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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The science fiction sketch about killer blancmanges has the camera passing a couple the narrator says is not relevant to the story. At the conclusion it turns out the couple ''was'' relevant--they eat killer blancmanges.



* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The science fiction sketch about killer blancmanges has the camera passing a coupletor says is not relevant to the story. At the conclusion it turns out the couple ''was'' relevant--they eat killer blancmanges.

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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The science fiction sketch about killer blancmanges has the camera passing a coupletor says is not relevant to the story. At the conclusion it turns out the couple ''was'' relevant--they eat killer blancmanges.

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* On ''Series/ILoveLucy'', the Ricardos could always depend on Mrs. Trumbull to watch Little Ricky at a moment's notice (it's even explicitly stated that she babysits for free). During the first half of the Hollywood arc and the entire Europe arc, Lucy's mother stayed with him in New York.


Except, wait a minute -- don't these people have kids? Where on Earth is that newborn baby we spent half of last season waiting for? What about their MouthyKid who helped save the day last week? Have they been {{Brother Chuck}}ed?

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Except, wait a minute -- don't these people have kids? Where on Earth is that newborn baby we spent half of last season waiting for? What about their MouthyKid who helped save the day last week? Have they been {{Brother Chuck}}ed?



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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': Sharona frequently sent her kid off to her sister Gail, despite the fact that she was shown [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry to hate her]]. Natalie has so far preferred the ubiquitous babysitter, or the TropeNamer camp.
* According to the producers of the ''Series/AlienNation'' TV movies, Baby Vessna was at daycare after every film since ''Dark Horizon'' (except when we saw her in a kind of cocoon).
* Series/{{Dexter}} can't watch the kids and murder people at the same time. The stepchildren get PutOnABus to live with their grandparents after Rita becomes incapable of taking care of them. Dexter buys the adjacent apartment for the babysitter so baby Harrison can be put away with ease without making him appear negligent.

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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': Sharona frequently sent her kid off to her sister Gail, despite the fact that she was shown [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry to hate her]]. Natalie has so far preferred the ubiquitous babysitter, or the TropeNamer camp.
* According to the producers of the ''Series/AlienNation'' TV movies, Baby Vessna was at daycare after every film since ''Dark Horizon'' (except when we saw her in a kind of cocoon).
cocoon).
* Series/{{Dexter}} ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' had an extended subplot about Lucille accidentally adopting a Korean boy named Annyong towards the end of the first season, and he makes it a handful of episodes into the second before he's unceremoniously sent off to boarding school and forgotten. [[spoiler:Of course, this being ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', he turns out to be TheMole the family spends much of season three concerned about.]]
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': The vencidad tenants went to Acapulco for a vacation. When TheLandlord, [[MeaningfulName Señor Barriga]], learned this from El Chavo, he decided to go there as well and, taking pity from El Chavo, takes him as well. Señor Barriga's son, Ñoño, was at a boy scout camp at the moment and, aside from when his Dad mentioned this as an explanation not to take him to Acapulco, wasn't mentioned in the whole story arc.
* The ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' kids get this ''a lot''. If one of them is involved in a storyline with a parent, suddenly any siblings they might have are completely forgotten. Especially odd in Lynette's case, where her character is "the one with all the kids," yet we barely see most of them all season while the chosen kid gets all the storylines. This is ''especially'' bad in season five. You would think the time skip would give the now older children more opportunities to be more involved with the storylines, but oh no... And it appears in spades in season six as well - MJ, whose older sister was attacked in the season premiere, has only appeared significantly in one episode (understandable, since the character is six), and Ana, who was brought on to give Gabby a hard time, has been put aside so that Gabby can instead suffer the 'joy' of homeschooling her own daughter.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}''
can't watch the kids and murder people at the same time. The stepchildren get PutOnABus to live with their grandparents after Rita becomes incapable of taking care of them. Dexter buys the adjacent apartment for the babysitter so baby Harrison can be put away with ease without making him appear negligent.negligent.
* Richie Petrie on ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'', once hilariously described on an older Nick At Nite promo as "Richie Petrie: low-maintenance boy".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven "Death in Heaven"]], Clara is given a child to look after. It is a temporary arrangement (she is asked to find the child's real parents) but nevertheless the child is absent with no explanation by the next story, [[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas "Last Christmas"]].



* This became the ''permanent'' fate of Ralph's son on ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero''. After featuring prominently in the first couple of evisodes, he began disappearing increasingly frequently during the first season, until he and the custody battle over him [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome vanished altogether with no explanation]]. We're left to assume that the mom got custody and Ralph got no visitation, which is pretty weird considering his status as a squeaky-clean school teacher.
* On ''Series/{{Homeland}}'', Frannie, [[spoiler: Carrie's child with Brody,]] ends up here a lot. This becomes a minor plot point as her mother has left the baby in the care of her sister, who is disappointed with the mother's neglect of the baby.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': Sharona frequently sent her kid off to her sister Gail, despite the fact that she was shown [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry to hate her]]. Natalie has so far preferred the ubiquitous babysitter, or the TropeNamer camp.
* ''Series/OrphanBlack'' puts Kira on the bus for pretty much all of season 3 after the previous season's central conflict revolved around her.



* Richie Petrie on ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'', once hilariously described on an older Nick At Nite promo as "Richie Petrie: low-maintenance boy".
* The ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' kids get this ''a lot''. If one of them is involved in a storyline with a parent, suddenly any siblings they might have are completely forgotten. Especially odd in Lynette's case, where her character is "the one with all the kids," yet we barely see most of them all season while the chosen kid gets all the storylines. This is ''especially'' bad in season five. You would think the time skip would give the now older children more opportunities to be more involved with the storylines, but oh no... And it appears in spades in season six as well - MJ, whose older sister was attacked in the season premiere, has only appeared significantly in one episode (understandable, since the character is six), and Ana, who was brought on to give Gabby a hard time, has been put aside so that Gabby can instead suffer the 'joy' of homeschooling her own daughter.
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': The vencidad tenants went to Acapulco for a vacation. When TheLandlord, [[MeaningfulName Señor Barriga]], learned this from El Chavo, he decided to go there as well and, taking pity from El Chavo, takes him as well. Señor Barriga's son, Ñoño, was at a boy scout camp at the moment and, aside from when his Dad mentioned this as an explanation not to take him to Acapulco, wasn't mentioned in the whole story arc.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' had an extended subplot about Lucille accidentally adopting a Korean boy named Annyong towards the end of the first season, and he makes it a handful of episodes into the second before he's unceremoniously sent off to boarding school and forgotten. [[spoiler:Of course, this being ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', he turns out to be TheMole the family spends much of season three concerned about.]]
* On ''Series/{{Homeland}}'', Frannie, [[spoiler: Carrie's child with Brody,]] ends up here a lot. This becomes a minor plot point as her mother has left the baby in the care of her sister, who is disappointed with the mother's neglect of the baby.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Dark Water/Death in Heaven", Clara is given a child to look after. It is a temporary arrangement (she is asked to find the child's real parents) but nevertheless the child is absent with no explanation by the next story, "Last Christmas".
* ''Series/OrphanBlack'' puts Kira on the bus for pretty much all of season 3 after the previous season's central conflict revolved around her.
* This became the ''permanent'' fate of Ralph's son on ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero''. After featuring prominently in the first couple of evisodes, he began disappearing increasingly frequently during the first season, until he and the custody battle over him [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome vanished altogether with no explanation]]. We're left to assume that the mom got custody and Ralph got no visitation, which is pretty weird considering his status as a squeaky-clean school teacher.



* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' when [[TheMentor Bruce Wayne]] would be mentioned to be in some foreign country whenever the writers needed Terry to handle things on his own.



** Webby's inexplicably absent in "The Uncrashable Hindentanic," "The Bride Wore Stripes," and "Nothing to Fear" among others.
** Mrs. Beakley is likewise nowhere to be found in "Nothing to Fear." She's also mysteriously absent in "Armstrong," "Bubba's Big Brainstorm," "Luck o' the Ducks" and "Time Teasers" to name a few.
** Duckworth also takes off "Luck o' the Ducks", the loyal butler isn't around for the home scenes in "A Whale of a Bad Time" or to visit Scrooge in "Duckman of Aquatraz."
* Nearly all major characters from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' have an episode or two where they don't even get mentioned. The only character who has appeared in all 11 episodes so far is Dewey.

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** Webby's inexplicably absent in "The Uncrashable Hindentanic," Hindentanic", "The Bride Wore Stripes," Stripes" and "Nothing to Fear" among others.
** Mrs. Beakley is likewise nowhere to be found in "Nothing to Fear." Fear". She's also mysteriously absent in "Armstrong," "Armstrong", "Bubba's Big Brainstorm," Brainstorm", "Luck o' the Ducks" and "Time Teasers" to name a few.
** Duckworth also takes off "Luck o' the Ducks", the loyal butler isn't around for the home scenes in "A Whale of a Bad Time" or to visit Scrooge in "Duckman of Aquatraz."
Aquatraz".
* Nearly all major characters from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' have an episode or two where they don't even get mentioned. The only character who has appeared in all 11 episodes so far is Dewey.



* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' when [[TheMentor Bruce Wayne]] would be mentioned to be in some foreign country whenever the writers needed Terry to handle things on his own.



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* Despite its intent to bring the entire surviving crew of the ''Normandy'' back for one last hurrah, Dr. Chakwas had to sit the ''Citadel'' DLC of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' out, with Specialist Traynor mentioning that the doctor is attending an emergency medical consul. She ''did'' drop off some liquor for the party, though; if only Shepard had been early enough to try some! Kelly Chambers likewise does not attend, but between her crippling case of PTSD regarding the ''Normandy'' and taking care of refugees in the Wards, she has her hands quite full.


* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Prime mentions that Sari and Bumblebee have gone on "an important fact-finding mission this morning. To someplace called... 'Five Banners Roller Coaster Kingdom'."

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Optimus Prime mentions that Sari and Bumblebee have gone on "an important fact-finding mission this morning. To someplace called... 'Five Banners Roller Coaster Kingdom'."


->'''nicklj''': Question: Where was Julie again? A soccer camp or something?\\
'''kostgard''': I think she was at "Not Important to This Episode" Camp.

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->'''nicklj''': ->'''nicklj:''' Question: Where was Julie again? A soccer camp or something?\\
'''kostgard''': '''kostgard:''' I think she was at "Not Important to This Episode" Camp.


* Nearly all major characters from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' have an episode or two where they don't even get mentioned. The only character who appeared in each seven episodes up to "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!" is Dewey.

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* Nearly all major characters from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' have an episode or two where they don't even get mentioned. The only character who has appeared in each seven all 11 episodes up to "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!" so far is Dewey.


** The trope is strangely zig-zagged on [[StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] in regards to Alexander. When Worf gets custody of him from his mother's death, his first instinct is to shuttle him off to live with his adoptive parents on Earth. While this seems to work for a while, it isn't long before his parents show up and explain that they're too old to keep up with a little boy, and Worf has to take care of Alexander himself. After that it's pretty much even money on if Alexander will be present in episodes related to his dad or not; half the time he's either explained to be visiting his grandparents or just conspicuously absent with no excuse.

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** The trope is strangely zig-zagged on [[StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' in regards to Alexander. When Worf gets custody of him from his mother's death, his first instinct is to shuttle him off to live with his adoptive parents on Earth. While this seems to work for a while, it isn't long before his parents show up and explain that they're too old to keep up with a little boy, and Worf has to take care of Alexander himself. After that it's pretty much even money on if Alexander will be present in episodes related to his dad or not; half the time he's either explained to be visiting his grandparents or just conspicuously absent with no excuse.

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* This became the ''permanent'' fate of Ralph's son on ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero''. After featuring prominently in the first couple of evisodes, he began disappearing increasingly frequently during the first season, until he and the custody battle over him [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome vanished altogether with no explanation]]. We're left to assume that the mom got custody and Ralph got no visitation, which is pretty weird considering his status as a squeaky-clean school teacher.

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* Nearly all major characters from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' have an episode or two where they don't even get mentioned. The only character who appeared in each seven episodes up to "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!" is Dewey.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': In spite of living at Scrooge's mansion, Webby, Mrs. Beakley and Duckworth are absent in multiple episodes taking place mostly or partly "at home":
** Webby's inexplicably absent in "The Uncrashable Hindentanic," "The Bride Wore Stripes," and "Nothing to Fear" among others.
** Mrs. Beakley is likewise nowhere to be found in "Nothing to Fear." She's also mysteriously absent in "Armstrong," "Bubba's Big Brainstorm," "Luck o' the Ducks" and "Time Teasers" to name a few.
** Duckworth also takes off "Luck o' the Ducks", the loyal butler isn't around for the home scenes in "A Whale of a Bad Time" or to visit Scrooge in "Duckman of Aquatraz."


* This happened to just about every kid on any ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series, with the exception of [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]], and possibly [[TheScrappy Naomi Wildman]]. It was especially noticeable on [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]], where Sisko could come home and find anyone but his son Jake sitting on the couch. DS9 however managed to justify it pretty well; Jake was a fairly responsible teenager and wouldn't necessarily need much adult supervision, though on one or two occasions he ''did'' get up to mischief while hanging around with Nog and caused his father a bit of grief, and the series made a point of addressing the fact that Ben's job took up a lot of his time and made it hard to raise his son single-handed. Eventually the trope stopped applying altogether when Jake turned 18 and moved into his own place.

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* This happened to just about every kid on any ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series, with the exception of [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]], and possibly [[TheScrappy Naomi Wildman]]. It was especially noticeable on [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]], where Sisko could come home and find anyone but his son Jake sitting on the couch. DS9 [=DS9=] however managed to justify it pretty well; Jake was a fairly responsible teenager and wouldn't necessarily need much adult supervision, though on one or two occasions he ''did'' get up to mischief while hanging around with Nog and caused his father a bit of grief, and the series made a point of addressing the fact that Ben's job took up a lot of his time and made it hard to raise his son single-handed. Eventually the trope stopped applying altogether when Jake turned 18 and moved into his own place.


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** The episode when Alexander finally showed up on [=DS9=] lampshaded and rather mercilessly deconstructed this trope; he had some pretty major abandonment issues and was justifiably pissed off with his dad while [[WellDoneSonGuy still trying desperately to earn his approval]].


So, the game is afoot. The scene is set for an exciting ChaseScene or FinalBattle. Or maybe two characters just want to hang out and exchange Witty Banter.

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So, the game is afoot. The scene is set for an exciting ChaseScene or FinalBattle. Or maybe two characters just want to hang out and exchange Witty Banter.WittyBanter.



* Series/{{Dexter}} can't watch the kids and murder people at the same time. The step children get PutOnABus to live with their grandparents after Rita becomes incapable of taking care of them. Dexter buys the adjacent apartment for the babysitter so baby Harrison can be put away with ease without making him appear negligent.

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* Series/{{Dexter}} can't watch the kids and murder people at the same time. The step children stepchildren get PutOnABus to live with their grandparents after Rita becomes incapable of taking care of them. Dexter buys the adjacent apartment for the babysitter so baby Harrison can be put away with ease without making him appear negligent.



* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' when [[TheMentor Wayne]] would be mentioned to be in some foreign country whenever the writers needed Terry to handle things on his own.

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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' when [[TheMentor Bruce Wayne]] would be mentioned to be in some foreign country whenever the writers needed Terry to handle things on his own.

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