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Discreet Dining Disposal

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When a character is given food they don't want to consume, either because it was prepared by a Lethal Chef or because they are a Picky Eater, they will need to dispose of it while pretending to have eaten it to avoid incurring the chef's chagrin. Common solutions include feeding it to the dog under the table, or causing a distraction so they can throw it in the trash. In more dire circumstances, they will throw it in their pocket or purse as they would rather deal with the ensuing mess than consume what they were expected to.

The food item is often a Stock "Yuck!", such as vegetables. In that case, this trope may be invoked by a child to trick their parents into allowing them to eat dessert. Sometimes, the dog may reject the food, indicating how bad it truly is.

In the case of liquids, see Discreet Drink Disposal and That Poor Plant for the ensuing results.


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    Comic Books 
  • In some Archie Comics, Veronica was known to be a Lethal Chef. As such, her (often reluctant) dinner guests have been known to invoke this trope.

    Fairy Tales 

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • In Mars Needs Moms, Milo hates the broccoli his mom makes him eat so he gives it to his cat who then throws it up. Long story short, his mom found out.

    Films — Live Action 
  • In Death Spa, Priscilla hands Lt. Fletcher a cup of carob coffee. He takes one sip, then waits till Priscilla proceeds him through the door and then pours it into a rubbish bin.
  • Mr. Bean's Holiday has a Mythology Gag to the TV series where Bean accidentally ordered oysters and langoustines, both which he doesn't eat, and attempts disposing them in the handbag of a lady sitting beside him.
  • In Netflix's Anachronic Order Police Procedural Shimmer Lake, it's a Running Gag that Sheriff Zeke's sister-in-law Martha is a Lethal Chef, and during one meal, he entertains his niece by discretely spitting out a mouthful of inedible fried chicken while carrying on a dinner table conversation and tossing it over his shoulder when Martha isn't looking. His niece tries to copy him and is immediately caught and told off.
  • In Zeus and Roxanne, Terry's son makes him a breakfast burrito that contains, among other things, peanut butter, pineapple chunks, jalapenos, and onions. Terry discreetly gives it to the dog when his son leaves, only for his son to assume he finished it and saying he'll make him another one.

  • In the epilogue to Polgara The Sorceress, Prince Geran considers stashing his spinach in his pockets for later disposal.
  • Molly's mom tells her about doing this as a child when Molly is being stubborn about not eating her vegetables.
  • Discworld: Moist von Lipwig's parents tried to feed him up with various types of offal, which he considers to be the right type of food for raising children skilled in "barefaced lying, sleight of hand and camouflage." He habitually concealed them under his other food, to the point of once having a potato twelve inches high.
  • Septimus Heap: With Aunt Zelda's food, many people try to dispose of it, by feeding it to dogs, hiding it behind their cutlery, shoveling it into their pockets, and allegedly by hiding away in the attic with an excuse and conjuring better food up with Magyk.
  • In the Rivers of London series, creepy housemaid Molly tends to cook extremely large meals that vary wildly in quality. Peter and Nightingale fall into the habit of slipping whatever's left over and/or unpalatable to Toby under the table, at one point joking that they need either a bigger dog or smaller portions.
  • In Arthur Machen's "The Novel Of The White Powder", the narrator's brother feeds his dinner to the dog when he thinks she's not looking, to conceal how little appetite the titular medication has left him with.
  • Enid Blyton's short story "Junket Through The Window" is about two siblings who regularly dispose of food they don't like by throwing it out of the window when their mother isn't looking. However, they get into trouble when they do this without realising the gardener is directly in the line of fire.
  • Young Jedi Knights: In book 2 (Shadow Academy), Luke and Tenel Ka disguise themselves and visit Shanko's Hive, a bar, to look for information. Tenel Ka orders a particular drink, but Luke warns her off it quietly because of how strong it is; she looks around for a way to dispose of it and finally dumps it into the pot of what she thinks is a decorative plant, but turns out to be a plant-based alien customer.

    Live Action TV 
  • Occurs in the Seinfeld episode where Jerry doesn't like the mutton that his girlfriend serves. He spits it into a napkin and puts it in the pocket of his coat.
  • There's an episode of That's So Raven which involves this. The father, who is a chef, recreates a family recipe and the B plot of the episode involves Corey and Eddie finding different ways to dispose of it.
  • A variation on Babylon 5. John Sheridan tried to impress Ambassador Delenn by cooking a recipe from her homeworld. She takes a bite, declares it to be delicious, and then asks him about a painting on the wall behind Sheridan. As soon as he turns around to look at it, she grabs the salt and pepper shakers and frantically shakes them over her food before he can turn back around.
  • Mr. Bean once ordered a Steak Tartare, and after seeing what it was, made an effort to hide it. Unfortunately, the restaurant thought he had dug into it and brought seconds....
  • In the Thanksgiving episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as the family settles down to dinner, Nicky is seen discarding his vegetables... with Carlton doing the same thing.
  • In Power Rangers Samurai, the other Rangers occasionally have to do this with Mia's cooking.
  • When Dorothy is stuck trying a bit of Rose's cooking in The Golden Girls, she takes advantage of a brief power outage to dump the plate of food into Sophia's purse.
  • In the Friends episode Friends S 6 E 9 The One Where Ross Got High, everyone except Cordon Bleugh Chef Rachel and Extreme Omnivore Joey hides their portions of Shepherd's Trifle in various places around the apartment so that Rachel won't realize that they aren't eating it. Joey then seeks out the hidden portions so he can eat them himself.
  • In the Ugly Betty episode "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", Marc's mom, who's having dinner at the Suarez house, sneaks some of her food off her plate to her cat under the table.
  • Game On (2015): In "Seafood Surprise", Toby tries to hide his dinner at Jessica's house.
  • My World… and Welcome to It: In a Fantasy Sequence of John's shown during "Monroe the Misogynist," he imagines Ellen running off with neighbor Farley Burrell. She says she fed John enough liver to immobilize him, and that now "there's enough iron in his system to knock out a horse." John counters that when she wasn't looking, he dumped his liver in the rubber plant.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes would come up with creative ways of getting rid of his dinner; in one strip, he shovels it onto his father's plate when he isn't looking.

    Video Games 
  • Night Trap: When Ashley offers the girls' homemade crushed Oreos and ice cream to Jeff and Sarah, they become a little disgusted by it that they have to quietly dispose of it in the sink before telling the girls that the ice cream was "delicious". Justified in that Jeff and Sarah are vampires who have no interest in human food.

    Web Animation 
  • Mighty Magiswords: Prohyas and Vambre dispose of their mother's cooking by discreetly feeding it Zombie Pumpkin Magisword.

    Web Original 
  • Not Always Related: At this family wake (with the deceased in an open coffin per local tradition), the newly-widowed hostess botched her preparation of dessert, leaving it inedible. The poster and two of their cousins, while trying to find a way to ditch their cake without being caught, discover that the great-grandkids already found a "safe" place — inside the coffin.

    Western Animation 
  • One of the shorts that preceded The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius had Jimmy use his HyperCube to dispose of the creamed corn he's been served for dinner. Then, Hugh mistakes the HyperCube for a Rubix Cube and breaks it by accident, spraying creamed corn all over the room. Jimmy gets some in his mouth and finds that he actually likes it.
  • Used in Rugrats in the episode where Susie gets an easy-bake oven and makes...something with it. She gives the things to the babies and they hate it, so they discreetly get rid of it in various ways.
  • Stewie tries to pull this in Family Guy, but fails when Brian puts the broccoli back on his plate.
  • American Dad!: Stan develops an eating problem and disposes of food by hiding it in his clothes or in his enormous mouth (he has a huge chin area). Another episode gave Francine some Lethal Chef tendencies, so Stan installs a discreet trapdoor leading to a wolf pit by his chair at the table, specifically for this purpose.
  • Angry Birds Toons: Matilda's soup is so horrible that the other birds try to dispose of it without Matilda's notice.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy: In the episode "Mind Trap" when Kitty Katswell makes some cookies, everyone thinks they're bad, so Dudley throws his in a plant (which dies), while the Chief throws his in the trash can and gets caught.
  • Arthur Arthur and D.W. despise Grandma Thora's cooking, so in "The Half-Baked Sale" where the plot is centered around it, they throw it away while pretending to have eaten it.
  • In Chowder, Chowder made some Burple Nurples in the episode of the same name, where he accidentally put in some rat poison. Mung Dal secretly poured the first batch into a plant (to avoid hurting Chowder's feelings) and it died, only for Chowder to make some more.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Wildcat makes a gross protein shake for Batman, who pours it into a plant that soon dies.
  • In the TV movie special for Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, World possesses the body of a stuffed dog and pretends to help Mac and company. He invites them into his home and gives them cookies dusted with a large amount of powdered sugar. Moments after eating the cookies, everyone falls asleep due to the "sugar" being sleeping powder. What World didn't know about Mac was that he is strictly forbidden from eating any sugar and that rather than eating some of the cookie he was given, he only pretended to, presumably to avoid showing disrespect.
  • Phineas and Ferb had Doofenshmirtz pretend to eat a badly burned cupcake that Vanessa had made during his song about how lies are the glue that holds society together. He threw it over his shoulder and onto the floor.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has an entire episode that revolves around Rainbow Dash disposing of Pinkie Pie's...Pies. Because she doesn't like pie. She does everything from tossing them out of sight before licking her lips to giving them away. Eventually the truth comes out.
  • In one Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode, Star is offered some donuts made by Sean. Star, knowing Sean's donuts taste terrible but also not wanting to outright refuse them, simply shoves a bunch of donuts in her dress claiming she enjoyed them.
  • King of the Hill: "Raise The Steaks" opens with the Hills inviting their neighbors to a cookout where Hank serves steak. However, the steaks are so tough that they can't eat it. Nancy disposes of her steak by sneaking it to Hank's dog, Lady Bird.

    Real Life 
  • During the period of alcohol Prohibition in the US (1920-1933), one of the most effective teams of revenue agents (the guys tasked with enforcing Prohibition) was that of Isidore Einstein and Moe Smith ("Izzy and Moe"), who got up to all kinds of hijinks in the course of doing their job. Eventually, word got out that Izzy kept the proprietor of the establishment they were investigating undercover tried to get him to eat a ham sandwich. Moe contrived a distraction, allowing Izzy to quietly dispose of the ham and eat the rest of the sandwich, allowing them to make the bust.