo fretting about what to wear for it, and that they are meeting in a bar. Kenzi doesn't buy it.



* ''Series/AlteredCarbon''. Takeshi Kovacs mentions this trope when Detective Ortega takes him for a drink in order to grill Kovacs for information. This doesn't foreshadow them becoming lovers [[spoiler:although they do. It actually hints at TheReveal that Kovacs has been [[BodySurf resleeved in the body]] of Ortega's former lover, which is why she's subconsciously acting in a familiar manner with him.]]

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* ''Series/AlteredCarbon''. Takeshi Kovacs mentions this trope ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** This pops up
when Detective Ortega takes him for the owner of a drink in order to grill Kovacs for information. This restaurant is intent on setting a nice, romantic mood at John and Sherlock's table, despite the former's protests. It doesn't foreshadow them becoming lovers [[spoiler:although help that [[CloudCuckooLander Sherlock doesn't bother denying it]], since he doesn't care what other people think about... well, anything.
** A variation in the second episode when Sherlock thinks he's proposing that he and John go on a date, owing to the fact that he [[GeniusDitz has no idea what the term means]]. John's description of it as an occasion "where two people who like each other go out and have fun" wasn't all that explanatory.
* Done in ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' where Sonny and Chad go out on a not-date, so she can make a friend of his who dumped her jealous, he's going on it because he doesn't want her dating his friend, and Nico and Grady who missed the entire subplot think that they've admitted the {{UST}} and are on an actual date. Later, in season two, when [[TheyDo
they do. It actually hints at TheReveal are on a date]], they insist that Kovacs has they aren't. [[BadLiar For some reason]], her friends believe them.
* Daniel and Vala have one of these the ''Series/StargateSG1'' season 10 episode "Memento Mori". The quote is too funny to leave out:
-->'''Vala''': Well I don't mind telling you, I've
been [[BodySurf resleeved looking forward to this little date all week.\\
'''Daniel:''' Uhh, I wouldn't exactly call it a date. It's...\\
'''Vala:''' Oh, I've watched enough of your television to know what a date is. It's a romantic event, typified by dinner, movie and/or karaoke, and usually culminating in a night of...\\
'''Daniel:''' Uhh, okay, this is definitely not a date.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Garak, who has visions of Ziyal presenting his head to her father (Dukat, Garak's {{archenemy}}) as a birthday gift, insists that his appointment to visit a Cardassian sauna with Ziyal
in the body]] holosuite isn't a date. Quark isn't buying it. Their sauna appointment starts out with him bringing a phaser along for self-defence and her giving him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech but, in the end, Quark is right and Garak is wrong.
-->'''Quark:''' So, are you cancelling your date with Ziyal?\\
'''Garak:''' It's not a date! And how do you know about that anyway?\\
'''Quark:''' You're a man. She's a woman. It's a date. And they are my holosuites, after all.
* This happens to Zack twice on ''The Suite Life''.
** On ''Series/{{The Suite Life
of Ortega's former lover, which Zack and Cody}}'', Zack asks Bob to help him sabotage Cody's date with a French girl and keeps trying to convince him that they are not a date.
** In ''Series/{{The Suite Life on Deck}}'', Zack wins a coupon to a dinner for two for his girlfriend Maya (who
is why out of town at the moment) only to find out that it expires tonight and ends up taking Woody instead.
--->'''Zack:''' You know this isn't a date, right?\\
'''Woody:''' Call it what you want.
* In the Season Three opener of ''Series/TeenWolf'' Lydia arranges for her and Allison to go on a double date - and then insists to Allison that it's a group thing and not a double date, when Allison says
she's subconsciously acting in not ready to date. She finally admits that it is a familiar manner with him.]]double date, but at least, "It's not an orgy."


* In the ''Series/CabinPressure'' episode "Xinzhou", sixteen months into her relationship with Herc, Carolyn insists "We haven't been 'going out', we've just often been in the same place."

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* In the ''Series/CabinPressure'' ''Radio/CabinPressure'' episode "Xinzhou", sixteen months into her relationship with Herc, Carolyn insists "We haven't been 'going out', we've just often been in the same place."

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* ''Series/AlteredCarbon''. Takeshi Kovacs mentions this trope when Detective Ortega takes him for a drink in order to grill Kovacs for information. This doesn't foreshadow them becoming lovers [[spoiler:although they do. It actually hints at TheReveal that Kovacs has been [[BodySurf resleeved in the body]] of Ortega's former lover, which is why she's subconsciously acting in a familiar manner with him.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', the sidestory Yancy Interlude has her waiting at the Nimbasa amusement park for someone to give her back her lost Xtransceiver, trying to convince herself that it's not a date. However, [[ValentinesDayEpisode since it's Valentine's Day]], the romantic atmosphere and [[AloneAmongTheCouples being self-conscious of her loneliness among so many dating couples]] prompts her to ask Nate to have a date with her.

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* On the ''Corner Gas Animated'' episode "Spy Me to the Moon", Brent and Lacey agree to watch a blue moon together. They constantly insist to others (unconvincingly) that it's not a date, and repeatedly question each other's intentions throughout the night. This being a show that strongly runs on StatusQuoIsGod, nothing happens and they apologize for the awkwardness the next day.

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* ''Manga/KingOfIdol''
** Sena and Mahoro going out to buy their favorite idol's ([[spoiler: the latter's mother]]) song in chapter 39. Both of them denied that was a date.

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* In the Japanese version of the ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'' episode, "Speedy's Double Time Trick", Pururun (Polly Esther) insists that her shopping trip with Yattaro (Speedy Cerviche) is not a date.

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