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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}''. While marooned on Lian-Yu, Oliver Queen discovers some HealingHerbs that seem to cure just about anything. Felicity Smoak first finds out about them when Oliver whips up a cure for the drug Vertigo to deal with a junkie who has taken hostages. Felicity is rather confused as to why Oliver is responding to the crisis by making tea.

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}''. While marooned on Lian-Yu, Oliver Queen discovers some HealingHerbs a HealingHerb that seem seems to cure just about anything. Felicity Smoak first finds out about them it when Oliver whips up a cure for the drug Vertigo to deal with a junkie who has taken hostages. Felicity is rather confused as to why Oliver is responding to the crisis by making tea.

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}''. While marooned on Lian-Yu, Oliver Queen discovers some HealingHerbs that seem to cure just about anything. Felicity Smoak first finds out about them when Oliver whips up a cure for the drug Vertigo to deal with a junkie who has taken hostages. Felicity is rather confused as to why Oliver is responding to the crisis by making tea.

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* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Eddie asks Dolores for a bourbon as Judge Doom is trying to execute Roger. Dolores replies, "Fine time for a drink, Eddie -- maybe you want some pretzels to go with it!" But Eddie wants the drink to offer to Roger and trigger his explosive reaction to alcohol, which allows their escape.


* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': In ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', Sybil discovers [[spoiler:a secret door]] while measuring some rooms for carpets. She later explains her discovery to Vimes:

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': In ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', ''Literature/TheFifthElephant'', Sybil discovers [[spoiler:a secret door]] while measuring some rooms for carpets. She later explains her discovery to Vimes:



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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': In ''Literature/SummerKnight'', when Harry Dresden first encounters the eldest queens of Faerie, Mother Winter is quietly knitting a small gray square despite the fact that the rest of their kind are marching to war. This turns out to be a powerful form of AntiMagic that, once unraveled, will take any spell it touches with it, [[spoiler:including the one that turned Lily to stone]].
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': In ''Literature/SummerKnight'', when Harry Dresden first encounters the eldest queens of Faerie, Mother Winter is quietly knitting a small gray square despite the fact that the rest of their kind are marching to war. This turns out to be a powerful form of AntiMagic that, once unraveled, will take any spell it touches with it, [[spoiler:including the one that turned Lily to stone]].
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* The [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] is ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'', taken from a scene in which Bunty, the barnyard cynic, finally gets fed up with Babs' love of knitting after [[spoiler: it's been revealed [[FakeUltimateHero Rocky the rooster]] had been lying about his ability to fly, and is actually just an escaped circus act rooster whose gimmick was "flying" by being shot out of a cannon]]. The trope-naming scene, however, is Administrivia/NotAnExample, because it does indeed come at a time where knitting would be of no help whatever.


** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS38E1E2Spyfall "Spyfall"]]: The Doctor is sent a picture of a fish by her old [=MI6=] contact in response to a request for his location, to the confusion of other characters. She pays an inordinate amount of attention to the message even as she and her companions are fleeing from an attack by {{intangib|ility}}le aliens, before revealing that the image has her contact's coordinates encoded into it.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS38E1E2Spyfall "Spyfall"]]: The Doctor is sent a picture of a fish by her old [=MI6=] contact in response to a request for his location, to the confusion of other characters. She pays an inordinate amount of attention to the message image even as she and her companions are fleeing from an attack by {{intangib|ility}}le aliens, before revealing that the image picture has her contact's coordinates encoded into it.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS38E1E2Spyfall "Spyfall"]]: The Doctor is sent a picture of a fish by her old [=MI6=] contact in response to a request for his location, to the confusion of other characters. She pays an inordinate amount of attention to the message even as she and her companions are fleeing from an attack by {{intangib|ility}}le aliens, before revealing that the image has her contact's coordinates encoded into it.


* As Simon lists off things they need to save Alvin in ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetFrankenstein'', Theodore goes to the snack table, to get the items Simon was asking for.

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* As Simon lists off things they need to save Alvin in In ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetFrankenstein'', when Alvin is transformed into a toonish monster, Simon looks through a book to find the antidote. When he starts naming the ingredients in the recipe, which he wonders where to find, Theodore goes to the snack table, to get the items table and begins loading up a plate. When Simon was asking for.questions this, Theodore reveals that everything on the list can be found on the buffet table.





* In the ''{{Tintin}}'' book ''Prisoners of the Sun'', Tintin and his companions were captured by the Incas and were thrown into prison. Haddock was looking for a way to escape while Tintin was just sitting down reading a newspaper. Haddock called him out but it turned out he was reading about a coming eclipse that he used to fool the Incas into letting Tintin and co. go.
* In a ''TheSmurfs'' comic book story, Papa Smurf, facing a WeatherControlMachine gone amok, hastily makes a kite. The onlooking Smurfs comment that the old man is probably trying to cheer himself up in the dire situation, and proceed to hesitantly engage in some games themselves. Papa Smurf, meanwhile, uses the kite to bring down lightning and destroy the machine.

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* In the ''{{Tintin}}'' book ''Prisoners of the Sun'', Tintin and his companions were captured by the Incas and were thrown into prison. Haddock was looking for a way to escape while Tintin was just sitting down reading a newspaper. Haddock called him out but it turned out he was reading about a coming eclipse that he used to fool the Incas into letting Tintin and co. go.
* In a ''TheSmurfs'' ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' comic book story, Papa Smurf, facing a WeatherControlMachine gone amok, hastily makes a kite. The onlooking Smurfs comment that the old man is probably trying to cheer himself up in the dire situation, and proceed to hesitantly engage in some games themselves. Papa Smurf, meanwhile, uses the kite to bring down lightning and destroy the machine.machine.
* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': In ''[[Recap/TintinPrisonersOfTheSun Prisoners of the Sun]]'', Tintin and his companions are captured by the Incas and thrown into prison. Haddock looks for a way to escape while Tintin just sits and reads a scrap of newspaper. Haddock calls him out on this, but it turns out he was reading about a coming eclipse that he uses to fool the Incas into letting Tintin and co. go.



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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot "Robot"]] (the first Creator/TomBaker episode), the Brigadier, Harry Sullivan and the Doctor are investigating the scene of a robbery, only to have the Doctor play a seemingly inordinate amount of attention to a squashed flower on the lawn. However, the Doctor explains that he is investigating an important clue, considering that flower was near pulverized by being stepped on by something that apparently weighed a quarter ton, a piece of information that the officers definitely find interesting.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E2ToothAndClaw "Tooth and Claw"]], the Doctor asks Rose to help him with a giant telescope as they're being chased by a werewolf. Rose comments that it's hardly the time for stargazing. The Doctor replies, "Yes it is!" and uses the telescope to defeat the werewolf.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot "Robot"]] (the first Creator/TomBaker episode), the "Robot"]]: The Brigadier, Harry Sullivan and the Doctor are investigating the scene of a robbery, only to have the Doctor play a seemingly inordinate amount of attention to a squashed flower on the lawn. However, the Doctor explains that he is investigating an important clue, considering that flower was near pulverized by being stepped on by something that apparently weighed a quarter ton, a piece of information that the officers definitely find interesting.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E2ToothAndClaw "Tooth and Claw"]], the Claw"]]: The Doctor asks Rose to help him with a giant telescope as they're being chased by a werewolf. Rose comments that it's hardly the time for stargazing. The Doctor replies, "Yes it is!" and uses the telescope to defeat the werewolf.



* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E20CourtMartial Court Martial]]," Dr. [=McCoy=] is aghast to find Mr. Spock playing chess against the computer while Capt. Kirk is losing a court martial for criminal negligence. However, Spock reveals that he has been using the chess games to confirm that the ship's computer's memory banks have been tampered with to frame Kirk. He knew that there was no way he would win consistently if the computer was working as intended.
--->'''Spock''': I am about to win my third game (with the computer).
--->'''[=McCoy=]''' (stops halfway out the door and turns with a 'say what?' look on his face.)
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** In the episode "Past Prologue", there are Bajoran terrorists up to no good on the station. In the middle of surveilling them, Bashir is baffled by Garak completely switching the topic to discuss Bashir coming to the shop to get a new suit. What Garak was really doing was giving a Federation officer a cover story to be in his shop when a clandestine meeting occurred to pass on vital information to the Federation about the Bajoran terrorists via unofficial back channels because Cardassia couldn't officially ask the Federation for help in apprehending them.
** Sisko returns the favor much later. In "The Way Of The Warrior", the Klingons have decided to "annex" parts of the Cardassian Empire. Knowing he can't inform the Cardassians through proper channels, Sisko brings Garak into an operations meeting because he needs "correct measurements" for his ceremonial suit. Garak catches on really quick why he's really there, and soon after informs the Cardassians about the upcoming invasion.



* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E20CourtMartial Court Martial]]", Dr. [=McCoy=] is aghast to find Mr. Spock playing chess against the computer while Capt. Kirk is losing a court martial for criminal negligence. However, Spock reveals that he has been using the chess games to confirm that the ship's computer's memory banks have been tampered with to frame Kirk. He knew that there was no way he would win consistently if the computer was working as intended.
-->'''Spock''': I am about to win my third game (with the computer).\\
'''[=McCoy=]''' (stops halfway out the door and turns with a 'say what?' look on his face.)
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** In the episode "Past Prologue", there are Bajoran terrorists up to no good on the station. In the middle of surveilling them, Bashir is baffled by Garak completely switching the topic to discuss Bashir coming to the shop to get a new suit. What Garak was really doing was giving a Federation officer a cover story to be in his shop when a clandestine meeting occurred to pass on vital information to the Federation about the Bajoran terrorists via unofficial back channels because Cardassia couldn't officially ask the Federation for help in apprehending them.
** Sisko returns the favor much later. In "The Way Of The Warrior", the Klingons have decided to "annex" parts of the Cardassian Empire. Knowing he can't inform the Cardassians through proper channels, Sisko brings Garak into an operations meeting because he needs "correct measurements" for his ceremonial suit. Garak catches on really quick why he's really there, and soon after informs the Cardassians about the upcoming invasion.



* People whose work is secret may face this. Charles Fraser-Smith -- who worked for the British Ministry of Supply in [=WW2=] procuring secret items and ended up becoming Creator/IanFleming's real-life inspiration for [[Characters/JamesBondQ James Bond's Q]] -- once had an invoice from one of his suppliers, marked simply "razor blades", rejected as too expensive more or less in the terms "There's a war on, this is no time for fancy razor blades." The blades were magnetized, and when floated on a leaf functioned as a compass, which was a design feature intended to help [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Operations_Executive SOE agents]] with escape and evasion. After taking an official from the obstructing department and signing him into secrecy, a complete audit showed that the supplier had in fact not taken the full allowed percentage of profit. Smith tore up the invoice on the spot and insisted it be re-submitted with the full margin of profit. Understandingly, Fraser-Smith never had a bill queried by HM Treasury after that.

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* People whose work is secret may face this. Charles Fraser-Smith -- who worked for the British Ministry of Supply in [=WW2=] procuring secret items and ended up becoming Creator/IanFleming's real-life inspiration for [[Characters/JamesBondQ James Bond's Q]] -- once had an invoice from one of his suppliers, marked simply "razor blades", rejected as too expensive more or less in the terms "There's a war on, this is no time for fancy razor blades." The blades were magnetized, and when floated on a leaf functioned as a compass, which was a design feature intended to help [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Operations_Executive SOE agents]] with escape and evasion. After taking an official from the obstructing department and signing him into secrecy, a complete audit showed that the supplier had in fact not taken the full allowed percentage of profit. Smith tore up the invoice on the spot and insisted it be re-submitted with the full margin of profit. Understandingly, Fraser-Smith never had a bill queried by HM Treasury after that.


* The [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] is ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'', taken from a scene in which Bunty, the barnyard cynic, finally gets fed up with Babs' love of knitting after [[spoiler: it's been revealed [[FakeUltimateHero Rocky the rooster]] had been lying about his ability to fly, and is actually just an escaped circus act rooster whose gimmick was "flying" by being shot out of a cannon]]. The trope-naming scene, however, is NotAnExample, because it does indeed come at a time where knitting would be of no help whatever.

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* The [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] is ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'', taken from a scene in which Bunty, the barnyard cynic, finally gets fed up with Babs' love of knitting after [[spoiler: it's been revealed [[FakeUltimateHero Rocky the rooster]] had been lying about his ability to fly, and is actually just an escaped circus act rooster whose gimmick was "flying" by being shot out of a cannon]]. The trope-naming scene, however, is NotAnExample, Administrivia/NotAnExample, because it does indeed come at a time where knitting would be of no help whatever.

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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation:''' Leslie, Ben and Tom have an important presentation to give to the Pawnee Chamber of Commerce for the Parks Department's Harvest Festival plans, as they doesn't have the sufficient funds to pull it off themselves. As Ben and Tom get to work, Tom immediately abandons him to hang out with a group of older friends of his at the spa and only appears again right before the presentation. Ben scolds him, but Tom reveals that his spa buddies actually own truck companies and, after Tom discussed the plans with them while relaxing, they've agreed to donate a fleet of vehicles for the festival.


* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E20CourtMartial Court Martial]]," Dr. [=McCoy=] is aghast to find Mr. Spock playing chess against the computer while Capt. Kirk is losing a court martial for criminal negligence. However, Spock reveals that he has been using the chess games to confirm that the ship's computer's memory banks have been tampered with to frame Kirk.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E20CourtMartial Court Martial]]," Dr. [=McCoy=] is aghast to find Mr. Spock playing chess against the computer while Capt. Kirk is losing a court martial for criminal negligence. However, Spock reveals that he has been using the chess games to confirm that the ship's computer's memory banks have been tampered with to frame Kirk. He knew that there was no way he would win consistently if the computer was working as intended.



** To explain: Spock programmed the computer's chess routines personally and knows that, when set at its hardest, the computer should ''not'' be letting him win so often.


** In the episode "Flood Warning" ([[CaptainObvious in which there is an impending flood]]), Nigel begins working on his "cabalito" even when Marianne informs him of what's happening, including the fact that their children's lives are in danger. However, Nigel reveals that he had known about it, and a "cabalito" is actually a [[spoiler: boat]].

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** In the episode "Flood Warning" ([[CaptainObvious in (in which there is an impending flood]]), flood), Nigel begins working on his "cabalito" even when Marianne informs him of what's happening, including the fact that their children's lives are in danger. However, Nigel reveals that he had known about it, and a "cabalito" is actually a [[spoiler: boat]].

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