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  • Bottom has a subtle (by its standards) use of this in the episode "Gas", when Eddie stands up after eating almost the entire contents of the neighboring flat's fridge. It's gone again a couple of shots later.
  • Adrian Edmondson's ability to inflate his stomach at will was also used for a laugh on The Young Ones episode "Cash" and The Comic Strip Presents.
  • CSI had a rather nasty version of this when a guy was trying to use a device designed to help with dressing deer carcasses and help another guy with something. The victim basically got inflated to death. (though it wasn't murder in that situation).
    • Likewise, NCIS did a serious version where an eco-terrorist tricked his way onto a Navy sub to release deadly gas there from a cold-triggered canister. When his first plan failed, his backup was to swallow the capsule of gas and commit suicide, so his body would be placed in the freezer and chill the capsule to the point of release. His body had a gas-swollen belly when the team found it, but fortunately remained intact long enough for the team to launch it from one of the torpedo tubes.
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  • Over the course of the three-week Labor Day break, Jon Stewart has become so obese that special effects are required to make him look normal. John Oliver points out Stewart's obesity, but later "reveals" that he is a hallucination caused by Stewart's onset of diabetes.
    "Why did I rent that ice cream truck...?"
  • At the end of the Fraggle Rock episode "The Preachification of Convincing John", everyone gets a balloon belly after the vow to no longer eat Doozer constructions is lifted, and everyone ends up going a little overboard. Mokey concludes in her diary that she learned that there is such a thing as eating too many Doozer constructions.
  • Frasier gains some weight in a very short amount of time from excessive eating while going through a state of depression over his latest breakup.
  • In F Troop, Agarn acquires one at the end of "Survival of the Fittest" after gorging himself in celebration of surviving the survival test.
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  • In the commentary for an episode of Firefly, during a Shirtless Scene, Alan Tudyk wishes they hadn't shot right after he had a big lunch.
  • In The Goodies episode "Holidays", Bill drinks so much tea he ends up with a huge balloon belly, which stays with him until the commercial break.
  • Hannah Montana has Lily; Though normally she is a Big Eater, the only time she visibly gained weight was in "No Sugar, Sugar", where she ate an entire buffet made of nothing but sweets.
    Lily: I spent the entire night devouring everything Oliver tried to look at! I've eaten my entire body weight in cupcakes alone!
  • At the beginning of the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids episode "Honey, It's Gloom and Doom", Wayne gets one after tasting the fizzy breakfast drink he invented. This happened because he put too much sugar in it.
  • How I Met Your Mother did a sly reference to Alyson Hannigan's pregnancy by having her enter and win a hot-dog–eating contest — with this result.
  • Incredible Crew: In the episode Face Jeans, there was a sketch where Chanelle was at a spelling B and she got her word wrong. She gasped and inflated like a human balloon, quickly floating in the air as if filled with helium. And then, like a balloon, she cartoonishly started flying around the auditorium and her then deflated body fell to the floor.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus has Barry Zeppelin, the least talented brother of Ferdinand von Zeppelin. After Barry fails to inflate a large balloon, the balloon inflates him.
  • Happens on The Muppet Show as Judy Collins is singing "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" where a shadow puppet of an old woman gets increasingly fatter with each animal she swallows... that is, until she explodes after swallowing a horse.
    Judy Collins: She's dead, of course.
  • Night Court in the final episode of Season 6 Yet Another Day in the Life, The bailiff Bull Shannon ends up largely bloated after attempting to plug up an leak in the water pipes.
  • The titular character of The New Adventures of Old Christine gained several pounds in the episode "He Ain't Heavy"; originally she had only gained weight in her butt, but eventually she gains enough weight for her stomach to start growing too. Both her belly and her butt remain swollen for the rest of the episode.
  • In the Red Dwarf episode "Balance of Power", Cat gets a noticeable one after stuffing himself with Trout a la Creme from the vending machine.
  • In an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina grows to ginormous size when she eats too many pancakes.
    Sabrina: I think I might be retaining water. ...Or syrup.
    • This happens to Harvey in another episode, when he is captured by the witch from "Hansel and Gretel".
  • Amy Poehler used the balloon/pregnant belly gag on Saturday Night Live when she was having her first child, while still a cast member.
  • In the Small Wonder episode "Fat's Where It's At", Ted enabled Vicki to extract energy from food the way humans do. He also unwittingly gave her a superhuman appetite, which exceeded her digestive ability.
  • This happens in a Reality Show, of all places. Survivor's 20th season has Courtney Yates, who, after getting voted off and sent to Ponderosa, eats enough to make her stomach visibly bulge. She then goes to show it off to the camera:
    Courtney: (pats belly) That's my food baby. ...Don't worry, I'm going to work out tomorrow.
    Courtney: (smiles) Maybe.
  • A similar device was used in Titus to use Cynthia Watros' pregnancy for a laugh. In this case, it was a pie-eating contest.
  • Whammy: In one of the rotating Whammy animations, a supermodel Whammy struts down a runway. She sees the contestant's winnings, complains about being so hungry and dives for the money. She has a noticeable belly by the time she's finished.


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