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* In ''{{Naruto}}'', after Sakura's injuries force her to stop pursuing Orochimaru, Yamato orders the team to stop because of Sakura's importance as TheMedic. He then tells Naruto to come with him, supposedly to discuss new strategies now that Sai, Naruto's partner for tactical purposes, has betrayed them. As soon as they're out of earshot, Yamato tells Naruto that he was responsible for injuring Sakura while under the fox's control, and that if he wants to rescue Sasuke, he must do so with his own power.

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* In ''{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', after Sakura's injuries force her to stop pursuing Orochimaru, Yamato orders the team to stop because of Sakura's importance as TheMedic. He then tells Naruto to come with him, supposedly to discuss new strategies now that Sai, Naruto's partner for tactical purposes, has betrayed them. As soon as they're out of earshot, Yamato tells Naruto that he was responsible for injuring Sakura while under the fox's control, and that if he wants to rescue Sasuke, he must do so with his own power.


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* Used by Hermione in ''Literature/{{Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}'', as an excuse to get herself, Harry, and Ron out of the room before Mrs. Weasley blows up at Fred and George. Mrs. Weasley allows it... but goes for the block when Fred and George try to tag along.

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* Used by Hermione in ''Literature/{{Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}'', ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', as an excuse to get herself, Harry, and Ron out of the room before Mrs. Weasley blows up at Fred and George. Mrs. Weasley allows it... but goes for the block when Fred and George try to tag along.






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* ''Series/TheITCrowd'' - upon meeting Jen for the first time, Roy attempts to pretend that he and Moss were having a high-brow conversation about Tolstoy. Unfortunately, Moss isn't quite as sharp as Roy ("I don't remember this conversation at all!").
** (gets hit by thrown object) "Why are you giving me the secret signal to shut up?"
* ''Series/{{Bottom}}'': Richie wishes Eddie to join him in the pub toilets to purchase condoms. Eddie doesn't immediately follow along. So Richie's brilliant idea for alerting him is to shout "Edward Hitler, will you please join me in the lavatory ''this instant''!" - in front of everyone in the pub. Naturally, this has got everyone's attention, so Richie's brilliant excuse to explain his eagerness to see Eddie in the toilets? "We're toilet inspectors."
* ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}'' overdoes this to the point of subversion, such as when Xander and Cordelia are looking for an excuse to go and make out.
-->'''Cordelia:''' ''(about someone no one else in the episode has registered as in danger)'' Well, his body could fall out of a closet somewhere. So we should check out some closets to see if he's in a closet?\\

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* ''Series/TheITCrowd'' - upon ''Series/TheITCrowd'': Upon meeting Jen for the first time, Roy attempts to pretend that he and Moss were having a high-brow conversation about Tolstoy. Unfortunately, Moss isn't quite as sharp as Roy ("I Roy:
-->'''Moss:''' I
don't remember this conversation at all!").
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all!\\
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hit by thrown object) "Why object]''\\
'''Moss:''' Why
are you giving me the secret signal to shut up?"
up?
* ''Series/{{Bottom}}'': Richie wishes Eddie to join him in the pub toilets to purchase condoms. Eddie doesn't immediately follow along. So Richie's brilliant idea for alerting him is to shout "Edward Hitler, will you please join me in the lavatory ''this instant''!" - -- in front of everyone in the pub. Naturally, this has got everyone's attention, so Richie's brilliant excuse to explain his eagerness to see Eddie in the toilets? "We're toilet inspectors."
* ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}'' ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The show
overdoes this to the point of subversion, such as when Xander and Cordelia are looking for an excuse to go and make out.
-->'''Cordelia:''' ''(about --->'''Cordelia:''' ''[about someone no one else in the episode has registered as in danger)'' danger]'' Well, his body could fall out of a closet somewhere. So we should check out some closets to see if he's in a closet?\\



-->'''Buffy''': We were gonna do that...thing.
-->'''Willow''': ...oh, right. That thing!
-->'''Xander''': Hey. We can do that thing ''anytime''. I'm ''tired'' of doing that thing! We're on!

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-->'''Buffy''': --->'''Buffy:''' We were gonna do that...thing.
-->'''Willow''': ...
that... thing.\\
'''Willow:''' ...
oh, right. That thing!
-->'''Xander''':
thing!\\
'''Xander:'''
Hey. We can do that thing ''anytime''. I'm ''tired'' of doing that thing! We're on!



* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': "Niles/Daphne/Dad, can you help me in the kitchen?"

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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
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"Niles/Daphne/Dad, can you help me in the kitchen?"






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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Nanase uses the excuse of [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2003-07-22 "feminine problems"]] to speak to Susan alone.
* ''Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed'': [[NoNameGiven The Girl]] and [[IntellectualAnimal Speedy]] exploit this technique to find a chance to talk.



* Done in ''Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed'' to give [[NoNameGiven The Girl]] and [[IntellectualAnimal Speedy]] a chance to talk.
* This is done by Nanase in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. She uses the excuse of [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2003-07-22 "feminine problems"]] to speak to Susan alone.

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* Done in ''Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed'' to give [[NoNameGiven The Girl]] ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'': Dillon [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/This_is_an_emergency declares that he and [[IntellectualAnimal Speedy]] a chance Ruby both have to talk.
* This is done by Nanase
go feed pet kitten Minew in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. She uses the excuse of [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2003-07-22 "feminine problems"]] kitchen]] when he needs to speak explain his situation with the recently-reappeared Ray (and specifically his huge but secret gay crush) to Susan alone.
her.


** Then there's the thing where Buffy wants to back out of having group fun with her mom's new boyfriend Ted:

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** Then there's the thing where Buffy wants to back out of having group fun with her mom's new boyfriend Ted:[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E11Ted Ted]]:


Contrast with TakeFive, where the extra character is sent out of the room, and TalkAboutTheWeather, where they can't get away and use innocuous talk about the weather instead. If "that thing" is something like "where do babies come from", you'll be talking about ThisAndThat instead.

(Contrary to the title, these conversations rarely involve [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]] SuperHero and Comicbook/FantasticFour member Ben Grimm, or a certain member of Series/TheAddamsFamily, or the creature from [[Film/TheThing1982 John Carpenter's classic horror film]], [[OverlyLongGag or the blue-haired troublemakers in]] Dr. Seuss' ''The Cat In The Hat''.)

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Contrast with TakeFive, where the extra character is sent out of the room, and TalkAboutTheWeather, where they can't get away and use innocuous talk about the weather instead. If "that thing" is something like "where do babies come from", you'll be talking about ThisAndThat in {{sexual euphemism}}s instead.

(Contrary to the title, these conversations rarely involve [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]] Franchise/{{Marvel|Universe}} SuperHero and Comicbook/FantasticFour member Ben Grimm, or a certain member of Series/TheAddamsFamily, or the creature from [[Film/TheThing1982 John Carpenter's classic horror film]], [[OverlyLongGag or the blue-haired troublemakers in]] Dr. Seuss' ''The Cat In The Hat''.)



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* In the 2006 TV movie ''Coup!'', someone hears one of their less-than-bright fellow conspirators discussing their impending plot to take over Equatorial Guinea with a 'former' member of British Intelligence at a cocktail party. He interrupts with the 'urgent phonecall' excuse, then tears strips off the man, who's not paying attention because [[ComicallyMissingThePoint he's wondering why there's no-one on the other end of the phone line.]]


Contrast with TakeFive, where the extra character is sent out of the room, and TalkAboutTheWeather, where they can't get away and use innocuous talk about the weather instead.

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Contrast with TakeFive, where the extra character is sent out of the room, and TalkAboutTheWeather, where they can't get away and use innocuous talk about the weather instead. If "that thing" is something like "where do babies come from", you'll be talking about ThisAndThat instead.



* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', the character Mion, in order to get Keiichi away from Rena to talk to him privately, says that she was going to lend him some manga.

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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', the character Mion, in order to get Keiichi away from Rena to talk to him privately, says that she was going to lend him some manga.


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* Used on the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' recurring skit "Coffee Talk." The lead, a heavily stylized Jewish lady would get choked up and stall for time by saying, "Talk amongst yourselves. Here, I'll give you a topic--<word/phrase/location whose name betrays its purpose/use/meaning>; discuss!"

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* Used on the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' recurring skit "Coffee Talk." The lead, a heavily stylized Jewish lady would get choked up and stall for time by saying, "Talk amongst yourselves. Here, I'll give you a topic--<word/phrase/location whose name betrays its purpose/use/meaning>; topic--; discuss!"



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* In one episode ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', it is revealed that in high school Hank, Dale, and Bill crashed Boomhauer's car into a lake and never told him about it, leaving to assume it was stolen. Years later, Hank discovers that the lake is being drained, and tries to warn Bill and Dale. It's especially awkward since Boomhauer is the only other person present.
-->'''Hank:''' Uh, Dale? I just remembered that I left my workbench in your basement. I need you and Bill, ''just'' you and Bill, to come help me move it back into my basement. ''(The three leave Boomhauer alone in the alley.)''

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* In one episode ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', it is revealed that in high school Hank, Dale, and Bill crashed Boomhauer's car into a lake and never told him about it, leaving to assume it was stolen. Years later, Hank discovers that the lake is being drained, and tries to warn Bill and Dale. It's especially awkward since Boomhauer is the only other person present.
present.
-->'''Hank:''' Uh, Dale? I just remembered that I left my workbench in your basement. I need you and Bill, ''just'' you and Bill, to come help me move it back into my basement. ''(The three leave Boomhauer alone in the alley.)'' )''


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->''"About this blank piece of paper..."''
-->-- '''Mr. Starchman''', ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}''


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* Used in ''MissCongeniality''. Since the person using it is an FBI agent, you'd think he'd be ''slightly'' more inventive.

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* Used in ''MissCongeniality''.''Film/MissCongeniality''. Since the person using it is an FBI agent, you'd think he'd be ''slightly'' more inventive.


* Also "You know, the thing...", a very common line in ''TheWestWing.''

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* Also "You know, the thing...", a very common line in ''TheWestWing.''Series/TheWestWing.''



* Used to hilarious effect in the ''SportsNight'' episode "Shoe Money Tonight", where it somewhat {{subvert|ed trope}}s its [[Creator/AaronSorkin author]]'s usual preference for WalkAndTalk:

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* Used to hilarious effect in the ''SportsNight'' ''Series/SportsNight'' episode "Shoe Money Tonight", where it somewhat {{subvert|ed trope}}s its [[Creator/AaronSorkin author]]'s usual preference for WalkAndTalk:



* ''{{Bottom}}'': Richie wishes Eddie to join him in the pub toilets to purchase condoms. Eddie doesn't immediately follow along. So Richie's brilliant idea for alerting him is to shout "Edward Hitler, will you please join me in the lavatory ''this instant''!" - in front of everyone in the pub. Naturally, this has got everyone's attention, so Richie's brilliant excuse to explain his eagerness to see Eddie in the toilets? "We're toilet inspectors."

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* ''{{Bottom}}'': ''Series/{{Bottom}}'': Richie wishes Eddie to join him in the pub toilets to purchase condoms. Eddie doesn't immediately follow along. So Richie's brilliant idea for alerting him is to shout "Edward Hitler, will you please join me in the lavatory ''this instant''!" - in front of everyone in the pub. Naturally, this has got everyone's attention, so Richie's brilliant excuse to explain his eagerness to see Eddie in the toilets? "We're toilet inspectors."


* Documentarian Hallis Saper uses the more-specific variant in ''[[XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'' to get the four New Republic pilots out of a bugged room onto a balcony she knows isn't bugged. For the benefit of the listening devices, she uses the excuse of having seen someone tampering with the X-wings on that balcony.

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* Documentarian Hallis Saper uses the more-specific variant in ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'' to get the four New Republic pilots out of a bugged room onto a balcony she knows isn't bugged. For the benefit of the listening devices, she uses the excuse of having seen someone tampering with the X-wings on that balcony.


* Used on the ''SaturdayNightLive'' recurring skit "Coffee Talk." The lead, a heavily stylized Jewish lady would get choked up and stall for time by saying, "Talk amongst yourselves. Here, I'll give you a topic--<word/phrase/location whose name betrays its purpose/use/meaning>; discuss!"

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* Used on the ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' recurring skit "Coffee Talk." The lead, a heavily stylized Jewish lady would get choked up and stall for time by saying, "Talk amongst yourselves. Here, I'll give you a topic--<word/phrase/location whose name betrays its purpose/use/meaning>; discuss!"

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** In one episode, Frasier gets Martin out of the way by telling him he wants to show him how to set up the closed captioning on his TV. Sounds like a lame excuse to leave, but it's a CallBack to Roz telling him that she was listening to the television while they were having sex.

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